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All the A-list celebs who vacationed in Croatia this summer
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All the A-list celebs who vacationed in Croatia this summer

As usual, it's been a star-studded summer in Croatia this year. We're bringing you the lowdown on A-listers who enjoyed some R&R in the country during the sunniest months of 2020. Beyonce & Jay Z American musical artists Beyonce, Jay Z, and their kids (Blue Ivy and twins Rumi and Sir) spent some time (it appears to have been around a week) on and along the shores of Croatia. The family visited Korčula Island, Vrnik Islet, and Dubrovnik among other locations on a whistle-stop sailing tour down the coast. Their chosen mode of transport was 107-meter-long megayacht Lana.    Beyonce and family's 2020 Croatian yacht, Lana© Mark Thomas / The Dubrovnik Times   Beyonce turned 39 on September 4 during their Croatian vacation, celebrating with a private family meal on a small island off the coast of Zadar.   The couple has vacationed in Croatia multiple times over the last decade, and their daughter Blue Ivy is thought to be named after ivy growing on Hvar Island. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Jul 2, 2018 at 3:57pm PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Sep 19, 2015 at 6:51am PDT Magic Johnson American basketball legend Magic Johnson and author Cookie Johnson spent around a month sailing the coast of Croatia. The couple arrived in August and visited places like Split, Krka National Park, Hval Island, Koručula Island, Vis Island, and more during their stay. Johnson was full of praise for the country upon departure. View this post on Instagram @thecookiej and I just got back from Croatia and we highly recommend it to anyone! The food was fantastic and the country is just beautiful! A post shared by Earvin "Magic" Johnson (@magicjohnson) on Aug 31, 2020 at 5:30pm PDT View this post on Instagram The most charismatic basketball players and the best playmaker of all time visited Gariful Restaurant. We will describe him as a man who has an infectious smile and a killer mentality that made him the leader of one of the best and most attractive NBA teams of all time, the famous Showtime Lakers. Of course, we are talking about Earvin "Magic" Johnson. @magicjohnson Magic Johnson, thank you for trusting us, and we are looking forward to your coming again because you won us over with your charisma and smile. READ MORE ABOUT HIS VISIT TOMORROW ON OUR BLOG POST ❤️ #gariful #magicjohnson #hvar #islandlife #islandhvar #nba #lakers #basketball #basketballplayer #exclusive #lakerslegend #nbaplayers #magic32 #croatiafulloflife #restaurantgariful #luxuryhomesgariful #hvarcroatia #hvartown #vip #celebrity A post shared by RESTAURANT GARIFUL (@restaurantgarifulhvar) on Aug 3, 2020 at 2:23pm PDT View this post on Instagram We are proud to host one of the greatest basketball icons of all time 🏀 Earvin Magic Johnson in Krka NP 😊📸 A post shared by Krka National Park (@krkanationalpark) on Aug 7, 2020 at 12:06pm PDT Lily Allen and David Harbour English musical artist Lily Allen and American actor and star of Stranger Things spent around two weeks in Croatia with Allen's two daughters.  They visited Lastovo Island and Vis Island, among other locations, and were so thrilled will the country, they promised they'd "definitely be back". View this post on Instagram Bye bye Croatia. We had the best time, will definitely be back. Special shout outs to our amazing crew on our amazingly beautiful vessel Nostra Vita and @goolets for sorting everything out for us so last minute. Trip of a lifetime for sure. 😘 A post shared by Putting the ‘is’ in Nuance (@lilyallen) on Aug 29, 2020 at 7:12am PDT   View this post on Instagram Q Smug RN I cant lie A post shared by Putting the ‘is’ in Nuance (@lilyallen) on Aug 15, 2020 at 10:57am PDT View this post on Instagram Hey, the lights perfect, let’s get a nice snap of CHOOOOOIOOOCOLATE CAAAAAAAAAAAKE MOTHAFU— A post shared by David Harbour (@dkharbour) on Aug 21, 2020 at 12:49pm PDT Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster British musical artist Rod Stewart and British model Penny Lancaster vacationed in Croatia this July. Among places they visited was Dubrovnik.     © Grgo Jelavic / PIXSELL   View this post on Instagram Loving the beautiful cobbled back streets of Croatia A post shared by Penny Lancaster (@penny.lancaster) on Jul 12, 2020 at 5:28am PDT Before a concert in Zagreb in 2017, Stewart told Radio Antena, "My son, who is 23 and a hockey player, his girlfriend is from Croatia. She convinced me to visit the Croatian coast which she says is more beautiful than the French Riviera".   Son Liam Stewart was also on the trip along with other members of the Stewart family. View this post on Instagram :) 📸: @renee_stewartt A post shared by LiAM STEWART (@discostew94) on Aug 27, 2020 at 9:45am PDT He doesn't appear to be dating a Croatian girl anymore, but supported Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup while he was. View this post on Instagram Croatian Fam 🇭🇷🤘🏾 A post shared by LiAM STEWART (@discostew94) on Jul 15, 2018 at 9:30pm PDT View this post on Instagram Idemo hrvatska 🇭🇷 A post shared by LiAM STEWART (@discostew94) on Jul 11, 2018 at 2:37pm PDT Owen Wilson American actor Owen Wilson enjoyed time in Croatia this summer, too.     © Grgo Jelavic / PIXSELL   Among places he visited was the beautiful island of Korčula, where he engaged in a friendly game of soccer with a group of locals.   This isn't the actor's first time in Croatia; last year he was filming Bliss in Split with Salma Hayek - but managed to snag a few days off to visit Dubrovnik, too. Hayek posted a video on Instagram during the filming in Croatia last year, writing "Love you Croatia!" View this post on Instagram Love you Croatia! 🇭🇷 Te quiero Croatia! #Croatia #blissmovie A post shared by Salma Hayek Pinault (@salmahayek) on Jul 27, 2019 at 10:59am PDT

