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[VIDEO] Central Dalmatia Tourist Board Entices Visitors to the Hinterland in Excellent Promotional Video

The Central Dalmatia region on Croatia’s Adriatic coast was once again the star performer this tourist season, attract record numbers. With Riviera’s and islands boasting some of the best beaches in the world it’s not hard to see why. But there is more to the region than just beaches. Away from the beaches in the Dalmatian hinterland there is so much to offer and the Central Dalmatian Tourist Board have released a promotional video this week to entice the tourists. And they have done a fantastic job. Check out Dalmatian Hinterland – Undiscovered Beauty and another promotional video they have also released titled – Central Dalmatia – Cultural Mecca.

Croatian Band Keen To Take Up New Zealand Band Offer

CroatiaPopular Croatian surf-rock band The Bambi Molesters say that they would gladly accept an invitation to play on the other side of the world in the town which a song they recorded almost 20 years ago was named after…

The opening track of The Bambi Molesters’ 1997 debut album Dumb Loud Hollow Twang titled ‘Wanganui’, caught the attention recently of a band from the town the song was named after in New Zealand. The Pussywhippers, who are from Wanganui, a town on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, stumbled across The Bambi Molesters’ tune and were immediately intrigued. Now the Kiwi band want to bring the Croatians to New Zealand to play together.

“It’s almost like a mirror on the other side of the world. They’d have to play with the Pussywhippers, if only for crazy name vs crazy name. We can do it, we can get them here. Croatia to Wanganui,” Pussywhippers’ Matt Edmonds told the Wanganui Chronicle.

Wanganui in New Zealand, nicknamed the River City

Wanganui in New Zealand, nicknamed the River City

The Bambi Molesters, who are from the central Croatian city of Sisak, named the tune after the small New Zealand town as a good friend of their guitarist Dalibor Pavičić moved to live there at the same time they were recording the album.

“If we get an invitation to perform in New Zealand we would gladly accept of course,” The Bambi Molesters’ bass guitarist Lada Furlan told Tportal, adding that she was happy that the tune had reached all the way to the Kiwi surf band.

It would not be the first time the Croatians would have played there.

“Last time we were there it was great. We played there in 2002 as part of the New Zealand Festival. If contact is made, then why not, we are always up for playing. We would accept an invite from The Pussywhippers’,” Lada concluded.

Since their formation in 1995, The Bambi Molesters have taken part in the revival of the 1960s surf genre. They have managed to build their reputation as a contemporary surf rock band and perform regularly in Croatia and all over Europe, often opening for the US rock band R.E.M. The track “Chaotica” (from their third album Sonic Bullets: 13 from the Hip) was featured in the soundtrack of Season 5 of the TV series Breaking Bad.

[PHOTOS] Antonija Gogić in London Preparing for Miss World Contest

AG1Miss Croatia Antonija Gogić is hoping to become the first Croatian since 1995 to be placed in the Top 3 at a Miss World contest…

Gogić flew out to London last week, and will spend the next three weeks preparing with 126 more beauties for the 64th edition of the Miss World paegent which will be held at the ExCel in London on 14 December. Gogić, from the capital Zagreb, is hoping to become the first Croatian since Anica Martinović, wife of former Croatian football international Robert Kovač, to receive a sash. Martinović was first runner-up at the 1995 Miss World contest held in South Africa.

Antonija in London preparing for the contest

Antonija in London preparing for the contest

 

Antonija (far right) in costume

Antonija (far right) in costume

You can follow Antonija’s progress behind the scenes as she prepares for the big event on her official Facebook page here

[VIDEO] Top 5 Most Successful Croatian Bands of All Time

Parni_ValjakWhich Croatian band is the most successful of all time? After counting down the most successful Croatian song, summer hit, love song, and Dalmatian song, RTL’s Hrvatski broj jedan (Croatian number one) revealed all this weekend. Here is the Top 5:

5. Grupa 220

4. Azra

3. Bijelo dugme

2. Prljavo kazalište

1. Parni valjak

[VIDEO] Croatia’s Beauty Showcased in Ultra Europe’s Official 2014 Aftermovie

SWCThe highly anticipated official Ultra Europe aftermovie, which showcases Croatia’s beauty, has been released…

Ultra Europe successfully completed their 2nd year in Split last summer. Now the marketing machine has started for 2015 with the release of Ultra Europe’s 2014 video ‘To The Sun‘, The official aftermovie of Ultra Europe 2014. Ultra Europe includes some of the biggest names in EDM (Electronic Dance Music). With its European festival held at Poljud Stadium in Split and an add on beach party (last year held on Hvar Island).

