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Number 22 • Year VI • March - May 2018

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History on a grain of salt ˇ Island: Korcula

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EDITORIAL Travel and tourism magazine March - May 2018 ISSN: 1849-059X Publisher: Tip Kreativa d.o.o. Jordanovac 119, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia +385 1 2348488 +385 91 7958016 info@tiptravelmagazine.com www.tiptravelmagazine.com www.facebook.com/tiptravelmagazine VAT ID Number: HR21136573248 Erste&Steiermärkische Bank d.d. SWIFT: ESBCHR22 IBAN: HR4524020061100663844

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The most beautiful spring stories S ome travel rarely, some from time to time, and some simply can't get enough. We definitely belong to the third group, where the appetites of those who travel grow even more with every trip they go on. It is time to take your passport on a walk, especially now, when the warm spring days are ahead of us. In this issue of the magazine we once again bring you an abundance of ideas to create your own travel stories. Did you know that a town in southern Croatia is the guardian of incredible world attractions? In the following pages, discover its story, which is hidden behind the title "History on a grain of salt", and then see it for yourself. It is best to go there in the spring, when the temperatures are still pleasant, and when the oysters are at their most delicious. While you are down south, stop by Korčula, Marco Polo's island, and just like that famous world traveler, explore the timeless beauty of the island, and experience it in the spring.

We are delighted to present, for the first time ever, a somewhat enigmatic and absolutely interesting and rich part of continental Croatia, which has a bright future in tourism ahead of it. Discover it before the others, but before you go, find out more behind the title "Podravina's seven gems". Although Croatia is invaluably attractive to tourists, and we are also quite fond of it and would like to motivate you to lose yourself in its endless beauty as much as possible, it can be assumed that you won't want to spend absolutely every vacation in it. So, we also bring you recommendations for a spring city break to some European cities. We have singled out five that definitely offer unforgettable experiences under the spring sun. It is said that travel first leaves us speechless, and then turns us into storytellers. True, isn't it? So, this spring, we would like you to remain speechless as often as possible, and then be overcome with a flood of words... Željka and Robert Kunštek

Associates in this issue: Mirela Drkulec Miletić Petra Škofić Vlatka Vužić Translator: Marija Crnogaj Marketing: marketing@tiptravelmagazine.com Photo source: tipTravel magazine archive, archives of Croatian Tourist Boards, PHOTOnet.hr, fotolia Cover page photo: Bartolomija fortress - Podzvizd, Ston © Ston Tourist Board

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8-9 NEWS - Croatia 10-33 ISSUE TOPIC - Dubrovnik and Neretva County: History on a grain of salt 34 ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NOVELTIES - Croatia 35 Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel: Spring at the Dubrovnik Riviera 36-45 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Korčula Island: Spring à la Korčula  Korčula: Active in Marco Polo's city (38-39)  Korčula Hotels: Inspired by Marco Polo (41)  Vela Luka, Blato, Smokvica, and Lumbarda: Active, delicious, full of experiences... (42-45)

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47 Panorama Zagreb Hotel: For a superb spring vacation 48-49 HISTORICAL TRACES Zagreb: Zagreb cathedral 50-53 GET TO KNOW CROATIA Central Podravina: Podravina's seven gems 54-55 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Bjelovar-Bilogora County: Relax in the greenery of Bilogora 56 TIPS4YOU 57 FOOD AND WINE - Brtonigla: Vacations with the taste of Malvazija


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58-59 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Crikvenica Riviera: A combination of health, sports, and fun 61 Jadran Crikvenica Hotel Esplanade: A wellness and spa with the perks of the Mediterranean

63 EXPLORE CROATIA Northern Velebit National Park: The magical world of Velebit House 64-67 ACTIVE VACATION - Rab Island: On the island of sun and happiness

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68-69 BEAUTIES OF CROATIA Krka National Park: Cradled by two rivers 70-71 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Vodice: The rhythm of spring in Vodice 72 RECOMMENDATION Prvić Island 73 Olympia Vodice: Congresses inspired by the Mediterranean 74-75 EXPERIENCE CROATIA Baška Voda: The recipe for a perfect vacation

78-79 CULTURAL SCENE Interview - Mia Negovetić: Each performance is a new adventure 80-81 NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS - World 82-91 CITY BREAK: Top 5 destinations for a spring city break 92-93 WORLD ATTRACTIONS Hallstatt (Austria) 94 INTERESTING FACTS Vienna (Austria)

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On February 6, 2018, the results of the "Attitudes and Expenditures of Tourists in Croatia - TOMAS Summer 2017" survey, conducted by the Institute for Tourism were presented at the Croatian Ministry of Tourism. In comparison to 2014, when the survey was last conducted, the average daily expenditure of tourists grew by about 19 percent and totals 79 euro per person and per night. On average, guests from the USA, Great Britain, Spain, Russia, and Scandinavian countries spent the most. Although vacations at the sea were the main motive to come to Croatia for more than half the visitors, gastronomy and active vacations have a growing significance in choosing Croatia as a destination. The main source of information is the internet, and the highest rated categories in Croatia are beautiful nature and landscapes, kind staff in accommodation units, and personal safety.

Volotea, Germania and Adria Airways: New lines towards Croatia Lufthansa introducing a Frankfurt - Zadar line

Lufthansa is adding a new destination to its global map, and as of summer 2018, it will fly to another top destination in Croatia. After Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, and Pula, as of April 28, 2018, Lufthansa's airplanes will depart from Frankfurt to Zadar. An Airbus A319 will connect Frankfurt with the northern Dalmatian coast every Saturday and Sunday. Besides enabling tourists to visit the Croatian coast, the new line also offers people from Zadar and the surrounding area a direct connection with more than 200 destinations worldwide. 8

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Croatia is also one of the key destinations for Volotea, the low-cost Spanish airline, which is confirmed by the 44 percent increase of seats offered by that airline towards Croatian destinations in 2018. There are six new lines, while two more will also connect France and Croatia - on the Nice-Split, and Nantes-Pula line. German airline Germania has also shown interest in Croatia, and has introduced a regular line from Toulouse to Dubrovnik this year. The Slovenian airline, Adria Airways, will also introduce a new line that will connect Ljubljana with the island of Brač twice a week, as of April 27, 2018.

easyJet introducing a new summer line to Split The low-cost British airline company EasyJet is introducing a new SplitVenice line to Croatia. The new line will transport passengers twice a week - on Mondays and Saturdays from June 14 to September 1, 2018, while from July 21 to September 1, 2018, it will be supplemented by another flight every week - on Saturdays. The other EasyJet lines to Croatia this year are from Pula to Liverpool, London Southend, and Milan, and from Zadar to Berlin, as well as from Dubrovnik to London Southend and Venice. Source:

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Croatia seventh in the world for investing in tourism

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The first edition of the Global Tourism Locations of the Future 2017/2018 report, issued by fDi Magazine, part of The Financial Times, the leading British financial publication, placed Croatia at the high seventh place of destinations with the greatest potential for investment in tourism. Amongst 43 travel destinations worldwide, Croatia also got a special Editor's Choice Award as one of the countries with the most advancements in the area of improving tourist infrastructure, accommodations, initiatives for developing tourism, and for investing in hotels and the cruising segment of nautical tourism, and it was also highlighted as a destination for film tourism. According to a survey conducted by the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, a total of 940 million euro will be invested in Croatian tourism in 2018.

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Croatia - the world's top destination for bareboat charters During a round table of the Croatian Employer's Association - Nautical Sector Association on February 23, 2018, where the effects of legislative changes on the nautical sector were discussed, it was said that Croatia is the world's top destination for bareboat charters. In 2017, there were 879 charter companies in Croatia with 4018 active yachts and board, which achieved 75,884 rentals, with 478,971 tourists. Last year, 18,211 arrivals of foreign yachts and boats were also recorded, of which approximately seven thousand needed to moor during the peak season. Harbors reaped revenue of 769 million kuna.

Europe is turning to health and medical tourism more and more because in it, it sees the chance to make up for the fall of international tourist arrivals in Europe due to the increase of arrivals in some other areas - pointed out Zdeslav Radović, founder and director of the HTI Conference, at the 8th HTI Conference on March 1, 2018. The HTI (Health Tourism Industry) Conference gathered 350 participants from 50 countries worldwide, including representatives of some of the strongest international consumers and buyers, organizers of health tourism trips, and insurance companies. There was also word, amongst other things, on the designing of health tourism strategies for EU members, and the 2nd EHTI Leaders' Summit and "Buy Croatia - Health Tourism" gatherings were held there as well.

The "Dubrovnik - Respect the City" project was presented In February 2018, a strategic project by Dubrovnik's city administration, "Dubrovnik - Respect the City", which brings a three-year action plan with the aim of sustainable development and managing Dubrovnik as a travel destination in line with all significant factors, was presented in the city. The project will unite the strategy for developing tourism, the plan for managing the historical center and other strategic documents, and it consists of short-term and long-term goals, or initiatives for solving the challenges the city faces on a daily basis. March - May 2018

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Take a bunch of history and unique cultural attractions, mix them with natural beauty and irresistible food and wine experiences, slowly add attractive programs and content, and season with the famous Mediterranean charm. Finally, add at least a grain of salt and bake in the warm Mediterranean sun... That could be the recipe for a fantastic travel product with a somewhat romantic name "History on a grain of salt", which will be offered in its entirety as of March 2019 in Ston, a medieval town in the south of Croatia. However, there is no reason you shouldn't visit it sooner because Ston has an abundance of interesting stories.

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History on a grain of salt Text: Željka Kunťtek Photos: Ston Tourist Board

Harvesting salt; Salt, otherwise known as Ston's white gold; The Ston walls; Loading salt into railcars.

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A little town of global importance Did you know that Ston is the guardian of global heritage? There, in southern Croatia, where the Pelješac peninsula connects to the mainland, you will find the home of the oldest active salt works in Europe, possibly in the world, and the largest preserved salt works in the history of the Mediterranean. The Romans were the first to start exploiting and harvesting that "white gold", and today, in an equally natural and traditional way - with the help of the sea, the sun, and the wind, sea salt and fleur de sel is still produced there. So Ston, along with Dubrovnik, was the strategically most important city of the former Republic of Dubrovnik, since salt, as a monopolized product, brought in a 1/3 of the revenue. The Ston salt works have 58 pools, divided into five groups, since the entire salt production process has to go through five phases, and it takes a month or two, depending on the weather. There are nine crystallization pools, which bear the names of saints: Francis, Nicholas, Balthazar, Anthony, Joseph, John, Peter and Paul, with the exception of one named Mundo (world). During the Republic of Dubrovnik, another two pools with a granite base, Blaise and Lazarus, were used to extract the cleanest salt that was then sent to the Viennese court. The salt works produce around two thousand tons of salt annually.


Harvesting salt in the St. Peter and Paul pool.

The harvesting and salt production season lasts from April to October.

Visit the Ston salt works and buy organic salt and fleur de sel. The salt works 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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The "History on a grain of salt" project, worth 61.6 million Croatian kuna, is mostly financed with the assistance of EU funds.

