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Island of Brač – one of the 15 under-the-radar islands in the world worth visiting

According to the “Insider travel”, one of the world’s leading travel web magazines, the island of Brač is one of the 15 under-the-radar islands in the world worth visiting. Well, the island of Brač is no more a hidden or underrated tourist destination, as it has become one of the most popular places in Europe among tourists from all around the world. Its natural beauty, spectacular beaches, crystal clear sea, delicious food and friendly people are just some of the many reasons why tourists adore it. It has years of experience in accommodating and welcoming visitors which enabled it to surface as one of the finest island holiday destinations in Europe.

Vidova Gora Brac

Of course, the most spectacular place on the island is Zlatni rat beach, that became both island’s and Croatia’s trademark. This fascinating beach can be found in many international travel magazines, who can’t get enough of its beauty, for example, recently, America’s first fashion magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, placed it among the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Island of Brač beaches

Brač is an enchanting island of Dalmatian Archipelago and the third largest island in the Adriatic. It has a reputation for stunning views, extraordinary beauty, and impressive landscapes. The island has one town and several villages, each one more beautiful than the next one. Other than spectacular beaches that the island has to offer, which are the main attraction, there are numerous sites one can visit like the Blaca desert, a monastery built under a steep cliff back in 16th century, Dragon Cave, a place where the monks lived 600 years ago and left some apocalyptic reliefs in the stone, charming little village of Nerežišća, once the capital od the island that will enchant you with its narrow streets, small squares and plebian stone houses. Don’t forget to give look at a 200 years old pine tree growing through the roof of the chapel. Visit he oldest settlement on the island, Škrip and its Native museum, Pučišća, famous for its stone cutter tradition, beautiful fisherman village of Postira and other beautiful places. Other than discovering these amazing villages and sites, enjoy the taste of real Mediterranean cuisine with some of the most delicious dishes Croatia has to offer. Read more about this amazing island here.

 

10.05.2017 / by / in
Split and Dubrovnik among the best beach cities in Europe

One of the world’s leading travel web magazines Travel+Leisure placed Split and Dubrovnik on the list of “16 of the best beach cities in Europe”. The list is based on their annual World’s Best Awards survey, where they ask their readers to rate places based on their travel experiences and share their opinion regarding hotels, islands, day trips, cruise lines, spas and other. In this particular survey, readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping, and overall value. Split and Dubrovnik are on the list with other spectacular European cities like Nice (France), Porto (Portugal), Dublin (Ireland), Venice (Italy), Barcelona (Spain) etc. So if you are still not sure about where to book your next vacation, check out these two fantastic cities that are waiting for you to be discovered. Both Split and Dubrovnik are rich in history, have incredible architecture, delicious and healthy Mediterranean food and as you can already guess – stunning beaches with soul-warming sun and crystal-clear waters.

Photo credit:  Aris Gionis

“Some travelers want to have it all — rich cultural experiences, fine dining, upscale shopping — and lazy hours spent sunning, swimming, or strolling along the beach. Many of Europe’s finest cities aren’t just popular for their art museums or raging nightlife scenes: They’re also home to some of the most beautiful beaches on Earth.” – Travel+Leisure

The city of Split is ranked in 15th place on the list, while Dubrovnik is ranked in 11th place.

15. Split – The medieval port city’s mild weather is ideal for travelers interested in sailing, and travelers can easily find quiet, isolated beaches on the islands scattered around the Dalmatian Coast. – Travel+Leisure

11. Dubrovnik, Croatia – One of the best beaches in all of Croatia, Dubrovnik’s popular Banje Beach is close to the city’s Old Town and boasts plenty of beach clubs. – Travel+Leisure

Check out the whole list here.

03.05.2017 / by / in
Zlatni Rat among the most beautiful beaches in the world

America’s first fashion magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, placed Croatia’s most famous beach Zlatni rat among the most beautiful beaches in the world. Well, that is not much of a surprise as the beach gets recognized by many other world’s famous magazines annually and if you have ever been there, you know why. Zlatni rat is on the list together with other spectacular beaches like the Praia Dona Ana (Portugal), Baia do Sancho (Brazil), Whitehaven Beach (Australia), Navagio Beach (Greece), La Playa Escondida (Mexico), Polihale Beach (Hawaii) and other 24 magnificent beaches around the world.  

