Sports & Freetime
The travel destination Croatia offers tourists much more than gorgeous beaches and lovely coastal towns, finally rises near the coast, a fascinating world that can be explored wonderfully under extensive hikes. When hiking through the hinterland of Croatia will become apparent to tourists nature parks with rich flora and fauna, as well as a good insight into rural life. Routes such as the trail Anica Luka or the Way of Saint Simeon in Istria testify to the versatility of hiking in Croatia.
Absolute tip for hikers because of the breathtaking panoramic view of the ten kilometer long "Way of Saint Simeon". He has in the medieval town Gracisce seven kilometers southeast of Pazin, its starting and ending point. Hiking in Istria will remain will certainly memorable! But before getting to the well-marked path, you should first explore the picturesque village itself.
Gracisce is fully listed. Of particular interest: The late Gothic Church of Our Lady on the main square with portico from the 17th century. Here, women have traditionally taken earlier by happy births pilgrims nails in the stones of the church, which are still visible today. know Hiking in Istria and learn ancient customs and modern cheerful people who are very hospitable.
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Especially interesting and varied are the numerous caves, certainly several hundred. Hiking in Istria, when you want, by limestone mountains that are worth seeing. Climate table over to the Mediterranean region, which is understandable because of the sea, but in the higher altitudes lie until May snowdrifts in sheltered places. Pure nature in this diversified region.
Vegetation Istria is explored very varied and thoroughly. The lower part of the eastern slope is dominated by chestnut woods and thanks to the great humidity you will also find a lush Mediterranean vegetation. Hiking in Istria - through laurel groves or in the central belt mainly through oak woods is an experience. At an altitude of 900 m Experience graceful flower meadows with primroses, daffodils, asphodel, Carniolan lilies, orchids and even Enzian.
Beginners can start already near Zagreb, Ogulin, Rovinj, Pazin, Split and Omiš, on the islands of Mljet, Brač and Vis you can also climb in altitude. Passionate hikers can choose between 400 organized walking routes, some of which are among the most demanding routes in Europe. Top destinations await the mountains Paklenica, Velebit, Učka, Dinar, Mosor and Biokovo, among the 350 m high rock called "Anica kuk" is the biggest attraction.
Cave research Croatia
Croatia has innumerable as a true karst caves. The best known and most intriguing of these is the Blue Grotto (Modra spilja) on the island of Biševo and the Dragon Cave (Zmajeva Špilja) on the island of Brac. Caving Croatia Accommodations caves of Papuk and the regions of Kordun, Lika, Dalmatia and Zagora are open to visitorswith no experience, so that they enjoy the various stalactite and Stalagmitenformen. The most attractive caves are in Istria, Gorski Kotar and Medvednica, which we recommend (Spilje Cerovačke) for true lovers of the underworld Veternica near Zagreb, the caves of Cerovac in Gračac and Lukas pit (Lukina jama) on the Velebit mountain.
Caves in Croatia
- Caves - developed for tourism
- Caves - only suitable for professional cavers
Caving - Adventure knowledge hungry
Caving is for adventure and hunger for knowledge. But not only professionals, lay people can explore these mystical worlds. Tourist attractive are mainly the caves, such as the Croatian Barać caves.
In Croatia there are more than 11,500 known caves, on the mainland, the islands, under the sea, in rivers, in the mountains ... In many parts of Croatia no systematic speleological explorations and explorations have yet been carried out. In addition, it is believed, rightly, that the number is far greater, since many of them have no natural access to the surface, but can only be discovered by construction. So far more than 1000 caverns were in the construction of highways, bridges, overpasses and tunnels in Croatia discovered i.e. Caves and caverns, of whose existence we knew nothing and had no openings at the surface. Based on the number of discovered and researched caverns, Croatia is worldwide the first place. Speleologists from Croatia take in the International Speleological Union (Unio Internationale de Speleology - UIS) a significantly large amount of space a.
Ways cave guides and lighting for tourists caves Gornja and Donja Cerovačka špilja in Gračac, Veternica on Medvednica, Vrelo in Fužine, Lokvarka at Lokve, Vranjača at Kotlenica on the northern foothills of Mosor mountain range, Grgosove špilje in Samobor, Vrlovka at Ozalj, Baračeve špilje in Rakovica Samogradska špilja near Perušić, Biserujka near Dobrinj on the island Krk, the Baredine cave in Poreč, the cave Mramornica in Brtonigla in Istria, Feštinsko kraljevstvo in Žminj in Istria and the Đurovića špilja in Ćilipi in Dubrovnik. A special attraction is the Modra špilja on the island of Biševo that can only be visited by boat.
