Tuesday, 28 June 2022

A Million Tonnes of Wheat Expected This Summer Harvest

ZAGREB, 28 June 2022 - Although a dry spell this spring will have an adverse impact on the yield of wheat and barley in Croatia, the amount of the harvested wheat supplies this summer is likely to be similar to last year's because more areas are under this cereal now than in 2021.

Representatives of the Osijek-Baranja County Chamber of Commerce met with Agriculture Ministry State Secretary Tugomir Majdak on Tuesday. Majdak told a news conference after the meeting that the harvesting season was over at about 60% of the land sown with barley, and that the average yield was up to 7.5 tonnes per hectare.

Wheat harvest is underway in eastern Croatia, and the dry spell led to a 10-20% drop in the yield. However, the area sown with wheat increased to 160,000  hectares and therefore, Croatia can expect a million tonnes of wheat this season.

Croatia needs 400,000-450,000 tonnes, enough for export

In terms of the production of cereals and oil seed plants, Croatia is self-sufficient, but certain disruptions to the market are being caused by the war in Ukraine and increased energy prices, said Majdak.

He believes that the EU grain market is still stable, despite the bans that some countries imposed on their cereals exports.

An executive of the Žito Grupa company, Relja Kovačić said that the yield of the wheat sown by this company ranged between five to eight tonnes per hectare.

 

 

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Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Pula Music Week to Take Place on 30 June to 6 July

ZAGREB, 28 June 2022 - Everything is ready for the seven-day Pula Music Week, when some of the world's best DJs will perform in the Pula Arena from 30 June to 6 July, the organisers and city authorities confirmed at a press conference on Tuesday.

Speaking on behalf of Pula Music Week, which is organised by some of the biggest music promoters - ALDA and Insomniac - Baggi Begović said that the details of Pula Music Week are more or less known and that fans can expect top-notch entertainment with some of the most popular electronic music performers.

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Image: Pula Music Week/Facebook

"We will have a chance to see a techno line-up that has not yet been seen in Croatia," said Begović, adding that Pula is becoming an unavoidable location for electronic music fans from around the world.

Mayor Filip Zoričić said that Pula needs events like this that bring benefits in economic, tourist and cultural terms.

The festival opens with a performance by South Korean attraction Peggy Gou, followed by performances by Bosnian-German DJ Solomun, British production duo Disclosure, Tale Of Us, Boris Brejcha and Charlotte de Witte.

On the last day of the event fans will be able to enjoy a performance by Black Coffee, this year’s Grammy winner in the category of best dance and electronic music album.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Justice Minister Unveils Project to Modernise Judicial System

ZAGREB, 28 June 2022 - Justice and Administration Minister Ivan Malenica on Tuesday unveiled a project aimed at improving the quality of the judicial system through its further modernisation.

The project will include an upgrade of the criminal records system, an upgrade of the court register, and the modernisation and digitisation of judicial bodies by launching e-courtrooms, getting new equipment and further developing the probation system, Malenica said.

The value of the project is HRK 48.7 million (€6.5m) and it is co-financed by the European Social Fund.

Malenica said that the e-Courtroom pilot programme would make it possible for court hearings to be held remotely, while electronic surveillance of persons remanded in pre-trial custody would considerably ease the burden on the prison system.

New medical equipment will be purchased for the prison hospital, training courses will be held on the administration of first aid and the prevention of infectious diseases inside the prison system, and a survey on the recidivism rate would be carried out inside the prison and on probation system. To improve the use of IT technology in the judicial system, 140 sets of speech recognition software, 500 desktop computers and as many laptops will be purchased.

Malenica said that court presidents would undergo further training in court management.

For more, check out our politics section.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Minister Brnjac Decides on Co-Financing for 77 Sports Infrastructure Projects

ZAGREB, 28 June 2022 - Following a tender for co-financing the construction and equipping of sports facilities in 2022, Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac adopted a decision on Tuesday to co-finance 77 sports facility projects with a total amount of HRK 30.6 million, the ministry said in a press release.

