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Number 16 • Year IV • August - October 2016


Myanmar Active vacations We're taking you to...

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Virovitica-Podravina County, Bjelovar-Bilogora County, Karlovac, Rab, Central Dalmatia, Dugopolje


The aromas of the Golden Valley... ZAGREB COUNTY

The castles of the green ring

A trip to Europe's

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Krk Island • Baška Voda • Krka National Park • Samobor's top 5 Zagreb Be There • Baranja • UNESCO: Bećarac • Gourmet Croatia

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An active autumn T

his summer will be remembered as one of the most active to date. Although we have never been in the category of tourists who spend their vacations lounging on the beach and drinking cocktails, but always on the go, this summer is still rightfully on our list as the most active so far. We started it on the islands of the far south of Croatia, with a welltested recipe - staying in well-known locations, while also discovering attractions that were absolutely new to us. When we heard that the "European underground Amazon" is hiding in the area surrounding Dubrovnik, we didn't hesitate a second, and soon swapped the +36°C outdoors for the refreshing and breezy +11°C surrounded by the magnificent underground. You can find the story here. We also spent some time this summer walking on the newly renovated Barone fortress in Šibenik, in Smiljan we checked out the replica of Tesla's laboratory from Colorado Springs, and witnessed the amazing inventions of that great genius, but we also left some time to enjoy the summer evenings in Zagreb and the courtyards on the

upper town. After that, we traded evenings in Zagreb for a vacation on two wheels, a photo safari, and riding down the Drava through a UNESCO biosphere reserve in the ViroviticaPodravina area. So, experiences lined up one after the other, and packed the pages full of the stories we bring you in this issue. We also continue on into autumn actively, which we also recommend you do, as it is, due to the cooler temperatures, ideal for hopping into a kayak or boat, exploring a destination on bike, diving into the sea, trying out an adrenaline sport, or burning off some energy in an off-road ride on secondary roads that pass through endless untouched nature. From north to south, Croatia is full of such landscapes and adventurous stories. Spice them all up with superb Croatian gastronomy and interesting events, which are anything but sparse in the autumn days. We also visited Vienna, and our associate Myanmar (Burma), a country interesting in many ways, and betel is still chewed there. Find out why... Željka and Robert Kunštek

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8-9 NEWS - Croatia 10-29 ISSUE TOPIC - Active vacations: A vacation with the scent of adventure  Virovitica-Podravina County:

A UNESCO-approved vacation (12-17)

 Bjelovar-Bilogora County:

An active vacation with new attractions (18-19)

 Karlovac: In the Green Heart

of Croatia (20-23)

 Rab: Rab's active side


 Central Dalmatia:

Why do cyclists love Dalmatia? (26-27)


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 Dugopolje: The artistic, wild

Dalmatian karst (28)

 Cetina River source and a

Jeep safari through the Dalmatian Hinterland (29)

30-31 TIPS4YOU: Don't miss out... 32-35 EXCURSION - Dubrovnik (Croatia) - Municipality of Ravno (Bosnia and Herzegovina): A trip to Europe's underground Amazon

42 INTERESTING FACTS Prvić Island: Through the picturesque streets of Prvić 44 ATTRACTIONS - Nikola Tesla Memorial Center: A huge anniversary for a huge genius 45 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Lika-Senj County: 10+1 reasons to visit 46-48 EVENTS - Krk Island: Autumn on the Golden Island

38-39 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Baška Voda: In autumn's warm embrace

49 INTERESTING FACTS Crikvenica: The first café for dogs opened in Crikvenica

40-41 CULTURAL TOURISM Krka National Park: Krka's summer of culture

50-53 INTERVIEW - Petar Galović, founder of the Arabco Projects company:

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Croatia is increasingly more attractive for the Arabian market 54-55 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Zagreb: Zagreb Be There 56-57 HISTORICAL TRACES Zagreb: Marija Jurić Zagorka and the sundial 58-61 CULTURAL TOURISM Zagreb County: The castles of the green ring 62-63 DON'T MISS OUT - Samobor: Samobor's top 5 64 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Bilogora-Bjelovar: On the Bilogora wine road 65 CROATIA THROUGH PHILATELY - Castles of


Croatia: Janković castle (Daruvar): At Count Janković's place 66-69 FOOD AND WINE TOURISM Požega-Slavonia County: The aromas of the Golden Valley... 70 INTERESTING FACTS Croatia 71 EVENTS - Baranja: Autumn in Baranja 72-73 UNESCO - Bećarac: When Bećari sing... 74-76 GOURMET - Coastal Croatia: From nature for health and vitality

80-81 CULTURAL SCENE Interview Cubismo 82-83 UNICEF 84-85 ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS - World 88-99 WE'RE TAKING YOU TO... Myanmar (Burma): In the country of temples, pagodas, and enchanting sunsets 101 ATTRACTIONS - Yas Island (Abu Dhabi): The island of eternal summer and fun 102-103 WORLD ATTRACTIONS Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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Stronger development of luxury tourism

Travel agencies expect a good post-season According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, in the first six months of this year, only a slightly smaller number of tourists came to Croatia in organized groups (with the assistance of travel agencies, tour operators, clubs, associations) than those who came individually (selforganized.) A total of 46.7 percent came in organized groups, while 53.3% were individual, and there is a similar trend with overnight stays. The president of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies, Boris Žgomba, while announcing that the post-season in Croatia will likely be excellent for agencies, especially in September and October, emphasized that agencies are the busiest in the pre- and post-season. 8

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The recent establishment of the Unique and Luxury Hotels Group as a part of the Hotelier Association at the Croatian Chamber of Economy confirmed that Croatia has all the preconditions for the development of luxury tourism. At their second meeting, held in July, members defined the criteria hotels must fulfil to enter the "luxurious group" and they started working intensively on creating a brand image and visual identity the members will use to jointly represent themselves on the targeted markets. The main goal, they pointed out, is to position themselves on the international market as Croatian luxury hotels that offer superb service, a unique offer, and special gourmet experiences.

Greenpeace on the solarization Croatia In mid-July, Greenpeace started its Solar Tour of Istria in Poreč with the aim of promoting renewable sources of energy, primarily solar energy at the Adriatic. The tour started with a concert that was exclusively powered using solar energy. In Greenpeace, they are convinced that the leaders in the solarization process in Croatia need to be large companies in tourism, and they invited them to invest in renewable energy sources. According to an analysis they conducted in 2015, by the middle of the century, Croatia could completely switch over to such energy sources.

The first auto-camp opened on the ZagrebLipovac road In July of this year, in the village of Osekovo near Popovača, just 65 km from Zagreb, the first auto-camp was opened next to the Zagreb-Lipovac highway. The camp is located at the outskirts of the Lonjsko polje Nature Park, it stretches over ten thousand square meters, and offers 60 lots, showers, a cooking and barbeque area, and ten lots with electrical, water, and sewage connections. The camp is the private investment of Bistrički Village Tourism, and the hosts have been successfully in the business of rural tourism for seven years. Besides relaxation in gorgeous surroundings, they also offer their guests the chance to enjoy home-grown, organic food, and live the country life.

120 million euro for developing "green" tourism

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By 2020, Croatia will have secured 120 million euro for the development of "green" or ecotourism from European structural and investment funds, and special emphasis will be placed on protecting the environment and natural biodiversity with the aim of preserving them for future generations, as was said in Omiš in midJuly at the presentation of the action plan for the development of green or eco-tourism. There, representatives from the Ministry of Tourism pointed out that Croatia has eight national parks and eleven nature parks, but also that the number of tourists is growing, so, they warned, it is necessary to make sure that the development of tourism doesn't endanger the "green component".

Air Transat introduced a direct Toronto - Zagreb Toronto flight From June 15 to October 15, 2016, the Canadian airline, Air Transat, introduced a direct flight on the Toronto - Zagreb - Toronto line, which enables travelers from Croatia to discover Toronto and its lively art scene, parks, and beaches, and Canada. Also, thanks to Air Transat's network of domestic flights through Toronto, travelers can continue on traveling through Canada with further flights towards Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary.

With the aim of measuring the effectiveness of integrated communication activities and analyzing the current image of "tourist" Croatia, during June the Croatian National Tourist Board conducted a survey on a sample of 4840 people in eight important emissive markets: Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, and Poland. The research showed that, on average in all countries, information on Croatia was noticed by 43 percent of people, of which most was on television (20%), and on the internet (19%). Those communication channels showed the greatest efficiency on those tested in the period when information was gathered on holiday travel.

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Television and internet most effective

DCT in Bol, Brač This year, the Days of Croatian Tourism (DCT), a traditional annual gathering of workers in tourism will be held on October 26 and 27 in Bol on the island of Brač. At the two-day gathering, which brings together more than a thousand participants, the 2016 tourism season will be analyzed, and the main activities for preparing for the 2017 tourism season will be announced. Once again, there will be a travel awards ceremony for the best individuals, representatives of the tourism industry, and the best destinations. August - October 2016



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If you are adventurous, and love to spend your holiday actively, in endless untouched nature and irresistible beauty, you're in the right place. Welcome to Croatia! Explore it by bike, on foot, with a boat or kayak, underwater, on horseback, or with an adrenaline-filled off-road ride. Try some new activities, use up some energy, discover the undiscovered, and experience a vacation you will be talking about for years to come...

ACTIVE VACATIONS Virovitica-Podravina County, Bjelovar-Bilogora County, Karlovac, Rab, Central Dalmatia, Dugopolje

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A UNESCO-approved vacation Riding in a boat down the Drava River and on bike along the idyllic Drava landscape and fertile fields, with fishing, photo-safaris and birdwatching... and all that in UNESCO's biosphere reserve. Priceless...

Hotel Kurija Janković; Birdwatching, fishing, and cycling are activities that attract many fans of active vacations to the ViroviticaPodravina area.

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Text: Željka Kunštek ◆ Photos: Virovitica-Podravina County Tourist Board (Ivan Darko Grlica, Tatjana Arnold Sabo, Josip Mikolčić, Matija Turkalj, Kristijan Toplak, Željko Šelimber), Public institution for managing protected natural areas and the environmental network of the Virovitica-Podravina County, Nenad Hečimović, Robert Kunštek


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hree rivers, five countries, a 700 km-long green belt, nearly a million hectares of one of the most important European river areas and countless experiences, especially for fans of active holidays. That is how we could describe UNESCO's Cross-border Mura-Drava-Danube biosphere reserve in short, also known as the European Amazon, which stretches through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, and Serbia. Yes, we are incredibly proud that the reserve, which will become the largest crossborder protected area in Europe under UNESCO's protection, passes through six Croatian counties, including the ViroviticaPodravina County. We headed out to explore that part of it, so we could share that green magic with you first-hand. Here's the story...

We started our journey in Križnica, a protected area next to the CroatianHungarian border, where the arms of the green Drava River are surrounded by a charming meander. Since we traveled by car, we crossed the Drava with a ferry, even though it is also possible to cross with a 250 m long wooden pedestrian suspension bridge, which is reminiscent of those in old films. It is an absolutely appropriate entrance to the sleepy traditional village, where it seems as if time has stopped. To the left of the Križnica Bridge, you will find one of the most popular excursion sites and swimming grounds on the Drava, whose green water, in combination with the white sandy beach, is truly enticing for swimmers. This time we skipped swimming, and headed down the winding road towards Dravska iža, and we started our morning in Križnica properly - with Križnički gablec: warm bread, homemade cheese, and homemade cold cuts. The locals said that fresh fish from the Drava would come later, in the most diverse combinations. Yes, it was easy to conclude that we were in an area that has, for centuries, harmoniously lived

with and from the Drava River, the green beauty that lies deep in the heart of every local, along with the many hunters and fishermen, tourists, and cyclists who pass by while following the Drava bike trail, or the trail of the former Iron Curtain (EuroVelo 13).

Križnica Bridge; Excursion site on the Drava next to the Križnica Bridge; Exploring the Drava on horseback; Riding a boat on the Crni jarak pond in Križnica; Chapel of St. Anthony.

More than a bell In that area, you will hear fun fishing stories on a daily basis, and if you arrive at Dravska iža before noon, you will meet Grandma Maroka, the bell ringer at the nearby Chapel of St. Anthony. She is easy to recognize, with an alarm clock in hand, patiently waiting for noon, when she rings the bell for a full minute for the fifty inhabitants of the village. "If it wasn't for that bell, the locals wouldn't know what time it was. I also ring the bell when someone passes away, and at other occasions", Grandma Maroka explained the role of the bell, which is an important communication device in that village. In reminiscing nostalgically about times past, she told us about a song they used to sing as they left for the fields, the aroma of acacia in the spring, the traditional dishes, and Drava fish, which is, as she says, best when

EuroVelo, a network of European bike routes, currently includes 14 routes and more than 45 thousand kilometers of bike trails. Route number 13, the Iron Curtain route, which runs through 20 countries, also passes through Croatia.

roasted in a bread oven. In order for us to try it prepared in that way, we had to catch it first. So, we boarded the boat of Željko, a passionate fisherman, and headed down the Drava. Although perch, catfish, and carp are the most attractive species to possibly catch in the Drava's

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ACTIVE VACATIONS: Virovitica-Podravina County

Željko the fisherman in a boat on the Drava; A common nase; A fish lunch in Dravska iža; One of the rooms in Dravska iža; Dawn on the Križnica Bridge; Bikes can be rented at Kurija Janković; Driving across the bridge over the Drava in Terezino Polje, on our way from Hungary to Croatia.

abundant world of fish, my first catch ever was the common nase, which was anything but common in my eyes. Especially when you take into account the location where it was caught - next to a wooden house at a picturesque part of the Drava, which is regularly visited not only by fishermen, but also those looking for a Robinson Crusoetype holiday. Here you will also come across fans of birdwatching who know very well that the area next to the Drava is also home to many rare, protected species, which will honor you with their presence and song while you're here. I couldn't bear grilling or roasting my nase, so I decided to join the rest of the crowd in enjoying the delicious fish stew made of carp, pike, tench, and catfish (which I hadn't seen yet) in Dravska iža. The abundant Drava spread was soon complemented by roasted catfish and perch, served with handmade pasta and bean salad. A true fisherman's lunch. Although it would be best to rest after an abundant lunch in one of the rooms

Hotel Kurija Janković is located only 7 km from Virovitica and 8 km from the Hungarian city of Barcs. The hotel has 18 comfortable double rooms, a café, a restaurant, a meeting room, conference hall and souvenir shop, as well as a bike rental service.


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at Dravska iža, we decided to continue the day actively, so we headed over to Okrugljača, a popular excursion site next to the Drava, where cyclists also like to take breaks.

The two-country experience It was time for us to head out on a bicycle adventure, so we picked up bikes at Hotel Kurija Janković in Kapela Dvor and accompanied by our bike tour guide Nenad, we chose to take the Drava route and EuroVelo 13 towards Barcs, Hungary. We passed by fertile fields, meadows, and the Drava, respecting the untouched nature, but also the historical sites, where the Iron Curtain used to stand and divide eastern and western Europe into two. We easily crossed the Hungarian border at Terezino polje, and continued on to picturesque Barcs. At dusk, we returned to Kurija Janković, where we ended the active day like aristocrats - in one of the most elegant noble country houses

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in the area, now a cozy heritage hotel, located at the entrance to UNESCO's reserve. The World of Owls and Butterfly Corner at the Information-Education Center in Noskovačka Dubrava; Educational info boards on the "Embracing Drava" path; One of the rooms at the "Zlatni klas" estate.




