THE WEALTHIEST NATURE

 

 

Turn towards the sun!

 “Let the sun into your heart” is what someone wrote on the beach in front of our hotel. The gentle Mediterranean sun also heats the winter, so we can feel the sun’s heat in the leeward and during the winter. Come for your stock of vitamin D, revitalise your body without taking tablets.

Let the sun into your heart, let pleasure become a habit.

More than 300 sunny days per year.

 

 

At a distance less than some 100 km from our hotel, so much richness, unspoilt nature, beauty:

 

MEDITERRANEAN SUNSHINE, gentle for the skin, best for health. Sunshine, full of vitamin D. Gives power and energy. That’s why life here is full of energy, the life, sounds, colours, beauty…

 

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SUNSET IN THE WORLD… said famous A. Hitchcock. Come and see why.

 

 

UNIQUE GREETINGS TO THE SUN in ZADAR
An urban installation – Greetings to the Sun is a unique gift to a nation dedicate to sunshine. Here, sunshine is our best friend, we meet it every day, we live with the sun.
The respected Croatian architect, Nikola Bašić, has received many international awards for his unique and beautiful project. The final project lets people directly participate with light, beauty, touch it, and so on.
Greetingsto the Sun consists of three hundred multi-layered plates placed at the same level as the stone-paved waterfront.
With the onset of the „most beautiful sunset in the world“, the lighting elements installed in a circle turn on and, following a particularly programmed scenario, they produce a marvellous and exceptionally impressive show of lights in the rhythm of the waves and the sounds of the sea organ.

 

 

THE ONLY SEA THAT SINGS FOR YOU, SEA ORGAN in ZADAR
Here melody comes from the sea waves. As waves come to the coast, the architectural miracle makes them sing. The instrument has 7 chords of five tones based on the matrix of Dalmatian harmony singing groups. Get the chance to lie down, watch the most beautiful sunset in the world, listen to the sea organ playing natural music from the waves…isn’t  it enough?

 

 

THE ADRIATIC SEA IS THE CLEANEST SEA IN THE WORLD said the famous JEAN JACQUES COUSTEAU
The Adriatic Sea has at about 430 species of fish. These fish are rich in minerals and highly valuable proteins.
Swimming in the cleanest sea in the world, in a sea with all these minerals and flavours provides natural stress relief.
The natural Kneipp baths are available within our programs. Also, amateur triathlons (bike riding, swimming, jogging) can be organized upon request and under professional guidance. You have at your disposal the sea that can heal respiratory diseases, skin diseases and  circulation problems.

 

 

NIN – the oldest Croatian regal town, the cradle of the Croatian state, and is called the Croatian Bethlehem. A small beautiful town, which is rich in culture, is famous for its salt. NIN SALT, which possesses a high percentage of iodine, is among the best in Europe, and even in the world. Indeed, this is not ordinary sea salt, but a gift of the local climate, an ideal blend of the Adriatic Sea and sun and combined the wind coming down from Velebit Mountain. The increased concentration of natural iodine, due to algae called petula, means that nature has created a salt which not only improves the taste of food, but also improves health. The most precious is the Flower of Salt called the ’caviar of salt’. You can buy it at the Nin’s Salt Museum.

Nin is some 10 km from our hotel.

 

 

MEDICINAL MUD found at the Town of NIN
Medicinal mud (peloid) is found near the long, sandy Queen’s Beach in Nin. Its effectiveness has been          tested by thousands of people, and has been organised and supervised by a Zadar Health Institution,      which used the mud for decades to treat various ailments such as rheumatic diseases, spinal   deformities, muscular and the skeletal system problems, female infertility and various skin diseases.                 Nin’s mud was used as long ago during Roman times.
The evidence is provided by tegulas , a kind of round bricks that were used in spas to transport hot air and are now exhibited at Nin’s Museum of Antiquities. However, this is by no means all. On the so-called Punta, the Liburnian deity Venus Ansotica from the first century was discovered, which represents the goddess of fertility. The assumption is that in this place there was a spa in Antique Times.

