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Ravni Kotari Where History, Culture, and Natural Beauty Collide

Nestled between the stunning Velebit mountain range and the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea lies Ravni Kotari. It is a breathtakingly beautiful region in Croatia that’s often overlooked by tourists. 

Known for its rolling hills, fertile plains, and picturesque villages, Ravni Kotari is a true gem of Croatia’s heartland, offering visitors a glimpse into the country’s rich history, culture, and natural beauty.

From the moment you arrive in Ravni Kotari, you’ll be struck by the region’s idyllic charm and rustic beauty. The landscapes here are varied and ever-changing, ranging from lush green forests and meadows to golden wheat fields and vineyards. The air is fresh and invigorating, with the scent of wildflowers and herbs wafting on the breeze. The warm sun shines down on the region, illuminating the diverse terrain and casting a golden glow over the stunning vistas.

View at the Ravni Kotari
Source: Boris Kačan Photography, www.kacan.com

One of the best ways to experience Ravni Kotari is by exploring its charming villages and towns. Many of these settlements date back to ancient times, and are steeped in history and culture. Wander through the cobbled streets of places like Benkovac, Polača, and Obrovac, and you’ll find a wealth of architectural marvels, from medieval churches and castles to charming stone houses and villas.

But Ravni Kotari is not just about history and culture. The region is also home to some of Croatia’s most spectacular natural wonders, including the Krupa and Zrmanja rivers, which are perfect for kayaking and rafting adventures. The Vrana Lake Nature Park is another must-see attraction, offering visitors the chance to explore a pristine wetland habitat filled with rare and exotic wildlife.

Experience the Best of Ravni Kotari's Agricultural Heritage at Benkovački Sajam

Benkovački sajam (eng. Benkovac Fair) is an annual agricultural fair that takes place in the town of Benkovac in Ravni Kotari. The fair is a celebration of the region’s rich farming heritage and attracts visitors from all over Croatia and beyond. The fair is held every 10th of the month for over a hundred years, and it’s a great opportunity to sample the best of Ravni Kotari’s agricultural products and traditional cuisine.

At the Benkovački sajam, visitors can browse a wide range of agricultural and handicrafts products, including local cheeses, cured meats, olive oils, wines, and honey. There are also numerous stalls selling traditional crafts, such as pottery, embroidery, and woodworking.

Local products are THE reason you should visit the Fair!
Local products are THE reason you should visit the Fair!

In addition to the food and craft stalls, there are a variety of cultural and entertainment events held throughout the fair. Visitors can enjoy traditional folk music and dance performances, as well as exhibitions showcasing the region’s rich history and cultural heritage.

The fair is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and learn more about the traditional way of life in Ravni Kotari. It’s also a chance to meet local farmers and artisans and gain insight into the production methods and techniques used in the region.

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Source: Boris Kačan Photography, www.kacan.com

Benkovački sajam is a lively and colorful event that celebrates the region’s agricultural traditions and cultural heritage. Whether you’re a foodie, a history buff, or simply looking for a fun day out, the fair is well worth a visit if you happen to be in Ravni Kotari.

Two Rivers

Krupa and Zrmanja are two rivers that flow through Ravni Kotari and are important both culturally and environmentally. The rivers are a vital source of water for the region and provide habitat for a diverse range of flora and fauna.

In addition to their ecological significance, the rivers have played an important role in the region’s history and culture. The Krupa river is known for its scenic beauty and is the site of the famous Krupa monastery, which dates back to the 14th century. The monastery is a popular pilgrimage site for both locals and tourists and is renowned for its beautiful frescoes and stunning location on the riverbank.

Zrmanja and Krupa Canyon
Zrmanja and Krupa Canyon
Source: Boris Kačan Photography, www.kacan.com

The Zrmanja river, meanwhile, is famous for its rugged canyon and crystal-clear waters. The river is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and offers a range of activities, including rafting, kayaking, and hiking. The canyon is also home to a number of rare and endangered species, making it an important area for conservation. (Read about our experience sailing the Zrmanja river in our blog!)

Both the Krupa and Zrmanja rivers are integral to the identity and character of Ravni Kotari. They provide a source of sustenance and inspiration for the people who live there and are a testament to the region’s rich natural and cultural heritage.

All in all, visit Ravni Kotari because…

…of its natural beauty: rolling hills, lush forests, and two important rivers – the Krupa and Zrmanja.

…cultural heritage: numerous historic sites and landmarks to explore.

…gastronomy: Ravni Kotari is known for its delicious local cuisine, which is characterized by fresh ingredients, bold flavors, and traditional cooking methods.

…outdoor activities: you can enjoy hiking, cycling, kayaking, and much more, with plenty of opportunities for adventure and exploration.

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Ravni Kotari
Source: Boris Kačan Photography, www.kacan.com

…relaxation: this is a place to unwind and relax where you can take a leisurely stroll through the countryside and enjoy natural beauty around you.

Don’t miss out on the stunning beauty and cultural richness of Ravni Kotari! Start planning your trip now and experience the best of Croatia. Book your accommodations, plan your itinerary, and get ready to create unforgettable memories in this picturesque region. Trust us, Ravni Kotari is a must-visit destination that you won’t regret exploring!

Your CTC Team

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