DESTINATIONS

SITNICA will offer you a choice of trips carefully selected for you by our team.

All our destinations have been tested, approved and enjoyed by us.

We attach great importance to small quiet rouets, fascinating landscapes and simply to the pleasure of cycling.

CROATIA www.croatia.hr

Croatia is a small country with beautiful nature, interesting tradition and past, rich cultural heritage, diverse gastronomy…
Croatia has a favorable geographic position since it is situated in the southeast of Europe, where the Mediterranean, Middle Europe and Southeast Europe (the Balkans) meet.
With its 1.185 islands, islets and rocks, numerous bays, coves and beaches, Croatia has one of the most indented coasts in the Mediterranean and rightly deserves to be called the country with a thousand islands.
There are 8 national parks in Croatia, their untouched nature occupies almost 8% of Croatia’s surface area.
The national parks are the following: Brijuni, Kornati, Krka, Mljet, Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Risnjak and North Velebit.
Croatia is the country with the biggest number of protected non-material cultural phenomena in Europe – Festa Sv. Vlaha (St.Blaise Celebration Day), lacemaking in Lepoglava and islands of Hvar and Pag, zvončari (bellmen) from the Kastav area, the cross procession, overtone singing and playing the Istrian scale, spring procession of Ljelje (queens) and traditional manufacturing of wooden toys from Hrvatsko zagorje.
UNESCO destinations in Croatia:
• Diocletian’s Palace and medieval Split
• St. Jacob’s Cathedral in Šibenik
• Plitvice Lakes National Park
• Historical nucleus of Trogir
• Early-Christian complex of the Euphrasius Basilica in Poreč
• Dubrovnik Old Town – town nucleus
• Starigrad Field on the island of Hvar
Some of the curiosities related to Croatia:
Tie is a Croatian invention from the 17th century. The biggest tie in the world, 808 meters long, was tied around Arena, Pula’s amphitheatre.
Famous scientists: Nikola Tesla, Miroslav Radman, Ivan Ðikić, Ruđer Bošković, Faust Vrančić, Željko Reiner, Korado Korlević, Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Vladimir Prelog, Lavoslav Ružička, Ivan Lupis-Vukić, Dragutin Gorjanović Kramberger
Famous athletes: Janica and Ivica Kostelić, Blanka Vlašić, Krešimir Ćosić, Mate Parlov, Dražen Petrović, Toni Kukoč, Goran Ivanišević, Matija Ljubek, Ivano Balić, Davor Šuker, Slaven Bilić
Famous artists: Ivan Meštrović, Rade Šerbedžija, Goran Višnjić, Ivo Robić, Maksim Mrvica
Counties in Croatia that we often visit on our cycling tours :
Dubrovnik-Neretva County www.edubrovnik.org
Istrian County www.istra-istria.hr
Lika-Senj County www.lickosenjska.com
Primorje-Gorski Kotar County www.pgz.hr
Split-Dalmatia County www.dalmacija.hr
Šibenik-Knin County www.sibensko-kninska-zupanija.hr
Zadar County www.zadarska-zupanija.hr
Zagreb County www.zagrebacka-zupanija.hr

Istria

Croatian peninsula of Istria has been promoting the true Mediterranean experience for years
under the slogan
“Green Mediterranean” and “Mediterranean as it used to be”.
And indeed, Istria is a place abundant in tradition, authentic experience, enchanting gastronomy,
coastal tourism, clear sea and green inland rich in history.
The coast of Istria is a home to picturesque mediterranean towns: Umag, Novigrad, Poreč, Rovinj ,
Pula etc.
Inner Istria is recognizable for it’s peaks: Grožnjan, Motovun, Oprtalj, Gračišće…
and olive groves and
vineyards below them maintain the warmth and the sent of nearby sea.
Cycle through sleepy villages , along quiet coastal roads and over spectacular mountains.
Experience an abundance of historical sites : Roman amphitheatre and medieval hill – top towns .
Enjoy the traditional cuisine and stay in wonderfull located hotels .

