A Day Trip to Remember: Drivenik Castle and Tribalj Lake

In only a 15-minute drive from Crikvenica and within Vinodol municipality you will come across the village of Drivenik and a castle, first mentioned in 1288. and one of the nine cities from the Law Codex of Vinodol.


Situated at the hill, looking over the valley and Tribalj Lake, is a perfect destination for a day trip on foot, by car, or by bike.



Drivenik Castle, Photo: Ivan Šardi, Croatian Tourist Board


Firstly ruled by the Frankopan family, it consisted of a fortress with a circular defensive tower and high walls. Within the walls of the castle residential buildings, warehouses, cellars, and a water cistern could be found. Much later, when the Zrinski family joined a Church of St Stephen was added, and the road between Novi Vinodolski and Bakar was built.

The road enabled inhabitants to move to the valley where the village of Drivenik was developed. In addition to the  Church of St Stephen a Church of St Domnius was built.


After the Zrinski-Frankopan Conspiracy, the castle came under the command of Vienna and completely lost its value and population.


Drivenik, Photo: Si-Ziga


Today, this beautiful Drivenik castle remains on the top of the hill, in great condition, and surrounded by dense forest, making it a perfect place for a gateway from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding cities and large crowds in summer days.

In autumn, when the forest changes color, it becomes the most picturesque place in the area.


Drivenik Castle, Photo: Ivan Šardi, Croatian Tourist Board


Going down the hill, following the road towards Tribalj, which you can see from the top of Drivenik Castle, you will come across a man-made Tribalj lake, a lake made for the purpose of hydropower plant Vinodol.

The lake is a great place for a walk and picnic while enjoying the serene water and occasional carp,  babushka, catfish, bream, perch, or eel coming to the surface. A heaven for those who love fishing.


Tribalj Lake, Photo: Ivan Šardi, Croatian Tourist Board


If you find yourself wondering where to go over the weekend, and you near the coast, make sure to visit this place as well. Besides being surrounded by nature, and the quietness of the area, you will feel like a real king or a queen.


In the area, you can also check out the viewpoint of Mahavica and Ethno house Belobrajić. 




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