Slavonia may not be the richest part of Croatia but it offers many famous monuments and different kinds of touristic places that your fun-loving spirit will enjoy.

Slavonia – Croatia’s green beauty

Slavonia is placed in the east part of Croatia. It is the region between several rivers; Sava on the south, Drava on the north, Ilova on the west, Bosut and Vuka on the southeast.

Slavonia is well known for legends and myths which are passed to the descendants with each generation. Slavonians have a strong tradition of celebrating crop harvesting, domestic music, delicious food, and drinks.

Known for strong agricultural activities

Slavonian agriculture
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You’ll surely meet many hardworking and interesting people in Slavonia. Slavonians are known as very warm people who are always there to help and treat you with some delicious food. Many people in Slavonia are working in the fields, seeding, and harvesting. Most grown cultures are wheat and corn. But lately whole industry is changing and Slavonians start to grow other cultures like sugar beet, tobacco, roughage, and oilseeds. Slavonians also have big plant fields where they grow apples, pears and plums. As in every agriculture, where plants are grown, there is livestock. If you visit the villages, you’ll see pigs and cattle almost everywhere.

Treat your taste buds to Kulen, Loza and Šljivovica

Slavonian Kulen
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Most important things in Slavonian agriculture are plums and pigs. Pigs are used to make a great Slavonian sausage, Kulen. Kulen is well known all over the Croatia and is one of the best sausages in the country! If you travel to Croatia, you must try Kulen. After you try it, I am sure you will buy some of it to bring home and give to your friends to try.

Other important things you should taste when staying in Slavonia or Croatia are Loza and Šljivovica. Those alcoholic beverages are consumed in high dosages by Slavonians. Loza is made of grapes and Šljivovica is made of plums. These beverages have high alcohol concentration so be aware if someone offers you these drinks, you can get drunk pretty easy!

Slavonian nature parks are a must-see

Slavonian castles

The biggest city in Slavonia is Osijek with approximately 108 000 inhabitants. But if you are interested in tourism, you should visit the places that have zero people population – places like Kopački Rit or Papuk. Kopački Rit is a nature park with over 260 different bird species. With lots of species and lots of plants that you can’t see anywhere else on the planet, Kopački Rit is a touristic place that people all over the world come to visit.

Slavonia also has another nature park named Papuk. Papuk is placed on UNESCO list of world heritage. In nature park Papuk you can see 500 years old oaks and medieval fortress Ružica. These unique places are extremely attractive to the tourists all over the world.

Things to do in Slavonia

  • Visit fortresses and castles – Slavonia is packed with them. There are over 20 of fortresses and castles all over the area. If you love history, those are the places you must visit.
  • If you love horses, you should visit Đakovačka Ergela. Đakovačka Ergela was established in 1506 and it is on the list of the oldest European stables. At Đakovečka Ergela, you can see and learn everything about Đakovački Lipicanci, the best horses in this part of Europe.
  • Religious places – Church dated from the 12 century in a forgotten place named Lovčić will make your spiritual experience glow.
  • Taste local food – Kulen is one of the most famous sausages, but Slavonians know how to make other delicious meals too. One of them is aspic (Hladetina), but be prepared for its specific taste. You’ll either love it or hate it. It’s worth a try!
  • Most famous Slavonian restaurant – You can travel to Zmajevac which is located on the border with Serbia and check in at Restaurant Josić known as the best Slavonian restaurant.
  • Off-road traveling – Whatever vehicle you choose you will have fun. You can go off-roading with a motorbike, bicycle or even a car. There are lots of open off-road areas to visit.

From a family vacation to one of the greatest party resorts in Croatia and nearby. The island of Pag offers everything for your best vacation experience.

Island of lace, cheese, and parties

The island of Pag is one of the most outlandish islands in Croatia. Its beauty is exceptional, and it offers its tourists a dream vacation. If you like dancing, listening to music and just having fun, Zrće is the place for you. However, you might want to have a quiet and peaceful vacation with your family and friends – don’t worry, Pag that too. The island of Pag is full of peaceful locations perfect for families. The only thing you will hear is a few crickets that’ll keep you awake while you enjoy the holiday of your dreams. We recommend you to go to small towns and villages such as Šimuni, Povljana, and Dinjiška or to the city center of the island, also named Pag.

When you step on the island, it feels like another dimension, its landscape reminds of the moon. The coast is unique because of the wind called ‘bura’ which brings salt on the rocks and herbs. But since nature always finds its way, sheep find the salted grass on this unique island very yummy. And the product of this is the famous Pag cheese, one of the most awarded cheeses in the region.

Tempt your taste buds, take a bite of the divine!

‘Paška sol’ is considered one of the best salts and Pag saltern is the largest salt producer in whole Croatia. Every meal you eat has a little bit of this salt, but really, its true, every kitchen in Croatia has it. You can visit the saltern to find out more about the process of producing salt.

Except for salt, Pag is well known for its cheese ‘Paški sir’. Stunning cheese, made from sheep’s milk, but with an interesting taste because of the salted herbs that sheeps eat. This world-renowned cheese is available at almost every corner of the island because many families continue to uphold an age-old island tradition of cheese making.

It’s really hard not to spot a sign with ‘Paška janjetina’ on it in many corners. ‘Paška janjetina’ is Pag’s lamb and it has a really unique taste and smell because of sheep’s nutrition rich with various herbs and grass naturally salted by the wind.

Pag olive grove is about a thousand year old and when you see those trees it will remind you of Greece and their olive trees. If you wonder what a thousand years old olive trees look like, go to a small village called Lun and get to know everything about olive oil production.

