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Justin McDonnell

Justin McDonnell

Justin is the editor of Time Out Croatia. Follow him @justinmcdonnel.

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The 71 best things to do in Zagreb

The 71 best things to do in Zagreb

Compact and easy to navigate, Zagreb contains plenty of historic sights and fascinating galleries, complemented by destination restaurants, clusters of busy bars and numerous live-music venues. The main square divides the hilly Upper Town ‚Äď museums, institutions of national importance, panoramic views ‚Äď from the flat, grid-patterned streets of the Lower Town, with its gastronomic landmarks, designer boutiques and art galleries. Spread out east and west are areas of bucolic greenery while south over the Sava river stretches the post-war residential blocks of Novi Zagreb. 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.

Brilliant things to do in Dubrovnik's Old Town

Brilliant things to do in Dubrovnik's Old Town

Many of Dubrovnik's amazing attractions are centred on the compact, fully walkable Old Town. Begin your Old Town sojourn with a stroll around its surrounding City Walls to get your bearings with an amazing view of the city and stupendously blue Adriatic sea. Continue your visit discovering the city's endless gems, from the Rector’s palace and Sponza palace to the Dominican monastery and Church of St. Blaise.  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 best hotels in Rovinj

The best hotels in Rovinj

Rovinj’s tasteful but limited accommodation stock has been transformed by the maistra group, which has created gleaming, family-friendly resorts, turned whole islands into self-contained hotel complexes festooned with pools, spas and restaurants, and conceived two of the finest properties on the Med, one an architectural wonder. The lodgings in historic properties remain in place for those who wish a quiet stay amid the cobbled streets of the Old Town. RECOMMENDED: amazing things to do in Rovinj.

The best Zagreb bars

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.

20 great things to do on Vis island

20 great things to do on Vis island

The remote, rocky island of Vis has ended its years of isolation and the tourists it now welcomes seek a different, more authentic experience than elsewhere in Dalmatia. Yachters and Hollywood stars might mingle around the marina, but you can easily find your own slice of paradise away from the clicking paparazzi. Secluded beaches, sunlit caves and succulent lobster make the longer crossing from Split well worth the occasionally choppy journey. 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 RECOMMENDED: More great travel destinations in Croatia  

Ten fabulously free things to do in Dubrovnik

Ten fabulously free things to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is Croatia's most photographed city and welcomes armies of tourists every day. You won't be able to walk the famous city walls without spending some dosh, and most attractions will have you parting with a handful of coins. While you'll probably conclude that these inimitable sights are worth every penny, you can easily give the spending a break - Dubrovnik's free attractions are some of its finest. Here are some wonderful free 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 RECOMMENDED: more great things to do in Dubrovnik

Things to do in Korńćula town

Things to do in Korńćula town

The main street, Ulica Korńćulanskog statuta, leads to St Mark‚Äôs Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Dalmatian church architecture and design. Taking three centuries to build, it features several styles, including Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque. Beneath it is the sarcophagus of St Theodore, the protector of Korcula. Here you can also see St Mark with St Bartholomew and St Jerome, an early work by Tintoretto, whose Annunciation also stands in the south nave. Next door, the Abbey Treasury contains a collection of Dalmatian art from the 15th and 16th centuries. Opposite the cathedral, the Town Museum, set in a 16th century Venetian palace, contains a copy of the fourth-century Greek tablet from Lumbarda, the earliest evidence of civilisation on the island. Down a side street is the excellent Icon Museum and, entered through it, the 14th-century Church of All Saints. The Memorial Collection of Maksimilijan Vanka, on the water-front near the Monastery of St Nicholas, shows the art nouveau and Expressionist works by this 20th-century painter and hosts temporary exhibitions by renowned Croatian artists throughout the summer.¬† 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 best coffee in Zagreb

The best coffee in Zagreb

Croatians are sacrosanct about their¬†kava: it‚Äôs something to be enjoyed leisurely, not slugged from a cardboard cup on the way back to the office. That said, much of what you‚Äôll find in your cup is commercially blended and can be spectacularly bland. Luckily, a cluster of ace coffee-shops are flying the flag for specialist and third-wave coffee ‚Äď some double up as artisan roasteries, too. We‚Äôve trawled them all to bring you a definitive guide to the best coffee Zagreb has to offer. RECOMMENDED: the best¬†caf√©s and coffee shops in Zagreb.

