Manita Pećina

Fools Oven

Useful Information

Location: In the National Park Starigrad-Paklenica. 90 min walk to the cave. (44°18'49.24"N, 15°28'33.77"E)
Open: once a week
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=175 m, VR=35 m, A=712 m asl.
Guided tours:  
Bibliography: Dr Zeljko Poljak (2002): A Guide to the Mountains along the Croatian Coast on Foot and by Car, Skolsha knjia, Zagreb. ISBN 953-0-61547-7
Address: Manita Peć, National Park of Paklenica, 23244 Starigrad-Paklenica, Tel: +385-23-369-155, Fax: +385-23-369-202.
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1949 area declared a national park.


Manita pećina is located in a steep and narrow gorge of the Velika Paklenica river. Two rivers cross the Starigrad-Paklenica National Park, a karst area with bald rocks, in narrow gorges with up to 400 m high vertical cliffs. This kind of landscape is called bare karst, where the soil has been removed by erosion, probably after man destroyed the original vegetation several thousand years ago. The National Park has 70 knowns caves, only Manita pećina is open to the public.

The cave consists of two huge chambers with impressive formations, stalagmites and rimstone pools.

This landscape is really familiar to movie fans of the German/Yugoslavian Karl May movies. This special form of western movies is based on the dozens of books of the German 19th century author Karl May. Karl May never visited America although he wrote many adventure stories about cowboys and red indians. And in the same tradition the movies were not filmed in America but in the karst areas of Croatia. They had international actors like Stewart Granger, Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Mario Adorf and the young Terence Hill.