PEOPLE & CULTURE
Mulier Health & Wellness Holidays – connecting people

 

Happiness, health and beauty are always remembered.

 

THE MEDITERRANEAN CITY OF ZADAR

Our programmes takes place in a hotel, which is in a small Mediterranean settlement called Petrčane, some 10 km from the City of Zadar.
Zadar is located in the Dalmatian region, in Croatia.
Dalmatia was first mentioned in 8 B.C. when founded by the Roman Emperor Augustine.
The spectacular coastal landscape, the mild and dry Mediterranean climate created the first civilisation in the region.
The City of Zadar is first mentioned in the 4th century B.C. In time, the region was governed by the Romans, Venice, Austria, France, Italy with each of them leaving behind traces of their culture and life.
Today, Zadar is a university, tourist and economic centre of the entire region.

MORE ABOUT THE CITY OF ZADAR, the biggest city closest to our hotel (some 10 km away)

Zadar-video

 

 

 

WE ARE LOCATED ABOUT 10 KM FROM THE TOWN OF NIN

Nin is the oldest Croatian regal town. A part of our programmes involves visiting the Town of Nin.
There, you can socialise with the people and experience the local culture.

The national winner for 2012 European Destination of Excellence (EDEN)
was the Town of Nin due to its best potential for ecotourism, cultural, health and scientific tourism and future development, all this thanks to its preserved natural resources.
It is special heritage having a city like that, with its sandy beaches, curative muds, salt works, endemic plants, bird sanctuary, the place of the first Croatian war boat – the condura croatica, the smallest cathedral in the world, traditional boating pilgrimages, a place that produces smoked and cured meat products and including the Nin šokol (a dried meat delicacy), Dalmatian harmony singing, Salt Days, horseback riding along sandy beaches, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and much more.
The tamburitza has also been cherished for many years, and more than one hundred and twenty people (from a town population of 4,600) know how to play this instrument.

 

 

THE LOCAL PEOPLE – A MEDITERRANEAN AND DALMATIAN PEOPLE

Dalmatia, which lies on the Mediterranean, is the place where history was made and where the future is happening.
That’s because the people and tradition are very stable, meaning that the outside world draws from the tradition, knowledge and experience of the Mediterranean. All you need is to stay here for a while. That’s why Dalmatian people are satisfied and have a relaxing pace of life. It is nice to experience a sense being relaxed and satisfaction in this great place.

 

 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

The romantic sunsets, the scents carried in an aromatic air, tasty cuisines, lots of socialising, great music is what gives people the opportunity to fall in love again.
There is respect towards love, relationships, friendship. The system of values is prefers good relations instead of material affluence.
The beautiful love songs played by the local radio stations calling on increasingly for love, fidelity, tenderness and physical touch.

 

 

HERE YOU’LL FIND SPORT
DRAŽEN PETROVIĆ, THE MOZART OF BASKETBALL

Lots of sunny days each year provide the opportunity to young people to get involved in outdoor fitness. Dražen used to play during all the sunny days and warm nights to finally become a real master at his sport. The extremely handsome Dražen Petrović was born in Šibenik, which is some 80 km from Zadar, where he started playing in the Šibenik basketball club and finally finishing his career in NBA league. According to many great athletes, he was the best basketball player ever. He was called the Mozart of basketball.

 

 

HERE YOU’LL FIND SPORT
KREŠIMIR ĆOSIĆ, A GREAT BASKETBALL PLAYER

Krešimir Ćosić was a great basketball player from Zadar was included as  the third non- American person into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The local people are quite healthy, strong, and have a simple common sense and courage, which has provided great results in their human and professional history.

 

 

A CATHOLIC SPIRITUALITY FOCUSED ON FAMILY LIFE

Most of the population is Catholic, where the family takes first is an ambition and way of life.
Just as money, status and education are prized in the metropolises, here the criteria for success is well brought up and happy children.
Also prized are friendship, pride, socialising, song, a sense of humour, love towards nature, love of one’s place of origin and tradition.
Everyone’s in love with the sea.
People even go on pilgrimages by boat to remote islands, so that by experiencing the sea, waves, salt and wind they can experience God in tranquillity.
DAILY LIFE THAT INCLUDES AN OUTDOOR FOOD MARKETS CULTURE

People buy food directly from the producers or at the outdoor food markets.
The food markets are not only where something is sold, but it’s getting the latest daily information, communicating with strangers, with neighbours and choosing the best seasonal food.
It’s like a street performance with lots of humour, voices, opinions and  great ecologically produced food.

