Vis island – BEACHES

It is no secret we are in love with island Vis, mostly because we are lucky to have a place to stay there anytime of the year, but also because it is beautiful. This blog is soooo long overdue, so I wont bother you with introduction. Let’s begin naming the beaches, sorted by our preferences, of course.

1. SMOKOVA
About 100 meter long beach with white sand, clear sea and our favorite! Even though you can access it from land, it is much easier to access it with a boat. If you can’t give yourself that boat ride luxury, bring appropriate shoes, do not go down there in flip flops.
Also, keep in mind that shore is not the cleanest, because northern wind brings a lot of garbage people like to throw in the sea.
If you are up for snorkeling you can find part of a World War II bomber wing at Smokova sea bottom. 

2. TEPLUŠ
Beach Teplus is one of the beaches in Rukavac and very popular among locals. You can access it very easily from Rukavac, just follow the signs for Diamond Beach – Lounge Bar / Fish & Wine House. There is a 200-300 m dirt road, which ends with a parking right above the beach.

It is a soft white pebbles beach, with some natural shade, so it is great for children. If you don’t find a place to chill under the pine tress, Diamond Beach Bar offers sun chairs under fake palm tree. There you can also find bar refreshments, ice creams and great food & wine. Bar and restaurant are separated, so you can just have a coffee there, you are not obligated to eat, but we recommend that you do plan a lunch there. They also rent stand up paddle boards, kayaks and pedaling cars, so you can spend your entire day on this beach.
Pro tip: come in the morning. The beach is sunny since early morning, making it an ideal place to have a coffee and dive your head in the blue sea before the afternoon rush of people.

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PLAŽA TEPLUŠ ➡️ šljunčana plaža u mjestu Rukavac je jedna od najpopularnijih plaža na otoku Visu, pogotovo među lokalnim stanovništvom. Tamo ćete pronaći kristalno čisto plavo more i nježne oblutke, sa dijelom plaže u prirodnom hladu. 🏝 Ako ne nađete mjesto u borovini, hlad možete pronaći na ležaljkama @diamondbeachbar, gdje sam danas i ja zalegla u svom dvodijelnom kupaćem, sa čašom vina u ruci. 🍷 Restoran/bar nudi svježu ribu kupljenu od lokalnih ribara pa smo i rezervirali stol za ručak. Da fotke mogu pričati rekle bi da im je spiza za prste polizat! 😍 . Do plaže se dolazi makadamom iz Rukavca, a od parkinga do ručnika imate svega 2 minute hoda. Postoje oznake na cesti te imate i Google Maps lokaciju restorana koju možete pratiti, da bi pronašli ovaj mali raj. . Za roditelje: ima dovoljno plićaka u kojem se mogu brčkati najmanji. U Diamond restoran baru možete iznajmiti pedaline, kajak ili stand up paddling dasku. Bar također nudi veliki izbor sladoleda i sokova. Sa nešto starijom djecom zavirite u prirodnu jastožeru koja se nalazi na kamenim pločama sa desne strane plaže. Jastožera se više ne koristi tako da možete uskočiti u nju. 🦂 Pro tip: dodite ujutro. Plaža je osunčana od ranog jutra pa je time idealno mjesto za popiti kavu i otriznit glavu u plavetnilu prije nego krene popodnevna navala ljudi. . . . #croatia #croatiafulloflife #putopis #croatiapostcards #croatianomads #putujupoznaj #otokvis #visisland #teplus #plaza #beachlife #TravelTagged #travelblog #mamablogger #mamablogerka #momlife #diamondbeach #sheisnotlost #dametraveler #putovanjasadjecom #ljetoincroatia #obiteljskaputovanja #ljeto #dianomayavis

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With slightly older children, take a peek at the natural lobster house located on the cliffs on the right side of the beach. The lobster catcher is no longer used so you can jump into it and dive trough it to the open sea.

3. MALA TRAVNA
It is a small fishermen village accessed by car through 15-20 minute drive on a dirt road, from Marine Zemlje. From the parking to the beach you have 2 minute walk. You can categorize this beach both as pebble and cliff beach, because Mala Travna has both.

Mala Travna is a bay next to Stiniva beach, so if you are visiting Stiniva with a boat, organize lunch in Mala Travna at Senko’s konoba. Beside crystal clear water and beautiful nature, we come here because of Senko. He is remarkable individual and Croatian poet, so don’t be surprised if you get the bill on stone rock he picked up from the floor. I’ve already wrote a blog about him here -> SENKO PARADISE.
Also, don’t forget to call Senko for reservations, he is not always open!
+385 99 35 25 803

4. SREBRNA
Another beach which has both soft pebbles and cliff side is Srebrena. Beach with a lot natural shade in pine trees also has cliffs where you can get your tan. Furthermore, in the woods you can find small bar with refreshments.
You reach Srebrna beach from Rukavac, on the same dirt road as Tepluš beach. After you park the car or bike, there is about 300 m (10 min) walk down to the beach. Yes, that means you have to walk up after.