Istria-based Alpha Luxe Group is pioneering luxury real estate in Croatia
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Istria-based Alpha Luxe Group is pioneering luxury real estate in Croatia

With "Luxury in all things" as its slogan, Alpha Luxe Group not only talks the talk, but walks the walk - right down the well-landscaped pathway of any one of the luxury properties on its impressive repertoire. Founded in early 2019 and based in Istria, Alpha Luxe Group is a real estate agency offering high-quality services to sellers, buyers and renters alike. The agency is helmed by dynamite brother-sister duo, Robert Budimir and Marijana Budimir.   Courtesy of Alpha Luxe Group   Robert Budimir is the CEO of Alpha Luxe Group.   Courtesy of Alpha Luxe Group   Marijana Budimir is an agent and legal expert at Alpha Luxe Group. This first-rate brokerage company offers an A-Z range of real estate services, its team consisting of agents, attorneys, architects, marketers and other experts. Whether you're a foreign or Croatian citizen, expect an approach tailor-made to your needs. How does Alpha cater to foreign citizens? If you're not a citizen but have or wish to obtain property in beautiful Croatia - no one blames you there - Alpha is here to ensure you make the most of your time while avoiding unnecessary costs. Services personalised for foreign citizens include: Consultation on your action plan, with analysis of your needs and budget Showing your property to potential buyers Providing certified court interpreter translation services Providing expert lawyer-led management and preparation of all documentation - including legal registration of property rights with the Croatian Ministry of Justice Establishing a company in Croatia if needed Property maintenance   If you're seeking to sell... Alpha Luxe Group helps clients sell everything from houses, apartments, hotels and office space, to land and investment properties. Here's an insight into the top-notch - or rather, alpha - services that await. So you have a property you'd like to put on the market. You schedule a meeting on your own terms (whether it's a video call, phone call, email exchange, in-person meeting...) with the equal parts passionate, polite and professional Alpha team.  If you opt for a meeting at the Alpha office in Poreč, you'll be carrying out your business in comfort. Take in a taste of the office's chic-and-soothing decor and atmosphere: During the pre-sale phase, the Alpha team will take care of: Consulting you on pre-sale property preparation Providing lawyer-led management and preparation of all documentation  Facilitating expert property valuation   Marketing services, from professional property cleaning to professional videography and photography, are also provided. Alpha will make sure your property is showcased in the best light, using the best equipment. Exclusive clients will additionally receive the free service of virtual walk-throughs and drone shots. The goal is to create an amazing brand out of the property itself - and in doing so, skyrocket its marketing effectiveness. With the support of the team, you'll decide when your property is ready to hit the market; and it'll be in tip-top shape if Alpha has anything to do with it. From here, Alpha will actively work to sell your property as soon as possible, for the best price possible. Alpha's marketing is nothing less than exceptional; you can expect your property to be advertised across every possible portal, a constantly optimised webpage, social media advertising, and, of course, mouth-to-mouth marketing on a daily basis. Expert agent-led showings are also provided. Alpha's advertising approach can target buyers both within and outside of Croatia, depending on your wishes. On request, Alpha provides sellers the following bonus services: Regulating legal property status Analysing land use Managing due diligence and assessment of companies in case of mergers and acquisitions Organising professional property maintenance (including cleaning and small repairs) Preparing surveying services Overseeing the property's energy certification Taking care of architectural and construction services   If you're bent on buying... Alpha Luxe Group will do everything possible to make buying all the more enjoyable for you and all the less stressful - whether you're moving within Croatia, moving to the stunning country, or buying for another reason. The goal is to find the perfect-match property for your lifestyle, budget and desires.  To achieve it, Alpha provides the following services: Consulting assistance to meet your needs and budget Real estate showings and selection Providing lawyer-led management and preparation of all documentation  Negotiating the best possible price for you   If Alpha doesn't have the perfect property for you in its portfolio already, its expert agents will find it in the shortest time period possible, review its documentation, and organise a showing in person or online - whatever suits you best. On request, Alpha provides buyers the following bonus services: Regulating legal property status Analysing land use Managing due diligence and assessment of companies in case of mergers and acquisitions Organising professional property maintenance (including cleaning and small repairs) Preparing surveying services Overseeing the property's energy certification Taking care of architectural and construction services   Finding your dream home, relocating to an Adriatic paradise, living the Mediterranean mindset... Whatever your vision may be, Alpha will make it a reality. If you're ready to rent... Are you a tourist looking for a holiday property rental in Croatia? You have good taste. Croatia has all the ingredients necessary for a perfect Mediterranean vacation - delicious food, pristine nature, and a laid-back lifestyle that's hard to beat. Enjoy all these wonders in a luxury holiday villa - which Alpha will help you snag at the best price, of course. Croatia is a year-round destination, so you can choose to experience the Christmas markets and New Year's Eve parties in the winter, colourful carnivals and blooming greenery in the spring, among-the-best-in-the-world summer season, or wine harvesting and fantastic foliage in the fall. Or maybe you've changed your mind and you'd like to experience them all? Refer to the section above.  On the other hand, the Alpha team is also here to get your property onto the rental market. All-inclusive services such as legal documentation management, consultations, and property presentations are offered. Alpha's world-class services don't stop at real estate Alpha is here to help you live happily, comfortably, and safely in every way; so their services don't stop at real estate. Payment options Alpha takes a variety of payment options - including cryptocurrencies. In fact, this is the first agency in all of Croatia to introduce cryptocurrency payments. Working in collaboration with crypto-expert company Electrocoin, Alpha continues to prove itself as the ultimate trendsetter in the realms of tourism, real estate, and marketing. Insurance Within the large scope of Alpha's offerings is insurance of all types. You can choose whichever levels of protection best suit you, and feel secure knowing policies are custom-tailored to your exact needs. Alpha works only with the leading insurance agencies to offer you, at the best price points, the following: Liability insurance  Property insurance Home insurance Theft and robbery insurance Agricultural insurance Insurance in case of sudden and unexpected events in your apartment that may require urgent organization of professional assistance (that is, emergency interventions) Life insurance Savings insurance Travel insurance Boat and yacht insurance Health insurance Accident insurance Insurance packages   Architectural services Alpha's team of certified architects will create the perfect design solution for your property. Company architects, which include a Certified