and other info for nautical tourists in Croatia
Posted on Jun 18 2013
The common bottlenose dolphin is everyone's beloved sea mammal inhabiting almost every sea and ocean. Why is it so beloved? Because everyone likes to see it playful, leaping out of the sea and performing acrobatic figures often only a few meters away from our boat. Popularity was brought to it also by the movie Flipper, which it features the leading role in, as well as various dolphinariums throughout the world, where they perform all kinds of tricks...
Posted on Jun 14 2013
Ultra music festival is the most famous electronic music festival and the only festival taking place twice a year. It takes place in Miami, Florida, USA, and had a debut in 1999. The festival has won "Best Music Event" by the International Dance Music Award for six consecutive years (organized by Ibiza DJ Awards) as well as the award "Best Festival" (by the Village Voice Media New Times) for five consecutive years. The enormous popularity of the festival has been confirmed by musicians who have performed in the past years (e.g. David Guetta, Tiesto, Madonna).
Posted on Jun 11 2013
Bayliner 275 is a popular motor boat and is considered to be an introduction to motor cruisers. A large cockpit area, two double beds and generous storage space make it an ideal family cruiser. Naturally, (due to its size) she is not ideal for overseas adventures but rather for coastal shipping. The Adriatic is perfect for this type of boats as there are numerous ports, hidden bays and beaches as well as marinas with small distances between them.
Posted on Jun 07 2013
The island of Krapanj, situated in the Sibenik archipelago, is the smallest Croatian inhabited island, as well as the island closest to the sea level (its highest part is only 7 m above the sea level). Today there are around 200 inhabitants living on the island, while more than 1500 inhabitants in the 1960s made it the most densely populated island in the past. The owner of the island Toma Juric bequeathed the island to the Franciscan friars, the island's first inhabitants, who lived in the convent built along with the church.
Posted on Jun 04 2013
Tourist activity has been present in the town of Rab for a hundred years. Park Komrčar, dating back to the late 1890s, a public beach and almost 100 years old hotel Imperial in the town centre witness the long tradition in tourism. The town itself, as well as the nearby peninsula Kalifronta, accessible by speedboat or taxi-boat, provide great places for swimming. Owing to the pleasant climate and well-preserved historical remains, the tourist season starts in early spring and lasts until late autumn. Today Rab offers various types of accommodation - hotels, holiday apartments, bungalows, a marina and numerous sports and recreational courts (tennis, bowling alleys, underwater fishing, water-skiing...).
Posted on May 31 2013
The Bavaria 50 CRUISER is the sixth yacht in the BAVARIA Cruiser fleet, designed in partnership with the renowned Farr Yacht Design and BMW Group DesignworksUSA, a BMW Group subsidiary. With its length of nearly 16 meters and width of over 4.50 m, this sailboat combines maximum functionality, elegance, and comfort. The elegant hull and deck are an impressively designed combination of modern, functional, and innovative elements, with an ergonomic cockpit and an uncluttered deck layout. The transom-wide bathing platform lowers electrically, thus becoming a perfect private beach with easy access to the sea.
Posted on May 28 2013
World's largest sailing ship - M/S WindSurf has arrived to Croatia. It arrived in Rovinj and is berthed in the north port Valdibora. This isn't the ship's first visit to Rovinj; WindSurf is a regular visitor of not only Istria, but also the rest of Croatian coast and islands.
The sailing ship, owned by "WindStar Cruises", is impressive in size - it is 187 metres long and 20 metres wide, with 5 foremasts 50 metres high and a total sail surface area of 2600 m2. The ship uses computer-navigated sails for sailing, and has engines as an optional drive, which enable safe and simple entry into harbours.
Posted on May 24 2013
This year, the best windsurfing competitors in the world in the "Formula windsurfing" discipline will come to Croatia. Pelješac, or the town of Viganj to be more precise, will host the world championship from 8 to 13 July 2013. ISAF-A, International Sailing Federation, has chosen Viganj as a host (another candidate was San Francisco) due to its perfect windsurfing conditions. As Mario Roso, president of Bofor club, says: "There is plenty of wind, you can windsurf in Viganj all year long, our references were exceptional, and we met every one of ISAF’s requirements".
Posted on May 21 2013
This summer, from June 15th to September 12th, tourists from Moscow can fly to the Zadar airport on a regular air route. This airline introduced by the company S7 (Siberia 7) will definitely make one, if not two flights a week. So far the travellers from Russian territory have been arriving via charter flights, but now the situation has been completely changed due to the introduction of a regular route. The collaboration is the result of the visit of Russian and Belarusian tourist workers during which they discovered the area of Zadar and its tourist potential.
Posted on May 17 2013
Nothing makes for a more memorable or enjoyable experience than taking advantages of the benefits of a yacht charter with your children. Spending quality time with your family on the beautiful Croatian sea will prove valuable and a fun experience for many years to come.
Instead of taking your children to a movie or to visit a local park, spend the day on a yacht where you can enjoy sailing and teaching them new things for a beneficial learning experience that allows you to bond.
Posted on May 14 2013
Increasing numbers of boaters are aware of the potential environmental impacts that they may have on the ocean and its wildlife while they are out on their boat. As a result the marine industry is adapting and the types of boats being purchased is reflecting the concerns. A ‘green boating’ trend is emerging.
This is a logical move following the pattern of the increase in popularity of environmentally friendly cars. Similar to driving a car the cost of running a boat has increased, especially the cost of fuel. This combined with the increase of environmental awareness among boaters is paving the way for a new era of boating.
Posted on May 10 2013
Elan's biggest boat is a spacious and stylish sailing boat designed for relaxed cruising with friends and family. It offers sleeping space for 10 in a maximum of 5 two-bed cabins and the possibility of four separate bathrooms, while the spacious parlour with a kitchen equipped according to the highest standards offers comfort and relaxation during vacation. Large roof and side panoramic windows provide enough daylight and a beautiful view.
Posted on May 08 2013
A survey recently conducted by TEST ACHAT/TEST AANKOOP, the leading Belgian market research institution, has shown that Croatia is Belgium's favourite destination for summer vacation. In the survey, conducted on a sample of 3,236 respondents, Croatia was awarded 86 out of 100 points, thus placing first on the list of favourite tourist destinations and beating out many prestigious and famous destinations.
According to this survey, Belgians like the country's landscape, pristine nature and sea, reasonable prices and many attractions and points of interest that can be found in Croatia.
Posted on May 03 2013
Between 09 and 12 May 2013 Sibenik will host the fifth boat show under the motto "Fali more, drz' se broda". This year, the venue is no longer the Mandalina marina, but the centre of Sibenik, the Sibenik waterfront. Approval for carrying out this event in the historical core of Sibenik has been given by the director of the County Port, Zeljko Dulibic, because this institution manages a part of the port area where it will take place.
Posted on Apr 30 2013
Bavaria sport 29, which has replaced the smallest model, sport 28, is an all-around sports vessel, but also an ideal family cruiser. Thanks to its length of 8.95 m, it boasts modern outer lines that follow the design and layout of the interior. The two-bed aft cabin is separated from the rest of the interior, the bathroom is more spacious, and its height of 1.85 m and width of almost 3 m allow for a truly commodious interior.
Posted on Apr 26 2013
According to a report by the European Environment Agency, the quality of Croatian sea, together with the seas of Malta and Cyprus, is rated as the best. As Mihael Zmajlović, the Minister of Environmental and Nature Protection, emphasized, this is the result of various projects oriented towards wastewater treatment and the prevention of wastewater discharge in the sea.This helps to protect the sea and marine biodiversity.
Posted on Apr 23 2013
Norwegian low cost company Norwegian Air Shuttle established a new base at London Gatwick airport, offering 12 flights from that airport, including two flights to Croatia.
New routes to Croatia include direct flights to Dubrovnik and Split, flying Saturdays from April 6 to October 26, 2013. The lowest ticket prices will be L29.90.