5. MILNA
Milna is a small sandy beach, located near popular vacation village called Ženka. Best part of this beach is that you can literally jump from parking to the sea, but don’t. Because of it’s proximity to villas for rent and parking, it is often full of families with small children. Very popular activity is Stand up Paddle boarding, which boards you can rent on the beach.

There is a 15-20 minute walking path from Milna which will take you to ZAGLAV sandy beach. I haven’t been there since I was a kid, so only memories I have are from photo albums. People say it is as beautiful as Smokova. I will believe it when I see it, hopefully there next year.

6. STINIVA
West from Mala Travna bay you can find winner of “the best beach in Europe”, Stiniva. You can reach the beach by land, but it is a very steep 20-30 minute trail down, so bring appropriate shoes and avoid going with small children. Other, easier, way is to access it by boat. The downside of this is that you always have too many boats docked around Stiniva. The boat can take you up to “cliff gate” and from there you have to swim to the beach. And, of course, there is always that one idiot who has to come to the beach with a boat, so be aware, the floating border doesn’t apply to idiots.

Stiniva is pebble beach, although I saw many wrong writings online describing it as a sandy beach. You can find small coffee bar directly on the beach, but to help out your budget, bring your own food & drinks if you plan to stay there whole day. Because the beach is surrounded by high cliffs, you will have at least one side of the beach or cliff in the shade.

7. STONČICA
Another sandy beach on the island is Stončica. It is safe bay for sailing boats, being located close to city of Vis. There is a parking above the beach, from which you have 5 min walk down. It has small restaurant/bar, volleyball field and lot’s of shade so it tends to be crowed.

Being this far on my list, it is safe to say I only go there if our guests wish to see it. In that case, I combine Stončica with visit to the nearby lighthouse, which is 20 minute walk from the beach. We used to go there for sunset, so count your time right to have enough light to see the path back, or bring flash lights with you.

8. PRITIŠĆINA
This is maybe one of the smallest beaches on the island, where I usually go with local friends. It is also pebbly beach, but it has incredible cliffs on the right side of the beach. One winter we used them for the photoshoot we did for a brand.

9. PARJA (tunnel)
About 3 kilometre east from city of Vis you will find Parja, the last village accessible by cars. It is a village, it is a beach, it is historical…it is Parja. It is probably most known for former JNA (Yugoslav People’s Army) submarine tunnel where you can also put your towel and jump into the sea. However, close by is little peninsula where you can also walk into the sea, like a normal human. Be aware, there is no shade here.

Important: please, don’t jump from the top of the tunnel, I have been informed there were many accidents there due to wrong jumps.

10. KOMIŽA CITY BEACHES
GUSARICA – the most popular beach, at the far end of the city, right below the hotel Biševo. It is a pebble beach at the beginning and almost sandy at the end of the beach.


KAMENICE – apparently the only beach on the Adriatic coast with volcanic origin pebble stones (I’ve Googled it) and only 15 minute walk from Komiža center. It gained it’s popularly for being a place to party at night and sort of illegal camp.

LUCICA – pebbly beach two minute walk from the Komiža port. There you can find restaurant right on the beach.

ŽANIĆOVO – because it is surrounded by family houses this pebble beach mostly used by locals. This is the beach you see on our photos from restaurant Barba.

10. VIS CITY BEACHES
GRANDOVAC – bay at the farthest end of city of Vis. It has enough shade so it is very popular for families with children, plus there is a beach bar right on the pebbly beach. Near the beach you can find another JNA greatness, however nowadays completely rot, Cezh villa.

STONCA – beach is located just under the road, about 200 m from hotel Issa to Parja. There is almost no wind there and you can find lot’s of shade underneath the pine trees.

PRIROVO – pebble and gravel city beach right below the hotel Issa, however, completely on the other side from most villa’s and apartments, which are in the city. Near the beach you can find activities for children (owned by hotel), bar and restaurant. It is the most popular for it’s Franciscan monastery which is built on the foundations of Hellenistic theater. I heard one guide say that you can see part of old Roman port in the sea around Prirovo. Do you see it?

There are few more beaches in the cities and on the island that I didn’t mention. My cousin Svila is gonna kill me if I don’t mention Duboka, but that is another beach I haven’t visited since I was a little kid or maybe ever. I can safely say I saw and listed all the popular ones. Hope I helped you organize your Vis island beach hunting. Let me know if I did.

In next blog I plan to write about ALL attractions on the island. Head’s up, it is mostly Tito’s JNA legacy.

