Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Krka National Park Offers Promotional Entrance Fee Until October 31st

October 26, 2021 - As it joins the promotional campaign of Croatian Tourism Month, Krka National Park offers a special ticket price for all its attractions, which will be valid from October 25th to 31st.

With a special ticket price for all land sites in the Park of 65 kn for adults and 52 kn for children aged seven to eighteen, which will be valid from 25 to 31 October, Krka National Park offers an interesting discount and thus joins the promotional campaign Croatian Tourism Month, which is carried out by Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Croatian National Tourist Board, reports Turističke Priče. For children up to the age of seven, entry to the Krka National Park has always been free.

The aim of the action is to encourage the citizens of the Republic of Croatia to get to know and visit different parts of our country at better prices for many tourist services and products, from the accommodation, transport, and sightseeing to catering services and various experiences, with the aim of encouraging domestic tourism and increasing tourist traffic. in the off-season.

Every season on the Krka is special for some reason. Painted with autumn colors, Krka provides a real experience: pleasant temperatures, the liveliness of flora and fauna, plenty of water, pronounced geomorphological forms of rocks, and travertine. In addition, the enjoyment of mastering the educational hiking trails and cycling routes will make the visit unforgettable. Krka National Park includes the largest and most beautiful part of the Krka River and the lower course of the Čikola River. The basic phenomenon of the Krka National Park is tufa, which, along the entire course of the river, has formed seven enchanting travertine waterfalls. The most famous and most visited waterfall, Skradinski buk, is the longest travertine barrier in Europe.

The Skradinski buk and Roški slap sites are open for visitors from 9 am to 5 pm in October, and the upstream sites from 10 am to 5 pm, the Krka National Park reported.

Krka National Park is an absolute gem, with a range of fantastic things to see and do for all the family. In partnership with Krka National Park, we are delighted to present the first TC video guide below. 

Check our full guide on all Croatian National and Nature Parks HERE.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

2021 Croatia Airlines Winter Schedule Announced, More Spring Ryanair Zagreb Flights

October 26, 2021 - The 2021 Croatia Airlines winter schedule has been announced, while Ryanair has begun announcing even more spring flights from its Zagreb base next year. 

Croatia Airlines has announced its winter flight schedule, which will take effect on the last day of October and run until the end of March next year, reports Croatian Aviation.

Croatia Airlines has thus announced 13 international routes from Zagreb, 3 from Split, and one from Osijek, a total of 17 international routes to and from Croatia.

Lines from Zagreb

Croatia Airlines will have the largest number of flights and weekly flights from Zagreb Airport, its main base. Flights to the following European destinations have been announced:

Amsterdam, 7 times a week, daily,

Vienna, 3 times a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays,

Brussels, 6 times a week, every day except Saturday,

Dublin, 2 times a week, Thursdays and Sundays,

Frankfurt, 3 to 4 daily flights

Copenhagen, 5 times a week, every day except Tuesdays and Saturdays,

London, 4 times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays,

Munich, 5 times a week, every day except Wednesday and Saturday,

Paris, 7 times a week, daily,

Rome (via Split), 7 times a week, daily,

Sarajevo, 6 times a week, every day except Saturday,

Skopje, 4 times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays,

Zurich, 11 times a week, daily, two daily flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

Lines from Split

Croatia Airlines will operate on three routes from Split Airport to two destinations in Germany and one in Italy; scheduled flights to Munich, Frankfurt, and Rome have been announced:

Frankfurt, 7 times a week, daily,

Munich, 7 times a week, daily,

Rome, 7 times a week, daily.

Flights from Osijek

Croatia Airlines will introduce a regular flight between Munich and Osijek on November 15 this year. Aircraft will operate on this route twice a week, every Monday and Friday. Thus, passengers will be able to continue their journey to 6 European destinations via Munich.

On most routes, the Croatian national airline will use DashQ400 aircraft with a capacity of 76 seats, but in a much smaller proportion than last winter. Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft have been announced from Zagreb to Amsterdam, Dublin, London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Copenhagen and from Split to Frankfurt. 

There will be no regular international flights to Rijeka and Dubrovnik this winter, as before the pandemic. Still, Croatia Airlines continues to operate on domestic routes to Pula, Zadar, and Dubrovnik and PSO routes from Zagreb Airport in the upcoming winter flight schedule.

