Karlobag is a town and port in the Velebit Channel, in the region of the Velebit slopes, opposite the island of Pag, with the 1.8-km wide Velebit Channel between them. The development of Karlobag is linked with the passes Ostarija (Ostarijska Vrata) and Baske Ostarije (955 m), through which the road to Gospic runs at a height of 928 m. Chief occupations are fishery and tourism.
Karlobag was, together with Senj, the most important traffic, trade and port centre under Velebit Mountain; the road connection with Lika via Baske Ostarije played an extremely important role. Today Karlobag is interesting for those who want to spend their summer holidays combining the seaside and the mountains. Along with the well-indented coast and clear sea, there are several attractions in the town's hinterlands. Velebit Mountain, rising above Karlobag, deserves a special mention because it has been declared the World Biosphere Reserve. There is also Baske Ostarije (Hotel Velebno), a famous hiking centre, with its refreshing climate even when there is summer heat on the coast. The river Gacka represents a heaven for anglers and a piece of intact nature to enjoy. Mountain lovers can walk along the marked paths: to the south, to Paklenica National Park, or towards the north to Premuzic's Trail and farther on.
Karlobag with its Adriatic Riviera is located beneath Velebit Mountain. It is on the intersection of magisterial road Rijeka – Zadar and regional road Karlobag – Gospic. Mountain and sea contact has provided this area with the ideal climate combination ranging from Mediterranean to mountainous which is especially beneficial for tourism. With beautiful coast and crystal clear sea, there are a few attractions in its hinterland, out of which Velebit needs to be pointed out, which is declared World Biosphere Resort in the area above Karlobag. There is also Baške Oštarije, a well-known hiking destination with a climate refreshing even when it's very hot on the coast. For mountain lovers it is possible to hike on marked trails: in south direction towards Paklenica National Park, or in north direction towards Premužic trail and further.
Except hiking it is also possible to go on a field trip to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, or to the island of Pag at 1.8 km distance from Karlobag.Capuchin monastery in Karlobag treasures valuable paintings. St. Joseph church built in 1713 in times of Leopold I, with architectural ornaments from 18th century, and the chapel of Virgin Mary of the Sorrows. On a knoll above there are ruins of medieval fort 'Fortica', and also ruins of parish church of St. Charles of Boromej built in 1615. The biggest towns in the Karlobag (which is also the administrative center) Riviera are: Ribarica, Cesarica, Lukovo Sugarje, Barci Draga and St. Maria Magdalene, as well as Baške Oštarije on Velebit Mountain.
You may choose private accommodation in comfortable suites or rooms. Your stay with us will be enriched by our gastronomical offer in restaurants, coffee shops, pastry shops and, above all, kindness and friendliness of our hosts. Visit Karlobag and take a stroll down its streets and town squares which will make your vacation unforgettable. Vicinity of national parks, islands and other tourist centers provides you with the opportunity of field trips to experience cultural, historical and other interesting sites in Croatia.
We recommend a one-day field trip to the island of Pag. Departure is in the morning form the riva in Karlobag centre. After a few minutes of ferry drive you will experience a breathtaking view of Velebit Mountain and Karlobag with its surroundings. The first town to visit after one-hour ferry drive is the town of Pag, where you can take a stroll and shop for souvenirs while experiencing this interesting coastal town. After visiting the town of Pag the ferry heads in direction of a small fishermen town Metajna where it will be arriving in 45 minutes. In Metajna you can enjoy fish or other food with excellent selection of wines, or you can swim in the sea. After 2 hours spent in Metajna we will be heading to a nearby beach where some time will be spent before our return to Karlobag.