Burj Khalifa is known for being nothing more, nothing less than the tallest skyscraper in the world. And this month, this magnificent architectural piece was proudly enlightened with the Croatian flag.
Burj Khalifa is also known as Khalifa Tower, received the name in order to honour the president back at the time. Burj Khalifa has an impressive 162 floors and a height of 830 metres.
The act of enlightening Burj Khalifa with the Croatian flag, was undertaken in honour to the mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić one day after his arrival to Dubai. The reason for the mayor’s trip was to meet with Dawood Abdul Rahman, the director-general of Dubai Municipality. Who holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and construction technology. Started his career at the same year as a town planning engineer in the Planning Department.
If you are coming for your holidays in Croatia, there might be a few tips you can find interesting and also very useful during your trip. One of the most important factors and maybe the first question you ask yourself when you are on holidays in Croatia or anywhere else in the world is that.
Is Croatian Tap Water Drinkable?
Luckily, drinking tap water in Croatia is safe. Nearly 90% of the population in Croatia have connection to the public water supply. Sometimes, due to entirely personal reasons, some people prefer the tap water taste in some regions other than others.
That Croatian food is particularly delicious, fresh and rich a lot of people know. However this year, the Croatian gastronomy was even more appreciated and recognised by 5 Michelin Star restaurants that were awarded.
Discover the enchantments of flavour and scent of this wonderful country in which, as Cassiodorus wrote in 537, “patricians lead the lives of Gods. A table filled with seafood brought to the surface from the turquoise depths of Poseidon, here is as cultivated as the humble asparagus and legendary truffle, the underground treasure taken right from the plates of Hades. Crust of home-made bread is dipped into the golden liquid of the best olive oil in the world, while the palates are ennobled by the finest of winesOfficial Tourist Board website of Istria
The quote that better translates the Croatian cuisine experience comes from the Official Tourist Board website of Istria, a reliable source of information.
Either way, if you are looking to taste some typical and traditional dishes, you will surely be pleased with what Croatia has to offer you. Or, if you would like to have a more gourmet and gastronomic experience, you can also find a range of Michelin star restaurants to visit.
Zagreb Spot, Noel
In Zagreb, you can visit the Michelin star restaurant Noel. Located in Dukljaninova 1, the restaurant offers a contemporary cuisine that focus on the seasonality of the local ingredients. This Michelin star restaurant offers great attention on the decor and tableware. It will guarantee you a superb gastronomic experience.
According to the listing of the best international real estate countries to look to, Croatia is on the top as shown the renowned magazine Forbes.
As the Brexit approaches, there is a predictable impact on the international real estate demand. Companies that are currently based in the United Kingdom might start migrating their offices and headquarters to other countries in Europe.
Also, there might be an impact on the local real estate prices, and investors are already predicting and aware of the consequences of this change.
Some Valuable Data Confirms The Prediction
Whilst London, Geneva, Paris and Monaco continue to command Europe’s highest property prices, other cities are emerging as increasingly popular with international real estate buyers, offering excellent investor returns. Our increasing popularity in emerging European markets is testament to the growing importance of international investors in these cities.Chris Dietz, Executive Vice President of LeadingRE
LeadingRE is a consortium of almost 600 international real estate brokerages in 70 different countries. They provided this data exclusively to Forbes magazine.
What is more impressive is that Croatia, in particular Zagreb, is ranked at the top of the list, showing an increase of 20% on prices. Also, a 30% increase of adverts on the main rental portals, such as Airbnb. And the estimative of 20% of the purchases being made by international real estate buyers.
The weather today can determinate the destination and the itinerary of your planned trip. Apart from national holidays or other festivities, such as Christmas. Most people decide to go away and take a break from the daily tasks and stress during the sunny months of the year.
For that, Croatia has perfect holiday weather, and it is one of the best and most preferred holidays destinations in Europe. According to Virtuoso, a renowned network of the best luxury travel agencies. In 2017 Croatia featured on the second place on list of top emerging destination, amongst Japan, Portugal, Cuba and Iceland.
Tourists who come to Croatia, are used to the bright sunny weather and pleasant days. However, even in Croatia this climate will depend on the time of the year you decide to visit.
The weather temperatures can really drop during the winter months in Croatia. In Istria for example, the weather fluctuates between 3 to 7 degrees. Don’t get this low number wrong, because Croatia is still beautiful to visit also during the cold months.
Despite this fluctuation, the istrian region is still blessed with great weather specially during the high summer season. In Istria, the temperatures can reach the maximum average of 28 degrees. And during the summer peak, the temperature can go up to 38 degrees.
Michael Bublé is coming for his first concert in Croatia, at the Arena Zagreb. If you haven’t been to Croatia yet and are a fan of the singer, this is the perfect opportunity for you to make a visit and book your ticket.
If you already know the country and love spending your holidays in Croatia. This is also an opportunity for you to book some tickets for this superb concert.
