Other sports, Zagreb
During the walk thru the city center we have received a coupon for free of charge indoor climbing. Actually it was not 100% free, we had to rent the shoes and harnesses.Anyway, this was my first experience with climbing it it was amazing.I'm not a huge sports freak but this is something that I will try again. The climbing wall is located in the gym , does not look too high but when you're up there it looks different.Cool sport and a very cool afternoon with an amazing girl (climbing instructor). And it is not so far from the city center.
Equipment: You don't need nothing.Just comfortable clothes.
Cycle paths are clearly marked through the center of Zegrab. The red path is only the width of one cycler and further delineated by yellow lines on edges of the path. Each path is intended for only one direction, so you have to find another path for the return route.
Arena is brand new complex for the indoor sport games and big concerts, situated in the outskirts of the town. The capacity is over 10.000 spectators if handball, basketball or hockey game and over 15-20.000 if for the concerts. It is usually sold out for handball or hockey while other sports cannot afford it because of the low interest.
Arena already hosted some really big names, such as Madonna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Bryan Adams etc.
Zagreb has its own mountain, Medvednica, so near that it would be a pity not to go up and around. Sljeme is its highest peak, although most of the people in Croatia refer to the whole mountain as Sljeme. You can hike, ride a bike or take a car to get to the top. I'd recommend hiking as it's not that high and not that dangerous. Takes approx 45min-1h. And it's a nice experience as hiking through the woods is so relaxing. Once you're on top, and let's suppose you got tired by all that healthy effort you can sit in one of the many mountain houses- restaurants and have a typical Croatian meal: Purica s mlincima (turkey with pasta tatters), Grah s kobasicom (beans with sausages) or whatever else is on the menu and you'd like to try. A lot of people living in Zagreb are going up on Sundays so you'll find the place buzzing. There is a winter sports center on the northern slopes towards Sljeme. The center has hosted three women's FIS World Cup slalom races, in January 2005, January 2006 and January 2007, known as the Snow Queen Trophy. In 2008 the event is held on 15. and 17. February. (for further read check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medvednica)
To be more precise, the youngest renewed recreational park in Zagreb. It was completely renewed earlier this year and it become a second (for some people, the first) favorite Zagreb rest and recreational facility. There are two lakes for sports fishing and water sports like swimming, biking and roller skating and occasionally, a flower fair which is held annualy on this location. There is also a large parking space, free of charge. Comparing to its elderly sister Jarun, Bundek is much smaller but because of its great positioning, it bacame a great new resort where everyone will find something interesting!
Generally speaking, Zagreb does not really have distinctive biking tracks. Inside the historic downtown you may find biking a little tricky. The best place to enjoy biking, without being scared of the cars and other large traffic is again, the Jarun recreational sports park. Its large and its partially restricted for motor traffice, thus excellent for enjoyable biking. If you have seen the previous sport tip, you know how to get to Jarun so I won't repeat it here! :-)
Equipment: At Jarun, you can also rent a bike but I'm not sure for the price..:-)
As I have already mentioned Jarun couple of times, here I will just say, within the Jarun's sport and recreational complex, there is a roller skating track, one of the best in Europe! It goes all around the lake and its about 6 kilometers long in one single circle. Recently it has been re-paved with the new fine layer of pavement and now its really somooth! Using the track is totaly free, you just come and start skating! Jarun is also reachable by car abd there are several free and payed parking areas, and you can also use tram lines 5 or 17 and step down at the Jarun station. Takes about 10 minutes walk from the tram station to the lake.
Equipment: If you dont have your own gears with you, there is a skate rent within the park. A pair of skates is 20 kunas per hour, which is about 2,5$. Its not available on Sunday though.
If you like hiking, mountain Medvednica is definitely a right place for you. It's situated north of town and you need only around half an hour to get there from the centre of town. There are different routs- shorter and easier and longer and harder. Once you get on the top of the mountain, called Sljeme, you can enjoy in beautiful view on Zagreb, eat or drink something in one of the little houses. During the winter season this mountain is a popular place for skiing and other winter activities. And if you are tired when going home, you can alway take a ride in a chairlift and you're back in the city in 20 minutes.
Well, maybe you're not very fond of the volleyball, but it does not metter. When visiting the Jarun Lake you don't have to practice it, instead you can watch the game, especially when girls playing.
This girls are tall, very good looking and very well built.
Oh, I almost forget it, they play very good too, but who cares about it.
SRC Salata is a home of SC Medvescak, one of the oldiest and most popular sports club of Zagreb.
Equipment: This sport club is my "second home", most of my free times I am spending here together with my friends. Here I play tennis, basketball, soccer, card-games or just "killing the time" in endless stories from the times when we were active sportsmen.
Old Croatian card game. It can be played in two, three or four people. I recomend four people, it is more fun, specialy when you are wining. I also recomend some of your favorite alcohol drink with it!
Now this is a very special activity indeed! If you point your finger in the air, and your nose just happens to be there, keep pushing that finger into the lair, but be sure to do it with flair! Maybe, just maybe, you'll find something of interest.
Equipment: One finger is enough. And wipe it off that towel, please!
K-1 and ultimate fight
His strongest weapon is killer left hook. He is CRO COP. In 1996. In Seoul he already became world champion in full contact. That year, in the age of 22, with only two Thai-boxing fights, he entered K1 tournament in Tokyo, where he has defeated one of the eight best fighters, Europiean champion in the professional category at the time and world vice-champion. By that victory Mirko makes an entrance among the "glorious eight" of that absolute invitational world championship in Thai-boxing. He chose that sport because it’s "toughest, the most cruel, the most dangerous and it’s a sport where everything is allowed…"
Equipment: Mirko is CRO COP, Police Academy student to whom Thai-boxing is a sport challenge and a philosophy of life. That persistent, skilful, nimble and swift high school student, just in a few years, grew up into an excellent boxer.