A view of part of the wall from the old city center.

The second longest wall in the world To protect the largest natural salt works (located at the base of the Ston channel) from possible attacks from land, during the 14th and 15th century, impressive monumental walls with towers were built, modeled after Dubrovnik's famous walls. With a length of 5.5 km and a height that ranges from five to ten meters, they are convincingly the longest in Europe, and the second longest in the world (right after the Great Wall of China!). They have two entrances and one exit, and consist of the Ston and Little Ston wall, the Great Wall, along with 41 towers and six bastions. The wall offers an enchanting view of the Ston salt works. If just one of its tiny grains of salt there could talk, it would tell you the grand story of that area with a tumultuous past. But that is why today the locals, aware of the great value of the cultural and historical heritage they have in their area, tell the growing number of visitors about their past, and invest special effort in its renovation, facilities, and enrichment with new programs and content to make it even more attractive to tourists. They are doing all that as part of the "History on a grain of salt" project, which they also made a promotional film for, which you can see here.

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Povijest na zrnu soli (History on a grain of salt)

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A new look

The renovation of the walls and the fortress that will shine anew in spring 2019.

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The Veliki Kaštio fortress has already been opened for visitors with a new look, and by March 2019, you will also be able to tour a part of the Koruna fortress. In mid-June of this year, you will be able to walk on the revitalized Ston portion of Napoleon's trail, and by the beginning of this year's main tourism season, you will also be awaited by the southern portion of the Ston walls, which will then be in their full glory. This summer, make sure to also tour the abundant, expanded collection at the Ston Lapidarium, and then gather your thoughts and relax under the tree canopies at Komarda Park, which will shine a new horticultural shine. Pop into the new exhibition spaces at Natura Dalmatia, where you can buy homemade products with the enticing flavors and aromas of that part of Croatia. Take some time to tour the "Pelješac - Empire of Wine" thematic trail, and there is also a new brochure of the same name with useful information to help you find your way on the trail. As of June 2019, your stay in Ston will be additionally enhanced with new attractive programs and travel tours. Here we bring you more information about the novelties... The Veliki Kaštio fortress, located in the southeastern part of Ston, was the first line of defense from the sea for the city and the salt works. Although it used to be part of the city walls, today it proudly stands on its own, reminding passersby of its important role in the past. The sturdy fortress, which has walls of up to four meters thick in some parts, was the headquarters of the military government and was one of the most important buildings on the entire peninsula. Its top floor offers a magnificent view of the Ston salt works, which you will be able to see for yourself. Besides being taken on an exciting cultural and historical journey through the former Republic of Dubrovnik and Pelješac, you can also enjoy various cultural and touristic delights in the unique ambiance of the fortress.


The picturesque Od StoviĹĄa Street in Ston leads to one of the two entrances to the Ston Wall.

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Ston and Mali Ston are connected to each other with walls; A view of Mali Ston; Mali Ston is famous for growing oysters and mussels, and for its superb restaurants.

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The Koruna fortress is to Mali Ston what Veliki KaĹĄtio is to Ston and its salt works. Koruna is an integral part of the wall that surrounds the town, and was used to monitor the surrounding hills and the hinterland, the wagon trail, and Tabor, where salt was traded. However, besides having just a monitoring function, Koruna was also the center of defense for Mali Ston against enemies and ruthless pirates. So, it acted as military barracks, and if the town was attacked, it was a shelter for the locals. As of March 2019, a newly renovated area there will welcome you with plenty of interesting content.


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Make sure to see the valuable collection of the Ston lapidarium, located on the main street in Ston, Placa.

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The Ston lapidarium It is truly a joy to walk through the Ston lapidarium that will, just like in a time machine, take you back in time to Roman times. The incredibly valuable archeological collection, which is actually the outdoor exhibit of the Archeological Museum of the Dubrovnik Museum, preserves stone pieces of furniture and equipment, which came from the workshops of stone masons in the southern Dalmatia area. The main stars of the collection are 6th century frescos with motifs of fish scales, which come from the Early Christian church of St. Mary Magdalene, and the 11th century relief with the depiction of a person with a crown on their head from St. Michael's church. The ruins of the Church of Our Lady from the 9th century are also valuable. The lapidarium is located on the main floor of the former Bishop's palace, in the main city street. The newly renovated lapidarium has become home to an even larger archeological and valuable sacral collection, which is worth a visit.


A view of Ston's fields; The Arcimun tower and part of Ston's walls.

Down the path of the famous Napoleon Have you ever asked yourself where the army of famous French military leader Napoleon went? Amongst other places, to PeljeĹĄac! In the 19th century, the Napoleon trail was built there and today a network of educational walking and cycling trails that lead you to natural attractions and cultural sites, ten of which have been protected as cultural heritage sites, follow that path. There you will see historical buildings from Napoleon's time, and if you head a little off course, you will also see other witnesses of ancient history and archeological sites. Ston's renewed part of Napoleon's trail attracts equal numbers of walkers, cyclists, and adventurers.

The southern wall When four towers and part of the wall (built from 1407 to 1417, during the Republic of Dubrovnik), adding up to 130 meters in total, collapsed in 1905, not only was the unique Ston wall complex disrupted, but the city landscape was also ruined. In 1951, part of the southern wall was renewed, and now the renovation and completion of the remaining part is nearly finished, and it will tell its story starting in the main tourism season in 2018. At the foot of the wall, there is a triangular park, which is shaded in the hot days under canopies of elm and plane trees. It will await you this summer with a new horticultural design, and offer you rest and refreshment.

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Ston at dusk; The illumination of Ston's walls.

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For the modern tourist The locals will enhance the newly renewed cultural and historical heritage with new tourist facilities that will tell the story of Ston in an interesting and innovative way. Amongst them are two programs with intriguing names: "Cum grano salis" and "The Secrets of Ston". The "Cum grano salis" drama performance will take you through Ston's history, and the lead actress is salt. You will find out everything about that queen of Ston - how it was produced, harvested, and transported, how they protected it by building impressive walls, and how Dubrovnik's traders traded it worldwide. It will be on the program twice a week, from June to September, within the sturdy walls of the Veliki Kaštio fortress, located right next to the Ston salt works. A special experience will be the night­ time ambiental-theatrical tour of Ston's attractions, "The Secrets of Ston".

As its name says, it will take you on an exciting tour of Ston and Mali Ston, which will reveal stories, legends, and less known interesting facts about the city and its attractions - the Veliki Kaštio, Koruna, and Podzvizd fortresses, the Rector's palace, Bishop's palace, Main Guard, Placa, cathedral, and the salt works, and you will also see the dramatic depiction of how to farm shellfish, primarily oysters. During the tour, several famous people from Ston's past will come alive, from late Ancient times, the Nemanjić and Kotromanić dynasties, all the way to the Republic of Dubrovnik. You will get to know characters tied to the daily life of Ston, and the interesting thematic tour will end with local wine and delicious delicacies, which you will nibble on as you enjoy the performances of local cultural societies. The tour will take place three times per week, also from June to September, starting in 2019.


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An oyster farm in the Mali Ston Bay; Oysters and mussels; Excursion boats in Mali Ston; An oyster harvested from the sea.

An organized boat excursion from Mali Ston to the oyster farm will reveal a lot about that sea treasure to you, so you will find out, amongst other things, that oysters also have aphrodesiac qualities.

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A fried oyster; Superb Pelješac wines pair perfectly with oysters and seafood specialties; Ston and Mali Ston are famous destinations for gourmets.

Treat your taste buds to oysters and a glass of sparkling red or white Pelješac wine while in Ston.

On Ston's table You must be hungry by now. After a tour of the cultural treats, it is time to sit down at the table with the locals and taste the food that has positioned Ston at the top of the world of gastronomy. Oysters, seashells that true gourmets yearn for, definitely take first place on Ston's food map. Especially if you know that they come from the Mali Ston Bay, where ancient Romans first started farming them. Ston's chefs prepare them in various creative ways in the city taverns and restaurants, and most often serve them as an appetizer, unveiling Ston's gourmet rhapsody in a way. Still, experienced locals from Ston will tell you that oysters are tastiest when they are freshly harvested from the sea, raw, and drizzled with a few drops of lemon juice. You can try them prepared in such a way at many of Ston's events, and those queens of Ston's table has an entire event in their honor, the Mali Ston Oyster Day (March 17, 2018). It is a great opportunity to, in one place, try them prepared in various ways - in soup, roasted, deep-fried, fried, in risotto, with pasta... The locals say that oysters are the tastiest in mid-March, around St. Joseph's Day. Round off the gourmet experience with renowned Pelješac wine, sparkling red or white wine, which pairs best with oysters.

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A woman from Ston in the mill; Ston cake; Rose wine; Vineyards near Ston; Harvesting olives; There are many wine cellars in the Ston area and its surroundings where superb PeljeĹĄac wines can be tasted; Ston's culinary delicacies.

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According to old recipes The Mali Ston Bay is also home to mussels, shellfish that is also a true delicacy and a valuable source of omega-3 fatty acids, and fans of mussels will be delighted in Ston. End your culinary journey on a sweet note, with Ston cake, Ston makaruli, sugared almonds... As part of the project, Ston's offer of food and wine will be enhanced with authentic products produced in the traditional way, according to old recipes. Make sure to try the highly-regarded rose liqueur (ruzolin), along with the renowned fruit liqueurs made with carob and bitter orange. Raise a glass of rakija, enriched with herbs, which has been drunk there to improve health for ages. Experience the other flavors and scents of the area and stop by at the new Natura Dalmatia exhibition space in the heart of Ston. Under the "Croatian Island Products" sign, which guarantees authenticity and superb quality, you will find homemade soaps, scented salts enriched with aromatic herbs, along with old delicacies from the Dubrovnik area arancini and limuncini (sugared orange and lemon peel), and sugared almonds. Treat your taste buds to them, and try something truly soothing for your health - superb olive oil, honey, and honey products.


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More than a marathon

Every year, the Ston Wall Marathon attracts competitors from all over the world.

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Along with the already-mentioned Mali Ston Oyster Day (March 17, 2018), some of Ston's larger events include Ston Summer, and the Ston Wall Marathon (August 23, 2018). Ston's summer consists of many events in the summer months - from a folk dance revue and International Festival of Brass Band Orchestras to Wine Night, White Night, Klapa Evenings, the Festival of Salt, and Kinookus Film Food Festival. Choose what attracts you most from the wide range of events, and make sure to be in Ston during the Ston Wall Marathon, where competitors from all over the world participate. The marathon is known as one of the most challenging in the world, and the runners run along the Ston wall, through Ston, along a seaside trail, which offers the marathon runners an enchanting view of the southern Dalmatian islands, and through Ston's field. Those who have already participated describe it as a unique combination of sports and tourism, running through centuries of history, and the preserved natural beauty of the Pelješac peninsula, and they regularly point out the fantastic, positive vibe of the entire event. 


