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4.4.2014.

11 Reasons You Should Visit Croatia Immediately
Croatia, situated on the Adriatic Sea, is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. With its unique location, deep cultural roots, and incredible history… it’s a must-see. http://www.buzzfeed.com/laraparker/reasons-you-need-to-visit-croatia-immediately

4.4.2014.

Croatia cruise: There are 101 reasons why you'll love visiting the Dalmatian coast


Holidaymakers and celebrities flock there but on Saga’s most intimate ship, you can leave the crowds behind and see the delights of Dalmatia that big cruise ships can’t reach

The Dalmatian coast has been attracting visitors for centuries – even before he had finished putting early Christians to the sword, the Roman emperor Diocletian built a splendid retirement home that still dominates the city of Split.

It’s off the beaten track for most of the large cruise lines and just too far for a day-trip from Dubrovnik, which pulls in today’s mega-ships and their passengers in droves, making the narrow streets of the medieval walled city unbearably crowded.

Its role as King’s Landing in the TV fantasy series Game of Thrones has added to its appeal – and to the number of visitors.

But I found a way to get away from the maddening crowds and visit some of the tantalisingly beautiful islands between the two cities – including the uber-glamorous Hvar which has attracted celebrities including Beyoncé, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Prince Harry in the past couple of years.

It was in an intimate vessel that could almost have been my private yacht for a week.

The MV Emanuel only has 18 cabins and during Saga charters like this one capacity is limited to just 30 passengers.

What’s more there was free beer and wine with lunch and dinner. In fact drinks were complimentary during the 11 hours each day when the ship’s bar was open. Even the excursions don’t cost extra on this all-inclusive voyage. There are no hidden extras.

An upside of travelling on such a small ship, which is exclusively for Saga customers, is the attentive service. Nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff. And we had the services of Duba, our energetic hostess and guide, to keep us entertained and informed.

Cabins are fairly small, with portholes for windows, but they have en suite shower rooms. The flat screen TV didn’t seem to have any English language channels but who wants to sit inside when there’s an ever-changing panorama on display outside – with no packing and unpacking necessary?

A good place to survey the view is the dining saloon upstairs which offers picture windows and sociable tables for six, or from the open deck aft of the bar. Better still is the sun deck up top, with its loungers, wicker chairs and – on sunny days – a barbecue lunch. Our guide met us at Dubrovnik airport to escort us to the ship, and after settling in we made the short journey to the peaceful island of Sipan for the evening.

The little town of Sipanska Luka, where we berthed for the night, is idyllic. There are a couple of quiet bars – where I relaxed with a local beer – and a lively one by the pier where the crew spent their evening. Go there soon. It looks like a Russian investor could be building a sizeable resort just outside the town.

Next morning took us to Korcula, which claims to have been the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo, and has a St Mark’s Square rather smaller and less crowded than its namesake in Venice.

The church is just as impressive in its own way, with a Tintoretto over the altar and a fascinating museum next door.

While the other passengers enjoyed their complimentary post-dinner drinks, I went ashore with a couple of friends to a bar high up in one of the remaining towers of the town’s medieval fortifications. To get there we had to climb a steep ladder and squeeze through a hatch. We wrapped in blankets to keep out the cold and drinks were carried up by rope and pulley, but it was worth the effort to gaze at the stars.

The following morning, as on almost every day of the cruise, the captain cast off shortly after breakfast to head for the next port of call, trendy Hvar, where the prices in the bars and restaurants reflect the island’s celebrity status.

Split, with the remains of Diocletian’s palace at its heart, and a bustling market just outside the walls, is in many ways more interesting than overcrowded Dubrovnik. The Riva waterfront is as splendid an esplanade as any in the Mediterranean, filled with cafes and bars, and local women selling lace.

But the surprise of the week was Makarska, which sits between the two cities.

