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Discover the Source of Health and Pleasure

Top-Terme Topusko – will make you wishes come true like a goldfish

The particularity of these spas is certainly the water that flows within them. It is water of volcanic origin that is suitable for health treatments and the rehabilitation of the nervous, muscular, and locomotor systems. Simply enjoy bathing in the volcanic water, and it will do all the rest. For those who like, in addition to this, other water activities, you can always go fishing in the nearby Glina river. Maybe you will catch a goldfish that will make your wish come true, but even if you don’t, it doesn’t matter, Terme Topusko will make most of your wishes come true.

Krapinske Toplice thermal centre – from geysers and waterfalls to ocean waves

Krapinske Toplice thermal centre boasts the therapeutic hyperthermal water and natural therapeutic mud, which create an ideal basis for the application of all modern physical medicine and rehabilitation treatments. The Aquae Vivae water centre, a large indoor pools complex, is especially delightful. You can enjoy the water attractions such as geysers, waterfalls, and artificial rain that will warm you up, refresh, and relax, all at the same time. If you are up for a bit of action, try out the swimming pool with its artificial ocean waves. This thermal centre will even delight divers, since you can dive in a special swimming pool using full scuba diving equipment. If you are taking the little ones with you, you will still be able to safely enjoy the kids swimming pool under the relaxing waterfall, while you keep an eye on your little ones. And if you need some fresh air, you can breathe it in the heated outdoor swimming pool.

Bizovačke Toplice thermal centre – swim in the warmest part of the Pannonian sea

The main feature of the Bizovačke Toplice thermal centre is its temperature that reaches up to 96°C, and is thus warmer than any other known thermal water. The water from Bizovac is actually the remnants of the Pannonian sea, and this is why it is salty and extremely rich in minerals. The Bizovačke Toplice thermal centre with its rich offer that ranges from night bathing, movie screenings and large water slide, to varying wellness choices, and other natural beauties and historical sights nearby, invites guests to visit this heart of Slavonia.

Stubičke Toplice thermal centre – step in beautiful, step out more beautiful

The so-called “Stubaki” are hidden in the vicinity of Zagreb, and they are famous for the cryosauna – a treatment of exposure to extremely low temperatures from – 110 °C to – 190 °C, which has a positive impact on the skin and boosts the immune system, but also helps the loss of weight. After these unusual treatments, you will certainly notice the difference in how you feel, but also in the way you look.

Terme Tuhelj thermal centre – renew your body and soul

Fans of water adventures will find their thrills in the Terme Tuhelj bathing and wellness centre. Besides the sources of thermal water and the therapeutic mud, the thermal centre is famous for its Water Planet, a bathing place with more than 5,000 m2 of water surface, suitable for all types of body and soul revitalisation. The geysers and waterfalls will make you relax with their relaxing water massage so much that you will forget about all your worries, and if you are a night owl, on Saturdays you can enjoy the magic of the Water Planet until 2 am.

Terme Sveti Martin thermal centre in Međimurje – active relaxation

The Terme Sveti Martin thermal centre is certainly the favourite destination for professional and recreational athletes. Today’s modern Spa & Sport Resort Sveti Martin is an optimal place for relaxation throughout the year. The thermal centre has a complex of indoor pools with thermal water, a summer aqua park, as well as a golf course and a wellness centre with holistic relaxation treatments. After each activity it is necessary to reward the body with a little something, and in the Terme Sveti Martin thermal centre you can do so with one of many massages, Finnish and Roman saunas.

Daruvar thermal centre – relaxation in the swimming pool and beyond

True nature lovers will enjoy the Daruvar thermal centre in many ways.
As for health, here you can recover from various sports injuries or alleviate pain from illnesses like rheumatism, and at the same time enjoy the benefits of thermal water and therapeutic mud, as well various massages and saunas. Whilst on the gourmet side, you will certainly love the original meals of Daruvar restaurants prepared with local ingredients.
For the lovers of nature walks, you can visit the park and the wood that surrounds the thermal centre, and further revitalize your body with the fresh air.

Terme Jezerčica thermal centre – so close, but far enough

The Terme Jezerčica thermal centre is located close enough to the Croatian capital city to attract many inhabitants of Zagreb, but at the same time far enough so that they can forget about their worries in a relaxing atmosphere. The abundant sources of thermal water and the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, together with five types of saunas in the Jezerčica Spa Centre regularly attract inhabitants of the capital city to feel this oasis of peace. It is very hard to describe that feeling, so the best way is to come and discover it for yourselves.

