“Such a small and such a large country.” These words may best describe Croatia. Although a small country, Croatia hides many interesting things and special features. It is impossible to list them all, and it can definitely boast of being one of the safest countries in the world where you can enjoy night walks and tours without worries and fears. All this, of course, affects the number of tourists in Croatia, which is growing from year to year. There are 2,715 sunny hours in Croatia in the annual calendar and of course all tourists and visitors generally have only one wish – sunny and beautiful weather. Central Dalmatia is one of the sunniest regions in Europe – more sunny hours than Sydney – as many as 2,715! The island of Hvar has the most sunny hours in the whole of Europe, which is why it is often called Sunny Hvar. Zlatni rat beach on the island of Brač is said to be one of the most beautiful in Europe. The shape and length of this beautiful beach vary depending on wind, sea currents and tides. This game of wind and sea is ideal for windsurfing and surfing. There is probably no person who has visited Zadar without enjoying the beautiful sounds of the Zadar organ – the first organ in the world ruled by the sea. A place where the human idea blended perfectly with the energy of the waves and the sea, a paradise for ears and soul. Croatia has the most beautiful sunsets in the world! Famous director Alfred Hitchcock put the city of Zadar in the first place where you can see the most beautiful and unforgettable sunset. Enjoying Zadar’s beautiful sunset, cool off and sweeten with Maraschino, an authentic Zadar liqueur that was once drunk only by certain and privileged people. It is made from cherries and its leaves, and its recipe was first written in the Zadar Dominican monastery in the 16th century. Zadar has it on offer altogether with gin, tequila and rum and even pear, and it is also used for ice cream.
Croatia can also boast of many unusual Guinness records, such as the largest painting, but also the largest popcorn box. Also, Croatia is the proud holder of the title for the longest strudel in the world – 1,400 meters! Although at first glance a strange list, still interesting and commendable. Croatia can boast of numerous top vocals, songs and the rich musical culture of klapas (quires). It is an interesting fact that klapa singing has been included in the UNESCO list of intangible heritage. The tie originates from Croatia. Tradition says that in the past, women tied a narrow scarf or a tie to their husbands, around his neck as a sign of their love. The most popular Croatian breed is definitely the Dalmatian dog. This dotted beauty became a trademark of Croatia long before the famous cartoon “101 Dalmatians”. But after that cartoon classic about cute puppies and the evil Cruella, the interest in this breed increased to the maximum and the Dalmatian became a “mascot” for all dogs in the world. Another animal that is of great importance in Croatia has defined the name of the national currency, the kuna (marten). In the past, traders used the fur of this animal as a currency of exchange for other goods. If you want to visit a location where you can see the existence of dinosaurs, visit the protected area Kamenjak on the Medulin Riviera where you can clearly see the prints of dinosaurs! Nearby is the island of Fenolinga, which is also one of the richest European sites of these prints, and contains over a hundred copies. The authentic appearance of Dubrovnik’s medieval old town is due to the fact that Dubrovnik is increasingly chosen as a location for famous films and series and which has been attracting an increasing number of film producers lately. An interesting fact for all fans of the famous series ‘Game of Thrones’ is that King’s Landing from the series is in fact the city of Dubrovnik.
Croatia is also renowned for its eco and gastronomic offer that waters every mouth, and the most popular local dishes and specialties are the famous Dalmatian or Istrian prosciutto, Pag or Lika cheese, sheep cheese, Slavonian kulen, famous Samobor or Zagorje garlic, fresh cheese with cream. In Dalmatia, on the shore, on the islands or in Istria, the main dishes are fish and “seafood”, and meat, pasticada or boiled lamb. Growing vines and wine production is a centuries-old tradition of Croatian winegrowers. Well-known varieties of Croatian wines along the Adriatic coast and on the islands are red wines Teran, Merlot, Cabernet, Opolo, Plavac, Dingač, Postup and White Malvasia, Pošip, Pinot, Kujundžuša, Žlahtina, Muscat… In the mainland – Riesling, Graševina, Burgundy and Traminac. It is interesting that chocolate with rice was invented in Croatia in 1963 in the Zvečevo factory in the western Slavonian town of Požega. Also, the peculiarity of Zvečevo not only in Croatia, but also in most of Europe is the fact that it has its own dairy in the company’s system, which means that it produces chocolate from fresh milk and not from powdered milk. Croatia is also home to the world’s largest truffle, which weighs as much as 1.31 kilo.