Exploring the characteristics of Pag

A perfect vacation on Pag

If you want to take some beautiful photos and enjoy the perfect view, go to the Vidikovac Gradec, where you’ll have a panoramic view of the city Pag.

Do you know that the 15th Meridian east of Greenwich passes through the island of Pag? Well, it is true, you have a monumental place, just a few kilometers from the city Pag.

Suhozidi (Drywalls) are lifted as natural boundaries between the fences, high enough that the sheep cannot jump over, strong enough that the wind called ‘bura’ cannot crash them.

On the island of Pag, you can see salt being produced by draining on the small clay pools within which sea water is introduced. These small pools are called Saline and you will see them a lot.

Near Novalja, you can find a land formation in the shape of an isosceles triangle called Pag triangle. It is a phenomenon that attracts the attention of believers, alternative investigators of the past and ufologists. Based on geological research, it was found that the stones inside the Pag Triangle are brighter than the stones outside the triangle and cannot be found anywhere else on the island of Pag.

For all the party people

Novalja is considered one of the best Croatia’s party destinations. A resort called Zrće offers various summer music festivals and parties from afternoon till early mornings.

It’s a true paradise on the beach with lots of attractions such as bungee jumping, wakeboard, ski lift, jet ski ride and party boats. Every year, Zrće hosts a large number of tourists who come here to enjoy the summer rhythms.

Experience the uniqueness of this island

Pag sunset

Pag town is also famous for its carnival, with two seasonal carnivals in the summer and in the winter time. The Paško Kolo is a traditional folk dance which is the pride of the whole area. As a young girl, women learn to dance this specific dance, they wear a special outfit and have braided hair. This dance is usually performed after church so that everybody can enjoy and hang out after it on the main square. There is also a song accompanying the dance which is performed so well that it gives you chills.

Buy Pag Lace as a souvenir; in 2009 lacemaking was added to the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Things to do on the island of Pag

Things to do on the island of Pag

  • The Island of Pag has a lot of small hidden beaches that can be seen only from the sea. You can rent a boat, but if you are an adventurer you can take a kayak and go kayaking. Find beautiful beaches such as Beritnica near Metajna or Krcalo near Jakišnica.
  • Go cycling along the island, its road is great for an explorer. You’ll see some beautiful sights where you can capture great photos.
  • If you are looking to try something new, you can try Robinsons tourism on the island of Pag. New, different kind of spending your vacation.
  • You can visit nearby town Zadar, look at the sunset from the seafront of Zadar, enjoy the music produced by the sea with the famous Zadar Organ and visit a monument The greeting to the sun.
  • If you like nature, Pag is a great starting point to see the national park Paklenica, Plitvička jezera, Kornati or Krka. Because of its great position, there are many options.

In Šibenik, there is something for everyone. Lots of fun and many adventures await you if you decide to visit beautiful Šibenik.

Reveal the beauty of Šibenik

Šibenik is one of the oldest Croatian cities on the Adriatic sea. Šibenik is also one of the largest cities in the Dalmatia region. Total city population of Šibenik is around 46 000 citizens so it isn’t crowded. It is located on the coast with many charming islands in its yard.

Because of its location, the pleasant Mediterranean climate prevails. This means – mild winters and hot summers perfect for an enjoyable vacation full of sunshine and swimming! But not only that, the air around the Mediterranean Sea is fresh and light, it actually helps people with respiratory issues.

Šibenik fort attraction

The whole city is robust with lots of fortifications, forts and fortresses. The most famous place is Fortress of Saint Mihovil. When you climb up, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the sea and the nearby islands.

Šibenik and the area around contain 24 churches. Most popular of them is the church of Saint Ivan that you should definitely visit when in Šibenik!

Treat your buds with delicious Mediterranean food

Seafood delicacies

Šibenik has many restaurants to choose from and you can basically eat anything you like. But Mediterranean kitchen prevails and you should definitely go with Mediterranean when in Šibenik!

There is lots of fish on the menu and other special meals with seafood that comes directly from the Adriatic. But if you don’t enjoy fish, don’t worry because many places also offer pizza, hamburgers, čevaps (minced meat, similar to burger meat) and other worldwide popular meals.

Fun activities For nature-lovers, diving enthusiasts and adrenaline-seekers

Sailing in Šibenik

Have fun walking or cycling through the wilderness. Many cycling trails will lead you through an unusual nature of Šibenik. If you are not into sweating, then you can get on a horse in many horse riding centers of Šibenik.

You can also rent a boat and visit some extraordinary places by boat. If you don’t have a license for sailing then you can join charters or sailing club. You can even get a kayak and use your muscles while checking out National Parks.

Bungee jumping from the 40-meters high Šibenik bridge is for the bravest who seek additional spikes in adrenaline. For those who prefer to go underwater, there is a diving club Vertigo, Deep Sea and Mediterraneo Sub where you can get your equipment and join them on their diving adventures.

Nearby adventures are awaiting

Krka national park near Šibenik

If you love nature and adventures, then you should visit Krka National Park by traveling only 18 kilometers to the west of Šibenik. National Park Krka was named by the Krka river, an invaluable gift of nature which flows through the middle of Dalmatia.

Rich flora and fauna are one of the main reasons why people visit National Park Krka. Over 800 different species and subspecies have been found in this area.

If you seek a unique nature experience, then you should travel to the mesmerizing Kornati archipelago. National Park Kornati contains 140 islands and it has the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea!

