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Croatia Media Newsletter - March 2013

14 March 2013

Destination Update

First automobile museum in Croatia to open in June

Named after Ferdinand Budicki, the man who brought the first car to Croatia in 1901, the museum will provide classic car aficionados with a chance to see vintage wheels up close from June 2013. Based in Zagreb, the museum will showcase more than 50 classic cars and motorcycles including a Ford Model T, VW Beetles, popular local cars such as Zastava Fićo and there will be a dedicated area for Italian Vespas. The museum will also exhibit car photography, host mechanics workshops and film screenings about Croatia’s car culture and history. For more information, please visit here.

Stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard to perform in Croatia, 22 – 26 March

Comedy fans in Croatia will be in for a treat this March as the popular British comedian Eddie Izzard will perform in Dubrovnik (22 March), Zagreb (24 March) and Osijek (26 March) as part of his Force Majeure World Tour. As well as being known for his whimsical comedy style, Eddie has also acted in Ocean's Eleven, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Valkyrie and Cars 2. For more information or to book a ticket to see Eddie, please visit here.

New island-hopping tour from Katarina Line

The leading small cruise specialist, Katarina Line, has launched a new Young & Fun Cruise which takes in Croatia’s famous party beach, Zrće beach, the Kvarner islands and the historical town of Pula. Experience the best of Croatia by land and sea with like-minded under 35 year-olds in the warm Mediterranean sunshine. For more information or to book please visit www.katarina-line.com or call 0800 472 5589.

Revamped 4 star camping site on Krk Island from April

Valamar Hotels and Resorts will open a revamped camping site and wellness centre ideally located by the beach in April 2013. Previously known as Politin, Kamp Krk will be the first camping site in Croatia to offer recreational areas, wellness centres and heated swimming pools for teenagers and kids. The investment of 16 million kunas has upgraded the site to 4 stars. The camp ground is now perfect for those looking for a ‘glamping’ holiday with Sky TV, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning equipped caravans available. For more information on Kamp Krk, please see here.  

Top reasons to go to Croatia in 20 seconds

The Croatian National Tourism Board has launched a new video ad highlighting Croatia’s 2,736 hours of yearly sunshine, 1,244 islands and 20 UNESCO listed heritage sites. The advert titled ‘Numbers’ was first released on the tourist board’s website and YouTube page and is available in 25 languages. This year, the ad will air on TV in Austria, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia. To see the ad, please see here.

Busabout launches new adventure and sailing package for 2013

Busabout has just launched a new route from Zadar to Split to keep both active travellers and beach lovers happy from 6-27 July. The programme covers Krka National Park’s stunning waterfalls, the Kornati Islands and the vibrant coastal towns of Vodice and Primosten. For more information or to book a package, please visit here.

Events and Festivals

27 March - 7 April, Dubrovnik’s Easter Fair

Head to Dubrovnik this Easter and take in the procession under the Cross on Good Friday, share gifts such as painted eggs, plaited palm leaves and olive twigs, and then feast on pinca, a special Croatian cake for Easter. On Easter Sunday, keep an eye out for Easter eggs hidden on the main street, as Dubrovnik Tourist Board places them there for tourists every year.

19 – 20 April, Zagreb Wine Gourmet Weekend, Zagreb  

Zagreb Wine Gourmet Weekend is the most important Croatian festival of food and wine and will take place in the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences and Centar Kaptol shopping mall. The festival will feature international and local food producers, wine connoisseurs and gourmet food and olive oil producers. As well as the exhibition, visitors and locals to Zagreb will also be able to enjoy the special movie screenings, panel discussions, wine and culinary workshops and evening entertainment. For more information, please see here.

24 - 27 May, Wine & Jazz Festival, Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik International Wine & Jazz Festival will blend all the elements of a world-class arts festival, including internationally acclaimed jazz, blues and classical musicians with outstanding Dalmatian cuisine and wine. Enjoy some of the finest Croatian wines like Plavac Mali, Dingac, Rukatac, Postup, Pošip and Prošek whilst swaying to the smooth sounds of jazz. For more information on the event, please see here.

29 May - 3 June, Love Systems Festival

Love System is one of Croatia’s newest music festivals and aims to showcase the best quality house, disco, techno and bass music in the beautiful village of Petrcane, near Zadar. Set in a secluded woodland bay, this electronic music festival encourages revellers to party and be ‘at one’ with the Adriatic coastline with its unique floating stages. Love Systems boasts an exciting line-up of Shonky, Bicep, Ralph Lawson, Finnebassen, Mario Basanov, Midland and Love Birds and tickets cost from £89 plus booking fee. For more information on the festival or to book, please visit here.

 15 - 30 June, Street Performers Festival, Split

The 8th annual Street Performers Festival returns for 15 days to the streets of Split, where locals and tourist alike will be entertained by artists, street performers and acrobats from over sixteen different countries. Three plays will be staged and there will be daily evening performances at six locations across the town. For more information, please see here.

New Opera Festival in Dubrovnik announced, 3-6 July

Dubrovnik International Opera Festival will take place from 3–6 July in the impressive Rector’s Palace Atrium in the UNESCO listed city of Dubrovnik. The festival has been organised in memory of the world famous 20th Century tenor singer, Tino Pattiera, who was born in the nearby town of Cavtat. The three-day event aims to revive the city’s art of opera and will feature a melting pot of opera singers, ensembles and symphony orchestras from Austria, Russia, Colombia and Mexico. For more information, please see here.


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