In a deep cove between the Stara Vlaka and Smokovača coves there is Jablanac, a place that used to be a trading centre and is now a picturesque fishing and tourist town. Next to the remains of medieval walls and the tower of the old town Ablana there is the St Nikola’s church from the 12th century. In the 13th century Ablana had the status of a royal free city. Before World War II Dr Miroslav Hirtz (1878 – 1944), a famous naturalist and travel writer, built a mountain lodge on a 26 m high cliff which is now named after him. From the beach in Jablanac to this lowest mountain lodge in the world, there are only 122 steps. This lodge is also the starting point of a mountain trek which leads to a beautiful viewpoint and mountain lodge Alan on Velebit and it takes a four-hour walk.
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