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 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
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 ,
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 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.