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Big Picture: Pazin

Pazin, in Central Istria, is not well known but should be. The small town has a long and rich historical tradition and houses many notable sites including a Franciscan Monastery and the Church of the Visitation of the Holy Virgin, both of which are from the middle of the 15th century, the Steam of Pazin, which flows & forms cascades, waterfalls, and lakes, and the Castle of Pazin, the biggest and best-preserved medieval fortress in Istria what was first mentioned in 983.

Photo credit: Goran Sebelic / CROPIX Agency

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Big Picture: Sailing on Hvar

Hvar, a city whose name was derived from the Greek words for island and town, is one of the sunniest islands on Croatia’s Adriatic coast. This makes it a prime spot for all sea & beach-related activities, and especially for sailing. Whether you’re just out on the water with a group of good friends or interested in touring nearby islands such as Vis, Brac, and the Pakleni archipelago, Hvar has definitely got you equipped for a sailboat ride you will never forget.

Photo credit: Zvonimir Barisin / CROPIX Agency

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Recipe: Meat burek

Croatians love their meat & love burek on-the-go. Check out the full recipe here so you can make them at home!

The recipe comes from LikeCroatia's Old Country Kitchen food blog so be sure to check out the rest of Silvia Velencia’s posts!

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Big Picture: Chic Hotel Lone

Rovinj's Hotel Lone is the very first 5-star design hotel in Croatia. The hotel houses luxury restaurants, a bar, a night club, as well as a wellness & spa center. Hotel Lone is the perfect place for those looking to live the posh life, even if it’s only for a few days.

Photo credit: Srecko Niketic / CROPIX Agency

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Big Picture: Stairs in Dubrovnik

These stairs are attached to a 16th-century mansion in Dubrovnik situated in what is today one of Croatia’s 21 ACI (Adriatic Croatian International Club) marinas. Aside from being the largest chain of marinas in the Mediterranean, ACI is also known for organizing an annual regatta called the “ACI Match Race Cup.”

Photo credit: Toni Plazibat/CROPIX Agency

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Big Picture: Summer in Skradin

Skradin, a small town in Croatia’s Sibenik-Knin county, is most famous for its national park, Krka. When you’re done exploring the natural wonders of Krka, consider taking a stroll to Skradin’s ACI (Adriatic Croatian International Club) Marina, pictured above. Relax at a nice cafe and watch the boats leave port and dock or even rent a boat of your own for the day. Either way, Skradin’s bound to please.

Photo credit: Niksa Stipanicev / CROPIX Agency

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Big Picture: Crystal clear Plitvice

Plitvice Lakes National Park is always among the top listed places to visit in Croatia and for good reason. This gorgeous park is brimming with enchanting sights, smells, and sounds. Looking into one of the park’s numerous lakes is like gazing into a glass aquarium where you can view an abundance of fish and fresh water turtles.

Photo credit: Robert Fajt / CROPIX Agency

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The tree which bore witness to history in Zagorje

“In the turbulent 16th century, the nobles of Europe ruled over the peasantry with an iron and greedy fist. Such behavior, naturally, led to furious uprisings against their will, and Croatia was not different. In 1573, a peasant under name of Matija Gubec became the leader of a peasant rebellion which started in a town of Gornja Stubica, Zagorje.

The tradition claims Gubec used to recruit his soldiers in Stubica under a linden tree, which became a symbol of the resistance and fight for justice. The uprising was ended violently and Gubec, deemed a rebel and a bandit by authorities, was publicly tortured and executed inZagreb. However, history made him a Croatian hero, and his name has been known ever since.

But the most amazing thing about the rebellion is that we have a living witness to its occurrence. The aforementioned linden tree, now a centuries-old plant, is still alive and blooming next to the Crkva Svetog Jurja (The Church of St. George) in Stubica. Experts have also used its seeds to make offspring of the tree, and now dozens of Gubec lindens will be planted all over Croatia to commemorate the courage and resistance of the country’s farmers.

The feudal system of peasantry was abolished in 1848 by count Jelacic.”

-Sinke, LikeCroatia.com contributor

Photo credit: Krunoslav Pavlina / CROPIX Agency

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Gettin' healthy in Dubrovnik

“With the aim of sharing this tradition with the world, 10 years ago a group of enthusiasts started the Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green (Ecological) Entrepreneurship in Dubrovnik which now not only gathers the very best producers from the Mediterranean but also offers an insight on how modern technology and green production methods can provide the balance needed to obtain high quality, healthy produce.”

Read more about Dubrovnik’s health food festival & join foodies from all over in Croatia’s beautiful walled city this March!

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Big Picture: Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes is the largest, oldest, most visited, and most popular Croatian national park. It was declared a national park in 1949 and is spread over 29 thousand acres land. Additionally, the park has been under the protection of UNESCO since 1979. The park’s landscape is composed of dense forests, which are dominated by beech trees. The park also contains numerous waterfalls and 16 lakes of varying sizes, all with crystal-clear water.

Photo credit: Boris Kovacev / CROPIX Agency

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