Velika Gorica, Croatia’s 6th City Bucking the Population Trends

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Can you name the 6 biggest cities in Croatia by population?

Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek, Zadar, and… 

No it’s not Pula.

It’s Velika Gorica, a name which may not be so familiar at first sound to foreigners, but one which is increasingly coming on their radar as a family destination with a high quality of life for full-time living. So much so in fact that it was recently named the best large town for education and demography in all Croatia. 

For here is a city of more than 60,000 people which is bucking the national trend of depopulation and education. So much so, in fact, that, as we reported last month, Velika Gorica Attracts More New Residents Than Any Other Croatian City.

To speak more precisely, a rather impressive 2,203 people immigrated to Velika Gorica last year, and 1,753 left. These figures show an increase in the number of inhabitants by as many as 450 people in just one single year. 717 people arrived in Velika Gorica from abroad, and 620 of them moved abroad.

The number of foreign arrivals in Velika Gorica is a trend which is set to rise. Located close to Zagreb Airport and just 30 minutes from downtown Zagreb, Velika Gorica is also a short drive from one of the fastest-growing employment opportunities in Croatia, which is attracting international talent from all over the world – the remarkable team at Rimac Bugatti. 

For those with families, Velika Gorica is an attractive proposition. Close to the capital (and its airport) but with the many advantages of a smaller city feel, Velika Gorica has all the facilities of a bigger town without the hustle and bustle of the capital. 

And nature. 

Located in the heart of Turopolje, a region I only came across recently, the city has the advantage of being surrounded by beautiful nature with an array of active tourism options. I was very surprised, for example, to hear that one could go truffle hunting just outside Zagreb, and I can highly recommend a day’s truffle hunting, complete an excellent truffle lunch at Velika Gorica’s premier restaurant, Mon Ami. You can read more in Move Over Istria: the Rise of Zagreb Truffle Hunt Tourism.

Unsurprisingly, real estate developers are meeting the expected need, and quality new developments are providing more capacity to meet this welcome demographic trend.  The city’s infrastructure has developed considerably in recent years, and more and more local and foreign companies are moving there. 

Among the most interesting is Project Gorica, a new multi-residential location which offers numerous amenities for a comfortable family life. In the immediate vicinity of the project there is all the necessary infrastructure – primary and secondary school, kindergarten, shopping centers, sports clubs, business area, and it is located in a perfect traffic position right next to the new ring road, with which you can be in the centre of Zagreb in less than 15 minutes, and in less than 10 minutes to the airport. The development in more detail:


According to the detailed plan, the plan is to build a residential complex consisting of one underground floor, ground floor, and five floors with residential units. There are parking garage spaces in the underground floor, while there are individual garages on the ground floor. The building will have 48 apartments of very high-quality construction and equipment. The apartments are 1 bedroom + living room (44.75 and 44.95 m2), 2 bedroom + living room (74.00 m2), 3 bedroom + living room (73.20 – 116.00 m2) and an extremely attractive penthouse – vi (from 160.15 – 174, 10 m2). The entire project, as well as the apartments, meet high construction quality criteria and a higher level of equipment in the apartments. The building will be built from a mixed reinforced concrete structure, on an AB base plate, the basic structural system is a system of transverse and longitudinal AB walls. With increased resistance to earthquakes.


The complete construction and decoration of the apartments is at a very high level, thermal facade, Daikin heat pumps with underfloor heating, split cooling systems, 1st class ceramics and parquet with the option of choosing several different types, high-quality burglar and fire doors, 3-layer aluminum carpentry at most quality, glass walls, aluminum shutters and aluminum blinds driven by electric motors for glass walls, first-class stone for benches and stairs. Access to the apartments will be provided by elevators from underground floors, and Penthouses will have direct access to the apartment from the elevator via special card readers. The special feature of this project is that the building will have 4 separate entrances equipped with elevators and only 2 or three apartments per floor/entrance.

For more information about the project, contact Miranda Milicic at Dogma Nekretnine

Looking to buy property in Croatia? Here is what you need to know in the Total Croatia property guide.

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