Gospić – Autumn in Lika

"Autumn in Lika" is the name of the most important economic, cultural-tourism and ethnic manifestation of the Lika-Senj County, in which the identity of the Lika region and its people, who live in conjunction with nature, is presented every October. The first exhibition of traditional and agricultural products under that name took place twelve years ago. The aim of the exhibition is to introduce potential products of small farms and producers of local agricultural products as well as foods and decorative products that preserve the tradition of the Lika region. The exhibition also offers numerous workshops, so those interested can learn firsthand how to produce things such as clay bowls, bukaras and tamburas, how to spin wool, weave baskets, make brooms from twigs and similar crafts.

The exhibition took on an international character in 2004, when exhibitors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia also took part. This year, the exhibition will be held on 2 - 3 October and it will be complemented by a rich cultural and artistic program, such as performances of the many ‘keepers’ of original folk songs and dances.

Like every year, it will take place in Gospić, the largest city in Lika and the administrative center of this historic region in southwest Croatia, a connector of the continental and coastal areas, often referred to as the ‘spine of Croatia’. Lika, according to folk etymology, got its name from the word ‘lik’, which in a Croatian dialect spoken in the area of Lika means a cure or medicine. According to another interpretation, its name comes from the Greek word ‘likos’, which means wolf. Gospić is located on the western edge of Ličko Polje, one of the largest karst fields in Croatia, at the foot of the highest Croatian mountain Velebit, on the banks of three rivers - Lika, Novčica and Bogdanica.

The name Gosipić was first recorded in historical documents in 1604. Significant development of Gospić began in the second half of the 18th century, when Gospić established itself as a military-administrative center of the Lika regiment as well as the center of trade and commerce.

Two Turkish towers and an old bridge represent the foundation of today’s city on which, at the time of the Vojna Krajina (Military frontier), developed the core of the city as the administrative, military and cultural center. Vojna Krajina was the name of the border region of the Habsburg Monarchy, which was initially organized as a defensive zone against the Ottomans, and then grew into a vast Habsburg war province. Gospić is an oasis surrounded by nature, and as a tourist destination offers numerous possibilities for active holidays such as trekking, paintball, canoeing and jeep safaris, horseback riding, archery, hiking, carriage rides, Velebit adventure trips, boating on the canyon of Lika and Lake Kruščica as well as caving adventures. Fans of hunting, fishing and hiking will certainly experience true pleasure in this area because it is extremely rich in well-preserved flora and fauna.

The wondrous beauty of nature, a unique phenomenon of preserved flora and fauna on the steep peaks, gentle slopes, tame valleys, pastures and clear streams, where the green ancient forests with barren rocks prevail, are the kingdom of silence and hidden secrets of nature that surround the town of Gospić.

The Tourist Board of the Lika-Senj County

The Tourist Board of Gospić

The Development Agency of the Lika-Senj County

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