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Croatia Media Newsletter - June 2013

11 June 2013

Destination Update 

Croatia makes Lonely Planet’s top ten European Travel Destinations for 2013

Croatia has been named eighth on Lonely Planet’s first ever Top Ten European Destinations List. Compiled by a team of Lonely Planet editors and authors from US and London offices, the article praises Croatia’s inland charms, such as Zagreb’s picturesque streets and cafe culture, as well as the nature-lover’s paradise of Plitvice Lakes National Park. For more information, please see here.

Croatia’s bathing waters still excellent

A massive 95 per cent of Croatia’s bathing sites have excellent water quality according to the European Environment Agency’s annual report on bathing quality in Europe. For more information, please see here.

Dino Galvagno returns with new restaurant

Well-known in Croatia for his radical cuisine and his popular Zagreb restaurant Prasac, chef Dino Galvagno has returned with another ambitious and exciting project. Peta Četvrtina has opened in Zagreb and aims to produce regional dishes in a modern way – using only seasonal ingredients from small family producers. While customer may be familiar with the dishes, they should expect some surprises as Galvagno puts together unexpected combinations of tastes and textures. For more information, please see here.

Monument to mark Croatia’s induction to the EU

As part of the Welcome Croatia festival - which aims to raise UK interest in Croatia as it joins the European Union - an Istrian kažun (dry stone shelter) will be built in the Peak District National Park. The official opening is scheduled for Friday 5 July and this permanent monument will use traditional dry stone walling techniques used both in Croatia and Britain. For more information, please see here.

New internet hotspots coming to Croatia

At least 269 internet hotspots, providing free wireless internet connections, are expected to be set up throughout Croatia by 1 July. The Tourism Ministry for Croatia stated that they will co-fund the project with 1.5 million Kuna (£170k), with 244 sites being set up along the coast, while 25 will be further inland. Most of the hotspots will be set up in Istria and Kvarner, and the ministry believes they will help in further promoting and boosting the competitiveness of Croatian tourist destinations. For more information, please see here.

Viking announces new Ocean Cruise Line

The travel industry’s first new cruise line in nearly a decade has been announced following the launch of Viking Ocean Cruises. The cruises will begin sailing in May 2015 embarking on maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic. The Mediterranean Odyssey cruise will stop at Dubrovnik and Split, while the Empire of the Mediterranean will call at Dubrovnik. For more information, please see here.

Arriva takes leading market position in Central and Eastern Europe

The European passenger transport group Arriva will move into new markets including Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia following the acquisition of Veolia Transport Central Europe (VTCE) by its parent company Deutsche Bahn.  The purchase further expands Arriva’s growing portfolio of passenger transport holdings and contracts across the UK and mainland Europe. Arriva will be involved with operating regional, inter-regional and international services in Croatia. For more information, please see here.

Events and Festivals

24 June – 01 July: Unique Sea, Sun & Salsa Festival

The beautiful fishing-port town of Rovinj on the Istrian coast will host the Unique Sea, Sun & Salsa event. Bringing dancing classes and performances to halls and hotels, as well as in the town’s main square and narrow coastal alleys, the Salsa festival will without doubt get your feet moving. If dancing the night away at open air salsa parties, surrounded by romantic architecture and enjoying Latin beats and the sounds of sea waves is your thing, then see here for more information.

30 June – 25 July: Rijeka Summer Nights

For a few weeks in summer, the streets and terraces of Rijeka are transformed into a sprawling cultural hub as everything from classical drama productions to pop concerts are performed. Utilising popular town monuments as well as unusual locations, the festival programme probes the contemporary relations between the industrial architecture and the arts. For more information please see here or here.

03 July – 05 July: Hideout Festival 2013

Electronic music lovers worldwide will head to the picturesque beachside location on the Isle of Pag where the Hideout Festival 2013 is being hosted. Located in the rustic and charming area of Novalka, 2013 sees the biggest line up in the festival’s history including acts such as Chase & Status, Four Tet and Skream & Benga. The festival remains dedicated to ensuring an intimate atmosphere throughout its venues and parties. For more information, please see here.

10 July – 28 August: 64th Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Held since 1950, the annual summer festival returns to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Dubrovnik. Featuring arts from the whole of Croatia as well as the city itself, the festival will host a diverse program of events, including classical music, theatre, opera and dance performances. Please see here for more information.

19 July – 25 August 38th Osor Musical Evenings

The tiny historic settlement of Osor, which lies on a narrow channel between Cres and Lošinj, has been holding a classical music festival since 1976. Concerts are held in the cathedral and on the main square featuring high-caliber Croatian composers and artists. Osor also has many churches and open-air sculptures that make it an enchanting place to visit. For more information please see here.

29 June – 6 July - 34th World Medical and Health Games

The World Medical and Health Games will celebrate their 34th year in the city of Zagreb. The games allow health professionals from around the globe to come together and compete in a range of sporting events. For more information, please see here


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