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  • Eating
In summer, nothing quite beats the heat like a good ice cream. Here are five of the best spots to grab yourself a classic treat while visiting the Croatian capital. Amelie With three locations in the city centre, Amelie insists on authentic ingredients for its pastries and ice cream. It takes great pains to emphasise that its Belgian chocolate comes from Belgium, its pistachios from Vienna while its ingredients for macarons hail from France. Alongside Amelie’s cake and sweet pastry collection is its name-brand ice cream, with its pistachio flavour most famous for satisfying its many regular customers. Where: Vlaška 2, Vlaška 6, Duknovićeva 4When: Daily 8am-10pm (Vlaška 6, Duknovićeva 4); Daily 9am-9pm (Vlaška 2) b041 This place has been a revered destination in Zagreb for many years. Special not only for its high-quality ice cream – including vegan-friendly flavours – it offers convivlal outdoor seating on its terrace. The decor evokes Zagreb’s vibe in the 70s and 80s, and while the number in its name – 041 – is a reference to the capital’s area code while it was a part of Yugoslavia. Where: Masarykova 25When: Mon-Fri 8am-midnight, Sat-Sun 9am-midnight Cookie Factory Styling itself as an American dessert shop, the Cookie Factory has been an incredibly popular fixture for the sweet-toothed in the Croatian capital. Customers can enjoy their ice cream by itself, or on top of one of its many brownie dishes. If you’re looking for a gift for a special someone, various cookies, bisc
  • Travel
  • Transport & Travel
After months of essential repair work, Zagreb’s major Jadranski Bridge has just reopened to car traffic, allowing drivers to access the capital over the Sava river from the south once more. Closed since March, it remains only partly open, with two lanes going in each direction on the eastern roadway. Renovation of the western roadway begins this week and will run until the end of the year. Goods vehicles will not yet be able to use the bridge, nor pedestrians and cyclists, who will be redirected to the narrower Savski Bridge alongside. Unveiled in 1981, Jadranski Bridge usually carries six lanes of traffic, two pedestrian lanes and two tram tracks.
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  • Things to do
  • Events & Festivals
Returning from July 17-21 for the 58th time, the Zagreb International Folklore Festival honours the traditional culture of groups from all across the world, aiming to promote and preserve native heritage in a globalised society. Taking place at various locations across the capital, the event will consist of a series of performances, concerts, dances and workshops, showcasing amateur groups passionately dedicated to their local culture. While Croatia’s many regional differences will be celebrated, artists will be appearing from Latvia, Canada, Hungary and Peru. Much of the programme will take place in the city centre around the main square and Zrinjevac. A full schedule in English can be found on the website.  Where: Zagreb city centreWhen: July 17-21Admission: FREE
  • Nightlife
  • Nightlife
This Friday night, July 19, legendary UK DJ Paul Oakenfold will be appearing at the Culture Club Revelin in Dubrovnik, kicking off his European tour that takes him to Montenegro, Greece, Cyprus and beyond. Gaining global fame in the late 1980s, Oakenfold became known for his award-winning work co-producing the Happy Mondays and remixing songs by U2 and the Rolling Stones, before becoming involved in the highly successful Global Underground series. The first DJ to play the main stage at Glastonbury, the London-born beatmaster then played huge shows in the States and worked on film scores. More recently, he toured with New Order and the Pet Shop Boys as the special guest DJ. Set in the fortress of the same name overlooking Dubrovnik harbour in the heart of the Old Town, the Revelin Club celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, with parties lined up every night of the summer. Tickets are distributed here – there is still currently Tier 3 admission available at €25.
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  • Things to do
  • Events & Festivals
A unique walking tour taking place this week puts visitors in touch with the strange medieval past of Istria’s atmospheric hilltop community of Motovun. Known for its fortifications and the truffle-lined forests beyond them, Motovun was once where a sorceress, Diletta Michiel practised magic several centuries ago. This Saturday, an expert guide will be giving a storytelling tour of Motovun’s dark tales, bringing to life the strange deeds of this lady of Venetian nobility, whose legend has been passed down from generation to generation. Participants will also gain an insight to what life was like here 500 years ago or more – in fact, in terms of the buildings, not so much has changed… The tour is free, given in English and starts from Trg A Antico at 7.45pm on July 20. To sign up, send an email to info@istrainspirit.hr.
