The Advent market in Zagreb is one of the most atmospheric in Europe. The Croatian capital now officially bears the title “Best European Christmas Market 2016/2017/2018”. The Croatian capital is an experience in itself in the contemplative pre-Christmas season. The center of the Christmas market is Ban Josip Jelačić Square. In the middle of Jelačić Square there is an impressive Christmas tree, and concerts are performed on an open-air stage. The fountain turns into an Advent wreath lit with large candles.
While rummaging through the Christmas displays, you can take a number of romantic snapshots. There are numerous Christmas food and souvenir stands for the sweet palate. Food and drinks are served in a cozy, heated and covered winter garden.
But if you want to spend Christmas by the sea, it is really something special. Advent in Opatija, Poreč or Rijeka is a very special time. The cities offer their guests various gastronomic delicacies, hot mulled wine and traditional Christmas cookies as well as a rich Advent program every day. Opatija and Poreč are the perfect places for Christmas or New Year's Eve celebrations right by the sea.In the city of Rijeka - European Capital of Culture 2020, you can enjoy the Advent season in the hotel right in the pedestrian zone and visit a wonderful Advent in the Trsat district with a wonderful view of the Kvarner Bay Night with over a hundred thousand lights.
And again spoiled for choice: Spending the Christmas season on the island of Krk, relaxing and enjoying the good cuisine - wouldn't that be an alternative to the otherwise often exhausting holidays? We have selected a very cozy, family-run hotel for you, the ideal starting point for the Christmas markets in Zagreb, Opatija or Rijeka.
- Welcome with our tour guide and an information hour
- Welcome drink
- 2x overnight stay with buffet breakfast
- 1x buffet dinner
- 1x traditional dinner in a local restaurant
- 1x full-day tour guide for the excursion to Opatija, Poreč or Zagreb incl. City tour, Christmas market visit (of your choice)
Hotels: Island of Krk, Poreč, Rijeka, Riviera Crikvenica, Riviera Opatija, Zagreb
Extension days possible
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JOURNEY:
Winter fairy tales in the capital of Croatia or right by the sea
Did you know that in Croatia we have 29. Croatian products with a protected name in the European Union? You can taste many of them on our programs, including: Krk ham, tangerines from the Neretva valley, Istrian ham, Slavonian kulen, Pag cheese and lamb as well as salt ... and recently the “Rudarska greblica” cake. This simple farmer's cake, which was baked by women there in the middle of the 16th century as a refreshment for miners, is still prepared according to the tradition of that time. It used to be made by kneading a dough made of flour and milk and then adding a cheese filling between the dough. Today it is made from hand-rolled, thin dough made from flour, lard, sunflower oil, milk, eggs, butter, sour cream, salt, fresh yeast, sugar and water and filled with fresh cow cheese and baked. In addition to the classic filling, ground walnuts, spinach, Swiss chard, nettles, leeks, mint and grated yellow carrots can also be added to the cheese. The cake is served by cutting it into rectangular pieces no higher than 2.5 cm.