Nature Park Papuk

The Papuk Geopark (45°32′N 17°39′E) is a geopark in Croatia which is situated in two counties, Požega-Slavonia and Virovitica-Podravina, and includes upland forests of the Papuk and Krndija mountains, and edges of agricultural fields. The total area of the Geopark is 33,600 hectares (83,000 acres). In September 2007, the Papuk Geopark became the first Croatian geopark (an area with an expressed geological heritage and a strategy for a sustainable economical development) and the 30th member of the European Geoparks Network and a member of the UNESCO-assisted Global Geoparks Network.

The Papuk mountains belong to the Slavonia highlands which are in Pannonia, a low-lying area of Slavonia. Even though, the Slavonia highlands are not higher than 1,000 meters, their presence is very noticeable in the landscape. This is because the surrounding alluvial fields are at around 100 m height above sea level, while the hillsides are only 100 m above the fields. The highlands are mostly cov

Nature Park Lonjsko Polje

Lonjsko Polje (English: Lonja Field) is the largest protected wetland in both Croatia and the entire Danube basin. It covers an area of 505.6 square kilometres (195.2 sq mi), extending along the river Sava from the areas east of Sisak, the lower course of the river Lonja for which it is named, to the areas west of Nova Gradiška, along the course of the river Veliki Strug.

The area of Lonjsko Polje is designated a nature park (park prirode), a kind of protected area in Croatia. The institution was established in 1998, and it is based in the village of Jasenovac.

Lonjsko Polje is also on tentative List of World Heritage Sites in Croatia

According to the criteria of the Birds Directive of the European Union, the park is an important habitat for birds (Important Birds Area – IBA).
Read more at https://www.welcome-to-croatia.com/listing/nature-park-lonjsko-polje/

6 fascinating castles in inland Croatia

Trakošćan Castle

Cultural heritage and protected as a history entity, Trakoscan Castle is the most visited and popular castle in Croatia. It is located in northern Croatia in the Varaždin County. The castle was built in the 13th century and according to the legend, it was named after an earlier fortification that stood in the same place. Trakošćan castle was owned by several families until it was completely abandoned in the second half of the 18th century when the building of castles in the region was increasing rapidly. In the middle of the 19th century, it acquired its present look when it was turned into a residential estate with a stunning garden. The museum was established in 1954 with a permanent exhibition and the castle is a property of the Republic of Croatia.

Trakoscan castle
<h

Veliki Tabor Castle

Veliki Tabor is a medieval castle located in the region of Zagorje. It was built back in the 15th century by a noble Hungarian family of Rattkay, who owned the castle for 300 years. Numerous exhibitions and presentations can be seen in the castle, which include ethnographic items, armor, paintings, presentation of the Rattkay family who owned the castle for over three centuries. Veliki Tabor castle is on the Tentative list for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. You can find more useful information here.

Opening hours:
1st April through 30th September
weekdays except for Mondays: 09:00-17:00 (museum entrance closes at 16:00)
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 09:00-19:00 (museum entrance closes at 18:00)
October and March
weekdays except for Mondays: 09:00-16:00 (museum entrance closes at 15:00)
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 09:00-17:00 (museum entranc

Medvedgrad Castle

Medvedgrad (“The town of bears”) is a medieval castle, located on a small hill near the capital of Croatia, Zagreb. The castle was built in the 13th century after the Tartars invaded and burned the city of Zagreb and devasted the whole area. The castle was owned by several families during the following years, until 1590 when an earthquake devastated it. Medvedgrad remained in abandoned and in ruins until the late 20th century when some parts of the castle were reconstructed. You can observe the chapel of Saint Philip and Jacob, residential palace, part of reconstructed walls, the tower and enjoy the amazing view of the city of Zagreb. Just below the tower, there is a monument called  “Oltar Domovine” (Altar of the homeland), dedicated to all the Croatian soldiers that were killed during the Croatian War of Independence.

The town gates open:

  • May to September from 11 am – 7 pm every day except Mondays
  • September to October from10 am – 6 pm every day excep

Trakošćan Castle

Cultural heritage and protected as a history entity, Trakoscan Castle is the most visited and popular castle in Croatia. It is located in northern Croatia in the Varaždin County. The castle was built in the 13th century and according to the legend, it was named after an earlier fortification that stood in the same place. Trakošćan castle was owned by several families until it was completely abandoned in the second half of the 18th century when the building of castles in the region was increasing rapidly. In the middle of the 19th century, it acquired its present look when it was turned into a residential estate with a stunning garden. The museum was established in 1954 with a permanent exhibition and the castle is a property of the Republic of Croatia. You can find more useful information here.

