Sep 26


Where should you go if you want your children to feel good and enjoy the holiday?
It is still summer and sunshine, so what could be more delightful for a child than a wading into the sea? Rab Island has a beach that is ideal for families with children. “Paradise Beach” is located in the resort of Saint Marino, near Lopar. After all the info about the rocky beaches in Croatia, you will be surprised to discover an enormous stretch covered by the finest sand, clear warm water and low depth for a great distance from the shore and a lot of temptations: expensive boats, slides, aqua park (located right by the sea), trampolines, water games. Saint Marino Camping is huge and yet, in late August, it is still full.

the prices vary depending on where you choose to settle your “headquarters”, the most expensive being near the beach, where you can adjust your camp right on the sand, while remaining pleasantly in the shade of pine trees and each plot has its own sink. There are generally good conditions, you will find shade under the old trees, shops, restaurants, ice cream, cars, and everything that can make a child happy. The minuses can be deduced from what we have stated above: for adults, the shallow water can make you bored with walking till you manage to reach a depth where you can swim, and the various temptations can make your child happy or unhappy, depending on your budget and how each parent decides what their offspring will do for fun. For example, one single slide costs 4 kuna, while 5 minutes of trampolining cost 20 kuna. If you go there, come prepared with tools for building the most beautiful sand castles.

The rocky beaches with pebbles are not neglected either. If we as adults we have preferred deeper water clarity and color and surreal blue water, a child will always find pleasure in playing with stones rounded by water, or different colors and compositions. If you’re sitting on the beaches so be prepared to go home a part of landfill and gravel stones beware of frogs.

By the sea, the Plitvice National Park with its beautiful turquoise lakes and waterfalls are also worth a visit. Many spectacular cascades, and emerald lakes, fish that crowd curious to the shore, and caves can all be reason enough for delight to a child. The landscape is unique and reflects the way the 16 lakes have formed. From the main entrance you can choose several paths, depending on the time available and your desire to walk.

Wooden footbridges that fit naturally into the landscape will take you over the lakes and close to the spectacular waterfalls and you almost sense that you have been touched by divine grace and that you can walk on water. Nature is respected everywhere, directional signs are in turn made of wood and on the route there are only restaurants at the entrance. So take with you sandwiches and water, but pick up the trash! However, if you are too tired to walk back, there are buses that can transport visitors to the outputs.

So Croatia is a perfect place to go with the entire family!

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Sep 21


Turquoise bays, stunning beaches and towns that seemed detached from the stories: Croatia has earned the reputation of being one of the most enchanting places in Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, Croatia is no longer the best kept touristic secret of Europe, since the influx of tourists in search of low prices and uncharted territories. Yet you will find something perfect for your stay in Croatia. Below there are some valuable information about the wonderful historic town of Pula.

Located east of Italy in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia adopted several architecture and cuisine from its neighbors after the Istrian peninsula was conquered by the Romans in the year 177 B.C. Nowadays, Pula still retains many monuments dating from the Roman Empire, as a tribute to the history of the Romans whose writing contributed greatly. Pula became a part of Croatia during the war, when residents fled Italy back in their homeland, leaving the locals build the city by themselves.

Things to visit in Pula

If you think about it, do not go on vacation to stay in a hotel room, so explore and discover what Pula has to offer. There are a lot more to do and see than you expect, that will keep the family occupied during the entire length of the stay. Besides admire the Roman architecture that you encounter everywhere, you can do a lot of activities: visits to museums, sunbathing on the beach, racing kart that you can participate with friends and family, observing the marine life at the aquarium.

No trip to Pula would be complete without a visit to the Roman amphitheater, where gladiators fights used to unfold once, and even up to our contemporary days, the amphitheater is still working as a stage, hosting concerts of the biggest names, such as Pavarotti, Jose Carrerras, Elton John, Sting and Jamiroquai.  The Arena in Pula is the sixth largest of the remaining Roman Empire and the only one with all four side towers intact, along with three series of Roman architectural series that rule proudly inside the amphitheater.

Food and drink

If you want to try the local cuisine, among the recommended restaurants there are Galeb, Milan 1967 and Valsabbion, where many of the dishes are inspired from Italian cuisine. But there are also Croatian, Austrian and Hungarian influences. Seafood is not missing from the menu, with fish and shellfish species, a very popular choice among locals. If you want to try a traditional Croatian dish, then you can order the traditional dish named buzara with Kvarner shrimp.