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Vinska tura Pelješac & Korčula

Pelješac i Korčulu smo prošli nebrojeno puta, nikada nisam blog napisala, ali smo uspjeli snimiti video, dva. Srećom, uvijek u nekom obliku sačuvamo naše uspomene.

U ovom blogu neću kopat po starim sjećanjima, iako su divna, već ću se orjenitirati na opis vinske ture koju organizira World Traveler agencija. Ukoliko bude dovoljno zainteresiranih planiram se pridružiti ovoj turi, a sad ću vam objasniti i zašto.

Prvo i najvažnije: osim ručka i osobnih troškova, SVE je uključeno u cijenu. Insiderska informacija je da se na degustacijama najedete dovoljno pa vam nekada ručak niti nije potreban.

Drugo i jednako važno, ovo je ipak vinska tura i na njoj će biti puno vina. Jasno vam je da bebač ostaje doma, jer treba probati čuveni Dingač, Postup, Plavac mali, Rukatac, Pošip, Grk te degustirati preko 40 vrsta rakija.

I na kraju – spava se u pitoresknoj Lumbardi, prvi red do mora, u dvokrevetnim sobama u hotelu od 3*, sa bogatim doručkom. U Lumbardi još nismo bili, a kažu da je prekrasna. Sve su to razlozi da idemo!

Termin organiziranog putovanja: 27.08. – 30.08.2020. (4 dana, 3 noći).
Polasci iz Zagreba, Karlovca, Rijeke, Šibenika, Splita.
Broj dana godišnjeg koji vam treba: 2
Cijena: 2.250,00 kn

Obzirom da je ovo put sa nešto manjim brojem dana, ekipa iz World Traveler agencije se pobrinula da se svaki dan iskoristi maksimalno. Zato se prvi dan, nakon puta, staje u Stonu. Tamo imamo vodiča koji će nam pokazati najduže zidine na svijetu, nakon kineskih – stonske i grad Ston. Odmah nakon ručka kreće degustacija u vinarijama Miloš (3 vrste vina) i Matuško (4 vrste vina).

Stonske zidine, DianoMaya

Drugo jutro je rezervirano za prekrasni gradi Korčula, gdje ćemo imati sat i pol razgled grada s lokalnim vodičem. Sve ulaznice su uključene.

Nakon ručka se ide brodom na kupanje i razgled otočića Badije na kojem žive pitomi jeleni. Ako vas ovo nije kupilo, onda ne znam što će. 🙂
Dodatni bonus je što će ovu večer u Lumbardi će biti ribarska fešta.

Treći dan je cjelodnevni izlet po otoku. Prvo se ide u Blato, gdje imamo degustaciju 3 vrste vina, a zatim razgledavanje grada i kupanje u Vela Luci.

U Smokvici imamo degustaciju 4 vrste vina i maslinovog ulja uz slane srdele. Večeru, uz muziku, su organizirali u konobi Konopica koja se nalazi u sred šume. Tamo se nastavlja degustacija 2 vrste vina. Bolje rečeno, tamo se nastavlja vinska priča.

Zadnji dan je rezerviran za degustaciju rakije i sokova u Eko škoju, nakon čega se trajektom opet prebacujemo na Pelješac u vinariju Grgić na još malo vinske degustacije.

Jel vam bilo dosta vina? Meni nije!
Ovo je toliko pažljivo osmišljena tura za hedoniste i vinoljupce, s vrhunskim popisom vina. Osjećate li već miris domaće peke i ružmarina? Meni sline idu samo od ovog pisanja.

Ako imate vremena za uživati u životu, javite se ekipi iz World Traveler agencije na info@world-traveler.hr ili broj telefona 099 200 22 30.

Detalje programa, ako vam ovo nije bilo dovoljno detaljno, pronađite na: https://www.world-traveler.hr/putovanja/hrvatska/ljetovanje-na-korculi/1039

Javite mi ako planirate ići, da se mogu i ja organizirati i ići sa vama na ovu turu za pamćenje!

Split, Private boat tour

There are wood ships, sail ships, good ships, but the best ships are friendships. Shutout to my working mom friends, who work their ass off all year long and deserve this kind of trip at least once during summer time!

We hopped on Biseran boat and ask them to take us on sunset tour near Split, because that was the only way three working moms could organize this day trip. Boris from Biseran was task oriented and made for us tailored tour to Čiovo. We took some Gin, fruit, lost’s of positive energy and had the best time we had in a long time! I am sure all mom & dad’s can relate.

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Biseran tours offer private & group trips and transfers from Split city.

PRIVATE tours:
Half day, up to 5 hours trip, price starts at 300€ per ride.
Full day tour up to 9 hours, prices start at 450€ per ride.
They can fit 8 people and prices depend on your desired destination.

