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Number 18 • Year V • March - May 2017

INFORMATION • RECOMMENDATIONS • EXPERIENCES

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Pelješac peninsula

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The hidden gem of the Mediterranean

To the beat of Dubrovnik-Neretva County

An island for true hedonists

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The energy of spring

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ombining pleasant and useful things is always great, and that feeling of satisfaction can be experienced in many Croatian travel destinations. The destinations we present in this issue offer not just good rest, but they will also challenge you to have an active vacation, which is just what everyone needs after a long winter. So, go out into the sun and choose an activity or two that suits you best. Try something new, something you've never tried before, like kayaking in the sea, or in a river where you can explore hidden coves and landscapes, often only available to those who head out on such an adventure. Over the past few years, škraping and trekking have gained popularity, along with off-road driving through untouched nature, riding zip lines above enchanting canyons, and free climbing, while cycling, running, walking down thematic trails, diving, and sailing have remained just as popular over the years. You can enjoy many activities on the Pelješac peninsula, which is also the main topic of this issue of the magazine, which is irrevocably connected to another activity - windsurfing. True windsurfers know that Pelješac is home to the best surfing locations in Croatia, where you can catch the best mistral wind in

the Adriatic. Romantics are well aware of the fact that some of the most beautiful beaches in the Adriatic are found on the peninsula, while food and wine connoisseurs regularly visit to try delicious oysters and seafood complemented by superb Plavac and olive oil. Find out more about that hidden gem of the Mediterranean in the magazine. We also present a unique tourist offer in Croatia - an attractive equestrian tourist trail that meanders through the Bjelovar-Bilogora area. Why not try something new and explore the beauty of the continental destination on horseback? Or, while you're in the far south of Croatia, why not dance the Linđo, the most popular dance of the area, which will win you over with its rhythm and energy? Yes, you will definitely feel the zest, energy, adrenaline, and life in Croatia this spring. In this issue, the world-famous cello duo - 2Cellos, who Croatia is incredibly proud of, also share their positive energy, expressed in lyrics and music. You will also find inspiration to travel to Austria, or more precisely, to charming East Tyrol in the magazine... Have a great spring! Željka and Robert Kunštek

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8-9 NEWS - Croatia 10-23 ISSUE TOPIC - Pelješac peninsula: The hidden gem of the Mediterranean  Ston: Guardian of world treasures (12-14)  Janjina: A vacation marked with tradition (16-17)  Trpanj: A corner for romantics (18-19)  Orebić: Paradise for family and recreation (20-21) 24-35 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Korčula Island: An island for true hedonists  Korčula: From processions to knight's games (26-29)  Vela Luka, Blato, Smokvica, and Lumbarda: Some adrenaline, some delicacies... (30-33) 6

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36 CROATIA THROUGH PHILATELY: The island of St. Andrew 37 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Mljet Island: An island of divine beauty 38-41 CULTURAL TOURISM Dubrovnik-Neretva County: To the beat of Linđo 44-45 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Dubrovnik Coast: A tourist paradise in the Croatian south 46 TIPS4YOU: Don't miss out... 48-49 EVENTS - Zagreb: Zagreb's positive energy 52-53 HISTORICAL TRACES Zagreb: Splavnica

54-55 EQUESTRIAN TOURISM Bjelovar-Bilogora County: On horseback through tame Bilogora 56-59 WEEKEND TRIP Karlovac: Weekend in the Green Heart of Croatia 60-61 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Ogulin: A fairytale story from Croatia's mountains 62-63 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Crikvenica Riviera: A Riviera for all the senses 66-69 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Lošinj Island: On the island of vitality, the Apoxyomenos, and bottlenose dolphins


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70-73 ACTIVE VACATIONS Rab Island: An island for a happy vacation

82-85 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Omiš: Adventure paradise in Central Dalmatia

74-75 ACTIVE VACATIONS Krka National Park: Friends of the Krka Club

86-89 ACTIVE VACATIONS Šolta Island: Return to nature on an imperial island

76-77 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Vodice: A town for great experiences

90-91 UNESCO: Nijemo Kolo from the Dalmatian hinterland

78 INTERESTING FACTS Šibenik's archipelago: Prvić Island

96-97 ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS - World 98-101 WE'RE TAKING YOU TO... East Tyrol - Sillian and Kals (Austria): A mountain oasis for all the seasons 102-103 WORLD ATTRACTIONS Cinque Terre (Italy)

92-93 CULTURAL SCENE Interview - 2Cellos: Discovering the world through music

80 ATTRACTIONS - Split: Vestibule and Cathedral of St. Domnius 81 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Solin: Following the footsteps of gladiators © Ivica Trojanović / Orebić Tourist Board

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New Zagreb Airport to be opened soon The Zagreb Airport is intensively preparing to open its new passenger terminal, planned for late March. The terminal will bear the name of the first Croatian president, Franjo Tuđman, and the terminal's size and spaciousness, new functionalities, and many commercial facilities will give passengers a better and more pleasant travel experience, emphasized the Zagreb Airport, adding that the airport is still testing processes and technology and training staff. Source:

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Establishment of the Imotski Region Tourist Board The Imotski Region is one of the excellent examples of accelerated development of tourism in rural areas, and once of the further motivators of that development will be the establishment of a shared Imotski Region Tourist Board, which will include the tourist board of Imotski and eight neighboring municipalities. They will enter the market as a recognizable tourism product of the hinterland as of 2018, and the Croatian Ministry of Tourism will give them great support in that, announced the Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli. Tourists have around 150 top-notch vacation homes at their disposal in the area, 43 of which currently have pools.

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In its summer flight schedule, Croatia's national airline, Croatia Airlines, will expand its European network of destinations with four new international lines - from Zagreb to Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo, and Bucharest. As of May 19, Croatia Airlines planes will fly directly between Zagreb and Stockholm, and two days later, the company will introduce the regular Zagreb-Helsinki and Zagreb-Oslo lines for the first time. The company also announced promotional prices for return tickets to Scandinavian destinations, as well as the Romanian capital, and promotional prices for all four destinations have also been announced for passengers from Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, and Pula (via Zagreb).

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New Croatian brand of unique hotels presented A new Croatian brand of unique, luxury hotels, "Stories, Croatian Unique Hotels", was presented in Rovinj on March 1, 2017, during the International Luxury Hotel Association European Summit. The brand is a group of unique luxury hotels established at the Croatian Chamber of Economy last year, with the goal of positioning unique Croatian hotels on the international luxury tourism market as strongly as possible. The brand ambassador is famous actress Eva LaRue from the TV show CSI: Miami.


"Croatia has singled out health tourism as one of the key products in the development of tourism by 2020, and as soon as the legal regulations are solved, it is ready to invest 400 million euro which have already been set aside", announced Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli at the opening of the HTI (Health Tourism Industry) Conference, the leading international conference in the field of health tourism, held in Rovinj from February 28 to March 2, 2017, where international experts and respected lecturers from all over the world gathered. Through presentations, panel discussions, and workshops, the more than 300 participants discussed unsolved issues in the field of tourism that still hasn't fulfilled all its potential.

Tourism is one of the most competitive economic sectors in Croatia, but there is still a need to improve the offer and quality of services, employment, extension of the season, etc., said Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković on March 6, 2017 at the presentation of this year's campaigns for the competitiveness of tourism and employment worth a total of 53.4 million kuna. There are two campaigns in question: "The competitiveness of the tourism business" and "Improving the access of vulnerable groups to the labor market in the tourism and hospitality sector", which were presented to the Government by the Prime Minister and the Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli. Source:

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Increase of foreign cruise ships in Croatian Adriatic During 2016, a total of 825 round trips by foreign boats were made in the Croatian Adriatic, which is 57 trips more than in 2015, while a total of 1.1 million passengers arrived on those ships (around 44 thousand passengers more), according to data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics. Amongst the cruisers that arrived in Croatia last year that sailed under the flags of 13 countries, most of them were from the Bahamas and Malta. The largest number of cruisers registered their first entrance into Croatian territorial waters in the DubrovnikNeretva County (62.6%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (21.1%), while the others did so in the other five Adriatic counties.

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Croatian awards at the HTI Conference At the seventh HTI (Health Tourism Industry) Conference, held from February 28 to March 2 in Rovinj, "Medical Tourism Index" awards for the best European health tourism destinations were awarded. Croatia and Greece won the award in the category of most perspective health tourism destination. The title of best destination was awarded to Great Britain, which was followed by Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. March - May 2017

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You can reach Pelješac by ferry, which connects the cities of Ploče and Trpanj, or by road (freeway - Adriatic Highway (Jadranska magistrala)).


PELJEŠAC PENINSULA Ston, Janjina, Trpanj, Orebić

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The hidden gem of the Mediterranean In southern Croatia, where the sandy beaches meet the blue-green sea, where the sunny slopes are covered in carefully cultivated vineyards and olive groves, where stone villas, summer homes, and walls have kept captain's stories and many secrets for centuries, where oysters are the most delicious and Plavac is superb... you will find Pelješac. Seemingly unattainable, yet very tame and friendly, the second largest Croatian peninsula has remained captivated by its own beauty. If you long for the real Mediterranean, as it truly once was, you will find it there.

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PELJEŠAC PENINSULA: Ston

Tour the Ston Saltworks and purchase organic salt and fleur de sel. The Salt­works are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the summer, and from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the winter.

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Guardian of world treasures The longest wall and the oldest salt pans in Europe, the best oysters in the world, and the mussels are also incredible. That's Ston, a town of great treasures. Touring the Ston Walls; Harvesting salt; A view of Ston, the Ston Walls, and the salt pans; One of the picturesque streets in Ston.

Annually, around two thousand tons of salt are produced at the Ston Saltworks, and each salt pan bears the name of a Christian saint, except for one - named Munda (for the people).

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f you come to Pelješac by land, the first thing you will come across upon is Ston, a medieval town located next to the sea, precisely at the spot where the peninsula meets the mainland. Although it is small, Ston is the guardian of great treasures - both European and international. There you will see the impressive Ston Wall, the longest wall in Europe, and the second largest in the world (after the Great Wall of China). It is 5.5 km long, and its height ranges from five to ten meters. It has two entrances and one exit, and includes the walls of Ston and Mali Ston (constructed according to a precise urban plan), the Great Wall, 41 towers, and six bastions. Impressive, isn't it? Be a part of the history of that piece of world heritage and walk down the

walls, where you will be additionally rewarded with an enchanting view. There you will see the salt pans at the Ston Saltworks, which are the oldest in Europe, and possibly in the world, where they have been producing salt and fleur de sel since ancient times in a natural, traditional way. Besides being known as the city of salt and the walls, Ston is also famous for oysters, shellfish that true gourmets pine over. They will tell you that the oysters from Mali Ston Bay, where the ancient Romans also farmed them, are amongst the tastiest in the world. Although chefs prepare them in various, creative ways today, many say that oysters are most delicious when taken fresh from the sea, raw, and drizzled with a few drops of lemon


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Try delicious shellfish prepared in the most diverse ways at the Festival of Oysters, on March 19, and then treat your­self to a slice of Ston cake.

juice. That is how you can taste them in restaurants in Ston and Mali Ston, and on the holiday of St. Joseph, on March 19, when, as the locals say, they are their best. That is also the time the Festival of Oysters is held, so besides tasting them raw, you can also taste them in other combinations, in soup, roasted, battered, fried... Besides oysters, mussels, shellfish that are also a true delicacy and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, are also farmed in Mali Ston Bay. Locals organize excursions to the farm with boats and rowboats, where they will reveal many interesting facts about the treasure of the sea, and you will find out, amongst other things, that oysters have aphrodisiac qualities.

Oysters harvested from the sea; Kobaš Cove; Cultivating old customs; The beach in Žuljana; An oyster farm; Oysters; Pelješac wines can be tasted in the local cellars.

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The fun side of Ston

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A glass of superb Pelješac wine will pair well with oysters. Make sure to round off your culinary story with wine - after all, you are on a peninsula with world-famous wines! Near Ston, you will see cultivated vineyards in the settlement of Ponikve, and in the picturesque village of Putnikovići, you will find a farming association and winery that bear the same name. There, high-quality and superb wines have been made for more than a century, and as of summer 2017, the place will also become home to the first Croatian museum of winegrowing and winemaking. Head down to Ston's fields, covered in vineyards, which the ancient Romans divided with centuriation

(division of land plots), where many churches and chapels are scattered like pearls. You will see the oldest church, St. Michael's, with its valuable frescoes, which are the oldest in the area, on the hill that rises above the field. It is assumed that the church was once an estate chapel as a part of the Ducal Palace. Another special experience is walking or cycling down the old Napoleon Road, which stretches the entire length of the peninsula. Near Ston, the road will reveal valuable sacral heritage, the Gudnja Cave - a prehistoric site, mystical gravestones... While in the Ston area, don't miss out on seeing its coves with incredible beaches - Prapratno, Brijesta, Žuljana and Marčuleti are just a few. Still, the most beautiful is considered to be Vučine beach in Žuljana Cove, lined with a pine forest, and favored by divers due to its many underwater caves. Kobaš Cove, with its sandy beach and marina, is a sure destination for sailors. The many folk associations will show you the fun and entertaining side of Ston, along with the many events held in Ston throughout the year - from the Festival of St. John (June 23 and 24 in Žuljana and Ponikve), and the Kinookus Film Food Festival (the last week in June) to the Festival of St. Liberan (July 23), the Festival of St. Ana in Putnikovići (July 26), the Summer Carnival in Ston (July 29), Wine Nights (August 5), Bila Noć (White Night August 12), the Assumption of Mary Festival in Ponikve (August 15), Klapa Nights (August 19), and the Ston Wall Marathon (September 24). 


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Beautiful coves and beaches, and winegrowing slopes aren't the only trademarks of Pelješac. For centuries, olives have been grown on the peninsula, which the hardworking locals turn into outstanding extra-virgin olive oil, which is an integral part of nearly every dish, and is helping Pelješac find its place on the international olive growing map.

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A vacation marked with tradition The kingdom of Plavac Mali, a traditional lifestyle, and indescribable peace lies in the very heart of Pelješac. A view of the center of Janjina, which they used to call "Little Paris".

While in Janjina, tour the ruins of the Ducal Palace that dates back to the time of the Republic of Dubrovnik, and the parish church of St. Blaise.

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ead down the road from Ston to the very heart of the peninsula. There, where it is at its narrowest, and located only two kilometers from both shores, you will find Janjina. Today, the former cultural and economic center of Pelješac, also called "Little Paris", is a sanctuary for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city living, those who seek peace and relaxation, where silence is only disturbed by the song of crickets or the call of the seagull, where smog is replaced with the aroma of pine trees and the sea, and the flavors of fast food with home-grown lamb, fish, and seafood, served with exquisite olive oil, and red Plavac Mali wine. Yes, there, in that winegrowing region, you will

find excellent vines of Plavac Mali, the sort used to make the most-respected Croatian wines. You can try it, and buy it, in family-run taverns in the area. Near Janjina, there are several other destinations favored for summer, holiday tourism, and especially popular amongst families - Drače, Sreser, and Osobljava. Those are places with beautiful beaches facing the "small sea" (between Pelješac and the mainland), and they are specific for the warm sea with refreshing currents. Still, each place has its own unique features. Drače is pleasantly tucked away in a small cove, interesting for its archipelago with 13 islets and above-average warm sea, which is perfect for not only


swimming, but also for farming fish and shellfish. The town is also a safe harbor because it is protected by two piers, and it is an excellent place to head out from on excursions to the picturesque surroundings. Due to its incredibly good location and favorable winds, Drače is also a famous destination for surfers. The Croatian surfing champion, Luka Mratović, took his first steps in becoming a surfer there, and still practices there today, often pointing out that Drače is the best place to surf in Croatia.

