Smokvenjak konobe Kali

“Vraćen iz stoljetnog zaborava, smokvenjak je rezultat potrage za tradicionalnim, zdravim i jednostavnim proizvodom svojega kraja. Proizveden od maruna i raznog voća, Smokvenjak je još jedan u nizu autentičnih proizvoda konobe Kali i dobitnik je nekoliko expo-nagrada za suvenir-proizvod od smokava..”

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Tako samozatajno opisuje svoj vrhunski proizvod obitelj Bistre iz poznate konobe Kali, visoko iznad Medveje. Smokvenjaci su zaboravljeni kolač koji se radi tek još na nekim hrvatskim otocima. U davna vremena, smokvenjak je bio prisutan diljem Sredozemlja, a spominje se i kao biblijski kolač. Smokva, ta divna stara mediteranska voćka, pruža slatkoću, zdravlje i snagu, pa nije čudno da se komadić smokvenjaka nosio u barke tijekom teških ribarskih noći, ili pak u polje da osvježi radnike.

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Na području Liburnije smokve su bile omiljeno voće, svježi dodatak ljeti, te sušene smokve koje svojim mirisom vesele ukućane tijekom ostatka godine. Bila je dio i Lovranštine, gdje se nalazi mjesto Kali, nazvano tako po velikim zemljanim rupama obložnim kamenom i glinom, koje služe za slijevanje vode za napajanje stoke – kalevanje. Gosti konobe Kali često će biti počašćeni smokvenjakom, o kojem će glava obitelji Krste reći da je spominjan kao pogačica od suhog voća u biblijskoj priči o Juditi. Sin Ante ne skrije zadovoljstvo uspjehom svog proizvoda. Smokvenjak, koji je obogaćen ljekovitim travama branim na obroncima Učke, dospio je čak do Londona!

Originalnost proizvoda je i u njegovom pakiranju. Tradicionalni okrugli smokvenjak stavljen je u drvenu posudicu te je presvučen ribarskom mrežom, davajući mu tako jedinstven identitet Liburnije.
Konoba Kali
Kali 39 a
51415 Medveja
(051) 293 268, 098 563 872
www.konobakali.hr

Učkarski sajam

Učka, prijevoj Poklon, 6. rujna, 2015.

Već tradicionalno, prve nedjelje u rujnu održava se manifestacija Učkarski sajam na području Parka prirode Učka. Svim stanovnicima Kvarnera i Istre, Učka je svakodnevni prizor, a onima koji žive na njezinim obroncima je i podsjetnik kulturne i etnološke baštine. Učkarski sajam upravo je takav događaj gdje se gostiji upoznaju ili prisjećaju autohtone gastronomske ponude, stare zanate, glazbu i običaje. Na štandovima se predstavljaju mali lokalni proizvođači, a nedaleko jest i farma domaćih životinja. Svakako divan način da se provede nedjelja na prijevoju Poklon.

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Ove godine nemojte zaobići proizvode od istarskog goveda, domaće kekse i kolače, ukrasne predmete od drva, istarski pršut, proizvode od tartufa, med, poznati učkarski ovčji sir, maslinovo ulje, prirodnu kozmetiku, vino i rakije, domaće marmelade i sirupe, smokvenjak, fritule, kroštule i mnoge druge blagodati za nepce.

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Imati ćete priliku vidjeti i autohtone istarske instrumente, etno izložbe, stare zanate lončarstva, kovača i bačvara, te se upoznati s istarskim govedom, istarskom ovcom pramenkom, domaćom kravom, istarskim tovarom, kozama…

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Učka se spominje još u 16. stoljeću, a oko nje su smješteni stari gradići Plomin, Brseč, Mošćenice, Veprinac, Rukavac i Kastav. Oni se nalaze na vrhovima strmih brežuljaka, vjerojatno na ilirskim temeljima. Neki od ovih gradova sačuvali su svoje glagoljaške srednjovjekovne statute, stare crkvene knjige i u kamen uklesane glagoljaške natpise. Mala Učka koja se nalazi na zapadnoj padini podno najvišeg vrha Vojaka (1394 m/nm) najviše je selo u Hrvatskoj.

