Croatia has long been proven as a hit tourist destination attracting people from all around the planet with its rich and stunning nature, culture and history.
The last two record-breaking tourist seasons brought Croatia not only excellent tourist figures but also great promotion thanks to many celebrities who visited the country.
Apart from famous musicians and actors, one of the richest people in the world today has been visiting Croatia for years, especially one Croatian town on the Dalmatian coast.
Even though Croatian tourists often neglect Skradin, Bill Gates named it ‘’his ideal place for summer holidays’’.
Over the last few years, the town of Skradin in the Šibenik-Knin County has been experiencing its Renaissance and becoming the hot spot for many world stars and travellers. The town that has long been hidden from the public eye has become a place to visit and admire its beauty and history.
Bill Gates on holiday in Skradin - Photo Jutarnji List
Skradin is located near the Krka River and at the entrance to the Krka National Park. The main attraction of the park, Slapovi Krke (Waterfalls of the River Krka) is a series of waterfalls, the biggest of which, Skradinski buk, was named after Skradin.
It is also interesting to note that the most significant archeological site Bribirska Glavica is located only 15 km from Skradin, also known as Hrvatska Troja (Croatian Troy).
Skradin is absolutely teeming with wonderful sights and picture perfect views, thus, if you find yourself touring the Šibenik-Knin County be sure to visit, explore and enjoy this hidden gem on the Croatian coast Bill Gates loves so much.
Millions of tourists sit here every year and admire the stunning views over the turquoise blue Adriatic out to the island of Lokrum. Porporela is surely one of the most attractive sea breaks in the world. And this Dubrovnik landmark has a mysterious story to tell.
Named after the Latin word purpura, which translates as an artificial breakwater, Porporela was constructed to help protect the Old City harbour from the strong southerly winds that crashed over the Adriatic. Even though the harbour is fairly well protected by the island of Lokrum two defences were additional built, Porporela and the standalone breakwater Kaše.
This triangle shaped defence was built at the end of the 19th century, and was completed in 1873. But just six years later a storm would change the face of the iconic landmark.
On the 25th of February 1879 a huge storm battered Dubrovnik and the waves crashed violently over the breakwater. Incredibly the storm ripped up a stone from the Porporela breakwater and threw into a watery grave. What makes this event even more unbelievable is that the stone that was thrown into the Adriatic weighed 3,159 kilograms.
In order to remember this unusual day in Dubrovnik history the stone was recovered and replaced in the breakwater. It was also engraved with “This stone, weighing 3159 KG, was washed into the sea on the 25th February 1879.” You can still see the stone today, and check the arrow on it to see where this huge stone ended up.
And here is the very stone...
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The Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is currently visiting Turkey.
The main reason of Grabar-Kitarovic’s one-day working visit to this country is her meeting with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
As stated by the Presidential Office, main topics of talks between the two presidents will be the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Southeastern Europe as well as relations between the European Union and Turkey but also the role of Ankara in controlling the refugee crisis.
The most interesting topic for Croatia is surely the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croats living in that country require the change of the electoral law and equality before the upcoming elections in October 2018.
During the meeting in Ankara, Grabar-Kitarovic and Erdogan will discuss the possible trilateral meeting of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey, which would take place within the first three months this year.
The Turkish President Erdogan paid a visit to Croatia less than two years ago.
The talented young dancer from Rijeka - Maja Keres continues to make foreign successes. Maja is one of the few Croatians who had a chance to collaborate with the world's biggest stars, including Fergie, Justin Bieber and Rob Thomas. Her latest success is dancing in the newest video of Justin Timberlake – Filthy.
-I can’t put in words how happy and thankful I am to have gotten a chance to work on this music video by my favorite artist in the whole world – Justin Timberlake! Everybody who knows me know what and how much this means to me – Maja wrote on her official Instagram profile and said thanks to all those that helped to turn her dreams into reality. She also added that this is an unique opportunity to check out her behind with her permission.
Maja also shared some 'behind the scenes' photos.
-Beyond honored to work with all of the people pictured, but also a huge thank you to everybody behind the scenes for treating us like queens!!- it's written in the caption. It's clear to see that Maja is more than overwhelmed with her experience.
And she sure has the right to! 'Filthy' collected over 14 million views in just four days. You can see Maja dance in the video below.
Mate Rimac, the founder and the CEO of Rimac Automobili is to complete a new car with the help of the Croatian super computer Bura.
As one of the leading players in the world of high-performance electric cars, Rimac signed an agreement with the University of Rijeka at the beginning of December 2017 on using the super computer called Bura whose performances are necessary in finishing the development of the latest electric super car.
After presenting the improved version of Concept One electric car last year, the second Rimac's car Concept Two, as one of the largest global hits, will be presented at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show in March this year.
The Concept Two electric car will have 1384 HP with a top speed of around 400 km/h. Despite all these fascinating features and the price of soaring 10 million Kunas, it is expected to be sold in ten times more copies that the actual Concept One.
As daring as it sounds, such sales growth is surely not unexpected considering the fact that ten copies of Concept One have been sold so far. The production volume of Concept Two will be twenty copies a year.
Did UFOs pay a visit to the Croatian capital Zagreb the other day? It remains to be seen. Or not?
A few days ago, a reporter from a local TV station in Zagreb wanted to capture a beautiful sunset over the Croatian capital and was more than surprised when she examined her photo.