"Accessibility of sports infrastructure for children, recreationists, and professional athletes in all parts of Croatia is one of our most important strategic goals, and this year we have allocated the largest amount of funds to build and renovate a record number of sports projects," said Minister Brnjac.

We also recognized the biggest challenge of local government units with up to 10,000 inhabitants, which according to an analysis conducted within the National Sports Programme, have the lowest rate of investment in sports, hence we have introduced a new programme intended for the construction of outdoor exercise facilities in these communities, added Brnjac.

"Of the 77 projects, 22 will be financed with more than HRK 3 million and this is our way of encouraging citizens throughout Croatia to play sports, and we are positively impacting the poor indicators regarding the general population's physical activities," Minister Brnjac said.

Since 2018, the government has co-financed projects for the renovation or construction of 93 sports facilities with a total amount of almost HRK 46 million.

A total of 261 projects were submitted in this tender with a total value of requested funds of around HRK 320 million while the funds will be awarded to the 77 best-rated projects.

The call for applications was aimed at encouraging the promotion of the value of sports and popularising sports activities for citizens, the improvement of the sports system, and Croatia's international promotion through sports.

To read more about sports in Croatia, follow TCN’s dedicated page.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Oil, Flour and Hygienic Products See Biggest Price Hikes, Says Analysis

ZAGREB, 28 June 2022 - The prices of oil and flour increased the most among food products in Croatia in 2022, alongside those of various hygiene items, according to an analysis by the Ja Trgovac magazine.

According to the analysis of price trends for the 150 most important categories of food and other daily necessities, the price of edible oil has risen the most among food products (+33%) compared to the first four months of 2021.

It was followed by flour (+27%), frozen meat products (+25%), milk (+21%) and sports isotonic drinks (+20%).

There are some products that have not gone up in prices, such as alcohol, beer, chocolate bars, sausages, iced teas, dehydrated baby food, cocoa and ready-made sauces.

The analysis also shows that some prices decreased, such as baby drinks (-8%), baby teas (-12%), vinegar (-5%), refrigerated desserts and frozen bakery products (-3%).

Are stocks being created?

The quantity of oil sold has increased (+10%), which could indicate consumers are stocking up. In addition to oil, the quantity of packaged bread and toast, pasta, and fresh meat sold has also increased.

Sales, however, have decreased for most products that have increased in price, such as milk, cheese and coffee (-7%), ice cream (-10%) and frozen meat products (-17%).

Beer and cider have registered a decrease in sales (-17%), as has wine (-8%) and energy drinks (-13%).

For non-food products, the price of razors went up the most (+30%), followed by napkins (+23%), aftershave (+16%), laundry detergents (+15%), and so on.

The price of sanitary pads and tampons, baby wipes, air fresheners, face cleansers did not increase in price.

Price decreases were registered for toilet fresheners, stain removers, hair spray, this being attributed to discount sales by trademark brands.

Despite significant price hikes, the sale of deodorants, toilet paper, shower gels, facial wipes, hair conditioners and some other facial cleansers and care products increased.

For more, check out our lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Five Fairytale Destinations in Croatia You Have to Visit in 2022

June 28, 2022 - The magic of Croatia lies not only in its more than 1,700 km Adriatic coastline or its islands but also in its entire hinterland. In addition to its vast and fertile fields, as well as its imposing hills and mountains, let yourself be surprised by some fairytale destinations in Croatia.

If there is something that I still cannot understand, despite the enormous popularity of the Game of Thrones series and its obvious impact on tourism in Croatia, it is how more films and television series set in fantasy worlds have not been made in the country. I still do not have the privilege of being able to say that I know all the secrets that this country hides, but of the few destinations that I have visited and those that I have seen from a distance traveling on the roads, I have no doubt that Croatia is very similar to what one might imagine of Middle Earth as described by Tolkien in ''The Hobbit'' or ''The Lord of the Rings'' books series.