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Inspired by nature In Noskovačka Dubrava, at the very heart of the Mura-Drava-Danube biosphere reserve, you will find an Information-Education Center inspired by nature and its protected areas. While the exterior of the former summer home tells the story of the Count Janković family that used to relax at that country estate, its playful rooms take you on a tour of the magical world of nature. There is the World of Owls, the Butterfly Corner, the Drava Forest of Fairies and Elves, rooms dedicated to flora, fish, amphibians, and reptiles, and an especially interesting room, especially for the youngest visitors, is the Bird Song Room. There you can hear the songs of birds that live in the area, but also find out plenty of interesting information. We also wanted to experience at least a piece of that rich world of birds in real life ourselves so, armed with binoculars and bird guides, we headed out to the "Embracing Drava" educational path, which connects the center with the Drava River. While many frogs crossed our path, we listened to the forest as we

walked through, stopped at educational info boards, and tried to see at least a few of the birds in the dense greenery. We heard many, saw a few, especially when we stopped at the rest area and climbed up to the viewpoint on the shores of the Drava. However, locals say the best time to go birdwatching is at dawn, when the sound is the clearest. So, we concluded, we would have to get up at the crack of dawn and head out to a real, early-morning photo safari. We headed over to Sopje, another famous excursion site next to the Drava where, when the tides are low, thousands of people gather - for swimming, picnics, kayaking or other sports activities, or for relaxing on its magnificent sandbars. That magnificent scene shaped by nature during low tides also regularly attracts many photographers and painters who would like to capture the moment for eternity. This time, we eternalized our stay in the Virovitica-Podravina County with the flavors of homemade delicacies at the "Zlatni klas" estate in Otrovanec, which recently added rooms with a traditional flair to its offer. It is also an estate with noble animals, horses, which beckon you to try another active story of the area that avidly embraces the Drava. However, we decided to leave that for next time... 

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The best time for birdwatching is at dawn, when the sound is the clearest, or at dusk.

A white stork; A cormorant; A black stork; A white heron; A white-tailed eagle; Swans; A purple heron; A little ringed plover; A little tern; A sand martin; Ducks.

Every year, more than 250 thousand migrant marshland birds use the area of the Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve to rest and feed, and it is also the habitat of the largest number of nesting couples of white-tailed eagles in continental Europe. Other endangered species also live in the reserve, such as little terns, black storks, beavers, otters...

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ACTIVE VACATIONS: Bjelovar-Bilogora County

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© Štefan Brajković / Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Board

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An active vacation with new attractions As of this summer, the attractive Bjelovar-Bilogora area has started telling some new, attractive stories, which are equally interesting for visitors of all generations. Text: Željka Kunštek Photos: Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Board, Vinia estate and winery, Villa Garić

The pools at the Veliki Grđevac Sports and The Recreation Center; Vinia estate and winery.

The Bjelovar-Bilogora County has more than 300 km of cycling trails, along with more than a hundred kilometers of horse trails, and many walking trails.


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rresistible nature, countless country tourist estates with an abundant offer of homemade delicacies and superb wine, which also offer many opportunities for an active vacation, aren't the only reasons you should head over to the Bjelovar-Bilogora County this autumn. As of this summer, this tame area in northwestern Croatia has enriched its offer with new attractions that have already caught the attention of a growing number of visitors. Veliki Grđevac, along with its Mato Lovrak Cultural Center that is visited by masses of young visitors all year long, boasts a new sports and recreation center. Children will be delighted with the pool that has two water "mushrooms" and the large playground, while adults can enjoy the 25-meter long deep pool, as well as the whirlpool with therapeutic water. The center also has a restaurant and tennis and volleyball courts, and fans of billiards,

table tennis and foosball will also find something to fulfil their desires.

Awaiting the 2016 žDrAl Trail The famous country tourism estate, the Vinia estate and winery, also enriched its offer as of July by opening the first camp in the heart of Bilogora. If you arrive here without a camper, you can stay in the luxurious rural 5-bedroom vacation home. Along with specialties from Bilogora and carefully selected wines from the Šapić family wine cellar, here you can also enjoy an active vacation with horseback riding through the picturesque surroundings. This favorite site for Croatian guests, but also a growing number of foreigners, is a great place to start out from and explore the natural and cultural attractions in the vicinity. If the thought of being in untouched nature, next to a lake, with water sports and a fishing pole makes you smile, the

picturesque town of Podgarić, in the valley at the foot of Moslavačka Gora, is a place you must visit. It is happily visited by fishermen, cyclists, all those who want to try rowing canoes, as well as by those who would like to sunbathe under Moslavina's sun on the comfortable lounge chairs in front of the renovated Villa Garić. Two cozy suites and 19 rooms guarantee a great vacation, and the restaurant at the villa promises an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Try the veal cutlets in mushroom sauce, or the rolled boar steaks, and if you prefer seafood, try the carp. You can also catch it yourself at the lake, if you're lucky, of course.

Throughout the year, the tame green hills of the Bjelovar-Bilogora area also attract many hikers. On October 1, all of them will be drawn to the exciting trails on Papuk by the first edition of the attractive 2016 žDrAl Trail hiking race, named after the city of the crane (ždral), Daruvar. Those looking for an adrenaline rush can try the 'Veliki ždral', a 24-kilometer route, which also passes over part of the pilgrimage route to Voćin, and reaches its highest point at Crni vrh (865 m above sea level). If you like to hike and walk through nature, but at a slower pace, head over to the less challenging trail, 'Mali ždral', 12-km long, where even your four-legged pet can accompany you. 

The lake in front of Villa Garić in Podgarić is a magnet for all fans of Hiking in the active vacations; Bjelovar-Bilogora area.

Be at the Petrov vrh Mountain Cabin on Papuk on October 1, and try your hand at the attractive 2016 žDrAl Trail race.

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ACTIVE VACATIONS: Karlovac River Korana Karlovac - outdoor adventure in Croatia

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In the Green Heart of Croatia Text: Željka Kunštek ◆ Photos: Karlovac Tourist Board

Rafting, canoeing, cycling, Nordic walking, off-road, or something else? It's up to you to decide which activity you will enjoy while exploring the beauty of the Green Heart of Croatia... Canoeing, swimming in Karlovac's rivers, a zip line, and off-road trail.

The Green Heart of Croatia (Karlovac - Ozalj - Ribnik) awaits you with more than 70 km of trails for Nordic walking and walking, 90 km of hiking trails, several hundred kilometers of bike trails, many off-road trails, and attractive locations for hunting, fishing, rafting, canoeing...


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ith its attractive position between Zagreb, the Croatian metropolis, and the worldfamous natural gem, Plitvice Lakes, and the fact that it lies on four rivers, it's no wonder many are secretly

envious of Karlovac. Throughout the year, those four beauties, the Kupa, Mrežnica, Dobra, and Korana thrill and inspire many new visitors and attract those who have already discovered its charms like a magnet. Mrežnica,

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Touring Karlovac on bike is a special experience; The old town of Dubovac; A panorama of Karlovac at dusk; Rafting; There are six bike trails in the Karlovac area that meander through the surrounding settlements and villages.

abundant with waterfalls, is known as the greenest green river in the world. In the summer it is incredibly warm and ideal for swimming, while in the autumn it is best to discover its charms in a canoe or kayak. Those who like a bit more adrenaline can go rafting. The romantic, green Korana River has many waterfalls and the locals are truly fond of it since it flows through the very center of the city that developed around it. The people of Karlovac grew up next to it, and many remember it as the river where they learned to swim. The longest of Karlovac's four rivers is the mystical Kupa, which is sometimes calm, and sometimes quick... The Dobra River has a story of its own.

shape. Have a look at the medieval trenches that surround it and pass through the main square named after Ban Josip Jelačić, surrounded by palaces, churches and a Franciscan monastery, and nearby you can also see the oldest music school in Croatia. Stop by the Katzler Pavilion, and take a break at Vrbanić Gardens. Karlovac will convince you that it is not only a city of rivers, but also a city of beautiful parks. Continue riding through the suburban settlements and villages, and the bike trails (six in total in the city area) will

Did you know that the Kupa's source is located only about 30 kilometers from the Adriatic Sea, and it flows in a completely different direction (towards the interior), unlike any other river in the world?

Through irresistible nature Exploring this green area on two wheels is just as exciting. Start your adventure in the very heart of the city, where the Karlovac-Jaškovo-Karlovac trail starts. Make some time to tour the historical city center, which they call the Star due to its six-sided star

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While in Karlovac, taste homemade food, prepared according to old-fashioned recipes, and treat yourself to an apple strudel with raisins.

Apple strudel with raisins; The Karlovac Beer Festival; Homemade dishes made with seasonal ingredients are the basis of Karlovac's gastronomy; The Weekend at Dubovac event.

If you love fairytales, castles, and brave knights, visit the Weekend at Dubovac in September.


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take you along clear rivers, through untouched nature, over old stone bridges and to viewpoints all the way up to the old town of Dubovac that dates back to the 13th century, which offers a view of the entire city. By now, you must have worked up an appetite. Here you can enjoy tasty treats, based on fresh, seasonal ingredients and prepared in traditional ways in one of the many restaurants, often hidden in peaceful green surroundings. The selection of dishes, as well as wines made by local winemakers, is truly vast, and the prices are affordable. Make sure to try some of the homemade desserts, and we personally recommend the apple strudel with raisins. This is, after all, the destination that entered the Guinness Book of World Records with the longest strudel in the world! After you get some rest in one of Karlovac's cozy hotels, suites, or at the hostel, take some time to visit one of the many festivals. After Karlovac's Beer Festival (August 26 - September 4), which attracts thousands of fans of beer

from Croatia and abroad to Karlovac for ten days every year, make sure to make some time for the Youth Film Festival and the Four River Film Festival (September 6 - 10), a hit destination for high school films. If you are a romantic at heart and you love fairytales, brave knights, castles, music, and stories with happy endings, make sure to come to the Weekend at Dubovac (September 10 - 11). That weekend, the magical surroundings of the Dubovac castle become a backdrop for an archery tournament, archery workshops, medieval fashion and toys, along with art, music and dance workshops. Another interesting festival, the Speleo Film Festival, will be held in Karlovac in late September (September 24). Karlovac continues to thrill everyone with its new tourist attractions. One of them, the Fresh Water Aquarium and River Museum, will open its doors in mid-October. It will also open the path for some new, interesting stories about the city on four rivers. ď ś

The Aquarium represents flora and fauna from Croatian rivers and lakes, the geological past, traditional culture and history of the basins of Karlovac's four rivers. The visitors can see the abundance of life in rivers and lakes, i.e. specimens of more than a hundred freshwater fish species, 20 of which are endemic.


Within the Aquarium, there will be a number of other facilities: a conference hall, an educational center, a scientific research center, offices and a catering facility.

 around 5000 species will live at the Freshwater Aquarium Karlovac

The layout of the pools in the Karlovac Freshwater Aquarium follows all features of river continuity, providing a detailed, interesting, entertaining, educational and extremely exciting view into the amazing freshwater world. Each visitor will therefore be given the opportunity to experience the river flow in its entirety, from source to mouth.

 over 1000 kg total weight of fish living at the aquarium

Take a look into the amazing river world— visit the Freshwater Aquarium in Karlovac!

 more than 100 species of fish  more than 20 endemic species

The aquarium will open to visitors in October. EUROPSKA UNIJA Ulaganje u budućnost

Projekt je sufinancirala Europska unija iz Europskog fonda za regionalni razvoj

EUROPEAN UNION Investing in future

Project co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund

Grad Karlovac / +385 47 628 197 / www.karlovac.hr / www.aquariumkarlovac.com

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Rab's active side An island and hundreds of kilometers of active, high-adrenaline experiences - that's the best description of Rab in the warm, autumn months.

Text: Željka Kunštek Photos: Town of Rab Tourist Board

Kayaking is ideal for exploring Rab's coves and getting a view of the landscape from the sea.

While on Rab, rent a kayak with a glass base, and enjoy the view of its underwater perfection.


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ith more than 125 years of experience in tourism, in surroundings that seem too perfect to be true - its mild climate, emerald coves, aromatic Mediterranean vegetation, and medieval streets full of stories are assurance enough that you will have a fantastic vacation on the island of Rab. Although it has been known as an attractive Mediterranean swimming destination for more than a century, and was additionally popularized by King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, who took a swim in Kandarola cove back in 1936, Rab has become more and more popular amongst fans of active vacations. So today, you will often see many tourists exploring its many coves by kayak and admiring its landscapes from the sea. They often disembark on the Kalifront peninsula where they continue to release endorphins (happy hormones) with active walks on some of its 100 km of promenades, on the hiking and walking trails that meander by the coves, wooded parks, city walls... Those who need more adrenaline can head over to

the 12 km trail that runs from Mišnjak to the heavenly Lopar beach, which is ideal for skraping (a combination of climbing, jumping, running, walking, and finding your way in nature), and will also reveal magnificent views. The warm autumn days are also perfect for exploring the secrets of Rab's undersea world. Besides organizing diving schools, experienced divers from the four diving schools on the island also organize daily diving excursions. One of the most attractive leads to "Medova buža", three caves that are interconnected with an underwater entrance. Don't be surprised if you come across an underwater wedding while there! Fishermen also love to be in the waters surrounding Rab, since they know fish is plentiful there, and many will show off their catch to you.

Rab Adventure Fest Still, the active vacation fans you will see most often on the island are cyclists. Even those who have arrived on the island with the goal of swimming, sunbathing, and

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a different kind of Rab. If you see yourself as a recreational athlete, adventurer, or sportsman, make sure to be a part of that unique event - a combination of trekking and enjoying nature, which combines three races. The Rab Island Trail Race starts out from Paradise Beach in Lopar, passes through forested areas and a karst landscape, with searching for signs, fighting time and the competition giving it an additional boost of adrenaline. There are also the Goli otok Trail and Rab MTB Race, a true treat for fans of mountain biking. Are you ready for a dose of Rab's adrenaline? 

A diver exploring the amazing underwater world; Cycling is a favorite activity amongst visitors of Rab; Hiking.

Town of Rab Tourist Board Trg Municipium Arba 8, 51280 Rab Croatia,  +385 51 724064 info@rab-visit.com

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drinking their favorite cocktails often change their minds and head off on a bike. Why? Rab's bike trails are simply irresistible and, just like a magnet, they urge you to get moving, especially those that pass through dense oak forests and head all the way down to the heavenly island beaches. So, forget about compromising and smoothly combine your favorite activities by taking a dip in the crystal clear sea after your ride, which is a pleasant temperature for swimming even until late autumn. A good time to visit Rab is from November 4 to 6, during the Rab Adventure Fest, which will reveal

Come get your dose of adrenaline on Rab from November 4 to 6, and be a part of Rab Adventure Fest.

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ACTIVE VACATIONS: Central Dalmatia

Why do cyclists love Dalmatia? Text: Alma Radoš Photos: Bicycle Association of the Split-Dalmatia County, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board

The bike trails in the Dalmatian hinterland, at the Makarska Riviera, and on the islands of Brač and Hvar will delight both professional and recreational cyclists. Riding through the idyllic landscape of the Dalmatian hinterland; Cyclists in Split; Cycling on the island of Brač; Taking a break at a spring in the Dalmatian hinterland.

With a total of 25 trails 1050 kilometers in length, Brač is the island with the most and longest bike paths in Croatia, and it is amongst the leading islands worldwide.


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ho could have guessed that central Dalmatia would become one of the most desirable cycling destinations in Europe in just three years? "Cyclists visit us to prepare before the season starts, then clubs arrive for races, but recreational cyclists also ride the marked trails or race paths, along with tourists who explore destinations on bike while on vacation. Cycling tourists are highly educated, well-off hedonists who don't ask for the price of pleasure. Their season lasts all year long, least of which from July 1 to August 15, which is ideal since all tourist

capacities in Dalmatia are full at that time", emphasized Joško Stella, head of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, which created the Strategy for the Development of Cycling Tourism and the Regulations for the Development of Cycling Tourism and Marking Trails in the Split-Dalmatia County with the assistance of the County Cycling Association several years ago. At that time, there wasn't a single kilometer of marked bike paths in central Dalmatia, there was no infrastructure, no educated bike guides, nor were there any accommodations for cyclists. But,

Prilaz braće Kaliterna 10/1, 21000 Split, Hrvatska tel/fax: +385 (0)21 490 032, 490 033, 490 036


thanks to ambition and cooperation with local tourist boards and local administration, in less than three years, this county became a cycling paradise w with . d a77ltrails m awith t i aa total . h rlengthiofn f o @ 2700 kilometers, drawn on four cycling maps, and on the central cycling tourism web site of the Split-Dalmatia County in four languages. "There is also a mobile app that functions with QR codes, which is a world premiere in cycling tourism. We also trained and certified 26 bike guides, who are "sold-out" until the end of October. We also started certifying Bike Hotels, Bike&Bed accommodations, bike-friendly sites, and bike agencies.


