Some 2,000km of crystal clear coastline fringed by 1,200 mainly uninhabited islands is enticing a record number of visitors to Croatia. The independent traveller can count on cheaply available accommodation, superb seafood, a lively bar scene and - unless it's a busy island in high season - lots of space. Inland, surrounded by national parks, traditional villages and rare wildlife, stands the culturally vibrant, classically Habsburg capital of Zagreb. Together with informed recommendations of restaurants, hotels and nightspots, Time Out Croatia covers all aspects of this newly rediscovered tourist region, from its peculiar history to its secluded beaches and hilltop villages. No other Croatia guide offers such a unique insider perspective. Don't miss out – get your Time Out Croatia or Zagreb mag at any of our distribution points in the country.
British legend Craig Charles and The Garden have launched a brand new festival 'Beats, Beer and Boogaloo', taking place in Tisno from Thursday 13 - Monday 17 July. The actor, host and broadcaster - perhaps best known for his role as Lister in the classic comedy Red Dwarf - moonlights as one of UK’s best loved Funk and Soul DJs. The British icon has spent ten years of broadcasting on BBC 6 Music with a primetime Saturday night slot 'The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show'. He'll bring his trunk of funk to the coastal idyll of Tisno, alongside a fusion of craft beers, funky live music and DJs curated by Craig. The festival will also feature boat parties, club nights at party mecca Barbarella's, street food and a carnival procession through the town of Tisno. The event is the first of its kind in the region, run by the visionary Garden Crew - with Nick and Charlotte Colgan at the helm, the organisers of the pioneering Garden Festival that catalysed the whole festival scene in Croatia. Now, with The Garden Brewery in Zagreb up and running, they're fusing the worlds of craft beer and sun-drenched Adriatic music festivals. The first names revealed are Hot 8 Brass Band, Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band, Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band plus special guest, Amp Fiddler, Craig Charles, Guts (solo/MPC), Kon, Smoove and Turrell, The Haggis Horns, The Reflex, The Allergies, Lack of Afro, The Funk Delegation, Al Kent, Rayko, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Shaka Loves You, Eddie, Pil
No surprise here: Croatia ranks among the world's largest coffee consumers. Croatians throw back 4.9 kg per capita of coffee a year, putting the country 19th place in the world. To mark the opening of London Coffee Festival, The Telegraph have mapped the world’s biggest coffee drinking countries with statistics from the International Coffee Organization. Croatia is famous for running on coffee, a culture it takes incredibly seriously. Hours, afternoons, even whole days are whiled away on smoky terraces, sipping frothy kava. Its fabled coffee culture means Croatia ranks as one of the biggest caffeine fans globally, beating Italy, the UK and even the USA into the top 20. Spica Nikolina Mimiæ, Time Out The world’s 20 biggest coffee drinkers1. Finland – 12kg per capita per year2. Norway – 9.93. Iceland – 94. Denmark – 8.75. Netherlands – 8.46. Sweden – 8.27. Switzerland – 7.98. Belgium – 6.89. Luxembourg – 6.510. Canada – 6.211. Bosnia and Herzegovina – 6.112. Austria – 5.913. Italy – 5.814. Slovenia – 5.815. Brazil – 5.516. Germany – 5.517. Greece – 5.418. France – 5.119. Croatia – 4.920. Cyprus – 4.8 RECOMMENDED: the best cafes and coffeeshops in Zagreb.
Soundwave, one of Croatia's longest-running summer festivals, have announced the line-ups for this year's boat parties. 13 boat parties have been released for their ninth edition. This year's festival cast includes iconic funk, soul and jazz pioneer Roy Ayers, who'll be joined by the UK's most influential DJ Gilles Peterson. Mercury-nominated trio GoGo Penguin, Yussef Kamaal and Horse Meat Disco all feature on a characteristically eclectic line-up. Set in legendary festival destination Garden Tisno, boutique festival Soundwave is a heavily dance-influenced affair, but it's also a perfect place to relax and sightsee as well as party until the sun comes up. It's an easy hop by boat to the nearby Kornati islands, a short walk to the pretty fishing village of Tisno and the beach itself is clean, the water cool and clear. The festival runs from July 27 - 31st, and you can book your tickets here.
Zagreb's Mayor Milan Bandić has given the go-ahead for a controversial reproduction of Rome's famous 'Trevi Fountain' in Radnička cesta, Zagreb's main business district. The Trevi Fountain, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci, is the largest fountain in Rome and one of the world's most iconic. Standing at 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, flanked by tritons and horses, it's a truly dramatic piece of Baroque architecture. Its wide-screen cinematic beauty has not been lost on filmmakers, appearing in several high-profile productions, including Federico Fellini's classic film La Dolce Vita. Zagreb's business district Radnička cesta is fast-emerging as a cultural destination in its own right. A busy junction of conference centres, buzzing restaurants, and modern hotels like the Hilton DoubleTree, Bandić hopes the fountain will attract a new breed of tourism to the area. The reproduction of this iconic fountain is a tasteful homage to Croatian-Italian diplomacy, and an attempt to create yet another a world-beating fountain, tying together classical Roman heritage with Zagreb's modern financial centre. The fountain will be smaller in scale, resplendent with LED-lights and an interactive swimming area. The fountain, scheduled for completion by Autumn 2017, is set to open with a dazzling laser show.
Croatia has bounced into spring with record-shattering temperatures in Dalmatia, with Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar recording new highs for the month of March, according to Croatia Week. On Thursday temperatures reached 26.8°C in Dubrovnik, which is the hottest since records began. The coastal city of Split also experienced record-beating highs of 24.3°C yesterday. On Hvar, temperatures reached a balmy 24.5°C. Get ready for a gorgeous, positively-tropical spring weekend, with warm temperatures predicted across the whole country, and a 24°C forecast for Zagreb. Check out this gallery of Dubrovnik looking mighty handsome in spring. RECOMMENDED: plan your perfect spring getaway with our Croatia travel guide.
A trendy new brunch spot has opened in Zagreb with an eggscellent menu. At Eggspress, eggs are the USP, offering an all day and night transatlantic breakfast menu: Eggs Benedict, Shakshuka, omelettes, poached, fried, boiled; whatever way you like your eggs, this cafe has it cracked. The eggs are all free-range and locally sourced, served with bought-that-day ingredients from Dolac Market. Located on Ulica Josipa Ruđera Boškovića 11, the cafe is open every day from 8.00am until 11 pm, perfect for big brunches and the late-night munchies. RECOMMENDED: where to find the perfect breakfast in Zagreb. © Eggspress
Last year's inaugural Love International Festival, the successor to the legendary Garden Festival was a big success. It returns to Tisno this summer with an awesome genre-blurring programme of house, disco, funk and techno. They've just revealed the boat parties taking place on The Argonaughty and Martina. Hosts include Studio Barnhus, Magic Door, Just Jack, Tief, Sunset Soundsystem, Disco Knights and many more across the afternoon and night. The headliners so far read like a who's who of today's top sonic tastemakers: Ben UFO, The Black Madonna, Craig Richards, Gerd Janson, Heidi, Honey Dijon, Horse Meat Disco, Job Jobse, Jazzanova, Leon Vynehall, Midland, Mood II Swing, Optimo, Palms Trax, Paranoid London, Prosumer, Tim Sweeney, Tony Humphries and Young Marco. Love International will run from June 28 - July 5 2017, and you can book your ticket here.
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.
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