Toplice Lešće thermal centre – a wellness oasis in the heart of nature

The Toplice Lešće thermal centre will enchant you with its idyllic peace, clean mountain air, and the beauty of the surrounding nature. Escape from the busy everyday life and try to forget about all your worries, and if you cannot do it on your own, a relaxing massage will certainly help, as well as the infrared sauna, the whirlpool bath, or a simple swim in the thermal water. After you have stretched all your muscles in the pool, it is then time to wrap up the whole story about health, and for that you will need the healthy food in the ‘Lešće’ restaurant where they will welcome you with culinary delicacies prepared with local ingredients.

Varaždin thermal centre – enjoy like an emperor

The Varaždin thermal centre dates back to ancient times, and it has been a synonym for superior service and incredible healing powers for centuries. The thousand-year tradition of using thermal sulphurous water and therapeutic peloids from natural sources are the reasons why so many people come here for treatments or to enjoy the place, and very often they combine both. The emperor Constantine enjoyed the beauties of the Varaždin thermal centre, so you can easily say that you have enjoyed your time like an emperor after your visit to the Varaždin thermal centre.

Istarske Toplice thermal centre – a rock that heals

The Istarske Toplice thermal centre is located in the fairy-tale-like hinterland of the Istrian peninsula in the Northern Adriatic, and is surrounded by a beautiful landscape. The 85-metre high rock called the Giant is situated above the thermal centre, and below the rock there is the source of the thermal water, the basis of Istarske Toplice. Thanks to this good giant, this thermal centre has been known since ancient times for its water full of minerals, which has been scientifically and proven in practice to boost the recovery process and the treatment of many illnesses.

Naftalan thermal centre – it’s not only the water that is curative

The Naftalan thermal centre is unique in Europe as a natural source of naftalan curative oil, after which this thermal centre was named. This is the second finding place of that kind in the world, and the only one in Europe.

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Sail Through Croatia On Your Bicycle

Pelješac – riding from Napoleon to Marco Polo

Napoleon must have had cyclists in mind when he built his Napoleonic road 200 years ago, for the route which spans the length of the peninsula is full of heritage, history, nature and the best vineyards in the world. If you can resist the famous oysters of Mali Ston and admire the longest fortified wall outside China, or the largest salt pans in the Mediterranean, the breathtaking ride the length of the peninsula culminates in a spectacular descent to Dalmatia’s windsurfing capital of Orebić, with Marco Polo’s birthplace of Korčula across the channel.
So, on this route you’ll find Napoleon Bonaparte and Marco Polo but it’s always better to have at least three great people in the mix, right? So what are you waiting for? Come here and be the third famous person this road is waiting for. 😀

Parenzana – hop on the cycling train

Who said bikers couldn’t yell “choo choo”? In Istria they can!
A decision to reawaken the potential of the defunct Parenzana rail line from Poreč to Trieste was made, and the initiative began on the 100th anniversary of the short-lived rail line, breathed new life, EU funds and a wonderful cross-border initiative to benefit walkers, hikers and cyclists alike. Various combinations are possible to explore inland Istria, with Buje a popular starting point.

Karlovac – a historic ride

Many of Croatia’s bike routes are located on lesser known and forgotten roads of the past. Four routes from the Pannonian plain to the coast are all named after Austro-Hungarian rulers or their family members. They recreate the 18th and 19th century routes from Karlovac to the coast through the lush Gorski Kotar forest to the coast. The Carolina route goes from Karlovac to Bakar, Josephina to Senj, Louisiana to Rijeka and Rudolfina from Ogulin to Novi Vinodolski.
So, hop on the Carolina and ride it all the way. Or the Josephina, it’s your choice 🙂

Velebit Classic to Senj – route that works both ways

Croatia’s ubiquitous and varied nature allows cyclists to explore the best of the coastal and inland nature, with varying degrees of difficulty. A waterfront start in historic Senj quickly leaves the coast and rises rapidly through the Northern Velebit National Park to the summit of Zavižan, a 1,734m ascent in just 35km, but the views are worth it! Alternatively, the route in reverse is a little more relaxing.

