Sunday, 10 October 2021

Best Nudist Beach in the World is on the Island of Lokrum

October 10, 2021 - Up to 100 nudist beaches and bathing spots around the world were evaluated in a survey conducted by the My Dating Adviser portal, in which the island of Lokrum ranked first for its quality and accessibility, and is thus considered the best nudist beach of the world.

As many as 100 nudist beaches and bathing places around the world were evaluated in a survey conducted by the My Dating Adviser portal, in which the island of Lokrum came first as the best nudist beach, reports Turističke Priče. The quality of the beach, safety, weather, and the price of the hotel were evaluated, and Lokrum received the best evaluations for the safety and quality of the beach.

Lokrum is the closest to the historic city center of Dubrovnik, and centuries of rich history, legends, and stories, the magic of the sea and nature renew old loves or bring new ones. But apart from that, Lokrum became famous after the Game of Thrones series. Lush vegetation, intoxicating scents, and the song of crickets "played" the gardens in the Game of Thrones where "those of pure blood" ruled. Numerous tourists walked the trails walked by Khaleesi and her powerful host Xaro Xhoan Daxos. And while on the island, you can also sit on the  Iron Throne, which is located in a Benedictine monastery

On the list of the 100 best nudist beaches, Lokrum is located above the beach Spiaggia della Lecciona from the Italian province of Lucca, and the Australian beach Maslin Beach .

In the description of the beach, My Dating Adviser states that if you spend time in Dubrovnik, the island of Lokrum is a great place to visit, only 10 minutes away by ferry and that it is a small, uninhabited island, which provides a haven for nudists.

''Here you can enjoy the impeccable landscape, national parks, and clear sea. The island consists mainly of rocks, so be careful with pieces of stone. This island also has a natural salt lake where you can relax like a jacuzzi'', the text explains about the now considered best nudist beach in the world.

In addition to Lokrum, this list includes three other destinations from Croatia: Punta Križa on Cres in 13th place, then Valalta near Rovinj in 16th place, and Sovinje Beach in Tkon in 21st place, which was rated the best in the beach quality category.

Nudist beaches in Croatia have been popular for a long time now. The country with such an abundance of hidden bays and beaches is nothing short of perfect for all those looking to get in touch with nature on their holiday. For more about the history of nudist beaches in Croatia and detailed information, be sure to check Total Croatia's guide here.

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

Thursday, 12 August 2021

18 Croatian Beaches With Concessions - Entry Payment Can be Charged

August the 12th, 2021 - These eighteen Croatian beaches are under concession, which means that entrance fees can be charged and limits on who can enter them can be put into place. The costs for concessionaires in such cases are astronomical, and that is why so few Croatian beaches are under these sort of rules.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, due to the continuing great interest of the public, the Morski.hr portal published a list of Croatian beaches that are allowed to be fenced off and which have entrance fees in the Republic of Croatia. There are only 18 such beaches in all of Croatia.

This is an issue that many often don't really fully understand, and this is an attempt to break down the difference between a concession and a restriction on the general use of what's known as maritime domain. It is important to note that the level of general use restrictions depends on what type of concession is at play.

At the moment, more than 1000 concession agreements are active on maritime domain, but in Croatia, there are only 18 beaches where fencing and entrance fees are allowed. Here is a list of those Croatian beaches:

Koversada - A beach and naturist camp, the concession holder is Maistra d.d. and the concession lasts until April the 18th, 2033.

Valalta - A beach and naturist camp, the concessionaire is Valalta d.o.o. and the concession lasts until April the 18th, 2033.

Ulika - A beach and naturist camp, the concessionaire in Plava Laguna d.d. and the concession lasts until the 31st of December, 2033.

The Novi Vinodolski beach in front of Hotel Lisanj in the part of zone A where there is a swimming pool to control the number of users and security reasons for payment, which also includes the right to use deck chairs, the concession holder is Hotel Lisanj d.d. and the concession lasts until March the 17th, 2040.

Kandalora Beach, Rab - A nudist beach with the right to charge entrance fees, the concession holder is Boja d.o.o. and the concession lasts until the 31st of July, 2025.

