Pilgrims' Route Plitvice - Krasno

An ancient tradition refreshed, rediscover the old way of travelling on foot to a holy place – Shrine of Our Lady of Krasno!

Shrine Nested on the Majestic Mountain

Whether you take a pilgrimage as a journey to a sacred place for the purpose of venerating or you want to have a secular, but spiritual journey to a holy place, it will be a life-changing experience.

The beginning of a religious tradition and pilgrimage to Krasno is dating back to 1716!

The Shrine of Our Lady of Krasno was once one of the most important Marian shrines in Croatia.

The faithful pilgrims were coming to Krasno on different routes, one of which was from the direction of Plitvice Lakes and the Mount Pljesivica. The tradition has not ceased since that time though its popularity waned in recent centuries.

The initiative of the GreenWay Tour 2Parks is to bring this old and almost forgotten tradition back to life. Revitalization of the pilgrimage route is in the initial stage, but that should not stop you to make your pilgrimage to the Shrine.

The pilgrimage was and still is traditionally held on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15.
In the past, thousands of pilgrims made their way to the Shrine on foot and votive pilgrimage were very often done barefoot. The people would also go on pilgrimages to attain better health for themselves or for their loved ones.

Mount VelebitMount Velebit - Shrine's Homeplace

Today, in addition to those undertaking a religious pilgrimage we would like to invite hikers who consider this kind of experience a spiritual adventure away from the bustle of modern life.

Legend of St. Mary of Krasno

The beginning of pilgrimage is linked to the legend of St. Mary of Krasno, a story about a group of shepherds who found an outline of St. Mary in a mountain flower on the site of the present church. They took the flower to the chapel in their village in Krasnarsko polje (Krasno valley). But the miraculous flower reappeared several times on the site in the forest. This miraculous event inspired Faithful villagers to build a chapel in the forest and to continue to go on pilgrimage on the site of the apparition.

The story of the miraculous event soon spread in all directions and  the ever-growing mass of people started the pilgrimage to Krasno. As an expression of worship, the pilgrimage  was made on foot , often barefoot, and it lasted for several days.

With time, walking was replaced by driving, but that was, and still is, completely different from a walking experience.

From the moment you make your first step you begin the process of letting go and slowing down!

Encourage yourself to take the first step, because one thing is for certain – this kind of experience is life changing. Find below useful details and contacts, and start your spiritual journey!

Krasno, Velebit

Useful Information

Shrine's Location

The Shrine and the church of Our Lady of Krasno are located on a beautiful clearing close to the picturesque village Krasno in Lika-Senj County in the Republic of Croatia, 700 m above sea level in the heart of the Northern Velebit National Park.
Without any doubt, this is one of the most beautifully located Marian shrines.

How Far?

Plitvice - Krasno is cca. 70 km (cca. 43 miles).

Route?

At this time, the pilgrimage is possible along the state road from Korenica towards Otocac, and further along the county road towards Krasno village. There is generally a dense network of public footpaths, but the sparse population means these footpaths are little used and overgrown. 
GWT2P initiative is to look to revitalize old routes avoiding main roads as much as possible.

When Shoul I Go?

We recommend May/June/July/August/September/October. Peak time for pilgrimage to Krasno is August.

Where to Start? 

In old times pilgrims started from home. Today, those who are nearby 2Parks simply have to follow the state and the county road from Korenica towards Krasno village. All along the route pilgrims will receive a warm and generous welcome from the local people in picturesque villages. Accommodation takes the form of family-run places and cafes along the route.

Important Tips

  • Bring extra clothing and layers, including waterproof gear. It could be up to 7 or 8 degrees cooler on Velebit, coupled with the wind (if present) could make it quite cool, especially out of season.
  • Have appropriate footwear, ideally hiking boots, giving proper ankle support.
  • If you choose to walk barefoot we recommend Stations of the Cross that start at the bottom of the hill where the Shrine is located.
  • Everyone should have adequate food and water supply to be self-sufficient.
  • Chocolate, bananas, nuts and raisins are good energy providers.
  • Everyone should have a means of contacting help. A fully charged mobile phone, and possibly a second or third if in a group.

On the hill, near the Shrine, is a hotel with 35 rooms and 80 beds.The hotel's restaurant "Adrijana" offers domestic food and drinks.
Down in the Krasno Valley, you can find a couple of restaurants and holiday houses.

Arrange all details in advance!

Shrine
Tel/fax: +385(0)53 799-102
Hotel
Tel/fax: +385(0)53 851-205 and +385(0)53 851-206
Bistro/restoran "Adrijana" 
Tel/fax: +385(0)53 851-007

Other important phone numbers of emergency services can be found under Rules and Regs - Practical Information HR!

Nearby Attractions 

Kuća Velebita - visitor centre

The church of Our Lady of Krasno

The oldest trace, which confirms the existence of a previous religious building, is the marble holy water font with the engraved year 1641.

The church was built in the 18th century on the foundations of the older medieval church, and restored in 1716.  
The year 1761, carved on the wall panel still located in the church is considered to be the year of the foundation of the sanctuary.

The highest artistic value in the church is given to the wood coffered ceiling with the painted scenes from the life of Christ, Mary and saints and citations in Latin from 1740.

Northern Velebit Nationa Park

With this route, we are also bringing closer the magnificent Velebit mountain and the third National Park - Northern Velebit!
The park is famous for numerous pits, a botanical garden and the renowned Premužić trail with the astonishing view of the sea and of the continent. 
Also, there is a newly opened visitor center "Kuća Velebita", and renovated shepherd's houses for tourists, away from everything!
The seat of this stunning national park is located in Krasno village.
LinkNorthern Velebit National Park 

Krasno Village

The village Krasno is located below the Shrine, 714 meters above the sea level. The village is mentioned for the first time back in 1275Today,  Krasno is a popular spot among the nature lovers and believers.

The locals offer excellent cheese and eco and organic produce, you can visit here the Forestry Museum (the oldest forestry in Croatia – 250 years), the church and the chapel and get a very nice accommodation. 

The whole region has a mixture of the highland climate, Mediterranean climate and moderate continental climate with a nearly perfect fusion of the clean mountain air and marine air masses enriched with aerosols. All you have to do for a full therapeutic effect is to breathe deeply! :) 

Kuterevo Bear Sanctuary

Not far is Kuterevo village and  the famous bear sanctuary – the world-known shelter for bear orphans where volunteers from around the world care for rescued bears.
Learn more about this commendable work and the shelter for young bears that are supervised by top experts.

Address: Pod crikvon 103, Kuterevo 
Phone: +385(0)53 799 222

Kuterevo bear sanctuary

We believe that you'll find plenty of reasons to go on this spiritual journey! ;)

Discover Krasno and Velebit! 

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