Saturday, 21 April 2018

March was a time for buying new cars in Croatia as sales increased by a massive 64 percent over February. Out of the total number of vehicles sold in the first three months, 51.2 percent were petrol, 46.9 percent diesel, while the proportion of electric and hybrid vehicles was negligible.

In March, 6,293 new cars were sold in Croatia, which is 64 percent or 2,453 more than in February, and 16 percent or 873 more cars than in March last year, according to data published on Thursday by Promocija Plus.

Sales also grew in the first three months, when 13,893 cars were sold or 27 percent or 2,963 more than in the same period last year.

The most popular brand in the first quarter was Volkswagen with 1,778 cars sold and a market share of 12.9 percent. Followed by Skoda with 1,539 units and 11,12 percent of the market, and Opel, which sold 1,462 cars and achieved 10.56 percent market share.

The best-selling model was the Skoda Octavia (935), followed by Opel Astra (554), Volkswagen Golf (526), Suzuki Vitara (486), Renault Clio (450).

Croatia is a gorgeous, underrated country. It is one place that many travelers dream of visiting one day. One of the best cities to visit in Croatia is, Zagreb. It is an amazing city with so much to do and see. If you are looking for an unbelievable trip, you need to try Zagreb.

Zagreb is Croatia's capital city. It is a beautiful city full of activities during the day and at night. You can decide to wander around the streets, visit nearby sites, enjoy several cultural activities or just listen to live music in one of the restaurants. Hence, if you are planning an amazing trip to Zagreb, here are some things to do.

Here Are Top 10 Things To Do In Zagreb

Visit Lake Jarun

Lake Jarun is a gorgeous lake in Zagreb. It is an amazing travel hotspot for tourists. If you are looking for an ideal place to take a walk, enjoy the sunshine or just walk around, visiting Lake Jarun is a nice idea. You can also decide to have a barbeque with relatives and friends, rest on the beautiful beach or play some sports. Some people visit the nearby cafes to witness the glorious sunsets.

jarun lakes zagreb 2018


Tour Park Maksimir

Park Maksimir is a cute home to many bird species due to its tall and beautiful trees. The park has old-oak forest, lakes, meadows, streams, and several paths for tourists to stroll around. It is an amazing park full of natural life. 

maksimir park zagreb 2018

Discover Zagreb History at Upper Town (Gornji Grad)

If you would like to know more about Zagreb and its history, than you need to visit the Upper Town. A 5-minute walk from the main-square will lead you to historical and outstanding views of the old Zagreb.

zagreb upper city 2018
Visit Sljeme

Another visit that will make your travel an unbelievable trip is visiting Sljeme. Sljeme is the highest peak of Medvednica Mountain. It is a remarkable travel destination that you can visit any month of the year. It is also a great place for hiking, biking, tracking, and skiing. It is also a perfect place to rest your body and soul.

zagreb mountain 2018
Eating like a local

Even though there are many tourists' restaurants in Zagreb, you can make your trip amazing by eating like a local. You will enjoy, save and have a lot of fun by eating and drinking in local restaurants.

eating like a local zagreb 2018
Drink wine in a wine bar

Another great thing to do in Zagreb is drinking Croatian Wine in a wine-bar There are several wine bars in Zagreb that do sell great Croatian wines.

drink wine in zagreb 2018
Go shopping at Dolac Market

One great thing to do in Zagreb is going shopping at the Dolac market. This market is Zagreb's greatest open-market. It is a farmer’s market where you can purchase fresh products such as fruits and vegetables grow in the nearby fertile lands. Even if you are not planning on buying anything, it is an amazing place to wander through.

dolac shopping zagreb
Have some coffee

Though it might seem a simple thing to do, nothing can make your tour an amazing trip like drinking coffee in a local café. Whether you are alone or with friends, you will find a perfect place to chill and watch the world go by.

dinking coffee in zagreb
Admiring St Mark's Church Roof

St Mark's Church is one of the most iconic churches in Zagreb. Even though you might find the church closed, its roof is one thing to admire.

st marks church zagreb 2018
Ride Zagreb's funicular

The Zagreb's funicular is another place you need to visit when in Croatia. The funicular was first opened in the year 1890, and it is about 66 meters long. It connects the lower town and the upper town. It is so quick because you only take 55-seconds to go down or up.

zagreb funicular 2018
Final Thought

These top 10 things to do are just a few of the activities you can enjoy when in Zagreb. There are many other great places, and natural beauty you can tour in Croatia. Whether you are planning to spend some days, weeks or months in Zagreb, you never feel bored or stressed. Zagreb is an adventure waiting to be discovered.