Baska A/C Skrila - A nudist camp which is allowed to put up fencing and charge an entrance fee. In cooperation with JLS, a beach which can also have an entrance fee has been built around the camp (Njivice A/C) but this isn't applied in agreement with the concessionaire. The concession holder is Valamar Riviera d.d. The concession lasts until July the 1st, 2024.

The Cikat bay beach below the five-star Bellevue hotel, an entrance fee is allowed to be charged in one part, the concession holder is Jadranka turizam d.o.o. The concession on the maritime domain for the economic use of the beach with the possibility of fencing and charging an entrance fee to access the beach in front of the Lovisca campsite. The concession holder is Skoljic d.o.o. and it will last until the 9th of June, 2026.

The concession on the maritime domain for economic use of Gracina beach with the possibility of putting up fencing and charging an entrance fee to access the beach. The concession holder holder is Hostin d.o.o. and the concession will last until the 15th of March, 2025.

Kostabela (Costabella) beach, Rijeka - there is the possibility of putting up fencing but no possibility of charging an entrance fee. The concession holder is JTH Costabella d.o.o. and the concession will last until the 5th of November, 2045.

TN Crvena luka, Biograd Na Moru - The concession holder is Crvena Luka d.d. and the concession will last until the 10th of August, 2027.

Simuni, Pag - The concession holder is Camp Simuni d.o.o. and the concession will last until April the 15th, 2028.

TN Zaton beach, Nin - The concession holder is Turisthotel d.d. and the concession will last until February the 14th, 2026.

Borik beach, Zadar.

Beach TN Punta Skala, Petrcane - The concession holder is Punta Skala d.o.o. and the concession will last until the 2nd of June, 2028.

TN Pine Beach, Pakostane -The concession holder is Proficio d.d. and the concession will last until the 17th of September, 2027.

Starigrad beach in front of hotel ALAN  - The concessionaire is Sunce hoteli d.d. and the concession will last until the 12th of December, 2029.

Strasko Beach, Pag - The concession holder is Hadria d.o.o. and the concession will last until the 12th of April, 2037.

For more on Croatian beaches, check our our dedicated section and find the right one for you.

Friday, 6 August 2021

Croatian Communal Wardens Confiscating Beach Towels, 250 Kuna for Return

August the 6th, 2021 - We recently wrote an article which looked into the old joke about German tourists waking up at the crack of dawn to strategically position their towels down by the pool or on the beach before anyone else got the same idea. Of course, this classic move isn't limited solely to Germans, and now Croatian communal wardens will be confiscating the belongings of anyone trying that old trick in one Istrian town.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Croatian communal wardens have been arriving at various beaches in Medulin (Istria) at 08:00 in the morning, and picking up quite literally everything they find.

''If you aren't nearby to apologise and get your items back there and then, you'll find them in front of the Medulin Municipality building on the floor,'' explained one reader, who left her things on the beach. When she returned, everything had been removed, according to a report from 24sata.

''When you return you're in shock because your towels and everything else are just gone and you don't know who stole them. Then one good soul finds herself watching all of this and tells you that you have to go into Medulin to get your things back. What's even more absurd is that you have to pay a fine of 250 kuna otherwise you won't get your stuff back!

Our towels that we actually use for some purpose are just treated like trash in their opinion when they’re just thrown down on the floor. That just happened to me, and I was with a small three-month-old baby. I managed to take photos of the things they wardens refused to return to me.

We contacted the head of the Administrative Department for Communal Construction and Maintenance (Municipality of Medulin) Goran Perusko, and he told us that since the beginning of this tourist season Croatian communal wardens have been carrying out an action in which they collect towels and other stuff from the beach that people leave there during the night,'' the reader stated.

''People leave their towels on the beach during the night and early morning to''‘reserve'' the best positions. We've been carrying out this action all season so far. We were contacted by a lady who also complained about it, and we will see what happened and why her things were removed from her,'' said Perusko.

For more, follow our lifestyle section.

Monday, 26 July 2021

Longest Croatian Sandy Beach Listed Among Top 100 Most Beautiful Beaches

July the 26th, 2021 - The Croatian coast is stunning. With the coastline dotted with many islands, both inhabited and uninhabited, it isn't difficult to find a beautiful place to go swimming and soak up the sun's rays. That said, long sandy beaches aren't common along the country's rugged, mountainous coastline, but they do exist. The longest Croatian sandy beach is one which many have hailed to be among the most gorgeous of all.

