Explore Gospić: the ultimate Travel Guide
Gospic is a small village in the Croatian province of Lika-Senj. The village counts less than 6000 inhabitants. The area is mountainous and surprisingly beautiful. Gospic wasn’t initially part of our itinerary during our journey through Croatia, but as we found the journey from Krk to Sibenik too long, we decided to stay in Gospic for a night. We were pleasantly surprised by the tranquility and nature in this village, prompting us to extend our stay for another night.
In this article:
- To do
- Travel time
- Practical information
- The nicest accommodations
- How to get there?
- Our verdict
What to do in Gospić
The area is surrounded by the Velebit mountain range. The Velebit National Park is perfect for hiking. Smiljan, near Gospic, is known as the birthplace of Nikola Tesla. You’ll find a museum here dedicated to one of the world’s greatest inventors.
The Velebit National Park
Velebit is Croatia’s largest mountain and is part of a protected nature park. The park covers an area of approximately 2,000 square kilometers. Although Gospic isn’t widely known, this mountain is one of Croatia’s most valuable assets.
The Northern Velebit National Park, a small part of the park, is the most popular area due to its unique landscape and rich diversity of plants and animals. Here, you’ll encounter some remarkable sights like the karst formations of Hajdučki and Rožanski kukovi, a cave called Lukina Jama, and a botanical garden. It’s also a great spot for mountain climbers.
Best time to travel to Gospić
The best time to visit Gospic is from June to September. You won’t encounter much of the peak season rush in Gospic. Even during the high season, it remains relatively quiet here. If you can avoid the high season, we recommend it. While Gospic is always pleasantly peaceful, tourist spots like Plitvice are extremely crowded during peak times.
Which budget do i need in Gospić?
In Gospic, we took it easy, even with our budget. We did some grocery shopping beforehand and enjoyed staying by the camper.
Here’s our daily budget breakdown for Gospic:
- Camping: +/- 12 euros per night
- Groceries: 20 euros
- Petrol: 10 euros
Total budget per day in Gospic: 32 euros per day excluding petrol / 42 euros including petrol.
Practical information about Gospić
- In Croatia, the currency used is the Kuna
- Toll for the bridge costs around 35 kuna
- For pets, a rabies vaccination is mandatory, and your dog must be microchipped. Always visit the veterinarian for information before your trip.
- Ensure that your passport or identity card is valid for at least 6 months.
What are nice places to stay in Gospić?
Staying at Eco Camp Rizvan City
In Gospic, we found ourselves at Eco Camp Rizvan City. What a delightful place it was! Initially, we had the entire site to ourselves. How cool! The campsite is surrounded by stunning landscapes and is situated at the foot of the Velebit mountain. Centrally located, it’s just 30 km from the sea and a mere 70 km from the Plitvice Lakes National Park. For us, this was the perfect stopover, and I could easily imagine people extending their stay for a few more days.
The campsite is an oasis of tranquility, away from mass tourism, and ideal for nature enthusiasts. If you’re not traveling with your own camper, caravan, or tent, you can also book a cottage or, even better, a glamping tent! Oh, and on hot days, you can take a refreshing dip in the pool.
How to get to Gospić?
Gospic has a very central location:
- Krk – Gospic: 2.5 hours by car – 3.5 hours by our bus
- Sibenik – Gospic: 2 hours by car – 3 hours by our bus
- Zadar – Gospic: 2 hours by car – 3 hours by our bus
- Plitvice Lakes National Park – Gospic: 1 hour by car – 1.5 hours by our bus