Sunday, June 26, 2016

Croatia Online – One Helluva Road Trip!

Croatia Online Road Trip

Have we got news for you! 4,000 miles, plenty of time at sea and seven weeks non-stop researching have uncovered some new gems as well as some old favourites with a makeover.

We’ll be revealing all to you in a series of detailed postings both here and on sister site Croatia Cruising Companion. And we’ll be starting at least one new blog tailor made to give you the inside track on camping in Croatia.

A different campsite every night, detailed exploration of the mainland coastline and a number of islands, in depth catch ups with all our local experts, visits to almost all the principle marinas and ports (with quite a few new marinas to report on) and quite a few meanders off the beaten track.

It was a jaw dropping trip – the weather was beautiful, the landscapes and sceneries as varied, dramatic and stunning as ever and the people even more welcoming, friendly and resourceful. Seven weeks was a long time on  the road but we could easily have used another seven or  more. However all good things come to an end and now the hard work starts as we share the exciting discoveries, though that’s quite fun too!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Croatia Puts All Its Parks In One Place!

Croatia Online Mallard in Krka

Metaphorically speaking of course, so this mallard in Krka National Park has no need to scratch its head!

Croatia is finally giving its enormous diversity and abundance of beautiful unspoilt habitats the attention it deserves and has consolidated all the various information onto one website.

It splits its parks between National Parks and Nature Parks, the former normally afforded a higher level of protection and perhaps a little more “spectacular”

Looking at the map we’ve just a couple left to do but so far the highlights are Kornati, Učka, Kopački rit and Krka. Here are some links to some previous Croatia Online “park postings”:

Croatia Online - Krka and Skradin

Croatia Online - Kopački rit

Literally, the Parks of Croatia, you can find the English language version of the new website here - Parks of Croatia Homepage

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Croatia Online Features on Total Croatia News

Kastela fire planes JC. One of my favourite blog photos

It seems Croatia Online has the dubious distinction of being one of the oldest English Language blogs on Croatia, having achieved its 10th anniversary at the beginning of the year.

In recognition of this magnificent achievement our editor, Jane Cody, was interviewed by Paul Bradbury of Total Croatia News – one of our favourite websites.

Jane made full use of this unique opportunity, and some very meaty questions from Paul, to reflect on a number of major and hopefully interesting issues – Croatia’s progress in tourism, particularly nautical tourism, the Croatian blogging scene and some favourite blog posts, to name but a few.

So make a cup of tea, put your feet up and see what she has to say on life in the universe as it applies to Croatia!

Here’s the link  Total Croatia News - Bloggers Of Croatia: Jane Cody and many thanks to Paul for his insightful questions and affording us the space we needed to answer them properly.

Today’s photo is a Croatia Online favourite – a fireplane coming into Kaštela Bay to top up its tanks with water.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Football in Croatia


As in most other sports it takes part in, Croatia punches well above its weight in football. The national team is a force to be reckoned with, there are plenty of Croatian players in the UK leagues and of course Slaven Bilić, the erstwhile national coach, is now manager of West Ham.  Croatians also take their football fan responsibilities very seriously and none so enthusiastically as the supporters of Hajduk, Split. Despite needing a little tlc, Hajduk’s Poljud stadium, pictured, is a sight to behold, day or night, roof open or roof closed, and there aren’t many football clubs that can boast a backdrop of karst mountains and azure Mediterranean waters.

To get the full story on Croatia’s football scene (or most others worthy of note!) have a look at Libero Guide Croatia. Libero is a digital travel guide for football fans and aims to be the most up-to-date travel companion to the game’s most exciting destinations, city-by-city, club-by-club. So if you like holidays with a football theme, or just want to follow your club around the globe, Libero is the website for you.

Thanks to Ballota for today’s photo

Friday, February 05, 2016

Travel Croatia By Seaplane


In November 2014, our intrepid roving reporters, Diane and Roger, reported on their first seaplane trip. They travelled from Split to Hvar island on one of the first European Coastal Airlines (ECA) sea plane flights. In fact the Split terminal at Resnik they travelled from is just a short walk from where we used to live in Kaštel Štafilić. This terminal is placed to be near Split’s international airport but now it seems there’s also a terminal in Split city centre so you can arive right into the heart of this amazing Dalmatian City, with its eclectic history and culture, as well as easy links to Croatia’s popular islands of Brač, Hvar and Vis.

Read about Diane and Roger’s trip on Croatia Online - Come Fly (To The Islands) With Me!

News hot off the press is that ECA flights now link Split and Dubrovnik which is another huge breakthrough for locals and visitors alike. Previously the choice was a long car or coach ride, or scheduled flights between the two international airports. As far as I’m aware modern  trains and the motorway still don’t go all the way to Dubrovnik yet but that something else on the list of things to catch up on!

Even if you don’t particularly want to go to either destination (are you mad?!) the flight is worth it for the view of the coastline and islands alone and you can read the full story on Total Croatia News

Friday, January 29, 2016

Croatia Online Inspires One Of Croatia’s Best Native Bloggers!

Secret Dalmatia

It was with considerable delight that, following a tip off from our great friends Diane and Roger, we discovered ourselves credited as the inspiration for one of THE very best blogs on Croatia. We’ve known Alan Mandić for many years and had some of our best trips to undiscovered places with him. If anyone knows the real secrets of Dalmatia, Alan does, and he has that rare combination of local knowledge, national pride and international savvy that makes what he offers to visitors, and what he does to promote all that is best about Croatia, quite exceptional. So we forgive him for drawing attention to the fact that this blog has been a little quiet recently.

Winking smile

In fact the wake up call is a couple of months too late as one of our resolutions for 2016 is to make Croatia top priority again so expect to hear a lot more from us now!

Read the interview with Alan Mandić here: Total Croatia News Meets The Bloggers Of Croatia

And below are links to some of Croatia Online’s favourite postings featuring Secret Dalmatia when Alan  was just an embryo blogger, if that! Bear in mind that these are the original posts and contact information for some of the venues may have changed.

Croatia Online - A Day Out With Secret Dalmatia

Croatia Online - Caves and Caving

Croatia Online - Bibich Winery, Skradin

Croatia Online Discovers Secret Dalmatia

Today’s photo is of some Roman ruins that were, at the time, hidden away from almost everyone except Alan!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Learn The Croatian Language!

Croatia Online Rab Sign

If you are a little slow making your resolutions this year but are already yearning for a trip to Croatia, why not learn the language and get so much more out of  your visit?

