Postcards

Exploring Mljet National Park, Croatia

Covering over 13,000 acres of land and sea at the western end of the island of Mljet, this national park offers shady walking and cycling tracks, a ruggedly beautiful coastline, ancient ruins and saltwater lakes. The main hubs are the villages of Pomena and Polace, which buzz with visitors on summer days but quiet down again once all the boats leave.

Sipan Island, Croatia Wandering

Sipan is the largest island in the Elaphite archipelago. There are two settlements, Sudurad on the eastern and the Port of Sipan on the western part. This romantic island is often called one of the pearls of the Dubrovnik region. Sipan Island with a long history interwoven with many stories and legends hiding quiet bays, beaches with cypress trees, olive, orange and lemon groves full of old churches, summer residences and other structures dispersed throughout the forested slopes.

Mljet Island and Island of St. Marry, Croatia

Located in the southern part of Dalmatia, island Mljet is one of the biggest in the Adriatic Sea. Some other Croatian islands are famous for its beaches, parties, festivals and food. Mljet is different. Close to vibrant Split and always busy Dubrovnik, Mljet is a place of peace with diverse flora and fauna and with several Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, French, Austrians and Slavic archaeological sites. Mljet Island also has two lakes. In Big Lake is the history-packed Island of St. Marry with a monastery built in 1187.

Dubrovnik, The jewel of the Adriatic, Croatia Summer 2018

As you overlook Dubrovnik from the Mount Srd, the terracotta roofs, ancient walled ramparts with a 1,000 year old port and beautiful clean waters of the Adriatic paint a fairy tale picture of a city prospering in Croatia’s current tourist boom. Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Indeed it’s hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by the city’s limestone streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic, or failing to be inspired by a walk along the ancient city walls that protected the capitol of a sophisticated republic for centuries.

Enjoying Elaphiti islands, Croatia 2018

Elaphiti islands surrounded with turquoise green Adriatic Sea will lull you with their slow lifestyle, from which all noise and stress have been rooted out. The terrain is forested and hilly and the little villages retain traditional Adriatic life. There are 13 islands in this archipelago southwest of Dubrovnik but only three Elaphiti islands are inhabited.

Kolocep, a Mediterranean dream! Croatia Summer 2018

Surrounded by lush natural vegetation and turquoise water is Kolocep Island. Kolocep offers great hiking trails, blue seas, clean sandy beaches and small souvenir shops. The excellent Mediterranean cuisine and gelato cannot be missed.

Lopud Island, Croatia

Car-free Lopud with 15th century Franciscan Monastery, 9th century churches and 14th century fortress ruins offers unique historic sites. There's a little beach in the town, but you're better off walking across the spine of the island to beautiful sandy Sunj, where a little bar serves excellent griddled fish.

View from the top of Veliki Risnjak, 5013 ft.

Risnjak National Park in the Risnjak mountain range is named after a rare animal that inhabits its woods – the lynx (Ris in Croatian). Everybody enjoyed great weather and 360° views from the top.

Great hiking trails in Risnjak National Park

Great hiking trails in Risnjak National Park
The park is located in Gorski Kotar, the most mountainous and heavily forested region of the country, about 10 miles inland from the Adriatic Sea.

Mountain shelter in Risnjak National Park

Mountain shelter in Risnjak National Park
Schlosser's hut on the Risnjak Mountain is situated below the southern rock of the highest peak at an altitude of 4652 ft. and it is the only accommodation option in the Risnjak National Park. The hut is situated on a grassy plateau called Schlosser's meadow, and is considered to have one of the most beautiful location in Croatia. Hut is named after the physician Dr. Joseph Schlosseru Klekovski (1808.-1882.) - The founder of Croatian botany.

Karst trail in the beech forest

Karst trail in the beech forest
Karst, terrain usually characterized by barren, rocky ground, caves, sinkholes, underground rivers, and the absence of surface streams and lakes. It results from the excavating effects of underground water on massive soluble limestone. Dinaric Alps along the western edge of the Balkan Peninsula from Slovenia, through Croatia and Bosnia all to Montenegro and from the Adriatic coast 30 miles into the interior, the land surface are karst.

Entrance to Plitvice Lakes NP

Entrance to Plitvice Lakes NP
Plitvice Lakes National Park is the only Croatian natural inscription in the UNESCO World heritage list. It is known worldwide for its lakes, waterfalls and amazing natural beauty.

Batinovac Lake at Plitvice Lakes NP

Batinovac Lake at Plitvice Lakes NP
We hiked boardwalks, bridges and paths around 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, separated by over 90 waterfalls. Lakes surrounded by beech and pine forests are full of native trout and pike.

Northern Velebit National Park is Croatia’s youngest national park.

Northern Velebit National Park is Croatia’s youngest national park.
The area is rich in karst phenomena, outstanding biodiversity and exquisite nature in a relatively small area. The park is crisscrossed with numerous hiking trails.

Signs in Northern Velebit National Park

Signs in Northern Velebit National Park
We hiked the famous Premuzic trail, marvelously built in difficult terrain.

Arrival by boat to the city of Skradin.

Arrival by boat to the city of Skradin.
Here we took a pleasant riverboat ride from the charming town of Skradin so we could hike in Krka River National Park.

Skradinski Buk Falls.

Skradinski Buk Falls.
We visited crystal clear Skradinski Buk waterfall, enjoyed fantastic karst formations and huge travertine water cascades. We also saw the place where the second hydro plant in the world was built and an interesting ethno village.

The Visovac Monastery on an island in the river Krka

The Visovac Monastery on an island in the river Krka
Franciscan monastery established in 1445 is often called the world's most stunningly located monastery. It has an important archaeological collection and a rich library with several historical manuscripts and rare books.

Paklenica National Park

Paklenica National Park
This UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve offers great hiking and climbing opportunities.

Fantastic limestone formations of Velebit Mountain

Fantastic limestone formations of Velebit Mountain
Hiking trails carved in a canyon of the south slopes of Mount Velebit provides nice shade in hot weather and limitless photographic opportunities. This relatively small area offers exceptional diversity of geomorphologic phenomena and is widely popular with the European climbing community.

Zadar’s little Foša harbor.

Zadar's little Foša harbor.
We visited Zadar, an ancient Mediterranean port city. Everyone enjoyed the old town, surrounded by walls and towers on a peninsula packed with history and with easy access to 89 islands and reefs of National Park Kornati.