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Učkarski sajam se održava na prijevoju Poklon (922 m/nm), koji dijeli Učku od Ćićarije. Istrani su dali ime prijevoju jer su putujući prema Liburniji odavdje prvi puta vidjeli toranj crkve Gospe Trsatske, pa su se poklonili. Danas se ovdje nalazi planinarski dom i pansion.

Kako doći na Učkarski sajam:

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Na dan održavanja Učkarskog sajma starom cestom preko Učke prometovat će se jednosmjerno iz smjera Istre prema Kvarneru.
DOLAZAK S KVARNERSKE STRANE – prilikom dolaska na sajam posjetitelji moraju proći tunel Učku, izlaze na izlaz Vranja i zatim starom cestom do Poklona. Za povratak kući koriste izlaz Veprinac te nastavljaju put kući.
DOLAZAK S ISTARSKE STRANE – prilikom dolaska na sajam posjetitelji se priključuju na staru cestu preko Učke do Poklona. Za povratak kući koriste izlaz Veprinac te dalje kroz tunel Učka nastavljaju put Istre.
Posjetiteljima sajma biti će uručen bon, čijim će predočenjem na naplatnim kućicama, plaćati sponzoriranu cijenu cestarine od 10,00 kn za 1 i 1a kategoriju vozila.

Javnim prijevozom – autobusom

Također, organizirana je i izvanredna linija s polaskom iz Opatije, Slatina do Poklona, Učka te nazad sa sljedećim voznim redom:
Polazak autobusa iz Opatije, stajalište Slatina:
9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00 sati
Povratak autobusa s Učke, stajalište Poklon:
10:45, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15, 12:45, 13:15, 13:45, 14:45, 15:45, 16:45, 17:45, 18:15, 18:45, 19:15, 19:45 i 20:15 sati

Pješice

Za one željne planinarenja organizirana su dva planinarska pohoda:

iz Lovrana, polazak u 10:15 sati iz Lignja (ispred Javne ustanove „Park prirode Učka“) – predviđeni dolazak na Poklon oko 12:00 sati (organizator pohoda “PD Knezgrad”)
iz Opatije, polazak u 08:00 sati iz Opatije (parking preko puta hotela “Admiral”) – predviđeni dolazak na Poklon oko 12:00 sati (organizator pohoda “PD Opatija”)

Villa Agava – Grižane

Amidst the craggy cliffs (griže) of place Grižane, stands a superb luxurious villa with swimming pool, with exclusive views and excellent interior design. A perfect getaway from hustle and bustle of Crikvenica and Novi Vinodolski riviera, and yet just ten minutes drive away from the coast, this home provides a dream-like vacation.

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Mediterranean style blends perfectly with the surrounding, while the terrace provides spectacular view of Crikvenica riviera, Kvarner Bay, Istrian mountains, and sea. Next to the terrace itself is a 7x4m swimming pool that will satisfy demands of every guest, surrounded by pebbles and agaves. Next to the terrace is a wooden table with benches, situated picturesquely under the tree and bounded with a traditional Croatian dry-stone wall.

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The interior is luxuriously decorated with ceramic floor, new furniture, in-house air condition, and a large fireplace. A spacious living room is adjoined with library, kitchen, and dining room. Next to this large space is also one sleeping room.

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The upper floor is accessible through internal and external stairway. There are three sleeping rooms, each with its own bathroom, joined with a spacious south terrace that provides wonderful view to the sea. The villa easily caters for eight to ten persons.

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House itself boasts with lively and balanced colours, giving impression of openness and conformity on one hand, and homely atmosphere on the other. Beneath the villa is a cellar, easily adaptable to a wine enthusiast’s paradise.

The estate has a parking place, internet and all the utilities. The villa is also on offer for sale.

Contact:

Ivan Murn
Tel. +385 51 781 575, Fax +385 51 784 013
Email: ivan-murn@ri.t-com.hr
Web: www.myhomeagency.com
Photo credits: myhomeagency.com

Bajta Matičin – Bribir

Imagine your holiday, where you spend part of a day on the seaside, enjoying the beauty of the Adriatic Sea, while other part in nearby mountains, enjoying the fresh air and Alpine-like surrounding. Impossible? Not in Crivenica-Vinodol Riviera, 870 metres above sea level, in the Bajta Matičin rest house!

