Croatia attracts millions of tourists yearly looking for a place to relax and spend their holiday. However, recently, Croatia is not only showing an increase in holiday seekers but also, business tourism. The beauty and peacefulness of Croatia enchants any tourist that visits the country, regardless the trip purpose.
According to the Business Destinations magazine, Croatia is attracting more and more business conferences and meetings yearly. The tourism infrastructure the country currently has in place, accommodates and receive this subgroup of visitors.
Constant developments and investments are constantly improving the infrastructure, in order to provide and attend all the needs that a business tourist might encounter during their stay.
Zagreb Business Hub In Croatia
The main cities of Croatia are considered the conference hubs for business tourism. Zagreb, for instance is becoming increasingly popular with MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourists. The new passenger terminal of the “Franjo Tuđman” officially opened on the 19th of March 2019, giving it more options for business tourists to reach the country’s capital. The airport also introduced Emirates Airlines, giving the possibility of over 150 new connections to other countries.
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.
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 .
Coming to Croatia means having a fantastic time. If you decide to have some private time, you can enjoy some wine tasting, truffle hunting and the stunning coast of Croatia. But Croatia can be also superb if you are looking for some family activity holidays.
Activity Holidays: Waterpark with the family, make sure you get your water proof camera to record some nice shots
Istralandia is a must go and it is fun guaranteed for the adults and children. There is the perfect attraction for the adults who are looking for some adrenaline. The Space Rocket. That is to say, you are basically capsuled in a glass tube, the floor disappears and plummets you to the ground.
For the children, there’s plenty of activities available, wave pool, foam party, beach football, face painting and even a magician.
Coming for a Croatia vacation sounds perfect in every way. Regardless if you are planning on reaching the country by car, ferry or train. If you are coming to Croatia by plane, then you will have two more options to land in this beautiful paradise.
Air Serbia Opens New Doors
This year, Air Serbia, is providing two new routes to the ones who wish to come for a Croatia vacation. The lines will operate from Belgrade, both to Rijeka and Zadar.
Flights During The High Seasons in Croatia
Air Serbia already have flights operating during the high seasons, bringing visitors to Croatia during the warmest months of the year to Dubrovnik, Split and Pula. The most common itinerary, is for visitors to visit Croatia during the summer months.
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.
Croatia is a gem in Europe, it is blessed with magnificent untouched nature, breathtaking landscapes and fantastic National Parks, such as Brijuni, Risnjak, Plitvice Lakes, North Velebit, Kornati, Mljet, Paklenica, Risnjak and the star of the day Krka.
The price to visit this paradise called Krka National Park varies, depending on the season you decide to visit.
Let’s say you visit Krka between July and September, in this case you will be paying around 200 kunas to have full access to all areas in the park.
Once you are in, you can move around the 142 km2, from the early Croatian fortresses of Trošenj and Nevčen to the Šibenik bridge, including 3.5 km of the course of the Čikola River, with boat excursions.
Or as an alternative to reach some other areas of the park, by using bus transport.
Everything Is Worth Seeing, But You Should Definitely Visit Skradinski Buk Falls
The National Park main attraction is the Skradinski buk falls, where visitors have the chance to swim in the superb turquoise clear water.
Apart from this, there are other six falls in the park, the Bilušića buk, Brljan, Manojlovac slap, Rošnjak, Miljacka slap, Roški slap and, the Krka River which is a natural and karst phenomenon.
Know Where To Invest
Real estate price in Croatia is constantly rising, the number put Croatia on the third place of the property price risers of the European Union. In the third quarter of 2018, Croatia came after Netherlands and Malta, with 2.8%.
The avarage of price rise in the European territory was of 1.5%, with some of the most famous holiday destination countries dropping by 0.8% in Italy and and 0.7% in Romania.
However, investors from all the globe are focusing more and more on purchasing or investing in a real estate in Croatia, due to the benefits the country now presents and keeps proving in numbers the potential it has and will have in the future.
Croatia is full of mysteries and fantastic places to be explored and discovered. It is a sea of smaller administrative territorial units within counties, cities/towns in urban areas, and municipalities in other areas.
According to the 2006 Act, Croatia has 127 towns/cities and 429 municipalities. You can decide and go explore yourself this municipalities, but if you are thinking of doing it, we reccomend you to visit Slunj, in the county Kalovac, central Croatia
Town of Slunj
Slunj is a small town, only approximately 5,000 inhabbitants. It is small in size (392.54 km²) but big in expectations. Slunj is considered 2nd most welcoming place on earth by Booking.com.
For the first time ever, last year 2018, Booking.com reveals the most welcoming places on Earth based on users of the booking platform, Slunj came in second place, only losing to Goreme in Turkey.
The requirements of Booking.com to classify the accommodation are:
“To be recognized with an award, properties had to have an average review score of 8.0 or higher based on at least 5 reviews as of 11:59pm (CET) on October 31, 2018. Only customers that have actually stayed at an accommodation can leave a review of their experience on Booking.com. After they have checked out of the property, they are invited to rate their accommodation experience against six categories: cleanliness, comfort, location, facilities, staff and value for money. As these reviews are never edited or adjusted in any way, travelers can reference them for an authentic account of what the real guest experience is like at every place to stay on Booking.com.”
If the hosting is on point, the nature complements the experience in this particular town in the centre on Croatia.