May 16

Mljet, the green island in Croatia

www.croatiaapartments.netSituated in the Adriatic Sea, Mljet Island is considered to be the green island because the surface it is covered with forest. For the same reason the island has been transformed into a National Park. It is close to the city of Dubrovnik and tourists from all over the world choose it as a favorite destination for hiking, biking and swimming. Because of its particular landscape the island has been considered one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world. It was Jacques Cousteau who talked about Mljet as one of the most beautiful diving places. If you are a passionate scuba diver you might enjoy exploring the exotic marine life in Pomena or you can rent a boat in Prozura Port. There are caves to visit and besides sponges, algae and colorful fish, you can also admire the live red corals.

A legend talks about how Ulysses, during his journey back home to Ithaca, came in Mljet and stayed for seven years. As a sign of his visit there is a cave with his name. The cave it is large and pretty impressive. Here, it is said that Ulysses met the nymph Calypso. She was the one who took care of him and helped him to recover his health.

In Mljet there are picturesque villages where you can always find someone willing to share with you the local folklore, beautiful bays and welcoming sandy beaches. In the south-east of the island are located the two beaches, Saplunara and Blace, where your taste for wilderness can be satisfied along with your desire to sunbathe in special private areas. The salt water lakes, Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero with its curative warm waters they definitely deserve to be visited and tried on. St. Mary islet is an excellent place where you can recollect and find peace. Other important things to see are the ruins of Roman palace in Polace. The small communities in Mljet are eco-oriented and committed to preserve this area as it is, unspoiled by technology.

The trails on the island are allowing any tourist to feel the heartbeat of the forest firsthand. Going hiking from Babino Polje to Maranovici opens up a great view as it is the hiking trail on Veliki Grad and Montokuc. In Mljet there is a path going around the lakes that makes biking, walking, running a very pleasant experience. For only 100 Kuna a day you have the choice to rent a bike and explore Polace or Pomena for the day.

Being in Mljet for a week can turn an adventure into a very romantic experience. The place to stay is the Hotel Odisej or you can go ahead and choose from a whole range of private accommodations.

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May 11

ZAGREB, AN ODE TO BAROQUE

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, and is a city that has found its place on the European map about a millennium ago. An oasis of tranquility, Zagreb is a metropolis that offers the tourists who cross the threshold a quality time, leisure, fun and cultural activities.

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This metropolis is today one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in Europe. With approximately 1 million inhabitants, Zagreb is a powerful economic and cultural center on the world tourism map.

The history and culture of this place harmoniously intertwine with youthful activities that the city offers. Zagreb is one of the cities that managed to be propelled charts the most important destinations of the world. Although it undeservedly misses the fame other European cities, Zagreb impresses with its medieval towns and the wonderful parks. The capital of Croatia is divided into three distinct areas: the Old City, Lower City and New Zagreb.

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Or the Old Upper Town is an important touristic area of Zagreb due to the old and beautiful churches that are found there. Most of the buildings in the Old Town have considerable seniority, considering that the first settlement of locals is officially attested since 1094. Tourists can enjoy a relaxing walk on the elderly streets of the Old City illuminated by gas, just like erstwhile. The medieval atmosphere of the streets transposes the tourists in an era when Zagreb was popular among the important European aristocracy circles. The most beautiful museums and churches of the municipality can be visited here. St. Mark Church in the Old City is one of the oldest churches of Croatia.

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But in the Old Town can also can be visited the Stone Gate, the Parliament building and the Church of St. Michael.

Stone Gate dates from the 13th century and is an absolutely fabulous edifice. Another distinguished area is the Lower Town, which is dedicated to Baroque style of the 19th century where tourists can enjoy long walks on the narrow streets. They can stop for a coffee or a snack at cafes, bars and restaurants that are found in Lower Town.

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Some of the main attractions of the lower area of Zagreb are the Ban Jelacic Square, Mimara Museum, Cathedral of St. Stephen and the National Theatre. Lovers of culture and history can enroll in one of the urban tours to learn more about these locations.

Tourists who love fun and hectic city life may take a dive in the atmosphere of the New Town – or New Zagreb – because there is the megalopolis of skyscrapers. The dynamic, rushed tumultuous rhythm of this area will keep the adrenaline high and those who are looking for amusement will not be disappointed.

Modernism is at its peak in this region as here, you will encounter the most important shopping centers of Zagreb.

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These shopping centers offer tourists the opportunity to buy various products at low and convenient prices. Other amusement and attractions not to be missed are alternative to a stay in Zagreb nightclubs. Another important attraction is the Croatian restaurants that are recognized as having a rich and varied cuisine. To nature lovers we recommend quiet walks on the banks of the Sava and the alleys that surround the Jarun Lake. Tourists who opt for a stay in this metropolis can go by plane quite easy. Air tickets can be purchased at affordable prices depending on the time of year. In Zagreb, tourists can stay at different hotels or economical guesthouses.

