Advent in Zagreb

Showtime in Zagreb

December is the month when Zagreb has been transformed into an accurate winter fairy tale. Thousands and thousands of lamps, decorations, the smell of sausages and pancakes, mulled wine, music and many other amenities are more than enough reason to visit this beautiful city at Christmas time.
Advent in Zagreb is a truly unforgettable experience and has been voted the best in Europe for three years in a row.
There are about 15 locations in the city that you can enjoy, and we bring some of them below.
In the heart of Zagreb, on Jelačić Square, a real Christmas magic awaits you. An abundance of tradition, numerous decorated cottages, souvenirs, great concerts, delicious food, the smell of cinnamon and mulled wine is what awaits you here.

If you want to experience a real winter idyll, the Ice Park at King Tomislav Square is the location for you. Wear skates, dance to the sounds of good music, taste the exquisite holiday delicacies and enjoy the luxurious amenities on offer for both children and adults.
One of the most famous locations where Advent begins is Zrinjevac Park. Take a walk through the beautiful, alley-lit lanterns, which is particularly enthralling during Advent. You can listen to Christmas classics, waltzes, taste traditional recipes, or buy unique decorations and souvenirs.
Fuliranje is one of the most picturesque locations at this time. It is known for good music, concerts and food prepared by renowned chefs.
Advent in the European Square will also delight you with concerts, exhibitions and a rich offer of European cities. It is especially attractive to young people.

The Grič Tunnel is undoubtedly the most magical place on Advent. Packed with toys, lamps, giant Nuts and many other surprises will leave you breathless and brought back to childhood.
You can find romance and a world full of warm, Christmas atmosphere at Advent on Stross. There, in addition to the beautiful views of the city, you will experience good fun, great music, workshops for children and exciting locations to make great photos.
If you want to get out of the city center and enjoy with your loved ones, the Advent in Maksimir is an excellent choice. Numerous workshops, evening concerts, proximity to the ZOO, a large selection of food and beverages, photo installations, are what will delight both large and small.

Advent in Zagreb is getting more and more imaginative every year. It will give you a real Christmas fairytale, taking you to another beautiful, cheerful world, full of the most beautiful experiences and warmth that this holiday season brings.

Top Ten Attractions in Croatia

Attractions in Croatia

Between beautiful natural, clean sea, great fun, a wealth of food and drinks, it is challenging to decide what to visit sometimes.
If you plan to visit a beautiful country, Croatia, we bring you ten tourist attractions to help you make your choice.

First is Plitvice Lakes National Park, the most beautiful and famous UNESCO-protected attraction. In addition to the fairy-tale forest, tourists are most attracted to 16 lakes. There are many facilities, restaurants, hiking, biking, boat rides and skiing in the winter. You can read more about it here Plitvice link

The capital Zagreb is a unique attraction in itself. There you will find a rich cultural heritage, sights, beautiful parks and more. The most popular place to explore the city is funicular. It is no ordinary funicular but one of the shortest in the world and connects the Lower and Upper towns. It is only 66 meters long and can accommodate 28 passengers. Although the ride will never leave you indifferent, it is beautiful during Advent.

Our next attraction is in Zadar. It is unique in the world – the Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun. Here you can enjoy the light effects and sounds produced by the sea and nature. Be sure not to miss the most beautiful sunset. Read more about Zadar here.

We can also write a lot about Dubrovnik, but we still emphasize the Dubrovnik walls, as a world-famous attraction. Read about it, as well as other beauties of this unique city here.

The historical attraction in Split on our list is the Diocletian’s Palace, made during the Roman Empire. Apart from it, Split will offer you much more. Find out about it here.

Croatia is known for its beautiful beaches and clear sea. If we have to decide on one, then surely this is Zlatni rat beach in Bol on Brac. This is the beach that makes Croatia recognizable, and if you look at the picture, you will know why.

We have already written about this, but again with good reason, we mention another national park, Krka. Read about this natural wealth here
For those more active and eager for adrenaline, we recommend fantastic rafting in Karlovac. It’s a different, but also more exciting way to explore nature. You can find more about adventure tourism in Croatia here

Now, we take you to Slavonia, which offers many more besides delicious food and wine. We now single out the Fortress in Osijek, which at one time was one of the most modern military forts, and was built in Baroque style.

Finally, we leave the party attraction – Zrce in Novalja, visited by numerous young people from all over the world. The beautiful sandy beach, nightclubs, rich music program and alter parties are unforgettable for anyone who comes there.

This is just a small part of what beautiful Croatia has to offer. This list has something for everyone, and whatever you choose is sure to bring you a wealth of experience and experience. – Villas and Holiday Homes in Croatia.

