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1,000 Things to do in Croatia…#194

Croatia is not just about the beaches. There are plenty things to do in the spectacular country, well at least 1,000 things, according to photographer Tim Ertl, who explains with the help of his camera via his popular blog ‘1000 Things to do in Croatia – A journey through Croatia in 1,000 pictures‘. Each week we will feature one of Tim’s suggestions, accompanied by one of his stunning photographs…

#194 Head on down the road from Novalja to Metanja and discover a lesser known part of the island of Pag.

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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)

Debbie Harry Shows Varaždin Fans She Still Has it at 69

CroatiaDebbie Harry has shown fans in Croatia that she still has got it at the ripe old age of 69 as she entertained the large crowd that turned up to see Blondie perform at Špancirfest in the Croatian town of Varaždin…

The former two-tone bleached-blonde style icon of the late 70′s wore plenty of red as she belted out hit after hit for 105 minutes on Monday night. Her renditions of ‘The Tide is High’, ‘One Way or Another’, and ‘Dreamin’ got the large crowd going. The 16th Špancirfest street festival ends on 31 August, and also has features more concerts and a host of well-known street performers, comedy acts and acrobats from all over the world. (pic: Spancirfest)

Blondie in red entertained the crowd for over 100 minutes

Blondie in red entertained the crowd for over 100 minutes

Croatia’s Largest Bike Festival to Start Next Week in Sveti Martin

CroatiaThe largest bike festival in the region will get underway next Friday in Sveti Martin in northern Croatia…

From 5 – 7 September the Weekend Bike Festival will be held for the first time at the Sea & Sport Resort Sveti Martin in Međimurje County, and it is set to be the biggest with exhibitors displaying new biking equipment for 2015 in over 1000m2 of floor space. This year’s exhibitors include, Giant, Rog – Joma, Keindl Sport, Protea Jaska & Kosport, Chaky (Scott i Rock Machine), Huni Bike, Rimac bike (Greyp), Visiobike, Adria Bike Grupa, Svera, Endura, Thule, Garmin, Outdoor fitness magazine and Husqvarna.

Over the 3-days there will be fun for all the family, with competitions, races, tours and displays going on. A festival not to be missed for bike lovers. For more info visit the website here.

2 Croatian Films Awarded at Sarajevo Film Festival

CroatiaTwo Croatian films have been named as the best in their categories at the 20th Sarajevo Film Festival which ended on Saturday night…

In the short film category, Una Gunjak’s ‘The Chicken’ won the top award, whilst ‘Naked Island’, directed by Tiha K. Gudac, won the Heart of Sarajevo award for the best documentary film. The Turkey-France-Germany co-production ‘Song of My Mother’, directed by Erol Minta, picked up the festival’s best film award. The best actor award went to Feyyaz Duman for his role in ‘Song of My Mother’, whilst Mari Kitia won best actress for her role in ‘Brides’

A special jury mention also went to Croatia’s Tatjana Bozic for her film ‘Happily Ever After’. (Pic FaH – Anadolu Ajansa/ Samir Yordamovic)

1,000 Things to do in Croatia…#142

Croatia is not just about the beaches. There are plenty things to do in the spectacular country, well at least 1,000 things, according to photographer Tim Ertl, who explains with the help of his camera via his popular blog ‘1000 Things to do in Croatia – A journey through Croatia in 1,000 pictures‘. Each week we will feature one of Tim’s suggestions, accompanied by one of his stunning photographs…

#142 Visit the newly opened Archaeological Park aka the old Roman Tarsatica Principia Forum in Rijeka, Croatia. It’s a wonderful example of an urban reconstruction, opening a former closed square for the public again.

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17 Fun & Thrilling Activities That Get You Up Close And Personal With Croatia’s Great Outdoors

Whether it is snorkeling on the island of Vis, going on a cycling tour in Istria, trekking in Biokovo, windsurfing in Viganj, white water rafting on the Una river or paragliding in Tribalj, Croatia really does offer something for everyone partial to some outdoor action. Thanks to this insightful infographic, travel search engine Momondo.com get you ‘up close and personal’ with Croatia’s great outdoors…

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Huge Success for Young Croatian Baritones at International Competition in Helsinki

Croatia1Two young Croatian baritones have enjoyed huge success at one of the most prestigious international competitions…

Matija Meić (27) and Leon Košavić (23) have come second and third respectively at the 7th Annual Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition held in Helsinki last week. Meić also picked up 3,000 euros in prize-money for winning the ‘best performance by a non-Finnish singer of a Finnish song’ at the contest, which saw around 400 singers from all over the world register to compete, before being whittled down to 46 of the best. A great effort by the young Croatian baritones.

2nd place Matija Meić

2nd place Matija Meić

“I even got some offers to record some Finnish songs in Finland why I was there,” said Meić, adding that it was a major achievement to being even selected for the competition out of the 400 who applied from all over the world.

7th ZeGeVege Festival Set to Take Place in Zagreb

CroatiaThe 7th ZeGeVege Festival of Sustainable Living is set to take place on Zagreb’s main square on the 5th and 6th of September…

ZeGeVege Festival, which will take place within the famous international Veganmania event and is famous for its bright and positive atmosphere, will this year see over 80 exhibitors of healthy foods, ecological products and cosmetics not tested on animals gather on ban Jelacic square. Exhibitors from all over Croatia, as well as Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Serbia will entertain and educate the crowds over the two days, which will also include performances and food tastings.

The 2014 ZeGeVege Festival is once agai supported by both the Major of Zagreb and the President of Croatia.

Another Saudi Prince Sails into Town

CroatiaCroatia must have been all the talk in Saudi royalty circles before they planned their holidays this year with another Saudi Prince spotted on the Adriatic coast…

Saudi Prince and billionaire investor Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud made all the headlines earlier this month when he arrived in town to be wined and dined by Croatia’s President and the Mayor of Zagreb on his 7-day stay, and now another Prince is in town. Saudi royal family member Khaled bin Sultan (65) has been on Croatia’s coast the past few days. After spending three days in Rovinj, Khaled bin Sultan sailed on his 80-metre super yacht ‘Golden Odyssey’ to Pula where he took in a spot of gladiator fighting as a VIP guest at the Pula Arena.

Khaled bin Sultan, who is the former deputy minister of defense and a member of House of Saud, is the eldest son of the late Prince Sultan and founded The Living Oceans Foundation in the USA. He was also named the Perseus winner of 2012, an award given to yacht owners who make efforts and contributions toward marine wildlife conservation.