Motovun is located in central Istria and it is one of Istria’s most beautiful settlements. Motovun is a best-preserved medieval village, surrounded by truffle-rich forest, which provides the key ingredient for top local restaurants here. Motovun delicacy is a truffle. Where you can taste it and what you can visit in Motovun read below.


About truffles and muzzles

Truffles are neither an animal species nor a mineral, as it was believed in the past. Truffles are a variety of edible fungi growing underground, mostly besides roots of trees.  Hidden underground just like a real treasure, they usually grow from the size of a cherry up to the size of an apple. The valuable nuggets in the past allegedly used to reach Gods and witches, while today anyone can enjoy it. 

Truffles are picked solely after they are ripe. The search by a professional truffle hunter, while the truffles are found by trained dogs with a subtle sense of smell. After the dog indicates the truffle position by digging with his paws, the truffle hunter carefully digs out the fungi taking care not to damage it. The most famous finding site in Croatia is the valley of the river Mirna in Istria where is Motovun.

Exotic taste

Truffles can also be described as gourmet fungi because their fragrance is tart, intensive, earthy securing a unique flavor. It is not easy to do describe the truffles aroma, but they can make with pate, meat and even chocolate. The gourmands agree that truffle is the pinnacle of gastronomy, but have not yet agreed whether it is a food or a spice. 

Motovun city with soul and city of taste

Taste the treasure of Motovun

  • Truffle hunt before you eat it – you can join an experienced guide from Motovun-based firm Miro Tartufi, plus dogs Bela and Nera, and find these precious fungi while exploring unspoiled greenery. 
  • Enjoy an intimate meal at Pod Voltom – is the most prominent restaurant in town but also the most romantic. The menu is, of course, Istria-focused, truffles with many dishes, maneštra soup, fuži pasta, game, and asparagus, while the wines come courtesy of Arman, Kozlović, and Matošević.
  • Restaurant Zigante – Restaurant Zigante was opened to present guests the possibilities of using truffles in culinary art and it is the first Croatian restaurant specialized for dishes with truffles.
  • Feel the ancient time – The Mondo Tavern is located on a slope outside a large gate in the beautiful medieval town of Motovun. The ambiance exudes romance and is reminiscent of ancient times, and you will be greeted by a rich menu. In addition to truffles, you can taste other Istrian delicacies.
  • Traditional dishes from the area in restaurant Pod Napun –  A great choice on the approach to the outer gate, this intimate and friendly restaurant has a terrace with sweeping valley views.
  • Konoba Dorjana – the Konoba Dorjana is all about pairing what’s in season – wild mushrooms, asparagus, snails, truffles – with a suitable staple, polenta, pasta, and so on. Everything there is like you are home, no fuss, no formality. 

After tasting truffles, you can take a walk and visit the natural beauty of Motovun

Motovun Vantage Points
  • Motovun has many vantage points from which you can see the highest mountain in Istria, Učka, as well as the sea near the town of Novigrad.
  • Lovely hidden gardensTown Walls takes only 10 minutes but visiting the walls does give you the chance to peek into some lovely hidden gardens, as well as access to an exhibition of local landscape photographs housed in the tower above the outer gate. 
  • Just outside Motovun, “Motovunska šuma” is a small area of forest protected by Natura Histrica, the same body responsible for Brijuni National Park and Učka nature reserve. Feel the peace and breathe. 
  • Vespa tour Ista – Soak up the nature and historic sites of the unique Istrian hilltop towns. Make a lovely photo and enjoy the wind in the hair. 
  • Bring your memories home – Motovun has many little boutiques and galleries where you can buy souvenir or truffle products. 

If you go to Motovun in summer you can enjoy in Motovun film festival. It is primarily dedicated to the films from small cinematographies and independent productions. Motovun wants to be a small festival – in everything except in its ambitions and quality. Motovun film festival is a festival with a soul. 

Feel Motovun because there is so much to show. Try Motovun and enjoy Motovun.

From its baroque architecture and antique galleries to its idyllic romantic sports, Varaždin in the north of Croatia packs a variety of attractions. The fusion of old-day architecture with music and youthful moxie create a feeling of timeless luxury – one you should endeavor to soak in every time you’re in Croatia. And here’s how to experience this beautiful place.

Explore the culture – Instead of the usual visual sightseeing, immerse yourself in the city’s historical, intangible, cultural and natural heritage. Aim for the following first-hand experiences to make your trip truly fulfilling.

Participate in creative pottery and craft

Get a nice tour guide to introduce you to the local trade and craft. Visit the pottery shop and learn how to craft unique handmade dolls, traditional wine steins, and štubleks. Learn how to make honey-baked bread, biscuits, and how to extract oil from pumpkin seeds.

Visit the Stari Grad fortress

Old Town Fortress in Varaždin

This medieval fortress houses the city museum that bears the city’s history spanning to the 12th century – the Counts of Celje. Visit the Petar Hektorovic Castle – built by the Renaissance poet -here you will get a chance to interact with fish, people, and birds. See the stone inscriptions bearing his motto in Latin and Italian.

Visit the city cemetery

Deemed among Europe’s best cemeteries, this is a beautiful place to take a stroll. Relax in the mystique created by the tombstones and meditate about life.

