Senj

Croatia
Senj

The town of Senj is the largest urban anglomeration on the Croatian coast beetwen Rijeka and Zadar. The town area comprises the maritime coast which is 76 km long and is situated beetwen the sea and the slopes of Kapela and Velebit (Velebit is the biggest mountain in Croatia). It’s at 14° 54′ 10” east longitude and 44° 55′ 24” north latitude. Its position on the Eastren Adriatic coast determines its maritime connection with the
Mediterranean towns and countries. It’s linked with the hinterland by the roads across the Vratnik pass (700m above the sea level) in the North, but also with the Vinodol Valley and Rijeka in the West and with Zadar, Split and southren Dalmatia in the South.

Northern Croatia has the continental climate. Central Croatia has pre-mountainous and mountainous climate, and the coastal area has the Mediterranean climate (with dry and warm summers, and mild and humid winters).

 The temperatures (in degrees Celsius) in winter range from -1° to 3°C in the continental zone, from -5° to 0°C in the mountain region, and from 5° to 10°C in the coastal region.
The temperatures (in degrees Celsius) in summer range from 22° to 26°C in the continental part of the country, 15° to 20°C in the mountain region, and 26° to 30°C in the coastal region.

With 2.600 hours of sunshine per year, the Adriatic Coast is one of the sunniest in the Mediterranean. The temperature of sea during the summer season is 25° to 27°C.
The most common winds are the north-eastern wind called bura that brings cold weather, the landward breeze called maestral, which announces nice weather and starts blowing at around 11AM, and jugo, the humid wind that blows from the southeast.

Sveti Juraj

Where we are

By car
Distances

Distance (km) Zagreb Budapest Vienna Rome Berlin Zürich Paris London
Senj 163,74 509 516 818 1222 827 1390 1680
Information

By calling HAK (The Croatian Automobile Club) at 072 777 777 you can obtain the following information:

Situation on Croatian roads and ferry lines in the Adriatic Sea
Highway tolls in Croatia and abroad
Driving limitations for certain vehicle categories in Croatia and some other European countries
Fuel prices in Croatia and abroad
Information on HAK members’ rights
Telephone numbers of international auto clubs
Advice on the best routes
Sailing schedules for ferries in the Adriatic Sea
Info center is open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
Detailed information can also be found at www.hak.hr

Road assistance
Call (+385 1) 1987

Repairs of the vehicle failure on the road
Removal of disabled or abandoned vehicles, and vehicles damaged in car accidents
Transportation of disabled or abandoned vehicles, and vehicles damaged in car accidents
These services are charged according to the HAK pricelist.

HAK Senj
Obala kralja Zvonimira 14, 53270 Senj
Phone : 1987, +385 53 881-120
Fax: +385 53 881-120
auto.klub.senj@gs.t-com.hr



By plane
Airports

Rijeka Airport
Hamec 1
HR-51513 OMIŠALJ
Tel: 00385 51 842 040
www.rijeka-airport.hr
The flight schedule can be found on the website.
The distance between Omišalj and Senj is 51,92 km.

Zagreb Airport
Pleso bb
HR-10 000 ZAGREB
Tel: 00385 1 456 2222
www.zagreb-airport.hr
The flight schedule can be found on the website.
The distance between Zagreb and Senj is 163,74 km.

Reservations and tickets
Croatia Airlines web site
The flight schedule can be found on the website.

Croatia Airlines
HR-10 000 ZAGREB
tel: +385 1 616 0066
Croatia Airlines – Rijeka
Jelačićev trg 5
HR-51 000 RIJEKA
Tel: +385 51 330-207
e-mail: rjkto@croatiaairlines.hr
By ferry

The sailing schedule can be found on the Jadrolinija website.

By bus

The town of Senj is connected with all major European towns via Zagreb and Rijeka bus terminals.

Information and tickets
Bus terminal Senj
Tel: 060 394 394
e-mail: prometnik.senj@autotrans.hr

Bus terminal Zagreb
www.akz.hr
Tel: +385 60 313 333

Bus terminal Rijeka
www.autotrans.hr
Tel: +060 302 010

Flixbus
https://www.flixbus.com/bus/senj

By train

The town of Senj is connected with all major European towns via Zagreb and Rijeka train station.
The train schedule can be found on the Croatian Railways website.