Yes, Croatians know they can not expect many of their tourists to speak the lingo and yes, menus and signs are often in English, German, and perhaps Italian and French as well, but there will be times when you may really wish you’d done a little more homework…. for example when  that very special location eludes you because you did not know what the sign said.

First of all the good news: Croatian pronunciation is very phonetic and regular, so once you know how to pronounce each letter you can make words understood. Also good, in a way, is the fact that most Croatians speak English so they can help you (but tend to prefer practicing their English rather than letting you hone your skills). The challenge is that there are 6 declensions of each verb and three genders so you may have up to 18 different endings of a verb. And don’t believe the locals when they say the ending does not matter as they will be very quick to correct you!  There are some words similar to French and a very few where you could say the English word and be ok but, like anything worth doing, you’re going to need to put some time in. So maybe think of accelerating your progress by having some lessons from a professional?

We’ve known Linda Rabuzin, owner of The Croatian Language School (CLS), for years.  Based in west London, CLS was established in 1997, long before quite a few of our compatriots could place Croatia on the world map and certainly before it was properly discovered. CLS works with corporate and private students, from complete beginner to advanced, including providing tailor-made training programmes if required.

Better still, why not combine a visit to your favourite holiday destination with a language course? This year Linda is taking her students to north Croatia, near Zadar. Over a week you’ll have 12 hours of tuition, spread over 4 days, and the option to join in an amazing programme of excursions where of course you can practice some more.

Follow this link - CLS - Zadar Croatian Language Course 2016 - to find out more about the opportunity, not only to learn the language from a native and expert teacher, but also to get a real “local’s” insight into the culture, sights and sounds of this incredible, rapidly up and coming, and often overlooked, part of Croatia.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Croatia & Its Neighbours

Ivo Sanader

Though we try and stay in touch with the political evolution of a still young Croatian nation, we don’t feature politics much in this blog. However, there was an excellent article in the Irish Times on Friday looking at various recent commemorative events against the complex history of the region and relations between neighbours. Some of the implications are a little worrying but far better, we think, to air them in the hope of positive discussion, rather than sweep them under the carpet and let them fester.

Croatia not only sits in the middle of a region full of different religions, ethnicities and culture, but also between the two major world political philosophies and cultures of east and west. No wonder a prize like Croatia has been fought over so often by so many different nations and, with increasing world tension  as a result of Russian intervention in Ukraine, amongst other things, lets hope  western influence on the region remains strong and well received. Here’s a link to the full Irish Times article - Croatia and Serbia In Grip of New Balkan Struggle

Today’s photo is of Ivo Sanader, the disgraced Prime Minister, referred to in  the article. Readers may be interested to read about the circumstances surrounding his resignation which, at the time, came as a surprise to (almost?!)  everyone.  Croatia Online - Ivo Sanader Resigns

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Croatia’s Alka Tournament of Sinj (Sinjska Alka)

The Sinjska Alka, a knights tournament in Sinj

Every August, in a place called Sinj, inland from Split, a medieval jousting tournament takes place. It’s called the Sinjska Alka (literally the Alka of Sinj) and is a tradition that has endured since 1717. 

Rather than aiming their lances at each other as they gallop down the main street, the knights (called Alkars) aim for iron rings hanging on ropes. The event is named after these iron rings and is a word of Turkish origin. Participants must be members of local families and the whole community supports the tradition by, for example, making costumes and weapons. It has become a marker of local history and a medium for transferring collective memory from one generation to another.

The Sinjska Alka  is the only remaining example of these historic competitions which were once held in most Croatian coastal towns. It’s included on the UNESCO’s representative list of non-material cultural heritage of mankind and soon there will be a museum to further preserve and explain the tradition.

Split county and the national government are sharing the funding of the museum and it is hoped that it will be ready for visitors for this year’s tournament. See the government's  website link for more information on the museum and link to Unesco's Website for more information on the Alka itself.

Boris Ljubičić is the author of today’s photo which has been kindly provided by the Croatia Tourist Board.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Croatia’s Zadar Airport Continues To Grow

Ch 1 Zadar Airport

Ryanair operated its first flight in Zadar Airport in 2007 and is partly responsible for the long overdue discovery of this very special, and still overlooked, region of Croatia. CEO Michael O'Leary paid a visit recently and indicated even more visitors this year and in 2016.

For more information and a great directory of  airlines flying to Zadar go to Croatia Total Split

Today’s photo shows Zadar Airport back in 2006 though it has not changed that much on the outside since then!

Croatia Is Fodor’s Top World Destination On The Rise


Croatia has come out top of world destinations people most want to go to,  based on Fodor’s data of most researched destination pages. Neighbouring Montenegro is rising fast too!

Read the full story here: Fodor's Top Destinations

Today’s picture shows some of Diocletian’s Palace and cafés on Split Riva.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cruising In Croatia

Croatia Online Trogir Riva

The best way of travelling around Croatia is by sea. No hanging around in traffic jams in the heat, no ugly suburbs to drive through, all of the islands and the best parts of the mainland at your disposal, and the frequent possibility of a cooling dip. Of course sailing yourself around  gives you the maximum flexibility, especially if you have a copy of the Croatia Cruising Companion to hand, but there are other ways. You could charter a yacht with a skipper or you could go on a cruise.

Today’s Telegraph suggests some luxury cruises majoring on Croatia – Telegraph Top 5 Cruises In Croatia – but for those on a very limited budget, it’s quite fun (and very cheap) making the local ferry service work  for you – check out this link for all the lines available in the summer  - Jadrolinija Sailing Schedule Summer 

In between these two budget extremes there are a number of other options including flying there under your own steam and taking a local and smaller cruise boat. Or perhaps get together with a group of friends and hire your own superyacht!

Here’s one yacht we’ve seen regularly in and out of Trogir - Princess Diana. And follow this link for a report we did on another classy yacht available for hire Croatia Cruising Companion - Cruising In Classic Style


Today’s photo is of Trogir’s Riva (sea front)  jam-packed with local cruise boats on changeover day in the summer.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Croatia Online’s Roving Reporters Invite You To Come Fly With Me!


We passed on the exciting new news of seaplane connections in Croatia in an earlier posting -  Croatia Online - Seaplane Transfers To Croatian Islands. Now our intrepid roving reporters, Diane and Roger, have tried it out and share their first hand experience with us.