Great advances were also made in the number of professional and recreational bike races, so now two international, five national, and twenty recreational races atake l mplace a t here. i a .Next h r year, our county expects to earn five million euro from cycling tourism, and in 2018, they have planned to earn more than ten million euro", concluded Joško Stella and noted that by the beginning of next year central Dalmatia will get 50 new trails with a total length of 3500 km in the area of Imotski, the Split Riviera, and on the islands of Vis and Šolta, along with five new cycling maps. By the end of 2017, the new Split Riviera West cycling path will increase the length of the trails to 4500 km. 

Exploring the islands of Brač and Hvar.

If you are an avid cycler, find out many bits of useful information here:

Prilaz braće Kaliterna 10/1, 21000 Split, Croatia tel/fax: +385 (0)21 490 032, 490 033, 490 036


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Vranjača Cave is located in the heart of the Dalmatian hinterland, in the settlement of Kotlenice, a half-hour drive from Split, and a ten minute drive from Dugopolje. Watch a film about the cave here:

Tourists touring the cave; Cave adornments of various shapes and colors are the cave's greatest treasure.

The artistic, wild Dalmatian karst Text: Alma Radoš ◆ Photos: Dugopolje Tourist Board

Beyond the modern business zone, the municipality of Dugopolje hides a traditional lifestyle, and incredible nature, topped off by the attractive Vranjača Cave.


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eople living in the villages at the foot of the northern face of Mosor Mountain have always lived in harmony with nature. While tending to their fertile plains and herding cattle, they were used to the gusts of bora wind, the rain that came from the south, and the handful of sunny days. Busy with their daily life, they didn't notice the beauty of the wild, karst nature, and the rugged rocks, sinkholes, caves, and fresh water springs would impress the few travelers who happened to find themselves in the area. The people living in the area knew that there was a cave in Kotlenice, but few went there. That is, up until 1903, when Stipe Punda, owner of the land where it was located, happened to come across its second, more attractive portion. As of that moment, great interest grew for Vranjača Cave amongst local and foreign experts,

and it has been opened to the general public since 1929. Since then, it has been visited by tourists and adventurers, fans of active holidays, speleologists, nature fans. At the pleasant 15 degrees Celsius, which is the cave temperature all year long, they admire the stalactites and stalagmites, columns, and arcades. Its two halls are connected with a small hall, and the second, more spacious one, consists of nine smaller areas abundant in adornments of various shapes and colors. Nearby the cave entrance, you can find the starting point for the hiking trail that leads to Vickov stup, a peak that rises 1325 meters high, and cyclists can reach Vranjača via the longest cycling path that got its name for the unique geomorphological natural monument. The Punda family, which continues to take care of the cave, will gladly share the cave's secrets with every guest. 

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Cetina River source The somewhat mysterious Dalmatian hinterland is an area of rugged, wild beauty, and amazing landscapes, such as the one at the largest source of the Cetina River, Glavaševo Lake. It is located about seven kilometers from the city of Vrlika, on the northwestern slopes of the Dinara Mountain. The source is actually a sunken cave, more than a hundred meters deep, and an eternal source of inspiration for many divers and photographers.

Historical Time Machine of Dalmatia - Jeep safari

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A Jeep safari through the Dalmatian Hinterland

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If you love to explore endless, untouched, irresistible nature, and you are also attracted to the scent of adventure and a different adrenaline-filled vacation, a Jeep safari through Dalmatian hinterland is an activity that will thrill you. The Croatian Travel Club recently added the attractive program to their offer, and behind it stand true fans of adventure and the incredible scenery of central and northern Dalmatia. If you hop into their jeeps, they will take you on an unforgettable adventure while riding on gravel paths, and less known roads, through the beauty of the Dalmatian hinterland and past views that will leave you breathless. They include the source of karst beauty - the Cetina River, Vransko Lake, the ornithological reserve, vineyards protected by UNESCO, fascinating waterfalls, old Croatian churches, old mills... You can choose between two tours - the Historical Time Machine of Dalmatia, or the Crow: Wildlife at its best. Which one will you choose first?


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The fifth international equestrian cup will be held on September 24 and 25 at the Mirnovec Ethno Farm in Samobor. The two-day show will be held for the first time at the newly built Mirnovec Riding Arena, which will be opened on September 24. On the same day, you can find a Country Horse Party with country band performances and a DJ at 7:00 PM.

Rozariada - Viganj Games From September 29 to October 2 the town of Viganj on the Pelješac peninsula will host Olympic-style games in outdoor adrenaline and traditional sports. They will include competitions in windsurfing, fishing, bocce, indoor soccer, trail/trekking, cycling, table tennis, chess, cards, along with standup paddleboarding and archery.


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This adventurous race will be held on September 17, and consists of six disciplines. The aim is to find the control points that will be scattered throughout Brijuni National Park, Štinjan, Vodnjan and Fažana in as little time possible with the help of topographic maps and a compass.

Samobor equestrian cup


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Restaurant week in Zagreb Fans of good food and drinks will circle the week from October 7 to 16 in their calendars, when Restaurant week will be held in Zagreb. For only a hundred kuna, you will have the chance to enjoy three fantastic courses and visit some of the best restaurants in Croatia. www.tjedanrestorana.com

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Second Congress of Tourism and Sport in Makarska The 2nd Congress of Tourism and Sport will be held in Makarska on November 11 and 12, where the Croatian potential for developing sports tourism will be presented, and there will also be word about the development of Croatian tourism through added sports value - recreational, therapeutic, and cultural offer, the organization of great sports content, etc.

International Congress of Social Tourism in Zagreb

This year, the 20th International Lace Festival will be held in Lepoglava from September 22 to 25. The cultural event that promotes the value of Lepoglava lace will be accompanied by exhibitions, lectures, work­shops, and a plentiful entertain­ment program.



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International Lace Festival

From October 18 to 21, Zagreb will host the 26th International Congress of Social Tourism. It will be an opportunity to further promote the idea of social tourism, share experiences and best practices from the country and abroad.

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2016 Zagreb Tourfilm Festival © Dubrovnik Tourist Board

Mushroom picking in Stubaki

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Good Food Festival From October 20 to 23, Dubrovnik's delicious festival will offer many novelties and interesting programs: a presentation of Dubrovnik's culinary specialties, a program for children, tasting regional wine, culinary workshops, and programs such as Dinner with a Famous Chef, the "Eat&Walk" food tour, the "Sweet Tooth Map" - a map for those craving sweets... www.tzdubrovnik.hr


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Interesting lectures about the world of mushrooms, delicacies made of mushrooms, and mushroom and hunter's stew can be found in Stubičke Toplice on October 15, at Park Vozača in Pile on Sljemenska cesta, to be more precise.

The international festival of tourism films, Zagreb Tourfilm Festival, will be held in Zagreb from September 21 to 24. This year, the festival will once again show the best tourism films in the world, and the best of the best will receive awards and recognition, all accompanied by plenty of additional content: discussions with the authors, round tables...

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A trip to Europe's

underground Amazon Text: Željka Kunštek ◆ Photos: Robert Kunštek

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Dubrovnik is an excellent place to head out from on many excursions to the surrounding area, and one of the most beautiful will take you to the spectacular Vjetrenica cave.



The cave is around 7 km long (it is the longest cave in Bosnia and Herzegovina), and around 550 meters have been cleared and illuminated for the tour, which takes about 40 to 60 minutes.

One of the scenes in Vjetrenica.


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outhern Croatia will easily seduce you. You will be thrilled with its exotic islands, anchored in a crystal clear sea, the cities and towns rich in history and culture, the people, their way of life, and the tradition that they have carefully preserved for centuries. Dubrovnik will win you over in a special way, but take some time to also explore its enchanting surroundings. Whichever way you go, you won't be making a mistake, but reserve a day or two to visit the nearby, somewhat mystical municipality of Ravno in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although it (still) hasn't made it to the list of "most popular" excursion sites, after recently touring the attractive area, we came to the conclusion that it is only a matter of time before it does... Find out why, first here, and then in person.

Napoleon's Road Just the journey from Dubrovnik to the municipality of Ravno, located about 50 km away, on the old Napoelon Road, is an experience in itself. While driving on the old road

towards the interior, our guide Ivo told us how and why General Marmont had it built. However, he often took breaks in his storytelling to draw our attention to the viewpoints and gorgeous landscapes we passed. One of them "forced" us to pull over and stop time for at least a moment to enjoy the priceless view that stretched from the island of Hvar all the way to Konavle. We sweetened up our trip in the village of Majkovi, the Dubrovnik Riviera's well-known center of beekeeping. At the House of Honey and Traditional Products, we learned a lot about the life cycle of bees, but we also tasted the "main attractions" - honey made with sage and savory. The village is also known for its old mill and Majkovi ponds, a protected reserve where a strictly protected species of river turtle lives. We continued our drive, crossed the border, and soon arrived in the heart of the municipality of Ravno, where we were awaited by a statue of Ruđer Bošković. At first, we were confused, but Ivo immediately explained that the world-famous Croatian scientist had roots in the village of Orahov Do, near Ravno. Since the sun was already getting hot, we refreshed ourselves and recharged with healthy, refreshing juices made of apples, wild

rosehip, blueberries, wild blackberries, cranberries, and beets at Dr. Jure Burić's house. "Natural prevention" is the basic principle of this famous doctor, who uses only the best from nature or, as he says, from "God's pharmacy" for the preparation of various skin care products. While we enjoyed the cocktail of the aromas of sage, immortelle, lavender, savory, thyme, and other medicinal herbs that grow in this area, which his home smells of, he shared his grandfather's advice with us: "If you would like to have a clear face, wash it with sage water...". His line of natural cosmetics "Aroma Antika" consists of various ointments with symbolic names (Plautila, Kraljica Jelena, Idil), oils, lip balms... In his small, natural factory, Dr. Burić also prepares delicious liqueurs so, despite the fact it was noon, we raised a glass of his "Smiraj" (Calm) liqueur, which is best to drink chilled, at the calm of the day.

A view of the surrounding archipelago from Napoleon's Road; Popovo field; Ruđer Bošković's statue; A tombstone; Hotel Stanica Ravno and the hotel's wine cellar; Ointments, oils and balms from the "Aroma Antika" line.

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The interior of Vjetrenica; At the Hajduk table; Cave decorations; The Biospeleological Museum; "Zavala" Tavern; Meat roasted under the bell is a specialty in this area; The Church of St. Rocco in Trebimlja.

Before entering the cave, put on long pants, a jacket, and stable, sturdy shoes, along with the protective helmet you will get at the cave entrance.


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field, you will find the entrance to the mystical and windy world of this cave, number one in the world for its biodiversity. The cold, strong wind that suddenly reached us on that hot, summer day, 50 meters before we reached the cave entrance, gave us a clue as to why it's called Vjetrenica (Windy). With jackets and helmets on, we entered the majestic underground world that is abundant with cave adornments, lakes, and waterways (a total of four). Walking through the spacious cave passages and halls, at a temperature of 11°C (which is the average temperature in the cave all year long), was truly refreshing as we admired the beauty and persistently tried to find the human fish in the lakes, which is one of 150 animal species that lives here. The Golden Hall is amongst the most attractive parts of the cave, and you will know you reached the end of the tourist portion of the cave once you see the Hajduk table. We soon swapped the stone table with several stone seats with wooden ones in the "Zavala" tavern, located 300 meters from the cave entrance at the newly renovated old railway station that dates

Near the cave, a Biospeleo­ logical Museum has been opened with many artifacts from Vjetrenica, information on the karst field phenomenon, Popovo field, and the animals that live underground, with emphasis on the human fish.

back to 1903. Yes, said the locals while we enjoyed the flavors of delicious veal roasted under the bell, prepared in the traditional way, the popular "Ćiro" train used to pass by here. We continued on to the nearby Ravno railway station, which is now a boutique hotel with a restaurant and wine cellar, a corner for true hedonists. While sitting in this idyllic ambiance, our hosts told us about the project of revitalizing the old, narrow-gauge Ćiro railway into a bike trail and other projects, and it wasn't difficult to conclude that we were in an area of great tourism potential, while also surrounded by generous, hardworking people, which is definitely an important prerequisite for this area's great future in tourism. 

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Knightfall filmed in Dubrovnik After Star Wars and Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik has once again confirmed that it is a favorite destination for filmmakers. In late June 2016, a historical series about the Templars - Knightfall, was produced under the guidance of American actor Jeremy Renner in St. Blaise's city for the History Channel. Scenes were filmed at Pile Gate, the western entrance to the city, depicting the battle at Acra in the Third Crusade. The storyline of this historical series, which will be shown in ten hour-long episodes, follows the path of Sir Landry, one of the leaders of the elite crusade warriors, the Knights Templar, in the search for the Holy Grail.


Eel Days in Neretva

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rom November 18 to 20, 2016 in the Neretva Valley, in the westernmost part of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, you can enjoy a unique culinary delicacy from this region - eels! Eel Days in Neretva will be held at that time, when they are at their best. Many local restaurants are participating in this three-day event, and their chefs will prepare various creative dishes made with eels at promotional prices. Specialties made with eels and frogs, caught in the Neretva River that runs through this fertile valley, especially neretvanski brujet, make up a special gastronomic story, which is complemented by interesting wines from this area. On

November 19, as a part of the festival, a fair of Neretva's delicacies will be held on the main square in Opuzen, along with many other events. Make sure to also visit the other attractions in this area and tour the thematic tourist route "Neretva - Valley of Life". Eel Days are organized as a part of the implementation of the activities of the Wellfood Action project, which is a partner of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, and which is co-financed in the amount of 85 percent with EU funds via the IPA ADRIATIC CrossBorder Cooperation Project. The project is worth €811.193 in total, and the project activities of the DubrovnikNeretva County are worth €75.266. 

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For the best in tourism Once again, this autumn, on November 17 and 18, a two-day conference will be held in Opatija to gather all those who would like to highlight, and contribute to the improvement of, quality in Croatian and regional tourism.


rom November 17 to 18, at the Design hotel Royal in Opatija, the 2016 Best Stay conference will be held, an international B2B event that brings together leading representatives of Croatian, regional, and international tourism: owners of hotels and suites, managers, architects, designers, representatives of tourist boards... Over the course of the two-day conference, experts will discuss, amongst other things, the

tourism offer in the region, advice on how to thrill guests with design, and ways of successfully managing revenue, and there will also be word on new promotional trends, and glamping, as a new trend in the camping segment. Amongst the many speakers, there will also be representatives from Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Croatian Telecom, Cisco, Maistra, Valamar Riviera, AccorHotels and the Graz Tourist Board. Along with educational presentations,

panel discussions, and workshops, all participants have the opportunity upon registration to reserve a meeting with sponsors or investors, to participate in speed networking meetings, and round tables with champagne. A workshop will also be organized at the conference on the topic of year-long tourism, which will be held at the "Dvori sv. Jurja" estate on the island of Krk on Saturday, November 19. ď ś

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In autumn's warm embrace Dalmatians say Indian summer is the most beautiful time for vacation in Dalmatia. Why not see for yourself? Text: Željka Kunštek Photos: Baška Voda Tourist Board

Pleasant temperatures and attractive landscapes attract many cyclists to Baška Voda; Superb oil is made from olives; The sea is pleasant for swimming in September and October too.

Baška Voda is the bearer of the BETSA international cross-border collaboration project (Birdwatching and eco-tourism in the south Adriatic).