Rural tourism in Croatia

Rural tourism

In the recent offer of Croatian tourism, rural tourism is increasingly emphasized. Although it is still at the beginning, such a form of tourism has advantages and can offer many things. Accommodation in rural areas is considerably cheaper than accommodation along the coast.

Houses are often arranged in a unique style, by the surroundings. Since such a type of tourism is not yet very popular, the guests will not encounter great griefs. They have guaranteed comfort, peace and privacy. Rural areas offer excellent gastronomy. They can eat top-class homemade dishes made from handmade products, and there is also local wine. Also, there are numerous events and festivals where guests can have fun.

Rural towns and villages often have a rich cultural heritage. For those who like to enjoy nature, rural areas have much more natural beauty and clean environment. If you still want to swim in the sea and experience on the beach, you are often half an hour away so you can go..

What to see in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is the most visited Croatian

Dubrovnik is the most visited Croatian destination, but also one of the most attractive destinations in Europe. With its beauty, cultural and natural, this pearl is breathtaking.

One of the most impressive sights for tourists are the City Walls with Fortresses. The walls are 1940 meters long and have five forts and sixteen towers and bastions. Of the five fortresses, three are part of the wall, and the other two are detached.

Minceta fortress, the symbol of the Dubrovnik defense, is located on the highest part of the city. There is a constant flurry of the flag of the state and in the summer the flag Libertas. Fortress Bokar, also known as Zvjezdan, has preserved the western harbor of the city, the ditch and the bridge of Pila. St. Ivana protected the city port of the Blessed Virgin. On the ground floor of the fortress lies the Aquarium, and on the second floor is Nautic Museum. Below this fortress lies Porporela, a place for a loving one, a promenade and a beach. The fort Revelin, which is separated from the wall is seen from Porporre.

To the west of the city center is the fortress Lovrijenac, a symbol of freedom of the city of Dubrovnik. It is located on a 37-meter-high cliff. Today it is known as the place where Dubrovnik Summer Festival is held.

The town could be on two entrances, east of Ploce and west of Pile.

Through the Gate of Pile, you enter the Stradun. It is a famous promenade of Dubrovnik, but also of all those who come to visit it, the most beautiful and the most comprehensive street. In the eastern part of Stradun is the great Onofrio’s fountain, where you can cool with fresh water during hot summer days.

The city bell tower was built in 1444, and it is 31 meters high. Between it and the Sponza Palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in the city, is Luza, an old bell whose bells rang for the council to be convened, as well as for the alarm.

Baroque Church of St. Vlaho is located in the seat of the old core, near the Orlando Pillar. It is devoted to St. Vlaho, patron of the city of Dubrovnik. On the main altar, there is a valuable Gothic statue of St. Vlaho from XV. Century.

The cathedral of Dubrovnik, according to the traditions, was a lavish basilica with a dome, richly adorned, while the remains of another temple were discovered during the restoration. There are pictures and relics in it today.

Mount Srđ is also one of the symbols of Dubrovnik, a tall 413 meters. The imperial fortress was built during the Napoleon occupation. From the hills, you have a fantastic view of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area, which you must see and make a photo.

Only ten minutes from Dubrovnik is the island of Lokrum, a natural reserve. There is the Dead Sea on it, suitable for non-swimmers and children. At the highest point is Fort Royal Fortress, which offers a beautiful view of Dubrovnik, Cavtat and the islands.

Arboretum Trsteno is an attraction, the only arboretum on the Croatian coast that unites natural and cultural heritage.

If you choose to visit Dubrovnik, we strongly recommend that you visit what we have mentioned, but there are also many other exciting sights, beauties, manifestations, and excellent food. The choice of accommodation is even numbered, and we warmly recommend you and guarantee an enjoyable experience and comfort in some of our villas.

Croatian cuisine and specialties – Traditional mixture with modern spices

Croatian cuisine and specialties

One of the main reasons why visitors fell in love with Croatia is its cuisine. Along with all-natural beauties, the kitchen gives a unique flavor and joy for everyone who visits this beautiful country.

Cuisine and geography are mutually intertwined and connected in Croatia. Mediterranean ingredients and the way of preparing the food are appreciated as one of the healthiest and tastiest in the world, while the cuisine of the continental part of Croatia consists of a more caloric and fattier, meat-based food. Numerous Croatian festivities and all significant events are connected with and accompanied by the food.

Regarding the cuisine of Istra and Kvarner, it’s mostly based on fish and seafood, and it’s abundant with herbs and aromatic herbs, as well as high-quality olive oil. The most valuable species that can be found here are the Lim bay shrimps, squids, and clams. Also, we have to mention excellent prosciutto usually served with cheese and olives, fish soup, boiled shrimps, white and black risotto. The special place in Istrian cuisine is reserved for truffles – highly valued and expensive wild mushroom. It also has the appreciation days called „Natura tartufi.“ Lovran (maroon) chestnuts, the best chestnuts in Croatia have their appreciation days as well. These chestnuts are the essence of numerous delicious specialties. A nice drink is required along all that delicious food, so it’s no wonder that this region offers excellent wines. We’ll mention a few. Istrian malmsey is the best to match for the fish menu, while the red meat should be followed with the Teran wine. The Muscat is best served with desserts.

