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Croatia Media Newsletter - July 2013

14 July 2013

Destination Update

UK visitors figures up 25 per cent

The first six months of 2013 have seen a record number of UK visitors travel to Croatia with arrivals up 25 per cent compared to the same period last year. With more regional flights to Croatia than ever before from providers like Jet2 and Thomson, as well as Ryanair’s new London to Rijeka route starting this month, growth is anticipated to continue.

Croatia enters the EU

On 1 July, Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union and thousands attended the celebrations in the capital’s central square. As an EU member, foreign visitors are now entitled to free healthcare using the EHIC card. UK residents with a European visa can also visit Croatia without requesting another visa following their accession.  For more advice on travelling to Croatia, please see here.

Jet2.com launches Croatian inspired limited-edition beer

To celebrate the first flight to Pula from Newcastle International Airport, the airline has created its own limited-edition ‘Newcastle meets Croatia’ beer. Brewed by the Tyne Bank Brewery, the beer hopes to reflect the finest traditions of both Newcastle and Croatia. Offering a summery, light feel, the beer is made with a special blend of malts to create a red hue to complement Jet2.com’s logo. It is hoped the beautiful coastal city of Pula with its impressive Roman amphitheatre will become a popular destination for North-East holidaymakers. For more information or to book your holiday to Pula, please see here.

‘Zagreb Welcomes You’ sculpture is unveiled in the heart of the capital

A new scale model of the city has been unveiled in Zagreb, showcasing the most important historic landmarks and the capital’s top tourist attractions. Made of bronze castings, the model is located between the main city square of Ban Josip Jelačić and Kaptol. Featuring Zagreb’s old coat of arms, short historical texts and a ‘Zagreb Welcomes You’ message in 38 different languages, it has quickly become a new meeting point in the city as well as a colourful visitor attraction. For more information, please see here.

New outdoor pool opened at Croatia’s only Design Hotel™, Hotel Lone

A new outdoor pool has opened this summer at the unique five-star Hotel Lone, located near the picturesque seaside town of Rovinj, Istria. Designed in line with the hotel’s stylish exterior, the main pool is complemented by three seawater pools, circled by a matching white stone terrace, deck chairs and parasols. The new pool also boasts an aqua-fun area with a 25-metre swimming track and various water features, including whirlpools, geysers and massage jets. Guests can expect uninterrupted views of the stunning Lone bay and delicious poolside snacks from the only Croatian member of the prestigious Design Hotel group. For more information, please see here.

Tourdust introduces new adventure holidays in Croatia

Specialist independent tour operator Tourdust has launched a new collecion of family adventure packages just in time for the summer holiday. The Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Dubrovnik is aimed at a family of water lovers, offering them the chance to explore the Elaphite Islands off the coast of Dubrovnik for a week. Kids aged six and older will love the energetic mix of paddling, snorkelling and kayaking in the clear turquoise blue Adriatic sea and with experienced guides on hand, parents can relax too. For more information, please see here.

Zagreb’s Saint Mark Church exhibited in Brussels’ Mini-Europe

A model of one of the oldest structures in Zagreb, the beautiful Saint Mark’s Church, is now on display in Brussels’ Mini-Europe exhibition. The amusement park welcomed its 28th addition on 24 June to mark Croatia’s accession to the EU. With its instantly recognizable roof depicting Zagreb’s coat of arms and the arms of the three ancient kingdoms of Slavonia, Croatia and Dalmatia, it is an important symbol of the country’s past and present. Located near Brussels' landmark monument, the Atomium, the Mini-Europe exhibition has over 350 replicas of the most popular monuments in the European Union. For more information on the exhibition, please see here.

Croatia wins regional GUEST quality of service award

Croatia has come out top for its region for its quality of service, as awarded by mystery-shopping company Heraklea. The GUEST (Greet, Understand, Explain, Suggest, Thank) study was conducted in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia. Croatia recorded the best results in the service sector and took first place with an overall score of 76 per cent. For more information, please see here.

Events and Festivals


July, August, September: Exit Theatre’s Summer Nights in Zagreb

The open-air stage in the atrium of the Museum of Arts and Crafts will once again host Exit Theatre’s Summer Nights programme. Taking place in two parts from the 2-28 July and then from 29 August - 8 September, the programme will include some of the theatre’s long-standing plays as well as debut performances. In total, there will be fifteen plays and 30 performances for locals and visitors to enjoy. Book a cultural weekend away and check out the capital’s huge variety of museums at the same time including, The Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, the Archaeological Museum and the intriguing Museum of Broken Relationships. For more information, please see here

18 – 20 July: The Night of the Full Moon in Zadar

Every year, Zadar’s residents turn off all their lights and meet on the candlelit promenade, to enjoy a night of Croatian music, food and folklore. The annual lunar celebrations begin at dusk and the vibrant singing and dancing continues until daybreak. Boats are transformed into floating markets selling delicious cheese, fish and fruits from the Dalmatian region. Tourists can easily combine a Croatian full moon party with an adrenaline-raising trip to one of the nearby national parks, including Krka, Paklenica and Plitvice Lakes. For more information on the celebrations, please see here.

19 – 21 July: Hartera Festival, Rijeka

Located in a former paper factory in Rijeka, Hartera festival offers a range of established and emerging regional and local musicians. Running over three days on three stages, the festival celebrates its eighth year with an eclectic mix of techno, house, jazz, disco and dubstep to ensure revellers keep dancing all night long. Festivalgoers can then refuel on the region’s famous food experiences, including Istrian olive oil, award-winning wine and prized white truffles. For more information, please see here


27 - 31 July: Motovun Film Festival, Istria

Since its launch in 1999, film enthusiasts have been flocking to the small medieval town of Motovun to see over 70 titles from around the world, ranging from long and short feature films to documentaries and guerrilla made films. The five day film marathon aims to showcase independently produced films that reflect the festival’s open-minded atmosphere located in the main square. While visiting the hilltop retreat, visitors should try to drag their eyes away from the screen and sample the region’s prized white truffles and mushrooms found in the nearby ancient Motovun forest. For more information about the festival, please see here.

1 - 4 August: Stop Making Sense Festival, Tisno on Murter island

Stop Making Sense is a four day music and dance festival, but more than that it’s a summer haven, offering the perfect sunny alternative to the UK festival scene. The current line up features, Dixon, Ame and Pardon My French amongst many others and will run from 12 noon until 1am with 2 stages, plenty of boat parties and a private beach. Why not combine all the fun of a festival with an adrenaline-raising visit to one of the Croatia’s eight national parks including, Krka, Paklenica and Plitvice Lakes. For more information, please see here.

7 – 18 September: The 52nd International Pula Bridge Festival

One of the most popular card games in the world returns to Pula, in the heart shaped region of Istria. The International Pula Bridge Festival will have close to 300 pairs and over 100 teams taking part, with cash prizes of €35,000. Pula also has many local delights to take in including gastro-wine tours, the rolling Istrian countryside and Marshall Tito’s former summer residence on the nearby Brijuni islands. For more information about the festival, please see here.


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