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lthough July and August are the most popular months for Dalmatian vacations, the locals will convince you that September and the first half of October are the most beautiful. It is the period known as Indian summer, when the summer heat passes, the weather is pleasantly warm, as is the sea that beckons you to go swimming. It is also the time when "bonaca" (calm sea) is common, and it is attractive for everyone, especially romantics. That is what awaits you in Baška Voda, a famous tourist destination in central Dalmatia. It is also the time when juicy grapes, which turn an attractive color and aroma under the Dalmatian sun, are harvested. The largest harvest in this area is at the Plenković family vineyards in Baško Polje, where they have more than 650 thousand vines of various sorts from Pošip, Dubrovačka Malvasija, Yellow Muscat, to Plavac Mali, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Crljenak. After the grape harvest comes the olive harvest, and here they make very high quality olive oil. Harvesting starts in late October and early November, and it is a tourist attraction that is growing in popularity. Why not spend your holiday actively, picking

olives in picturesque olive groves in the company of locals who will show you how to make that superb oil? Due to its pleasant temperatures and attractive colors in the autumn, Baška Voda is a favorite destination for fans of active vacations. Many walking trails meander along olive groves and vineyards, which are at their greenest at that time, and their aroma, mixed in a cocktail of aromas with the scent of the pine trees and sea, produce air rich in oxygen. So it is no wonder that while walking on trails, you will regularly meet people who take care of their health.

Following the Game of Thrones Fans of the popular TV show, Game of Thrones, will enjoy their time here since part of the world-famous show was filmed at two locations in Baška Voda. Ok, maybe you already knew that, but did you know that Baška Voda is an interesting destination for birdwatching? Thematic trails with birdwatching points, info boards, and signs will also tell you that side of Baška Voda's story.

After an active day, get some rest in one of the many apartments or hotels. The Grand Hotel Slavia, formerly Hotel Slavija, Baška Voda's first hotel that dates back to 1921, is a great choice. The harmonious combination of traditional and modern styles can be seen in its cozy rooms, as well in its excellent culinary offer. The hotel also has an indoor pool and wellness and spa center. Baška Voda will also intrigue you with its many events. You can enjoy concerts, fishermen's and folklore nights until October 7, when a concert will be held to celebrate Independence Day. Circle December 6 in your planners, when Baška Voda celebrates its patron saint,

St. Nicholas. Along with a formal holy mass, the celebration is also famous for its procession down the promenade and through the center of the town, when the saint's statue is carried by Baška Voda's seamen and/or sailors, who are traditionally Guardians of Jesus's Tomb in Holy Week. After the religious celebration, there is a local celebration with cod, drinks, and live music. Just like during the entire year, Baška Voda is also an ideal place to head out from on many excursions during the autumn months, so from there you can easily reach Dubrovnik, Međugorje, the Blue and Red Lakes, mighty Biokovo, the Cetina canyon, Split, Solin, Trogir... 

St. Nicholas is the protector saint of Baška Voda so the parish church that dates back to 1892 was dedicated to him. At the entrance to the harbor, the statue of St. Nicholas blesses all guests, and protects not only the people of Baška Voda, but also sailors, children, and maiden girls.

Parts of the popular show, Game of Thrones, were filmed Klapa and near Baška Voda; folklore evenings; The statue of St. Nicholas in Baška Voda's harbor.

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Krka's summer of culture Text and photos: "Krka National Park" Public Institution

Over the past couple of summer months, employees of the Krka National Park encouraged visitors to have a more responsible approach to nature through various events. Scenes from this year's LegendFest.


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he majestic surroundings of Krka National Park, where genuine natural beauty merges with an abundant cultural and historical heritage that preserves centuries of tradition, are an ideal spot to encourage responsible behavior of people towards nature. During the summer, the Krka National Park Public Institution developed a feeling of responsibility for the harmonious relationship with nature amongst visitors and the local population with various events held regularly with a clear environmental message. Music and film nights, various performances, exhibitions, campaigns, workshops, and festivals awaited park visitors at gorgeous sites as a part of this year's

Each and every person participates in the process of preserving nature and the environment, so let's be responsible and kind to everything that surrounds us.

Krka Summer Festival, where Krka NP presented and affirmed itself as an attractive destination full of content. Fans of great music enjoyed the Sounds of the River at the Visovac and RoĹĄki waterfalls, where excellent performers of classical music gathered to play popular Croatian and foreign melodies, evergreens, and canzonas. There was also a festival

of folk tales, legends and myths, LegendFest, and the Bat Night event, which dispelled prejudices of bats being dangerous animals. Visitors could find out more about the history of the Burnum archeological site during the X. Ides of Burnum, through the reenactment of the life of Roman legionaries who lived in this area two thousand years ago. ď ś

During the Ides of Burnum, visitors found out a lot of interesting facts about the Burnum archeological The Sounds of the site; River event thrilled visitors with musical delights.

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Through the picturesque streets of Prvić


The picturesque Dalmatian island of Prvić, located near the city of Vodice in the Šibenik area, will win you over easily with its charm, indescribable peace, and feeling as if time has stopped. There are two settlements on the island - Šepurine and Prvić Luka, criss-crossed with narrow streets lined with stone houses, villas, and the summer homes of Šibenik's former aristocrats and well-off citizens. Every single house has a story to tell. Find them out this autumn, and take the time to swim in the warm, clear sea that surrounds that island paradise.

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En Vogue Beach Club meters, and located next to the crystal clear sea, it can accommodate up to two thousand guests in the mood for unforgettable fun, which they will experience and boast about to their friends for ages to come. Inspired by the combination of white and classy red, the club has an impressive main bar, a pool bar, and an additional outdoor bar. True hedonists will find their corner in the VIP zone with 34 luxurious canopies, where they can enjoy their drinks like royalty. They can also rest in the comfortable lounge zone, while gourmets can treat

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fter it caused a buzz amongst modern globetrotters at the grand opening of the new Hotel Jure****+, the elegant, playful, and interestingly stylish lifestyle hotel, the Solaris Beach Resort continues to delight its youthful guests who want lots of fun, dancing, and a great time. So, in early July, it opened the doors of an exclusive beach club on the Adriatic coast, the En Vogue Beach Club, which follows the concept and atmosphere of the best beach clubs in the world. Spread over three thousand square

themselves to the delicious gourmet journey in the restaurant at the club. Wherever you are, you can enjoy music with perfect sound since the club has the most modern audio equipment. Moreover, the club has also installed speakers underwater, which is a first in Europe, so here you can experience an entirely different dimension of sound and entertainment. Along with that, famous DJs come up with thematic music parties every day of the week. Isn't that enough of an invitation? 

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A club that offers great fun

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A huge anniversary for a huge genius


Without Nikola Tesla, today's world would be completely different. One of the greatest minds of the world patented more than seven hundred inventions, and to honor his contribution to the creation of modern life today, on the 160th anniversary of his birth, July 10, 2016, Nikola Tesla Day was celebrated - a day of science, technology, and innovation. That great inventor, electrical technician, and physicist was born in Smiljan, a town near the city of Gospić, where a memorial center was opened ten years ago in his honor. The center will show you a lot about Tesla, his life, his thoughts, inventiveness in research work, and his many inventions that motivated and changed the world. There you can also find four replicas of his most important inventions: the electrical motor, the Egg of Columbus, Tesla's transformer, and Tesla's turbine. In the outdoor area of the center, there is a smaller-size replica of the test station from Colorado Springs where Tesla studied lightning, experimented with wireless energy transmission, and high-frequency electricity. Make sure to stop by Tesla's birth house with a permanent exhibition, and the Church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, where his father was a priest.

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Every time, before falling asleep, images of persons or objects flit before my view. When I see them, I know that I am about to lose consciousness. If they are absent and refuse to come, it means a sleepless night, wrote Nikola Tesla, amongst other things.


reasons to visit

Lamb from Lika and Pag, trout, seafood, Lika potatoes, and cheese from Lika and Pag, with a shot of Lika schnapps, are great attributes of this beautiful area.

Regardless whether you are just passing through or are searching for the adventure of a lifetime, the Lika-Senj area will give you at least ten reasons to visit it. In the center of Brinje, you will find the ruins of the old city of Sokolac that dates back to the 15th century, and the three-story Gothic chapel of the Holy Trinity, and while exploring the surrounding area, head up the Jozefinska road, which passes over a 200-year old stone bridge.


The 16th century Nehaj fortress dominates over Senj, the oldest city on the Croatian coast, located at the base of Velebit.


Between Senj and Karlobag, there are many attractive coves, amongst which Zavratnica, a protected landscape, stands out for its beauty.

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You can tour the green oasis surrounding the emerald Gacka River by bike, on foot, or on hiking trails.

The 16 gorgeous Plitvice Lakes come together to form a unique national park, inscribed on UNESCO's list of world heritage sites. The history and lifestyle of the area are deeply intertwined with Velebit, a mountain which is

home to the largest nature park in Croatia, two national parks: Northern Velebit and Paklenica, restricted and special reserves, and around 150 caves.


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Check out Perušić, a town in central Lika, relax on the shores of the Lika River and Krušćica Lake and visit Grabovača Cave Park.


Take a walk through the streets of Gospić, a city located in unique natural surroundings. Head over to nearby Smiljan where you will find the Memorial Center of the scientific genius Nikola Tesla, or tour the birth house of Ante Starčević, 19th century Croatian politician, publicist, and writer in Žitnik.


The highest peaks of Paklenica National Park, such as the "Sveto brdo" special reserve, and a large part of Velebit Nature Park, are a good reason to visit the municipality of Lovinac.


Zavratnica Cove; Cyclists exploring the idyllic surroundings in Lika; Plitvice Lakes.

In Novalja on the island of Pag, a favorite summer destination, you can also enjoy the sandy beaches in the autumn, and walking through the olive groves in Lun is a special experience. 

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Autumn on the Golden Island Discover the island slowly, since each of the island settlements have their own personality and stories, many of which will be revealed through the many events held there. Text: Mirela Drkulec Miletić Photos: The Island of Krk Tourist Board, The Municipality of Punat Tourist Board, City of Krk Tourist Board, The Municipality of Baška Tourist Board, The Municipality of Malinska - Dubašnica Tourist Board, The Municipality of Dobrinj Tourist Board, The Municipality of Vrbnik Tourist Board

The island of Krk is also attractive for hiking and walking in the autumn months; Biserujka Cave; Delicacies made of figs; The town of Vrbnik.


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rk Island, or the "Golden Island", as it has been called since ancient times, justifies its name all year long. With more than 2500 hours of sun per year, staying on the island in the autumn is also pleasant. The 300 kilometers of trails and bike paths allow you to change your route every day, depending on whether you want to have a view of picturesque towns, forests, olive groves and vineyards, plantations of Mediterranean fruits and vegetables, or karst plains with terraced dry stone walls (gromače). Nature fans will surely be intrigued by the caves, and Biserujka in the municipality of Dobrinj can be toured. The island is surrounded by many smaller islets, such as the charming Košljun, where the Franciscan monastery is nestled in the dense forest. If you stop by the coast where the cliff

falls, take a close look, and you just might see the rare, protected bird - the Griffon vulture. Discover the island slowly, since each of the seven main city settlements have their own personality, stories and legends, historical monuments, churches and monasteries, museums and galleries, fortresses, forts, and bell towers, stone houses, and picturesque courtyards. Although summer is slowly drawing to a close, there are still plenty of days to sunbathe and swim before the end of the season. Seize the opportunity and participate in outdoor activities, enjoy homemade specialties, but also culture. You can see a bit of everything at the upcoming events. After the Days of Figs in the city of Krk (September 2-4), you will have the opportunity to enjoy those delicious fruits, which the ancient Romans also treated themselves to.

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At the Olive Days in Punat, find out how olives are harvested and buy superb olive oil.

The symbol of the Mediterranean, the olive, has a festival, Olive Days, dedicated to it in Punat (October 7-9). Learn how olives are picked, and how the precious extra virgin olive oil is extracted from them. Krk's olive oil received the designation of geographical origin, and as of July of this year it has been enlisted

in the Registry of Protected Designation of Origin. At the Days, not only will you have the chance to buy olive oil, but also goat and sheep cheese, honey, wine, smokovača (fig spirits), and other local products, especially those bearing the "Croatian Island Product" label. At the Toš Gallery, see an exhibition of works on the topic of olives, olive groves, and Krk landscapes, and then head over to the

The Island of Krk Tourist Board Trg svetog Kvirina 1, 51500 Krk, Croatia,  +385 51 221359 tz-otoka-krka@ri.t-com.hr


Olive harvesting at the Olive Days in Punat; The island's bike trails are suitable for both recreational and professional riders; Lamb roasted under the bell is an island specialty; Baška pasta (valcići) with lamb stew.

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The Baška Outdoor Festival; Authentic folk dance from the island of Krk; At the Fisherfest in Malinska, you will find an abundant offer of seafood and a great party.

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"Golden Olive" food promenade. There, chefs from Punat will prepare delicious dishes with olive oil, accompanied by domestic wine. Make some time to visit the large outdoor festival and the competition of making sauce made of lamb (zvacet), or wild game with olives and side of homemade pasta (šurlice), and polenta with olives. Fans of original folk dance will be sure not to miss out on the "Zasopimo, zatancajmo" gathering of folk groups in Baška (September 10). It will be hosted by the "Šoto" Cultural Society, which got its name from the most famous folk dance in the Baška area - šoto, which is performed accompanied by a sopile, a wooden wind instrument. The dancers and musicians will first walk through Baška in a ceremonial parade, after which "Šoto" and their guests from other parts of Croatia and Europe will perform.

Something for everyone In the city of Krk, you will have the chance to get a good workout at Bodul Bike (September 11), a traditional cycling event on the promenades in the city of Krk, which ends with a party on the main promenade. The Fisherfest in the Malinska harbor will

also be fun (September 22-23), and besides song and dance, you will also find an abundant selection of fish and other specialties. The international photography exhibitions by amateur photographers on the topic of summer, the sea and the sun can be seen in Punat in Toš Gallery (October 7-28), which will be held under the sponsorship of the FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique). You can also enjoy activities on the island of Krk in the gentle autumn sun. The Baška Outdoor Festival in Baška (October 14-16) offers many activities, from trekking and cycling to mountain climbing and hiking. The Story About the Cristo Ressussitato Galley in the city of Krk (October 15-18) will bring history alive with a series of lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and other events to mark the 445th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto. At the famous maritime battle, where the Christian and Muslim armies fought forces in 1571, the Cristo Ressussitato (Resurrected Christ) galley from Krk also participated. From history and folklore to gastronomy and culture - events on the island of Krk offer something for everyone, and the great advantage is that you can enjoy them without the summer crowds and heat. 


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The name Monty’s Dog Beach and Bar hides the famous Croatian beach for dogs which as of this season has complemented its offer with an original and globally unique feature - a café for dogs. Yes, you read that right. At this beach, in the Podvorska harbor in Crikvenica, your four-legged friends will experience a great vacation. After swimming, diving, and surfing in the sea, they can seek refreshment under the shower, or with a dog beer or herbal tea. They can also have a few bites to eat - chips or ice cream for dogs. Would you like to see what a day at the beach looks like from your pet's perspective? Thanks to a go-pro camera, which is part of Monty’s Dog Beach and Bar's offer, you can see how fun and exciting it is for them.




According to data from the ITB Berlin fair, the Arabian market (GCC countries) is the fastest growing market as far as travelling abroad from a country of origin is concerned. Arab travelers spend the most and travel the longest. On average, they spend more than 200 euro per person per day, and spend an average of 14 days traveling. The greatest spenders come from Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, and they spend the most on accommodations, shopping, and entertainment.

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PETAR GALOVIĆ, founder of the Arabco Projects company, tells us about the interest Arab investors have for Croatia and the broader region, the preconditions for a greater number of tourist arrivals from Arab countries, and the ITW Abu Dhabi.