Sample the cuisine and local craft drinks

Croatian culture together with its cuisine has for years attracted tourists to the country. In Varaždin you can have a taste of:

  • Mlinci – pasta baked in juices
  • Croatian brudet – fish stew
  • Lignje – a stew of fried squid served with polenta
  • Zlevanka – cornmeal pastry with cheese, cream or plum jam fillings
  • Plavac mali popsip and medonja drinks.

Explore the beautiful architecture

King Tomislav Square / Photo by Dinamostar

Marvel at the architectural buildings such as Varaždin castle and the Cathedral of Assumption of The Virgin Mary. A trip to Varaždin is like a step back through a time machine to the reformation and renaissance era. The baroque style architecture gives a shout out to the Jesuits. Visit the statue of Ninski -deemed to bestow good luck. Grgur Ninski was a Catholic bishop who initiated the use of Croatian language in his sermon.

Visit a spa

Enjoy traditional treatments that attracted the Romans to this country centuries ago. You can visit Spa Centar Lavandula and enjoy your day off in the skilled hands of body care professionals. You can pamper yourself to:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Mud treatment
  • Hot Stone massage

Get souvenirs

Varaždin is known for its cultural heritage. There’re local shops selling artifacts and antiques that are the perfect souvenirs if purchased as gifts to your loved ones. Souvenirs categories in Varaždin include fragrant souvenirs, pottery souvenirs, decorative objects, and more. Get items such as:

  • Šestine umbrella
  • Craaloosh jewelry
  • Croatian lace
  • Licitar heart

Enjoy cultural festivals

Špancirfest in Varaždin / Photo by Špancirfest

If you tour Varaždin during September and October, you can immerse yourself in lovely evening baroque music festivals and catch a performance by Croatia’s talented musicians. Other festivals include the Špancirfest where street performers and artists line the streets in costumes showcasing various talents and expressing themselves freely. Celebrate the creativity of the locals as you watch the Varaždin folk dance.

Explore the world of insects

Varaždin has the World of Insects museums that has about 4500 entomological collections. Marvel at the colorful array of butterflies as you bond with the natural world.

Explore the city’s obsession with angels

Through his baroque artistic work, Željko Prstec wants you to know that Varaždin is where angels sleep. Soak in this spiritual theme at the museum of angels that showcases some of his best work. Some other winged baroque angels are in the streets and cathedrals.

Explore the city’s romantic spots

Varaždin is a beautiful city for couples too. You can take a stroll in idyllic settings such as the Drava River waterfront – its tranquil lovefest ambiance offers pleasant sunset views.

In retrospect, whether you are looking to learn the history of Croatia or cool places to be seen spotted at during evenings and weekends, Varaždin has got your back.

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Knin is a small city located in the Dalmatian hinterland near rive Krka. This city has a rich history that is worth getting to know when you visit this lovely place. Only 56 kilometers from Knin, you’ll find a coastal town Šibenik – a popular summer destination with beautiful beaches. But if you’re interested in getting to know the raw part of Croatia and see the locations that show the true history of Croatia, then Knin is a great place to be.

The climate in Knin is similar to coastal Dalmatia, with hot dry summers and cool winters – typical Mediterranean climate. Although, the proximity of the Dinaric Alps makes summers even hotter than average.

Knin and surrounding areas have many archeological finds such as the recently discovered Roman town Burnum which is located 18 km from Knin. There, you’ll find the remains of the biggest amphitheater in Dalmatia dating from 77 AD. In the nearby villages Biskupija and Kapitul, you can visit archeological sites from the 10th century. Churches, graves, decorations and epigraphs from the medieval Croatian culture are waiting for you to discover them.

Things to do in Knin

Here are a few attractions that you must visit when in Knin!

Visit the Knin Fortress

Located near the tallest mountain in Croatia – Dinara, and near the source of the river Krka, Knin fortress is the second largest fortress in Croatia. It served as a political center of the Croatian Kingdom from 1076. The fortress lies on Spas mountain, 100 meters above Knin. It is open to the public so make sure to visit this interesting piece of history.

Explore the stunning Krčić waterfall

Krčić waterfall is a part of the Krka river which originates at a spring near Knin. The waterfall is 22 meters high and it’s best to visit it during fall or early winter because it tends to dry out in summertime. If you decide to visit during summer, the good thing is you can take a swim to freshen up (as long as the waterfall is not too powerful beacuse it can be dangerous).

Gospina Crkva

Gospina Crkva is the largest church in Croatia, with 1100 seats and 780 square meters. It is a modern church which was finished in 2015 and located in the centre od Knin. This church is like no church you’ve seen before. The exterior design is fresh and minimalistic while the interior is dominated by brightnes and light. You’ll need to see it for yourself to experience the true colors of this church.

Visit Krka National Park

Krka National park encloses the river Krka which it was named after. It is located less than 50 kilometers away from Knin so you’ll have to get there by car or orther transportation. But if you’re near Knin, then you definitely must take a day off to visit the Krka national park. It’s not every day you can encounter such exceptional beauty. Beautiful waterfalls, turquoise lakes, and stunning greenery are waiting for you in Krka National Park.

