As you conquer the top of mount Kapela at 888 meters above sea level, you enter Lika. The first stop on the way is Jezerane, a small village with the Maljen archaeological site and the cave jewel Rokina Bezdana and Pećina from where water occasionally flows. On rainy days, the water from the cave fills entire field Crnačko polje, while during low water levels you can go inside and admire the unique underground world. Legend says that the gold is hidden in the cave, while natives say that right there on Good Friday, the day when the bells in all the churches are fixed stationary, at noon you can hear their sound.
Jezerane has great historical importance. In the center of the village there is the church of St. George the Martyr, built in 1821, and the famous Croatian Admiral Janko pl. Vukovic Podkapelski, who became famous in World War I.
Stajnica is a small village located near Jezerane, in the north-eastern part of the municipality of Brinje and the far north of Lika. Stajničko polje, surrounded by hills, with numerous hamlets and the stream Jaruga, which always surprises with its changing water level, makes this village situated on the slopes of Mala Kapela, a unique place to visit. The village of Stajnica boasts green meadows and fertile land, and the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, when the widely known indoor soccer tournament is also held; the Stajnica valley is filled with people. In Stajnica there are Markarevo and Žižićevo vrilo, beautiful springs of water, which are used by the inhabitants of this area.
Via Stajnica we come to Lipice, a village consisting of 12 hamlets, adorned with beautiful coniferous forests growing on the surrounding hills. In the valley of this magical village, which was first mentioned in 1638, the church of Sv. John the Baptist was erected in 1878. For the inhabitants of Stajnice, the feast of St. John is the most important day, which is celebrated twice a year, in summer and winter; in addition to agriculture, Lipice is also known for fruit growing, because the land and the climate of this area are especially suitable for these crops.
We continue in the direction of Plitvice Lakes and reach the village of Glibodol, which is mentioned in historical documents as early as 1645. Glibodol was an important stronghold of defence in the Homeland War, due to which the village suffered great casualties. Today it has been renovated and visited by many tourists who are on their way to Plitvice.
After Glibodol, we come to Križpolje, a small village that in the past was called Križ, according to a legend written back in 1654. Legend says that a large cross fell in Križpolje, so the church, which will soon celebrate its 200th anniversary, is called the Church of Our Lady of St. Križ, and the feast of Križevo is celebrated as the most important feast of the place. Križpolje is also an important traffic location, as the village has an exit from the A1 Zagreb – Split highway to Brinje and the first exit in the Lika-Senj County.
West of Križpolje, the road takes us to Križ Kamenica, which consists of Gornja and Donja Kamenica. The village is mentioned in historical documents as early as 1645, and its gentle meadows, beautiful forest and fertile fields invite you to rest. Above the village of Pavlovići there is the Stražište water source, from the time of the Austro-Hungarian rule, which until recently supplied the local population with drinking water.
Vodoteč brings us back to Brinje and the small village of Letinac, at the foot of the Škamnica mountain. The valley, which we enter after passing the speleological gem Siničić cave, hides beautiful fertile fields. In Letinac there is also the church of St. Ante Padovanski, built in 1907, and the village celebrates its day on 13.6. with a solemn celebration.
Going further towards the sea we come to Prokik, a famous resting place of many travelers towards the sea. There you will always meet cyclists, motorcyclists and others, who like to take a break before the winding ascent to Northern Velebit. Due to the proximity of the sea, Prokike has been recognized by many, who build their holiday homes there, because the mountain climate and fresh air, guarantee a peaceful sleep in the hot summer months.
Žuta Lokva is located only half an hour from the sea. From its earliest history, it was the intersection of important traffic routes from the interior to the sea, as evidenced by the discovered archaeological sites from antiquity. Even today, it is an important traffic intersection of the modern A1 Zagreb-Split highway and local and regional roads leading to the Adriatic or deeper into the interior of Lika.
Our trip ends in the smallest settlement in the municipality of Brinje, Rapain Klanac, located on the road that, through the rich valley of the river Gacka, leads to Plitvice Lakes, which makes it an unavoidable stop on the way to magnificent Lika.
We believe that you, together with us, enjoyed the road through the municipality of Brinje and that you will pass the same route many more times.