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wo years ago, you established Arabco Projects in Croatia. The company's name gives us a clue as to which market you are focused on, but with which goal? Arabco Projects was established in early 2014 with the aim of connecting the Croatian market with the incredible potential of the markets of the GCC (the countries of the Arabian peninsula) and MENA (Middle East and North Africa), with whom we currently do very little business. We recognized three segments where we could connect well,

including tourism, investments and FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods). Our main activities are the promotion of a tremendous tourism offer, which includes holiday, medical, business, and sports tourism, attracting investors to the region, and encouraging the export of Croatian products adapted for the Arabian market. Do you have previous business experience with the Arabian market? Through my many years of doing business in the oil industry, I had the

opportunity to meet many people from Arabian countries and cooperate with them in other sectors as well, since Arabian countries are traditionally oriented towards trade and tourism. Here arose the need to open a company for validity and developing further collaboration with that market. Who is part of the Arabco Projects team, and which projects have you successfully completed so far? The company is family-owned, and we also cooperate with external associates who are specialized for certain areas tourism, investments, and export. Last year, we presented the Croatian market the ITPCC (International Trade Projects for Croatian Companies), which has the goal of forging a better connection with the GCC market. We are currently working on a project to promote tourism in the GCC area at the ITW Abu Dhabi, and the TTN travel magazine from Dubai, which we signed a contract for collaboration with.

How interesting is Croatia, as a country, for Arab investors? Wealthy Arab investors are definitely interested in Croatia and the broader region. That was shown with some capital investments in neighboring countries and the Sarajevo Business Forum, which gathered a significant number of potential investors from Arabian countries, is growing in popularity. Croatia is extremely interesting for investors due to its geographical location and the natural goods it has. We have a gorgeous country with Mediterranean and continental flair, which leaves few people indifferent. Besides that, we are also members of the European Union, which is also appealing to investors. We hope our government institutions will recognize that and urge the opening of official representative offices in the Emirates, which is essential for a better connection with the GCC market. For example, the USA, Great Britain, Germany and Italy have

Projects under construction: The presidential palace in Abu Dhabi and AKOYA-Oxygen, a golf course with a luxury hotel and wellness center in Dubailand; Petar Galović in Dubai immersed in a conversation at Gulfood, the largest food fair in the world; Presenting the Croatian travel offer at the 2016 ATM Dubai.

incredibly good cooperation with that market, while in the Adriatic region, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia have also recognized the potential and are cooperating with Arabian countries more and more. You have already spoken to many representatives of Croatian institutions and the private sector. How have they reacted, is there interest in cooperating with the Arabian market? Yes, we have spoken to Croatian institutions at great length, especially August - October 2016





At the GIES Summit in Dubai; The fastest electrical car, Concept One, and electrical bike, Greyp, made by Mate Rimac; In a conversation at WHTS in Abu Dhabi; At an economic forum in Oman.

Medical tourism is also a great trend. Many Arab tourists travel on long journeys together with their families with the aim of using health care services. During that time, they request fully furnished suites with servants.

the Halal Center for Quality Certification, which enables better business with the Arabian market. Halal certification of products and services is one of the main preconditions for better cooperation with the Arabian and Muslim market in general. Furthermore, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Zagreb Tourist Board have recognized the tourism potential and over the past few years, they have been working on the promotion of Croatia on the Arabian market through appearances at fairs. We actively collaborate with them and, for example, this year we promoted Zagreb as a travel destination at the ATM in Dubai. The Croatian Chamber of Economy has helped us in the promotion of ITW Abu Dhabi, and the interest for cooperation amongst the private sector is growing. The food industry, hotels, and agencies are showing that by introducing the Halal certificate with the aim of attracting Muslim tourists. We have also come to an agreement with the Rimac company, which we have recognized as a Croatian company with incredible potential, and we are promoting it on that market. Interest is truly great and we hope it will soon be fruitful. Is Croatia ready for Arab guests? What attracts them most to Croatia? There are more than 20 hotels and restaurants in Croatia that offer Halal accommodations and food adapted for most guests from Arabian countries. We believe that number will grow even more given the positive experiences thus far. In analyzing the market, I personally


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spoke with many representatives of Arabian travel agencies. They really like Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Zadar, and Zagreb, which we have included in most of our offers, since we are also registered for work in the travel industry. What are the preconditions for stronger tourism growth from Arabian countries? The basic preconditions are the visa regime, direct flights, the already mentioned Halal offer, and the Croatian tourism, or, national representative office. Croatia is cooperating with the VFS visa center, which enables quick approval of visas, while the EU allows tourists from the Emirates to enter without visas. There are direct flights from Dubai to Zagreb, as well as connections through Doha, Istanbul, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Frankfurt, and Zurich. If we were to open an embassy and tourist office in Dubai, which is unofficially the business center of the Arabian Peninsula, we would have even greater opportunities for collaboration. We need the help of government institutions for that. Which activities and projects are you currently focused on? We are currently promoting the ITW Abu Dhabi, which will be held from November 25 to 28, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, where we would like to present the potential of regional tourism with an emphasis on health tourism. Arabco Projects is an official partner of the fair, which was presented at a session of the Croatian Chamber of Economy in May. ď ś

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2017 ITW Abu Dhabi

rom November 25 to 28, 2017, Abu Dhabi will be in the sign of the 2017 ITW (International Travel Week) international tourist fair, which will bring together Arab investors and representatives from the tourism sector from all over the world to previously arranged B2B meetings. The ITW is also a place where trends are presented, that is, the fastest growing sectors of the international tourism market, with an emphasis on Halal, vacation, sports, medical, family, and shopping tourism. The fair merges together a summit dedicated to Halal tourism (the World Halal Travel Summit) and

the Halal award ceremony (the World Halal Tourism Awards), as well as summits dedicated to health care (the World Medical Tourism Summit) and shopping tourism (the World Shopping Tourism Summit), along with presenting offers for family vacations (the Family Vacation Show). The entire week will be in the sign of exclusive activities for VIP buyers, including exhibitions in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, seminars with numerous experts, excursions, networking meetings, and awards for the best achievements in tourism. 

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Are you ready to discover Zagreb's hidden locations, follow the universe's footprints in Zagreb or experience it through the eyes of artists? Are you ready to discover a completely different Zagreb?

Download the free app from betherezagreb.com or via the QR code on the brochures you can find at tourist info spots in Zagreb.


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ince it appeared on iPhone and Android mobile devices in mid-July 2014, the Zagreb Be There mobile app hasn't stopped recording downloads and gaining attention from Zagreb's many visitors from all over the world. The app has also won over several judging panels, including, amongst others, the judging panel of the first European festival of Tourist Promotion, Tourism&Strategy, in Paris, which awarded it the award in the digital media category. In the meantime, it also had several updates and continues to intrigue users with its plentiful, and often new and unknown, content about the Croatian metropolis. But what makes it so special?

Upon opening the application on your mobile device, you can choose between various thematic city tour routes. Their names alone will intrigue you: Space Explorer, Hidden Spots, Arty Zagreb, Foodie Zagreb, Nightlife Zagreb, New Zagreb, and Classic Zagreb. When choosing a route, trust your instincts and follow your interests. If you choose the Space Explorer route, you will discover the locations of all the planets of the solar system in the art installation by Ivan Kožarić and Davor Preis. The Hidden Spots route will take you, amongst other places, to the last well in the Upper Town, the mystical, abandoned graveyard in

Jurjevska Street, and to interesting hand-painted water pumps. The Arty Zagreb route will show you the special city beat and favorite locations of Zagreb's artists, while Zagreb's popular band Elemental reveals the best clubs to visit at night in Nightlife Zagreb. After a great time, recharge with delicious bites of food. The best places to have a gourmet experience in the city, bite for bite, can be found in the Foodie Zagreb route. While New Zagreb will, step by step, reveal stories from the other side of the river, Classic Zagreb will tell you the well-known ones that have been told many times, but are still exciting and interesting. 

The application is available in English and is designed for users of iPhone and Android mobile devices. It is based on a gamification principle, that is, on rules taken from computer games. At each location you reach, you must virtually sign in via a social network, and once you complete the route, you get a prize, such as discounts for tickets, etc.

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Historical traces...


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n Zagreb's liveliest street, Tkalčićeva, famous for its many coffee shops and cafés where the people of Zagreb and their growing number of guests regularly enjoy their favorite coffee, you will come across the bronze statue of Marija Jurić Zagorka, one of the most famous journalists in Zagreb and best-read female Croatian authors. At the beginning of this street with a positive vibe, you can see her, umbrella in hand, and with a sundial in the backdrop, which adorns the wall of an old Zagrebian house. That sundial, which is a symbol of Zagreb and continues to show the exact time, was made in 1955 by Božidar Jušić as his final thesis at the Academy of Applied Art. Not only has the clock withstood the test of time, but so have the many historical novels of this favorite Croatian writer, which are still found on the bookshelves owned by many families, both in Zagreb, and throughout Croatia. Some of her most famous works include The Witch of Grič series of novels, The Daughter of Lotrščak, Gordana, and the first Croatian murder mystery novel, The Princess of Petrinjska Street, which dates back to 1910. 


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Two 17th century sundials have been preserved in Zagreb - one is in the courtyard of Klovićevi dvori (the former Jesuit monastery), and the second is in the courtyard of the Zagreb City Museum. However, although it is the youngest, the most famous sundial is the one in Tkalčićeva Street, which over time was dubbed "old".

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Take a walk down Tkalčićeva Street, stop at the statue of Marija Jurić Zagorka and check to see what time it is on the sundial, then stop time for a bit with a Zagreb-style coffee.

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The castles of the green ring

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Castles take a place of honor in the rich cultural treasury of Zagreb's green ring. Those elaborate, ornate, mystical preservers of the past, often hidden in magnificent gardens, are full of stories and secrets waiting to be discovered. Why not visit them this autumn?

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hichever way you go on Zagreb's green ring, you will come across valuable examples of a rich cultural heritage in cities and towns, on tame green hills and in idyllic valleys, you will stumble upon churches, monasteries, and chapels, of which the photogenic chapels scattered throughout the tame Turopolje region are especially interesting and precious. On the slopes of Žumberačka gora, Samoborsko gorje, and Medvednica, you will encounter fortified cities - kaštels, amongst which the most famous are the Old City of Samobor,

the Old City of Okić, and Zelingrad. If you head back down to the valley again, you will be distracted by manors, museums, galleries, and many valuable collections. Head over to the Andautonia Archeological Park, to the New Jelačić Palace in Zaprešić, to the Donja Kupčina Local History Museum, and the Memorial Room of Beautified Alojzije Stepinac in Krašić. Then head over to the castles... There are truly many, so we decided to narrow down the choice for you and present seven beauties in the green ring surrounding Zagreb that you definitely shouldn't miss out on. 

Lužnica Castle Near Zaprešić, in the romantic English garden with a fishing pond, groves, paths, and gazebos, you will find Lužnica castle tucked away, presently owned by the Sisters of Mercy of St. Vincent de Paul. The heart of this baroque castle from the late 18th century is adorned with a palas, a main formal hall, and the castle chapel with a carved, gilded, late-Baroque wooden altar. Today, the spiritual-educational center Marija's Court is active at the castle, with plenty of content and a program that attracts all generations, as well as tourists that discover the castle's secrets in its halls.

Lovrečina Castle Better known as Lovrečina grad and a castle with an eventful past, Lovrečina castle, which dates back to the 16th century, will make you stop while you're passing by on the road from the center of Vrbovec towards Križevci. It has been renovated in the picturesque historicism style, and is presently owned by the Sisters of Mercy.

Oršić Castle The Vranyczany-Dobrinović Castle Only seven kilometers separate you from the city of Zaprešić to the picturesque castle in Gornji Laduč, where the French garden additionally enhances the photogenic quality of the site. They say the family of Baron Vladimir Vranyczany won the land with the former aristocratic manor (which was first mentioned in the 17th century) in a game of cards at the site, and in the 19th century, they had the magnificent castle built. The castle currently houses an orphanage.

Is it a castle or a fortress? Many people ask themselves that question when they see the Oršić family castle in the town of Slavetić. Initially it was built as an aristocratic city - fortress, and after several additions, it was turned into a country castle. Still, even today, this castle resembles a fortress, or...? Check it out for yourself to be sure.

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Erdödy Castle Initially a fortress built as a defense against the Ottomans, later a Baroque castle surrounded by an English garden with a fish pond, which is a favorite site for the people of Jastrebarsko and their guests to take walks today. The castle was owned by the noble Erdödy family for a long time, and today it patiently waits to be renewed and restored to its former glory.

Januševec Castle Few will remain unfazed by the view of the impressive Januševec Castle, the most beautiful Classicist castle in Croatia, located in Prigorje Brdovečki. It was built in around 1828 by the retired General Vrkljan (Werklein) at the time when he was Minister of Finance of Marie Louise, archduchess of Parma and Napoleon's second wife. It is assumed that it was designed by Bartol Felbinger, one of the most famous builders of the 19th century. The first-category cultural monument can be toured from the outside, and up close with advance notice to the National Archives, which has part of its collection housed in that castle.

Lukavec Castle The secrets of Turopolje's aristocracy will be revealed to you by the castle, or better said, by the Old City of Lukavec that dates back to 1749. However, Lukavec was never used as a residence, instead its function was purely defensive, and it also served as a meeting place for aristocrats from this part of central Croatia. Today, it attracts the attention of all those who pass by it, and is the site where many festivals are held, such as St. George's Festival in Turopolje, Legendfest, St. Lucy's Festival...


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Samobor's top 5 This picturesque town with a French flair, located only 20 kilometers from the Croatian metropolis, will charm you with its architecture, relax you with its laid-back atmosphere, win you over with its flavors and colors... and entice you to come back again. Here is what you must see while there. Text: Željka Kunštek ◆ Photos: Samobor Tourist Board

1. Kremšnita

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Although dessert usually comes last, switch things up in Samobor and immediately upon arrival taste the kremšnita, the symbol of Samobor, and a famous gastro souvenir. This dessert, which can be found in the heart of town, is made with simple ingredients, but after a complex preparation (which is still a secret today), people often wait in line to get one, after which, as a reward, it melts in your mouth.

2. Bermet and Muštarda


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The influence of the French who lived in this city during Napoleon's reign is still tasted in the food today. The Bermet aperitif, which is prepared from red wine, tropical fruit, and herbs, will thrill those with a refined taste, while true gourmets will enrich boiled and roasted meat with Muštarda, a type of mustard made of mustard seed, must, and spices.

4. Anindol and the promenades around the main square The Anindol Forest Park, located just above the town, has always been a favorite excursion site for the people of Samobor and their guests, nature fans, and true romantics, who can enjoy a majestic view of Zagreb, Medvednica (Zagreb's mountain range), and the surrounding area from here. It is also a pleasant experience to walk down the picturesque town paths along the meandering and bubbling Gradna Stream.

5. Traditional crafts: Crystal, gingerbread, licitars While walking through the center of town, you will notice the long tradition of Samobor's craftspeople. Hand-cut crystal and making unique crystal objects has been tradition here for more than 170 years. The creation of licitars, colorfully embellished gingerbread cookies, most often in the shape of hearts, has also been tradition here for nearly just as long. Today, the people of Samobor are just as adept at making ceramic licitar hearts that they then paint and personalize.

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Every year since 1827, just before the 40-day Easter fast, Samobor becomes the Fašnik Republic, where "rivers" of masked visitors flock. Don't miss out on the next Fašnik carnival, from February 17 to 28, 2017.

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3. Fašnik the Carnival


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On the Bilogora wine road Text: Petra Škofić ◆ Photos: Bilogora - Bjelovar Tourist Board The Mato Lovrak Cultural Center in Veliki Grđevac; The Coner Winery; The Na malenom brijegu estate; Delicious homemade food can also be tried at the Vrata Bilogore estate.

Only an hour's drive away from Zagreb, you will find pleasant country surroundings, with delicious homemade food and superb wine.