Zlatni rat beach

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.

Zlatni rat waterpark

European Beast Destination, one of the most popular sites for promoting tourism in Europe, also placed Zlatni rat as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Other than Zlatni rat, on the list, there is also Podrace beach (Brela) and Stiniva beach (island of Vis). So, don’t you think it’s time to book your next vacation on the island of Brač?

Zlatni rat beach Bol Croatia

01.05.2017 / by / in
The first underwater winery in Croatia

The grape-growing and wine production tradition in Croatia dates back to Ancient Greek settlers in Dalmatian region, who used amphoras to store their wine. Around 2,500 later, the owners of Edivo Vina winery (Ivo Šegović, Anto Šegovic, Edi Bajurin) came to an idea that will give you another valuable reason to visit Croatia, where they unite history, sea, underwater life, wine, and pure pleasure – they opened the Croatia’s first underwater winery.

Edivo vina souvenir

You have probably already heard about the spectacular city of Dubrovnik, well, just around the corner, there is a small town of Drače, on the Pelješac peninsula, a home to the underwater winery, now opened to visitors. Well, this great news means that now you can finally dive with the personnel of the winery and explore the process of storing their premium wine Plavac Edivo.

underwater winery

“After it has been bottled and placed in a terracotta amphora, it is sunken under the sea to the depth of 18–25 meters. All of them are perfectly stored, laid on its cork and scattered on several locations of Pelješac aquatorium. It ages in bottles for three months, and later on under the sea for one to two years. The result is a perfect thermal condition, creating a beautiful layer of shells, corrals, and algae. Wine does not lose any of the aroma, quality or color. Natural cooling in ideal conditions and a perfect silence improved the quality. Try it and see it yourself. Bring home a unique souvenir from the depths of the Adriatic sea.” – Edivo Vina.

Edivo vina plavac

But if you are not inspired by the idea of going underwater in search of a unique experience, well, you can take a piece of history with you and buy the bottles and amphoras that stood underwater for around two years and are covered with marine growth like seashells, corals, and algae. And of course, when visiting Dalmatia, don’t miss the chance to taste region’s delicious food with a glass of Plavac Edivo.

Edivo vina dining

Photo credit – Edivo Vina.

28.04.2017 / by / in
Create Your Perfect Holiday and Win an Epic Week in Croatia

The Croatian National Tourist Board has launched a promotional interactive campaign “Epic Week – 101 Things” where participants can create their perfect vacation in Croatia by selecting 7 of 101 fantastic experiences. The campaign began on 19th of April and will close on April 30, 2017. The main prize winner will have the opportunity to have a vacation of his dreams in Croatia that may last up to 10 days with the accommodation, full board, air tickets, transfers and consumption of the selected experiences included.

Epic week peristil Split Croatia

Photo credit: carol.anne/Shutterstock,Inc.

“101 things” are dived by regions and you can choose from fantastic sports activities, tastings, sightseeing and much more. From truffle hunting in Istria, visiting the historic underwater museum in Dalmatia, riding a camel in a desert in Central Croatia to swimming in the remains of the Pannonian sea in Slavonia, you can really choose from a vast number of unique experiences and make your next vacation unforgettable. See also 32 photos that will make you want to travel to Croatia.

dugi otok sakarun sailing

Click here to participate in this amazing contest and don’t forget to read the terms and conditions.

