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					USEFUL INFORMATION


Currency: Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa).
There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa coins, 1, 2, 5 and 25 Kuna coins and 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1 000 Kuna
banknotes.
Foreign currencies: can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies, hotels
and camping grounds.

Banking hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays banks are open until 1 p.m. In larger cities
some banks are also open on Sundays.

Credit Cards: The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard,
Visa. Cash dispensing machines are ubiquitous.

Electricity: Voltage of city power grid 220V, frequency 50HT
Water: Tap water is potable throughout Croatia.

The telephone code for Croatia is +385.

Time zone GMT plus one hour in winter and GMT plus two in summer

Travel documentation: Passport or some other internationally recognised identification document. Tourists may
remain in Croatia for up to three months.

Purchase tax reimbursement for foreign citizens: Tourists making purchases in Croatia (apart from petroleum deriva-
tives) which exceed 500 Kuna per receipt may reclaim VAT (PDV).
At points of purchase the sales person will provide on request a form PDV-P, which should be filled out and
stamped, on the spot. On leaving Croatia the receipt must be verified by the Croatian Customs service. A PDV re-
fund in Kuna can be obtained within six months, either at the same shop where the goods were purchased (in which
case the tax is refunded immediately), or by posting the verified receipt back to the shop, together with the account
number into which the refund should be paid. In this case the refund is dealt with within 15 days of the receiving of
the claim.

Public holidays: January 1st – New Year’s Day; January 6th – Epiphany; Easter Sunday and Easter Monday;
May 1st – Labour day; Corpus Christi; June 22nd – Anti-Fascist Resistance Day; June 25th – Statehood Day;
August 5th – Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day; August 15th – Assumption; October 8th – Independence
Day; November 1st – All Saints Day; December 25th and 26th – Christmas Holidays.

Working hours: Shops and department stores are open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8a.m. to 2
p.m. or to 3 p.m. A smaller number of stores close between noon and 4 p.m. Many stores are also open on Sundays,
especially in the summer, and a small number of stores in larger cities are open 24 hours a day.
Public services and companies usually work from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
Post and Telecommunications: Post Offices are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays until 1 p.m. There are
Post Offices in larger cities which are open until 10 p.m. in the summer. Postage stamps are sold in Post Offices and
at news-stands.
Public telephones can be used only with phone cards, which can be purchased in Post Offices and at news-stands, in
hotels and tourist complexes.

                                                                                                                        Publisher:
Important telephone numbers:
                                                                                                                        14You Travel & Speranza Travel Inc.
International dialling prefix for Croatia: +385
Ambulance 94
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Fire – service 93
                                                                                                                        Marija Sever
Police 92
                                                                                                                        CAMAS d.o.o.
Assistance on the roads 987
                                                                                                                        Creative Act & Marketing Action Solutions
(calling from outside of Croatia or using a cell phone dial +385.1.987)
                                                                                                                        e-mail: marija.sever@inet.hr
General information 981
Information about local and district telephone numbers 988
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Information about International telephone numbers 902
                                                                                                                        Željko Jelenski (front cover)
                                                                                                                        e-mail: zjelenski@gmail.com
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                                                                                                                        Print: PRINTERA GRUPA d.o.o.
When you choose Speranza Travel Inc. and 14You Travel you know that you will deal with professionals. We give you When
you choose Speranza Travel Inc. and 14You Travel you know that you will deal with professionals. We give you quality as
well as reliability and the confidence as experienced experts for Croatia and Europe.
We have a record of passenger satisfaction which we are very proud of. Simply, we put an extra touch in every tour we plan
for you, so that you can have the best possible and memorable vacation.
We are delighted to please and satisfy the travelers that require and demand the ultimate in quality, are accustomed to elegant
and precise service while desiring to travel at their leisure, in comfort and safety.
We are in business for 18 years as incoming and outgoing tour operator. Our company is specialized in incoming tours for
Europe and Croatia which we designed especially for our independent, curious, sophisticated travelers who are eager to in-
vest in extraordinary lifetime experiences.
Our friendly and knowledgeable agents are experts in organizing individual clients tours as well as organizing group tours.
We are using luxurious cars and the best available coaches for transfers. Equal standards are compulsory for us when organ-
izing hydrofoil and speed boat excursions and accommodation.
When choosing one of our tours you will get the highest quality accommodation in Croatian villas or the best hotels and pro-
fessional tour managers fluently speaking English, German, Spanish, French or Italian language in addition to their mother
tongue, will be at your disposal.
For those couple seeking for the perfect Honeymoon experience we have handpicked destinations with the most romantic
sights, hotels, villas, restaurants… to ensure that your dream trip come true and you start married life in style.
In the case you send an individual who would like to see this part of the world, a senior citizen or a person interested in sport
activities, leave your worries behind. Their trip could easily be a lifetime experience.

Enjoy and let us organize your:
Flights
Special interest Tours
Honeymoon trip
Family vacations
Incentive tours
Active vacation
Culinary Tours
Hotel and villa accommodations
Car and coach transportation

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      ABOUT CROATIA
The Republic of Croatia is a European country situated along the Adriatic sea and its hinterland. It stretches from the slopes of the Alps and deep
into the Pannonian valley to the banks of the Danube and the Drava rivers.
It is indeed unique, not only for its crystal clean blue sea, but also for a thousand of years of different cultures that have replaced and assimilated
on its territory to finally create the unique culture of today’s Croatia. According to its natural characteristics, as well as its cultural and historical
development, Croatia can be divided into three distinct zones: the Coastal region, the Mountain region and the Pannonian region. Thanks to the
favourable geographical characteristics, Croatia has always been a significant mercantile and nautical route. Before the arrival of the Croats in the
7th century, the territory of the present-day Croatia was inhabited by Illyrian tribes, Greeks and Romans. The Croats were organised in principalities
that were united in the first Croatian state by Croatian King Tomislav. Later, Croatia retained its legal status and autonomy within the framework of
the Hungarian empire, and the Habsburg Monarchy. Today the Republic of Croatia is a European parliamentary state and a part of European politi-
cal and cultural history.
With its over 4 million inhabitants, it is a country of concord, and one that is respectful towards its guests. The Croats strive to make their homeland
equally beautiful to all visitors, ensuring that they take the finest souvenirs of their stay, beautiful memories, when they leave.
We invite you to discover and enjoy Croatia, its beaty, mild climate, the crystal clean sea, beautiful beaches, virgin nature, combined with the rich
history and cultural heritage, delicious cuisine and good wines, and above all, warm and friendly people.