As soon as the reporter enlarged the photo to get a better frame, she noticed an unusual lighting formation among the clouds.
Posting the photo on her Facebook profile, she started an avalanche of comments with some claiming that the strange formation was birds, combat aircraft from Slovenia or drones, whilst some claimed that UFOs paid a visit to Croatia.
What actually flew over Zagreb, no one knows for sure, but as the popular line at the end of the title sequence in the TV show ‘’The X-Files’’ reads, ‘’The Truth is Out There’’.
In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were five traffic accidents, of which there were four with injured persons in which one person was seriously injured and five drivers with light injuries while one traffic accident had material damage.
By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 398 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 187 measures taken due to speeding, 17 measures due to improper stop and parking, 43 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 10 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 48 due to improper overtaking.
Airline carrier SAS Scandinavian Airlines, member of the global airline association Star Alliance, will have a significant boost when it comes to flights to Croatia in its summer schedule – Avioradar reports. SAS flies from several destinations in Scandinavia to Dubrovnik, Pula and Split.
For Dubrovnik, SAS will have 15 flights per week - every day (7 times per week) from Copenhagen and five times per week from Oslo and Stockholm. Compared to last year, when it comes to Copenhagen, this means one flight per week more, in the case of Oslo two flights more and in the case of the Stockholm one flight per week less. However, beyond the heart of the season, from March 29th from Dubrovnik to Stockholm there will be three flights per week or one more compared to the last year. Copenhagen and Oslo lines for Dubrovnik will only be in traffic during the heart of the season from June 23rd to mid-August .
For Pula, 21 flights per week are planned during the heart of the season. For the first time, Pula will be linked to Copenhagen every day, or one week per week more than last year. The Pula - Gothenburg line, which last year
had only 2 flights per week, will have twice the number of flights every week – 4. Pula - Oslo line had 2 flights per week last year and will have additional 3 flights this year, but the route from Pula to Stockholm, which had 5 flights per week, will have 2 flights per week less. All of these lines for Pula will operate from June 22nd to mid-August 2018.
Most SAS operations in Croatia have already a long-term connection with Split, and for this year an incredible number of 80 flights per week have been announced on regular lines during the heart of the season. Even 20 flights per week, or every day 3 times a day except Saturday (2x daily) Split – Copenhagen line will operate. This means 4 flights a week more than last year. The same number of flights will be on the line Split – Oslo, which is also 4 years a week more than last year. Four flights from Oslo to Split will operate on Friday. And line Split - Stockholm will have 4 flights a week more than last year, for the total 20 flights a week. Split-Gothenburg line will get 3 new flights a week so there will be 10 flights per week on that route.
The Split - Copenhagen line will start two weeks earlier than last year, from March 24th with one flight per week every Saturday and from May 24th, outside the main season, there will be 3 flights a week on this route. The Stockholm-Split line begins with out-of-season operations from April 28th, with 2 flights per week. The lines from Split to Gothenburg and Oslo will start flying from mid-May with one flight per week every Saturday. The other mentioned lines will operate only in the heart of the season from the second half of June to the middle of August 2018.
Even though Croatia has around 86 percent of citizens who declare themselves as Catholics, only just around half of the couples decide to get married in church.
When it comes to regions, people from Lika and Slavonija are more willing to ''seal the deal'' in church and that option is not so attractive to those from Istria and Primorje – reports Vecernji list.
The number of marriages made official in the church in recent years has gone downhill and, as never before, came closer to civil marriages. In the first nine months of 2017, 8.439 religious (52.6%) and 7.606 (47.4%) civil marriages were made, according to the Ministry of Administration.
Just for comparison - in 2009, the number of religious marriages was 63.5 percent, while civil was only 36.5 percent.
With the news that the HBO bandwagon will once again hitch up in Dubrovnik this year for the final season of Game of Thrones it looks like being another hectic year of filming in the city.
Rumours suggest that Game of Thrones will roll into the city in February this year and filming for the final season of this mega-popular series will once again attract the world’s media. And if the rumours are correct we are in for a big finish, with plenty of bangs and explosions and quite possibly a full cast in King’s Landing.
But the Game of Thrones isn’t the only international film production planning to whack the clapperboard in Dubrovnik this year.
The latest, and the 25th in the franchise, James Bond movie will also be using the stone facades and turquoise Adriatic to full effect. With Daniel Craig as 007 filming is rumoured to starting in the spring of this year, presumably they won’t be bumping into the Game of Thrones crew, with possible dates of April and May speculated.
These details might take some time to come out as it appears the production company are still annoyed at the former mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, for announcing that Bond was to use Dubrovnik as a location. However, the production company have let a few juicy rumors slip, such as the fact the 007 will have a near death experience in the Adriatic, a host of luxury cars will be involved and that Mr. Bond will encounter old acquaintances. The last Bond “Spectre” movie had a budget of $300 million and estimates suggest that filming in Dubrovnik could cost between four and six million Kuna per day.
That isn’t all. Game of Thrones and James Bond will not be the only major international productions in Dubrovnik this year. The Dubrovnik Times has learnt of another huge production that could well be filmed this year. Another major sci-fi franchise has cast an eye over Dubrovnik, quite possibly due to the Star Wars connection, and is seriously considering using the city as a backdrop.