Recommended restaurants in Korńćula town

Recommended restaurants in Korńćula town

A string of venues line ulica Korńćulanskog Statuta or the surrounding street of ҆etaliŇ°te Petra Kanavelińáa in¬†Korńćula town¬†‚Äď ranging from the dependable (Pizzeria Caenazzo) to the decidedly swish (the LD restaurant at the¬†LeŇ°ińá-Dimitri Palace Korńćula). Alternatively, sample one of the rustic bistros advertised on wooden signs by the road between¬†Korńćula town¬†and Vela Luka.¬†Korńćula island¬†is known for its sweet cakes and its famous Korńćula olive oil, one of Croatia's best delicacies. Under the general heading of¬†cukarini, they come in different varieties, such as¬†prŇ°urate¬†elsewhere called¬†prikle¬†(deep-fried dough with almonds and raisins) and¬†lumblija¬†(sweet bread with wine and spices).¬†Marinero¬†has theirs baked daily. Renowned cakeshop¬†Cukarin¬†is set in a side street in the Old Town.RECOMMENDED: Croatia's best delicacies

Restaurants on Korńćula island

Restaurants on Korńćula island

As Korńćula¬†sizzles this summer, check out some of the coolest places to dine, drink and relax, with a range of traditional Croatian options, seafood, Korńćula's famous olive oil¬†and other Mediterranean fare. Read on for our insider's guide.RECOMMENDED: Croatia's best delicacies

Krk overview

Krk overview

Krk‚Äôs tradition of tourism goes back as far as almost anywhere on the coast ‚Äď they were issuing picture postcards in 1866. After being inhabited by Liburnians, Illyrians, Romans and Croats,¬†Krk¬†was ruled by powerful medieval dukes, the Frankopans, who once held half of modern-day Croatia.¬†Krk¬†town‚Äôs walls date to pre-Roman times, and the oldest of the towers in that wall, the square one at Trg Kamplin, was built in 1191. The best-preserved historical site, the three-nave¬†Cathedral of the Assumption, built on the site of an early Christian basilica, dates from the early 1200s, with a bell tower from the 16th to 18th centuries. The KaŇ°tel, with a cylindrical tower, is Venetian, as are the three city gates and the rest of the wall. The Old Town‚Äôs squares and main thoroughfare of JJ Strossmayera, now lined with souvenir shops and fast-food outlets, throng with tourists all summer long. Nearby is Punat, where a beautiful bay shelters a large harbour. In the middle is the islet of KoŇ°ljun, home to a 15th-century Franciscan monastery with a religious treasury. Tourists also pack BaŇ°ka in the south,¬†Krk¬†island‚Äôs other main spot. Its sandy shore, beach towel to beach towel in high season, begins at the harbour edge. You walk to it via a caf√©-lined promenade ‚Äď in summer you‚Äôll be walking three abreast.

҆olta travel guide

҆olta travel guide

Now with a major boutique hotel, the island of SŐĆolta is looking to attract tourists away from BracŐĆ and Hvar. ItiŐĀs not only about heliports and heated pools, although the seriously high-end Martinis Marchi can provide both. SŐĆolta is a haven of olive groves, vineyards and unspoiled beaches. There iŐĀs more beach fun at RogacŐĆ, which is also the main ferry port for the frequent, cheap services from Split.

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ŇĹivot

ŇĹivot

5 out of 5 stars

Every city needs a place like¬†ŇĹivot. A live music venue where you can really let your hair down,¬†ŇĹivot offers a stage to visiting indie bands and DJs who play everything from grime to Yugoslavian disco. Decorated like your gran's house on drugs-expect to see UV-blasted dollies and dodgy watercolours-it's an essential part of a night out in Rijeka, and its reasonable price-list draws in a loyal crowd.

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This man has visited every country in the world on a budget, and here's what he has to say about Croatia

This man has visited every country in the world on a budget, and here's what he has to say about Croatia