                                                                      LANGUAGE

The official language is Croatian, a Slavic language. More precisely, Croatian belongs to the group of South Slavic languages (including also Bos-
nian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian and Slovenian languages). Croatian has three dialects named after the three different ways of saing “what“
- Kaj?, Ča? and Što? Still there are variations in the dialects all over Crotia. Standard Croatian is based on štokavian dialect and it was first imple-
mented by Jesuit Bartol Kašić in his “Grammar“ from 1604 (the first grammar of Croatian). The orthography was finally standardised in the middle
of the 19th century.


                                                                 CROATIAN CUISINE

The base of the traditional Croatian cuisine is Slavic, with the influence from the neighbouring countries which played a part in forming the coun-
try’s history in the distant or more recent past. Due to its heterogeneity, Croatian cuisine can be described as “the cuisine of Croatian regions”.
The dishes in the inland regions are based on the produce from the land such as meat, pulses and cereals. These dishes often have a central European
flavour (influenced by Austro-Hungarian cuisine).
On the coast, where fish, seafood and vegetables are widely used, the Mediterranean flavours of Italy and particularly of Venice, are dominant. An
important part of the traditional cuisine are special dishes prepared for various holidays, festivals and special occasions (harvest time, grape picking,
weddings, baptism etc.) and religious holidays.
Some of the specialities not to be missed are prsut (prosciutto, home-cured ham), cheese from the island of Pag, cream cheese (sir i vrhnje), kulen (a
spicy-paprika sausage), strukli (a pastry and cheese-dish) and various other meat and fish dishes.
The cultivation of grapes and the production of wine is a centuries-old tradition in both continental and coastal regions. The spectrum of high-quali-
ty wines and brandies is indeed wide (there are up to 700 wines with protected geographical origin).
In the south people customary drink «bevanda» with their food (heavy, richly flavoured red wine mixed with plain water), and in the north-western
regions, “gemist” (dry, flavoured wines mixed with mineral water).
ZAGREB & INLAND

  Zagreb, the capital of Croatia with a population of almost a million, owes
  its beauty and charm to the prosperous periods of Baroque, Classicism and
  Secession.

  Situated between the slopes of Medvednica mountain and the Sava river,
  it first appeared on the maps in 1094 AD as the seat of the diocese and has
  stayed Croatian cultural, scientific, economical and political centre ever
  since. It seems that today Zagreb is made of three towns in one: the Upper
  Town with the enchanting peace and quiet of past times, the Lower Town,
  as lively as other European business centres, and New Zagreb with mainly
  residential and living areas. With numerous museums, theatres, churches as
  well as coffee shops, markets, clubs and pubs, Zagreb is today a city pulsing
  with life.

  Nearby Medvednica and the spacious sports and recreational centre at lake
  Jarun offer great possibilities for high-quality leisure activities.

  If you want to experience true Zagreb do not miss a Saturday morning walk
  on the main city square, the Ban Jelacic square, and a cup of coffee in one of
  the coffee shops in the centre.
SAMOBOR

Samobor - a small baroque town located west of Zagreb between the eastern slopes of the Samobor hills and the eastern part of the Zumberak
Mountain in the Sava river valley.
Samobor has existed as a free royal town since 1242 according to a document of endowment by King Bela IV. Samobor is also famous for its
cratfs. The number of craftsmen in Samobor was always significant: in 1754 it has been recorded a total of 148 craftsmen from 28 different
professions. It was for that time really significant economic and commercial force.
The most popular crafts in Samobor are Gingerbread products, Crystall glass Samobor with 167 years tradition, traditional nackleces and
folk costumes, traditional Bermet and Samobor mustard drink (Bermet is a specially refined alcoholic drink made of selected sorts of grapes,
worm-wood and tropical fruit. Mustard is a piquant sauce and it made of dried mustard seeds and processed grapes.)
Nowadays it is popular destination during the Carnival Days, a traditional manifestation which became Samobor’s trade mark and symbol of
its identity.

HRVATSKO ZAGORJE

Spread out between Zagreb and the Slovenian border, the Zagorje region is an area of enchantment: small green hills crowned with castles,
streams tumbling through vineyards and hands of hard – working men harvesting crops or resting in front of their klet (wooden houses used
for storing wine). Roads leading through a dense patchwork of villages take you to some of Zagorje’s rich Baroque churches, castles, places of
pilgrimage or thermal springs known since Roman times.

