Ivanić-Grad

Address

Park Hrvatskih branitelja 1, 10310 Ivanić-Grad

Phone

+385 1 2831 360

Distance from Zagreb

38 km

The city is situated in the Moslavina region on the Lonja River, right off the Zagreb–Lipovac motorway, 38 km away from Zagreb. Ivanić-Grad was first mentioned in the records dating from the 13th century (1246). The town is also known for its vicinity to the Naftalan health resort and its traditional event Bučijada.

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Tourist attractions

Naftalan—unique healing treasure from the depths of the earth

Thanks to the Pannonian Sea that used to cover parts of central Croatia, the area below Ivanić-Grad hides a true treasure: naftalan oil. Naftalan is made by distilling naftalan oil. Naftalan is petroleum mineral oil made by sedimentation of dead microorganisms' remains, and it is valuable due to its numerous healing properties. Not only is it valuable, but it is also an extremely rare natural phenomenon. It is so rare that it can only be found in two places in the world: in Azerbaijan and in Croatia. Naftalan was first found next to Ivanić-Grad in the 1960s, and in 1989, the Naftalan Special hospital for medical rehabilitation was founded. The Hospital is the only place of that kind in Europe. Despite the fact that the commercial use of naftalan for medical purposes is a relatively new phenomenon, people have been aware of its beneficial properties for centuries. The first notes on naftalan were written by world traveler Marco Polo, but the notes referred to the sources in Azerbaijan, on the Silk Road. In Ivanić, it is successfully used to treat rheumatic diseases, spinal joint diseases, and skin diseases. The naftalan oil bath is a unique experience that has beneficial effects on your skin and body. Other than using naftalan for oil baths, experts have created special, naftalan-based cosmetic products: lotions, oils and shampoos. The products are used to complement treatments done in the Hospital, but are also available on the market. People come to Naftalan for the powerful, black-brown oil treatment, and for the benefits of healing thermal water. Thermal water is also a remainder of the Pannonian Sea, and it is sourced 1300 meters below the ground. The salty oil water that is rich in minerals can prevent and treat numerous health issues, and is generally beneficial to the body. Regardless of its focus on a broad spectrum of health treatments, Naftalan is also a well-known wellness and spa destination. Naftalan offers accomodation with 137 beds, 26 of which come with top-standard service. A sports park near the Hospital complements everything Naftalan has to offer, and the Moslavina region, with its developed rural and wine tourism, has all merits needed to amaze the visitors who want to explore the region.

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Pumpkin festival

The best time to visit Ivanić-Grad is in October, when the merriest and best-attended traditional, tourist-economic and gastronomic manifestation called Bučijada is held. The heart of the manifestation is the fair where pumpkins, pumpkin seed oil, pumpkin products and other eco-ethno products are sold, and where more than 200 exhibitors present their products.

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Educational trails

The Marča forest educational trail is situated on the western slopes of Moslavačka gora near the village of Šumećani, starting from the road next to the Kezele Rural Tourism Estate, where you can eat and refresh yourself with a drink, buy a souvenir or local products. The trail is circular, 3.00 km long, slightly hilly, suitable for all ages, and it takes a 30-minute pleasant walk to cross it. The Žutica forest educational trail includes 10 educational points. It is 2.5 km longand starts at the forestry Pleso. It is designed to take visitors through through the entire area of the Žutica forest ecological network. Thus it passes through a forest of pedunculate oak, a forest of common hornbeam, all the way to the ash floodplain forest. In one part it passes along the river bed of the old river Lonja.

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Škrlet

Škrlet is the autochthonous variety of Moslavina. It’s a light white wine; the new generation of winemakers has breathed new life into this neglected wine variety. We can expect great things from their dedicated work on škrlet, and for now you can enjoy in this Moslavina wine endemic as the perfect drink for warm days spent in nature and in good company. The well-known producers of this wine are the Voštinić-Klasnić and Kezele wineries.

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Kezele

Health tourism

Health Resort Naftalan - a special type of medicinal petroleum is a real rarity, and the site near Ivanić-Grad is only the second such find in the world and the only in Europe. Naphthalene is one of the natural healing agents that has been used for a long time to preserve health and prevent disease, as well as to treat pre-existing diseases and injuries. Designed as a medicinal and relaxing vacation oasis.

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Hotel Sport provides a balanced wellness approach to life and a rich offer for recreational and professional athletes.

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