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“Waterfalls”
Review of Rastoke

Rastoke
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Half-Day Rastoke Millers Village and Barac Caves...
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Slunj
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

It`s a beautiful little village set in a beautiful location. The houses are surrounded by waterfalls, and the atmosphere is just magical. Take time to sit and drink a cup of coffee, walk around and discover all the hidden points, but be careful, you can end up in someones backyard and the owner may not be happy to see you. It's a pity you have to pay to enter one part of the village.

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Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

The sight of the waterfalls next to the houses is breathtaking, but enough and best to be viewed from the promenade, where you can park. Go down to town if you must, but it will not be as beautiful.

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Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful winter in fairy-tale Rastoke. Rastoke is a wonderful place worth visiting at all times of the year. The harmony of nature and man.

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Reviewed January 4, 2018

I recommend everyone who decide to go home by the old way. Don't forget, Croatia offers more than just the sea. One of the places who you have to see is Rastoke. It's a historical part of Slunj. It's a wonderful place with old houses, watermills, waterfalls and cascades. Yes, it's natural phenomenon.

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Reviewed January 2, 2018

We were on the way to Plitvice Lakes when we stopped here for a break. This area has the millers village which was having the old water power plants. The place was really refreshing and the nature has blessed this place with nice stream of water falls. Definitely include this place incase you are going through that way especially if you have planned trip to Plitvice Lakes.There are nice refreshing restaurants in that town and people are very welcoming

Thank Krishnakumar B
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