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he hilly, green area of the BjelovarBilogora County is bustling with country estates and wine cellars. You can find many traditional dishes from the Bilogora area and wines made by local winemakers in the heart of Bilogora, at the Coner restaurant. You can also enjoy fantastic wine at the Vinia estate and winery, where Rhine Riesling and Graševina are served with an impressive view of Bjelovar. Enjoy the intoxicating aroma of Graševina at the Čačija winery too, and combine it with the flavors of traditional dishes from this country estate. Bilogorska Čarolija (Bilogora's Magic) is the name of a rural holiday home, located in idyllic nature. There you can try horseback riding, and when you get hungry, you can stop by the Vrata Bilogore restaurant and estate in the village of Maglenča for a delicious Bilogora breakfast. That village is also home to the Roma House of Autochtonous Croatian Roma-Lovars. It is a unique opportunity to hear more about the culture, tradition, language, and customs of the oldest of the eight groups of Roma that live in Croatia today. From there, you can head out on foot, via a marked hiking trail, to one of the peaks of Bilogora, where you will find

the Kamenitovac mountain cabin, which offers an unforgettable view of Kalnik, Ivanščica, and Medvednica. It's worth heading out a little further from Bjelovar, since there you will find the Na malenom brijegu estate amongst the forested hills in the north of the county. It truly is on a hill, and beneath it lie idyllic pastures, perfect for horseback riding and spending time outdoors. The youngest visitors will be thrilled to visit the Mato Lovrak Cultural Center in Veliki Grđevac with the locomotive from the legendary Croatian children's movie "Vlak u snijegu" (Train in the Snow), along with the mill belonging to Pero Kvržica, the boy from the famous Croatian children's novel, "Družba Pere Kvržice" (Pero Kvržica's Gang). There are also many reasons to visit Bjelovar, especially in the period from October 8 to 14, when the 11th international festival of professional documentary films, DOKUart, will be held in the city. Authors from many countries will present the best of European and global documentary films, and along with the main program, a small DOKUart will be held to celebrate creative expression amongst elementary school students from all over Croatia. 


Croatia through philately

At Count Janković's place Presenting postage stamps

The stamp can be ordered online here:

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One of the most beautiful baroque castles in Croatia can be found in Daruvar. Elegant, mysterious, and worth admiring - that's the castle of Count Antun Janković. Explore it...


he Janković castle awaits you nestled in a fairytale setting, just as an elegant castle should - in a magnificent park on a hill that offers a view of Daruvar. Before you enter its halls and rooms, stop at the park, and have a look at the two impressive gingko trees (a male and female tree). The male tree, which dominates the front entrance to the castle, is the largest and oldest specimen of its kind in Croatia, with a trunk that has a circumference of around seven meters. It is no wonder it has been protected as an individual tree since 1974. The castle Count Antun Janković had built is also protected as category 1

cultural monument of the Republic of Croatia. Construction took place from 1771 to 1777, and resulted in the splendid building that, together with the courtyard and courtyard buildings, is constructed in a square shape. There are sixty rooms on the main floor and first floor of the castle, and the Grand Salon takes the central position. Along with that dance and concert hall, the castle also houses a Wine salon, an exhibition of the Janković family's written documents in Croatian and Hungarian, the Janković Room with portraits and antique furniture, and the Room of Jewish Culture and Tradition. The stamp with the motif of the

Janković castle was issued together with the stamps with the motifs of the Marković/Kulmer Castle (Cernik), Stari grad (Đurđevac), and the ErdödyRubido Castle (Gornja Rijeka) on May 20, 2015 in nine-stamp sheetlets, in common sheets of eight stamps, with eight labels, and the Croatian Post also issued a First Day Cover (FDC). The sheetlets were issued in a hundred thousand copies per motif and in 15 thousand copies of the common sheets, and stamps were issued in the dimensions of 34.08 mm x 35.50 mm. The author of the design and photograph is Tomislav Vlainić, a designer from Split. 

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Food and wine tourism

The aromas of the Golden Valley.. Text: Petra Škofić ◆ Photos: Požega-Slavonia County Tourist Board

When golden colors replace the summer heat, it's time to head to Slavonia...

Kulen and homemade bread are an integral part of the Slavonian spread; The autumn harvest in the Požega-Slavonia area.


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hen the road takes you to Slavonia, one thing is for sure: you won't be hungry. Slavonian delicacies are nearly unsurpassable, especially when the autumn harvest rewards the locals after their year of hard work. With the arrival of autumn, the golden plains of the Požega-Slavonia

area treat us to an abundant harvest that the skilled hands of the locals turn into the most delicious dishes. Spiced up with the famous Slavonian hospitality, those dishes are perfectly paired with the highly regarded wines from the centuries-old cellars in Požega, Kutjevo, and Pakrac.

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The flavors of Golden Slavonia Due to its rich culinary heritage, Slavonia easily found its place in the national project, Taste of Croatian Tradition, which celebrates the best of Croatia's culinary treasures and specialties. So, with the help of eight superb local restaurants, the traditional dishes of Slavonia's past came to life. Zlatni lug, Stari fenjer, Hotel Grgin dol, Villa Stanišić and Gavran Tavern in golden Požega, Schön Blick in Vetovo and Omanovac Mountain Cabin in Pakrac are the frontrunners preserving the flavors of the past. Amongst them is also Čiča Mata in Velika, nestled in the stunning landscape of UNESCO Geopark Papuk. The flavors and aromas of the PožegaSlavonia spread are so good that one plate won't be enough. Some of the most delicious specialties include the inescapable čvarci (pork rinds), kulen, smoked bacon, and headcheese. There's nothing better than Slavonian fish paprikash or čobanac, especially when they are served with homemade

bread baked in a bread oven. The rich flavors of čobanac, cabbage rolls, and fish paprikash are enjoyed in all parts of Croatia, although the tastiest are in that part of Slavonia, where you should also try grilled trout, smoked carp, and vinogradarski ćevap (Winemaker's ćevap). Dessert comes last - treat yourself to tačkrle (pastry) with marmalade, dumplings, or various strudels. Slavonian gastronomy is more than just a deliciously prepared meal, it is also a way of life. Because of that, the Ethnological Department of the Požega City Museum launched a project and a blog, Museum in a Pot, which has become a researcher and protector of traditional Slavonian dishes, or the old recipes from the Požega area. The local population that carefully preserves the recipes from their grandmothers and great-grandmothers and hands them down from generation to generation is of irreplaceable assistance. That virtual museum of traditional heritage will so bring a dash of old, but not forgotten Slavonian tradition to your kitchen, even if you are on the other side of the world.

Smoked meat delicacies; Smoked carp; Fish paprikash; Klecenbrot, a type of tea cake; Grilled trout; Čobanac.

You will know that you have tasted real čobanac if it is very spicy, and a glass of wine will go excellently with it.

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Carrot marmalade; Autumn isn't autumn in Slavonia without hot chestnuts; Majsko vino (May wine); The Požega-Slavonia County is a famous winegrowing region and a source of endless inspiration for wine aficionados.

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When you add Slavonia's wine roads to the entire culinary story, autumn in the Požega area is hard to beat. Slavonian Wine Roads is the name for three wine roads that meander through that winegrowing area and offer visitors superb wines. From the romantic Road of Roses and Wine on the slopes of Pleternica, over to the Kutjevo Cellar the oldest Croatian wine cellar where Empress Marie Therese and Baron Franjo Trenk enjoyed a passionate embrace, to the Pakrac wine region, surrounded by many hiking and cycling trails that attract many outdoor enthusiasts.

Don't miss out Autumn officially starts at the moment you treat yourself to hot roasted chestnuts. You will have a great opportunity for that at the Flavors of Autumn festival in Požega, where you should be sure to pair them with a glass of superb Graševina. Taste the honey collected by local beekeepers, followed


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by homegrown hazelnuts, apples, and homemade cakes and other products prepared by many families on their farms. Take homemade tea or one of the handmade souvenirs, wooden toys, knitted and crocheted crafts and jewelry home as a souvenir. Every year, Slavonski Banovac, a fair of authentic Slavonian products and craftwork, old trades and crafts, is traditionally held in Pakrac. It is a unique opportunity to enjoy the tastes and aromas of Slavonian cuisine along with performances by merry folk dance groups and the sounds of tamburicas. Fans of good wine will be sure not to miss out on Martinje in Kutjevo (November 12 and 13), popular throughout Croatia, but primarily in this famous winemaking region. The only Croatian wine cardinal will bless the wine at that time and turn must into young wine. After all these experiences, you can be sure that you have fully experienced the magical story of wine and food in this region. 

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According to data analysis conducted by Google, Croatia is the most desirable destination in the world, as reported by the British website, The Telegraph, in mid-August, in an article titled "Where the world wants to go on holiday", along with a picture of Croatia, claiming that "everyone wants to visit Croatia". The article states that Croatia's position is due to the result of an analysis by the teflSearch website, where, over the past year, people from 80 countries expressed where they would love to spend their holiday. Telegraph author and editory, Oliver Smith, pointed out that the largest percentage of searches for international travel destinations, or 2.71 percent, was for Croatia. It was followed by Greece, Turkey, Thailand, Spain, Italy, Cuba, Portugal, and Malta.

In August, a new, modern visitor's center was opened in Paklenica National Park, the Underground City Paklenica. It is located in Tito's former underground tunnels, which the army started building in the Paklenica canyon back in 1950. The center has a main multimedia hall with an artificial rock climbing boulder, an info counter, a room for the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, a souvenir shop, a café, and access and evacuation passages.


Do you know what Lošinj's original souvenirs for 2016 are?


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With the aim of promoting, but also encouraging an initiative for the superb design and creation of authentic souvenirs, for the tenth consecutive year, the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj has selected the most original souvenirs from the city. These eleven products made by producers from Lošinj will bear the certificate of Original Lošinj Souvenir for 2016: a fish-shaped soap dish, a replica of an antique oil vessel in Osor, seven textile products with various motifs, aromatic Lošinj candy, and sheep made of real wool.

Underground City Paklenica visitor's center opened



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Eventfully Croatia is a new social network for all fans, organizers, and participants of events, based on the exchange of photos from business and private events, taken at gorgeous locations throughout Croatia, where photographers caught part of the atmosphere, good fun, new experiences... The photos published on the network are accompanied by a caption in English.

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This September, the Autumn in Baranja festival awaits you with plenty of events; Every year, the Wine Marathon in Zmajevci attracts many fans of superb wine and great fun.

Autumn in Baranja Text: Željka Kunštek ◆ Photos: Baranja Tourist Board

In the unique Baranja area, September and October are in the sign of domestic products, wedding wagons, the Wine Marathon...


he Oriental evening with a fair of Hurem's jewelry, turbans, and Oriental treats, attractive belly dancers, a depiction of the Battle of Mohács, and the return to the time of Suleiman the Great marks the beginning of this year's Autumn in Baranja, an event that is traditionally held in Beli Manastir. It officially starts on August 28, and throughout September visitors will be thrilled with various events in Baranja's only city. The "Grandma's Pantry" (September 1) workshop in the Ethnology Center of Baranja's Heritage will reveal the little secrets to making homemade canned goods, and the largest fish paprikash festival in this area (September 2), and the "From Grandma's Pantry" fair (September 3), where homemade products are presented, are just part of this large event. The large exhibition of wedding wagons (September 11), with more than 70 riders from all over Croatia, will attract special attention. It will be accompanied by, amongst other things, competitions in several categories, the selection of the most attractive wagon, female and male rider, show rides, and the Baranja Alka. On the first Saturday in October (October 1), visit Zmajevac, which

will host an unusual race - the Wine Marathon. Join the other participants from all parts of the world, place a glass around your neck, and take a map of the wine cellars along. Tour them, and when you reach the checkpoints - the wine cellars, taste wine made by Baranja's winemakers. They will then ask you to guess the wine sort, evaluate the wine and the host. The winner will be the one who reaches the finish line first and guesses the most sorts right. Whether you win or not, don't miss out on the party that will follow on the wine roads of this famous winemaking region. 

The events guarantee a great atmosphere, and the hosts are adamant about one thing - to show you Baranja like you've never seen it before.

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When Bećari sing.. Prepared by: Željka Kunštek

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hoever has visited eastern Croatia - Slavonia, Baranja, and Srijem, is sure to have heard bećarac, famous far and wide, performed by the joyous singing locals in this part of Croatia. That vocal, or vocal-instrumental, singing echoes through the cities, towns, and villages of Slavonia, Baranja, and Srijem nearly every day, and is deeply rooted in the tradition of this area. It is characterized by cheerful, merry text, often intertwined with allegories and metaphors, while the main topic is mostly love. However, bećari also sing about their own

skills, abilities, and attractiveness, and through the verses, they also make fun of their rivals out of defiance and spite. Bećarac is performed in such a way that one singer sings the first verse, or part of a verse, and then the other singers join in. The cheerful bećar decasyllabic couplets are always accompanied by the sounds of folk instruments - in the past there were bagpipes and tamburicas, and now they are often tamburica groups or mixed bands with violins, accordions, and tamburicas. Interestingly, during the performance, bećari often come up with new verses that are connected

to the people present, the situation, or the context in which the bećarac is performed. The most popular singers are those with a powerful voice and good diction, who know the repertoire well, and are able to come up with new couplets quickly. Today, bećarac is performed by many amateur folk dance and music groups and ensembles, and is regularly performed at various musical-folk dance festivals. Hosts of parties or get-togethers often spontaneously sing a few verses, and then the bećarac can last long into the night. 

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From nature

for health and vitality Text: Sanja PljeĹĄa â—† Photos: "Majstor kuhar" Culinary Academy

Plenty of vegetables, wild herbs, an abundance of fish and seafood, with the unavoidable olive oil require little preparation and are the foundation of Mediterranean cuisine. Filet of sole stiffed with shrimp in white wine and fennel.


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ach and every Croatian region has its special features, and it is those differences in the choice of ingredients, selection and preparation of dishes, customs, and symbolism, and finally, the consumption of those dishes that make Croatian cuisine recognizable. The Adriatic region is

characterized by light dishes. The gastronomy of Istria, Dalmatia, and Adriatic islands was formed under the influence of old Illyrian, Greek, and Roman cuisine, and was later also influenced by Italian and French gastronomy. Plenty of vegetables, wild herbs, an abundance of fish and


Marinated sardines Ingredients (for 4 people) 0.60 kg sardines 2 onions (approx. 0.20 kg) 2 bay leaves 0.02 kg peppercorns 0.05 l olive oil 0.10 l vegetable oil 0.05 kg hard flour salt (as needed) 1 lemon 0.05 l red wine vinegar Preparation (Preparation time: 30 minutes)

Clean and rinse the sardines and drain them well. Then season them with salt and coat them with flour. Deep fry them until crispy and golden brown (making sure they don't dry out). When they are ready, remove them from the pan and place them on a platter one next to the other. Peel the onion and slice into rings. Fry the rings in olive oil until they wilt, add the bay leaves, peppercorns (and a bit of rosemary if desired). Add red wine vinegar and a bit of water, so that the onions are completely immersed. Let the marinade come to a boil, season, and pour it over the sardines. Let cool for an hour or two (or overnight if possible) and make sure the fish is always covered in liquid). Serve on a plate with the onions and sauce, with a lemon wedge. Chef's tip The same method can be used to prepare mackerel or other types of fish, although this method works best for blue fish.

Marinated sardines.

seafood, and the world-famous olive oil require little preparation and so Mediterranean cuisine follows the modern trends of healthy eating. On Kvarner and the surrounding islands, as well as in other coastal areas, travarica, orahovica, and lozovača (herb, walnut, and grape spirits) or an herbal liqueur are traditionally served before a meal. Along with that, locals in that area will also often serve sweet prošek wine, and every meal will end with a glass of superb wine. It is common for every formal lunch to start with an appetizer of prosciutto, cheese, and olives. In taverns, along with homemade wine, guests are served salted or marinated sardines, cheese, and olives.