GROUP “5 island tour”, where Blue Cave is included, is 85€ per person.

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Boris: +385 98 366 990

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This is not paid promotion, but we did go on this trip for free. Nevertheless, our experiences are genuine and we really had the most perfect, memorable time. It was just 3 hours, 15 minute ride from Split, but it felt like we are miles away, relaxed and unbothered. Boris was amazing and catered our every need. This is definitely kind of trip you should gift to yourself.
Let us know if you enjoy it as much as we did!

Probaj pronaći 10 bunara

U potrazi za životinjama koje bismo pokazali Oliveru smo završili između sela Nisko i Matasi. Dobri ljudi Instagrama su nam dali ideju da pronađemo bunare Rajčica, deset skoro identičnih “rimskih” bunara u Kliškoj zagori.

Najbolja Google Maps lokacija koju sam mogla pronaći je OVDJE. Postoji i direktna GM lokacija, ali neka vam ona služi samo kao kompas, jer put kojeg predlaže nije skroz točan.
Iz smjera Splita, iza sela Brštanovo prema selu Nisko imate skretanje desno, označeno tablom “Europski fondovi“. Nastavite uzbrdo vatrogasnim putem, nedavno uređenim. Na vrhu brda imate putokaz za bunare, skriven među drvećem pa dobro otvorite oči. Kratki pješački put kroz šumu će vas dovesti do prekrasne zelene livade, Rajčica.

Kada se livada otvori ispred vas vidjeti ćete bunare u suhozidu. Pet bunara ćete pronaći iz prve, za pronaći ostale ćete se morati potruditi jer ih je prekrilo zelenilo. U sredini livade se nalazi i izvor vode, koji lokalci koriste za napojiti blago.

Svaki bunar ima i stepenice koje vode unutra. Legenda kaže da su bunari bili tu i prije dolaska Rimljana te da nikada nisu presušili. Tko zna gdje je dno ovih bunara i što skriva? Ne bojim se litica i stajanja na rubu, ali prema bunaru kojem ne vidim dno imam strahopoštovanje. Iako sam se za fotku namjestila za skok, nema tih para za koje bi ovdje umočila iti mali prst.

Mi smo bili za vikend i bilo je mnoštvo izletnika. Lokalci kažu kako dolazi sve više ljudi, što se najbolje vidi po smeću koji ostane iza njih. Ovo me jako ljuti i rastužuje. Pokupila sam nekoliko plastičnih čaša i opušaka na livadi te ponjela sa sobom da bacim u smeće. Ako čitate moj blog, molim vas da zajedno širimo svjest o ovom problemu. Možete recimo ponjeti boce za višekratnu upotrebu, umjesto plastičnih. Opuške spremajte na jedno mjesto i ponesite ih sa sobom do prvog smeća. Priroda i povijest su nam dali ovo prekrasno mjesto, naša dužnost je da ga sačuvamo za buduće generacije.

Rekla sam vam kako smo tražili životinje i pronašli smo ih! Ako imate sreće nabasati ćete na koze, konje, krave ili magarca. Mi smo se vraćali doma oko 6 popodne i naišli na koze u ispaši. Tu smo sreli i par lokalaca koji su nam ispričali priču o selu, bunarima i životu, a Oliver je oprezno promatrao životinje oko njega. Kroz priču smo saznali da u Matasima ima ranč sa domaćim životinjama, ali nismo imali vremena za njega, ovaj put.

Znate li za još prirodnih i/ili povijesnih lokacija u okolici? Javljajte nam ideje, želimo ih sve posjetiti.

Bisko skriva piknik mjesto

Vidila sam kod prijateljice na Instagram storiju fotku sa ludilo mjesta. Prekrasno zeleno mjesto uz rijeku na kojem još nismo bili. Odmah sam je pitala za upute. Kaže, u Bisku je, odmah uz cestu. Nemoš falit! Hvala ti Bajić!

Ne mogu vam opisati koliko volim Instagram, baš zbog ovakvih stvari. Jedna pričica koja stoji u nekom “cloudu” 24 sata ti otkrije ljepote koje se skrivaju u tvojoj neposrednoj blizini. A, volim ga i zato što sam preko njega upoznala mnoge divne duše. Jedna od njih je i Jelena Hrga @dzej_lena, kolega traveler, koja je trenutno baš u Bisku!

Joker zovi, Jelena je bila naš vodič. Nisam gledala di Diano vozi, pratili smo Jeleninog tatu, Šimundžu, tako da vam ne mogu dobro opisati kako se dođe do ovog mista, ali svi kažu da “nemoš falit“. U Bisku, iz smjera Splita se u jednom trenu skrene desno za zemljani put (s lijeve strane je neka kuća).
Ovu lokaciju sam snimila kad smo bili kraj rijeke -> MAP.

