Wednesday, 13 October 2021

2021 Split Advent Program Coming to Life as Offers Begin for Holiday Houses

October 13, 2021 - As we get closer to the holiday season we get a better idea of what to expect in the 2021 Split Advent program as offers for holiday houses roll in around the city.

To experience the real Advent experience, Split residents will not have to travel to Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Makarska, but also other cities outside Croatia this year. This year's Split Advent peak will be on the Riva, at the Josip Juraj Strossmayer Park (Đardin), on the Cornaro ramparts, and in Mertojak, reports Dalmacija Danas.

The first round of the public invitation to exhibit, present and sell products and services at the 2021 Split Advent ended earlier this week. 

"Yesterday, at a public invitation, we received an offer for the Mertojak zone. With this offer, all zones were filled, except for one catering house on Đardin and several shops on the Riva. Therefore, tomorrow we will publish the second round of applications, and we hope that the little that is left will be filled," said the director of Žnjan d.o.o. Ante Šunjić.

Namely, OPG Ante Žigo submitted an offer for 8,000 kuna, Obrt za trgovinu Sirko and Naprid bili for 6,000 kuna, and Riba Dražin for 10,000 kuna. UO Ring sent a bid for a spot on the Riva (going for a little more than 51,000 kuna), and for 33,500 kuna, they will also sell their products in Đardin. They will be joined by BSRZ Naši ljudi in the park in the center of the city, who offered 33,600 kuna for their house.

Highline Cars, which offered HRK 50,013, will take care of the catering offer at Mertojak.

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This year, the Riva will feature eight trading houses and two ‘sweet’ houses. One of the eight trading houses is Hajdukova, meaning the Hajduk Fan shop will move to the Riva during this holiday period. 

The catering houses have been transferred to the Cornaro ramparts.

"Due to the current epidemiological situation, which may be better or worse, we are not able to set up catering houses on the Riva. However, visitors can expect ten houses, eight of which are commercial and two 'sweet' houses," said Šunjić.

He notes that the second round of applications for the exhibition, presentation, and sale of products and services at Split Advent starts today. There are several trading houses left on the Riva.

This year, there will be a skating rink in Đardin, with two food and three ‘sweet’ houses.

Cornaro ramparts
A real surprise for the people of Split is the food offer at Cornaro. The best bid of 160,013 kuna was made by the Festival Production Association, owned by Domagoj Petričević, otherwise the leader of the Association of Nightclubs and Bars.

Mertojak Park
Residents of Mertojak can expect a skating rink and food offer.

“For the first time this year, we organized a zone outside the city center, on Mertojak below the church. There will also be a smaller skating rink and catering houses for all ages," added Šunjić for Dalmacija Danas.

After a one-year break, the Žrvanj Association plans to organize another Christmas story in Žrnovnica in the center of Bašta in December.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Split Spring: Gourmet Fair Returns to Dardin Park for September Edition

September 16, 2020 - After the first edition of the gourmet street food fair in April 2019, Split Spring returns on September 18 for a special late-summer edition that will last until September 27. 

As in the first year, Split Spring by Staropramen is bringing Split restaurants to the streets, despite the unpredictable corona era. Namely, from September 18 to 27, 2020, the famous Dardin park will feature various street food specialties by Split staples such as Sug and chef Duje Kanajet, ArtiCok, Misto, Mazgoon, Maka Maka, Biberon sushi, Fabrique, Kabinet, Biberon Maestro and special guests from Varazdin American bar Dollar.

The central Split park will be arranged as a relaxing daily picnic area with various picturesque corners designed by Staropramen. There will be a children's zone Baby Center, a corner for reading by Mozaik knjiga, but also five humanitarian corners by the Animal Protection Foundation of Split where you can learn all about foster care for abandoned dogs.

There will be gigs and performances by jazz, blues and RnB performers every day in the early evening and evening. Mate Grgat, Dino Petric, Chuck Borris and DJ Bake, DJ Borna Kokic and many others will perform across the 10 days of the festival. 

A pleasant late-summer atmosphere, excellent street food, cold Staropramen, ice-cold Coca-Cola, gemist by Kutjevo Graševina, cocktails, a quality program, fun activities and photo corners await the people of Split, and all this following epidemiologically recommended measures by the Civil Protection Headquarters!

It's your time to enjoy the outdoors this Friday at Split Spring by Staropramen, September edition. The working hours of the festival are from 12 pm to 11 pm and on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Split Tourist Board Confirms: Ice Park at Dardin Ready for Opening

November 27, 2019 - The assembly of the ice raking rink at Dardin park in Split is nearing its end, the ice is slowly forming, and everything will be ready to go for Saturday's opening ceremony at 5 pm.

