Archive for: January 10th, 2013

National Geographic Names Zadar Port Among 6 Best Small Ports In Europe

The port in the Dalmatian city of Zadar has been named by National Geographic Traveler as one of the Best Small Ports In Europe in its latest issue.

For nearly 3,000 years, Zadar—a Croatian port on the northern Dalmatian coast—has absorbed the legacies of foreign powers, visible today in the Old Town Peninsula’s varied architecture, wrote the popular travel magazine.

Besides Zadar, Alesund (Norway), Tallinn (Estonia), Gdańsk (Poland), Ajaccio (France) and Valletta (Malta) were named in the top 6 Best Small Ports in Europe.

 

Zagreb Breaks Tourist Record Over Christmas Break

It seems recent promotion in publications around the world has had an effect. Close to 11,000 tourists visited Croatia’s capital Zagreb during the holiday period between 24 December 2012 to 2 January 2013, 11% more than in the same period last year.

The figures were published by the Zagreb Tourist Board, who noted that during the Christmas period the most amount of tourists arrived from Italy, followed by Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA and Slovenia.

December 2012 was also a record tourist month for the capital with close to 40,000 tourists visiting, up 4% from 2011. Annually tourist number rose between 5-8% in Zagreb in 2012. The most amount of tourists in 2012 to Zagreb arrived from Germany, followed by USA, Italy, UK, Spain and France.

Croatia To Open World Handball Champs Campaign Against Australia

Croatia’s national handball team have arrived in the Spanish capital Madrid on Thursday ahead of this month’s Handball World Championships, and the Croats are hungry for success.

“It is hard to find anyone more than me who wants to return from Spain with a medal,” said former player and now coach Slavko Goluza.

Croatia will be without one its stars over the last decade, Ivano Balic, after he was dropped by selectors. The bronze medal winners from the London Olympics take on Australia on Saturday in their opening match of the World Championships which will be held from 11-27 January in Spain

TEDx In Varazdin For The First Time

An independently organized TEDx event is set to be held for the first time in the northern Croatian city of Varazdin.

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conferences, now popular throughout the world, have been a great platform for presenting ideas and addressing a wide range of issues within research, science and culture.

For more information about who will be speaking at the first TEDx Varazdin click here.

VIDEO: Two Croats In With A Chance To Rocket Into Space This Year

Two Croats will have the chance to become part of a unique club who have taken a journey into space, thanks to a AXE Apollo Space Academy competition.

Famous moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, who is behind the Apollo Space Academy, has teamed up with personal care product company AXE to set up the online contest that will see 22 winners rocketed into orbit and back aboard a private spaceship.

Two contestants from Croatia, who receive the highest amount of votes on-line (axeapollo.com) until 30 June, will be off to Hungary for a series of chall

Bust Up Over Burek

Two men in the eastern Croatian city of Pozega have been arrested after a fight erupted over a Burek, the popular meat filled pastry, reports portal 24sata.

The men were walking past a bakery at 4:20am, together with 4 other men, when they noticed a worker and burek inside through the window of the bakery. When they were told by the staff member that the bakery did not open until 5:00am and he could not sell them the burek, they become aggressive, verbally abusing the man before smashing the bakery door glass.

The 25 and 22-year-old men have been charged with damaging property, threatening violence and disorderly behaviour.

Welcome Croatia – Bringing Croatia To The British

 

Croatia will be in the spotlight from January to June 2013 thanks to Welcome Croatia, a festival of events to bring Croatia to the British public.

On 1 July 2013 Croatia is expecting to join the EU, but it has always been in the heart of Europe, with a history and culture going back to Roman times.

Croatia is best known in the UK as a wonderful place for a holiday. Welcome Croatia aims to present other aspects of Croatia’s rich culture, history and artistic life.

Welcome Croatia was launched in London on 10 January 2013 by the Croatian Minister of Culture, Andrea Zlatar Violić. The first event is The UK/Croatia Extra/ordinary design workshops, an exhibition built on the collaboration between British Council, the Royal College of Art and the design community in Croatia.

As the Minister of Culture Zlatar Violić in her opening remark of the exhibition said “Art can reach places that traditional diplomacy cannot”.

There will be events every month until July, including a photographic competition/exhibition, a film festival, participation in the London Book Fair, a major archaeological conference, lectures, seminars, round-tables, exhibitions and much more.

President Ivo Josipović of Croatia, himself a composer and musicologist, in his letter of support has warmly welcomed the festival saying: The truly rich programme that you are planning…will show that, in spite of their historical differences, the United Kingdom and Croatia have very much in common.

Government v Church Battle Heats Up

“Croatia needs another storm (name of operation when Croatia retook control of the Krajina region in 1995 that had been under Serb control), but a storm of the brain. The Church is interfering with everyone who thinks with their head. The Church has shown it disrespects democracy and the democratic will of the majority of citizens of this country, I expect the Church to apologise to all citizens,” those were the fighting words of Croatia’s Education Minister Zeljko Jovanovic, as the battle over sex education being taught in schools heats up between the government and the Church.

Jovanovic was responding to yesterday’s statement from a Diocese leader saying that Nazism had come to power in Croatia and the current government resembles a dictatorship, and that Croatia needs another Storm to sort this government out.

The Catholic Church in Croatia vehemently oppose the Ministry of Education’s decision to introduce a sex education module as part of its 4-part health education programme in schools this autumn.

HolidayCheck Awards: 4 Croatian Hotels Named On World’s Most Popular Hotel List

Four Croatian hotels have found their way onto a list of the most popular hotels in the world produced by the largest independent travel portal in German-speaking territory, HolidayCheck.

Three hotels from Zadar on Croatia’s Adriatic coast – Iaderi, Family Hotel Diadori and Hotel Adriani, owned by Falkensteiner Hotel & Residences, and Hotel Waterman Supetrus Resort on the island of Brac made the list of the 99 most popular hotels.

HolidayCheck compiled the list based on reviews left by over 780,000 guests over a 12 months period on the portal. Hotels had to receive a minimum of 40 reviews to qualify. The three Croatian hotels were selected out of more than 150,000 hotels from 220 countries, reported portal Business.hr.