U blizini je Hidroelektrana Đale, možete i do nje svratit. Fotografije pogledajte -> ovdje. Nju spominjem zato što su noć prije pustili branu i kada smo mi došli Cetina se digla skoro do parkinga. Cijela livada je bila potopljena, imali smo dojam kao da se nalazimo u dalmatinskoj mangrove šumi.

Za naše pratitelje sa dobrom ekipom, ovo mjesto je idealno za roštilj i pivu. Za one s psima, nema zabrana za životinje. Ovo mjesto je i savršeno senzorno mjesto za djecu. Oliver se igrao u travi, čupkao (i probao jesti) zemlju, našao suhi list i svježe otkinuti list, dopuzao do rijeke, brškao rukice u hladnoj Cetini i uživao na svježem zraku.

Naš dodatni bonus je bio što se Oliver se družio sa priksiem, baby P.

Ako znate za još neka divna mjesta u okolici Splita, šaljite mi ideje i upute. Velika mi je želja upoznati Olivera sa životinjama. Postoji li kakav ranč u blizini?

Posljednje počivalište “hit” Instagram mjesto

Neuobičajeni izbor za Instagram, ali “hrvatski Panteon” novo je omiljeno odredište Instagramera koji posjećuju Zagreb.

Instagram tata u akciji

piše: Maja

Kud svi Turci, tu i mali Mujo. Ja sam Mujo.
Fotografije zagrebačkog groblja, Mirogoj, preplavile su moj Instagram feed. Danima sam gledala prekrasne zimske, ljetne i sada jesenske boje lišća na golemim arkadama glavnog ulaza u Mirogoj i razmišljala o foto kadrovima (tako je, nekada mislim u kadrovima). Čim se ukazala prva prilika za posjet Zagrebu, odmah sam pomislila “Idemo na Mirogoj”!

Mirogoj nije samo jedno od najljepših groblja u Europi i posljednje počivalište mnogih poznatih pokojnika, već i umjetnička galerija na otvorenom. Ima 500 metara arkada i 20 kupola.
Ovo sam googlala.

Stani u sredinu arkade prekrivene bršljanom i ne treba ti okvir za obiteljsku fotografiju.

Mi smo do Mirogoja išli autom. Parkirna mjesta se nalaze odmah do ulaza.
Ukoliko idete javnim prijevozom, s Kaptola voze autobusne linije 106 i 226.

Razmislite o Medvedgradu. Srednjovjekovna utvrda koja pruža pogled na Zagreb i šire. Nama je bilo oblačno, sa slabom vidljivosti, ali ako dođete za dobrog vremena, taj izlet na Medvednicu, zasigurno se isplati.

U blizini je “Pivnica i pivovara Mlinarica”. Ako ste gladni svratite na dobru spizu i hladnu pivu. Ostavite mjesta za Međimursku gibanicu, desert za prste polizat.

Sve fotografije je napravio i uredio naš prijatelj Robert. Inače fotograf vjenčanja.
Njegov web možete pronaći -> OVDJE.
Hvala Robi!

Do sljedećeg čitanja, pratite nas na Instagramu.

Zagreb is still the best Christmas Market in Europe

Hello World!

As some of you might know, we are based in Split and it’s the most beautiful town in the world, however, it doesn’t do winter festivities very (any) good. Lucky for us 5 hour bus drive takes us to Zagreb Christmas Market, which has won “The best Christmas Market in Europe” three times in a row (2017,2016,2015). We believe it would have won again this year, but the rules are you cannot win 4 times in a row. Once you’ve seen Zagreb, nothing can compare, not even Strasbourg Christmas Market which we saw last year and it is one of the top 10.
Zagreb simply wins in Christmas. 🎄🎄🎄

I wrote about our TOP 10 locations last year and they haven’t changed much. If I start writing, I would name most of the same locations, but the crazy thing is they have completely different set up, but are still incredible!

Let me show you 2018 vs 2017 pictures!

2018 Plato Gradec

Advent in Klovicevi dvori

2017 Plato Gradec

2018 Caffe de Matoš

Caffe de Matoš, Zagreb

2017 Caffe de Matoš

2018 Marićev passage

2017 Marićev passage

2018 Fuliranje

2017 Fuliranje

2018 Zrinjevac park

Zrinjevac, Zagreb

2017 Zrinjevac park

I’ve also vlogged last year, so you can watch the video, if anyone has time for that :).