Favorite vegetables Chicken soup is served rarely, while light beef soup with tomatoes is truly refreshing at any time of the year. Fish

soup, prepared from various types of fish - cod, mullet, dentex, red scorpionfish, or other types of white fish, is also popular. Amongst the authentic dishes, for example from the island of Rab, is lazanjot, which is prepared from squid or cuttlefish with the addition of rosemary or bay leaf, followed by rapska grota, which is prepared from meat tenderloin alongside a sauce, with the addition of prošek, after which it is strained. Another well-known dish is saur or bluefish fried in olive oil, after which it is pickled in vinegar, with the addition of pepper and rosemary. A popular dish on Kvarner islands is kalski gulaš, which is prepared from wild fish stingray, shark, or catshark. Favorite vegetables such as chard and kale are usually served alongside dishes. In the distant past, the high nutritional value of wild chard was discovered, so people started August - October 2016




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growing it themselves. The leaves and stems of the vegetable are used, and chard is most commonly used, lightly blanched or cooked, as a side dish for fish. Octopus salad, calamari prepared in various ways, crabs and shellfish, brodet, or roasted or boiled dishes are characteristic for the coastal region of Croatia, from north to south. The recipes of famous Croatian culinary master, Branko Ognjenović prove that every traditional dish can be modernized. He insists on being innovative in the preparation of ingredients in his culinary masterpieces to extract their flavor as best as possible, so amongst other things, he recommends marinated sardines, filet of sole stiffed with shrimp in white wine and fennel, and stuffed chicken thigh in pancetta. Since every good meal ends with dessert, the locals in the coastal part of Croatia will offer you with fritule and various types of tea cookies, amongst other things. 

Renato Humanitarian Association Culinary academic, leader of the Croatian Culinary Team and lecturer at the Culinary Gastronomy Academy, Branko Ognjenović, is also the founder of the "Renato - Chefs without Borders" charity. The non-profit association brings together chefs from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Greece, Turkey, and Azerbaijan with the aim of financing the education of children without financial means so they may become chefs. Association members organize charity dinners where they prepare various dishes, and all proceeds from those dinners go to charity for financing heart ultrasound examinations for children.

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Enrich the flavor of every good dish in Croatia with superb wine made by local winemakers.

PaštaRIa - a novelty for gourmets PaštaRIa is the name of a new Croatian brand of pasta, produced by PIK Rijeka, with a 65-year long tradition in producing excellent pasta. It is made by exclusively using durum wheat, which has up to 50 percent more protein than normal wheat, it is cholesterol free, and its quality comes to play most in its flavor and appearance. Special care taken for drying the pasta in the traditional way, at a lower temperature, ensures a greater nutritional value, and so it goes well with all kinds of dishes, and it is considered to be suitable for vegetarians. It can be prepared in an endless number of ways, and one thing is for sure PaštaRIa pasta will turn your regular, quick lunch into a true gourmet experience.





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ONLINE websites and mobile applications

For discovering parks and safer sailing Explore the majestic colors of Croatia's national parks and nature parks, and if you would like to raise your sails in the Adriatic waters one more time this year, download a useful app...

WEB&AP Croatian Parks

Prepared by: Željka Kunťtek

Plenty of information and interesting facts on all eight Croatian national parks and eleven nature parks can be found in one place on the parkovihrvatske.hr website. There you will also find more than a hundred texts on the natural and cultural treasures of the parks with more than nine hundred photos and a thousand trails and locations drawn on the map. The website will also help you plan your visit to the parks according to their distance away from you, and you can also have a look at the routes of hiking or cycling trails, and find out information about their difficulty and availability. At the new website, which is available in Croatian, English, German, and Italian, all activities that have been adapted to persons with handicaps have also been marked. www.parkovihrvatske.hr


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Nautical Info Service

This new, free, multilingual app is made for all who sail yachts and boats, fishermen, divers, and anyone who spends time at sea and on shore. Along with sailing regulations and information important for safety at sea, the application also offers a list of harbors and docking sites, contact information of public services - the port authority, health care institutions and emergency services, a precise weather forecast that adapts to the user's location, and the possibility of reporting violations of regulations at sea. A very important part of the application is the possibility of sending calls for help, where a text message with the precise location of the person in need of assistance is sent simultaneously. The application is available in 12 languages and can be downloaded free of charge.




Inspired by Cuba


They introduced the hot Latin rhythm to the Croatian music scene 20 years ago and exhilarated a massive audience that loyally follows them to concerts where a good, positive vibe and dancing to the wee hours of the morning are guaranteed... Conducted by: Vlatka Vužić Photos: Cubismo and Aquarius promocija archive

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ow did Cubismo come to be? Where did you get the idea to form a musical group that was completely different from all the rest on the Croatian music scene? Front man Hrvoje Rupčić fell in love with that type of music at an early age, and since there weren't any bands that played it, he had to create one himself so he could play. He gathered together all his interested musician friends and launched the Cubismo story that still exists today,

and we would all like it to last for a long time. Is Cuba the inspiration for the band name? Is there a homeland for the music you play, or is all of Latin America your inspiration? Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, who was one of the first to mix AfricanCuban and jazz beats along with beats of other musical genres, had a song, "Cu-bi cu-bop", which inspired our band name. Cuba is basically the

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I assume you also follow the work of your colleagues abroad. Do you attend concerts, or festivals? Have you been a guest at any of them? Of course we follow and go to concerts whenever possible, and we are often guests at jazz festivals that regularly include the type of music we play in their program.

source of Cubismo music, but over time we created our own sound, by adding our own music and many elements from other musical genres. Have you had the chance to travel to Latin countries as a band or individually? Which pictures and memories do you recall fondly? Of course, we have travelled both individually and as a band. In 2000, we had a Cuban tour, which was permanently imprinted on an album we recorded there, called "Motivo Cubano".

The winners of the klapa Cesarice CD from the previous issue: Ivana Pauk (Kaštel Sućurac, Croatia); Radmila Birač (Bjelovar, Croatia).

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It is a challenge to play in front of a crowd that doesn't have the Latin rhythm "written in their genetic code", but you always manage to get people moving. Where is the audience the most enthusiastic in Croatia? There is truly no rule to that. There are people who love our music and get moving easily everywhere, they dance to our rhythm and have a great time to the wee hours of the morning.

On the scene, you function excellently together. How do you function at performances and on tour as a group of energetic men? Do you have any memorable travel stories? We have been a group for more than 20 years, and we function like in a marriage. With socializing, laughter, fun, and intense arguments. We know each other absolutely, and no one can hide anything from anyone else. There are many travel stories, and the best ones definitely can't be shared with the general public. 

With more than 35 nominations and 20 Porin awards, Cubismo is the most awarded band in the history of those awards. The band also has a record-breaking number of nominations for one album - a total of 13 for "Motivo Cubano" in 2001.





All maternity wards in Croatia now conduct the ten steps for successful breastfeeding.

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Thanks to the "Baby Friendly Hospitals" initiative, the number of breastfed children in Croatia rose from 56 to 91-95 percent in the first two months, and Croatia is now at the same level as Sweden and other leading countries worldwide in promoting breastfeeding in maternity wards.


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hen twins Alan and Arian were born prematurely at 27 weeks, their parents were frightened. The boys were born more than three months early, and it is difficult to remain composed in such a situation. "Of course, initially you are shocked, for the first week, until you come to your senses", said their mom Ana. At the time her boys arrived, the maternity ward at the University Hospital Center Zagreb received the prestigious Baby Friendly Hospital status. All maternity wards in Croatia now have that status, and this institution waited for the title the longest and is now intensively conducting all "10 steps for successful breastfeeding", even in the intensive

neonatal treatment ward. That is where Alan and Arian spent the first few weeks of their lives. Thanks to UNICEF's Baby Friendly Hospitals initiative, parents can now stay with their children in intensive care, to cuddle them and have "skinto-skin" contact, which is important for the proper development of all children, especially those who are born prematurely. After the initial shock and fear, thanks to the possibility to cuddle her boys, pump, and feed them with her own milk, Ana started seeing the entire situation from a different perspective. "I came to the realization that not every mother has this kind of experience and that it is actually a treasure. It is a blessing to be able to go through these things with them, which they should be undergoing while in the womb. It is something special".

"Skin-to-skin" contact A lot of research, but also everyday practice, has shown that the effects of spending time in close "skin-to-skin" contact with parents helps children

develop more quickly, especially for children born prematurely. "The children are calmer and more stable. When they are restless in the incubator, they feel alone and unprotected, and when we place them on their parents chest, or when they are being held, their recovery and development is much faster", said midwife Karmen Kostanjčar, who has worked in Petrova hospital for thirty years. In order to offer parents the possibility of being with their premature babies, UNICEF has invested in equipment that enables close "skin-to-skin" contact and has conducted education for personnel so that they can be of outstanding support for parents of premature babies, especially when nursing is in question. While we were talking to Ana, Arian was nursing for the first time at 32 weeks. Up until then, he received pumped mother's milk, which is of incredible importance for premature babies, said the head of the Neonatology Ward, prim. Snježana Gverić Ahmetašević: "Mothers of premature babies have milk designed

Thanks to UNICEF's "Baby Friendly Hospitals" initiative, parents are able to stay with their children in intensive care.

specifically for their baby. Her milk is different in content than it would be if the baby were born at term". "Good care in maternity wards directly affects the beginning of children's lives, and support for breastfeeding is support for the better health of mothers and children. That support is very important for babies born prematurely since mother's milk is likely the best individually designed remedy in existence", emphasized Valentina Otmačić, Head of the Office of UNICEF Croatia, at the formal ceremony in Petrova hospital. The next step is improving existing practices in maternity wards so that they become better adapted to mothers.  August - October 2016



News and announcements


Visa: An increase in international travel to 2025 According to research conducted by Visa, over the next ten years, the number of households deciding to take trips abroad will increase by 35 percent in comparison to 2015. Annual spending per household will reach 4800 euro on average, and the factors that will influence the methods of traveling most are the global expansion of the middle class, the greater number of internet connections, improved traffic infrastructure, and an older population worldwide that has more free time to travel. It is estimated that over the next ten years, tourists from China, the USA, Germany, Great Britain, and Russia will spend the most on travel. 84

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According to estimates in research conducted by the ITB Berlin Trade Fair and the IPK International consultancy firm, the threat of terrorism has significantly affected planning vacations and behavior on vacations this year, but has not halted the increase in the demand for traveling. So, this year, the number of people traveling abroad will increase by around two percent for Europeans, and by about three percent globally in comparison to last year. Research showed that the most cautious in choosing destinations are those traveling with children, while younger travelers and single travelers are somewhat less cautious, though 15 percent of those surveyed announced that they would avoid traveling abroad this year, and would prefer to spend their vacations in their own countries.

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UNESCO World Heritage under the sea UNESCO is considering adding the title of World Heritage Site to destinations located under the ocean's surface. According to the current regulation, for a location to receive UNESCO protection as a World Heritage Site, the country where that site is located must nominate it first. Because of that, two-thirds of the territory covered by oceans cannot be protected. They hide valuable sites famous for biodiversity, habitats of rare and endangered flora and fauna, fossils, and the like, which are threatened by the danger of poaching, pollution, and other compromising factors.

UNWTO: 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The aim of the decision is to emphasize and strengthen the positive effect of sustainable tourism for the development of economic, social, and ecological surroundings. It is also to be used to motivate changes in international policies, ways of doing business and consumer behavior in order to raise awareness and gain better understanding of heritage and the value of different cultures. Many UN, international, and regional organizations will collaborate with the UNWTO in carrying out the decision.

Luxurious trips are the most popular


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Amadeus, the leading provider of technological services in the tourism sector, conducted a survey that showed that the luxury travel sector is developing faster than all other branches of tourism. So, from 2011 to 2015, and increase of 4.5 percent was recorded in the number of first-class or business-class flights, in contrast to economy class, which marked an increase of 4.2 percent. Over the next ten years, it is expected that the popularity of luxury travel will increase annually by 6.2 percent, while a growth of 4.2 percent is anticipated for the remainder of the industry. Although the majority of tourists that take such trips are from North America and western Europe, the Asian luxury travel market is growing the fastest.

In anticipation of the 37th WTM This year, the leading global event of the tourism industry, the World Travel Market London, will be held in the British capital from November 7 - 9. For the 37th consecutive year, the fair will bring together nearly five thousand exhibitors who will promote attractive destinations, travel products and services. More than 50 thousand experienced experts from tourism, politicians, and journalists from all over the world will join them with the aim of meeting one another, collaborating, and discussing the newest trends in tourism.

The first UNWTO conference on wine tourism

Thailand to host the celebration of the 36th World Tourism Day

From September 7 to 9, the World Tourism Organization will hold its first conference on wine tourism, and it will receive assistance from the Georgian National Tourist Board. The conference will be held in the Kakheti wine region in Georgia, known as the birthplace of wine due to its eight thousand year old tradition of growing grape vines. The conference will be hosted by several well-respected Georgian wineries, and many debates will be held, where there will be discussions on many topics, such as legal regulations, challenges that the wine industry faces, and examples from the best wineries and wine regions.

The host of this year's celebration of World Tourism Day, which is marked on September 27, will be the city of Bangkok, and Thailand, as the most visited travel destination in southeast Asia in 2015. Under the slogan "Tourism for All", this year World Tourism Day is dedicated to accessible tourism, the ways it affects social, cultural, political, and economic values around the world, and the need to spread awareness about the importance of universal accessibility for society today.

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Havana or Hong Kong? With Austrian Airlines, you can see them both! As of September 5, this airline company is introducing a direct flight that will connect Vienna and Hong Kong six times per week, while as of October 25, direct flights will leave the Austrian capital for exotic Cuba.

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s of October of this year, the Lufthansa airline company will make their passengers on short and medium-haul flights happy with internet service. The entire A320 fleet will have innovate technology that will be completely implemented by mid-2018, while the other companies in the Lufthansa Group will follow this trend. To the delight of many business travelers, but also tourists, as of July 1 of this year, Lufthansa has introduced direct, permanent flights from Frankfurt to San Jose, and on those flights, which lead to the heart of the Silicone Valley, passengers are thrilled with the FlyingLab service. If you are a fan of

gadgets and new technologies, you will truly enjoy yourself during this flight, trying out various technological novelties. You will find out if you are on a FlyingLab flight right after you purchase your ticket. Seize the opportunity, sign up, and enjoy yourself during the flight while testing new phones, tablets, or some other gadgets! Or perhaps you would prefer to dive into the world of 360° video? If you are more of a romantic at heart and dream of taking off to a faraway, exotic destination, take some time to visit the www.lufthansa-dreamscapes.com website and get some ideas and inspiration for your next trip. Under the motto "Expect the Unexpected",

the company is promoting some of its new destinations with details about each location, and individual information for each visitor, while the interactive features of the site, such as videos and graphics, are adapted to various devices and user locations. The Lufthansa Group has also continuously introduced novelties regarding new classes in airplanes. So Brussels Airlines now awaits you with a new Economy Privilege class, which guarantees greater comfort and an exclusive experience. Besides more comfortable seating with 8 cm more legroom, and a double armrest, flying in this class will also pamper you with other privileges. 

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In the country of temples, pagodas, and enchanting sunsets Text and photos: KreĹĄimir Prpa

A tourist attraction - a fisherman at Inle Lake extracts a large trap; The Bupaya temple in Bagan, on the shores of the Irrawaddy River; A small temple in Bagan; U-Bein, the longest bridge made of teak in the world.


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The endless number of Buddhist temples, pagodas, monasteries, colors, rice fields, and sunsets... That's Myanmar, one of the poorest, and at the same time most interesting countries in the world. Foreign capital is slowly trickling in, but despite that fact, betel is still chewed.

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Roaming in Myanmar is very expensive, so only use your mobile phone if absolutely necessary. Luckily, tourism is developing, and with it, so is Wi-Fi availability.

Men cover the Buddha statue in Mahamuni Paya (pagoda) with gold leaf; Eindawya Paya; The Buddha statue at Kyauktawgyi Paya weighs 900 tons and is made of a single slab of marble; Umin Thounzeh at Sagaing Hill, which contains a colonnade of 45 Buddha statues.


