About Hotel Stara Lika
This heritage hotel is located directly in the centre of Gospić, which is itself in the very heart of Croatia and close to several national parks (Paklenica, Plitvice, Velebit). The Stara Lika offers contemporary atmosphere in an elegant space, a combination of sophistication and modern comfort with a highly personalised service and carefully selected gastronomic treats.
The building was originally constructed at the beginning of the 19th century and is protected as part of the country’s historical and cultural heritage. Already in 1907, it was mentioned as Hotel “Lika” and the next half century it represented the central place of the social life of Gospic located opposite the cathedral.
Accommodation: all rooms have bathroom with bathtub, air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe, LCD sat/tv, WI-FI, phone, hair dryer.
Facilities: Restaurant Stara Lika is located on the second floor of the Hotel in an elegant and cosy space to enjoy exquisite flavours of local and international cuisine. With fine dining they also offer a wide range of drinks: from quality wines, homemade and international spirits to the best quality champagnes on the market.
Famous local personalities
Nikola Tesla, one of the most important world inventors, was born in the village of Smiljan, very close to the town of Gospić in 1856. The visit of this theme park gives the visitors a full picture of the size and the importance of Nikola Tesla and the significance of his invention in the development of mankind.
Ante Starčević was born in the village of Veliki Žitnik very close to the town of Gospić in 1823. He is one of the most important Croatian politicians. As the leader of the ideology of independence and the leading person of Croatian nationalism, he has already been called the Father of the Fatherland for life.
National Parks in the area
Velebit is the largest Croatian mountain and Hotel “Stara Lika” is located at its foot. The mountain is celebrated in many songs through which its importance to the local population is depicted. This mountain range is the largest protected area in Croatia, known as the Velebit Nature Park. Within the mountain range, there are two national parks: Northern Velebit and Paklenica. It is special because of its exceptional beauty, its wealth of plant-life and for preservation of cultural heritage. The hiking trails of the mountain range of Velebit are unique and the famous Premužić’s path stands out for sure. This 57 km long hiking trail starts in the area of the National Park of Northern Velebit, not far from the mountain hut of Zavižan, and it ends in Baške Oštarije, only 20 km from Gospic.
Visitors should also take advantage of some of many paths through the mountain for cycling or horse riding in the untouched nature and enjoy the fascinating views from some of the viewpoints of the mountain Velebit (Kubus). Velebit also stands out with many picturesque places, such as the small town of Kuterevo; the slopes of North Velebit are known as a heaven for bear cubs.
The National Park Paklenica is located in the southern part of the mountain range Velebit, and it owes its extraordinary popularity to the largest Croatian rock, Anić kuk (712m), which attracts thousands of climbers throughout the year.
The Cave Park Grabovača is located in the small city of Perušić, very close to Gospić (13kms); the cave Samograd is open for the visitors. The Cerovac Caves are located near the small city of Gračac (55kms) and they represent the largest cave complex in Croatia.
Two of the most important rivers in the Gospic area are the Gacka and Lika which are mostly underground rivers thanks to the karst relief. They are suitable for fishing, but also for quiet kayak sailing where they surface in the landscape.