Passive House Designer, specialise in meeting the utmost standards of energy efficiency, as well as in contemporary, functional, and sustainable construction overall. You'll be able to choose from a vast architectural offer, which includes: Architectural consulting Spatial planning Conceptual and schematic designing Interior designing 3D visualisations and walkthroughs Sun studies   Alpha Luxe Group is also a pioneer of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Croatia. This approach involves collaborations between all construction participants on a single virtual model. Each architectural project Alpha works on receives a fully individualised approach. Investment project management Do you have an amazing vision or idea - but you're stuck on where to start? Alpha is here to make all of your dreams come true. The team will create a personalised project plan according to your vision, needs, and scope - and fully implement it, as well. Alpha's end-to-end project management services include: Creating the perfect match by finding the right property, while taking care of any legal aspects, too Negotiating on your behalf and consulting you to onboard the best designers and construction companies at the best price Presenting you with an investment study, which includes both project cost-effectiveness and an implementation plan Analysing financing options, from a range of sources including state institutions and EU institutions   Property management Alpha will take all maintenance stress off your hands while you're not in your property, through the following services: Creating a personalised property management and maintenance plan Taking care of bill payments Organising small home repairs Landscaping gardens Maintaining swimming pools   Energy performance certification Alpha will create an energy performance certificate for you. This an important document that contains: General information on the property Exact energy class Information on the energy certificate issuer Information on thermo-technical systems Climate data Information on energy required Explanations of technical terms All applicable regulations and norms   If you require an energy certification, Alpha will create it as soon as possible and at a competitive price. A-Z legal services With a team that includes professional lawyers and accountants, you can live worry-free knowing your property is in good hands. Alpha has an expert legal department which specialises in property, commercial, and corporate law. Remember that basic legal services come at no additional cost - they're included in agency commission. Here they are: Analysing all property documentation: land registry entry, building permit, building inspection certificate, deed of title and cadastre extract Offering expert legal advice, including for cases of co-ownership, inheritance, and liens Drafting contracts, including everything from pre-sale purchase agreements and purchase agreements to permission to register the property clause (clausula intabulandi) Managing the proposal for registration of property rights Registering property rights in the land registry and cadastre Overseeing transfers of utility ownership (such as electricity and water)   Additionally, the following legal services are offered by Alpha on request: Obtaining real estate and construction permits Drafting and analysing acquisition and transfer contracts (including mortgages) Providing legal representation Drafting and analysing construction contracts Drafting and analysing real estate lease, land lease, and commercial lease agreements Due diligence of properties and companies Giving legal advice on, drafting, and overseeing all documentation related to status changes of companies and shareholders Forming a company in Croatia for foreign citizens   Geodetic services Alpha connects clients with the best-rated surveyors in Croatia at the most efficient prices. Surveying services clients can rely on include: Consulting Recording actual land conditions in the cadastre and land registry Listing real estate in the cadastre and land registry Parcelling and consolidating parcels Developing geodetic bases for design and more   Marketing, photography, and video production Alpha operates leading marketing agency Istra Plakati, which specializes in outdoor and indoor advertising, marketing, and creative solutions, as well as visual, audio, and video production and media space leasing.  Their tailor-designed services include: Developing a full marketing plan according to the client's requirements and budget - for free! Crafting creative solutions for property advertisements Professional property photography and videography using equipment of the highest quality Graphic design services, prepress Video and audio production Advertising and media leasing   Advertising spaces include: Outdoor areas: billboards, beaches, and more Digital spaces: digital banners, digital elevators, digital booths, and more Indoor areas: public transport, taxis, commercial buildings, educational establishments, health facilities, marinas, and more   Alpha works to provide the fastest turnaround rates possible. 360° virtual walk creation Wondering what a 360° virtual walk is? It's an innovative real-time technology that uses a rotating, full-circle camera to provide showings to people from the comfort of their own home. Virtual walks can be taken across platforms; including computers, smartphones, TVs, tablets, and more. This groundbreaking technology allows sellers to provide buyers with in-depth property showings from anywhere in the world. It allows buyers to immerse themselves in their potential future homes. It allows renters to show and see amazing vacation rentals. Authorized property appraisals Alpha provides verified property appraisals to determine the actual present value of a property and evaluate possible future impacts (construction, economic, legal, urban, and so on) on value. When is an assessment needed? When evaluating real estate to obtain a bank loan When determining market value for property sales and purchases When creating construction and renovation costs   The following properties can receive appraisals: Residential properties such as apartments, houses, villas, and more Commercial properties dealing with tourism, recreation, health, manufacturing, and more Other properties such as garages, parking lots, gas stations, department stores, and more Land for construction and agriculture   Land use analysis Land use analyses serve to discover the maximum usability and commercialization of land. Investors, sellers, and property owners can benefit from land use analysis. Why? To understand a plot of land's market potential To decide whether a plot of land is worth investing in To explore all building possibilities To view ownership sheets, cadastral outlines, and alignment of cadastre and land registry areas   Analyses are accompanied by textual and graphic representations of each area, as well as expert architectural concept designs. Live out your dreams starting today Alpha Luxe Group is verified as a real estate agency by the Croatian Chamber of Economy.  Alpha collaborates with successful, cross-industry partners such as advertising agency Istra Plakati, the tourist board of Poreč, insurance house Allianz, architecture practice Arhitektura AF, insurance agency Euroherc, cryptocurrency agency Electrocoin, and photography and videography agency Istrapano. A top-notch creditworthiness (bonitet) of AA+ was awarded to Alpha under a year after the company opened. So... You might already be - unsurprisingly - interested in collaborating with Alpha. Whether you're ready to dive right in or would like to ask a few more questions, the Alpha team stands at the ready to provide unmatched service and assistance. One of Croatia's highest-calibre real estate agencies, the outstanding Alpha Luxe Group, waits for you with open arms ready to deliver. Start living out your dreams today by contacting Alpha here.

