World’s Biggest Welcome in Croatia: Day 17 – Rastoke to Zavižan (Bike)

Daniela Rogulj

All photos by Luka Tambača

April 12, 2019 – Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. Day 17 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 17 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 17 moved on bikes from Rastoke to Zavižan in Northern Velebit National Park. 

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100 kilometres for the day: Lačko and the crew didn’t mix it up on this part of the journey, and Day 17 consisted of just one, really long 100-kilometer bike ride from Rastoke to Zavižan. 




Day 17 started from Rastoke to Lička Jesenica, at the ranch Ples konja.



From Lička Jesenica on the way to Dabar, a village in Lika-Senj County that is 21 km northeast of Otočac.



From Dabar to Otočac.




Crossing the Gacka river the only way they can. 


And seeing Majerovo vrilo along the Gacka. 


To end the day? A striking sunset from the top of the Vučjak peak in Zavižan, one of the best-known localities in the Northern Velebit National Park.

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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Northern Velebit National Park.

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 18, as Lacko moves from Zavižan to Novalja on foot and kayak.  

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


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