Veliko Rujno is a very scenic plateau at an elevation of 892m (2,926ft) above the sea level, located in the far north-western part of the Zadar region in northern Dalmatia.
Starting from Starigrad, a small harbour town, the road to the plateau is 13.3 km long, via 8 sharp hairpin turns. The road starts asphalted for 6.7 km and ends on a parking lot. If you continue further the paved road stops and the gravel road starts, running for 6 km more, through the grand Paklenica National Park.
The road is dangerous. It’s very steep and narrow with dangerous drop offs. The road offers stunning views of the Adriatic Sea and the church of Sveta Bogorodica, located on the road. The last part of the road is thrilling: the rocks on the road start to get bigger and sharper. Starting from Starigrad, at the sea level, the ascent is 13.3 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 890 meters. The average gradient is 6.69%.
Pic: Nikola Derežić