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hanges, reforms, things must be transformed!, exclaimed our taxi driver vehemently as he drove us through the old Burmese capitals near Mandalay. All of us must change in every way possible. No more chewing betel!, he added, describing the local habit of constantly chewing and spitting something that leaves teeth red and which foreigners find strange. That something is betel, an ever-present stimulant made from the seeds of the areca palm, wrapped in a leaf, and the changes that the driver ceremoniously proclaimed are absolutely understandable considering where we are. Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is one of the poorest countries in the world, even though it has huge quantities of natural resources and an excellent geographical location between India, China, and Thailand. However, history and bad decisions have taken them back in time to the point where everyone at

home was amazed that we were going there. Still, we had a great time, and we recommend everyone should visit Myanmar, even if only to hear the wise words of our driver. Betel is still massively chewed since Myanmar is just beginning its transition from a dictatorship to a democracy, so that problem hasn't been added to the agenda yet, and we landed in Mandalay the precise day the new parliament was formed. We wish them the best of luck on their road to happiness, which will be long, and they will definitely need the luck. As tourists, but not adventurers, we decided to stick to the most popular locations and attractions in that relatively chaotic society, and we didn't even try, for example, to peek into the revolutionary areas in the hilly regions of Burma. We left that to others, younger and braver than us, and we were happy with the endless number of Buddhist temples and sunsets.

A dose of quirkiness and colors There are truly many Buddhist temples, and each of them has a story of its own or a record it proudly bears. Either there is an enormous statue of Buddha carved from a single piece of marble, weighing 900 tons, or the "largest book in the world" made up of 729 marble slabs with holy Buddhist texts carved on them. In some places you are required to put on a longyi, a popular unisex skirt, and so you discover your feminine side, and in other places you find an exchange office in the middle of a temple, or a guard lying on the floor, five meters from Buddha, watching the Premier League on TV. You will nearly always find a monumental column, which laymen like us will call an eastern version of a bell tower. They can be found in infinite variations: stone, brick, gilded, covered

in marble, with and without stairs, terraces, and relics of Buddha and others. Whatever they are made of, they are always visually attractive. Here you can also find many other interesting features, such as marble statue of a rabbit eating a carrot in a temple. Burmese temples have a dose of quirkiness and color, they are full of screens, there are LED lights encircling Buddha's head, and that carnival-like scene is due to the influence of their huge neighbor, India. However, the quirkiness does not apply to the main rule: take off your shoes! It is absolutely necessary to take them off wherever even an inkling of a temple or pagoda exists, regardless whether the floor is clean or dirty, even if you have to walk a hundred meters from the entrance of the temple area passing by souvenir stands. There is no discussion regarding that sacred rule.

A longyi must be worn at Mahamuni Paya; A marble statue of a rabbit; One of the many Buddha shrines at the Eindawya Paya temple; One of the temples at Sagaing Hill; Ruins of old columns next to the Bagaya Kyaung temple in Inwa; Mahamuni Paya; Removing shoes before entering the royal palace.

Before arriving in Myanmar, stock up on wet wipes because you will be taking your shoes off so often upon entering temples that you will definitely need them.

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In Mandalay, ride a bike, and in Bagan, use an electrical bike. Riding bikes is fun and safe.

Bicycles, scooters, carriages, boats, taxis... Tourists use them all to tour Myanmar.


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By horse-drawn carriage to attractions Mandalay is the spiritual center of Burmese Buddhism, so there are more pagodas in the city. Still, that isn't a hurdle for us tourists who have been provided with free bikes by the hotel. Mandalay is the last capital city of the Burmese kingdom, and throughout history, there were a relatively large number of capital cities since every king with an ounce of self-respect moved his capital to a new location. The tradition of moving capital cities was continued by the British after they conquered Mandalay, so they moved their capital city to Rangoon. The only remainder of the royal city of Mandalay, besides the temples, is the enormous fortress in the center of the city. Today, it houses the army, and whoever wants to tour the renovated royal palace can reach it via a road from the entrance into the fortress to the center where the palace is located, and visitors are required to stay

on the road and not turn left nor right. We ended our visit to Mandalay with a hike up Mandalay Hill, which offered not only more temples, but also a view of the entire city, including the huge national golf course. We paid around 27â‚Ź for our all-day taxi ride through the surroundings of Mandalay, and for that price, we also toured two more old capital cities, Sagaing and Inwa. Sagaing is a hill on the shore of the Irrawaddy River with an infinite number of temples and monasteries, and Inwa (Ava) is a village where tourists take horse-drawn carriage rides, and young drivers guide the horses. Our driver was probably in a hurry to get to lunch so he took us on a very bumpy ride to tour the attractions of Inwa: a wooden monastery where children learn geography, a leaning tower, Buddha's statues under palm trees, rice fields... All in all, it was beautiful. We also visited the "Small River Restaurant", where our tour started with lunch.

The royal palace in Mandalay; A cannon at the royal palace; A detail from the palace; The view from Mandalay Hill of the entire city.

Hotels in Mandalay are simple, but clean, and the locals are incredibly nice. Although they speak English poorly, it is possible to communicate.

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The U-Bein Bridge is most visited at dusk.

After all the temples and fortresses, the evening before we continued our trip we reached the main attraction - a wooden bridge. The longest teak bridge in the world, the popular "U-Bein Bridge", is 1300 meters long and runs over the shallow Taungthaman Lake. Creaky, unstable, and very beautiful, in the evening hours it is occupied by tourists because all those who spend the day touring temples come here in the evening. There are newlyweds accompanied by photographers and makeup artists,

If you would like to be alone at the U-Bein Bridge, don't go there at sunset, but choose another time instead.

because what better place to get a beautiful picture in a wedding dress if not there? Some tourists find their place on the island in the middle of the lake, where bars, and rows of seats await, like in a theater, facing the sunset. Some prefer to sit in a boat that takes them away from the shore, and they wait for the big moment in the water. Some take the 1300 meter walk there and back, looking for a quiet place to listen to the birds and enjoy the beauty of nature and the bridge.

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Don't climb up the pagodas in Bagan at noon, unless you must, because the heat can be impossible to endure. Unless, of course, you would like to be alone.

The sunset at Pyathada Paya in Bagan; Bupaya temple; A pagoda in Bagan; Maha Aungmye Bonzan, a monastery that dates back to 1822 in Inwa; A detail from Mingalazedi Paya; Selling dried fish at the marketplace in the village of Tha Ley on Inle Lake.


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In the empire of temples After sunset comes sunrise. Or so I'm told by reliable witnesses since I usually sleep through it. The Burmese are early risers, and so the boat that takes us down the Irrawaddy River (the main Burmese route, 2000 km long) to Bagan leaves at the crack of dawn. Bagan, the central tourist destination in Myanmar, is home to a cluster of temples that date back to the period between the 11th and 15th century, a time when leaders were doing well so they built tens of thousands of them. Then the Mongolians arrived, so

construction stopped for a while, but there are still plenty left today - more than two thousand. Since at least twenty of them are marked as "mustsee" in the guide, we had to prepare well, study the map, decide on the optimal route, and find a good form of transportation. We chose an electrical bike, or a kind of scooter with a battery that can go up to 50 km/h, and foreigners are allowed to drive it (while they're not allowed to drive cars). Over the past few decades, the country has worked hard to renovate a large number of temples, but the

renovation methods weren’t to the liking of UNESCO, since there was a bit of everything - differences from the original, non-authentic materials - so Bagan still hasn't ended up on its list. The average tourist doesn't notice such details, since the temples are impressive and beautiful, and the views they offer are incredible. The sun, however, is strong, and there isn't much shade at the pagoda at noon, so the time for mass gatherings is the same as at the bridge - just before sunset. Pyathada Paya is great for that because it has a large terrace where everyone gathers at

dusk - from young western backpackers to the Chinese and Japanese armed with heavy photographic artillery, to agency groups of elderly Germans and the French enjoying the fruits of their labor and spending their hard-earned pension on travelling. The most popular pagoda is Ananda Pahto. It is 900 years old, currently being renovated by the Indians, and is a cross-over between a temple and shopping center, similar to all popular temples.

At Inle Lake The evening scenario - a bus ride to Inle Lake, which we reached at three AM. Our first destination was Nyaungshwe, the main settlement in the area surrounding Inle Lake. There we found our hotel with a poetic name "Golden Dream", with great difficulty, in the company of local stray dogs. After a few hours of sleep, we headed towards the lake with long motor boats, also the main form of transportation for the local people. The people who live there are called the Intha, and they are in the business of fishing and tourism. They also know how to combine the two so during the day, the fishermen weave their nets and catch fish, and in the evening they show tourists various acrobatic acts, such as rowing a boat with one leg (typical for this lake) or balancing on the edge of the boat while removing enormous traps. The lake and the canals connected to it

People living on Inle Lake are in the business of fishing and tourism, and successfully combine the two; Selling spices at the marketplace in the village of Tha Ley on Inle Lake; Burmese cuisine is a mix of Indian, Chinese, and Thai food, with more oil, and fewer hot spices.

Food in Myanmar is cheap, but alcohol is expensive. Still, make sure to try curry, and at least the two main types of beer - Myanmar or Mandalay.

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"Long-necks" is the name for women from the Kayan tribe who put rings around their necks to visually extend them.

Lotus silk scarves and shirts are an original souvenir you can take home with you from Inle Lake.

Making silk and lotus silk in the weaving workshops on Inle Lake; Phaung Daw Oo Paya temple in the village of Tha Ley on Inle Lake; Religious followers and tourists regularly place flowers at the foot of Buddha statues.


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conceal cities and towns, temples and restaurants, even weaving workshops, where they make fabric out of silk and lotus. Since silk can be found everywhere, and lotus stem thread is produced only there, scarves and shirts made out of lotus silk are sold at a premium price. We told the locals that it wasn't for us, but for rich tourists, and we went to Phaung Daw Oo Paya temple in the village of Tha Ley to see abstract modern art. There you can find Buddha statues that have, under layers of gold leaf that religious followers cover them in, transformed into amorphous, chubby structures. We gave Buddha a flower that a woman had sold us earlier from her boat, toured the local market, and continued on through the villages on the water. In contrast to Bagan, UNESCO was "generous" here and added the entire lake to its World Network of Biosphere Reserves, so we ate fantastic freshwater fish in a banana leaf here, and toured several more villages and temples. The day-long ride cost us only 11â‚Ź, and for that money, our guide showed us every single attraction except one - the cats that jump through hoops at the Buddhist temple. We saw the cats, but they didn't feel like jumping, but instead lazed about the temple. We didn't hold it against them - why should they make fools of themselves for some foreigners? Bravo, cats!

The charm of an Asian city We spent the last few days in Yangon, better known as Rangoon (which the military junta changed in 1989, along with the country name from Burma to Myanmar), and until recently it was also the capital city. Upon the departure of the English and the arrival of the military dictatorship, this formerly most developed city in this part of the world experienced a decline, along with the entire country. It is still visible today. Foreign investments are just starting to trickle into Yangon, and the majority of business is based on national conglomerates or on small family companies. Still, Yangon is a large Asian city that cannot hide its Asian charm. The Chinese neighborhood with street food and the smoky, Blade Runner atmosphere, the colonial center with the remainder of the British reign and the Strand Hotel, which still offers the illusion of British tea at five o'clock, the beautiful park and path around the artificial lake that the British made as a water reservoir, the human ant farm in derelict buildings with satellite dishes on every window - that can all be seen in Yangon. We weren't impressed at all by their National Museum, because it is dark, boring, and poorly organized, so we couldn't wait to get back into the sun. We also saw the gigantic 65-meter long Buddha in Chaukhtatgyi Paya. And the golden zig-zag tunnel in Botataung Paya

at the coast. And the Baptist church with the red star on the façade, as well as the Catholic cathedral that we were too late to enter. And, of course, the most sacred and most important building of Burmese Buddhism in the country, Shwedagon Paya, an enormous pagoda at the peak of a hill in the middle of the city, visible from far away, which was our "cherry on top". The symbol of the country and the people, decorated with gold and precious gems, bells, and Buddha's statues, Shwedagon Paya is also the platform for political reform and is an absolutely perfect way to end this report. Or perhaps we should wrap things up with the words of the hotel manager in Bagan? We'll take care of everything, just

write a good review on TripAdvisor!, he begged after we complained that the noise of the battery charger for the bikes under our window was disturbing our sleep. A review on TripAdvisor as the main goal - that's one thing we didn’t expect in Myanmar. Globalization is obviously slowly arriving there as well, and the many years of isolation didn't bring them anything good, so opening up to the world just might. We will follow the news, and possibly return one day. The beaches in the south are said to be gorgeous, but our ten days didn't leave us enough time to see them. We also have to find our taxi driver, so he can tell us about what changes have been made and if betel is still chewed. 

Shwedagon Paya in Yangon, the holiest place of Burmese Buddhism; Old buildings in Yangon; One of the paths that leads to Shwedagon Paya.

Shwedagon Paya is the most important and most sacred building in the country. It was here that Aung Sann Suu Kyi, famous Myanmarese politician and activist, held her historical speech in 1988.

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An exhibition on the social history of hats

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Up until October 30, 2016, at the Wien Museum, you can see an interesting exhibition called "Tip of the Hat - A Social History of the Covered Head", which shows hats and head coverings from the period from the mid-19th century to modern-day. The social processes and history of Vienna are so shown through five thematic units: hats as a sign of power, an expression of wealth, and social status, hats as an integral part of a work costume, as an accessory, or as a part of political beliefs. The exhibition bears witness to the fact that hats are not just a means to protect one from the elements of wind and rain, but they are also status symbols, an expression of personality, and communicators. The exhibition shows a total of 140 pieces.

Where to go on a honeymoon? In order to simplify your decision when choosing the perfect destination for your honeymoon, Booking.com has come up with a list of eight irresistible romantic places you have probably never heard of, which will, as they claim, fulfill all your wishes and expectations. All destinations were selected as ideal choices by young couples, and a whopping 95 percent of them recommended the accommodations to other newlywed couples. Here is a list of the destinations: Udaipur (India), Barichara (Columbia), Palm Cove (Australia), Akaroa (New Zealand), Collioure (France), Delft (The Netherlands), Monsaraz (Portugal), and Třeboň (the Czech Republic).

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In July of this year, Qatar Airways proudly accepted a total of three awards at the Skytrax awards ceremony for the best airline companies in the world, which was held as a part of the Farnborough International Airshow in Great Britain. Passengers chose Qatar Airways as the airline company with the best Business Class seat in 2016, as well as being the company with the best lounge area and the best service in the Middle East. The Skytrax awards are famous as being elected by the passengers themselves, and several million people, from 160 various countries, participate in choosing the best airline companies.

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Qatar Airways won three Skytrax awards



The island of eternal summer and fun

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Only a 25-minute drive from Abu Dhabi and 45 minutes from Dubai, there is an island where even in the coldest months of the year, the temperature nearly never falls beneath 20°C, there are an average of ten hours of sun per day, rainy days are rare, and the temperature of the sea varies from 21°C in February to 33°C in August and September. Yes, it is truly paradise for fans of summer and great fun. Besides being a popular destination to lounge on the beach, the island is also famous for the extravagant Yas Waterworld water park, the Ferrari World theme park, with the fastest roller coaster in the world, and for the "Ferrari World Abu Dhabi" roof - the largest Ferrari logo in the world. Yas Island is also the venue for the popular Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race, and the next one will be held from November 25 to 27, 2016. The first golf course in the Middle East, magnificent futuristic buildings, a large marina, and abundant offer of restaurants are just reason more to visit that futuristic island of fun.

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Petronas Towers The famous, impressive Petronas towers, the symbol of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city and the largest city in Malaysia, as well as all of Malaysia, leave no one indifferent. Especially if you stand at the base of those 452 meter high twin towers, which with their 88 floors are amongst the tallest buildings in the world. The towers are home to many offices and commercial spaces, and they are connected with the Skybridge, which, along with the buildings, was used for filming scenes of the famous action movie "Entrapment", starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery. However, not only are the towers opened for film stars, but also for the general public, and the view they offer of the center of business and culture in southeast Asia is priceless.

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