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Lukovo – Peace at the foot of Velebit
Twenty kilometers south of Senj, in the Velebit canal, lies Lukovo, a small but beautiful place. Lukovo is located in the bottom of the bay and while it is surrounded on one side by the mighty Velebit, on the other it is surrounded by a small peninsula called Malta. Lukovo has a long history, and it was named after the church of St. Luke from 1772..

The archeological finds, found above the village on the hill Klis, date from the Illyrian period, while on the beams of Lukovac drawings of men and ships from the late Middle Ages were found. These steep cliffs can be reached only by boat or ship, and are located only ten minutes of sailing away. In Lukovo there are about fifty houses, and throughout the year only around a dozen people live here, while in summer this number multiplies many times. The sea in Podgorje is generally cooler than in other parts of the Croatian coast because of the numerous underwater springs of fresh water that comes through the Velebit from Lika.

In Lukovo the water is still warmer than in other nearby areas, and with its spacious beach makes the best place for swimming in the whole area during the hot summer months. But it is not just the warm sea and for the Velebit conditions a large beach, why it pays to come to this little place.

The peninsula Malta is another reason because it is a realm of beautiful stone creations which is why it became a protected landscape. The attraction of Malta are the so called ‘’tunere’’ high lookouts, like ladders, obliquely inclined to the bay which in the past served the local fishermen as a watchtower from where they waited for shoals of tuna to enter the bay.

Then they used nets for fishing and this was an important source of food and income for local communities. Today there is almost no tuna in the Velebit canal, so the ‘tunere’ have lost their function, and today serves as a tourist attraction.

Lukovo is not developed for tourism and offers only 250 beds in rooms and apartments, but because of the beauty of the environment and peace it provides an ideal place for tourists who want to relax.

The Tourist Board of the Lika-Senj County
www.liskosenjska.com

The Tourist Board of Senj
www.tz-senj.hr
 
 

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