Kvarner newsletter / no 30

Gorski kotar
Active, interesting, exciting!

Regardless of the season, a visit to Gorski kotar always means activity holidays. However, if you decide to visit this area at the end of July, be assured you will find even more activity than usual, thanks to a packed calendar of events that has been carefully designed to meet the needs of visitors of all age groups.

The wooded hinterland of Kvarner, the Gorski kotar area, is ideal for visitors looking for a place to escape summer crowds, or those who want to combine their sea holiday with trips to the nearby destinations on the continent. Gorski kotar area offers plenty of possibilities for activity holidays – hiking, cycling, walking around the lakes, pursuing some water sports, or sightseeing across the region.
In addition, Gorski kotar will play host to numerous traditional events. Visitors who will be staying in some of Gorski kotar's destinations in July will have the chance to attend or take active part in the announced programmes.
The small town of Čabar, Croatia's northernmost settlement in Croatia, will host the traditional Smrečje – Tršće mountain car race in the period between the 9th and the 11th of July. This will be the 10th edition of this race, which continues to attract several thousands of visitors, and which is considered by experts to be one of the most attractive races of this kind due to the demanding mountainous terrain. More than 120 renowned Croatian and European drivers announced their participation, which is the best invitation for all interested visitors to come to this race.

One week later, Lividraga in the area of the municipality of Čabar will host the Croatia Open 2010 orienteering competition from the 17th to the 19th of July. The traditional meeting of herbalist is scheduled for the 24th of July.
On the same day, the 24th of July, the town of Vrbovsko will host various attractive sports competitions within the Summer in Vrbovsko programme: bike ride and marathon, cross race for children and grown-ups, duathlon, fishing competition, five-a-side-football tournament…
One day after the sports competitions in Vrbovsko, the celebration of the feast of St. Anne with a holy mass and a procession will take place in the small village of Šimatovo in the municipality of Brod Moravice. In addition, visitors are invited to explore this picturesque ethnic village, take a tour of the path that leads to the other 12 small churches in the municipality, or climb a nearby hill to reach the vantage point that offers magnificent views of the valley of River Kupa.
From the 9th to the 11th of July, the town of Fužine will host the traditional international Frogstock biker meeting. Most of the participants will come to this three-day event, which this year takes place for the tenth time, with their attractive motorbikes. Frogstock takes place in the Vrelo excursion area, 3 kilometres from the centre of Fužine, on the location of the former campsite. The participants will have the chance to enjoy evening concerts, hard rock music and open-air programmes, various competitions, and to take part in the traditional ride through Fužine to the Sanctuary of the Mother of God of Snow (Svetište Majke Božje Snježne) in Lič. In July, Fužine will also host two aquatic events: the national underwater orienteering diving championship on the 10th and 11th of July on Lepenica Lake, and the 10th international sailing regatta for the Optimist and Laser radial classes on Sunday the 18th of July.