Fužine – from the mountains to the sea

Looking for the ultimate challenge while exploring Croatia’s climatic diversity? Few routes accomplish this better than Gorski Kotar’s trail from Fužine to the Crikvenica riviera, starting and ending at 800m in cool lush forest, before descending to sea level and the heat of the coast. The dramatic climate change, 2,200m of ascent, mountain bike heaven.
After such a hard ride, there’s nothing better to do than just ride to the Adriatic Sea to refresh. 🙂

Lake Peruča – a ride full of adventures

The Dalmatian coast may be famous for its Adriatic Sea, but head a little inland and the natural paradise of pristine Lake Peruča awaits. With a spectacular mountainous backdrop, Peruča is home to an international rowing center and is a symbol of one of Europe’s best kept adventure tourism destinations – Zagora. Start and finish from historic Sinj, home to the famous Alka knights’ tournament. If they don’t mind that you’re riding a bike and not a horse, maybe they’ll let you join the tournament, who knows?

P.S. There are also amazing routes that take you from the springhead of the Krka River to Krčić Falls … so many options to explore.

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Game of Thirst: The story of Zinfandel’s ancestors

American grape cousin
Take the tongue-twisting Crljenak Kaštelanski, for example, a big red variety from the Kaštela region, which was largely overlooked until the University of Davis confirmed a 100% DNA match with the famous American Zinfandel back in 2001. That’s right, that little tongue-twister is actually the original Zinfandel, just one of the many wine treats and treasures which are in store as you travel Croatia’s spectacular Adriatic coast and islands.

Little grape, big taste
The Zinfandel connection does not stop there, as Dalmatia’s most famous red, Plavac Mali (literally ‘Little Blue’ after the small intense grapes which deliver such a strong flavor), counts the original Zinfandel in its ancestral lineage. With its sloping vineyards on the Pelješac Peninsula and the impossibly steep vineyards on the southern tip of Hvar, Plavac Mali is one of the most challenging grapes to harvest, and its higher price is reflected in the small yields that come from its fruit, but for a quintessential Dalmatian red wine experience, there is none better. Plavac Mali is available over much of Dalmatia, but what makes the coast and islands all the more fascinating is the wealth of indigenous and location-specific varieties, for example Vis where the vines roots are embedded in sand, which offer a refreshing change to the more generic international varieties all over the world.

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Special grapes from special islands
Take the island of Hvar, for example. There are no less than six varieties that grow only on the island, including Bogdanjuša, an easy drinking white which translates as a ‘Gift from God’, and is now exported as far away as California. Or Darnekuša, a red variety which tends to grow 400m above sea level on an island whose peak is 621m.
The neighboring islands also have their own individual specialties. One wonders why Marco Polo ever left Korčula after trying Grk, a white wine sort that only grows in the sandy vineyards of Lumbarda, and is so popular that the limited quantities mean that when tasting clients can only buy two bottles at a time. Korčula is also known for Dalmatia’s best-known white, Pošip, whose grapes grow in the Čara region in the center of the island, and which can now be found on Hvar, Brač and other parts of Dalmatia. More indigenous treasures are to be explored further up the coast, most notably the white Žlahtina on the island of Krk, whose golden vineyards are centered on the charming wine town of Vrbnik.

The Grapeland
No Croatian coastal wine story would be complete without what some claim to be the gourmet heartland of the country, with local wines of exceptional quality. Istrian winemakers are fiercely proud of their two main indigenous varieties, and rightly so, and local restaurants strongly support them with lists heavily promoting the white Malvazija and red Teran.

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Croatia’s coast and islands offer a fascinating diversity of attractions, culture, tradition and gourmet options, a diversity that more than matches the grape varieties on offer. And we are sure that after a sip or two, you won’t have any problems with the pronounciation either!

Maja Danica Pečanić

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This Meat Is So Delicious Because It’s Made By The Wind

PRŠUT – Adriatic star

Krčki pršutthere’s more than fish on Krk

Famed for its golden Žlahtina wines and excellent lamb, Krk is the only island whose cured ham is protected. Similar to Italian prosciutto, an essential part of the pršut production process is its slow drying, and the dry bura winds on Krk provide an ideal backdrop. Authentic Krčki pršut must be produced from pigs from the region. Unless they swim to Krk by themselves. Then they deserve the honor of becoming a part of magnificent krčki pršut. 🙂

Istarski pršutnon-smoked pršut

The land of truffles and Malvazija wine is one of Croatia’s gourmet hotspots, and the production of Istrian pršut follows strict traditional methods dating back centuries. Unlike pršut from other regions which are always smoked, Istrian pršut didn’t crumble under peer pressure and it is not smoked! It is left to the charms of the wind, sea salt and natural spices such as pepper, bay leaves and garlic. After drying in the cold bura wind for a few months, it is left to age for a year. It can only be produced on the Istrian peninsula.