An islet with a legend The warm sea and attractive beaches are also the main features of Sreser, a fishing town located three kilometers from Janjina. The place is special for the islet of Gospin škoj, located across from the main town beach, which is connected to a legend. Apparently, there used to be a church on the islet where the locals would go to mass. However, one day, a girl drowned on her way there, so the locals had the new church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary built in town.

No one went to the island anymore. However, curious tourists love to tour it every summer, and it can be reached by swimming or walking over (if you are a little taller). Although you won't see the ruins of the church, the islet is interesting, and can be toured in a short walk. There is a cross placed at the tallest rock on the top of the islet, and it offers a nice view. Those who like to walk enjoy the area surrounding Sreser, along with those who would like to feel peace and a way of life that hasn't changed there in centuries. Near Janjina, you will also find Osobljava, formerly a pirate base and today a fishing village with a pretty cove. It is located at the bottom of a steep hill, so the sun sets earlier there, especially in the winter months. Popova Luka, a sleepy town with old, stone, Captain's houses, is also worth a visit. It is those houses, scattered throughout Janjina and the nearby towns, which preserve the memory of the long maritime tradition of that area, and its part played in the former Republic of Dubrovnik. 

Vineyards surround Janjina; Osobljava - a fishing town with a pretty cove that is occupied by tourists in the summer months; Sreser, a town with beautiful beaches and a warm sea.

Enjoy seafood, and a bit of great local wine in the taverns and restaurants in Janjina and the nearby Mali Ston Bay.

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A corner for romantics

Romantic lagoons lined with pine and palm trees, paths that pass through untouched nature, taverns that guarantee superb culinary experiences... Yes, that's Trpanj!

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Divna Beach will impress you with its contrast of green and blue, while Jezero Beach is interesting for the unusual way the lake connects to the sea.

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n unmissable holiday destination on Pelješac is Trpanj, one of the oldest settlements on the peninsula. Although it has a long tradition of tourism, mass tourism is still unknown there, and finding a hidden, romantic cove, which you will have all to yourself, is the reality. Trpanj is especially favored by families and young people who are primarily attracted by the beauty of the long, natural, pebble beaches splashed by the turquoise sea, where you can enjoy yourself in the sun, or in the shade of pine, palm, tamaris, or other Mediterranean plants. Some of the more popular beaches include: Pozora,

Romantic locations are a feature of Trpanj; Pozora Beach; Divna Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Trpanj; Luka Beach.

Luka, Divna, Duba, and Jezero, each of which seems to be competing with the others with its beauty. Visit them all, as each of them is special in its own way, although two slightly stand out - Divna and Jezero. Divna, the sandy, pebble beach impresses with its contrast of green and blue, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on Pelješac. In the hot, summer months, guests visit it from Trpanj, but also from other destinations on Pelješac, and further away. There is a camp located next to the beach, with a beach bar, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink in the scorching, summer days. If you


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Walks to remember

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Make sure to also take it along when you're out on a walk, for a run, or cycling on one of the many trails that meander through Trpanj. Some of the most beautiful are the Waterfront Path that passes by Mediterranean plants and a pine forest as it follows the coast and coves, and the Olive Oil Path of Trpanj, which leads you alongside centuries-old olive trees and dry stone walls. The Miloševica Mountain Hill Path will take you to the peak, which offers a magnificent view of the Neretva River and Trpanj, while the Viter Hill Path will reveal vineyards and olive groves fighting for their existence

Trpanj in the evening hours; Cyclists enjoy the trails in Trpanj; Folklore night in Trpanj; Belečica Beach; Sailors like to drop anchor in Trpanj, which often hosts various regattas; Exploring Trpanj's coves by kayak; Škojera, a famous symbol of Trpanj.

olive oil, and delicious Mediterranean figs, they will gladly tell you their hunting stories, and some will show off their numerous trophies for hunting wild boar and mouflon. Trpanj is, especially in the warmer months, a place where various events are held - concerts, performances, fishing nights, klapa evenings, nights of wine and folklore, bocce tournaments... Whenever you do decide to head there, pamper your taste buds in one of the many taverns and restaurants, famous for seafood, and the famously fantastic Pelješac wine. 

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in the stubborn karst. Paškal's Path passes next to churches, an Illyrian graveyard archeological site, and sleepy traditional villages, while the picturesque Lozica Path runs alongside various vegetation, sand dunes, water springs, and forgotten vineyards. The Medicinal Plants Path takes you on an aromatic walk, and reveals the beauty of medicinal plants the path has in abundance - sage, rosemary, heather, immortelle... Trpanj hides many things to do and see, including Blace Cove, with therapeutic mud that has been proven to aid the treatment of various rheumatic ailments, as well as ailments of the female reproductive system. Take some time to visit Duba, a fishing and olive-growing town, which has been tirelessly preserving old churches and chapels and ruins of ancient walls from falling into oblivion. On the other hand, you will best feel the rural spirit of that area in the villages of Donja and Gornja Vrućica. The hospitable locals will offer you Pelješac wine, homemade

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rent a boat, you will have the privilege of discovering the sandy, pebble beach, Jezero, which cannot be reached by road. The oasis of untouched nature is unique for the lake surrounded by beaches from land, while the water pours into the sea in a clear stream over the white, sandy beach. Yes, you'll need your camera here!

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Paradise for family and recreation Today, the former home of captains and sailors is the top destination for all those who wish to catch the best mistral wind in the Adriatic, release some adrenaline, get a good rest, and pamper their taste buds. A windsurfer; Cyclists enjoying the view of the surrounding archipelago; One of the captain's villas in Orebić; Mountain biking; Riding a banana boat; The Maritime Museum.

The town got its name after the family of sailors, Orebić, who renewed a villa in town in the 16th century. Another important family of sailors from Orebić is the Mimbelli family, who have a love story linked to their name.

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he beauty of untouched nature and coves are the features of all of Pelješac, including Orebić, the largest town on the island, located in the western part. St. Ilija, the highest peak on Pelješac, watches over it, and across the water it is "accompanied" by Korčula, Marco Polo's city, which is just a 15-minute ferry ride away. In Orebić, you will especially feel that Pelješac is a peninsula of sailors and captains. As you walk through its stone streets, you will see rows of old captain's villas, surrounded by lush gardens full of aromatic herbs, lemon and orange trees, but also with exotic plants the sailors brought from their distant journeys. They also always brought various gifts to Orebić, which can be seen at the Maritime museum, where maps and

other various items they used during their journeys are also displayed. Fans of active vacations love to visit Orebić and explore its charms with long walks or bike rides. The paths will take you alongside the sea, olive groves, and sleepy towns. Those who seek more adrenaline are also in the right place. Mountain bikers will enjoy the unpaved paths, while St. Ilija is a challenge for every hiker. It takes about four hours to reach the top, depending on your level of physical fitness, and every step made towards the top will be awarded with one of the most beautiful views in the Mediterranean. Climbers will find inspiration on one of the many boulders, while fans of water sports can choose from stand up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking,


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Where to go on an excursion? Head down Orebić's cultural path to Nakovana cave, between the towns of Viganj and Lovište, which is a

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or diving. The underwater world awaits you with many endemic species of Adriatic flora and fauna, sunken Roman galleons, and warships. Head out on that adventure as part of a professional course, diving school, or on your own, if you are an experienced diver. Still, the trademarked water sport in Orebić is windsurfing. Kučište and Viganj are the most popular locations for catching the western mistral wind and riding the waves, and they are located in the narrowest part of the Pelješac Channel. Wind blows there all day long, which attracts many windsurfers who have named it the most attractive destination for windsurfing and kite windsurfing in Croatia and Europe. Every year, Viganj hosts the Croatian open windsurfing championship, and so this year, the 2017 Viganj Slalom Open will be held from June 20 to 26. The central European windsurfing championship (Slalom & Formula) will be held slightly later, from July 18 to 23.

prehistoric site and an Illyrian shrine (4th - 1st century BC). Near the stalagmites, which dominate the cave, valuable examples of dishes, used for votive offerings, inscribed in Greek and Latin were found. After the cave, head up to an altitude of 150 m to the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Angels, and hold your breath there because a magnificent view of the Pelješac Channel, and the islands of Korčula, Mljet, and Lastovo will appear before you. Take the time to visit Lovište, a fishing village at the very end of the peninsula. Many tourists and sailors, who like to drop anchor there since the cove is protected, find peace from the hustle and bustle of daily life in its cove. If you are wondering where to go for Labor Day, May 1, here's the answer - "Let's go to the wine empire on Pelješac." This time, the place is Potomje, home to the most famous Croatian wine - Dingač. Tour the wine cellars, try the fantastic wine and homemade specialties, and have a great time. World travelers say that the culture of a country and its people is best seen - at the table. 

Kučište and Viganj are the most famous windsurfing locations, where you will best catch the western mistral and ride the waves.

Windsurfing is the most popular water sport in the Orebić area; The Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Angels; Irresistible panoramas; The area surrounding Orebić is also a winegrowing region.

According to legend, Orebić's captains and sailors always greeted Our Lady of Angels upon departing on and arriving from journeys with boat sirens in a sign of gratitude and request for protection, and the Franciscans would respond by ringing the bells of the church tower.

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"Praise each variety, but plant Plavac Mali" - is an old Dalmatian saying and a reminder of the fact that Plavac Mali successfully grows even in the areas where no other sort can grow. So, Plavac Mali raised a generation of the people of Pelješac because wines gotten from that sort (Plavac, Postup, Dingač) served as the main source of income. You can try that superb wine at many country estates, taverns, and restaurants all over the island, including at one of the best known wine tourism products in Pelješac - The Pelješac Wine Road. The Road includes an itinerary more than 40 kilometers in length, which connects twenty wineries and wine cellars. The wine pairs excellently with typical Dalmatian dishes and klapa music, which you will often hear on Pelješac.

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Marco Polo's island will awaken the explorer, athlete, gourmet, and romantic that lies within you... So, don't hesitate for even a moment. Get to know Korčula, and yourself along with it.

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Magnificent processions, sports fans, knight's associations, parades of masks... Many of them will pass through the stone streets of Marco Polo's city this spring. Why not join them? A view of the old city of Korčula; A procession through the middle of the city; The hall of the Brotherhood of St. Rocco; The brotherhood's liturgical and art artifacts.

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ot a single photo, video, or article can depict the ambiance and grandeur of the processions that pass through the medieval streets of the city of Korčula during the Holy Week, before the Easter holiday. The long tradition of processions, which has been

cultivated and preserved from falling into oblivion by the All Saints, St. Rocco, and St. Mihovil brotherhoods, must truly be seen in person. It is a week where the brotherhoods place all the most valuable things from their luxurious halls - liturgical and art artifacts, crosses,


torci (large candles), and torcini (small candles), which, as they pass by slowly in the procession, illuminate the old stone streets of Marco Polo's city, giving it a special charm and dose of mystique. Even if you aren't able to spend the entire week (April 9 - 17, 2017) in Korčula, at least try to make it there for Good Friday (April 14), when the largest and most formal procession will pass through the city. Brothers of all generations pass through the city dressed in tunics, and during the procession, they sing old songs while carrying torci. They are accompanied by many followers and tourists, who the brothers will gladly share the many interesting facts of the long tradition with after the procession, and reveal that the brotherhoods even compete amongst themselves regarding the size of the torci.

In the sign of sword dances Late April and early May will pass deliciously and actively in Korčula. The

Spring Food & Wine Festival (April 28 - May 4) will take you on an exciting food and wine journey at several restaurants in Korčula. Those with a more adventurous spirit will be sure to be at the Marco Polo Challenge triathlon (April 29), which includes a swimming competition (1500 m), cycling (40 km), and running (10 km), and it is perfect for recreational athletes and all those interested. Besides testing your physical abilities, during the race, you can also enjoy the gorgeous landscapes of Korčula, the fresh sea air, and the Mediterranean aromas. You will also meet participants from all over Croatia and the world, and great fun and socialization are an integral part of the sports event. Make sure to try delicious dishes made with wild asparagus on that day, also dedicated to Korčula asparagus. Whatever time of year you find yourself in Korčula from June to October, you will be able to see the Moreška, an old sword dance that has, according to

Locals of all ages participate in the processions on Good Friday; Churches are specially decorated for Easter in Korčula.

Be in Korčula on Good Friday (April 14), when a formal procession, unlike any other you've ever seen before, passes through the city streets, illuminated by candles.

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some records, been performed since the 16th century, and is one of Korčula's trademarks. The knight's dance is actually a depiction of a reenacted battle between the white and dark king, the Turk and Moor, for the love of a girl. The tradition of performing sword dances is also nurtured by the other towns on the island of Korčula, and you can see them all at once if you are in Korčula on June 16, when the Festival of Sword Dances will be held. Along with sword dances from Korčula moreška, kumpanija, and moštra, other knights' associations from Croatia, and all over the world, will also perform at the festival. The festival starts with a procession of the knights' associations through the picturesque streets of the old town, and continues with a sword dance performance. The sounds of swords and the music that accompanies the nerve-wracking sword dances will intrigue those who have always loved stories of brave knights, along with those who had little interest in them before.

The Moreška sword dance has been performed since Every the 16th century; year, on June 30, the people of Korčula celebrate the half-New Year in costume.

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A unique New Year's party Late June is reserved for the IV. KnežeKorčula Regatta, along with another unique event. Very few people think of New Year's parties, which are either far back in the past, or far away in the future, at the end of June. However, as June 30 draws closer, it becomes the main topic in Korčula. At that time, the people of Korčula celebrate the half-New Year, like few people in the world do, and the party is even more fun and crazier than the normal New Year's celebration, since it is a costume party. A large parade of original, costumed characters passes through the city at that time, and it goes along with enjoying delicacies from Korčula, spectacular fireworks, swimming in the sea, dancing and singing until late in the night, and costumed groups from other parts of Croatia and the world also traditionally join in on the fun. The party officially starts on Saturday, June 30, at 6:00 PM, and it ends... well... come and see for yourself when! 


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KORČULA ISLAND: Vela Luka, Blato, Smokvica and Lumbarda

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Vela Luka, Blato, Smokvica and Lumbarda Some adrenaline, some delicacies... Text: Željka Kunštek ◆ Photos: Vela Luka Tourist Board, Blato Tourist Board, Smokvica Tourist Board and Lumbarda Tourist Board

Feel the adrenaline in Vela Luka, have a taste of lumblija in Blato, raise a glass of superb Pošip in Smokvica, and then relax on one of the heavenly beaches in Lumbarda. Then take the same route, but try the other experiences those magical places offer on the island of Korčula.

In following tourism trends, the locals in Vela Luka made a beach for dogs, and surprised their romantic visitors with a specially marked kissing spot.

