Near Kiza mountain peak
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Near Kiza mountain peak

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Velebit is amazing mountain that has great natural features of interest even outside its two national parks. Some of the most striking are in its central part around Baske Ostarije, a picturesque place located in a mountain pass beneath the imposing crest of Kiza, which can be reached via the old road. Baške Oštarije is an ideal starting point for hiking expeditions.

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