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Legendary Croatian Trainer Dies

CroatiaLegendary Croatian athletics coach Ivan Ivančić has passed away suddenly last night at a hospital in the capital Zagreb. He was 77...

Croatia loses one of its true coaching greats with the passing of Ivančić. Ivančić, who was an athlete himself, winning two European shotput golds, a Mediterranean Games gold and bronze medal, and was the oldest competitor at a World Games (45), has coached a number of the country’s top athletes.

One of Ivančić’s products is current World discus champion Sandra Perković, coaching her to European and Olympic gold. Besides Sandra, Ivan has coached a number of successful athletes, including Ivana Brkljačić, Edis Elkasević and world junior discus champion Martin Marković. Ivančić was rushed into hospital earlier this week and the cause of his death is not yet known. Rest in Peace.

Actor Sam Riley: ‘Croatian Sea Clear as the Maldives’

CroatiaBritish actor and singer Sam Riley, best known for his performance in the 2007 biographical film Control, about the life of Ian Curtis, told the millions of readers of UK’s The Independent newspaper that his Croatian holiday was up there with his best ever. Now, Riley was not saying anything which was not known before, but good promotion nevertheless for Croatia…

When quizzed about his best holiday this is what he had to say:

Probably a tie. I went with my girlfriend – now wife [actress Alexandra Maria Lara] – to the Maldives, which is incredible. I’d never swum in a sea when I could see fish before. And then the last holiday we went on was the first with our son, who was six months old, to Croatia, staying near Zadar. The hotel was just next to the sea, which wasn’t dissimilar in temperature or clarity to the Maldives.

He went then on to say the best ever hotel he had stayed in was also in Croatia.

The Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera in Croatia. It doesn’t look like a classic holiday hotel, but it’s by the sea and has a gorgeous fish restaurant near the beach. It almost looks like a cruise ship when you’re inside. (pic: dugiotok.hr)

Game of Thrones Controversial Nude Scene to Go Ahead

CroatiaJust two days after the Catholic Church in Dubrovnik refused the Game of Thrones production team permission to film a nude scene, another location has been found…

Lena Headey’s character Cersei Lannister was to walk naked out of Dubrovnik’s Church of St Nicholas and down to Sponza Palace, but the Church stepped in and were not having a bar of it.

“The Dubrovnik diocese did not allow shooting scenes of a naked female coming out of the Dubrovnik cathedral, which is in accordance with the standards of Christian morality and basic decency. Filming such scenes would probably not be permitted even in cathedrals in London or Washington, or the Queen’s residences or the White House,” the Church said.

But according to daily 24sata, Embassy Films, Game of Thrones partners in Croatia, have said that a new location for the scene has been found and it will go ahead. Where? That is being kept quiet for now. Filming starts today in Split for the 5th season.

[VIDEO] Hajduk Split’s Torcida Fans Mess With Ukrainians Sleep Ahead of UEFA Europa League Tie

CroatiaWeekKick-off may have been not for another 20-hours, but it has not stopped Hajduk Split’s passionate ‘Torcida’ fans starting the mind games with Hajduk’s Ukranian opponents before tonight’s important UEFA Europa League play-off match at Split’s Poljud stadium…

Torcida have carried out their traditional pre-match ritual and turned up late last night in front of hotel Atrium where the visiting Dnjipro side are staying to cause some havoc. Toricda let off flares, tooted horns and were in full voice going through their repertoire of songs to make sure the players had a restless night sleep.

Hajduk Split will be looking to turn around a 1:2 deficit from the first leg, and Torcida are making sure they do their best to help. Tonight’s match sold out 3 days ago and an electric atmosphere is expected.

Record-Breaking Month for Zagreb as Tourists Keep Coming

CroatiaCroatia’s capital Zagreb has set another tourist record in the month of July, according to data from the city’s tourist board…

In July 2014 there were 101,824 visitors, up 11% from the same month last year. Overnight stays were also up 9% to 167,722. Foreign tourists made up 92,379 of the total number of tourists, which was an increase of 13% from July 2013. The most number of visitors came from South Korea, Spain, USA, Germany and Great Britain. Zagreb Tourist Board can be extremely pleased with the results in July, which also saw the city featured in a number of international tourist magazines, including being the main theme in his month’s German edition of Geo Saison, which has more than 700,000 readers. (pic: Wikipedia)

Famous Indian Actor Shah Rukh Khan Set for Action in Dubrovnik

CroatiaHBO classic Game of Thrones has beamed the southern Croatian city of Dubrovnik into the homes of millions, now the popular Dalmatian tourist spot will be beamed out to hundreds of millions more with confirmation that one of India’s biggest superstars will perform ‘dare devil stunts’ in Dubrovnik for a new film…

Considered to be one of the biggest film stars in cinematic history, with a fan following claimed to number in the billions, Shah Rukh Khan will shoot high action scenes in Dubrovnik for Yash Raj Films` upcoming movie `Fan`. After scouring for suitable filming locations, the Mumbai team have zeroed in on Croatia, reports India’s Zee News.

“A high energy action sequence for `Fan` will be shot in Dubrovnik. The local Croatian crew along with the YRF team from Mumbai met months in advance to meticulously plan this sequence to be shot with Shah Rukh Khan,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

The action sequence is an integral part of the film. Hence the team met up months before the actual shoot is supposed to take place, to meticulously plan this sequence for Khan. In 2011, the Los Angeles Times called him “the world’s biggest movie star.” He has also been regularly featured in listings of the most influential names in Indian culture and in 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the world. Khan is also the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders.