OSIJEK

Osijek is the fourth largest city in Croatia and also the largest city and the economic and cultural centre of the eastern Croatian region of
Slavonia. Osijek is located on the right bank of the river Drava. The name was given to the city due to it’s position on elevated ground which
preventeded city being flooded by the local swamp waters. It’s name Osijek comes from the Croatian word “oseka” which means ebb tide.
Osijek is well known for the most beabutiful example of Baroque Tvrda (Fortress). Tvrda is also the only cultural monument of Slavonia to be
recommended for inclusion in the UNESCO List of World Heritage.
    The Regent Esplanade Zagreb                                                      The Westin Zagreb Hotel                                                                HOTEL ASTORIA
              IIIII                                                                          IIIII                                                                             Zagreb
                                                                                                                                                                               IIII
Situated on the Esplanade itself, the hotel brings together                 The Westin Zagreb is located in the heart of the city.
Art Deco architecture, 21st century comforts and flaw-                      Overlooking major cultural and historical attractions,                      Occupying a quiet yet central location in Zagreb, the
less service. In the heart of Zagreb, guests can enjoy a                    the Westin Zagreb features excellent amenities for busi-                    sophisticated 4-star Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria
luxurious stay close to all the major sights in this historic               ness and leisure travellers alike. Five minutes walking                     offers outstanding services and a tasteful atmosphere to
city. The Regent Esplanade Zagreb has been at the heart                     distance from the main city square and in the immedi-                       business travellers and tourists looking for comfort and
of Zagreb’s social life since the day it opened and can                     ate vicinity of Mimara Museum and the National Theatre                      relaxation.
count presidents, politicians, film and music stars among                   House, the Westin Zagreb ensures an enjoyable stay in                       The hotel blends elegant furnishings with a contempo-
its many distinguished guests.All rooms and suites are                      the centre of the city of Zagreb.                                           rary style and décor to guarantee a memorable stay. With
traditionally luxurious, complemented by modern tech-                                                                                                   professional staff and newly renovated interiors, Hotel
nology to make each room a heaven of relaxation. Ho-                                                                                                    Astoria welcomes you to a warm atmosphere of charm
tel offers 7 meeting rooms, Emerald Ballroom for large                                                                                                  and grace.
banguets, the Bistro and Zinfandel’s Restaurant and a
Lounge & Cocktail Bar, Casino and a health Center.

                                                                                             GASTRO GUIDE
Restaurant Trilogy
Kamenita 5,
10000 Zagreb
Telephone: + 385 (0)1 4851 394
In the very neighbourhood of the sanctuary “Kamenita Vrata” stands a restaurant Trilogy wine&dine designed and decorated to conform to the tradition and mistique of the upper (old) town. The interior divided in two
separate units offers a casual wine bar variant, spontanious and relaxing enjoyment in a juicy gossip, accompanied with a variety of wines by a glass, malt whiskeys, cognacs and ports. Carried away by rhythms of bossa
nova, light snacks and imaginative tapas we are introducing you to the wine&dine restaurant where a gastronomic journey begins leading you through our imaginative and creative menu which we change and challenge each
and every day.

Restaurant Grešna Gorica
Grešna gorica
49 216 Desinić gora
Telephone: + 385 (0)49 343 001
The GRESNA GORICA Taborgradska klet (the Taborgrad Wine-Cellar Grešna Gorica) is placed on the hill opposite to Veliki Tabor, the 15th century castle, offering a visitor an atmosphere of genuine Zagorje, making him
feel a part of the romantic and dramatic past of Hrvatsko Zagorje. While you are enjoying a typical Zagorje meal, Mr Damir Podboj, the kind host, will be more than pleased to entertain you with the legend of the tragic and
forbidden love between the nobleman Friederich of Celje and the beautiful plebeian girl Veronika of Desinic. This is why the hill bears the name of Gresna Gorica - the Hill of Sin.

Zdjelarević Winery
Vinogradska 102
35253 Brodski Stupnik
Telephone: + 385 (0)35 427 775
Zdjelaravic Winery, established in 1985, is among the first familz wineries in Croatia. It is acknowledged as one of the very best according to its workmanship and produce. With 35 hectares of vineyard, it produces
200,000-250,000 bottles of wine annually. The total producion of wine is represented by a wide assortment of white and red wines.

Restaurant Lička kuća
Rastovača bb
53231 Plitvička jezera
tel: + 385 (0)53 751 023
After you finish your tour around the Plitvice lakes, you must see this great restaurant. Here you can try meat prepared in a traditional way, and a great local cheese. You will spend great time in wonderful ambience, after a
long day in Plitvice National Park. Lička kuća, a restaurant situated in the National Park, with local folklore music and local specialties from the Lika County, will satisfy even the most demanding nature lover.
ISTRA & KVARNER


  A large triangular peninsula pointing down to the Adriatic sea and the most
  developed Croatian region, Istra represents a counterbalance of lively,
  coastal, tourist towns and quiet, peaceful towns and vineyards in the inland.
  Its landscape, often compared to the one of Tuscany or Provence, changes
  slowly from the mountain of Ucka, over small hills and flat lands to the in-
  dented coast.

  This is a region of many cultural curiosities, exceptional wines and truffles.
  The closeness and easy access to Italy offers various possibilities of excur-
  sions to this neighbouring country by direct boat lines or by coaches.
  As a very popular tourist destination, with its broad selection of seaside re-
  sorts, sports centres, small agricultural estates or wine roads, Istra will satisfy
  even the most demanding visitors.
MOTOVUN

The small town on a hill in central Istria, Motovun overlooks and guards the flat land of the river Mirna. With its Kastel and town walls, Moto-
vun gives a true image of past times when it was built as a medieval fortification with an important strategic position. Nearby dense oak, elm,
birch and ash forests have always been rich in truffles and legends of ancient mythical giants, Veli Jože, a benign colossus from the story of
the writer Vladimir Nazor, being the most famous one.

ROVINJ

Rovinj is one of the most picturesque towns on the Mediterranean. Once a typical fishing village, Rovinj is a famous tourist resort on the Adri-
atic Coast today. The old nucleus is situated on a peninsula, previously an island, connected with the shore in 1763. Traces of the past are seen
along curvy streets that lead uphill to the heart of Rovinj Baroque church of St. Eufemija, the patron saint of the town. With its colourful and
interesting house fronts, Rovinj will undoubtedly make you fall in love with it.

OPATIJA

A resort on the eastern coast of the Istra peninsula situated at the foot of mountain Ucka. Its development from a small fishing village started
in 1844 when the first villa called Villa Angiolina was built. Only a couple of years later Opatija became a trendy resort for European aristoc-
racy and Austro-Hungarian monarch family. Now the resort with over 70 hotels and villas, parks and gardens and a 16 km long promenade
along the coast line, Opatija still has a charm of the turn of the century, of a place where it is important «to see and to be seen».

