Baračeve špilje

Baračeve Pecíne - Baraceve Cave

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Location: Near Rakovice. 120km south of Zagreb, 4km north of Plitvice Lakes. From Zagreb follow D1 south, turn left at Rakovice, through Grabovac to the parking lot, follow the path on the other side of the road.
Open: APR Fri, Sat, Sun 10-16.
MAY to JUN daily 10-18.
JUL to AUG daily 9-19.
SEP daily 10-18.
OCT Fri, Sat, Sun 10-16.
Fee: Adults HRK 45, Children (7-12) HRK 25.
Groups (+): Adults HRK 35.
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: torches and helmets provided.
Dimension: L=800m.
Gornja Baračeva špilja: L=520m.
Guided tours: L=200m, D=45min.
Address: Javna ustanova Rakovica, Nova Kršlja bb, 47245 Rakovica, Tel: +385-47-782-113, +385-47-782-007, GSM: +385-91-7541-200, +385-98-9634-224, +385-98-9390-566. E-mail: contact
Guide: Ivica Turkalj, restaurant "Sedra", Irinovac 149, 47246 Drežnik Grad, Tel: +385-47-784-402 (restaurant), Tel: +385-98-634-290 (mobile).
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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1968 explored by the Speleological section Velebit.


For Baračeve špilje (Baraceve caves) the plural is really appropriate. There are numerous caves which may be visited: Donja Baračeva špilja, Nova Baračeva špilja, Gornja Baračeva špilja, and Otvaranje špilja. The show cave is Gornja Baračeva špilja, which is 520m long, but only 200m are visited on the tour. The visitors are equipped with helmets and electric torches. It seems the local caving club interpreted the term "torch" literally: electric handlamps were installed in bamboo garden toches. At least they are so huge, they cant slip your mind.

The river Suvaja, which runs close to the cave, is a true karst river. It disappears in a swallow hole only a few hundred meters downstream, just to reappear in a karst spring another 200m further.