Late this summer European Coastal Airlines (ECA) started their sea plane flights from their terminal at Resnik, close to Split Airport and serviced by a shuttle bus between them. 

From our terrace we had watched as the Twin Otter Aircraft passed in front of us on its way to Jelsa, Hvar Island, and at the beginning of October we booked our tickets for the 9 am flight of Saturday 18th October.  On arrival at the terminal we collected our boarding passes from a friendly, smart and efficient team of staff.

The flight on the sea plane was quite exciting as you can observe the pilots and cockpit controls.  It's a great feeling as the aircraft gathers speed and you see the  spray from the floats before lifting off. The flight itself  is very scenic as the aircraft flies at  low altitude.

After a fifteen minute flight we touched down at Jelsa and were met by a car and driver who took us the 28km to Hvar Town. (This was arranged at the time of booking).  There was plenty of time to explore the town including climbing up to the Fortress to take in the spectacular views over the Pakleni islands and Hvar town.  After the climb, the descent led us to our first well earned beers of the day!

Eating in Hvar town can be expensive, compared to the rest of Croatia,  but we spotted a sign up a side street leading to to a Bistro called 'FOR'.  They advertised weekend specials of domestic Dalmatian cooking and we thought we would try one of the dishes. We were not disappointed.  First came home made beef soup and a basket of bread, then a salad which was followed by roast lamb, roast potatoes and vegetables.  This with half a litre of red wine came to 130kn for two. Not only amazing value but we were impressed with the friendly welcome and the tables laid with clean fresh linen.

Our driver collected us at the pre-arranged time of 3 pm for the return trip to Jelsa, allowing us enough time to explore Jelsa and down another beer before boarding our return flight at 5.35pm.

The cost for us both, including our taxi to Hvar Town, was 1168.13 kunas - about £120 - and the whole trip was a seamless, enjoyable experience which we would thoroughly recommend.


Thanks to Diane and Roger for taking the time to share what may well be one of the best innovations in Croatian tourism in recent years, and for their photos. And congratulations to ECA for breaking through the red tape and getting started a lot quicker than many expected. And news hot off the press is that there should be a terminal in Šibenik, based at Mandalina Marina, in time for summer 2015.


Friday, October 03, 2014

Croatia’s First Year In The EU–Thumbs Up Or Down?

Croatia Online Olynthia

The jury is still out on that question. For expats it’s made things a little easier; for locals arguably a little harder, but according to a BBC News report a couple of days ago (see links at the end of this posting), the olive oil business is doing ok out of it and exports, in general, have improved.

Like many new entrants some Croatians expected EU entry to be a panacea for a marked improvement in the standard of living,  but long gone are the days when the EU was flush with enough cash to really indulge its new members. In fact Ireland was probably the last country to reap significant financial benefits of membership and we all know that cash injection did not last very long despite the considerable boom it created at the time. Interesting then to look back at the very first posting on this blog - Croatia Online - A Parable - back in January 2006, comparing the two countries at a time when the EU really did appear to be the land of milk and honey! And also a reminder of how long Croatia has been waiting to join its ranks.

As you will read in the BBC News article, a small olive oil company reports that it is thriving from the reduction in red tape on exports – great news that Croatian olive oil, amongst the best we have ever tasted, can now be appreciated by a wider audience. However it’s difficult to see EU benefits if you’re living in a county still deep in recession and with high unemployment. And it looks like there may be more pain to come as large, state owned employers, such as the shipyards, Croatia Airlines and ACI Marinas, go through the often traumatic process of privatisation.

What is hopefully still cheering the locals up, and a subject on which the BBC News report is remarkably silent, is the ever growing tourism industry. Visitors to Croatia’s coastline could be forgiven for presuming that the (tourism) economy is very healthy indeed!


BBC News, Croatia And The EU

Croatia Online - Šolta, The Island Of Olives

Monday, September 22, 2014

Goli Otok, Croatia–A New Tourist Attraction?

Goli otok 2

Goli otok translates as “naked island”, named, we believe, after its days as a secret nudist destination. However it became infamous for its prison back in the days of Tito and the Yugoslav Republic.

It lies just north of the popular northern Croatian destination of Rab and there is about to be much current debate as to what to “do” with it!

Croatia’s economy is driven, to a great extent by tourism and the government wants to maximise the use of its “assets” so options range from bulldozing all remnants of the dark past for new developments, to turning the island into a memorial of its bleak history.

For more details, some of them making depressing reading, have a look at these links:

Association of Goli otok

IOL Travel - Goli Otok

Daily Mail Online - Goli otok

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New Flights To Croatia From Dubai

Croatia Online - Plane


In December, Flydubai  starts a new route to Zagreb in Croatia. There will be three flights a week (Tuesday, Friday and Sunday) as part of a steady expansion and in the expectation of boosting trade and tourism with eastern Europe. Flight time is approximately six hours.

This follows on from an announcement in March, by the United Arab Emirates government, of  a new policy of visa on arrival for Croatian citizens and 12 other nationalities.

Dubai travel experts believe the sparsity of direct flights from Croatia and other destinations, such as Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was keeping Croatian tourists away despite promotions by the Croatia Tourist Board in 2012 and 2013. The new flights will also, of course, attract new tourists to Croatia!

For more information go to Flydubai

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Croatia In May–A Traveller’s Report


Today’s posting and photos are from Jon Dunn who we “met” on Twitter [ @cromercanary ]  and loves Croatia as much as we do. Jon has just returned from a trip around one of the most unspoilt parts of Dalmatia and was kind enough to let us post the first part of his travel report. Please note that opening times, ferries and bus timetables vary according to the season and you might be hard pushed, for example, to find any boat to take you up the Krka River if you go there in February!


North and Central Dalmatia, May 2014.

Hi, I’m Jon, from Cromer in Norfolk in the U.K. For several years now (since my first visit to Istria, in fact) I’ve had a “thing” about Croatia. That time, I was based in Pula, but had visits to Rovinj, Poreč and surrounding areas.

In 2012, I was diagnosed with cancer of the epiglottis, which was caught early and treated successfully - fingers crossed. So in May last year I had recovered enough to travel to Dubrovnik and Korčula, which were (and still are, I assume) both fantastic. Looking at the map, I saw there was a massive chunk in the middle of the country where I’d never set foot - something I was determined to resolve this year.