Dane Henrik Jeppesen is barely 28 years old, but the Danish travel blogger has already visited every country in the world. It's a dream every wanderluster has, but few manage to accomplish. What makes this feat even more incredible is that Henrik comes from a tiny town in Denmark with a population of just 40,000 people. We checked in to see how he did it, and what he thought about his time in Croatia. Where did your journey begin? Denmark. I grew up in the Thy-district of Northwestern Jutland, where Denmark got its first national park called Ty. How do you afford all this globetrotting? I kept track of my spending. Staying with locals. Eating cheap food at supermarkets often instead of restaurants. Hitchhiking (more than 1,000 times) or local buses instead of taxis whenever possible. Hotel points and air miles helps as well. On many days I spent less than 5 dollars. It’s much cheaper to visit every country in the world than people think, but you must be willing to live like a local on a budget, not like a tourist. Almost anyone can do it but it takes time and effort. When I visited 50 countries, I began getting sponsorships from hotels and when I visited 100 countries, I began to get sponsorships from airlines. It made a big difference in visiting all 193 countries in the world.     Tibet is an amazing travel experience, but not the easiest place to visit. You first have to obtain a Chinese visa, then get in touch with a tour operator to get a Tibet permit. I can highly re

Time Out Zagreb spring-summer edition launched at the Croatian National Theatre

Time Out Zagreb spring-summer edition launched at the Croatian National Theatre

That's a wrap on Time Out Zagreb! On sunny Friday afternoon, the Time Out team held a celebration of the new 208-page magazine at the Croatian National Theatre. In a room of exquisitely painted frescoes, radio presenter Katarina MoŇ°katelo hosted the event¬†with guest speeches from Zagreb Tourism Board director Martina Bienenfeld, HNK intendant Dubravka Vrgońć and Ognjen Bagatin, CEO of Bagatin. Time Out's editor (er, me) Justin McDonnell and head of video Ashley Colburn also presented their thoughts and greetings to the audience. ¬† The 208-page magazine is a celebration of all things summer in Zagreb, and the only guide you need to get around the city with hundreds of restaurant and bar reviews as well as features on art, music and cutting-edge culture - and a special section dedicated to healthcare and wellness. People spilled out onto the sun-drenched patio afterwards, enjoying fabulous canap√©s and drinks.¬†National broadcasters HRT and RTL were there capturing the action, as well as¬†Zagreb's TV station Z1. ¬† Check out the highlights from Time Out Zagreb's launch party below. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

Time Out's restaurant, bar and café awards in Zagreb: the winners

Time Out's restaurant, bar and café awards in Zagreb: the winners

Time Out¬†has paired up with R'n'B Weekend where we'll be awarding three of the best bars, caf√©s and restaurants in Zagreb. Tonight, we'll toast Zagreb's¬†finest venues,¬†acknowledging the most daring, cool and original places in the city. Find out the winners below. Our selection criteria Anonymity:¬†Time Out Croatia's team of reviewers visit restaurants throughout the year, always paying for their own meals. This ensures they experience every meal as a regular paying customer and receive no special treatment. Independence:¬†Time Out‚Äôs team of reviewers are not influenced in any way by Time Out advertisers, partners or friends. Expertise:¬†Time Out reviewers are serial ‚Äúdoers‚ÄĚ. They‚Äôre out every night of the week, in all corners of the city, to ensure they‚Äôre real local experts. And with a team comprised of nationalities from all over the world, who‚Äôve lived and dined in countries all over the world, there is no dish too daring, no trend too twee, for them to sink their teeth into. Value for money:¬†The Time Out brand is committed to telling its readers the best things to do and places to eat in town, saving its readers both time and money. A restaurant‚Äôs value for money offering is assessed with every review. We do not set a limit on the cost of the final bill, there is no numeric cut-off point. It is the overall quality of the dining experience, measured against a number of criteria, that determines a restaurant‚Äôs value. The winners ¬† The bravest¬†restaurant: NAV Tvrto ҆akota's N

Game of Thrones museum opens in Split

Game of Thrones museum opens in Split

Calling all Game of Thrones heads! A museum dedicated to the HBO series has opened in Split. The city is one of the filming locations used in the series, alongside Dubrovnik, which famously doubles up as the King's Landing. Located near Diocletian’s cellars where Daenerys keeps her dragons, the museum is packed full of props, costumes and knick-knacks from the series.   Life-sized statues of the show's most popular characters are dotted around the museum, from Jon Snow to Daenerys and Tyrion to Hodor. The permanent exhibition is composed of five themed rooms, starting at the Split-inspired Meereen, the Dubrovnik-themed King's Landing, Winterfell and Weirwood tree, where guests enter through a hole in the tree.             Game of Thrones guides are also available, where storytellers take visitors on geeky tours around the museum. So far, the museum has had mixed reviews - but if you want to try it yourself, stop by The Game of Thrones Museum on Bosanska ulica 9, open daily from 9am to 10pm.  Need to satisfy your Game of Thrones thirst? Try our guide to Game of Thrones filming locations in Croatia.  