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This city gets quite popular in summer when the streets are full of tourists and the restaurants are filled with people enjoying the famous Mediterranean cuisine and fresh seafood from the Adriatic Sea. There are not too many places that will charm you in such a way.

Discover the picturesque city of Rovinj

Situated on the western part of the Istrian coast from Lim Fjord on the north to the town of Bale to the south. It has a very rugged archipelago consisting of 14 islands and 6 cliffs. Rovinj began to develop at the time of the Roman Empire and during the past century has experienced a series of intense times. As evidence, you can see the numerous forts, walls and towers and a large number of monuments from the period of Venetian rule.

Today Rovinj is the city that has the most tourist nights, which should not be surprising because here are some of the best hotels on the Adriatic coast. Its gastronomical and wellness offer, as well as various events for all ages, are increasing every year.

Visit Church of St. Euphemia

Church of St. Euphemia in Rovinj

Church of St Euphemia was built in 1736. The church preserved its stone-white color through the years with beautiful park and walkway. It is dominated by Baroque style, and its extravagant interior is full of interesting sculptures and frescoes. The church is located at the highest point in the Old Town so it requires some uphill walking.

If you go to church while it is still open don’t miss to go up to the bell tower. From the tower, you get a 360 view of the area which is breathtaking and idyllic, with the sounds of church bells and the dark-blue sea view this place leaves you definitely mesmerized.

Legend says that when Euphemia was 15 years old, she was arrested by Diocletian’s soldiers, and when she refused to give up Christianity, she was tortured with cruelty. But she still remained loyal to Christ and was thrown to the lions who eventually killed her. People say that a sarcophagus came floating in the sea to the coast of Rovinj after a big storm. It is said that many people of Rovinj tried to haul the sarcophagus but no one succeeded. Finally, answering to St. Euphemia’s call, a small boy with two cows managed to haul the sarcophagus up the hill.

The people of Rovinj considered it a miracle, and they proclaimed St. Euphemia the patron-saint of the town. St. Euphemia’s Day is celebrated on September 16.

Explore the Old Town

The Old Town of Rovinj is built on the island, which was only connected with the mainland in the 18th century. The Old Town stands out with many sights and narrow streets in which artists exhibit their works.

The Balbi Arch was built in the 16th century and it represents the grand entrance in the Old Town. It was named after Daniel Balbi who was the mayor at the time. A few hundred years ago, the Old Town sat on an island separate from the mainland and the area where the main square currently sits was a canal, while a bridge connected the high street to the arch. When the canal was filled in, the arch came under the ownership of Balbi house. It is decorated with winged lion of Venice which reminds us that this coast used to be part of Venetian empire.

The Town Clock was built in the 12th century and it marks the center of the winding marble covered streets of the Old town in front of the drinking fountain. The clock stands out on the Main Square because of its color which is a vivid terracotta.

Things to do and see in Rovinj

There are so many fantastic and exciting things you can do or the wonderful things you can see in Rovinj. Let’s go!

Monkodonja Hill Fort

Monkodonja Hill Fort is well-preserved Bronze-Age hill fort. It is located about 5 km south-east of Rovinj. Monkodonja was inhabited in the period between 2000 and 1200 BC and it underwent numerous restoration phases. The settlement is circled by large drywall and as most others, Istrian hillfort settlements are placed on a flattened peak of the hilltop. Hill sights are a combination of the stunning sea view and the Brijuni islands and the land view of the lush Istrian countryside. It is definitely something worth seeing.

Discover beaches in Rovinj

Discover local beaches as Punta Corrente also known as Zlatni Rt (Golden Cape) which is the beautiful beach with a forest, crystal clear sea, pebbles, and rocks. Everybody can find a perfect little spot to enjoy staying at the beach. This is the largest and most popular beach in Rovinj.

Valdaliso beach is surrounded with pines, with an enchanting view of the Old Town of Rovinj. Access to the Valdaliso beach is possible either from the seaside or through the reception of the camp and hotel resort. Its southern part is mostly covered with pebbles, so it is suitable for families with children.
Monte (Baluota) is an attractive stone beach is located in the very center of Rovinj, right next to the church of Saint Euphemia. This unique spot is excellent for sunbathing and it is situated only a few minutes from the main square. The beach is not the best solution for amateur swimmers because of the rocky shore.

Visit Lim Fjord

Lim Fjord is also known as the Lim Bay is located on the western coast of Istria. It is located near Rovinj and Vrsar. The fjord is massively vegetated with pine trees and deciduous trees. The rich lush green makes a stark contrast with the blue water and the grey limestone – a truly beautiful natural phenomenon. The water here contains a large number of planktons, and because of that, the area is a natural hatching site for many fish species. The best way to visit Lim Fjord is by boat, and there are plenty of organized daily excursions on the coast of Rovinj.

Don’t miss these festivals in Rovinj

If you are a jazz lover, there’s Rovinj Spring Jazz Festival. If you like the Latin dance, there’s Sensual Days festival. We are sure everyone can find something for himself in Rovinj. Feel the energy of a festival which makes the whole town dance salsa on the Rovinj Summer Salsa Festival.

On the Grisia Art Fair galleries located on the Grisia Street open their doors and the street becomes an open-air art show with drawings, paintings, and sculptures enhancing the walls and doorways.