Posted on Apr 19 2013
Due to the lack of fuel stations on our coast, especially those intended for boaters, and their inadequate working hours, the company "Crno zlato" (Black gold) has decided to install "Flash" floating stations. First such station was installed in the marina Frapa, while another one is located in the marina Kaštela. The third station is to be installed in the marina Veruda near Pula. The plan is to set up another ten stations along the Adriatic coast. The stations have a tank capacity of 40 tons and offer Eurosuper 95 BS and Eurodiesel BS. Customers can fill their tanks at the speed of 130 litres per minute without leaving their vessels. Two vessels can be refuelled at the same time.
Posted on Apr 16 2013
Basler osiguranje has recognized the success of Yacht Base and has entered into a partnership agreement with the our company in order to make the time before and during your vacation carefree.
Taking care of you, our valued clients, has always been of utmost importance in the business of Yacht Base. We believe you have recognized this, which is why every year you return in such a great number. This is an additional motivation and gives us the responsibility to improve our services. With the help of our new partner, Basler osiguranje Zagreb, we have entirely insured your payments.
Posted on Apr 12 2013
The cooperation of the City of Dubrovnik, the partners of the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival and its director Michael Kissinger with the Dubrovnik Symphonic Orchestra has resulted in the combination of concerts by renowned Croatian and foreign musicians and the presenting of the award winning wines of Croatian winemakers and exquisite local cuisine.The festival will host internationally renowned jazz pianist and singer, Grammy winner Diane Schuur, Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble conducted by Davey Yarborough, conductor and clarinettist Michael Kissinger, the Dubrovnik Symphonic Orchestra and other world famous jazz, blues and crossover musicians.
Posted on Apr 09 2013
Fiumanka 2013 is a sailing manifestation that gathers almost 200 sailing boats and over 2000 participants every year. This year it will be held in the city of Rijeka from June 13 to June 16.
This will be the 14th Fiumanka, an event considered as unmissable among lovers of sailing and sailing boats from Croatia and abroad.
Posted on Apr 05 2013
Navigation and sailing are beautiful. The sun, the sea, wind, bathing... These are all the things that make sailing appealing to a great number of people, who sometimes rent a boat without thinking or board as guests, not taking into account the possible consequences which may arise from improper boat handling or ignorance.
However, every year there are a number of casualties among sailors. Most navigation-related accidents occur because of falling of people into the sea, even when the weather is calm, during docking or when the boat is anchored.
Here, we will provide all the basic safety measures which should be observed, regardless of whether the boat is yours or not, or if you are just a guest. You should remember that inattention is the most common cause of accidents.
Posted on Apr 02 2013
The catamaran is a boat with two hulls connected in a single vessel. It can be powered by engine and/or sails.
The word catamaran originates from the Tamil word "kattumaram," which can be translated literally as - tied logs. The first catamarans were made by the Polynesians, and were used for sailing to the remote islands of Oceania. Although catamarans have existed for centuries, this "strange" boat concept was long distrusted in the west because of the traditional belief that single hulls were simply better because of their geometry.
Posted on Mar 29 2013
A new sailing boat by the manufacturer Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH was designed and manufactured based on completely new principles. Those principles include surveys carried out among sailors worldwide, who were asked about what makes the perfect cruising sailing boat. After collecting their answers, designer companies Farr Yacht Design USA (nautical design) and Design Unlimited (layout and interior) have set to work, and the combination of their solutions resulted in a boat "which fulfils all sailor's desires" and which is intended for owners who like spending a lot of time on board. Vision 46 is an elegant high-tech sailing boat, extremely comfortable and easy to handle.
Posted on Mar 26 2013
The Croatian side of the Adriatic has quite specific weather changes. Wind is the most important element for every boater, especially for a sailing enthusiast.
The wind rose consists of tramontane (blowing from the north), bora (blowing from the northeast), mistral (blowing from northwest), sirocco (jugo, blowing from the south), levant (blowing from the east) and libeccio (lebić, blowing from the southwest).
Most attention will be paid to sirocco and bora as they are the strongest and most characteristic winds of the Adriatic.
Posted on Mar 22 2013
With 1246 islands, islets and cliffs, Croatia is a country with the second largest group of islands on the Mediterranean Sea.
One does not have to be exposed to intoxicating aromas, sounds and colours of Croatian islands for long to develop a serious addiction. . When it comes to choosing the most stunning or the most beautiful island, one is confronted with a problem.
Here we are going to say something about the islands of the northern Adriatic. The city of Rijeka is a geographical and economic centre of the northern Adriatic.
Posted on Mar 19 2013
AirBaltic, established in 1995, is one of the largest airlines in the Baltic countries. It connects the Baltic countries to practically all larger European countries with its fleet of relatively new airplanes. The fact that AirBaltic plans to renew its entire fleet with newly-ordered Bombardier CS300 airliners starting from 2017 is an indicator of the amount of investments they make to improve the quality of transport. The Latvian airline say that they are, as part of the “ReShape” business plan, focusing on high-demand routes and have already launched 12 new routes to Europe and several former Soviet republics this winter.
Posted on Mar 15 2013
The new catamaran which has "sailed" from the VPLP designer team will make every boater stop in front of it and admire its beautiful design.
The first thing one notices are the three decks - the front deck with an integrated trampoline, the covered stern deck - cockpit and the spacious fly bridge. Access to the fly bridge is enabled through the spiral staircase which can be closed in case of bad weather. The central control system with a number of electronic instruments for easier navigation and excellent visibility facilitate manoeuvring, even in the cramped areas of marinas and overcrowded small ports.
Posted on Mar 12 2013
As the boat connects us to the sea, we must take care of the sea so that it stays as beautiful, clean and clear as it was when we began our stay on board.
When the boat is in a marina or harbour
Every sailing begins in a marina or harbour. When choosing the necessary things for a multiday stay, one should consider picking up ecological detergents for washing boats or dishes, as well as a sufficient number of rubbish bags which you will use for the disposal of waste (until you dock again at an inhabited place and dispose of them in a specified place).
Posted on Mar 08 2013
This year’s Easter Regatta organised by the sailing club ANA from Bakar will take place in Vodice from 21st March to 23rd March.
Every sailboat with a valid ORC International certificate and OPEN class boat license has the right to take part in the regatta. No entry fee is charged. We are interested precisely in the OPEN class, more specifically in its amateur division B. Those who want to participate can register on Wednesday 20th March, whilst sailing takes place from Thursday 21st March to Saturday 23rd March and starts at 10 am. You can take part in either windward/leeward races or offshore races.
Posted on Mar 04 2013
The Dufour 36 Performance was elected European Yacht of the Year 2013 at this year’s BOOT boat show in Düssledorf. This sailing yacht is a perfect mixture of a fast speed boat, which will not embarrass you if you wish to race around buoys, and of a cruising sailboat that makes cruising cosy and comfortable. The wide open cockpit with removable storage/seats for easy manoeuvring, and the helm seat with good visibility when standing, still allows comfortable control in a convenient seated position shows that one can enjoy both competitive sailing and comfort at the same time.
Posted on Mar 01 2013
Even though sailors really love the sea and the wind, this does not mean they do not care for the cultural heritage of the destinations they visit. Croatia has many such sites, some of which are under UNESCO protection and therefore highly appreciated. Here are the sites on the Adriatic coast:
1. Diocletian’s Palace in Split was included in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in 1979. The imperial palace is one of the most significant architectural works of late Antiquity built around 300 AD.
2. The Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik has been on the UNESCO List since 2000. The cathedral was built in the 15th and 16th centuries and represents the most valuable monument of religious architecturein Croatia.
Posted on Feb 26 2013
At Matka Travel Fair, the most influential and largest tourist fair held from 17 to 20 January 2013, Croatia claimed the Finnish Travel Award 2013. This public choice award is given to the most interesting foreign destination. The Croatian National Tourist Board points out that Croatia was given excellent advertising of its tourist offer as well as recognition of its popularity in Finland and the neighbouring countries.