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The historical town-planning ensemble of Ston is, together with Mali Ston, on UNESCO's tentative list of natural and cultural heritage sites.

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A walk along the Ston walls; A Ston fountain; The youngest preservers of Ston's heritage; The entrance to the Ston wall.


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DUBROVNIK AND NERETVA COUNTY: History on a grain of salt Ana Rucner's "Destiny" music video

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The most important parts of Ston - the city and the Ston wall, the salt pans, renowned PeljeĹĄac wine, and sun-drenched vineyards, along with some of the most delicious oysters in the world - have found their place in a video clip with famous Croatian cello player, Ana Rucner. In the clip, you will see shots filmed on the Great Wall of China, where Ana wanted to connect the two largest walls in the world, all accompanied by a modern performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

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The view from Bartholomew tower; Girls in folk dance costumes at Oyster Day, which attracts many fans of that delicacy every year.


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Michelin stars have arrived in Šibenik and Dubrovnik

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The restaurants Pelegrini (Šibenik) and 360º (Dubrovnik) have each received a Michelin star, while the list of restaurants recommended by Michelin has expanded with 24 new restaurants. That is the result of a secret tour of Croatian restaurants by professional Michelin inspectors who toured restaurants all over Croatia during 2017. The new Croatian guide has been published on the website of Michelin, the globally most significant and most renowned restaurant guide. After this selection, Croatia has a total of three restaurants with Michelin stars and 55 restaurants recommended by Michelin.

This summer season, Croatia Airlines is introducing new direct international flights between Dublin and Zagreb, which will fly twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays) from May 3 to October 28, 2018. Other novelties include direct flights between Munich and Dubrovnik, Copenhagen and Split, and Zagreb and Mostar. Fly with Croatia Airlines from many European cities to Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, Zadar, Rijeka, Osijek, or Bol (Brač island), and discover Croatia! More information and flight offers can be found at www.croatiaairlines.com or at m.croatiaairlines.com, or via the Contact center (+385 1 6676 555).

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Dubrovnik FestiWine The fifth Dubrovnik FestiWine will be held from April 16 to 22, 2018 in Dubrovnik, and it will gather the leading wine producers and distributors from Croatia and the surrounding countries. The goals of that southernmost Croatian wine festival are the promotion of the wine-drinking culture, bringing together leading producers and distributors, along with the sharing of the experiences of winemakers and other experts. The festival will attract many wine aficionados, and over the course of the week, as part of the "Dubrovnik Wine Week", the locals will invite you to visit restaurants, wine and café bars with the "Wine Friendly" sign, where you can try superb wines from Croatia's south and tasty delicacies from the Dubrovnik area, which pair excellently with the wines.


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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.

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A special fresh feeling and energy take over the island of Korčula in the spring months, and that rubs off on everyone who stays on that paradise island in southern Croatia at that time. So, don't hesitate for a second, choose Korčula as the place to go for the spring vacation of your dreams.

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Active in Marco Polo's city An active vacation in natural paradise spiced up with cultural events and delicious delicacies... sounds enticing, doesn't it? Visit Korčula this spring.

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Touring Korčula by bike; Fertile vineyards of Pošip in Čara, near Korčula, crisscrossed Korčula boasts with trails; superb food and wine; Kayaking next to the isle of Badija.

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hen the sun shines on charming Korčula, awakening nature after a sleepy winter and treating you to a cocktail of irresistible Mediterranean aromas, enriched with the scent of the sea, it is the right time to go on an active vacation in those heavenly surroundings. Whichever trail you choose, whether it runs next to the sea, or to the heart of the island, you won’t go wrong. Rent a bike and explore the beauty of Korčula, its hidden villages and island settlements full of cultural delights and incredible natural beauty on two wheels. Stop by to visit some locals and try the superb local wine and seafood dishes. Make sure to take your camera with you because you will pass by enchanting views, picturesque vineyards, and pretty panoramas. A great way to tour Marco Polo's city from another perspective is by kayaking, which is growing in popularity. Row to the pearly white island beaches near the city of Korčula or to hidden coves in good company, and enjoy the natural wellness treatments. When you get hungry, seek refreshment in a tavern or restaurant with local specialties, and round it all off with a glass of homemade wine, and treat your sweet tooth to cukarini,

sugared almonds, and other desserts. A good reason to come to Korčula are its many events and festivals. Be there in the Holy Week (March 23 - April 4, 2018) and see the magnificent processions. There will also be a procession of the brotherhoods on Corpus Christi (May 31, 2018). In late April (April 28, 2018), as has already become tradition, Korčula will be in the sign of the Marco Polo Challenge, where (recreational and all interested) participants will compete in swimming (1,500 m), cycling (40 km), and running (10 km). It is a fantastic chance to enjoy nature, but also to socialize with participants from Croatia and the rest of the world. A newer, tastier event, Korčulanske pjatnace (Spring Food and Wine Festival), will be held from April 27 to May 4, 2018. At that spring festival of food and wine, chefs from Korčula's famous restaurants will take guests on an exciting gourmet journey. They find inspiration in the sea and island gardens, and bring together traditional and modern on a plate, which results in creative, delicious Dalmatian dishes that are offered at popular prices at that time. Every Wednesday from May to September, a fair of island products will


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On June 30, 2018, you will experience something on Korčula that you won't see anywhere else in the world - the celebration of the Half New Year. Yes, you read that right! On that day, the people of Korčula will dress in costume and raise their glasses to celebrate half a year, in a way that is even more joyful and louder than the classic New Year's celebration. At that time, a large costumed parade will pass through the city streets and capture the attention of visitors with their original masks. It all culminates with a great fireworks show, and plenty of fun accompanied with the sounds of song and dance, swimming in the sea, delicious bites to eat, and homemade wine. So, this year, head over to Korčula, which can

The Moreška; The celebration of the Half New Year; A procession of Korčula's brotherhoods through the city.

be easily reached from land, thanks to its close vicinity and good connection by boat. Sailors who like to moor their boats at their favorite ACI marina in Korčula, will easily find their way to Korčula. As far as accommodations are concerned, you can choose between superb hotels, and comfortable and modernly furnished villas, rooms, and suites, where you will have the chance to meet friendly local hosts. 

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be held in Korčula, where you can taste and buy delicious local products, such as honey, jam, dried figs, homemade liqueurs, wines... On Friday, June 15, 2018, Korčula will host the Korčula Sword Dance Festival. It is a chance to experience Korčula's sword dances - the moreška, kumpanija, and moštra, but also sword dances from other parts of Croatia and other countries. If you can't make it to the festival, sword dance performances - the moreška, kumpanija, and moštra - are held on a regular weekly basis from June to October. Don't miss out on the international art festival, Marco Polo Art & Film Festival, from June 9 to 14, 2018, which promotes the cultural preservation of countries along the Silk Road.

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here are plenty of reasons you should head over to enchanting Korčula, the Mediterranean beauty, this year, and there are just as many reasons why you should choose Korčula Hotels as your host on Korčula. The famous host, with many years of experience in tourism, will pamper you with accommodations in superbly furnished rooms at attractive locations, an impressive offer of food and wine, and an abundance of facilities for an unforgettable vacation. If you would like to stay at a comfortable boutique hotel or suite in a calm cove surrounded by aromatic vegetation, stay at the Port 9 resort, located just two kilometers from the old city of Korčula, and inspired by Marco Polo, the famous travel writer. The resort is a great choice for families with children, since

it has plenty of facilities that even the youngest members of your family will enjoy, and it is also a favorite place to stay for fans of active vacations. At the resort, you will also find the luxurious Villa Andreis, which can be rented by those who would like to have a vacation like aristocracy, and a camp for all those who would like to relax in direct contact with nature. The Marco Polo Village, a community with modern mobile homes immersed in greenery, offers a completely new dimension of relaxation. True hedonists will find their oasis on Korčula in the luxurious Korčula de la Ville hotel, located on the main promenade in Korčula's old city center. You are sure to enjoy your morning coffee, afternoon tea, and a glass of wine in the evening, with selected Mediterranean delicacies on the

The inspirational view of Korčula's old city center from the Hotel Liburna; The Port 9 Hotel and pools as part of the Port 9; The Villa Andreis; The Premium Suite at the Hotel Korčula De La Ville; A room at the Port 9 Hotel.

spacious terrace that offers a view of the sea, the Pelješac channel, and spectacular sunsets. The Liburna hotel, with the most beautiful view of Korčula's old city center, and the Marko Polo and Park hotels also offer a great vacation in that stone beauty of the Adriatic. Find out more at: www.korcula-hotels.com 

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KORČULA ISLAND: Vela Luka, Blato, Smokvica, and Lumbarda

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An active vacation in charming surroundings, unique flavors of island delicacies, events full of new experiences... This year, you will find all that along Korčula's entire coastline. A view of Vela Luka; Vela Luka Outdoors; Vela Luka Jazz Festival; Vela Spila; Kumpanija; Lumblija.

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fter enjoying the beauty of the city of Korčula and its surroundings, continue actively exploring the island that shares its name. Head over to its western coast, to the renowned Vela Luka, a famous destination for tourism and outdoor activities. Set out on one of its four walking trails (of various lengths, from 1 to 10 kilometers), or explore the area by bicycle - there are four cycling circuit trails at your disposal, with a total length of 60 km. Count on stopping every so often because beautiful panoramas of the sea and surrounding islands will pop up in front of you, and you will also pass by old olive groves, vineyards... If you plan on staying in Vela Luka in the summer months, spice it up with one of the many events. Every Tuesday

during July and August, there will be performances by the Kumpanija and Mafrina folk dance groups and klapa groups. Enjoy the Vela Luka Jazz Festival in the first week of August, where famous jazz musicians from Croatia and abroad will perform. In mid-August, visit Vela Spila, when the entire week will be dedicated to that important prehistoric archeological site, and you can find out what life looked like there 20 thousand years ago through lectures, exhibitions, and the Vela Spila night. An adventurous spirit will take over Vela Luka from September 7 to 9, 2018, when Vela Luka Outdoors, days dedicated to adventure tourism, will be held. A bike race, trekking, climbing wall, adventure films... they are just part of the story. In midSeptember, taste and buy homemade


Continue on towards the heart of the island, and seven kilometers later you will be in Blato, which is a place special for many things. Explore it by bike or on foot with a light stroll, and sweeten up your stay with the famous Blato Lumblija, a traditional cake that will tell you the story of a great and unforgettable love. The locals traditionally dedicate the entire month of October to it, when the Days of the Blato Lumblija are held, where you can also see an exhibition dedicated to that dessert. Make sure to try it, and you will also have to chance to find out the recipe and to try your hand at making it yourself. Locals even compete in making it, and so the best Blato Lumblija of 2018 will also be chosen. Still, there is no reason not to come to Blato a lot sooner. It is especially charming in spring, when everything is green and in bloom, and various events are held. In late April (April 28), don't miss out on the Dubrovnik-Neretva

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of traditions and old customs. You will often see the locals perform the Kumpanija and other traditional dances, and they are also skilled at klapa and choir singing, and brass band music. There are many legends related to Smokvica, so take a short journey to the land of dancing fairies in Vilin dol, and try to find the marks permanently left by the hair of the mermaid Nera in a rock in one of the coves. Head to

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County Klapa Festival, and listen to the singing that UNESCO inscribed on its list of intangible cultural heritage in Europe. Celebrate the International Day of Museums in May together with the locals, with a cultural, touristic, educational program, accompanied by organized excursion tours. It is the right opportunity to discover any interesting facts about that island town. In August, as part of the eventful Blato Summer (a cultural entertainment event), don't miss out on the Battle of Giča, which will take you way back to the time when the island was under the control of the Venetians, and pirate battles were a common occurrence. The people of Smokvica, a picturesque town in the heart of the island, surrounded by aromatic vineyards, are also protectors

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olive oil at days dedicated to that "liquid gold", and in late October, try lumblija, an old-fashioned cake from Korčula which has an entire festival, Lumblija Days, lasting several days, dedicated to it. It is also a special experience to be in Vela Luka during Advent, when a live nativity scene is shown in Vela Spila.

