World’s Biggest Welcome in Croatia: Day 24 – Lovinac to Vaganski Vrh (Bike, Foot)

Daniela Rogulj

All photos by Luka Tambača

April 17, 2019 – Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. Day 24 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 24 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 24 continued from Lovinac to Vaganski vrh on foot and bike. 

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27 kilometres for the day: 20 km bicycle ride from Lovinac to Raduč, before 7 km on foot from Raduč to Vaganski vrh to continue forming the ‘C’ in ‘Welcome’.



Day 24 kicked off with Lacko and children from the Lovinac primary school.


Before looking at a map to see where their journey would take them next. 


They set out into the fog. 


And arrived in Raduč where Lacko nearly got attacked by a pack of wild dogs.


Pedaling to the top of Velebit.


And through the dark forest of Velebit. 


Which was worth it for the view over Lika. 


Pedaling towards Bunovac.


Bunovac is a meadow in the middle of Velebit which unfortunately hasn’t been cleared of all the mines. The hiking path is the only “clear” part of the area. Getting off the path is seriously dangerous and is strictly forbidden. 



Deep in the fog of Velebit.


And finally, Vaganski vrh, the highest peak of Velebit.

A key part of the project was promoting tourism, and the official website has details of the key places visited during the day. Lacko and his crew didn’t cross any significant landmarks on Day 24. 

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 25, as Lacko moves from Vaganski vrh to NP Paklenica.  

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


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