Furthermore, Ryanair has launched additional departures on several international routes from Zagreb Airport next spring, adds Croatian Aviation.

Namely, the Irish low-cost carrier released tickets for next year's summer flight schedule, including flights from Zagreb Airport, with additional departures on 9 international lines from the new Zagreb base, allowing flexibility for travelers to and from Zagreb.

The following lines have increased from 2 to 3 flights per week: 

Zagreb - Memmingen - Zagreb (March 2022),

Zagreb - Malta - Zagreb (March 2022),

Zagreb - Paphos - Zagreb (March 2022),

Zagreb - Weeze - Zagreb (March 2022),

Zagreb - Basel - Zagreb (March 2022).

The following lines will operate four times a week instead of three times a week:

Zagreb - Frankfurt Hahn - Zagreb (March 2022),

Zagreb - Gothenburg - Zagreb (May 2022).

Lines to Bergamo and Brussels are in the highest demand, so Ryanair is introducing additional flights on these routes:

Zagreb - Milan Bergamo - Zagreb, from 4 to 5 weekly flights (April 2022),

Zagreb - Brussels Charleroi - Zagreb, from 4 to 5 weekly flights (April 2022).

For more on travel in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

10th Hideout Festival Announces Huge Return to Zrće Beach in 2022

October 26, 2021 - The 10th Hideout festival will return to Zrće beach next July, 12 years after the electronic music festival was first held on the island of Pag. 

After two years away due to the pandemic, July 3rd to 7th, 2022 will see Hideout Festival pull out all the stops to serve up a long-awaited 10th edition of the festival like no other. 12 years after kick-starting the clubbing revolution that has since unfolded on the gorgeous beaches of Croatia, Hideout continues to lead from the front with five fantastic stages of diverse music from first wave headliners Camelphat, Sonny Fodera, Andy C, Jamie Jones, Jayda G, Eats Everything, Skream, Sam Divine, HAAi, Horse Meat Disco, Sherelle, Shy FX, TSHA, Bad Boy Chiller Crew and loads more. Ticket Prices start at £ 149 + BF and can be booked from October 28th for a £ 50 deposit at https://hideoutfestival.com. There are also several flight, coach, and accommodation packages making the festival extremely accessible.

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Over the last 12 years, Hideout has grown from reasonably humble roots into one of the flagship summer festivals in Europe. It's a place where young, playful, and style-conscious music lovers gather to cut loose, look good and have plenty of fun at high-energy parties. But it’s also serious about music and tastefully brings together a wealth of beach vibes, boat parties, day parties, and exclusive headline shows across five stunning open-air venues. They are the world-renowned Papaya, Aquarius, Noa, Kalypso, and the intimate Euphoria stages, and between them, they boast sun-soaked wooden terraces, plenty of thematic production, mesmeric lights, world-class sound systems, and uninterrupted views of the glistening Adriatic.

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The line-up this year is supersized even by Hideout’s high standards. It is another celebration of all genres from disco to techno, drum & bass to garage and house music with legendary pioneers next to red hot breakout acts. For those who like their cutting-edge underground sounds, there is plenty to look forward to from scene leaders such as Ninja Tune's Jayda G, rising superstar TSHA, and recent Fabric mix entrant and techno innovators Overmono. For house heads, there are the likes of GRAMMY winners Camelphat, Aussie house maestro Sonny Fodera, bass lover Eats Everything, and Hideout favs like Solardo, Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82, Sam Divine, Richy Ahmed, Krystal Klear, and many more. 

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For party-starting beats and breaks look no further than the thrilling breakout star Sherelle, plus returning legend Skream and the social media sensations that are Northern rap kings Bad Boy Chiller Crew. DnB, garage and all things bass are covered by titans including Andy C, Dimension, Shy FX, Holy Goof, Jaguar, My Nu Leng, and Flava D. There are plenty more shades and sounds covered from every corner of the spectrum with more to come, so whatever you are into, Hideout has you covered in 2022. 

