by Tina Kovačiček
Travelling around the world became really comfortable nowadays for all tech lovers. It’s much easier to prepare for the trip in advance and when you hit your destination you can smoothly get around.
All you need is a good phone and a local advice. Thanks to many applications all of this is possible. We choose the best applications that will easily show you Croatia as an interesting country. From food, street art tours to Croatian phrases, all are here and most importantly it is advised by local people.
This mobile application showed up a couple of years ago in a form of an inventive culinary guide that primarily helps users find their way through leading indigenous and traditional Croatian dishes. It is still worth downloading as it takes you through great recipes from all parts of Croatia.
The aroma of traditional polenta from Lika or pasta with sour cream from Zagorje, the sweet taste of homemade cornbread, prosciutto, olives, the smell of cooked sausage with cabbage, cabbage rolls, or blood-sausages, salty sardines, Dalmatian stew, Strudel from Zagorje or pork cracklings, the smell or rožata… those are delouses reminders of Croatia and this app will show you the easiest way to find them.
When speaking of Croatian food, the next most expected application is of course about wine, since Croatia is a little piece of heaven for wine drinkers. The Cro-Wine app gives general information on Croatian enology and viticulture, sends reminders of enological events in Croatia and the world, teaches the basic rules of wine tasting and pairing, conducts polls and quizzes, and offers a handy dictionary with Croatian terms translated to Italian, German and English.
There is an additional feature called “My Reviews” for users to keep a personal record of their reviews. The most extensive feature of the application – which pairs wine and food – has an option to match wine according to the dish selected, wine type, region, grape variety, price range, and uniqueness. Upon making a selection, the user is presented with all the specifics of the particular wine.
Those who know little about wines and wish to learn more will find the application helpful, as will those who are already acquainted with wines but could use some help or advice.
Croatia Travel Guide by Tripos
This application is founded by and for travelers and it delivers up-to-date information, detailed maps and intelligent recommendations for more than 40,000 destinations in 200 countries around the world.
The Croatia travel guide contains complete city guides for Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Poreč and many other travel destinations in Croatia. The best thing about Tripos is that it works offline! You can use detailed offline maps to simply find out where you are and see what’s around.
Each location contains a sightseeing section with all the monuments; you can search for the best restaurants nearby as well as discover the nightlife or find out directions on how to get to a place by public transport. You can also book hotels and tours in Croatia directly from the application when online. The complete background information can be an interesting read at home or on the road to your next adventure.
For people who like to communicate with locals as locals when travelling, this is the perfect solution. This free application is simple to use and it works offline. It has English to Croatian audio phrasebook which contains many commonly used phrases and vocabularies in the Croatian language.
You can find the phrasebook handy when traveling, meeting new people in Croatia, needing to know how to get around, and when in emergencies. The recorded audio is done by a native speaker so you can pronounce along with the sentences to get the pronunciation right.
Zagreb Be There
For all of you who want to spend quality time in Zagreb and explore it exactly by your interests, this is the easiest way to get through. This free app will show you the coolest spots in the metropolis and by checking into locations and sharing photos with your friends you might win a souvenir, discounted museum tickets and more.
You can choose among seven different and unique routes; for quality beer explore Craft Zagreb route, to discover graffiti and other urban art go Street art Zagreb, great Croatian author, and TV host Robert Knjaz will walk you through lesser known interesting historical sights through Great Croats Zagreb, with Hidden Spots you will discover the weird, scary and mysterious parts of the city, Classical Zagreb route is for beginners and New Zagreb will show you neighborhoods in Novi Zagreb built in the socialist era. We told you – here there is something for everyone. Different and interesting.
Many people find interesting all the less known historical information. For travellers who decide to visit one of the nicest cities on the Dalmatian coast, Secret Zadar is a good app. Do you know which café is in the same location since 1796? Which street is older than the city itself? Discover Zadar through these and many other stories and lines of the somewhat forgotten parts of the rich Zadar past.
The application also contains a photo gallery with photos of the most beautiful sights of Zadar. Set the home screen wallpaper, or share these photos with all your friends.
Istria Gourmet Guide
This Gourmet & Wine Lovers application in a simple way introduces the Istrian gourmet offer to its users. It is intended for all enogastronomic fans: journalists, opinion makers, enogastronomic experts, and future guests. Also, the application is used as a platform for introducing attractive content including best restaurants and taverns in the region, superb wine and olive oil producers, olive tree growers and wine bars, truffle hunters, cheese as well as prosciutto and honey producers, best regional hotels and other interesting events.
For these purposes Istria has been divided into six smaller areas (clusters), one or several itineraries have been developed for each cluster connecting its most important Gourmet & Wine venues.
Paths have been named depending on the micro area and its gourmet specificity such as the Itinerary of the Novigrad Oyster or Four Soils for Four Experiences, the Momjan Musketeers’ Muscat, Veli Jože and Teran, Rovinj Blue, Divine Tastes of South Istria and alike. Also, the application offers a direct link to the Istria Tourist Board website for automatic access to the gastronomic events calendar which will facilitate users ability to be informed on daily regional and gourmet events at any time.
This mobile guide will be your best friend when it comes to discovering best of Dubrovnik. It illustrates all areas of interest with a great collection of photos and to choose where to go depending on your interests you can use your current GPS location. All areas of interest are illustrated on Google Map and can be easily directed from there.
All information and functions apart from third party information provided outside the application, function offline. Based on local knowledge and many years of experience, Dubrovnik Guide provides best recommendations on daily excursions, museums and religious sights, Dubrovnik surroundings and beaches…Here you can also find where to stay, eat and drink and where to have fun.