Drniški pršut the royal pršut provided by bura

Although the pršut from the inland Dalmatian town of Drniš only attracted EU protection relatively recently, its fame dates back generations, and indeed it was served both at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, and again by the Royal household 50 years later when the original menu was reenacted. The secret to Drniški pršut lies in the specific conditions of the local micro-climate, with the famous bura wind accounting for 50% of all winds in the area. Be aware of the bura! Even though it does make great pršut by buffeting it all over, it’s not so fun when it does that to you. But hey, who are we to stop you? If you want to be great like Drniški pršut, go for it! 🙂

Dalmatinski pršutthe fight between north and south couldn’t be more delicious

In addition to Drniš, pršut from the wider Dalmatian region is also protected, and unlike Istria, its production is a combination of that famous bura wind and smoking. Locations with a combination of the bura (north) and jugo (south) winds give the best results, and no other additives apart from sea salt are permitted.

KULEN – the Eastern Croatian sensation

Continental Croatia provides its own star attraction to match pršut – kulen. A spicy sausage from eastern Croatia and much coveted by locals on the coast, it is a product of minced pork, seasoned with red pepper and garlic, of which there are two specific types.

Baranjski kulenthe coolest mix of paprika and meat

The mystical region of Baranja, with its heavy Hungarian influence and love of paprika, was the first kulen to achieve EU protection. Kulen from Baranja is famed for its smoky aroma and spicy taste, with that famed paprika a defining feature, with the additional key ingredients being garlic and pepper in the minced pork. Reasonably uniform in its oval shape and weight (from 0.80kg), Baranjski kulen is a prized ingredient for weddings and special occasions. Because of paprika this kulen might seem a bit hot but don’t worry because every coolen has a bit of cool in it. 🙂

Slavonski kulenkulen is good but with bacon it’s better

Slavonia, the bread basket of Croatia and a region famed for its hospitality, also has its protected kulen (often called kulin), a popular gift and souvenir from the region. Similar to its Baranja cousin, the main difference is that there is more paprika and white pepper in the Baranja version, with more bacon fat in Slavonian kulen, with some homemade recipes even containing another local staple – rakija. You know Slavonians – when in doubt add a little bacon. And rakija!

Whatever you choose, bon appétit or as Croatians say – dobar tek!

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Nothing Sweet About Dalmatian Gold

The Dalmatian coast is famed for its endless beaches, pristine waters, numerous idyllic islands and golden sunsets, but did you know that it is also home to quite a different and very valuable gold? The so-called white gold. It is in the form of salt and it was an essential staple over the centuries and the source of a third of the annual income for the Dubrovnik Republic (or Ragusa, as it was known) from one saltpan alone! Salt has played a crucial economic role in the history of the Adriatic coast, and continues to do so today. It is an intriguing story, and just one more additional attraction to investigate when taking a break from the beach.

Ston – a cornerstone

Let’s start off with the most important one – Ston, whose impressive stonewalls were built as a direct consequence of the need to protect this valuable product. The walls are also an excellent vantage point to observe the impressive Ston saltpans today, from which over 500 tons of salt are produced annually. The Ston saltpans are the oldest in Europe, dating back some 4,000 years, and the largest preserved ones on the Mediterranean. A true cornerstone of salt production.

Nin – a museum city

Further up the coast at Nin, home to the world’s smallest cathedral, a similar salt story was taking place, albeit with a different course after the Venetians took control of it and then shut it down. The tradition continued however, and the Nin salt works are surely in one of the world’s healthiest environments, in a lagoon surrounded by no less than five national parks. As with Ston, the salt is harvested by hand after a five-stage process. Hand-picked sea salt has many healthy properties contained therein, including iodine, bromine and potassium. It should be noted that this hand-picked salt is also known as ‘flower of salt’, (also by the French ‘fleur de sel’) because these crystals resemble flower petals. You can admire those and many other interesting salt exibits in the Nin salt museum in between enjoying the stunning town of Nin, which is like a museum for itself.

Pag – an award-winning island

If there is one island which can be associated with salt, it is surely Pag, with the island’s unique climatic conditions and salty air playing its part in the famous Pag cheese, which has won numerous international awards, as well as Pag lamb, which is highly regarded.

Pag’s saltpans date back to at least 999, and the history of the island’s association with this natural white gift can be traced in the small but informative Pag Salt Museum. Along with the cheese, some fleur de sol (cvijet sol in Croatian) makes an excellent souvenir. So take a deep breath of the salty air – you are going to need it when you see all the breathtaking views Pag has to offer.