Don't miss it: The ORGAN VIDA Photography Festival starts tomorrow
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Don't miss it: The ORGAN VIDA Photography Festival starts tomorrow

The 11th International Photography Festival Organ Vida will be on from September 2 to October 4. It'll be hosted by Zagreb's Museum of Contemporary Art and other city venues.     Liza Ambrossio 'Indigo Child'Organ Vida Festival     About the festival Participating in the festival are 10 specially chosen international photographers, who applied through an open call and were selected by a jury. The international judges were: Christian Siekmeier, Katrina Sluis, Steph Kretowicz, Mirjam Kooiman and Vesna Meštrić. Wondering about the amazing art that'll be on display? Artists and their exhibits include: Liza Ambrossio's Blood Orange, Martha Frieda Friedel's éclat, Marko Gutić Mižimakov's Cruising the Manifold, Disoriented, Zhao Qian's A Field Guide, Oskar Schmidt's Liquid, Samar Al Summary's Trust Beauty Bank, Indrė Urbonaitė's Flamingos, Moonrise and the Slippers, Emilio Vavarella's Amazon's Stravaganza: A Personal Index of Infinite Consumption, Shelli Weiler's Fabulations, and Alba Zari's THE Y.   Martha Frieda Friedel 'éclat'Organ Vida Festival   This year, the festival's theme is Hesitant Images with a focus on an image's materiality and underlying representation. Why "hestitant" images? Because the photography included in the festival is a crossroads of fact and fiction; works are simultaneously fake, unreal, and falsified - but also authentic, due to the very real tensions and contradictions of the modern world's digital culture they work to unravel.     Shellie Weiller 'Me and Madeline'Organ Vida Festival     The main exhibitions by the 10 chosen will be held at the Novi Zagreb district, at the renowned Museum of Contemporary Art. Three site-specific works, also part of the festival, are authored by invited artists Meriem Bennani, Filip Custic and Victoria Sin. Meriem Bennani will present Mission Teens, a work inspired by teen movies and reality shows. Mission Teens presents the everyday life of students who attend Descartes high school, a French high school in Rabat. Bennani delves into contemporary society and questions of identity, cultural differences, gender, and digital technology. Filip Custic's exhibition is crno-bijelo. The Spanish-Croatian artist (born in 1993, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain) intertwines technology and identity in his exhibition, exploring what it means to be human in an increasingly digital society. Custic's works will be presented in two bicolor rooms.     Filip Custic 'Tital del hilo'Organ Vida Festival     Victoria Sin is showing Narrative Reflections on Looking. Sin (born in 1991, Toronto, Canada) dives into the relationships of power and desire. Femininity, Western beauty ideals, and social construction of gender are among themes Sin's exhibition explores. Schedule Museum of Contemporary Art EXHIBITIONS: Hesitant Images (group exhibition) | Meriem Bennani: ‘Mission Teens’ | Filip Custic: (crno-bijelo) | Victoria Sin: Narrative Reflections on Looking  DATES: OPENING 02/09 at 20:00 | EXHIBITION PERIOD 02/09 – 04/10 ADDRESS: Avenija Dubrovnik 17, Zagreb Gallery Karas EXHIBITIONS: Katarina Juričić Orange&Blue: Echo DATES: OPENING 03/09 at 18:00 | EXHIBITION PERIOD 03/09 – 13/09 ADDRESS: Kralja Zvonimira 58, Zagreb GMK EXHIBITIONS: Deni Horvatić SCAN DATES: OPENING 03/09 at 20:00 | EXHIBITION PERIOD 03/09 – 17/09 ADDRESS: Šubićeva 29, Zagreb     Deni Horvatić 'SKEN'Organ Vida Festival       Gallery Zvonimir EXHIBITIONS: Borders – Verena Blok, Stefanie Zofia Schulz i Marvin Bonheur DATES: OPENING 04/09 at 20:00 | EXHIBITION PERIOD 03/09 – 17/09 ADDRESS: Antuna Bauera 33, Zagreb  Organ Vida's curators are Barbara Gregov, Lovro Japundžić, Klara Petrović, Luja Šimunović and Lea Vene. The associate curator is Vesna Meštrić. The main Festival partner is Zagreb's Museum of Contemporary Art. The festival is supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the City of Zagreb's Office for Culture, and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).   Katarina Juričić 'Orange&Blue'Organ Vida Festival  