 

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The American fast food chain, McDonalds, is slowly spreading over Croatia. “We are negotiating with one shopping centre, but cannot accurately confirm when it will open,” commented McDonalds to the Croatian media.

The next restaurant to open in Croatia will be in Pula, and become the first McDonalds in the Istria region. The McDonalds McDrive should be opened in Pula, the largest city in Istria, by the end of this year.

“After the opening of another restaurant in Zadar at the end of March, McDonald's now has a total of 30 restaurants in Croatia, with new opening plans, including Pula. We are negotiating with one shopping centre, but we cannot accurately confirm when it will be open,” commented the fast food giant.

Dubrovnik has started the tourism year in fine form with a massive 20 percent increase in the numbers of guests in March. During March there were 47,498 tourist arrivals in the area of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is 20 percent more than in March 2017 and 127,517 overnight stays, which is 19 percent more than in March 2017.

During the first three months of 2018 there were 81,296 tourist arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 230,278 overnight stays. Compared to 2017, arrivals increased by 13 percent and overnight stays by 7 percent.

The tourist season is upon us and once again the wild camping season has opened in Dubrovnik with tourists looking to save money on accommodation.

These happy campers pitched their tent in a well-known Dubrovnik public park, Gradac, and probably had a nice view of the Old City as they rolled out of their sleeping bags.

Even though there is clear signage stating that littering is not allowed, smoking is forbidden and there is no swimming for dogs in the fountain the sign writers obviously didn’t think about banning campers.

park gradac sign

InfiNet Wireless, the global leader in fixed broadband wireless connectivity, will bring together its partners from more than 28 countries as it takes centre stage for the 9th International Partners’ Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

This annual invitation-only event, running on April 11th and April 12th, encourages and promotes interaction between the channel partners and InfiNet’s executive teams, allowing the sharing of experiences on the use of InfiNet solutions for various applications and industry sectors. This year’s event will feature detailed presentations and plans from the company's R&D teams on future technology, as well as an insight into InfiNet’s product and marketing strategies for the years ahead.

“Our continued growth and success would not be possible without our loyal community. Hosting our 9th international event highlights our ever-growing expansion and commitment to build and strengthen the benefits our technology offers for our customers wherever they are located around the world,” said Dmitry Okorokov, CEO of InfiNet Wireless.

“Our 24 years of experience in the wireless world puts us in the ideal position to offer a range of carrier-grade solutions to our partners, allowing them to meet and exceed the expectations of end users from all sectors of the industry. Our conference will also be a chance for our guests to not only interact face-to-face with InfiNet commercial and technical teams, but also an opportunity to share their ideas, thoughts and challenges in their respective markets. Gaining a better understanding of how our partners’ own eco-systems work is extremely important to us.”

The two-day program will offer guests engaging presentations by InfiNet’s senior management team, as well as guest speakers, practical workshops with product experts and breakout sessions which will enable the transfer of knowledge and skill sets required to unlock growth potential. There will also be a chance for partners to share their success stories from specific market sectors, give an overview of current trends and developments in their local geographies and to present specific solutions that could be of interest to the rest of the audience.

“As 2018 will see InfiNet Wireless expand our ever-growing portfolio yet again, we plan to deliver a conference this year that will again exceed all expectations. The city of Dubrovnik is a perfect location for this year’s conference because of its stunning history and heritage, promising our partners and guests an unforgettable experience,” said Dmitry.

The InfiNet Wireless Partner Conference also recognises the best partners of the year for their loyalty in the promotion and use of InfiNet solutions in their projects. Awards are classified both on a regional basis, such as Best International Partner and Best Africa Partner, as well as on an individual basis for those who have demonstrated their continued loyalty to the InfiNet brand. The award ceremony will take place on the second evening during the entertaining Gala Dinner.