27.04.2017 / by / in
Soundwave Festival Croatia

Soundwave Reveal Boat Parties
Festival Returns to Tisno for 9th Season in 2017

Soundwave returns to Croatia for its 9th odyssey this summer with its most ambitious range of artists ever

13 boat parties on the Adriatic announced from Eglo Boat, Soul In The Hole, Caramello x PPG, Hidden x High Hoops, X Jazz and many more

Festival’s headliners feature Laura Mvula,  The Pharcyde, Roy Ayers, Gilles Peterson, GoGo Penguin, Roni Size,  Horse Meat Disco, Egyptian Lover, Yussef Kammal, Josey Rebelle, Mndsgn, Sadar Bahar, Moses Boyd: Solo X, Alexander Nut, Mr Thing and many more

Soundwave seamlessly blends holiday and festival into a mesmerizing adventure

Tickets are on sale now from: www.soundwavecroatia.com

Soundwave runs from Thursday 27th – Monday 31st July 2017

Soundwave Festival - boat parties

Soundwave in Croatia is reaching its 9th season this summer, now one of the region’s longest running festivals. During this growth, Soundwave has also distilled and refined its ideal of what a festival should be about – it’s the world away from muddy fields, long queues, and over-stuffed events, instead set in a sizzling climate on a truly beautiful and intimate coastal location in Tisno, where long lazy days stretch into more energetic and hedonistic nights.

Having already revealed their most adventurous and ambitious lineup to date, Soundwave is now very proud to announce its series of 13 boat parties taking place in July. The shimmering waters of the immense Adriatic form the backdrop to the festival, with The Garden’s gently sloping site leading all the way to its pristine beach. Whether it’s the incandescent sun’s rays glittering on the surface by day or the luminous face of the moon and stars by night, the voyages are simply an essential element of Soundwave, whose richness and diversity spreads across the soundscape; covering broken beat, reggae, afro to acid jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, drum and bass and more, the festival is a harmonious and beatific escape which seamlessly merges a sublime holiday and musical escape like no other. The voyages take place during the day and night, and tickets are on sale now.

Soundwave Festival - boat party by night - credit Dan Medhurst

Soundwave Festival – boat party by night – credit Dan Medhurst

Soundwave Festival’s Boat Parties

Sunshine Reggae – Thursday 16.30 – 19.30
Hosted by Fiesta Bomarda
Reggae Takeover DJs

Hidden x High Hoops – Thursday 20:00 – 23:00
Chaos In The CBD
Contours
Martin Loose Cuts & J
High Hoops

Hip Hop Boat – Friday 13.00 – 16.00
Hosted by Good Life
No Fakin’ DJs

Disco Boat – Friday 16.30 – 19.30
Dimensions Sound System
Disco Ali
Isaac Martin

Eglo Boat – Friday 20:00 – 23:00
Josey Rebelle
Alexander Nut
Danuka

Soundcrash – Saturday 13.00 – 16.30
Mall Grab
Werkha
Cervo

Funk and Soul Boat – Saturday 16.30 – 19.30
Hosted by So Flute and Tuckshop

Caramello x PPG – Saturday 20.00 – 23.00
Medlar
Ross From Friends
PPG Residents
Caramello Residents

First Word Boat – Sunday 13.00 – 16.00
Mr Thing
Children of Zeus
Gilla

X Jazz – Sunday 16.30 – 19:30
Moses Boyd
Donna Leake
X Jazz DJs

LA Beats and Bass Boat – Sunday 20.00 – 23.00
MNDSGN
Rich Reason
Soundcrash DJs

Soul In The Hole – Monday 16.30 – 19:30
Sadar Bahar
Alexander Nut

Horse Meat Disco – Monday 20.00 – 23.00
Horse Meat Disco
Friends and Family

Blessed with crystal-clear azure Adriatic waters, sizzling sunshine and star-lit night skies, the idyllic and intimate Garden Resort setting welcomes a global crowd of music lovers and adventure seekers to the beautiful town of Tisno, with lots of great places to stay and sumptuous food and drink. The site itself has the incredible waterside beach bar, where you are so close to the sea you are almost dancing in it, and cozy curl of the beach which looks out over the bay. The site’s main stage is a little way behind, perfect for headline acts, and nearby nestled under the canopy of trees is the Olive Grove stage. It’s a beautiful location, everything built around nature, growing like the environment around it, rich with intimacy and a sense of wonder. And a short drive away is the incredible Barbarella’s club, a fully open air space powered by Funkion One.

