Velika Kapela belongs to the Dinaric Alps, and it stretches from the Gorski Kotar region in the west, to the Mala Kapela and Lika in the east, from the Ogulin valley in the north, to the Vinodolski coastline in the south. The area is narrowest mountain prague between continental Pannonia and the coastal Mediterranean. Velika Kapela is mainly composed of karst — limestone rocks.
On the Velika Kapela there are many protected areas and landscapes. The famous are White cliffs and Samarske cliffs (Bijele i Samarske stijene), and Klek above Frankopan town of Ogulin.