National Park Kornati also has distinct flora and fauna that you’ll love. In this area, you can see some of the rarest animals such as lizards, snakes, amphibians, rodents and sea gulls. But if you are not a fan of these animals, don’t let that stop you from seeing this beautiful place we could call heaven on Earth.

You can get to the National Park Kornati by your own rented boat or with one of many tourist agencies that organize Kornati tours on a daily basis.

Things to do in Šibenik, Croatia

Things to do in Šibenik

  • Visit the harbor – Every street in Šibenik can take you to it. In the harbor, you can enjoy checking out the boats, sailboats and other attractive yachts and take a walk along the sea.
  • Visit central square – the central square is not big, but it will show you why they say Šibenik is one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic sea.
  • Šibenik cathedral – If you are religious, you can get some rest and enrich your holy spirit by visiting this ancient and unique cathedral.
  • Fortifications with Ancient Canons – Šibenik is an old city that needed to defend itself throughout history. Defense was done by building strong fortresses and forts with cannons. You can still see some of the cannons as the reminder of that ancient time!
  • Šibenik city guard – If you are lucky, you will see them marching through the city or just standing as a defensive army in one of many forts. You can see their ancient uniforms and weapons.

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Visit Zagreb, make a wish at its main square, fall in love or plan your active vacation – the choice is yours, because Zagreb is waiting for you!

Big-city life state of mind in Zagreb

While most people travel directly to the Croatian sunny coastline, there is something quite different that attracts many tourists to Zagreb. Feel free and make yourself at home on its streets, at its restaurants, in parks, museums, shopping malls or clubs. Its mesmerising spirit with long history, cultural heritage and the “big-city life” state of mind will make you never want to leave it. Zagreb is a perfect place to be!

Experience Zagreb, Croatia’s capital of culture and politics

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia

Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia and a home to a quarter of the country’s population. It is a cultural and political centre of Croatia that has a thriving and energetic spirit – it is a city that never sleeps. Most of the Zagreb’s attractions are in the city centre that’s divided on Gornji Grad (the Upper Town) and Donji Grad (the Lower Town). We recommend you start your adventure at the very centre of Zagreb – the city’s main square called Josip Ban Jelačić Square where the Upper and Lower Towns meet. Make a wish at the Well of Life – the Ivan Meštrović’s masterpiece – and promise yourself and to Zagreb that you’ll come back to its magnificent streets.

Discover the history of the upper and lower town

The Upper Town lies on a high plateau from which it radiates with history, some old times and tranquillity. It is a home to many city’s most visited tourist localities, including the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, parliament building, and numerous museums and churches such as the St. Mark’s Church, the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Tower of Lotrščak, the Stone Gate, etc. The Lower Town is a modern area known for its world-class museums and the Croatian National Theater. Peek inside of the Atelier Meštrović or Mimara Museum.

In the Archive of Tošo Dabac check out the spirit of Zagreb in 1930s through the lenses of the most appreciated Zagreb’s photographer. If the beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then Tošo was definitely in love with Zagreb. His photographs will explain you, better than any person you meet, what does it mean to be a part of Zagreb. Sit for a coffee or glass of wine in one of the artistic coffee shops where time stops. It seems like its locals don’t care about anything except that cup of coffee – because life is all about the details and small things that make you happy. Croatians sure know hot to forget about the time when it’s necessary.

Zagreb’s outdoor life

Zagreb attractions

If you’re an outdoor person and you’re up for a peaceful evening, take a walk to the Medvednica Nature Park, hike along the Sljeme mountain and take a look inside Veternica cave system where you will find large bat colonies as well as prehistoric remains from the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras. Visit Jarun lake that is formed by an inlet of the Sava river. It is the primary spot for many outdoor activities such as rowing, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, jogging, skating, boating and skateboarding. Take a look inside the Botanical Garden Zagreb or Maksimir Park where the Zagreb City Zoo is located. Get to know funny facts about some exotic animals or just take a walk and renew your energy.

The street spirit of Zagreb

If you really want to meet the locals, feel the street spirit and learn their stories, you should visit Britanac, Dolac Market at Jelačić Square or Hrelić. Dolac is an authentic and lively market where you can find a variety of colourful seasonable fruits and vegetables. Hrelić is completely different story. It is a place where you can find everything from old bikes, clothes, Barbie dolls, TVs to the car parts, paintings and sofas. Pick your favorite object, bargain for it, then buy it and talk to the old saleswoman, commonly called kumica na placu (which in free translation means “the godmother of/on the market”), learn what is the Zagreb way of life and what was it like before, back in the days, in Yugoslavia when “everything was better”.

Feel and see Zagreb

Zagreb wall

Well, we can’t make the memories for you, you should do it by yourself. So, go for it! Climb that hill, sneak into that church, peek into that museum, try the pepper biscuits and beer in that pub! Feel it, see it and get to know it. Everything is in your hands!

What to do in Zagreb

  • Bookworms, writers, and artists will find their heaven in the Booksa – a place to chat, drink coffee, read a book, browse the library or surf with free wi-fi
  • Climb up the Lotrščak tower that has been built in the middle of the 13th century
  • Walk through the Botanical Gardens, a serene oasis in the city centre with trees older than 120 years
  • Peek into the Kallina House, one of the most unusual architectural achievement in Zagreb that was constructed at the beginning of the 20th century
  • See the 1st organised street art project whose history and Graffiti Wall dates from 1987 when young artists decided to give a gift to their beloved city
  • A 10-minute ride north of the city centre will take you to the Mirogoj, the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe, located at the foot of the Mountain Medvednica
  • In the centre of Zagreb you’ll find the ‘Nin Salt’ museum/store that reveals the story of how salt was made in the past and how it’s made today
  • If you’re tired of walking around, take a tour with the funicular that will take you up to Gradec – one-way trip costs 5 kunas but the winter experience and a view of the city centre is sweet as a candy

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Explore the Blue Cave, visit fortresses and churches, explore ancient monuments and learn history on the island of Vis. Make memories on the Croatian coast!