SLOVENIA www.slovenia.info

Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meets the Karst. This small green country measures 20,273 km2 in area, and is home to sincere, hospitable people of great diligence. It has an exceptional number of top athletes, and a wealth of cultural creativity. Slovenia has a population of two million, of whom the vast majority are ethnic Slovenes. People hailing from the other former Yugoslav republics make up a significant minority, albeit less than 10% of the total population. The Italian and Hungarian ethnic communities have protected minority status, despite their small size.
The majority of people live in towns and cities, but a significant number live in the countryside.
Slovenes are renowned as a diligent, hard-working nation, part of the reason that Slovenia is the wealthiest of the new EU members. They constantly aim to prove themselves and to progress. Their toil and persistence has allowed many Slovenes to achieve at the global level. A very good example is the country’s athletes, particularly those involved in extreme sports, from mountaineering and extreme skiing to ultramarathon biking .
Slovenes are also very thorough in learning foreign languages to make themselves understood. Even primary school students can speak foreign languages. The majority of people can speak good English, while most have a good grasp of German. A large share of the population can communicate in the languages of the old Yugoslavia, while there are many fluent Italian speakers in the areas bordering Italy.

Invigorating above and below

The collision of four major European geographical units has created a very invigorating landscape, much of it thickly forested. More than a third of the country’s area is protected.

The most mountainous region is the north, where the Alps begin. The Julian Alps and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps have many stunning sharp peaks. The peaks of the Karavanke, the mountains bordering Austria, are more gentle.

Much of the east of the country between Ljubljana and Maribor is uplands, as are the areas west and south of the capital.

There are gentler hills in the south-east and east, where the vine flourishes, while plains and basins populate the areas between the hills. The Ljubljana region lies in the largest basin.

Slovenia also has a large plains area, as the east of the country is part of the Pannonian Plain.

Not only is the land surface very invigorating, there are also wonders underground: some of the country’s 9,000 karstic caves are among the most beautiful in the world.

What our clients say

Hi Alen.
Wanted to drop a quick email to thank you and your helpful crew for such a great trip. It far exceeded my expectations and for all who have asked, I have highly recommended you and your company.
Hope you are not working too hard and enjoying the warm weather which I am sure you are still experiencing.
Be sure to keep my place in mind when you and your family come to Canada for a visit. You would love the Gulf Islands. All the best. Diane Swindell The Big Adriatic Tour 2013.
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Hi Alen

A note from us to thank you for creating a wonderful trip. Once home I looked through some of the information provided by other tour companies. With the insights gained from having now been to Croatia, I am convinced we picked the right fellow to plan our cycle vacation. Your routes were great and varied enough that I feel I have a good sense of the country. Your trip notes were fabulous and made finding the route easy. Also thanks for being so patient in answering all of our many questions. All in all a memorable trip. If you ever want to refer to us for an endorsement, don't hesitate to contact us.

We also still extend an invitation to you and family to visit us and experience cycling and sightseeing in Canada.

Cheers,
Jean and Jim
Th Ottawa group cycling the Croatian coastline down to Dubrovnik , September 2013.
Hi Alen.

We are back home and continuing on with our cycling, although the few hills we have here look really small compared to the ones we did in Croatia.
Thanks for the great trip and your cycle route selection certainly gave us a good overview of the diverse landscape in Croatia. Lynda and I really enjoyed the trip and we now have many fond memories that will encourage us to continue on with our cycle trips. On our last day in Dubrovnik we watched a cruise ship come into port and we both said "not for us, cycling is way more fun and as long as we can cycle, we will.
Your hotel selection for the trip was awesome and we were always amazed at how helpful the staff at the hotels were. Good accommodations, great food and excellent support along the way, we couldn't ask for a better trip.

George & Lynda Childs
(Bike Friday Couple) CCCTS Cycle Group=


Hi Alen.
I would just like to thank you again for making the CCCTS bike tour in Croatia such a successful experience. I had loads of fun - "best time ever”. You were such an organized and professional guide. I was super impressed with your attention to detail and how accommodating you were to all of our idiosyncrasies (sorry about the fish heads). Thank you also to Damir and Goran. They were awesome also. I think Croatia is an absolutely beautiful country and hope to visit again some day. Thank you again, Lynne

Hi Alen.
We had a really great time and thought the routes, equipment and organisation were all fantastic so happy to put a review on there when you've got the site set up.
Thanks. Noel