As with much of the food production in Croatia, the process is natural, the quality is excellent, and one reason perhaps why the Mediterranean diet has been inscribed as UNESCO intangible heritage. So don’t miss out on all the gourmet splendors made with this precious seasoning along your journey down the beautiful coast of Croatia!

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Old But Gold: Five (Pre-) Historical Artefacts You Must See

Apoxyomenos on the island of Lošinj
Apoxyomenos is an ancient Greek bronze statue from the 2nd or 1st century BC, a Hellenistic copy from the 4th century. The 192 cm tall artefact represents an athlete cleaning his body with a scraping tool (the Greek word “Apoxyomenos” translates to “the scraper”). Although it is believed that this particular artistic motif was not uncommon, there are only eight statues left in the world, and none is better preserved than the one on Lošinj. The statue was discovered by a tourist on the bottom of the sea near the island of Lošinj. How did the statue get to the bottom of the sea? Well, presumably it was thrown overboard by a ship crew during bad weather to prevent the ship from sinking. After its recovery in 1999, it underwent a seven year restoration process. Today, Apoxyomenos has its own museum on Lošinj.

Danse Macabre in Beram
The Church of St. Mary of the Rocks, located in the woods near the town of Beram, may be small and isolated but this remoteness has turned out to be a stroke of luck for culture lovers as it has left the valuable late-gothic frescos inside the chapel’s walls largely intact. Most of the paintings, which were all made by Vincent of Kastav, show scenes from the lives of Mary and Jesus. The biggest and most impressive, however, is a version of the “Danse Macabre”, a medieval allegory on the universality of death. In this masterpiece, we see merchants, knights, noblemen and even the pope dance with death. The procession is led by a skeleton playing bagpipe. Danse Macabre paintings were meant to remind people of the fragility of life. The painting at St. Mary of the Rocks is from the 1470s, making it one of the earliest recorded examples of the Danse Macabre!

Vučedol Dove & the oldest European calendar at Vukovar City Museum
The archeological location Vučedol is situated on the bank of the Danube River, about 5 km downstream of Vukovar. It is one of the most important archeological sites of the Eneolithic culture. The settlement flourished between 3000 and 2400 BC and is therefore consistent with the Sumerian period in Mesopotamia, the Old Kingdom in Egypt and the first settlements of Troy. The material culture, especially the production of ceramics, suggests a highly developed civilisation due to its extraordinary technological quality and perfect harmony of form and ornamentation. Perhaps the culture’s most famous legacy is the Vučedol Dove, a 20 cm high, richly decorated cult vessel shaped like a bird. Another famous artefact is the Vučedol Orion, a ceramic pot with a decorative pattern, considered to be the oldest calendar in Europe. Both the Vučedol Dove and Orion are kept at the Vukovar City Museum, along with other important findings and fascinating background information on the Vučedol culture.

Zagreb mummy in the Zagreb Museum of Archaeology
You do not have to travel all the way to Egypt to see a real mummy. In Zagreb’s Museum of Archaeology, you will find the Zagreb mummy, a true world rarity. The mummy and its wrappings were brought to Zagreb from Egypt in the 1860s. Upon closer inspection, it turned out that the pieces of cloth the mummy was once wrapped in were covered with strange characters, apparently a text in an unknown language. Eventually, scientists Heinrich Brugsch and Richard Burton (that’s not the one who played Mark Antony in the movie “Cleopatra“) discovered that the mysterious writings were not, as originally assumed, hieroglyphics, but ancient Etruscan. The canvas on which it was written (and which was later used to prepare the mummy) is known today as the “Liber linteus Zagrebiensis” (Linen book of Zagreb). It contains 1,130 words on five subsequent strips and is the longest known text in the Etruscan language. Also, it is the only preserved sample of a linen book from the classical age. However, what the writings actually say and what strips of cloth inscribed with a language by a people of ancient Italy were doing wrapped around a mummy from Egypt, remains a mystery…

Neanderthal remains in the Museum of Neanderthals in Krapina

With a population of only 5,000 people, Krapina is a somewhat tranquil place. However, the small town in the Zagorje region in Northern Croatia is also home to one of the world’s most important archaeological sites regarding Neanderthal man. It all started back in 1899, when the fossil remains of several dozen individuals were found on Hušnjakovo hill in Krapina. The findings turned out to be the largest and richest collection of Neanderthal people collected at a single locality. At the finding place, incorporated in the surrounding countryside of Hušnjakovo, there is now the state-of-the-art Krapina Neanderthal Museum. With its semi-cave, multimedia presentations and several paths connecting the museum with the excavation site itself, the building resembles the habitat of the Neanderthals and takes the visitors back to prehistoric times.

