Kathryn Freeman

What a delight it has been to spend 12 nights at Luka.10 in little Kalnik as part of a 7 week cycling vacation in Eastern Austria and Northern Croatia. As a Canadian the North American internet construct for Croatia is the Dalmatian Coast. You would think in researching travel in Croatia that there is no other region in Croatia. The astounding Luka.10 converted barn in tiny 385 person Kalnik in Varazdin County of continental Croatia is a superb strategic base to explore the Prigorje and Medimurje regions of Northern Croatia. The area shows the “other Croatia” and in my view the real Croatia….beautiful vineyards, extensive corn fields, authentic villages with hard working people and astoundingly beautiful rolling countryside. Olinka’s lovingly restored barn and other farm outbuildings reflect her high standards of care, service delivery, thought and extensive knowledge about the area. My wife and I will always remember the cycling we did out of Kalnik and the surrounding area. It is people like Olinka that make Euro dreams like that happen. As we complete 5 days in Mid-Dalmatia Coast out of Trogir our time in Kalnik is even more precious providing a far more authentic travel experience with kind people not worn out by the incessant tourist hordes. Luka.10 provides that essential difference in Croatia….to be a traveller and experience the authentic Croatia instead of being another tourist. In 18 years of independent travel in Europe Luka.10 with Olinka stands out as a rare experience of high standards, strategic travel possibilities and a showcase for authentic travel in a rarely visited area of Croatia. Tailwinds!

Dean Roberts, Calgary, Alberta, Canada