I think you can see the upgrade, not only in Zagreb locations but also in our photography style. Who know what 2019 has prepared for us! I am thinking about writing 2019 wish-list blog, so stay tuned for one more blog before New Year. The easiest way to know when is uploaded and live, is if you subscribe to our blogs 🙂 Also, don’t forget to:

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12 places to visit in ISTRIA

 Hello World!
If you are our Instagram follower, you already know we visited Istria, Croatia. If you are not, you can follow our adventures here-> @dianomaya.

Istria is another region in Croatia, full of beauty. We were there in November (Croatian winter) and had only 2 days to explore around, so keep in mind there is so much more out there. If you are in Istria with a car, these are 12 places you must visit.

    1. GROŽNJAN

We had to put this city no.1 because it is just incredible! First, before you enter the city, there is a old tunnel (part of Parenzana, old railway road between Trieste and Poreč). The green vegetation made a coat around it, so it looks like from the fairytale, just like the rest of the city.

Parenzana, Grožnjan

Grožnjan has 64 art galleries (almost 90% closed in winter), street names and numbers in light blue, picturesque streets and cute cats all around. It is easier if we show you with pictures :).

Town Loggia, Grožnjan
Grožnjan streets
Grožnjan, Church of St. Vitus
One of the galleries of Grožnjan
Grožnjan from the air
Beautiful cats of Grožnjan

   2. ZAVRŠJE and Parenzana road   

We tried to look for all Parenzana locations, but just didn’t have enough time to explore. Thankfully, we found some in Završje village. 

We followed the road from Grožnjan to Završje, passed the village Završje and on the left side of the road saw the sign for Parenzana.  You cannot miss it because, right at the beginning of the road is an old railway station.

On this path from Završje to Antonci you can find 2 tunnels and incredible viaduct in the middle of the forest. Road is about 5-6 km long, so pack some snacks to have picnic in the woods.

Tunnel no1.

Tunnel no2.
Viaduct, Završje

    3. ROVINJ

Rovinj is city on Adriatic sea and very much alive from May-September. Unfortunately for us, we were there in November, so most of the cute galleries and shops in the old town were closed. Including our friends Marija Gallery Brek. We walked around empty streets and enjoyed the quiet. However, during summer everything comes alive, shops open their colorful doors and streets get crowded with happy people. 

Rovinj old town, from air
“Photo spot”
The best view of the city

    4. LIM FJORD (CANAL/CANYON)

Not sure how to call it, because we saw all mentioned above. Is it a fjord, a gulf, a canal or a canyon, we don’t care! It is beautiful, whatever it is geologically. The location we took pictures is between Poreč and Rovinj, near city of Kloštar. You can find directions -> HERE.

    5. PULA

Pula was the busiest city we saw on this trip, that must be because it is the largest city in Istria region. However, most of its historical attractions were under renovation. We applaud to this! Cities need to keep their most valuable treasures nice and neat for next season, as most of Croatian cities make money from tourism noways. 

Pula is mostly know for Arena Pula, but there are also many other things to see around: Temple of August, Triumphal Arch, Pula Castle, Roman theater, Twin Gates and city walls, numerous churches and museums & galleries (Maritime, Oil, Contemporary Museum and many others).

We definitely plan to come back in this region once in summer, because they have so many natural beauties too. If you are planing Pula for your holiday, don’t miss Brijuni National Park, Premantura and Rt Kamenjak.

Arena Pula
Temple of August
Triumphal Arch

    6. ZAREČKI KROV in PAZIN

First, let me tell you that Pazin is amazing!!! It is, with Pula, on top of our list to come back in summer. Entire city is located on huge pit. Local agencies offer Zip Line adventure over that pit and also Speleoadventure under the city where they have underground lake! How insane is that!!!
We want to do it both!!!

Next to those amazing things they also have incredible cave and waterfall called Zarečki Krov. You can find directions -> HERE
I think this would be incredible place to have picnic in spring, refresh in summer and go under the cave/waterfall. Now, tell me you don’t want to go there?

Zarečki krov, Pazin

    7. DIVGRAD CASTLE 

This is an abandoned medieval town near Kanfanar city. There is a big map in the city which shows you location of the Castle. But if you are driving from Kanfanar to Poreč, it is right on the side of the road, you cannot miss it. We got there in golden hour, so we went crazy with photoshoot.

    8. OPRTALJ

Oprtalj is another picturesque city, situated on the top of the hill right across Motovun (another amazing city we didn’t have time to visit this time, due to roads constructions). It is so easy to get lost, creatively, in it’s colorful streets.

Oprtalj from the air

    9. HUM and GLAGOLJAŠKA CESTA (Glagolitic Alley)

Glagolitic Alley is a 7 km long memorial road from Roč to Hum. There are 11 stone monuments on the road which celebrate Glagolitic script, the oldest known Slavic alphabet.  
“Rise of the Istrian Code” was the most interesting to us, but maybe you can find something else interesting for you. Full list is HERE.

