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Dubrovnik Tourist Promo Video wins another award

If we should write about the award winning cities and places in Croatia, Dubrovnik would surely be in the first place and if you already visited it, then you also know why. It is a city with centuries of rich history, that looks almost unreal with its impressive old town walls, narrow streets, famous tiled roofs and much more. Dubrovnik does not need much promotion, its spectacular beauty was already seen by millions of people, but for those who haven’t visited it yet, Dubrovnik Tourist Board made an amazing video that will make you want to be there, right now!

Dubrovnik Tourist Board’s promo “Dubrovnik and Time”, produced by Balduči Film already won several awards at many prestigious festivals all over the world. “Dubrovnik and Time” achieved extraordinary success since it was released last year in March. The video won the Grand Prix award at the Baku International Tourism Film Festival in Azerbaijan, chosen between 400 promotional videos from all around the world. It also won the silver medal on at the ITB Tourism fair Berlin among 1.500 films and the bronze medal at the prestigious New York Festivals “World’s Best TV & Films” awards in Las Vegas.

On January, 27th world’s best tourism film and the nine Nominees were awarded at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna. Dubrovnik Tourist promo video has been awarded with a “Nominee for the Grand Prix CIFFT” together with 9 other promotional videos from Serbia, Turkey, Spain, Finland, Bahamas, Denmark/Greenland, Austria (2 videos) and Myanmar, making a part of Top 10 tourism videos in the world for 2016. “Turkey: Home of Turquoise” video won the Grand Prix CIFFT 2016.

Discover Dubrovnik here.

10.02.2017 / by / in
Sting at the Amphitheatre in Pula

Each summer, the Arena in Pula hosts some of the best international music artists. It is absolutely a unique experience, as you can enjoy the music of your favorite artist inside a 2000 years old amphitheater, where the ancient Romans enjoyed their games and watched gladiator fights. The Arena is surely the most famous and important monument in Pula, but in Croatia as well, due to the fact that is is the sixth largest and one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world and the only remaining Roman amphitheater to have four side towers and all three Roman architectural orders completely preserved.

The Police frontman has announced tour dates across Europe in support of his latest solo studio album 57th & 9th a few months ago, but the date of his performance in Croatia was confirmed recently. in the region as a part of the 57th & 9th Tour. Tickets for the Sting’s 57th & 9th Tour performance at the Arena are on sale from 7 February 2017. So if you plan on spending your vacation in Pula and you are Sting’s fan, hurry up and reserve your ticket.

Sting Pula Arena

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Summer in Pula brings many fantastic concerts and events like Pula Film Festival, Seasplash Festival, Croatia Bike Week, Dimensions Festival, PUF International Alternative Theatre Festival and many others. The opening concert of the “Dimensions Festival” will be held in the Arena and famous Jamaican singer and actress Grace Jones will top the bill, joined by Moderat, Yussef Kamaal and Moses Boyd. On July, 2 famous Croatian cello duo 2Cellos will perform in the Arena and the tickets are still available. Find out more about the summer 2017 events in Pula here.

 

 

09.02.2017 / by / in
Dubrovnik and Istria did it again!

Dubrovnik is the pearl of the Adriatic and one of the most famous and best known Croatian destinations in the world. Many important and world leading newspapers and magazines often place Dubrovnik as one of the most desirables destinations to visit. This time New York Times publicized an article “52 Places to go in 2017” and Dubrovnik is on the 6th place. Once you visit Dubrovnik, you will for sure realize why it became so popular and you will absolutely be stunned by its beauty. In 2016, the island of Korcula was on the list, which is located near Dubrovnik, so you can also take a visit to a last year’s most desirable destination in Croatia by the New York Times.

“With its limestone-paved streets and 80-foot-high walls surrounding Old Town, this star of the Dalmatian Coast has long been able to rest on its aesthetic laurels — you might recognize it as King’s Landing on “Game of Thrones.” In recent years, though, it has been adding to the luster. ” – David Farley about Dubrovnik.

Once you visit Dubrovnik, you will for sure realize why it became so popular and you will absolutely be stunned by its beauty. In 2016, the island of Korcula was on the list, which is located near Dubrovnik, so you can also take a visit to a last year’s most desirable destination in Croatia by the New York Times.