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those locations on one of the walking or cycling trails, which have a total length of 50 km. You will pass by old castles and rustic villas, centuries-old vineyards and olive groves, picturesque coves, caves, and viewpoints, and through enchanting nature. While there, taste the superb Pošip, because after all, you are in the land of Pošip. If you only have time to go down one trail, choose the Pošip trail, which leads to the place where the first vine of its kind was found in the mid19th century, which is used to make the first protected white Croatian wine. Visit the nearby coves and while in Brna, one of the larger coves, try diving, kayaking, sailing... Head over to gorgeous Istruga, a cove with beauty that is often enjoyed by fans of nature and active holidays. It is special for a cave that can be reached via a beautiful botanical trail, and there are plenty of possibilities for holding smaller events in front of the cave in the summer. If you would like to get

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Cyclists in Smokvica; Istruga Cove; Lumbarda and the surrounding vineyards; The Church of the Holy Cross surrounded by Grk vineyards The sandy in Lumbarda; Pržina beach in Lumbarda.

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to know Smokvica and its traditions even better, come to the Night of the Kumpanija Knight's Association. Enhance your visit with delicious homemade dishes prepared according to centuries-old recipes. Enjoy the fantastic offer of food and wine in Lumbarda, and taste seafood specialties in the local taverns and restaurants. End your meal with the superb Grk, a white wine made from the grapes of the autochtonous vine of the same name that prefers the sandy soil that Lumbarda has in abundance. It is a special pleasure to feel that soft, warm sand under your feet, and the best places to experience that are some of Lumbarda's sandy beaches. The most popular ones are Pržina and Bilin žal, which are equally enjoyed by young people, families, and fans of active vacations who can rent a boat, waterski, or kayak and head over to some hidden coves. Enrich your visit to Lumbarda in the summer months by going to the Fishermen's Evening, which is held every Friday from June to late September. Don't miss out on the Grk Festival (July 15 and 29, and August 12, 2018), and you will also be able to enjoy the entertaining donkey races three times during the summer. Wednesdays from July to September are reserved for folklore nights, while Mondays in Lumbarda are traditionally in the sign of sports and entertainment - tug-ofwars, beach games, releasing lanterns... Release one for yourself, and make a wish that you return to that heavenly island many more times in the future. 


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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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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

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he cathedral in Zagreb is the largest sacral building in Croatia and one of the symbols of the city; its full name is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Stephen and Ladislaus. It was built in the neo-Gothic style, 77 meters long, and 46 meters wide. It proudly stands on Kaptol, in Zagreb's historic center, and it is recognizable for its two tall spires. In the past, at the site of the presentday cathedral, there was a church that the Tatars destroyed in the 13th century, after which the construction of the new church started. It too was unfortunately struck by poor fate, and nearly destroyed by two fires in the 17th century. That was followed by a strong earthquake in 1880 that destroyed the cathedral's arches, altars, and floors, and damaged the one bell tower it had at the time. According to designs by Viennese architect F. Schmidt, and under the watchful eye of Hermann Bollé, the architect who led the construction and renewed Zagreb after the earthquake, the cathedral was renovated in the neo-Gothic style and received its present-day appearance, with two spires, new altars, a tomb for Zagreb's archbishops behind the main altar... In the center of the apse, right behind the main altar, is the tomb of the Blessed Alojzije Stepinac, Archbishop and Cardinal of Zagreb. 


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Podravina's seven gems Drnje, Gola, Hlebine, Legrad, Molve, Novigrad Podravski, and Virje are seven municipalities, seven gems, and seven things the people of Podravina are proud of. Discover them slowly, one at a time. Preserved nature is a great advantage of central Podravina; The people in Podravina are guardians of a rich cultural and historical heritage.

Did you know that Gola is home to one of the largest wooden sculptures in the world, which was inscribed in the Guinness Book of World Records? Have a look at the big sculpture of a pike at the estate of sculptor Dragutin Ciglar in Ješkovo.

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t is a great joy to present to you, for the first time in the magazine, central Podravina, an area in the continental part of Croatia, located between the impulsive Drava River and the tame hills of Bilogora. It is an area with beauty, idyllic surroundings, peace, and cultural life that has remained untouched by the fast pace of daily life, so it is, with reason, an area that is especially attractive not only as a place to live, but also for tourism. There, muses regularly find inspiration, the area has been the topic of many songs, and one of the most popular Croatian drama shows,

"Gruntovčani", was also filmed there. It consists of seven municipalities, each of which is special in many ways, even though they share similar characteristics - they can all boast indescribable natural beauty and friendly hosts, and each one is a true treasure grove of art, and a place filled with many wine and food experiences. Start exploring in Drnje, surrounded by archeological sites that will take you back in time, as if you were in a time machine, to 5000 B.C.. Have a look at the valuable artifacts from that time in the ethnological and archeological collection


A small place of great art Get to know more about Gola, a place that owes its name to storks, located next to the Hungarian border. Explore its beauty by bike, relax next to the lake or the Drava River, have a look at the village churches and the Ivan Večenaj gallery, join a sculpting or art academy and discover the artist within, stop by the Eco Garden of famous people from Podravina, try your hand at fishing, get lost in the mystical Repaš forest, find the ruins of a forgotten castle, listen to the legends the area is abundant

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with... Then head on to Hlebine, the birthplace of Croatian folk art. Yes, that small place is the home of great art, unique in the world, and it all started with the Hlebine painting school, characteristic for the art of painting glass with oil paints using a special technique, which has been protected as Croatian intangible cultural heritage. Head down Gallery Route, and tour the galleries, but make sure to stop by Hlebine Gallery and the Josip Generalić family estate, along with the estate of painter Stjepan Pongrac, and try your hand at painting on glass. After Hlebine, head on to Legrad, the place that the impulsive Drava moved to Podravina from Međimurje in 1710. Visit the local churches and Legradska hiža, watch birds at the ornithological reserve, celebrate the feast day of St. Ana with a boat ride to Hungary... Legrad is also a place where important routes cross - it is where the Drava Route bike trail starts, and the Tour de Mur ends. The EuroVelo (Iron Curtain route), Cycle in Network route, and the cultural Zrinski-Suleyman route also pass through it.

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in nearby Torčec. Discover the legend of the Church of St. George and its miraculous statue, look for the sites where the popular show we mentioned was filmed, stop by the small mill, seek refreshment in local taverns, and then head down to Šoderica Lake, where you can take pictures of its most beautiful inhabitants - swans. In the summer months, Šoderica is a venue for various sports, cultural, and musical events, so it's a good idea to rent a summer home there.

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The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the old mill in Molve; A park in Novigrad Podravski; The Virje Local History Museum and National Library; The Prkačijada and desserts from Podravina.

Visit the Prkačijada in Virje (May 11-12, 2018) and enjoy treats in the sweetest village in Croatia. While there, make sure to try Podravska mazanica.

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You will see how precious life is in Molve, a place that owes its name to the many mills on the Drava that tirelessly produced flour and fed the local population. Molve is also a place of contemplation, and the largest Marian shrine in northern Croatia, to which many followers from Croatia and abroad make a pilgrimage on the holiday of the Assumption of Mary. Molve is also one of the most important sites of natural gas in Croatia, and is also one of the centers of Croatian folk art. Just like Drnje, Novigrad Podravski is also the guardian of valuable artifacts from prehistoric and ancient times, and the town is surrounded by fruitful, picturesque vineyards. Enjoy the

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A pilgrimage to Molve is organized every year on the last Saturday in January, which started on January 26, 2008, as the National Pilgrimage to Molve in honor of St. Philomena, the protector saint of the young.

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aromatic wine while the locals tell you stories of the Novigrad fortress, the famous poet Janus Pannonius, and other artists that come from that area and their works. Dessert always comes last, so end your visit to Podravina and have a treat in Virje, formerly the largest and now the sweetest village in Croatia. Every year, the Prkačijada, an international festival of small, old-fashioned cookies, accompanied by performances from folk dance groups and dessertmaking workshops, presentations, and competitions is held there. It is a fantastic opportunity to find out the secrets of famous pastry chefs - their recipes, how they decorate cakes and make decorations using fruits and vegetables... Enrich your sweet treats with a bit of wine in the wineries of superb local winemakers, and seek refreshment at Fratrovec, a fresh water spring. Have your picture taken at traditional houses, visit the Virje Local History Museum, follow the footsteps of St. Martin, try your hand at weaving traditional cloth... Central Podravina will also motivate you to have an active vacation so besides touring the area by bike, you can also see everything on horseback. Awaken the adventurer within, and go geo­ caching on a treasure hunt through Podravina. Or leave that for next time. 


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Relax in the greenery of Bilogora In the tame hills of Bilogora you will find idyllic nature, old customs, and a traditional selection of food. Text: Petra Škofić Photos: Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Board and tipTravel magazine

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veryone who visits the picturesque green hills and valleys of the Bjelovar-Bilogora area once always returns. The peace and quiet of the tame landscape of Bilogora, Papuk, and Moslavačka gora, the friendly faces of the hosts at the farm estates, and the abundance of activities out in fresh air are therapeutic for the body and soul. Seek relief from daily stress in the Daruvar Spa. The modern center for medical rehabilitation, relaxation, and recreation is located in the attractive Julijev Park, surrounded by therapeutic hot springs and sources of mineral mud. With its wellness offer and elegantly cultivated parks, Daruvar is also an excellent choice for a weekend excursion. Get to know more about the tame hills of the Bilogora area on bike and equestrian trails. The tradition of breeding and training horses has deep roots in that area, and the 90 km long Bilogora equestrian tourist trail is the right choice if you are looking for a slightly different

vacation. You will also enjoy the bike trails that criss-cross the entire area and run through the largest cities - Bjelovar, Čazma, Garešnica, Daruvar, and Grubišno Polje. The international Lonjsko polje Balaton route also passes through there, from Podgarić to Bjelovar. Take a break at one of the many excursion sites in Bilogora, with some renowned Bilogora Graševina and an abundant spread of homemade specialties. Keljara (kale fritters), buckwheat štrukli, krpice sa zeljem (handmade pasta with cabbage), prežgana (roux) soup, kukuruzna zlevanka (cornbread), makovnjača (poppy seed roll)... the simple and healthy dishes in Bilogora will tantalize your taste buds. It should all be washed down with homemade wine or home-brewed bear. The winemaking tradition is firmly imbedded in the lives of the people living in that winegrowing region, and the hardworking hands of Bilogora's locals care for the fruitful vines that have been there since Roman times.