So the organising began in earnest. Where to fly to, stay, what to see and do, etc. These two websites were invaluable in helping this planning stage :-

Croatia Ferries

Croatia Bus Timetables

So, anyway, I eventually sorted out an itinerary that looked feasible - and great fun. First stop Zadar airport from London Stansted. From there it was straight down to Šibenik to spend four nights in my first ever Airbnb accommodation (more of Zadar later).  Šibenik is built on the side of a steep hill, so is quite demanding, seemingly never ending flights of steep steps. But boy, if you have appropriate walking boots on, it’s great. My rented room was perched high above the city, yet only five minutes walk from the waterfront. As it was getting late I settled for a pizza, from Pizzeria Fontana, Kralja Zvonimira 17a, 22000, which for 30 Kunas, was fine.

The early morning views across the sea from my balcony were to die for! St Ante’s channel and the islands of the Šibenik archipelago gleaming in the morning sunshine :)

There’s a helpful tourist office on the ‘riva’ (seafront promenade) just a few doors down from the Jadrolinija ferry office, which had brochures in several languages and a good city centre map. So, primed with a couple of macchiato coffees and some fritules (doughnuts) it was time to wander, get lost, discover forts, monasteries, medieval Mediterranean gardens, a beautifully kept cemetery (St Ana’s) and an endless supply of churches.

One of the main reasons for opting to use Šibenik as a base - it’s not the prettiest city in Dalmatia, with respect - was Katedrala sv. Jakova (St James Cathedral) which is totally stunning and benefits from UNESCO heritage status. It’s unique in as much as it’s constructed totally from stone, limestone quarried locally and marble  brought in from Brač island. No bricks or timber were used.

The intricate carvings at the main and side doors were just staggeringly ornate, featuring massive Venetian lions but the quirkiest feature is the 71 life sized carved human heads forming a frieze around the outside. Who these people are/were is not certain, but they all manage to look in different directions and are a photographer’s dream!


Some more wandering for photos and a refreshment stop - the local red wine Babić became a pretty good friend and some of the best is produced in and around Šibenik – and I jumped on a bus to visit the picture postcard peninsula town of Primošten, which is charming and compact, but doesn’t warrant more than a couple of hours, in my opinion. Once again it’s a photographer’s paradise, especially if you carry on heading south and look back at it from there. The best Babić vineyards are just outside the town, so it would have been rude not to!

Back to Šibenik on the next bus, interestingly this bus service was run by Autotransport d.d. Šibenik (white buses with blue writing) and was literally half the price of Autotrans for exactly the same journey? Go figure.

By now I was starving. My ‘Rough Guide’ had mentioned konoba Tinel as a good place to eat and having tasted my first ever Pašticada with gnocchi, I have to agree with them. Tinel is tucked away a bit, opposite St Chrysogonus' Church (Galerija sv. Krševana - number 14 on the free tourist map) with a lovely raised outdoor terrace and comfortable indoor seating on two floors. Excellent.

The other reason for choosing Šibenik as a base is it’s proximity to Krka National Park. There’s a local service every morning from the bus station to Skradin at 9.00 I think, with a bus back at 17.00 ideal for a full day excursion to this stunning park. Skradin itself is worth a wander and apparently some of Dalmatia’s top wines are from there, but not enough hours in the day, sadly :(

From Skradin - there’s a reception and visitor centre in Skradin where you buy tickets for boat and park admission combined (90 Kunas adult) - hourly boats head up the Krka river to the end of that navigable stretch, Skradinski Buk waterfall. Forget all the photos, just go and see/feel/experience the thunderous wall of water spilling all around you! Spectacular is an understatement. There’s also a boardwalk of almost 2 km in length which the brochure says is a leisurely hour’s walk - I took more than three! Apart from the cascading water everywhere, there are numerous other attractions within the park, like weaving looms, blacksmiths, flour mills, even the remains of Croatia’s first ever hydroelectric power station. There are guides on hand to explain how it all used to work, and a woman weaving beautiful blankets on the loom.

In addition, as you make your way around the boardwalk, information boards telling you of all the rare and endemic plants, fish, mammals and birds which have been spotted in the park. There are additional boat trips further up the river to another massive waterfall, Roski Slap and a monastery on an island, but due to the timings of everything, you can’t really do it all in one visit, though there are places to stay overnight in the park and in Skradin. A fantastic and informative day for people of all ages.

Back to Šibenik and seafood risotto washed down with white wine - Istrian Graševina - delicious. (The plan was the black risotto with cuttlefish ink, but I had a change of heart - wimp!)

There’s only one regular Jadrolinija ferry service from Šibenik, to the ‘resort’ of Vodice, calling at the islands of Zlarin and Prvić en route. I wanted to visit a small, rectangular town called Tribunj, which is the epitome of cuteness. The ferry leaves Šibenik at 09.30 and returns from Vodice at 18.00, which again allows for a full day exploring. Tribunj is about four km from Vodice, but it’s a gorgeous walk along the beach path which is paved for most of the way. The marina is awesome, filled with some of the most luxurious boats I’ve ever seen. There’s a narrow causeway bridge linking Tribunj with the mainland, much like Primošten, and it’s a great place to wander. The old town on the islet is not much bigger than a football pitch, so you’ll be doing well to get lost! There are some cool waterside bars, such as Nautica, a great place to sit and watch the boats come and go, listening to some of the most chilled out music I’ve ever heard. Bliss!

The best vantage point and worthy of a visit is the hill behind the town, where you can find the ruins of a Venetian fortress and the lovely little church of St Nicholas.

Back along the beach path to Vodice for the ferry home, but not without a typically enthusiastic Croatian wedding taking place, car horns blaring, then a walk around the seafront with accordions serenading the happy couple :)


Many thanks to Jon for his report on the first part of his travels and I am looking forward to the next. Makes me rather homesick for Croatia - Šibenik was my home for several months and when we first went to Croatia, in 2002, to find a house to live in, we stayed right by Tribunj “Marina” for a week. There was no swish marina then, just the shell of an enormous building (that became the marina offices) abandoned half way through construction.

For more information on some of the places Jon describes, the following links will take you direct to a few of our earlier postings on this blog and sister blog, Croatia Cruising Companion:

Croatia On Line - Gastronomy Near Šibenik

Croatia On Line - Falconry Centre Near Šibenik

Croatia Cruising Companion - Šibenik In Winter

Croatia Cruising Companion - Šibenik Regatta

Croatia Online - Tribunj Revisited

Croatia Online - Vodice

Croatia Online - Primošten

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Under A Croatian Sun – A Real Insight Into Croatian Island Life


We were lucky enough to be sent an advance copy of this book, generally available today. It’s fairly unique in terms of insight into ex pat life in Croatia and a thoroughly good read. Jane Cody, Croatia Online’s editor, tells us a bit more about it.


