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Croatia Media Update - July 2012

11 July 2012

Destination Updates

Croatia welcomes record number of visitors

The first six months of 2012 have seen a record number of visitors travel to Croatia. Arrivals from the UK are up 25 per cent compared to the same period last year and with a number of new routes launching, including Heathrow to Zagreb with BA and Ryanair’s East Midlands to Zadar route, growth is anticipated to continue.

Beyoncé's baby daughter named honorary citizen of Hvar

Hvar has named Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s daughter, Ivy Blue, an honorary citizen of the Croatian city. Mayor of Hvar, Pjerino Bebić, bestowed the honour on baby Ivy Blue following claims she was named after a tree her mother saw on the popular island during her holiday last year. Pictures of the famous couple holidaying in Croatia hit the news last summer, when an expectant Beyoncé was photographed on the beaches of Hvar.

Adriatic one of Europe’s cleanest seas

Croatian beaches are officially some of Europe’s cleanest, according to the European Commission and the European Environmental Agency. The country’s coast is second only to Cyprus for the quality and cleanliness of its waters, with 90 per cent of Croatian beaches judged to be of excellent quality. Croatia has always been popular for its crystal-clear seawater and its neat, well-kept beaches, with more than 100 flying the Blue Flag.

First official Croatian camping app launched

The Croatian Camping Association has launched an app to help visitors discover more about the country’s camping offer. Camping Croatia gives users access to over 200 campsites across Croatia, in three different languages. Free to download and available on iPhone and Android, the app can be used offline, making it the perfect companion for overseas visitors.

More information here.

New eco ethno village opened

A new eco-village has opened for visitors on the edge of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park in central Croatia. Strug, in the village Plesno, encompasses eight properties which have been renovated in a traditional style, including two wooden houses offering ten guest rooms. The site also includes two restaurants serving traditional cuisine and a variety of regional wines.

New classical sightseeing tour of Pula

For a true taste of Roman Pula visitors should join a new classical sightseeing tour, led by professional tour guides dressed in traditional costume. The tour takes in the impressive amphitheatre, one of the best preserved of the Roman Empire, the cathedral and the archaeological museum. Visitors will be treated to a short play "Pia", performed in English, and an ancient lunch prepared using traditional Roman recipes.

For more information please visit www.croatia.hr or go to www.pulainfo.hr, call +52 351 318 or contact gaby@ami-pula.hr


Amadeo Scene

Summer Events at the Croatian Natural History Museum

Across the summer months, the atrium of the Croatian Natural History Museum will be brought alive with a series of over 50 clubbing, theatre and musical events. The Amadeo Scene runs from 7 July through to 5 September.

More information here.

The Secrets of Gric

Performed every Friday and Saturday night from May to the end of September, this nocturnal theatrical tour is an excellent way to discover more about Zagreb, its history and its legends. The tour takes place in Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and is inspired by the novel Gricka vjestica (The Witch of Grič), and from urban legends.

English tour is available on Saturdays.

More information here.

Dimensions Electronic Music Festival, Pula

6 – 9 September 2012

A brand new electronic music festival kicks off this September in the striking surroundings of the abandoned Fort Punta Christo. Brought about by the same team that organised the hugely successful Outlook festival, Dimensions is the place for discovering the best underground electronic sounds from across the globe and is perfectly located for day trips to the Brujini islands and Pag island. For more information please visit www.croatia.hr or visit www.dimensionsfestival.com


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