Rise of the Istrian Code, Glagolitc Alley

At the end of Glagolitc Alley is Hum city, the smallest city in the world! It has only 23 inhabitants and you can easily walk around it in 20 minutes. The legend says it was built by giants, if that is true, those must’ve been some softy giants, because this city is the cutest ever!

Hum streets
Assumption of Mary, church in Hum
Brandy distillery entrance

    10. NOVIGRAD

First impression is this city is soooo colorful! We think Novigrad has so much more to offer than we saw and it is totally worth of visiting in summer. Most of the historical attractions were closed or under construction. They also have umbrella covered street sky, which wasn’t there in November. However, we had the best time doing a little photoshoot near Novigrad Lighthouse, which (we heard) offers the best sunsets!

Novigrad Lighthouse
Novigrad city walls

    11. SVETVINČENAT

Svetvinčenat is a village in central Istria with Morosini-Grimani Castle in the center of it. The Castle was under construction, but lovely workers allowed us to enter and have a little fun with medieval installations. 

     12. VIŠNJAN 

Last, but not least is city of Višnjan. Another beautiful central Istria city, also known for its Observatory and Istrian Stonehenge on Tičan hill.

Višnjan Observatory
Istrian Stonehenge 
Maya posting stories on Instagram
Lavender fields on Tičan hill

That’s all folks. I mean, that is not all that Istria offers, but all we managed to see in 2 days, cruising around Istrian peninsula with our car. Hope it inspires you to do the same. If it does, TAG us on your stories and posts!
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10 FREE locations in Dalmatia, Croatia

Hello World!

When we started blogging life we thought we need to travel outside Croatia all the time, for people to be interested in our stories. Luckily, we realized you don’t need to escape your country or hometown to be interesting, what you need to do is EXPLORE it MORE. 

Split,  Croatia

We know it is not easy to travel 365 days in a year, but you can easily walk around your city every single day. When you get enough of your town (if that is even possible when you live in a place like Split, Croatia) you can explore it’s surroundings. That’s exactly what we have been doing recently.

Split city is located in DALMATIA region, so let’s break down some FREE highlights of this area.

  1. SALONA

Near city of Solin there are remains of ancient Roman town Salona. At it’s entrance you can find beautiful martyrs (Manastirine) and Tusculum, while at the south part there are remaining of the Roman forum. There is small fee only for the Archaeological museum, which we skipped and enjoyed only outdoors. If you have time, it is perfect picnic spot.

Roman forum
Tusculum

Near Solin you can also find remains of the Hollow Church (Šuplja crkva) on the Jadro river bank. 

Jadro river
Hollow church, Solin

     2. KLIS

On the mountains above Split you can find small village of Klis. It is mostly known for it’s Klis Fortress, were TV series “Game of Thrones” was recently shoot. The entrance fee is 50 HRK per person. Since this was FEE FREE trip, we didn’t go inside, however we admired the views from it.

View from Klis Fortress 

Nearby, we also found the most magnificent bridge that gave us serious Harry Potter vibes. 

    3. NUTJAK FORT

Fort is located near city of Trilj, on Cetina river bank. There aren’t many signs on the road (although it should be, because this place is pretty incredible), so follow the instructions here: MAP. From the main road turn onto dirt road, which leads very close to the fort.

Nutjak fort is also famous for it’s wild life: birds, lizards, but also snakes, so if you have any phobia, skip this one. If you are a nature lover, prepare your photo gear and take your time, they crawl all around.

Nutjak fort, Trilj
Cetina river view from Nutjak

    4.  GREEN LAKE

We visited Blue and Red lake near Imotski before (find that story HERE), but this time we decided to visit it’s less known sister Green Lake. This gorgeous “Cinderella” is located near town Ričice and it is man made accumulation lake, not natural one. Still, we found it mesmerizing and totally worth of visit! You can come with your car, over the dirt road, all the way to the middle of the lake. It looks like you are walking on Mars.

Green lake, Ričice
Green lake, dam 

    5. PROLOŠKO BLATO

Again, near Imotski there is another nature phenomena that is out of this world and it is called Prološko blato (mud). It is a huge wast flooded area with the lake in the middle. You can ride your car around the field, but be careful because water created crests, so you will find many “dead ends”. Also, there is big reason it is called mud field. Water variates during the year, so there are periods when the field is almost entirely flooded and there are dry periods. We were there in semi dry period and walked around. I had marvelous idea to skip over water stream to get to Franciscan monastery, on the other side of the crest. I fell so deep in the mud that I almost lost my shoe in it :). Btw. monastery was not worth it.