The representatives of Finnish tourist agencies were introduced to the tourist offer through business workshops named "Global Workshop" which presented Croatia’s cultural and natural beauties as well as an opportunity for a number of contacts with the leaders of the Finnish tourist sector to be established.
Posted on Feb 22 2013
The beauties of the Croatian Adriatic have been recognized by international celebrities, too. Last year, Beyoncé (who was pregnant and also celebrated her birthday here) and Jay-Z visited our coast, more particularly, the island of Hvar. Hvar was also Prince Harry's party destination during his summer holiday. In the last few years, Croatia has also been the destination of Steven Spielberg, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey. Thus Hvar confirmed its reputation of a party destination it has been working on ever since the 1960's when Orson Welles shot his movie "The Deep" here.
Posted on Feb 18 2013
According to the leading Swedish tourist agency Resia, which published the results of its sales research, Croatia is a hit destination this summer. Resia, founded in 1974, is the largest Swedish tourist agency with branch offices throughout the country employing more than 400 people. It has the widest range of offers that customers can choose from according to their individual needs. For this reason Resia's sales barometer is the most commonly quoted and is the most influential one inSwedish tourism, and as such serves as a barometer for national tourism trends. Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and of course Croatia are the top five destinations, with Croatia making it into the list for the first time.
Posted on Feb 15 2013
Once again Croatia, Pula specifically, delighted travelers with its beautiful nature as well as with its diverse gastronomical offer. It's no news that the popular and renowned international magazines publish positive articles about Croatia and its natural beauties. Recently the British magazine „The Sun“ extensively described the beauty of Pula and the surrounding areas in an article written by Lauren Taylor. The journalist was in Pula during the Outlook festival in late August 2012. This electronic music festival attracted over 20000 people from around the world. „Croatia is best known for its unspoiled scenery, wine-making and fishing“- says Taylor.
Posted on Feb 11 2013
There are around 50 lighthouses on the Croatian side of the Adriatic and they were all built during the 19th century. At the time of their construction, lighthouses were supposed to house their crew which took care of the lighthouse and its functioning. Nowadays, most lighthouses are automated so the crew is no longer needed.
Below are some of the most interesting lighthouses which you can reach by boat for sightseeing.
Savudrija lighthouse (45N 29' 23'', 13E 29' 27'') – the oldest and the northernmost Croatian lighthouse located on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula.
Posted on Feb 08 2013
On January 27th 2013 American TV station The Travel Channel, which features shows related to travel, aired their show “Win a Trip of a Lifetime” presenting the natural beauties of Croatia. Displaying the most beautiful and the most attractive parts of Croatia and Italy, this TV channel invites their viewers to take part in a sweepstake in which they can win a 100.000 USD worth trip to Croatia. Viewers have to choose their dream vacation online in order to participate.
The show presents beaches and hotels, cuisine, as well as various activities and unforgettable experiences from different destinations such as Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split and Rovinj.
Posted on Feb 06 2013
Croatian coast is connected to Europe not only by big airlines but also by low cost airlines which recognized the importance of the Adriatic Sea as a tourist destination. Naturally, except Zagreb airport, the best connections are to the cities on the coast.
Following is the list of the biggest airlines which fly to and from Croatia:
Germanwings connects Croatia with the following countries - Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, and Poland.
Posted on Feb 04 2013
Two years ago, a motion to include Sakarun Bay in the exclusive club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World was submitted. A call for a presentation at the 8th Congress followed and, on the board meeting in Paris, a positive decision has been made. The club includes beaches from 25 states all over the world.
Representatives of the association visited Sakarun bay and its surrounding areas, inspected the life in the area, were convinced of the biological diversity, examined the influence of tourism and nautics on the environment and were persuaded of the quality of local gastronomy.
Posted on Feb 01 2013
Organized by Yacht Club Biograd, this year’s Carnival regatta which attracts more and more participants from an increasing number of European countries every year, will be held in Biograd n/m from 08.02. - 10.02.2013. Last year, the regatta had gathered 33 crews from Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Hungary and Czech Republic. What’s specific about this regatta is that all participants must be masked and the choice of mask is, of course, left to the participants. Regatta will be held on Saturday and Sunday, a welcome party will be organized on Friday and a masquerade with live music is scheduled for Saturday evening.
Posted on Jan 30 2013
Among 1650 exhibitors from 63 states, 16 Croatian exhibitors successfully took part at the largest show of nautical equipment and water sports, the international trade fair BOOT, which was held in Düsseldorf between 19 and 27 January 2013. Visited by 250.000 people, this fair is an indication of trends and developments in the nautical world and it brings great news for Croatia. News from the nautical world, mostly vessels for different use and within different price range (motor boats, sailboats, yachts), as well as countless charter and diving destinations are presented at the BOOT fair.
Posted on Jan 28 2013
The Elaphites is a small archipelago located northwest of Dubrovnik. The archipelago was named by the deer (Greek: elaphos) which, unfortunately, no longer inhabit the islands. The Elaphites were first mentioned in the 1st century. The biggest island of the archipelago is Sipan and there are also Lopud, Kolocep, Ruda, Jakljan and some other smaller islands. With their beautiful beaches and landscapes, the islands attract countless tourists.The Elaphites are known for numerous remnants of ancient architecture - pre-Romanesque churches, basilica ruins, watchtowers, villas etc.Because of the beautiful nature and purity of the sea, the Elaphites attract many yachtsmen which find them interesting as a cultural destination too.
Posted on Jan 25 2013
In its latest issue for February/March 2013, National Geographic Traveler magazine included Zadar in the elite club of best small ports.
Zadar, a 3000 year old Croatian port on the north of Dalmatian coast, absorbed the influence of different foreign invaders, which is visible in the heart of today’s old town located on the peninsula, on the Roman Forum and on Venetian walls surrounding the city.
A special experience is offered by the Sea Organs located by the new cruiser port, a unique artistic expression which plays soothing sounds created by the sea waves and currents.
Posted on Jan 22 2013
Brijuni – an underwater „walk“
This season, a complete novelty will be introduced in the NP Brijuni. An underwater promenade will be set up and you will only need your flippers and mask for the „walk“. The trail will be located on the east side of Veli Brijun, in Veriga bay, as part of the project „Experience of archeological and natural beauties of the Brijuni underwater“.
This walk will make it possible for people to visit different sites of exceptional archeological and natural value which can only be seen by diving under water.
Posted on Jan 17 2013
Island Žirje is the largest island of all the islands in the Šibenik archipelago with 15.08 km2 in size. The island is stretched in the Dinaric direction (from northwest to southeast) at a length of 12 km and has a 41.8 km long coastline.
It is assumed that this island was named after the former thick oak groves and acorns that grew on it. In the year 1059, Croatian King Petar Kresimir IV gave the island to the Benedictines. After that, the island belonged to the people of Zadar which then gave it back to Šibenik in the year 1323. Due to its position, Žirje had the role of the advance-guard so the Byzantine emperor Justinian built two forts: Gradina and Gusterna.
Posted on Jan 15 2013
Located along the Dalmatian coast, west of Zadar, Dugi otok is the 7th largest island in Croatia. The name (Long Island) is definitely justified by its look. Being 5 km wide and 45 km long, Dugi otok looks as a natural breakwater for that part of Dalmatian coast. West side of the island is extremely steep and inaccessible so most villages are located on the east coast. The location is highly appreciated by sailors because of the ideal sailing conditions on the west side of the island while the other side offers plenty of peaceful harbors. The biggest place where one can rest is Sali with an excellent mooring port and there are other places on the east coast, like Božava, Dragova, Soline, Brbinj, Luka, Polje, Verunić, Savar, Veli Rat, Zaglav and Žman.