Explore Vis and hear its story

Vis is the furthest island in the Croatian part of Adriatic that is hidden behind the islands of Hvar, Brač and Šolta. In the Tito’s Yugoslavia, it was the military and naval headquarters of the partisan army which was closed for the public until 1989. Thanks to that it kept its architectural and natural beauties.

Rich cultural history and tradition

The architecture of the island has its origin back to the early days of Venetian rule. Old stone buildings, town walls, churches and fortresses, made from stone from the island of Brač, stand as a reminder of some other times. Vis is the oldest established town in Dalmatia, founded in 397 B.C. When it was named with Latin name Issa. Also it has marvelous architecture from time when the Austrians and Italians was occupying this small and memorable island. Visit King George III Fortress that dates from April 1812 when the English commander of Vis, George Duncan Robertson, began building a short and lengthy fortress with walls that leans over the entrance to the port of Vis which was surrounded by a moat. Walk to the remarkably intact 2400-year-old Greek cemetery which is overlooking the harbor. Visit Thermae whose traces still remind us of ancient times although its several meters high walls were destroyed completely at the end of the WW II.

Mesmerizing natural beauties

Visit Viška Luka, the port of Vis, on the northern end of the island where the town of Vis is situated. Feel the spirit of the waterfront while you drink your coffee in one of the cafes or bars, that are located on the squares of the Vis town. While driving down the road that leads you to the village of Kut, catch the most stunning views of the bay. Drive further, to the western end of the island and explore Komiža, the fishing village. This village is great for wandering around, fresh seafood in restaurants, hospitable people and stunning nature. We recommend you to take a boat from Komiža to visit the Blue Cave on Biševo Island. It is located in the Blaun bay on the eastern part of the island and it has been open to the public since 1884. When the sea is calm and the day is sunny, the sun rays reflect through the undersea entrance to the cave and creates the most mesmerizing blue color you’ll ever see.

After the undersea adventure, relax on one of the pebbly or sandy beaches – on pebbly ones you can make sculptures or throw stones back in the sea, and on the sandy ones play the most famous Croatian ball game – picigin.

Surprise your senses

Vis has interesting wines and great food that stand as a reminder of years that it was closed. So, now those certain industries are flourishing for those who stayed on the island – fisherman and those involved in agriculture. The Vugava grapes once used to make white wine and from red grapes, they produces the Croatian favorite – the Plavac wine. The perfect combination with wine definitely makes local delicacies, such as lamb, fish or beef under the peka with potatoes and other vegetables. You’ll learn that slow cooking is Croatian way of cooking because it’s the best way for entertaining gathering. Try lobster on the grill, fresh sardines, homegrown tomatoes, herbs, homemade olive oil, lemons from the trees, squids, asparagus… – everything you ever imagined in one place. Trust us, this place is definitely made to surprise yours and everybody’s senses!

What to do on the island of Vis

Things to do on the island of Vis

  • Visit the Stiniva Bay which when you look from the seaside is enclosed by two high rocky cliffs which, in their closest point, are just four meters from each other. When you sail through that kind of gateway between those cliffs you’ll find a pebbly beach that opens like a Roman amphitheater auditorium.
  • Lay down on the Zaglav beach, surely one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Glistening sand, under the blue and sunny sky, near the crystal blue sea. What more can you wish for?
  • Investigate undersea while snorkeling in the emerald waters of the Stiniva Cove, Srebrena Beach or around Green Cave on the Ravnik Island, watch out for loggerhead turtles and bottle-nose dolphins. After all, Vis is a great place for exploring old military sea tunnels that served as warship shelters.
  • Vis is also a great destination for biking and hiking. Take the road to the Mount Hum (560 m) in the early spring, that leads your, for almost three hours, through abandoned vineyards and olive groves.
  • Go kayaking! There are many different types of kayak experiences around there. Go to the island of Ravnik from Rukavac and paddle into the Green Grotto in which you’ll see the sun illuminating the sea in the most beautiful green colors.

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Visit the main attraction of Dalmatia – the city of Split – and feel its good vibes on your vacation by the Adriatic sea. Book your holiday today!

Live, feel and see pomalo in Split

Split is a typical Mediterranean city and also the largest city of Dalmatia. Split surely is a place meant for you, if you’ve wished for pleasant, a small-town feeling and life in slow-motion. There everything happens without hurry and in easy vibe, as if every corner of this town is telling you to take it easy – or as locals say pomalo. We can say that pomalo is a state of mind that you’ll adore. So, pack up your bags and hit the road!

Planing your visit?

Split is known as a port and a industrial town that people used as a stopover place before catching a ferry to the nearest island, or a bus to another tourist destination. But recently, Split has become one of the main attractions in Dalmatia for tourists of all ages because it radiets with a perfect balance of modernity and tradition. It is a town to visit throughout the year, but if you want to experience it at its best, try to plan your visit from May to October.

