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.

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“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

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 collapse

20 things to do in Croatia

Spectacvla antiqva

 

Watch a spectacular event in Pula, Spectacvla Anticva, that recreates historical Roman gladiator simulated fights in almost 2000 years old Roman amphitheater, Arena.

 

 

 

Kornati

 

Sail the deserted bays of Kornati Archipelago (140 islands), a sailing area that offers an exciting mix of blue water cruising and spectacular landscapes.

 

 

 

 

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Split and Dubrovnik among 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),

Makarska

Makarska is a small town located in Central Dalmatia, about 60 km south of the city of Split. Makarska is located on a horseshoe-shaped bay, under the spectacular Biokovo mountain where it developed around a natural harbor shielded by the peninsula of St. Peter. During the Medieval times, this natural harbor was used by the Omiš pirates and merchant ships as a safe place during the storms. Makarska had a very turbulent history, the first settlements appeared in the middle of the 2nd millennium BC, in the Roman times it was famous as a port named Inaronia, in the Middle ages it was a small fortified town with towers, built under the Ottoman rule, then conquered by the Venetians. According to Alberto Fortis, a Venetian writer, in the 18th century, Makarska was the only Dalmatian town with absolu

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

Osijek

Osijek is the biggest city in the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia and the fourth biggest city in Croatia, located on the bank of the Drava river. It is the economic and cultural center of the region, full of new, urban architecture as well as the historical remains that narrate the city’s tumultuous past. The imposing 18th-century fortress dominates the city that is getting more and more popular among Croatian students who choose Osijek as the place to jump-start their university experience. The city has a lot to offer to tourists and visitors as well, and the number of hotels and restaurants has been growing exponentially during the last decade.

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The city’s fortress, so-called Tvrđa, was built under Habsburg rule to defend the city from Turkish attacks and has remained almost undamaged ever since. Well-preserved baroque-style streets, spacious squares and beautiful mansions will take you to some other time and allow you to exp

Roman ruins of Salona

Roman ruins of Salona are located near the town of Solin, few kilometers away from Split. It is a fascinating archeological gem and a great place to visit for all those who admire the history of Roman Empire. Salona (Colonia Martia Iulia Salona) was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and at that time it was a populous city, with a population of about 60.000, and it was known as a resort of wealthy Roman citizens. But before being conquered by the Romans, Salona was a marketplace, set up by the Greeks in the 1st century BC. The city had classic Roman characteristics like walls, towers, public baths, forum, theater amphitheater, and an aqueduct. Many inscriptions in Latin and Greek have been found inside the walls and in the cemeteries outside, as Romans built their cemeteries away from the city limits. Some of the sarcophagi found in the cemeteries can be seen in the Archeological Museum in Split.

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Croatian Intangible Cultural Heritage

UNESCO established its lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage with the aim of protecting valuable intangible heritages around the world.  Croatia is the country with the largest number of protected cultural phenomena in Europe with 14 Intangible Cultural Heritages added to the UNESCO list. Only Japan, China, and Korea have more registered phenomena.

Sinjska Alka, a knights’ tournament in Sinj

Sinjska Alka is medieval equestrian competition, held in the town of Sinj every first Sunday in August since 1717 and it honors the Croatian-Venetian victory during the Ottoman invasion. Sinjska Alka was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2010. This particular event consists of a competition in which several horsemen ride at full gallop aiming their lances at an iron ring called Alka, suspended a few meters above the ground and are awarded points depending on which part of the ring they are able to pierce. Participating in the competition is considered o

Love International Festival 2017 dates announced

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

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, w

Top 10 Things to Do in Istria

Istria is one of the best-kept secrets in the modern world, with incredible cultural and historical heritage, delicious food and friendly people. You will discover places where time has stopped, where flowers adorn centuries-old stone houses, where walking along the medieval streets feels like entering a time machine and find infinite places to see the nature at its best.

Motovun hill

Wander the streets of Pula

Known for its long tradition of shipbuilding, tourism, and winemaking, Pula also stands out among other larger Croatian cities for the rich and well-preserved Roman architecture, the amphitheater being the most famous and dominant part of it. Start by wandering through the beautiful streets and discovering several museums, Roman ruins such as the Arena, Temple of Augustus, Arco dei Sergi, Roman Floor M

The island of Pag

The island of Pag makes part of the north-Dalmatian archipelago and it is the fifth largest island in Croatia. Two main towns on the island are Pag and Novalja, but there are also several small villages. Due to strong winds mostly during the winter, a large part of the island is rocky with small areas covered with Mediterranean vegetation. Nowadays, Pag is mostly known as one of the best Croatian’s party destinations, thanks to the resort of Novalja, which is located in the north of the island and hosts many summer music festivals and a considerable number of open-air clubs.

Pag lighthouse sea

However, if you are not that much in hard-core partying, don’t avoid the island as there’s much more to do and see there as well! Connected with the bridge to the mainland, the island is easily reachable, but all t