A nature paradise situated exactly where the River Slunjčica over travertine rocks flows into the River Korana, rich in tiny lakes, wonderful rapids and waterfalls (such as Buk, Hrvoje and Vilina Kosa) surrounded by an enchanting greenery, this is Rastoke, a picturesque croatian village also nicknamed "Lobby of Plitvice Lakes" or "Little Plitvice" due to the similar panorama of the Plitvice Lakes internationally recognized as a breathtaking natural monument inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Rastoke, whose name means "something flowing", is a place of extraordinary beauty, a real haven of peace situated about 100 km from Zagreb, in the oldest part of the city of Slunj; it was put under the croatian protection due to its important cultural, historical and architectural heritage. Rastoke's origin is due to the perfect symbiosis of natural and civilizational features, the permanent natural activities of water, flora and fauna and the human contribution over the centuries have led to development of Rastoke, today one of the most suggestive natural scenarios in the world.
Unknown for a long time probably ignored for its traffic isolation, Rastoke played originally a significant role as military defence that was later destroyed and rebuilt until the economic prosperity rose greatly in the 19th century. The affective bond between people and land has always been very strong, as the local population grew, so did its development, they worked hard to build the first wooden houses dating back to the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, moreover the watermills erected at this place, some of which still well-preserved, largely contributed to the economic development; today Rastoke is known as an enchanting holiday destination characterized by a lively textile industry and a growing tourism-based economy enriched by stylish and sophisticated accommodation facilities. The Second World War and the Civil War of 1990 unfortunately destroyed completely the village and part of its natural heritage, all was rebuilt in the following years thanks to the hard work of its locals and the financial aid of the croatian state.
Rastoke is considered a very attractive place that once visited is very hard to leave, many people who visited it for the first time have decided to definitively settle along the banks of its rivers; moreover many writers have mentioned it in their works, the writer Belsazar Hacquet is worth a mention, he has described the waterfalls of the Slunjčica River as "the most beautiful I had ever seen".
Visitors who choose Rastoke as their holiday destination will have the chance to develop also their skills in different sports activities such as rowing, swimming, fishing, hunting, mountain-biking, hiking, horse-riding, a lovely way to learn more about Rastoke, really an unique place in the world!