I have nothing but respect for author Anthony Stancomb and his wife Ivana. I thought I was brave going to live in Croatia in an age when most of my friends still couldn’t quite place it on the map. However we made a base on the mainland, in the fairly cosmopolitan town of Trogir, and our social life was mostly geared around the handful of other ex pats within a fifty kilometer radius and a few well travelled and cosmopolitan English speaking locals. So I can’t say we really “integrated” or indeed thought we ever would. The most we hoped for was to be recognised as residents rather than tourists, albeit we came to accept that we would never be anything else than “foreign”!

Anthony and Ivana, on the other hand, were pioneers and plunged themselves directly into traditional Croatian culture, on one of Croatia’s most remote islands, at a time, I imagine, when ex pats were only just rediscovering Dubrovnik. It helped, I’m sure, that Ivana is Croatian by birth and that Anthony learnt the language, but as Anthony illustrates in his book, it does not really matter whether you come from ten or ten thousand miles away - if you’re not from the village itself you’ve got a battle on your hands being accepted. And being accepted in Vis is probably the biggest challenge of them all – not only is it a two hour ferry trip from the mainland (Split) but Vis, with its military strategic importance, remained isolated for quite a long time after the Second World War and was at the sharp end, through the ages, of many attempts by a number of world powers to conquer and control the Adriatic.

But battle they did, and Under A Croatian Sun is an endearing tale of the roller coaster ride of gaining some sort of acceptance against almost impossible odds. Croatia is a proud, resilient and resourceful nation, long since used to playing host to foreign tourists. However, accepting a pair of ex pats into the everyday village life of an island culture, where everybody knows everyone else, and their detailed ancestry, is a very different kind of challenge.

Anthony relates, with great candour and some hilarity, their many different attempts to win the hearts and minds of the villagers, some more successful than others. In true British style, he becomes the only resident to have a lawn in his garden when all his neighbours are growing fruit and veg. Being seen clipping the edges, he soon realises, is rather detrimental to his status amongst such machismo males, and finding a lawnmower on the island proves impossible. Ironically, perhaps, Anthony’s attempts to build a cricket team on the island, after a slow and difficult start, are infinitely more successful and culminate in a decently matched fixture with a visiting MCC team.

What I like most about the book is its honesty about the challenges with Croatian bureaucracy and Anthony and Ivana’s indomitable spirit in not letting it grind them down. As a visitor to Croatia, you’ll hardly be aware of it but, if you decide to live there, you will come across it every day and it can sap the spirit. However, as Anthony explains, its not foreigners that are singled out; locals have exactly the same problems too. Though they may often have the advantage of cousins in the right places to oil the wheels, locals have the disadvantage of a psyche that has been worn down by bureaucracy over many generations and, worse, distant memories of the communist era when the Secret Police could make life very difficult for those who rocked the boat. Anthony and Ivana’s hard fought victory against bureaucracy in one area, particularly after bashing their heads against a brick wall in quite a few others, was not just a personal victory for them but one for the whole village and perhaps gave the locals a little more optimism for the future.

Under a Croatian Sun gives a rare and enlightening insight into what living in a small village on a Croatian island is really like for a couple that does not, by right, “belong” there in the same way that almost everyone else does. Now that Anthony and Ivana are well on the way to “acceptance”, I hope their neighbours will forgive the more colourful portraits that have been painted of some of them. The characters are all infinitely believable and Anthony is just as colourful and frank in relaying some of their less favourable impressions of him, along with plenty of Ivana’s frustrations! It’s difficult to imagine a sharper contrast in backgrounds and all credit to the Stancombs for making such earnest attempts to understand the history and circumstances which explain, for example, just why Croatians have come to prefer modern concrete buildings over old stone houses, and lino coverings over old wooden floors!

Most of all it’s very clear that the prize is worth it – a beautiful old house, right by a crystal clear sea, surround by vineyards and olive groves, amidst people that still celebrate a culture of traditional Mediterranean values, enjoy (reasonably!) healthy lifestyles and value the simple things in life.


You can find out more about Anthony and the book on his website

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Croatia’s Handiest Local Ferry? Trogir, Split Slatine

Croatia Online Bura Line

Just a few years ago, a savvy independent operator brought in perhaps one of the most sought after local ferry services. Yes, the state owned ferry company, Jadrolinija, does a great job servicing the islands and international routes. However poor old holiday makers on Slatine, Čiovo island, could look at Split, a stone’s throw away across the water, but to get there they had to drive miles in the opposite direction, cross over the busy Trogir bridges and then drive back the direction they came from on the mainland.

The Bura Line now takes them direct across the water and lands them right in the centre of Split, on the Riva by the British Embassy. It also extended its route to connect to Trogir so there’s no need to have a car anymore to get to the two most popular towns in the area.

It’s a seasonal service only, very much geared to tourist demand and you can find the latest timetable here Bura Line Timetable

The Facebook page is a fairly new thing and it’s in Croatian only but Google Translate will do most of the hard work for you. That being said, it made us chuckle to see “radnim danom” (week days or, literally, working days) being translated as the “The Oprah Winfrey Show”! Similarly don’t be horrified by the prices with “£” signs in front of them – that’s the price in kunas and there are around 9 kunas to a pound.


Today’s photo shows one of the ferries leaving Slatine on its way to Split. The high rise buildings in the background are in the suburbs of Split.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Bird Watching In Croatia

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Back in 2009, we were lucky enough to go out bird watching in Croatia with Robbie from Val Tours. It was a fascinating day – not just learning about the birds but going to some really undiscovered places.

The excuse was that we were writing a feature for Time Out Croatia about it – their first one on the subject. However even if you’re not yet hooked on the hobby it’s a fascinating way of seeing Croatia’s natural beauty.

Birding is not as developed in Croatia as elsewhere and the wide variety of habitats – from Mediterranean to Continental – means there’s a wide variety of birds. So if it’s your thing then Croatia could be the place to add a few more birds to your list.

Val Tours, based in Biograd near Zadar,  were one of the first tourist organisations to take Birding in Croatia seriously. They now have a very impressive website dedicated to birding and have expanded on the type and number of tours they offer. So if you’d like to find out more, go to Croatia Birding.

