Željava, Croatia: Yugo, waterfalls and minefields
After only a 2 hours’ drive from Zagreb, we’ll take you to a magical place called Plitvice Lakes National Park. A park known for its turquoise water, countless waterfalls, trouts fighting the streams and travel bloggers fighting with their selfie sticks. After the visit to the park (Upper Lakes section) we’re taking you to a completely different world. The world of airport runways overgrown with weeds, the world of blown-up tunnels and minefields in demining process; the world where the only thing that lurks from the bushes are the ghosts of times past and an old Dakota airplane. The place is known as Željava, the deserted Yugoslav airbase.
Duration: Max. 9 Hs.
Up to 3 people
Yugo, waterfalls and minefields
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and the largest national park in the Republic of Croatia. The exceptional natural beauty of this area has always attracted nature lovers. As a result of that, it was declared the first national park of the Republic of Croatia as early as 8 April 1949. The process of tufa formation, through which tufa barriers and subsequently lakes are formed, is the outstanding universal value for which Plitvice Lakes received international recognition on 26 October 1979, when it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The park is primarily covered in forest vegetation, with smaller areas under grasslands. The most attractive part of the park – the lakes – cover just under 1% of the total park area.
Željava or Bihać Air Base
The construction of the Željava or Bihać Air Base (code named “Objekat 505”) was inspired by mountain hangars used by the Swedish Göta Wing (F 9), began in 1948 and was completed in 1968. During those two decades, SFRY spent approximately $6 billion on its construction, three times the combined current annual military budgets of Serbia and Croatia. It was one of the largest and most expensive military construction projects in Europe.
For people living in Ex-Yugoslavia the one and only Yugo was never just a car, it was both a member of a family and a best friend.
The production of that legendary car reached the number of 784.428. Yugos were being assembled in Zastava factory in Kragujevac between early 80’s and 2008.
Everybody drove a Yugo and it was even exported to many countries – from the Great Britain to the USA becoming the cheapest new car money could buy. However, western world didn’t share our enthusiasm towards Yugos, claiming it was “The worst car in history “. Ironically, that nickname gave Yugos a whole new career – the one of a Hollywood movie star. This pride and joy of Yugoslav motorcar industry co-starred Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson in Die hard 3, Danny de Vito in “Who drowned Mona“, it appeared in The Simpsons and many other movies and TV series.
We are here to share the legend, and if you want a Yugo story of your own that will begin with „You remember that one time years ago when we were in a good old Yugo…“ check out our YUGO adventures and LET’S HIT THE ROAD!!!
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