Reservations and tickets
Railway Station Zagreb
Croatia Express
Trg kralja Tomislava 12
HR-10 000 Zagreb
Tel: 060 333 444 , (01) 37 82 532 , (01) 48 11 842 , (01) 49 22 224
Railway Station Rijeka
Trg Kralja Tomislava 1
HR- 51 000 Rijeka
Tel: 060 333 444

Nehaj Fortress

Let us tell you a few words about the history of our Nehaj fortress. Fortress Nehaj was erected in 1558 when the Turks and Venice were at the peak of their power. In those bitter times Senj with its inhabitants resisted numerous attacks of the enemy trying to seize control over the town. Ivan Lenković, the capitain of the Senj uskoks ordered all churches and monasteries being outside the town walls to be destroyed and a new fortress on the Trbušnjak hill (62 m) to be built. The fortress erected on the hill top was difficult to access so that it was impossible to carry it. This 18 m high and 23 m wide fortress could be reached by staircases via wooden bridge through narrow double gate The powerful walls 3,30 m thick narrowing towards the top ended with crenel and five small corner towers. They comprised a hundred of loopholes and eleven embrasures. Within the groundfloor right section there was a fire-place surrounded by premises for the garrison and arsenal . The remains of a small Early Romansque church of St. Juraj from the 11 th c. Can be seen here. In the centre there is a triple coat of arms, that of the Gradac archduke who administered Senj in that period flanked by those of Ivan Lenković (on the left) comprising the year of the fortress erection ond of his successor captain (on the right). The premises for the garrison and the captain were on the first floor.

On the second floor works on reconstruction of the former battery with 11 heavy guns have been currently undertaken This is also the place where well-known “Nehaj music perfomances” are regulary organized in summer. The Nehaj fortress keep is a belvedere today. In the old times it was the observation post and the guards were looking out for the enemy approaching the town from the sea or land or received the smoke or lights signals from their neighbours of the nearby islands or coastal region. Thank you for your visit!

Park Nehaj

Park Nehaj is located between the old city centre and the settlement Trbušnjak, about 50 meters above sea level, next to the sea. Fortress Nehaj, symbol of the Uskoks of Senj and the famous history of Senj, is located in the heart of Park. Park Nehaj spreads over 14 hectares around Fortress Nehaj, and it offers a variety of activities for all ages. Monument Kalvarija was built in 1740, which can be seen by the carved number MDCCXL in the bottom back side of the stone portion of a previously damaged cross. Religious believers visit Kalvarija throughout the year. The path to the
monument is a path of cross with 14 stations of cross, symbolized by 14 resting places in the Park.In the centre of the Park, there is a monument to the antifascist movement and all who died for freedom – Kosturnica. The view from the Park overlooks Senj and especially its old city centre – a protected
medieval cultural monument. The hill is intertwined with about 4 kilometres of gravel pathways, ideal for recreation such as walking, power walking, jogging or cycling, and two playgrounds in the Park allow children to have fun and play on swings, slides and seesaws. Sports ground Tenis is a popular gathering place for athletes of all ages. On this polyvalent ground, visitors can play soccer, volleyball or exercise. In the summer, this location is used also as a summer stage for attractive cultural and entertainment events, such as classical concerts, pop concerts, book nights, movie nights, plays and festivals.

Senj Town Museum

It is situated in the palace of the Vukasović family wich was one of the most respectable and most influential family in Senj. The palace was built in the fourteenth and fifteenth century in the Gothic and Renaissance style, being the supreme structure of the profane architecture of the town of Senj. The Senj town museum was established on the 7 th of May 1962 as a cultural and scientific institution with the aim to collect, preserve, classify, study, process, present and publish museological, historical and cultural dana. It also has an educational function taking care of the whole cultural and natural heritage of the town and its surroundings.
The museum houses the archeological collection-lapidarius, the hydro-archeological collection, the collection of the recent history of Senj and the Fatherland`s war, the etnographic collection of the Bunjevac community and the collection of the Velebit flora and fauna. The professional library (Seninensia) with its archive, photo-documentation and paintings is part of the town`s museum of Senj.