To read our 2009 postings on the subject, link to:

Croatia Online - For Undiscovered Croatia Follow The Birds

Croatia Online -Time Out On Birds


Today’s photo is one of our all time favourites and kindly supplied to us by Val Tours for the Time Out feature – two Pygmy Cormorants having a chat!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Croatia’s Floods

Croatia Online - Drava River Osijek

Whilst there are no winners in the Balkan flood crisis, Croatia has fared “less worse” than neighbours Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The Digital Journal report on this link shows a map of the area worst affected though the crisis is still unfolding. Much has been made of the way that these previously warring nations are now helping each other and, in the normal pattern of things, the poor state of the maintenance of rivers and dams is now coming into the spotlight. However the scale of the tragedy seems yet to be fully apparent and our thoughts are with all those affected.

Visitors to the Croatian Coast should be reassured that the main flooded area is a long way away and they are very unlikely to be affected directly. The mood may be a little more sombre than usual but the continuing fidelity of tourists will have a very positive effect on the nation’s morale and its finances. Those with any concerns may be interested in this Trip Advisor Thread with comments on specific areas. Note that the main affected area is around the Sava river which forms the natural border between the north of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the south of Slavonia, a region in inland Croatia, not to be confused with Slovenia, which is a country to the north west of coastal Croatia.


Today’s photo is of the Drava river is Osijek, north of the main flooded area but in the same region.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An Insight Into Tourism In Croatia

Croatia Online - Mountain Climbing in Omis

A couple of years ago, we were lucky enough to get a one to one tour of the culturally colourful and dramatically scenic Dalmatian town of Omiš, from one of its more eminent residents - Joško Stella, Director of the Central Dalmatia Croatia Tourist board. We already knew that Omiš had an awful lot going for it but after that day we could have written a whole book about it!

So it was interesting to read Joško’s recent and very frank take on where Croatian tourism is heading, particularly in Dalmatia. In a wide ranging interview for Digital Journal last month, Joško gives his informed views on anything and everything, from music festivals to cruise liner visits, with a special mention for the new Roman Roads Project.

You can read the full interview here - Digital Journal - Tourism In Croatia

And if you’d like to uncover a few  of  the secrets of  Omiš, including the history of its pirates, then check out this earlier posting on sister site Croatia Cruising Companion


Today’s photo is of some mountain climbers in Omiš. Once you’ve done that why not try some white water rafting on the river Cetina nearby?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Happy 150,000th Hit To Us!!


In the last 24 hours Croatia Online has received its 150,000th hit. Very many thanks to all of you who have kept on reading since our early beginnings, and also to newer readers. It’s time for us to go and celebrate but readers might be interested to read Croatia Online's 100,000th Hit Posting which has links to some of our favourite postings, including the very first one back in January 2006. Our nautical blog, Croatia Cruising Companion, at 35,000 hits, has a way to go to catch up but it did start a few years later and seems to have found its niche!


Today’s photo shows a very good friend of ours teaching Barnie, the dog, to drive  near Šibenik. The Croatian’s love a classic car as much as we do and everywhere we went they honked their horn and waved which makes it a good memory to celebrate all things Croatian! Smile

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Holiday Transfers To Croatia Islands About To Be Revolutionised?

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One of the logistical problems for visitors to Croatia’s islands has been timing their flight connections with ferries to their end destination. Sometimes it means an overnight stop on the mainland which can be expensive and tricky to find in the high season - most accommodation providers are looking for a minimum of three night stays and charge accordingly.

It looks as if that problem is finally about to be solved by European Coastal Airlines (ECA) who seem to have put many of the steps in place necessary to start their promised seaplane service in summer 2014.

ECA assure us that the seaplane transfers will operate all year round and be affordable for visitors and locals alike: “the ticket price for Split to Korčula will initially be below 300 kuna (40 EUR)” which does not sound bad compared to the gain in time.

Follow progress on ECA’s website news and just bear in mind that sometimes big things take a little longer to happen than is ideal!


ECA will obviously have a modern fleet of seaplanes and we don’t have a photo of those yet. So today’s photo is of a different kind of seaplane – the fire planes used to damp down the occasional forest fire, neatly framed by the two windsurfers!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Continuing Economic Recession Unlikely To Dampen Croatian Spirits!

Croatia Online - Rab

Bloomberg reported last week that Croatia is the only eastern member of the EU to report a continuing recession in the spring quarter of 2014. Only Cyprus and Croatia, amongst all EU countries, are predicted to have negative growth in 2014. You can read the full post on the following link Bloomberg - Croatia Still In Recession.

Whilst clearly it’s not the best of news and Croatians are still suffering from a gloomy economy, we don’t expect the locals to be too downhearted. Croatia depends heavily on tourism and there’s not much of it about in the first quarter of the year. And Croatia has suffered far worse in its past and still bounced back with  determination and success. Croatians are a resourceful bunch and though, on paper, not a rich nation, self sufficiency never died out in Croatia so their Kunas go a lot further than ours might.

From a tourists’ point of view Croatia’s (and the Euro’s!) misfortune is our gain. The sterling exchange rate is over 9 kunas to the pound though this tends to decrease a little as the high season approaches.

All in all it’s probably as good a time as any to visit this Adriatic hotspot and do your share to help the economy!


Today’s photo is of sunset over Rab town. Rab island, Kvarner, is a very popular destination and has some great sandy beaches. The silhouette of the town and its four elegant bell towers are often said, by sailors approaching at night, to resemble a grand four-masted ship. 

Friday, May 09, 2014

Croatia Cruising Companion and Trogir

Trogir's Kamerlengo Castle

Readers please note today’s posting on sister blog Croatia Cruising Companion with details on a new marina in Trogir to come.

Trogir has a special place in our hearts as not only is it one of the most popular Croatian cruising destinations but it was also our first home in Croatia. This lovely UNESCO protected medieval walled town, with its cobbled streets, intriguing squares, bustling Riva (seaside promenade), stunning cathedral and elegant castle has a life all year round and just about everything you could wish for – a wide choice of hotels (old and new), a vast variety of cafés, bars, restaurants, tourist offers and shops, a vibrant summer festival, a fish market, a fruit and vegetable market and, of course, a rich history told by the many ancient buildings. What’s more it’s just a 15 minute drive from Split airport, half an hour by car to Split itself and only an hour and a half’s drive away from Zadar Airport. Inter city coaches to Dubrovnik or Zadar, for example, pick up and drop off in Trogir and there are ferries from Trogir to the nearby islands of Veli and Mali Drvenik as well as between Trogir, Slatine on Čiovo island and Split though the latter only run in the season.