Sure, many countries can boast of magical landscapes, but did you know that Croatia even has villages and towns that seem to be taken straight from a fairy tale? This article is intended not only for those filmmakers looking to adapt their fantastic stories, or for those who need some inspiration to write them, but also for all intrepid travelers looking to transport themselves to a magical world.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Impossible not to mention the oldest and largest Croatian national park, Plitvice Lakes, in this list. All year-round, in the heart of Lika-Senj County, Plitvice Lakes is a natural wonder where, with a little imagination, one could believe that countless magical creatures live. Whether in the hot but verdant summer, when the leaves fall and the trees turn orange in the fall, when everything is covered in white snow that contrasts with the turquoise waters in the winter, or during the blossoming spring, Plitvice looks like a secret kingdom of peace and nature.

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Image: Plitvice Lakes National Park

Slunj Rastoke

Rastoke is a village located in the town of Slunj, and almost everyone in Croatia will tell you that the first thing they think of when you talk about fairy tales is Rastoke. I mean, it's enough to see it in the distance when you go down the highway to believe that it is a magical village that got stuck in time. With the merging waters of the Slunjčica and Korana rivers, its water mills, and its small wooden houses, Slunj Rastoke reminds me of those villages where an adventurer rested before continuing his dangerous mission.

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Image: Slunj Rastoke Tourist Board

Motovun

Perched high on a hill in central Istria, it doesn't get more magical than the ancient town of Motovun. Today it is known for its wines, gastronomy, and one of the oldest and most renowned film festivals, but for centuries, Motovun has been a cradle of history like no other in Croatia. For those familiar with the popular video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Motovun is very reminiscent of the city of Whiterun, also resting on a hill and giving shelter to important kings and their subjects.

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Photo: Mario Romulić

Ogulin

Ogulin is a big exception to this list in that, unlike the rest, its reputation as a fairy tale destination is already widely known even in other parts of the world. Ogulin is even home to the Fairy Tale Festival, which recently held its 17th edition from June 10-12 this year. If you want to really feel like you are in a place straight out of the most fantastical fables, the town of Ogulin in Lika-Senj county is the place to go. The Frankopan Castle and a gentle population that breathes magic and fantasy every day of the year are details that make Ogulin perhaps the most celebrated fairytale destination on our list.

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Photo: Mario Romulić

Kopački Rit

While I would have liked to choose a destination reminiscent of happy and colorful settings from fairy tales, the Kopački Rit Nature Park had to be included on this list anyway, perhaps to represent a more somber and chilling landscape. The best way to refer to Kopački Rit, compared to other destinations on this list, is that it is... different. Don't worry, Kopački Rit is still a wonderful and enchanting place, with spectacular scenery and boasts biodiversity like no other place in the country. But without a doubt, and with a lot of imagination, Kopački Rit is reminiscent of a gloomy swamp that you could only reach if you took the wrong path, and the only thing that can await you in such a place is a dark fate.

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Photo: Mario Romulić

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Tuesday, 28 June 2022

KISS - A Rock and Roll Spectacle Coming to Arena Zagreb!

June 28, 2022 - KISS - one of the most successful rock and roll bands in the history of music will play at Arena Zagreb on July 9, 2022, as part of their "End of the Road" tour!

After an epic and well-documented 45-year-long career, which launched an era of big rock and roll concert shows, KISS began their last tour in 2019.

Known for their masks and unique costumes that have become their trademark, detailed scenery, and special effects, KISS has proved why they are considered the creators of the best rock and roll shows over the years. Members of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, who have released 44 and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, are dedicating this tour to the millions of KISS fans who have supported them for more than 40 years. KISS is one of the most successful American bands of all time, with more than 30 gold records, the most of any American artist. In addition, they have performed at the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and American Idol, among others.

Starchild (Paul Stanley), Demon (Gene Simmons), Catman (Eric Singer), and Spaceman (Tommy Thayer) arrive in Zagreb with 16 trucks and six buses of equipment and people for their well-known pyrotechnic show, additional firefighters will even be hired, and the audience will be entertained on stage for more than two hours. In addition, audiences will hear timeless hits such as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Detroit Rock City,” and "Lick It Up.”

