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Spring trip in Croatia – TOP 5 PLACES

A spring trip in Croatia is always a perfect vacation idea if you have decided to come to Croatia in the upcoming season. Spring is finally knocking on our door and we couldn’t be happier about it!

After the cold winter months filled with thick clothes and frozen noses, it is time to finally relax and embark on trips where we will have the opportunity to enjoy the magical scenes of blossoming flowers.

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Although spring hasn’t officially started, it’s a good time to think about what wonderful places you could visit when it does. Our advice is, of course, to come to Croatia in the spring, and so that you don’t have to do a lot of research on your own – we will offer you trips to the top 5 places that you must not miss. Our choice this year are continental places Jankovac, Begovo razdolje, Lonjsko polje, Kopački rit and beautiful The old town of Ozalj.

Spring trip to Croatia this year could include...

…Jankovac

This fairytale place with one of the most beautiful mountain lodges in Croatia is located on the Slavonian mountain Papuk. The fact that it was declared a Nature Park in the late 1990s shows how special the area is. The mountain lodge mentioned is located near the town of Slatinski Drenovac. There are also rooms in the mountain lodge, so you will easily find a place to sleep if you decide that instead of a day trip, you would rather turn your trip into a fun weekend. Given that the home offers food and drinks every day, you don’t have to worry about that either.

Jankovac

Today’s excursion site Jankovac was arranged in the mid-nineteenth century by pl. Josip Janković (hence the name of the place) for his needs. In it he built a hunting lodge, arranged walkways around the Skakavac waterfall and had lakes dug.

Near Jankovac is the Lisičine arboretum, which is adorned with a wealth of plant species and today boasts the largest collection of conifers – fir, spruce, pine, cypress, yew and other species in Croatia.

…Begovo razdolje

In the heart of Gorski kotar, on the western slopes of Bjelolasica, lies the Begovo razdolje. The place is significant because it is located at the highest altitude in the Republic of Croatia (at least when we talk about inhabited places).

The specialty of Begovo Razdolj is certainly its speech, i.e. the dialects that are still used today. One part of the village speaks the Štokavian Ikavian dialect, while the other part uses the Kajkavian dialect. Nowadays, the population of Begovo Razdolje is largely engaged in tourism, so you will find accommodation and places of interest for sightseeing without any problems. The big attraction of this area is cattle breeding. Begovo Razdolje can boast of the largest cow farm in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. If you love domestic animals, especially cows, this is definitely a place you must visit!

Of course, given the geographical location of the place, lovers of hiking and nature will definitely find many trails to walk on to get around the entire area.

…Lonjsko polje

Spring trip in Croatia wouldn’t be whole without visiting at least one Nature Park!

Lonjsko polje Nature Park is surrounded by as many as 4 rivers; Sava, Una, Kupa, Lonja and Struga. It is located between the towns of Sisak and Stara Gradiška.

Spring trip in Croatia

It is considered one of the largest and most valuable natural floodplains in Europe. The lowland oak and ash forests of this nature park are the best preserved in Europe, and their richness is measured in thousands of hectares of lowland forests and marshland. Lonjsko polje offers a handful of activities for its visitors, including cycling, hiking, river driving, horseback riding and animal watching.

Storks in Čigoč

What we would definitely single out as must-visit places are the ornithological reserve Krapje đol and the village of Čigoč. Krapje đol is extremely interesting because it is the first Croatian ornithological reserve, declared back in 1963. It is specific in that there are nesting sites of spoonbills and several types of herons, namely: gray heron, danguba, little white heron, yellow heron, gak, little egret, black heron. Although Čigoč may seem like an ordinary Croatian village at first, you would be wrong. Namely, this is the first European village of its kind. Almost a third of the Croatian white stork (Ciconia ciconia) population lives in the village of Čigoč. In Čigoč, storks and people live in peaceful coexistence – storks build nests on the roofs of houses, and people often feed them.

…Kopački rit

Another natural pearl of continental Croatia is located near the city of Osijek. We are talking, of course, about the well-known Nature Park Kopački Rit.

In addition to being one of the largest European wetlands, Kopački rit is also known for the fact that it changes its appearance almost every day. All this happens thanks to the water coming from the river Dunav. There is no larger zoological reserve in Croatia than this, and it is also considered the largest freshwater fish hatchery, while the number of all kinds of animals in the park has long since exceeded two thousand.

Kopački rit

Swamp, lakes, water, plant and animal diversity are not the only values ​​of this area. There is also cultural and historical heritage in the form of Tikveš Castle. The castle was built in the eighteenth century, in the town of Bilje, in the early Baroque style. It stands out with its square yard and many moats.

There are several ways to get to know the area, but we have singled out two of the most interesting for you. A boat ride through two canals is great way to get to know the park, as it will take you deep into the park itself. You will see beautiful flora and fauna all the way from Lake Sakadaš to Lake Kopački. You can also visit the park by riding a bicycle along the bicycle path that leads along the “Biljska cesta”.

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…Stari grad Ozalj

You could end your spring trip to Croatia with a visit to the beautiful historic town of Ozalj. The town of Ozalj is located high up on a gorge above the Kupa River. In the past, this fascinating city had great importance for the entire Croatian state, as it was considered the unofficial Croatian capital. Also, the town is still known today as “the town of Zrinski and Frankopan”, more precisely – the Old Town of Ozalj is called the Zrinski-Frankopan Old Town, and it is the symbol of Ozalj and the heart of its historical development.

A visit to the town of Ozalj is a perfect spring trip in Croatia that you can take with children without any problems. In addition to learning a lot about the history of the whole of Croatia, you will also be able to enjoy numerous archaeological finds from the time of ancient Rome, prehistory and the Middle Ages. The Old Town of Ozalj houses the Local Museum of Ozalj, which has a very detailed historical and archaeological collection of artifacts from Ozalj and its surroundings.

If your trip takes you to Ozalj, be sure to visit the Munjara hydroelectric plant. Now it must seem to you that we have lost our minds – because why would any tourist visit a hydroelectric plant. Trust us, it’s worth it because it’s not an ordinary hydroelectric power plant, but a building that looks like a castle!

If you are headed to the city accompanied by children, be sure to take the time to visit the Ozalj Ethno Village, which is actually an open-air museum made up of various buildings and houses built according to traditional architecture, and in which there is an authentic inventory dating back hundreds of years.

All these are places we are happy to return to

Considering that many return to all these places several times during their lives, we are sure that you will want to do it too. Of course, depending on how much time you have available, you will decide which places to go. In case that task seems too complicated for you because you are not familiar enough with the area and the best locations – contact us so that we can design a travel plan for you.

Your CTC Team, A. M.

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