As Morski writes, the long and natural sandy beaches of Nin spanning a total length of 8000 metres are one of this regions trademarks and an impressive image that is easily remembered by visitors to the oldest Croatian royal city. According to the American Travel Channel, the Queen's Beach (Croatian: Kraljicina plaza) is ranked among the 100 most beautiful beaches in the entire world.

The Queen's Beach is unique in many ways when one looks as the bigger picture of Croatia and the typical beaches it boasts. It is the longest Croatian sandy beach, and its name is associated with a prominent legend.

During his stay in Nin, the first Croatian king, King Tomislav, watched unforgettable sunrises with a breathtaking view of the Velebit mountain with his queen and enjoyed some very rare moments of pure relaxation.

Near this Croatian sandy beach is the largest locality of medicinal mud in all of the Republic of Croatia. Queen Jelena used to cover her entire body with this mud, and back in 1960, Nin was registered as a health resort on the coast with the organised Nin Outdoor Spa, where therapy under medical supervision has been taking place for almost 60 years during the warmer summer months.

Numerous wooden walking paths have been constructed which lead to this stunning Croatian sandy beach part through a unique area of biodiversity with as many as four habitats of the NATURA 2000 network with endemic and rare plant species living there. According to biologists, such a shaping of nature with this botanical garden is something truly unique here in Croatia, and perhaps in all of Europe.

Due to the shallow and warm sea, it is especially attractive to families with babies and small children and the elderly, and outside the main season it is a favourite place for long romantic walks.

For more on Croatian beaches, why not check out our dedicated section on Croatia for kids and families and decide which is the best choice for your holiday? Click here for more info.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Can People "Reserve Places" on Croatian Beaches by Leaving Towels?

July the 14th, 2021 - You probably remember the joke about the German tourists waking up at the crack of dawn to go down to the empty beach and leave their towels in a prime location to return to later, but can you do that at all on Croatian beaches?

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, whether or not we can arrive at Croatian beaches, throw down a towel and say ''this spot is mine'' is a question that has been circulating among the public over recent days. Goran Vojkovic, an expert in maritime and general traffic law, explained much more on the matter live for N1.

“It’s your space while you’re at the beach with that towel. Since way back during Roman times, the sea and the sea coast belong to something called the common good - an area without a holder, without any ownership. There is no ownership of this sort of maritime domain, and these are beaches as a whole which are six metres from the shoreline, with rare exceptions, and everyone can use them,'' said Vojkovic when discussing Croatian beaches and the old towel reservation tricks.

"The coast is nobody's property," he stressed, adding that the only way that might be different is if the beaches are part of concessions.

"If that does happen, then it needs to be paid very, very well for. There are very few in Croatia who have successfully paid these concessions because it is extremely expensive. Only a few hotels and camps in all of Croatia have concessions like this,'' said Vojkovic.

"All of the people leaving their towels and other stuff on the beach in order to try to reserve a particular location, people doing it in front of houses… None of this is legal. The beaches are for all of us. They're not even owned by the state, that's why these areas are called the common domain/good,'' he said.

"A towel on the beach without you means nothing,'' concluded Vojkovic.

Why not check out the best Croatian beaches for you, towel or not? Click here for more.

Friday, 19 February 2021

People also ask Google: What is Croatia Famous For?

February 19, 2021 – What is Croatia Famous For?

People outside of the country really want to know more about Croatia. They search for answers online.

Here, we'll try to answer the popular search terms “What is Croatia famous for?” and “What is Croatia known for?”

Most of the people looking for answers to these questions have never been to Croatia. They may have been prompted to ask because they're planning to visit Croatia, they want to come to Croatia, or because they heard about Croatia on the news or from a friend.

What Croatia is known for depends on your perspective. People who live in the country sometimes have a very different view of what Croatia is famous for than the rest of the world. And, after visiting Croatia, people very often leave with a very different opinion of what Croatia is known for than before they came. That's because Croatia is a wonderful country, full of surprises and secrets to discover. And, it's because internet searches don't reveal everything. Luckily, you have Total Croatia News to do that for you.