Their world tour in 2019 was their biggest tour in their career - more tickets were sought, and the interest was so great that additional concerts were scheduled. Unfortunately, many shows across Europe in 2020 could not be held and had to be postponed. And among them was a completely new date - a concert in the Zagreb Arena on July 9, also their first concert in Croatia.

"Everything we have built and achieved over the past four decades would never have happened without the millions of people around the world who have filled clubs, arenas, and stadiums. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who have already seen and listened to us and the last chance for those who have not. So, KISS Army, we are saying goodbye on the last tour with our biggest show so far - we will go out the same way we entered - without apology and without stopping," said KISS announcing the "End Of the Road" tour.

The young and rising band Dirty Honey will perform as the opener for this epic rock and roll show at the Arena. Dirty Honey nurtures sexy, nasty, melodic rock and roll and hard rock sound with a touch of 70s blues that will warm the audience for the legendary KISS quartet.

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As part of the upcoming tour, KISS will offer its fans a VIP experience and special benefits for tickets purchased in advance. The VIP experience can be taking photos with band members, access to an exclusive salon, a voucher to buy merchandise products, and socializing with band members.

Tickets for this rock spectacle can be purchased on Eventim.

For more, check out our lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Croatia Receives Largest Ever Grant from European Commission

ZAGREB, 28 June 2022 - European Commission Vice President Dubravka Šuica on Tuesday presented Prime Minister Andrej Plenković with a decision on the payment of the first installment of €700 million as part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, the largest grant Croatia has received from the Commission.

These are funds for reforms from the national recovery plan undertaken by 31 December 2021, including active employment measures, a program to decarbonize the energy sector, activities in the field of physical planning, labor market, and social welfare reforms, Plenković explained after meeting with Šuica.

"We have been given clear criteria defined for undertaking reforms, all those benchmarks that were important for the Commission to evaluate our achievements every six months. We can say that we are fast and efficient in this regard," said Plenković, adding that this is the largest grant that Croatia has received from the European Commission ever.

Šuica pointed out that Croatia is the sixth EU member to receive the first payment from the Commission under the Recovery and Resilience Facility. 

"That is a program that should protect the EU and its members from future possible shocks, created as a consequence of COVID-19," Šuica said.

Asked by reporters whether inflation would affect the increase in funds within the program, Šuica said that the Commission is borrowing money on the capital market and is obliged to repay it by 2059.

"There probably will not be any change, but fewer projects are likely to be made than envisaged in the national programs," Šuica said.

Finance Minister Zdravko Marić and Minister of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy Marin Piletić were also present during the meeting.

Addressing the press conference after the meeting, Piletić presented a social mentoring program that will be financed from the next payment within the National Recovery and Resilience Plan.

The project envisions the training of at least 220 social workers who will be employed as social mentoring experts, and it is anticipated that the social mentoring service will be used by 30,000 beneficiaries, Piletić explained.

From 1 January 2023, that program should be up and running, and the Croatian Institute for Social Work will also be established, the goal being empowering individuals, self-activation, and motivating socially vulnerable groups, he added.

Beneficiaries will include the long-term unemployed, children from families with the guaranteed minimum allowance, people with disabilities, and victims of human trafficking.

For more, check out our politics section.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Croatia Logs 662 New SARS-CoV-2 Cases

ZAGREB, 28 June 2022 - In the last 24 hours, 662 coronavirus cases, out of 2,956 tests, and seven related deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Tuesday.

There are 3,703 active cases, including 233 hospitalized patients, eight of whom are on ventilators, while 1,335 persons are self-isolating.

Croatia has registered 1,146,183 coronavirus cases to date and the death toll stands at 16,059.

For everything you need to know about coronavirus specific to Croatia, bookmark our dedicated section and select your preferred language if it isn't English.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Croatia Ferry Guide 2022: From Šibenik to Obonjan, Vodice, Žirje, and More

June 28, 2022 -  In the newest TCN series, we take a look at the destinations you can visit by ferry from the main Croatian ports. In this fourth installment of our Croatia Ferry Guide 2022, where to go from the port of Šibenik?