The cuisine in Dalmatia and on the islands is based on light cooking process, mainly on water or grilled. It mostly consists of fish, olive oil, vegetables, and wild herbs. Because of those ingredients, this cuisine is considered super healthy. Dalmatian wines, olive oil, and salty olives are valued since old ages.

The distinctive features of this are fresh sea fish (common dentex, sea bass, mackerel, sardines, etc.), mollusks (squids, cuttlefish, and octopus), crabs and clams, prepared in various ways, grilled, in a soup or as a risotto. When it comes to meat, the prosciutto takes a top place spot on, especially Drnis prosciutto.

It’s mostly served with goat cheese and olives. The lamb is also highly valued here, especially boiled or roasted. Dalmatian stew or pasticada (beef stew) with gnocchi are also must try specialties. From the vegetable dishes, the most famous one is chives with potatoes, roasted vegetables, and tomato sauce. Neretva valley, Triki and Cetina basin are also abundant with river fish, frogs, eels and river crabs. Dalmatian deserts are, and their simplicity is the exact reason why it wins hearts of so many people, and they’re mostly made out of Mediterranean fruits, dried figs, raisins, almonds, and honey.

Mountain region of Croatia (Gorski Kotar) and Lika are characterized by the foods distinctive to the mountain, forest and pasture lifestyles. In most cases, the food is boiled or roasted on an open fire. The everyday dishes mostly contain continental products, such as polenta, boiled or cooked potato, sauerkraut, beans, and extraordinary cheeses and milk. Like lamb, mutton and venison are world famous meats. This area is abundant with mushrooms and wild herbs. Most famous drinks are rakija (brandy-like drink), plum rakija and other rakijas made from fruits or ones mixed with honey. Numerous tasty meals characterize northwestern part of Croatia. It mostly consists of pasta, dairy products, and vegetables. The bread is baked using corn and barley, and cookies are very similar to the bread itself (buhtla, walnut loaf, and donuts…). In Medimurje, you should try polenta with blood sausages, in the Zagorje, you should try turkey with mlinci and in Posdravina and Moslavina – roasted carp.

Some of the images that our guests have sent us ?

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and the most visited national park in Croatia. It’s located in the mountain region of Croatia, between the Mala Kapela on the west and the Plješevica (of Lika) on the southeast. It’s packed with breathtaking views, which are rightfully a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It consists of 16 lakes, which are split on 12 upper and four lower lakes. High lakes are faster and more indented, while lower ones are drilled into the tight, steep slopes canyon.

These lakes end with impressive waterfalls, where the Korana river starts. During the sunny days, lakes boast with surreal turquoise scenery, lots of water and waterfalls, while being distinctively impressive in a different way during the winter – spectacular frozen waterfalls and lakes and the white cover will leave everyone breathless.
The national park is open during the whole year, and it offers numerous tours, bicycling, mountaineering, skiing, and sledding. Considering Lika being famous for its excellent cuisine, there are numerous restaurants where you can taste local Lika specialties within the Park.

Near and within the park, there are numerous accommodation options available – hotels, camps, and apartments, but also households that offer accommodation near the Lika’s forests.
Although it’s hard to describe the beauty of this national park accurately, it’s one of the most beautiful natural riches in the world. Therefore, we would recommend visiting it at any time of the year.

Dalmatian Zagora or Dalmatian Inland – Newly Discovered Croatian Beauty

Dalmatian Zagora

Although it has been in the shadows from the coast, Dalmatian Zagora is no doubt an ever growing attraction. It has many natural beauties, cultural heritage, and overwhelming gastronomy.

Unexplored and mysterious at the very beginning. Dalmatian Zagora just started to make a stand in modern Croatian tourism.

The year round offer makes it interesting for tourists. Tourists that are looking for peace and relaxation. Those who want active tourism, clean air, and beautiful nature, Dalmatian Zagora might be the perfect place for their next holiday. This affordable and easily accessible destination offers a rich past that reminds us of cultural events and local manifestations. Also, it is known for its wines and good local food, traditional specialties, and cheerful and friendly hosts.

Nearby is Split airport; beautiful beaches are half an hour drive by car. Plenty of other tourist attractions that depend only on guests taste are also near. Dalmatian Zagora is also close to Bosnia and Herzegovina with Medjugorje and city Mostar.

Check out our holiday homes in Dalmatian Zagora

Villa Estera, Villa Glorija, Villa Katuni