Many tourists come to Croatia to try the spectacular mediterranean gastronomy, fresh sea food and sunbathe on some of the stunning beaches along the Croatian coast. But others, come to the country willing to spend their free time cycling in Croatia.
Cycling in Croatia And Crossing The Borders
If you classify on the second group of people that is willing to come cycling in Croatia, The TransDinarica is definitely a bike trail you should try. It currently connects Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. And for those who might think cycling only in Croatia is not enough cycling. The TransDinarica bike trail has plans to add five more countries to its route: Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, and Macedonia.
TransDinarica offers the Trans Croatia itinerary, which goes from Zagreb to Zadar in 8 days. The course is approximately 362km long. Throughout the bike trail, you will be staying in a variety of hotels, farms and b&bs. While you are cycling in Croatia, the tour offers a luggage transfer from hotel to hotel,so you can enjoy the experience without having to worry about your luggage.
Don’t worry when you feel hungry after all the cycling. Throughout this fantastic experience, you can enjoy the spectacular cuisine the country has to offer whilst cycling in Croatia. Between the stops, surely you will be able to taste the most beautiful wines and food the country has to offer, whilst overlooking some of the most magnificent landscapes.
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.
Croatia World Cup 2018 was truly exciting. Since 1998, which was the first World Cup after the country’s independence. Croatia showed the passion, energy and determination throughout all the matches at Russia World Cup 2018.
The country had its full attention on the happening, passionately following the World Cup matches. In Istria, the Amphitheatre in Pula turned into the stage of the final matches. Regardless the result, the atmosphere was fantastic, genuine and inspiring.
Croatia offers so many other attractions, other than the landscapes and breathtaking nature. Croatia itself is already famous for being one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.
But with Croatia’s exceptional performance at the World Cup, came the recognition which turned the media spotlights towards the country. Giving Croatia the opportunity to show itself to the world under a different light.
The world needs to see Croatia’s rich and peculiar culture, heartwarming and welcoming people and the country’s amusing traditions. For that, Croatia Full of Life chose to show the footballers and their homelands, as the stars of Croatia’s promotional campaign. And the result is just stunning. Watch on the next page.
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 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.
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.