When advertising the Adriatic Sea and the Croatian islands abroad, the experience of being on board a sailboat, yacht, or catamaran is usually highlighted. However, there is no destination a Croatian ferry can't reach, and why not mention that it's totally worth saving a good amount of euros on sailboat rentals and crews?

Today we tell you more about the island destinations you can reach from the ferry port of Šibenik.

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Photo: Mario Romulić

First of all, how to buy your ferry tickets? There are three ways. The first is via the official Jadrolinija website. In it, you can not only see the updated sailing schedules, but you can also buy your tickets online. Simply choose the port of departure, the port of destination, and the date of your trip, and you will find the available times. Once you have chosen the time and the number of tickets, in addition to completing all your personal information, you can proceed to pay for your tickets online with a credit or debit card.

The second way is through the official Jadrolinija mobile app, available on the Apple App Store and Google Playstore for Android. The application is very easy to use and, just like on the website, just select the port of departure and you will be able to see the ports that you can travel to from the one you selected. The process is very similar, and you will find that it is even more comfortable and intuitive to use. Payment also allows the use of credit and debit cards.

Finally, the third type of payment is the most traditional and has its benefits. All ferry ports in Croatia have a Jadrolinija office, where you can go to buy your tickets in person. Sometimes one can be a bit confused before buying their tickets both on the website and in the app, so having a Jadrolinija agent to guide you is a great help.

Where is the Šibenik ferry port located? The ferry port of Šibenik is located in the center of the city. Six minutes walk from the iconic cathedral of Saint Jacob, and three minutes from the Robert Visania Park.

Kaprije

Kaprije is one of the furthest islands in the Šibenik archipelago.

Ferry line 532 (Šibenik - Zlarin - Kaprije - Žirje) leaves for Kaprije every day, making two trips from Monday to Saturday, and only one trip on Sunday. From Monday to Saturday, one ferry leaves from Šibenik at 11:30 am and arrives in Kaprije at 12:35 pm, and the second ferry leaves at 16:30 pm and arrives in Kaprije at 17:35 pm. The only ferry leaving for Kaprije on Sunday leaves at 11:30 am and arrives at 12:35 pm.

The price of the ferry ticket for adults is 31 kunas, while for children (from 3 to 12 years old) it is 15.5 kunas.

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Photo: Roman Klementschitz/Wikimedia Commons

Obonjan

Obonjan is a small island located east of the island of Zlarin. Starting July 1st, one ferry will depart from Šibenik on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the direction of Obonjan, via line 532 (Šibenik - Zlarin - Kaprije - Žirje). The ferry departs at 8:30 am and arrives in Obonjan at 9:10 am. The price of the ferry ticket for adults is 25 kunas, while for children (from 3 to 12 years old) it is 12.5 kunas.

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Photo: Ante Pletikosić/Wikimedia Commons

Prvić Luka

Prvić Luka is located south on the island of Prvić, one of the first islands after crossing the Saint Ante channel.

Every day, ships leave Šibenik for Prvić Luka. From Monday to Saturday, up to five trips are made on line 505 (Vodice - Šibenik), while on Sundays only three. From Monday to Saturday, the schedule of the ships leaving Šibenik for Prvić Luka is as follows: the first one leaves at 5:30 am and arrives at 6:25 am, the second one leaves at 9:30 am and arrives at 10:20 am, the third leaves at 12:40 pm and arrives at 13:20 pm, the fourth leaves at 15:40 pm and arrives at 16:20 pm, and the fifth and last ship leaves at 19:30 pm and arrives at 20:05 pm. The Sunday schedule is as follows: the first ship leaves at 6:35 am and arrives at 7:35 am, the second leaves at 9:00 am and arrives at 9:35 am, and the third and last ship departs at 20:45 pm and arrives at 21:25 pm.

The price of the ferry ticket for adults is 25 kunas, while for children (from 3 to 12 years old) it is 9 kunas.