Dubrovnik sunset

Read more about Dubrovnik here.

Rovinj

But Dubrovnik is not alone on the list, on the 41st place there is Istria. A fascinating region with fabulous stories to tell, amazing little places to discover, lots of history, impressive nature and fantastic gastronomic offer. Well, if you want to choose a holiday destination that is able to satisfy almost everyone, Istria won’t disappoint you.

“Thankfully, Istria’s other attractions — Roman ruins, fresh truffles, great wines and incredible seafood — are timeless.”  Evan Rail, New York Times

29.01.2017 / by / in
Croatia UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Old City of Dubrovnik

This beautiful old town has been nicknamed “The Pearl of the Adriatic” and every year attracts thousands of tourists from all around the world. Dubrovnik was founded in the 6th century and after being a part of various empires, back in the 14th century, Dubrovnik became the capital of the Dubrovnik Republic which was one the most important mercantile and maritime centers on the Mediterranean. The town was destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 1667 that killed more 5000 people. The Republic was dissolved by Napoleon back in 1808 and in 1815 Dubrovnik became a part of Dalmatia and Croatia. Since 1979 Dubrovnik is on the Croatia UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

Dubrovnik sunset

 

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice National Park is a magical pristine world of woodland, lakes, waterfalls and caverns. The park is famous for its chain of 16 lakes arranged in cascades and divided into two groups, upper and lower, divided by a long lake Kozjak. Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of eight Croatian National Parks and the most popular one. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register.

Plitvice lakes

Stari Grad Plain

Stari Grad is an enchanting city with many fascinating stories to tell.  The Croatian jewel will welcome you with its crystal clear sea, stunning nature, relaxed island life, cobbled narrow streets and centuries of rich history. The town is located in the north-western part of the sunniest island in the Adriatic and it was founded by the Greeks in 384 BC who discovered springs of drinking water and fertile field. Its heritage was recognized by the UNESCO which added the Stari Grad Plain on the World Heritage List in 2008.

Stari Grad Tvrdalj

The Cathedral od St James in Šibenik

The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik was entirely built in limestone back in the 15th century. The cathedral was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Decorative elements of the Cathedral represent the amazing amalgamation of Gothic and Renaissance details. The building of the Cathedral began in 1402 and it was completed in 1536. The concrete work was consigned to masters from Dalmatia, Northern Italy, and Tuscany in 1436, and they began to transform the older Romanesque Cathedral in the one we admire today.

Sibenik Cathedral

Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyard

Stećci are monumental medieval tombstones located in four countries ( Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia) combining 30 sites. The cemeteries date from the 12th to 16th centuries CE and are laid out in rows, as it was the common custom in Europe from the Middle Ages. Vertical and horizontal tombstones with a flat or gable-top surface are carved from limestone. Their most impressive characteristic are decorative motifs, many of which remain a mystery to this day. Inscriptions were written primarily in extinct Bosnian Cyrillic, others in the Glagolitic and Latin script. Stećci were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016.

Stecci monuments

Historic city of Trogir

Trogir is a small historic town situated on the Adriatic coast, just 30 km west of the city of Split, founded in the 3rd century BC by the Greek colonists. Its historic center has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997 and it is one of the best preserved Romanesque – Gothic towns in Europe. Trogir’s historic core, situated on a small island, with its orthogonal street plan which dates back to the Hellenistic period, treasures a high concentration of historic monuments from Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Trogir aerial view

Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Center of Poreč

The Euphrasian Basilica  (6th century) or the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Mary is the third church built on the same site and it conceals parts of the previous basilicas such as the fascinating floor mosaic made in the 5th century. Episcopal complex apart from the basilica includes the atrium, episcopal palace with the bell tower and the baptistery. It combines classical and early Byzantine and Romanesque architecture elements in an extraordinary way. It holds numerous holy objects and artworks dating back from the 4th until the 19th century. The whole complex of the Euphrasian Basilica was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.

