Thursday, 5 September 2019

Eight Summer Stages in Split Area to Revitalize Cultural Heritage

September 5, 2019 - Eight summer stages in the Split area, worth 27.8 million kuna, will provide additional facilities for locals and tourist attractions.

On September 3, 2019, Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Marko Pavic decided to finance the ITU strategic project "Open Summer Stages of the Urban Agglomeration of Split", which provides a non-refundable HRK 27.8 million from the ITU mechanism.

The project will revitalize cultural heritage and will provide additional facilities for locals and tourist attractions through the construction, renovation, and furnishing of outdoor summer stages at eight different locations. The construction, renovation and furnishing of the open summer stages, accompanying facilities and facilities for cultural and tourist purposes, will be carried out at the following locations in the cities of Solin, Trogir, Kastela and Omis and the municipalities of Klis, Dugopolje and Lecevica:

• Solin: renovation of Gradina, stage construction;

• Solin: renovation and construction of the Cultural Information Center and renovation of the square;

• Klis: remodeling two buildings and repairing the walls of Klis Fortress, 3D mapping, stage construction;

• Omis: renovation of the “Old Cemetery”, stage construction;

• Dugopolje: the summer stage near the church of Sv. Rocco;

• Kastela: renovation of the Dudan Park in Kastel Kambelovac, stage construction;

• Lecevica: renovation of the old wells in the village of Radosic, stage construction;

• Trogir: summer stage in the old town.

The project will increase the level of preservation and landscaping of these attractions, and modernize the existing facilities, while raising the quality of the cultural heritage and its long-term and sustainable use for the inhabitants of the Urban Agglomeration of Split and all visitors to the area.

The success of the project is based on the identification, activation and cooperation of local development potential with an emphasis on the efficient use of resources in planning and managed development in the area of Urban agglomeration Split.

Recall, this news comes after the City of Split has announced a competition for a new multipurpose hall for cultural and social content, which will be located in the city center. The hall should begin operating in the 2020/2021 season. The process began Monday through public consultation, according to the City. 

The hall is designed as a multipurpose hall and will be able to hold cinema screenings, theater performances, cultural and musical events, conferences and congresses. It will have an independent entrance via the main staircase from the outer space, it will be accessible to disabled people and persons with reduced mobility, and will boast a capacity of 168 seats.

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

8.5 Million Kuna Granted to Develop Coast in Omiš, Trogir, Kaštela and Tučepi

HRTurizam reports on August 27, 2019, that based on the Decision on the allocation of funds from the Co-financing Program for Capital Projects on the Maritime Property in Split-Dalmatia County for 2019, the County Prefect Blaženko Boban signed contracts worth HRK 8.5 million with the mayor of Omiš Ivo Tomasović, Deputy Mayor of Trogir Ruža Kovačević Bilić, Deputy Mayor of Kaštela Grgica Benutic and Ante Čobrnić of Tučepi.

The city of Omiš received HRK 1.5 million for landscaping Brzet beach, the city of Trogir HRK 3 million for the construction of the breakwater of Brigi Lokvice sports harbor, and HRK 2 million to Kaštela for landscaping the Glavica bay in Kaštel Lukšić. The Municipality of Tučepi also received HRK 2 million to improve the coastal zone from the marina to Gospin creek, all with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of Split-Dalmatia County through the development of coastal and marine infrastructure, as well as strengthening the tourist and economic resource base.

“It is well known that our County manages one-third of the total maritime domain of the Republic of Croatia. It was not easy to do all the preparatory work because only projects that have been awarded a 

building permit were financed, and the projects were co-financed in the ratio of half of Split-Dalmatia County, half of the units of local self-government. In this way, together with the local self-government units, we will change the overall view of our coastal towns. Therefore, let the contracts signed today be an incentive for other local communities to participate in such county competitions,” said Blaženko Boban.

Stipe Čogelja, Head of the Maritime and Tourism Managing Board, emphasized that the County has already prepared all the relevant strategic documents for beach management, from the Tourism Capacity Plan to the Beach Management Plan, and announced the development of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan foreseen by European Directives which only Šibenik-Knin County has so far. 

"We are ready for a new EU financial perspective from 2021, to apply for even more funding for sustainable coastal zone management," said Čogelja.