Rise in the Number of Foreigners Getting Married in Croatia

CroatiaAccording to information from local travel agencies and other service providers, the number of foreigners choosing Croatia as a wedding destination has increased rapidly since the start of the year, writes Lider.hr

Croatia is proving a popular place for foreign couples to say ‘I do’, with Americans, Germans, French, Canadians and Australians leading the way. When it comes to location, Dubrovnik on Croatia’s southern Dalmatian coast is the most popular, along with Istria, whilst an increasing number of foreigners are choosing Zadar, Split and the islands of Hvar and Korčula.

It is not just wedding planners and venue owners who have felt the benefits of the increase, other tourism service providers, such as car rental companies, are also cashing in.

“We recently supplied 30 luxury vehicles from our fleet for a wedding for a young American couple which was held in the south of Croatia,” said Fleet.

Kovač: “Mexico Preparations at Full Steam, it is Our Final”

CroatiaCroatia has returned back to their Praia do Forte camp from Manaus, with coach Niko Kovač already fully focussed on Monday’s do-or-die match with Mexico…

“We are already in full steam preparing for Mexico. We need to win, we are working towards that. We have watched all of Mexico’s matches, there are no surprises. We know their strengths and weaknesses, and I believe in my side. We have prepared excellent for two matches already, so why not for the third?,” said Kovač, who gave his players a day off on Thursday to recover from the long trip and exhausting conditions in Manaus.

Mexico’s 0-0 draw midweek with Brazil means that a draw for Croatia will only do if Cameroon can cause an unlikely upset and beat Brazil.

“Mexico is strong, but so are we. They have a strong attack, and defence. It will be difficult, but we are hoping for victory. Our confidence has grown, as has Mexico’s. It is a final for both sides, the winner advances to the second round,” Kovač said.

Croatia will have a light training run on Friday, and will have one day less to prepare than they did for the Cameroon match. One thing Kovač will be thankful for is that all his squad will be available for selection, with no injury or card troubles. (pic: Drago Sopta / HNS)

Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Lošinj – First Aid Instructions for Debilitated Turtles

Croatia1By Anna Tucker

In the unlikely event that you happen to collide with one of the three species of sea turtles that inhabit the Adriatic while roaming about in a motorised sea vehicle this summer, you will likely have to deal with rescuing a comatose creature from drowning…

Luckily, Croatia Week visited the new Sea Turtle Rescue Centre on the island of Lošinj and has received valuable life-saving instructions, as seen on the illustration below, which enable one to successfully deal with such an unfortunate event. By applying these very same rescue procedures that are now, thanks to the educational efforts of Lošinj’s Blue World Institute and its Turtle Rescue Centre, a regular practice for local fisherman in cases of turtle bycatch, you are sure to save a life of an endangered animal whose population in the Adriatic has been severely diminished.

valuable life-saving instructions

valuable life-saving instructions

Unfortunately, just in Croatia alone, it is estimated that up to 2,500 sea turtles per year become victims of human activities, which is why this centre, only the second of its kind in the country, is an important link in the preservation efforts of this endangered and rarely seen marine reptile.

In any case, if you decide to visit the nature-rich and eco-oriented island of Lošinj, whether by sea vessel or any other way, be sure to stop by the Centre, where Mrs. Kristina Volarić aka Kiki, a friendly and knowledgeable student of environmental sciences, or another volunteer of the centre, will show you around and introduce you to Lošinj’s Blue World Institute, and EU’s NETCET project for the conservation of cetaceans and sea turtles in the Adriatic.

This Centre is the place where you will learn tons of fun facts, such as that the loggerhead turtle – one of the three species that is found in the waters of Croatia – originates from Greece’s party island of Zakynthos and travels to our waters to spend the winter and feed; that the Green turtle – the most endangered species in the Adriatic – is the only vegetarian of the trio; or that the leatherback turtle can cross a staggering 20,000 km in just two years.

Apart from providing the visitors with an opportunity to learn more about these animals through films, touchscreen applications and models, the Centre offers various training courses and workshops, and organises numerous awareness raising activities targeting local fishermen, school children and the general public.

CroatiaIn addition, the Rescue Centre provides facilities for the professional care of these endangered animals, including an operation room, an isolation pool and longer-term environmentally controlled recovery pools.

The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation and its Sea Turtle Rescue Centre operates on donations and offers various volunteering opportunities and adoption programs, as well as souvenirs for both children and adults who want to support the conservation of the Adriatic’s marine life.

So, in case you feel like learning more about these endangered sea animals or are looking to spend a holiday doing more than just chilling on the beach, be sure to visit Lošinj’s Sea Turtle Rescue Centre. You can also learn more about their activities or how to get involved by visiting the Institute’s site at www.blue-world.org

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Croatian Hotel Among Booking.com’s World Top 10

CroatiaOne of the world’s biggest online booking sites, Booking.com, which daily processes more than 550,000 room nights reservations, has named one Croatian hotel among its top 10 in the world in their latest ‘The Best of Booking’s Best’ list

Villa Meneghetti, situated in Bale in Istria, was ranked number 8 in the world as the reviewers’ favourites in Booking.com’s The Booking Truth campaign with a score of 9.5 out if 10. Great recognition from a site that deals with millions of reviews a year.

“This secluded retreat is highly reviewed for its rustic aesthetic mixed with modern amenities and stylish décor. All this just a short distance from the area’s beautiful beaches,” said Booking.com.

“We get new reviews every second of the day from our reviewers, each one a fount of knowledge about the world’s most amazing places. So browse our Best of Booking’s Best selections and discover the accommodations our reviewers love,” explained the website.