Croatia is a so-called “hot spot” for many celebrities and famous businessmen who have invested their money right here. Stars like Steven Spielberg, Andrea Agassi, Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce and Jay Z, Madonna, Clint Eastwood, as well as businessmen and big names like Bill Gates and Roman Abramovic own real estate for vacation and business in Croatia. It is a well-known fact that Croatia is rich in various folk costumes from all over the country. But what makes the costumes from the island of Susak so special? Women’s Susak traditional costumes are very specific and full of bright and intense colours, and they are especially made specific by the fact that they are the shortest folk costumes in Europe. That you can have fun in Croatia is confirmed by the carnival in Rijeka, which is not only the largest in Croatia but also one of the most attractive carnivals in Europe. The parade consists of about 150 colours of costumed groups from different countries. What makes this carnival extremely attractive is that in 1449 the City Council forbade covering the face with a mask to prevent free criticism of the authorities. Out of spite and defiance of that provision began a long tradition of Carnival that lasts over 560 years and gives everyone the opportunity to be what they want to be, at least for a short period. Nudism first appeared in Germany in the early 20th century. A nudist club was opened near Hamburg, but when Hitler came to power this type of organization became banned and illegal. After the war, nudism reappeared. After Germany, Croatia became the first country where this form of summer vacation was established. In order to attract tourists, especially Germans, nudist camps were built in Croatia in the 1960s. The mountains are a prominent part of the Croatian land, although their heights cannot be compared to the Alps, not even to the remains of the Dinarides. The highest peak, Sinjal on the Dinara, reaches only 1,831 meters above sea level. Despite this, they make up for the heights with their landscapes and wilderness. They are ruled by wildlife, so they are inhabited by wolves, lynxes and bears. Like nature in general, mountains and mountain areas can be divided into Pannonian and karst. The first part is isolated, part of the old European mainland. The second part consists of the Dinarides, a younger carbonate chain formed by the uplift of the seabed by the impact of the African into the European plate.
Istria (Istria, Jistra) is the largest Croatian (and at the same time Adriatic) peninsula. It is located in the northern part of the Adriatic, in Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. The eastern coast of Istria (the so-called Liburnija, i.e. the cities of Brseč, Lovran, Opatija, Volosko, Matulji, Kastav), or the western part of the Kvarner Bay, gravitate to Rijeka, therefore when the counties were created in 1993, that part of Istria was administratively assigned to Gorski Kotar County, while most of the Croatian part of Istria that gravitates to Pula is administratively located in the County of Istria. The most important cities and municipalities are Pula, Pazin, Poreč, Rovinj, Opatija, Buje, Umag, Novigrad, Labin, Buzet, Motovun in Croatia, and Koper and Piran in Slovenia. The geographical border of Istria runs along the line from the Italian bay of the town of Milje (Muggia), to the Croatian bay town of Rijeka – Preluka (the point of entry of the Adriatic Sea into the European mainland). The western coast of Istria is shallower and more indented by nature / prana, while the eastern coast is steep and less populated. Istria is usually divided into three parts: Red Istria (west coast) – where red-brown soil predominates (crljenica); Grey Istria (central Istria) – due to grey clay soil; White Istria (slopes of Učka and the eastern part of the peninsula) – due to the rocky soil. In the centre of Istria is the small town of Hum, which is only about 100 meters long and 30 wide. But believe it or not, in such small dimensions there is a rich history. According to a legend this place was created thanks to the giants who built cities in the river valley. When we talk about small towns in the world, we mostly mean cities with up to 30,000 inhabitants, and this beautiful small town has only about 20 permanent residents.
Welcome to the Sushiveda naturopathy program / therapy (part of Tibetan medicine – Sowa Rigpa) in Croatian Istria. Treatments lasting at least 3 days and no more than 7 to 14 days, depending on the condition / disease of the client’s body fluids. The package program will be selected after consultations on the first visit with Vaidya. The client comes to therapies from the immediate area / place where the prescribed naturopathic therapeutic program Sushiveda is performed. Otherwise, it is located in an apartment-hotel facility that offers proximity to the space where the package program is performed.