BRIJUNI

The Brijuni islands, an archipelago consisting of two large and twelve small islands off the western Istrian peninsula coast, are a National Park
famous for its luxury, rare plant and animal species. Hidden from the public eye there are residences of the Croatian president and the govern-
ment. Two museums, ruins from Roman and Byzantine times and a safari park are all situated on the island of Veli Brijun and open to visitors.
During the summer there are various theatre performances taking place in this peaceful environment.
     KEMPINSKI HOTEL ADRIATIC                                                  HOTEL HERITAGE ANGELO D’ORO                                                                   Hotel PARK LOVRAN
             IIIII                                                                        IIII                                                                                      IIII

We are first 5-star luxury seaside resort in Croatia is lo-                    Wether you are looking for a nice place for your vacation                      Hotel Park Lovran is situated in the very centre of one of
cated on the north-western coast of Istria just 5 hours’                       or wether you just want to relax and enjoy the culture in                      the most beautiful little towns of Kvarner Lovran. It is
driving time from Milan, Munich and Vienna. The Kem-                           one of the nicest historical towns of Europe, in our hotel                     distinguished by its central town position, by the sea side
pinski Hotel Adriatic Istria Croatia is situated right on                      which is open all year round you will certainly feel at                        and just at the foot of the mountain of Učka. Nearby there
the sea with a private beach, lush green surroundings                          home.                                                                          is the starting point of the world famous, 12 km long,
and stunning views into Slovenia, Italy and the Austrian                       All the lounges and 24 guest rooms are furnished with                          Lungomare coastal promenade, which takes you to the
Alps. The property boasts a 3000 m² Carolea spa centre,                        valuable antiques, from furniture to oil paintings and                         picturesque town of Volosko, passing by the lovely Ika
1 indoor and 2 heated outdoor pools. Dine in any of the                        other treasures of art. All rooms are airconditioned and                       and popular beach destination Ičići, and the unforgettable
3 restaurants serving Istrian and Mediterranean cuisine.                       come with mini bar and satellite tv. Most of the rooms                         town of Opatija. All hotel facilities are designed to meet
Play a round of golf on the 18-hole Championship Golf                          afford a splendid view of the sea or the hotel garden and                      the needs of the disabled, and we have also implemented
Course at Kempinski Adriatic.                                                  the cathedral.                                                                 the highest security standards.


                                                                                                GASTRO GUIDE
Restaurant Zigante
Livade 7
52427 Livade
Tel: + 385 (0)52 664 302
All endeavours are oriented towards guests´ needs and their satisfaction. The employees are doing their utmost to provide an enjoyable stay on the property, which will remain a pleasant memory and make the guest visit
them again and again and recommend Zigante to friends. They are always pleased to recommend only what is the best on the menu at the particular moment. The cooks are constantly inventing new delicacies. They admire
the slow food philosophy and they would like their guests to completely enjoy their meal. There are more than 200 wine labels and most of the wines can be tasted by the glass. Highly skilled staff will recommend you the
right wine to accompany your meal, serve it properly and give you all the information about it.

Restaurant Ronjgi
Ronjgi bb
51216 Viškovo
Tel: + 385 (0)51 256 038
Situated in the hills above Rijeka, this restaurant is famous for its delicacies, especially venison. The meat is delicious, portions enormous and the soup is served in bowls made of freshly baked bread. The former home of
the composer Ronjgi (museum open weekdays), families with children will feel welcome.

Restaurant Humska konoba
Hum 2
52 425 Roč
tel.: +385 52 660 005
Restaurant “Humska konoba” is situated in the heart of Istria, in Hum, the smallest town in the world. It is decorated in typically Istrian fashion: made of stone and wood, it fits perfectly in Istrian setting. It also has a terrace,
which is open for guests during the summer. The restaurant is open from 11-10 pm. As for the offer, the dishes are typically Istrian. The food is served on wooden trays, which gives them a touch of originality.

Restaurant Kukuriku
Kastav 120
51 215 Kastav
Tel: + 385 (0951 691 417
Restaurant Kukuriku has been kept by the same family for 115 years. In a beautiful building just outside the town gate, its terrace is an idyllic spot to while away the hours enjoying a “slow food” meal - a perfect vantage
point under the shade of a canopy of trees.
“Slow food” has developed as an antidote to a pace of life which forces us to regard food as a necessity we barely have time for. In Croatia, it has initiated a renaissance in traditional cuisine. Croatian restaurants suffered from
monotony and an under-investment of care and inspiration for years. Now, old regional recipes are being brought to light and nurtured as an aspect of tourism, which adds quality, depth and uniqueness to your experience.
CENTRAL DALMATIA


   Seventeen hundred years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian had his resi-
   dential palace erected there and its remnants are seen even today, blended
   together with several layers of later age buildings. Still, the Diocletian Palace
   (included in the World Cultural Heritage protected by UNESCO) forms the
   centre of one of Croatian busiest cities on the coast.

   With its harbour, Split is an important transport junction today. Although it is
   one of the main Croatian economic, cultural and political centres, Split is a
   true embodiment of southern “joie de vivre“.
   Easy walks during the day, having long coffees and small talks are the almost
   traditionally related to this vivacious town on the coast of Dalmatia.
   Walking through its streets you won’t resist its southern charm and liveliness.
TROGIR

Trogir is a town-museum in every meaning of the word. The unique historical core of Trogir situated on a small island (listed in UNESCO’s
World Heritage) gives you the opportunity to learn about the complexity of Croatian heritage. The cathedral with the 13th century portal by
Master Radovan and Renaissance chapel of St. John and the Ćipko Palace (dating from early Middle Ages) are considered to be true jewels of
Croatian architecture. The closeness of the airport, a marina and various cultural events are adding more to the tourist offer of the town.

ŠIBENIK

A thousand year old town, historical and cultural monument with a well conserved fortresses and ramparts from the past, with narrow stone
streets and stairs, continues to live its own life, which gains a special glamour during the National Festival of the Child, taking place every
summer. The monumental Renaissance cathedral of St. Jacob, wreathed in sculptured portraits of medieval citizens of Šibenik is included in
the World Cultural Heritage protected by UNESCO.

