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Zagreb Advent Christmas 2018

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At this time of year we all get a tiny bubble of excitement in our stomachs and almost every one you know will say „it’s way to early“. They’ll complain that there are Christmas trees, fake santa’s, and festive songs everywhere they turn and to that I say: embrace it and enjoy it! Christmas time is all about spreading joy and being with loved ones, so what’s wrong with starting a few weeks early?

If you’re a die hard fan of Christmas carols, jingle bells, the smell of gingerbread and mulled wine get’s you going then Zagreb is just the place for you.

Everyone is nowadays raving about Zagreb and they have good reason too. Zagreb was declared for the third time in a row according to „European Best Destinations“ voters the best destination for Christmas holidays in Europe. Advent in Zagreb opens its door for the fifth time in a row for domestic and foreign tourists that are eager to enjoy good food, good music and even better entertainment.

The Advent starts on December 2nd with traditional lighting up the candle in the Manduševac fountain at 5pm and lasts up until January 7th – in the meantime you can enjoy yourself in rich gastronomic, cultural and music offers. One of the biggest surprises this year is the moving of the oldest and the most popular Advent event called „Fooling around“ to Strossmayer square. For the first time the Croatian president opens up the doors of the Villa Prekrižje that is a part of the complex of her office, and holiday spirit has even come to life in the Zagreb’s ZOO. If you want a more romantic setting than Caffe de Matoš is the right place for you in the upper part of the town, we are also expecting an exhibition about Nikola Tesla, which you will be able to see in the Meštrović pavilion.

Must see places in Zagreb at the most beautiful time of the year:

  • Ice park on Tomislavac – the biggest ice skating rink in this part of Europe awaits you on the King Tomislav square – the favourite meeting place for people of all ages. This magnificent park is decorated with thousand lamps, little gastro houses, lights and good music.

  • Advent on Zrinjevac – one of the most beautiful parks in Zagreb, this is the place where everything began – a holiday tradition.

  • Fooling around – where dreams come to reality – this year on the Strossmayer square – see for yourself what the „fooling around“ is all about.

  • Advent on the European square – if you’re a film and wine kind of person and you get creative while drinking mulled wine, then this is the place for you.

  • Christmas Fairytale – the name speaks for itself, everybody needs a little fairytale come to life, wouldn’t you agree.

  • Advent in Marić passage – there is no way you can just pass it a not take a picture of yourself in it. You’ll see what I mean.

  • The Advent wreath – you can’t come home empty handed, now can you? Here you will find little souvenirs, a little something to remember Zagreb by.

Whether you here in the winter or not there is always something interesting to do in Zagreb. You have certainly seen a group of people standing with a tour guide on a square somewhere. Have you ever wondered what it is that the guide is talking about? Well, Zagreb although a smaller city compared to bigger European ones has definitely some of its own interesting history filled and intertwined with mistery. You want to know what it is? If yes, check the Secret Zagreb Walkswalks inspired by the non-conventional part of town, the stories that people talk about but can nowhere be seen in the journals, you most definitely will not regret it. More of a Funky kind of person? Well, Funky Zagreb are the tours for you, it’s about everyday life in Zagreb, from the people on the street, the way they drink their coffee, not everything is about churches and history. Looking to be a bit spooked? Then the tour Witches from the upper part of the town is for you. Have you ever seen a tour guide with a mask and costume on? No? Well, you most definitely will here. Filled with interactive elements you will get to know the darker part of the city.

Just to name a few……there are still a lot places to visit, depending on your acquired taste.

If you’re not much of a holiday person, you’re just plain tired and everyday living sucks your energy dry, in the vicinity of Zagreb you can find enough places to visit and you’ll be even surprised at how much those little road trips can regenerate your body and soul.

The good news is that only an hour away from Zagreb, you’ll find real hidden gems.

Unsustainable nature, warmth of tradition, rich history and modern spa offers can bring you back to life and make you see everything through pink glasses. Sometimes, for a change of perspective, it is enough to walk, but this time we encourage you to sit in the car and go to one of the following addresses, you most definitely won’t be sorry.

  • Ethno park Zagreb – 13 km away from the city, located in Mala Mlaka. One of the most recent excursions around Zagreb is Ethno Park Zagreb, 13 kilometers away from the city center, located in Mala Mlaka. This is the place where you will hide from the stress and rush of everyday life, enjoy the historic artwork, home-made delicacies and nature. The estate consists of a smaller wooden house, a summer mansion that turns colder into a winter garden, ideal for drinking tea or cooked wine, a children’s playground and halls for various events.

