A great man born in a small place
The ingenious scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla was born exactly at midnight on the night of the 9th to the 10th of July 1856, in the small village of Smiljan near the town of Gospić. The talk of the village is that there was a thunderstorm that night, and so it is no wonder how his life progressed from then on.
Inventions that changed the world
Tesla had hundreds of inventions, but the most well known and most used fruits of his labour were the alternating current, radio devices, electrical igniter for gas engines, remote controls… It is enough to say that most of the things we do today could not be done in the same way had it not been for Tesla.
The region from which this genius came from conceals many natural beauties. Lika is a region encircled by mountain chains – Velebit, Velika and Mala Kapela, and Lička Plješivica.
One of Lika’s well known products is the Lika potato. In 2015, its name was inscribed in the EU Register of Protected Designations of Origin and Geographical Indication.
This region is adorned with the exceptional beauty of untouched nature, which is further endorsed by the fact that as much as 58% of the territory of Croatian national parks are located in Lika.
Plitvice Lakes National Park – a favourite for many
Legend has it that Plitvice Lakes were formed after a massive drought, all thanks to the Black Queen. People, animals and plants longed for a drop of water, and then she appeared. The Black Queen showed mercy to the people and sent rain that kept falling until the water levels grew high enough to form lakes.
The water wealth of this oldest, largest, and most famous national park consists of 16 lakes located in the area between Mala Kapela and Plješivica in Lika.
The extraordinary nature and abundance of flora and fauna attracts millions of tourists every year from all over the world, and so it is no wonder that Plitvice Lakes are the most visited Croatian national park. In addition to tourists, its beauty was recognised by UNESCO in 1979, which was among the first in the world to pronounce it a World Heritage Site.
If you are in search of the perfect blend of breath-taking nature and the richness of cultural and historical heritage, or perhaps you favour active tourism, this is a place you must visit as soon as possible!