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Wander Off On Via Dinarica and You Will Find Yourself

The Via Dinarica trail consists of three main corridors. The blue line follows the Adriatic coast ; the white line covers the high Dinarides; and the green line refers to the continental Dinarides. In Croatia, Via Dinarica passes next to six national parks (Risnjak, Northern Velebit, Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Krka, Mljet) and four nature parks (Učka, Velebit, Vransko Lake, Biokovo).

The White Line – the one with the most breathtaking view

The White Line reaches its highest point on the mountain of Dinara, the highest peak of Croatia, and also the mountain the Dinarides and the Via Dinarica trail were named after. You would never guess that if we didn’t tell you!

The White Line is recommended to experienced and well equipped hikers. Or to those who don’t have a lot of experience but do have an enormous amount of bravery. Got to get that experience somewhere, right?

The best time of year to visit the trail is summer because there is a lot of snow during autumn, winter and even early spring.
However, if you are Yetti, then you can go whenever you want.
P.S. If you are Yetti, can you send us your selfie so we can post it to our Facebook page?
Thanks!

The Blue Line – the one where you hike over the Adriatic

The line passes through four islands (Krk, Rab, Pag, Mljet) and two peninsulas (Istria and Pelješac). So, wherever you go, you can see the sea from the nearest higher ground. Not just that, you’ll go through canyons of the most beautiful littoral rivers, Zrmanja and Cetina.
The best thing is, if you get tired from hiking or cycling on the mountain, you can just find the fastest way down and dip yourself in a natural bath because there is a lot of water on this line. That’s probably why they call it the Blue line. Oh, and this line is ideal for cycling so if you have one, make sure to bring your mountain bike with you.

Green Line – the one with beautiful waterfalls

The Green Line of Via Dinarica is all about falling.
Firstly, it is so beautiful it can be dangerous! You could get swept off your feet by the unspoiled beauty of its green landscape and fall to the ground. Be careful of all those wonderful sights lurking you!
Secondly, it’s not only you who could fall, there is also a lot of water falling. This line connects two biggest Croatian waterfalls – the waterfall of the Curak creek at Zeleni Vir and the waterfall of Plitvice at Plitvice Lakes.

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6 Names For Paradise

Zlatni Rat beach is a remarkable spot created by Mother Nature and a highlight on Croatia’s coastline, located near Bol, on Brac Island, which is the largest island in Dalmatia. The island is known for wine, fish, olives and its precious white stone. Many residents will tell you the rumour of the White House in Washington DC being built using this same stone. But even more beautiful is the long golden pebble beach that stretches into the Adriatic Sea like a hand that reaches out. Due to the perfect winds and waves, it is the favourite place of surfers and kite-surfers. The exact shape and length of the landform varies with regard to changes in tide, current and wind. A reliable afternoon westerly wind known as the Maestral has made the beach a top destination for windsurfers. The lack of sand and seaweed on the beach make it also a perfect location for snorkelling. Zlatni Rat beach brings fun to every one though: either being active or just sitting in a beach chair and enjoying the sunset behind the mountains with a glass of Croatian wine. You’ll have golden moments on this golden beach!

But, Brac is not the only island with paradisiac places! Croatia has some other aces up its sleeve and they are known for nicknames such as “Croatian secret diamond”, ”hidden paradise” and many others. After visiting them, you will for sure have some names of endearment yourself!
Stiniva beach on Vis island is a perfect example, as it was recently voted the “Best Beach of Europe in 2016” by European Best Destinations. This hidden by nature can only be reached by hiking or a taxi boat, but is definitely worth the effort.

Another hidden treasure where you will feel like on a private beach is Lubenice on the island of Cres. There are usually just few swimmers and the view looks like from a picture-book.

If you are more into gorgeous, picturesque places, sandy and pebbly beaches, natural bays and colourful landscapes –the Island of Krk is the right choice for you. Vela plaža in Baška is famous for those attributes and has many sports opportunities.

If you are looking for a true little paradise, don’t miss Rajska beach on the island of Rab, which translates to “Paradise Beach”. You and your family will find out why when you see the sandy beach, the shallow water and the water slides that are ideal for playing and having a lot of family fun.

If you are looking for something totally different and unusual try the Saplunara beach of the island Mljet; the most rural island of Croatia and a natural diamond. There are no hotels or restaurants at the beach, just some small local hotspots with typical Croatian food, surrounded by a dense pine tree forest. A true Robinson Crusoe meets hedonism experience!