Go to the Brijuni Islands

The Brijuni Islands are a group of fourteen small islands. Visit the Nation Park with an unspoiled nature – crystal clear water, small ZOO and Tito’s museum. It is an oasis of the magnificent harmony between humans, animals, and plants. There is plenty of beaches where you can find yourself on your own with no others around. Visit the museum celebrating Tito’s life (former dictator of Yugoslavia) on the island and get to know a little bit of his exceptional life. The Mediterranean garden is also worth a visit with its beautiful lavender hedge and a calm and harmonious atmosphere. Hire a bike or golf car and explore the island on your own.

Go on a boat trip to St. Katarina Island

Take a boat trip to the St. Katarina island near Rovinj. It is romantic, peaceful, stunning – beautiful scenery with all the small bays. The whole St. Katarina Island is covered with pines. It offers a choice of peaceful and beautiful beaches. If you want to relax during your stay jump on the boat and put a relaxation mood on.

Smiljan, a small village in the mountainous Lika in Croatia, is a home to the most famous and respected inventor, engineer and scientist in the world – Nikola Tesla.

Nikola Tesla, a person who brought so much to the word and the way of life we live today. Tesla coil, the magnifying transmitter, turbine and induction motor are just some of his inventions.

Tesla was a futurist who knew what the future brings, so he envisioned a system that’ll collect information and broadcast it to a hand-held device. And was he right – nowadays, all of us have a mobile phone with an internet connection in our hands. He also envisioned the technology for radio astronomy as well as X-rays.

His home town, Smiljan, is located in the central part of Velebit mountain and not far from the Adriatic Sea. It’s a perfect place to visit if you want to enjoy the green fields and hills as well as go for a swim in the sea.

Smiljan is a small place that consists of eighteen hamlets amd has less than 500 inhabitants. But it’s still worth a visit, especially if you’re going to Dalmatia as it’s on your way.

What to see in Smiljan

Nikola Tesla statue in Smiljan – Photo by Croatia Full of Life

Memorial Center “Nikola Tesla”

This Memorial Center is a cultural-historical site and museum dedicated to Nikola Tesla. The memorial complex contains many different components such as a museum in his birth house, ortodox church of St. Peter and Paul, village cemetery, Tesla’s testing station, metal statue of Nikola Tesla, various monuments and much more. The scientist in you will enjoy seeing the prototypes of some Tesla’s inventions such as induction motor, turbine, rotating magnetic fiels and Tesla coil.

From time to time, the Memorial Center organizes scientific and educational activities which are always interesting to visit.

This complex was open due to celebration of the 150th anniversary of Nikola Tesla’s birth in 2006 but it was originally built in 1956.

Cave park Grabovača

Along with all the monuments dedicated to Nikola Tesla, there are also many natural beauties near Smiljan. One of them is a cave park Grabovača that features eight caves and a pit. You can visit the caves in all the seasons except winter. If you love being active on your vacation, Grabovača is a great place for recreational activities. You can enter the cave Samograd accompanied with the Park’s guide and explore the hidden beauties of this mysterious cave. There are also organised tours to Lika river where you can enjoy free lunch and swimming.

Velebit Nature Park

When in Lika, you don’t want to miss Velebit nature park. Velebit is the largest protected area of Croatia and inside of this nature park, there are two national parks – Paklenica and Northern Velebit that are definitely worth a visit. You’ll love the richness of plant and animal life in the Velebit nature park as well as its unique relief and diversity.

Poreč is a perfect place for a holiday. Outstanding nature, rich culture, numerous attractions… don’t wait too long for your dream holiday.

Charming little gem of Istria

Poreč is the enchanting coastal city in Croatia situated on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. Its climate is extremely mild and free of oppressive summer heat. You can pay a visit in Poreč City every time in the year. Its location is awesome so you can easily reach Opatija, Rijeka or the island of Krk.

Explore lovely Poreč city

Poreč architecture

The Old Town preserved the street layout of the ancient Roman castrum. The main streets Dekumanus and Cardo Maximus still preserved its original ancient form. You really need to see the Church of Our Lady of the Angels. It is located in the Old Town and built between 1747 and 1770. The church is small and quiet, it has an impressive wall and ceiling art.

In the Decumanus Street, you can also find the Roman Ruins. You can enter freely, and it is very easy to find and access. Simple to see, but extraordinary when you think about these stones being here for 2000 years. This precious place is placed on the cape near a beautiful villa with a wonderful sea view.

At the end of Decumanus Street, you will stumble on the lovely little Marafor Square. Great place to sit and watch the people and the world go by. With a few restaurants and bars, this is the beating heart of the Old Town of Poreč.

Near Marafor Square by the Decumanus Street, there is the Romanesque House. The 13th-century residential house, beautifully preserved with a wooden balcony and mullioned windows. It represents one of the most rear preserved architecture of the Romanesque periods.

You really can’t go to Poreč and not visit the Euphrasius Basilica. Basilica has well-preserved ancient mosaics and architectural details. It shows us how this church that dates back to the fifth century evolved with time. From the bell tower, there is a magnificent view worth climbing because you can see whole charming little Poreč city.