Soundwave Festival - boat party by day - credit Dan Medhurst

Soundwave Festival – boat party by day – credit Dan Medhurst

There’s snorkeling, diving and fishing to enjoy, or a visit to the surrounding islands is easy by renting a small boat and a trip to one of the immensely beautiful nearby national parks such as Krka and Kornati, with the historic cities of Zadar and Split close by too.

Soundwave
Thursday 27th – Monday 31st July 2017
@ The Garden Resort, Petrica Glava 34, 22240, Tisno, Croatia
Laura Mvula,  The Pharcyde, Roy Ayers, Gilles Peterson, GoGo Penguin, Roni Size,  Horse Meat Disco, Egyptian Lover, Yussef Kammal, Josey Rebelle, Mndsgn, Sadar Bahar, Moses Boyd: Solo X, Alexander Nut, Mr Thing, Mall Grab, Medlar, Chaos In The CBD, Ross From Friends, Contours, Anchorsong, Children of Zeus, Werkha, Donna Leake (Brilliant Corners), Layfullstop, Mount Nakara, Dulahi, No Fakin’ DJs, Mr Doris, Gilla and Bobbafat
Tickets are £129 + booking fee (club and boat parties extra)
www.soundwavecroatia.com / @soundwavecro
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22.04.2017 / by / in
Plitvice Lakes on National Geographic World’s Most Beautiful Places List

National Geographic, one of the world’s most famous and respected publications listed Plitvice Lakes National Park among “17 of the World’s Most Wild and Beautiful Places  describing it like this: “Deep in central Croatia’s dark, primordial Dinaric Alps, water and rock create the shimmering “land of the falling lakes,” as Plitvice National Park is known. A network of trails and wooden boardwalks entices more than a million visitors a year to explore waterfalls, streams, caves, and interconnected lakes.”

Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of eight Croatian National Parks. It is the most popular National Park in Croatia and it is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The park is famous for its chain of lakes arranged in cascades with 16 lakes divided into two groups, upper and lower lakes divided by a long lake Kozjak. The length of connected lakes is over eight kilometers and the park covers an area of almost 300 square kilometers.

Plitvice lakes

The water exiting from the last lower lake forms the Korana river. Lakes are connected by amazing waterfalls and cascades. The biggest waterfall called “Veliki slap” is 70 m tall. During the centuries the water has flown over the natural limestone, creating these wonderful bigger and smaller lakes by the process of tufa development. The lakes are separated by the natural dams and travertine barriers and over some barriers, you can walk the wooden paths between the lakes and admire this beauty of nature.

16 other stunning places on the list:
Molokai, Hawaii
Jasper National Park, Alberta (Canada)
Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Southern Peru
Jujuy Province, Argentina
Faroe Islands, Denmark
Engadine Valley, Switzerland
Nile Valley, Egypt
Samburu District, Kenya
Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Davit Gareja Caves, Georgia
Gangtey Valley, Bhutan
Bohol Island Chocolate Hills, Philippines
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
Weddell Sea, Antartica

National Geographic – 17 of the World’s Most Wild and Beautiful Places

02.04.2017 / by / in
Love International Festival 2017 dates announced
Photo credit: David Bowen

Love International is very proud to announce its boat parties for summer 2017. Following on from the recent reveals for the Olive Grove, Beach Bar, and the Main Stage, the team can now unveil their programming for what is simply an essential part of any visit to Tisno, nestled on the dazzling Adriatic coastline.

