Bluesun hotels are located in the most beautiful parts of the Adriatic. Furthermore, all Bluesun hotels are located by the sea so that our guests have the privilege of spending their holidays only a few steps away from heavenly beaches. In addition to clean sea, our Hotels are surrounded by fascinating nature and located in the proximity of national parks and beaches that have received a Blue Flag, which proves their environmental sustainability. Makarska Riviera Two of our destinations, Brela and Tučepi, are located at the foot of the Biokovo Mountain Nature Park. The Mountain was declared a Nature Park back in 1981, and for years it has been attracting those who want to enjoy untouched nature and incredible views that extend over the entire Makarska Riviera. It should also be noted that the Makarska Riviera has the most beautiful beaches and the most visited destinations on the Croatian Adriatic, which are also the locations of the Bluesun hotels. Bluesun hotels offer the unique blend of the immediate vicinity of protected natural beauties and direct access to the beaches. Brela and Tučepi shave excellent transport connections with Dubrovnik and Split, cities of rich cultural heritage. Our guests thus have the opportunity to enrich their stay in our hotels by visiting Diocletian’s Palace in Split which is reminiscent of a film set, or the Old City of Dubrovnik, a monumental fort that encircles the heart of the once independent city-state. All our hotels are located in the proximity of the sea and well-maintained beaches. Three beaches in Brela – Punta rata, Berulia and Stomarica, as well as the longest beach in Tučepi, which is named after the city itself and is 4 km long, are proud bearers of the Blue Flag, the international symbol for clean sea. Tourists have recognized the value of the Blue Flag and, for their own safety and pleasure, prefer beaches that are allowed to fly this flag. Ever since the European Council established the organization in 1981, the Blue Flag has been the international synonym for environmentally protected beaches and foreshores. Once they are awarded the Blue Flag, the municipalities, i.e. the cities, must file an application each year to renew the award. It should be noted that Tučepi has continuously been awarded the Blue Flag since 2006, while Brela has had it since 1997. Brela has a well-kept promenade stretching through the town, popularly called lungomare, which is free from all traffic noise. Strollers and lovers of clean air and sea can go for a jog, roller skating, bike riding or simply enjoy in the splendour of the crystal clear blue sea and the most romantic sunset. In 2004, the American magazine Forbes declared the Punta rata Beach, located in Brela, close to the Bluesun Hotel Marina***, the most beautiful European beach, and one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. This pebble beach which stretches on for 4 km is the destination of choice for many tourists who want a top quality holiday and clean sea. Starigrad Paklenica – surrounded by national parks Bluesun Hotel Alan***, in Starigrad Paklenica, is located at the crossroads of four national parks: Sjeverni Velebit (Northern Velebit), Paklenica, Krka and Kornati. The position of Alan Hotel*** is the perfect combination of proximity to the Adriatic Sea as well as the mountain region. Much like the other Bluesun hotels, Alan Hotel*** is also located right by the sea and the beach, and our guests will not waste precious holiday time to search for their ideal place in the sun – it is right at hand. If you want to see some of the Croatian sites after spending some time on the beach, there are many destinations to choose from: you can go to nearby Zadar and visit the famous Church of St Donatus (one of Croatia’s most important heritage monuments and a tribute to the medieval spirit), or peek into the magical world of one of the national parks located in the close vicinity of our Bluesun Alan Hotel***. Krka National Park fascinates visitors with its falls, and Kornati, a group of islands located in the Zadar Archipelago, remains an enigma due to the fact that even 200 years of exploration have not been enough to account for all the plant and animal species that have made these islands their home. Northern Velebit is also the home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, and only a few paths are open for tourists to use in order to preserve the pristine nature of this area. Even so, the paths that are available to tourists are fascinating, as it is remarkable that so many different plant and animal species can survive on these bare rocks. On the opposite side of Northern Velebit stretches Paklenica, abundant in canyons, caves, grottoes, belvederes, wild forests, abysses, cliffs and karst. True nature lovers will most certainly find something to their liking while exploring the hidden relics of nature, close to the Bluesun Hotel Alan***. Hills of Zagorje Although Dalmatia is in many ways special, continental Croatia is no less unique in terms of the preservation of natural architecture and a clean environment. Our newly opened Bluesun Kaj Hotel****, located in Marija Bistrica, Hrvatsko zagorje, a region full of recognizable charm visible to every tourist who steps into this, in many ways, special Croatian region. Instead of limestone rocks, visitors will encounter the verdure of Zagorje’s hills covered by centennial ash and oak forests, endless hillsides covered in vineyards and hear the sound of rapid streams, each telling a different historical tale. We would particularly like to mention the Gubec Lime Tree which was protected as a natural monument in the late1950s. The tree is more than 9 meters high and inspires awe with its colossal appearance and role of a historical witness to the tragedy that marked Croatian history. It is as if the ghost of yesteryear lives in its crown and leaves. In addition to its natural heritage, Zagorje can also boast a cultural one. In September 2009, UNESCO included in its intangible heritage list the production of wooden toys, a craft passed down from one generation to the next which, along with the licitarsko srce (traditional gingerbread heart) that also originates from Hrvatsko zagorje, is now strongly associated with this region. The region of Zagorje is the richest cultural region of Croatia and the historical home of many noble families and their castles that impress many tourists. Zagorje also abounds in traditional houses (hiža), manor-houses and villas - some estimate that their total number amounts to approximately three hundred. The most famous and most popular castles are Trakošćan, the historical home of the Croatian counts, the Drašković family, and Veliki Tabor Castle, built on a hill 300 meters high, which protected the Ratkaj family and its other owners from enemies. The significance of the Veliki Tabor Castle was recognized by UNESCO which protected it as a cultural monument of the highest category. However, the most famous Zagorje site is the Croatian Marian shrine of Marija Bistrica, a comfort to thousands of Catholics and pilgrims who find their peace in the basilica of the Bistrica Mother of God, or on the Calvary, a hill that adds mystery and special charm to the church as it depicts the Stations of the Cross. The Bluesun Kaj Hotel**** is a five-minute walk from the Basilica. Other natural and cultural beauties are also located near the Hotel and are well connected by transport. The diversity of natural beauty and culture in Croatia is matched by the diverse offer of the various Bluesun hotels. Our wide selection can please every taste. You only need to imagine something and we will make it come true!