St Mary Cathedral

Religious Heritage

In the year 1987. the permanent exhibition of the sacral art was founded with the help of the town of Senj. The exhibition includes selected artifacts from the Cathedral’s treasury, the archive and the bishopic Library. There artistic remains from the churches of Senj, the keys of the town of Klis and the stylish furniture from the time of Bishop Ožegović, the portraits of the bishops of the Senj-Modruš diocese and the sacral dishes can be seen as well.
In the period from 15th July to 1st September the exhibition is opened daily from:

  •     9 a.m. – 12 a.m. and 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

other months:

  •     on working days from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  •     on weekends is closed

The visit is also possible any other time but only by making an arrangement with the managers on the Phone/fax.++385 53 882-109. The archive and its library are not opened for the visitors except for the scietific researches and studies. The appointment is necessary.

Glagolitic Script – Senj Printing Works

The Park of Senj Writters

In Senj were born and lived some of the most famous Croatian writers and poets of his time (Silvie Strahimir Kranjcevic, Milutin Cihlar Nehajev, Vjenceslav Novak, Milan Ogrizovic, Pavao Ritter Vitezovizovic). Town of Senj devoted to them the park above the beach “Banja”,  in which are placed their busts. Here is also situated votive church St. Maria of Art.

Our Lady of Krasno Sanctuary
Forestry Museum Krasno
Northern Velebit National Park

North Velebit is the youngest of the Croatian national parks, established in 1999. It comprises the most attractive and, in terms of nature, the most valuable areas of the northern part of Velebit. A large number of attractive sights are concentrated in this predominantly mountainous park – magnificent carst forms of Hajdučki and Rožanski kukovi, unique botanical garden and Lukina cave, one of the longest in the world. Croatian mountaineers consider this area the greatest jewel among the Croatian mountains. Due to its remoteness from the main roads, this area is somewhat less visited, but this only increases its mystic and primeval natural ambience.
Velebit House
Velebit House is a visitor and information centre for visitors to the Northern Velebit National Park. It is located in the Village of Krasno, one of Croatia’s largest mountain settlements. Its recognisable, modern and attractive content, makes it possible to present the natural and cultural values of the Park throughout the whole year. Here you can find out what to visit and to experience in the Park, Krasno and its surroundings, and buy tickets and souvenirs.
In Velebit House you will learn more about the climate, species and habitats, cultural heritage, geology and underground of Northern Velebit. An emphasis is placed on the deep caves as a special peculiarity of the Park. You will become acquainted with the geology and process that created the caves, research history and techniques and gain insight into the specific animal world of the underworld. The special attraction has to be the experience of entering the caves through a special ‘lift’. Mystical and inaccessible to most, in the Velebit House the real underground world can be experienced by almost everyone.
Velebit Nature Park
VELEBIT, With its area of almost 2,000 km², the Velebit Nature Park is the largest protected area of Croatia, larger than all other protected areas taken together. Within the Park, there is a series of smaller protected areas, including two national parks: Northern Velebit and Paklenica, and the strict reserves of Hajdučki and Rožanski kukovi. On this magnificent mountain that in its diversity, unique relief and richness of plant and animal life is one of the most significant in Europe, there is a whole series of natural sights ranking among the highest values Croatia has to offer. Therefore, this whole 150 km long mountain is protected as UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, currently the only one in Croatia.

What can you also do?

Cycling

The Town of Senj and its surroundings are the ideal destination for biking activities throughout the year, due to its climate and terrain configuration. Only few kilometres take you from the crystal blue sea and mild Mediterranean climate to mountain pastures where the intact nature and clean air freshen your body and soul. The biking routes offer various combinations for different biking abilities, for amateurs as well as for more-demanding bikers. When taking our biking trails, you shall visit numerous charming villages within the Senj hinterland, enjoy various lookouts with amazing views of the North-Adriatic islands as well as slopes of the powerful Velebit and gorgeous, breath-taking landscapes.

