Željka Bjelić

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Željka was born in Zagreb in 1986. During her primary school education, she realized that she has a huge interest for traveling, meeting new people, countries and cultures. She was only 10 years old when she decided that geography will be her life and she never regretted that decision. She studied Geography at the University of Zagreb and soon after finishing two studies (Regional development and spatial planning; Heritage and tourism) started to work at Esa as a guide, having opportunity to meet many new people and different and interesting cultures.

Education: MA in Geography

Languages: English

Guide since: 2015


Željka’s favorite:


…restaurant in Zagreb is Mundoaka, tiny eatery clad in light wood, with tables outside, serves up American classics – think chicken wings and pork ribs – and a global spectrum of dishes, from Spanish tortillas to shakshuka eggs. If you want to sit in the middle of the walking street with a view of the main square, enjoy great food and quality wine, this is an ideal place for you.


…museum in Zagreb is The Museum of Post and Telecommunications, just a few steps from The Ban Jelačić Square, the only museum of its kind in the country. It enables visitors to indulge in a little nostalgia whilst getting to know the telephones and switchboards of generations past, the postman’s horn, mailboxes and the stories about the first telephone in Croatia, about the postal service during the time of Ban Jelačić, about the first Croatian postage stamps from 1918 with an allegorical picture of a slave breaking his chains, about the famous Dubrovnik couriers and much more.


…product of Croatia are štrukli, very popular traditional Croatian dish served in most households across Hrvatsko Zagorje and Zagreb. Štrukli are made of filo pastry filled with a mixture of fresh cottage cheese and eggs and covered with fresh cream. It can be prepared as a savory or sweet dish, it can be boiled or baked, and it can be served as a soup, starter, dessert, main dish or a simple meal.


…thing to do:  in Zagreb is an event called Advent in Zagreb. The sound of Christmas bells, the scent of gingerbread, mulled wine and various other delicacies, just make you forget everything and enjoy. During the Advent season, Zagreb offers a variety of events that will satisfy even the most demanding visitors. Plenty of fun, excellent food, unique events, art, but also a genuine Christmas atmosphere, await you on the streets of Croatia’s capital.


…destination out of Zagreb is Crikvenica, a charming city just two hours away from Zagreb. It is one of the oldest tourist destinations in Croatia (after Opatija) and it is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations on the Kvarner coast. Its gentle Mediterranean climate and clean sea have made it an exceptional destination for health tourism. Due to its proximity to Zagreb, it is a favorite weekend retreat for many of Zagreb’s residents, and the kilometers of pebbly and sandy beaches that are joined together by a natural promenade make it extremely attractive for both international and national visitors.