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rresistible sunsets are one of the features of the island of Korčula, and the closest you will get to the magnificent view of the sun setting into the sea is on the western part of the

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A panorama of the western part of the island of Korčula; A beach on the islet of Proizd; Cyclists exploring the area; Climbing a climbing wall; A kissing spot.

island, where you will find Vela Luka, tucked in next to a long bay. Over the past few years, the famous town, and popular tourist destination, has become a common base for fans of outdoor activities, for all those who expect more from their vacations than lying on a beach with their favorite cocktails. The four marked hiking trails, 1 to 10 km in length, and the four cycling circuit trails, with a total length of 60 km, will satisfy the appetites of fans of hiking, trekking, as well as avid cyclists. The trails will lead you to enchanting views of the sea and surrounding archipelago, next to many cultural treats, and witnesses of times past. The pleasantly warm spring


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In the heart of the island Stay in the western part of the island a little longer because you haven't even come close to experiencing it all yet. If you head 7 km towards the interior of the island, you will reach Blato, where you can also enjoy the unique experience of cycling down one of the many cycling trails or walking down

the hiking trails or the paths along the sea. Another unforgettable experience in Blato is tasting lumblija, a cake that has delighted all visitors to Blato with its taste and story for more than 200 years, and is an integral part of the spread in Blato for important holidays. A legend of passionate love is tied to it, and the Days of Lumblija are held in its honor just before All Saints Day. All year long, in taverns, restaurants, and at country estates, the locals will spoil you with home-cooked dishes with flavors complemented by superb olive oil and wine from local winemakers, who will also gladly open their wine cellars up for you. Take the time to relax on the Blato Riviera and its enchanting beaches, such as Prigradica and Prižba, but also for cultural delights. The Barilo Ethno House will take you back through Blato's past and show you what life was like on the island in the past, while the Kumpanija Knight's Association will offer you a depiction of history brought alive - the Kumpanija, a sword dance that will, just like the lumblija, remain a memory for a long time. The people of Smokvica, a town in the heart of the island, are also proud keepers of tradition and old customs. Besides dancing the kumpanija, you will also find them dancing old-fashioned dances, singing centuries-old songs, and they are also known for their a cappella and choir singing, as well as brass band music. They will also gladly tell you the many legends tied to their

Don't miss out on International Museum Day in Blato in May, or on the Kumpanija in front of Blato's main church in the summer months.

One of the rooms in the Barilo Ethno House; Lumblija; The wealth of folklore in Blato; The settlement of Prižba, near Blato; Kumpanija in Smokvica.

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months are a perfect time to explore them, while you should reserve fall for Vela Luka Outdoors, a festival of outdoor sports. The festival combines a trail and trekking race, Vela strka, which runs through the picturesque surroundings and many attractions, such as Vela Spila. Cyclists will be sure to be at the MTB marathon that passes alongside vineyards, old olive groves, and views of the surrounding islands. Fans of recreational climbing will come into their own as well since a climbing competition on a climbing wall is also held at the festival.

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Smokvica Summer (June - September), Pošip Days (July 28 - August 6), and the Festival celebrating the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (August 15) are the most famous events in that part of the island of Korčula.

A depiction of legends in Vilin Dol; Pošip; Cyclists in Smokvica; The Pržina beach in Lumbarda; A view of Lumbarda and the vineyards; The church of the Holy Cross, surrounded by Grk vineyards in Lumbarda.

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Not only do they grow Grk, but locals also grow Plavac Mali (a red grape) in the vineyards in Lumbarda, and make Prošek, a sweet wine that pairs excellently with desserts.

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place - one of the unhappy love story between Antonio and Nera the mermaid, whose traces of hair are still imprinted in the boulders of a beautiful cove, followed by the one of the battle on Gradina, and the most popular one - of Vilin dol, a small field with puddles, where fairies gather at night and dance. Although you probably won't see mermaids or fairies, head over to the locations where they reportedly gather, which can also be reached with walking and cycling trails. The more than 50 km of trails will lead you past old castles and rustic villas, centuries-old vineyards and olive groves, picturesque coves, caves, and viewpoints, and enchanting nature. The Pošip Trail is especially attractive and it leads to the place where the first vine of the sort indigenous to Korčula, used to make the first protected Croatian white wine, was found. Near Smokvica, there are many coves, including Brna, one of the larger ones. Try diving, kayaking, or tighten the sails and explore the interesting archipelago by sailboat. Enrich your visit to Smokvica with a visit to one of the wineries, taverns,

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and restaurants, and try the delicious homemade food still made there today according to centuries-old recipes. A glass of Pošip will round off the experience in the "homeland of Pošip".

In the land of sand and Grk Pošip is to Smokvica what Grk is to Lumbarda, a place on the southeastern part of the island of Korčula known for its sandy soil, which that white sort of wine prefers. In the "Kingdom of Grk", pair the wine with seafood specialties offered by local taverns and restaurants, and then all you can do is relax on one of the long, sandy beaches. The most famous ones are Pržina and Bilin žal, favorites amongst young people, families, and all those who love the feeling of warm sand between their toes, and swimming in a clear, warm sea. However, don't relax too much because Lumbarda will also challenge you to have an active holiday. Head down one of the walking trails, or explore the interesting surroundings on bike. The bicycle trails pass alongside old towers and summer homes, churches, dry stone walls, vineyards, and olive groves, and they will also reveal priceless views of the neighboring islands of Mljet and Lastovo. If you would like to explore the archipelago in more detail, rent a boat, a water ski, or a kayak on one of the beaches and head out to one of the more obscure coves, accessible only from the sea, where you will have the special advantage of a cove for yourself. 


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that Korčula's extra virgin olive oil has received the Protected Designations of Origin designation from the European Union, and that the art of building dry stone walls has been added to the list of intangible cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia?

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Spend some time on the island of Korčula enjoying some of its many coves. One of the most beautiful is Žitna on the south part of the island, with a view of the island of Lastovo. Žitna hides a romantic, pebble beach, lined with aromatic Mediterranean pines, and in the sea at this cove, you will discover all shades of blue. Still, the dominant shade is the exotic turquoise that will make you want to dive in. The only thing you will hear there is the concert of the crickets, and the crashing of the waves, and in the afternoon hours of summer days, a pleasant mistral wind brings refreshment.

You've found a perfect partner and soulmate, but you don't know where to say "I do"? Why not on the island of Korčula, one of the most romantic islands in the world? Countless heavenly beaches, one of the most beautiful sunsets on the Adriatic, an abundant offer of food and wine, charming stone streets full of old palaces, towers, and legends, superb hotels... Korčula has absolutely everything for your perfect day and the honeymoon of your dreams. Just choose the date, and leave the organization to the professionals, the top island agency for weddings and honeymoons, Korkyra Dream Weddings, which has complemented the tourist offer of that paradise island with its fantastic service.

Sweet Korčula delights Korčula is also an island with many sweet treats, and some of the sweetest can be found at Cukarin, in the heart of the city of Korčula. For years, Mrs. Smiljana Matijaca has been making sweets there that make those with a sweet tooth weak at the knees. Cukarin, klašun, amareta, Marko Polo bomb, harubica...? The choice is difficult, but it's up to you :)

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Korkyra Info - Your host on Korčula The agency offers many excursions - to the Mljet National Park, a tour of Korčula and neighboring Orebić, a fish picnic, a romantic sunset cruise with dinner, a tour with the wine story of the island of Korčula, a half-day Island Story excursion, a snorkeling adventure, trips to Dubrovnik... The agency will also organize transfers, either locally, or a little further off, for example, to/ from the Dubrovnik Airport. If you would like to explore the island on your own, you can rent a car (various categories), boat or motorboat, bicycle, or scooter. Your hosts will reveal many useful bits of advice, including where to try the best Žrnovski makaruni, a

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dish made according to the original recipe, which has been preserved for more than 400 years. What makes it so special? Find out for yourself in the pleasant ambiance of the Chakula tavern and wine bar, better known as the House of Makaruni and Wine, located in the old part of the city of Korčula. Makaruni, prepared in numerous ways, will pair excellently with a hundred different kinds of wine offered at that little hedonistic paradise. The educated staff at Chakula will, with a wine tasting, reveal the many specific characteristics of the KorčulaPelješac wine country. 

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lthough you can tour the island of Korčula, the surrounding archipelago, and interesting destinations in its vicinity on your own, it is always a wise choice to let the professionals organize your excursions, especially if you are visiting Korčula for the first time. The experienced hosts at the Korkyra Info travel agency will take you to the enchanting, hidden destinations off the beaten track, they will reveal many interesting facts that aren't written in travel guides, let you know what you should definitely taste and experience, and the excursion itself will be an experience you will continue telling your friends about for years to come.

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Croatia through philately

THE ISLAND OF ST. ANDREW

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The island of St. Andrew The legend of the unhappy love story between a young woman, Mare, and a young man, Ivan, isn't the only interesting thing about the island of St. Andrew, the southernmost island of the Elaphites group...

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he legend of the love between Mare, a girl from the island of Lopud, and Ivan, the son of a powerful land owner from Dubrovnik, who met secretly on the island of St. Andrew until one evening, when the girl drowned while swimming from Lopud to St. Andrew to see her beloved, isn't known to many people. Interestingly, the legend was confirmed by a document from 1483, which is kept in Dubrovnik's archives. Still, many more are aware of the fact that a Benedictine convent used be located on the island, which can be found six nautical miles from Dubrovnik, followed by a quarantine site for the residents of Lopud. The island is around 400 meters long, covered in pine forests and lush Mediterranean vegetation on its western side. Due to the flocks of migrating birds that remain there, it was named an ornithological reserve. The island is also home to a lighthouse that dates back to 1873, with a light beam visible from 12 nautical miles

away. The lighthouse building includes a four-sided tower with a light rotating 69 meters above sea level, and there is an aggregate room and warehouse next to the building. Along with the lighthouse keeper, who lives on the main floor of the building, there is a suite furnished on the first floor, which can be rented, and an entirely different vacation can be experienced. The building has electricity, thanks to solar power equipment, and water is desalinized. A stamp with the motif of the island of St. Andrew was issued on June 10, 2015, 48.28 mm x 29.82 mm in size, along with the stamps with motifs of the island of Daksa, Grebeni reef, and island of Glavat. It was issued in a ten-stamp sheetlet, and the Croatian Post also issued a First Day Cover (FDC). At total of 100 thousand copies were issued. The author of the stamp is Orsat Franković, a designer from Zagreb, and the photographer is Damir Fabijanić. 


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An island of divine beauty It is called the island of St. Paul, Odyssey's island, the greenest island in Croatia... Mljet is all that, but also so much more. Text: Željka Kunštek ◆ Photos: Mljet Tourist Board

beds at sea level. Seek refreshment in one of the taverns, and try Mljetski makaruli, octopus roasted under the bell, and golden olive oil from Mljet, and round it all off with a glass of domestic wine. You can also enjoy delicacies from Mljet at the Hidden Corners of Mljet ethno-gastro event. There you will find out how to weave Mljet baskets and hear a cappella songs. The event is held in the old island villages of Babino Polje (June 26), Blato (June 29), Korita (August 15), and Goveđari (December 6). "Toast from the host" is another wine and food event, held on the island of St. Mary and in Pomena, where you will be able to taste homemade delicacies and renowned wines from Pelješac. Get in touch with your creative side at the Eco Art Festival and learn how to make souvenirs from driftwood, and various decorations. The festival is held five times during the tourist season at various locations on the island. Klapa nights, concerts and a Festival of Mediterranean Film are just a few of the events that will complete your stay on Mljet. 

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any will say that it is lost at sea, and we could add - in its own beauty. Mljet is one of those islands where nature has been especially creative, which man has managed to preserve. The beautiful Saplunara and Blace sandy beaches and the Sutmiholjska pebble beach are known as the most beautiful on the island, and a special part of the island was proclaimed a national park back in 1960. Natural phenomena - the Small Lake and Great Lake, the St. Mary island with the Benedictine monastery and many educational trails that meander through the incredible beauty are some of the attractions that must be seen by all visitors. If you would like to see all the sites at once, head up to the Montokuc viewpoint. Fans of active holidays will enjoy the many hiking and cycling trails, kayaking on lakes, and the 43 km-long Mljet Hiking Trail, which stretches from the village of Sobra to Pomena. Take a walk down the Austrian Road, and pay special attention to the mud lakes, with rare occurrences of brackish lakes, with

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The lijerica is used not only in the Dubrovnik area, but also in Konavle, on the Pelješac peninsula, along with the islands of Mljet and Lastovo. It resembles a small cello, and it is played by skilled musicians who hit the beat of their song strongly with their right foot, giving the dancers rhythm.

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f you find yourself in Dubrovnik or at the Dubrovnik Riviera at any time of the year, especially when various events and festivals are held,

you will very likely see a performance of Linđo, the most popular dance in the area, which is an integral part of every larger event. Although its


original name is Dubrovačka poskočica, it is better known as Linđo, and it is assumed that it got its name from the surname, or nickname, of a formerly famous lijerica player, Nikola Lala Linđo, from Župa Dubrovačka. According to another assumption, it was named after the local name for lijerica players. However, it absolutely doesn’t matter which assumption you believe more. What is important is to experience Linđo, which, according to locals, is much more than just a dance.

A dance full of improvisation Linđo is also a way of life, and since the late 18th century, it has been deeply rooted in the history of the Dubrovnik region. Young men used Linđo to woo young women, and that tradition can still be seen today if you carefully watch the dance being performed, that is, the moves and gestures made by the male dancers and the reactions of the female dancers. It is performed with the accompaniment of the lijerica, an ancient

In October 2013, more than 270 dancers danced Linđo on Stradun, the main street in Dubrovnik, and the intangible cultural heritage of the city of Dubrovnik was inscribed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest Linđo performance.

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instrument from southern Dalmatia (with roots in Greece), and in the past, it was also performed accompanied by a bagpipe. Interestingly, there are no written notes for the lijerica, but instead, the music is handed down from generation to generation. Linđo is danced in a circle, in pairs surrounding the musician, and the funny lyrics, often with double meaning, are called out by the dance master, who designates the pairs and changes in the dance figures. Some parts of the dance are repeated throughout the performance, and the entire dance is full of improvisation, so it is often said that no two performances are alike. In fact, have a look at a few, and see for yourself. There are several folk dance ensembles that perform Linđo in the Dubrovnik area. However, one of the most famous and oldest is the Linđo Folklore Ensemble from Dubrovnik, which celebrated a great anniversary last year - 50 years of successful performances. Even though they are Linđo specialists

and it is unimaginable to hold the Dubrovnik Summer Games without them, the ensemble also performs dances from other parts of Croatia, and successfully presents the rich cultural tradition of Croatia throughout Croatia, Europe, and the world. Take advantage of a unique opportunity and watch a Linđo performance while in Dubrovnik and the surrounding area. You will have the chance to do so every Sunday (from Palm Sunday to early November) at 11:15 in Čilipi, a town located 20 kilometers from Dubrovnik, where dancers from the Čilipi Folk Dance Ensemble perform Linđo, and other dances from the area. You will see for yourself that the rhythm of the Linđo is addictive, and you will likely catch yourself tapping the beat with your hands or feet during the performance. If you catch a performance of Linđo on one of the city squares, don't hesitate, and dance! Feel its force and energy, be a part of the living history of that incredible region! 


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On April 27 and 28, Budva, Montenegro will be the host of the third Adriatic Sea Forum, organized by the Risposte Turismo, a research and consulting company in the tourism macro-industry. The focus of the forum, where more than 200 participants are expected to attend, is cruising, and the ferry and nautical sector in the Adriatic Sea. At the forum, there will be, amongst other things, discussions on the main issues, challenges, and potential of maritime tourism, on the promotion of the Adriatic as a unique tourist destination, on ferry transportation, cruise itineraries in the Adriatic region and managing destinations where ships dock on return trips. There will also be discussions on the European Interreg MED and Adrion programs, and cross-border cooperation programs between Italy and Croatia, and Italy, Albania, and Montenegro. At the forum, participants will receive the new issue of the Adriatic Sea Tourism Report magazine, which includes the research conducted by Risposte Tourismo. The research analyzed tourism trends in the Adriatic region related to cruising, and the ferry and nautical sector in the seven countries that border the Adriatic Sea. www.adriaticseaforum.com

The first issue of the HTI News - European health tourism industry magazine was presented at the 7th HTI conference in Rovinj. As the official magazine of the HTI Conference, held from February 28 to March 2, 2017 in Rovinj, which gathered more than 400 participants from the health tourism sector from all around the world, HTI News Magazine contributes to the promotion of European health tourism destinations, luxury tourism, and gastronomy. The magazine is published by a Croatian company, Nativa media, in collaboration with the Wellness Dalmacija company, the founder and organizer of the HTI Conference.

