Difference in altitude: 201 m
Rastoke is a unique creation of nature formed where the Slunjčica river flows into the Korana. As if nature was playing with the blue-green waters of the Slunjčica, the river cascades down into numerous playful waterfalls of different size, the most beautiful being the Buk, Hrvoje, and Vilina kosa waterfalls. In their formation, Rastoke is an introduction to the Plitvice Lakes.
However, unlike Plitvice, Rastoke features a three hundred years old village with houses and watermills dotted among the lush greenery on islets and rocks. The natural creations formed over thousands of years and the man-made creations built while respecting and adapting to the natural resources, the surrounding limestone rocks, the old hill-forts, and the small town of Slunj, they all blend into a harmonious whole. This unique blend of historical, ethnographic and architectural heritage make Rastoke a must-see spot on the itinerary of every cyclotourist.
Riding through the villages and passing the ruins of the Old Town you will reach a slightly ascending section of the trail that will lead you to the ruins of Podcetine from where a beautiful view of Cetingrad and the surroundings can be seen. On the return journey, underneath Slunj, you must visit the village of Rastoke lying on the Slunjčica river. The village streets are, so to speak, interspersed with numerous cascades formed by the river of the same name.
You start from the Centre of Slunj, through which passes road Jozefina, and ascend passing by the Old Town towards the village of Popovac. Through the high land, you will get close to the neighbouring country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The ascent will take you to the ruins of the
Old Town in Podcetin, with a beautiful view of Cetina and the neighbouring country. Cetingrad has played an important role in Croatian history; it was the site where the first Croatian Sabor (parliament) session was held. The town will welcome you with its renovated architecture and hospitality. The greenery of the forests and the fields will follow you on the way back to Slunj. At the place called Ponor, one kilometre away from the track, there is an unusual cave by the river. On the right side, just before the centre of Slunj, you should go down to see the village of Rastoke. The unusual architecture of the houses, whose foundations are made of limestone, will not leave you indifferent; and the streets are variegated with numerous waterfalls of the Slunjčica River, famous for being clean and drinkable.