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Lokve – frogs as pets
Lokve, a town in the western part of Gorski kotar, is named after its many puddles and marshes, which are a natural habitat of frogs. Its inhabitants were often tauntingly called 'froggies' („žabari“), but they turned this into a brand, making the frog their trademark, smiling at you from every promotional material. Even the trash cans are decorated with frogs, and the town boasts a frog museum, unique in Europe, harbouring more than 1,000 frogs on exhibit, from live ones to stuffed ones, from all over the world, and offering frog-related souvenirs.

Here you can get to know and learn all about frogs and their lives, the history of frogs and frog-hunting in Lokve. Beside vivariums with live specimen of domestic frog species and their tadpoles, the museum also features educational posters, documentary films, video recordings, as well as toys and souvenirs from all over the world, even literary and visual artwork on the subject of frogs. Finally, you can enjoy in sweet gummy candy in the form of green frogs or taste „frog's blood“, a unique liqueur with an unusual name and great taste made from forest fruit, which, according to some, has aphrodisiac qualities.

Seeing as everything in Lokve is devoted to the frog, all events and happenings also celebrate this, for Lokve locals, domestic animal. In spring, the Frog Week takes place, then the Frog games and the Frog night, whose main event is a competition in frog jumping, a frog „Olympics“ of sorts.

The presence of these amphibians in the environment is indicative of its preserved state. Therefore, be happy when you hear the loud ribbit of these animals.

Lokve, one of the oldest towns in Gorski kotar, is located beneath Risnjak, and though it is not far from the littoral region, it is characterized by an extreme highland climate – summers are short, fresh and pleasant, while the winters are long and very cold, with lots of snow.

The area offers the Lokvarsko Lake as a potential tourist attraction. Though it is a storage lake, made in 1954 when a dam was built, it fit in perfectly with the natural environment surrounding it. The lake offers real enjoinment to al sports and recreation enthusiasts. It was the venue of the first world tournament of underwater orientation, numerous international rowing regattas, and since 1978 a traditional meeting of mountaineers, cyclists and other participants is held there every August, called „POJ“ and „BOJ“ (Croatian acronyms for  „Around the lake by bike“ and „Around the lake on foot“).
 
The lake is also a true challenge for fishing enthusiasts. In 1973, the world's largest brown trout was caught, weighing 25.4 kilograms. The lake is also a habitat of the chub, carp, crucian carp and other species.  The park forest Golubinjak is an amazing place for taking walks and relaxation, and an interesting fact about it is that it harbours the largest fir tree of Gorski kotar. This queen of the forest is 250 years old, 37 metres high and 140 centimetres wide.

Other attractions include two caves: Ledena and Golubinja, and Paklena vrata („hell's gate“), an opening in a rock.  Besides walks in a beautiful natural surrounding, the Lokva area offers several bicycle trails, from ten to 35 km in length.

Primorje-Gorski kotar Tourist Board
www.kvarner.hr

Lokve Municipality Tourist Board
www.tz-lokve.hr
 
 

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