What is Croatia known for?

1) Holidays


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Croatia is best known globally as a tourist destination. Catching sight of pictures of the country online is enough to make almost anyone want to come. If you've heard about it from a friend, seen the country used in a TV show like Game of Thrones or Succession, or watched a travel show, your mind will be made up. Following such prompts, it's common for Croatia to move to first place on your bucket list. If it's not already, it should be, There are lots of reasons why Croatia is best known for holidays (vacations).

a) Islands


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What is Croatia famous for? Islands © Mljet National Park

Within Croatia's tourist offer, its most famous aspect is its islands. Croatia has over a thousand islands - 1246 when you include islets. 48 Croatian islands are inhabited year-round, but many more come to life over the warmer months. Sailing in Croatia is one of the best ways to see the islands, and if you're looking for a place for sailing in the Mediterranean, Croatia is the best choice because of its wealth of islands. These days, existing images of Croatia's islands have been joined by a lot more aerial photography and, when people see these, they instantly fall in love.

b) Beaches


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What is Croatia famous for? Its holidays are famous for their beaches © Szabolcs Emich

Croatia has 5835 kilometres of coastline on the Adriatic Sea - 1,777.3 kilometres of coast on the mainland, and a further 4,058 kilometres of coast around its islands and islets. The Croatian coast is the most indented of the entire Mediterranean. This repeated advance and retreat into the Adriatic forms a landscape littered with exciting, spectacular peninsulas, quiet, hidden bays, and some of the best beaches in the world. There are so many beaches in Croatia, you can find a spot to suit everyone. On the island of Pag and in the Zadar region, you'll find beaches full of young people where the party never stops. Elsewhere, romantic and elegant seafood restaurants hug the shoreline. Beach bars can range from ultra-luxurious to basic and cheap. The beaches themselves can be popular and full of people, facilities, excitement and water sports, or they can be remote, idyllic, and near-deserted, accessible only by boat. Sand, pebble, and stone all line the perfectly crystal-clear seas which are the common feature shared by all.

c) Dubrovnik


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What is Croatia famous for? Dubrovnik © Ivan Ivanković

As a backdrop to Game Of Thrones and movies from franchises like Star Wars and James Bond, Dubrovnik is known all over the world. Everybody wants to see it in person, and that's why it's an essential stop-off for so many huge cruise ships in warmer months. But, Dubrovnik's fame did not begin with the invention of film and television. The city was an autonomous city-state for long periods of time in history, and Dubrovnik was known all over Europe – the famous walls which surround the city of Dubrovnik are a testament to a desire to maintain its independent standing for centuries while living in the shadow of expanding, ambitious empires.

d) Heritage


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What is Croatia famous for? Heritage. Pula amphitheatre is one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world

The walled city of Dubrovnik is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Croatia's rich architectural and ancient heritage. Diocletian's Palace in Split is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and still the living, breathing centre of life in the city (that people still live within it and it is not preserved in aspic is one of its most charming features and no small reason for its excellent preservation).

Having existed on the line of European defence against the Ottoman empire, Croatia also has many incredible fortresses and castles. The fortresses of Sibenik are well worth seeing if you're visiting Sibenik-Knin County and its excellent coast. A small number of Croatia's best castles exist on the coast, Rijeka's Trsat and Nova Kraljevica Castle is nearby Bakar being two of them. Most of Croatia's best and prettiest castles are actually located in its continental regions which, compared to the coast, remain largely undiscovered by most international tourists.