 

Porec Basilica

Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian

Split was founded more than 1700 years ago by the Roman Emperor Diocletian and his imperial palace occupies the most important part of the old town. With the beachfront and palm trees right in front of the palace, Split offers the perfect Mediterranean postcard. During its long history, many cultures left their footprint still visible today on the squares and the alleys of the city center. The most important monument in Split is the Diocletian’s Palace from 305 A.D. The Palace was built as a massive structure, with its 200 meters long and 20 meters high walls. Underneath the Palace, there are Diocletian’s cellars that lead from the Riva waterfront to the Imperial square Peristil, the colonnade ornamented plaza with two sphinxes from Egypt.

Peristil Split

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Properties submitted on the Tentative List

  • Zadar – Episcopal complex
  • Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston with Mali Ston, connecting walls, the Mali Ston Bay nature reserve, Stonsko Polje and the salt pans
  • Historical-Town Planning Ensemble Tvrda (Fort) in Osijek
  • Varazdin – Historic Nucleus and Old Town (the Castle)
  • Burg – Castle of Veliki Tabor
  • Lonjsko Polje Nature Park
  • Velebit Mountain
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire Croatian Limes
  • Diocletian’s Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension)
  • Lubenice
  • Primošten Vineyards
  • Hermitage Blaca
  • City of Motovun
  • The historic town of Korčula
  • Kornati National Park and Telašćica Nature Park
  • The Venetian Works of defense between 15th and 17th centuries
  • Extension to the Joint World Heritage Property “Primeval Beech forests of the Carpathians (Slovak Republic and Ukraine) and the Ancient Beech forests of Germany (Germany)”

Source: UNESCO

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Stari Grad Nominated for Best European Destination 2017

The amazing town of Stari Grad in 2016 celebrated its 2400th birthday and it has been an amazing year with numerous events dedicated to its rich history and heritage. After the celebrations ended, another great thing happened and it was the nomination for the Best European Destination 2017 title by the European Best Destinations website together with other stunning 19 European cities. The city of Zadar won the title in 2016 and this year Croatia might have another winner.

24.01.2017 / by / in
Hum – the smallest city in the world

Hum with its 30 (2011 Population Census) inhabitants is formally listed as the smallest town in the world. It is located in the center of Istria region, near the town of Buzet, know as a “town of truffles”. The city which is only 100 meters long and 30 meters wide holds so much of history. According to the legend, Hum was created by accident when the Giants did not have many stones left when building the cities in the valley of the Mirna River, so they decided to build this miniature city….

23.01.2017 / by / in , ,
6 unique museums in Croatia

Museum of Illusions (Zagreb & Zadar)

Museum of Illusions is a small museum of enjoyment and educational experience, where you can test the limits of your perception. The illusions provide a diverse experience of space and everything you thought you knew about it. The Museum offers an interesting array of over 70 exhibits. Optical illusions, Holograms, Infinity room, Rotated room are some of the entertaining things you can experience.  This museum is perfect for those who like solving puzzles and doing logical tasks, as well as those who like to challenge themselves.

Museum of illusions Zadar

Photo credit: Museum of illusions Zagreb & Zadar

Museum of Broken Relationships (Zagreb)

Museum of Broken Relationships is a physical and virtual public space created with the sole purpose of treasuring and sharing your heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions. It is an ever-growing museum dedicated to relationships that ended, stories about love, break-ups, betrayals and all the stuff that goes along with it. People send various objects, letters, pieces of clothing etc. with a little story that stands behind it and that way share a part of their personal struggles and moments of happiness with the world. Museum of Broken Relationships is an original creative art project conceived by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić in 2006. Its original permanent location was founded in Zagreb. In 2010 it won the EMYA Kenneth Hudson Award as the most innovative and daring museum project in Europe. It began as the creation of 2 Zagreb-based artists and former lovers, who wanted to pay tribute to unfortunate romance by exhibiting its inevitable remains, from the charming to the absolute scary (like the actual ax used to destroy a cheating husband’s furniture).
In 2011 the Museum won Europe’s esteemed Kenneth Hudson Award, established by the European Museum Forum, for its unique subject matter, with judges noting that the museum “encourages discussion and reflection not only on the fragility of human relationships but also on the political, social and cultural circumstances surrounding the stories being told.”

