Veliki Alan is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.414m (4,639ft) above the sea level, located in Lika-Senj County, Croatia, located on the Adriatic Sea underneath the Velebit mountain.
At the summit there’s a mountain refuge. The road to the top is asphalted, but extremely narrow with dangerous drop offs. It is located at the highest point on the road from the port city of Jablanac to Štirovača.
The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. It was built under horrendous conditions by political prisoners of the Goli Otok penitentiary. The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! Alan commands a stunning view of the sea and the islands.
It’s highly recommended to stay always in the trail, because the zone is very dangerous offside the path. The whole area was frontline during the war and the Croatian authorities have posted several signs along the road, warning the danger of mines.