There are those who already knew, those who came “before” (in the time of Yugoslavia) and come back today to enjoy it again. And then those who come to Croatia for the first time and who discover a country with unique, fascinating situation.
Transition between Central Europe and the Mediterranean, a crossroads of exceptional cultures and influences: Illyrians, Celts, Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Italians, Ottomans, Hungarians, French, Austrians all left their mark in Croatia.
But Croatia is also a wonderful coast, facing the setting sun and constellated by nearly 1,185 islands and islets over 1,750 km.
Multiply beaches and coves by 5, by 10. A coastline that highlights small architectural jewels that have the names Pula, Rovinj, Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Split and the “pearl of the Adriatic”: Dubrovnik.
In Croatia, Zagreb will also delight you with its architectural eclecticism as well as the richness of its museums and cultural life.
As for nature lovers, they will be filled. Natural parks are full of flora and fauna thought to have been reserved for far-off countries: bears, chamois, mouflons, wildcats, wolves and lynxes in abundance, and even the mongooses that bask the pill on the island of Mljet.
Welcome to Hotel Esplanade Zagreb!
Dating from 1925, The Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, located in the heart of the historic city, is a deco icon of art unveiled throughout the region.
This place is magical and has a great history: it was the place that welcomed travelers during their journeys in Orient Express.
It is superb and we see it from a distance, we guess and we discover
The hotel is surrounded by beautiful Art Deco buildings, a green park with fountain, a historic train station, an underground shopping center, a fitness park and a beautiful botanical garden.
We are first impressed by the imposing size of this square building then we fall under the spell of the interior decoration where reigns an atmosphere of the 30s but has lost nothing of its charm.
The hotel is just two minutes from the train station and the tram station. Fifteen minutes walk from the main square, the shopping area and lively streets filled with cafes and restaurants.
It has beautifully designed rooms, mixed with the delicate combination of art deco heritage and contemporary touches. Each thoughtfully designed and spacious room offers the traditional Hollywood glamor in the heart of Croatia’s vibrant capital.
They are large with good height ceilings, closets and storage space everywhere, two bathrobes and slippers await you.
The beds are huge, certainly Kings size with a sofa very comfortable.
The bathrooms are in marble, including a bath, a double sink, a square shower and a separate toilet.
For Wi Fi no need for code, you connect directly to the WI FI of the hotel.
The hotel has a long history of first class service, spectacular facilities and incredible food.
Let the Chef introduce his unique take on local cuisine at Zinfandel’s Restaurant – widely regarded as the best restaurant in Croatia, or choose one of three other destination restaurants: Le Bistro, Oleander Terrace and Esplanade 1925 Lounge & Cocktail Bar . Whether you choose a great style or buzzy, al fresco, get ready for an unforgettable experience.
The hotel, renowned for its highly personalized and impeccable service, has been the center of Zagreb’s social life since its opening, it includes presidents, politicians, movie stars and musicians among its many distinguished visitors who have stayed there.
The Croatian capital is very pretty and full of magic.
The upper town, Gornji Grad, is full of small streets and courtyards full of charm.
The naive art museum, though very small, is a jewel, as is the largest and most impressive Mimara museum where you can find, among other things, two beautiful Renoir. The cathedral is also magnificent, as is the city’s very rich and well-supplied museum.
Zagreb is a city full of charm with the liking of the streets, sometimes wide, sometimes tiny, that it is absolutely necessary to have traveled to appreciate the harmony.
LAKES OF PLITVICE
Located directly on state road 1, just 10 km from the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park, Hotel Macola offers very spacious and well-decorated rooms with a terrace, plus TV and free Wi-Fi. A large restaurant and a supermarket in the basement well stocked which is very convenient when you want to refuel to visit the falls plitvice.
The restaurant room has a café. Traditional specialties including homemade bread and lamb meat are served. Vegetarian and diabetic menus are also available. The staff is very welcoming and very helpful.
It is possible to go paragliding in the village of Frkašić, 5 km away. Several tourist agencies also organize rafting on the Una River. You can also go hiking on a marked trail that leads to Mrsinj Mountain.
National Park Tour
From Split and Trogir, in the interior of the western lands of Croatia the road leads you through the countryside to a unique jewel: the Plitvice lakes. The unity and harmony of the 16 lakes, as well as their invaluable natural and cultural value, are one of the wonders of Croatia.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park (or Plitvička Jezera) is a particularly interesting site. This large National Park, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, includes a succession of 16 lakes whose representation is quite special. Indeed, each lake flows into the next lake with one or more waterfalls, which represents a total of 92 cascades over a height difference of 133 m in a totally preserved environment. All surrounded by thick forests of fir, spruce, beech, maple, charms, etc. And rare animals, such as wolves, bears, wildcats, deer, wild boars, badgers … etc.
The clarity of the water is incredible and fortunately swimming is prohibited in the National Park, to protect this beautiful site.
EXCURTION PLITVICE (EXTRA)
Rafting is an exciting and rewarding “extreme” sport that has enjoyed considerable popularity over the years. In Croatia, where the bedrock is soft, the ground is agitated, and the rivers cross spectacular landscapes, some of the best and most enriching rafting experiences are at your disposal.