Relaxing and recharging

Poreč is a perfect place for a rest. Pebbly beaches, crystal clear sea, great weather, peace, and quiet will give you a pleasure of a holiday in this small town.

The Beach Brulo is settled in a beautiful cove, and it’s surrounded by pine trees which make a needed shade in the summer. Crystal clear sea, rich facilities for all ages make this beach a perfect choice for a recess.

On the northern side of Poreč lies the beach Borik from which you can have a beautiful view of the Old Town core. The beach has plenty stuff for kids fun and relaxation. You can rent a deck chair and lie under a sunshade, listen to the sound of the sea while you are cooled by a gentle breeze. While kids play the tennis, ping-pong, beach volleyball or mini golf.

Leisure and fun in Poreč

Do not miss Jazz in Lap; it is the Jazz & Blues Festival placed in the Poreč Heritage Museum. Every Wednesday you can hear refreshing jazz and Blue notes; it is a perfect recipe for a delightful summer night. Giostra is the Poreč historical festival that gathers more than 250 participants in costumes; who evoke for the life in the Baroque period. The festival lasts for three days, and its main event is a knight tournament Giostra, reconstructed from the rules of a tournament held in Poreč in the year 1745. July and August in Poreč are booked for concerts season at Euphrasius Basilica. The Euphrasian Basilica because of her integrity appears to be the perfect place for top performances of the greatest works of classical music in history.

Things to do in Poreč

  • Go on an extraordinary adventure in a kayak along the marvelous area of Lim Bay. Lim is a partially submerged river valley, which makes it an excellent place for kayaking. Don’t forget to bring your towel, sun lotion, camera, cap, and a beverage.
  • We recommend that you see the astonishing Baredine Cave. Its total depth is 132 m and temperatures in the cave vary between 7° C and 14° C. The guided Tour lasts about 45 minutes and at the end, you can see a rare animal, a human fish – Proteus anguinus.
  • Visit the Aquarium and explore his rich sea world. This lovely little aquarium is awesome. It has colorful fishes, lizards, snakes and much more. It is clean, and a fee doesn’t cost much.
  • If you like water slides then, the water park Aquacolors will be a perfect place for spending your day on vacation. Colorful and awesome water slides will make you laugh and put a smile on your face. Its great place for kids and the big ones too. You should definitely put it on the itinerary.
  • Visit magnificent Medulin – once a fishing village, today a modern tourist resort. Its unique sandy kilometer long beach Bijeca especially attracts families with children. Nearby is the fishing village of Premantura and the protected area of Cape Kamenjak, the southernmost point of Istria, a place where you become part of nature.

Don’t miss the chance to visit Rabac, the magnificent coastal city in Istria. It is an excellent choice for a family vacation and a retiree.

The gem of the southeast coast of Istria

Rabac is a coastal resort city on the southeast coast of Istria, placed in an impressive bay near Labin city. Today it is a vacation retreat with countless villas and apartment buildings, but in the middle of 19th century, Rabac was a little fishing port with barely ten houses.

Magnificent surrounding, delightful pebbly beaches, mild climate and a splendid view of Kvarner Bay. Sounds like an ideal location for an enchanting vacation, doesn’t it? Sandy beaches as Maslenica, St. Andrea Lanterna and Girandella have proudly received a “Blue Flag.” The blue flag signifies the purity of the sea along with the protected and well-organized environment. We can’t decide which one is a more attractive beach.

Along the sea is a beautiful promenade excellent for cycling, jogging while the restaurants offer exquisite local delicacies. Various sports amenities on the beaches make Rabac a winning seaside refuge on this side of the Istrian coast.

Why you should visit Rabac

Rabac is an awesome place for families and retiree, because of its accessible beaches. Beach chairs and umbrellas can be rented directly on the beach, so you can comfortably enjoy in the sun.

Sports and recreation enthusiasts can enjoy in many activities as hiking, mountain bike, fishing, mini golf, scuba diving, volleyball, paintball, horse riding, aqua park, kayaking to water-skiing and many other facilities that provide entertainment for children, adults, athletes.

One of the great things about Rabac is the vicinity of Labin, a city famous for its mining history as well as the arts and culture. During the Labin Art Republic Festival the whole city is buzzing with live and energetic performances, concerts, exhibitions, and street art events.

Taste the local delicacies

The crown of good rest is a good meal and a drink. Restaurants have brilliant trained chefs, which tasty meals are based on this region’s food. Palatable fish, lobster, shrimp, shellfish and other seafood are typical of this region, as well as delicious country-style meals.

The unavoidable dish – maneštra include ingredients like beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock, and tomatoes is a mandatory meal in the taverns. Food lovers can enjoy in the Istrian cuisine and local specialties in the restaurants: “Stari Hrast,” “La Terrazza,” “Galeb” and “Villa Anette.”