Some caves have your eye additionally include interesting tourist attractions. Thus vestiges of extinct cave bears can be seen for example in the cave Veternica, elsewhere you can see specimens of fossils, bats in the cave Đurovića špilja under the Dubrovnik airport are issued autochthonous wines from Konavle while the Modra špilja rich on the island Biševo in natural light effects is (blue reflections in sea water), and in the cave Baredine, the only tourist decorated cave in Croatia, a living human fish is exhibited in his native ambience ...
Caves - developed for tourism
Caves in Istria
- Jama Baredine in Nova Vas in the region Poreč
Caves in the Kvarner bay
- Lokvarka Cave - near Lokve in Gorski Kotar
- Vrelo - Fuzine in Gorski Kotar
- Biserujka (Vitezica spilja) - Krk
- Modra špilja - Cres
Caves in the region of Velebit
- Samogradska spilja - close Perušic
- Golubnjača - at Plitvice
- Gornja Cerovacka spilja - near Gracac
- Donja Cerovacka spilja - near Gracac
Caves in Dalmatia
- Manita pec - Paklenica (Southern Velebit)
- Cave Vranjača - in the northwestern part of Mosor in Split
- Modra špilja - Island Bisevo
- Sipun - Cavtat
- Spila Nakovana - Peljesac peninsula
Caves in the country's internal
- Grgosova špilja - near Samobor
- Cave Veternica near Zagreb
- Vrlovka - Kamanj in Ozalj
Caves - only suitable for professional cavers
Caves in Istria
- Semická Ćićarija
- Jama at Rašpor - Ćićarija
Caves in the Kvarner bay
- Klanski ponor (Gotovž) - around Rijeka
- Mala (Crna) Kicljeva jama Skrad - Gorski Kotar
Caves in the region of Velebit
- Balinka Plaški - Lika
- Fantomska jama - Velebit
- Jama Klementina - Velebit
- Jama Munižaba - Velebit
- Ledenica in Lomska dolina - Velebit
- Lukina jama - Northern Velebit
- Slovačka - Northern Velebit
- Stupina jama - at Bitoraj
Caves in Dalmatia
- Donja Cerovačka pećina - Southern Velebit in Gracac
- Ponor on Bunjevac - Southern Velebit
- Puhaljka - Southern Velebit
- Jama at Matešić stan - Island Brac
- Podgračišće - Island Brac
- Biokovka - Biokovo
- Jama za kamenitim vratima - Biokovo
- Nova velika jama - Biokovo
- Pretnerova jama - Biokovo
- Stara Škola - Biokovo
- Vilimova jama - Biokovo
- Zaboravna jama - Biokovo
Caves in the country's internal
- Cave in the quarry Tounj - Tounj
- Jama Mandelaja Oštarije - near Ogulin
- Jopićeve spilja - Kordun in Krnjak
- Panjkova špilja Kršnje - Area Kordun
- Sustav Ponorac - Suvaja Kordun
- Cave Veternica near Zagreb
Sport Fishing Croatia
Did you know that the first underwater gun came to fish already in the early 20th century.
To Croatia and that took place the first world championship in underwater fishing in Mali Lošinj back in 1957? Whether you are fishing enthusiasts on rivers, in the sea or underwater, in Croatia you will definitely achieve your dreams passionate anglers.
Top Destination for anglers
From a variety of marine species such as the wild sea bass, dentex, sea bream, tuna to freshwater specimens like trout or catfish, Croatia is without a doubt a top destination for anglers.
For thousands of years provides the Adriatic Sea in Northern Europe and the Central European mainland next sea to the Mediterranean and the centers of major ancient civilizations. In this case, leaving the many travelers from all nations and various parts of the world over the centuries an indelible mark on the coasts, their hinterland and even below the blue surface of the Adriatic transit area, which point to very different historical periods. The bright blue color of the Adriatic Sea stands out among all the oceans of the earth particularly apparent: astronauts reported after their return to Earth, that actually the Red Sea would have a reddish glow and the Black Sea, a very dark appearance - no sea but shine blue as the Adriatic Sea.
But not only the mild temperatures and the exceptional softness of the Adriatic make it such an attractive destination for divers and sea fans. Due to several years of relatively poor transport links Croatia was spared from mass tourism in general and especially Dalmatia. Accordingly, much of the Dalmatian coast are only sparsely populated and still almost completely Natural. Where else can you find such a clear and clean water, and so far undeveloped coastline? therefore Kenner just come to Croatia. Because the fact that the actual discovery of the beauty of this part of the Mediterranean coast and the great wealth of culture and history really is yet to come. As a visitor so you can start a real journey of discovery and to make a contribution to bring about the best thing about this region and to preserve.
