The humble knedla – a boiled, beige-looking dumpling – isn't the most handsome of Croatian delicacies. But you should definitely give them a chance - and now's your opportunity, as Zagreb's first dumpling outlet dedicated to the little fellas has just opened in the Oktogon passageway between Trg Petar Preradović and Ilica in the city centre. Servus offers both sweet and savoury knedle, an underrated, deliciously doughy foodstuff much loved by Croatians. These knedle are decorated with a little more consideration than the homemade variety, with old classics such as plum or Nutella varieties being joined by more adventurous flavours like pancetta and dried figs, spinach and mozzarella, raspberries with white chocolate and blackberries with dark chocolate. Get stuck in.
Visitors and locals alike may be surprised to see Zagreb's streets interrupted by a new street art route passing through the city. Renowned French street artists Levalet and Oak Oak are among those adding to the ever-evolving public art project. From early July, the OKOLO project has initiated some small art installations and urban interventions which prompt a revival of the city spaces they inhabit, transforming them into places where art spontaneously touches the city's everyday life. Four interventions by renowned French street artist Levalet began the project, which is run with the co-operation of Zagreb city's tourist board. A former art teacher, Levalet is notable for works that interact with the existing environment and with his works in Zagreb he has excelled in these regards. We won't spoil the surprise entirely, but rest assured Levalet has given great consideration to the spaces he has placed his works and, as with much of his earlier work, his Indian ink drawing are humorous, sometimes bordering on the absurd. In contrast, Oak Oak sometimes hides his works or obscures them by working in miniature. Ends this week.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Croatia's most popular inland tourist destinations, where its wooden walkways teem with visitors throughout the year. Officials controlling the park have just released plans and photos of an impressive visitors centre that will be built near the entrance of the park. 20 million kunas from the European Cohesion Fund has been earmarked to build the new centre, which should be completed within three years. The bulk of the new visitor's centre will be housed underground, utilising some of the area's natural rock as a visually stunning part of the sizeable structure. It will house a museum complex, an educational centre with a library, a multimedia hall, catering area, children's playroom, souvenir shop and offices. The centre itself is a beautiful example of Adriatic modernism - half patterned glass, half-grassy knoll, it looks like something from Lord of the Rings, or a hidden lair fit for a bond villain. Among the aims of the new project are the desire to provide a better, more pleasant and more informative experience for visitors, to help in catering for visitors with special needs, to encourage interest in local culture and nature, to extend the stay of visitors and to engage both visitors and locals in ecological issues.
The UK's Guardian newspaper recently wrote a glowing travel feature about the Croatian island of Vis, prompted by the fact major Hollywood movie Mamma Mia 2 was filmed there in autumn last year. Vis plays the part of a Greek island in the film and its stars, such as former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, were extremely vocal about how captivated they were with the island's beauty. Now, the movie industry is to return its gratitude to Croatia by holding a premiere of Mamma Mia 2 in the beautifully preserved Roman amphitheatre of Pula Arena. The premiere will take place in the spectacular surroundings on Saturday 21 July, as part of Pula Film Festival. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! is the sequel to Mamma Mia, a stage musical based on the songs of hugely successful Swedish group Abba. It was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, and others in 2008. It proved to be one of that year's biggest movies. The film's director, Oliver Parker, and some of the cast will be present at the Pula premiere and the film goes to other cinemas in Croatia on July 27. RECOMMENDED: read our travel guide to Vis.
Exhausted players, buoyed by an ecstatic reception, continue the celebrations.Players from Croatia's national football team have graciously agreed to greet fans at a series of public events occurring across the country over forthcoming days. Support for the team has been incredible, with over half a million people having greeted them on their journey from the airport to central Zagreb yesterday. Now, regional football fans will get the chance to also thank their heroes.Having been in competition for one month and with less than one month to go before they must begin pre-season training for their individual clubs, there's very little holiday time remaining for these players. Nevertheless, Dalmatia, where several of the team come from, will get two significant parties.Lovre Kalinić, Ante Rebić, Ivan Perišić, Filip Bradarić, and Ivan Strinić, who are all from Split or the surrounding area, will attend a party from 4 pm on the Riva in Split, with local singers entertaining crowds before the players arrive. Also today, local lads Luka Modrić, Šime Vrsaljko, Dominik Livaković and Danijel Subašić, will visit a party at the Forum in Zadar which starts around 9 pm. Continental Croatia is also not yet done with the celebrations. Popular Croatian bands Prljavo Kazalište and Zaprešić Boys will play a special party from 7 pm tonight at Trg Kapuscinski in Varaždīn in honour of Croatia's coach Zlatko Dalić. Dalić spent much of his career in Varaždīn. On Monday July 23 there will also be
We've packed all the amazing stuff that's happening in Croatia into issue thirteen of our annual visitor's guide. With informed recommendations of restaurants, hotels and nightspots, Time Out Croatia covers all aspects of Croatia, from its secluded beaches and hilltop villages to its vibrant urban cities. In this year's edition, we bring you an essential calendar of events and give you the lowdown on the festival scene. We look at ten years of poster artwork from Zagreb's legendary club Močvara, and in the run-up to Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Culture, speak to three major Croatian writers about what defines the city. We've also rounded up Croatia's coolest products, and travel across the country to bring you an indispensable guide to the best dishes. Plus, we check out the absurdly overlooked Eastern Croatia - in particular, Vukovar, Ilok and Vinkovci, and consider the country's best national parks for extreme sports. We also bring you hundreds of reviews of Croatia's best restaurants, bars, nightlife, hotels, shops, museums and galleries. Time Out Croatia is thirteen this year and we have a brand new design to celebrate: a cleaner look with a graphic, punchier feel. The cover was produced by Croatian artist Ivan Karaga, recently showcased at his first major exhibition at Zagreb's Lauba. No other Croatia guide offers such a unique insider perspective. Don't miss out – get your Time Out Croatia magazine at Tisak or any of our distribution points in the country. Email
