Ultra Europe 2014: Aftermovie, and Great News for Hvar and Split

By paul 12 Nov 2013, 14:54 PM What's On This Month?

Ultra Europe held a press conference today regarding their plans for 2014. Good news for Split, and I think Hvar too.

Ultra Europe is back! 

A press conference in Split today, attended by Split mayor Ivo Baldasar and director of the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board Josko Stella, outlined the plans for Ultra 2014 in Croatia, as well as the unveiling of the much-anticipated Ultra Europe 2013 Aftermovie (see below).

Ultra confirmed that they will be back for another electronic music fest next year, with even bigger names than this year. Next year's event will be one day longer - three days in Split at the Poljud Stadium and one day as an afterbeach party in a location yet to be defined.

The presence of Baldasar and Stella at the conference was a sign of how important the festival is to the region's tourism, and the festival attracted more than 100,000 people last year. The lack of confirmation of the location of the afterbeach party on the final day was perhaps the most intriguing part of the press conference.

A final decision will be made on the location in February, but the lack of confirmation at the slick press conference, as well as no room bookings with this year's preferred partner, Suncani Hvar, would indicate that this year's afterbeach party will not take place in Hvar Town in the middle of peak season in a prime destination which is traditionally full of quality quests in mid-July. 

With Hvar's reputation as a party island and an exclusive destination, the hosting of Ultra in Split is a boon to the region's tourism, with the added bonus of visiting Croatia's premier island, without disrupting Hvar Town's exclusive image with the hosting of an electronic music festival in the peak of the season. 

Ultra Europe Split 2014 will take place on July 11-13, with the afterbeach party the following day. 

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Croatia Traffic Info

  • There was a traffic accident on the A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče on the 197th kilometer in direction Split between Gospić and the Sv.Rok tunnel: traffic is proceeding in a queue.

    Due to a traffic accident on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb after the toll station Vrbovsko traffic in direction Rijeka is proceeding slowly through one lane only. 
    There is queueing traffic on the A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče at the Lučko toll station in direction Zagreb approximately 4 km and between the junction Gospić and the Sveti Rok Tunnel in direction Split.
    There are queues on the following sections as well:
    • on the A2 Zagreb-Macelj at the Trakošćan toll station in direction Slovenia 4 km (that is why the vehicles are occasionally temporarily stopped at the Krapina junction; queue from the junction Krapina to the junction Sv. Križ Začretje)
    • on the A3 Bregana-Lipovac at the Bajakovo border crossing 8 km long queue direction outbound (alternative border crossings are Tovarnik and Ilok where there are no longer delays)
    • along the Adriatic road near Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Stobreč, Omiš, Makarska and Dubrovnik.

    Traffic is heavy on:
    -the A1 motorway in both directions -on the A4 in both directions; -on the A6 motorway in direction coast; -on the DC1 state road between Zagreb and Karlovac -on most of the roads in Istria; -on the state road Krk-Baška-Šmrika -on the Krk bridge


    Due to roadworks traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only:
    -on the DC28 state road on the sections Cugovec-Sveti Ivan Žabno and Novi Glog-Kenđelovac; -on the DC2 state road in Kloštar Podravski -on the DC8 Adriatic road on the sections Kaštel Stari-Kaštel Gomilica; -on the DC228 Jurovski Brod-Ozalj-Karlovac state road at Ozalj - traffic is suspended for vehicles above 3,5 tonnes (detour: DC6 Jurovski Brod-Netretić-Karlovac), for other vehicles one road lane is free only due to damaged road.
    Drivers are invited to keep distance and to adjust the driving speed to road conditions. With the bad weather the headlights have to be on.
    Severe traffic disruptions expected on the 30. July in Slovenia

    On Saturday, July 30th, Russian head of state Vladimir Putin begins his state visit to Slovenia. Severe traffic disruptions are expected due to a ceremony at the Russian Chapel.
    The Croatian Automobile Club recommends to avoid travelling through the Karavanke Tunnel on the A2 motorway between Slovenia and Austria because the tunnel, as well as sections of the A2 motorway will be closed in both directions on several occasions during the day. Travelling will be possible on alternate parallel routes.
    At the same time it a weekend during the peak of the tourist season. School holidays in Italy and Germany begin end of July, i.e. beginning of August (federal states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg), and many Croatians are travelling to their summer destinations.
    The Slovenian Traffic Information Centre advises that drivers who are travelling from the western and northern parts of Europe towards Croatia choose routes via Italy (Villach-Tarvisio-Udine-Trieste) or Austria (Graz-Spielfeld), then proceed through Slovenia (Maribor-Lendava or Maribor-Ptuj) to their destination in Croatia. The recommended route in Croatia are the A2 Zagreb-Macelj or A4 Zagreb-Goričan motorways.
    Difficulties are expected on roads in Croatia as well, especially on the A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče, the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb, on the Zagreb bypass (A3), at the Lučko, Sveta Helena and Zaprešić toll stations, at most of the border crossings and in ferry ports. However, due to road closures in Slovenia, it is difficult to advise drivers when to start their journey or what they could expect on their trip.
    Keep yourselves informed! You can find traffic information at the Croatian Automobile Club web site (http://www.hak.hr/en) or dial +385 1 464 0800.
    We advise everyone travelling from Croatia towards the north to travel the A4 Zagreb-Goričan motorway towards the Goričan border crossing, then proceed via Hungary towards Lendava, Slovenia and then Austria. An alternate route is the A2 Zagreb-Macelj motorway, via the Macelj border crossing towards Maribor, however, roadworks are in progress on the section between the Macelj border crossing and the town of Ptuj, Slovenia. The recommended route if travelling to Italy is the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway towards either Rupa or Pasjak border crossings. MAP
    If you are travelling to the North of Europe, we advise you to avoid the route via Zagreb towards the Bregana border crossing, as well as the roads around Ljubljana, Slovenia.
    Due to road closures and heavy traffic, severe traffic disruptions are expected on the roads towards the Brnik airport in Slovenia. We recommend starting your journey towards the airport quite earlier than usual.
    Drivers can find information about road closures at the Traffic Information Centre (www.promet.si), as well as at the Croatian Automobile Club web site (www.hak.hr).
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  • Passenger traffic is heavy at the following border crossings:

    - inbound: Dubrava Križovljanska (30 min), Pasjak (1 h), Gornji Brgat (1h 45 min), Aržano, Prud, Mali Prolog, Bregana, Goričan, Metković;
    - outbound: Karasovići (2 h), Maljevac, Stara Gradiška, Slavonski Brod, Tovarnik
    - in both directions: Bajakovo (11 km -> Serbia), Kaštel, Plovanija, Macelj, Klek, Zaton Doli, Rupa. Due to roadworks at the border crossing Županja, only 5 lanes will be open instead ot the 10 regularly opened ones, expect delays (especially on the weekends).

    At Harmica border crossing traffic is allowed for vehicles up to 7,5 tonnes only.
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  • All ferries are operating according to schedule, but traffic is dense in most of the ferry ports towards the island of Cres (Brestova, Valbiska), Rab (Stinica) and Pag (Prizna), as well as in the ferry ports Zadar and Split. Try to plan some additional minutes for the boarding time.
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