The current trend is for festival goers to combine their trip to Croatia with a week of party sailing. Sail Week Croatia specialise in combining the two: a week of sailing + Ultra Europe. Their concept is partying and sailing with like minded people from all over the world at the most popular locations in Croatia like Split, Bol, Makarska, Hvar and Vis.

This year was the first year of Ultra Sail Week.“This season was our first for Ultra Sail Week, and it was well received. The highlight of our summer, we had things like flyboarding and a massive beach party in Bol.” said Vincent Radonich from Sail Week Croatia, saying that Ultra Sail Week attracts people from all over the world.

“I had an unbelievable time and made amazing new friends from all over the world. The music, parties beautiful locations was just a bonus” Brett, Australia.

“People get to dance all night at a natural cave night club, have crazy afternoon beach parties at some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, go to the renowned clubs like Carpe Diem in Hvar and Fort George in Vis, experience what it is like to have a spontaneous yacht party with your own onboard DJ. And of course there will also be opportunities for relaxing, swimming and chilling,” said Radonich.

5 Most Amazing Destinations to Visit in Croatia

By: Jane Robert

Croatia is an excellent nation and it is difficult to think of a rundown of top occasion ends. This is on account of there are such a variety of excellent spots to go to when you travel Croatia and every one of them just as unbelievable. Croatia is exceptionally prominent as an issue goal for some individuals going on vacations, family travels and whatever other retreat. It has turned into this celebrated because of the wonderful gimmicks that are available. The nation has numerous occasion resorts and well-disposed individuals who live there. Here are several occasion ends that are an absolute necessity visit when there, in spite of the fact that there are such a large number of other wonderful spots to visit when you travel Croatia.

Istria
This is a gorgeous ocean side town that you need to visit when you travel Croatia. It has ravishing cutting edge towns with lovely condo Croatia that you can lease and stay in for the term of your vacation. The point of interest to leasing lofts Croatia is that you get to delight in your stay by feeling at home without the confinement of an inn. Flats Croatia are additionally extremely adaptable and much less expensive particularly in the event that you are going in a gathering like a family et cetera. Separated from the town, there are additionally inland towns in Istria that you can investigate and see the lifestyle of the local Croatians. You can get-away rentals Croatia alongside the shoreline to make your stay more vital by awakening the qualities of the waves in the ocean. It likewise implies you can get to swim, surf, snorkelling et cetera.

Rovinj in Istria

Rovinj in Istria

Zagreb
Which is the Croatia’s capital city is additionally an enormous travel Croatia goal. It is a spot with excellent historical centres, exhibitions, inns Croatia and night clubs et cetera. The capital city has numerous cutting edge structures and historic points that are lovely and suitable for taking photographs. There are likewise flats Croatia in the capital Zagreb where you can get an excellent perspective of the city and particularly the night view. So next time you travel Croatia you have such a variety of objectives to visit.

Zagreb

Zagreb

Croatian Islands
There are such a large number of lovely Croatian islands with wonderful lofts where you can stay in while on vacation. There are islands, for example, Dalmatia which have excellent get-away rentals Croatia that you can stay in while on the islands. These get-away rentals Croatia are advantageous since one can stay in them for a long term. So on the off chance that you book early enough you can get-away rentals Croatia that you can stay in while at the islands for even three months or more relying upon to what extent your excursion is There are different islands, for example, Hvar which is the sunniest of all the travel Croatia islands and is mainstream with voyagers attempting to escape the winter. There is likewise the island of Brac which is a standout amongst the most well-known head out Croatia goals because of the lovely Zlatni Rat shoreline.

Hvar

Hvar

The Arena in Pula
Known as one of the greatest Roman amphitheatres even now existing in the whole world. This was spared from close demolition when the Venetians took to taking the enclosure’s stones and putting them in their homes and different houses all over Pula also Anyway in these late days this matter has turned into the miracle of the Croatia.

Pula Arena

Pula Arena

Muzej Museum Zagreb
The Muzej Museum is a great historical centre found at Zagreb and the city is known as the heart of Croatia. Here you can visit some extraordinary places, for example, gems by popular craftsmen, for example, Van Dyck, Renoir, Lorenzetti and some other well-known specialists. You can likewise ready to delight in the ancient displays alongside the masterpieces.

Author Bio:
Jane Robert is a Passionate blogger. She works on behalf of Turkish travel visa and she has been writing content on the web professionally since 2010. As an avid reader and blogger she shares her experience through her articles on Travel, Culture, History, Lifestyle and many more.

Croatian Off to Bali for ‘Best Dive Job in the World’

LorenaLorena Derežanin, the only Croatian who was in the race to win “The Best Job Dive in the World”, an international competition organised by Blue Season Bali resort, is off to Bali…

We promoted Lorena two months ago to try and help her get votes and yesterday we received news from her that she had done it. Lorena (27), who is from the capital Zagreb, is one of eight candidates that will travel to Bali in May next year to compete for the Grand Prize while taking on a challenging six-week-training program to become certified PADI Divemasters. During the last week, the eight competitors will face the final elimination round. One by one they will be eliminated until the final winner is revealed.