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Aug 26


Dubrovnik. Adored by international celebrities,  this ‘jewel of the Adriatic’ is considered the Venice of Eastern Europe – without flooding, however. The southernmost city in Croatia, Dubrovnik was one of the centers of development of language and literature in this country and is the place where they many poets, playwrights, painters, mathematicians and other renowned scientists used to live. The lovely old city was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage in 1979, and its charm attracts tourists who want to get acquainted to the Mediterranean spirit, but without the overcrowdness in Greece and Italy.

The city is perfect for visitors, beach lovers and those looking for an active nightlife. Although many of the city buildings were destroyed by the earthquake of 1667 and by bombing during the Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s, it was mostly rebuilt and is still considered obe of the best preserved touristic attraction in Croatia.

Roam though Stradun

Enjoy a coffee and a croissant while you wander around through the main street of Dubrovnik, Stradun. Formerly a swamp, Stradun is now a place where locals and tourists alike gather during the days and evenings. With its numerous cafes and restaurants, the street is a great place to relax after a full day of visiting the city’s attractions.

Sponza Palace

Sponza Palace in Dubrovnik was built in 1522, originally as the customs office where goods were brought by merchants worldwide; they had to pay a fee before selling their merchandise. The palace is a simplistic example of Croatian architecture, which still strikes you at first sight. Sponza Palace now houses the city archives and can be visited free of charge, as a refuge from the sun. Do not overlook the Gothic  building with Renaissance windows.

Onofrio’s Fountain

Built in 1438 by Italian architect Onofrio della Cava, the 16-sided fountain was partially destroyed by the earthquake of 1667 but it still remains as a representation of the old rustic architecture of Dubrovnik. The fountain was a part of the water system of the city, built in the 15th century and was considered an architectural masterpiece in its time. Make a stop at this huge fountain, which represented the main water reserve for the Croats during the war in 1992.

Dubrovnik Cathedral

For a refuge in the shade and the chance to see a real work of art, just pay a visit to the Cathedral. The current edifice was built in 1673 by the Italian architect Andrea Buffalini in order to replace the original 12th century cathedral, which was destroyed by the earthquake. Here you can admire Titian’s polyptych, depicting the Assumption, and the skull of St. Blaise, locked in a crown with precious stones. When another earthquake struck in 1979, excavations under the cathedral revealed another cathedral under the current, which had been built during the last period of the Roman Empire. Continuing the excavation work, yet another another church was revealed underneath it, dating from the 6th century.

Dubrovnic is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe; everywhere you look, you will admire a slice of history, a legend, the mark left by a historic personality, a work of art and many other surprises that are impossible to be discovered in only one visit. For good hotels prices in Dubrovnic you can see this site:  

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Jul 29


Croatia is already famous for its beautiful cities, resorts on the Adriatic and superb opportunities for spending your holiday. Increasingly more tourists go to places like Dubrovnik, Pula and Opatija for the summer, looking for total relaxation. However, despite the ravishing beauty of the landscape, not all beaches in these resorts are appreciated by tourists because of the lack of sand and the sharp pebbles. We have here a classification of the best beaches of Croatia, where you can go and enjoy your time:

Dubovica beach

Dubovica is located on Hvar Island, on the Dalmatian coast. It is a lagoon beach, covered with white gravel and dotted with clumps of lavender (hence the fragrant air). The area is relatively less crowded and it is not exploited for tourism. It’s a great place for adults, who are looking for silence, but the beach is not exactly good for the entire family; it is rather for couples and friends. But remember that water is excellent and offers very good conditions for swimming.


Milna is located on the Brac Island and has four lagoon-shaped beaches. Gravel beaches are surrounded by trees and the scenery includes pine forests, vineyards and orchards. If you want to swim quietly this is the perfect place.

Zlatni Rat beach

Also on the Brac Island there is the Zlatni Rat beach, whose name means “Golden Horn”, due golden sands that attract many tourists. People come here especially for swimming, but also for marine sports, the beach is a strip of sand that seems to emerge from the sea. Depending on wind and tide, the beach frequently changes its shape.

