My entire family is from Croatia which is a small central European, Mediterranean, Balkan country located in south-East Europe. It may be known as a top tourist destination as of late due to its gorgeous architecture, Adriatic sea, and beautiful landscapes, but not many people are aware of its mystical identity. There are many locations in this small country that contain a lot of magical energy and interesting folklore. Croatia happens to sit at the intersection of some major ley lines and crystal grid lines in the world, making it a hotspot for psychic and mysterious activity. The Balkans themselves are rich with legends such as vampires, witches, and fairies, but it’s also rich with more spiritual and metaphysical sites as well. In this article I am going to share some pretty cool places you should check out if you are planning a trip to Croatia.
The Temple of Jupiter- Split, Croatia
The temple of Jupiter was built around the 3rd century. Jupiter was the name of Diocletian’s father and was one of the most powerful Roman gods- the god of the sky and of thunder. Emperor Diocletian believed he was a reincarnation of Jupiter. The temple is considered to be one of the best preserved Roman temples in the world. At the fall of the Roman Empire in the Middle Ages, the temple was converted into Saint John’s Bapistery named after the Archbishop of Split (Sv. Ivan Krstitelj). Outside the temple entranceway is a Roman sarcophagus and a headless graphite sphinx from 1500 BC which Diocletian brought from Luxor. Beside the temple is the narrowest street in Split called ‘Pusti me proc’ which means ‘let me through!’
If you find yourself in a Croatian forest- beware of the Vila. These are mythical creatures who are always women with long silvery white hair. They are known to seduce young men and kidnap them for days at a time. I’ve heard stories about these creatures growing up, as they are inhabitants of Croatia.
Plitvice National Park
Plitvice is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. Situated in central Croatia on the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this mystical park has inspired awe in visitors and locals for centuries. 16 lakes comprise the park and feature colours such as azure, green, grey, and blue. What keeps this mystical allure going is the fact that the lakes are constantly changing colour depending on minerals and organisms in the water- almost like liquid mood rings. The fluorescence and bio luminescence of this magical location should be on your stop the next time you’re in the region.
This island has become the metaphysical hub of Europe. Many spiritual retreats are held here annually, and Ruby Warrington from The Numinous hosts spiritual getaways here every summer.
The town of Ogulin is in central Croatia near the capital of Zagreb. The town dates back to the 15th century when the Ottoman wars were occurring. The town’s famous Ogulin Castle houses a memorial room of Ivana Brlic Mazuranic who is a famous Croatian fairytale author- equivalent to Hans Christian Andersen. This town is also known for the witches of Klek. In the 17th century, this story was first told. The legend states that witches, fairies, and elves from around the world would gather in Klek during the stormy nights. To this day, theatrical productions of the famous fairytales of this region are performed, making this any fairytale lover’s dream destination.
Blue Cave of Bisevo
The Blue Cave is located at the Balun Cove on the eastern side of the island. Croatian fishermen have known about this cave for centuries as the only entrance to the cave was to dive underneath it. In the 1880s an entrance was blasted out with dynamite. The bright blue glowing effect of the cave is created when the sun’s rays enter through the water and reflect off the limestone floor of the cave. The sun lights up the water, and the glowing ocean illuminates the cave walls in a bright blue- creating an ethereal glowing blue grotto.
Sea Organ- Zadar
The sea organ is concealed beneath a set of large white steps leading into the water. The instrument contains 35 tubes and a large resonating cavity which is played by the wind and sea. This creates a melancholic sound reminiscent of siren calls and whale cries. The Sea Organ was designed by Nikola Basic and completed in 2005.
In 1971, an artist named Ivan Kozaric created a sculptural work called, The Grounded Sun, a bronze sphere two metres in diameter. Situated in the heart of Zagreb the work would make the centre of the solar system, unbeknownst to most locals. Another artist by the name of Davor Preis created metal models of the planets in scale with the established sun and placed them at relative distances around the city. Once completed, the system was in scale 1:680, 000, 000 to our actual solar system. People began to notice the planetary plaques, and it only became known when a students from the Croatian Physics Society discovered the entire installation.
When you enter the old town of Dubrovnik by the Pile Gate, as you walk along the the main street, look carefully and you might spot a strange gargoyle head protruding from a stone wall. The head stands half a metre above the ground, sticking out barely fifteen centimetres. Legend says that if you manage to hop onto the head, keep your balance, and take off your shirt while still standing facing the wall, luck in love will follow you.