Opening hours
Summertime (1st Apr-31st Oct) 9-18 pm
Winter (Nov 1st-31st Mar) 9-16 pm

Ticket prices:
Adults 30.00

Dubrovnik did it again!

Dubrovnik is the pearl of the Adriatic and one of the most famous and best known Croatian destinations in the world. Many important and world leading newspapers and magazines often place Dubrovnik as one of the most desirables destinations to visit. This time New York Times publicized an article “52 Places to go in 2017” and Dubrovnik is on the 6th place. Once you visit Dubrovnik, you will for sure realize why it became so popular and you will absolutely be stunned by its beauty.

Since 1979 Dubrovnik is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. This beautiful old town has been nicknamed “The Pearl of the Adriatic” and every year attracts thousands of tourists from all around the world. Dubrovnik was founded in the 6th century and after being a part of various empires, back in the 14th century, Dubrovnik became the capital of the Dubrovnik Republic which was one the most important mercantile and maritime c

Motovun Film Festival

Motovun is a small medieval village in central Istria with a very rich historical heritage well worth visiting. It is a famous tourist attraction and one of the pearls of the Istrian inland. It is host to Motovun Film Festival,w held for the first time in 1999. It is a festival dedicated to films produced by small cinematographies, a festival with a soul as the organizers describe it. “With its selection of films and guests of honor, the festival celebrates the authors sticking to their artistic stubbornness, unconventionality, and originality at all costs. With films and direct communication between filmmakers and film lovers we want to create a cozy spot for those who enjoy the magic of cinema.” – Motovun Film Festival 

Photo credit: Matej Grgić
Read more at https://www.welcome-to-croatia.com/listing/mo

Motovun

Motovun is a small medieval village in central Istria with a population of 531 inhabitants and a very rich historical heritage well worth visiting. It is a famous tourist attraction and one of the pearls of the Istrian inland. This enchanting little city will leave breathless anyone who comes to visit. Walking through small narrow streets, discovering its rich history through medieval buildings or simply admiring the amazing view from the hilltop will make you fall in love with this magical place.

[caption id="attachment_5172" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Motovun Josef Ressel Square Eileen_10 / Shutterstock, Inc.[/caption]

Motovun is situated on Motovun hill and built over on a site of ancient settlement Castellieri. It has been added to the UNE

Zadar

Zadar is a small town on the Dalmatian coast, but nevertheless, it is known for its rich and tumultuous history. It is a monument on its own offering an amazing opportunity to its visitors to dive into the remains of ancient settlements, old churches, and ruins. Zadar won the title for The Best European Destination in 2016 and as it can be assumed it is a popular touristic spot. It is also a magical place to enjoy one of the most beautiful and scenic sunsets in Europe. Alfred Hitchcock during his stay in Zadar in 1964 said: “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than the one in Key West, Florida, applauded at every evening”.

[caption id="attachment_5154" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Zadar forum donat Roman Forum[/caption]

What to visit

Sea Organ and the Greeting

Croatia UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Old City of Dubrovnik

This beautiful old town has been nicknamed “The Pearl of the Adriatic” and every year attracts thousands of tourists from all around the world. Dubrovnik was founded in the 6th century and after being a part of various empires, back in the 14th century, Dubrovnik became the capital of the Dubrovnik Republic which was one the most important mercantile and maritime centers on the Mediterranean. The town was destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 1667 that killed more 5000 people. The Republic was dissolved by Napoleon back in 1808 and in 1815 Dubrovnik became a part of Dalmatia and Croatia. Since 1979 Dubrovnik is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

Dubrovnik sunset

 

Plitvic

Zagreb

Being for a long time in the shade of more attractive coastal cities, during the last two years Zagreb became one of the most popular touristic destinations in Croatia. That quite a sudden shift happened mostly thanks to its Christmas Market that was recognized as the best in Europe for two years in a row which surely helped to spread the voice about this interesting and amazing city that offers a lot to anyone who decides do dive into its magic!

Situated in the North of the country, the capital of Croatia is easily approachable by car, train, bus or plane and there are many direct flights from other big Croatian, as well as European cities.

Zagreb aerial view

What to visit

The ban Jelačić Square – Once in Zagreb, you can’t avoid its main square from wher