 

 

 

THE BEAUTIFUL QUEEN’S BEACH at the Town of NIN
Nin’s beaches total a staggering 8,000 meters in length. The longest and most famous among them is a three-kilometre long beach and is linked to a legend. Tradition has it that the wife of the first Croatian king, Tomislav, was especially attracted by its beauty, so and the royal family, whenever they officially visited Nin would go to this beach to enjoy a few rare and relaxing moments there. Hence, the name Queen’s Beach because of its extremely long shallow beautiful beach, allows families with small children even today to take part in its delight. What is interesting is that you have to pass over a ten-meter long stretch of shallow water to reach it. In its vicinity, we have the largest known    medicinal mud spot in Croatia.
According to the choice by the American Travel Channel, the Queen’s Beach is ranked one of the top most beautiful beaches in the world.

 

 

 

A COMBINATION OF THE SEA and MOUNTAINS

A rare place on the earth where the most beautiful azure colours combined with the whiteness of the mountain peaks. According to the laws of Feng Shui, this is an ideal place for sojourning, filling you with energy. Go for a jog along the sea foreshore, feel the scents of the pines and herbal plants, and enjoy the views of Mountain Velebit peaks. The mountain descends to the sea, while you enjoy the seaside and mountain air.

You can stroll to the mountain, which is just a few minutes walk from the seaside. That is why here you can enjoy both – the seaside and the mountains.
One day you’re bathing in the sea, the next you’re conquering the mountain peaks and spending time in wild nature.

 

 

 

MOUNT VELEBIT -UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves (1978)
Welcome to a World Biosphere Reserve, feel free to take a deep breath!

Mount Velebit is the largest Croatian mountain range (2,274 km2), deeply interwoven into the space, lives and consciousness of the locals. Due to the impressive beauty of the landscape, the variety of relief shapes, flora and fauna as well as the unspoilt nature, it was declared a Nature Park. Numerous hiking trails, historical buildings, old regal trails, fortresses and sacred monuments are evidence of            man’s centuries-long relationship with this mythical mountain range.

 

 

 

ENDEMIC PLANTS within THE WEALTHY MEDITERRANEAN AND ALPINE NATURE
The combination of Mediterranean, continental and alpine climates and the fact that Velebit Nature Park stretches from 10 to 1,757 m above sea level have led to the emergence of microclimatic localities, appropriate for the growth of many endemic plants, even numbering 79 species. Some of them include Sandwort (Arenaria orbicularis), Adriatic Bellflower (Campanula fenestrellata), Meadow       Saffron (Crocus malyi), Velebit degenia (Degenija velebitica), Croatian Sand Rock-Cress (Sibiraea altaiensis ssp. Croatica), Kitaibel Primrose (Primula kitaibeliana)…

 

 

 

THE MOUNTAIN WHERE WINNETOU LIVED – PAKLENICA
Paklenica is national park, a harsh stone reality of Velebit, with clean rivers canyons where modern cowboys go rafting, and where the movie about Winnetou was filmed.
Here Velebit opens up to the sea and with the sea and mountain air mixing, creating excellent climatic conditions. Paklenica will satisfy everyone, from the visitor checking out the caves, viewing points, old windmills or forest huts, to hikers setting out to tackle the highest peaks, scientists studying the valuable natural heritage, and alpinists conquering the vertical slopes.

 

 

 

VENEZIA SLEEPS ON VELEBIT’S TREES
On the side of Velebit facing the sea there aren’t any forest in Dalmatia anymore. The Venetians used the best quality Velebit wood for constructing the eternally beautiful Venice.

Whereas we, in Dalmatia eat Venetian prepared liver made according to the following recipe: fry some onion, add a little bay-leaf. Take it all out. Add to oil diced liver. When is achieves a golden       colour, return the onion, add salt, add chilli and add a spoon of vinegar made from white wine.  Serve with polenta and grated parmesan cheese (from the recipe book by Veljko Barbieri – Kuharska Konconijer II). Revenge is sweet.

 

 

 

THE CLEAN WATER OF VELEBIT MOUNTAIN
runs towards Lika, where a Croat, a returnee from Germany, where he learnt to make bear, produces Velebit beer (in Croatian, Velebitsko pivo). Why does this beer have such a good taste, why do we like it so much?
Because it’s made from the finest, best quality and cleanest water! That’s why, year in year out, it   has been receiving the best European awards at beer competitions. My favourite beer, after mountaineering is Velebitsko kasačko beer.

