Lokve – In Honour of the Frogs

Lokve – In Honour of the Frogs Lokve is a small village in Gorski Kotar, located in the wet marshlands, whose residents have humorously been named Žabari (FROGS). And while in past times the residents of Lokve protested against this amusing name, eventually they have not only learned to joke at their own expence but have turned it into their trademark. So, each spring, they have started organizing a celebration called Frog Nights which celebrates not only frogs, but also all the people from the Lokve area.

The 35th Frog Nights will take place in late April this year. This traditional event culminates in a frog jumping contest. Frog owners arrive with their pets and, to the spectators’ delight, urge them along to ensure the longest jump. It is important to emphasize that at the end of the competition all the frogs are released back into their natural habitat.

In honor of frogs - the Frog Museum opened in Lokve, where visitors can learn all about frogs, the history of frogs in Lokve and Frog Nights, as well as frog ‘hunting’. The museum exhibits a collection of over a thousand species of frogs from around the world. The museum program is supplemented by documentary films and audio and video recordings related to the frog world, while the gift shop is filled with interesting souvenirs. To round off this unforgettable experience of visiting a unique museum, the visitors are in the end offered the opportunity to try a unique forest fruit liqueur called Frog Blood.

Apart from Frog Nights, Lokve, located in the heart of Gorski Kotar, at the foot of Risnjak`s peaks, in the beautiful natural surroundings and mountain climate, provides countless opportunities for recreation, relaxation and refreshment. Lovers of sports and recreational activities can enjoy the Omladinsko Lake as well as Lokvarka Cave – the largest cave in Croatia, which has been adapted for tourists - where visitors are simply captivated by its underground riches. There is also the forest park Golubinjak with maintained and marked hiking trails.

The Tourist Board of Primorsko-Goranska County
www.kvarner.hr

The Tourist Board of Lokve Borough
www.tz-lokve.hr

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