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Many spectacular castles in the country's continental regions are, for these parts, what is Croatia famous for

Pula amphitheatre (sometimes referred to as Pula Arena) is one of the largest and best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. A spectacular sight year-round, like Diocletian's Palace, it remains a living part of the city's life, famously hosting an international film festival, concerts by orchestras, opera stars, and famous rock and pop musicians. Over recent years, it has also played a part in the city's music festivals.

e) Music Festivals


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What is Croatia famous for? Music festivals © Khris Cowley

There is a very good reason why the city of Pula leapt massively up the list of most-researched online Croatian destinations over the last decade. It played host to two of the country's most famous international music festivals. Though the music at some of these can be quite niche, the global attention they have brought to the country is simply massive. Clever modern branding and marketing by the experienced international operators who host their festivals in Croatia mean that millions of young people all over the world have seen videos, photos and reviews of Croatia music festivals, each of them set within a spectacular backdrop of seaside Croatia.

f) Plitvice Lakes and natural heritage


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What is Croatia Famous For? Plitvice Lakes, national parks and natural heritage

Known for its chain of 16 terraced lakes and gushing waterfalls, Plitvice Lakes is the oldest, biggest and most famous National Park in Croatia. Everybody wants to see it. And many do. But that's not the be-all and end-all of Croatia's stunning natural beauty. Within the country's diverse topography, you'll find 7 further National Parks and 12 Nature Parks which can be mountain terrain, an archipelago of islands, or vibrant wetlands.

2) Football


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What is Croatia famous for? Football. Seen here, Luka Modric at the 2018 World Cup © Светлана Бекетова

The glittering international careers of Croatian footballers Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić, Ivan Perišić, Mario Mandžukić, and others have in recent years advertised Croatia as a factory of top-flight footballing talent. They helped put Croatia football on the map with fans of European football. Football fans in Croatia have a very different perception of just how famous Croatian football is to everyone else in the world. If you talk to a Croatian fan about football, it's almost guaranteed that they will remind you of a time (perhaps before either of you were born) when their local or national team beat your local or national team in football. 99% of people will have no idea what they are talking about. The past occasions which prompt this parochial pride pale into insignificance against the Croatian National Football Team's achievement in reaching the World Cup Final of 2018. This monumental occasion brought the eyes of the world on Croatia, extending way beyond the vision of regular football fans. Subsequently, the internet exploded with people asking “Where is Croatia?”

Sports in general are what is Croatia known for

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Croatians are enthusiastic about sports and engage in a wide number of them. The difference in perception between how Croats view the fame this gets them and the reality within the rest of the world is simply huge. Rowing, basketball, wrestling, mixed martial arts, tennis, handball, boxing, waterpolo, ice hockey, skiing and volleyball are just some of the sports in which Croatia has enthusiastically supported individuals and local and national teams. Some of these are regarded as minority sports even in other countries that also pursue them. Croatians don't understand this part. If you say to a Croatian “What is handball? I never heard of that,” they will look at you like you are crazy or of below-average intelligence.

3) Zagreb


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What is Croatia famous for? Its capital city Zagreb is becoming increasingly better known

Over relatively recent years, the Croatian capital has skyrocketed in terms of fame and visitor numbers. Tens of thousands of people from all over the world now come to visit Zagreb each year. Its massive new success can be partly attributed to the rising popularity of international tourism in some areas of Asia (and Zagreb being used as a setting for some television programmes made in some Asian countries) and the massive success of Zagreb's Advent which, after consecutively attaining the title of Best European Christmas Market three times in a row, has become famous throughout the continent and further still. Zagreb's fame is not however restricted to tourism. Zagreb is known for its incredible Austro-Hungarian architecture, its Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and the buildings there, an array of museums and city centre parks and as home to world-famous education and scientific institutions, like to Ruder Boskovic Institute and the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb.

4) Olive oil


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What is Croatia famous for? Olive oil

Croatian olive oil is the best in the world. Don't just take out word for it! Even the experts say so. In 2020, leading guide Flos Olei voted Istria in northwest Croatia as the world's best olive oil growing region for a sixth consecutive year. Olive oil production is an ancient endeavour in Croatia, and over hundreds of years, the trees have matured, and the growers learned everything there is to know. Olive oil is made throughout a much wider area of Croatia than just Istria, and local differences in climate, variety, and soil all impact the flavour of the oils produced. Croatian has no less than five different olive oils protected at a European level under the designation of their place of origin. These and many other Croatian olive oils are distinct and are among the best you're ever likely to try.

