Sveti Martin na Muri
EDEN winner 2019
Sveti Martin na Muri
In the far north of Croatia, where the vast Pannonian Basin extends as far as the eye can see, and the valleys by the Mura River are joined by the rolling hills of Međimurje, in the enchanting verdancy of a peaceful, relaxing and tranquil oasis, lies Sveti Martin na Muri, the Croatian winner of the 2019 EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) Award. There are few locations in Europe that are only an hour’s drive away from the capital and as diverse, preserved and authentic as Sveti Martin na Muri, whose uniqueness was acknowledged in 2007, when it was named an EDEN destination in the category of Rural Tourism. Due to its well-preserved biodiversity, the area along the Mura River, which entails the Mura-Drava Regional Nature Park, is a part of the NATURA 2000 European network of protected areas, while the unparalleled riparian landscape has been included in UNESCO’s Mura-Drava-Danube International Biosphere Reserve. Water, water, water... The be-all and end-all of Sveti Martin na Muri.
Sveti Martin na Muri owes its reputation of being a famous wellness and continental tourism destination to the thermal mineral springs with an exceptionally high mineral content and the presence of carbon dioxide, which was discovered more than a hundred years ago. According to analyses, the thermal springs rank among the best and most beneficial to health in Europe. Today, the hot springs, aquatic life and picturesqueness of Sveti Martin na Muri have become synonymous with health improvement and the restoration of vitality, which are provided by the swimming pools as well as the mild and untouched natural environment. The aquatic world of health in wellness centres, swimming pools and saunas and a wide range of massage treatments and sports activities offer visitors a unique experience and usher them into a world of healthy pleasures.
The modern and luxurious interior of our wellness facilities provide hedonistic enjoyment with their dry and steam cabins, indoor and outdoor swimming pools with underwater massage jets and ceramic benches for relaxing, whirlpools, an ice cave and a cold plunge pool for cooling off, a relaxation zone and a refreshment corner, thirty types of massages, medical wellness, night swimming in thermal springs spouting from a depth of 600 m... All this creates a relaxing oasis in a world of water, heat, scents and colours provided by Sveti Martin na Muri. The powerful watercourses and the secluded distributaries of the rivers bordering the village are areas that will replenish with energy anyone who comes here by rafts or boats. The widely known mills clattering on the riverbanks of the Drava and Mura have nourished generations of Međimurje natives, ever since the time when nearly a hundred of them would run tirelessly, turning the gold from the fields into crumbly flour. Shrouded in a green cape of tree-lined paths, parks and forests providing shade and interspersed with river basins and distributaries, the present-day Municipality of Sveti Martin na Muri offers preserved history, an authentic lifestyle in unspoiled nature, the gastronomy of local fields, an activity-packed holiday, as well as a place for relaxing and strengthening your health in its renowned thermal springs.