"Although I was born in London, I spent all my childhood holidays on the Croatian coast in Dalmatia. My grandfather was originally from Korčula. It was in this island surrounded by blue that my parents had the opportunity to buy and restore a magnificent 18th century palace, close to the house of Marco Polo. Korčula is the final destination of this superb Route du Bonheur exploring the splendours of Slovenia and Croatia. This journey takes us from the rich Slovenian forests to the jewel-city of Dubrovnik. It takes us on beautiful Ljubljana's Triple Bridge, to small farms where they produce delicious goat cheese and to little-known and sublime vineyards. Throughout the road, you'll venture across the cliffs, in small bays or sand spits and heavenly beaches. These landscapes have not yet been affected by the presence of man, so you should enjoy them while you still can..." ... Read Moreless
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. People say that the Silk Road started from this island; Korčula has good reason to be proud to be home to Marco Polo's house, a stone’s throw from Lešić Dimitri Palace. The building's history dates back to the 17th century, when the Lešić family, rich property owners and merchants combined a number of semi-detached houses to create a palace worthy of that name. It has been meticulously renovated yet with a touch of contemporary design; its historical character and original layout have been retained and it now offers a small number of independent suites. Each evokes a step in Marco Polo's journey towards China, in a harmonious décor, with top-quality materials. ... Learn moreless
Located in the archipelago of Korčula, the small island of Vrnik is accessible by boat taxi. Known since ancient times for the quarries used to build the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul or the Parliament of Vienna; it is also the reference point of one of the great Croatian sculptors, Lujo Lozica, who set up...Read More less
Restaurant and hotel in town. The tiny town of Zadar, sheltered behind its city walls, at the edge of the Adriatic, exercises its many charms: tiny cobbled roads, ancient ruins and treasures from the Renaissance await the visitor. Hotel Bastion was built in this historic centre, at the tip of the peninsula, on the remains of a former 13th century Venetian mediaeval fortress. The town’s main monuments are very close by, including the sea organs. This charming hotel offers elegant rooms, a cosy bar, a spa which has retained some of the original fortress walls, and a restaurant with delicious Mediterranean cuisine that can also be served on the terrace, in the shade of large parasols. ... Learn moreless
It is a cheese that is unlike any other: the Pag Island cheese is both very salty and strong in flavour. The wind deposits sea salt on the island's vegetation, making both the meat and milk of the sheep slightly salty. The milk is collected in May of each year. The unpasteurised cheese is rubbed...Read More less
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard. The superb property build in istrian white stone mansion is a foretaste of the country stay to come: the singing of the crickets, the tranquil beauty of the vines and olive trees, the gentle caress of the sea breeze and an entrancing Mediterranean atmosphere. Merely a handful of guest rooms are available in this heavenly setting guaranteeing a secluded stay at Wine Hotel. This will give you total peace and quiet to soak up the sun beside the pool, stroll through the grounds, or sample the restaurant’s delights: healthy, fragrant Mediterranean cuisine which showcases local ingredients (including home-produced olive oil) served with the property’s own wine. ... Learn moreless
Rovinj remains one of the most authentic fishing ports of the Adriatic Sea for many people. The price of its fame is that tourists rush to visit it. Yet having a coffee in the morning facing the fishermen throwing their nets out remains one of those precious moments that you'll take with you for...Read More less
Hotel and restaurant in a village. The story of this old mansion dates back to 1377, when its first landowners came to farm the land above the Idrijca River. Sitting amid the alpine peaks and Karst Plateau, Kendov Dvorec is now an elegantly furnished hotel with touches of traditional Slovenian style in its antique interiors of carved wood and decorative lace handmade in Idrija. From the property's lovely landscaped gardens, guests will enjoy picturesque views over Spodnja Idrija. This medieval village is home to the famous pilgrimage church of St Mary on the Rock and crystalline rivers, great for fly fishing marble trout. Nearby, there is also the mercury mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ... Learn moreless
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, the magnificent Škocjan Caves are one of Slovenia's tourist highlights. An unequalled karstic phenomenon, the caves stretch over more than five kilometres and up to 250 metres underground! Jules Verne could have written his Journey to the Centre...Read More less
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. The contemporary-style Bevanda seems to be placed on the rocks, fully turned towards the sea. This refined hotel has only ten rooms, each bearing the name of a celebrity who visited the town: Gustav Mahler, Isadora Duncan, or even Albert Einstein. Their picture windows open towards large terraces overlooking the Adriatic, offering stunning views of Opatija, Rijeka and the islands in the distance. Designed by Croatian architects and designers, it is built on the site of a regionally renowned restaurant founded several decades ago. Supported by the freshest ingredients of the land and of the sea, Bevanda’s cuisine is based on modern adaptations of traditional Mediterranean recipes. ... Learn moreless
The medieval town of Grožnjan is now a favourite haunt for Croatian artists after being asleep for so long. On the heels of the sculptor Aleksandar Rukavina, the town has attracted many painters and musicians who have installed their studios there. Every summer, the Musical Youth of Croatia invest in...Read More less
Although less famous than the white truffle of Piedmont, Istrian white truffles have become an important product for food lovers in the last fifteen years. So in the autumn, thousands of specially trained dogs (breks) roam the forests between Oprtalj and Livade in the hope of finding a truffle as big...Read More less
Every year around the last Sunday of Lent since the Middle Ages, the largest carnival in Croatia is held in Rijeka. Over two weeks you can watch dancing, concerts, parades and processions along the Korzo, some of which bring together masked men wearing animal skins (the famous zvončari) who are supposed...Read More less
Hotel and restaurant on a river. In a haven of peace where the spirit of the past blends marvellously with the rhythm of modern life, Otočec Castle offers an atmosphere that has retained its character and authenticity. This unique castle is on an island right in the middle of Krka River. This magical setting invites relaxation in the heart of Slovenian nature and cultural history: a gentle morning walk accompanied by birdsong, an unforgettable game of golf at one of the best European golf courses or a gourmet candle-lit dinner and a delicious glass of wine in front of the crackling wood fire. Everything here, right down to the attentive staff keen to fulfil every wish, contributes to well-being. ... Learn moreless
Protected since the late 19th century, the Kočevje primary forest is still an enchanting world. In the shade of the ancient trees - some of them are over 500 years old!-, the brown bear (the biggest population in Europe) is king alongside the eagles and a fauna that is both wild and fascinating.
You have to try Cviček, one of the famous Slovenian wines grown on the hills of Trška Gora, Vinji Vrh or Otočec. A light red, ruby colour and fresh and fruity aromas have naturally put it on the menus of the greatest restaurants in the country. Already mentioned in writings from the 12th century, the...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.