For the best swimming you’ll need to walk or drive across the bridge to Čiovo island or take the seasonal ferry to Slatine.

Today’s photo shows Trogir’s Kamerlengo Castle and, beyond that, in the distance, the location of the new marina.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Croatia Chooses Tradition For 2013 Eurovision Entry

Great news! Rather than re-invent the wheel, or go “Eurovision” or obscure pop, Croatia are pinning their Eurovision hopes for 2013 on their traditional music, Klapa. It will be interesting to see if they stick to “pure” Klapa, without accompaniment, or not. The group is selected from the stars of successful existing Klapa groups and dubbed “Super Klapa” and we’re in for a treat.

To read more about Croatia’s Eurovision entry, link to Who are Super Klapa?

To find out more about this style of music, link to our previous blog posting: Croatia Online: Klapa Music

And to discover how one group, Klapa Libar, have already given Klapa music a contemporary edge, read our post: Croatia Online: World Music Through The Ages

Today’s photo is attributable to Roberta F.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Croatia’s Ferries Fuel Inflation

Croatia Online - Zadar Jadrolinija

There we were yesterday, talking to Mark Murphy, on BBC Radio Suffolk, extolling the virtues of Croatia as a destination. Now we discover that the national ferry, Jadrolinija, has hiked its prices by a massive 20% from 1st June. It’s a good job we didn’t know that yesterday or the Director of the Croatia National Tourist Board, who came on the show after us, might have got a bit of a grilling!

Croatia’s ferries have always been good value for money, particularly for foot passengers. They have to be as they are a vital part of island life for the many people that still live on the islands. However, they’re fair game, I suppose, for profiteering from tourists in the summer season and I have a funny feeling that, knowing Croatia, the prices may go back down again in autumn. Most Croatians stay put during the summer so it’s pretty obvious who the increase is aimed at.

A little greed must be tempting when the locals see this mass of rich foreigners crossing their borders, jamming up their streets and monopolising their beaches, but you’d have thought that a massive state owned company like Jadrolinija would know better.

To listen to the BBC Radio Suffolk piece on Croatia (until 13.6.2012) follow this link and move the slider to 2:34:00.


Today’s photo shows the Jadrolinija ferry from Zadar sailing into the sunset. In the foreground is the great installation “Greeting To The Sun”, which lies right next door to another modern classic public installation – the Sea Organ, both by Nikola Bašić.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Croatia Cancels Pelješac Bridge Project

Croatia Online - Dubrovnik Bridge

Croatia has abandoned plans to avoid crossing a short stretch of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the way south along the coast. Long established plans to build a bridge across the Pelješac Peninsula have been scrapped for financial reasons.

In the sometimes strange carve up of Balkan territory, Bosnia and Herzegovina has a small stretch of coastline around Neum. Croatians travelling by road enter into Bosnia and Herzegovina territory for fifteen minutes or so, or longer if they stop for duty free!  There is occasionally a token passport check.

To keep drivers on national territory, Croatia had planned a 2.4 km bridge linking the mainland to the Pelješac Peninsula, somewhat to the consternation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The contract was signed in 2007 with an estimated project cost of €320 million. The project was due for completion this year but has been fraught with delays, and construction had only just begun. Instead of the bridge, Croatia intends to spend a mere €5 million on enhancements to “the Neum corridor”. 

It is reported that  “the Government has reached an amicable solution with the contractors involved, and no reparations will be due as a result of the cancellation” and one can only imagine that there is a bit more to this than meets the eye!


Today’s picture is of the Franjo Tuđman bridge, near Dubrovnik. Construction of this bridge started in October 1998 and was completed in April 2002, at a reported cost of around €35 million. The bridge was officially opened on May 21, 2002 after being delayed five times due to various permit requirements.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Croatia’s Troubled Shipyards

Croatia Online -Trogir Shipyard & Seget Marina

Back in 2006, we took a detailed look at the Croatian shipbuilding industry, both the public and private sector. We were prompted to revisit these postings by an interesting article on the same subject by Reuters.

Even six years ago, it was obvious that the titanic nature of government subsidies to the state sector had to be addressed in order to fulfil EU negotiation and entry conditions. However it seems that, since then, there’s just been tinkering around the edges and the prospects look bleak.

We used to be based in Trogir and the state owned shipyard there provided employment, stability, life and another dimension to a town that would otherwise have to depend almost entirely on tourism. Trogir has a life all year round and the children playing on the Riva during breaks from their school is as much, if not more, of a joy to watch as the posh yachts mooring in the summer!

There’s been continual pressure to “relocate” the school and turn the building into a hotel, such is the desirability of its location. Similarly, rumours that all or part of the shipyard is to be turned into a luxury marina, appear regularly in the papers.

It’s been obvious, for a very long time, that operating the shipyards profitability, without a huge investment in modernising the infrastructure, is a slim hope. However their loss would be a very sad thing indeed for the settlements that derive their living from them, and to the fabric of much of Croatian life in the surrounding areas.

Croatia Online - Croatian Shipbuilding Industry Part 1 (2006)

Croatia Online - Croatian Shipbuilding Industry Part 2 (2006)

Reuters - Oldest Croatia Dock Slowly Sinks (2012)

News is a little bit happier in the private sector. Looking back at part 2 of the 2006 Croatia Online Shipbuilding industry analysis, NCP have a new website, appear to have gone from strength to strength,  and have just opened their dedicated superyacht marina alongside the existing marina. Heliyachts has proved elusive to find on the web now, but we noticed their unique luxury yacht Galatea is up for sale.

We wrote about Galatea after having a chat with her owners at the Split Boat Show in 2007. Her story is fascinating - in particular, her building was a triumph of human resources and quality over minor challenges such as civil war – and there is no doubting her classic lines.

Croatia Cruising Companion - Galatea Photo

Croatia Online - Galatea Best Yacht At Split Boat Show 2007

Galatea For Sale

Otherwise, a quick link check of the original posting suggests that the other private shipbuilders we referred to are prospering!