Hiking and walking trails in Senj area

1. Senj bypass: Sibinj -Malić-Alino bilo-Krivi Put -Orlovo gnijezdo- Vratnik -Krajačeva kuća- Jadićeva plan – Sijaset – Kula Nehaj- track lenght 50 km
2. Starigrad-Donja Klada: walking trail along the sea with educational tables – about 1, 5 hour of walk
3. Oltari – Zavižan: marked hiking trail – 5h of walk
4. Gornja Klada- Zavižan: marked hiking trail – 5h of walk
5. Jablanac-Turska vrata-Strogir-Alan: marked hiking trail – 4h of walk
6. Siča-Plančice-Alan: marked hiking trail – 7,5h of walk
7. Velike Brisnice-Plančice-Rossijeva koliba: marked hiking trail
8. Premužić trail -The top parts of northern and central Velebit from Zavižan to Baške Oštarije are connected by a 57 km long hiking trail. It was named after its designer, Ante Premužić, the great builder of roads and trails on Velebit.
The construction of the trail took only 3 years (1930 – 1933), but it required the labour of a large number of workers from sub-Velebit villages. The trail opened access to the least to the most hidden and the most beautiful parts of Velebit, known only to few people that far.
Since there are no high ascents (the altitude difference between the highest and the lowest point along the whole of its length is only 200m), people unaccustomed to mountain hiking may enjoy its beauty. There are also several mountain shelters nearby.
The quality of construction and its perfect fit in the natural habitat make this trail a masterpiece of trail construction.

Diving

Since medieval times, the East coast of Adriatic sea has been the main shipping route from the East to the West. Today, there are numerous ancient remains either on land or on the sea bottom, which help us to follow those shipping routes and recall the events from our past.

Our ancestors, experienced sea-men, left us a system of fortresses built on islands’ hilltops with the purpose to control the shipping routes and defend themselves from various enemies. And down under, on the bottom of the sea, there are numerous shipwrecks scattered around – a graveyard of ships caught in a storm or perhaps shot by a cannon ball, beauties that never reached their destinations.

On the other hand, nature has taken care of all those interesting colourful, countless visual attractions which can be found around cliffs dropping vertically into the sea, so called “nature walls”.

In GALATHEA DIVING CENTER you can get all the necesary informations about how to dive on archaeological sites previously mentioned, or how to reach famous shipwrecks, those historical deepsea museums and enjoy in a unique experience of diving through submarine gardens of one of the most beautiful and best protected undersea areas in the world.

Sailing

Fishing

Before you go off to fish, you must obtain a license that will allow you to enjoy sports-recreational fishing.
As of 1st January 2012, all types of licences for recreational fisheries at sea may be obtained in electronic form (bought on-line).
Online purchase of recreational fisheries licences valid for one or more days as well as of those for recreational fisheries of tuna, spearfish and swordfish has been enabled as of 15. July 2011. In addition to already available service, as of 1st January 2012. it is possible to purchase online all types of annual licences for recreational fisheries at sea. It is important to keep in mind that the electronic licences do not have a paper form – the licence is confirmed with the serial number assigned by the system upon purchase. When the purchase is completed, a PDF document shall be delivered to the e-mail of the buyer which confirms that the licence has been bought and contains the licence serial number.

Hunting

Within the area of Senj there are hunting-grounds managed by the „Hrvatske šume“, i.e. by the Forest managment of Senj. In the mountainos area, there are shooting places rich in wild animals such as bears, deers, does, chamois, boars, snipes, partridges, snakes and hares. The wellmaintained and rich hunting places and the accomodation in the cottages situated in the centre of the shooting place are suitable for the hunting tourism. The hunters will enjoy in  the singing of the mountaincock, and observing the chamois, bear and other animals while on the particular places only, a special kind of the mountain-cock which is rare in other European countries, can be seen. The hunting-grounds on the coastal area of the town of Senj are more accessible on the Velebit base. They are rich in bears, deers, chamois, harts, boars, mountain-cocks and mouflons. The moufflons, snipes and guails are the most suitable animals for hunting.

Contact

email
grad-senj@gs.t-com.hr
address
Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana 2,53270 Senj
phone
+385 (0)53/881-162