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DISCOVER CROATIA / ACTIVITIES

SUNČANA VURA offers you a new dimension of travel

Experience the real thing, the inner journey of adventure and experience...

We have provided a range of activities from staying outdoors, sports tailored to your physical abilities, eco and photo tours, Educational activities to a variety of games or listening to fairy tales, something for everyone.


Discover Croatia in a truly unique way.

ACTIVITIES:

NATURE

OLIVE GROWING
The olive tree, centuries-old plant species, is, because of its particularity, one of the most valuable fruit, and represents the main ingredient of the Mediterranean cuisine. Experience the olive harvest, unite with nature in the ancient olive groves and learn about the olive oil production and processing. This activity is available in October, which is the peak harvest season.


FISHING
The sea and fish are synonyms for the Mediterranean way of life. We can say that fishing exists from times immemorial. The earliest records show that man and fish formed part of a life cycle together. Ever since the biblical times, fishing tells us many stories about life itself. Nowadays, the experience of true fishing in the old-fashioned way will make you aware of this gift that nature gives us. Early, at dawn, we depart with the fishermen, helping them to prepare their nets, baits and perform other necessary tasks. At the same time you will hear stories about the hard labour, how the sea, the salt and the wind eat into their skin, but also leave an indelible trace of satisfaction after a good catch. Fishing with nets, traw-line (parangal), angling, and diving are all ways in which you can experience this activity. One thing is certain - you will experience the return to nature, the experience of giving thanks to food and a genuine sense of satisfaction that stem from nature and the sea.

SHEPARDING
Sheep are one of the first animals that were tamed and domesticated by man. The history of many nations is based on shepherding and pastoral culture. In Croatia shepherding has become one of the main sectors of farming. Sheep provide us with wool, milk, cheese and meat. They can cope with rough terrain, strong winds and rain. They walk gently down the slopes and hills, grazing on dry grasslands and are calm and timid animals in the company of which we can feel the warmth of coexistence between man and nature. Shepherding is an activity whereby one can experience feeding and herding of a flock of sheep. The shepherd gets a tripod, a shepherd’s crook and the unobedient sheepdog Riki. This activity is available in any season and it is appropriate for all age groups. In months before the summer you can also participate in sheep shearing.

DRY WALL
Dry wall – When listening to the tale of the dry wall we can learn a lot about the essence of the hard life of people who have inhabited these areas for centuries. Every stone of the dry wall was touched by the human hand. They perform its function whilst the generations of families change throughout history. Numerous dry walls are a result of centiuries’ old hard work. They are created from placing cut stones, which have been collected when clearing the fields, one over the other, using no binding material. Dry walls can be found outside the villages, defining cultivated land – vrtaca. They also serve as an obstacle or fence for flocks of sheep, and most importantly keep the precious land fenced off.

ANIMAL SHELTERS
A patch of land dedicated to the protection of the precious rare animal species. The sanctuaries care of the animals which are on the verge of extinction, and where the sick animals get necessary treatmet in order to mainain their survival in today's world. These places teach us to be thankful and strenghten our feeling about the importance and value of nature.


BIRDWATCHING
In addition to spending time outdoors and walking, it is good to include an activity whereby you get close to nature through learning about it. Birdwatching is a very popular activity today which presents to the bird-watcher a distinctive sense of delight and union with nature. Light, birds of all colours and characters aren’t easily accessible to us and they usually get to great heights that are out of reach. We should treat them with respect because they form part of a fascinating game which mother nature brings to us. Birdwatching is an activity which entails observation and study of birds with the naked eye and through binoculars, spyglasses and, in recent times, photographic equipment (i.e. cameras with strong lenses). Lately, the term birding has been widely used. Whilst birdwatching refers to visual observation of birds, birding includes the overall experience of recognizing birds according to their voices, songs and behaviour.