Michael Bublé is a four-time Grammy Award-winner, meaning that the concert is quality entertainment guaranteed. Also, the atmosphere and beauty of the city and the Arena Zagreb, will really enhance the experience of the concert.
This concert will be one of the numerous concerts that Michael Bublé will do in his big world tour. The tour starts in Florida and promotes his album Love. The album is dedicated to his young son, who was diagnosed with cancer 3 years ago.
Croatia is one of the safest countries in Europe, yes. Apart from being blessed with astonishing nature, landscapes, fresh and rich gastronomy, and fantastic weather. The country also ranked the 22 position on the list of the safest countries in the world.
Coming to Croatia for holidays is already a delightful experience. But knowing that you could come to Croatia and not worry about the dangers a big city offers, is truly unique.
Safest Countries In Europe: The List
The well known Global Finance Magazine, released the up to date list of the safest countries in the world. Even more, in this list Croatia occupies the twentieth second position globally.
But in fact, according to the same list, the country appears on the 16 position of the safest countries in Europe.
Croatia offers plenty of beautiful landscapes, activities, and healthy and delicious gastronomy all year round. This year of 2019, the town of Poreč, together with Funtana, will host an exciting event. The Ironman 5150.
Ironman competition exists for 41 years. In 1978, the first event was held in Oahu, Hawaii.
“We’re thrilled that we brought the Triathlon 5150 series race to this wonderful part of Croatia, and we’re sure that the athletes from the entire EMEA region will have a great event, but also an amazing weekend in Poreč”Stefan Petschnig, director of Ironman Europe
The owner of the license for the event, World Triathlon Corporation, signed a contract, valid for two years, with Plava Laguna, one of the biggest hospitality and tourism companies in Croatia.
The event in Istria is an Olympic Triathlon, that includes swimming, cycling, and running. The event is going to take place in a few months time, May.
The intention is to present Istria as the active region it is, to athletes and enthusiast all over the globe. Plava Laguna will be responsible for organising such an event. And the municipalities will provide the infrastructure, the .
If you once came to Croatia, you know that the country is one of the most wonderful holiday destinations in Europe, perfect for a Croatia road trip.
If you live near and are lucky enough to reach this wonderful country by car, then the news is even more exciting for you.
Large developments and investments, were towards the improvement of the motorways in Croatia, making them pleasant to drive on and keeping them well maintained.
Large Investment On The Main Istrian Motorway
A significant investment of €165 million, to go ahead and improve the motorways in Croatia, happened last year in 2018, in the Istrian peninsula with the Istrian Y.
The Istrian Y motorway is fundamental for the access and mobility in the peninsula. It is responsible for the connection of Istria, with international motorways.
Istria attracts a great amount of tourists that decide to visit the country. Investments in Croatia and improvements easing the access to the region, are extremely important for the overall picture.
The concession of Istrian Y was extended to Bina-Istra till the year of 2032. With the actual motorway improving, the way of payments and charging the users of those motorways are also looking to a future improvement in Croatia.
The region of Istra is situated on the west part of the Republic of Croatia. It is the largest peninsula of the Adriatic Sea.
A strategic geographic position makes Istra the most attractive part of Croatia.
The climate of the Istrian peninsula is a typical Mediterranean climate; dry and very warm summers, with the average number of some 2.400 sunny hours a year. Winters are mild and pleasant.
The sea temperature reaches its lowest in March, around 11°C, and its highest in August with 24°C.
Istra is generally the richest region in Croatia; in terms of finance, stability, tourism and international business activity.
Distances And Neighbouring Countries
The Region of Istria covers the surface of 2.820 square kilometres. From the north part of the peninsula to the southeast peak there is a distance of around 100 km2.
If we measure the distance from west coast to south coast it would be around 50 km on the longest line.
Istria has a strategic position within Europe and benefits from the vicinity of Slovenia and Italy, the neighbouring countries. Large tourist markets, Germany and Austria, are also very near and within a car reach.
There are few ways to reach Istra; by car/bus, by plane or by boat. The Istrian motorway system has two main branches that form a “Y” letter shape.
The east line of the motorway connects Pula with Rijeka and the west line connects Pula with the Slovenian border.
Although it is fastest to travel on the motorway, scenic roads run along the eastern and western coasts, making them perfect choice for bikers and cabrio lovers.
The main airport in Istria is the Pula International Airport, and it is located just 2 km from the motorway and 7 km from the ancient city center.
Pula airport is connected with around 60 destinations with direct flights, hosting around 700.000 guests each year.
Most of the flight lines are seasonal. And within a 300 km range we have other 5 internationl airports: Rijeka, Trieste, Zagreb, Ljubljana and Venice.
The most important fast boat line is the one connecting Venice with Pula, Rovinj, Porec and Umag. The other standard line is connecting Pula and Zadar, with stops on Kvarner islands.