Noteworthy is the special transparency of the clear blue water, the insight into up to 50 meters deep situated aquifers allowed. The Adriatic is one of the calmest seas and characterized by weak waves and moderate ocean currents, its salt content is minimal (about 3 per thousand) above the average ocean salinity. On the open sea, the maximum wave height is about four to five meters, near the coast, the waves move constantly between 40 centimeters and 1.5 meters. Also, the tidal range, the difference between high and low tides, falls very moderate from a half meter to just under one meter in the southern Adriatic and Dalmatia.
The water temperature in 20 to 30 meters deep, so the typical diving area, throughout the year moves on between pleasant 16 ° C and 17 ° C. The surface temperature fluctuating seasonal course more, though even in winter rarely and 8 ° C and moves in the summer to bathe friendly 24 ° C.
Gathered in clubs and private flying schools offer Croatian gliders and paragliders organized and international competitions at.
You can make of Medvednica from a ballooning towards Croatian Zagorje, Samobor gorje Žumberak or all the way to Slavonia. Suitable for paragliding are also the peaks of Učka and Ćićarije in Istria, Gorski Kotar, Velebit, Mosor and the mountains of Dalmatian Zagora and southern destinations such as Biokovo, Rilić and the tips of the islands of Krk, Brač and Hvar.
The cycling has become increasingly popular in recent years. The landscape in Croatia is ideal for a smaller or larger bike tour to ideal. There are easy cycling along deRadsport Kroatienm sea or something more sophisticated tours through the mountains. Bike rental is available in every major city. Employees of local agencies will be happy to recommend the best and most beautiful routes.
From Makadamwegen, which are ideal for mountain biking, to paved roads for scenic drives with the family, the versatility is so immense that everyone can find an ideal way for themselves. Note: after Eddy Mercx, five-time winner of the Tour de France, during a stay in Croatia testified that "it would be wonderful to ride a big race here", two stages of the famous Gira d'Italia were in Istria in 2004 driven.
The hilly hinterland of the Croatian tourist region of Istria has become a popular destination for bicycle tourists. Meanwhile, the entire Adriatic peninsula is nationwide crisscrossed with an excellent route network for cyclists.
For cyclists prefer the rather flat terrain to Istria is (with 60 cycling routes with a length of more than 2600km) and although the area of Novigrad to Vrsar. A nice trip as is to Motovun by the Mirna Valley. One can combine well with truffle food. (Porec - Motovun - Mirnatal - Lanterna - Porec about 60 km). Recommendation mountain. For racing cyclists a must in Istria - from Livade to Optralj (6km with 10% slope), continue to Novigrad and back to Porec. There are many marked trails along the coast (mountain bike and city bike). For racing bikes the interior is more suitable. (To Buzet or for professionals to Pazin, etc.). Maps with bicycle tours are available almost everywhere in Istria.
In the area of Kvarner and Kvarner islands you can also find the bike trails through the most beautiful corners with gradient or no gradient.
In Dalmatia, the cyclist must drive through the normal roads, but it starts with the building of cycle paths. The bike paths are located on the islands of Hvar, Brac, Solta and Vis, on the coast around Makarska and Omis and inland around Sinj and Trilje. The island is mostly mountainous inland. The cycling routes around Makarska include undemanding paths between single tourist spots and also very challenging to Bermassiv of Biokovo.
We always recommend enough drinks to take, but also all equipment Bicycles repair. The price of bicycles for hire for an hour is about 20 Kn, for a day about 80 Kn. Rental of quality mountain bike costs for half a day about 15 EUR for a week about 80 EUR.
The until recently viewed as more traditional sport of golf has been in recent years in Croatia becoming increasingly popular. In a rapid growth trend, more and more people choose this sport that is ideal for relaxation and for a holiday in nature.
Croatia plans to be due to its ideal landscape and mild climate into a major golf destination on the Eastern Adriatic.
The pleasant blend of mild temperatures and stunning scenery make the golf sport in Croatia is booming. is a 18-hole course for all handicaps it on the largest island in the Brijuni islands: It is in the northeast of Veli Brijun, before the impressive backdrop of the Adriatic Sea.
Without handicap golfers in the interior of Istria are from: Below Motovun is a 6-hole practice course, a great course for beginners. The medieval artists' village perched on the hill - always in sight for the athletes.