Posted on Dec 20 2012
By choice of the renowned British daily magazine, The Daily Telegraph, one of the five most beautiful beaches in Croatia is Zlatni rat (Golden Horn, Island Brac) – the pearl of the Adriatic sea, as they named it.
Although only Zlatni rat made it to the best beaches on the old continent, it wasn’t the only beach that delighted the British journalists. The following 5 beaches were singled out by The Daily Telegraph journalists as places which you must visit during your stay in Croatia.
Posted on Dec 17 2012
Situated in Middle Dalmatia, between Hvar on the southeast, Brač on the east and Split on the northeast, lies the island Šolta. With its history that goes back to the prehistoric times, the island was first mentioned under name Olynth in the 4th century BC by the Pseudo-Scylax.
With the arrival of Croats to the area, the island was named Sulet and it kept that name till the modern era. Under the Venetian influence, the name of the island was changed to Šolta. Austro-Hungary, which mapped the Adriatic sea in the 19th century using Italian names, played the biggest role in spreading the name Šolta.
Posted on Dec 07 2012
With its 5375 hectares of protected areas, land and surrounding sea, national park Mljet occupies one third of the entire island. Getting a status of a national park, national park Mljet owes to its rich cultural and historical heritage of the Roman Empire, Illyrian tribes, and the Republic of Dubrovnik, but mostly to it's natural phenomenon and beauty.
Posted on Nov 13 2012
The Town of Mali Lošinj and the Mali Lošinj Tourism Office in cooperation with Mr. Davor Stipić and Mr. Ivan Bižaca, teachers of computer science in Ambroz Haračić High School in Mali Lošinj, first developed the „Lošinj – island of vitality“ application for iPhone and Android SmartPhones.
Posted on Oct 31 2012
Opatija, or the Monte Carlo of the Adriatic as it is often called, is a place with the longest tourist tradition on the Adriatic's east coast and one of the most popular tourist resorts in Croatia.
The Croatian town of Opatija is situated on the foot of Mt. Učka, at the eastern coast of the Istrian peninsula in the bay of Rijeka. It is a harbor as well as a tourist, summer and climatic resort...
Posted on Oct 23 2012
The experience of living offered by the house "Puntin" in the heart of the National Park Kornati is truly irreplaceable.
Vrulje, a little, but still the largest town in the National Park is the destination you will head to if you decide to visit this magical place for the ideal holiday, far away from the hustle and bustle of today's lifestyle...
Posted on Oct 12 2012
British “The Guardian” has published a list of the most beautiful and best Croatian islands, depending on whether you prefer romance, culture, whether you are only looking for relaxation and enjoying tasty food or if you are looking for crazy parties...
Posted on Sep 28 2012
At the end of October a regatta under the name Zadarska koka, organized by YC Uskok, will be held. This regatta is known as the most massive regatta for "cruisers" in the Zadar area. The regatta will be held in the Zadar channel, where in 2011 she attracted 87 boats with over 300 members in the range between 3 even up to 76 years. The boat Damaco with Berislav Vranic at the helm won the regatta that year, like the previous two.
Posted on Sep 20 2012
The Viška regatta is a traditional regatta which brings together lovers of sailing on the route from Split to Vis and back within 3 days.
During unstable weather conditions, which makes it more interesting and particularly demanding, this regatta gathers over 100 vessels every year. Since she is in late October term, to many sailors this race symbolizes the last sailing of the season which makes this race even more popular, and if we add the closing party, it is unavoidable for lovers of sailing and partying...
Posted on Sep 13 2012
The oldest regatta in Croatia as well as one of the oldest regattas in Europe celebrated its eightieth anniversary last year. The Mrduja regatta has the status of a Croatian brand and it is also a trademark of Split and the Mediterranean way of life. This status was justified in 2011 when the regatta attracted over 2500 sailors on more than 250 boats.
The crew of “Anadora” with the Olympic athlete Mate Arapov at the helm came in as the overall winner after 4 hours and 41 minutes of sailing.
The planned route is 22 nautical miles long, starting in Split, turning the island Mrduja, and return to Split below Sustipan.
Posted on Sep 07 2012
“A taste of Croatia” is not just an ordinary cookbook of Croatian cuisine. In addition to containing numerous recipes of authentic Croatian dishes, it is also a sailing travelogue of the authors who arrived to Croatia with their 50 feet sailboat (Beneteau) and fell in love with the natural beauties, people, cuisine, tradition and perfect sailing conditions so much that they, instead of the planned short visit, ended up staying for over 3 years...
Posted on Sep 05 2012
The most famous Croatian nautical magazine 'More' (in English – “Sea”) has developed an iPad app based on the eponymous publication called "Sailing in Croatia 2012" that is now available to everyone in the App Store.
It is several times richer and more comprehensive than the printed version which has been a real hit among the foreign sailors in the past years as the most respected and most wanted sailing guide for the Adriatic Sea...
Posted on Sep 03 2012
The world famous website magazine, 'Huffington Post', published 5 most desirable honeymoon destinations which justify the reputation by their offer. The list was drawn up by numerous experiences of young married couples.
And if the newly married couples in 2013 wish to travel to one of the most romantic places in the world, according to the Huffington Post, their choice has been made easier and narrowed down to these top 5:
Fiji - ' Tadrai Island Resort '
Croatia - ' Villa Dubrovnik '
Italy - ' The Hotel Palazzo Sasso '
St-Barths - ' Hotel Le Toiny '
St Lucia - ' The BodyHoliday '
Posted on Aug 29 2012
In one of its recent issues, the US weekly "Newsweek" has published a list of 101 best restaurants in the word based on the ratings of 53 world-famous chefs. The most prominent names responsible for this selection are Bourdain, Lidia Bastianich, David Chang and Anita Lo.
The Croatian restaurant "Konoba Batelina" from Banjole, an Istrian town 7 km away from Pula, was chosen as one of the best European restaurants...
Posted on Jul 30 2012
After Pula Airport's successful business cooperation with Jet2.com, British airline which has been connecting Manchester and Istria, it was announced that as of next July Newcastle will also be connected to Istria, namely, to Pula. At the press conference, Ian Doubtfire, Managing Director at Jet2.com, stressed the importance of the new destination and announced that next summer another 6,000 English tourists will be landing in Pula thanks to this air route. He repeated that Jet2.com was established in 1983 and is now a renowned company with 44 Boeing-type planes and one A320 Airbus connecting 51 destinations on 186 air routes throughout Europe and the Canary Islands.
Posted on Jul 18 2012
Pag - Bora. Salt. Cheese. Olives. Lace.
Words that we most often say when we think about the island under the Velebit. It’s exactly the strong northern wind that makes it rocky, its surface like the one on the moon.
Due to the strong winds, the entire island is covered with salt, especially during winter. Aromaticity of indigenous plants combined with sea salt makes Pag sheep cheese widely known. Olive groves in Lun are a unique botanical garden of wild olive trees, preserved from devastation by the surrounding sea and salt. Pag lace under UNESCO protection is an original souvenir from Pag, first records dating back to the 15th century...
Posted on Jul 04 2012
If you're one of us who will spend his summer vacation on the beach cooling from the summer heat in the sea, you might wonder about the quality of the sea you are swimming in. If you are coming to Croatia, then you're in the right place...
Posted on May 31 2012
Experience the charm of the old world in Croatia on a sailing odyssey through this wonderful part of Europe.
Sail around the impressive coastline, national parks and explore the medieval towns, or get off the boat and swim in the warm, turquoise sea. Taste the fresh seafood prepared in a unique way with a glass of quality wine, enjoying the beautiful view that is offered in some of the coastal restaurants...
Posted on May 09 2012
Kornati or Kornati islands, more commonly known as Stomorski Islands, are situated in northern Dalmatia, i.e. west from Sibenik, in the Sibenik - Knin county. It covers an area of 320 km2 and with its 150 islands and islets make up the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean.