Things to do and see in Rabac

  • Experience the Rabac Open Air Festival in the period from 16 June to 30 August. Enjoy the outstanding music and street performances, watch movies and shows in the open air. The program offers something for all age groups and interest, and the best part – it is entirely free for all visitors.
  • Enjoy activities on the Girandella Beach; try out water skiing or get a ride on the jet-ski. Near beach, you can have a snack, grab a cup of coffee or try out tasty and delicious meals in nearby restaurants.
  • On the promenade of Rabac, you will find the magnificent Church of St. Andrew. It was built in the 15th century and restored in the late 19th century. Inside the church, there is a precious inventory. The most value is an altar with statues of St. George, St. Michael and St. Peter and Paul.
  • Visit one of the most beautiful Croatian sculpture parks in Dubrova. The park stretches over – 40 hectares, slightly fenced with a drywall, with natural valleys and elevations and unspoiled flora. The park is open all year long, there is no working time and the entrance is free.
  • If you love hiking, Rabac is the perfect place for you. It has plenty of hiking trails for you to enjoy, the most astonishing hike is from Rabac to Labin. The hike is long 5 km through pine woods, and it extends up to a hill of 234 m.
  • Don’t miss the chance to visit Labin, the charming town perched on a hilltop above Rabac. It is the ideal destination for visitors who are interested in cultural tourism and those who enjoy

There are many reasons for spending a vacation on the island of Lošinj. The main reasons why you should pay a visit is because here you can find a calm, harmony. Come and fall in love with Lošinj!

Lošinj – The Island of Vitality

Lošinj is a Croatian island in the northern Adriatic Sea, and it is placed in the magnificent Kvarner Gulf. The islands Cres and Lošinj are connected by a small bridge at the town of Osor.

Lošinj is a lovely tiny island, with around 2600 hours of sunshine a year. It is surrounded byes crystal-clear sea, but it also has charming fishing villages, great food, gorgeous climate, and best of all, uncrowded beaches. The island of Lošinj is known as the Island of Vitality. Locals said it was because of the fresh air mixed with sea salt and pine trees. We don’t know if it’s true, but we are sure that it is an exceptional place for a vacation, but due to its mild climate, Mali and Veli Lošinj are 1892 proclaim as climatic health resorts.

The island of Lošinj is a part of the Cres-Lošinj island group. The Lošinj group of islands includes, besides Lošinj, the islands of Unije, Ilovik, Susak and Vele Srakane as well as many smaller, uninhabited islands. Each of these islands has its own hidden beauty, so come and explore them!

The islands are great connected daily with tourist boats and regular connections from Lošinj, and Lošinj is well-connected to the mainland, by a ferry, hydrofoils and sports airplanes.

Find your escape from everyday life on Lošinj

Mali Lošinj is the largest place and fabulous harbor on the island. It is placed at the bottom of the large and well-protected bay. The beginnings of Mali Lošinj date back to the 12th century until its “Golden age” of Lošinj experienced in the 19th century when it became a true maritime city. Go for a walk in Mali Lošinj, pay a visit in the Lošinj Aromatic Garden, try out sipping chilled wine and swimming while the sun sets, there are plenty options what to do and see in Mali Lošinj.

In Mali Lošinj you will find various beaches, and we recommend you to go on beaches in the bay of Čikat. We are especially impressed by the well-decorated beach of Veli žal.

Veli Lošinj is settled in the southern part of the island of Lošinj, and it lies in the foothill of Saint Ivan. Today it is known as a remarkable tourist and aromatherapy center in Croatia. Despite the name (well in Croatian, veli means big and mali means small), Veli Lošinj is much smaller than Mali Lošinj. In the vicinity of Veli Lošinj, there is also a small but cute fishing port called Rovenska, which for years has got the attention with its precious beach, fishing atmosphere and the history of people who have devoted their whole life to the sea.

The art of delicacy on a plate

The fabulous Lošinj cuisine is full of flavors and fragrances of the Mediterranean features. As the main delight, there is the Kvarner scampi, which, according to many gastronomic critics, is the best in the world. Inexhaustible delicacies include fish, lamb, homemade pasta and olive oil and aromatic herbs that will be a real treat for the palate. Do not forget to make a toast for a holiday of the dream with a liqueur made from the local grass.

5 things to do on the island of Lošinj

  • Go for a walk in the Lošinj Aromatic Garden! It is a small but very beautiful garden with lots of island herbs. Garden is beautifully planted and very decorated, full of butterflies and bees. It is a fascinating place and you can enter for free.
  • Visit the Museum of Apoxymenos; it is a must see in Lošinj. It’s focused on a single exhibit, an ancient Greek statue discovered in Croatian sea about 20 years ago. The statue was under restoration in Zagreb for several years and looks nothing like what had been in the sea. The story of Apoxymenon is presented in a very innovative and approachable way that it can be interesting for everyone.
  • All adventurers who love their vacation will be actively going on their own because the island of Lošinj extends the possibility of using the planned trails throughout the year. The trails are designed for cycling and hiking, are about 220 km long and stretch to as many as five islands.
  • If you are a dolphins’ lover, try out a fantastic adventure and find out more about them. Dolphins are one of the attractions of the Lošinj island. Blue World Institute is involved in educating people about those intelligent animals and their ecosystem. The exhibition gives an insight into animals habit and explains how we should behave in order to preserve dolphins. The friendship between the dolphins and the island of Lošinj lasts for more than thirty years.
  • Try hiking on Osorsčica – mountaineering trail. The mountaineering trail is ideal holiday for couples, families, group of friends or even if you are planning to go solo. This trail is one of the oldest in Croatia, opened for tourists around 1886 already. On the top, there are a small church and magnificent view. The view is amazing and breathtaking, especially after the wind Bura blown – when you can see the town of Zadar and all nearby islands!