Another 18-hole course was opened in Istrian Savudrija of 2009. In the south of the peninsula, between Ližnjan and Medulin, a resort of superlatives in planning. Construction work on the 27-hole course with an attached luxury hotel have just started.
List of golf clubs in Croatia:
- Golf club Pula
- Venice Travel Agency
- Gulf Adriatic
- Country Golf Club 'Dolina kardinala'
- Golf & Country Club Zagreb
The best known equestrian centers in Croatia are in Slavonia, Istria and Dalmatia. From small family farms, modern equestrian centers with riding schools, professional training sessions, to the known traditional knight contests, like the famous competition "Alka", Croatia has a wide range of riders. In Đakovo - Slavonia you will find a National Stud with its famous Lipizzaner horse breed bred since the 13th century here.
Just because Croatia have a varied landscape has fascinating coastline to vast mountain regions, and because this landscape was obtained in natural beauty, it lends itself to nature holiday. In addition to water sports of course belongs to the riding.
In addition, you will find in Croatia a National Stud, the further breeding the Lipizzaner for many years, the - to arise in the present-day Slovenia (Lipica) - went through a turbulent time. The stud in Djakovo presents itself and its horses successful in driving sport. Also here a Croatian Halfbred is grown, the Tulipan: well-proportioned strong and tenacious horses medium size with an impressive transition.
Istria, the small peninsula in Croatia gives the visitor the feeling of being in Tuscany. No wonder, since the earlier influence of Italy is not to be overlooked here. Istria is a lovely landscape with vineyards, romantic places, ancient churches and long coastline. combine swimming and riding wonderfully together you can in Istria. The rides you learn around Medulin know, riding on the beach and learn about the history.
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Canoeing & kayaking Croatia
Did you know that the Canoeing here has a centuries-old tradition? Traditional Croatian canoes, called. "Trupice" are still used for fishing and transportation on the delta of the Neretva River. They are suitable for family and group excursions, guided tours by canoe run on routes with numerous castles and fortresses such as Trakošćan, Ozalj and Dubovec the river Kupa to the mills of Radman on the Cetina or the old mills of Krka river. A special sight is located on the islet Visovac with monastery that emporsprießt middle of a cut by the river Krka lake.
Be it an exciting river or a quiet but Seekajakabenteuer, the Croatian waters have great potential. Even if one assumes that the higher water level of the rivers is more appropriate for experienced drivers in the spring, and it is recommended the lower beginners, offers almost every single river levels of difficulty.
From the rivers Dobra, Mrežnica, Una, Kupa, Korana in the north up to the Cetina or Zrmanja in the south, surrounded by national parks, kayak you discover undiscovered scenes.
One can hardly drive a better place to canoe or kayak imagine as Croatia - There are to visit some coastal towns and in order to discover more coves, where you have the beach all to yourself. The crystal clear blue water is perfect for swimming and snorkeling and the temperatures are almost all year round warm. You can also convince the stopover in one of the resorts themselves equal of the great Croatian cuisine. As you may already know, the country possesses more than 1,000 islands, some of which are believed to be the finest in the world and they are a dream for any canoeing or kayaking.
Where would so devious you and your paddle with so much choice first? You do not know yet as accurate? - If you want to experience combines a lot of history and spectacular beauty, you would at least with central Dalmatia already very good advice.
Water-Rafting in Croatia
On the mainland you have the fascinating, bustling city of Split with its Roman legacy and the Makarska Riviera with its beautiful beaches, resorts and convivial nightlife. Out at sea, only a few strokes away, are two of the prettiest islands in Croatia: Hvar and Brac.
Without any doubt, the river Cetina one of the most magical places in Croatia is to drive kayak and certainly it is ideally suited for water rafting. It is located in a lush area surrounded by quaint little villages that is both historically and logically ark interesting.
The character of the Cetina varies several times along its course.
In the higher regions it is imbedded in to deep, rugged canyons and flows most quickly with plenty of rapids.
the flow is further below much slower and broader, more like a lake, with the sides towering cliffs, here and there occasionally flatten and with small villages, deciduous forests and V. A. alternate in spring stunning, standing in bloom meadows - What a peaceful place after leaving the rapids behind!
The Cetina itself is very clean and clear. He supplied a large part of Dalmatia with water - do not hesitate about going swimming. It also contains many trout - so do not forget the fishing rod!
In Omis Cetina flows into the sea, what this town is a fantastic frame. The area is popular with boat enthusiasts incredibly popular, especially when friends of kayaking and water-rafting and there are several shops and clubs in Omis which lend kayaks and other boating equipment. Some also organize trips. So you can come without any pre-planning to Croatia, yet will not have to give up a great river adventure.