Balance of modernity and tradition

Split is located by the sea, and we can say that whole town is one huge monumental and historical site. You will surely find beauty on its narrow cobbled streets, in its old town and hidden alleys that are a part of the roman Palace dating back from the 4th century. See Peristyle, an open-air pavilion, in nighttime. See the whole of town from the top of the bells on the Split Cathedral. Pass through all of the four town gates. Go to the statue of the Gregory of Nin, a masterpiece from renowed Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović and rub its tow for the happiness in life. Visit Split town museum, Archaeological Museum or Ethnographic Museum just to learn, see and hear life of Split town. Walk along the Varoš – one of the oldest neighborhoods in Split consisting of traditional houses with green wooden shutters. And finally wander along Split seafront promenade called Riva, visit its green market commonly known as pazar, sip a cocktail in one of the bars, or just chill on a bench under the palm tree. And after all get lost between passages, allies and marbled streets of Diocletian’s Palace and its thousands of years history.

An active and fun holiday just for you

Split Riva

If you wish for an active holiday you should visit Marjan – a hill with the highest peak of approx. 178m from which you’ll see the most beautiful view over the town and the sea. It is a favorite recreational place for the locals, so join them and walk miles or two. Swim on the beach Bačvice, or play picigin – a local water sport, where a small ball is thrown between players in the shallow part of the sea. Have a coffee at Žbirac, at locals favorite bar/coffee place located near Bačvice beach. Recently, Split is also a popular destination because of its festival offer that includes Split beach festival and well-known Ultra Europe Festival. So, if you’re wondering what it’s like to be a part of the world’s electro-music scene, you should give it a try at Split!

Taste Dalmatia in Split

Split has many restaurants that reflect with charm, so pick one or two and grab a plate of Dalmatian delicacies. You should try dalmatinska pašticada – a meat dish that takes two days to prepare and has a special taste. You should try grilled white fish, such as sea bream with olive oil, garlic and parsley, also try dalmatian prosciutto with cheese and surely try fish called dentex, commonly known as zubatac with potatoes and white wine.

It is both a curse and a blessing to feel overwhelmed, to see and be surrounded with such beauty. But you must try to let it go to that feeling and get the best of Split. We promise you, you won’t regret a thing!

Attractions in Split

Things to do in Split

  • Visit the Fruit Square, also known as the Square of Radić Brothers, where you’ll find homegrown fruits and vegetables, fishes, excellent olive oil and various spices
  • Find accommodation in Brela, go on trips to the nearest islands and enjoy the calmness of this little Mediterranean town
  • Enter the totally unique museum – the Froggyland Museum – name says it by itself what is all about, and it’s up to you which exhibit detail, from 507 of them, are you going to check out
  • Peek into the Split museum and galleries – visit the Jakšić Gallery and find out what visual arts are there to discover, visit Milesi Palace, Gallery Kula or Split City Museum
  • Split has its own Jupiter temple in which you’ll discover the headless sphinx in black granite guarding the entrance from the 5th century when it was brought all over from Egypt
  • If you’re walking around Split’s port, you’ll probably see young crowds gathering on a wall in the port’s northwest corner – it is called Matejuška and in the last few years it has become a place to be for younger locals and their friends from all over the world
  • Discover night life in lounge bars and clubs of Split, such as Puls, Ghetto, Fluid
  • Experience white water rafting in the Cetina valley or go on a walking tour throughout Split and its breathtaking nearby nature
  • Treat yourself with a day without walking and rent a boat, visit nearby islands and chill by the emerald sea

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Spend your holiday in Rijeka and learn its history, legends and tradition, meet its people and become a part of it. Rijeka is waiting for you!

Rijeka – a town that flows

Rijeka is commonly known as the town that flows and that contains rich history, industrial and cultural heritage. The oldest traces of first settlers on today’s Rijeka area date back to the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods. Even the remains of the prehistoric forts and villages of this area stand proud as a reminder on the Bronze and Iron Ages. Visit Rijeka, take a walk, take a look, explore, peak into its every corner, feel the flow – the flow of the Rijeka town.

Feel the multicultural and industrial flow

Trsatska gradina, Rijeka

Rijeka holds the status of the multicultural, maritime and industrial town because of its ideal geographical position. Rijeka once was one of Europe’s largest ports and one of the largest industrial centers with railway and maritime routes that opened an opportunity for tourism development. Now, Rijeka has a lot to offer to the modern tourist besides the sun, sea and excellent food. Peek into the Governor’s Palace that was the residence of the governor Ljudevit Batthyany, i.e. the vice-regent of the Hungarian crown St. Stephen. His architect decided to make the palace in High Renaissance because of the stately simplicity of the classics and so designed the most beautiful public building in Rijeka. Visit the Church of St. Vito, a Jesuit rotunda (today cathedral) that was built on a site of a small demolished church dedicated to this honorable guardian of Rijeka.

Step into the Church of St. Mary’s Assumption which was built in the early Middle Ages on the ruins of the Roman thermal baths. Walk along the Korzo, drink your coffee on one of the terraces and figure it out why is Korzo called a lifeline of Rijeka. Climb up the Trsat Fortress, once a strategic lookout on a 138 meters high hill and today a favorite place of locals that is abundant with events such as open-air concerts, theater performances, literature events and art gallery exhibitions. While you’re on Trsat you should visit the Santcuary of Our Lady of Trsat that is the biggest pilgrimage center of the Western Croatia. And after all, just relax, breath in the fresh air and walk along the Rijeka’s pier also known as Molo longo because of its length over 1707 meters from which you can clearly see the transformations and progress of Rijeka – from the antic Tarsatica located on the left side of Rječina river to the strong maritime and industrial center.