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he arrival of spring awakens an urge to travel within us. Why not indulge yourself and travel to the world-famous pearl, Dubrovnik, and spend your vacation at the magical Dubrovnik Riviera soaking up the rays of the spring sun? Find your place of peace and relaxation at the new Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel, a superb, modern hotel, pleasantly tucked into an aromatic Mediterranean garden with an irresistible view of the sea. You will quickly be spoiled there. Each and every one of the rooms (classic, superior, and deluxe), and suites (classic, executive, and presidential) exude a high level of comfort and they are furnished with the most modern amenities, along with Sweet Sleeper beds, which guarantee a good night's rest. After a day spent

exploring the charming streets of Dubrovnik, true hedonists can relax the hotel's prestigious spa zone, with one of the relaxing treatments, or spend some time in the sauna or swimming in the hotel's indoor or outdoor pool. Children will enjoy the kid's pool or the playground, and athletic guests can play tennis or boost their energy in the fitness center. The Leut restaurant will take you on an unforgettable gourmet journey through Dubrovnik, the Mediterranean, and the rest of the world, while the Piano Bar is the right place to enjoy your morning coffee or glass of superb wine in the evening. The bar is also the place you will find a unique experience - Sheraton Paired, a menu that harmoniously pairs small plates, premium wines, and special

craft beers. Next to the pool, you can find experienced cocktail masters who prepare refreshing cocktails. The Pinija Pool Bar is also a favorite place amongst romantics since it offers a view of the magnificent sunsets. You can have a fantastic stay in the spring, including a room and breakfast, starting at 75 euro (single room), or 85 euro for two. 

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A tourist paradise in the Croatian south Idyllic landscapes, long, sandy coves, mystical traces of the past, and countless opportunities for an active vacation... You will find it all at the Dubrovnik Coast, another gem of the Croatian south. Text: Željka Kunštek Photos: Dubrovnik Coast Tourist Board and tipTravel magazine

This summer, Hotel Osmine will shine anew; One of the stećak at Novakovo Greblje; Admiral Grand Hotel in Slano Bay.

The Dubrovnik Coast is an excellent place to head out from on excursions to the nearby surrounding area, and from there, it is easy to reach Dubrovnik, the Trsteno Arboretum, the Pelješac peninsula, the islands of Mljet and Korčula, the fertile Neretva Valley...

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hirty kilometers north of the worldrenowned pearl, Dubrovnik, there is yet another gem of the Croatian south - the Dubrovnik Coast. In the past, it was the sanctuary of Dubrovnik's elite society, which built summer estates there, and today it is a holiday destination for many tourists. As they will tell you themselves, they are attracted by the great diversity of that little area, which is splashed by the clean sea and lined with sandy coves and beaches on one side, while, on the other, it is enriched with the aromas of wine, olive oil, honey, figs, carob, sage, heather, and rosemary. It has always been an area abundant in stone, and over the centuries, the hardworking inhabitants left behind incredible cultural and historical value many churches, summer estates, stećci (stone tombstones), etc., which present a true challenge for every visitor. Make sure to visit the pre-Romanesque church "Rotonda", which dates back to the 9th century, in the village of Ošlje, famous for the legend of buried gold bells in its vicinity. The monastery and church of St. Jerome in Slano, the church of St. Martin in the village of Čepikuće, St. Blaise (protector saint of the town

of Slano) in Slano, St. Rocco in Grgurići, and Holy Annunciation in Banja are also interesting. The Prince's Palace and Ohmučević Summer home in Slano, the stone border near the village of Imotica, and the mystical stećci scattered throughout the area are just some of the witnesses of an interesting past. An excellent way to tour the stećci is by taking a ride down the "Stećci of the Dubrovnik Riviera" bike trail, 50 km in length, which passes by not only stećci, but also other attractions, such as the "Rotonda" church. Make sure to visit the House of Honey in the village of Majkovi, famous for beekeeping and honey products, along with other traditional products. There you can find out many interesting facts on the lifecycle of bees, and treat yourself to the top products - honey with sage and heather. You will also see Majkovske lokve in the village, a habitat for a strictly protected species of freshwater turtle.

An active vacation The Dubrovnik Coast is also a synonym for an active vacation. The walking and hiking trails that meander through the


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also the green manestra, the most popular dish in the area, and padišpanj (Spanish bread). Your hosts will also offer you dried figs, which pair excellently with homemade spirits. Find accommodations in one of the superb, comfortable hotels - the Admiral Grand Hotel or Hotel Osmine in Slano, while the new ACI marina, "Veljko Barbieri", also in Slano, will be an excellent home base to set out from for sailors. There are also many suites and rooms available in private accommodations, along with ten small camps, immersed in aromatic Mediterranean vegetation, and located near the sea, which will doubtlessly delight all those who like to spend their vacation in direct contact with nature. 

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landscape will take you to centuries-old vineyards and olive groves, old mills, and breathtaking viewpoints. Fans of water sports will find picturesque coves, such as the one in Slano, irresistible, and there they can try windsurfing or sailing small boats, waterskiing, riding a pedal boat, or the banana boats, and exploring the interesting underwater world, which also conceals ships sunken long ago. There, you can also play tennis and soccer, basketball and mini-golf, try your hand at bocce or beach volleyball, which is especially popular in the summer months. Recharge after an active day with delicious homemade delicacies in one of the taverns, restaurants, and country estates. Try not only the seafood, but

If you stay at the Dubrovnik Coast in the period from June to September, you will enjoy the rich program of the Dubrovnik West Coast Summer Festival. Concerts of modern and classical music, klapa and fisherman's nights, plays, sailing regattas, and various sports tournaments are just part of the program of that grand event.

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Roman Days in Vinkovci On May 26 and 27, Roman emperors and gladiators will walk the streets of Vinkovci. At that time, the oldest city in Europe awaits you with a fair of Roman products, a little gladiator school, a pottery workshop, Roman games, concerts... www.tz-vinkovci.hr

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lose vicinity to both the airport and the center of the city, easy access, peaceful surroundings, and a direct connection to the heart of the city are our most common desires when describing the location of a hotel in a city we're visiting. If you are coming to Zagreb, then that is exactly what you will find at the pleasant, modern, and elegant Hotel Aristos, with a dash of luxury. Superb service and a pleasant stay are guaranteed here, which you will see for yourself upon arriving and settling in at one of the hotel's 150 comfort category or deluxe rooms. The generous breakfast will give you the

energy you need to start the day off right, while you can tickle your taste buds at the Tiara restaurant with various seasonal dishes, along with specialties of national and international cuisine. Fans of sweet treats, warm beverages, and refreshing drinks will enjoy the relaxing bar and the terrace, while true hedonists can relax in the hotel's wellness & spa center at the end of the day. Choose from a bio, steam, or infrared sauna, a whirlpool, and integrated beauty treatments, exclusive face and body treatments, and a large selection of special massage techniques. Not only will the massages and wellness rituals

relax you, but they will also offer you a revitalized, pleasant feeling and balance out your body and soul. The hotel also offers the possibility of organizing various business events and has a modern congress and banquet center with a reception area, multifunctional halls, and meeting rooms. All guests have access to a free internet connection, the business center, and fitness studio. What makes the hotel even more special are the 400 works of art by superb Croatian artists that grace the interior and offer a special artistic experience during your stay. 

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Zagreb's positive energy You didn't plan on visiting Zagreb this year? Here are some reasons to change your mind...

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Restaurant Week will delight you with flavors; Carriage rides through Zrinjevac Park are an integral part of the city's tourist offer; The Secrets of Grič; The Zagreb Time Machine.

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imultaneously calm and charming, but also lively, full of exciting events and positive energy. That's the Zagreb we have always known, but especially over the past few years, when it has positioned itself on the European travel map as a city famous for fantastic events. Here, we single out a few of the many exciting events, which will satisfy the desires of all generations, awaiting you in Zagreb in 2017. Start off spring in Zagreb on a delicious note. During Restaurant Week (March 10-19 and October 6-15), some of the best chefs in Zagreb's famous restaurants will prepare three-course Croatian and international meals for the fantastic price of 100 kuna. After your gourmet journey, get ready to take a trip to the past. From late April to October, the Zagreb Time Machine will take you back to times long past on the streets of Zagreb, where characters from Zagreb's past will walk the streets in historical costumes, and you can also see the guard of honor, street performers, promenade concerts... The Secrets of Grič, an interactive theatrical spectacle, will reveal legends of witches in the mysterious atmosphere of Zagreb's

Upper Town in the evening hours from May to September. From May 8 to 14, when nature is in full bloom, the area surrounding Bundek Lake in Zagreb will be especially aromatic. The Floraart horticultural fair will be held at that time, and walking alongside the fragrant, multicolored flower displays is an unforgettable experience. The fun Cest is d'Best street festival is a story of its own. Performances by clowns, magicians, musicians and other informal artists will entertain you at almost every street corner from May 31 to June 4. Summer on Stross will bring life to the centennial chestnut lane on Strossmayer promenade. Over the course of a hundred days, from late May to mid-September, see performances by musicians, painters, watch outdoor movie screenings, and performances by travelling theaters. Don't miss out on Grič Evenings, where a total of more than 30 cultural performances, including concerts, plays, exhibits, and movies will bring the streets of the Upper Town alive in June and July. Zagreb's INMusic Festival, which will be held at Jarun Lake from June 19 to 21, has found its place amongst the many


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summer music festivals in Europe. If you would like to know more about the folk heritage of Croatia, visit the International Folklore Festival from July 19 to 23. For 51 years, every summer, folk dance ensembles from all over Croatia and the world dance and sing in the center of Zagreb. September is reserved for the World Theater Festival and performances by world-class theater troupes. Film buffs will be sure to visit the Zagreb Film Festival in November to enjoy the works of acclaimed film masters. If you would like to experience something truly special and extraordinary, come

to the largest Croatian multimedia exhibition project, Nikola Tesla - Mind from the Future (November 20 - April 2018). At Meštrović's pavilion, with the help of art and cutting edge technology, immerse yourself in Tesla's dream, in his genius mind that created inventions without which today's world would be unimaginable. Plan on visiting Zagreb at the end of the year too. As an experienced master in creating an Advent atmosphere, for which it has already received the flattering title of the best Advent destination in Europe twice, this year, Zagreb will once again prepare a magical Advent to remember. 

You will often see girls in folk dance costumes in the streets in the center of the city, especially on weekends.

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educated, and inspired, while promoting the region within the global landscape and unveiling numerous business opportunities the market should offer. After travelling across the region for previous summits, the celebratory edition of Leaders in Hospitality is coming back home to Prague, where it was launched. The organizers are excited to present you with the anniversary edition of the summit like you have not seen before and are looking forward to having their old and new friends join in on the celebration!

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f you visit Zagreb for spring break or Easter vacation, you will see that it is more than just a great destination for Advent magic. Many people say that Zagreb is at its most beautiful in the spring, when nature starts waking up after a long winter, which can also be seen from the comfortable rooms and suites at the tallest hotel in Croatia - Hotel Panorama. Yes, it will be difficult for you to pull yourself away from the panoramic view of the city or Zagreb's Medvednica Mountain while you relax in your stylish, modernly furnished room or suite. You can select a classic, superior or

executive room, or a deluxe or family suite. While there, pamper you taste buds and try the best of what Zagreb has to offer in the Šestine restaurant homemade delicacies, based on fresh, seasonal ingredients, or choose one of the creatively prepared international dishes. Relaxing in the afternoon with your favorite beverage or sweet treat in the Lobby Bar at the hotel is a must, and it’s a special indulgence to drink a glass of wine on the Breza terrace in the warmer months. After a day filled with new experiences, enjoy the Finnish sauna, or work off some extra adrenaline in the fully

equipped fitness studio. There, you will likely meet guests who have chosen to stay at the Panorama for business meetings since the hotel is known as the right place to organize conferences, business meetings, presentations... To make your spring stay even more pleasant, the hotel has created special prices, which start at just 59 euro per room. 

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Equestrian tourism

On horseback through tame Bilogora Saddle up and head out on horseback to the endless preserved nature of the Bjelovar-Bilogora region, and refresh yourself with delicious homemade dishes... Many will confirm - it is a priceless experience. Text: Željka Kunštek Photos: Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Board

There is a long tradition of horse breeding in the BjelovarBilogora region; Riding schools; Excursionists at the Roma ethno house; Pisanica eco-ethno trail.

There are around 15 active equestrian associations in the Bjelovar-Bilogora region, and 10 farm tourism estates in the horse breeding business, with a total of 198 km marked equestrian trails meandering through the area. The area is the traditional host of national and international competitions in endurancedistance horse riding.

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esides attracting excursionists, hikers, cyclists, and other fans of active vacations all year long to its paradise, the Bjelovar-Bilogora region, located in northwest Croatia, also hides a tourism offer unique in Croatia - an attractive equestrian tourist trail where you will experience a completely different kind of vacation. It has always been important for people in that area to be connected to horses, the noble animals that helped them in daily tasks and transportation, and they were always held in high regard. So, it's no coincidence that the 90 km long Bilogora Equestrian Tourist Route, the first route of its kind to bear the international ISO certificate in Croatia, runs through the area with a long tradition in breeding and raising horses. Guides experienced in tourist horseback riding (currently there are eight certified guides) will take you on the adventure of exploring the tame area on horseback, and even if you have never tried that incredible sport, you're in the right place to try it for the first time. Several equestrian clubs organize riding lessons, and at some estates, they will also take you

on carriage rides, and reveal many interesting facts about horses and coexisting with them.

Flavors of home in the idyllic hills The route will take you alongside the idyllic hills and valley, winegrowing slopes that locals have been cultivating for centuries, irresistible viewpoints and landscapes where time stopped long ago. For a full experience, stop at one of the 20 'horses welcome' stops - preserved examples of the cultural and historic heritage of the area, ethno houses, farm estates, wineries, and restaurants where the hosts will pamper you with flavors of their region. Some of the sites are the Na malenom brijegu estate, the Vinia estate and winery, the OPG Mihoci - Vrata Bilogore, Kamenitovac mountain cabin, the ethno estate in Veliko Trojstvo, SRC Kukavica and the Roma ethno house. Warm homemade soup and the aroma of freshly baked bread, cheese, and smoked goods, various meat delicacies, often made of game (the


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Bilogora Equestrian Tourist Route

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area is famous for its fantastic hunting grounds), and desserts, rounded off with superb wine, will entice you to return to the area again. The members of the international association of equestrian tourism, ENGEA, with headquarters in Italy, evaluated the preserved nature of the area a priceless resource, and

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Discover the Green Treasures of Bilogora, on April 9, participate in the Bilogora bike race, discover the charms of the Fairy Trail (a new hiking-biking trail), enjoy the flavors of a Bilogora breakfast and lunch at Vila Bilogore, and domestic products made by local producers, try your hand at archery...

they pointed out the suitable, soft, stone-free soil, marked riding trails, and plentiful offer of food and drinks as great advantages. That all motivated the locals to establish the first branch of ENGEA Croatia, with headquarters in Veliko Trojstvo in 2016, and organize the 1st European Convention on

Horseback riding through untouched nature; Locals give special attention to caring for horses; Vila Bilogore is a famous address amongst fans of preserved nature and homemade delicacies from the Bjelovar-Bilogora area.