In the wine cellars on the Daruvar and Bilogora wine roads, try Bilogora Graševina, Rhine Riesling, Traminac, Sauvignon... The best of the Bjelovar-Bilogora area - green landscapes, active tourism, and an abundant spread of food and drinks - can all be seen at the unique cycling and food event "The Green Treasures of Bilogora" (April 14-15, 2018). At the Vila Bilogore family estate, you will find an extravagant spread of local dishes and tasting of homemade products from local family farms. Explore the 44 km

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long cycling route that meanders over the charming hills in Bilogora, test your archery skills, or try horseback riding accompanied by certified equestrian tour guides, and discover the area. The youngest will enjoy the Fairy Trail and get to know the priceless and precious flora and fauna, and they will also be intrigued by the legends and myths of the Bilogora area. See for yourself that the area is a fantastic haven from the hustle and bustle of the city and the right location for the most beautiful "green" vacation. 

"The Green Treasures of Bilogora" combine active vacations and a spread of food and wine in beautiful untouched nature... Don't miss it...

Homemade cheese and apple strudel; A view of vineyards on the Daruvar Wine Road; The Vila Bilogore family estate.

Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Board Dr. Ante Starčevića 8 43000 Bjelovar, Croatia  +385 43 221928 info@tzbbz.hr

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The unique 4 Islands MTB Stage Race consists of four stages on four islands in Kvarner: Krk, Rab, Cres, and Lošinj. Over the course of four race days, from April 11 to 14, 2018, racers will ride around 270 km, and pass through some of the most beautiful locations on those islands.

Days of Communication

Croatia Boat Show The 20th Croatia Boat Show will be held this year from May 11 to 15, 2018 in Split. It will attract boat builders and producers of nautical equipment, along with representatives of charter companies, agencies, and marinas, and will present novelties and some of the most attractive boats in the Mediterranean to its visitors. www.croatiaboatshow.com

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Synergy of technology and creativity is the topic this year's 6th Days of Communication, which will be held from April 12 to 15 in Hotel Lone in Rovinj. The festival brings the most successful international examples from the communication industry, promotes positive practices, but also questions controversy that fills newspaper columns. Some of the speakers include Brad Parscale, director of digital media for Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign, and Jayanta Jenkins, global creative director for Twitter. The prestigious IdejaX, MIXX, Effie awards for the most successful projects, and the Young Lions award for young, perspective agency employees will be handed out at the festival.

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BRTONIGLA

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Istria Wine & Walk will take you on an inspirational journey through vineyards and olive groves; Four wine queens wearing dresses in the colors of the four types of Istrian soil; Outstanding delicacies in the San Rocco restaurant in Brtonigla; Istrian Malvazija, a type of white grape, is grown in the vineyards in Brtonigla.

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This spring, experience an unforgettable journey of wine and gourmet food on the enchanting hill where you can find Brtonigla.

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reen hills with picturesque old towns surrounded by vineyards and centuries-old olive groves, which are embraced by the sun for the majority of the year, are the first things you will see when you head out to explore the interior of the Istrian peninsula. It will soon become clear why they call that area the "Croatian Tuscany". Although every hill has a story of its own, the one you will discover in Brtonigla, a town in northwestern Istria, is truly special, and it could be briefly described as "4 soils - 4 wines". The town sits on four different kinds of soil that represent all the different kinds of soil found in Istria, and the delicious grapes ripening in the vineyards growing on each of the four types of soil result in the different, but superb and renowned Istrian Malvazija. In the area surrounding Brtonigla, there are five winemakers that produce more

than 10 percent of the total Istrian production of wine, and some of them can boast a tradition that dates way back to 1903. Brtonigla rightfully gained the title of "city of wine" and "wine mecca", but it hasn’t stopped there. Further investment in the production of superb wine is accompanied by many wine and gourmet food events, so this year, for the first time, Brtonigla will host Wine VIP Event, a conference of top-notch wine experts, from March 15-16, 2018. Make sure not to miss out on a unique gourmet event, Istria Wine & Walk, on May 19, 2018, in the neighboring town of Buje. There you will find 11 km of inspirational trails through a maze of vineyards and olive groves, nine superb Istrian winemakers with divine wines, seven local producers and restauranteurs, and just as many places to find refreshment with delicious Istrian delicacies. 

Brtonigla Tourist Board Mlinska 2, 52474 Brtonigla, Croatia  +385 52 774307 info@istria-brtonigla.com

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CRIKVENICA RIVIERA

A combination of health, sports, and fun A total of 130 years of tradition in tourism puts Crikvenica at the top of popular Adriatic destinations.

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he routes of health tourism at the Crikvenica Riviera date back to the 19th century, when European aristocrats discovered the healing powers of the gentle Mediterranean climate, salty sea air, and attractive natural heritage of the Crikvenica area. Thanks to that, Crikvenica was soon given the title of a health and seaside resort, and nowadays, 130 years later, it deservingly bears the title of the most successful health tourism destination in Croatia in 2017. The tradition of tourism, deeply intertwined into the identity of the city, transformed the small fishing village into an urban center of health tourism. The diversity of natural beauty, elegantly cultivated parks and promenades, the abundance of walking and hiking trails, the ideal combination of salty sea air and clean mountain air rich with therapeutic minerals, the number of sunny days, and its strategic location in the heart of Kvarner have formed the foundation to build hotels, spas, and clinics. Thalassotherapia - Crikvenica and Terme Selce are definitely the height of health institutions on which health tourism in Crikvenica was based. However, the range of Crikvenica's offer of tourism goes beyond the framework of health tourism. Amongst those welcome are fans of active holidays,

those who are interested in cultural and entertaining events and a rich historical heritage, as well as fans of attractive beaches... Did you know that Crikvenica has a total of 2500 hours of sun per year? So, lounging on Crikvenica's beaches, which are amongst the most beautiful in the Adriatic, is a special experience. The beaches are full of sports and recreational content for people of all ages, and some of the beaches also proudly bear the prestigious blue flag, an award for highquality beaches and impeccably clean seas. There is also a popular beach for pets, which was written about by many famous media outlets worldwide.

The city of marathons Recreational and professional cyclists, swimmers, and runners cannot resist the unique combination of attractive views and adrenaline in Crikvenica's three marathons. The season opens with the XCM Crikvenica bike marathon (May 13), a fantastic cycling experience that brings together the best cyclists in Croatia. The sunny summer is the ideal setting for one of the oldest swimming marathons in Croatia, Šilo-Crikvenica. For more than a century, every August swimmers from Croatia and abroad try their hand at the demanding 3500 meter race. The final race is the Adria Advent Marathon,


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the Strawberry Festival (May 19-20) in Selce, and the delicious cherries, in all ways, shapes and forms at the Cherry Festival (June 9-10) in Crikvenica. Those who love seafood will enjoy the Oily Fish Week (June 15-22) on the Crikvenica Riviera, and they will also be sure to visit the famous Fisherman's Week in early September in Crikvenica. September also brings a new event to Crikvenica, Crikvenica 4 Pets (September 23), which fans of pets are sure to enjoy. 

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which has been attracting more than a thousand runners from all over Europe on the first Sunday of Advent for the past seven years. Still, it's a long way to December, and up until then, you will have the opportunity to enjoy various sports, cultural, and entertaining events, which are always abundant in Crikvenica. Taste the rhapsody of flavors of creative desserts and beverages made with the favorite fruit of local farmers at

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Gastronomy

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Spend some of your time on the Crikvenica Riviera enjoying the delicious delicacies in local taverns and restaurants. The chefs of the restaurants there find their endless inspiration in tradition, the sea, and in fresh, seasonal ingredients, and their creative combinations will seduce everyone's taste buds.

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elaxing in the superb wellness and spa center of a modern and elegantly furnished hotel, located next to the crystal clear sea and surrounded by the aromas and colors of the Mediterranean is a vacation many would desire. Make your dreams come true this spring

in Hotel Esplanade in Crikvenica, the famous hotelier with a long tradition, which opened the doors to its completely renovated hotel in August 2017 to the delight of all true hedonists. The Esplanade Wellness & Spa, a pleasant wellness and spa center that has an outdoor pool and sundeck, a jacuzzi, a steam sauna, a bio-sauna, a Finnish sauna, benches for relaxing, and a relax zone at the heart of that four-star hotel. In that tranquil oasis, you can enjoy various spa programs and massages, where they use organic cosmetics enriched with essential oils. Choose the one that suits you best, and you can also choose from a variety of massage techniques given by the skilled hands of professionals. Relax, classic, medical...? The choice is yours. 

Jadran Crikvenica - Hotel Esplanade Strossmayerovo šetalište 52, 51260 Crikvenica Croatia,  +385 51 800480 reservations@jadran-crikvenica.hr www.jadran-crikvenica.hr

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Beauties of Croatia

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Before you head over to Velebit, make sure to check the weather forecast and road conditions, and equip yourself properly. Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots, layers of warm clothing, something to cover your head, plenty of water, some energy bars, sunglasses, and sunscreen with a high protection factor are a must before heading to the mountains, which can be unpredictable, and weather conditions can change quickly.

This spring, explore Velebit, get to know its lush worlds of flora and fauna, and find peace in its timeless beauty. Walk, hike, ride a bicycle, and enjoy the view of the sea, the islands, and idyllic nature.

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NORTHERN VELEBIT NATIONAL PARK

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At the center, find out more about the attractions that are worth a visit in the park, buy souvenirs and park admission tickets, and with the help of the information staff, create the best plan for your stay in endless irresistible nature.

The magical world of Velebit House Smell the plants on Velebit, listen to the songs of caterpillar butterflies, have a look at the world from a bird's eye view... Visiting the Velebit House is soothing for all the senses.