Geographically the Kornati islands can be divided into two main groups: Gornji Kornati which are closer to the mainland, and Donji Kornati, which generally look towards the open sea in the southwest. The archipelago was declared a national park in 1980.
Posted on Apr 13 2012
Although it was in plan for several years, the race whose route covers most of the east coast of the Adriatic Sea, this year will be held for the first time. The regatta will be sailed in two parts, from Rijeka to Tivat (Porto Montenegro) and back and distance of each stage is about 300 miles. Participants of the race will be able to enjoy not only in sailing but in a beauty of the islands of the Croatian coast and the Boka Kotorska bay, very well known around the world.
The organizers of the Race, Sailing Club of Rijeka and the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club, predicted the start of the first stage for 23.09. from Rijeka and a day earlier, also in Rijeka, will be held the promotional race on which journalists will also have opportunity to participate on.
Posted on Apr 04 2012
The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) is a national trade association representing the retail travel sector of Canada's tourism industry. ACTA is an industry-led, non profit, membership based organization.
The ACTA is the largest organization in travel industry and by far the most important representative of travel agencies and agents in the country. It represents more than 2,000 travel agencies and about 18,000 travel agents who are members of the association. In addition, hundreds of industry members such as hotels, rent-a-car companies and other providers join ACTA as Allied Members.
Posted on Mar 19 2012
Diocletian’s Palace is not just an incredible antique monument but also a national and world heritage. Together with latter medieval annex, it represents a valuable archaeological, historical and artistic complex for which was inserted in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.
Today, the remains of the palace are a part of the historic centre of the city of Split, attracting all lovers of history and architecture.
Posted on Mar 08 2012
The Brijuni Islands are a group of two larger islands and twelve islets located on the south-western Istrian coast, close to Pula.
The total surface area of the national park is 34 km2 of which 4 square kilometres is land surface whilst the rest is a surrounding protected sea belt.
Islands are famous for their indented coastline and preserved Mediterranean vegetation partly shaped in a landscape park.
Posted on Feb 14 2012
When on Saturday she put her feet on the ground of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin from her sailing boat Grumpy, sixteen years old Laura Dekker has officially become the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world. In the August 2010 she went to her trip around the world, but now her adventure finished. As much as the journey on a twelve meter long sailing boat with two masts was a challenge, much harder was to obtain all permissions necessary for this venture.
Posted on Jan 26 2012
Each year the “Water Sports Oscars” is awarded for the best boat produced by the most important European shipbuilding companies. The award is assigned in four categories at the Nautical Fair in Dusseldorf.
After exhaustive testing which lasts for several months, the jury which consists of editors in chief and examiners of eleven leading European nautical magazines assigns that award to the best boat.
Posted on Jan 16 2012
Uptake.com, a travel oriented web-site, conducted a survey on Facebook which included over 200 million posts, status updates, photo descriptions and check-ins from hundreds of thousands of Facebook users. On the final list of top destinations one shouldn’t miss in 2012., Dubrovnik has taken second place putting this “Pearl of the Adriatic”, as the authors of the study call it, right after Luang Prabang (Laos).
Posted on Jan 10 2012
CNN put the Jerolim beach located on the islet of the same name, part of the Hvar’s Pakleni islands, on the first place of its world top nudist destination list.
The place of an untouched nature, rocky shores and crystal clear sea is equally famous amongst tourists and shy people.
Posted on Dec 23 2011
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Posted on Dec 19 2011
According to the Sunday Times Travel Magazine readers, Croatia won the third place as the best European destination with the most beautiful beaches.
Southern Spain won the first place whilst the second took the Greek islands. Croatia and Turkey were candidates for the third place.
Posted on Dec 15 2011
Bavaria Yachts USA announced that the SAIL Magazine has chosen Bavaria Cruiser 45 the best boat in 2012 in the selection of up to 50 feet large cruiser sailing boats.
Six months ago, Bavaria Yachts reappeared on the American market with its globally appreciated sailing boat brand.
Posted on Nov 22 2011
One of the most famous world TV stars with regard to the gastronomy and travelling, as well as the author of the cult book “Kitchen Confidential” and some other bestsellers, visited Croatia.
During the shooting that lasted eight days, Anthony and Mate tried fishing, enjoyed in traditional Croatian honey liqueur medica, went to chase the famous Istrian truffles and ate the best Adriatic Sea fish.
Posted on Nov 09 2011
According to the American TV journalist, Ashley Colburn, winner of the Emmy award for the documentary series called Wonders of Croatia, Rovinj is the most romantic town she has ever visited.
After the fifth episode of the documentary about Croatia, filmed in Istria, has been shot, the journalist was fascinated by the town of Rovinj so much that she wanted to remain and live there.
Posted on Nov 02 2011
Yahoo!Travel, world’s leading tourist destinations browser inserted Jadrolinija ferry line from Split to the island of Vis to the list of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
Relaxing navigation during which you can peacefully observe and photograph natural beauties of Adriatic has taken a high second place.
Posted on Oct 19 2011
The beauty of the Adriatic coast has been recognized a long time ago by members of the world elite and international stars from the world of entertainment and politics. Many of them have this year visited the Adriatic again. Sebastian Vettel, the world Formula 1 champion got to experience the beauty of Croatia as a guest of the head of Formula 1 Bernie Eccelstone, who visits the Adriatic coast on a regular basis.
Posted on Jul 28 2011
Croatian Tourist Board opened a new channel by free application Croatia.hr through which presents the users, on simple and fast way, Croatian tourist offer.
Application provides a fast and simple view and access to the general information about Croatia, natural and cultural beauties, various activities and events during the tourist season such as sport, entertainment and cultural events.
Posted on Jul 15 2011
On 15th July Nikola Mrđen and Siniša Knežević from Rijeka promote the sport and healthy living by the unseen rowing tour and extend the boarders for those who want to stimulate sport activities, healthy living and touch with the nature that we have forgotten…
These two Rijeka’s sportsmen decided to put an end to the city life rhythm by this adventurous idea to go around the Adriatic in kayaks. “Someone has to row too” which purpose is to promote the healthy living and awake the society remembering it about the natural wealth and beauties of Croatian shore as a prerequisite for further tourism development.
Posted on Jun 20 2011
Asking yourselves whether your licence is valid in Croatia? Increase of the nautical tourism at the Adriatic caused a major number of requests and dilemmas regarding the validity of foreign vessel driving licences in the Croatian territorial waters.
Ministry of the Sea, Traffic and Infrastructure every year improves and redact acts adjusting them with EU valid regulations. So today, many permits issued abroad is valid also in Croatia.
Posted on Jun 17 2011
Sailing, going in speed boat, sunbathing or diving, time of holidays and relaxation. Nevertheless which activities we practice during our holidays, many of us want to remain in touch with our family, friends or business partners. Internet availability has become important wherever you find yourselves.
Tourists and yachtsmen are in Croatia provided with many free hot spots for Internet connection by laptop, smart phone or mobile phone.
Posted on Jun 17 2011
European Environment Agency and European Commission in their Annual Report positioned Croatia at the second place for the cleanliness of the sea and bathing waters.
At the first place is Cyprus whilst after Croatia there are Malta, Greece, Ireland and then all other European countries. Water samples were took on beaches, rivers and lakes but shall be mentioned that 70% of examined water samples comes from the coastal sea areas.
Posted on Jun 06 2011
National Geographic's magazine Traveler included the cruising on the old sailing boats along the Croatian coast within 50 best trips in the whole world.
Each year, this magazine makes a top list and among thousands of destinations chooses those which differ from others and which should be visited at least once in a lifetime.
Posted on May 13 2011
Good connection of the main Croatian ports and islands at the beginning of tourist season additionally increases by introduction of new ferry lines. That significantly increases the transport capacities and is provided a daily connection of Croatian ports with islands as well as a good international connection.
Jadrolinija, the largest transport company with its fleet of 36 ferries, 8 catamarans, hydro bus and 4 ships connects main Croatian coastal port between themselves as well as the islands of ...