It has hotel and resort complexes by the dozen, nestling beneath the forbidding mountains that rise from the town. But I’ll wager few of them pull in big crowds from the UK. It’s a hidden gem, with wide open beaches for relaxation and mountain treks for the energetic. Why is its presence still a secret?

On another day we toured the stonemasons’ academy on the island of Brac, where young students learn how to make the most of the local limestone – in sculptures and architectural features.

A visit to the tranquil island of Mljet had to be cancelled because the wind was rising, and erring on the side of caution our skipper took MV Emanuel back to the shelter of Korcula before we returned for a final day in Dubrovnik.

Passengers from the giant cruise ships berthed in Gruz port had taken over the gleaming limestone pavements of the Stradun in the Old Town.

For once I was grateful that, thanks to Emanuel, I could give them both a miss.

Saga is chartering the MV Emanuel for 10 one-week cruises this summer in May, June, September and October. Late in the season Dalmatia is still warm and the crowds have evaporated.


4.4.2014.

Croatia's 20 most beautiful places
Forget about "Game of Thrones." You can explore the fictional kingdoms of Westeros without sword fights and scheming.
Much of the fantasy series, which returns to international TV screens this week, was filmed in Croatia.
Thankfully the real Westeros is more accommodating to visitors -- and has considerably fewer dragons.
Thanks to the Croation National Tourist Board for help with this gallery.

Northern Velebit National Park (Nacionalni park Sjeverni Velebit), Lika - Karlovac
The Northern Velebit National Park covers 109 square kilometers of a larger mountain range that bends around the Adriatic coast. It has designated trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding, and is also home to Croatia's deepest mountain cave. The Lukina jama plunges to a depth of more than 1,400 meters.
Northern Velebit National Park, Lika - Karlovac; +385 53 665 380; entry from $8 per person age 14+

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What to see in Croatia?

I suggest a tour through Bosnia-Herzegovina. Begin with a night in Split and explore Diocletian’s magnificent third-century Roman palace, a Unesco World Heritage site, and then take a three-day road trip inland through the mountains.

Drive from Split to Sarajevo (180 miles, five hours), passing through Trilj and continuing over the border through Livno and Bugonjo to Donji Vakuf. Here you could take the side-road to Jajce (waterfalls and medieval fortress). Continue to Travnik (Ottoman architecture) and stay in Sarajevo. Surrounded by dramatic mountains, the Bosnian capital is home to many mosques and churches. The effects of the war are still visible, but a fair degree of cultural tolerance has been restored.

The next afternoon, drive from Sarajevo to Mostar (90 miles, two hours), a scenic road passing through Konjic and Jablanica. Stay the night in Mostar and see the Ottoman old town, which is based around the reconstructed “old bridge”.

The next day, drive from Mostar to Dubrovnik (90 miles, two hours 30 minutes), following the emerald-green River Neretva down to the sea, then tracing the coast south east. You’ll have earned two restful nights in Dubrovnik, and you should save Montenegro for next time.

I’ve checked and there are no restrictions on taking a hired car into Bosnia from Croatia. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does warn against the risks of old landmines in Bosnia-Herzegovina, so take care away from main roads.

Rijeka Carnival

17 January 2013 - 13 February 2013

A tradition reaching down the centuries to ancient times when ferocious masks, so legends tell us, banished the forces of evil through hilarious rejoicing, has turned Rijeka into the Carnival Capital of Croatia. Throughout the carnival days the city gates are firmly closed to any solemnity and soberness, and are wide open to colourful and carefree merrymaking. It will be no different this year. Once the keys of the city are handed over, the carnival revelry will sweep the streets and all those who happen to be in Rijeka. The sea of masks, which allow their wearers to forget their sorrows, at least for a moment, will spread good humour for days, while the climax of the Carnival comes on its closing day when the grand parade - known as the International Carnival Parade - makes its thunderous way across the city.


http://www.rijecki-karneval.hr

Croatia - amongst the most beautiful

Twitter users ranked Croatia among the most beautiful countries in the world

Plitvička jezera National Park
The British Daily Mail recently published that out of the 20 most beautiful countries in the world, Croatia was ranked in 13th place, as voted by Twitter and Pinterest users.