International Equestrian Tourism, which drew great interest from the tourism sector and fans of that sport. Head out on that unforgettable adventure on your own and experience a different vacation, which you will continue talking about for a long time. 

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Weekend trip

KARLOVAC Active vacations Green Heart of Croatia 2016

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The next time you ask yourself where to go on a weekend excursion, remember the following lines, which bring you an excellent recommendation.

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e impatiently wait for the weekend after every work week. Absolutely logically. While we most often snuggle up in our warm homes in the winter months, spring motivates us to go outdoors, into nature, and revives and reenergizes us. Next

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time, head over to the famous excursion destination - the Green Heart of Croatia. The green triangle, located between Zagreb, the magical water of Plitvice Lakes, and neighboring Slovenia, is a famous destination for fans of nature and active vacations. The area


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is also special for the four rivers that meander through it - the Korana, Kupa, Mrežnica, and Dobra, well-known amongst adventurers, fans of rafting and canoeing, who often describe them as "four rivers - four adventures". In the summer, the Korana and Kupa attract swimmers and rowers, while fishermen visit the rivers all year long. The three representatives of the green paradise are Karlovac, Ozalj, and Ribnik. While in Karlovac, the center of that part of Croatia, you will enjoy walking through its romantic parks and promenades, in the shade of hundredyear old chestnut lanes. A great attraction in the city is Aquatika, the first freshwater aquarium in Croatia, which has continued to thrill a steady stream of visitors since it first opened its doors in October 2016. Dive into that world of more than a hundred freshwater fish species, 40 of which are endemic, feel the strength and the abundance of the rivers, and discover many interesting

facts on the biological diversity and natural wealth of Croatia. A must-see attraction in Karlovac is the Old Town of Dubovac, located at a site that offers a panoramic view of the entire city. Tour the interior of the picturesque 13th century castle, including the highest tower (Branič-tower), where there is a permanent exhibition, and then relax in the surrounding area at a popular excursion site that often hosts many events. The "Kastel" bistro will be opened there in April 2017, and there you will be able to enjoy the offer of many diverse dishes from that area, while surrounded by a medieval ambiance.

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Hills of the Vivodina-Vrhovac wine region; Aquatika is a mustsee attraction in Karlovac that will take you through the world of more than a hundred species of freshwater fish; The trails in the Green Heart of Croatia attract cyclists; The Old City of Dubovac is also appealing in the evening.

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When you start to miss the mountains, head over to Ozalj, a town where mountain slopes intertwine with the tame hills of the Vivodina-Vrhovac wine region and the many trails that

The Aquatika Aquarium is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily, and from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM in the summer months (June 15 - September 15). Find out more here:

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Weekend trip

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Did you know that the largest strudel in the world was made in Jaškovo, a settlement within the city of Ozalj, in 2015? It rightfully entered the Guinness Book of World Records with a length of 1479.38 meters. A total of 520 kg of apples and 260 kg of raisins, products from the Ozalj region, were used to make the strudel, which was prepared according to an old recipe.

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celebrated in the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Karlovac, a traditional Path of the Cross from Ozalj to Svetice follows (April 9), in a beautiful spring ambiance, and every year, many believers from Croatia and abroad participate. There will also be a lace exhibition in Ozalj (April 22 - June 6), and this year, emphasis will be placed on the jalba (a cap made using one of the oldest textilemaking techniques also used in Ancient Egypt). The exhibition also includes several interesting workshops, which will be held by experts from Norway and the Czech Republic. An excellent opportunity to walk down Karlovac's main path, Promenada, will be during the Spring Promenade (April 29 - May 20). The event combines recreational, social, and traditional games for all generations, and there will also be a chance to taste a traditional Karlovac breakfast, have your picture taken with important people from Karlovac's past, ride through the city in an old carriage, participate in contests... Karlovac will also host the famous international taekwondo competition, the 2017 Croatia Karlovac Open, on May 27... 

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pass through the idyllic landscape - a true treat for cyclists and fans of Nordic walking and trail/trekking races. Stop by the Old Town of Ozalj, a castle that dates back to 1244, which houses a plentiful museum collection. Fishermen will find inspiration at the Šljunčara Lake, which is abundant with fish, and fans of superb wine will surely head over to the wine roads in the area and raise a glass in the cellars of domestic winemakers to delicious dishes and great wine. Those who love active vacations will enjoy themselves in the Ribnik area which is also rich in cycling, hiking, and Nordic walking trails. The Old Town of Ribnik, also known as "Wasserburg", adds a special touch to the landscape. Adrenaline buffs can also head out on an off-road ride with all-terrain vehicles in the Karlovac area through ancient old forests, keepers of many secrets and witnesses to the past, which will be revealed during the ride. Take advantage of your stay in the Green Heart of Croatia to visit some of the many events. After the feast day of St. Joseph (March 19), which is specially

All generations enjoy Karlovac's promenades; Cyclists on a path that runs next to the Old City of Ribnik; Wine tasting in one of the wine cellars; Trekking is an activity that is growing in popularity; Riding in a carriage through the center of Karlovac.


As a part of the Rumobil project, which Ozalj is organizing in collaboration with HŽ Passenger Transport Ltd., 35 tour trains have been organized from Zagreb to Ozalj. All of them will be in connection with various events and celebrations in Ozalj and the surrounding area, and complement Ozalj’s tourism offer nicely. Visit Ozalj by train this year and get to know more about the area rich in natural and cultural heritage.

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Experience Croatia

OGULIN Explore Ogulin - the homeland of fairytales!

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A fairytale story from Croatia's mountains There are many reasons to visit Ogulin, Croatia's homeland of fairytales. We bring you some priceless natural beauty and impressive cultural heritage.

Cycling towards mystical Klek.

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gulin is located in a spacious valley, and towered over by Klek Mountain - the birthplace of Croatian hiking and alpinism, with an abundance of hiking trails. There are more than 200 km of bike trails, and the beautiful "Ogulin Sea" - Sabljaci Lake, a magnet for fishermen, swimmers, and rowers. Jeep safaris are a form of adrenaline holidays growing in popularity, and they will take you out to explore the diverse animal world of that area. Thanks to the many events that give the city a special energy and life, Ogulin attracts all generations of visitors. On the first weekend in June, the "Igra kolo" folk dance festival celebrates national creativity, handiwork, the attractions, and folklore heritage of that area, along with the rest of Croatia. Ogulin's magical surroundings inspired the greatest Croatian fairytale writer

to write the most beautiful stories. The Fairytale Festival (June 9-11) is held in honor of her every year. "Fairytales in a New Light" is the theme for this year's festival, and Ciklobajka will also be held at the same time (June 10). It is ideal for all those who love to ride their bikes and want to explore the fairytale trails through Ogulin, and visitors of all generations can participate. The warmer months are always full of festivals, so during late June and early July, the Frankopan Summer Evenings enrich Ogulin with concerts, plays, exhibitions, and dance performances. It is all additionally spiced up with scrumptious delicacies of Ogulin's traditional cuisine. August is the time for the Moto Meeting on Kneja (August 11-13), where motorbike fans from Croatia and abroad gather. In September, the Ogulin Trail Race (September 9) motivates runners to explore the enchanting forests of


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the Ogulin area in an original way. Ogulin's famous cabbage is also celebrated at the Days of Honey and Cabbage in September, and it all culminates at the Day of the City of Ogulin (September 14), with tamburica players from Ogulin, traditional music and dancing. The youngest guests are not forgotten - all year long, interesting workshops and tours are held every weekend at the Frankopan Castle to inspire children with fairytales and

A lakeside villa on Sabljaci Lake; Ivana's House of Fairytales; Sabljaci Lake attracts fans of active vacations; Sabljaci Camp.

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awaken a love for reading, learning, and creating in them. The rich natural and cultural heritage make Ogulin the ideal place to hold Educational Workshops on the Interpretation of Heritage (March 31 April 2). The workshop is aimed at those who work in tourism and all those who would like to develop excellence and efficiency in the interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage of Croatia. There, the participants will find out

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how to find intriguing and enticing stories and present heritage in an innovative and creative way using the best possible example - enchanting Ogulin and its tales of long ago. There's no need to worry about accommodations, for it befits this fairytale region. Hunting cabins, hotels, and extremely comfortable suites, or the camp for starry nights next to "Ogulin's Sea", will make your stay in Ogulin unforgettable. 

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CRIKVENICA RIVIERA

The Crikvenica Riviera offers many options for an active holiday.

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for all the senses For 130 years, it has been known as a health tourism destination, and over the past few years, the Crikvenica Riviera has become a more popular choice amongst those in search of an active holiday and great fun.

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he first thing you will feel in Crikvenica is the mild climate and the special combination of the coastal and continental air flow. The positive vibe of the town in the Kvarner Bay will quickly win you over. The view of the sea and the harbor with fishing and tour boats, a walk along the clean beaches and aromatic Mediterranean parks next to a road with many restaurants and stores, villas, and peaceful coves - they are what give the city its recognizable charm. What is especially enchanting is the greenery

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surrounding one of the oldest hotels in the city, Therapia (now Kvarner Palace), whose name is eternally tied to the beginning of health tourism in Crikvenica nearly 130 years ago. Crikvenica and its Riviera with the towns of Selce, Dramalj, and Jadranovo are the right place to have an active holiday. Cycling fans can take a ride on the six romantically-named cycling trails through the picturesque Kvarner landscapes, from the coast to the forested hinterland of the Riviera and the neighboring towns of Novi Vinodolski and Vinodol. If you prefer to walk and hike, there are seven attractive hiking trails there. They pass through areas of true Mediterranean beauty, with holm oak forests and steep cliffs, mountain meadows, historical fortresses and Roman roads, and there you can also enjoy a view of the sea, the islands, and the Velebit and Učka mountains. Don't miss out on taking a walk down the Love Path, which is, according to many, the most beautiful, romantic, and aromatic trail in the Crikvenica area. The Crikvenica Riviera will also satisfy the appetites of fans of water sports,


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This spring, the Crikvenica Riviera will seduce you with the flavors of homemade bread, juicy strawberries and cherries, and blue fish, as well as motivating you to get active with its many events.

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Spice up your stay at the Crikvenica Riviera by visiting one of the many events that take place here throughout the year. The start of spring will be celebrated with the lively colors of fragrant flowers at the 17th Flower Festival (March 30 - April 2), and the aroma of Easter bread and mulled wine at the Easter in Crikvenica celebration (April 15). Cycling and adrenaline buffs will be sure to visit the third international Tour of Croatia cycling race (April 21). The center of Crikvenica will also be full of competitive spirit and cheering, followed by a lot of

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fun during the 5th XCM Crikvenica Cycling Marathon (May 14). The air in Selce will full of the aroma of delicious strawberries during the Strawberry Festival (May 20-21). St. Jelena's Day, or "Jelenina" (May 22) is an important day in Dramalj, because on that day, the city becomes a center of sports, cultural entertainment, and religious events. Experience all that barbequed food and good music has to offer during the Grill&Rock festival in Crikvenica (May 27). In early June, you will have the chance to enjoy the view of a regatta of old wooden boats at the "Wooden Boat Regatta" (June 3), while you also enjoy local delicacies. Those who love cherries will enjoy the Cherry Festival (June 10-11), when the air in Crikvenica will be full of the aroma of cherries. During Oily Fish Week (June 17-24), the Oily Fish Route will take you to restaurants in Crikvenica, Dramalj, Jadranovo, and Selce, where chefs will prepare delicious, creative dishes based on blue fish. The Tuna Festival starts right after that in Jadranovo (June 24)... 

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and there are also many other sports facilities there. Try a true adrenaline rush - paragliding under the guidance of licensed pilots and touring the Riviera from a bird's-eye-view. Or, dive into the colorful underwater world, trained and guided by divers from clubs in Crikvenica and Selce. Locals will also gladly take you fishing.

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Events

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nly two kilometers from the center of Crikvenica, there is an address well known amongst fans of fantastic vacations, as well as people working in the business sector. Surrounded by a Mediterranean garden at a location that offers an irresistible view of the sea, you will find Hotel Omorika, an up-and-coming meeting place for business partners. Its three multi-functional halls, which can be connected to one another, can accommodate up to 337 people. The halls are equipped with LCD projectors, screens, flipchart boards, microphones and a speaker system, and are suitable for organizing various gatherings,

seminars, meetings, presentations, and conferences. The friendly and experienced hotel staff will gladly help you organize coffee breaks, and business lunches and dinners. The hotel has 115 rooms, a restaurant that can accommodate up to 500 people, a terrace that seats a hundred people, and all guests have Wi-Fi access. If you would like to let off some steam after your workday, you can do so in the fresh sea air, while playing at the sports facilities, located next to the hotel. Whether you play tennis with a colleague, minifootball, ping-pong, or mini-golf, the choice is yours. For those seeking adventure, there is an

adrenaline park located near the hotel, and if you would just like to enjoy the view of the sea, with your favorite drink in hand, the hotel complex has several café bars and restaurants at its disposal. The Jadran Hotel Group, which includes Hotel Omorika, is expanding its congress offer with its congress halls in the newly renovated Hotel Katarina in the nearby town of Selce. 

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LOŠINJ ISLAND

On the island of vitality, the Apoxyomenos, and bottlenose dolphins

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Take a walk down the "Path of Lošinj's Captains", which passes along the coast, coves, and a pine forest, and the "Dolphin Way", where you might see a bottlenose dolphin.

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Experts counted a total of 1200 plant species in Lošinj's lush vegetation, which includes 250 types of medicinal herbs.

Providenca viewpoint; Trekking on island trails; The Lošinj Aromatic Garden; The Apoxyomenos statue; The interior of the Apoxyomenos Museum; An exhibition at the Veli Lošinj Tower - the Lošinj Museum.

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Take some time to take the cultural route, which should absolutely include the Lošinj Museum, which has interesting collections in three buildings on two

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The inspirational Apoxyomenos

islands: Fritzi Palace in Mali Lošinj, Veli Lošinj Tower and the Osor Archeological Collection (on the island of Cres). Don't be fooled by the façade of the 19th century Kvarner Palace, located in the center of Mali Lošinj. Its interior hides a quirky and very modern museum set up for the Apoxyomenos Museum. The museum, opened in 2016, tells the story of the Apoxyomenos, an impressive ancient statue of a young man discovered twenty years ago, covered by algae in the waters surrounding Lošinj, by a Belgian diver. The restoration took a long time, after which an excellently preserved 1.92 m tall bronze statue of a young Greek athlete appeared. Today, the Apoxyomenos is a trademark of Lošinj, and a great source of inspiration. Enjoy the revitalizing Apoxyomenos massage, the delights of

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ou will see that your dream of a holiday on an island with a mild climate, full of the salty aroma of Mediterranean herbs and plants, easily becomes true immediately upon arrival on the island of Lošinj. The beauty of the island's nature with picturesque coves, long beaches, and lush Mediterranean vegetation will impress you. In 1892, the island was proclaimed a health resort due to the therapeutic combination of its climate, clean sea, and fragrant, aromatic herbs. Lošinj is perfect for long walks. Explore various routes because the island of vitality has a total of 250 km of trails, and the ones passing through the Čikat Forest Park are especially beautiful. Walk, run, and cycle at ease since there are no poisonous snakes on the island. Include the Providenca viewpoint and Lošinj Aromatic Garden, which will surely relax you with its fragrant symphony of 250 species of wild plants, to your route. While you inhale the invigorating aromas, have a look at the sea - perhaps you will see some playful dolphins. The waters surrounding Lošinj are home to a school of 200 bottlenose dolphins. You can find out more about them at the Blue World Institute, where you can even adopt a dolphin. Don't miss out on the Dolphin Watching Tour boat excursion guided by an experience skipper.