Croatia will be awarded five Michelin stars this weekend

Croatia will be awarded five Michelin stars this weekend

The Michelin Guide's 2019 winners will be awarded this Friday at the R'n'B Weekend. Zagreb's Noel, Lovran's Draga di Lovrana, Rovinj's Monte, Dubrovnik's 360 and Sibenik's Pelegrini are all Michelin-starred kitchens that made the critic's shortlist this year. The country now possesses five Michelin stars, the ultimate culinary accolade. Read our reviews of Michelin-starred and recommended restaurants here. Time Out will also be awarding three awards for the coolest, bravest and most daring bars, restaurants and cafés in the capital. The three awards are for the boldest restaurant, the bravest bar and the coolest café. We'll be announcing our winners at the event on Saturday evening - keep your eyes peeled. Here are the five restaurants in Croatia that will be accepting their Michelin star on Friday. Noel Noel is sizzling hot restaurant dedicated to contemporary trends in gastronomy. This upscale restaurant mixes the best of Croatian ingredients with nouvelle experimentation, offering mains like the pork belly with shrimp and passion fruit. Portions are small but well garnished and more extravagant diners can opt for the taster menu - options include four, six or nine courses costing between 220 and 450kn. The decor is polished, and the attentive staff boast military timing. 360   Set within the great walls of Dubrovnik with impressive views over the port, 360 blends its historical setting with a progressive, forward-thinking menu. Dishes change constantly but 360 is particu

Croatian olive oil wins 32 gold and 18 silver medals at The New York International Olive Oil Competition

Croatian olive oil wins 32 gold and 18 silver medals at The New York International Olive Oil Competition

Alongside Flos Olei, the New York International Olive Oil Competition is the biggest olive oil competition around. NYIOOC has revealed¬†this year's best extra virgin olive oil - and it's good news for Croatia. The country's olive oil won 32 gold and 18 silver medals, bolstering Croatia's status as one of the world's best olive oil producers. Brilliant olive oil producers like Chiavalon, Belińá Selection and Salvela Aurum snagged a gold prize out of 903 samples from 26 countries. The year‚Äôs best olive oils were unveiled at a press conference streamed live from New York. The results of the competition are followed by producers, importers, distributors chefs, food service professionals and journalists around the world.

Don't miss Time Out's 'Why Croatia?' with Ashley Colburn on RTL Play

Don't miss Time Out's 'Why Croatia?' with Ashley Colburn on RTL Play

Follow Time Out Croatia‚Äôs very own Ashley Colburn all around the country for our Why Croatia? series on RTL Play, which premieres from midnight tonight. Watch it here. Ashley begins her epic road trip through Croatia in the region of Lika, steering her¬†classic Zastava minivan along lesser-known byways to meet the locals and make a few amazing discoveries. ¬† Aiming for the stunning national park of Plitvice Lakes, Ashley first drops into Rastoke, a picture-postcard old mill town with two fast-flowing rivers and traditional waterside guesthouses. She then goes spelunking with Filip ҆pehar as they explore Barańáeva Caves, dating back more than five million years. Home to hibernating horseshoe bats, the caves are filled with dramatic stalactites and stalagmites, as pointed out by underground expert ҆pehar. Then comes Plitvice, Croatia‚Äôs number one tourist attraction but a destination the much-travelled Ashley has never visited in winter. Pleased to find no crowds out of season, cheaper admission prices and free parking, Ashley is shown around the snowy cascades and waterfalls of this outstanding natural wonder by Ivica ҆poljavińá, Plitvice born and bred. We find out that Plitvice has 92 waterfalls and covers some 30,000 hectares, about the size of 30,000 football fields. The water‚Äôs so pure, it‚Äôs drinkable, as Ivica can prove. Opting to spend the night in a luxurious treehouse lodging nearby, Ashley sets off the next morning for the Stilanova Lika. Here in a traditional family-ru

Wu-Tang Clan are headlining Sea Star Festival in Croatia

Wu-Tang Clan are headlining Sea Star Festival in Croatia

Wu-Tang Clan will perform at Sea Star Festival from May 24-25 in the Stella Maris resort, Umag. The hip-hop crew marks the 25th anniversary of¬†Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)¬†with a performance from all nine members‚ÄĒthat‚Äôs¬†RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna, if you‚Äôre keeping track. It took several months to negotiate Wu-Tang Clan's appearance in Croatia, as they insisted promoters tailored the price of tickets to accommodate local audiences. Wu-Tang Clan have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. They join¬†Sven Vath, Nina Kraviz, British hip-hop diva IAMDDB, DJ Illario Alicante and others. ¬†