Posted on May 09 2011
The Russian national airline introduces flights connecting Moscow to Dubrovnik during the tourist season.
From Dubrovnik airport comes the confirmation about the collaboration with Russian Aeroflot airline. From 1st June until 30th September, flights on the route Moscow-Dubrovnik will start three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Because of the, constantly larger interest of Russian tourists, yachtsmen and businessmen, Aeroflot decided to ensure for 2011 an Airbus A320 plane, offering a business and a tourist class tickets.
Posted on Apr 26 2011
In Zagreb was founded the European Coastal Airlines (ECA), Croatian and German company, which aim is to connect the land and larger Croatian islands by plane. In this moment they collect documents needed for issuing concessions and necessary permits whilst with state authorities in Zagreb is being worked upon the detailed plan of “air highways”. According to Klaus Dieter Martin, company’s director, the connection will be carried out in two phases.
Posted on Apr 26 2011
Lonely Planet, the most famous tourist guide in the world, dedicated its March edition completely to Croatia. On the 351st page in the guide can be found suggestions for planning the journey as well as numerous useful information with regard to the climate conditions in each Croatian region.
In a part of the guide dedicated to discovering Croatia, authors describe, in a detailed way, Croatian history, culture, people and customs, natural beauties and art.
Posted on Apr 19 2011
A respectable worldwide organization that presents tourist awards, the "World Travel Awards", has announced this year’s nominations for the best tourist destinations. Categories are divided into continents and the countries that each destination belongs to. The awards, also known as "tourist Oscars", have been presented for different achievements in all branches of the travel and tourism industry for the last 18 years.
Posted on Apr 17 2010
The island of Cres was always one of the favourite holiday resorts in the Northern Adriatic but thanks to the sensational discovery it’ll become interesting spot for archaeology enthusiasts as well. In the area around Cape Tarej, in just over two meters below the surface of crystal-clear Adriatic Sea, amateur divers found the remains of a Roman merchant ship and this could be one of the most valuable and the most interesting archaeological findings of its kind on the Adriatic.
Posted on Feb 15 2010
Situated in North Dalmatia, not far from Sibenik, there is the most indented island group in the Mediterranean also known as the crown jewel of the Dalmatian island chain - Kornati. Due to its exceptional natural beauty, interesting geomorphology and particulary rich biological communities of marine ecosystems, the greater part of the Kornati archipelago was declared a national park in 1980. Kornati should be the focus of any cruise in the area because of many islands, islets and reefs which allow you to try out your nautical skills and all you need for this challenge is just a ticket to the Park.
Posted on Feb 09 2010
If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with your whole family; holiday which would give you all much needed rest but also be fun because of your little ones, Adriatic coast is the answer. Days filled with different activities, safe play in shallow waters and on pebbly, sandy and narrow beaches, and lots of entertainment for the youngest and their parents, well, those are the days spend on the Adriatic.
On each beach you will find many families with kids so basically the whole coast is family friendly. Still, there are some beaches which offer more to families with children, from all sorts of diving or windsurfing activities, waterslides and other water sports for older children, pines shades and a nice place for children to have an ice cream and mom and dad a cold beer or cocktail.
Posted on Jan 17 2010
Wall Street Journal journalist Araon Maines praised the beauty of the Croatian Adriatic in his latest article for the US based newspaper. Writing the article the author cruised the Adritaic from the island of Murter to the Kornati archipelago, sailing on board of the old sailing ship. The author wrote that Kornati, specifically thrilled him, and described it as priceless experience and a “must do” of all cruises to all, regardless of the recession.
Posted on Nov 27 2009
Since the Sailing Season 2009 the chaotic world of licences is changing in a regulated situation. The croatian "Ministry of Maritime, Transport and Infrastructure" is finally bringing some light in the dark world of licences. From now on everyone who wants to sail through the adriatic sea has the opportunity to check out fast and secure which licences are accepted or not.
Posted on Nov 17 2009
The city of Mali Losinj recieved the Silver Flower of Europe award in Cardiff, in the annual competition among 5700 European cities. This “Entente Florale Europe” was given to this magnificent city and island due to its beauty, arrangement and quality of life. International Commission for the Golden Flower of Europe, composed of 12 member countries, spent two days in Mali Losinj during June, which was the only town outside the EU that was high on the list of this competition.
Posted on Nov 04 2009
Many of us only have one or two weeks to go on a trip, relax, explore foreign country, have some fun and create beautiful memories that will keep us satisfied until the next holiday. We wonder where to go, what to see and do, and often find ourselves wanting more free time to discover it all. So, don’t waste your precious time trying to do and see everything. Just follow our simple guide and you’ll have the best Croatian holidays ever.
Posted on Oct 25 2009
Prestigious Daily Telegraph recently reported Zlatni Rat on Brac the finest beach in Europe and together with the seaside resort city of Dubrovnik Banja beach is listed among the ten most beautiful in the world. Thousands of miles along the Croatian coast there are many beautiful places to swim, regardless of whether you enjoy the sea with your family or looking for summer fun.
Even the worst critics must admit that on the Adriatic coast you’ll able to find everything - from the wild wave of elite and expensive beach to the town for a day full time in the hot summer rhythm and perfect place to create a tower in the sand.
Posted on Oct 19 2009
Don't worry if you missed out on summer in Croatia as autumn and winter could be a great getaway from work and stress. With mild climate and warm days, including lots of festivals and other happenings, Croatia is now a resort to visit throughout the whole year.
Indeed, mild but rainy weather along the coast may keep you off the beach, and some hotels may be closed, but overall it’s a good time for holiday if you like participating in many cultural events, if you want to travel on the budget as the price of hotels drops dramatically in autumn and winter and there are lots of weekend spa packages with extremely low prices; and if you want to take a part in the famous Carnival in February.
Posted on Sep 28 2009
The LA times’ recommendation refers to the entire county, the coast and the mainland.
Croatia has been recommended because of its cuisine, climate and hospitality. Overall it is an exceptionally desirable tourist destination, the daily said.
The article in the LA Times is yet another confirmation that Croatia is a popular tourist destination for US travellers.
Posted on Sep 13 2009
The Blue Flag, an international label signifying a clean environment and a high level of development and facilities, has been awarded to 135 locations in Croatia: 115 beaches and 20 marinas.
Interestingly, apart from seaside beaches, blue flags are fluttering on seven continental beaches this year: the Aquacity beach near Varazdin and six beaches of the sports and recreational centre Jarun in Zagreb.
Posted on Aug 31 2009
In the category of "Best Vacation Value of Europe" from the famous magazine Travel Age West, in competition with the Czech Republic, Spain and Turkey, Croatia has won the first prize. Travel Age West is a leading U.S. magazine for tourism and the tourist industry, and provides information to its readers for 40 years.
"Wave Awards" (Western Agents Votes of Excellence - WAVE) is awarded since 2006, annually for outstanding contribution to tourism, within the highly competitive companies, people and destinations.
Posted on Aug 27 2009
When we venture on our holidays many of us are all for experiencing some local culture, having fun or up for the challenge of trying something new. In all that excitement while planning leisure activities, we seem to forget about basics of safety and accident prevention. Here are some tips from sailing experts on how to make your voyage safer and more fun.
Posted on Aug 22 2009
Due to these recent serious accidents we want to remind you of what the dive flag means and what it requires of a boater. Accidents had one thing in common. They involved divers. Were their dive flags handy or just ignored?
Obviously, since it’s called a “dive flag” you can conclude that it means that there are divers in the area around it. It is meant to effectively create a zone of safety around it.
Posted on Aug 12 2009
Internet website skippertips specialised for nautical tourism enthusiasts has reported that among strong competition from other marinas in the Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro, marina in Vrsar was voted the best marina on the eastern Adriatic coast in 2008 by the foreign boaters and visitors. The second is Kastela near Split, and the ACI marina in Vodice is third.