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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Albert II, Prince of Monaco Sails into Trogir on Super Luxury Yacht

As Morski writes on the 15th of August, 2019, the Croatian Adriatic has become mega-popular among the world's jet-setting elite. While Bill Gates is currently sailing around in the Zadar area, after a visit to Hvar, the luxury yacht ''Arience'' carrying no less than Prince Albert of Monaco arrived in Trogir.

"Prince Albert of Monaco is a guest in our city, let it be known!" A reader from Trogir informed Morski.

Albert of Monaco officially visited Croatia on April the 21st, 2009, and met with then-President Stipe Mesić. His visit remained marked in memory by his kind and humanitarian gesture of helping Croatia to clear its remaining landmines.

Prince Albert II. (full name Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi), is the current Prince of Monaco and head of the Grimaldi Dynasty. Son of Rainier III. and Hollywood actress Grace Kelly. Since 2011, he has been married to former swimmer Charlene Wittstock, with whom she has two children, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques.

Albert also has two other children with two women, daughter Jazmin Grace and son Alexandra Costu, who cannot participate in the legacy of Monaco's glorious throne because they were born outside of marriage, although Albert readily acknowledged paternity.

Interestingly, he participated in five Olympic Games from 1988 to 2002 as a member of the national bob team. He has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since back in 1985 and is chairman of the Monaco Olympic Committee.

His luxury 61-metre-long yacht, with which he sailed into the Dalmatian town of Trogir, is worth an incomprehensible 80 million US dollars, and the weekly rental of this boat is an equally mind-boggling 650,000 US dollars.

The vessel, Arience, offers accommodation for twelve guests in six cabins. Its interiors and exteriors were designed by Reymond Langton. The luxury yacht also boasts a movie theater, a plateau which acts like its own waterfront by the sea, a large club, a whole deck for the owner and several open plan living areas with spa pools.

It is powered by engines of 2005 HP each, giving it a maximum speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots. The perfect way to experience Trogir from the sea.

Watch a video of this gorgeous vessel here:

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Saturday, 3 August 2019

VIDEOS: Chaos on Streets as Summer Storm Rips through Split

August 3, 2019 - When the forecasts projected a change in weather this weekend, they weren’t kidding around. A look at how this summer storm swept through the Split area.

A rumbling thunderstorm with powerful and blustery winds ripped through the Split area around 10 pm on Friday. The air temperature dropped to just 19 degrees Celsius in a short time - for comparison, the highest daily temperature on Friday was 32 degrees Celsius, Slobodna Dalmacija reported.

“It came from the northwest and descended to Dalmatia. The announced front is crossing our area,” confirmed DHMZ in Split on Friday evening. 

The highest recorded wind gusts in the Split area were 104 km/h, according to DHMZ.

People were warned not to go outside, and those who found themselves outdoors were asked to seek shelter as soon as possible. 

However, on a Friday night in the peak season, we know that’s an impossible ask. 

A look at the scenes on the Split Riva on Friday.

"There was panic in the city. The outdoor terraces were cleared within minutes. Guests ran away without paying their bills," one reader told Slobodna Dalmacija.

The storm also turned one building in the Pujanke area of Split into the house of horrors!

 

At the nearby Star Village of Mosor, Crometeo measured hurricane-like gusts of wind up to 148 km/h!

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The wind carried garbage containers into parked cars.

And made everyone in the warmth of their homes thankful they chose not to go out that night.

After the storm, the Center 112 received numerous calls from citizens reporting fallen trees on the roads, while some reported that they were trapped in an elevator because some parts of the city briefly ran out of power, reported Slobodna Dalmacija.

Some facilities were left without roofs, and most of the calls came from Split, Solin, and Kaštela.

Many calls for help from the sea were also received Friday night.

“We have a lot of calls, and just in the area of ​​Split we have reports of five accidents, and maybe 20 in the whole Adriatic,” said the Port Authority of Split on Friday. No injuries had been reported on Friday night, though more information will be known on Saturday morning. 

The KulaKula festival was also held in Trogir on Friday night in Kamerlengo castle. The storm hit as local favorite Vojko V was on stage. The storm cut out the sound, but Vojko boldly continued his concert in an unplugged version. 

However, the storm became worse and started to pick up chairs, umbrellas, equipment, and branches. The audience then began running away from the concert venue, and as one Dalmacija Danas reader said, there was a lot of panic on the way out.