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LOŠINJ ISLAND

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Experience Croatia

At the Lošinj Cuisine Festival, many restaurateurs will offer domestic delicacies based on the Apoxyomenos' ancient cuisine. Taste them...

The Nerezine Regatta of traditional sail boats; Dishes inspired by the Apoxyomenos and ancient times; An original souvenir - an olive wood dish; Cycling on the island trails is a favorite activity for many tourists.

Apoxyomenos' ancient delicacies, and try natural cosmetics, just like in ancient times. When you leave Lošinj, take a unique souvenir, inspired by its ancient heritage, with you - from bowls, jewelry, or items made of wool or olive wood. In ancient times, the islands surrounding Cres and Lošinj were an incredibly importance center called Apsyrtides, named after the Greek hero, Apsyrtus, one of the Argonauts who loaded gold fleece onto ships. Travel agencies offer package tours that will take you through the ancient and rich cultural history of the islands with interesting stories. Get to know more about the ancient heritage while sailing, but also diving into the depths of the sea under the guidance of experienced divers from the diving schools. In Mali Lošinj, at the Diver Lošinj diving center, you can visit the first Underwater Archeological Park, and discover the treasures of the depths of the sea.

More than 200 events The Čikat Park Forest and its Aleppo Pines haven't always been there; they are the result of the hard work of the people of Lošinj, who planted the trees on the abandoned land in the late 19th century.

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You will also have fun at the Čikat Aquapark, which offers water attractions in the middle of a pine forest, and if you are out on the lookout for an adrenaline rush, the Island Jeep Adventure excursions are a great choice. A panorama flight above the islands and an exciting Enduro bicycle ride through the interior of the island are also unforgettable experiences. Besides Lošinj and Cres, get to know more about the other islands in the gorgeous archipelago: Susak - the island of sand, a quirky dialect and amazing folk dance

costumes, Ilovik - an island of flowers and longevity, Unije - an island of great biodiversity, along with others. Your days on Lošinj will be completely packed. The two hundred events held on the island annually guarantee great fun, but here we will mention just a few. The 4 Islands MTB Stage Race is scheduled for April 19 to 22, while the adrenaline-packed Downhill Lošinj mountain race is to be held on April 22 and 23. Fans of running can join the 7th Lošinj half-marathon on September 30, while the Cres&Lošinj Trail Weekend, which includes two races in two days on two Kvarner islands, will be held on October 28 and 29. At the Lošinj Cuisine Festival, many restaurateurs will offer domestic delicacies based on the Apoxyomenos' ancient cuisine, and you can discover fantastic aromatherapy treatments at the Apsyrtides Aromatherapy Festival. Don't miss out on the amazing performances of classical music at the summer Osor Musical Evenings, and the traditional a cappella klapa singing at Klapa na pjacalu. Performances by musicians on balconies at the Festival of Lošinj Balconies are also attractive, along with watching traditional wooden (pasara) sailboats at the Around the World with Lošinj Sails Festival in September. If you have experienced the grand Advent events in continental Croatian cities, it's time to see the charm of Advent on Lošinj. It is just as magical, idyllic, and interesting, but also much warmer. Inhale... See... Taste... Touch... Hear... Feel Lošinj - the island of vitality! 


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RAB ISLAND

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The best time to release your endorphins on the island of Rab, the island of happiness, is during the spring and fall, when the temperatures are the most pleasant. While there, you will discover many interesting things so prepare in advance - expect the unexpected on Rab.

Škraping; Exploring Rab's coves by kayak; The island of Rab has plenty of mountain bike trails; Rab's enchanting underwater world is a challenge for divers.

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island has aplenty, and test their physical endurance on the challenging hiking trails. The most attractive trail, and one of the most demanding in the entire Adriatic, is the hiking trail that passes through untouched nature from Mišnjak to Lopar. It is nearly 20 km long and perfect for škraping (a combination of

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lthough it isn't avoided in the summer months, when it is full of tourists, those in the know and fans of active vacations will head to the island of Rab in the spring and fall. They know that is the best time to enjoy long walks along the coast, explore educational trails, which the


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chair, you will conquer them with ease. The two Premužić trails (which were named after the passionate Croatian hiker Ante Premužić) are a great choice. The first one is 8 km long, and leads from the camp in Lopar to the settlement of Matkići. Definitely take your sunglasses with you because part of the trail is sunny, while another part passes through the forest, and make sure to have some water and a sandwich in your backpack since there is no water spring, nor restaurant, alongside the trail. The second Premužić trail, 15 km long, passes through the Dundo Park Forest, along the coast and coves, including Gožinka Bay, where you can grab a bite to eat. Both Premužić trails are ideal for walkers and hikers, although not for cyclists. However, those exploring the island on two wheels will enjoy the

100 km of island cycling trails, and the most beautiful one amongst them is the 14 km long Rab-Maman trail that passes by the Rab city walls, along the coast and coves to the islet of Maman. If you would like to tour the islet, you can do so on foot or by boat. The trails that pass through oak forests down to the emerald blue sea, where you should be sure to take a swim, especially in the warmer months, are particularly beautiful.

The Adriatic's sandy paradise You will often come across fans of water sports in the coves on Rab. You will see them waterskiing, trying the incredibly popular kayaking, diving, fishing, parasailing (a parachute pulled by a motorboat), or playing water polo... But, why not try out one of those

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climbing, jumping, walking, and finding your way through nature), and it passes over Kamenjak, the highest peak of the island, where you will want to stay a little while longer. Yes, it will be difficult to resist the view it offers to the east all the way to mighty Velebit, and to the west to the Kvarner Bay. There is a little restaurant where you can rest at the very top, but most importantly, you can stop time surrounded by beauty and breathe in deeply. Feel the positive energy of the island, which they also call the island of happiness. With reason. If you feel out of shape, don't worry. There are more than 200 km of promenades, walking and cycling trails, along with some less challenging hiking trails. The slopes are gentle and accomplishable, and even if you came to the island directly from your office

There are plenty of great running trails on Rab; Kayaking around the city of Rab; Paradise Beach in Lopar; Cycling through Rab's parks; Trekking is an activity growing in popularity amongst visitors to the island of Rab.

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The island of Rab is a true treat for fans of mountain biking; Tourists touring the Rab Island Geopark; Every June, creative sand sculptures beautify the beaches of Lopar; A dune in the Lopar Geomorphologic Garden.

Cycling, hiking, walking, trekking, kayaking, or something else? It isn't important how you release endorphins, it's important that you do release them!

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activities - row over to one of the hidden paradise beaches (which you just might have all to yourself ), boost your adrenaline by waterskiing, admire the island and its archipelago from a bird's eye view, or dive in and explore the mysterious underwater world? Rab is the perfect place to release endorphins (hormones of happiness)! Some of the events are a great chance to motivate you to do so. The second stage of the 4 Island MTB Stage Race will take place on Rab on April 20, when participants will zoom through the streets of the old city of Rab, forests, sandy deserts, and the island's rocky area. The unique race lasts four days (April 19-22), and it takes place on four islands in Kvarner - Krk, Rab, Cres, and Lošinj. Also attractive is the Rab Triathlon (June 4), which traditionally gathers more than 200 participants who measure their strength in cycling, swimming, and running. Fans of adventure races will be sure to visit the Rab Island Trail (September 23). Just when you thought you had discovered and tried it all, Rab will

continue to intrigue you. Did you know it is the island with the largest number of sandy beaches in the Adriatic? Head over to the sandy paradise, Lopar, where its Paradise Beach is just one of the 22 beautiful sites that await you on the northern part of the island. But don't get too lazy resting too long on the soft, warm sand, when there is still plenty left to explore. Besides numerous sandy coves, over the centuries, wind and erosion have formed magnificent canyons and unusual geological shapes, while also leaving fossil artifacts behind. You can see the most beautiful pieces in the Lopar Geomorphologic Garden, at the Rab Island Geopark, where there are pretty, meandering walking paths, marked with geo-points. Explore them. You will come across unexpected sights and have the feeling that you are on another planet. Imaginative sand creations can also be seen if you visit Lopar during the "Sand Sculpture" Festival (June 13-17), when Lopar's beaches become the stage for creative sand sculptures. Make sure to bring your camera with you! 


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KRKA NATIONAL PARK

Friends of the Krka Club Joining the Friends of the Krka Club will offer you the true experience of thousands of years of coexistence between nature and man, rugged karst and lively water... Text and photos: Krka National Park Visovac island; Skradinski buk.

Join the Friends of the Krka club, and fully enjoy the enchanting beauty nature formed in the Krka National Park all year long.

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he Krka National Park Public Institution delighted true fans of nature with the possibility of signing up for the Friends of the Krka Club. Membership is available to all visitors from Croatia and abroad for the price of 200 kuna for adults, and 90 kuna for children aged seven to eighteen who visit the park accompanied by their parents, and membership lasts a year from the day of enrolment. All "friends" can enter the park freely in that period, except to visit Skradinski buk in July and August, when the pass can only be used once. The Friends of the Krka Club allows you to enjoy nature in abundance, and the Park can best be seen by walking on its educational hiking trails. The trails have educational panels with information on the plant and animal life in the Park, as well as on the cultural and historical

sites in the area. Regardless whether you prefer a more active vacation, or a light family stroll, while on the paths you can enjoy the enchanting landscapes shaped by the karst beauties - the Krka and Čikola rivers. In the Park there are twelve trails in total, of a range of lengths, constructed at various sites. The bicycle trail leads to Skradinski buk, the most famous and most visited waterfall on the Krka River, which can also be reached via the forest trail from the Lozovac entrance. The waterfall consists of limestone barriers, islands and lakes, and can be seen thanks to a circular network of trails and bridges. There are another two circular trails at Roški slap and the Krka Monastery. The shortest trail is 300 m long and leads to Bilušića buk, while the longest is Stinice - Roški slap Oziđana pećina, 8.5 km in length.


The small cascades, called the Necklace; Diverse flora and fauna are an important feature of the park; Oziđana pećina; Watermills near Roški slap; The Stinice Roški slap - Oziđana pećina educational hiking trail.

On the most beautiful Croatian trails The Stinice - Roški slap - Oziđana pećina trail, one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Croatia, will show you the abundance of flora and fauna of water and land habitats. Oziđana pećina, where it was confirmed that humans once lived, is part of the trail, and it houses an in situ archeological collection. A total of 517 wooden steps lead from the cave to the bottom of the canyon and Roški slap, which consists of a series of small

cascades, called the necklace by the locals. The trail goes by the cascades on to the emerald green Među gredama straits, to the Šuplja stina cave, the ruins of the medieval Kamičak fortress, and the island of Visovac, a pearl of natural and cultural Croatian heritage. The beauty of stone and the Ključica fortress can be admired from the trail that leads to the Čikola riverbed, or from the other side of the canyon, from the Ključica trail, which ends at a viewpoint that offers an enchanting view of the medieval fortress. The viewpoint on

Manojlovac, the highest waterfall on the Krka River, can also be reached on foot, and two new trails have also been made midstream: Rupe - Rogovo and Niz ploču. Membership in the Friends of the Krka Club will offer you the true experience of thousands of years of coexistence between nature and man, rugged karst and lively water, the contrasts that come together in a harmonious entity that will make every visitor stop, inhale, open their eyes and souls, catch the moment, and share it with others. 

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A town for great experiences Text: Mirela Drkulec Miletić ◆ Photos: Vodice Tourist Board and tipTravel magazine

Walking down long pebble beaches, trekking, or cycling alongside irresistible landscapes and ancient sites, or just enjoying your favorite drink on a sunny terrace with a view of the sea? Who wouldn't enjoy such a vacation?! A panorama of Vodice; Vodice is a popular destination for cyclists and hosts many cycling competitions; Kayaking around the island of Prvić.

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n a wide bay, just 13 km north of the renaissance city of Šibenik, there is a perfect town for vacations Vodice. It is big enough to find plenty of entertainment and various things to do, but also small enough to feel the true ambiance of Dalmatian life. If you would like to fill your holiday with activities, the picturesque surroundings of Vodice offer a hundred kilometers of on-road and off-road cycling trails of various difficulties. The locals are proudest of the extremely demanding, attractive "Orlov krug" trail, where the C2 race for the World Cup MTB XCO is held. All the trails are well marked, and before you head out to the trail stop by the tourist office for a bike map. Recreational cyclists find the "Spring Bike Ride", which will be held on March 18, especially attractive, along with the Mountain Bike Weekend, which will be held on the "Orlov krug" trail on April 29 and 30, and includes the "Babes on Bikes" recreational race for women, the bicycle Alka, a concert, and plenty of good fun.

You can also explore the area on foot, strolling alongside the aromatic Mediterranean plants, quaint historical churches, ancient houses (bunje), wells, dry stone walls, fortresses... Fans of nature and hiking will use the opportunity for trekking, which is growing in popularity, while fans of running will circle October 7 in their calendars, when the Vodice Trekking race will be held, or they will enter one of the five annual races of the Island Trail League. A lot of other sports facilities can also be found in Vodice, such as tennis courts, a volleyball court, and a mini-golf green, while you can also best enjoy the view of the island of Prvić from a kayak. Those who love the underwater world are in for a true treat - in Vodice they will find an interesting and rich seabed complete with sunken ships. They can be explored with guided diving tours organized by Vodice's diving schools and internationally certified diving center.


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Tourists exploring Velika Mrdakovica; Homo volans (flying man); The interior of the Faust Vrančić Memorial Center; The island of Prvić; The suspension bridge is one of Faust's inventions.

is tradition, Easter breakfast will be served to the people of Vodice and their guests on the main town square, included homemade fritule and kroštule... It's finger-licking good! 

Vodice Tourist Board Obala Vladimira Nazora b.b. 22211 Vodice, Croatia  +385 22 443888 info@vodice.hr

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Vodice is also the ideal destination for fans of cultural tourism. There, you can visit the nearby LiburnianRoman settlement on the top of the Velika Mrdakovica hill, which can be reached by a hiking/cycling trail that connects it to the ancient settlement with a necropolis and roman cistern at the foot of the hill. Head down the "Water - the ultimate shaper of history" route, which includes 20 culturalhistorical attractions at six sites in the Šibenik-Knin area. As part of the route, or beyond it, make sure to visit the picturesque island of Prvić, home to the Faust Vrančić Memorial Center.

Have a look at the scaled models of the inventions designed by the renaissance-period scientific genius, philosopher and bishop, especially his incredible parachute or Homo Volans (flying man), many models of his bridges, a mill with an adjustable roof, and a model of an oil press... The Creative Days of Faust Vrančić are held there in October. Spend some time in Vodice and the surrounding area tasting Dalmatian specialties - from prosciutto and various seafood dishes to lamb roasted on a spit and veal roasted under a bell. A good chance to taste some delicacies is during the Easter holidays and on Easter Monday (April 17), when, as

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Traces of culture

In his books, Faust Vrančić, Croatia's Leonardo da Vinci, left records of 56 inventions, including a cable car, suspension bridge, a mill powered by changing tides... Vrančić was also the author of a five-language dictionary - Croatian, Latin, Hungarian, Italian, and German.