Love festival boat party

Photo credit: Khris Cowley

The festival is now regarded as one of Europe’s most revered adventures, creating its own unique sense of magic in Croatia, with the sold-out debut in 2016 attracting 2,500 fun and music seekers from around the world. For 2017, Love International has again curated one of the most vibrant lineups of recent years in the region, a who’s who of on-point selectors, world-class headliners, familiar faces and the some of the new breed of talent making waves across the underground spectrum, segueing across house, disco, techno, Balearic funk, soul and much more.
An integral part of the Love International experience are the boat parties – sublimely sun-kissed or star-dappled voyages out across the pellucid Adriatic waters, taking place during the afternoon and then from the evening into the night. The vast shimmering expanse hosts a series of parties with friends, labels and collectives on the legendary old sea dogs The Argonaughty and Martina, which dock near the festival’s small sandy bay. Starting with the opening jaunt with Wolf Music, there are in total twenty journeys during the festival, culminating in the final odyssey on Wednesday 5th July with the Secret Island Party.

Tickets go on sale Friday 31st March at 10 am, and as usual, the demand is expected to be very high, with all boats expected to sell out over the coming days. Tickets go on sale here.


Love international festival

Photo credit: Khris Cowley

Love International
Weds 28th June – Weds 5th July 2017

The Argonaughty

Weds 28th June – Wolf Music – 7 pm – 11 pm
Medlar
Wolf Music

Thursday 29th June – Banoffee Pies – 2 pm – 6 pm
Palms Trax
Banoffee Pies

Thursday 29th June – Warm – 7 pm – 11 pm
Gerd Janson
Ali Tillet
Myles Mears

Friday 30th June – Leftfoot – 2 pm – 6 pm
Studio Barnhus
Leftfoot DJs

Friday 30th June – Magic Door – 7 pm – 11 pm
Maxxi Soundsystem
Jukes of Hazard
Deano Ferrino

Saturday 1st July – Disco Knights – 2 pm – 6 pm
Tm Sweeney
Anthony Mansfield
Wichita Ron

Saturday 1st July – Resident Advisor – 7 pm – 11 pm
The Black Madonna
Beautiful Swimmers

Sunday 2nd July – Futureboogie – 2 pm – 6 pm
Ron and Neil
Dave Harvey and Christophe

Sunday 2nd July – Sunset Soundsystem – 7 pm – 11 pm
Craig Richards
Solar and Galen

Monday 3rd July – Ransom Note – 2 pm – 6 pm
Optimo
Dan Beaumont

Monday 3rd July – Just Jack – 7 pm – 11 pm
Call Super b2b Gatto Fritto
Tom Rio
Dan Wild

Tuesday 4th July – Flux – 2 pm – 6 pm
Horse Meat Disco
Flux DJs

Tuesday 4th July – HMS Respect – 7 pm – 11 pm
Secret Surprise Guests with the Pure Respect party crew

Wednesday 5th July – Secret Island Party with Wilde Renate – 2 pm – 10 pm
Ata
Peak and Swift
Samantha Fox
Homeboy

The Martina

Friday 30th June – Gottwood – 3 pm – 7 pm
Leon Vynehall
Gotwood Residents

Friday 30th June – Crack Magazine – 8 pm – midnight
Honey Soundsystem

Saturday 1st July – Ruff Kutz – 3 pm – 7 pm
Ruf Dug
Glowing Palms

Saturday 1st July – Trouble Vision – 8 pm – midnight
Midland
Park Ranger
Mr Solid Gold

Sunday 2nd July – Tief – 3 pm – 7 pm
Tornado Wallace
Hesseltime

Sunday 2nd July – 8 pm – midnight
Young Marco
Dirtytalk Residents

Wednesday 5th July – Secret Island Party – 2 pm – 10 pm
Love International All Stars

