Friday, 15 March 2019

First Nordic Walking Festival to be Held in Varaždin

The first Nordic walking festival will take place in Varaždinska county on March 23rd, organized by the Nordic Walking Association Drava Varaždin, with their partners the County, the County's Tourist Board and Croatian Nordic Walking Association.

Nordic walking is one of the terms used for fitness walking using specially designed poles - and that's why sometimes it's also called pole walking. The main advantage of the discipline is the fact that Nordic walkers use more of their entire body, thus receiving fitness stimulation not present in normal walking in their upper bodies.

The idea of the festival is to bring together the promotion of the Nordic walking in Croatia and the promotion of the natural beauty and tradition and heritage of the most interesting sites in the Varaždin County. One of the reasons the first festival will be held in Trakošćan is to also commemorate World Water Day, a day when international community should think about the goal of making fresh water available to everyone on Earth by 2030.

Natalija Martinčević, head of Varaždin County Tourist Board says that the County is always ready for new ideas to expand what they have to offer to tourists and that it's important to bring together the tourism, natural beauty and heritage of the County, and combining all of that with health through Nordic walking is an excellent approach. Just about everyone can participate in Nordic walking, members of all generations and entire families together, so the Festival is a great opportunity for families to spend time outdoors, at the beginning of the spring - in wonderful Trakošćan.

The event will start at 9 am, with the registration of the walkers, a welcome drink, and warm-up and stretching exercises for all. After that, the walks will start, and there will be 4 routes to pick from, based on your level of fitness: you can either join the group doing two laps around the Trakošćan lake (10 km), one lap (5 km), half a lap (2.5 km) or beginner's walk around the castle. All participants and their families can purchase tickets to the castle at a 50% discount, and after all walkers are finished, a guided tour of the castle will take place. If you register for the event until March 18th, you will also be getting lunch at Trakošćan (included in your entry fee). To enter the event, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And while you're there for the Nordic walking festival, you can't pass up the opportunity to get to know Hrvatsko Zagorje better!

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Ticks in Croatia Wake Up Much Earlier this Year!

If you plan to do any outdoor activities in Croatia this spring, you should be aware of one thing: ticks in Croatia have "woken up" much earlier in the year than it's customary, so even these days, in mid-March, you should be prepared to fight them while outdoors.

The winter was extremely mild (some would say that the winter in Croatia this year was, in fact, non-existent, we just went from prolonged autumn to early spring), and those warm temperatures have increased the activities of the nasty ticks out there. That led to the first case of Lyme disease to be recorded in Croatia already, happening in Primorsko-goranska county. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection, transmitted by the bite of an infected tick, and can usually be treated by a course of antibiotics. It is, however, important to recognize the symptoms of the disease as soon as possible, so it's important to be aware of the unusual activity of ticks in Croatia this early in the season.

Lyme disease is not the only tick-borne disease you should be wary of, there are several other diseases transmitted to humans by ticks, but also every pet (especially dog) owner knows that their dogs should also be protected from ticks, as they can also get Lyme disease. So, if you plan to spend time outdoors in Croatia this spring, you should wear appropriate clothing (long sleeves and pant legs), shows that don't leave a lot of skin unprotected, and of course, repellents for your pets. As soon as possible, as you're out of the literal and metaphorical woods, get out of the clothes you wore while outdoors, take a shower and do a check to see if any ticks managed to latch on. Washing the clothes ASAP will take care of any ticks that might be hidden somewhere in there, if possible. If you find a tick somewhere on you, remove it with tweezers and put some antiseptic on the bite. Make sure you keep an eye on the bite location for a few days and see a doctor if anything unusual appears on the site.

 

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Outdoors Croatia: Dubrovnik City Walls, One Man and His Dog (VIDEO)

March 6, 2019 - Continuing our healthy look at the Great Outdoors with our favourite active one man and dog team, Outdoors Croatia hits the old walls of Dubrovnik.

I really hope that these guys from Outdoors Croatia are getting some nice official financial support for the incredible work they do. 

The one man and dog team have seemingly covered every inch of this beautiful country - traversing its mountains, rivers, lakes and seas, all the while filming spectacular footage. As an advert for adventure tourism for Croatia, there is nothing better online, at least in my opinion. Check out the entire YouTube collection on the official channel

In their latest video, they have some in from the wilds and visiting one of Croatia's top attractions, the UNESCO World Hertiage Site and old city walls in Dubrovnik. 

The wildly popular walls, made even famous at the setting for Game of Thrones' Kings Landing, attract over a million visitors each year. 

And so the chance to get them to yourself is pretty rare. 

All the more beauty, then as this energetic one man and his dog, armed with a drone and trademark fabulous sunny Dubrovnik day, make their way around the historic walls. Fabulous.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

One Man and His Dog: Outdoors Croatia on the Via Adriatica Trail (VIDEO)

February 28, 2019 - Looking to experience the true beauty of Croatia? Follow the team from Outdoors Croatia - another breathtaking run, this time on the Via Adriatica trail. 

There are many promotional channels showcasing the beauty of Croatia, some great, some not so good. One of the absolute best in my opinion is that of the team from Outdoors Croatia, who take viewers to parts of the country few locals have visited. 

It is a while since we have featured Croatia's most active one man and his dog team, but that does not mean to say they have not been active. Another stunner from Outdoors Croatia, this time combining the snow of majestic Biokovo with the backdrop of a glistening Adriatic Sea: 

"Via Adriatica is a long distance trail that connects all Croatian coastal mountains from Istria to Dubrovnik. This segment follows the 1500m high narrow ridge of Biokovo mountain above Makarska. Via Adriatica is a long distance trail that connects all Croatian coastal mountains from Istria to Dubrovnik. This segment follows the 1500m high narrow ridge of Biokovo mountain above Makarska."

Learn more about the Via Adriatica on the official website.

For more video magic from adrenaline Croatia, follow the Outdoors Croatia YouTube channel

Sunday, 25 February 2018

One Man and His Dog Vlog: Winter Running near Zagreb - Bikceviceva and Medvednica

Croatia's most enthusiastic adrenaline tourism promoters, the man and dog team from Outdoors Croatia, released their latest video snapshot of the Great Croatian Outdoors on February 21, 2018.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

One Man and His Dog: Krupa Trail Running via Adriatica Trail

Continuing our look at Great Croatian Oudoors through its best promoters, the man and dog team from Outdoors Croatia, Krupa trail running via the Adriatica Trail.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

One Man and His Dog: Skyrun by the Adriatic in Ucka Nature Park

Continuing our look at the Great Outdoors in Croatia through the videos the country's finest man and dog adventure tourism promotion team, this week some skyrunning along the Adriatic, through Ucka Nature Park.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

One Man and His Dog: Snowshoe Running on Velebit with Outdoors Croatia

January 25, 2018 - Croatia, the adventure playground. The latest video promotion from Outdoors Croatia.

Monday, 4 December 2017

One Man and His Dog: National Park Risjnak in Winter

Snow is falling in some parts of Croatia, time for our favourite man and dog team to get active. This week's Outdoors Croatia video comes from a winter run in National Park Risnjak.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

One Man and His Dog: Plitvice Lakes and the Virgin Snow (VIDEO)

Continuing our look at the great Croatian outdoors through the fabulous videos of our favourite man and dog team from Outdoor Croatia, an oldie but a goodie - has a UNESCO World Heritage Site ever looked so spectacular?

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