World’s Biggest Welcome in Croatia: Day 16 – NP Plitvice Lakes to Rastoke (Foot, Bike, Kayak)

Daniela Rogulj

All photos by Luka Tambača

April 11, 2019 – Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. Day 16 of this incredible 2011 adrenaline trip covering 2,500 km along the Croatian coast. 

The World’s Biggest Welcome, an ambitious adventure tourism project in 2011 in Croatia enters Day 16 of this 2019 appreciation of one of the finest tourism promotion projects ever in Croatia.  

The plan? To showcase the diversity and fabulous offer of adventure tourism in Croatia by following a GPS route the length of the Croatian coast in the shape of the word ‘Welcome’ – thereby creating the biggest welcome in the world from a hospitable tourism country. 


Day 16 moved on foot, bike, and kayak from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rastoke. 

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67 kilometres for the day: 15 km on foot at Plitvice Lakes National Park, followed by a 35 km bicycle ride from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Korana, and 17 km on a kayak from Korana to Rastoke to continue forming the ‘L’ in ‘Welcome’.




Day 16 started at Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest and largest national park in Croatia. 



And then onto Baraćeve spilje, or the ‘Caves of Barać’, located near the village of Nova Kršlja in Rakovica.


Making their way to Rastoke by bike, the historic center of Slunj.


And a warm welcome to Rastoke by the Slunj majorettes.


Lacko had to stop to get a picture with the girls.




The Slunjčica river flows into the river Korana at Rastoke.



Some of the breathtaking sights; as if you’re in a fairytale. 

A key part of the project was promoting tourism, and the official website has details of the key places visited during the day. 

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Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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You can see the entire project on the Welcome website, as well as much more of Luka Tambaca’s stunning photography on the Welcome Facebook page

Tune in tomorrow for Day 17, as Lacko moves from Rastoke to Zavižan by bike.

To follow the whole project from the start, follow the dedicated TCN page


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