Do you want to hike with us?

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We have been in Croatia for couple of months, mostly stuck in office. People think all we do is travel, because we post only travel content, but believe it or not we also work everyday. We are proud owners of Social Network Content Marketing company called VideoElement. Basically, we help other business to run their Social Networks, make photo & video content for their digital marketing or just educate them how to “do it yourself”.

For bigger parts of our day we are on a computer or a phone (aren’t everybody?), so we enforced the rule to “go outside” at least once a day. Are you #teamgooutside?

Since we are based in Split there are a lot of beautiful places to go daily. Everyday, we try find new picturesque place to share on our Instagram stories. Are you following us on Instagram jet? @dianomaya

Once a week we go outside the city, to spice up our life. Our friends are members of MOSOR hiking association and they are always inviting us to go hiking with them. Finally, we found a date when everybody was available, weather was perfect and tour sounded amazing. We went hiking to top “Sveti Ilija” on Rilić, from Gradac city.

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I have a bad knee and we weren’t fully equipped for this activity, but we love views from top of the mountains. Chasing those kind of views is priceless!

To give you some facts: Rilić is southeast part of Biokovo, Dalmatian mountain. It is about 3 hour hike from Gradac to the top, on 773 m altitude.  From “Sveti Ilija” top you can see unforgettable views of Gradac city, Bacina Lakes (Baćinska Jezera) and islands Hvar, Korčula, Mljet & Pelješac. And we saw it alright!

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This wasn’t our first time hiking. Didn’t I say we love views from top of the mountains? Last year we did one day trip to Nature Park Biokovo. We drove with a car from Makarska all the way to the top. In video below, you can see astonishing views from Ravna vlaška – 1 228 m, Štrbina – 1 338 m, Vošac, 1 422 m and Sv. Jure – 1 762 m. From each of this lookout points you can see central Dalmatians islands (Brac, Solta, Vis, Bisevo, Susac, Lastovo and Korcula), well… practically whole south Dalmatia 🙂

Last December, Diano went with his friend Pave & Kawasaki KRL 650 off road to Kozjak. Kozjak is little mountain above Split city. They started in Šestanovac, drove trough Omiš, Split & Klis. First stop was Sv. Jure church, viewpoint on 676 m. Second, Sv. Luka on 779 m. On their way back, they stopped at Klis fortress. Fortress defended Split from Ottoman empire long long time ago, but recently it is known as location of Daenerys Meereen city walls in “Game of Thrones”.

Let’s not forget that we participated in “hello to the spring” event in honor of Earth Day, held on the Omiška Dinara mountain, near Omiš city. I’ve wrote a blog about that event, which you can read -> HERE.

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She is in love with this waterfall!

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For you who didn’t recognize it, we are in Plitvice National Park, one of the most beautiful National Park in Europe and Maya is in love with it!

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Plitvice National Park, in Croatia, is known for its 16 lakes, waterfalls, canyons and streams, which makes it perfect gateway from crowded cities. If you are planing trip soon, here are some information that might help you organize it!

PARKING

We drove to Plitvice NP with a car, therefore we needed a parking. Car parking costs 7HRK (1EUR) per hour. There are 2 Main entrances to the park and each have parking. We arrived from Rastoke and road led us to Entrance 1.

ENTRANCE PLAN

Plitvice NP is logistically divided into the Upper Lakes and the Lower Lakes. Entrance 1 is closest to the Lower Lakes, Entrance 2 is slightly closer to the Upper Lakes. The most exciting and worth visiting place in Plitvice National Park is The Big waterfall. If you are in a hurry it is better to park at Entrance 1, from which there is a direct path to Big waterfall. That is exactly what we did, as we came around noon to the park.

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PARK HIGHLIGHTS

Like mentioned before, the most exciting place in Plitvice National Park is The Big waterfall, but that is just the beginning of the park story.

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Šupljara underground cave is slippery, so be careful, but it is also art of nature.

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Near Lake Gradinsko is a series of spectacular waterfalls.

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Lake Kozjak is the park’s largest lake.

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Lake Prošćansko has perfect Instargam reflection ;).

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Park has variety of trails, all linked by the trains and boats. If you have time walk, instead of jumping on to train, nature is spectacular!

TIP: Be aware that swimming is forbidden.

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FOOD

There are few places where you can buy food and drinks in Plitvice National Park, but we read that food is expensive there so we carried our own food with us. You can organize a nice picnic with an amazing view to the lakes!

TIP: bring plenty of water, or try water from the stream 🙂

ACCOMMODATION

If you are planing to stay in area you can either find some apartments or hotels in nearby villages. We spent night in lovely Restaurant Rooms Pino (book here). We booked double bed room with balcony for very affordable price (approx. 300 HRK). They also have restaurant within object, so we had both dinner and breakfast there.

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Castles of Croatia

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We are doing pretty good since spring arrived in Croatia, there are plenty of sunny days to travel around this beautiful country. This time road took us to Karlovac and we decided to explore castles around it.

First stop is Dubovac castle! It is castle from 13th century and it overlooks city of Karlovac. It was once owned by famous Croatian counts and dukes, including Frankopan and Zrinski family. Nowadays, most of castle is under renovation, but there is restaurant inside where you can try and enjoy local cuisine. Don’t miss small lake (on a side of the castle) and the great view point (in front of castle).

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We easily found Dubovac castle on GPS, but for next ones we had to use “ask the locals” method. There are almost none markings on the road, so follow directions for cities castles are located in.

That leads us to city of Ozalj and Ozalj castle. Castle is located on a cliff above the Kupa River. Once, it was the joint castle of the Croatian noble families Frankopan and Zrinski, which has great historical value. There is small entrance fee for Castle and Museum (approx. 4 EUR per person). We wandered for a while around the Castle’s courtyard, but didn’t enter the museum. The views of Kupa river from castle are amazing!

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Near Ozalj castle, you can also see Ozalj Hydroelectric Power Plant, which is the second oldest hydroelectric power plant in Croatia. Ozalj Power Plant looks breathtaking and you can easily say it was our third “castle” in Karlovac county :).

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Last spot, of our trip, was city of Ribnik and Castle Old town (local: Stari grad). Old town Ribnik castle is feudal lowland castle with circular courtyard and the only ‘water castle’ or island’s town, in Croatia. Old town Ribnik was used for filming several historical films. Unfortunately, castle is not open for visitors, which is such a shame. We used our Mavic drone to see what is inside.

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We are staying in this region and visiting Rastoke watermill village next! If you are planing to explore this region more, like we did, there are affordable places to sleep in Karlovac: ACCOMMODATION

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Earth Day celebration above Omiš

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Our friend Pave invited us to the hiking event in Omiš, we didn’t ask much, just said YES! We have been to Omiš with Pave before (video below) and we always like coming back.

Event was “hello to the spring” in honor of Earth Day and it was held on the Omiška Dinara mountain. Pave convinced us it is only 20 minute light walk, it wasn’t :). It is approximately 40 minute walk up, medium heavy. For Maya, who is out of shape, felt harder than that. But, however you rate level of incline, one thing is 100% true – it is worth it! Views from top of the mountain are breathtaking!

Climb starts from place Borak, above Omiš, and first stop was Mountain hut “Imber”.

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Mountaineers from all different Croatian Mountaineering Association were there with their families; cooking beans, playing funny games, sharing a laugh and stories.

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We didn’t plan to go all the way to the top “Kula“, but Jesena (Pave’s friend) convinced us that views are even better than what we’ve seen so far. How can you say no to that?

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