  • Trakošćan One of the benefits of living in and around Zagreb are the many magic castles that can be visited and where you can be lost in some past time. Places where many pages of history are printed can not leave us indifferent, and Trakošćan is the star among them. The 13th century castle, once owned by the Drašković family, is one of the most famous excursions, and besides the museum where you can see a collection of art and objects from the Renaissance period to historicism, there is also the hotel Trakošćan which in its offer hides a wellness center where you can take a massage, go into sauna and swim in the indoor pool overlooking the castle. Tennis courts are also available, and the whole area is suitable for cyclists. Relaxing in the pool with a view, after all-day exploration of beautiful Trakošćan? Offer that simply cannot be refused.

  • Vuglec Breg -apart from the magnificent castles, the Croatian Zagorje also houses many estates and rural farms open for visit. One of them is the Vuglec family, which has transformed the heritage of its ancestors into a lasting value for all of us. Vuglec Breg was built on the foundations of the old hamlet Vuglec, and the estate offers a beautiful view of the surrounding Zagorje hills. The property consists of several indigenous Zagorje huts and an old farm building with a restaurant, a wine cellar and a seminar hall. Vuglec Breg also has a small lake, two playgrounds for tennis and a small football field, a children’s playground, lawns and walking paths.

  • Bio Park Divlje vode – Unsustainable nature on the slopes of the Samobor Mountains is the perfect therapy for the mind and body that you can experience in the wildlife park of the Žumberak Nature Park. In the valley of Bregane stream that runs through the park you can try delicacies at the restaurant, walk along the pond, go fishing, see the zoo, play football.

  • Zaboky village – The small romantic village in the heart of Zagorje, as a weekend trip you simply can’t ignore it. Zaboky village is surrounded by beautiful nature that regenerates, and from their fairytale houses, I believe is difficult to get out. For all gourmets there is a restaurant with traditional specialties that will do you good after a long fresh walk.

If you’re not so much for walking but more a cultural kind of person, there are some museums that are definitely worth checking out. Some of those include:

  • Museum of Illusions – one of the most popular ones, it offers an intriguing visual, sensory and educational experience in a fun kind of way for all generations. Through attractive and fun visuals, visitors will learn a lot about the mind, perception, human brain and science and will be able to better understand why the eyes see things that the brain does not understand.

  • The museum of broken relationships – originated from a traveling exhibition with the concept of broken relationships and their ruins. Unlike “destructive” self-help instructions to recover from unfulfilled love, the Museum gives everyone an opportunity to overcome emotional disruption in a creative way: donating a piece of yourself to the museum’s collection.

  • The technical museum Nikola Teslait is structured by departments where it shows in the didactic way the development and application of some technical achievements.

  • Tortureum – a museum of torture that offers visitors a unique look at the collection of torture and extermination devices from ancient times to the present. With more than 70 instruments and devices, the thought of which has brought fear to the bones, the Museum is clearly showing the image of violence throughout history.

From Advent in Zagreb, relaxing in the hills of Zagorje and experiencing the cultural uplifting you can clearly see that there is everything for everybody, whether you come in the winter time or not, Zagreb and the places in its closer vicinity will take good care of you, the only thing you need to worry about is enjoying yourself.

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Yachting rentals Mediterranean

Croatia yachting from north to south of Adriatic sea
More than a thousands islands are waiting to be discovered
Be prepared to discover a unique world. Croatia is the new Mediterranean paradise.

The Adriatic Sea is one of the most beautiful seas in the world, especially in September when it is calmed down to unbelievable gentleness.

This beautiful, scenic sea is bounded on the west by Italy, and on the East by Croatia.
Croatia yachting can be a real dream vacation !

One of the popular reasons for renting yachts in Croatia is to host corporate events such as corporate incentive travel. What could be a better choice for team building or business incentive travel, than to sail a yacht together – an unfamiliar activity in a new environment?

For family vacations, Croatia yachting is an excellent way to promote family bonding, and have a shared activity for parents and children. Either way, if you are looking for family travel or corporate incentive travel, business incentive travel – Croatia yachting is a perfect choice.

One of the great thing about sailing a yacht with dear friends, family or business colleagues is that there are no interruptions from strangers. It is like having your own party.

And in order to get the most out of your yachting experience, hire an experienced skipper Skipper with thousands of nautical miles behind him or her, spent on Adriatic sea. Such experience skipper would make your Croatia yachting holidays even better and can drive you to island coves and beaches you would never discover by yourself.