A 15-metre whale was spotted off the Croatian coast
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A 15-metre whale was spotted off the Croatian coast

A fin whale, the second-largest species in the world, has been spotted off the coast of Starigrad in Zadar County. The Blue World Institute announced the amazing sighting, which occurred on Tuesday, on its Facebook profile. The post reads: 'We found a 🐳🐳🐳 !! Thanks to the reports of many of you who joined us in the search for the whale, we can happily conclude that after a whole morning of searching we found it the next day near Starigrad-Paklenica! Unfortunately, the weather was not in our favour as you can see in the photos! The whale was on the very edge of an incoming storm and after a few ascents it plunged right into the storm. During the minute we could see it, we took on the wind, lightning, and rain, wondering if it was worth it! Believe us, it wasn't pleasant, but it was worth it  The whale we saw is an adult animal, and we assume it's 15 or more metres long. We were unable to check its physical condition because we were with it for such a short time. But at first glance, it does not look malnourished. The last report is that the whale is currently near Lukovo Šugarj, but the weather is bad and weather is no joke in the Velebit channel. We are off for now, but we will try to summarize all your alerts, photos, recordings and publish them together with ours soon. THANK YOU ALL AGAIN! We invite you to continue to report your observations to us, because with the help of citizens and citizen science, we can more efficiently and easily monitor the appearances of interesting and rare species in the Adriatic, and protect and preserve them!' Find more information about fin whales here.  

The end of an epic trilogy: UFC 252 Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier fight analysis
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The end of an epic trilogy: UFC 252 Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier fight analysis

