‘Theresiana’ Educational Trail
‘Theresiana’ was one of the most important roads built through the Velebit passes as the key trade connection between the coast and inland.
Wishing to inform our visitors about the great cultural significance of Theresiana Road, “Velebit Nature Park” Public Institution developed an educational trail on one of its sections. The trail is open to hikers only, and the mere three-kilometer stretch offers a view of both sides of Velebit in all their amazing beauty.
If you wish to find out more about the history of this area whilst taking this pleasant walk through the country, leave it to the professional guides of "Velebit Nature Park" Public Institution. You will have fun listening to legends and anecdotes from lives of the good people of this area.
It is also possible to take a shorter walking tour which lasts roughly 1,5 h. The first third of this tour (from Oštarijsko Ždrilo) is identical with Terezijana, while afterwards the path follows a mild ascent to the Debela Kosa peak (972 metres above the sea level). The ascent is not very demanding and even the people of weaker physical condition can easily climb it. After a short walk along the ridge of Debela Kosa, followed by astonishing views over the Adriatic Sea and island Pag from one side and the valley of Baške Oštarije from the other, the path descends to the Oštarska vrata pass.
In December 2007 the Ministry of Culture passed a Decree by which it is established that historical Theresiana Road has a value of a cultural good , in line with the Act on the Protection and Maintenance of cultural goods.