Boaters appraised cleanliness and environmental protection, environment and facilities, courtesy of staff and cost of the marina and restaurant. Marina in Vrsar has won in three out of four of the above-mentioned four categories, hence winning the first place.
Posted on Jul 30 2009
Croatia has it all this summer...sailing, culture, sand, sea, and sun.
Wine tasting, sailing, scuba diving, festivals, pristine beaches, history and culture...if only there were one place to find them all. Discover the spot that has it all - Croatia. Whether you prefer from great architecture to fine dining on a meal where every course has truffles, this is your country. Fortunately Croatia it's affordable, uncrowded and locals are English speaking.
Take your time reviewing the upcoming events in this article
Posted on Jul 22 2009
With so many islands and ports, you can stop as many times as you like or sail for as long as you wish. With over 1,000 islands, sailing holidays can provide an excellent way of seeing some of the smaller (perhaps even uninhabited!) islands that would otherwise be difficult to visit with scheduled ferry lines. Such holidays can be considered to be more "hands-on" than your usual holiday, although everyone from beginners to more experienced sailors can find something suitable for them.
Posted on Jul 14 2009
Every year during the summer months, from 30th June to 27 July, the squares, streets and terraces of Rijeka are turned into theatre stages. Popular town locations, but also places that the citizens of Rijeka themselves find it difficult to envisage as a possible stage for actors and theatre props, are for a few weeks turned over to artists of a widely diverse styles of musical and scenic expression. The Festival program comprises everything, from classical drama productions, premieres of more recent works for drama theatre and concerts of classical music, to street theatres and concerts of pop stars. One of the crucial parts of the Festival is probing into the contemporary relations between the industrial architecture and theatre, which is why some of the productions are staged in the premises of old industrial plants.
Posted on Jul 02 2009
A flotilla of dazzling white yachts glides into a sheltered cove. The put-put-put of their motors is no competition for the evening choir of cicadas. The whiteness of the yachts seems startling, a vivid contrast to the sea’s hypnotic palette of blues and turquoises...the deep orange roof tiles of a thousand-year-old town...the green pine woods beyond.
Posted on Jun 04 2009
Ryanair, Europe's largest low cost airline, has introduced a new route from Zadar to Frankfurt - Hahn. The new twice a week route will start to operate from 3rd July 2009, on every Monday and Friday.
This will be the seventh route that Ryanair flies from and to Zadar, already connecting Zadar with London , Dublin, Stockholm, Edinburgh, Pisa, and Düsseldorf, and this is the second route that connects Zadar with Germany (Ryanair also flies starting 6th July 6 to Düsseldorf).
Posted on May 17 2009
Split has plenty of personality and a spectacular coast to explore. The city of Split is well known as the holiday gateway to a spectacular stretch of coast, to beautiful islands and to thousands of years of history. However the city is often overlooked in favour of Dubrovnik to the south and the Istrian coast to the north.
But the city and its environs are worth discovering. Behind a modern waterfront promenade is an astonishing building: Diocletian's Palace, a huge, square Roman citadel built in AD300. It was rebuilt largely in the 7th century and altered continuously since then but the base of the Roman walls, cellars and street plan remain. Along its southern facade are 42 windows, designed so that the Emperor Diocletian could enjoy a continuous view of the sea.
Posted on May 06 2009
The influential US magazine Forbes on Saturday published a list of the world's cleanest countries, ranked according to an index called Environmental Performance Index, developed by Columbia and Yale Universities. Croatia ranked 20th on the global scale and first in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
With an Environmental Performance Index (EPI) score of 84.6 out of 100, Croatia takes 20th place on the list of the cleanest countries. The list is topped by Switzerland and Scandinavian countries. Interestingly, fourteen European countries are among the 20 cleanest.
Posted on Mar 30 2009
Yacht-Pool Croatia, the leading Croatian insurer in all types of maritime insurance, introduced a comprehensive package policy for navigators and skippers who sail on rented boats. This kind of policy that is specifically tailored for the enthusiasts of the nautical tourism hasn’t been offered in Croatia until now.
Croatian and foreign yachtsmen i.e. clients of the yacht charter agencies, before starting cruising on the Adriatic, through the Yacht-Pool Croatia can specify a policy that will insure them and the members of their crew from many possible different events . The policy can be arranged to be valid from the moment when the holiday has been paid until disembarkation from chartered vessel.
Posted on Mar 25 2009
The readers of the Spanish issue of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine has awarded the first prize to the "islands of the Croatian Adriatic" in the category of the most beautiful islands in the world. Readers of the magazine in voted in fifteen categories, for the best city hotel, best resort, best wellness-central, the best destination, beautiful city, beautiful island, the best airline company and others.
Posted on Mar 08 2009
Republic of Croatia covers an area of 56,542 sq. km, and its territorial waters cover 31,067 sq. km. The coastline including the islands is 5,835 km long. It has 718 islands, 389 cliffs and 78 reefs. Out of 67 inhabited islands with 130,000 inhabitants, the biggest are Krk and Cres. According to the latest census, Croatia has a population of 4,381,352 inhabitants.
The official language is Croatian, written in the Roman script. In Croatia English language is taught in elementary school hence the most of Croatians speak English well. In the northern regions, the way of life is typically Central European, whereas in the South it is Mediterranean.
Posted on Feb 26 2009
The Croatian Government adopted a strategy for the promotion of nautical tourism over the next ten years, according to which no more than 15,000 berths would be built during that period, as opposed to 33,000 as initially planned by regional authorities.
The strategy specifies 15 top locations, which are: Rovinj, Pula - St. Katharine, Rijeka - Porto Baros, Novalja, Pakostane, Zadar, Sibenik - Mandalina, Dugi Rat, Split - Znjan, Marina, Vis, Dubrovnik - Gruz, Slano, Orebic and Vela Luka.
Posted on Feb 16 2009
After being noticed by the Google Earth users, the small heart-shaped island in the Pasman channel on the Croatian Adriatic has become a hit destination for a day of falling in love.
Since being discovered by Google Earth and featuring on ABC and CNN TV networks one of the co-owners Vlado Juresko received numerous applications from couples all over the world to spend Valentine’s Day on the island.
'Sound is incredible. I think this is the most perfect island in the shape of heart in the world, "said Vlado Juresko, whose family owns about 130,000 square meters on the island Galesnjak, now known as the Island of love.
Posted on Feb 10 2009
The Croatian Ministry for Environment has published its annual report for 2008 on the quality of the sea water on the Croatian Adriatic beaches.
Testing took place on 890 points across the Croatian Adriatic and no point of polluted sea water has been found. The sea water in Croatian Adriatic is more than suitable for swimming and of high quality that meets the stringent criteria laid down by the international guidelines on the quality of water on sea/ocean beaches.
Posted on Feb 04 2009
Croatian resorts this summer season will be better connected with Scandinavia by direct flights from the Nordic countries.
This season Copenhagen, Oslo and Helsinki will be regularly connected with Split and Dubrovnik. Norway budget airline Norwegian Air and Danish Cimber Air took over flight from failed Iceland airline Sterling from the Danish capital to Croatia.
Posted on Jan 31 2009
British newspaper "Mirror" selected Croatia, Egypt, Turkey and Hungary as the most attractive and the coolest destinations for British tourists for this year.
"Mirror" claims that, because of the global financial crises if holidaying in one of these four countries you’ll get the best value for your money. Although Greece and Spain remain high on the holiday wish list, the real bargains are outside the Euro Zone (countries where Euro is not in use), where you can enjoy the sun, sea and fine food for much less.
Posted on Jan 18 2009
The absolutely stunning Croatian National Park Plitvice Lakes is in the competition for the new seven Wonders of Nature. The only Croatian candidate is in the running for the title of the miracles of nature, together with other 261 nominated nature sites from 222 countries around the world.