Daniel 'DC' Cormier and Stipe Miocic have tremendously concluded their heavyweight trilogy. "TIL I DIE" 🏆🐐 Stipe Miocic is the greatest heavyweight of all-time! #UFC252 pic.twitter.com/m5Xu2mxxsT — UFC (@ufc) August 16, 2020 After five on-the-edge-of-your-seat rounds of brutal back-and-forth blows being dealt and survived, the fight went to decision. Miocic won unanimously. UFC President Dana White echoed the thoughts of many UFC commentators and fans at the post-fight press conference, though, saying, "I had them two to two until the last round". Miocic and DC were already going down in history as two of the best heavyweight fighters of all time - and UFC 252 has only further solidified that for both men. When we have two awesome fighters and overall good, kind people face off inside the octagon it’s so hard not to feel elated for the winner and heartbroken for the one who didn’t get their hand raised. Tonight is no exception. #ufc252 — Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) August 16, 2020 The trilogy The men 41-year-old Daniel Cormier was born in Lafayette, Louisiana. He made his octagon debut on May 20, 2012. DC's arm reach is 72.50". His leg reach is 41.50". Prior to UFC 252, DC held 22 wins, two losses, and one no-contest. He is a former Olympic wrestler, Strikeforce heavyweight champion, UFC light heavyweight champion, and UFC heavyweight champion. DC has a 54% striking accuracy, 46% grappling accuracy, and 10 wins by knockout. 37-year-old Stipe Miocic was born in Euclid, Ohio (to Croatian immigrant parents). He made his octagon debut on October 9, 2011. Miocic's arm reach is 80". His leg reach is 39". Prior to UFC 252, Miocic held 19 wins and three losses. He is the reigning UFC heavyweight champion, works as a firefighter-paramedic, and is a former Golden Gloves boxing champion. Miocic has a 52% striking accuracy, 38% grappling accuracy, and 15 wins by knockout. Trilogy Chapter One: UFC 226 UFC 226 was held on July 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Referee: Marc Goddard. Arena: T-Mobile Center.  Outcome: DC knocked Miocic out in the first round. Trilogy Chapter Two: UFC 241 UFC 241 was held on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California. Referee: Herb Dean. Arena: Honda Center. Outcome: A TKO by Miocic ended the fight in the fourth round.  Breaking down the UFC 252 fight Miocic stands 6'4" and made weight for the trilogy's third chapter at 233 lbs. DC stands 5'11" and made weight at 236 lbs. The opponents battled it out on August 15, 2020 in a smaller, 25-foot octagon - unlike the 30-foot arenas used during the first two chapters of the trilogy. The fight went down in the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It was a no-crowd fight due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. UFC veteran Marc Goddard refereed the fight. Derek Cleary, Sal D’Amato, and Junichiro Kamijo judged. Joe Rogan, Jon Anik, and Dominick Cruz commentated. Round one Miocic starts off strong while taking an eye poke to his left eye, which causes Goddard to temporarily stop the fight. Rogan comments "I firmly believe Stipe would fight if he was blind." Eye pokes result in deducted points for fighters, and it was likely an accident on DC's part. We see a takedown and the former Olympic wrestler DC causes Miocic to briefly hit. In my opinion, DC closes the round on top with a could've-been-a-knockout right hand to his opponent's face - "the exact same punch that won him the title", to echo Rogan. Round two DC and Miocic exchange power shots throughout this round. In the last few seconds, DC is brought to the ground by a series of right hooks from Miocic. Had there been more time, the fight might have ended here. Round three After a minute of recovery time, DC enters the round a bit shaken, but he's still a force. Punches are exchanged on both sides, with Miocic holding a clinch on DC for around a minute. Shortly after, with under 60 seconds left in the round, Miocic badly pokes DC in the eye - but it's not seen/called by Goddard.  Prior to the poke, though, DC's eye appeared to be damaged already. Round four DC's eye is clearly in bad shape (during the break, he's heard saying "I can't see"). Both fighters land strong hits. There continues to be a noticeable lack of attempts to bring wrestling to the fight by DC. DC seems to be staying strong regardless of his eye. He throws a series of legs kicks; which show he has balance and isn't dizzy. At the end of round four, it still appears to be anyone's fight. Round five Miocic and DC both continue to land strong punches.  Midway, Miocic holds another long clinch on DC. Right through the end of the match, it's clear both Miocic and DC gave UFC 252 their all. A unanimous decision in favor of Miocic (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) is brought. Here ya go: Miocic/Cormier scorecard. #UFC252 pic.twitter.com/yv3be0rZIp — Heidi Fang (@HeidiFang) August 16, 2020 Miocic landed 70% (171/244) of his strikes and 62% (115/187) of significant strikes. DC landed 65% (145/223) of his strikes and 57% (105/183) of significant strikes. Find full fight stats here. Our take DC was a force to be reckoned with throughout the fight. He did the most damage to Miocic with some gnarly right overhands. He was careful about body shots, as was evident from his lower guard which differed from UFC 241 - when DC held a high guard and Miocic achieved a technical knockout largely through body shots. During UFC 252, DC took a different approach and protected his body more. DC was a force through his right overhands and mighty uppercuts - but he didn't use his wrestling skills when Miocic did get close.  Miocic was more active than the last time he fought DC during UFC 241. He used more agility and movement to hit and avoid being hit. He showed off his boxing skills and landed strong jabs on DC's head. Miocic attacked with body shots, boxing skills, and clinches and used front jabs to keep distance from DC. Both men got rocked multiple times and ate some nasty punches like the pros that they are. The fight potentially could've gone in different directions - DC knocking Stipe out with one of his right hits - especially the banger from round one, Miocic finishing DC in the second round... But, all in all, with the fight lasting five full rounds, the volume of shots and quality of fighting were overall higher on Miocic's side. I have them at DC winning rounds one and four, and Miocic taking two, three, and five. The fighters showed respect for each other before, during, and after the fight. Some are calling Miocic's not-called eye poke controversial. This isn't the first time fights between the two had eye pokes (with chapter two of their trilogy ending with Miocic getting eye surgery - and Cormier going to the hospital now after chapter three). Dana White commented during the post-fight press conference that "they both got poked in the eye. That eye was hurt before the poke. We got a big group text that goes out and I was like 'There’s something wrong with Cormier’s eye.' And then he got poked after that. That didn’t help. But they both got poked. You can’t use that as an excuse." Eye pokes are detrimental to both fighters - obviously to the one on the receiving end, but also to the other fighter who loses points for it. I think, like the majority of the UFC community, that both DC and Miocic are two of the greatest athletes in the history of the sport - and that they're both good guys outside of the ring, too. A huge congratulations to both of the MMA kings. What's next? What's next for DC? DC has claimed this would be his last fight, but not everyone believes - or wants to believe - that we won't be seeing him kill it in the ring again.  Dana White is among DC retirement non-believers: "The competitor that he is, he's not going out like that. I don't know, that's just, that's my prediction." Following the fight, DC commented, "I'm not interested in fighting for anything but titles and I don't imagine there's gonna be a title in the future, so that'll be it for me", continuing, "I’ve had a long run, it’s been great, I just fought my last fight for a heavyweight championship and it was a pretty good fight." "I'm not interested in fighting for anything but titles and I don't imagine there's gonna be a title in the future, so that'll be it for me."@dc_mma to @joerogan on whether "this is it" for his MMA career after #UFC252 pic.twitter.com/hcYk5GL6dy — ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 16, 2020 Miocic paid tribute to his opponent post fight, too. What's next for Miocic? Among contenders who hope to face the champion next are Francis 'The Predator' Ngannou and Jon 'Bones' Jones. However, Dana White holds - for now - that "Francis is definitely next. You can't jump over Francis. Francis has been out there destroying everybody", continuing, "It belongs to Francis Ngannou. But yeah, Jon Jones going to heavyweight is very interesting." I think most of us would agree that Bones going to heavyweight would be interesting indeed - especially following the potential Ngannou-Miocic matchup. With the three of these guys in the mix, the future of UFC's heavyweight division looks (as usual) epic. Great performance to both guys 👏 Congrats to Stipe on the performance. See you soon. #NgannouVsStipe2 — Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) August 16, 2020 Come on Jonny, I'm still here 🙋‍♂️#UFC252 https://t.co/kLqCmNpqwc — Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) August 16, 2020 Seat down and wait your turn, I got next. https://t.co/4661B0zNmP — Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) August 16, 2020 How about Miocic vs Ngannou 2 for the last PPV of the year? @danawhite @ufc — Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) August 16, 2020 Miocic might take his time getting back in the ring, though. He closed out his win by saying what he's focusing on in the near future: "I’m gonna go home, hang out with my wife, especially my daughter, go swim in the pool, and just go enjoy life." Any opinions expressed in this piece are solely those of the writer and not necessarily shared by Time Out Croatia

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The 13 best Croatian islands

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The 43 best things to do in Croatia
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The 43 best things to do in Croatia

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The 51 best things to do in Dubrovnik
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The 51 best things to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a one-town tourist industry on its own, with endless things to do all year round. As stunning as the clear blue sea around it, the former centre of the independent Republic of Ragusa invites superlatives and attracts the lion's share of Croatia's visitors. Read on for our insider's guide to the best things to do in Dubrovnik. RECOMMENDED: More great things to do in Dubrovnik. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world, or take a look at our list of the 50 best things to do in the world right now.