KRKA FALLS

Krka National Park embraces the Krka basin. With its seven waterfalls between the lakes, it is the most beautiful example of karst in Croatia.
Between the two of the most famous waterfalls, Sradinski buk and Roški slap, there is a small lake with an island,Visovac, and a Franciscan
monastery dating from the 15th century.

KORNATI ISLANDS

Kornati, an archipelago in the Zadar area and a National Park, is the most densely dotted group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Consist-
ing of some 125 uninhabited islands, islets and reefs, the Kornati islands are a true example of nature’s richness in a scarce environment of the
sea, stone and evergreen vegetation.
All these qualities make Kornati the most attractive destination for sailing and fishing.
            HOTEL VESTIBUL SPLIT                                                               HOTEL PARK SPLIT                                                         HOTEL TROGIR PALACE
                   IIII                                                                            IIII                                                                        IIII

Intimate atmosphere can be found in the superbly lo-                          In the heart of Split is the recently renovated hotel, first                  Trogir Palace hotel is the most luxurious hotel in Trogir
cated Hotel Vestibul Palace. Nestled in the heart of the                      in town and region with fours stars, is completely air-                       with excellent service in a comfortable atmosphere. Only
Diocletian Palace and one of only a handful of newly                          conditioned and enriched with new amenities, offers                           a 200 m distance from the UNESCO-protected city of
refurbished designer boutique hotels in Croatia, all the                      54 luxurious equipped rooms and 3 suites, a first class                       Trogir.
accommodation offered is finely and appropriately fur-                        restaurant, conference facilities, a wellness centre and a                    Accommodation in hotel “Palace” is highly luxurious
nished to a high standard and include satellite TV and                        large terrace with palm trees and real Mediterranean at-                      and it will satisfy the requirements of all our guests. All
internet connection. A stay at theVestibul Palace puts you                    mosphere. Hotel Park, a hotel with tradition since 1921,                      rooms have air condition, bathrooms with tubs, mini
in touch with the history of the city. Even when you sleep                    is located in the elite part of Split, very close to the 1700                 bars, direct telephone, internet connection, safe, lcd TVs
you do it next to the walls that are 1700 years old. The                      years old Diocletian’s palace. This is the ideal place for                    with satellite and radio programs, as well as laptops if
restaurant and the bar are situated on the ground floor and                   all who want to enjoy the idyllic atmosphere, but at the                      requested.
you will find the professional staff available to guide and                   same time be close to all the happenings in town.
advise you about all the interesting places to visit during
your stay.




                                                                                               GASTRO GUIDE
Restaurant Foša
Kralja Dmitra Zvonimira 2
23 000 Zadar
Tel: +385 (0)23 314 421
One of the best places in the Old Town, not only for its romantic location and a wonderful terrace with a view of the little Foša harbour, this restaurant is well respected among locals for great fish.

Restaurant Šarićevi dvori
Supljak b.b.
22202 Burni Primošten
Tel: +385 (0)98 174 33 34
On the small hill woven with vineyards and olive groves, at “Šarićevi dvori “ restaurant, catering enthusiasts Ankica and Zoran Šarić have succeeded in giving a mystical gastronomic feeling to the original rural beauty.
Instead of shining signs and glittering interior, you are welcomed by warm stonewalls, and served almonds, wine, cheese, smoked ham, home made bread, Dalmatian specialties and food prepared under a baking lid, and all
your senses can enjoy the magic of rural tourism.

Restaurant Noštromo
Kraj Sv. Marije 10
21 000 Split
Tel: + 385 (0)91 4056 666
The best seafood restaurant is usually situated next to the fish market. The market of Split is a wander, with its singing, haggling, and bantering Croats selling lobsters, eels, and squid. Nostromo isn’t quite on the waterfront,
but it attracts Split’s upper classes, in a wood-bedecked dining room that feels like a yacht’s galley. The chefs use a minimum of spices and sauces in order to let the flavour of the fish come through. Start with a plate of local
oysters before diving into the Nostromo plate, which includes sautéed shrimp, squid, mussels, scallops, and clams tossed with olive oil and parsley.

Restaurant Bota Šare
Bačvice bb
21000 Split
Tel.: +385 (0)21 488 648
One of the best sea food restaurants in Split. Situated near the sea, with a beautiful view. A very luxorius place with great service.
DUBROVNIK &
SOUTH DALMATIA

 An irresistible gem of the World Cultural Heritage protected by UNESCO,
 described as the “pearl of the Adriatic“ by the English poet Lord Byron, the
 city surrounded by ramparts and fortresses and pounded by the sea, kept its
 independence and appearance over centuries.

 Its Romanesque, Gothic, high Renaissance and Baroque buildings remind us
 of the times when Dubrovnik was an independent Republic, second in fame
 only to Venice, a centre of cultural and economic power. Today it is the cen-
 tre of contemporary economic and cultural events.

 The Summer Festival, an international review of great achievements in
 musical and theatrical events, and city’s museums, galleries and treasuries
 have made Dubrovnik a city of choice for a rich selection of experiences and
 excitements in the mild Mediterranean climate and colourful scenery.
CAVTAT

Known as ancient Epidaurum of the Adriatic, Civitas Vetus, the predecessor of Dubrovnik, a Medieval town was built on the slopes of a
peninsula. The cultural and historical story of its unique beauty can be retold uninterruptedly to the present time. In the vicinity of Dubrovnik
and in the Mediterranean climate and exuberant vegetation, Cavtat has developed into the cultural, social and tourist centre of Konavle, flour-
ishing in its natural beauty.

MLJET

Southeast of Dubrovnik lays an enchanting island of Mljet, the most densely wooded island in the Adriatic. Its western part with two deep
bays, for their shape popularly known as “lakes”, has been declared a National Park. The remains of ancient ruins and a 12th century Ben-
edictine monastery add to the attraction of Mljet.

