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2Cellos release their latest video filmed on Zlatni rat beach

Famous Croatian cello duo 2Cellos released their latest video filmed on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – Zlatni rat beach.

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Stjepan Hauser and Luka Štulić play the famous “Chariots of Fire” theme, a 1981 musical score by Greek composer Vangelis for the British film Chariots of Fire. Stjepan and Luka filmed the video on the beautiful beach of Zlatni rat on a sunny, windy day, performing the famous musical theme that accompanies two athletes competing at the Olympics in 1924.

The song is off their latest album Score, released on March 21, 2017.

Enjoy the video!

 

19.06.2017 / by / in
The New York Times lists Croatia among five most popular 2017 destinations

In the article “For Summer, Five Hot Destination”, The New York Times says that the Americans will travel more this summer than last one and the most popular destinations among American travelers are Croatia, South Africa, Italy, the Maldives, and Greece. The New York Times placed Croatia on the top of its list of the hottest destinations in the world for summer 2017, accompanied by some rather interesting data regarding the increase in bookings for the upcoming summer.

Dubrovnik

“Indagare has a 30 percent increase in trip bookings to Croatia for travel this summer, compared with summer 2016, and Expedia.com has seen air ticket demand to the country double from last summer. Mr. Alexander of Protravel International said that he has planned several dozen private trips to Croatia for travel this summer — the most he has ever done. The country has a multifaceted appeal as a vacation destination, he said. “The beaches are fantastic, the food is delicious, and there’s culture and history,” he said. In addition, Mr. Alexander said that many of his clients who are headed to Croatia in the coming months have told him that, at a time when terrorist attacks around the world seem to be increasingly commonplace, Croatia is perceived as being “safe.”” – writes  The New York Times.

Read the full article here.

17.06.2017 / by / in
Zlatni rat beach – one of the top 10 beaches in Europe

Recently America’s first fashion magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, placed Croatia’s most famous beach Zlatni rat among the most beautiful beaches in the world. This time we can find it on the list of 10 best beaches in Europe made by the famous lifestyle travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler.  Zlatni rat is on the list together with other spectacular beaches like the Black San beach (Iceland), Navagio beach (Greece), Cala Macarella (Spain), Cala Goloritze (Italy), Praia de Albandeira (Portugal), Durdle Door beach (England), Cala Tonarella (Italy), Playa de Migjorn (Spain) and Île de Ré (France).

Zlatni rat beach Bol Croatia

“Croatia has no shortage of beautiful beaches, but Zlatni Rat stands out for its striking and unusual shape (which actually changes depending on the current). Though it looks like a golden sand beach, its shoreline is made up of smooth, tiny pebbles and stretches out for half a mile on either side of the tip. It’s not just a place to lounge: Zlatni Rat is also a popular spot for windsurfing, jet-skiing, and stand-up paddle boarding.” writes cntraveler.

Island of Brač beaches

Zlatni rat beach is situated on the southern coast of the Island of Brac, less than 2 km from a beautiful town of Bol. There is a lovely promenade under the pine trees shade leading from the town to the beach, along which you can find many other small beaches, restaurants, bars and playgrounds for children. Zlatni rat’s elegance and allure have made it the symbol of both the island and Croatia. This fascinating 500 meters long pebble beach has a unique shape, like a tongue that stretches into the sea. The curiosity about this beach is that it changes its shape and position, depending on the wind, tide and the current. The pine tree grove which borders the beach is home to the remnants of a Roman Villa Rustica, which included a swimming pool. Zlatni rat beach is protected by the government of Croatia as a geomorphological monument.

island Bol center

13.06.2017 / by / in
Lonely Planet selects Zagreb as Top European Destination in 2017

Lonely Planet, world’s leading travel media company listed Croatia’s capital as the Top European destination in 2017.

“Travellers to Croatia tend to make a beeline for the Adriatic delights of the country’s extensive coastline, but its flourishing inland capital shouldn’t be overlooked. Zagreb is at once cosmopolitan and edgy, with its heady mix of Brutalist architecture and sun-splashed Austro-Hungarian squares brimming with coffee drinkers.” writes Lonely Planet.

Being for a long time in the shade of more attractive coastal cities, during the last two years Zagreb became one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia and this is another important recognition for this amazing city, after winning the title for the Best European Christmas Market for two years in a row. Judges described Zagreb as being ‘both cosmopolitan and edgy’ and underlined that with its newly opened airport it has never been cheaper or easier to get to.