The British travel website First Choice urged users to post images of what they thought was the most beautiful country on Pinterest or to describe on Twitter which country they thought deserved the title of most beautiful.

Even though tropical destinations are usually listed as the most beautiful, the users of Twitter and Pinterest declared Latvia, with 36% of the votes, as the most beautiful country. Listed after it are Mexico (11 percent) and Turkey (5 percent).

The Daily Mail says that many old favorites had to give way to far lesser known destinations, and so the "mesmerizing Croatian coast pushed Greece to the 17th place".

Daily Mail
www.dailymail.co.uk

New villas - 2013.

The following properties have been recently added:

- Villa Goga
- Villa Lucia
- Villa Akron

As we handle these exclusively, there is no better place to book your next vacation - at the front, just like booking the first row seat!

ECTAA Preferred Destination for 2011-2012

The European travel agents and tour operators association's preferred destination in 2011-2012 is Croatia.

Ferry summer timetables

As many of our clients are travelling to the islands we are adding a link to our national ferry liner.

Lošinj Cuisine Festival

5th Lošinj Cuisine Festival is marked by the project „Around the World with Lošinj Sails“ whose aim is to revive and recall the historical and cultural heritage of Lošinj’s maritime tradition and its golden era from 1853 until 1884, when Mali Lošinj was known as the maritime center of the Eastern Mediterranean. Our catering facilities are also involved in the project and you will have the opportunity to taste the dishes of Lošinj Captains, prepared in a more modern way. You should definitely not miss the specialty of that period on Lošinj Sailing Ships – the zaladia. Book your spot and enjoy the menus of Lošinj Captains. Let the festival begin!!!

Croatia Boat Show

For those who prefer to use boats as a means of transport and are openly passionate about sailing, the Croatia Boat Show is a must event. Year after year it attracts all local and international boat companies and builders exhibiting their products, vessels of all kinds and sizes, as well as the equipment needed by sea travelers. In addition to all the details concerning vessels and sailing available at the show, you can learn about the nautical tourism arrangements on offer. It is expected to be the most interesting nautical event in the Mediterranean.

Rijeka Carnival

A tradition reaching down the centuries to ancient times when ferocious masks, so legends tell us, banished the forces of evil through hilarious rejoicing, has turned Rijeka into the Carnival Capital of Croatia. Throughout the carnival days the city gates are firmly closed to any solemnity and soberness, and are wide open to colourful and carefree merrymaking. It will be no different this year. Once the keys of the city are handed over, the carnival revelry will sweep the streets and all those who happen to be in Rijeka. The sea of masks, which allow their wearers to forget their sorrows, at least for a moment, will spread good humour for days, while the climax of the Carnival comes on its closing day when the grand parade - known as the International Carnival Parade - makes its thunderous way across the city.

Audi FIS World Cup „Vip Snow Queen Trophy“

One of the biggest and most important sports events in Croatia – the Audi FIS Ski World Cup “Vip Snow Queen Trophy” – will take place on 4 and 6 January 2011. Once again, this time for the seventh consecutive time, Sljeme will become the centre of the skiing world. Moreover, for the first time ever, both ladies’ and men’s slalom races will be held at night, which will hype up the event and make it even more attractive. Besides the sports pleasures, the spectators will be able to enjoy concerts and entertainment programmes at Krumpirište.

New Year spear fishing championship

The best confirmation of how highly the people of Lošinj regard the spear fishing skill is the monument to a spear fisherman erected in one of the town squares. The mild Mediterranean climate the island is blessed with enables its inhabitants to provide spear fishermen with the unforgettable experience of competing just before New Year. The New Year Championship comprises two cups: New Year Cities Cup and European Nations Cup; both cups are equally attractive because each dive-in takes one’s breath away and results in loud cheering by the audience. It is an opportunity to celebrate the New Year in the company of extremely brave people and a truly sportsmanlike environment.