The 400,000 kuna ice skating rink in Dardin is an additional offer of this year’s Advent, which should lure many Split citizens to this part of the city. The rink will be open daily from 10 am to 9:30 pm. Skating for 45 minutes will cost 30 kuna including the skate rental, and the rink can fit up to 250 skaters at once, reports Splitski Dnevnik

“Every year, we create a novelty, and this year, as part of our winter program, it is an ice park. There is no better location than the fairytale of Darin. We have started the preparations, and apart from the ice rink, there will also be a vibrant food & drink offer and cultural program for both children and adults,” said Split Tourist Board Director Alijana Vukšić.

Groups can hit the ice every hour, as it takes 15 minutes to ready the rink for new skaters. Ante Jukić, manager of the ice park on behalf of the Rijeka-based ARCTIC, said the weather would not affect the quality of the ice much.


"The ice rink is 812 square meters, and the track was quite challenging. We respected the configuration of the terrain and the horticulture in agreement with the Tourist Board of Split, Parks and Plantations and Conservators and made one very demanding trail. We have experience because the company ARCTIC has been doing this business for 16 years, and this year we organized 55 skating rinks in Croatia as well as in BiH, Slovenia, Romania, and Portugal. We do nine ice skating rinks in Zagreb, and we brought the best experts to Split, because our wish is that this will be a great success and a reference for the future,” said Jukic, who is confident the ice won’t melt in Split, based on the example of a skating rink he set up on the island of Krk in August some 10 years ago. 

"It was 15 meters from the sea; people would bathe and then dry themselves, skate and watch others swim. This is pure technique and physics. The ice-making machines are good, and we have some reservations, since the weather is not very common this time of year. The only problem may be the rain, and not because of the ice, but because people will not be able to skate, because this is an open space. The rain melts the ice a little, but the machines are strong and regenerate and create new ice,” Jukic adds.


The trail is demanding - at the narrowest part, it is two and a half meters. Since the people of Split are not very adept at skating, holding onto the fence will be a smart option. At the same time, free skating schools will be organized for schools and kindergartens, which will be reflected on weekdays from 10 am to 1 pm. All interested can visit the Split Tourist Board website for more information.

"As far as the additional program is concerned, there will be only three houses in Dardin, instead of the announced 4, because although there was interest, a different schedule was made, so there was no more space," Ante Šunjić from DMC said. On the Riva, there will be a total of ten catering houses, three of which will be for sweets and two commercial spaces.

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Thursday, 11 April 2019

Split Spring by Staropramen: A New Gourmet Street Festival with Top Restaurants

April 11, 2019 - The Split gastronomic scene is on a steady rise, and from season to season, there are more and more top restaurants, bars and bistros - which is not surprising, as Split has seen an increasing number of tourists every year. Given that the Dalmatian capital is finally blossoming into a food city, it was time for a genuine, gourmet street food fair featuring some of the best Split-based restaurants.

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This upcoming spring holiday, which has always marked the beginning of the tourist season on our Adriatic Coast, Split’s beloved Đardin park will be home to the first-ever Split Spring festival by Staropramen, which the organizers hope will become a traditional event that will mark the beginning of the tourist season in "the most beautiful city on the coast". The festival will be held from April 23 to 28, 2019. 

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The Split caterers offering their specialties at the new festival will head to the streets for the first time, and all locals and tourists in Split for the Easter holiday can enjoy the tastes of Bokamorra, Artičok, Šug, Toto's, Bepa, Pikulece, Maka-Maka, Fabrique Pub & Grill and Biberon.

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In addition to the gourmet part of the fair, featuring some of the best in the Split food scene, there will also be a ‘Picnic Zone’ set up by Staropramen in the heart of Đardin, where you will be able to sit down, chill out, and relax with a cool Staropramen and live entertainment.

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Furthermore, the vibrant accompanying program and activities at the Split Spring festival will feature an exciting exhibition, film projections inside Đardin, and a packed musical schedule each evening, which will bring visitors the sounds and rhythms of jazz, blues, and soul.

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Save the date; you won’t want to miss this new spring treat in Split. 

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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

World Cup Fan Zone in Split Investigated by FIFA

The World Cup Fan Zone in Split, where the 2018 World Cup matches were streamed, allegedly did not have a FIFA license, forcing the umbrella organization to investigate the unauthorized use of their brand within Strossmayer Park. Namely, Đardin this summer was decorated with FIFA's official mascot and advertised logos of companies that did not have any contracts with them.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Evo Ruke! 74 Days of Music Returns to Đardin this Summer

Because who wouldn't want to enjoy 74 days of music this summer?