The 71 best things to do in Zagreb
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The 71 best things to do in Zagreb

Compact and easy to navigate, Zagreb contains plenty of historic sights and fascinating galleries, destination busy bars and numerous live-music venues.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Cruise Croatia through 10 fantastic photos
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PHOTO GALLERY: Cruise Croatia through 10 fantastic photos

Many countries still have travel restrictions in place, so, Cruise Croatia is providing travellers with 10 photos of the most dazzling Croatian locations - to keep stir it up the wanderlust when travel is safe again. Take in hidden areas of Croatia, from sea-surrounded saltwater lakes in Mljet National Park to the world's smallest - and probably most charming - town Hum, with a population of 30. When things get back to normal, fully satiate your wanderlust with a small ship cruise throughout the Croatian coast with Cruise Croatia.

In pictures: Top 42 photos of Croatia's terrific nature trails
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In pictures: Top 42 photos of Croatia's terrific nature trails

From forest-blanketed mountains in the verdant Gorski Kotar region to islands as beautiful as they are historic, Croatia is chock-full of nature trails waiting to be traversed. Discover the best treks and routes in the country through our gallery of the top 42 photos of Croatia's terrific trails.

In pictures: Top 42 photos of where to go stargazing in Croatia
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In pictures: Top 42 photos of where to go stargazing in Croatia

Croatia is rife with perfect places for all your stargazing day dreams, from a designated Dark Sky area just outside of Zagreb to countless Milky Way-lit spots on the coast - and much more. Explore these space-ial area with out gallery of the top 42 photos of where to go stargazing in Croatia.

In pictures: 42 photos of Croatia's marvelous mountains and canyons
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In pictures: 42 photos of Croatia's marvelous mountains and canyons

The landscape of Croatia is every nature lover's dream. It changes from mountain ranges along the coast across endless flatland fields to canyons carved from the winding rivers - and much more in between. Take an online trek with our gallery of Croatia's marvelous mountains and canyons.

In pictures: 42 photos of Croatia's beautiful rivieras
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In pictures: 42 photos of Croatia's beautiful rivieras

Croatia's magnificent coastline is broken up into beautiful beaches, Roman-era towns and - picture-perfect rivieras. Take a virtual stroll with our gallery of 42 photos showcasing the country's stunning rivieras.

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Sail Croatia, the best way to see the country in summer

From Michelin-recommended restaurants and internationally famous music festivals to some of the world's best-preserved Roman architecture, secret coves and idyllic beaches, Croatia has endless options for a summer holiday. But, with so much to choose from, how can you make sure you catch the very best of what Croatia has to offer? Croatia sailing holidays are one of the very best ways to take it all in. Sailing in Croatia allows you to tailor your holiday to be the once-in-a-lifetime experience you always wanted, allowing you to take in everything and for each day to hold a different, unforgettable experience. As Croatia's largest charter yacht company, Gulet Expert is one of the Mediterranean's best experts in this type of holiday. Here are just some of the reasons why a sailing holiday is the best option for experiencing Croatia.

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Croatia villa holidays with Villsy

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The incredible monuments of Bjelovar-Bilogora county
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The incredible monuments of Bjelovar-Bilogora county

Bjelovar-Bilogora county is steeped in history, reflected in its attractive Habsburg buildings, its Austro-Hungarian spas and its post-war memorials. These three monuments provide distinctly different architectural value, which anyone visiting Zagreb, central Croatia or Slavonia should see. This article is sponsored by the Bjelovar Bilogora county TB and The Croatian National Tourism Board: 'Croatia Full of Life'.

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Croatia's 'island of vitality' opens itself to restorative weekends aimed at men

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Osijek on a plate

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Lošinj's Hotel Bellevue celebrates art and beauty at an exclusive pop-up exhibition

Lošinj's Hotel Bellevue celebrates art and beauty at an exclusive pop-up exhibition

Lošinj Hotels & Villas has announced an exciting new pop-up exhibition at the five-star Hotel Bellevue, a collaboration with leading galleries and curators Josip Konta Art Studio, Galerija Libar Gallery and Patrizio Contemporary Gallery. This autumn season, from September 28 to October 5 2019, guests at the luxurious hotel can experience the rejuvenating 'Art & Beauty' package which offers exclusive access to a curated collection by iconic artists including pop-art icon Andy Warhol and a visit to the Croatian Apoxyomenos, one of the world's best-preserved ancient Greek statues - plus art-inspired treatments at the Bellevue Spa Clinic. Launching on September 28 with an opening reception, the gallery open daily from 10am until 6pm for one week and offers guests the opportunity to meet with prominent curator Goran Margeta and international art dealer and historian Dr. Marco Antonio Patrizio. The pop-up exhibition is the collaboration between academic sculptor and painter Josip Konta, one of the most prominent names of the contemporary Croatian art scene; Croatian art gallery Galerija Libar and art advisor and collector Dr Marco Antonio Patrizio. Visitors can see works from domestic and international artists Julie Knifer, Getulio Alviani, Piero Gilardi, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Bernard Aubertin, Giorgio de Chirico, Andy Warhol, Edo Murtic, Ivan Picelj and many more. The hotel's award-winning Bellevue Spa Clinic will also feature a dedicated menu of pampering treatments inspired by fam

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The 66 best things to do in Zagreb
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The 66 best things to do in Zagreb

Zagreb contains plenty of historic sights and fascinating galleries, busy bars and fabulous live-music venues.

The 20 best things to do in Split
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The 20 best things to do in Split

Split is brimming with high-quality bistros, antiquities aplenty and the best bar scene on the Adriatic.