 

 

 

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF VELEBIT, NIKOLA TESLA
used to look out into the star-filled sky above the mountain peaks and discovered his path from a dream to reality. Millions of starts that lit up Nikola Tesla’s village became a million candles in New York. Nikola Tesla endeavoured that his country was the first to light up in the world. The first city in the world that had electricity was Šibenik (along with the UNESCO protected cathedral), and the first hydroelectric power station is found on the beautiful Krka River (Krka National Park). The Nikola Testla Memorial Centre is located in the village where Nikola Tesla was born.

 

 

 

KRKA IS A NATIONAL PARK
Drops of clean water everywhere in the air, the smell of algae, waterfalls so beautiful that each is nicer than the one next to it, and ecological products from the area (homemade dried figs, homemade cakes, homemade whisky, walnuts, almonds). Along the river, upstream towards the source, the small island of Visovac, a spiritual refuge for priests. Thank God for this beautiful and natural richness.

 

 

 

The City of SKRADIN
Along the Krka River, s small aristocratic town developed in Roman times called SKRADIN. With its smaller marina, top fish restaurants, that offer the best local shellfish, the beautiful vineyards and premium wines, its no wonder that the place is visited by Beyonce, Roman Abramovich, and others. They all come to Skradin, because that’s where the klape singing groups are, that’s where people sing together, with a smile on their face.

 

 

 

IMMORTELLE
Everywhere by the sea, and sometimes even further from the sea, there is the scent of immortelle, a plant that never withers. The smell of  immortelle rises from the dead. Oils and creams from the immortelle free you from pain, heals wounds, repairs scare tissue. It makes you younger! The renowned Loccitane developed an entire collection based on immortelle.
When you can feel the scent of immortelle, the klapa group Maslina sings:

“She picked a bouquet  of immortelle on the island one day,
she didn’t know that it contained my youth.
Neither does it flower or wither, nor cry or laugh,
It has always been dear to me, because it is and isn’t a flower.
There are no sad days, all that is ugly is wiped away, when in my room immortelle can be smelt,
all in a number of dreams, and all the less in the winter, when in my room immortelle can be smelt.

Immortelle grows only in Croatia (Dalmatia) and on Corsica. It is more expense than silver. A ton of picked immortelle produces 1.5 litres of essential oil. At the Mulier Health & Wellness programmes, we also learn about immortelle and how to prepare solutions with it.
Close to our hotel there is a distillery for processing immortelle.

They have tried to replant and nurture it in large quantities in other countries, but unsuccessfully. Immortelle grows where it decides to grow, and where it wants to, and it wants to grow only in Dalmatia and on Corsica, on the nicest coasts of the Mediterranean.

 

 

 

THE ADRIATIC ISLANDS, meaning hundreds of island (698 island of which 49 are inhabited, 389 islets and 78 burrs)
From Susak which is completely made of sand and when you arrive there you feel as though you were in Africa, through to the desolate rock of Kornati (which is also a national park near Zadar) which each summer is passed by the owners of yacht well international stars, to the islets with small is town centres bearing a seal of Antique aesthetics and sound of the current modern times.

The Zadar aquatorial area has 15 inhabited islands: Silba, Olib, Premuda, Škarda, Ist, Molat, Zverinac, Iž, Rava, Rivanj, Sestrunj, Sestrica Vela (Sali), Ošljak, Babac and Vrgada.
My friend Martin, and Englishman who has a house in Croatia and in Hawaii, told me once, “Dalmatia and Hawaii are almost the same, the sunsets, people from the sea, music. This is true. But for me, Dalmatia is nicer, it’s smaller, more intimate, more diverse”.

 

 

 

OLIVES FROM LUNJ, THE ISLAND OF PAG
is the oldest olives in the world. People from the island don’t quicken wheels of history, hence they don’t have the negative effects of ‘consumer globalisation’. Instead, they live in their own rhythm, peaceful and long like the Lunj olives. In the mystical landscape of the island of Pag, the beauty is astounding, its size and age.
The Lunj olives are designated by the names of its owner. In Dalmatia, there are numerous sorts of olives, with some maintaining even today their original name which reminds us of the link between Dalmatia and the old Mediterranean civilisations.

 

 

 

FALCONRY CENTRE 
Falconry is a conservation for birds of prey, a wildlife hospital, and fulfils its education and research purpose. The interest of the local people for this UNESCO has protected the work and made this area even more attractive.

 

Additional articles will be posted in the near future.