Smiljan is a picturesque village in Lika, best known as the birthplace of one of the world's greatest inventors, Nikola Tesla. Smiljan is located on the western edge of the Lika field, at the foot of the mountain range Velebit. The name Smiljan is associated with various legends that talk about immortelle and a girl named Smiljana.
Memorial Center "Nikola Tesla", located in Tesla's birthplace, is definitely worth a visit. Because of Nikola Tesla, his birthplace and the Memorial Center, Smiljan has become one of the must-see destinations that you simply have to visit when traveling through Lika.
Smiljan was inhabited as early as the Late Bronze Age. The archeological traces of Japods, the Illyrian tribe who were the first known inhabitants of Lika were found in the area. You should also visit the nearby Gospić, only 7 km from Smiljan. The Ličanka Brewery is only 18 km from Smiljan.