The Caves of Cerovec are situated in Lika, some four kilometres from Gračac, and can, therefore, be easily reached from the main road from Zagreb, Zadar, Split or Šibenik. According to spelunkers and visitors to the caves, they belong to the most intensely researched and richest caves with natural ornaments of all.
Two caves of a total length of 4000 metres are found on Mount Crnopac, which marks the end of the Velebit massif just above the Gračac plateau. They offer the possibility of an interesting visit into the underground realm, from where a person will return overflowing with new impressions of the less familiar world and creative power of nature. Both caves have been prepared and are lighted for tourist visits to a depth of 800 meters. The caves consist of a number of elongated corridors and large vaults, and are full of lakes, stalagmites and stalactites, columns and crystals in wondrous shapes and colours.
The largest of the vaults in the caves is 70 meters long, 30 meters wide, and between 10 to 20 meters high. The cave Strašna peć ( Frightful furnace) is an interesting tourist, ecological and historical destination, situated near Savar on Dugi otok, next to the Nature park Telašćica and National park Kornati. The first speleological research took place in 1900., when the cave was opened for visitors and tourists. Due to it’s fascinating beauty, even the Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph visited it in 1904.
Strašna peć has a monumental entrance 10 m wide and 7 m high, where the nature between the joined stalactites and stalagmites created the space like the gothic cathedral arches, and the thrilling picturesque first hall will surprise you. The whole cave has the romantic touch. Peacefulness and harmony of the island’s scenery in the symbiosis with blue Adriatic sea and attractive thrilling beauty of Strašna peć will give you an unbelievable experience for ever to remember.