Delnice Trefoil
The administrative territory of Delnice can be broken down into three main geographical parts, which for the promotional purposes can be collectively referred to as the Delnice Trefoil. They include:
- Delnice
- Crni Lug / Risnjak
- the Kupa valley.

In terms of population, the largest and central places in this part of Gorski kotar are Delnice, Crni Lug and Brod na Kupi. While close and well connected, they still exhibit numerous differences and distinctive features. Delnice is situated centrally, and with regard to the relief it creates the balance between the higher area of Crni Lug and Risnjak and the low Kupa valley. If you wish to find out more about the Trefoil - just read on, leaf by leaf!


Delnice is the centre of Gorski kotar and, with 4451 inhabitants (census 2001), it is also the largest place. It is situated in Delničko Polje (valley) and surrounded by hills (Drgomalj, Petehovac and Japlenški Vrh). An interesting fact about Delnice is that, at an elevation of 698 m, it is also the highest town in Croatia. Delnice is the centre of forestry and wood processing industry. Its favourable situation on the country's major transit routes has made Delnice into an important centre of tourism, trade and sports. Delnice boasts numerous walks in the green and trim tracks, as well as several natural and cultural heritage sites under protection in its immediate vicinity.
The town has long enjoyed a reputation of a health resort thanks to its mountain climate that is found to be stimulative in medical terms (the air baths). That is why Delnice is a destination recommended for high-altitude athletic training, but also for active holidays, recreation, or walking tours. The fresh mountain air, enriched by a scent of conifers, works as a natural aromatherapy.

Crni Lug

Crni Lug is the central place in the Crni Lug area, situated at 726 m above sea level. The village is the starting point for trips to the Risnjak National Park, where the highest mountain peak attains 1,528 m. While it can be described as a typical mountain village of Gorski kotar, some old customs that have been preserved in Crni Lug and its surroundings bear witness to numerous contacts of the continental and littoral parts of Croatia, of the Alps and the Dinarides. So, here you can see how the wood is worked, or how fir wood is chopped into thin slices to make shingle. At the same time, however, this is the only place in Gorski kotar where during the carnival you will find authentic masked groups, the "bell ringers" called Pesniki.
In the immediate vicinity of Crni Lug is the main entrance to the Risnjak National Park, which is the village's main asset in terms of tourist potentials and opportunities for the development of related economic activities. It is a pretty and tidy village, very much like the neighbouring Malo Selo. Neatly kept flowerbeds and mown meadows, set off by the darkness of the surrounding coniferous woods, reflect the villagers' traditional way of life: strongly determined by the environment yet in harmony with it.

The Kupa  valley

The upper course of the Kupa river is the territory divided among Delnice and the neighbouring municipalities of Brod Moravice and Čabar. Its northern part is also known as the Kupa (Brodska) valley. In terms of tourism, this is the most developed part not only in the Delnice area but also in the entire Gorski kotar. The lowest points in this part of the Kupa's course are at about 220m above sea level, whereas the surrounding peaks of the Risnjak-Drgomalj mountain group have an average height of 800-1000 m. Because it is much lower than the steep hills surrounding it and because it has a relatively warm and mild climate, the Kupa valley is often interestingly described as a warm wedge driving into the cold mass of Gorski kotar. As a result of such favourable climatic conditions, this tiny corner of Gorski kotar is characteristic in that it enables such agricultural activities as maize and even wine growing. However, what local farmers are particularly proud of are their orchards, even though these have become quite a rarity these days. They still grow some old sorts of apples and gladly offer them to their visitors. The Kupa and its tributaries, the Kupica in particular, are a "promised land" for sport fishing (trout, grayling, chub). Most of the Kupa valley is intersected by hiking trails being part of the Gorski kotar Hiking Trail (Goranski planinarski put - GPP). As such it is very popular among hikers.
In hydromorphological terms, the Kupa valley is a canyon with a number of small basins, i.e. hollows on either sides, almost all of them nesting pretty hamlets. The largest place in the Kupa valley is Brod na Kupi, one of several border crossings to the Republic of Slovenia. Even though it is home to only 176 inhabitants, the village represents the Kupa valley on a small scale and boasts a rich cultural and historical heritage. The most interesting sight is the castle built by the Zrinski counts, which dominates the village centre, today becoming a forestry and heritage museum. There are many ways to enjoy the beauty of the Kupa valley and get to know it better: one can go rafting or canoeing or swimming, one can have a "hydromassage" at small rapids at the Pritiske beach in the vicinity of Gusti Laz. Fishing licences are available for those wishing to enjoy sportfishing or fly-fishing. Everyone is welcome at Mance Hotel and choose some of their delicious specialties.



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