About Vinodol...

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Vicinity of the sea and woods is what makes Vinodol the ideal holiday destination. You can find accommodation in comfortable family houses, autochthonously arranged rural facilities, in a mountain hut or a cosy boarding house. In addition to dishes typically served in Vinodol, game specialties and dishes made of self-grown plants, you can try out genuine home-made dram – wine manufactured in Vinodol. You can have an active vacation and enjoy mountain-cycling, hiking and walking, riding, paragliding and hang-gliding, recreational fishing and hunting. Get to know the diversity of cultural-historical sights of Vinodol and attend any of the concerts in the «Vinodol’s Summer Evenings» program, the «Rose of Vinodol» pageant or the carnival which takes place in winter.

Woodland area

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In the mountain areas of Vinodol, refreshment from summer heat is found in picturesque inns which, in addition to local specialties, also offer a vegetarian menu. You can find accommodation in several weekend cottages and in a mountain hut. More and more visitors come here to enjoy their winter holidays and spend time sleighing and strolling. Another motive for visiting Vinodol and the woodland area is the experience of ecologically preserved nature.

Climate

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Fair, dry and hot summer and cloudy, rainy and rather mild winter with distinctive winds are characteristic of Vinodol. The average annual temperature is 14°C.
Although the woodland area is not far away from the sea, it is located in the region of a true mountain climate of Gorski kotar which is marked by short warm summers with cool nights and long cold winters with lots of snow.

Stringed from the sea to the hilly continent ...
Drivenik, Tribalj, Grižane and Bribir make up the municipality of Vinodol.

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The Roman name Vallis Vinearia, cultural monuments and archeological sites indicate the presence of the Roman Empire in this area, and the famous Croatian medieval noble family Frankopan is attributed to the development and cultural flourishing of this area.

The possibility of staying and resting during the day at sea, and at night on the hilly part of the municipality where you can enjoy the fresh, clean mountain air is pleasant to a large number of tourists. Nature lovers are provided with a large number of marked mountain and bike trails and beautiful viewpoints in attractive places overlooking the Kvarner.

In Tribalj there is also an airfield for paragliders, who can experience the beauty of the Vinodol Riviera from the mountain peaks.

Bribir

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The remnants of old walls and the town tower remind of the times of the princes of Frankopan, whose rule of four centuries left deep spiritual and material imprints in Vinodol.

Bribir flourished the most in the time of Prince Bernardin Frankopan, who strengthened the citadel and town walls. When the squire’s estate of Bribir was abolished in 1848, the local government leveled Vela and Mala vrata (entrance doors leading inside the walls) and the citadel, and a school was built in their place.

This is how the long and glorious history of Bribir’s citadel ended in ruins. The only remnants of Bribir’s citadel are the quadrangular tower dating from 1302 and a part of the walls.

You can find comfortable accommodation in family houses. Those who come to Bribir once always find themselves coming back, because Bribir really does feel like home.

Drivenik

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The little town of Drivenik is located near the castle of the Frankopans, one of the very few that are preserved, which offers a view over the northern part of Vinodol.

The citadel of Drivenik is uninhabited; all inhabitants moved to the foot of the hill. On the hill remained a lonely castle from the 13th century, St. Dujam’s parish church, St. Stephen’s Church from the 15th century, parish house and an old school which was attended by many generations of people from Drivenik.

The castle of Drivenik was once entered over a hinged bridge stretching over a dug up moat. The castle was defended by high walls, four corner towers and a semicircular bastion.

Coastland architecture, traditional spirit and hospitable hosts will make your stay in Drivenik pleasant, especially during the «Vinodol’s Summer Evenings» and the baroque music concerts.

Grižane

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This town is situated at the foot of the ruins of the Frankopans’ castle and of the craggy cliffs of “griže”, after which it was named. The old castle was damaged in a strong earthquake in 1323.

The round towers were completed in the 15th  century, and today you can only see the remnants of the once famous castle. The castle of Grižane had an irregular, rectangular shape with round towers, and this irregularity was caused by the peculiar configuration of the ground. Prince Martin kept court here; he was the founder of the port called Crikvenica, which is situated on the coast.

In Grižane, you will find accommodation in stone houses arranged in the autochthonous coastland style. In May you can taste the well-known cherries of Grižane, and on St. Martin’s Day you can try out home-made Žlahtina wine.

Tribalj

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A beautiful lake gives Tribalj its special charm. Tribalj is a paradise for fishermen, hang-gliders and paragliders, as well as cyclists, walkers and hunters.

St. Mary’s Church in Tribaljsko polje is mentioned in history as the place of judicature according to the Vinodol Codex. Glagolitic rolls confirm it. An early Croatian necropolis from the period between the 8th and 11th century was discovered in the area around Stranče, a part of Tribalj. The necropolis contained numerous exhibits which are preserved in the Maritime and Historical Museum in Rijeka.

In Tribalj, you can look for accommodation in nicely arranged family houses and a cosy boarding house situated by the little river called Dubračina.

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