The Korana river provides numerous types of vacation. In summer, it is a swimmers’ paradise. Not only does the local population seek refreshment in its waters but also all the visitors, tourists or passers-by, who, after having refreshed themselves in the Korana, continue their journey relaxed and happy towards the sea or the Plitvice Lakes. Apart from bathing, Korana is also ideal for a kayak or canoe ride in the most beautiful green forest environment. Anglers will also be pleased as Korana is abundant in many fish types (pike, chub, nase, butterfish, tench).
On the other side, Slunjčica is a cold and pure river populated with the brown trout. It is one of the rare rivers that today, in the modern times, can be drunk directly from its flow.
A special feature of Slunj is the Rastoke watermill settlement that because of its natural, ethnographic and architectural value was put under special protection according to the Nature Conservation Act and as a rural whole it was entered in the register of immovable monuments of culture. Rastoke were created in a whim of nature overflowing the green and blue waters of the Slunjčica river across travertine rocks into the Korana river creating thereby a multitude of waterfalls, rapids, small lakes and cascades. More than three hundred years ago, this richness of cliffs and islands intertwined into a watermill settlement with water mills, piers and baskets, creating a perfect harmony between man and nature existing in Rastoke until today.
After visiting Rastoke, many visitors say that these are the small Plitvice Lakes, but for Rastoke it can be said that they are special because, apart from being a natural phenomenon, there are people and families living there for hundreds of years in harmony with nature.
The town of Slunj is within the Karlovac County and takes a surface of 392.54 square kilometres. It encompasses 67 settlements on that territory with 5,076 people. The average population density is very small, only 15.52 inhabitants per square kilometre (the average of Croatia is 78.4 inhabitants per square kilometre). Out of the total number of inhabitants, 49.8% are women and 50.2% are men.
As a local self-government unit, the Town of Slunj was established in 1993 by dividing the earlier Slunj Municipality to 3 new territorial units: the Town of Slunj, the Cetingrad Municipality and the Rakovica Municipality. The Town of Slunj today represents an urban centre of the south-eastern part of the Karlovac County with its many central functions. Therefore, gravitating towards it are the areas of the neighbouring Cetingrad and Rakovica municipalities. According to the territory, it is the second in the county taking 10% of its surface.
GEOGRAPHIC POSITION AND CLIMATE
Slunj nowadays has a particularly significant traffic position because of which it is a major transit and traffic town. Passing through the town is the state road no. 1 (Zagreb-Split), representing an important traffic route connecting the continental and the southern part of Croatia. Moreover, passing through the area of the Town of Slunj is the road towards Bihać and the eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The area of the Town of Slunj has the most features of the classic character of the Dinarides. The relief is karst, while on the territory of the town there are the Slunjčica, Korana, Mrežnica and Glina rivers with karst river features. Because of the karst, there is a large number of smaller rivers, sources and brooks in the same area.
The Slunj area is characterised by the moderate continental climate with mild summers and moderately cold winters and favourable precipitation distribution. The altitude is 258 meters.