For those who are not familiar with Virtuoso, it is nothing more nothing less than a huge network of the best luxury travel agencies, with more than 17,500 advisors worldwide.
Virtuoso releases a luxury european tour report every year, in which displays what the travelers seek when looking for a perfect holiday destination. The report for this year, revealed that people are looking for pristine, unique and less-known destinations to visit.
In 2018, Croatia featured on the second place on list of top emerging destination, amongst Japan, Portugal, Cuba and Iceland.
If you think of Croatia, you instantly might think of the popular spots such as Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split and Rovinj. Although those regions are espectacular and have plenty to offer, the uniqueness and authenticity of destinations that are still not very explored and overcrowded are attracting the attention of tourists.
Schengen is, in fact, named after a village situated in Luxembourg, a small country surrounded entirely by Belgium, France and Germany. In 1985, the cooperation of governments directed to the signing of an agreement, in this agreement it was fixed a gradual abolition on checks and control on the border, easing the free movement of the european working population, that needs entering and exiting those borders.
In 1990, there was the implementation of this agreement, it started with 7 EU States in 1995 and now, is implemented as part of the body of rules governing the European Union.
If you are familiar with Istria, you are familiar with the variety of incredible and fresh ingredients, such as olives, olive oil, truffles, wine, prosciutto and seafood. And, if you are not familiar then you are really missing out on one of the top gourmet destinations in Europe.
Because Croatian ingredients and products are not really mass produced, it is quite rare to find exported goods from Croatia available in the supermarkets and shops of other countries. For that, you should definitely spend some time in Croatia, and during this visit, you better be hungry.
Food lovers will love Istria!
Istria is famous for having great and high class cuisine, with the fresh and tasty seafood of the coast, together with the hearty meat-based fare of Central Europe.
Depending on the time of the year you decide to visit Istria, you can get served a fresh Scampi Buzara dish, some prosciutto (pršut), or asparagus risotto, even some traditional Istrian pasta fuži or pljukanci with black or white truffle, fish or shrimps with white truffle, steak with grated truffle, truffle ice-cream, chocolate cake with olive oil and truffles…and this delicious list goes on.
A huge loan designated to real estate Croatia is ahead, and coming from The World Bank Group. For the ones who don’t know The World Bank Group, it is nothing more nothing less than the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Their intention and commitment is to reduce poverty, increase shared prosperity, and promote sustainable development. And the Country now on their table is Croatia.
19.7 million euros on its way to Croatia
An incredible amount of 19.7 million euros to develop, ease and improve the Administration System Project. The advance is clearly on the days of waiting at Land Registry Offices that decreased by 75% from 46 to 12 days, for mortgages and property transactions, and also on the Cadasters Offices, decreasing by around 33% from 30 to only 8 days.
But it has been coming this way since 2016
Long ago in November 2016, a system called Joint Information System was implemented, it is easy, completely accesible and modern, so people can register online with their personal details, instead of the going through the painful experience of having to go to a public office.
Croatia weather is famous for its sunny and very warm days. It keeps attracting millions of tourists yearly, willing to spend their holidays either on the side of a swimming pool, along the numerous promenades extended through the Croatian coast line, or on the beautiful beaches.
But one thing that many tourists don’t expect or even consider, is Croatia as a winter holiday destination. And believe me, it is as stunning as the sunny glorious days of summer.
Croatia weather fluctuations
Croatia weather can go as high as 36 °C during the summer, but surprisingly can drop as low as 7 °C in the winter. However this temperature drop doesn’t interfere on the fact that, Croatia is a perfect holiday destination, regardless. So, instead of visiting the popular winter destinations on your holiday, be surprised by what Croatia has to offer during the not so sunny seasons.
The food will make you warm and happy
One thing is for certain, the food is spectacular on any season of the year. During the summer you can delight yourself with delicious and fresh seafood meals. During the winter it is no different, you will also delight yourself but with hearty, warm and meaty dishes.
Traditional Croatian food have some similarity with Italian, Austrian, Hungarian, and Turkish. But the Croatian culture gives it its own twist. These include manestra, a bean soup prepared only in Istria, or fuzi, a hand-rolled pasta typical for Istria. In the cold days of winter you can be served Sarma, which is sauerkraut stuffed with minced meat and rice with spices.
If you are planning on investing in Croatia, in an specific sector, for example real estate, it is important to know beforehand, what is the investment scene of the country you are aiming for.
It is not news that the main industry and sector that receives more investments currently in Croatia is tourism, showing amazing numbers that constantly increase yearly. For that reason, plenty of investments are moving towards Croatia’s tourism. However, the country is aware of other sectors that are growing interest for large amounts of investments, for example:
DAMAC was the first real estate company from the Middle East to list on the London Stock Exchange and they raised 379 million US dollar in the form of an IPO.
Valamar, a large investment group that operates in Croatia, plans to invest 2 more billion kunas by 2020 in real estate in Croatia, being 95 mln only in 2018.
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has set up a 11 billion dollars fund to invest in Central and Eastern Europe. If you fit this money in a room it would probably reach the ceiling.
Currently the fund invests in projects in Poland, however the fund has already contacted the Croatian government with a request of presenting them some companies to invest in or projects.
Davis Cup – originally known as International Lawn Tennis Challenge Trophy -, is the main and biggest international tennis tournament in the sports scene. It attracts tennis players from all over the globe, giving them the unique opportunity to represent and play for their homeland.
How did the tournament start?
With Davis Dwight, born in 1879, as well as serving as Secretary of War was also an incredible athlete. In 1899, Davis, in partnership with others, proposed the idea of an international tennis competition.
In 1900, he then bought a trophy dedicated to the winner of the first contest, the international championship was then founded. The first contest worth the trophy was a match between USA and British Isles, that took place in the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston.
Croatia is the emerging star of Europe, with its beautiful scenic landscapes, natural resources and picturesque tows, it serves as a perfect set for filming and big productions.
Apart from Game of Thrones Croatia, the country has been stage for big productions such as, Star Wars: Episode VIII, Hobin Hood: Origins the upcoming James Bond and Mamma Mia 2 which had its premiere in the Pula Amphitheatre on Saturday, the 21st of July 2018.
Other than Game of Thrones Croatia has also starred some very important names like, Daniel Moder, decided to film his piece “Ibiza” not in Spain but on the island of Pag nearby Zadar, Tom Hanks “Money Games” on the breathtaking island of Hvar and the movie “Venuto al mondo” with Penélope Cruz.
If you wonder where to stay in Croatia, first you have to ask yourself what are you looking for and what you expect from your holidays in the country. If you would like to have a classy, refined and relaxing holiday, with quality stay and experiences one place you should definitely aim to Istria.
If you plan to buy a property for sale in Croatia, you might be wondering about the numbers, how much capital you have to invest, what are going to be the costs and the maintenance and finally, your return of investment.
Surely those numbers are really important, but you should also consider a property for sale in Croatia as a home you could live in. During the building stage of your home, you look for high quality materials, best performance and the effect they will have on your pocket.
Croatia is know as a sunny and warm country, but what many people don’t know is that, during the winter the temperatures can go as low as -5 degrees on January, and as high as 38 degrees on the peak of summer in July.
The temperature variation is a very important factor that you have to consider when buying a property for sale in Croatia.
That is why it is fundamental to check if the property has good appliances but mostly importantly, good thermal insulation that is be able to maintain the heat and the cooling in the house. Like this, you will have to turn those appliances on less often, reducing the bills and increasing the life expectancy of those equipments.