May 06

THE EMERALD LAKES OF PLITVICE, CROATIA (NACIONALNI PARK PLITVIČKA JEZERA)

The surreal shade of the pictures representing the lakes in the Plitvice National Park make you think of photo editing, but we assure you it is, not only real, but even more beautiful and outstanding when you see it with your own eyes.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park is relatively close to the capital Zagreb (less than 150km) and the Dalmatian coast – from Zadar there are 120 km of highway. Virtually no later than two hours you reach Plitvice.

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The park is open every day at 7:00, and if you get there at rush hour, you might be lucky and take some amazing snapshots without being interrupted. Hurried, or without having other people in the frame.

The Great National Park is divided into the Lower and the Upper Lakes, and if your feet won’t get tired you can see them all in one day.

Dure to this division, there are two entrances to the Park easily remembered by the names “Entrance 1” for the lower lakes and “Entrance 2” for the higher lakes. Entrance 2 is normally closed between November tand April.

A complete circuit takes about nine hours, but it’s recommend to enjoy the routes leisurely, as there is plenty of fresh air, tranquility and nature in a surreal computer wallpaper scenery. If however you have only one day available, you better get here first thing in the morning. As stated above, because later on come dozens of buses with tour groups will arrive and doing slalom through the narrow trails might ruin the pleasure.

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Protected by U.N.E.S.C.O., the landscapes with 92 waterfalls represent the pearl of Croatian tourism and a magnetic attraction for more than 1 million tourists annually. The best time to go there is in the months of July and August.

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Depending on how much time you have, choose one of the 8 trails – they are marked with letters – and let yourself guided by wooden signs and the map printed on the entrance ticket. You will not get lost (and even if you do, we are sure you won’t mind!), as routes are intuitive and every waterfall and lake is marked with signs and you will be able to trace it on your map.

As for accommodation, there are three main hotels clustered at the second entrance in the area and another one – Hotel Gabrovac – in the northern part of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. If you opt for a more rustic settlement, there are a few camping sites with bungalows and tent perimeter, such as Camp Korana or Camp Borje.

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Locals will also offer you a great variety of possibilities, so you will choose between single rooms, apartments, pensions, guesthouses etc.

Even if summertime is preferred, a visit there is perfect any time of the year, as you can enjoy the chromatic palette of the vegetation, which changes accordingly, offering an amazing spectacle of nature and shades. In wintertime it is usually closed, except for the second entrance, which will provide you with access to the magical icy scenery that will unfold in front of your eyes, but keep in mind that, regardless of the season. You must always have proper footwear for tracking.

 

Apr 20

DUBROVNIK, THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE (DUBROVNIK)

Known as the Athens of the Adriatic, this Medieval and Baroque fortress-city is the most popular touristic attraction in Croatia. A symbol of freedom, Dubrovnik has been an independent municipality which kept its independence for most of the centuries. Despite that, it had glimpses of history when it went under the Venetian rule for one and a half centuries, between 1200s and mid-1300s. It was freed by Louis of Hungary and it became a vassal stat of the Hungaro-Croatian kingdom, despite the fact that its official status was of an independent state.

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After that, the Hungaro-Croatian handed it over to the Ottoman Empire about one century after, but, with smooth diplomatic tactics and tributes offered to the Gate, the city-state had regained its tacit independence. It managed to preserve a detached position between the political blocks of the era and, even if it managed to tie strong diplomatic connections with the Catholic world – Spain, the Papality -, the small state avoided to side against the ottomans, as it had the interest of maintaining a neutral status in the area for economic reasons – gaining revenues and taxes from whoever was passing through the neutral port. Afterwards it has been disputed by Napoleon, then added to the Dalmatian province, but it has kept its strength and singularity as if time has passed by it without leaving too many marks.

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Now a part of the UNESCO heritage, its moniker remained “the pearl of the Adriatic Sea” after George Bernard Shaw paid a visit and was struck by its beauty. Dubrovnik it distinguishes itself by its stone walls – along which you can walk and admire the entire panorama – standing against the waves and the mixture of elegant architectural styles that have been kept almost untouched.

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The Old Town is the highlight of the structure. You can get there walking, or by taking a cable car that will take you up, on top of the scenery. When you roam the streets of Dubrovnik, you breathe history with every step that you take, but you can also enjoy the luxuries of modernity by enjoying the summer festivals that take place every year, savor the tastes of Croatian wine and bathe in the blue of the waters.

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In this respect, the main beach of Dubrovnik, Banje, which is perfect for any age, especially for families with small children, as they offer a great variety of entertainment. However, keep in mind that it reserved only for tourists, so, in case you want to start a conversation with a local, you can go to Sveti Jakov, some 20 minutes’ walk along Vlaha Bukovca, a lovely pathway shadowed by old, majestic trees.

There are plenty museums which preserve fascinating artifacts and slices of history, but one of the most captivatin is the Rector’s Palace, which has a history and elegant architecture of its own and preserves samples of the most recent history of the region.

Also, try to not miss any of the institutions that store memories of Europe’s golden ages: Ethnographic Museum, Maritime Museum, the Homeland War Museum, and memorial houses such a Ronald Brown and Marin Drzic.

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