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Prvić Island Šibenik's archipelago is abundant with interesting islands, including the especially charming Prvić. The typical atmosphere of a Dalmatian town can be felt at every step there, especially in the picturesque island town of Šepurine, which has been a filming location for movies several times. The stone houses and streets, beautiful beaches, and indescribable peace are just some of the reasons you should board the boat that connects the cities of Vodice and Šibenik with that charming island this spring.

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A new brand for a superb vacation

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roatia has received a new hotel brand, Amadria Park, which has united the best four and five star hotel offer in Šibenik and Opatija. The hotels share not only the ownership structure, but also the same business philosophy and desire to emphasize the unique qualities of the hotels and their offer. The name, Amadria Park, reflects the combination of the Adriatic Sea and harmony with nature, which is also visible in the leaf as the brand logo. Amadria

Park places emphasis on long tradition and family values. The aim of the brand is to offer a warm, family-friendly atmosphere to their guests, and to be their partner in discovering the beauty of the Adriatic coast. Amadria Park is based on the freedom to choose between various high-quality options, a constant improvement of the level of service, and a personal approach to every guest. In Šibenik, the new brand includes: Business & Leisure Hotel Ivan****+,

Lifestyle Hotel Jure****+, Kids hotel Andrija****; in Opatija: Business Hotel Milenij*****, Boutique Hotel Sv. Jakov*****, Design Hotel Royal****, the romantic Hotel Agava**** and the family-oriented Grand Hotel 4 Opatijska Cvijeta****. The interesting additional facilities offer strong support to the hotel facilities: Gastro World and Royal Beach Club in Opatija and the Dalmatian Ethno Village, En Vogue Beach Club, Galija, and Aquapark Dalmacija in Šibenik. 

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SPLIT

Vestibule and Cathedral of St. Domnius

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The city of Split, which is irrevocably tied to the name of Roman Emperor Diocletian, is the guardian of many attractions and great cultural and historical value. Although you will need several days to see it all, make sure Vestibule is on your "must-visit" list. The ancient imperial foyer has a circular interior and square exterior. It used to be the entrance to the residential part of the palace, and today it is a favorite photography subject for many tourists. Next to Vestibule is the unique Cathedral of St. Domnius, initially built as Emperor Diocletian's mausoleum.

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Following the footsteps of gladiators While travelling through Dalmatia, make sure to stop in Solin. That town, not far from Split, has a lot of stories to tell... Text: Željka Kunštek ◆ Photos: Solin Tourist Board

Make sure to have a look at the archeological collection there, and in the summer stop by the restoration workshop. Round off a pleasant family outing with a walk through the romantic city center, along the Jadro River, or the "Croatian Jordan", and visiting St. Mary Island, which is home to the oldest Marian shrine in Croatia. Stop by Gašpina mlinica, which dates back to 1711 and find out how to mill grain there, or head over to the Church of St. Peter and Moses, the "Hollow Church" where Croatian King Zvonimir was crowned. Take a walk to Vranjica, a fishing village on the peninsula that they call "Little Venice" for a reason. A special attraction there is the large aquarium, with 130 species of fish and unique specimens of flora and fauna from the Adriatic Sea. Stay in Solin a few days longer to experience some of its many unique events that delight all generations. 

Manastirine, the largest ancient Christian graveyard; Gašpina mlinica; The Jadro River; St. Mary Island.

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pon arriving in ancient Salona (present-day Solin) it will be clear that you are in an outdoor museum that leaves the impression that ancient Romans and gladiators just passed through it. Walking through Solin is actually a walk through history, at archeological sites that will reveal many interesting features to you: Manastirine - the oldest ancient Christian graveyard, Tusculum - an archeological museum with interesting replicas of ancient artifacts, and a cathedral complex with two basilicas, a baptistery, and a spa. Your attention will also be drawn to the 2nd century amphitheater, where every summer, as a part of Romance in Salona, gladiator fights are held, and Emperor Diocletian and Empress Priska, Roman guards, and ancient Romans in togas with torches in hand walk through the city to the sound of drums... Take a break from walking at the Parać house, built of stone from the Salona amphitheater.

Solin Tourist Board Kralja Zvonimira 69 21210 Solin, Croatia  +385 21 210048 tzg-solin@st.t-com.hr

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A view of Omiš; Canyoning is one of the favorite activities of those visiting Omiš.

Adventure paradise in Central Dalmatia Text: Željka Kunštek Photos: Omiš Tourist Board

There where the emerald river meets the crystal clear sea, creating a magnificent canyon, you will find Omiš, a city where you can feel the adrenaline and have a perfect vacation. Here's why...

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A viewpoint with a statue of the young hero Mila Gojsalić; Omiš has also been a source of eternal inspiration for painters; The picturesque streets of Omiš; The path to the Mirabela tower; Rafting and kayaking on the Cetina.

Stairs lead from the old city center to the Mirabela tower, and it takes between five and ten minutes to climb up to the top, depending on your level of physical fitness.

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miš is everything but a typical Dalmatian town. There, twenty kilometers south east from the city of Split, nature had its fun. On its way to the sea, the emerald Cetina River decided to cut a mountain range into half, leaving behind a majestic canyon which is equally enjoyed today by adventurists, nature buffs, photographers, painters... The steep cliffs, old fortresses, and the view of the medieval city that was reigned over by Omiš's pirates for more than two centuries give an air of mystery. To get that panorama in the palm of your hand, climb up to the top of the Mirabela tower in the city, which is a reminder of the pirate past for the people of Omiš. In the 13th century, old pirates used that tower to watch over the Brač Channel and look for Venetian and other merchant ships. Fortica, a 500-year old fortress you can reach after an hour-long leisurely walk, also offers a spectacular view of the city, but also of this part of Dalmatia. A unique view of the islands of Brač, Hvar, and Šolta, the Cetina River canyon,

and the Omiš hinterland can be seen from the fortress. It is a view you will surely want to eternalize with your camera and later share with your friends on social networks. Poljica, a group of villages with a rich past, lined along the foot of Mosor Mountain in the Omiš hinterland, can also be seen from Fortica. But don't just see it from above. Head down to the picturesque landscape where historical battles were once fought, and where the Republic of Poljica, the first of its kind in Europe, once stood. It was governed by the people who would choose their leader every year, the Poljica Prince, and the republic also had its statute that dates back to 1400 (Poljica Statute). The locals will gladly tell you the remainder of their interesting past, along with the legend of their young hero, Mila Gojsalić, while you taste soparnik, a traditional, simple dish from Poljica made with soft wheat flour, Swiss chard, onion, olive and sunflower oil, garlic, salt, and water. It is so delicious that the European Commission couldn't resist it, awarding

it a protected designation of origin and geographical indication throughout the European Union.

An adrenaline boost You can enjoy soparnik, and many other homemade dishes from the Omiš area, at the famous Radmanove mlinice restaurant and excursion site, located six kilometers from Omiš, in the heart of the Cetina River canyon. There you will feel the country spirit of past times, treat your taste buds to a fabulous feast, and find out that the show depicting the famous Winnetou was filmed in that beautiful untouched nature. Once you're in the very heart of the canyon, which has had the status of a protected landscape for more than 50 years, it would be a shame not to explore it. Awaken the adventurist within yourself and head out on a rafting or kayaking excursion on the Cetina, and the amount of adrenaline you will feel depends on the route you choose. If you would like to totally experience the

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The towns of the Omiš Riviera are lined with sandy and pebble beaches splashed by the crystal clear sea; Vruja Bay is a favorite destination for divers; Canyoning combines walking along and through the Cetina, swimming, and tackling the river rapids; The steep cliffs of the canyon are a challenge for climbers.

Did you know that there is a Happy Man's House in Omiš? It got its name from a sign above the entrance door of an old renaissance house where it states, in Latin: "Thank you Lord, for letting me be on this world".

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river, go canyoning, which combines walking along and through the Cetina, swimming under waterfalls and fighting the rapids. Another unique experience you will brag to your friends about for a long time is the zip line - more than three hours of flying above the canyon on two-kilometer long cables, some of which are at a height of up to a hundred meters. The steep canyon cliffs will attract fans of free climbing, while those who love heights can go paragliding. The great advantage is that, depending on your level of physical fitness, you can try all of it in one day. Of course, our recommendation is that you take your time and schedule your activities over the course of several days, for a full experience. Fans of windsurfing and hiking will also enjoy themselves in Omiš, and those who like light strolls can choose one of the thematic trails. Trekking buffs will be sure to make time for the trekking races, and the trekking championship that is held in the mountains surrounding Omiš every spring. In the waters surrounding Omiš, divers are sure to find great inspiration, and they will likely also visit Vruja Bay, which

is known as the best diving site and a favorite place for underwater fishing. If you visit Omiš in the summer months, which we also recommend, explore its riviera. Stanići, Lokva Rogoznica, Mimice, Marušići, and Pisak are just some of the charming Mediterranean fishing villages on the Omiš Riviera, all of them abundant with sandy and pebble beaches splashed by the clear turquoise sea. Trust us, you will remember swimming at the Omiš Riviera for a long time. Reserve summer nights in Omiš for at least one klapa concert. After all, you are in the most famous Croatian klapa city, where the Festival of the Dalmatian Klapa is traditionally held every year. Dalmatian klapa singing has been inscribed on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage. Make sure to listen for a while. One of Omiš's largest events is held in August - the Pirate Battle. It is a true spectacle that clearly depicts a great battle from the 13th century, where a hundred armed pirates participate on several pirate and Venetian galleons and on smaller boats. Have a look, try, and experience everything in Omiš. Or simply sit back and relax. 


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Return to nature on an imperial island Text: Željka Kunštek Photos: Šolta Tourist Board

If a film such as the once-famous "Blue Lagoon" were to be filmed in Croatia, the island of Šolta and its pristine coves would definitely be one of the top filming locations to choose from. See why...

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t's been called the island of figs, and then the island of sun. Although the figs and the sun are still there in abundance Šolta is, above all, hidden paradise regularly visited by excursionists, sailors, cyclists, divers, and all those who, in its majestic coves, far away from cell phone connections,

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Stračinska Cove; Sailing at Jorja Cove; Zaglav Cove - Vela Luka; Rogač; Nečujam; Stomorska.

seek peace and relaxation in nature. So, if you plan on going to Šolta, which we definitely recommend, forget about the features of popular tourist destinations - large crowds, noisy events, an over­ abundance of stores and souvenir shops, packed beaches... Going to Šolta is actually returning to untouched nature,


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where silence will only be broken by the sound of seagulls, the čuvita (scops owl, the symbol of the island), a loud concert of crickets in the hot summer days, or the roaring of the waves crashing into the rocks. Yes, Šolta is an island for romantics, but also a strong inspirational place where famous works were written by great figures of Croatian literature, such as Petar Hektorović, Vladimir Nazor and Marko Marulić, who wrote his famous poem, Judita, in Piškera Cove. The locals will gladly quote his famous sentence: "Those who sleep on Šolta once, always return".

Before heading out on a walk, get a map of the island trails at one of the tourist information centers on the island.

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Cyclists, who know that one of the best ways to relax, but also to get to know the island, is on two wheels, regularly return to the island. Šolta's trails will fulfill the expectations of both professional and recreational cyclists, and riding will reveal incredible views of untouched coves, the sea, and neighboring islands. You will pass alongside olive groves and

A motif from a street in Srednje Selo; A picturesque old part of the town of Grohote; Colorful boats in Maslinica; Today, the MartinisMarchi castle in Maslinica has been turned into a luxury hotel.

You can reach Šolta quickly and easily by ferry, which sails from Split several times daily, and the ride takes less than an hour.

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vineyards, through pine forests and lush Mediterranean vegetation, and you can choose from unpaved, but well maintained trails, or paved trails that connect the fishing village and harbor of Stomorska with the village of Maslinica. Stop and duck into one of the village churches and take a break from riding in one of the taverns or family estates in Gornje Selo and Grohote, and try homemade dishes. The best time to ride bikes in the hot, summer days is in the morning, while it's still cool. Not only can you explore the island by bike, but also on foot with long walks on trails that lead from the coastal towns - Maslinica, Stomorska, Nečujam, or Rogač - to the heart of the island and its picturesque villages and back. Head from Grohote, Gornje, Srednje or Donje Selo to the coast, through olive groves and stone streets that pass by churches and taverns, and they lead all the way down to the southern coast, which will take your breath away. Another attractive way to get to know more about Šolta and slip into its most

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There is no cell phone reception in many coves on Šolta, so plug in to nature's frequency and immerse yourself in it.

The beach in Rogač attracts swimmers of all ages; Exotic Šipkova Cove; The beach in Maslinica is splashed by the turquoise sea, just like the other beaches on Šolta.

Šolta is also an island with many events, one of the most popular being the "Tugging of Mrduje", where, every year, people from the islands of Brač and Šolta surround the islet of Mrduje in their boats, and tug a rope tied around the islet to decide whose it will be that year.

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beautiful coves is by kayak. Hop into a kayak on the main beach in Nečujam and row to the nearby, turquoise paradise coves, which you might just have all to yourself. Discover the landscape that Emperor Diocletian chose for himself, where he even had his own fishing pond. As attractive as the island is on the surface, it is just as magnificent in its depths. The many divers who explore the mysterious world of Šolta's depths, full of ships sunken long ago, spectacular caves, incredible corals, and diverse flora and fauna can confirm that. It is best to head out on an underwater adventure accompanied by experienced, licensed divers from the diving center for safety reasons and their expertise, as well as due to the fact that they will take you to the most beautiful underwater landscapes.

Heavenly beaches Šolta is an excellent place to head out from on excursions to surrounding islands and cities, and you can also explore the island as part of an organized, thematic excursion. Some will take you to the sweet animal world of bees, and enable you to try wild rosemary honey, which the island has been famous for since ancient times, while others will take you to family estates to try Dobričić red wine, homemade liqueurs, olive oil, and various delicacies.

You can also head down to the paradise coves and beaches on your own, and, according to the locals, the most beautiful ones are on the southern side of the island. They are mostly pebble beaches, surrounded by high cliffs, and they are especially popular amongst sailors and adventurers. Most of them are accessible by land, but in many cases, rocky trails lead to them so they aren't often on the tourist route. Those with a more adventurous spirit will say that is the charm in them. One of the most famous is Šešula Cove, which can be reached on foot, by bike, and by car. There are two excellent restaurants and a fish farm, where you can buy fresh fish, in the cove. One of the largest is Tatinja, famous for two islets - reefs, and beautiful pebble beaches that can be reached on foot or by bike. Make sure to visit Senjska, where you will find Gradac, which is believed to be the palace of the Illyrian empress, Teuta. Other beautiful coves include Poganica, Podražanj and Pt. Ražanj, Zaglav, Stračinska, Livka as well as Donja and Gornja Krušica, and don't miss out on the seven islets in the Maslinica archipelago. Some of the largest beaches can be found in the towns of Stomorska, Nečujam, Rogač, and Maslinica, which is a popular nautical base, and home to the impressive Martinis-Marchi Baroque castle, which has been beautifying the fishing village for more than 300 years. 


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Some of the upcoming 2Cellos concerts will be held in Belgrade (March 25), and in Ljubljana (April 7 sold out, and April 8).