KORČULA

Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo, was, according to a legent, founded by the Trojan hero Antenor. The Greeks named it Korkyra Melina,
or Black Corfu, for its dark and densely wooded appearance. Even now, it is one of the greenest of Croatian islands.
History and tradition are present everywhere, along the paved streets and squares of the towns of Korčula. This is an island famous for skilled
shipbuilders, seamen and unique sword dances: the famous Moreška, Kumpanjija and Moštra. Sword dances and Easter religious parades by
brotherhoods are just some of the tradions that are held throughout the towns of Korčula: Vela Luka, Blato, Smokvica, Pupnat….

MEĐUGORJE

Međugorje, a small town in the neighbouring republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has become one of the most famous places of pilgrimage
in the Catholic world, attracting millions of visitors every year. Every day since June 24, 1981,Virgin Mary has been relaying Her message
of peace to the seers. Join the Holy Mass or climb the Apparition Hill where Virgin Mary first appeared to the children and experience the
phenomenon of Međugorje.
           HOTEL GRAND VILLA                                                                  HOTEL EXCELSIOR                                                    Radisson BLU RESORT & Spa
         ARGENTINA DUBROVNIK                                                                    DUBROVNIK                                                        DUBROVNIK SUN GARDENS
                IIIII                                                                             IIIII                                                                   IIIII

Ideally located on a privileged site, on the coast, at walk-                 Hotel Excelsior is an internationally renowned five star                      Sink into the holiday of a lifetime at the luxurious 5 star
ing distance from the historical city of Dubrovnik, Grand                    hotel, local landmark and a welcome outpost of luxury                         Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens. En-
Villa Argentina is the ideal choice for business or leisure                  and style situated in the heart of the ancient city of Du-                    joying an exquisite beachfront location, the resort over-
travellers. It is a unique hotel composed of four exclu-                     brovnik Hotel Excelsior is the discerning choice for any                      looks the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and is
sive villas and one hotel, each with its own distinctive                     business or leisure traveller to Dubrovnik. Built in 1913                     just 20 minutes from the historical gems of Dubrovnik’s
atmosphere and charm. Tastefully appointed guestrooms                        and completely renovated in 1998 all 151 bedrooms                             Old Town. Ideal for couples, families and groups of
combine tradition with modern comfort and amenities                          and 18 suites provide guests with every modern amen-                          friends, a stay at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Du-
that will satisfy the most demanding guests. Surrounded                      ity. Dining is a memorable experience with a rich choice                      brovnik Sun Gardens is the perfect way to get away from
by beautiful vegetation, Grand Villa Argentina offers re-                    of Dalmatian and International cuisine in a friendly at-                      it all and savour the unique charm of the Mediterranean.
laxation in SPA and Wellness Center or unique gourmet                        mosphere. The Hotel Excelsior is recognised as Croatia’s
experience in its 3 bars and restaurants.                                    most stylish hotel and place to spot the many stars who
                                                                             descend upon Dubrovnik every year.

                                                                                              GASTRO GUIDE
Restaurant Konavoski Komin
Jasenice bb
Velji Do
tel: +385 (0)20. 479 607
The restaurant is situated in the countryside, in the vicinity of Dubrovnik (Konavle); the dishes are prepared in the same traditional way our grandmothers used to prepare them. There you can spend some time in the unique
ambiance, on the cascades of the river Ljuta, surrounded by old watermills. Enjoy the excellent smoked prosciutto, the olive oil marinated cheese, baby lamb and veal baked under an iron bell, home baked bread, grilled trout
and other specialities of this very well known restaurant.

Restaurant Proto
Široka 1
20 000 Dubrovnik
Tel: + 385 (0)20 323 234
The restaurant has been in the centre of the Old Town since 1886, and it was renovated in 2002. Traditionally renowned for fish specialities prepared according to the old recipes of Dubrovnik fishermen, high quality of serv-
ice and rich selection of local wines, the restaurant PROTO is situated in the heart of the Old Town, at the corner of Siroka Street and Vara. Fish specialities, as well as popular meat dishes and carefully selected ingredients
prepared by the best Dubrovnik chefs are served on the summer terrace as well as in the elegant interior. Among its guests the restaurant boasts Edward VIII, king of England, and Mrs Simpson.

Restaurant Konavoski dvori
Ljuta 1
20 217 Pridvorje – Ljuta
Tel: + 385 (0)20 791 039
Visit the Konavoski dvori restaurant and enjoy the excellent ham, smoked cheese kept in oil, baby lamb and veal baked under the iron bell, home-baked bread, grilled trout and other specialities of this renowned restaurant.
This is a place in the vicinity of Dubrovnik which is free from noise, pollution and crowds. In the gentle valley of Konavle, in the lust greenery of the old wood, on the banks of the clean stream Ljuta, in an ancient mill, time
seems to have stopped. And the dishes are prepared there in the same traditional way our grandmothers used to prepare them.

Restaurant Bota Šare
Kroz Polje 5
20230 Ston
Tel: +385 (0)20 754 482
Restaurant Bota Šare in Mali Ston, situated on the water front and occupying and old salt arehouse where the interior walls are still seeping salt. This place is famous for all kind of mussels and other shellfish cultivated on
the spot and served on restaurant veranda. The portions are more than abundant.
         ISLANDS

Hvar is the longest and the sunniest island of the Adriatic. This island of
vineyards, olive groves and lavender has attracted people ever since ancient
times when the Greeks set up their colonies here. There are numerous monu-
ments that speak of the island’s history and importance.

As early as in 1612 the oldest civic theatre in Europe was founded in the
town of Hvar and has been active to this day. Today, Hvar has become a
world-known destination attracting people with its clean sea, fragrant herbs,
lavender fields, vineyards and villages that keep an invaluable historical and
cultural value. With its beauty and vibrant night life during the summer, Hvar
is a jet -set resort .

Pakleni otoci, a group of islands, near the town of Hvar, with pebbly beaches
and the rocky sea bed are especially interesting for navigators and those
wishing to get away from the crowd.
BRAČ

This island, the highest and the third largest in size in the Adriatic, covered with pine woods, vineyards and olive groves, has left its mark in
many countries around the world, as its famous white stone was used in the construction of some of the world’s most beautiful buildings, for
example The White House in Washington and Diocletian’s Palace in Split. The Zlatni rat beach is considered to be the most beautiful gravel
beach on the Croatian coast. It is in fact a pebbled cape whose peak changes position depending on the wind and tides and has become a
favourite meeting place for surfers.