As well as the wealth of musical offerings and carefully curated line-ups, the whole of Zrce Beach becomes a hotbed of entertainment where you can plan your own adventure. For adrenaline junkies, there are plenty of options to keep your pulse racing for the full five days including water sports, banana boats, jet skis, pedalos, the famous Bungee Jump, massages on the beach, and plenty of rental options including quads, boats, and pedalos in Novalja.

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Hideout Festival 2022 promises to raise the bar once more. It will be a much-needed return to open-air dancing in the natural beauty of Zcre Beach with a world-class soundtrack. There is a reason it is one of Europe's most loved festivals, now it's your turn to find out why. 

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Traditional Potravlje Pottery Workshop Hosted by Sinj Tourist Board (VIDEO)

October 26, 2021 - Traditional Potravlje pottery was again in the spotlight in Sinj thanks to an educational workshop led by Ivan Knezović.

On Friday, October 21, 2021, the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, the Museum of Cetina Krajina - Sinj, and the City of Sinj, organized two educational workshops for children and adults about traditional hand wheel pottery from Potravlje.

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Željko Zrnčić

After last year's break, and due to increased interest, for the sixth time, several workshops were organized. As in previous years, the workshop for children was held in cooperation with the kindergarten "Bili Cvitak" and Mrs. Ana Glavinović, who assisted Ivan Knezović in making objects from clay. At the end of the workshop, the proud little participants took their handicrafts with them to decorate the premises of the kindergarten. This year, the students of the 4th grade of the Technical and Industrial School of Ruđer Bošković, who participated in the school project Research of Cultural Heritage under the mentorship of Professor Branimir Romac, also joined the workshops.

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Željko Zrnčić

Ivan Knezović, who regularly leads these educational workshops, is also among the last to engage in this traditional craft. Traditional hand pottery from Potravlje has had the status of an intangible cultural property since 2013. Accordingly, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia nominated it for the protection of UNESCO.

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Željko Zrnčić

It is imperative to preserve this segment of traditional culture and continue living by passing it on to younger generations. With this goal in mind, the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, holds workshops on Traditional hand pottery from Potravlje. Due to the large number of participants who wanted to try to make valuable objects and successfully implement all epidemiological measures, the workshops were held from 16:00 to 20:30.

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Željko Zrnčić

In the introductory part, Danijela Petričević Banović, curator of the Museum of the Cetina Region in Sinj, gave an interesting and instructive lecture on traditional pottery. This was followed by a presentation and guidance of Ivan Knezović through the stages of preparation and processing of clay to the final pottery. Anyone who expressed a desire and interest could participate in making pottery under his expert guidance. Workshop participants received unique souvenirs personally made by the leader, Ivan Knezović, and the youngest participants received small gifts and gingerbread as souvenirs.

In addition to these workshops, in the musical part of the evening, members of the Association for the Preservation of Heritage of the Cetina Region and KUD Dicmo performed traditional melodies of ojkavica: male and female rera, which is also on the list of intangible heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia.

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Željko Zrnčić

You can see the production process and scenes from the workshop below:

 

This workshop is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia. The Sinj Tourist Board genuinely thanked everyone who helped them in the realization of this project.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Osijek, Hajduk, and Slaven Belupo First to Secure Croatian Cup Quarterfinals

October 26, 2021 - The Croatian Cup quarterfinals began on Tuesday, with the first teams securing their spot in the next round of the competition. 

Osijek was the first to advance to the Croatian Cup quarterfinals, topping second division team Rudeš 2:0 (0:0) in Zagreb.

After a more reserved first half, Osijek increased the tempo in the second half and deservedly won. The goals were scored by Ivan Fiolić and Ramon Mierez in the second half. Osijek coach Nenad Bjelica can be satisfied because Argentine Mierez scored after a long time. 

Hajduk advanced to the Cup quarterfinals with a convincing 5:1 (2:1) away victory against the third division team Belišće.

The triple scorer for Hajduk was Marko Livaja (4', 56', 68'), two goals were added by Marin Ljubičić (35', 58'), while the only goal for the home team was scored by Silvio Anočić (5').

Hajduk's second goalkeeper Danijel Subašić had his first appearance in an official match after almost two years. The former Croatia goalkeeper and 2018 World Cup finalist last stood in goal in an official match for Monaco in December 2019, playing against Lille. His last official appearance for Hajduk before this was in December 2011.