Hear the Rijeka Story

Rijeka, Kvarner bay

Rijeka is a town full of legends that you’ll like to hear and retell. Find out what is Riječka krpica, the story behind Trsatske stube (The Stairs of Trsat), Gradska Ura (The Town Clock) or the Morčić – the symbol of Rijeka and Rijeka’s lucky-charm. Learn about diligent women called Mlikarice, which once have supplied Rijeka with milk, going everyday afoot for miles carrying the heavy milk containers on their backs. Get familiar with the story about Rijeka’s poetry knight, Janko Polić Kamov, whose words cut his contemporaries deeper than sword. Learn how two enthusiasts back in the 19th century came up on the idea to create something that will change worlds industry – the Torpedo. All in all, the most memorable thing that you should see and feel is definitely Rijeka’s Carnival, that kept the stubborn, cheerful and critical Carnival spirit despite its long history. This spirit still goes on, never gets tired and thrives year to year, always growing and showing to the new generations and visitors what does it really mean “Krepat, ma ne molat!” (“To die but never give up!”).

So, don’t give up, feel the Rijeka spirit. Take a walk, take a rest, taste the best in and of Rijeka. Cause Rijeka has the flow that you’ll like to go with!

Things to do in Rijeka

Things to do in Rijeka
  • Experience the festivities of Kvarner, starting from Rijeka’s Summer on Gradina (all summer), Rijeka’s Summer Nights (cultural festival with theater plays, live concerts, conceptual and themed events, in the late June) or Hartera music festival in September
  • Hangout place for beer lovers definitely is Celtic café Bard, so take a walk to the center of Rijeka and relax yourself on their little cozy terrace under the stars or climb up to the Trsat and visit Badi Pub – a pub that has always been the home of good music and vibrations
  • In small café bar Cukarikafe you’ll find the most tasteful coffee in Rijeka’s’ Old Town and the very best vision of Rijeka’s summer nights you’ll definitely find in the Tunel – a bar under the railway in the area called Školjić
  • Rijeka is known as a rock city so visit cult places such as bar Palach, the oldest Rijeka rock club, or sit on the benches on the square in front of the hotel Continental and rest yourself from hustle and bustle by the Rječina river, just like many generations of locals used to do it and still are doing it every day
  • If you’re visiting Rijeka for a few of days we recommend you to definitely visit and stay in the first botel in Croatia, called Marina that is located in front of the Adamić pier
  • Take a walk through galleries of Rijeka and check out what’s happening on the art scene, we assure you that there is always something provocative going on
  • Visit Peek&Poke, a twin museum – one for computers and one for toys – that will bring you back to you childhood. Imagine you and/or your child playing together Asteroids on a vintage Atari
  • Check out the breathtaking architecture of the fish market – its architect Carlo Pergoli was under the influence of the Vienna Secession and elements of the Romanic style so he shared his vision with the famous Venice sculptor Urbano Bottasso with whose little help Rijeka can “boast” today with an architectural grandeur of the cultural monument
  • If you really want to take with you the spirit of Rijeka, you should visit Souvenirs & gift shop Šta da?. “Šta da” is an idiom peculiar to Rijeka that literally means“what yes?” but it is used as an expression of surprise that you can translate as “really, you don’t say?” or “you whaaaat?”
  • Visit Mažuranić-Brlić-Ružić Library and Collection that some people named as a “important sea-fronted historical gem” of Croatian cultural heritage

First two photos by Mario Fajt / CC BY

Visit historical sites of Pula and feel the vibes of summer by the sea. Spend your vacation far away from the concrete jungle – spend your vacation in Pula!

Ancient Pula just for you

Pula is the largest town of Istria that is located at the southern point of the Istrian peninsula. Pula is abundant with historical sites and examples of Roman architecture, so it is a great place for the modern tourist. It is an important shipbuilding center and administrative center of Istria County.

Time to relax and feel the Pula spirit

If you want to relax you should surely find yourself one of the Pula’s best pebbly beaches, read a book and soak up the sun. For the ones who seek shades and crystal clear sea, Pula’s beaches are definitely a place to be. Beach Ambrela, Valsaline or Havajsko beach – the choice is yours.

Istria has an eventful past that left a significant trace on its cuisine – from Italian, Central European and Austrian-Hungarian to Slav influence. So, if you’re tempted for a taste of Mediterranean then you should try fish, crabs and shellfish cooked in a hundred different ways; and if you’re longing for continental food you should eat boar goulash, pasta with truffles or sauce of game. For desert we recommend you to try the kroštule and fritule.

Pula Arena amphitheater: The most important monument in Pula

Pula amphitheater

First thing that we recommend you to visit is Pula Arena. It’s not the biggest, but it is the quite impressive 6th largest Roman Coliseum in the World. The Arena was built in the 1st century AD and was used until 5th century for gladiators fights. Below ground you should walk around a series of tunnels and rooms where the animals and gladiators waited for their fight. Today, arena is used for various host events and performances such as Opening Concerts of Outlook Festival and Dimensions Festival, or program of Pula Film Festival. The Triumphal Arch of Sergius is a monument from 1st century that is erected to honor the members of the Sergii family who fought and died in a battle between Octavian’s Roman army and Mark Anthony’s Egyptian-Roman army. Peek into the Temple of Augustus that was built in the 2nd century BC and was dedicated to emperor Augusts and the goddess Roma. It was used for many purposes throughout its history and even was hit by a bomb in WWII that almost destroyed it. Not far from the Arena you will find the Twin Gate – the old city gates from 2nd century AD. There is a rumor that the double gates were necessary to allow more townspeople into the city during the gladiators fights and other major town events. Another thing that will definitely leave you breathless is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin that is not like other intricate catholic churches because it was built by the Christians during their persecution and it’s quite minimalist in design but with impressive architecture. In the night time you should visit the Lighting Giants, a relatively new entertainment “monument” in Pula. The giants are precisely industrial cranes along the waterfront in Pula that are decorated with lights display that displays every hour and lasts for about 15 minutes.