Croatia really does have a lot to offer. Just relax! And if the sun gets too hot, go for a walk in the turquoise clear water or just have a nice evening with great company at the local gourmet hotspots. Find your perfect place for unforgettable moments like watching the beautiful sunset or just relaxing and enjoying the good life.

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This Time Machine Is Actually A Boat!

#1 Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč

Begin your cultural sea cruise at the ACI Marina in the Istrian town of Rovinj. From there, it is only a short trip to the medieval patrician town of Poreč. Once you are at anchor in the Poreč marina, you can reach the Euphrasian Basilica at the northern end of the historic town centre on foot in just a few minutes. The cathedral, which was named after Bishop Euphrasius, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The episcopal complex from the 6th century with its sacristy, baptistery, bell tower and archbishop’s palace is an excellent example of early Byzantine architecture in the Mediterranean.

#2 Šibenik and Zadar

Let’s get back on board and continue south: Our next stop is Šibenik in central Dalmatia, a little south of Zadar. The defence system of Zadar and the Šibenik fortress of St Nicholas are listed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage as two of the six components of the transnational series of the cultural asset of the Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries.

The Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries is an exceptional historical, architectural and technological testimony to the “alla moderna” system, developed over the territory of the ex-Venetian Republic as a response to the introduction of new firearms technology in military operations.

While approaching Šibenik, you will pass by the aforementioned fortress of St Nicholas. With its impressive coastline and dozens of islands, the Šibenik archipelago is a true paradise for passionate sailors. You can leave your boat at Vodice ACI Marina and cover the remaining 10 kilometres to the beautiful historic town of Šibenik by rental car, taxi or even by bike. Located in the city centre, at the south side of the old central square, you will find the purpose of your day trip – the Cathedral of St. James. This unique monument of sacral architecture unites the arts of Northern Italy, Dalmatia and Tuscany. With its unique decorations, such as the chiselled portraits of Šibenik citizens on its stone facade, the Cathedral is considered the most important architectural achievement of the 15th and 16th century throughout Croatia. It entered the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000.

#3 Historic City of Trogir

Back on board? Then proceed further south along the Adriatic coast. Once past the island of Drvenik Veli, the historic city of Trogir, your next destination, lies only a couple of kilometres ahead of you. We recommend you moor your boat at the ACI Marina Trogir. Once you have set foot ashore, you are right in the middle of the museum that is Trogir. Being an excellent example of urban continuity, the historic town core appeared on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997 and features Romanesque churches as well as impressive Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Listing everything worth seeing in Trogir would be impossible, but one of the most significant buildings is probably the Cathedral of St. Lawrence with its impressive Portal of Radovan from the 13th century, a structure which is considered the most significant example of Roman and Gothic art in Croatia.

#4 Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian

Next up is Split, only a couple of kilometres to the west. The region around Croatia’s second-largest city is a true highlight of the Adriatic. As you approach Split and you are looking for a nice place to anchor, you should try ACI Marina Split. It is located on the Sustipan peninsula and right at the beginning of Split Lungomare, the longest promenade in the Adriatic. The marina is open all year and is protected from rough seas and winds by long breakwaters. If you moor here, it is only a short walk to your UNESCO destination, the Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian. The so-called Palace, which was built between the late 3rd and the early 4th century AD as an old-age retreat for Roman emperor Diocletian, is actually a combination of a luxury villa and a military camp. Split, as we know it today, expanded from said palace. Over the years, the ancient fortress grew into the lively Old Town it is today with its numerous shops, cafes and restaurants. Historical structures have been merged into the townscape – the emperors’ mausoleum, for example, has been converted into a cathedral.

#5 Stari Grad Plain on Hvar

Once again, it is only a short journey until we reach our next stop – Stari Grad Plain on the island of Hvar, located off the Dalmatian coast between the islands of Brač, Vis and Korčula. We recommend that you anchor at the ACI Marina Vrboska which provides good shelter from winds. The town of Stari Grad and the eponymous plain, our UNESCO destination on Hvar, is located less than 10 kilometres away on the other side of the island and can be reached by public transport. Stari Grad Plain was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008. It was set up by Greek colonists in the 4th century BC and remains in use until the present day. It is thus among the longest-cultivated agricultural areas in the world. Also, over a hundred important archaeological findings were discovered in the area, including numerous “villae rusticae” (residences of landowners in Roman times) as well as agricultural buildings from the Greek period.