“Zagreb tops our list because it ticks all of these boxes. Croatia is one of Europe’s hottest destinations right now but many people head straight to the coast, meaning they miss out on visiting a city that has a dynamic cultural offering, a thriving food and drink scene, and is now easier to reach than ever before.” – said Tom Hall, (Lonely Planet’s editorial director and spokesperson).

Zagreb aerial view

Lonely Planet’s hotlist of  European destinations you need to see in 2017

  1. Zagreb, Croatia
  2. Gotland, Sweden
  3. Galicia, Spain
  4. Northern Montenegro
  5. Leeds, UK
  6. Alentejo, Portugal
  7. Northern Germany
  8. Moldova
  9. Pafos, Cyprus
  10. Le Havre, France

Read more about Zagreb here.

Zagreb fontane

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24.05.2017 / by / in
New catamaran line connecting Split-Bol-Makarska-Korčula-Mljet-Dubrovnik

From June 12th till September 17th, there will be another fast line connecting the city of Split to Dubrovnik. Fast boat Krilo Eclipse with around 500 seats will connect daily some of the most popular Croatian tourist destinations.

Split                07:30
Bol                   08:25
Makarska       09:05
Korčula           10:20
Mljet                11:20
Dubrovnik      12:00

Dubrovnik      16:00
Mljet                16:50
Korčula           17:40
Makarska       18:45
Bol                   19:25
Split                 20:30

There is also Jadrolinija catamaran line that connects Split – Bol – Hvar – Korčula – Dubrovnik from 09.06 – 18.09.

Dubrovnik     07:15
Korčula          09:15
Hvar               10:45
Bol                  11:40
Split                12:30

Split                15:45
Bol                  16:50
Hvar               17:45
Korčula          19:15
Dubrovnik     21:00

09.06. departure only from Split, no departure from Dubrovnik
18.06. departure only from Dubrovnik, no departure from Split

 

22.05.2017 / by / in
Islands Mljet and Vis – spectacular islands you should visit

Croatia has a spectacular coast and more than 1200 islands, of which only 66 are inhabited. For all those who plan on visiting Croatian islands can be quite challenging which one to choose as their next holiday destination as each one is more spectacular than the next one. Many of them are often listed on numerous “must-visit islands” lists in diverse prestigious international travel magazines. This time the Insider travelone of the world’s leading travel web magazines, made an interesting list of “17 tiny European islands that you’ve probably never heard of, but should definitely visit” and there are two Croatian islands on the list – Mljet, and Vis.

“With just barely 1,100 inhabitants, sleepy Mljet is a place of serenity and tranquility. Almost 90% of the island is covered in forest, and a huge national park offers miles of scenic walking trails.” – the Insider travel about the island of Mljet.

The island of Mljet will offer you a scenery that will remain imprinted on your mind forever. It is a perfect place for those in search of a unique experience. Especially the National Park which is one of the most spectacular national parks in Croatia and it is well worth visiting.

Mljet bays

“Vis, the furthest island from the Croatian mainland, is known for fabulous local wine, fresh seafood, and exciting nightlife activities. Its dramatic scenery evokes an aura of mystery that would fit a James Bond hideaway.” – the Insider travel about the island of Vis.

Vis is a small island in Central Dalmatia, known for its stunning landscape, amazing caves, beautiful beaches like the Stiniva beach, cultural heritage and gourmet delights. It is a perfect place for those in search of relaxation, excellent food, and wine. The island’s two largest settlements are the town of Vis and Komiža, where you can discover the rich cultural heritage of the island as it has been inhabited since the Neolithic period.

Vis town island of Vis

 

19.05.2017 / by / in
Ultra Europe 2017 Lineup Announced

Ultra Europe is ready to return for the fifth time in Split for another spectacular success. Ultra Music Festival is the most famous electronic music festival, which won for six consecutive years the award for the “Best Music Event” by the International Dance Music Awards. Organizers announced the first names to perform at Split’s Poljud Stadium from 14-16 July 2017.

In alphabetical order: Adam Beyer, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Hardwell, Joseph Capriati, Marco Carola, Martin Garrix, Nic Fanciulli b2b Eats Everything, Nicole Moudaber, Sasha & John Digweed, Seth Troxler b2b The Martinez Brothers, DJ SNAKE, Steve Aoki and Tiësto.