Today’s photo is taken from a layby on the scenic back road from Trogir to Šibenik.  Trogir’s shipyard is on the peninsula sticking out from Čiovo island. The island is linked to Trogir by a small road bridge. Nearer to the viewer are the new breakwater’s of Seget Marina (photo taken Sept 2009). The marina is now fully operational and you can read more about it, including a link to their website, on sister site Croatia Cruising Companion - Marina Seget

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Croatia, The EU Et Ivo Et Al

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We try and avoid politics, most of the time but it’s difficult to do so altogether. When Croatia set its cap at the EU some years ago, led by the now somewhat discredited PM Ivo Sanader, we had a number of mostly selfish concerns including the following:

Would the delicious, almost entirely organic, produce found throughout Croatia be standardised to bland oblivion?

Would the cost of living rise enormously and what would be the effect on our modest duty free purchases as we travelled to and fro?

Would the very distinct and occasionally extreme national pride and culture be watered down?

Of course there was a time, back in the days when Ireland roared, that the EU was a cash cow. Then we might have put our selfish concerns aside in recognition of the much needed financial benefits that Croatia might reap, tempered however with new concerns at how this cash might “dissipate”, like structural funds that have gone before, amongst the “bureaucracy” of the old system inherited from the days of Yugoslavian communism.

Now however, with Greece on the edge of bankruptcy and having just called a referendum on the cuts it had apparently unconditionally agreed to implement, with the Euro in crisis and EU coffers bare, one has to wonder just what Croatia and the EU are thinking about in following the path of Croatian accession.

One of the biggest original stumbling blocks to accession was the state of the judiciary and allegations of corruption. That may have been overcome for EU purposes but surely the fact that PM Sanader, who only left office (rather mysteriously at the time) in 2009, is now facing corruption charges is a sign of more to come. OK, maybe the prospect of EU accession and the continuing pressure that brings with it is “encouraging” Croatia to clean its cupboards of skeletons, but the charges against Sanader relate to events of the mid nineties. It’s difficult to see how a clean Croatia can come entirely out of the closet in time for the proposed EU entry date of July 2013. And it’s difficult to see what’s in the relationship for either party given current circumstances.

Below are links to some earlier related postings on this blog which, with the benefit of hindsight, make even more interesting reading now!

 Croatia Online - Resignation Of Ivo Sanader, Prime Minister of Croatia

Croatia Online - NATO In Croatia

Croatia Online - Business Environment In Croatia

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Croatian Cultural Festival

Croatia Online - Split Festival

Please see below the initial concept paper for the Croatian Cultural Festival, being organised by the British Croatian Society. Relevant input, whether ideas or proposals to take on responsibility for taking a project forward, will be welcome and should be sent to the British Croatian Society.

Croatian Cultural Festival – initial concept paper

The rationale

Croatia’s expected membership of the EU in 2013 will increase media and public interest in Croatia and provide a unique opportunity for a cultural programme to ‘put Croatia on the map’. The Festival will aim to be distinctive and not to repeat the work of the Croatian National Tourist Office (while being compatible with it).

The audience

The Festival will focus on people in the UK who are intellectually curious about Croatia, on young people (possibly involving schools), on people interested in doing business with Croatia and on the media. The audience will go beyond those who traditionally attend activities of the various societies, targeting people with an interest in the wider world and people whose interest in Croatia has been aroused through tourism.

The Festival will also provide an opportunity for Croats living in the UK to celebrate Croatia’s membership of the EU.

New technology will be used to bring the Festival to a large audience and make an impact outside London and the UK with online exhibitions and the use of facebook.

The programme

The Festival will cover a variety of areas within the broad understanding of culture that will be brought together into a coherent programme. Subjects considered so far include: film, visual arts, sport, food and wine (lifestyle), theatre, photography, science, innovation and music. There will also be a focus on young people and schools.

Visits by high level Croatian politicians related to EU accession will, when appropriate and possible, be brought into the Festival programme.

Technology will be used to bring the Festival to a wider audience with online exhibitions and facebook. We try to secure media coverage wherever possible (eg Time Out and relevant specialist media).


A series of events from the autumn of 2011 and throughout 2012 (provisionally starting with the Ruđer Bošković exhibition at the Royal Society in November), culminating in a major concentration of high profile events in the first half of 2013 until the Croatian National Day celebrations at the end of June.

The organization

The Festival steering committee represents various British-Croatian groups in the UK and has responsibility for ensuring the coherence and quality of the Festival. The committee consists of representatives of the British-Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian National Tourist Office, AMAC, the International Trust for Croatian Monuments, The Croatian Students and Young Professionals Network, the Croatian Embassy, and the British-Croatian Society (the latter will also provide the secretariat).

Each event will be managed by an individual, a groups of individuals, or by societies who will report to the steering committee.

At this stage we need ideas for individual events and volunteers to make them happen.


The assumption in the current economic climate is that funding from all sources (government, private sector, individuals) may be modest, but that as the Festival brand establishes itself through events in 2011 / 2012, and with the date for EU accession coming nearer, enthusiasm will grow and increase the opportunities for attracting significant sponsorship.

The steering committee will work with organisers of individual events to avoid competing requests for funding and capitalise on the good will of the likely donors.

The Festival will work in partnership with other organizations whenever possible to increase impact through joint funding.


The title will be finalized as part of the branding process. Suggestions so far go from ‘Festival Croatia’, ‘Celebrating Croatia’ to ‘Crazy about Croatia’, and a wish to convey the diversity of Croatia.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Croatia Online’s 100,000th Hit – Missed!

Croatia Online - Trogir

I can’t believe it! There was a time, in the early days of blogging, when every 10th hit was a milestone to be celebrated, then every hundredth and then every thousandth. I was looking forward to a big celebration on the 100,000th hit and it passed me by somewhere between the 1st and 8th of November 2010. Very disappointing. We’ll be working on a way to celebrate properly but in the meantime, here are some links to early milestones:

1st Post - January 2006

Highlights of 2006

1st Birthday and 10,000 Hits - January 2007

Croatia Online Celebrates 20,000 Hits - August 2007

2007 Highlights

Croatia Cruising Companion Launched at Earls Court Boat Show

2nd Birthday and 30,000 Hits - January 2008

Croatia Online Celebrates 50,000 Hits - November 2008

Croatia in 2009

2009 Highlights

Croatia's Best Kept Secrets - June 2009

Summer Itinerary & Cost Of Living - September 2009

Today’s picture is taken on Trogir’s seafront promenade (Riva). It’s a superyacht favourite and we thought Casino Royale might be a yacht worth aspiring to when we reach our one millionth hit!