ART

CERAMICS WORKSHOP
Clay is one of the first materials in the creation of the world. Many religious texts mention how God made man out of clay and then breathed the soul into him. Through studying clay many facts about human history was gathered, which is part of our own past, our everyday life and our future. The contact with clay brings us in touch with the universal forces and norms which govern nature from the very beginnings of creation. To take a piece of clay in the hands, express your personality, your hopes, ideas, relax and release the stress caused by a fast-paced life, imprint a part of your personal knowledge and creativity – all these are the values of the workshop. It is not important whether you have any talents. The important part is the will to let go and let the hands express your inner being through the path of the unconscious. During the creation of clay objects you get to know the basic techniques of working by hand or on the work surface, as with the total process of preparing clay which is found in the nature. You can also experience the search for clay in nature and its excavation.

WERBECK SINGING WORKSHOP
Singing makes us happier and more content. There are only two prerequisites for singing - having a voice and hearing. ž If you can talk and hear yourself and others, you can sing, despite what you or others may say! The voice is not just a material substance, made up of the throat, vocal cords, etc. it is much more our whole body is an instrument and the voice is a "medium" for capturing notesoften through singing and uncovering your voice, you also discover your true self.

MASKS WORKSHOP PAPIER MÂCHÉU TEHNIQUE
About papier-mâché technique: Simultaneously with the invention of paper, the papier-mâché technique developed in China between 200 BC and 220 AD. The first attempt at modeling three-dimensional objects (shields, vessels) in paper-mâché dates from that period. In the 17th century this technique spread throughout Europe from France, where it obtained its name (paper-mâché means mashed paper). Papier-mâché (papier-masse in German, cartapesta in Italian) is a porridge-like mass made of torn paper soaked in water, mixed with binders – an adhesive (starch, for instance) and a filler (chalk, plaster of Paris and clay). While wet this mixture is easily cast from molds or modeled by hand. The dry mass, which is usually painted or varnished, is characterized by great sturdiness and extreme lightness. This technique flourished in Paris around 1740, at the time of rococo. It is very popular nowadays, less among artists and more among those who see it as an enjoyable hobby. Papier-mâché was earlier used to make toys, vessels, figures, frames, furniture and decoration for furniture and ceilings, set props, as well as imitation objects made of ivory, wood, metal, etc. Today this exceptional technique is used most often to model carnival masks, boxes, Christmas tree decoration, decorative vessels, etc. When sculptors are in question, it is used for reliefs, lamps, realistic figurines, but also abstract compositions, set props, etc.

PLAY

THE BREEZE OF THE MIDDLE AGES
If you've ever wished to wear an armour, draw out a sword, or release the arrow, or if you have ever dreamed of dancing, or bowing gracefully; if you've ever remembered the blacksmiths' anvil or the heat of the boiling pot with food, if you have dreamed of castles and conquers then you wished to have an experience of the Middle Ages. We have prepared workshops where you will learn and try the skills of fencing, archery, dancing and cooking. And all this in a medieval knight camp whilst being dressed in clothes of that time.

THE SEARCH OF THE GOLDEN FLEECE
The tale of the golden fleece has its origins from the Greek mythology where it represented the coat of the winged ram Chrysomallon. Athamas the king of Orchomenus in Boeotia, a region of the southeastern Greece, took as his first wife the cloud goddess Nephele, by whom he had two children, the boy Phrixus and the girl Helle. Athamas left his wife Nephele and married Cadmus's daughter Ino. Ino was jealous of her stepchildren and plotted their deaths. Nephela, or her spirit, appeared to her children together with the winged ram whose fleece was of pure gold. On the ram the children escaped across the sea, but Helle fell off and drowned in the strait, now named after her, the Hellespont. The ram took Phrixus safely to Colchis (today's Georgia), on the easternmost shore of the Euxine (Black) Sea. Phrixus then sacrified the ram and hung the Golden Fleece on a tree (in the tale it is often an oak) in the grove sacred to Ares where it was guarded by the dragon. There it remained until it was taken by Jason. The ram became the constellation of Aries.