Plitvice, among others also competes with Mount Everest, Loch Ness, Grand Canyon, Kalahari, Victoria falls etc.
Posted on Jan 09 2009
British no frills airline company Easyjet has announced four new routes to Dubrovnik starting in 2009. From 1st of May 2009 Easyjet will fly four times a week from Gatwick airport to Dubrovnik, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Three times a week Liverpool - Dubrovnik route, opens 2nd of June 2009.
Posted on Dec 23 2008
No yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage, except, of course, the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.
Over 100 entries are gearing up to contest the 64th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race on Boxing Day. The second largest fleet in a decade includes entries from Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Switzerland, UK & US.
Posted on Dec 17 2008
Only in the Americas Cup could a deadline fall due for a regatta, of record numbers, that might never be held.
Only in the Americas Cup could a multi-million dollar, 90-foot, cutting edge racing trimaran continue zipping around the ocean in training for a race that may never come.
Posted on Dec 12 2008
Name : Russell Coutts
Nationality : New Zealand
Date of Birth : 01. March, 1962, Wellington, New Zealand
Academic background : The University of Auckland, Bachelor of Engineering
Posted on Dec 09 2008
Croatian foreign tourist arrivals were up a strong 7.5% year-on-year to 9.3 million comparing to 2007, resulting in one of the best tourist seasons on record in Croatia. Latest data for the first two months of 2008 show foreign arrivals up an impressive 21% to some 126,000. Domestic tourism, meanwhile, recorded a more modest growth rate of 5% in the period January to February 2008. Forecast Scenario Real GDP growth in Croatia this year will be the highest this decade, at an estimated 5.9%.
Posted on Dec 06 2008
One of the world's most famous and successful racing sailors, having competed and been successful in Olympic events, America’s Cup and many different offshore races.
Conner won the America's Cup four times, in 1974, 1980, 1987 and1988, but was also the first man to ever lose the cup to a challenger, Alan Bond's Australia II in 1983.
Posted on Dec 04 2008
The latest numbers show that as a holiday destination Croatia is very attractive to the charter industry. The great potential of nautical tourism in Croatia can be attributed to almost a thousand nautical miles of the beautiful Adriatic coast (including 1,185 easily accessible islands) and a mild Mediterranean climate that allows for at least a six-month period for comfortable sailing and cruising.
Posted on Dec 02 2008
The above advices are valid for a normal storm when winds are up to 10 knots in strength. For anything above that your strategy must and will change. But in any case the best advice is to use common sense and if in doubt - don't go out.
1. Check the weather forecast. You need to know what weather you can expect before you leave the marina and during your time at the sea. Although this is obvious and common sense thinking, still, it is incredible how many ships leave port without that particular information. You can get the latest weather forecast information in the marinas, on the Internet, over the VHF stations etc ...
Posted on Nov 30 2008
ACI is the biggest chain of internationally recognised marinas on the Adriatic. ACI i.e. Adriatic Croatia International club opened its first marina 25 years ago, on 1st July 1983. It was an answer to the more pronounced nautical presence in the Adriatic. Thus a chain of marinas along the Croatian Adriatic with high-quality standard service was created. Today, the ACI system has 21 marinas from the northernmost - in Umag to the southernmost - in Dubrovnik.
Posted on Nov 28 2008
Many people deeply regret not taking out travel insurance. They think their credit card accident cover, home insurance, or private health cover is sufficient.
Accidents do happen and here is a simple travel insurance guide to avoid extremely expensive and unpleasant situations that can turn the holiday of your dreams to a real nightmare.
Remember: No Embassy or High Commission of any country will help you financially, so you need to be fully covered.
Posted on Nov 27 2008
It is a real challenge to construct a boat that is fully balanced, equipped with high quality equipment, reasonably priced and demonstrating excellent relationship between quality and investment. It seems that Jakopin Brothers have done it.
The final result is Salona 34 an elegant, middle class sail boat for both regattas and family cruising.
Posted on Nov 26 2008
Continuing on our story about Michael Perham, 16, who hopes to become the youngest, solo, non-stop circumnavigator struck first problems this afternoon...or at the latest tomorrow morning.
Having left Falmouth last Tuesday, Perham was forced to stop in Cascais, Portugal on Friday, with autopilot problems.Michael hopes to be under way again tomorrow; however, the schedule has changed a bit now. Iif he wishes to go round non-stop which now means from Cascais to Cascais.
Posted on Nov 25 2008
Marine Insurance claims statistics contain many stories of engines that froze and failed after skippers failed to prepare the engine for winter properly. Generally, engine blocks that freeze and crack are not covered by a boat’s insurance policy.
Papering the engine for winter is one job that is truly critical; follow the steps below and consult your manual for specifics.
Posted on Nov 24 2008
Dubai Marina Yacht clubhouse, located along the Dubai Marina canal, opened its doors this week. It will provide boat-owners with membership while the public will be able to access marine-themed restaurants and retail outlets.
Billed as the port authority for all operations and berthing along the 3.5km Dubai Marina canal the Dubai Marina Yacht Club will cater to over 500 yachts from 10 to 35 meters in length.
Posted on Nov 23 2008
US challenger Oracle reacted positively this week to the announcement of an agreement on new rules for the next America's Cup that may help resolve its legal battle with Swiss champions Alinghi.
On the meeting in Geneva last week Alinghi representatives held talks with 10 of the 12 challengers for the 33rd edition of the yachting's most prestigious event.
Posted on Nov 22 2008
International Committee for fair play awarded prestigious award "Trophy Pierre de Coubertin" to the Croatian yachtsmen Petar Cupac and Pavle Kostov. Also awarded is their trainer Ivan Bulaja.
Two young sailors in 49er class received the award for lending their sailing boats for the final round to the Danish crew whose boat was damaged by wind. The Danish crew then sailed to win a golden medal in at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008.
Posted on Nov 21 2008
Team of the renowned tourist guide Rough Guides was full of praise and compliments for Croatia in its latest issue.
Croatia is a "high quality tourist destination" was stated in the 25th anniversary special edition of this world's most famous tourist guides - Rough Guides. .
This particular edition of Rough Guide published on the occasion of its 25 years in publication is a special collection of the "25 best experiences", of which Croatia is mentioned in two of these "experiences".
Posted on Nov 20 2008
Frenchman Thomas Coville started his race with the clock yesterday on board 105-foot maxi-trimaran Sodeb'O. He crossed the start line in his bid against the clock yesterday at 13:54:14.
To break the record he needs to beat Francis Joyon's record of 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds. Thomas Coville unsuccessfully attempted to break the record on December 17, 2007 but he retired after 20th day of his campaign, after discovering his starboard float was damaged.
Posted on Nov 19 2008
In the study conducted by the online travel agency lastminute.com, in which 5000 people participated Brits have voted Croatian women as the most beautiful in the World.
Basically the study was a quiz on a general knowledge of cities, flags, natural beauty and cultural heritage. However the respondent’s answers were given by their own personal travel experiences the study brings other conclusions such as the trend in travelling habits of the British people.
Posted on Nov 18 2008
A young Englishman Michael Perham, aged barely 16 years will attempt to sail around the world.
Michael Perham originally from Hertfordshire District in England set sails on his 40,000 kilometres long around the world trip on Saturday from Portsmouth, on the south coast of England.
At his 15m long vessel he’ll be carrying about ton of special equipment and food and other necessities for a journey that should, according to his calculations, take about four and half months.
Posted on Nov 17 2008
If you find yourself around the Adriatic this autumn/winter you should know that from 1 October 2008, ferries and passenger ships along the Croatian Adriatic coast will run less frequently according to autumn/winter, out of tourist season timetable. The timetable is valid until 31 May 2009.
Posted on Nov 17 2008
Alain Thebault and his crew on Wednesday improved their performance and set two new records of their own
- An average of 43.09 knots in a length of just over one nautical mile
- An average of 46.146 knots over 500 meters