Discovering the world through music The cello imprinted itself on their childhood and made their dreams come true. Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser are gifted cellists, better known today as 2Cellos. They unlocked the door to the international music scene with a violin key and took their place on the most famous stages in the world. Conducted by: Vlatka Vužić Photos: Menart Discography

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ou have had performances on many stages worldwide. Which performance do you hold in fond memory? We have had the opportunity and honor of performing at many of the most attractive places in the world, from the Verona Arena to the famous Sydney Opera House. It is a fantastic feeling to go on stage at such powerful venues, and the view of the audience who is there for you and your music fills you

with positive energy. Of course, it's a special feeling to play at home. The concert in the Pula Arena was unforgettable, and we will especially remember 2016 for the concert on Tomislavac in Zagreb. Have you already discovered destinations you would like to return to privately? We were both thrilled with New Zealand, most because of its natural


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beauty. It's an entirely different world, which we will definitely return to so we can better explore every corner of that incredible country, but also for a holiday. We also liked South America, but especially Peru for its smiling people, great food, and the best coffee in the world. What does your ideal vacation look like? After all the travelling you do, is home the best place for you to recharge? Up until recently we thought it was. We would rush to catch the first plane to Croatia after every concert, but we came to the conclusion that we missed out on a lot by doing that and we decided it was time to change that. In the future, we plan on staying an extra day in the destinations we play at, to rest, but also to get to know them better.

You have collaborated with many famous musicians. How well do they know Croatia? Everyone knows about Dubrovnik. When you first mention that you come from a country called Croatia, some look at you in bewilderment and they aren't sure they know where that is, but then when you mention Dubrovnik, it becomes clear to them. On one hand, we're happy that they know something, but on the other hand, it's a great shame that Croatia is still unrecognizable. Globally, people know a little about the beauty of the Croatian coast, they haven't heard of the capital city, nor of important things like the tie or fountain pen, inventions by Croatian inventors that they use on a daily basis. Where would you like to perform in the future? Since we have already performed at the majority of the most famous venues in the world, in the future, we would like to perform as much as possible at some enchanting places that haven't been stages yet. Perhaps it would be nice to play at some historical sites worldwide. We'll see, you'll hear about it... 

Would you like to win a 2Cellos Celloverse or IN2ITION CD? Write us why and send your answer to contest@tiptravelmagazine.com The authors of the two most original answers will receive an album as a gift.

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You were born in Pula and Dubrovnik. What delights you about your hometowns, and what bothers you? Home is home, and you always see the best parts of it, and love it, but as far as Pula is concerned, I (Stjepan) am most bothered by the fact that the huge potential of the city remains unused. Look at what Verona did with its Arena, which cannot be compared with the beauty and preserved condition of the Pula Arena. It's sad that Pula was a more developed city in ancient times than it is today, when it lives on its old glory. Dubrovnik is another

story. It's now reaching a level where it is overused, which isn't good for the development of the elite tourism the city deserves, and changes will need to be made to preserve that pearl.

In 2012, 2Cellos performed with Elton John at a concert at Buckingham Palace to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

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As of March 26, Zagreb is once again connected with Frankfurt with an early morning flight that offers excellent connectivity with almost all European destinations, as well as with North America. SWISS also flies to Zurich three times per week.

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flight was a conference on the influence of digitalization on the fashion industry, better said, the second Lufthansa FlyingLab, which connected technology with fashion. Travelers were presented new gadgets, which, besides being attractive fashion accessories (in the form of jewelry), they also have the function of monitoring a person's activity - such as sleeping, heartbeat, meditation, stress... During the flight, passengers enjoyed the FlyNet service, which enables carefree surfing online, so they had the chance to chat with their families, answer important emails, say hello to

their friends on Facebook, and get information on the most important economic, political, sports, and entertainment news worldwide on Lufthansa's FlyNet site. The company has announced that not only will the service be offered on long-distance flights, but soon, passengers on shorter Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines flights within Europe will also have the opportunity of sending e-mails, doing some online shopping, or enjoying a video at an altitude of ten thousand meters, while they fly over the Alps. And the flight will be that much more pleasant and quicker, won't it? 

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For the first time in a long time, the cost of travelling to Cuba is falling. In 2014, the price grew by a total of 400 percent, stimulated by the decision of the American government to ease limitations on American citizens who wish to travel to Cuba. The number of tourists on Cuba rose significantly, and due to the greater demand, the price of accommodations and transportation also grew. The possible reasons for the current decline of prices include the greater number of cruise arrivals, due to the reduced demand for accommodations, but also the announcements made by the new American president Trump regarding the return of limitations that Obama’s administration eliminated. In accordance with that, it is thought that now is the ideal time to visit that island country. 96

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Booking.com has launched a new support program, Booking.com Booster, which has the aim of helping startup companies around the world that have a plan for positively affecting global tourism. In other words, it is focused on supporting companies dedicated to sustainable tourism in the fields of environmental protection, preservation of cultural heritage, and promoting growth in tourism that supports and develops the local economy and community. The program lasts three weeks, and includes workshops, lectures, and coaching with tourism experts. It will be held in June in Amsterdam, and ends with the chance to win a scholarship in the amount of 500 thousand euro.

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Barcelona to limit the number of tourists India introduced free SIM cards for tourists The government of India is preparing a plan according to which every tourist that lands at the Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi with an e-visa will receive a free SIM card. The card will contain 50 Rs (around 0.75 USD) and 50 MB of data traffic, with the aim of easing communication between tourists and their friends and family at home, hotels, tour operators, etc. Over time, the practice would be implemented at all 15 airports throughout the country.

In Barcelona, there is a plan to introduce new regulations that would forbid the opening of new hotels, even when one of the existing hotels closes down. Citizens of Barcelona listed the excessive number of tourists as the second largest problem in the city, right after unemployment, and they believe that mass tourism has negatively affected the quality of their lives. It is assumed that the regulation will not come into effect before 2019, and the tourism industry strongly opposes it and believes that the limitation of accommodations will not solve the problem since most tourists visit the city for only one day. Of the 32 million tourists in Barcelona in 2016, only 8 million stayed overnight in a hotel.


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Best digital destinations announced For the second consecutive year, the Digital Country Index has published the results of a survey that measures how many internet users worldwide search for other countries. The searches were divided into five dimensions, including tourism. The list of the most searched digital destinations in the sphere of tourism is led by Spain, followed by Italy, France, Great Britain, and Japan. Politically unstable countries disappointed on the tourism index, although they might lead in searches in one of the other dimensions.

UNWTO forum on gastronomy tourism The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with the Basque Culinary Center, is organizing the 3rd UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism. The forum will be held on May 8 and 9 in San Sebastian, Spain, and will return to that country every second year. It will gather leading experts in the field of gastronomy tourism, who will discuss the challenges of gastronomy tourism in the world, event management and organization, and the possibilities for the further development of that segment of tourism. As a part of the forum, events will be held in many gastronomy centers throughout the Basque country, which will present the diverse culinary offer of the exhibitors.

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The tourism industry is booming, and the trend will very likely continue in the upcoming years. Weekend city breaks are the most popular form of travelling, especially in Europe, where airfare is low, and the offer is incredibly vast. Over the next few years, tourists will also visit cities such as Moscow or New York for only 4-5 days. Also, instead of sunbathing on a beach, today, tourists are more attracted by active vacations and adventures, new experiences, and unfamiliar activities, and the popularity of religious tourism is also on the rise.

Safest airlines in 2017 For the fourth consecutive year, Airline Ratings, a specialized international website that evaluates the safety and quality of services in the airline industry, has named Qantas the safest airline in the world. Also in the top 20 were British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, and Finnair. The top 10 best rated low-cost airlines included Aer Lingus, JetBlue, Thomas Cook, and WestJet. The website announced that 2016 was one of the safest years in the history of aviation, and that flying is still the safest way to travel. March - May 2017

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EAST TYROL: SILLIAN AND KALS (AUSTRIA) Sporthotel Sillian in the winter; A room at Sporthotel Sillian.

A mountain oasis for all the seasons Heading down the snowy slopes and walking through romantic winter landscapes, or hiking and walking along the alpine peaks in spring, when nature smells especially fresh? You will see for yourself, East Tyrol is a destination for a great vacation any time of the year. Text: Željka Kunťtek Photos: Shultz Gruppe, Dolomiten Residenz**** Sporthotel Sillian, Gradonna ****s Mountain Resort and tipTravel magazine

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t's morning, December 15, 2016. We find our way through the fog to the parking lot that was our point of departure for our trip to East Tyrol. Upon arrival at the place where we met other travelers, we noticed that

we left one of our mobile phones at home. Oh no... How would we check our mails over the next few days, answer the urgent ones, and take calls? A hundred questions came to mind, but we soon concluded that perhaps it was the best thing to happen to us before our trip. Sometimes, you need to unplug and let the new experiences take control. We were ready for our adventure in East Tyrol.

On a hedonistic note In just a five-hour ride, we replaced the cold and foggy Zagreb morning for sunny Sillian, a town in the Hochpusteral Valley, located near the Austrian-Italian border and surrounded by white ski slopes that attract not only skiers, but also those who would like to try that adventure. Although we wanted to get closer to them right after settling in at the Sporthotel Sillian (a well-known address amongst 98

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The snowy slopes in East Tyrol attract fans of winter sports; Picnics, walks, and cycling are the favorite activities of tourists in the summer months; Carriage rides are part of the tourism offer in Sillian; The Gradonna Mountain Resort.

In Sillian, fans of active vacations will also enjoy themselves in the spring and summer months. Hiking, long walks through the forest and mountain meadows, and cycling along the Drava River will reveal impressive views, and recharge and relax you.

many skiers and families), after lunch we were more inclined to take a short nap at the comfortable hotel room, which harmoniously combines modern and alpine design. We spent our first evening in East Tyrol in the center of the region, in Lienz, located 30 kilometers away, at its charming and idyllic Christmas Fair, with mulled wine, Christmas carols, crackling fires, and wooden houses full of traditional products. Once again, the Austrians convinced us that they are "Masters of Advent". We awaited our first morning in Sillian. Part of the group headed over to the ski lift, located across from the hotel, and enjoyed skiing on the 60 kilometers of ski slopes, some of which head directly down to the hotel (ski-in/ski-out). The ski resort also has an attractive snow park, and fans of winter sports can also enjoy

cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing... Part of the group, including us, chose an entirely different experience - a horse-drawn carriage ride in the idyllic landscape. We continued our morning with a visit to the world-famous wafer factory, Loacker, and enjoying sweet treats. The rest of the day and evening also passed in a hedonistic note, with massages with warm aromatic oils and relaxing in the hotel's spa zone. The three thousand square meters of the relaxing zone contain indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam baths, massage showers, and a fitness center, and you can choose between many massages, and beauty and relaxation treatments. Relaxing in the spa zone was also a logical continuation of the day for those who spent the day on the snowy slopes. Dinner with selected Austrian specialties followed.

Luxury immersed in nature The following day, we headed to the Großglockner Resort, which bears the name of the highest peak in Austria, Großglockner (3798 m). After an hour-long ride, we reached the KalsMatrei ski region, also the largest ski resort in East Tyrol, which will satisfy both professional and recreational skiers with its 110 km of slopes, of varying difficulties. At that impressive mountain landscape, right next to the ski slopes, the luxurious Gradonna Mountain Resort is nicely tucked in, and extra care was taken to respect nature and principles of sustainability during construction. That can be felt at every step you take there. You will feel like royalty in the comfortable, contemporary rooms at the hotel and in the mountain cabins (châlet), and one of the special features of the resort

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Although you will likely unplug yourself from daily life during your stay, if necessary, it's good to know that guests have free Wi-Fi access throughout the entire resort.

Kals am GroĂ&#x;glockner; The Gradonna Mountain Resort; The Gradonna boulder and entrance to the chapel built into the mountain; The resort is located in an area surrounded by enchanting nature, at the entrance to the oldest Austrian National Park, Hohe Tauern.

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is the fact that it is car-free. In other words, upon arrival, you leave your car in the underground garage because you won't need it since you are staying at the resort. So, guests are ensured greater peace and relaxation, and the sounds of the mountains and nature are the only things you will hear there. The resort is located at the entrance of the oldest and largest Austrian National Park, Hohe Tauern, which is special, amongst other things, for the more than 300 alpine peaks at a height above three thousand meters. If you come there in the spring and the summer, you will enjoy hiking and taking long walks through the forests and aromatic alpine meadows, discovering the incredible panoramas and the diverse flora and fauna (which you can also do accompanied by a ranger), so it is also possible to come across a mountain goat, a groundhog, or see the magnificent flight of an eagle...

Head over to the large boulders in the forest called Gradonna, which the resort was named after, where some of the oldest artifacts in East Tyrol were found. A chapel was built into the mountain, and you can find refreshment in a mountain spring next to it. You will also come across cyclists, and you can also head out on a long ride on mountain bike or electric bike yourself. Whether you are a skier or a hiker, make sure to take a break at the Adler Lounge, located at the peak of the Kals-Matrei area, at 2600 meters, with a magnificent view of GroĂ&#x;glockner. If you aren't up for exercise, the luxurious mountain lounge can also be reached by gondola. Besides an unforgettable view of 60 mountain peaks higher than three thousand meters, here you will also enjoy superb culinary delicacies, based on fresh seasonal ingredients, and excellent wines. If you visit on a sunny day, which is very likely here,


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take the time to relax on one of the lounge chairs on the spacious terrace. You're sure to get a tan. There are also several suites, and a hall for various events, such as team-building, seminars, and smaller conferences available at the facility.

For true gourmets Guests at the Gradonna Mountain Resort, which is, just like the Adler Lounge, the ski resort, the ski-lift, and the Sporthotel Sillian, owned by the Schultz Group, can also take advantage of the superb spa center with pools, saunas, steam baths, and a rich selection of treatments to relax and recharge the body and soul. In doing so, they use natural cosmetics based on pine, honey, St. John's wort... Your children will also enjoy themselves there. For them, a special pool with a slide has been made, along with a

play area and a kid's club where they can play carefree, under supervision, while you relax. The Gradonna Mountain Resort is also a famous place for topnotch gourmets since special attention is dedicated to the preparation of delicious, creative meals. If, instead of staying in the hotel, you decide to stay in a mountain cabin (chalet) that accommodates six to ten people (which is ideal for groups of friends), you can also prepare meals yourself in the châlet's superbly equipped kitchen. There is also a well-stocked store with healthy ingredients located at the resort. If you don't want to spend time cooking meals, you can eat them at the hotel, order delivery to your chalet, or you can request the services of a chef who will prepare meals with you at the chalet. In that way, you will learn to prepare some new, delicious dishes, while also discovering the culinary secrets of top-notch chefs.

Adler Lounge is a popular place for skiers and gourmets to take a break; The superb spa center with saunas, pools, and steam baths is part of the resort; The group of Croatian journalists couldn't resist the scrumptious delicacies at the Gradonna Mountain Resort.

If you decide to eat at the hotel, not even the pickiest taste buds will be able to resist the vast spread of high quality dishes. For example, for breakfast, count on having each ingredient in at least ten different versions - from types of bread and pastries, cheeses, marmalades, cereals, honey, which you will also, for example, find with honeycombs. As far as lunch and dinner go, the choice is endless. Besides winning you over with their flavors, the creatively prepared dishes will also thrill you with their visual presentation. When you finally draw the line and have a look at the relationship between the price and quality of your vacation at those mountain oases, you will conclude that it is worth every cent, and every minute of travelling. And that you will likely forget about your mobile phone and the daily bustle. 

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An enchanting sight: Cinque Terre Even if you haven't been there yet, you will surely recognize the landscape of Cinque Terre (Five Lands). The name describes five fishing villages on the Italian coast: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, which, together with the hills that surround them, are part of the Cinque Terre National Park. The famous Italian destination, which was inscribed on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1997, is famous for its steep cliffs that rise above the sea, and are covered in colorful houses. The vision is somewhat surreal, enchanting, and definitely awakens the romantic side in everyone, even in those who are hopelessly unromantic.

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