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Rastoke

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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 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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Rastoke 25 | At Slovin Unique - Rastoke, Slunj 47240, Croatia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We are extremely thankful to our guide cum driver young Andrija of Degenija Tours for stopping here for a short time on our way to Plitvice. It was a very beautiful quaint and picturesque village. It was so soothing to see the river and small...More

Thank BalkrishnaShroff
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stayed 2 days in Rastoke and Slunj. The waterfalls are really beautiful. Part of the river is organized for swimming and resting on the grass.We spent an enjoyable afternoon there. Highly rrcommended.

Thank davidtB8137GY
Reviewed 3 days ago

a quaint little village on the way to split. It has watermills that have been preserved. Very interesting to see them work. They were started for us to have a look.

Thank Bindastraveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends in Zagreb told us to visit in our way to Plitvice and we are glad we did. It is such a quaint and picturesque village that it should not be missed.

Thank montanan_traveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We used air bnb to book a home in the farmland near Rastoke. But went here everyday as they have the most incredible restaurants right next to a stream, offering incredible atmosphere and the food was delicious. Definitely worth a stop if you driving to...More

Thank Michele P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Local kitchen, limited choice of dishes, but very tasty. I would say that place become too commercial since it is not free if you want to see more, what takes not more that 15 minutes. Another disappointment was really poor wine selection. Just one brand...More

Thank zp1956
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A place where you all forget and enjoy peace and positive energy. While lunch under your feet a river flows and in the middle of the hot days you get freshness.

1  Thank Tarli72
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is so beautiful. It is worth stopping by. Small but magnificent. Great place to rest. I recommend it for sure!

Thank Anđelina D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rastoke is the most beautiful place ever, make sure you have a trout fish meal at Slovin Unique Rastoke. It's sensational. Then do the tour of the property discount if you had meal and enjoy the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen. In one...More

1  Thank Bertalyn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had visiteda few days ago this wonderful city on Korona river. On the way back home from Plitvice lakes we were a bit tired but we walked around this small city and it wort every minute!

Thank survivol
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9 July 2017|
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Response from Michele P | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is. People swim in the river just below the main bridge to rastoke . You will see it on your left driving over the bridge into rastoke
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Response from Abrahams1974 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are enough available
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8 April 2016|
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Response from Abrahams1974 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are many services during the season, you can always check with the hotel or the home stay for a private trip which could be more faster
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