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egardless of whether you have already wandered through the most beautiful parts of the mighty Velebit, or are just getting ready to head out on that adventure, let the Velebit House be your first stop. The four floors of the Northern Velebit National Park Visitor House and Information Center, located in the mountain town of Krasno, will take you on an interesting walk through the natural and cultural features of the park, which are often inaccessible due to rough terrain and extreme weather conditions during the long winter. Throughout the year, the house enables contact with and information about the beauties of Velebit. Listen to its stories and to start off, become a meteorologist in a meteorological laboratory, at least for a while. Find out how snowflakes form, and learn how to distinguish different kinds of clouds. Smell the plants on Velebit, listen to the songs of caterpillar butterflies, learn about the magical world of mushrooms and mountain meadows,

have a look at the world from a bird's eye view through 3D glasses... The house will also take you back in time to the way people used to live on Velebit, and share the legends of fairies and witches with you. The visit will also awaken the geologist within you, and you will also have the chance to participate in the extrication process of Velebit's rocks. Like a speleologist, explore Lukina jama. You will enter the pit with an elevator, and once you arrive, learn more about the underground fauna and listen to the sound of water, rolling rocks... original sounds from speleological expeditions. Enter the holograph room, find out what you would look like if you had to adapt to life in the underground world. The exhibition at the house is sure to delight even the youngest members of your family. Interactive games, various experiments, puzzles, examining rings with a magnifying glass, and looking for the secrets of the Planinci are just part of the fun that awaits you there. 

Text: Željka Kunštek Photos: "Northern Velebit National Park" Public Institution The Velebit House exterior; The Velebit House will introduce you to the world of the natural and cultural treasures of the Northern Velebit National Park.

"Northern Velebit National Park" Public Institution Krasno 96, 53274 Krasno, Croatia  +385 53 665380 npsv@np-sjeverni-velebit.hr

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The tourism slogan of the island of Rab is "The Happy Island", and once you visit that sunny island with kilometers of sandy beaches, historical cities, and lush Mediterranean forests, you will understand why.

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or more than a hundred years, the island of Rab has attracted tourists with the diversity of its natural beauty, clean sea, and long tradition. If you would like to enjoy swimming,

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water sports, or an abundance of events, visit the island in the summer. However, if you would like to totally relax, enjoy its beauty without disruption, and rejuvenate yourself, visit Rab in the


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spring. That is when the island is at its most peaceful, the sea is calm, and the temperatures are pleasant, sometimes even reaching summer temperatures. Soon, it will become clear why they call Rab the happy island. The sun, aroma of Mediterranean plants, and fresh sea air will motivate you to get moving. The island is crisscrossed with a network of trails, so you can walk, run, cycle, hike... If you are in better shape, head down the trail that will take you to the highest peak of the island, Kamenjak. The trail is twenty kilometers long, and it leads from the Mišnjak dock on the south of the island to Lopar on the north. It is ideal for škraping - a combination of climbing, jumping, walking, and running. True, you might work up a sweat, but when you reach the 408 meter-high

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Kamenjak peak, you will be awaited by a magnificent view: the Kvarner islands immersed in the blue sea, and a view of the mighty Velebit mountain peaks on the other side. Before heading down to the other side of the island, get some refreshment at the restaurant there. If you prefer more leisurely walks, don't worry - there are about 200 kilometers of promenades, and walking, cycling, and hiking trails on Rab. Many are gentle, and some lead from the center of the main city on the island, Rab. The two Premužić trails are especially attractive. The first is eight kilometers long and leads over the ridge of the island, while the other, 15 kilometers in length, leads from Kampor to the southern coast of Kalifront, all the way to St. Euphemia's cove, meandering through the Dundo Park Forest for a large portion of the route. Once you enter the dense holm oak forest, you will be engulfed by the silence and peace, almost as if you were in another world. Don't make the mistake of heading down the Premužić trails by bike, because they aren't suited for that. However, many other trails are. You can choose from a hundred kilometers of bike trails all over the island. Rab is also one of the stops for a unique race in the world of mountain biking. The 4 Islands MTB Stage Race is held in April, and passes along a 270 kilometer-long trail

through the most beautiful parts of the islands of Rab, Krk, Cres, and Lošinj.

On Lopar's Copacabana Don't miss out on experiencing the sunset in a romantic walk from the town of Lopar to the famous Rajska (Paradise) Beach. It is the largest and most famous of the 22 individual sandy beaches in Lopar. It is a kilometer and a half in length, and it didn't get its flattering name by chance - it famous for being a clean paradise, and has carried the "Blue Flag" for the past 15 years as proof of its quality. Since its appearance is reminiscent of the famous Brazilian Copacabana Beach, a fun Samba Festival is organized on it. The hot rhythms and costumes, and fiery dances, are a sight to see. The Lopar area owes its most magnificent event the Sand Sculpture Festival - to the fine yellow sand found there. During the festival, Lopar's beaches turn into an outdoor gallery that impresses with the imagination and artistic flair of the artists who build sand sculptures there. Before they turn back to piles of sand, take out your camera and make sure to eternalize them in photos. Did you know that Lopar is also the birthplace of St. Marino, sculptor and founder of the Republic of San Marino? When you hear the name March - May 2018

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Lopar's sandy paradise; Cycling through Lopar's scenery; Unusual boulders and sand dunes in Rab Geopark; Rab's waters attract divers; Easter breakfast; Rab cake.

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can be found at four diving centers. After so many activities, you will likely get hungry. You are in the right place - many restaurants and taverns offer famous specialties from Rab, from octopus prepared under the bell and various seafood specialties to lamb. Treat your taste buds, especially during special events like the Festival of Island Lamb, and Asparagus Day. Don't miss out on the traditional Easter Breakfast, and have some dessert as well. Amongst the many delicacies on Rab, one has a legendary status - Rab cake. The secret recipe is handed down from generation to generation, and the cake has also become a favorite souvenir from Rab. 

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"San Marino" on Rab, know that they are taking about the saint, to whom the locals have dedicated the "Lopar Night Back to the Roots" festival. You can best explore the natural beauty and curiosities of the Lopar area on foot or by bike on the 20 kilometer-long trail. Discover rare, aromatic Mediterranean plant life, tame landscapes, old houses, archeological sites, and unusual geomorphological formations that nature gave to Lopar. Take a walk, like an explorer, through Rab Geopark, and find uniquely shaped rocks, various geological formations, and fossils. While on Rab, you can also try your hand at diving, and instructors and equipment

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Ask for the "Biking&trekking Map of Rab Island" at tourist offices or at hotel reception desks, and head out to explore the island trails.

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ith the formation of the Skradinski buk limestone barriers, thirteen kilometers of the Krka River were pooled into lakes, and three kilometers of the Čikola River were flooded, which formed the visually most unusual confluence in Croatia. It is made even more special by the Kalički busen isle, a limestone barrier around seven hundred meters in length and only ten meters wide that divides the Krka from the mouth of the Čikola. The confluence can be seen from the road that leads from the Lozovac entrance to Skradinski buk, which is used from April to October by Krka National Park buses to transfer visitors. If while driving from Šibenik you don't head towards Lozovac, but instead head towards Drniš, on the left-hand side of the road, in Krnići Gornji, there is a viewpoint that offers the most beautiful view of the confluence. You can rest there on your way to the next site in the national park, to photograph nature, or simply enjoy the view of the two rivers

embracing one another, and relish the serenity nature brings. Your next destination could be the newly completed Goriš - Torak trail, 2950 meters in length, with a viewpoint that offers a view of the confluence of the Krka and Čikola, and the natural phenomenon on the left bank of the Čikola, just before the beginning of the confluence, Torak - a spring shaped like a lake. Even though it is a spring, due to its round shape it looks like a lake, so they call it a lake spring. It is 150 meters in diameter, 30 meters deep, and the spring itself is located at the bottom of the lake. This karst spring is impressive for its beauty because of its unusual location in the confluence of two rivers, and the characteristic plant life of grasses and shrubs that surround it. The trail itself is divided into two parts, where one leads to the viewpoint, and the other heads down to Torak. While walking down the path the locals used to take to their fields and gardens, you can have an active morning or afternoon, enjoying


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the peaceful and personal experiences the Krka National Park has to offer, watching the confluence on one side, while looking for the Ključica fortress on the other, which is reached via the Čikola canyon. The Čikola canyon is characterized by incredibly rugged, impressively shaped cliffs, and inaccessible terrain. In the summer, the river in the canyon almost completely dries up. In tumultuous medieval times, the inaccessible terrain, barren cliffs, grey stone, and harsh winds were the reason Croatian leaders built their strategically important fortresses on the edges of the canyon, from where they could monitor the crossing of the river and easily defend themselves from enemies. The largest and best-preserved medieval fortress in

The Čikola canyon; The Ključica fortress and a view of the Čikola canyon; Torak, a lake spring.

the Krka National Park is Ključica, built above the Čikola canyon, and it offers a view of the confluence and Torak. It was built in the 13th century by the mighty Croatian noblemen, Nelipići. Although access to the fortress is not permitted, you can admire it from the Brnjica Čikola canyon trail, which can also be reached from the Šibenik - Drniš road. While heading down that 1450 meter trail to the Čikola River bed, you can enjoy the view of Ključica the entire time, which has stood above stone and under blue skies for centuries. 

The Krka half-marathon, an international sports event that will be held on April 14, 2018 in the Krka National Park, will offer participants a special running ambiance in one of the most beautiful parts of Croatia, surrounded by protected nature and unique cultural and historical heritage. For all those who find the 21.098 km halfmarathon too much of a challenge, there is also a shorter, 5.5 km race. The race will be held in the northern part of the Krka National Park, which is less familiar to the general public, but it is rich with untouched nature and monuments that bear witness to the tumultuous history of that area. The half-marathon trail passes by interesting and beautiful parts of the park, crosses over the Krka River, and ends at a pearl of ancient architecture, Burnum, a Roman military amphitheater. Although the signup deadline has passed, all fans of nature and sports are welcome to come and cheer on the runners and enjoy the beauty of Krka National Park.

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The rhythm of spring in Vodice This spring, Vodice will once again attract many people who would like to spend their vacation actively and spice it up with fantastic events. Text: Petra Škofić Photos: Vodice Tourist Board

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Vodice has kilometers of beautiful beaches, next to which you will find superb hotels; Throughout the year, cyclists from Croatia and all over the world enjoy themselves on Vodice's cycling trails.

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find unforgettable adventure on two wheels. Recreational cyclists will be drawn by the attractive panorama, and there is also the demanding "Orlov krug" trail, full of difficult inclines and downhill portions. The waters surrounding Vodice, rich in flora, fauna, and archeological sites, are an unforgettable experience for divers. Head out on an adventure to catch the largest fish in the Adriatic, sign up for a sailing course, or learn to do stand up paddle boarding, and in the evening, take a walk down Vodice's boardwalk and lose yourself in its maze of stone streets. Enchanting natural beauty, a large selection of sports activities, the close vicinity of national parks and nature parks, an abundant offer of food and wine, and superb hotels with decades of tradition also make Vodice an attractive congress destination. Successful companies organize seminars, congresses, and team-building events in Vodice to educate their hard-working employees and enable them to recharge in one of Dalmatia's most attractive destinations. Easter in Vodice (March 29 - April 2), which is special due to Vodice's žudiji, local men wearing costumes of Roman soldiers who, in the week before Easter,


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Europe will compete on one of the most demanding MTB trails. Spring in Vodice is unimaginable without the traditional Picnic on Rakitnica on International Labor Day (May 1). There you will find an entertaining program accompanied by Dalmatian music and typical delicacies, nature excursions, exploring archeological sites, and depictions of traditional folk customs. It is a great way to warm up for the Day of the City of Vodice (May 3), which starts off a month filled with sports events, concerts, performances, and workshops. Vodice is exciting all year long, and the happy, smiling faces of the friendly locals show why Vodice is one of the most popular Dalmatian destinations. 