Kayaking is a very exciting and rewarding “extreme” sport that has enjoyed considerable popularity over the years. In Croatia, where the bedrock is soft, the terrain is rough, and the rivers pass through spectacular scenery, some of the best and most rewarding kayaking experiences are at your disposal.
Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, enjoy a transfer to the hotel Valamar Argosy in the city of Dubrovnik.
Valamar Argosy Hotel
Located in the picturesque and peaceful peninsula of Babin Kuk, Valamar Argosy Hotel welcomes you as a newly renovated and upgraded 4 * hotel. Its beautiful landscaped gardens, elegant rooms, infinity pool and wellness area have given way to a relaxing and romantic getaway. With the old town of Dubrovnik only 15 minutes away and a selection of beaches at your fingertips, you can combine and combine the activities you like to create your unforgettable holiday in Croatia.
Dubrovnik is one of the trend capitals of recent years. Climate and proximity, cultural heritage and pleasant beaches have made in a few years a recognized tourist destination. The city lies on the Adriatic coast in Croatia. It has about 45,800 inhabitants.
This medieval city is known throughout the world for its architectural riches.
Dubrovnik, “pearl of the Adriatic” is a true jewel and a masterpiece of art and harmony! Houses covered with pink tiles (offered by the city of Toulouse after the war), a group of paved alleyways, marble squares, high houses, convents, churches, palaces, fountains, Franciscan monastery, cathedral, stone dwellings, fountains, towers and fortresses make up a whole which combines the architectural genres and the influences of past centuries, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque etc.
Unusual view along the walkway: One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, all surrounded by beautiful intact ramparts more than 2 km long and up to 25 m high …
A fortified city bathed in sunshine, the Croatian capital offers its ramparts to travelers arriving by sea. Classified as a Unesco heritage, they protect an exceptional heritage such as the Cathedral of the Assumption.
Dubrovnik offers without doubt the most beautiful beaches of the Croatian coast. On the program: crystal clear waters, calm sea, more than pleasant water temperature, unobstructed view.
The islands of Lopud and Kolocep, off Dubrovnik are to discover too!
Note that sandy beaches are rare in Croatia but present on Lopud … so if you do not like pebbles and rocks, this is where you have to go.
EXCURTION DUBROVNIK (EXTRA)
The Konavle Valley with its thirty villages, well known for its beautiful landscapes, elegant national costumes and embroidery, has carefully preserved its traditions and customs handed down from generation to generation.
Traditional home with dried figs and herbs brandy in Čilipi followed by a walk in this picturesque village with typical rural architecture.
Beyond the charm of the old stones and the visit of the mill, you will appreciate the shows in traditional costumes of Konavle, which punctuate every Sunday the end of the mass between Palm Sunday and the month of November.
At around 11:30, the dances begin in front of the church … and a large crowd gets together very quickly to discover the most representative dances.
One of the dances is called “Potkolo” and is the oldest round of Konavli … “Poskočica” and “Čičak” are also dances in the form of a game that symbolizes the complexity of the relationship between men and women, since young people compete for the favors of girls to give them a dance. Another dance is also the dance of rejection with a whole set of funny gestures!
The weddings are surrounded by several typical rituals, which testify to Dalmatian cultural wealth. The highlight of the shows is the “coastal dance”, the “Lindo”, which is accompanied by the sounds of a traditional instrument called ljerica.
Elaphite Islands Karaka (EXTRA)
Karaka, and the magnificent replica of a traditional merchant ship from the 16th century Dubrovnik Republic and explore the picturesque white-bladed cities of the Elaphite Islands, enriched by lush pines and sparkling, green, yellow waters of the Adriatic Sea.
Treat yourself to great local cuisine – a real treat for all your senses. The Elaphite Island Karaka Cruise is one of the most wonderful ways to experience cruising history on a hot summer day. We sail to the island of Koločep, covered with a dense pine forest with a picturesque fishing village lying on the bay.
Green River and Lost City (EXTRA)
Only 1.5 hours drive from Dubrovnik is unspoilt nature, a beautiful area of the Neretva River Delta, known for its flourishing flora and fauna as well as its ancient and unique historical and cultural sites.
Our tour takes us to the Metković Natural History Museum, which has a unique collection (since 1954) of more than 340 stuffed birds that makes it one of the largest collections of its kind in Europe.
Our second stop would be the archaeological museum of Narona in the village of Vid. Here we could see the remains of a Roman temple – the Augusteum – and 17 marble statues, both oversized and in natural height.
After an unforgettable historical treatment, we will tackle the traditional Neretva boats called “trupice” which were used during fishing and transport periods. Navigation through the Neretva Valley would discover various hidden beauties of the local fauna and flora. Our final destination is a very attractive place next to the shore where we have lunch and enjoy the local cuisine.
Romans, Slavs, Venetians, Austrians and many others left their mark in Croatia, creating a cultural richness appreciated by its many tourists. But with an extensive coastline and no less than 1185 islands and islets, Croatia also promises great seaside pleasures. The country has relatively few sandy beaches but has thousands of idyllic coves.
After lunch transfer to the airport direction Algiers and return to the country.