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Your boat guider will gladly discover the best restaurants on islands or along the coastline for you, and recommend sightseeing of attractions or cultural heritage you should visit while traveling the Adriatic.

You can think about you boat skipper as your personal tour guider. Well experience skipper is a must, in order to receive maximum value from your Croatia yachting vacation.

Yacht fleet / boats situated in Rogoznica, Biograd, Makarska or Trogir

A boutique cruise is a unique sailing experience that will take you to places you never imagine on a comfortable home-like ship. Boutique cruises take place on small and medium vessels and therefore accommodate only a small limited number of travelers.

The atmosphere on board is relaxed and the service is exceptional.

A boutique cruise ensures a direct connection to nature and maximum proximity to the sea.

 

Visiting Dubrovnik

Holidays in Dubrovnik, Croatia

The view to the Old City of Dubrovnik from the sea is one of the most beautiful vistas of Croatia and whole Mediterranean. There are few cities that boasts such a beautiful location on the cliffs above the sea, and there are few places that nave so well-preserved stone Medieval walls and towers.

Dubrovnik is the jewel in the sunniest Croatian tourist region, in Dubrovacko-Neretvanska county which spread sits area near the sea cost. In this county Dubrovnik is the most important but by no means the only cultural jewel.

The main Dubrovnik´s streets within the Old City Walls is Stradun. On its western end there is a large Fountain and at the eastern end, on the Luza Square there is Orlando´s Column, a symbol of Dubrovnik´s freedom.

Luza Square is a favorite meeting place for tourists and a major area for the maintenance of different events, especially the major cultural event, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

By the Luza Square there are the most important secular buildings of the medieval Dubrovnik – Gothic-Renaissance Rector´s Palace which was the center of the Dubrovnik authorities, and the palace Sponza. Both were built in the 15th century, as well as the most major buildings in the Old Town.

Rector´s Palace is spangled with an interested Atrium which is now a popular theatrical stage for performances. In the interior of the Palace there is a museum which contains numerous furniture, paintings and sculptures from that age.

Palace Sponza, former customs house, now the Archives of Dubrovnik, also boasts with an interesting Atrium.

Along the Luza Square there are the main religious buildings of the Old City – Church of St Blaise, Dubrovnik´s patron saint and the Cathedral of the Mary´s Assumption. Both decorated with baroque splendor because they were built in 17th century, after the catastrophic earthquake in 1667. Inside the Cathedral there are magnificent organ and a treasury of valuable exhibits. The most important are reliquary head of St Blaise. In the city of Dubrovnik, there are few harmonious monasteries with luxurious interiors. The Church which is inside the Jesuit monastery has beautiful decorated inside walls; the Franciscan monastery keeps a collection of an old pharmaceutical kit; and a Dominican monastery has a rich collection of paintings. Among the religious buildings of other religions, the Synagogue from the 15th century is the most important building which is also, by the continuity of using, the second oldest Synagogue in Europe.

Dubrovnik is well known by its museums too, which are annually visited up to half a million tourists. With the most visited Dubrovnik´s museum in Rector´s Palace, the Maritime Museum is where you can learn all about the maritime history of Dubrovnik. From the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Dubrovnik surrounding areas are characterized by the harmony of architecture, wrapped in a green environment. This is particularly evident in the southernmost corner of the Croatia, in a fertile valley Konavle.

The main Konavle´s Picturesque town Cavtat is the birthplace of the great Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac. His birth house is converted into a gallery of his paintings. Another valuable ornament of town of Cavtat is a family Racic mausoleum dated from 1921, the work of the Croatian aculptor Ivan Mestrovic.

The coast west of Dubrovnik, is a place known by Dubrovnik nobles´s summer villas surrounded by greenery. On one of these properties, in the picturesque village Trsteno, there is the most beautiful Croatian arboretum with various kinds of subtropical plants and trees. Arboretum is decorated with sculptures, the most notable is the statue of the Greek god Poseidon.

Further west, there is the most special part of Dubrovnik region, the Neretva River delta with its preserved landscapes and picturesque places along the Neretva River. Town Opuzen stands out by its beauty. Not far from the largest city of the Neretva area, Metkovic, there is a village Vid that is located at the site of the former Roman Narona.

On the original location of the sites there is a museum built over the part of Roman Forum, Augusteum with a number of imperial statues carved in marble.
Come and meet Dubrovnik region.

