Gacka Rooms and Domig Apartment

Domig rooms and apartment lie in the very heart of the Gacka Valley, in the place Ličko Lešće. They are ideally situated between the Gacka River and the Kostelka creek. This location is perfect for a relaxed holiday with numerous activities in the vicinity.

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Apart from the rich cultural and historical heritage, kept for centuries in this magnificent Valley, guests can participate in many sport and leisure activities, and you can always ask the owners, family Vašarević, for an advice.

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They offer two rooms and an apartment throughout the years. The rooms consist of bedroom, small living room, and a bathroom with toilette and the massage shower cabin.

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The apartment is made in modern style with a bedroom, living room, totally equipped kitchen (fridge, oven, cattle, dishes), small dining room, and bathroom with shower cabin. You can find here also LCD TV and the free Wi-Fi, as well as the free parking lot.

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The family also runs a café bar in the house itself, making it a great spot for guests to relax and to meet the friendly locals. In this way you can enjoy true Croatian hospitality and learn more about Gacka.

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In colder months of the year the apartment and rooms are kept warm through central heating, based on wood. In the warmer months guests can use the barbecue. Domig place is indeed a small peaceful oasis, full of hospitality, privacy and relaxation in one of the most beautiful places in Croatia.

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Ličko Lešće 205, 53 220 Otočac,
tel: +385 53 787 141
gsm: +385 99 367 5623, +385 95 582 8012
e-mail: goran.vasarevic@gmail.com

Web http://smjestaj-gacka.com
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ART AND WINE FEST

Hotel Well in Terme Tuhelj, together with winemakers from Zagorje, are organising an awesome program where the visitor will be able to enjoy the wines made by premium winemakers from Croatian zagorje, including Vuglec, Sever, Zdolc and Prekratić.

You’ll be able to enjoy their wines this whole week, and on the day of the concert, there will be a free wine degustation. After drinking some amazing wine, you will be able to enjoy wonderful concerts.

GRAPE HOLIDAY

September 16-18, Buje

The Festival of Grapes is one of the most important and most splendid of festivals in Buje. It comprises entertainment and sports activities for children, youths and elderly citizens alike.

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A very interesting part of the festival demonstrates how the local wine called mištel was produced according to an old recipe from Buje. This event is the very heart and soul of the festival. Recently, it has been held at Liberty Square – renamed the Court of Bacchus for this occasion – in the old part of the town. The procession reaches the Court; the grapes are unloaded into large barrels, and then crushed under the bare feet of young maidens, as in times gone by.

Visitors can also expect to find books and publications dealing with wine, as well as enjoy concerts, prize-winning games and many other surprises.

 

HOMEMADE IS THE BEST

August 22-23, Mandrač

Homemade is the Best is a fair of local products travelling along the Croatian Adriatic shore during summer, which will once again make a short stop in Novigrad’s town port, Mandrač.

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The fair gathers a large number of exhibitors from all parts of Croatia, offering its visitors high-quality, tasty homemade products at promotional prices.
A discreet entertainment program in the spirit of traditional music will nicely fit into the manifestation as well.

JASTREBARSKO WINE FESTIVITIES

September 1-30, Jastrebarsko

Traditional Wine Festivities are being held in September since 1992. They promote wines and winemakers of this region and announce the new harvest – it’s the most important festival and social event in Jastrebarsko and its area. Events at the place of Jastrebarsko Fair begin with the traditional parade from the Strossmayer Square to the tent.

For four days people of Jastrebarsko and their guests can enjoy a rich cultural program, wine tasting with culinary delights and evening entertainment – it is definitely an event not to be missed! In addition to the events on the Plešivica Wine Road and in the tent at the Jastrebarsko Fair, Jastrebarsko Wine Festivities also include wine-themed exhibition openings, a famous KotloVINA show – competition in meat cooking and numerous popular sports events, such as Jastrebarsko Wine Trekking. The Festivities are enriched with the Dionysus Nights which were held on the wine farms along the Plešivica Wine Road with great food, wine, and music.

3RD INTERNATIONAL PROSCIUTTO FESTIVAL

September 2-3, Drniš

Town of Drniš and Association of Drniš Prosciutto producers are organizing the sales-exhibition “International Prosciutto Festival” which will take place on 02/03 September 2016 in Drniš with the aim of promoting this royal product widely known for its excellent taste and quality.

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Manifestation’s program includes the competition in cutting prosciutto, entertainment program, sports competitions…

NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON

Zadar, 21.07.2016 – 23.07.2016

Traditional festival of culture, food and customs of Zadar region. On the night of the full moon in midsummer night, the Riva of Zadar is illuminated by torches and candles. Ships are converted to floating booths which offer everything, from the best tuna and sardines  from famous fishermen from Kali,  up to famous Novigrad mussels. Old temporary taverns serve diverse traditional dishes from Nin falcon to figs, cheese, brandy and other delicacies. If you are not able to visit the surrounding area of Zadar and Zadar islands and meet local folklore and customs, be sure to visit the Night of the Full Moon.

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You´ll be enchanted! Night of the Full Moon occurs during the night of the full moon, in period from July 21st to 23rd. The central celebration is going to take place on July 23rd on the city promenade, Riva.

More than a decade has passed since the lights where turned off for the first time at Zadar waterfront so the moon can show its full splendor and shines and shine in its true splendor, awoke in us memories of past time and our ancestors. “That must be the most beautiful sunset in the world!“, Alfred Hitchcock muttered drinking Maraschino on Zadar waterfront 50 years ago, not knowing that the rising moon in the same canal is even more beautiful.

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Night of the Full Moon is an event, festival of culture, food and customs of the Zadar region – time machine at your fingertips. It was an evening that turned us for a moment in time when the city of Zadar was the city of merry ladies and gentleman, who enjoyed a happy symbiosis with their coastal waters, islands and hinterland.