Weaving together a festival and holiday into one unique odyssey creates something truly special at Love International, from the raucous boat parties, stunning Barbarella’s dawns and sublime Sunrise Sessions, to intimate moments of magic shared with friends old and just found; from dancing in the crystal-clear sea, lounging around under the sizzling sun and dancing at the relentless Olive Grove, to exploring the picture-postcard village of Tisno.
It’s a voyage of discovery in more ways than one, with like-minded people uniting for one glorious week.
Headliners include: Ben UFO, The Black Madonna, Craig Richards, Gerd Janson, Heidi, Honey Dijon, Horse Meat Disco, Job Jobse, Jazzanova, Leon Vynehall, Midland, Mood II Swing, Optimo, Palms Trax, Paranoid London, Prosumer, Tim Sweeney, Tony Humphries and Young Marco
Further headliners include: Alex Dallas, Andy Hart, Apiento, Axel Boman, Balearic Mike, Banoffee Pies, Beautiful Swimmers, Begin, Bill Brewster, Call Super, Christophe, Dan Beaumont, Darshan Jesrani, Dave Harvey, DJ Nature, Eric Duncan, Ess O Ess, Felix Dickinson, Gatto Fritto, Gideon, Glowing Palms, Harvey Sutherland, Heidi Lawton, Hodge, Honey Soundsystem, House of Traps, Huerta, Ian Blevins, Illija Rudman, Jaime Read, James Holroyd, Jason Boardman, Justin Van Der Volgen, Kelvin Andrews, Krankbrother, Kornel Kovacs, Krywald & Farrer, Last Waltz, Lauer, Lexx, Linkwood, Lord Of The Isles, Loverfingers, Man Power, Mark Seven, Maxxi Soundsystem, Medlar, Moonboots, Moscoman, Moxie, Mudd, Mr Price, Paramida, PBR Streetgang, Peak & Swift, Petter Nordkvist, Phil Mison, Red Rack Em, Ron & Neil, Rug Dug, Saoirse, Steve Kotey, Tornado Wallace, Tristan Da Cunha, Unabombers and Waifs and Strays
And support from: Alfresco Disco, Andrew Hill, Bad Passion, Belfast Music Club, Bobby Beige, Bobby Pleasure, Brian Ring, Charlie McFarley, Chris Price, Craig Christon, Dirtytalk DJs, Dan Wild, Dean Smith, ELA 303, Frank Broughton, Frank Tope, Feel The Real, Flux DJs, Future Garden DJs, Gallegos, Helen Burnip, Hemlin, Hesseltime, Itchy Rich, Jenny Jen, Jess Farley, Joe Lye, Joe Morris, Jukes of Hazard, Katie Barber, Leftfoot DJs, Liv Ayers, Leo Forsell, Lucid Stannard, Michelle Manetti, Mr Paul, Mr Solid Gold, Nadia, Olof Uhlin, Pete Leung, Park Ranger, Pardon My French, Rastanils, Tayo, Thomas Kenyon, Tom Rio, Tosh Ohta, Sebastian Spring, Siandi, Simon Morell, Stevie Wonderland DJs, Wayne Holland, Wild Sirenda and more to be announced.

 

30.03.2017 / by / in
Free holiday accommodation giveaway

We are happy to announce holiday accommodation giveaway!

Bol island Brac Croatia

 

We are giving you free holiday accommodation stay (worth 300 EURO!) for five days in one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia – Bol, island Brač! In collaboration with BolCroatia.com and Sea Pearl Apartments, we offer you a chance to win 5 days accommodation for two people in a brand new 4-star modern furnished studio apartment in heart of Bol with sea view and view on Bol center. Amazing location for a holiday accommodation giveaway!

How to participate in a giveaway draw?

To have a chance of winning 5 days stay for free make sure you do these 4 steps:

  1. Like Welcome to Croatia Facebook page
  2. Like BolCroatia.com Facebook page
  3. Like Sea Pearl Apartments Facebook Page
  4. Share this post on your Facebook profile

Next step is optional but they each give you extra entry into the draw for a greater chance to win 🙂

  1. Tag two friends in the comments below

Read more about Bol here.

 

And the winner is: Wim Verbert! Congratulations!

Please contact us for details about arranging your stay in Bol.

 

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Terms and conditions of participation in giveaway

All participants must be 18 or older and by winning the award you accept to send us at least three photos of your vacation in Bol and a short review of your stay that we shall publish on our website and social networks. The winner will be chosen randomly from entrants that complete the 4 steps above. Given 5 day stay at Sea Pearl Apartments is subject to availability and is restricted to May till 17. June or October 2017. You are responsible for arrival and departure trips from your country to Bol, those are not included in giveaway.

 

17.02.2017 / by / in

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