Museum of Broken Relationships

Photo credit: Mare Milin / Museum of Broken Relationships

Nikola Tesla Memorial Center (Smiljan)

Beneath the Velebit Mountain, there is a small village of Smiljan famous as the birthplace of world famous inventor Nikola Tesla. Original Nikola Tesla Memorial Center was built back in 1956, but it was severely damaged during the Croatian War of Independence. The Croatian authorities renovated the complex and reopened it during the celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth in 2006. It includes a museum inside his restored childhood home, Serbian Orthodox church of St. Peter and Paul, built in 1765, an open-air auditorium and a multimedia center. The permanent exhibition recounts Tesla’s biography from his childhood in Croatia to his last years in the United States. The attic houses replicas of four of his most significant inventions: the electric motor, the “Egg of Columbus,” the Tesla turbine and the Tesla transformer.

Nikola Tesla Memorial

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Krapina Neanderthals Museum (Krapina)

Krapina is a small town located near Zagreb.  Back in 1899, Croatian paleontologist and archaeologist Dragutin Gorjanovic Kramberger discovered Neandertal artifacts and the fossilized remains of the so-called Krapina man. The excavation site in Krapina was soon listed among the world”s science localities as a rich fossil finding site, where the largest and richest collection of the Neanderthal man had ever been found. Near the site of the excavations, in 2010, a museum dedicated primarily to this important part of the world history was opened. The Krapina Neanderthals Museum with its ambitious exhibition also walks you through the history of planet Earth, from the big bang theory to modern times. The history of the location and the discovery of the Neanderthal findings are displayed in fine detail and in a very visual way with lots of videos, special effects, and interactive exhibits.

Krapina Neanderthals Museum

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Typhlology Museum (Zagreb)

Typhlology is the scientific study of blindness, its causes, effects, and control and this museum is one of just a few in the world dedicated to the subject. It was built on a small number of objects collected by Vinko Bek, pedagogue and advocate for blind rights during the late 19th century. The permanent collection now holds teaching and writing aids, medical equipment, art created by blind artists, and photographs. The permanent exhibition also includes a “Dark Room,” a pitch-black maze, where you temporarily need to abandon sight and let your other senses guide you through.

The dark room

© Renato Vukić / Tiflološki muzej

War Photo Limited (Dubrovnik)

War Photo Limited is an exhibition center of war and conflict photojournalism situated inside Dubrovnik’s historic old city. This thought-provoking exhibition displays powerful wartime photographs by world renown photojournalists including recent and ongoing regional and global conflicts. The museum was opened with the intent to educate the public in the field of photography and to expose the myth of war, focusing on how war inflicts on innocents and combatants alike.

21.01.2017 / by / in
Croatian islands again on the list of best island vacations in the world

Microsoft’s major portal published a list of  “Top 15 Best Island Vacations in the Whole Entire World” and of course the list wouldn’t be full without the amazing Croatian islands. Croatia has, as some may already know, more than 1100 islands, rocks and reefs and they cover a total area of around 3300 km2 (1,300 sq mi). 48 islands are inhabited and 670 are uninhabited, the rest are islets, rocks and reefs. So if Croatia is your this year’s choice for vacation it will be very hard to decide which of these incredible islands to visit first.

Stiniva beach Vis

This is how they describe Croatia as a top summer hotspot: “Drawing in travelers with breathtaking coastal views, lively ports and a thriving nightlife, the Dalmatian Coast was a well-kept secret not long ago. Once a low-key getaway for those in-the-know, it is now a top summer travel hotspot. Sailing and yachting is top-notch, the nightlife is buzzing and the coastline is among the best in Europe.”

National Park Mljet

Check out also:

Island of Brac
Island of Mljet (National Park)
Island od Hvar
Pakleni Islands
Blue Cave (Island of Bisevo)

 

19.01.2017 / by / in
Top 16 dishes you must try in Croatia

One of the best ways you can immerse yourself in a culture of a state you are visiting is through the food. Local delicacies will answer many questions about the history, nature and the way people lived there. Croatian cuisine was influenced by the food customs of many other nations, as Croatian regions were ruled for centuries by various different foreign powers. Dalmatian cuisine is typically Mediterranean which entails eating fish, vegetables, large use of extra virgin olive oil and herbs. Istrian cuisine is very similar to Dalmatian cuisine, with a larger use of fresh pasta (fuzi), different herbs and truffles which are a must try when in Istria. Traditional Slavonian and Zagreb cuisine are very similar to Hungarian cuisine with a big influence of Central European cuisine, with a large use of smoked meat, strong spices, red paprika, pickled vegetables etc.