The inaugural flight from Dubai direct to Dubrovnik will land on the 10th of April. Flydubai, the low-cost airline from the United Arab Emirates, has introduced this new connection between Dubai and Dubrovnik in its 2018 summer schedule, the first time ever that scheduled flights have operated between the two destinations.

In fact, this will be the first regular line from the Middle East to Dubrovnik. The new Dubrovnik-Dubai flights will start operate with three flights a week, every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from the 13th of June there will be an additional flight per week that will operate on Wednesdays.

Tickets for all the flights are available until the end of summer flight schedule or more precisely until October 25th. Prices start at around 350 Euros for a return ticket.

Dubrovnik will have a new classical music festival this year as the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will hold the initial “Stradun Classic” festival. The festival will have two dates this year, firstly from the 6th of April to the 11th of April, and then again from the 4th of September to the 14th of September. This new festival certainly has an international feel with artists from all over the world headlining this classical event. The City of Dubrovnik and the clarinettist, Marija Pavlović, are co-operating with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra to hold this chamber music festival.

- The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra has been thinking for a long time on how to offer a complete program, we have seen that there is a gap in the city’s offer of chamber music, so we have decided to launch a new festival for which Marija Pavlović is in charge of the artistic direction,” commented the director of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Damir Milat.

The Stradun Classic festival will feature artists from many countries including the United Kingdom, Belgium, Slovenia and Austria.

Program of first part of Stradun Classic Festival 2018

Friday 6th of April @ 8.00pm

The Franciscan Church
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Campestrini, Conductor
Marija Pavlović, clarinet
Tom Owen, oboe
Pieter Nuytten, bassoon
Boštjan Lipovšek, horn
W. Mozart symphony concert for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and orchestra in E flat major
A. Dvorak symphony no. 5 in F major, op. 76

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Sunday 8th of April @ 7.30pm

Dubrovnik Cathedral
Concert of Chamber Music
Antonea Gjaja Kocković, flute
Tom Owen, oboe (United Kingdom)
Renata Santini Glavinović, oboe
Marija Pavlović, clarinet
Stijepo Medo, clarinet
Pieter Nuytten, bassoon (Belgium)
Matija Novaković, bassoon
Boštjan Lipovšek, horn (Slovenia)
Toni Kursar, horn
Free Entrance

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Wednesday 11th of April @ 8.00pm

Mirror Room in Dubrovnik Library
Concert of Chamber Music
Daniel Rowland, violin (Netherlands)
Đana Kahriman, violin
Šimun Končić, viola
Maja Bogdanović, cello (France)
Zoran Markovic, double bass (Slovenia)
Marija Pavlović, clarinet
Pieter Nuytten, bassoon (Belgium)
Boštjan Lipovšek, horn (Slovenia)

Works on the new coastal promenade in Srebreno, Zupa, are slowly but surely coming to an end and will be ready for this summer season.

The new pathway has been behind schedule due to the bad weather but the construction works should be completed by the 1st of May according to the Zupa Borough Council.

This is the first stage of the project, which will later include the redevelopment of the concrete beach in Srebreno, and the value of the total project is around 6 million Kuna. Once completed Srebreno will have a coastal walkway that will link up with the rest of the walk to Mlini.

new zupa coming to zupa 2

new path milini 2018

srebreno pathway new 2018

 

Google Maps have gone Croatian. The most popular map app in the world has finally made a Croatian version. Up until now the electronic voice was a humorous mix of English and Croatian and whilst it made many drivers laugh its practical use was limited. Now those days are gone as Google Maps will now have a Croatian voice telling drivers and pedestrians which way to turn.

In fact, Croatian isn’t the only new language for Google Maps, a grand total of 39 new languages have been added to the navigation app, including Turkish, Swedish and Swahili.

“Fourteen years ago, Google Maps looked a lot different, and it was only in English. Fast forward to today, and now more than 1 billion people use Google Maps to discover new places, find the best driving, biking, and walking routes, and get things done in the real world. Today, we’re making Google Maps even more useful by adding 39 new languages—spoken by an estimated 1.25 billion people worldwide,” commented Google on the new move.

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