RAB

Rab is the smallest of the main Kvarner Gulf islands. It is rich in forests and the most beautiful sandy beaches. Ever since 1889 when it was
proclaimed a bathing place and a health resort by the local council, Rab has been a tourist destination. The British King Edward VIII visited
Rab with his great love, Wallis Simpson, and encouraged tourism there. The medieval architecture of the town of Rab can be seen even today
and offers a special tourist and cultural atmosphere when, in the summer, the whole town becomes a huge gallery. Rab is the birthplace of
the stone mason Marin who led an isolated life in the hills near Rimini in Italy. He was known as a saint (declared in the 11th century) and a
founder of today’s smallest state in the world, San Marino.

PAG

The island of lace, salt and cheese, as it is usually described, Pag is one of the Kvarner Gulf islands. Seen from the mainland, Pag appears
to be a desolate stone island whose relief in one place resembles the surface of the moon. Yet, over the summer Pag is one of the most lively
islands. The town of Novalja has become a favourite destination of fun-seeking youth. Even today, Pag has preserved its tradition of salt
production, cheese and lace making. The distinctive taste of sheep cheese and lamb meat from Pag are a delicacy among connoisseurs around
the world. The lace of Pag, as appreciated as the lace from Brussels or Venice, is undoubtedly an original Croatian souvenir. Made by skilled
hands of women, the lace from Pag was irresistible even to Austrian aristocracy during their rule of Pag and there were two women from Pag
making lace at the Viennese court. After visiting Pag you will never forget the white colour of salt, lace and sheep.
          LEŠIĆ DIMITRI PALACE                                                   HOTEL RIVA                                                 HOTEL AMFORA
                KORČULA                                                            HVAR                                                         HVAR
                 IIIII                                                             IIII                                                        IIII

Hidden within the walls of the charming medieval town         Hovering on the waterfront promenade in the heart of the       Tucked into a tranquil bay, surrounded by a lush pine
of Korčula, with its winding alleyways, terracotta-tiled      medieval Town of Hvar, Riva Hvar Yacht Harbor Hotel,           grove, and only a short ten-minute walk from the his-
houses and tiny churches, travellers will find Lešić Dim-     Croatia’s first and the only member of Small Luxury Ho-        toric city of Hvar, Amfora is the most exciting new re-
itri Palace, next door to the house of Marco Polo and only    tels of the World, offers you the finest in the Adriatic am-   sort in the Adriatic. With its state-of-the-art conference
a stone’s throw from the crystal clear Adriatic Sea.          biance. Completely reconstructed in 2006, incorporating        facility, diverse amenities and a beautiful private beach,
Magnificently restored, our luxury hotel in Korčula,          a beautiful 100-year-old building, Riva brings together        Amfora is ideal for family vacations, team building and
Lešić Dimitri occupies an 18th century bishop’s palace        the best of both worlds: old world charm and state of the      large conferences. Whether you are relaxing in one of the
and five medieval cottages, offering luxurious accommo-       art luxury. You’ll find yourself at home in one of Riva’s      stone cabanas at the 1930’s Bonj “Les Bains”, enjoying
dation in six residences, complete with five-star services,   rooms featuring uniquely designed interiors, contempo-         a local seafood dish at one of hotel’s fine restaurants, or
a spa and a restaurant overlooking the breathtaking Dal-      rary furnishings and an unsurpassed view of the sun as         brainstorming with some colleagues in the deluxe board-
matian archipelago.                                           it sets over the Paklenski Islands. You can taste the es-      room you’ll be amazed at how the light and sea dance
Each of the residences has been beautifully restored and      sence of Hvar’s azure waters and lush hills in the exclu-      around every corner of this hotel. Sunèani Hvar will add
the interiors are subtly influenced by regions along Mar-     sive Roots restaurant serving progressive Mediterranean        more exciting features to this luxury resort: a fabulous
co Polo’s Silk Road travels. They encompass original          cuisine inspired by the finest local ingredients. At night     cascading pool area surrounded by beautifully groomed
features are finished with exquisite detailing and hand-      you can chill out to DJ induced tunes on the spacious ter-     gardens, as well as the romantic new Sunset Restaurant.
crafted furniture. The small number of residences guar-       race of the BB club, Hvar’s hottest bar. It goes without
antees guests an intimate and highly personalised stay        saying that all of this is accompanied by the amenities,
with service steeped in local charm.                          exceptional service and little extras that will make for an
                                                              exceptional holiday experience.
NATIONAL PARKS
      PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK, Half way between Zagreb and Split you will find Plitvicka Jezera, reputed to be
      one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Europe and possibly the best known Croatian National Park. Plitvice
      has been listed in the UNESCO Register of the World Natural Heritage since 1979. The Park area is nestled in a
      valley, between high forested mountains, in which there is a string of sixteen beautiful crystal clear lakes fed by
      many streams and brooks. They spill into one another in the form of cascading waterfalls. Visitors can explore the
      area following a series of marked paths and wooden bridges or take a boat ride on the largest of the lakes, called
      Kozaj. Glance into these emerald waters and you will see them teeming with trout. The dense undergrowth is the
      home to foxes, badgers and seldom sighted wolves and bears. The scenery is of exceptional beauty throughout the
      year. During the winter months it is covered in thick snow and ice, giving way to frozen lakes, which are simply
      spectacular. Spring, summer and autumn bring the contrasting colours of birch, fir and maple trees together with
      many other species of plant and animal life which adorn the hills and crevices providing a natural phenomenon
      and giving visitors so much to discover. Being in the centre of the roads of Croatia, Plitvice is considered to be an
      excellent location to spend a few days when taking a fly-drive holiday.

