Etno selo Cardaci

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Vitez, Bosnia and Herzegovina
www.cardaci.ba - 030 718-718

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Etno selo Cardaci Vitez Reviews

EmEm EmEm
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Ni na nebu, ni na zemlji! Apr 15, 2016
Last years it became very popular in Bosnia and Herzegovina to build a tourist settlement in a style of an etno village. In my opinion that has nothing with a look of a village as it is used to be, except in outward appearance of cottages. Those are modern tourism villages made up of bungallows with gardens around a restaurant and a reception in front of it all.

Etno Village Cardaci is located 3km away from the place Vitez in the Central Bosnia. It is just behind the big shopping center Fis Vitez and the road M5 from Sarajevo to Travnik. The River Lašva runs through it and there is a little hydropower plant built on it.

Cardak is an old wooden house, usually with two floors. The word is of Turkish origin with a the basic purpose of the watchtower. My "house" was the closest to the" Kod crnog mačka" bar, in translation "At the black tomcat's". I got an air- conditioned bedroom with a modern toilet, where I stayed only one night. In the old country homes the toilet was always outside the main building. The cottage was very clean and nicely decorated. There was also provided a free Wi-Fi and parking. Out of the house the settlement was also clean and tidy, and mostly calm and quiet.

Breakfast and dinner were served in the restaurant" Kod mlina"( in translation: at the mill) with a live music in the evening. A band that consisted of four young men played some strange music for the local population in a such disharmony that was unpleasant to listen. We needed some cheese to stick in the ears to block out the noise, like in the Allo 'Allo! sitcom when Edith sang in the René's café. Food was average, a country style food with a limited choice, i.e. grilled meat with baked potatoes. As part of the village there was also a water park "Ribica"( a little fish), a pond imaginary creek "Ribnjak izmišljeni potok" and a gift shop. Only for decoration there was set a mill wheel and a fish figure carved in wood.

Like in every town, not a village, there were boards with funny names of streets inside of the settlement. In one of several squares there was a wooden pillar with signposts with the distance in kilometers of some important places in the world. At "The Tomcat's Square"( Mačkov trg) is written a warning not to be afraid if it passed across your way. Old folk believes that it brings bad luck. Gardens are full of ornamental plants, unlike in traditional villages where you can see mostly fruit trees with flower and vegetable garden. Speaking about the village we would expect some animals on a farm, but except a swan family there were no other animals. They must have mixed the idea of village up with an old castle.

The place looks attractive and unusual, but if I had had a chance I would have rather spent time in a real country home.
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EmEm says:
@monkeymia79- Thank you for the congrats!
Posted on: Apr 17, 2016
monkeymia79 says:
Thanks for the review Emem, the "village" is lovely.

Congratulations on your feature.
Posted on: Apr 16, 2016
jostravel says:
I've never come across anywhere like it.
Posted on: Apr 16, 2016
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