 

 

 

MUSIC AND HUMOUR

The love for gentle and romantic music is a long tradition and lately the number of traditional Dalmatian singing groups has been increasing.
The music is full of passion between the light ‘soto voce’ singing and the strong choral singing. One of the voices stands out amongst the others in the group.
It’s a beautiful harmony, a natural relief for stress.
I would say that singing is a very healthy ’sport’. It provides many benefits,  such as relaxing the shoulder muscles, strengthening abdominal muscles when singing upright, improves respiratory function , thyroid functioning, and much more.
These benefits and the fact that singing is hobby helps people relax. Such people are always ready to crack a joke at any time of the day. If you can get a smile out of the local people, you’re a wizard.  However, this skill takes a whole lifetime to learn and practice. Here, humour is an art that the local people adore and respect.

 

 

LOCAL TRADITIONAL PRECIOUS HANDCRAFTS – THE FAMOUS PAG EMBROIDERY

The fact that Pag emnroidery was first exhibited in 1880 speaks of its long tradition.
Another well-known exhibition took place at the World Exhibition in 1939 in New York. Empress Marie Theresa had a Pag lace-maker at her court in Vienna who made laces for the needs of the court.
It originated in ancient Mycenae, and through the trade route in ancient times it arrived on the Island of Pag, and has been kept there to this day.
It is an exceptionally beautiful embroidery, handcrafted. It can be bought from the lace-makers who work in front of their houses during the summer months.

 

 

3 UNESCO HERITAGE SITES

The Plitvice National Park, historic Town of Trogir and the Cathedral in Sibenik are three UNESCO Heritage sites, all along a stretch of 150 km.
Plitvice National Park – The beautiful waterfalls of Plitvice in the park were listed in the World Heritage List (UNESCO) back in 1979, and were among the first in the world.
The historic Town of Trogir – The local architect, the Master Sculptor Radovan, worked on the Romanesque portal of the Cathedral in Trogir, finishing and signed it in 1240. Today, it is a monumental and unique work of this great Croatian artisan, with an inscription at the base of the lunette declaring: “the best of all in this artisanship”.
The Cathedral in Šibenik – This is the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in the entire country. Since 2000, the Cathedral has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is located on one of the most beautiful squares in the world.

 

 

NIKOLA TESLA WAS BORN HERE

Nikola Tesla was born here. There must be something special in the sky, air and  in the spirit of this settlement provide such great minds and inventors. Here you can find out why. There is also the Nikola Tesla Memorial Center you can visit.

 

 

MEŠTROVIĆs MAUSOLEUM IN HIS CHILDHOOD HOME OF OTAVICE (50km from our hotel)

His ingenious talent and the same country and period from which they come make Ivan Meštrović and Nikola Tesla close friends.

Ivan Meštrovic spent his childhood in Otavice in a small village in the Dalmatian hinterland. His talent made him move to Split, later Vienna, Paris and the US where he later influenced Art Nouveau, becoming popular as even as Auguste Rodin. He was a Croat with American citizenship. Meštrović’s Mausoleum in Otavice is certainly a place to visit, with its mystical energy of the Dalmatian hinterland and superb artwork by Meštrović himself.
One author has commented one of “Meštrović’s finest monumental sculptures” (his  Indians at the Congress Plaza in Chicago (1926-27)), they are not too obviously stylized: the muscles on the horsemen are almost anatomically realistic…”

 

 

DANCING ON THE MOUNTAIN (dance and rock climbing) – Gates of Velebit by dancer Marija Šćekić

The backbone of the programme is the ’vertical dance’, a combination of the art of dance and rock climbing aimed at the future development of this new kind of dance in Croatia.
The Gates of Velebit is a multidisciplinary project which, through a series of dance performances, scientific lectures, artistic workshops, educational seminars and exhibitions, connects the past and the future of the Velebit mountain.
The major goal behind the project is the conservation of traditional mountain life habits and the promotion of protected Croatian natural and cultural heritage.

 

 

THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Here, it’s all about performance. The hot and sunny Mediterranean climate lures its residents onto the streets, make them more lucid from day to day. Remember Fellini? His movies take place here.

 

 

THE AUSTRIAN LIBRARY ALOIS MOCK IN ZADAR

On the occasion of Croatia’s accession to the European Union on 1 July 2013, the University of Zadar and City of Zadar gained another library. 
The Austrian Library Alois Mock is located at Kneza Višeslava 9. This cultural cooperation between the two countries shows a century-long connection at all levels.

 

Additional articles will be posted in the near future.