      BRIJUNI, are a group of two larger and twelve smaller islets along the West coast of Istria, near Pula, with the total
      area of only 7 km2. The archipelago is noted for its valuable cultural heritage from the Roman and Byzantine times.
      Due to its extraordinary beauty, the Brijuni Islands have been, for over a hundred years now, a favourite tourist
      destination of world statesmen and aristocracy.

      KORNATSKI OTOCI ( The Kornati Islands), is an archipelago situated in North Dalmatia, not far from Šibenik. It
      includes 140 uninhabited islands, islets and reefs scattered within the area of only 70 km2. In the immediate vicin-
      ity of the Kornati National Park, there is another jewel of protected nature in Croatia - the Telašćica Natural Park,
      which includes a spacious and deep bay of the same name on the neighbouring Dugi otok. The Kornati islands are
      noted for their varied unusual forms and extraordinary relief structure, and especially the high cliffs.

      KRKA, a river in Dalmatia; springs out at the western foot of Dinara Mountain and flows into the sea near Šibenik;
      length 72.5 km. In limestone it forms a narrow and deep canyon (up to 200 m), flowing over travertine barriers and
      creating waterfalls. In the upper course there are two 10-m high waterfalls.

      MLJET, For most people, Mljet is an island lost in the open sea, and the island is indeed hard to reach. But do not let
      this landscape - mentioned in the stories about Odyssey and St. Paul, as well as Benedictine monks and the Mediter-
      ranean Seal - remain a secret for you. Mljet is an elongated island, with an average width of 3 km, 37 km long. It
      is an Island of great diversity and contrast, and “Mljet” National Park covers his north-western part with an area of
      5.375 ha of protected land and the surrounding sea. This area was proclaimed a national park on 11 November 1960
      and represents the first institutionalised attempt to protect an original ecosystem in the Adriatic.

      NORTH VELEBIT is the youngest of the Croatian national parks, established in 1999. It comprises the most attrac-
      tive and, in terms of nature, the most valuable areas of the northern part of Velebit.

      PAKLENICA, includes the most attractive parts of southern Velebit, including its highest peaks. Two impressive
      canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica, vertically cut into the mountain from the sea to the peaks are the main attrac-
      tions of the park. Among steep rocks, Anića kuk is the most popular destination of Croatian alpinists. In the upper
      parts of the canyon, a larger forest area has been preserved on the littoral side of Velebit.

      RISNJAK, is a forested mountain massif not far from the city of Rijeka, named after lynx (ris in Croatian), its best
      known inhabitant. The National Park of the same name stretches from 300 to 1,500 m above the sea level. Due to
      its position at the junction between the Alps and the Dinarides, and from the Mediterranean to Pannonia, almost all
      types of forests, as well as many plant and animal species are gathered here, in a relatively small area.




   CASTLES
      TRAKOŠĆAN was built in the 13th c within Croatian north-western fortification system, as a rather small observa-
      tion fortress for monitoring the road from Ptuj to Bednja Valley. According to a legend, Trakošćan was named after
      another fortification (arx Thacorum) that had allegedly been there back in antiquity. Another source claims that it
      was named after the knights of Drachenstein who were in control of the region in early Middle Ages. The place
      name was first mentioned in written records in 1334. It is not known who its owners were in the first years of its
      existence. As of the end of the 14th c, it was owned by the Counts of Celje, the masters of the Zagorje County. The
      family soon became extinct, and Trakošćan shared the fate of their other burgs and estates that were divided and
      kept changing owners. Juraj Drašković (1525-1587) for services rendered, first personally, and then as family herit-
      age. This was how, in 1584, the Drašković family finally came into the possession of Trakošćan. The Museum with
      the collections on permanent display was established in 1953. The castle is today owned by the Republic of Croatia.
      VELIKI TABOR , a fortified castle located on a beautiful hill near the locality of Desinića, dominating the south
      - westernmost part of Hrvatsko Zagorje, counts among historical monuments of utmost category according to
      UNESCO classification.
      VARAŽDIN, The medieval-renaissance-baroque historic nucleus and the Old Town of Varaždin.
ISTRIAN VILLAS
          CAPTAIN MORGAN’S VILLA
          In this village you might find Captain Morgan’s treas-
          ure. The village of Mrgani and the ruins of Dvigrad
          have been his hideaway. Sleeps 8.




          CASA AMELIE
          One of the most beautiful locations in this part of the
          world. It is situated on the top of a hill and is over-
          looking the Mirna valley, Motovun, the Adriatic in
          the distance, the lake Butoniga and the mountains of
          Ćićarija. Sleeps 8.


          ANINA KORTA
          In the centre of the southern part of Istra, halfway
          between Pazin and Pula, nearby the road connecting
          the inland Istra with the south of the peninsula, lies
          the old town of Svetvincenat, with its medieval castle,
          curches and a bell-tower. Just 3 km away there is a
          small village Bokordići. Villa Ana is the pearl of this
          beautiful village. Sleeps 6.

          CASABLANCA
          This light, bright and airy house is ideal as a relaxing
          holiday base. Looking out to the turquoise coloured
          waters of the inlet Zaljev Raša, the views from the
          poolside and the spacious, comfortable interior are to
          be savoured. Sleeps 8.



          VILLA RA
          Villa Ra, a luxury villa with high standards of inte-
          rior design situated in the center of Rovinjsko selo,
          with stunning views of the Adriatic sea and its pearl,
          Rovinj. Sleeps 8.



          CASA ROSINA
          This cottaghe has been recently refurbished to create
          a wonderful small town house suitable for a couple.
          The property is tastefully designed to create a cosy
          and comfortable interior. The house is surrounded by
          an extended garden and it is located in the middle of
          the medieval town of Vodnjan. Sleeps 2.

          STANCIJA MENEGHETTI
          A big property that is spread out on the area of 120
          000 m2, just 2 km from the sea and not far from Bale
          – a village between Rovinj and Pula. You can find an
          olive-grove, a vineyard, a pasture-ground and a forest,
          around a hundred-year-old stone house, with both an
          indoor and an outdoor swimming pool. The owner has
          a wine cellar and a private olive oil factory.
          Sleeps 8+2.
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