1StarCroatia – Samobor Old Town

⭐⭐⭐The view from there is nothing to write home about. ⭐⭐⭐

This time, I chose an unusually high rating: as much as three stars for the ruinous medieval town above a charming town of Samobor.

Most of the people are rather impressed with the view when they get to the fort. Not this traveller. The view is what annoyed him most. Usually, he writes about the beautiful views back home. Not this time. He expected a better reward once he climbs as much as 250 m above sea level.

To tell you the truth, most people don’t expect a grand view because the old town is not on a very high altitude and it takes you only 20 minutes to get there. We’ve never heard anyone saying: “you have the go there, the view is amazing!”. We can’t really understand where do his expectations come from…

Some people are disappointed because the monument is in a rather poor condition, others love to explore it precisely because of that. Some complain the trail is muddy, others are thrilled with a chance of a short hike straight from the city center. But once you get there, people are usually overwhelmed with a pretty view that they didn’t expect. Immediately, they realise why did they build it right there back in the 13th century: the castle is not so easy to spot, yet it overlooks the valley and beyond.

But that was not enough for our reviewer! He expected to see something other than the scenery that surrounds it. Thank you for the warning! If we decide to go to the old town of Samobor, we’re going to stay away from the view.

1StarCroatia – Lonjsko Polje

⭐⭐ Could be beatiful, but where? ⭐⭐

Are you making plans for the weekend? How does a day in nature sound? Don’t be fooled, nature can be poorly rated, too. Today, I have a few photos from a single destination because I simply couldn’t decide which photo goes best with the poor review I discovered online. The review was posted by a man who had only half an hour to explore one of the largest wetlands in Europe.

We hope today’s post is going to make you think twice about visiting Lonjsko polje. It might be beautiful, but where? Is it the rivers, the woods? The traditional wooden architecture and the elsewhere-lost way of life that makes the whole area seem out of time? The storks village? You have to more precise!

1StarCroatia – Zrmanja River

⭐⭐⭐ In South America you can see bigger and longer river for less money ⭐⭐⭐

This traveller went easy on river Zrmanja and gave it as much as a three-stars-review… even though, as he says, it’s more expensive than in Africa, and you can see longer rivers in South America.

You should take this review very seriously. If you’re coming to Croatia for the rivers, better change your plans. There are only 30-ish rivers that are longer than 40 km, and that’s still nothing when compared to, let’s say, Amazon. Croatia’s many river springs only make the country one of the richest sources of drinking water – nothing special about plain water if you ask me. If Zrmanja is one of the visually most stunning rivers of Croatia, with it’s green and blue serpent-like shape carved deep into rocks, than you know you should just turn around and not even bother visiting any rivers of Croatia.

1StarCroatia – Red Lake in Imotski

⭐⭐ Not red at all. ⭐⭐

Don’t you just hate it when the names are misleading?

They call this lake in Imotski „Red Lake”. It’s only because of the colour of the cliffs…and as a contrast to the nearby Blue Lake (that is actually blue, according to online reviews). I would expect the water to be red, hopefully radioactive, filled with blood, or whatever it takes to make the water red!

What a bad practice to use traditional naming for natural phenomena! Doesn’t anyone bother to rethink such names to meet the expectations of visitors!? This deserves no more than two stars on Google Places. A big thanks to everyone who sorted this out on Google, Tripadvisor etc, and made it clear to the unsuspecting tourists that the lake is not red!

Do yourself a favour and don’t even bother to check out yet another sinkhole. If you check out other sh**ty reviews, you will know what I mean: the rocks are too tall and steep which makes it impossible to reach the water. All you can do is enjoy the view. Really? Give us one good reason to do that. Half of Croatia lies on karst anyway, so what’s the point of looking at another karst phenomenon? More importantly, what’s the point of just looking at one of the deepest lakes in Europe (if not the deepest one)? Croatia, you disappoint once more.

Find this story together with some others on Episode 06 of Croatia Underrated podcast: