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Address: Rastoke 25 | At Slovin Unique - Rastoke, Slunj 47240, Croatia
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A watermill village situated where the blue-green waters of river Slunjcica...

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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Great small village

When visiting Plitvicka you do not want to miss this charming gem. Not only is it pleasing to the eyes but also you get the chance to swim in the river and chill next to it on the... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2016
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

When visiting Plitvicka you do not want to miss this charming gem. Not only is it pleasing to the eyes but also you get the chance to swim in the river and chill next to it on the grass with some local beer sold in the summer months.

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Reviewed July 8, 2016

It looks magical, eveythig is so beautiful and calm, not too much people. Not far from plitvie and not very expansive, you should go there after going to plitvice.

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Satu Mare, Romania
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Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Visiting Rastoke took about 2 to 3 hours. The waterfalls are impressive and the fact that water runs literaly through the basement of the houses is realy fascinating considering people used this to power their watermills. Again, this place is very beautiful due to the fact that it's surrounded by nature-waterfalls and trees. There are several restaurants in the vecinity.... More 

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Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Really exceptional and charming setting. Lots of little waterfalls with houses and cafes built on waterfalls. Would highly recommend this for a stop for lunch.

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Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Nice and quiet place to visits. Waterfalls are nice with clear water. Alongside there are some cafe and restaurant for enjoying the scenery. Worth to passing by on the way. More convenient to go with a car.

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Kaohsiung
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Reviewed June 3, 2016

Rastoke is a must stopover spot before heading to Plitvice, the view here is just breathe taking and the food, especially the grilled trout is just awesome!

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Kastel Novi, Croatia
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Reviewed May 29, 2016

Perfect walk in nature just by the river inside forest after great lunch. Nice waterfalls, amazing forest, just by the main road

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Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

Worth paying the 30 kuna to wander the grounds of the Slovin Unique Rastoke restaurant (waived if you eat there.) Lots of waterfalls and old mills.

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Kraljevica, Croatia
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Reviewed May 19, 2016

Clear water, some nice small caves and great watterfalls. Loveling stopping point between Rijeka and Plitvice lakes. I fully recommend to couples, families with small or young children.

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Reviewed May 8, 2016

Although on the day we went it was raining, the beauty of the town still can be mesmerizing. There are waterfalls around the small town and a private estate which you need to pay to enter. However, our guide mention that there are nothing spectacular so we can actually give it a miss. Definitely a place to visit if you... More 

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