Vodice is an excellent place to start out from to explore the surrounding islands - Prvić, Zlarin, Žirje, Krapanj, Kornati...

Delicious breakfast delicacies served outdoors on Easter Monday; Vodice's žudiji.

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traditionally reenact the events that led to the resurrection of Jesus, will open the spring season of events in 2018. One of the most beautiful spring events in Vodice is the outdoor breakfast on Easter Monday. Experience a bit of tradition with breakfast served by women wearing folk costumes from Vodice, and servings of homemade fritule and kroštule will be even tastier when accompanied by the sounds of songs sung by Dalmatian klapa groups. Wine aficionados will be drawn to the conference of superb wine experts, Wine Vip (April 4), which will be held in Vodice this year. Fans of outdoor sports will be sure to visit the MTB Weekend (April 28-29), when hundreds of cyclists from Croatia and

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re you planning to organize a business meeting, presentations, seminars, a banquet, or congress, and are searching for a fantastic functional space in an inspiring environment? You will find it in Vodice, a tourist mecca in the heart of Dalmatia, located near the Zadar and Split airports. There you'll find the modern and superbly furnished Olympia and Olympia Sky hotels, surrounded by Mediterranean aromas and colors, and with a fantastic view of the sea, which will definitely positively affect the participants of your business event. The Hotel Olympia**** has three conference rooms at its disposal - the Olympia, Atena, and Artemida, while the wonderful new Olympia Sky****+ hotel has enriched its offer with the modern Aqua and Riva congress halls and the Delta amphitheater, which raises the

a massage or treatments that will revitalize you and give you the energy you need for new business meetings and challenges. 

Olympia Vodice d.d. Ljudevita Gaja 6 22211 Vodice, Croatia  +385 22 452452, +385 22 452488 sales@olympiavodice.hr www.olympiavodice.hr

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bar of business meetings one level higher. The halls of various sizes are functional and adaptable to your needs, and they are equipped with state-ofthe-art audio and visual equipment. The hotel's flexible team with years of experience in event planning will offer you support in all the stages of the organization of your event, as well as help you choose the best venue for your needs. The hotels boast restaurants that will pamper your taste buds with selected seafood delicacies, along with various international dishes, and there are also exclusive bars where you can socialize and enjoy yourself. The hotels also have five outdoor pools, including an Infinity pool on the 9th floor of the Olympia Sky hotel. At the end of the day, it is a special pleasure to relax in the Olympia Life wellness center, in the sauna or jacuzzi, or with

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The recipe for a perfect vacation Dalmatian charm, a Mediterranean lifestyle, kilometers of white pebble beaches, and interesting events are key ingredients for the perfect vacation in Baška Voda. Text: Petra Škofić Photos: Baška Voda Tourist Board

A view of Nikolina beach; Baška Voda is located at the base of Biokovo Mountain; The village of Bast is famous for beautiful examples of folk architecture.

The Nikolina city beach is the only beach on the Makarska Riviera that has for the past 12 years proudly flown the blue flag, an international award that is given for incredible high quality of beaches splashed by the clean sea.

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here are few places where the sea and the mountains harmoniously complement one another like they do in Baška Voda. Experience it for yourself on the marked walking trails that stretch from the Baška Voda coastline to the foot of the magnificent Biokovo Mountain. The walking trails also pass alongside one of the largest Croatian vineyards owned by the renowned winegrowing and winemaking Plenković family, who originally hail from the island of Hvar. In the sub-Biokovo villages of Bast and Topići, discover true gems of Dalmatian folk architecture, and find a dash of luxury in old houses renovated into villas with pools. This season, Baška Voda awaits you with a new, even richer guide for exploring its beauty, in 11 languages, and in the meantime, you can download a free app with a voice guide from the website of the Baška Voda Tourist Board. The attractive Baška Voda coastline is adorned with 13 attractive pebble beaches, of which the title of the prettiest is deservingly given to the main city beach, Nikolina, which was amongst the top two beaches in the Adriatic in 2017.

The locals invest a lot of effort into the quality and the beauty of Baška Voda's beaches and promenades, so the construction of a boardwalk from Borik, at the central part of Nikolina Beach, to Baško polje, has been continued, which is about a kilometer of new boardwalk where you will be able to enjoy pleasant walks. The locals also plan on working on the Južna plaža (South beach), or Stazica as they call it, where you will definitely find something to suit your interests since the beach will serve various purposes. Baška Voda also offers high-quality accommodations. Of the total of seven 4-star hotels in the Baška Voda area, the Grand Hotel Slavia****, open all year long, stands out. It has a fantastic spa & wellness center, beauty salon, and famous Del Posto restaurant, which enhances the abundant offer of Baška Voda's superb restaurants and taverns with its authentic Dalmatian dishes. Private family accommodations, whose guests have been loyal for decades, and regularly are amongst the best-rated private accommodations in Croatia, take the crown.


In May, for the 23rd consecutive year, the traditional Baška Voda Summer will start spicing up the summer months with plenty of activities for a great time. The summer festival of cultural and entertainment events starts off with a Labor Day Outing, where guests from Croatia and abroad will enjoy specialties consisting of delicious Dalmatian dishes, such as dropčić, pašticada, liver dolcegarbo, and the essential lamb roasted on a spit. All of that is accompanied by a plentiful musical program, and there will also be an opportunity to try your hand at fun competitions such as donkey

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races, a competition on a greased log (lojava greda), an alka race in chariots... In late May, the Baška Voda Municipality Day celebration will take place, with a grand party where the locals treat everyone to delicious food and drinks, and fantastic entertainment, spiced up with spectacular fireworks. The schedule of events lasts all summer, all the way up to October. Baška Voda is expanding its diverse offer to nautical tourism, so if you would like to trade the traditional, land routes to Baška Voda with sea routes, you will find berths for your boat in the harbors of Baška Voda and Krvavica, and soon also in the Promajna harbor. 

Download a tourist map with Baška Voda's walking trails here:

The Grand Hotel Slavia****; A klapa performance at the Labor Day outing; You can try delicious meals prepared under the bell in many restaurants in Baška Voda; The Krvavica harbor; A performance of a female klapa.

"With the taste of sea, with the taste of mountain" Baška Voda Tourist Board Obala sv. Nikole 31, 21320 Baška Voda Croatia,  +385 21 620713 info@baskavoda.hr

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Corfu. Its old city center is located on a peninsula encircled by walls with several bastions, and throughout history, a total of thirty gates passed through the walls. Some of them were later closed off (during wars), and today, eight have been preserved. Nowadays, they connect the historical city center with its newer areas. The most attractive gate is the monumental Land Gate, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, located in the Foša harbor. That gate is one of the most beautiful monuments from the period of the Venetian reign in Dalmatia.


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CULTURAL SCENE

Mia Negovetić

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They call her a wunderkind, and her performance of Beyoncé's song "Listen" has attracted viewers more than 7.3 million times at the time this issue was released...

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t the age of 13, she became the first winner of the children's talent show "Zvjezdice" ("Little Stars"), and her performance of the song "Listen", originally sung by Beyoncé, has delighted audiences all over the world. With the great support of her parents, Mia Negovetić is recording her first album, performing in a musical, and at the same time manages to be like her peers and look forward to learning, along with every new project in connection with dance and acting, but primarily with music.

Rijeka is the city where you were born and where you live. What makes the city yours? For me, the City of Rijeka is my home. Travelling is wonderful, but I always miss Rijeka, and whenever I return, I am overcome with that familiar feeling that is best described with the phrase: "Home, sweet home". Singing has enabled you to travel through Croatia, but also all over the world at a young age. Does


CULTURAL SCENE Mia - Trouble (Official Lyric Video)

In February 2018, Mia released her first single, "Trouble", which she recorded with the guitarist from the world-famous band, One Direction. You can hear it here, by clicking on the video.

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travelling delight you? What is the best and the worst part of travelling? Of course, I always look forward to travelling and performances because they are always an adventure. Everything is fun, but sometimes I get really tired. That causes sleep deprivation, but it's worth it! Your visit to the American TV show "Little Big Shots" was the reason you first visited the USA. How did you feel about that trip? For me, it was a fantastic experience. I feel it was kind of a guiding light that showed me that I am on the right track and that I have truly achieved great success for my age. I walked through all of Hollywood, went to Beverly Hills, visited streets where famous people live, saw Los Angeles, and visited various studios where films are made. It was truly wonderful.

In a short period of time, you have achieved great musical success and recognition and performed at many concerts and events. Do any of those performances have a special place in your memory?

I remember all of my performances, and every one of them means something to me. The most memorable ones were singing the anthem in front of a huge crowd in Zagreb at the parade to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Oluja military operation, performances in the Zvjezdice and Little Big Shots shows, and two concerts, in Lisinski in Zagreb, and in Opatija. I will remember all those great memories forever. You have a lot of responsibilities related to both your singing career as well as your education. What are your wishes and plans for the future? I would like to just stay the way I am, try to be the best I can be, and let the future guide me in its own way. 

The winners of the CD from the previous issue: Kristijan Majić (Zagreb, Croatia); Magdalena Pavić (Karlovac, Croatia).

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You have also tried your hand at acting, and in the "Magic Musical" show, you play both parts - a singer

and an actress. You sing, dance, and act. Are there any other "hidden talents" you have yet to reveal to us? Yes, that's also another experience that makes me very happy. It is a bilingual musical for children and adults with beautiful songs by Olja Dešić that I fell in love with right away, and produced by Maraton studio and directed by David Petrović. I'm very happy that I have the chance to combine the three things I love most, which are singing, dancing, and acting. I can't wait for March 17, 2018, when we will perform our musical in Zagreb, in Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall. As far as other talents are concerned, I don't know if I have any hidden ones left. Maybe I'll discover them in the future.

In 2016, Mia became part of the history of Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb as the youngest performer to ever have their own solo concert there. A year later, in 2017, in Opatija she premiered with her first theatrical role in the bilingual "Magic Musical" show, where she played the character of the Little Giant.

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News and announcements

WORLD

UNWTO: Increase of inter­national tourist arrivals in 2017

Berlin's local government announced a new tourism concept for the German capital city with which they would like to attract more tourists to the outskirts, which also have plenty to offer. For years, mass tourism in the center has caused huge crowds and diminished the quality of life of the local population, so the project is trying to introduce a balance between the population, city policy, and the touristic offer. A total of 85 percent of tourist come to Berlin primarily for its city attractions, art and culture, the city panorama, and its architecture. tipTravelMagazine March - May 2018

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According to data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the number of inter­ national tourist arrivals in 2017 grew by a total of 7 percent. Europe and Africa took the lead with 8 percent, followed by Asia and the Pacific with 6 percent, the Middle East with 5 percent, and North, Central, and South America with 3 percent. The increase of tourist traffic was due to global economic growth, and destinations also invested incredible effort in the sustainable development of tourism. The UNWTO expects that the strong growth of tourist arrivals will continue in 2018 and forecasts a growth percentage of between 4 and 5 percent.