Istria Truffle days

No true gourmet in the world should regard her or himself as such if, at least once in their life, they have not wanted to taste truffles - the gourmet crown jewel of Istria. Truffles, these odd looking mushrooms that grow underground, are a trademark of Istria, and the folk of Istria show their gratitude by jealously guarding the recipes specific to their peninsula. Come autumn, however, the whole of Istria celebrates the Days of Truffles which provide the opportunity for all to savour the wealth of truffles in every possible combination of flavours and to learn about the wonder of truffles. Do not take our word, come and taste for yourself.

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

10 July 2010 - 25 August 2010

Basic information

The Summer Festival of Dubrovnik is the oldest and most famous of all the Croatian festivals. From 1956 the Festival has been building its reputation and has, by way of the prestigious Association of European Festivals, become an integral part of European integrations. Imagine yourself enjoying the most beautiful pieces of classical music and the best of the theatre performances the world stage has to offer, while sitting comfortably surrounded by ancient city walls. That is precisely what Dubrovnik offers. Within its Summer Festival, classic theatre pieces and ballet performances are staged in the streets and plazas of this proud Renaissance-cum- Baroque city. Only high quality art can find its place in this city built of stone and light that holds so much beauty. In that art, numerous actors, dancers and musicians will find inspiration for both themselves and their public throughout the lovely Dubrovnik summer. Year on year the Dubrovnik Summer Festival hosts the renowned names of the world elite of the art world. Composers, soloists and orchestras, and their performance in and among the buildings within the old city, which possess exceptional acoustic properties – such as the atrium of the Ducal Palace – imbue this festival with a very special charm. Needless to say, this year the walls of Dubrovnik are again going to resound with the sounds of its long and fascinating history. This year again, and for the 61st time, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival – taking place from 10th July to 25th August – will draw the very best of the world stage of performing arts. Once again will the inimitable beauty of the streets, squares, parks, palaces, medieval fortresses and isles of Dubrovnik become the proud and equal partner to the artists of the world.

WEEK OF THE MODERN DANCE

The Festival of Modern Dance always brings new and delightful surprises. And that is what modern dance is all about, an artistic expression completely open to creativity and expressive innovation. Dancing is an art in which you cannot follow the trends - dancers always perform the way they feel the music they dance to. This is why the festival is an opportunity for you to fully open your spirit to all potential surprises lying within the free artistic expression and limitless abilities of the human body. However, one thing is for sure: the surprise factor is not about the substance but the form of performing the substance because the Days of Modern Dancing always host superior artists. If you like dancing and the harmony of human motions, this program is something you should not miss.

Croatian shipbuilding days - DHMB

Croatian boatbuilding days are a traditional thematic event organised by and for the Croatian boat builders and nautical equipment manufacturers.

Wishing to help the efforts of Croatian „small“ boat builders and ensure better promotion and advancement of their work and development, „LiIBOR d.o.o“ as the organizer, hotel Le Meridien Lav and Marina Lav as co-organizers organized a 4 day event in Aplil 2009 called Dani hrvatske male brodogradnje – Croatian Boatbuilding Days.

This year’s edition will once again gather all relevant factors whose knowledge, influence and experience can help make Croatian boat building industry both recognizable and competitive at the demanding global market.

This year, from April 29th until May 2nd, Marina Lav at Le Meridien Lav hotel in Podstrana will be the stage for around 50 boats produced in Croatia. Entrance to the exhibition grounds is free for all visitors.

CROATIA BOAT SHOW

For those who prefer to use boats as a means of transport and are openly passionate about navigation, the Croatia Boat Show is a must event. Year after year it attracts all local and international boat companies and builders exhibiting their products, vessels of all kinds and sizes, as well as the equipment needed by the sea travelers. In addition to all the details concerning vessels and navigation available at the show, you can learn about the nautical tourism arrangements on offer. It is expected to be the most interesting nautical event in the Mediterranean.

