Going on holiday can be tricky if you're a dog: pet-unfriendly hotels, snooty restaurants, sunbathers scowling when you dry yourself off nearby... So Croatia's dog beach has got tails wagging. Located in the small coastal town of Crikvenica, the beach has all the usual attractions (crashing waves, sand, sun) without the disdain of other beach-goers, and with added treats: Monty's Beach Bar sells special dog beer and dog ice cream. The (non-alcoholic) beer is called 'Snuffle', and is made of a tempting-sounding blend of meat and malt barley extracts. Croatia is famed for its stretches of pristine coastline, attracting ever-increasing numbers of tourists. And while you'll see many a pup trotting along local beaches, they're less popular among sunbathers in touristy areas. The dog beach offers a solution to holidaymakers who'd rather not leave their dog at home. Check out the puppy paradise in this video from Viral Thread.
Rejoice! Spring has well and truly sprung in Dubrovnik. The days are getting warmer, the evenings balmier and the flowers are in bloom. Hang up your winter coat and take a look at this ancient maritime city in full, lovely blossom. A post shared by Dubrovnik Croatia (@dubrovnik.croatia) on Mar 13, 2017 at 3:51am PDT ">Check out our Instagram page. Read our guide to Dubrovnik in Spring. A post shared by Dubrovnik Croatia (@dubrovnik.croatia) on Mar 13, 2017 at 3:51am PDT A post shared by Time Out Croatia (@timeoutcroatia) on Mar 15, 2017 at 3:58am PDT A post shared by Europe (@topeuropephoto) on Mar 24, 2017 at 5:23am PDT A post shared by Dubrovnik Croatia (@dubrovnik.croatia) on Mar 24, 2017 at 2:53am PDT A post shared by Hello_rooftops (@hello_rooftops) on Mar 23, 2017 at 3:19pm PDT A post shared by BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS (@beautifuldestinations) on Mar 18, 2017 at 9:27am PDT A post shared by 👑Anastasiya👉📷☀️🍍 (@otkidach) on Mar 24, 2017 at 6:12am PDT A post shared by Slađana (@slakipalaki) on Mar 23, 2017 at 1:05pm PDT A post shared by dubrovnik360 (@dubrovnik360) on Feb 22, 2017 at 5:19am PST A post shared by Dubrovnikevents (@dubrovnikevents) on Mar 24, 2017 at 3:16am PDT
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Nikola Bašić, the architect behind Zadar's immensely popular Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun is planning another natural instrument feature on the Dalmatian coast, according to Croatia Week. The eccentric Sea Organ, inaugurated in 2005 features thirty-five organ pipes emitting unworldly tones through holes bored into the smooth, new paving stones, their size and velocity determined by the waves of the sea. The Greeting To The Sun comprises 300 multi-layered glass plates in a circle, synchronised with the same wave energy. Beneath the glass are solar modules that spring into life at sunset to simulate our solar system. This shell-like structure will be activated by the Bura winds Photo: Grad Makarska The 'Burolina project' will be constructed in Maraksa, a beautifully quaint port town just a hop from Zadar. The spiralling, shell-like building will host beach facilities and cafes for holidaymakers, and it's crustacean-shaped roof will become fully audible, activated by the fabled Bura winds, working in much the same way as the Sea Organ. The project also includes an addition to the Malacological Museum, a subterranean car park and a pavilion connected to the Osejava hotel beach. Grad Makarska
Temperatures are freakishly warm in Croatia right now, with the first official day of spring yesterday reaching sun-drenched, record-breaking highs. According to Croatia Week, temperatures recorded at Grič weather station in Zagreb were recorded at 22°C, the highest ever on 20 March, the date of the Spring Equinox, since records began in 1881. Even higher temperatures of 23 °C were recorded across Continental Croatia. The weather reached exceptionally warm heights of 24 °C in Karlovac, Sisak and Slunj. Enjoy this perfect weather while it lasts (may we suggest a rooftop bar, perhaps?) Along the coast, temperatures are hovering around the more modest but still incredibly balmy high-teens this week. RECOMMENDED: plan your perfect sunny holiday in Croatia.