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Blessed by the stunning diversity of landscape and climate in just 20 kilometres, this holiday house is settled in Stankov Laz near Bribir, at the foot of the mountain peaks Viševica and Zagradski vrh, as an ideal place for active holiday, nature lovers, and everyone seeking peace and tranquility. It is indeed a place where day starts with a shout of a coockoo, and ends with freshness of highland forests.

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The house is perfectly situated between the Gorski kotar highlands and excellent cuisine in Fužine, while at the same time in vicinity of Vinodol valley, with its exquisite wine offer, and the Crikvenica-Vinodol seaside riviera and the hustle and bustle of the sea resorts.

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Alpine-style holiday house “Bajta Matičin” is two floor place with homely atmosphere in midst of forest. On the ground floor is the living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. Upstairs are two double bedrooms, another bathroom and on request we can offer two extra beds. The house has a private terrace with table and chairs and sun loungers. The house has a fireplace, TV, fridge and set of utensils for cooking and dining. Wood for fireplace is included in the price.

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Addint to the experience, the owners give three bikes (2 male and 1 female) and two pairs of Nordic walking sticks. Thus, Bajta Matičin is a destination in any time of the year, whether you like to spend summers in cool forest climate with scent of sea in the air, or to enjoy cosy winter fire while snow covers the terrain. Unique experience, wooden atmosphere, and a sheer pleasure to spend your holiday in nature – enough reason for staying in Bajta Matičin House.

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Contact:

Željka and Nikola Cossutti
Stankov Laz, Bribir
Phone: +385 98 425 573
Email: nikola.cossutti@ri.t-com.hr
Web: http://www.house-maticin.info

Apartman Ivanka – Tribalj

Tribalj, a small place in vicinity of Crikvenica, with a beautiful lake, hosts some of the most picturesque accommodation in the region of Vinodol Valley and Crikvenica Riviera. Among these, Apartment Ivanka stands out as a cosy all-year retreat. Summers here are particularly enjoyable, as the apartment is close to a small brook, and the lake is only two kilometres away. Thus, nights here are easier for sleep, as heat is not so big.

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The apartment itself offers peace and quiet, only ten minutes drive from the seaside. The owners are always close to help, as they live in a house close by. The apartment features two bedrooms (one with balcony), kitchen with all necessary utensils (oven, microwave, dish washer, coffee machine), several bathrooms.

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A spacious living room gives a relaxing pleasure, including satellite TV, DVD player, and internet access. Next to the kitchen is a dining room, with access to the terrace, which has a view on the surroundings. The apartment also features a garden barbecue and external shower. The whole place is air conditioned. Outside the house is also a parking space for two vehicles.

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Apartement Ivanka caters for four persons in an interior full of bright colours and lots of space, making your holiday relaxed, shiny, and enjoyable. One step to sea, and two steps from snow in mountains, Vinodol sits in great position and offers paragliding, riding, hiking, belevederes, hunting, fishing, quality restaurants, and easy access to sea resorts of Crikvenica and Novi Vinodolski.

For bookings and prices, please contact:

Apartement Ivanka
Tribalj
Tel +385 91 760 8051
Email: trako65@gmail.com

Prices

May 15-June 15, September – 60 EUR a day
June 15 – July 15 – 80 EUR  a day
July 15 – AAugust 31 – 100 EUR a day

Price contains all the taxes, cleaning, electricity and water. Guests should keep the house in order and leave estate as they have found it. Deposit for possible damage is 100 EUR.

 

Villa Ursula – Grižane

A villa with particular care for its originality and details, and yet a perfect getaway from busy coastline, Villa Ursula is an excellent choice for everyone who would like to experience luxury in rural style. The story behind the estate in village Marušići, next to Grižane, can fascinate everyone interested in the past architecture. House itself was built in 1906 in Art Nouveau style and renovated in 2013. The owners paid special attention preserving the centennial shine and to bring a history that took place in the Austro-Hungarian times, but also to provide all the modern comfort we are used to.

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Place, which is open all year round, surprises with its setting, surroundings, and interior. Between mountains and sea, it provides scenery and scents of true Mediterranean. The sea is mere ten minutes drive away, with all the facilities in the Crikvenica Riviera, while small town of Grižane has a shop and other necessary walking-distance offerings.

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The ground floor of the villa has two spacious bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and a beautiful sea view. One of the rooms is white with blue details, and the other one has warm ochre painted walls. In the back side of the ground floor there is a washing machine and a storage area.