JURE GRANDO - THE FIRST VAMPIRE
The oldest written documents on the existence of vampires record the case of Jure Grando from the village of Kringa in Istria. The legend and the testimonies from the inhabitants through generations tell that after his burial in 1656, Jure Grando got out of the grave the same night and started terrorizing the inhabitants and seducing his widow for the next 16 years. After 16 years had passed, the local prefect Miho Radetic, gathered nine local men and undug his grave. They found him with rosy cheeks and a perfectly preserved body which they could not pierce with a hawthorn stick, so they severed his head and covered the grave. After that, Grando stopped usurping the locals. Slovenian traveller, Janez Vajkard Valvasor wrote about this legend in his book The Glory of the Duchy of Kranj, published in 1689.

MINERS REPUBLIC
Participate in the revolt of Labin’s miners at the beginning of the 20th century and experience a day at the most dangerous job in the world 150 metres under the ground, under 20 million tons of stone at 15 degrees Celsius at the Raša mines in Labin and Lamparna. Lower yourselves through the mine shaft, experience the awful working conditions in the former mines in Labin and Raša and become a participant in the miner’s republic during which the miners took over the mine, organised their own self-government and police (red patrols), organised production and demanded improvements in the position and rights of workers until the uprising was violently crushed by the Italian fascist army. According to legend a group of miners escaped through one of the mine shafts and disappeared forever. This adrenaline-fi lled experience leads you through the exciting story of human pride and strength in frightening conditions. After you come up from the dark of the underground, share a traditional miner’s meal with the miners themselves.

CRISPO
This theatrical play about the return of a Roman general and Emperor’s son, Crispo, is dramatised at an authentic Roman villa located at Vižula, not far from Medulin, at a real archaeological site. The story takes us back to ancient times, during the rule of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. In the year 326 this emperor proclaimed his son Crispo as heir to the throne of the Roman Empire. This did not please Crispo’s stepmother Fausta, who was much younger than her husband Constantine. Fausta decided to become the lover of the future heir in order to ensure her position at his court, but young Crispo refused her and was punished by the fury of the scorned and powerful Fausta. According to legend, Crispo was imprisoned and killed at the country villa at Vižula. This experience will take you directly to a real Roman feast prepared by old Roman recipes. From bread to oatmeal, fi sh, shellfi sh, spicy sausages, various cakes and honey breads, you will eat just like the ancient Romans did. Experience the spirit of ancient culture at an authentic archaeological site.

SPORT AND ADRENALIN

FREE CLIMBING
Free climbing is a type of climbing whereby the climber overcomes a certain ascent through his own ability and strength, by using natural grips and setting up climbing protection. All equipment for the climber, except for the magnesium and the climbing shoes, serve specifically for the protection in the case of fall. Free climbing is a combination of top-level adrenaline pleasure, health, recreation, the enjoyment of nature, and an exceptional sense of fulfilment. The beauty of this sport is the total freedom. Except for the top of the cliff, the only restriction is the one in your head. No matter if you are doing sports as an active sportsperson or for recreation, just climb, break the fear, and learn something new about yourself. By climbing every day and lifting achievement levels, sports climbers join maximum adrenaline experience, psychological stability, activation of all muscles, and the beauty of the soft, gracious climbing.



CYCLING
Today cycling, along with walking and running, presents the most popular form of recreation. This activity is entertaining, dynamic and adapts well to all ages and physical abilities. Cycling is a sport that can fill us with both adrenaline and tranquility, depending on our performance. You can do cycling at all our locations while enjoying the beauties of the landscape. Combine the holiday with cycling if you want to experience the benefits of physical activities. Choose from several types of cycling - from mountain, to the road and to the adrenaline rush of the BMX.

RAFTING AND KAYAKING
Rafting means going down the river currents in a rubber boat. This is an exciting, adrenaline and adventurous activity. There is a special experience which stems from the feeling that we are left to the mercy of the current, which is out of control, and we follow and adapt to it so we can experience the union with nature. Before going into the boat you are given instructions about the equipment, behaviour in the boat and the way of paddling. Depending on the location, this activity is divided in terms of speed and complexity into several levels, from class 1 to class 6. Rafting in big boats, where there is room for 10 people is appropriate only during high water levels, while low water level periods make ideal conditions for smaller canoe or kayak boats that can carry 2-3 people and whose form allows passing through sections which have just enough water for a real kayaking experience. The ideal time for this activity is the springtime and early summer.