Fortunately, the weather forecast for Saturday is looking much more favorable.

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You can follow the weather report here.

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Friday, 17 May 2019

Split Police to Approve Placement of New Surveillance Cameras

Big Brother may well be watching you in and around the wider Split area as local police approve a significant number of brand new surveillance cameras in numerous locations within that aforementioned area of central Dalmatia in the name of heightened security.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 17th of May, 2019, the Croatian police in Split-Dalmatia County will issue their approval if all of the necessary conditions for the placement of the new surveillance cameras are met, and if they deem that the setting of the new video surveillance system will positively affect the level of general security of people and property.

The Split Police Administration has stated that approvals have already been issued for the installation of new surveillance cameras in the nearby areas of Trogir and Solin.

As Slobodna Dalmacija reports, as of the beginning of 2019, the Split Police Inspectorate has issued two approvals for the placement of video surveillance systems in Trogir in 23 locations and in Solin in a further 10 locations. Before the new approvals came, Solin had received police approval for three cameras, and this year Solin requested a police review of locations where the administration could set up three times as many such devices.

Should local police give the green light to the new surveillance camera locations and agree that their placement would be beneficial to the area's overall safety and security levels for both people and for property, then all of the approvals will be given. In previous years, licenses were granted to Split for fifteen different locations, Solin received approval for three locations, Makarska got the green light for six locations, Hvar was okayed for twelve locations, Sinj was approved for one and the Lovreć Municipality received approval for four locations.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

World's Biggest Welcome in Croatia: Day 38 - Trogir to Trilj (Kayak, Climb, Bike)

April 30, 2019 - Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. Day 38 of this incredible 2011 adrenaline trip covering 2,500 km along the Croatian coast. 

The World's Biggest Welcome, an ambitious adventure tourism project in 2011 in Croatia enters Day 38 of this 2019 appreciation of one of the finest tourism promotion projects ever in Croatia.  

The plan? To showcase the diversity and fabulous offer of adventure tourism in Croatia by following a GPS route the length of the Croatian coast in the shape of the word 'Welcome' - thereby creating the biggest welcome in the world from a hospitable tourism country. 

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Day 38 moved from Trogir to Trilj.

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72 kilometres for the day: 15 km kayak from Trogir to Split, followed by a 2 km climb to the top of Marjan hill, and a 55 km bike ride from Split to Trilj to complete forming the ‘O’ in ‘Welcome’.

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Day 38 started in the UNESCO town of Trogir. 

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Lacko setting off towards Slatine on Ciovo.

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Lacko crossing the bridge to Ciovo.

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The ride couldn't go far without brandy at a local bar.

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Slatine and Lacko by the Bura Line boat to Split. Will Lacko make it through?

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Indeed he did.

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From Slatine to Marjan.

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Lacko meets the team at Marjan.

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And he begins the climb to the top.

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From Marjan to Klis.

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And Klis Fortress in all of its glory. 

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It was an experience best washed down with a beer.

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Jagoda joined Lacko from Sinj to Trilj.

A key part of the project was promoting tourism, and the official website has details of the key places visited during the day. 

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Trogir.

You can see the entire project on the Welcome website, as well as much more of Luka Tambaca's stunning photography on the Welcome Facebook page

Tune in tomorrow for Day 39, as Lacko moves from Trilj to Omiš.

To follow the whole project from the start, follow the dedicated TCN page

Monday, 29 April 2019

World's Biggest Welcome in Croatia: Day 37 - Primošten to Trogir (Kayak)

April 29, 2019 - Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. Day 37 of this incredible 2011 adrenaline trip covering 2,500 km along the Croatian coast. 

The World's Biggest Welcome, an ambitious adventure tourism project in 2011 in Croatia enters Day 37 of this 2019 appreciation of one of the finest tourism promotion projects ever in Croatia.  

The plan? To showcase the diversity and fabulous offer of adventure tourism in Croatia by following a GPS route the length of the Croatian coast in the shape of the word 'Welcome' - thereby creating the biggest welcome in the world from a hospitable tourism country. 

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Day 37 moved from Primošten to Trogir.

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40 kilometres for the day: And really, just a smooth kayak ride from Primošten to Trogir to continue forming the ‘O’ in ‘Welcome’. 