Ultimately, ONE Winner will take the Grand Prize, which includes all the necessary training to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, standard accommodation while in training, a complete set of Aqua Lung gear, a Suunto D6 dive computer, a waterproof Intova HD camera, all the learning material needed to succeed, examination and registration fees, and a full-time work contract with Blue Season Bali. Well done, Lorena!

Prestigious International Restaurant Guide Rates Best Restaurants in Istria & Kvarner

MonteOne of the most influential international restaurant guides, the Gault Millau, have critiqued a number of Croatian restaurants, mainly in the Istria and Kvarner region, in their latest guide for 2015, with Monte restaurant in Rovinj voted the best…

Gault Millau, which was founded by well-known restaurant critics, Henri Gault and Christian Millau, rates restaurants on a scale of 1 to 20, with 20 the highest. Restaurants below 10 points are almost never listed in the guide. Based on this rating, high-ranking restaurants may display one to five toques. Gault Millau does not accept payment for listing restaurants.

Gault Millau rated a number of Croatian restaurants in the Istria and Kvarner region mainly because it is an area that the Austrians gravitate too, and this year’s guide has a special supplement for the Austrians.

This year Monte received 17 points, the highest out of all rated Croatian restaurants, followed by restaurant Damir & Ornella in Novigrad and Villa Meneghetti (16 points), Johnson in Mošćenička Draga, Kukuriku in Kastav, Marina in Novigrad, Pepenero, Wine vault and Zigante (15 points).

There has been discussion in the past about which guide is more important, the Michelin Guide or the Gault Millau. Michelin is more popular and therefore more influential, while Gault Millau has been considered more purist due to the main system being based purely on the quality of the food. Gault Millau also has guides for various other countries, for example Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Benelux.

Morrissey Moves Zagreb Gig Date

MorrisseyBritish singer Morrissey, who announced that he would perform in Zagreb next month, has moved his concert a day forward…

The frontman for The Smiths will now play at Zagreb’s Velesajam on 12 December, and not on the 11th. Morrissey is keen to spend a bit more time in the Croatian capital and relax from the concert he has on the 10th of December in Belgrade.

Morrissey, who has been branded as ‘one of the most influential artists ever”, enjoyed an illustrious solo career after the Smiths broke up. He had a 10 UK Top 10 Singles, whilst his first solo album, 1988’s Viva Hate, entered the UK albums chart at number one. It might be one of the last chance fans have to see him in action after he announced that his ‘retirement’ from the stage was not too far away.

New York Premiere for Miki Bratanić’s ‘Story of the Konoba’

MBThe man who has the first and only konoba in Croatia with UNESCO protected cultural heritage status, has arrived in America on his educational tour…

Recently Croatia Week profiled Miki Bratanić, who is the owner of a traditional Dalmatian konoba, or wine cellar, in Vrbanj on the island of Hvar, and who is also the author of the first ever book dedicated to the konoba. Bratanić will be in New York this week to talk about what he says is an important part of Croatian tradition. Here is an invitation to the event:

The Croatian Fraternal Union-Lodge 789 invites you to join us this Friday in midtown Manhattan for a unique evening filled with Dalmatian history of wine, food, and songs, led by Croatian ethno-researcher and klapa singer Miki Bratanić, and author of the recent book titled “The Story of the Konoba”.
konoba
This will be the New York premiere of Mr. Bratanić’s short documentary, aptly named “The Story of the Konoba”. After the program, the finer aspects of Dalmatian wines, prosciutto and cheeses will be further analyzed, as well as the availability of his book.

Special guest members of our own local “Klapa Astoria” will be joining us for this special event.

A “konoba” is a traditional family wine cellar. In the old days, a family’s life centered around the konoba, which served as a functional storage place for vineyard tools, as well as a cool place to make and store their homemade wine in barrels. It also doubled as a place to gather, socialize, cook and eat after a hard day’s work in the vineyards, farms, or fishing – all done for the sake of feeding their family.

Miki’s devotion to his family wine cellar led to his research of the classic Dalmatian konoba, and its influence on work, life and singing of these hardworking men and women.

When:
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:00PM
Where:
KAVA CAFE
470 West 42nd Street, New York, NY
(2 blocks from Sts. Cyril & Methodius and St. Raphael Croatian Catholic Church)

For more Infomation:

www.nycroats.com/events/konoba
www.kavanyc.com
www.mikibratanic.com

A similar event was recently held with Mr. Bratanić in Boston at the organization of the New England Friends of Croatia.