What you missed at Time Out Istria's launch party

What you missed at Time Out Istria's launch party

That's a wrap on Time Out Istria! Time Out Istria's launch party rocked Rovinj this week. The magazine was launched at Dom Kulture with special guest speakers Korado Korlevińá, Ashley Colburn and Mike Downey from Motovun Film Festival. Big shoutout to the County Mayor Valter Flego and Denis IvoŇ°evińá from the Istria Tourist Board who also took to the stage. The action moved to the sunny terraces of the Hotel Adriatic next door, where guests enjoyed an amazing spread of food and wine - including Istrian delicacies of seafood, prŇ°ut and fuŇĺi - and perfectly sculptured cakes almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. National broadcasters RTL and HRT were there capturing the event, as well as Glas Istre. You can read RTL's awesome write-up of the event here. Drinks flowed freely, thanks to Marjan Arman, MatoŇ°evińá and Fakin wineries. Guests took away fabulous goodie-bags containing¬†one of the world's best olive oil from Chiavalon and hand-waxed bottles of premium gin by Hvar. And, of course, our beautiful pink magazine - Time Out's Essential Guide to Istria - with 160+ pages packed¬†full of brilliant content. Check out the highlights from Time Out Istria's launch party below. Download your copy of free copy of Time Out Istria now. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

Croatia awarded five Michelin stars

Croatia awarded five Michelin stars

Michelin has given out a fresh batch of shiny new stars and Croatia is the proud recipient of two new awards, winning five Michelin stars in total. Zagreb's Noel, Lovran's Draga di Lovrana, Rovinj's Monte, Dubrovnik's 360 and Sibenik's Pelegrini are all Michelin-starred kitchens that made the critic's shortlist this year. The country now possesses five Michelin stars, the ultimate culinary accolade. Read our reviews of Michelin-starred and recommended restaurants here. Noel Noel is sizzling hot restaurant dedicated to contemporary trends in gastronomy. This upscale restaurant mixes the best of Croatian ingredients with nouvelle experimentation, offering mains like the pork belly with shrimp and passion fruit. Portions are small but well garnished and more extravagant diners can opt for the taster menu - options include four, six or nine courses costing between 220 and 450kn. The decor is polished, and the attentive staff boast military timing. 360 ¬† Set within the great walls of Dubrovnik with impressive views over the port, 360 blends its historical setting with a progressive, forward-thinking menu. Dishes change constantly but¬†360 is particularly skilled with seafood, modern Mediterranean dishes and¬†innovations of Croatian classics. Without being too stuffy or formal, they pride themselves on providing a casual vibe where creative cuisine takes centre stage. Peligrini ¬† ¬† ¬† Hands down the nicest place to eat in central ҆ibenik, at Pelligrini, diners opt for the 400kn deg

Download your free copy of Time Out Rijeka spring/summer

Download your free copy of Time Out Rijeka spring/summer

Spring is in the air and to celebrate, we've packed all of the amazing stuff happening in¬†the city into our second edition of Time Out Rijeka.¬† Drinking, dancing and pagan beasts... Join thousands of revellers at Croatia‚Äôs biggest street party this weekend! More than just a costumed jamboree, bellringers known as Zvonńćari parade a¬†centuries-old route, drinking wine, clanging bells and making noise to scare off the evil spirits of winter and bring on the new cycle of spring. We meet the people who make the carnival happen, from the costume designers to the DJs and the horn-headed Halubajska bellringers (P22). Get the best of spring in Rijeka with our seasonal guide (P26) and discover May‚Äôs celebration of LGBT+ and feminist culture (P47). Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Culture is all about diversity (P43) so join the parade and let your freak flag fly. Download your free copy now or pick up your magazine at Tisak. ¬† ¬†

Croatia airlines reveals huge 30 percent discount on flights this week

Croatia airlines reveals huge 30 percent discount on flights this week

Croatia Airlines flyers can expect price cuts on international and domestic flights this week as the national carrier has slashed 30 percent off all journeys booked between February 13-17. The airline flies to 30 destinations in 24 countries and eight destinations within Croatia, so save big on your international trip or Croatian holiday by booking this week. The 30 percent discount is offered for tickets purchased online on the Croatia Airlines website or through the app.