One of the most popular islands in Croatia attracts thousands of people each day, especially on summer days. Visit Hvar and explore his extraordinary beauty.

Take a walk on the sunniest island

Hvar is settled between the islands of Brač, Vis, and Korčula. It is often seen as the party island, but it is so much more than that. With a karst landscape, mild winters and warm summers, it is an ideal destination at any time of the year. It is considered as the sunniest spot in the country with more than 2800 sunny hours each year. Its surface is full of vineyards and the breathtaking lavender fields. You will fall in love with its indented coastline, crystal clear beaches, unspoiled nature, rich historical and cultural heritage, and beautiful scents of lavender, olive, and wine.

Hvar is known for its three main towns – Hvar town, Stari Grad, and Jelsa. It also has several small villages such as Sućuraj, Brusje, Vrbanj, Svirče, and many other unspoiled areas but worth seeing.

Meet the impressive city of Hvar


Take a walk in the magical city of Hvar, where all the streets will lead you to the Hvar’s square, impressive and one of the largest squares in Dalmatia. It is 4500 square meters big and dates back to the 13th century. At the end of the square is the St.Stephen’s Cathedral, a big and historic church which provides a beautiful Mass and the rich works which date back to the 15th century.

Look up at the top of the hill upon the city and you will see an impressive fortress. Fortica or Španjola at first looks intimidating in its height and distance from the town, but it is actually an easy uphill walk. It is one of the most important monuments in Hvar. Fortica with its city walls once represented the central defensive fort of the town of Hvar, the centenary patron of the city and the port. Don’t forget to bring your camera, so you can take awesome landscape photos.

Franciscan Monastery at the end of the city is a hidden gem with lovely cloisters. Many of the paintings are a 15th and 16th century and some are quite impressive. There are even a few relics from the 2nd century when the Romans traded and landed here and left their mark.

If you love theaters than you have to visit Hvar’s Theater, a monument built in 1612. It is the third oldest theater in Europe, and it represents the highest national significance for Croatia.

The city of Hvar may be the most remarkable city on the island but Stari Grad, the oldest village on the island, as well as Jelsa. A smattering of little villages, dotting the coast or cuddled in the curvaceous interior, is well worth a visit.

Getting to Hvar

If you are traveling by car, a bus or train, you should definitely come to Split or Drvenik, from where you can continue a ride by the ferry. Ferries sail from Split to Stari Grad, Jelsa, and to the town of Hvar. Additionally, you can take a taxi boat to transfer you to the island.

The nearest airports are in Split, Zadar, and Dubrovnik. From the airport, you can rent a car, took a bus or take a taxi to the ferry.

Taste the beauty

There are many seafood restaurants on the island, but we recommend the Gariful, it is one of the best by locals. Glorious place at the end of the crucial pier in Hvar. Sitting outside, watching the sunset while drinking the local wine and eating tasteful fresh seafood. Dalmatino is nice restaurant dinner with excellent food and service. Recommended by the Tripadvisor, the guidebooks and those that go there – there’s a good reason for that – its unique, atmospheric and fantastic! Located on a narrow street with beautiful surroundings Fig Cafe Bar will surely be one of your preferred places to eat. If you are a vegetarian, this is the right place for you, try out cranberry and brie flatbread, spicy eggs or vegetarian breakfast burritos.

Things to do on the island of Hvar

Things to do on the Hvar Island

  • Visit the abandoned village of Malo Grablje, which was inhabited by the wealthy families that plant olives and lavender. It’s a delightful and isolated place to wander around where you can really affect a sense of a way of life pass on.
  • Island Galešnik is across the harbor of Hvar, and it is a loving retreat from the energetic Hvar. It is small but has it all, little and lovely streets, charming people, pretty harbor, and sweet little alleys with charming shops.
  • Explore the Šćedro island, one of the most peaceful Mediterranean islands. Šćedro is a small island on the south side of the island Hvar and as a natural park, it offers its visitors unique and unspoiled beauty and many secluded bays.
  • If you are a gourmet, you need to go to the Blue Cave and Vis Culinary Day Trip, and we guarantee you’ll love it. This trip is something that needs to be on your itinerary.
  • If wine and great food are more of your thing, you can try fantastic wine and gastronomy tour. You can visit wineries, sip excellent local wine, learn how they make such a tasteful wine.
  • Diving, snorkeling, sailing, and fishing are all also available on the island. If you don’t have your own equipment, don’t worry because there are many companies you can rent from.
  • Water activities are great things to do, and if you are an adventurer you can go to the sea kayaking tour from Hvar town to the Pakleni Islands.
  • Hvar Island is full of beautiful untouched beaches. We recommend that you see: Dubovica, Pišćena, Zaraće, Banj, Sveta Nedilja, Jerolim, and Jagodna.
  • City walking tour is always a good idea if you want to get to know how the locals live and learn more about the history of the area. But if you are not a fan of a walking tour you can rent a car or ATV so you can explore the island on your own.

