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Tranquillity in Podgarić (Explore Its Ruins!)

The charming village of Podgarić in Bjelovar-Bilogora County offers a delightful retreat for those seeking tranquillity on one-day-trip. With its picturesque landscapes and tranquil atmosphere, this small village, boasting just a few dozen households, is a haven for nature lovers and an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

As you explore the area surrounding Podgarić, you’ll discover a wealth of water sources and meandering streams, with the vibrant Garešnica stream stealing the spotlight. But hold on – no visit to Podgarić is complete without a visit to Mark’s Well! Tucked away in the forest along the road from Popovača to Podgarić, this well has been quenching the thirst of weary travelers since 1970. Savor a refreshing drink of spring water and recharge before continuing your adventures.

Tranquillity in Podgarić 1 Source Štefan Brajković
Source: Štefan Brajković

Mark’s Well has become a beloved stop for weekenders, especially those coming from Zagreb. Motorcycle enthusiasts and cyclists exploring the picturesque Moslavina region often take a pit stop at this oasis, replenishing their water bottles and rejuvenating their spirits before zooming off on their two-wheeled escapades.

Podgarić Is a Place Full of Legends and Hidden History Sights

Now, let’s talk about the hidden treasures of Podgarić. Make sure to inquire about Garić, the ancient fortress perched amidst the forest above the village. Though it may be in ruins, the locals have endless tales of its meticulous restoration – an ongoing labor of love spanning decades. And don’t miss the captivating artificial lake nestled in the Kamenjača riverbed. Once a vibrant fishing spot and a haven for family camping and swimming, this serene lake holds stories of joy and adventure.

Ruins Source Štefan Brajković
Source: Štefan Brajković

As you venture further, remnants of a grandstand near the motocross track evoke a sense of nostalgia, reminding us of the thrilling motocross races that once enthralled both locals and visitors. And atop one of the hills along the main road, you’ll encounter the “Monument to the Revolution of the People of Moslavina.” A poignant memorial sculpted by the renowned artist Dušan Džamonja in 1967, this weathered masterpiece stands as a testament to the region’s history, a symbol of resilience and remembrance. 

The Tale of the Broken Stone, the Haunted Princess, and Ružica's Courage

Nestled at the base of the enchanting town of Garić lies a remarkable sight that has captured the imaginations of locals and travelers alike – the awe-inspiring “Broken Stone.” It’s a colossal rock bearing what appears to be an ancient wheel track etched into its surface. The story woven into the stone’s existence is steeped in captivating folklore.

According to the local legend, eons ago, an ox cart was making its way through the rugged forest roads, laden with heavy stones to build the town of Garić. Alas, fate had other plans, and the wheel got firmly stuck on the enormous stone. Despite their best efforts, the oxen and peasants couldn’t free the wheel, leading to much suffering for the poor animal.

Tranquillity in Podgarić 3 Source Štefan Brajković
Source: Štefan Brajković

In a miraculous twist, as if moved by the ox’s plight, a compassionate force intervened. The stone was split in half, liberating the wheel from its stubborn grip. The people of Garić saw this as a divine act, and the legend of the “Broken Stone” was born, leaving an indelible mark on the town’s history.

But that’s not all; Garić’s tales continue with a captivating story of a haunted and invisible princess locked in a curse. To break the spell, a brave soul must embark on a magical journey on the day of St. George’s feast. At the break of dawn, a mystical snake emerges, requiring a gentle kiss on the forehead to transform into a beautiful princess. 

As if plucked from a timeless fairy tale, the saga unfolds further with the story of Ružica, the lovely daughter of the widowed lord of Garić. She finds herself caught in a web of intrigue and danger when a neighboring lord launches an attack on her town. Forced to flee, Ružica finds refuge with a kind coal miner and his wife, living as their daughter. 

Amidst adversity, Ružica manages to infiltrate the enemy’s lair, where she devises a clever plan to secure her father’s freedom. Her bravery and resourcefulness win the heart of the Mistress of Jelengrad, leading to a life-altering encounter that ultimately brings her father back home.

Tranquillity in Podgarić 4 Source Štefan Brajković
Tranquillity in Podgarić
Source: Štefan Brajković

These mesmerizing tales of courage, compassion, and mystique have woven a tapestry of wonder around the town of Garić, beckoning curious souls from every corner of the world. Whether you seek the mysterious allure of the “Broken Stone,” the chance to witness a legendary transformation, or to immerse yourself in the extraordinary life of Ruzica, Garić promises an unforgettable journey through the realms of history and myth. Step into the embrace of this captivating town, where the past and the present entwine to create an unforgettable experience that will leave you enchanted for a lifetime. 

For the intrepid explorers who venture along the forest paths, be prepared for captivating encounters with the local wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, roe deer, wild boars, and even the recent return of playful squirrels. As the sun sets, witness the emergence of badgers near the village’s edge, while foxes and jackals stealthily roam under the cloak of darkness.

Exciting news awaits – the Croatian Hunting Association is the new custodian of Villa Garić and its surrounding hunting grounds. As the future unfolds, the anticipation builds among those seeking beauty and tranquility in Podgarić. Only time will tell what adventures and experiences lie ahead.

Podgarić, with its natural splendor and serene ambiance, beckons you to embrace its captivating charm. Wander along forest trails, immerse yourself in the village’s rich history, or simply revel in the tranquility that saturates the landscape. Discover a tranquil escape that will leave you yearning to return to the hidden gem of Podgarić, time and time again.

So pack your bags, set your compass to Podgarić, and get ready to unlock a world of natural wonders and peaceful serenity. Unveil the secrets of this Croatian treasure and create cherished memories that will linger in your heart long after you’ve bid farewell to this idyllic village. Podgarić awaits – let the adventure begin!

Your CTC Team

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