#6 Old Town of Dubrovnik

After this we raise the anchor one last time and set sail for Dubrovnik, where our sea voyage comes to an end. The beauty and rich cultural heritage of the “Pearl of the Adriatic” is also reflected in the local ACI Marina. ACI Dubrovnik, located at the mouth of the Dubrovačka inlet, has been declared the best marina in the Adriatic and is said to be one of the safest marinas to berth, keep and maintain your vessel in. A further advantage: ACI Dubrovnik is not only one of the most beautiful marinas in the Adriatic, it also lies only 10 kilometres away from the historic Old Town, which entered the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979. As Dubrovnik occupies a rather small city area, it is best to sightsee on foot. Although there are plenty of churches, fortresses and other cultural important landmarks to explore, perhaps the most popular attraction are the impressive ancient stone walls that surround the city. Today, these walls are a world-renowned iconic symbol of the city and also provide the setting for King’s Landing in the well-known TV show „Game of Thrones“.

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More Than 1,200 Reasons Why to Sail Croatia

For the last three decades, Croatia has been known as a destination that offers boaters with outstanding infrastructure. On the coast, there are over 60 marinas, as well as the so-called seasonal marinas of the remote islands and docks in coves, which all include facilities for sailors. You can find shelter in a safe harbour almost anywhere along the coast and easily hire a fitting vessel if you do not have your own – with a crew also included.

Land ahoy in Istria

Istria is known for its picturesque towns and the numerous wine and olive oil roads. The region has many landing stages, such as Kanegra in the north, Cape Kamenjak located south of the west coast, or the beautiful cove of Tunarica and cliffs of Brseč in the east.

Rovinj is the perfect place to start your nautical trip. The Rovinj ACI marina is fully protected from the wind by the little island of Sveta Katarina. From this charming town and its mediaeval architecture, you can visit Brijuni archipelago, which is the only national park in Istria and is just twelve nautical miles away from Rovinj.

Visit the historical sites of Pula

While you are there, Pula it is definitely worth a visit. The region has excellently preserved ancient Roman buildings, including one of the most famous first century amphitheatre, Arena, which is the sixth largest in the world. It is one of the best-preserved amphitheatres from Antiquity and today it is used during the summer for film festivals and various cultural events.

Ready about in Kvarner

From Istria you can easily reach the region of Kvarner. From Opatija in the north to Karlobag in the south there are excellent marinas on the coast and surrounding islands. One of the most beautiful islands there is Krk, especially the south, which is full of life and vegetation.

Cres & Rab Islands

A powerful northerly wind leaves the north of Krk and some other islands in this region almost deserted, although it’s ideal for windsurfers who greatly enjoy it. From the south coast of Krk boat lovers can easily sail to Rab, visiting its mediaeval town, or along to Cres, which offers a peaceful and quiet area to spend time in nature.

Next stop: Lošinj

The next stop is Lošinj with its harbour Mali Lošinj. The region has beautiful coves to swim in and visitors can even get a glimpse at the dolphins which swim nearby.
Looking for an adventure? An unusual nautical route is the one to two islands, Grgur and Goli Otok, which for a long time served as prisons.

Eno-gastronomic offering

The Kvarner region is famous for its specific eno-gastronomic offering. While visiting this part of Croatia you shouldn’t miss the taste of the famous Žlahtina wine from Vrbnik and the well-known Kvarner scampi.

Full speed ahead to Dalmatia (Split)

A highlight of the Croatian Adriatic is the region around Split. You can sail between the islands of Drvenik Veli and Mali, Šolta, Brač, Hvar, Šćedro, Vis and Biševo. Every island has its own characteristics, like their innate, linguistic, oenological and cultural aspects. This Central Dalmatian archipelago is the centre of entertainment and quality cuisine providing boaters with beautiful docks.

The city Split has a rich choice of cultural activities and busy nightlife whilst also providing visitors with a historic centre with the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, which was declared a world heritage by UNESCO, as it is a significant monument of Late Antiquity architecture.

The sunny island of Hvar

A “must visit” is the sunny island of Hvar. The beautiful harbour is the centre of its nautical events, however, there are also other mooring sites in front of Hvar and an ACI marina on the island of Sv. Klement. The nightlife there is for everyone.

Island of Vis

On the Island of Vis you’ll find caves such as Medviđa Špilja and Stiniva Cove, while nearby you will find Modra Špilja (Blue Grotto) on the island of Biševo and Zelena Špilja (Green Grotto) on Ravnik island, which have turquoise water and a rich history to offer.