Velika is a small Slavonian village on the southern slopes of Papuk. With three outdoor pools below a mountain lodge it represents a recreational and tourist centre known for its healing thermal water.

To the north is Papuk – a Nature Park, which ends with the Jankovac resort where guests simply have their breath taken away. Velika is the main starting point for hiking on the mountain of Papuk. Walking, hiking, swimming in summer, skiing and sledding in winter, climbing, horse riding, mountain biking, camping and paragliding are the basis of the sport and recreational offer.

For lovers of historical and cultural monuments near Velika there is baron Trenk's late Baroque-classicist castle. The hosts make sure that the guests have a good time. There is an especially good atmosphere during the International Folklore Festival “Let's protect the traditional customs of the region” and Vinkovo, when the vineyards and land are blessed for a better harvest with singing, dancing, wine glass and rich Slavonian cuisine.
The features that visitors find most captivating are endless forests of Papuk, extending as far as the eye can see. These woods are mainly mountain beech, but there are also oak, fir and other types of trees. By far the most beautiful part of Papuk is Jankovan park-wood, one of Slavonia’s favourite excursion sites. In a magical valley up in the mountains there are several sparkling brooks surrounded by flowering meadows and dense beech woods. At the top of the mountains is the loveliest of all its adornments: the Jankovac waterfall. There is also a mountain lodge of the same name, regarded by many Croatian mountaineers as the most beautiful and the most comfortable of all of the Croatia’s mountain lodges. However beautiful the woods, brooks and waterfalls may be, what makes this mountain unique in Croatia is its geology. Here, one can see all the ages of rocks, from the Palaeozoic to the most recent Quaternary period. This is also the only Croatian mountain to have an abundance of volcanic rocks. Consequently, here near the picturesque village of Voćin, is where the first Croatian geological park Rupnica, known for the unusual strata it contains was founded. Due to its exceptionally interesting and valuable geology, Papuk has been included in the list of world geological parks, the first such park in Croatia.
The first geological natural monument in Croatia. It was pronounced protected in 1948 for the exceptionally rare morphological volcanic rock phenomenon. It is located within Papuk Nature Park. Thanks to this and other geological phenomena, in 2007 it has become the only Croatian member of the European Geoparks Network and UNESCO’s Geoparks Association.
Tourist board:



  • Trg sv. Augustina bb
  • 34330 Velika




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