Support artists: Andrew Rayel, Fedde Le Grand, WE ARE GTA, RØDHÅD, Technasia and W&W.

Photo credit: rudgr.com

Ultra Music Festival is held on four continents in nine countries: Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Croatia, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and the USA.

Ultra Europe Split 2016 was an extraordinary musical experience, one magical week in Split and on the island Hvar where over 150.000 people from 125 different countries enjoyed more than 100 hours of top quality music. The opening party took place at Split, where Ultra Europe Music Festival continued for the next three days including four stages. After Ultra Europe concluded, Destination Ultra continued with three more days of events. The yacht regatta took place on the island of Brač, Croatia on 18 July. Ultra Beach also continued at its original venue, the Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort for its fourth year running on 19 July. The lineup for Ultra Beach featured the likes of Robin Shultz, Don Diablo, Jand and Sam Feldt. The 2016 edition of Destination Ultra concluded on the island of Vis, Croatia with a closing party hosted by Resistance, featuring Hot Since 82 and Nic Fanciulli.

For tickets, and additional information about the upcoming Ultra Europe Music Festival in Split visit their official website.

Photo credit: rudgr.com

16.05.2017 / by / in
French diver first person to ever reach the bottom of Red Lake

Famous French speleologist and diver Frederic Swierczynski became the first man to ever reach the bottom of Red Lake in Imotski. On May 6th, Frederic Swierczynski hit the bottom at 245 meters, after a four-hour dive. Other than hitting the bottom of the lake, the goal was also to take samples of sediments and water at various depths. The team of scientist placed sixteen coops, fishing nets and trawl line at various depths in order to learn more about the organisms populating the lake. Frederic Swierczynski commented that he had seen a surprising number of shoals of small fish, a local species called gaovica.

Red lake Imotski

Red Lake lies in a deep, roughly circular sinkhole. It is surrounded by almost vertical tall walls from three sides and slanted from the fourth side which collapsed during a destructive earthquake that hit Imotski back in 1942. Red lake is the deepest karst lake in Europe and one of the deepest in the world and it is almost impossible to approach it because of tall stone slopes around it. The depth of the sinkhole is around 500 meters, with a width of 450 meters. The diameter of the lake is approximately 200 meters and the depth is 290 meters. Beside the water lever of the lake, many small caves formed like the Čepitška Cave, with two entrances, one above and one under the water level. The cave is around 67 meters long. Red Lake is home to some organisms who live only in this lake and nowhere else in the world like the small, 12 cm long fish named Delminichthys adspersus. During dry springs, the fish can be seen in the springs in the area around the lake which is confirmation that the lake has underground connections with these springs. 

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12.05.2017 / by / in
Novalja and Hvar among 15 best places to party in Europe

According to the “Insider travel”, one of the world’s leading travel web magazines, Hvar (island of Hvar) and Novalja (island of Pag) are among 15 best places to party in Europe. Well, Croatia is becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, due to its spectacular beaches, numerous amazing islands, beautiful inland, delicious food, rich history and much more. Lately, Croatia also became a popular destination among all those who love to party, as there are several amazing places where you can combine partying, sunbathing, sightseeing, sports etc.

Hvar – Ultra Music festival Photo credit: rudgr.com

Hvar was listed on the 12th place and the Insider travel describes it like this: “The Croatian island of Hvar may have gorgeous historic architecture but it’s hardly quiet, full of beachside bars and clubs. Yacht parties are also popular”. The nightlife in Hvar is one of the richest on the Adriatic. There are lots of restaurants, pubs, taverns, bars, beach bars and discotheques. Hvar’s nightlife attracts lots of young people from all around the world. There are organized events during the whole summer, from concerts, parties in beach bars, the famous Ultra Europe After beach party in July and much more. Beach parties are very popular because you can enjoy your perfect day on the beach, swimming, dancing, listening to good music and drinking delicious cocktails till late at night.

Novalja was placed on the 7th place – “In the town of Novalja on the idyllic Croatian island of Pag, swimsuit-clad partygoers spend their days and nights at pool parties or on the beach amid views of the Adriatic Sea”. Pag is the paradise of Croatian’s party life. Zrće beach is the center of all the best events, hype clubs, and crazy after-beach parties. Other than usual club offer, during the summer there are many concerts and music festivals that often host some of the world-renowned music artists and performers. There’s no way you’ll get bored or remain with the lack of mind-blowing stories to tell your friends when you get back home. 😉

11.05.2017 / by / in

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