Velika Gorica Travel Guide

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House on the airstrip

House on the airstrip

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The Town of Velika Gorica is situated 16 km south from Zagreb and it is the centre of 552km2 area. Up untill1990 Velika Gorica used to be a municipality, but since then it has become a part of Zagreb. Velika Gorica gained a town status in 1995. Today, there are three newly established municipalities on the former Velika Gorica Municipality area. - Kravarsko, Orle and Pokupsko.

Velika Gorica settlement was mentioned for the first time in 1228 as the parish centre. The word gorica denotes a forest or a vineyard. Archaeological sites confirm traces of life dating from the ancient times. Archaeological site Andautonia, from the Roman period, goes to prove that. We should also mention the stone axe in Mraclin, and ancient burial grounds in the centre of Velika Gorica.

Today, the town of Velika Gorica has a population of 35.000 inhabitants, and together with the wider area more than 70.000. It is the seventh biggest town in Croatia.

It seems that Velika Gorica region is made for individual or family outings. Ten minute drive from Zagreb and we are in a fertile Turopolje plain, and it takes only a half an hour to reach Posavina or Vukomeričke gorice. In Vukomeričke gorice one can see wooden chapels, among which is the chapel of St. George in Lijevi Štefanki a true pearl of wooden building.

In autumn, the forests in Vrhovlje and Pokuplje abound in mushrooms and chestnuts, and the river Kupa offers ideal camping opportunities. The Baroque church of St. Ladislas in Pokupsko, which was severely damaged in the Homeland War, has now been almost fully reconstructed. In the centre of Kravarsko there is a church of the Holy Cross “Svetoga Križa”, dating from 1874.

Turopolje and Posavina landscapes and Turopoljski lug offer great opportunities for long walks and bicycle rides. In Orle visitors can see the interesting church of St Bartol, and in Veleševec the parish church of St. Peter the Apostle. Deep in the Turopoljski lug, very close to Lekenik, stand “Vrata od krča”.

The fertile Turopolje plain has been ecologically preserved and that is why it is a source of natural health food. The people of Turopolje are famous for their vegetable and fruit, (especially apple, pear and strawberry) plantations.

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