 

  1. Pasticada – Pasticada is one of the most delicious specialties of traditional Dalmatian cuisine. Pot-roasted beef with red wine, prunes, bacon and vegetables served with homemade gnocchi should be on your “to-eat” list when in Croatia. Also called “The Queen of Dalmatian cuisine”, pasticada’s roots date back to ancient Greek and Roman cuisine, but it was also well known in the Venetian Republic where it was made exclusively for nobility.
  2. Black risotto (Crni rižot) – or squid risotto is made with seafood and squid ink. It is an absolute must-try when in Dalmatia and almost every restaurant has it on its menu.Black risotto
  3. Sardines Round Cake (Viška ili Komiška pogača) – stuffed bread from the island of Vis. Ancient recipe brought on the island by Dionysius of Syracuse in 397 BC. There are two types of this bread, one is Viška pogača which is prepared with sardines and onions and the other one is Komiška pogača prepared with sardines, onions and tomato sauce.
  4. Fuzi with truffles (Fuži sa tartufima) – fuzi are a traditional Istrian homemade pasta, served with various sauces, but the most popular recipe is the one with truffles.
  5. Saur cabbage rolls (Sarma) – very popular recipe, especially during the winter holidays. Minced meat, spices and rice make the perfect stuffing wrapped in sour cabbage leaves.
  6. Mussels buzzara (Dagnje na buzaru) – Buzara is a method of cooking seafood like mussels, scampi, clams and other. You can find red or white buzara and the only difference is the use of tomato paste. Seafood is prepared with white wine, herbs and breadcrumbs.
  7. Gregada – famous Dalmatian fish stew prepared with various types of fish, white wine, herbs and spices. A must-try dish if visiting the island of Hvar.
  8. Paprenjaci – traditional Croatian biscuits, mostly prepared during Christmas holidays. These special cookies are made of an interesting mix of honey and black pepper. The main ingredients are honey, butter, eggs, nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts), pepper and various spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
  9. Strukle – very popular dish in Zagreb region. Thin rolled pastry filled with cottage cheese and sour cream, then rolled and cut into pieces, which can be boiled or baked.
  10. Soparnik – savory pie filled with chard is a very popular dish in Dalmatia, used also as a cultural trademark. Soparnik is made from common ingredients which are chard, onions and parsley placed between two layers of dough. Soparnik has been declared to be an intangible cultural heritage of Croatia by the Croatian ministry of culture.
  11. Krostule – famous carnival dessert, probably derived from famous Venetian recipe “Galani”. Long thin strips of dough, tied in a knot, deep fried and sprinkled with powder sugar.
  12. Walnut roll – tasty dessert made of sweet leavened dough containing walnut filling. It is often prepared along with poppy seeds roll.Walnut roll
  13. Rafioli – famous Dalmatian dessert made of pastry with almond, sugar and rum stuffing.
  14. Fritule – similar to mini donuts, fritule or pašurate are a ball shaped fried dough made with flour, milk, eggs and raisins, lemon zest and brandy. Usually prepared during winter holidays and carnival.
  15. Arancini – if you are looking for a perfect souvenir to take home from Croatia, then arancini are the best one, although they might disappear really fast. They are made of organic orange, lemon or mandarin skin, cut in strips, boiled and cooked with sugar, then left to dry for two, three days.
  16. Rozata –  definitely one of the most famous Dalmatian desserts, a delicacy for every palate. The first recipe appeared in the 14th century in Dubrovnik where the Venetian merchants most likely brought it from France (creme caramel) and modified by the addition of sweet liqueur made from rose petals.Rozata

Try also: Octopus baked under the lid, Octopus salad, Grilled sardines, Skradinski risotto,  Cheese from the island of Pag, Lamb baked under the lid, Caramelized almonds…

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