Valalta, Lokrum and Koversada Island – the nudist paradise

Valalta is a very popular nudist beach in Croatia, located near the town of Rovinj. Tourists usually choose Valalta because they have the possibility to camp here and the place has very good restaurants. Here you will find a fine sandy beach, but it is artificial and built especially for tourism.

In order to reach Lokrum Island you have to take a boat from Dubrovnik. The island is considered a natural reserve and is protected by the Academy of Art and Science in Croatia; on the east side there is a rocky beach, intended for nudists. The attractions of Lokrumsunt Island are represented by the botanical garden and the old French fort on the highest mountain peak, which is easily accessible. Another objective would be the old monastery on the island. Regarding the beach, it is located on a lake with opening to the sea, which is very suitable for inexperienced swimmers, due to the shallow and placid waters.

Koversada is another nudist beach in Croatia (and one of the oldest in Europe), located in the same area with Valalta. The town nearby is very impregnated by the “nude” current even stronger than Valalta. Here you can find both sandy beaches and gravel beaches, each of them offering good conditions for swimming and marine sports.

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Jun 08


With its rocky, uneven shore and its over 1000 islands, Croatia boasts one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Europe. In addition, many cities and rural settlements in this country carry a fascinating history and are full of ruins dating back to Roman and Venetian times. Following we have created a list of the best-known tourist attractions in Croatia.

The sixth largest Croatian island, Korcula is separated from land by a narrow strait. The island capital goes by the same name. Nicknamed “Little Dubrovnik”, this ancient city is among the most beautiful cities on the Croatian coast and is known for its unique architecture. One of its main attractions is the house where Marco Polo was born, allegedly. The largest and most beautiful building of Korcula is the Cathedral of St. Marco, built in Gothic-Renaissance style and finished in the 15th century.

Mljet Island is one of the largest islands located on the coast of the southern part of Croatia. 72% of the surface covered by forests and the rest of the plains, vines and small settlements, Mljet is an ideal location for relaxation. In the western part of the island there are two lakes with salt water, and Veliko Jezero Malo. Veliko Jezero lake in the middle, there is a small island where there is an old Benedictine monastery belonging to religious orders.

Rovinj is one of the most picturesque cities in the Mediterranean region. Studded with houses in pastel colors, put together along the winding and narrow streets, is a great place to go for a walk. Rovinj is still a fishing port and visitors can board a boat to take them to the delightful islands offshore. The region around the town of Rovinj has been described as a marvel of pure beauty due to its picturesque coast and rich forests.

Euphrasian Basilica dating from the 6th century is the main attraction in Porec, a city 2,000 years old in the region of Istria. This is one of the best examples of early Byzantine architecture in the Mediterranean region and that has kept most of its original form, despite calamities, fires and earthquakes that affected some of the details of construction. The basilica was built on the site of an ancient basilica, during Euphrasius bishop. The mosaics on the walls were executed by Byzantine masters, and those on the ground floor of craftsmen.

Gornji Grad is the medieval center of Zagreb city and translates as Superior City. This area was developed as two separate cities, Kaptol, Gradec and the bishop’s residence, the traders and craftsmen living in. The cities joined in 1770, detaching it from the northern portion of the city historic Zagreb. The main attraction of Gornji Grad is the market around the church St. Mark parish in Old Town.

Diocletian’s Palace was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian, before his retirement from the throne. He lived here in old age, his only concern being her vegetable gardens. After the Romans abandoned the place, the palace remained uninhabited for several decades. In the 7th century, residents living nearby had taken refuge within the walls of the palace to escape the invading barbarians. Since then, the palace has remained filled and the residents who have been living here have opened several local businesses in the basement of the settlement and around it. Nowadays, here you can find many good restaurants and shops.

Amphitheater of Pula is the fifth largest Roman arena that has endured throughout the centuries and one of the best preserved Roman monuments in Croatia. Pula Arena was built around the 1st century b.C. and can accommodate over 26,000 spectators. In the 15th century, many stones were taken from the amphitheater to build houses and other structures around Pula, but fortunately this practice was stopped before the whole structure was completely destroyed. Currently, it is an important tourist attraction of Croatia and all kinds of festivals and artistic performances take place here especially during summertime.