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Inside the villa a wide wooden staircase leads to the first floor. The walls are decorated with original paintings from the era when the villa was built.  To the left there is a bedroom in calming lavender colour with one wall entirely decorated with original paintings. The bedroom is furnished with original antique furniture that bears carvings decorated with golden leaf. The room has its own bathroom.  Down the hall to the right a door leads into the living area.

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On the second floor there are two more bedrooms with breathtaking views of the valley, the lake and the sea. The bedrooms on the second floor have their own spacious bathrooms with two sinks and a bidet and a perfect view of the cliffs. One of these rooms (the green one) and its accompanying bathrooms are also decorated with original paintings on the walls. The second bedroom on the second floor is painted in a light orange tone.

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The living area consists of the living room, where sitting in comfortable sofas, you can watch TV (SAT), or read a good book or even surf the internet (free wireless), or just make an afternoon break. Connected to the living room, there is the dining room and the kitchen. In the dining room there is a large white antique table and an old cupboard from the same period. Both have been in the house since it was built. The kitchen is fully equipped with all of the small inventory and appliances (oven, gas stove, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, microwave, filter coffee maker, electric kettle, toaster).

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From the kitchen you can step out to two terraces. Left, on the open terrace oriented to the west, ideal for sipping the morning coffee while listening to a concert of crickets or even enjoying a glass of wine while gazing at the sunset. Right out of the kitchen there is a balustrade, a covered terrace with a large wooden table surrounded by benches on which you will probably spend most of the day in the shade. Next to the terrace there is a barbecue, and from there a few steps take you out to the garden with a private pool, with crystal blue water. The sundeck by the pool is paved and you can enjoy the sea and the lake view from the sun chairs at your disposal or simply by lying in the pool. From the sunrise until the sunset, the swimming pool and the sundeck are sunlit. Next to the swimming pool (7,5 x3, 5 m), there is a shower with water heated by solar cells.

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All rooms are oriented to the south, with a magnificent view of the sea, the islands of Krk and Cres, the valley and the lake. The rooms are very spacious, each having original wooden floors and are decorated in a way that takes you in a journey back in time. The rooms have double beds. Each room has a private bathroom with shower. Our guests have a hair dryer, an iron and an ironing board rack at disposal.

Contact:
Kornelija Balas
Marušići 11, Grižane, Croatia
Tel. +385 99 832 4901
kornelija.balas@gmail.com

http://www.villa-ursula-croatia.com.hr

Casa Franco – Tribalj

If your dream is to step into a world of past times, do not look further than Casa Franco, a rural Mediterranean villa situated in a place Tribalj, in very vicinity of Crikvenica and Novi Vinodolski Riviera. A true example of traditional building in Vinodol valley may just be your dream vacation!

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Imagine a life intrinsically connected with nature, a scent of seasons, a taste of fresh vegetables, aroma of aged wine, a yellow-green colour of young olive oil, and contours of grandma’s place, and Casa Franco can indeed be close to your heart. Originally, the estate consisted of three different houses, but they are now combined in a unique architectural experience. With respect to the traditional building and rich but true-to-original interior, a stay in Casa Franco is a step to the not-so-distant past.

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The house has seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, with a swimming pool and children playground in the courtyard. It caters for up to 16 persons. The pool is surrounded by Mediterranean plants, large porch with barbecue, and massive table with picturesque chairs. You can enjoy your afternoon rest on a porch, admiring surrounding mountains.

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Inside, effort of owners to make a unique past experience is nothing less than spectacular. A large living room with a fireplace joins with a dining room, and kitchen is the only place within the house that resembles modern times.

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Sleeping rooms are evoking memories of childhood and grandparents’ times, with refurbished furniture, traditional colours, romantic and peaceful atmosphere, with scent of Mediterranean herbs from the garden. The inner walls show traditional stone masonry, with almost phantasy hallways. The owners cared for details – the house is not packed, but moderately equipped with old memorabilia and utensils from the past.

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Still, the house offers all the modern conformity, with air conditioning, heating, internet, kitchen utensils. Sea coast is just ten minutes away by car, but the place can be a lot more than a summer getaway. Owners welcome pets to the house and offer information and suggestions for free time.

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Contact:

Damir Šoić
+385 91 6103 733
dsoic1@net.hr

Photo credits: homeaway.co.uk

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