5) There was a war here


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What is Croatia famous for? A relatively recent war left its mark on the country © Modzzak

Under rights granted to the republics of the former Yugoslavia and with a strong mandate from the Croatian people, gained across two national referendums, Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Yugoslavia was a multi-ethnic country, with each republic containing a mixture of different ethnicities and indeed many families which themselves were the product of mixed ethnicities. Ethnic tensions and the rise of strong nationalist political voices in each of the former republics and within certain regions of these countries lead to a situation where war became inevitable. The worst of the fighting was suffered within Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina and the part of southern Serbia which is now Kosovo. The Croatian War of Independence (known locally as the Homeland War) lasted from 1991 – 1995. The Yugoslav wars of which it was a major part is regarded as the deadliest conflict in Europe since World War II. In many cases, this war pitted neighbouring houses or neighbouring villages against each other and sometimes members of the same family could be found on opposing sides. The war left huge damage on the country and its infrastructure, some of which is still visible. Worse still, it had a much greater physical and psychological impact on the population. Some people in Croatia today would rather not talk about the war and would prefer to instead talk about the country's present and future. For other people in Croatia, the war remains something of an obsession. If you are curious about the Croatian War of Independence, it is not advisable to bring it up in conversation when you visit the country unless you know the person you are speaking with extremely well. It is a sensitive subject for many and can unnecessarily provoke strong emotions and painful memories. There are many resources online where you can instead read all about the war, there are good documentary series about it on Youtube and there are several museums in Croatia where you can go and learn more, in Vukovar, Karlovac and in Zagreb.

6) Wine


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What is Croatia famous for? Its wine is some of the best you'll ever try © Plenković

Croatia is not really that famous for wine. Well, not as famous as it should be because Croatia makes some of the greatest wine on the planet. Croatian wine is only really famous to those who have tried it after visiting – you'll never forget it! A growing cabal of Croatian wine enthusiasts are trying their best internationally to spread the word about Croatian wine. However, there isn't really that much space in Croatia to make all the wine it needs to supply its homegrown demands and a greatly increased export market. Therefore, export prices of Croatian wine are quite high and even when it does reach foreign shores, these prices ensure its appreciation only by a select few. There's a popular saying locally that goes something like this “We have enough for ourselves and our guests”. Nevertheless, Croatian wine is frequently awarded at the most prestigious international competitions and expos. White wine, red wine, sparkling wine, cuvee (mixed) and rose wine are all made here and Croatia truly excels at making each. You can find different kinds of grape grown and wine produced in the different regions of Croatia. The best way to learn about Croatian wine is to ask someone who really knows about wine or simply come to Croatia to try it. Or, perhaps better still, don't do that and then there will be more for those of us who live here. Cheers!

7) Croatian produce


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is protected at a European level, one of 32 products currently protected in this way and therefore what is Croatia famous for © Tourist Board of Drniš

To date, 32 agricultural and food products from Croatia have attained protection at a European level. These range from different prosciuttos, olive oils and Dalmatian bacon, to pastries and pastas, honey, cheese, turkeys, lamb, cabbages, mandarins, salt, sausages, potatoes and something called Meso 'z tiblice (which took a friend from the region where it's made three days to fully research so he could explain it to me at the levels necessary to write an informed article about it – so, you can research that one online). While some prosciutto, bacon, sausages, olive oil and wine do make it out of Croatia, much of these are snaffled up by a discerning few of those-in-the-know. The rest, you will only really be able to try if you visit. And, there are many other items of Croatian produce which are known which you can also try while here

Truffles


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What is Croatia known for? Truffles © Donatella Paukovic

By weight, one of the most expensive delicacies in the world, truffles are a famous part of the cuisine within some regions of Croatia. They feature heavily in the menu of Istria, which is well known as a region in which both white and black truffles are found and then added to food, oils or other products. Truth be told, this isn't a black and white issue - there are a great number of different types of truffle and they can be found over many different regions in Croatia, including around Zagreb and in Zagreb County. But, you'll need to see a man about a dog if you want to find them yourself.

Vegeta


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What is Croatia known for? Vegeta

Having celebrated its 60th birthday in 2019, the cooking condiment Vegeta is exported and known in many other countries, particularly Croatia's close neighbours. It is popularly put into soups and stews to give them more flavour. Among its ingredients are small pieces of dehydrated vegetables like carrot, parsnip, onion, celery, plus spices, salt and herbs like parsley.