Zagreb's inaugural Festival of Lights kicked off yesterday, transforming its historic centre into a cavalcade of light shows and audio-visual treats. There's loads more going on this weekend, with a 'Magical Forest' installation in Grič, set in a subterranean WWII tunnel beneath the Old Town that opened up to the public last Spring. There's a cascading waterfall installation nearby on Tomićeva and Lotrščak Tower will be brought to life as a vivid lighthouse. The festival's grand showpiece is a high-octane 3D projection mapping show on Jesuit Square. Take a look at our Instagram gallery below to see what's been happening. RECOMMENDED: 12 brilliant pictures of sunny Zagreb. A post shared by Zagreb Tourist Board (@zagrebtourist) on Mar 17, 2017 at 2:51am PDT A post shared by Zagreb Tourist Board (@zagrebtourist) on Mar 16, 2017 at 11:35am PDT A post shared by Zagreb Tourist Board (@zagrebtourist) on Mar 16, 2017 at 7:23am PDT A post shared by Marija Maša Katić (@marija_masa_katic) on Mar 17, 2017 at 4:02am PDT A post shared by ◇ᴊᴏᴜʀɴᴀʟ (@journal.hr) on Mar 17, 2017 at 2:18am PDT A post shared by FelberS (@sfelber) on Mar 17, 2017 at 12:57am PDT A post shared by Zagreb Eye | Zagreb 360° (@zagrebeye) on Mar 17, 2017 at 4:07am PDT A post shared by Snezana Laktic (@sneki_9) on Mar 17, 2017 at 1:50am PDT A p
Croatia's annual celebration of Ireland's patron saint will be illuminated by Tourism Ireland's annual 'Global Greening' initiative, which basically means the cities of Zagreb, Rijeka and Pula will be lit up with green lights. Last year, Pula's 'Lightening Giants', the enormous cranes that overhang Uljanik shipyard with their electric constellations of alternating colours, turned fully green for the festival. This time, Rijeka will also be taking part. In Zagreb, Mayor Bandic's beloved fountains will be glowing green, including the city's lavish new water feature on Croatian Fraternal Union Street. RECOMMENDED: the best bars in Croatia.
Good tidings for the Garden Brewery's Christmas Porter - it's been voted as one of the top 50 porters in the world by beer lover's bible Ratebeer. The Vanilla and Chocolate Christmas, praised for its velvety taste and tones of sweet vanilla, dark chocolate and bitter coffee, now ranks alongside top contributions from the world's leading breweries. This special release - hand tied and waxed by the brewery staff - is only available seasonally, so thirsty punters will have to wait until Christmas to unwrap it. RECOMMENDED: where to drink craft beer in Zagreb.
As Croatia continues to surge in popularity as a summer destination, Split is more and more becoming its surprise package. The city has successfully shaken off its one-time reputation as an urban-industrial backwater, and a departure point to the more alluring islands of Vis, Hvar and Brac. Nowadays, the Dalmatian capital has a booming tourism industry of its own - evidenced by the increase in flights announced by low-cost airline easyJet. Continuing their expansion into the Croatian aviation market, they've just released a wave of new flight rotations, with some beginning a month earlier than in 2016. Check out the full timetable here. RECOMMENDED: our full guide to Split.
Amateur photographer? Budding botanist? The Croatian Ministry of Environment and Energy are looking for you. Croatia's National Parks have released a tranche of new volunteering programmes to get involved with this year. The National Parks provide bed and board in return for working on a range of awesome activities, from a week's photography placement on Mljet, to organising festivals in Medvednica or dolphin monitoring in the Kornati Islands. Check out the huge range of placements and apply to volunteer at one of Croatia's National Parks here. RECOMMENDED: our guide to Croatia's national parks.