UNDERWATER DIVING
Free-diving or breath-holding is the oldest and the most widespread form of diving. Throughout the history, people have undertaken such actions in search of food, shellfish or to find sunken objects. This activity can be carried out in different locations which are, depending on the natural surrounding, more or less demanding. Scuba diving is a unique experience - on the verge of adrenaline and adventure, yet still in the weightless vastness of the deep blue sea. First of all, a good education on the equipment and ways of conduct is necessary. Depending on the type of diving, the main diving equipment, without which one cannot imagine a comfortable and safe diving, is needed. It consists of: the diving mask, fins, suit, gloves, gauges, tanks, instruments, knife, weight belts, underwater lights and weighted boots. The instructor will teach you and you can dive relaxed into the underwater adventure and exploration of the depths of the blue Adriatic Sea. Experience diving in the caves at locations which we have chosen for you. Take pictures and dive.

HORSE RIDING
JOne can start with riding at any age and it can be a lifelong form of recreation. Therapeutic horseback riding, apart from recreational and sports riding includes a pedagogical and medical component. Riding relaxes and dissolves built up stress, it is very beneficial for overall health, and raises the level of psychophysical capability. It makes one happier with oneself and one's body. Riding strenghthens the body muscles, the spine, joints and connective tissue. It enhances and balances the motoric functioning, coordination of movements and body agility. Thanks to riding, people can stay active despite their limitations of movement which were caused by an ilness or process of ageing, and in this way the feeling of social isolation and low self-esteem are reduced. In addition, emotional closeness and care for the horse, feeding, grooming, and care, as well as the inseparable part of recreational riding all represent a special pleasure. This activitiy can be included in your holidays in almost every location that we offer. There are no age group limitations and it is organized throughout the year.

TREKKING
We have distanced ourselves so much from nature that walking has become a recreational activity. Walking enables us to strengthen our muscles that have relaxed due to long office hours, car use or time spent on the sofa. Get back to yourself through walking on footpaths that lead across stunning areas. Choose the ideal footpath by the sea, across scented lavender fields, olive groves, orchards, grasslands, rocks, in the shade or take the full trekking equipment on demanding paths. Trekking is divided into various difficulty levels to suit different groups of people.

QUAD AVANTURA
If you love investigating nature, you will most certainly grow very fond of this vehicle. Quads or ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) are four wheel motorbikes, whose primary use was to drive on all types of terrain. At the beginning of the adventure there is a short introduction on the terrain driving and quad bikes. Every participant gets a helmet and other protection gear and starts the test drive on the test tracks. After acquiring the skill of driving the quad vehicles, the participants start the adventure, accompanied by the lead expert. Adrenaline and excitement – the words that most adequately describe this activity.

SPELEOLOGY
Speleology forms a set of activities whose main objective is the exploration of caves, caverns, chasms, and other underground karst phenomena. Croatia is rich in karst that has a specific relief with special properties and characteristics resulting from a particular geological composition of rock. This is why there are lots of locations for carrying out such activities. Research and the "walk" in the pits and caves are sometimes said to be underground alpinism due to its complexity. Caving offers a special dimension to your holiday. It is a combination of adrenaline that keeps us awake and ready on the one hand, and on the other hand provides us with trnaquility and an inexplicable feeling of excitement caused by the unknown space. Pits vary, depending on location and are adapted to the needs and abitilies of the visitors.

ADRENALINE PARK
Here the adrenaline gets to its peak – the gauge level is on red and the pulse on 200. The adrenaline park provides an experience of the freedom of movement across the obstacles on great heights. Confronting the fear of heights, the fear of oneself, and the limits that we impose on ourselves.

PAINTBALL
Paintball is one of the most exciting “extreme” sports in the world which is played by millions of men and women of all age group and styles. While you try to accomplish the task you, at the same time, try to eliminate the players from the opposite team by shooting them with paint balls from a paintball gun. In order to win, fast thinking, determination, and fast reactions are the necessary quailities for winning. The real trenches from World War II which add an atmosphere from the past present a real adrenaline explosion. To conquer the flag and the attack to the main base are only some of the sceneries by which the adrenaline will hit the skies.



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