Chocolate


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What is Croatia known for? Chocolate is a big export© Alexander Stein

Though making chocolate is only around a century old in Croatia, Croatian chocolate has grown to become one of its leading manufactured food exports. Some of the most popular bars may be a little heavy on sugar and low on cocoa for more discerning tastes. But, lots of others really like it.

Beer


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What is Croatia famous for? Its beer is becoming more famous internationally © The Garden Brewery

The exploding growth of the Croatian craft ale scene over the last 10 years is something that is likely to have passed you by, unless you're a regular visitor to the country, a beer buff or both. Most of the producers are quite small and production not great enough to make a big splash on international markets. However, even within a craft-flooded current market, Croatian beer is becoming more widely known – in one poll, the Zagreb-based Garden Brewery was in 2020 voted Europe's Best Brewery for the second consecutive year

8) Innovation


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What is Croatia famous for? Pioneers, inventors and innovation. Nikola Tesla was born here

From the parachute, fingerprinting, the retractable pen and the tungsten filament electric light-bulb to the torpedo, modern seismology, the World Health Oganisation and the cravat (a necktie, and the precursor to the tie worn by many today), Croatia has gifted many innovations to the world. The list of pioneers - scientists, artists, researchers and inventors - who were born here throughout history is long. And, although innovation is not currently regarded as experiencing a golden period in Croatia, there are still some Croatian innovators whose impact is felt globally, such as electric hypercar maker Mate Rimac.

9) Being poor


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What is Croatia famous for? Being poor. Yikes!

The minimum wage in Croatia is among the lowest in Europe. Croatian language media is constantly filled with stories about corruption. There is a huge state apparatus in which key (if not most) positions are regarded to be politically or personally-motivated appointments. This leads to a lack of opportunity for Croatia's highly educated young people. Many emigrate for better pay and better opportunities. This leads to a brain drain and affects the country's demographics considerably (if it usually the best educated, the ablest and the youngest Croatian adults who emigrate). Many of those who stay are influenced by the stories of widespread corruption and lack of opportunity and are therefore lethargic in their work, leading to a lack of productivity. A considerable part of the Croatian economy is based on tourism which remains largely seasonal.

10) People want to live in Croatia


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What is Croatia famous for? People want to come and live here. No, really.

Yes, despite many younger Croatians leaving or dreaming of leaving and despite the low wages, many people who are not from Croatia dream about living here. Of course, it's an all too familiar scenario that you go on holiday somewhere and while sitting at a seafood restaurant in sight of a glorious sunset, having had a few too many glasses of the local wine, you fall in love with Miguel or however the waiter is called who served it and Miguel's homeland. But, with Croatia, this is actually no passing fancy, no idle holiday dream. People do decide to move here. And not just for the sunset and Miguel (nobody in Croatia is called Miguel - Ed).

Croatia may be known for being poor, but it also has one of the best lifestyles in Europe. That it's cafe terraces are usually full to capacity tells you something about the work to living ratio. Croatians are not just spectators of sport, many enjoy a healthy lifestyle. This informs everything from their pastimes to their diet. There are great facilities for exercise and sport, wonderful nature close by whichever part of the country you're in. You can escape into somewhere wonderful and unknown at a moment's notice. The country is well connected internally by brilliant roads and motorways, reliable intercity buses and an international train network. The tourism industry ensures that multiple airports across Croatia can connect you to almost anywhere you want to go, and major international airports in Belgrade and Budapest, just a couple of hours away, fly to some extremely exotic locations. There are a wealth of fascinating neighbour countries on your doorstep to explore on a day trip or weekend and superfast broadband is being rolled out over the entire country. This is perhaps one of the reasons Croatia has been heralded as one of the world's best options for Digital Nomads. In a few years, when we ask what is Croatia famous far, they could be one of the answers.

What is Croatia famous for, but only after you've visited

Some things you experience when you visit Croatia come as a complete surprise. Most would simply never be aware of them until they visit. They are usually top of the list of things you want to do when you come back to Croatia.