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Day 37 kicked off from the coastal town of Primošten, which lies between the cities of Šibenik and Trogir. 

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The vineyards of Primošten.

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And then onto Rogoznica and the Dragon's Eye.

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Lacko continued making his way to Trogir by kayak.

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Though the strong wind made it difficult. 

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Lacko and his kayak. 

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Arrival in the UNESCO-protected town of Trogir with a great view of Kamerlengo castle. 

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The bridge to Čiovo

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Spotted: Lacko and his kayak at the Trogir marina.

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Lacko is pretty happy to be here. 

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And it's no wonder why.

A key part of the project was promoting tourism, and the official website has details of the key places visited during the day. 

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Trogir.

You can see the entire project on the Welcome website, as well as much more of Luka Tambaca's stunning photography on the Welcome Facebook page

Tune in tomorrow for Day 38, as Lacko moves from Trogir to Trilj by kayaking, climbing, and cycling.

To follow the whole project from the start, follow the dedicated TCN page

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

From Osijek to Makarska, Booking.com Users Rate Croatian Hosts

What do Croatian and international travellers think of their hosts when staying in private accommodation? How do they rate them, how much interaction is too much and are privacy and inside information the key?

As Lea Balenovic/Novac writes on the 9th of April, 2019, almost two thirds of Croats believe that the host is a key factor when staying in an accommodation facility, and those who are the best rated in the Republic of Croatia, both from domestic and foreign guests, can be found in in Rakovica, Osijek, Bibinje, Korenica, Kaštela, Makarska, Brela, Senj, Trogir and Podstrana.

They are the results of research conducted by the world's leading rental company, Booking.com, on a sample of 21,500 travellers worldwide. As the survey showed, 63 percent of international travellers and 62 percent of Croatian travellers think that their stay was better because of their engagement of the host who did everything they could to make it a better stay for them.

Most travellers want to feel "at home," as they have indicated in such surveys. For 62 percent of international travellers, the main advantage of non-hotel accommodation is the ability to take advantage of the knowledge and information available from the host and decide to stay in a property owned by someone who actually comes from the region in which the property is located. The same goes for 48 percent of Croatian travellers.

Nearly half of the international travellers who partook in the survey, or more specifically 45 percent of them, and 59 percent of Croatian travellers consider the local knowledge and information at their disposal from their host important for their overall budget because they hope to be given insider advice that will help them save some cash and avoid potential tourist traps.

However, while it seems that all travellers who took part in this survey generally consider the same things to be significant, each traveller is looking for a different type of engagement from their host. Therefore, some travellers are satisfied with a simple warm welcome, while others have slightly higher expectations from their hosts.

For example, 52 percent of international passengers and 40 percent of Croatian travellers believe that their host should only be seen once during their stay in order to make them feel welcome, and more than a third of international travellers and almost the same number of Croatian travellers expect their hosts to contact them only during their arrival, registration, and then again when they eventually check out and leave the premises.

What is often even more challenging to hosts is the fact that many travellers also expect them to have some sort of sixth sense and know just how much of a personal touch is needed for each traveller. 69 percent believe that hosts should intuitively know the right amount of time they should be spending with their guests, and that is also what 73 percent of Croatian travellers think. For four out of five international travellers and the same number of travellers from Croatia that means respecting their need for personal space, which means that the feeling of privacy is key.

The hosts also agree. Namely, nearly 80 percent of Croatian hosts think that the most important thing for guests is to be able to properly ensure their privacy.

"Our research reveals that it's very important for the owners and managers of accommodation facilities to find a balance which ensures the best experience, regardless of whether guests are staying in a vacation home, an apartment, in accommodation with their hosts or any other type of facility," explained Olivier Grémillon, the vice president of Booking.com, adding the fact thatt "what is crystal clear is that there is nothing like the ability of ordinary people to turn something into an unforgettable experience."

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Click here for the original article by Lea Balenovic for Novac/Jutarnji

Saturday, 27 October 2018

5 Years Today: Croatia Remembers Trogir's Unforgettable Tenor Vinko Coce

Remembering the unforgettable tenor Vinko Coce, whose contribution to Croatia’s cultural heritage is unquestionable.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

1,000 Businesspeople from Europe to Sail from Trogir to Hvar

The largest business regatta in Croatia will take place in October.

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