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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 30 October 2017

Traveling on the old road towards Senj, we stopped at this beautiful place with lots of small waterfalls and cascades. Three centuries ago, in the place where Slunjčica river spills in Korana river and creates beautiful waterfalls, cascades and lakes, the villagers have decided to...More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Rastoke is a small village with beautiful water falls and homes around it. a good idea to stop for a while on your way back from Plitvice National Park. Beautiful place that also offers rooms to tourist so might not be bad idea to sleep...More

Thank 3Shakera
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

This is too perfect to be true. A quiet village, a little off the highway, with old homes, some of which offer rooms to tourists, a sprinkling of restaurants, and cobbled streets that run along waterways that lead to splashing waterfalls and tranquil pools. This...More

Thank Aney60
Reviewed 18 October 2017

On our way out of Plitvice to Zagreb, we stopped at this very little village. It is quite quaint and beautiful. Even if you've had your fill of waterfalls from Plitvice National Park, you'll still want to stop here for a bit. If you have...More

Thank Joe S
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

It has a special atmosphere with the small houses and waterfalls. Definitely worth to see and vet the ticket for the view from inside A Plitvicei tavak fele könnyen útbaejthető gyöngyszem, érdemes legalább egy órát rászánni és befizetni a kiépített túrára.

Thank Anna B
Reviewed 9 October 2017

This little village is magical. We stayed in the Holiday House Rastoke Pod Lipom, a beautifully restored cottage right on the waterfall. What a great place. It was well equipped, and so very comfortable. Listening to the sound of the rushing water was fantastic. The...More

Thank PDXLynn
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Waterfalls and whole surrounding area were stunning. Arrived 1pm and stayed the night in guest house buk. Fab for an afternoon strolling around waterfalls and great food in petro. Ideal 20 min drive to Plitvice in the morning. Lovely little place. Worth a visit for...More

Thank Fraser T
Reviewed 7 October 2017

For some brilliant scenery and great photo opportunities, pay a few dollars to enter the waterfall area. Beautiful. The restaurant at the entrance is also good and reasonably priced. Well worth a visit.

Thank Gnoleeg
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We did a stop at this fantastic place on our way from Plitvice Lakes and i was really happily surprised of this small hidden gem. Old cute houses and waterfalls and a really nice restaurant close by.

Thank Kosmoskatten
Reviewed 27 September 2017

On the way to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, our guide showed us this small district in a valley. They built their houses just above streams, and use power of running streams for milling. The atmosphere was calm, and the sounds of running streams and...More

Thank japanguide
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lil10245
9 August 2017|
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Response from Ola C | Reviewed this property |
Hello. It is enough time to visit the place. I think for us it was about 1.5h. I'm not sure if there is any map available but it is so small place that you can basically move around by only looking at the signs.
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ansyaustin
3 August 2017|
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Response from davidtB8137GY | Reviewed this property |
Regarding Rastoke - it is a very small place , of 50 buildings max, and is practically a "suburb" of Slunj. There are nice waterfalls, but if you go there after Plitvice you will have already enough waterfalls . You can... More
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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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