Gastronomy


fritaja_sparoge_1-maja-danica-pecanic_1600x900ntbbbbb.jpgGastronomy is only one of the things what is Croatia known for only after you've visited © Maja Danica Pecanic / Croatian National Tourist Board

Despite a few famous TV chefs having visited and filmed in Croatia over the years, Croatian gastronomy remains largely unknown to almost everyone who's never been to Croatia. That's a shame because you can find some fine food here. Croatia has increased its Michelin-starred and Michelin-recommended restaurants tenfold over recent years. But, perhaps the bigger story is the traditional cuisine which varies greatly within the countries different regions. From the gut-busting barbecue grills and the classic Mediterranean fare of Dalmatia to the pasta, asparagus and truffles of Istria to the sausages and paprika-rich stews of Slavonia and the best smoked and preserved meats of the region, there's an untold amount of secret Croatian gastronomy to discover.

Coffee


restaurant-3815076_1280.jpgWhat is Croatia known for? Well, to locals, it's famous for coffee - not just a drink, it's a ritual

Croatians are passionate about coffee and about going for coffee. It's a beloved ritual here. Going for coffee in Croatia is often about much more than having coffee. It's an integral part of socialising, catching up and sometimes being seen. It doesn't always involve coffee either. Sometimes, you'll be invited for coffee, only to end up ordering beer. It's not about the coffee. Although, the standard of coffee in Croatia, and the places where you drink it, is usually really good.

The misapprehension: What is Croatia known for (if you are a Croatian living in Croatia)

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Saturday, 16 May 2020

Socially Distanced Summer in Croatia: Rules for Beaches Published

What will the beaches this summer in Croatia look like? If things don't change again, they'll look very different indeed...

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 15th of May, 2020, the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) recently issued recommendations for swimming in the sea, swimming pools and in inland waters during the coronavirus epidemic, with the maximum number of people on the beaches limited to 15 on an area of ​​100 square metres, according to Dalmacija Danas.

"As far as swimming in the sea and freshwater bathing areas is concerned, the maximum number of persons who are allowed to be there at the same time will be determined according to the principle of 15 persons per 100 square metres of net area," reads the recommendations of the CNIPH.

In addition, all visitors and employees of various premises are being advised to adhere to the rules of physical distance of 1.5 metres this summer in Croatia, which includes keeping a distance even when swimming.

In addition to all of the above, at entrances to various locations where visitors who will be swimming and sunbathing will spend a significant amount of time, it is necessary to place information on all of the hygienic procedures in place, along with guidelines on proper behaviour and on protection measures valid in that particular location or area.

In sea and freshwater bathing areas, it is necessary to install dispensers with disinfectant at reasonable distances and in visible places. On top of that, the concessionaire should separate the deckchairs so as to ensure physical distance and provide a person/staff member who can actively supervise the prescribed measures.

Deckchairs should be disinfected several times a day this summer in Croatia, and every single time an individual leaves and is no longer using it, and before another guest comes and uses it.

"The cleaning and disinfection of sanitary facilities should be intensified every two hours (and more often if necessary), and the number of employees engaged in daily cleaning activities should be increased. At the same time, the use of sanitary facilities should be limited in accordance with the size of the premises and in accordance with all of the prescribed sanitary conditions,'' the instructions added.

"The recommendations of the CNIPH envisage a maximum capacity of ​​15 people per 100 m2 on beaches, which means 6.6 m2 per person on the beach, or a distance between 2 deck chairs of 1.5 metres. The average beach area in Split-Dalmatia County is 2432m2 (according to data from the regional programme for the management of sea beaches in Split-Dalmatia County), which would mean a capacity of a maximum of 365 bathers according to the aforementioned HZJZ standards.

If we convert people into deck chairs (not literally, of course), if the average deck chair takes up 15m2, that would mean a maximum of 162 deck chairs per beach.

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Friday, 3 March 2017

Plavi Jadran: The Project Behind Keeping Croatia's Coastline Clean

Meet Plavi Jadran, the organization behind keeping Croatia’s coastline clean.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Croatian Beach Etiquette 101

Because we are about a month into our official summer season in Croatia and we assume most of you are spending your time at the beach, we are going to break down some beach do’s and don’ts to make everyone’s beach day all the more enjoyable.

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