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Many travelers think of Croatia solely for its stunning seaside and hundreds of idyllic islands, looking inland only as far as Plitvice Lakes or the capital city, Zagreb. The eastern region of Slavonia, including Osijek, are destinations that go unnoticed. A truly big mistake, since Slavonia, and especially Osijek as its main pearl, have a lot to offer.

A brief history of the Slavonian pearl

The city of Osijek – the fourth largest city in Croatia with a population of 108,000 – lies in the eastern portion of the Slavonia region near the borders of Hungary and Serbia. The first mention of the city dates to the year 1196, but people had been living on the land for centuries before that time. Situated along the Drava River just upstream from the Drava-Danube confluence, Osijek was built on slightly elevated terrain, safely above the floodplain.

In the Middle Ages, the city thrived, but fell to the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. Under Habsburg rule in the 17th century, the city was rebuilt in the Baroque style. By the 19th century, the city was flourishing again. However, in 1991, when Croatia declared independence, Osijek came under the attack of the Yugoslav People’s Army, which resulted in hundreds of casualties, heavy damage to the city and residents fleeing the region.

Life after war – The city’s new beginning

Osijek attractions

Osijek still bears scars from the war and aftermath: pockmarks dot the sides of structures, mortar blasts blemish sidewalks and poignant monuments have been constructed in remembrance. Many of the buildings on the oldest streets in the city have been neglected, evidenced by peeling paint and crumbling facades, as more pressing city projects have taken precedence. City center store spaces sit empty; the once prime real estate waiting for an opportunistic buyer to take interest.

Rather than feeling despondent, however, you can sense a subtle buzz of energy in the city. Forward-thinking and passionate residents are working towards bringing Osijek back to its former splendor. Throughout the city, historic buildings are getting facelifts, fresh-concept cafes and restaurants are breathing new life into once abandoned spaces and events are aimed at community involvement and participation.

Three great reasons to visit Osijek

If you still lack reasons to come and explore this scared but beautiful city; we are sure that the following list will be more than enough for you to change your mind. Here’s why Osijek will surely leave you breathless and wanting to come back!

City Sights

Museum of archaeology in Osijek

Given the city of Osijek’s long history, there’s a variety of sights. Walking around the city center, you will be amazed by the architecture, museums, historic buildings, city parks and monuments.

Museum of Slavonia – The museum was founded in 1877 and is the largest general-type museum in Croatia. Centrally located in the City Magistrate building, which was built in 1702, the interesting and informational museum displays tell the history of the city and region.

Museum of Archeology – Housed in the Main Guard Building adjacent to the Magistrate building, the museum exhibits artifacts from the area’s early history and the Middle Ages. The Museum of Archeology is part of the Museum of Slavonia.

Citadel or Fortress – Tvrda was built between 1693 and 1735 by the Habsburgs in the Baroque style. In addition to the eight bastions and two gates, city walls were constructed to protect the town from Ottoman threat. Today, most of the walls have been removed, but the Tvrda stands and the Old Town is still inhabited by thousands of residents and the former military buildings are occupied by the university and museums.

Co-Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul – Completed in 1898, the brick church features a 308-foot-tall spire, which makes it the tallest building in Croatia outside of Zagreb.

Municipal Park of Petar Kresimir IV – The city park was created at the beginning of the 20th century complete with trees and fountains – and remains a relaxing central green space today.

Kopački Rit Nature Park

Kopacki rit near Osijek
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Covering 92-square miles of the Danube floodplain, Kopacki Rit Nature Park is the jewel of the Slavonia region. The wetlands are often referred to as the Amazon of Europe and more than 2,000 animals and insects call the park home – including more than 300 species of birds. On the protected land, deer roam the open space and the rivers are filled with fish.

Even in the winter, the park is a stunning sight. Morning frost clung to trees and ice froze at the edges of the lakes. In the winter, most of the swampland was dry, but you will ba able to see how high the waters rise in the springtime, marked by discolored bark and moss clinging to tree trunks. A true pearl worth a visit.

Osijek attractions


Let’s get right to it: the food offering in Osijek is off the charts. From hearty soups to roasted game to cured meats and tasty pasta, the common ingredients are homemade and fresh. The regional specialty is River Fish Stew, which hardly sounds appetizing, but after one bite, it doesn’t matter what it is called…it is delicious. Paprika is used to flavor just about everything; the popular zingy spice is made locally from red peppers that are air-dried and ground into powder.

With wide open spaces, rushing rivers, and nutrient-rich soil, clean eating isn’t a trendy new concept, but a traditional way of life in Osijek. In more recent years, modern farming may have derailed that idea, but many local food producers are still intent on only promoting naturally-raised food, free from enhancements, chemicals, and preservatives; offering delicious characteristic meals made with fresh ingredients.

When mentioning food, we must not forget the wine. The region fo Slavonia prides on its winemaking, and for a good reason. Here you can taste some of the most delicious Croatian wine both red and white; which we are sure won’t leave you disappointed.

Not to be misguided, the 3 things mentioned above, are just the beginning. Osijek has a lot more amazing things to offer, it’s up to you to come and see it for yourself. Osijek will receive you with its arms wide open.