After Osijek and Hajduk, Slaven Belupo also qualified for the Croatian Cup quarterfinals. 

In the only round of 16 match between two first league teams, the Koprivnica club beat Šibenik at Šubićevac after a penalty shootout (1:1, 6:4).

The game was 1:1 in the first 120 minutes of play, thanks to two penalties. Belupo took the lead in the 68th minute (Krstanović), while Ćurić equalized for the hosts in the 92nd minute. Belupo showed more skill on penalties, scored all five shots from the penalty spot, and advanced to the quarterfinals 6:4 (1:1).

BSK - Dinamo, Gorica - Mladost Ždralovi, Rudar Labin - Istra 1961, and Varaždin - Lokomotiva will play on Wednesday, while Oriolik and Rijeka will play on November 13.

The quarterfinal draw will be held on Friday.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Zagreb to Disburse HRK 22M in Aid to Quake-Damaged Family Houses in 2021

ZAGREB, 26 October, 2021 - Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević said on Tuesday that 834 applications were received in a second call for financial support to repair earthquake damaged houses and that about HRK 22 million will have been disbursed for that purpose until the end of 2021.

Tomašević announced that there would be a third call advertised and that the total amount would climb to about HRK 30 million.

Deputy Mayor Danijela Dolenec announced the forming of a task force to organise and prepare this year's Advent in Zagreb fair.

Tomašević informed of the appointment of new management boards in city-run health institutions including the Srebrnjak children's hospital.

That means that the management board could meet soon and advertise a vacancy for the hospital director's position, added Tomašević.

New management boards have been appointed to the Sveti Duh Hospital, Zagreb East health clinic, the Polyclinic for Heart Disease and the Goljak hospital.

(1€= HRK 7.520005)

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Croatia's Coronavirus Update: 3,360 New Cases, 30 Deaths

ZAGREB, 26 October, 2021 - In the last 24 hours, Croatia has conducted 10,761 coronavirus tests and 31.2% of them (3,360) have turned out to be positive, the national COVID-19 crisis management team reported on Tuesday.

The COVID-related death toll has increased by 30 to 9,090.

Currently there are nearly 18,000 active cases, and of them 1,170 are receiving hospital treatment, including 139 patients placed on ventilators.

Since the first registered case of the infection with coronavirus in Croatia on 25 February 2020, a total of 3,048,235 tests have been conducted showing that 449,365 people have contracted the virus. Of them, 422,331 have recovered from the disease so far, including 2,031 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

Croatia has applied nearly 3.57 million vaccine doses against this disease under its vaccine rollout plan, and to date 52.58% of adult citizens have fully been vaccinated. 

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Entrepreneurs' Association Claims Health Reform Disastrous for Economy and Citizens

ZAGREB, 26 October, 2021 - The Voice of Entrepreneurs (UGP) association believes that the healthcare reform being proposed by Health Minister Vili Beroš is disastrous for Croatian entrepreneurs, citizens and the economy.

UGP is particularly critical towards the sections of the proposals that appeared in media reports on Monday according to which sick leave and maternity leave will not be paid by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO), and that young people under the age of 30 will lose the benefits they were entitled to until now.

"The question is who is going to pay for sick leave and maternity leave if the HZZO were to stop paying these allowances? Naturally, they once again want to pass everything on to entrepreneurs and citizens who are overburdened in any case. We consider that this is an absurd proposal because this health reform will probably additionally burden entrepreneurs who are already paying too much for unnecessary tax contributions," UGP said in a press release.

UGP underscored that it is "senseless" for entrepreneurs to pay for the first 42 days of an employee's sick leave, as they already pay a contribution of 16.5% on gross salaries for health insurance.

Singling out parts of health reform distorts the picture, says minister

Health Minister Vili Beroš on Monday commented on media reports that as part of the health reform, the highest participation fee would be raised and that sick leave would not be paid by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund, saying that singling out parts of the reform created a distorted picture.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

ECA Warns of Risk of Delay in EU Funds Absorption

ZAGREB, 26 October, 2021 - The European Court of Auditors (ECA) on Tuesday warned of the risk of delays in the absorption of funding for the 2021-2027 financial period due to a significant increase in funds compared to the previous period.