Hvar Island and especially the town of Hvar represent some of the most popular attractions in Croatia. Olive groves, orchards and fields full of lavender make up the largely agricultural landscape of the area. Hvar town, situated in a picturesque bay protected towards the south by a chain of islands named Pakleni, is a popular port where, especially during the summer, the Adriatic Sea fills with yachts that anchor on the rocky shores. Starigrad is the oldest settlement on the island, and Jelsa together with the multitude of little villages in the area, spread along the coast or inland and they all deserve to be seen.

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May 20


Dalmatia is a region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea in today’s Croatia, bordered by the Rab Isle in the northwest and the Bay of Kotor to the southeast.

There is so much to say beautiful Croatia. It is a Mediterranean country, but different from Greece, or Italy, especially in terms of abundant vegetation, rocky beaches and a rather western air.

If you want to be introduced to the luxurious Dalmatian Coast, first stop should be Zadar. Until recently, it used to be a very little known resort in Croatia, but things are beginning to change; here you can find accommodation on the spot without any problems and at very reasonable prices; locals are so friendly and eager to offer you shelter. Zadar features an Old Center with a cozy and friendly air, with streets paved in white stone, inviting you to stroll around. There are plenty of restaurants, terraces and cafes all over town and the prices are very inviting.

The Dalmatian beaches, just like in most part of Croatia, are rocky and have pebbles instead of sand, that is why water sneakers are recommended for two reasons: you can damage your feet against some sharp rock that you might encounter on the bottom of the sea, and you will avoid stepping on any sea urchins and deal with other subsequent inconveniences.

Close to Zadar there is a fishing village called Nin. Today it is a tourist destination that will charm you with its picturesque charm. Nothing of the atmosphere in Nin will leave you the impression that you have to do with a popular and crowded resort, there’s no feeling of “aggressive tourism”, but rather a remote place where you can enjoy nature and local tradition in a quiet way, without feeling annoyed by noisy crowds.

The little fortress inside Nin is to be seen primarily. At the entrance to the fortress you will be welcomed by a traditional Croatian boat. The ruins of the ancient citadel dating from the second century Roman are still standing.

Also in Nin there is the smallest cathedral in the world – the Church of the Holly Cross, one of the best-known symbols of the town. This cathedral was listed as being the tiniest in the world and was built in the 9th century, in the Early Christian period. It is 7.80 m long, 7.60 m wide, and 8.20 meters in height (inside measures) and the walls are 57cm thick and does not contain the chair of the Bishop.

Immediately outside the village there is a sandy beach, one of the few sandy beaches in Croatia. The more interesting part is that, in order to reach it, you have to walk about 300 meters on an isthmus covered in very warm water (heated from the sun), not deeper than 30-40 cm. The beach is a spit of sand, and all around is shallow and tepid-warm water.

From Dalmatia to Istria. In Istria, as in the rest of Croatia, all cities have names with Italian resonance and there are many Italians who live or have homes there. It is understandable, since Italy is on the other side of the bay.

Rovinj is the most beautiful in the area. It is full of greenery and the whole cliff to the Mediterranean is a pristine natural park and no building in about 10-12 kilometers. So you can bathe in the Mediterranean and get yourself a chair between the trees in the shade. Here and there are portions of walls where you can enjoy some rock climbing. You can also travel from one town to the other preferably by walking or renting bicycles.

Old Rovinj is built on steps that lead to “Holy Eufemia” Cathedral  uptown, and therefore this settlement had gained domination over the surroundings and all streets in the old city reach “Holy Eufemia”.

From here in Rovinj, you can reach Venice within an hour on a motor boat.

Porec is another popular resort. Again, you will notice a considerable Italians presence by the yachts displayed in the port. Porec is a lovely site with while cobblestone streets that get crowded during nighttime when tourists begin their evening walk downtown and enjoying the local cuisine at restaurants nearby. The landmark is a beautiful old monastery that you can visit and if you get on top of its high tower, you’ll be granted with stunning view upon the area.

Buzet is a city in the center of Istria region, located between Dalmatian hills. The main attraction is a small town perched up on a hill. At the foot of the hill, there is the New Town that preserves the same picturesque feeling of the region.

There are plenty more to see here, but if you can’t manage to fill everything in, you are always welcomed back.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.