Festivals for a fun vacation in Pula

Top 10 Croatia - Pula

We mentioned already festivals as Outlook and Dimensions that are held inside the Pula Arena, but their event programs is also inside the Fort Punta Christo, near Štinjan, that is an old fortress that includes over ten thousand square meters separated by deep trench over which three bridges lead to their different entrances. All in all, the best time to visit Pula as you can see is definitely in spring and summer when the town is full of performances, festivals, concert’s and movie festival.

We guarantee you that you’ll fall in love with ancient Pula but you’ll adore its modernity. every step you take will be a step to remember. So, visit Pula and remember forever!

Old building in Pula

Things to do in Pula

  • After you raise your glass to James Joyce, visit amphitheater, go on a wild night out at Outlook festival, we recommend you to go for a few days trips outside Pula – Premantura (10km-away) and its near-by cape Kamenjak, see the mummified bodies of saints in the small town of Vodnjan, or visit the Roman Empire remains in Galižana
  • Visit the underground system of tunnels also known as the Zerostrasse that was built before and during the WWI to shelter the city’s population
  • For an arty experience definitely visit the Rojc, a converted army barracks which are used as a place for the multimedia art center and studios with occasional concerts and similar events
  • Visit Vodnjanka, a local, cheap, casual restaurant with simple Istrian dishes
  • At Pietas Julia bar sip your cocktail on a Saturday night and feel the Istrian disco fever
  • Drink coffee in art-filled café called Cvajner, located on Forum, and check out the exhibits of an up-and-coming local artist in the modern, funky interior
  • Stop at the Wine station Trapan and taste splendid wines from their wine offer
  • Check out the Roman floor mosaic The Punishment of Dirce which is only a couple of minutes away from the Temple of Augustus, and a great part of this path is located inside a dress shop
  • Visit the waterfalls of Kotli, which are a few minutes drive outside Pula

Photos by Mario Fajt / CC BY

Book your holiday today, visit Croatia and discover Plitvice Lakes! Discover all the beauties of this most popular national park in Croatia.

A Fairytale of Plitvice Lakes

We can assure you that the Neverland must be a similar place to the Plitvice Lakes. You will lose yourself in the beautiful sites of stunning turquoise lakes, precisely in the beauty of sixteen of them. We assure you that you’ll find certain kind of magic cause fairies do exist and they’re all wishing you a welcome at the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Let us take you on a tour through this fairy tale about the harmony of nature!

Discover why Plitvice lakes are the Natural Heritage Site

In the midway between Zagreb and Zadar, in Ličko-Senjska county, Plitvice Lakes National Park and its 19.5 hectares of woods, sixteen lakes that spills into the waterfalls and streams represents one of Croatia’s most amazing sights. The unique ecology, stunning flora and fauna are the reasons why the Plitvice are the most popular National Park in Croatia and World Natural Heritage Site. Plitvice Lakes is the oldest national park in South-East Europe and they are under the protection of UNESCO since 1979.

The Upper and Lower Lakes Story

The story of Plitvice Lakes

The lake system is divided into the Upper and Lower Lakes. The Upper Lakes lie in a dolomite valley that is surrounded by forests and numerous waterfalls. The Lower Lakes, shallower and smaller, lie on the limestone bedrock. Over the millennium and even today, the process of sedimentation and the work of algae and moss or tufa are creating new travertine, stalactites, channels and cascades. So, we can say that Plitvice National Park is some kind of live entity because of the entire dynamic process of formation, caused even by the mild devastating effects of waters that flows through the barriers at different places. Sit down, take a break for a minute and look closely into the magical things that take place in front of you. Green, blue, yellow, brown and red are colors of the world that stands tall around you.

The Wildlife of Plitvice

Wooden walkways allow you to walk all around, and sometimes even under the waterfalls through the waters. Hiking trails through the tranquil forests of beech and fir with spruce, horn-beam, maple and pine trees, will take you to the stunning sites at which only the patient ones will have an opportunity to see some of the Plitvice wildlife – chamois, deers, foxes, badgers, or more rarely a bear and playful otters. There are records of 126 species of bird (of which 70 are permanently nesting here), 321 different kinds of butterflies, 20 species of bats and also numerous endemic species, relics of crab species, including several amphibians and reptile species. Also, you can peek into the valuable and attractive buildings of the Plitivice Lakes Park – the restored traditionally crafted mills and sawmills driven by the water power.

Planing a visit?

Plitvice Lakes are beautiful throughout the whole year, but we must warn you that it gets very busy during summer. So, we recommend you a spring or late summer visit when the weather is ideal, the park is open for long hours and there are fewer people. The only thing left is to hit the road, relax and surrender to an amazing adventure that leads you to those scenic views of colorful flowers and trees, proud wild animals, emerald lakes and waterfalls.

Words always fail when it comes to describing the beauty of Plitvice Lakes, and each and every single one of you will try to create here a personal story to retell. So, why don’t you make it like a fairy tale to remember? A tale that will maintain magic in you!

If you’re planning a visit in the summertime, we recommend you to be in the park as early as you can – around 9 am is the perfect timing to beat the heat.

