Rastoke

Rastoke, Slunj: Address, Phone Number, Rastoke Reviews: 4.5/5

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A watermill village situated where the blue-green waters of river Slunjcica flows into the Korana river. Most of the houses were built at the end of the 19th and the beginning o-f the 20th century. Because of its extraordinary natural beauties and historical tradition, in 1962 Rastoke village fell under the protection of the State Directorate for cultural and historical heritage. Many ancient civilizations, as well as contemporary urban environments whitness that the water has always attracted people to come to its banks and settle there. For thousands of years, the waters of Korana and Slunjcica, and their flora and fauna, fought the laws of nature, and as a result of this struggle in the limestone plateau, a remarkable canyon was carved in for us to take pleasure in. Seeing this natural phenomenon, this "poured off" ("rastocen") terrain, a place where the waters of river Slunjcica pour off in several backwaters, leaving behind small elevations which then form watercourses and waterfalls, people built a village and named it RASTOKE. Here, they found everything they needed and stayed here, forever bound with nature. Rastoke is a village of ambiance value and authentic heritage when it comes to architecture, and according to some records, it was built in the 17th century, possibly even earlier. Most of the houses were built at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. People have always lived in Rastoke. Grain from nearby villages was constantly being milled here, and since its location is by the main road - which connects southern and northern part of Croatia - it became the intersection of various buyers, dealers and live stock traders. This rich village constantly suffered war damages and other social-caused troubles that destroyed it and set its development back to the beginning. Although people were forced to move away, the nature always stayed and defied the odds with its distinctiveness. Because of its extraordinary natural beauties and historical tradition, in 1962 the Rastoke village fell under the protection of the State Directorate for cultural and historical heritage. During the Homeland War in the 1990's, the village was completely destroyed. It was renovated with the help of Croatian Ministry of Development and Reconstruction. Today, there are about 30 households in Rastoke, and their wish is to renew the water mills and start running businesses. The prerequisites to do that were met last year, when the sewage system was built in Rastoke. Most of the households started renting out rooms for tourists. The fear of the future when it comes to their businesses is increasing, because the old road Karlovac-Slunj-Plitvice is not as interesting to the tourists now that the motorway was built. This problem could be dealt with earlier, and today can be evaded by organized accomodation. This is exactly what prompted the Holjevac family, who already owned an estate in the centre of the village, to bulid a small complex of tourist facilities, and to offer those to domestic and foreign tourists. The family company Slovin Unique - Rastoke d.o.o. was founded in 1997, and is the legal bearer of all the services the company offers. With their own knowledge, hard work and strong will, and with the loan taken from Croatian Postal Bank, the family turned the old hayloft into a cosy catering facility. Today, the company has an elaborate vision of future activities.
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Mira P
13 contributions
Walking, hiking
Apr 2021 • Friends
Nice trail by the river Slunjčica. There are also beautifull watherfalls, romantic old houses and a lot of walking tour.
Written April 25, 2021
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ally_mony
Oradea, Romania44 contributions
Breathtaking views
Sep 2020
We loved the Rastoke complex, the waterfalls are wonderful, also the walk inside. I recommend taking the walk on the opposite shore, for a better view of the waterfalls. It's a lovely walk :)
Written February 22, 2021
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,292 contributions
Quaint and lovely
Oct 2020
What a quaint, lovely little town. Beautiful place to stop enroute to Plitvice from Zagreb (or the other way around), stroll around, have a coffee by the falls or try some tasty, fresh, local fish. Definitely worth a visit.
Written November 7, 2020
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Beta
6 contributions
Green all around
Sep 2020
I wanted to see something that was not only sea, and people tend to say Croatian can give you every part of nature you want. There is beautiful Adria, huge Velebit and lots of nature parks and places you can visit. We choose this cute little wood- park. Full of green surface, clean water and beautiful in early fall. Big recommendation if you want some peaceful time!
Written October 2, 2020
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Tereza S
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Sep 2020 • Couples
A real farytale..peacefull and romantic place to spend your day or whole weekend.Accomodation in Slovin unique bungalow is also good.
Written September 16, 2020
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Marco Borkovic
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Revieuw
Aug 2020 • Friends
Straight up, best place in the area. For some nice trout and best dessert this is a must. Waiter Marko is really nice brought us a blanket in the evening when it was colder. I give this place a 10! 💪🏽
Written August 27, 2020
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mrChris96
London, UK5 contributions
Amazing nature!
Aug 2020
This place is the most beautiful thing we saw during our whole stay in Croatia. We did not really expect it to be so awesome. Make sure to visit the city beach just beneath the Rastoke area where you can have a nice swimm and spend a day there!
Written August 12, 2020
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sightingsarah
New York City, NY1,498 contributions
So cute
Jul 2020
Lovely little town with so much beauty to see and little streets to explore. There is swimming and some great outdoor adventures
Written July 9, 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,419 contributions
Extremely beautiful nature
Apr 2020
Rastoke is a village with many watermills, that still lives in harmony with nature. This is the place where the Slunjčica river spills in the Korana river and creates beautiful waterfalls, cascades and lakes. The nature is enchanting, untouched and provides an extremely beautiful place to relax and enjoy. Small waterfalls and cascades are breathtaking, and with the blue-green color of the water they make for an unforgettable atmosphere. There are several small restaurants and cafes. We had coffee at a small place that was located on the top of a waterfall. It is stunning.
Written April 22, 2020
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Roman J
Bangkok, Thailand387 contributions
Nice stop over on the way to Plitvice Lages
Jan 2020
From the highway you can overlook this beautiful place but in winter time it seems that nobody is really living their. Also some construction at the bridge is going on so it's not easy to explore the village. The watermills and the water cascades are worth to see. We were wondering how the place might be during summer time.
Written January 11, 2020
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