The 20 best things to do in Dubrovnik
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The 20 best things to do in Dubrovnik

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The 20 best things to do in Zadar
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Imaginative public installations like the Zadar Sea Organ by give this historic Roman city a contemporary, vibrant feel.

The 20 best things to do in Rijeka
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The 20 best things to do in Rijeka

Rijeka has a fascinating history, great restaurants and kicking year-round nightlife.

20 great things to do in Pula
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20 great things to do in Pula

Istria’s historic main city of Pula is symbolised by its Roman amphitheatre, scene of a surprisingly wide range of outdoor events every summer. Festivals of film and electronic music, and concerts by everyone from Elton John to José Carreras, fill the 2,000-year-old arena, with its near intact walled ring. Roman remains also form Pula’s city centre, dominated by a hilltop Venetian fortress. With docks rather than beaches nearby, many head south for out-of-town seaside fun in Verudela and Medulin. RECOMMENDED: more great things to do in Pula. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world, or take a look at our list of the 50 best things to do in the world right now.

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Croatia's best islands

20 best things to do on Hvar
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20 best things to do on Hvar

Hvar is Croatia’s most happening island, a destination for celebs, moneyed revellers and visitors familiar with five-star luxury.

20 best things to do on Brač
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20 best things to do on Brač

The Dalmatian island of Brač is best known for its iconic beach of Zlatni rat, which moves according to winds and tides.

20 best things to do on Vis
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20 best things to do on Vis

Secluded beaches, sunlit caves and succulent lobster make the longer crossing from Split well worth the journey. 

20 best things to do on Pag
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20 best things to do on Pag

Pag is Croatia’s up-and-coming island, its profile raised by the Ibiza-like phenomenon of Zrće.

20 best things to do on Cres
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20 best things to do on Cres

One of the largest but least developed of Croatia’s islands, the relatively untouched gem of Cres is a rugged wilderness.

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The 20 best things to do in Rovinj
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The 20 best things to do in Rovinj

Rovinj is Istria at its most chic, a scenic resort of quality restaurants and cocktail bars, galleries and boutiques.

The 20 best things to do on Krk island
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The 20 best things to do on Krk island

Nearly 20,000 locals call this diverse island home, their forefathers subject to Roman, Avar, Frankopans, Venetian, Habsburg and Italian rule.

The 20 best things to do in Trogir
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The 20 best things to do in Trogir

Just behind Split airport, Trogir offers intricate medieval architecture, Dalmatian waterside dining and a busy market across two interlinked islands.

The 20 best things to do in Poreč
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The 20 best things to do in Poreč

Halfway between Rovinj and Novigrad on Istria’s busy west coast, Poreč has long been given over to tourism, even before Croatia’s current boom.

The 20 best things to do in Šibenik
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The 20 best things to do in Šibenik

A classic Dalmatian destination in many ways, historic Šibenik is coming into its own after being somewhat left behind by nearby Zadar and Split.

The 20 best things to do in Pelješac
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The 20 best things to do in Pelješac

Lined with long shingle beaches, the Pelješac peninsula is that wonderful rarity, a Dalmatian getaway without the crowds.

Croatia's best bars and restaurants

The best Dubrovnik restaurants
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The best Dubrovnik restaurants

Dubrovnik restaurants are beginning to offer the culinary quality and variety that should be expected of such a luxury destination. And dining in Dubrovnik needn't cost an arm and a leg: many places offers simple, wholesome dishes at wallet-friendly prices.

The 100 best Zagreb restaurants
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The 100 best Zagreb restaurants

This ultimate guide to Zagreb restaurants covers it all: from splash-out fine dining to street food, bistros and east-west fusion.

The best Split restaurants
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The best Split restaurants

Croatia's second city is a gastronomic destination equal to almost any in the country.

The best Zagreb bars
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The best Zagreb bars

People in Croatia's capital city always give themselves time to linger and socialise over drinks. Whatever the time of year, new Zagreb bars are always raising and lowering their banners across the city centre and beyond, while traditional landmarks stay firm. Time Out's experts discover the best places to sip across town.

The best Dubrovnik bars
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The best Dubrovnik bars

Dubrovnik bars spring to life by night, with a number of atmospheric spots serving up anything from fine Dalmatian wines to fancy cocktails.

The best Split bars
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The best Split bars

On any given night, you’ll find at least one you love, but know you’ll never find again.

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20 great things to do in Motovun
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20 great things to do in Motovun

Motovun is one of Istria’s most beautiful and best-preserved medieval hilltop settlements.

The 20 best things to do on Rab
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The 20 best things to do on Rab

The busiest of the islands dotted around Kvarner, Rab has been a popular tourist destination ever since Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson frolicked nakedly in its waters in ’36.

20 great things to do in Makarska
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20 great things to do in Makarska

Makarska lends its name to the Riviera that stretches for 30 kilometres in either direction, one north towards Split, the other south to Dubrovnik.

The 20 best things to do in Osijek
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The 20 best things to do in Osijek

Arguably the home of Croatia’s friendliest hosts and some of the finest examples of Austro-Hungarian cuisine in the country.

The 20 best things to do in Primošten
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The 20 best things to do in Primošten

Fragrant pines back its pretty beaches, hilltop restaurants offer fresh seafood and stunning views, and seafront cafés fill with locals.

The 20 best things to do in Novigrad
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The 20 best things to do in Novigrad

Novigrad is neither as posh as Rovinj nor as packed as Poreč, but that’s precisely why this can be a charming location for a relaxing time by the sea.