DORF Festival

If a music documentary links up a picture and a sound into an ideal form, then DORF provides links between film lovers and music lovers in the best possible way.
Amidst the inspirational surroundings of Vinkovci one can enjoy the unconventional Festival of documentary rock film from Croatia and other countries.
The genres of a diverse, innovative film story about music idols are sure to impress not only the fans of documentaries, but also the lay persons in the field of film art, who will again be able to enjoy numerous workshops, exhibitions, promotions of books and of course concerts.

Festival of Sokci

THE FESTIVAL OF SOKCI
12.2.2010. - 23.2.2010.

Description

All the hard work and dedication that people of Zupanja invest into preserving their priceless cultural heritage become evident during this festivity stemming from the wealth of the Slavonian tradition. Sumptously appointed horse-drawn carriages, which look as if they were taken from a museum, ride across the town with their proud coachmen dressed in most beautiful Slavonian folk costumes. Always attractive to guests regardless of where they come from, the Carnival parade is invariably accompanied by appropriate customs - brandy distilling and pig slaughtering. This year, all the colourful diversity will once again be enriched still more with folklore groups coming from other parts of Croatia and abroad.

Rijeka Carnival

A tradition reaching down the centuries to the ancient times when ferocious masks, so legends tell us, banish the forces of evil through hilarious rejoicing, has turned Rijeka into the Carnival Capital of Croatia. Throughout the carnival days the city gates are firmly closed to any solemnity and soberness, and are wide open to colourful and carefree merrymaking. It will be no different this year. Once the keys of the city are handed over, the carnival revelry will sweep the streets and all those who happen to be in Rijeka. The sea of masks, which allow their wearers to forget their sorrows, at least for a moment, will spread good humour for days, while the climax of the Carnival comes on its closing day when the grand parade - known as the International Carnival Parade - makes its thunderous way across the city.

INTERNATIONAL PERCUSSIONIST WEEK

Rhythm is in the foundation of each piece of music. Consequently, percussion instruments are most often used as a group providing a rhythmic background to soloists, but sometimes also they create the complete entity of a piece. Percussion ensembles are very dynamic and attractive, so it is no wonder the that percussion festivals are becoming increasingly commonplace and popular. One of such festivals is the International Percussionist Week in Bjelovar, hosting some of the greatest percussionists from Croatia and abroad. Gain insight to the very essence of music - the rhythm - with the help of superior artists of rhythm.

FIS - World Cup

World cup races to be held on Sljeme hill by Zagreb in the first week of 2010..

Christmas Hand Made Fair

19.12.2009 - 24.12.2009

Pula, Korzo (Croatian Defenders House)

A visit to this lively festival shouldn't be missed since it brings together at one place handicraftsmen, freelance artists, artisans, hobbyists, designers, decorators, producers, creative workshops and all other creative artists whose task is to present "on the spot" a creative item or product - unique piece of jewelry, clothing, ornaments, souvenirs, furniture, paintings, but also the art of body painting, hair-styling, massage, etc. Be sure to express your own creativity at one of the many organized workshops – drawing, silk painting, making jewelry from various material.

Many events for the upcoming Christmas holidays

11.12.2009
Sponza Palace, Dubrovnik.

There are many events planned for the upcoming Christmas holidays in our city, which started on Friday, December 11th in Sponza Palace with a photo exhibition on tourism called «Dubrovnik cafés, restaurants and night clubs – former times» by Lukša Lucianović.

On Saturday at 3 p.m. in Fort Revelin, the American College held a Christmas program for children, which included a few children workshops and a raffle.

In the evening hours of the same day, the «Linđo» Folklore Ensemble held a humanitarian concert for the blind and poor-sighted in the Marin Držić Theatre.

 

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