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Photo: Andres rus/Wikimedia Commons

Šepurine

Šepurine is another destination on the island of Prvić, but further north. As with Prvić Luka, line 505 (Vodice - Šibenik) is the one that goes to Šepurine.

The frequency of boat trips is the same: five from Monday to Saturday, and three on Sundays. The schedule of the boats from Monday to Saturday is as follows: the first one leaves at 5:30 am and arrives at 6:10 am, the second one leaves at 9:30 am and arrives at 10:40 am, the third leaves at 12:40 pm and arrives at 13:35 pm, the fourth leaves at 15:40 pm and arrives at 16:35 pm, and the fifth and last ship leaves at 19:30 pm and arrives at 20:20 pm. The Sunday schedule is as follows: the first ship leaves at 6:35 am and arrives at 7:20 am, the second leaves at 9:00 am and arrives at 9:50 am, and the third and last ship departs at 20:45 pm and arrives at 21:40 pm. 

The price of the ferry ticket for adults is 25 kunas, while for children (from 3 to 12 years old) it is 9 kunas.

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Photo: Hschermer/Wikimedia Commons

Vodice

Unlike other ports that we have covered in this series of articles, the port of Šibenik also has a ferry connection to a destination that is not an island: Vodice, located north of the city.

Line 505 (Vodice - Šibenik) offers four daily trips from Monday to Saturday, while only three on Sundays. The schedule of the boats from Monday to Saturday is as follows: the first one leaves at 9:30 am and arrives at 11:00 am, the second leaves at 12:40 pm and arrives at 13:50 pm, the third leaves at 15:40 pm and arrives at 16:50 pm, and the fourth and last ship leaves at 19:30 pm and arrives at 20:45 pm. The Sunday schedule is as follows: the first ship leaves at 6:35 am and arrives at 7:05 am, the second leaves at 9:00 am and arrives at 10:15 am, and the third and last ship departs at 20:45 pm and arrives at 22:00 pm.

The price of the ferry ticket for adults is 26 kunas, while for children (from 3 to 12 years old) it is 11 kunas.

Zlarin

Zlarin is one of the largest islands in the Šibenik archipelago, known for its quiet beaches and historic port.

The ferry line 505 (Vodice - Šibenik) is one of Jadrolinija's lines that takes passengers to the island of Zlarin. From Monday to Saturday, five trips are made from the port of Šibenik, and four on Sundays. The schedule of the ships leaving Šibenik for Žlarin is as follows: the first one leaves at 5:30 am and arrives at 6:40 am, the second one leaves at 9:30 am and arrives at 9:55 am, the third leaves at 12:40 pm, and arrives at 13:05 pm, the fourth leaves at 15:40 pm and arrives at 16:05 pm, and the fifth and last ship leaves at 19:30 pm and arrives at 19:50 pm. The price of the ferry ticket for adults is 25 kunas, while for children (3 to 12 years old) it is 9 kunas.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, there is an additional trip of ferry line 532 (Šibenik - Zlarin - Kaprije - Žirje), which departs at 11:30 am from Šibenik and arrives in Zlarin at 11:55 am. The price of the ferry ticket for adults is 25 kunas, while for children (3 to 12 years old) it is 12.5 kunas.

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Photo: Luboš Holič/Wikimedia Commons

Žirje

The island of Žirje is the farthest from the port of Šibenik. To reach the island of Žirje, two ferries on line 532 (Šibenik - Zlarin - Kaprije - Žirje) leave every day. The first departs from Šibenik at 11:30 am and arrives at 13:10 pm, and the second leaves at 16:30 pm and arrives in Žirje at 18:10 pm. The price of the ferry ticket for adults is 26 kunas, while for children (from 3 to 12 years old) it is 11 kunas.

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Photo: Roman Klementschitz/Wikimedia Commons

The ferry lines mentioned above are those with confirmed schedules for the next three months. Prices are subject to change. Visit the official Jadrolinija website for more information on other ferry lines from Šibenik.

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