Things to do on the Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes waterfall
  • Stand beside the Kaluđerovac Lake and go up to the Veliki Slap Waterfall, the highest waterfall in Croatia that has a 78 meter drop, pass by the beautiful cliffs of the Gavanovac Lake and took into the amazing emerald colors of the Milanovac Lake
  • Go on a ride with the electric boat which takes you across the Kozjak Lake – the biggest lake at some 4kms in length
  • Visit Novaković Brod, the last and smallest lake in the Plitvice Lakes, then head towards Sastavci, at which begins the river Korana
  • Experience the unique sites of the Barac cave and go for underground sightseeing on which you’ll have the opportunity to see how rich with stalactites, stalagmites, and stalagnates this cave is
  • From 8 hiking routes, pick out the route H – a 4-6 hours hike that hits most of the main waterfall
  • Go for a ride to the Rastoke – the old part of Slunj town that is well known for its well-preserved mills and the amazing waterfalls along the Slunjčica river which flows into the river Korana
  • Visit Nikola Tesla memorial Smiljan situated 65km-away from Plitvice lakes in which you’ll find early works and imitations/replicas of some newer works of this unique man
  • In the small village of Kuterevo, visit the Kuterevo Bear Refuge that was founded in 2002 when the few bears lost their mothers
  • For the extreme ones, there are paintball, archery and quad offers that give you an opportunity for the active and adventurous way of recreation

You‘re longing for a quiet destination to ease your mind? Visit Opatija and feel the harmony and the tranquility of the Adriatic sea!

Elegant queen of the Adriatic

Opatija is located on the banks of the Adriatic sea and has become one of the most popular holiday accommodation destination in Central Europe with tourism tradition longer than 170 years. Thanks to its ideal climate and breathtaking sites it has been a home for some of the world’s most famous thinkers, painters, scholars, philosophers and artists. A sight of stunning architecture, diverse flowers, plants and trees in the gardens by the sea have become the reasons why Opatija is known as the queen of the Adriatic.

Long tradition and history

Opatija was built mainly at the turn of the 19th century and even today has remained in complete harmony with nature as it was originally conceived. Maintained gardens with over hundred different varieties of plants originating from all over the world (gardenias, camellias, roses, oleander, palm trees…), 12km long coastal promenade commonly known as Lungomare, well-kept beaches and first-class accommodation are the foundation of this elegant city. Located between the Učka mountain and the Adriatic Sea, Opatija has always been known for its pure air and health aerosols.

This and much more has always attracted the most popular icons of the world which wanted to improve their well-being, such as Croatian Ban Josip Jelačić, Vladimir Nabokov, James Joyce, princess Stephanie, Emperor Franz Joseph I, Emperor Franz Joseph Habsburg, Prussian Emperor Wilhelm II, etc. Visit Opatija and on its walkways and learn about the long history and tradition of the oldest tourist resort in whole Croatia. For example, the town centre still contains a great number of the 19th century buildings and architecture – Villa Angiolina and its park, St. Jacob Park, Margarita Park, Abbey of Saint James, and a must-see a symbol of Opatija -the well-known statue of the Maiden with the seagull.

The seaside resort of well-being, harmony and good life

Opatija seaview

Many Opatija hotels feature spa & wellness centres with indoor swimming pools with sea water, jacuzzi, saunas, massage salons, spa relax zone, fitness centres… Everything you need to relax with your loved ones or by yourself in Opatija’s best health and beauty centres with support and supervision of top medical specialists. So, if you’ve always looked for a holiday resort that will bring harmony and well-being to your life, definitely visit Opatija. This amazing town even has a Month of Wellness in March when all of the luxurious wellness offers are introduced to the guests. Relaxation, recreation and beauty care – the foundation of the healthy life is what you’ll find in Opatija.

Food and drinks in Opatija

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Kvarner Bay supplies Opatija with the freshest seafood that turns into a delicious meal on your plate. Regional flavours are all about asparagus, chestnuts and cherries, commonly known as lovranske črešnje. Local bars and restaurants will offer you well-known wines from all over Croatia, but also extensive lists of international products. Whatever you choose in Opatija, you can’t go wrong because this place is a feast for all scents.

Business or pleasure, relaxing or active holiday, spring or autumn, sunrise or sunset – Opatija offers everything that tourists and travellers need. Opatija welcomes you, enjoy your stay!

Things to do in Opatija

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  • Peek into the Adamić – Local Books & Crafts where you’ll find unique gifts for your loved ones and even something for yourself to bring back home a piece of Opatija spirit
  • Visit the restored Villa Angiolina that gives you the chance to view the interior of one of Opatija’s grandest structures – gilded mirrors, geometric floor mosaics, Corinthian capitals and much more
  • Restore your energy on the fresh air on the forest paths around Opatija – this it is always a perfect way to escape from urban jungle and city hustle and bustle
  • And while you’re there, visit the Museum of Tourism in Opatija where you’ll find a permanent collection of old photographs, postcards, brochures and posters. Discover how Opatija looked 100 years ago and how it developed!
  • Surprise your senses in bakery and patisserie Kaokakao in Volosko whose delicacies are prepared from the finest Belgian chocolate, quality cream, fine home-grown spices and home-grown seasonal ingredients
  • Sip a cocktail in Hemingway bar, a sleek bar ideal for after-beach parties and summer night gatherings under the stars with amazing views of the Rijeka skyline
  • Walk along Slatina and see the Croatian Walk of Fame where you’ll find 32 stars with names of prominent Croatian athletes, scientists and artist – feel the Hollywood feel in Opatija