Maya in the mud up to her knees
Prološko lake, Proložac
Prološko blato from above, I took this pic with my phone

    6. RUDA river SPRING/SOURCE

Like the name says, this is Ruda river spring. To find it, there are no markings on the road (approximate location – HERE). I’ve put request to Google Maps to update on location, so you can easily found it next time, but in the meantime just ask the locals. It always works :).

When you come to old mill ruins, don’t just stop there, go behind it. Follow concrete path, because it leads you to were spring is hidden. You can walk all the way to the spring too, follow woods path on your left. Just be careful because the water is crazy fast and below the spring is a rocky waterfall.

Ruda, mill
Ruda waterfall
Ruda river
Ruda spring and mill (phone picture)
Ruda source (phone picture)

    7. GRAB river SPRING/SOURCE

Grab is the sweetest little village famous for it’s mills and river spring. Everything is very well marked, so you cannot get lost here. Our advice is to park your car right at the city entrance, near the church, and walk from there. Grab charmed us completely. Nature is beautiful and heritage is so valuable. There are couple of mills that are still in function, we stopped by “Čosića mlinica” and “Samardžića mlinica”, where they ground grain to water run. If you want to buy homemade flower, you can do it there.

Čosića mill
Grab river 

    8. CETINA CANYON BRIDGE

We found this beautiful bridge, in Cetina river canyon, completely by accident. On our way to Imotski, we found marking on the road for “Kreševski most (bridge)”, in Kreševo village, and decided to pursuit it. You can find directions -> HERE. Again, it is not direct link, but there are markings on the road, so you should easily find it, once there.

The bridge connects mountaineer road from Kreševo to Blato na Cetini, so if you are up for a nice walk a long Cetina river, this is the perfect place.

    9. CISTA VELIKA WELLS

These ones you cannot miss, they are right on the side of the road! That said, we missed it, hahaha. So keep your eyes open when passing Cista.

Besides wells, the area of the Cista Velika has other historical findings like tombstones and fortresses, so if you have time, stop and explore it more. We only stopped to see wells from Turkish times. They were obviously water source once, but now they are incredible photo shoot location.

Wells in Cista Velika
People also use it as a garbage bin, so sad about it

    10. TRNBUSI and BLATO NA CETINI

Two little villages in Dalmatia hinterland, located on beautiful Cetina river, which have several magical river banks and locally owned picnic spots. I would say it is more summer location, because in summer time you can swim in river and definitely refresh your body and soul in it.

Cetina river (phone picture)
(phone picture)

Hope this was helpful! If you end up going to one of this locations, TAG #dianomayaway so we can see it!

Should you wish that WE ORGANIZE PHOTO TRIP to these locations, let us know in Instagram DM and we will make it happen!

Also, for Lightroom Presets users, besides “Fake sunset” preset, I used “Dark Sista” preset to edit this photos. I am working on “preset package”, slowly, but I want them to be perfect. I am sending “Dark Sista” preset to anyone who is interested to try it out. Just DM me on Instagram @dianomaya.


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Is this Earth?

Hello World!

It has been a while. We didn’t stop making content, we were just making material for clients and not ourselves. Diano has been shooting and selling his videos and I have been uploading behind the scenes photos on our Instagram account. Are you our follower -> DianoMaya?

It has been amazing experience and privilege to drive around Croatia and film. The place which got me to write again was Zrmanja Canyon. I mean, how crazy is this place?

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We drove from Split on A1 highway and got down in Benkovac. Drove trough Obrovac, which is super cute city, btw, and found local road which follows Zrmanja river flow.

You can find map here -> DIRECTIONS

First we found beautiful overview of the river. Emerald green Zrmanja cutting in raw rocky landscape got us feeling like we were on some other planet.

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Second stop, called “Parizevacka glavica”, was bit more challenge to find. Follow the road to Jasenice and look for telephone pole numbers 86 and 87. I mean it, really look the numbers on the poles on the road. After you turn, between 86 & 87, you will see the sign “Parizevacka glavica”. The dirt road will take you to unbelievable overview point where “Winnetou” was filmed.

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This time, I also wanted to show you my “before and after” pictures. I have been making Lightroom Presets for a while now and this one I am a specially proud of.

I called it “Fake sunset”.Fake Sunset

Would you like to try it on your pictures? Keep in mind that, to use it you need to have Lightroom CC Classic desktop version. Click below to try it.

 

 

“Fake sunset” preset

DianoMaya Lightroom Preset "Fake sunset" was created on LumixGH5 pictures. Hope it works for you as well.

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I hope you’re loving the “Fake sunset” preset as much as I do. It is seriously one of my favorites, so far. This is the first time I am showing it to the world and it is making me even more excited to reveal the complete preset pack to you. Would you be interested to see all my presets?

Send us your questions and impressions in the comments below, we will be happy to answer them all!

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