Valuable fishermen and laborers lived formerly of trade with the citizens, and in the present, every year, Zadar invite their descendants and great-grandchildren to be at least that evening reminded how it used to be.

Sense of the Mountain in Butina Homestead

It is a sheer pleasure to sit at the roofed terrace of the Butina household in centre of Kuterevo, a Velebit mountain village known for superb wood craftsmen and the Bear Orphanage. We are here to learn more about the mountains that surround Gacka Valley. This dichotomy is extremely important, as the Valley cannot be comprehended without visiting mountains that surround it.

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The place is very popular among the many volunteers in the Bear Orphanage, but among the visitorts from all around the world. We are sitting around the vast table, in midst of old household items, surrounded by not so far Velebit peaks. The owners bring us rakija as a traditional welcome sign, and this is Lika as everyone knows it!

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The family decided to leave the life in town and settled in the village of their ancestors, keeping the long time family tradition in catering for guests in this beautiful and picturesque Velebit village. Except enjoyment in the gastronomy, Butina household offers the accommodation, inner hall with 55 seats, terrace built in authentic rural style for 80 persons, but also a tour of traditional artisan and craftsmen stores, mountain trekking, and various workshops, such as making the hay, producing jams and juices, etc. The family uses almost all products from the village itself, making its cuisine as local as it gets.

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While we talk about the estate, we are tempted with a usual appetizer for the guests, homemade cheese with garlic and parsley on toast. After several sips of rakija, the taste of it is heavenly. The crusty toast features excellent cheese, soft and with relaxed texture, which easily melts in mouth. The village is situated in milk-producing region, where cows and sheep roam freely in the narrow mountain valleys, giving rich milk.

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Although in high summer, we enjoyed soup with homemade noodles, also a long tradition of Croatian cuisine. In the opinion of our grandmas it seems you cannot have a lunch without a soup. During the meal, we drink elder juice, which is so refreshing and rich in flavour, handpicked by the lady of the house. Elder juice is excellent decision for your summer non-alcoholic drink!

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And then, a miracle struck us.  On the table comes homemade baked white bread. The sight of it brings everyone to the childhood, looking, tasting and smelling the breads of our grandparents. Magnificent crust crunches when it is cut, naturally with hand, and the texture of freshly baked bread makes everyone feel homely. Traditionally, the bread is coated in the cabbage leaves.

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The place is famous for its grilled meat. Pork’s rack and chicken fillet is offered with homemade potato, grilled zucchini and peppers, with lettuce and tomatoes. The family owns sheep and goats, and the ram was watching us carefully from nearby while we were eating. Given the proximity of the mountain and the forest, the mountain game stew is also favourite dish here.

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Many visitors ask for the lamb or veal under the baking lid, which is traditional Croatian dish, but we urge you to try kid (goat) on the spit or kid stew. In colder months, it is great to try Lika Kalja, a think soup with cooked lamb, potatoes and other cooked vegetables.

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We were talking about our experiences in the Gacka Valley and kept to mention masnica, traditional Gacka dessert meal, lamenting we couldn’t find any. No problem, in a matter of half an hour we were presented with masnica in three styles – with cumin, with cheese, and with apple. Masnica is a Lika dessert with many local varieties, usually baked for the Three Kings, after Christmas and the New Year. It is made by mixing the eggs, cheese (or other ingredients) and a bit of sugar in dough and is baked and the homemade fat is spilled over. Indeed, spectacular way to finish our visit to Butina homesteads!

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OPG BUTINA
Izletište BUTINA, Kuterevo21a, 53225
Mob: 099 200 9321
Tel/Faks: 053 799 607
butina21a@gmail.com
http://www.butina-kuterevo.com.hr

The Gacka Mills

The river Gacka and its valley cannot be envisaged without the mills on it. First mills in history are mentioned to be on the river in place of Švica, where Gacka sinks into the Švica lake. These mills very indeed important and the noble family of Frankopan used to give its products as a well-earned gift to the faraway monasteries.

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People from the far came to the mills in times of drought, for miller to mill their wheat. The life centred on these properties, and one can even imagine the sounds of horses and people, only to be followed with a roar of water after they have left. It was customary to wait even a few days for the crop to be milled.

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The miller, although a very respected person, had a very simple diet, consisting of ordinary peasant food and miller’s bread, made from barely and spelt. Today you can visit two of them, the Majer mill and the Kolaković mill.

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We visited Kolaković’s place, situated in the village of Sinac, possibly the most picturesque village in whole Lika. Astounding coexistence of river, wood, stone, and men forms preserved wooden mills which attract people from all around the world.

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We enter the miller’s home and instantly feel the essence of milled corn and fresh flour. Kolaković rye, wheat and corn flour, and also polenta, again a staple food for Lika.  During the 20th century about sixty water mills were operating on the Gacka river and its tributaries. Today only a few water mills at the river springs in Sinac are still used for grinding grain in the traditional way using the river’s water power. Continuing in harmony and collusion between man and nature, as objects signifying their accord and cooperation, the water mills safeguard the memory of old, extinct trades.

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A single water mill had more than one owner with each of them entitled to use a single millstone according to a predefined schedule. They were “holders of the line”, a right acquired by inheritance, donation or acquisition of shares. Even women were entitled to it through dowry.Today, at the beginning of a new century, the water mills at the springs of Gacka are still standing as monuments of traditional architecture, with the clatter of millstones.

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For sightseeing tours and demonstration of the grain milling process, cloth fulling and wool rug weaving,  please announce your visit directly to:

Jure Majer, the Miller
Phone:  +385 92-105-1466

Jure Kolaković, the Miller
Phone: +385 99-571-6940

Photos: Andrea Seifert, Mint Media