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  • Events & Festivals
From July 12-23, ten of the capital’s picturesque Upper Town courtyards around the historic neighbourhood will play host to open-air parties for the special tenth anniversary iteration of Dvorišta (The Courtyards). As always, visitors get to spend an enjoyable and lightly boozy summer evening in venues otherwise largely inaccessible to the public, peeking behind the curtains and into hidden scenic interior gardens.Every evening will see a varied line up of live music performed by artists from Croatia and beyond, with bites and drinks available on location, making Dvorišta an ideal spot for summer evenings in the capital. Further details can be found on the festival's Facebook page. Where: Zagreb’s Upper Town.When: July 12-23, 6pm-midnight.Admission: FREE
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  • Sport and fitness
  • Sport & Fitness
After games in Hvar and Umag, the PRO 3x3 Basketball Tour is coming to Zagreb for two days of competitive entertainment on July 12-13. Being staged on Trg Kralja Tomislava, the square across from the main train station, the event promises high-quality displays of one of the Olympics’ latest sports. 3x3 Basketball made its Olympic debut behind closed doors at Tokyo 2020, and will be seen by live crowds for the very first time in Paris later this month. 3x3 Basketball is a variation on the classic game played with one hoop in a half-court setup. Matches last a total of ten minutes or until one team hits 21 points. Each side consists of three players, as the name suggests, plus one substitute, and they get 12 seconds to attack, in turns, with no breaks after scoring. Zvonimir Barisin/PIXSELL Day one – July 12 – will see the group games for the men’s competition, with the winners of this category crowned on day two, July 13. Saturday also features the women’s competition and Kids’ Day. This is the third edition of the PRO 3x3 Tour in Croatia and is so far its most successful, drawing its largest and most enthusiastic crowds to date. The organisers, backed by the Croatian National Tourist Board, hope to entertain spectators, as well as educate them on the rapidly growing dynamic game, with a real competitive element to the contest. The best teams of the tour will play out a Grand Final in Šibenik in August, with the winner qualifying for a spot in the World Masters Tour event t
  • Things to do
  • Events & Festivals
Tonight, Wednesday July 10, the opening ceremony takes place of the 75th Dubrovnik Summer Festival in traditional fashion, with the raising of the Libertas flag outside the Church of St Blaise. Along with the annual reading of Hymn to Liberty by Baroque poet, Ivan Gundulić, this anniversary year will also be marked by a mayoral decree, Mato Franković allowing hospitality outlets to stay open through the night. Events start at 9pm and involve the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra accompanied by six choirs and ensembles, all to be broadcast live on Croatian TV. Known in Croatian as the Dubrovnik Summer Games, the festival runs for 47 days until August 25, and is known for staging performances at historic outdoor locations around the Old Town. While comparable to Edinburgh in terms of prominence longevity, Dubrovnik is generally more highbrow, with the accent on classical music and long-established touchstones of Croatian theatre. The highlight is often a Shakespeare production staged under the stars and this year is no exception, with The Tempest being performed for five nights on the island of Lokrum, from August 20-24. On August 17, the Rijeka Piano Trio play in the Atrium of the Rector’s Palace while on August 22, Christina Aguilera gives a flamenco show atop the Revelin fortress. For a full schedule and tickets, see here.
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  • Travel
  • Transport & Travel
According to recent figures, tourism is currently booming in Croatia, with a bumper summer expected for 2024. As outlined by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, foreign tourist arrivals this May totalled 1.66 million, a 21% year-on-year increase compared with the same month in 2023. Alongside, May saw 6.3 million overnight stays, a rise of 25% more than last year. Contributing to this growth has been Croatia’s entry into the border-free Schengen zone, the country’s adoption of the euro and repeat custom, with many visitors coming back after an enjoyable experience the year before. Another factor has been the increase in air passengers. While Dubrovnik is welcoming direct flights from New York this year until late September, this June Zagreb recorded the highest number of travellers for one month, more than 400,000, boosted by a 10% increase in routes to and from the Croatian capital. With more flights scheduled for high season, this monthly figure is expected to climb nearer to 450,000.
  • Travel
  • Transport & Travel
This summer, you can explore Istria from the air thanks to a series of helicopter tours over the region’s vineyards, hilltop towns and picturesque landscapes. HeliFly Istria provides this unique travel experience as part of a package with Istria’s key wineries, Rossi in Vižinada, Cantina Saints Hills in Radovani and Meneghetti in Bale. A number of itineraries are available, with panoramic flights lasting from 20 minutes to an hour, running until the end of October. Up to four passengers can be accommodated in the Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter. Samplings are laid on at the winery of your choice, where departure and take-off take place. You can also book an airport shuttle service. Contact the Istria Tourist Board for more details or HeliFly Istria.
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