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Cista Mala is a stunningly surreal village of charming stone villas; rich with an abundance of various wild growing herbs and fruits. As well as, warm and inviting residents, full of character and history.
Our wonderfully inclusive hosts Marko and Lenka, made us feel more like we were family friends, rather than new acquaintances.
Greeting us with a traditional welcome meal, from the first day; they continued to treat us during the rest of our stay, with insight on how to acquire the best local cheese, wine and produce. They also recommended the best attractions and excursions, in the area.
Marko and Lenka, are a gracious and genuine couple, whom we intend to visit regularly.
The villa itself is appointed very tastefully, with everything you could need to feel the comforts of home. So much so, that you may want to stay on the property during your entire stay! ...To enjoy lounging by the pool, preparing meals on the open fire grill, appreciating the peaceful, unspoiled nature all around, or simply gazing at the starry skies on balmy Croatian nights. ....Highly Recommended!
This villa is perfect for a peaceful getaway, though within 10 minutes of a small town (Benkovac) that has a number of good restaurants. Sopot was a bit too rustic. Pizzeria Milonga was amazing (medium pizzas are just fine - the jumbo ones are HUGE!), but our favourite was Konoba Niko which was the friendliest and had the best food. The villa is fairly new, and Goran, the owner, met us on arrival. He also got us some provisions as we didnt actually get there until around 11.30pm. The pool is refreshing;y cold and the gardens are well maintained, helped by the use of artificial grass. The kitchen area is small, but we didnt really cook much, and the bedrooms are neat, tidy and air conditioned. The villa has all cons including dishwasher, washing machine, vacuum, microwave, toastie maker, coffee maker etc. Zadar is about a 45 minute drive away, as are the beaches at Nin (though dont go to Croatia for beaches!) Our favourite spot was Zrmanja (Put Food House Zrmanja into Google maps). Go early to experience some of the smaller waterfalls and river swimming (watch out for snakes - though not poisonous). We could not be too ambitious as we had a 2 year old with us. However, there was no food apart from ice cream available before 12! Overall, the villa was fantastic, Goran ensured that we had everything that we needed, and I highly recommend this accommodation.