4th World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism The fourth World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism will be held this year on Thailand, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). From May 30 to June 5, 2018, the leading experts in gastronomy tourism will discuss several topics in Bangkok, including, amongst other things, how to use technological advancements as initiators of sustainable development. There will also be word on the newest trends and challenges that are faced, along with best practices, and there will also be a discussion on intercultural dialogue and gastro diplomacy.

Italy is investing in health tourism Although we most often associate Italy with fantastic gastronomy, culture, fashion, and design, we could soon also associate it with health tourism. Despite the fact that for every 200 thousand Italians that get health care abroad only five thousand so-called health tourists come to Italy, the Italian tourist board has invested a lot of effort in turning the Mediterranean country into a top European destination for health tourism. Tourists who decide to get treatment in Italy mostly come from Russia, Switzerland, and Arabic countries, they spend an average of 20 to 70 thousand euro, and they most often choose highly specialized treatments in neurology, cardiology, oncology, and orthopedics.


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New portal for sustainable and responsible tourism presented at the ITB The ECOTRANS network for the development of sustainable tourism is celebrating 25 years of networking at the European and global level, creating policies, and implementing projects for promoting responsible and sustainable tourism. To celebrate that occasion, at the leading international tourism fair ITB Berlin, held on March 8 and 9, 2018, the new website for sustainable and responsible tourism, "Tourism 2030 Sustainable and Responsible Tourism Portal", was presented. The portal brings together the global community of people and organizations focused on the sustainable development of tourism. Find out more at: www.destinet.eu Source:

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Slovenia is introducing an advertising fee From now on, along with the accommodation fee, tourists in Slovenia will also pay an advertising fee. Its amount will be defined by municipalities, and it can equal up to a quarter of the accommodation fee. That means that in the most expensive destinations, a total of 3.125 euro will be paid for fees daily, and they have been introduced so that the Slovenian tourist board can use them to improve the touristic offer in Slovenia and offer tourists better services. Last year, a total of 1.3 million domestic and 3.4 million foreign tourists visited Slovenia, mostly from Germany, Italy, Austria, Croatia, and Serbia. They achieved a total of 12 million overnight stays, and they were primarily short stays.

ITB Berlin 2018 held From March 7 to 10, 2018, representatives of the world tourism sector gathered at the leading international tourism fair, ITB in Berlin, to discuss new, innovative trends and their effects on the travel industry. Along with the challenges faced in the tourism sector and limits that need to be set in regards to the framework of sustainable development, most of the discussion was related to the use of digitalization and artificial intelligence to attract tourists. Emphasis was also placed on the importance of product personalization and an individual approach to every tourist.

Wizz Air is coming to Vienna with 17 new lines Wizz Air, the largest and fastest growing low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, will introduce 17 new lines from Vienna by the end of the year. Austria will become the 44th country in the Wizz Air network, which connects 145 destinations. The first lines will take off in April 2018 for Gdansk, Tuzla, and Varna, followed by flights to Bari, Malta, Rome, Bergen, Dortmund, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Niš, Ohrid, Tenerife, and Salona. The investment is worth 331 million American dollars, and thanks to it, 120 new workplaces will be opened. The starting ticket price for flights is 19.90 euro. March - May 2018

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Amsterdam in bloom "Venice of the North" is also a great place to go on a spring trip. Its 165 canals give you 165 reasons to explore them, and, of course, in the city of bicycles, it is best to do so by bike. So, rent a bicycle and ride alongside Amsterdam's canals in good company. You probably won't have the chance to see all of them, or all of the bridges (there are 1200 in total), but at least pass by the biggest ones - Herengracht (the fanciest canal with palaces of the wealthiest traders), the main Keizergracht canal, and the offbeat, bohemian Prinsengracht canal, with houses

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housing artists, bars, studios, galleries, and houseboats. While there, stop and relax in some of the bars, try delicious cheeses, and treat yourself to a warm waffle. Amsterdam is also home to the largest number of museums per square meter in the world, so take some time to tour at least a few of them - the Rijksmuseum national museum, Van Gogh's museum, Anne Frank's museum... And then head to the floral paradise in Keukenhof Park. More than seven million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other flowers are the


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Fiery Barcelona This spring, the always fiery Barcelona will await you full of energy. The city marked by Antonio Gaudi will enchant you with its architecture at every step - the worldfamous Sagrada Familia basilica (which he unfortunately never got the chance to finish), the Batlló house (Casa Batlló), and Milà (also known as La Pedrera) as his most famous works, and the delightful Güell Park, inscribed on UNESCO's list of world heritage sites, which represent just a part of the playful imagination of the famous Catalonian architect. You will

soon come to the conclusion that Barcelona is a city for those who value esthetics, as well as for hedonists. Enjoy its temperament and rhythm, without any plan or program. That is how you will best feel its pulse and end up at magical places. Feel the warm sand under your toes at its long sandy beach while you drink a refreshing sangria and tantalize your taste buds with delicious tapas. In the evening, duck into one of its bars with live music, try paella in one of its many restaurants, and enjoy Barcelona at its best because, after all, you are in a city that exudes a special energy at night.

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When the cherry trees in the Royal Garden (Kungsträdgården) in the heart of Stockholm bloom, it is a sign that spring has arrived in the Swedish capital. The city sits on 14 islands connected with 57 bridges, and is surrounded by an archipelago of almost 30 thousand islands, islets, and skerries. Duck into the narrow stone streets of the old Gamla Stan city center, which is known as one of the largest and best-preserved medieval neighborhoods in Europe. There you will also find the Royal Palace, which is one of the biggest in the world (with more than 600 rooms and five museums), and a special attraction is the changing of the guard. The neighborhood is also home to the national cathedral, the Nobel Museum, and several other churches and museums. Have your picture taken on the oldest city square,

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Stortorget, take a walk down the oldest city street, Köpmangatan, and try to find the narrowest street, Mårten Trotzigs gränd, which is just 90 cm wide at its narrowest point. Make some time for fika, the Swedish ritual of drinking coffee, which must include sweets, in the company of family or friends. Fika is, as the Swedes say, more than just coffee. It is a time to relax and enjoy some of the many restaurants and bars, and people practice it several times a day. After fika, head over to the island of museums, Djurgården. Skansen, an outdoor museum, the Vasa Museum with the royal shop, and the ABBA museum are just a part of the abundant museum offer of that peaceful island, which is equally popular amongst locals and tourists. After that, board an excursion boat and tour at least a part of Stockholm's interesting, rugged archipelago.


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After touring the Royal Palace and other attractions, relax like the Swedes do, with fika - coffee and sweet treats with their favorite companions.

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Although it is known as the home of the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, and the European Parliament, discover the touristic side of Strasbourg this spring. Start exploring from Grande Île, or the Large Island, which is the first city center in the world to be protected by UNESCO. Have a seat on the terrace of a restaurant on the lively Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait square and enjoy the view of the Gothic Notre

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Dame de Strasbourg cathedral, which, interestingly, only has one spire. Thanks to its height of 142 meters, up until the mid19th century, the church was the tallest building in the world. Near the church, you will find one of the most beautiful houses in the city, which is almost entirely carved of wood, and the former bishop's palace, Palais des Rohan, is also worth a visit. Since the city is located in the Rhine River valley, on the border with Germany, you will


feel the influence of both cultures there German and French, so the restaurants there offer dishes with traits from both countries. Enjoy delectable delights in the historical, and most beautiful, city quarter, Petite France (Little France), where you will feel as if time has stopped and you have wandered into some fairytale. The gorgeous houses lining the canal the Rhine flows through, and the excursion boats on it, the old mills and picturesque

bridges, pleasant restaurants, and small family-run hotels... The scenery constantly changes. Upon entering that quarter, you will be greeted by an attraction - Ponts Couverts, covered bridges with four 13th century defense towers. It is definitely one of the most photographed city motifs. Strasbourg is also known as the capital city of Christmas, so it's worth visiting it during Advent and also experiencing its idyllic winter. ď ś

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Austria is famous for its many natural attractions and tourist sites, and one of them is Hallstatt, located near the road that leads from Salzburg to Graz. The picturesque town is located on the shore of the lake that shares its name, and is famous for the oldest salt mine in the world, which is why it is considered to be one of the oldest settlements in Europe. Near the mine, there is a large ancient graveyard, which has the unusual custom of digging up the deceased a decade after their death and decorating their skulls. Hallstatt is also home to a Celtic archeological site, known as the Hallstatt culture. Tour the salt mines, take a walk alongside the fisherman's houses, duck into the narrow streets, have you picture taken in its romantic historical center, stop by the chapel that stores more than 600 decorated skulls... As you will see for yourself, Hallstatt is Austria's true hidden gem, and an ideal place for a spring excursion.

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Self check-in was first introduced in airports, and recently two Viennese hotels introduced a similar system, a smart robot that answers questions or checks in guests. What time is breakfast? When is check-out time? Guests can ask these and similar questions out loud and quickly get their answers. One of the two Viennese hotels that introduced that system, the "Zeitgeist" hotel, uses a digital receptionist named "Gustaffo". He offers guests all information regarding the hotel, and he can also analyze the questions asked. It is based on the "Alexa" digital system for language recognition. A total of 38 hotels in Europe currently have digital receptionists.

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Whether it is played, danced, or sung, the waltz is an integral part of cultural life in Austria. In Vienna, the New Year is celebrated to the sounds of "The Blue Danube", and a Viennese wedding isn't a wedding without the waltz. Since the 150th anniversary of the first performance of Johann Strauss Jr.'s "The Blue Danube" is being celebrated in Vienna this year, the Viennese orchestra that shares his name sent in a request for the Viennese waltz to be added to UNESCO's list of cultural heritage. The request was supported by 20 relevant institutions, and Austria's UNESCO committee confirmed the inscription.

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Interesting facts

Starting on March 17, 2018 all the way to Easter Monday, you will find Easter fairs on seven locations in Vienna, with many stands that offer crafts and selected culinary specialties, all accompanied by a music and entertainment program. Approximately 60 exhibitors with Austrian specialties and a large selection of Easter decorations can be found at the fair in front of Schönbrunn Palace. For the youngest visitors, there will be workshops where they can make marzipan Easter symbols or Easter baskets, and go on an egg hunt, while the adults can enjoy the sounds of jazz on the square in front of the palace. As it does every year, Vienna's Freyung Square will house the largest pile of decorated Easter eggs, and the huge Easter egg that the City of Vienna received from Croatia's Koprivnica-Križevci County will also be exhibited, as is tradition. Performances by puppet theaters, wooden toys, and Easter delicacies, such as pinca, egg nog, and ham roasted in bread, are just part of the Easter story on that square.


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