Croatia’s first designated river beach is right here in Karlovac – on the banks of the Korana, to be precise. As it’s right in the centre of town, it’s long been a popular spot for locals. Sepia photographs taken a century ago show men, women and children bathing in the rushing rapids. Though free to enter, these days Foginovo is overseen by lifeguards, and there are shallow areas for little ones. Along with diving tower set at ten metres and boards five and three metres high, you’ll find ball games, an outdoor gym, deckchairs and a café.
Built as a Habsburg-era six-pointed fortress, Karlovac is a verdant town set at the confluence of four rivers. Many historic landmarks remain, along with restaurants, family-run farms, galleries, and excellent museums like the City museum and the Museum of the Homeland war Karlovac-Turanj, all of which are great to visit, as is the town centre residence of the Franciscan monks which has a very special exhibition area.