Otočac was originally a fortress on a small islet in the river Gacka, and thus it was named. Because of this particular position, Otočac was unconquerable and, as the center of the province of Gacka, played a significant role in the defense of Croatian territory during the Ottoman invasions. It was not until the 18th century that the city could extend beyond the city walls.
Otočac was first mentioned in the 11th century on the well-known Baška tablet. The archaeological evidence indicates that Japods lived in this area as early as the late Bronze Age in the 11th century BC.
You can find out more about the history of Otočac and the Gacka area at the Gacka Museum, and be sure to take a walk around the Gacka Croatian Memory Park.
We also suggest you visit the Croatian Center for Indigenous Fish and Crustacean. There is a Runolist Cheese farm where you can sample various types of famous Lika cheeses.
Hiking and biking trails and fishing are just some of the many options for an active vacation in the magical Gacka Valley.
An exciting gastronomic event, "Eco-Ethno Gacka" takes place in Otočac at the end of July. The Gacka Valley, the town of Otočac and its surroundings, are waiting for you to discover them and you will surely enjoy it!