Zagreb Apartments RENT Private Accomodation

Zagreb is  becoming more popular destination for  tourists in last few years.    Each  year growth is  reported and there are more and more places  for rent.  Private accommodation, hotels,  hostels, rooms. Most of the tourists that visit  Zagreb stay for 3 days to experience  the city and  most of them are in a  transit to a coastline or some  Island. Finding  the  right Hotel/ Hostel or apartment,  check out  bellow.   Or you can use this site, to search for prices comparison from several sites, such as: Booking, Expedia, Agoda travel and some others.  Jet radar is also part of this network.     This is link to Jetradar

Holiday  apartments and rooms for rent in Croatia capital, city of Zagreb.

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You may choose from wide selection of apartments and houses.  If you decide to visit Zagreb,  we wish you a great  time !

 

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes – Croatia’s first National park, established in 1949. National Park Plitvice covers 296.85 km2 of breathtaking natural splendor what makes it the largest among the eight national parks of the country.

The park was inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979, in recognition of its “outstanding natural beauty and undisturbed production of travertine (tufa) through chemical and biological action”. The park represents a phenomenon of karst hydrography.

The park presents a grand collection of waterfalls, gallery of lakes, forest and diversity of animal life. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. The Park consist on sixteen lakes which are formed by natural dams of travertine are separated into upper and lower lakes. About 8 km of pathways and wooden walking trails around lakes are accessible to visitors. Trails are descending from an altitude of 636m to 503m above sea level.

The Park is situated in central Croatia, in the eastern part of the mountainous region of Lika. The National Park is also a home to 4,000 inhabitants. The local economy is based on tourism and farming.

Plitvice lakes are recognized as an astonishing natural monument for the benefit and enjoyment of the people now and for the generations to come. Today, 60 years after its establishment, National Park Plitvice continues to provide inspiration for visitors becoming nowadays one of Croatia’s biggest attractions. Thousands of people from all over the world visit the Park during summer. They come to find peace and relaxation just to experience something different as a getaway from the city.

Hiking is a common activity with organized programs for park visitors, other possible activities include: electric boat and train ride, cycling, skiing and rowing.

“There are water, lakes, waterfalls and forest elsewhere, but Plitvice Lakes, are unique they simply must be seen!” (Academic, Ivo Pevalek, 1937) Come for a visit and take away the experience of a lifetime.. It is time to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoor in Croatia!.

How to reach Plitvice

Lakes National Park from any of the two cities of Zagreb or Zadar by bus or by car.

This awe-inspiring tourist destination is connected well by roads to both these cities and thus, it is a safe journey to be followed from any of these two locations. You may even reach Plitvice from Karlovac or Split, riding on a bicycle, which is definitely a fun activity.

Working hour

Plitvice Lakes National Park is open from 8am to 7pm everyday round the year. You may enjoy walking and hiking in this area and of course, witnessing the most wonderful form of nature existing here.
Contact information

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Croatia yachting

Croatia yachting from north to south of Adriatic sea
More than a thousands islands are waiting to be discovered
Be prepared to discover a unique world. Croatia is the new Mediterranean paradise.

The Adriatic Sea is one of the most beautiful seas in the world, especially in September when it is calmed down to unbelievable gentleness.

This beautiful, scenic sea is bounded on the west by Italy, and on the East by Croatia.
Croatia yachting can be a real dream vacation !

One of the popular reasons for renting yachts in Croatia is to host corporate events such as corporate incentive travel. What could be a better choice for team building or business incentive travel, than to sail a yacht together – an unfamiliar activity in a new environment?

For family vacations, Croatia yachting is an excellent way to promote family bonding, and have a shared activity for parents and children. Either way, if you are looking for family travel or corporate incentive travel, business incentive travel – Croatia yachting is a perfect choice.

One of the great thing about sailing a yacht with dear friends, family or business colleagues is that there are no interruptions from strangers. It is like having your own party.

And in order to get the most out of your yachting experience, hire an experienced skipper Skipper with thousands of nautical miles behind him or her, spent on Adriatic sea. Such experience skipper would make your Croatia yachting holidays even better and can drive you to island coves and beaches you would never discover by yourself.

Your boat guider will gladly discover the best restaurants on islands or along the coastline for you, and recommend sightseeing of attractions or cultural heritage you should visit while traveling the Adriatic.

You can think about you boat skipper as your personal tour guider. Well experience skipper is a must, in order to receive maximum value from your Croatia yachting vacation.

Yacht fleet / boats situated in Rogoznica, Biograd, Makarska or Trogir