"In view of the great challenges that lie ahead of us, we must remain even more vigilant about the financial soundness of the EU”, said ECA President Klaus-Heiner Lehne was quoted as saying.

"Over the next seven years, the EU will spend significantly more than in the previous programme period."

During the next seven years, the Union will have €1.8 trillion at its disposal.

In addition to the revised multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021-2027, worth €1.1 trillion, this also includes Next Generation EU recovery instruction of €750 billion, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, said ECA President Klaus-Heiner Lehne.

The European Court of Auditors on Tuesday released the annual report concerning the financial year 2020, the last year of the 2014-2020 period.

Since the funds from the previous programming period are being absorbed more slowly than planned, due to a late start of the implementation of the programme, auditors warn of the risk of this occurring again in this financial period.

By the end of 2020, the last year of the current seven-year budget, only 55% of the committed funds for the 2014-2020 period were absorbed. That led to an increase in outstanding commitments, which reached €303.2 billion by the end of 2020. The funds for this programming period can be used by the end of 2023.

Croatia doing well in terms of committed funds

Croatia is doing well in terms of committed funds, and by the start of October 2021 it had over 122% of committed funds compared to its allocation. However, it was one of the countries with the lowest absorption rate, with only Italy behind it, and Spain performing slightly better.

Croatia has a total of €10.731 billion at its disposal from the total envelope of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), and about 47% of that amount was absorbed by the end of 2020, while another €5 billion is to be disbursed.

Croatia's ECA Member, Ivana Maletić, said that as a new member Croatia hadn't had enough projects prepared in its first years of membership, but everything was speeding up now and a big jump in absorption was expected now. She cited as an example the construction of the Pelješac Bridge, which will increase absorption by as much as 20% once the funds for this year and next are disbursed.

The slowdown was partly due to coronavirus, and in Croatia also due to earthquakes, so some projects could not begin, Maletić told a press conference.

The ECA points out at its web site that "Member States’ absorption of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds has continued to be slower than planned."

"By the end of 2020, the final year of the current seven-year budget, only 55 % of the agreed EU funding for the 2014-2020 period had been paid out. This has had the effect of inflating outstanding commitments, which reached €303.2 billion by the end of 2020, the equivalent of nearly two annual budgets."

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Losinj Hotels Take Home Awards for Wellness and Spa Offers

October the 26th, 2021 - Losinj hotels have been recognised once again for their wellness and spa offers, putting this beautiful part of Croatia firmly on the radar of those tourists who opt for that type of holiday, and there are more and more of them.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marta Duic writes, Losinj's popular Hotel Bellevue, a member of the luxury hotel brand Losinj Hotels & Villas, has climbed to the very ''top of the world'' when it comes to spa and wellness offers this year. The Spa Clinic Hotel Bellevue is the winner of the World’s Best Hotel Spa 2021, which has been being awarded by the World Spa Awards for six years in a row now with the aim of promoting and rewarding quality in the increasingly popular spa and wellness industry.

This Losinj hotel also won at the Europe’s Best Hotel Spa 2021 and Croatia’s Best Hotel Spa awards. In the same selection, Vitality Punta from Veli Losinj, another hotel from the Jadranka group, won the title of the best wellness hotel in all of Croatia.

For Losinj hotels, these aren't the only awards in tourism which were won throughout the month of October. As part of the fourteenth International Conference on Cultural Tourism in Europe, which was held on Thursday in Athens, the project of sustainable cultural tourism from Nerezinac camp, also in Losinj, was awarded.

At that conference organised by the European Cultural Tourism Network, this Losinj project won second place in the category "Archaeological Sites and Museums as Cultural Tourism Attractions".

The first place also went to another incredible Croatian museum, the Museum of Krapina Neanderthals and the Husnjakovo site, while the third place went to the City Museum of Zenica. According to the Tourist Board of the town of Mali Losinj, awards were given to various projects from all over Europe in five more categories.

Among the winners were other impressive Croatian museums, for example, the first place in the category "Walking Tourism and Slow Travel - Synergies with Cultural Tourism" was won by the Rab Archaeological Museum, and the Zagreb Chocolate Museum was also a hit.

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