Croatia's world-famous Motovun Film Festival visits Zagreb this week, taking over evenings on the July 17, 18 and 19 at Tuškanac Summer Stage's outdoor cinema. The programme of three contemporary films, designated as classics of the 21st century, is intended to act as a warm up to the festival proper, which takes place in the picturesque hilltop town of Motovun in central Istria from July 24 to 28.The three featured directors are England's Andrea Arnold, Greece's Yorgos Lanthimos and Sweden's Ruben Östlund, all of whom have won awards and critical acclaim for their work.On 17 July, Motovun will present Andrea Arnold's first full-length film, 2006's Red Road. Arnold prefers to work with non-professional or first-time actors and although you couldn't tell from excellent performances by leads Kate Dickie and Tony Curran, Red Road is no different. Set in central Glasgow, this thriller depicts a CCTV security operator spotting in her monitors a man she knows from her past. She follows him first on camera and then infiltrates his life. He doesn't seem to know her like she knows him and you're left guessing as to their connection until the film's end. The film depicts just how pervasive CCTV has become within normal life in the UK.One of Europe's most original modern directors Yorgos Lanthimos is showcased on July 18 with his fourth film, 2011's Alps. Less disturbing than his third film, 2009's Dogtooth and far less surreal than his fifth, 2015's The Lobster, Alps nevertheless offer
Anyone trying to order fast food or visit a supermarket in Zagreb yesterday evening could be forgiven for believing they were living in some kind of post apocalypse. Popular websites collating available food delivery services showed that nothing in the Zagreb area was working. Phones went unanswered and businesses were closed as the whole country watched the World Cup Final and then celebrated as Croatia received the competition's Silver medals.Disruption of normal life in the capital continues today as over 100, 000 are expected to line the streets to welcome home the Croatian national team. They may not have won first place, but they gave their all in the competition and reached further than any Croatian team has before. Theirs will be a heroes' welcome.The team will arrive at Zagreb's impressive Franjo Tuđman airport on a specially branded plane at around 2 pm. There they will board two open top buses (one for players, one for coaching staff) and drive through Pleso on Ulica Rudolfa Fizira until the road meets Zagrebačka, where surely most fans from the Velika Gorica area will be there to wave them on. The party will continue down Zagrebačka, past Velika Mlaka and Veliko Polje until it takes Avenija Većeslava Holjevca and passes through Buzin. From there, the bus will pass through Novi Zagreb on Ulica Savezne Republike Njemačke before turning left on Avenija Dubrovnik, passing between Središće and Sopot until it rejoins Avenija Većeslava Holjevca just before Avenue Mall an
Despite their best efforts and an incredible campaign, the Croatian national football team have failed in their attempt to bring the World Cup home. Croatian were beaten by France in a game watched by millions around the world. In the game, France opened the scoring, just before the 20-minute mark, with an own goal from Mario Mandžukić. But this result went against the run of play; Croatia dominated most of the first half and so there was little surprise when Croatia equalised, just ten minutes later, from a brilliant left-footed Ivan Perišić strike. Less than ten minutes later again, France regained the lead from a penalty awarded using VAR technology. It was a highly controversial decision which saw the referee several times consult the pitch side replay screen. Ultimately he decided that Ivan Perišić had deliberately handled the ball in the penalty area. Antoine Griezmann cooly slotted in the penalty. In the second half, around the 60-minute mark, Paul Pogba scored and around five minutes later, teenager Kylian Mbappe took the score to 4 - 1. Croatia took one back, with Mario Mandžukić taking advantage of a terrible mistake by France'a goalkeeper. But France slowed the rate of play down, frustrating Croatia and in the end, Croatia simply ran out of the time necessary to equal France's lead. Although they have lost the final, Croatia's national team will return home as heroes. They succeeded in reaching further in the competition than the country ever has before, defea
Could Croatia take revenge on France for their defeat in 1998? Expect Croatia to come to a standstill on Sunday evening at 5 pm as all eyes turn to the World Cup Final. This is the first time Croatia has gone so far in the competition and confidence is high that the Croatian national team are every bit the match of the current French team.The furthest Croatia have previously reached in the competition was at the 1998 World Cup in France when they reached the semi-finals. They were knocked out of the competition by the home nation, France, in a 2 – 1 defeat. France went on to win the World Cup that year, with Croatia taking the third place medals after defeating The Netherlands in the third place playoffs.Could this be the year that Croatia takes revenge on France for that defeat? Expectations are high and after knocking out England in the semi-finals, the widespread belief in Croatia is that anything is possible. Croatian players including goalkeeper Danijel Subašić, striker Mario Mandžukić and defenders Ivan Strinić and Domagoj Vida have all had a terrific campaign so far, the latter shrugging off the negativity directed towards him from some sections of the terraces in recent games. Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić and Ivan Perišić have proved to be the best midfield presently on the international stage. It is perhaps their game more than that of any others that have so far proved superior to the same positions among their opponents.France's own team is not without its midfield ta