„Humanity, morality, decency, might be forgotten, but codfish must still be had for the use of the faithful in Lent and on fast days“
by Francis Parkman, American historian, XIX century
The Dubrovnik Winter Festival is in full swing. Good food and good entertainment are the main heroes during the 5th edition of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival. Three Advent Sundays are behind of us and it means that the last candle will be lighted and Christmas will fill in our homes and hearts. The scents of Christmas are everywhere around us anywhere you go: prikles or fritules (donuts), sausages and hot wine. One of the most powerful scent of Christmas holidays in Dubrovnik is the scent of codfish dishes.
In the period 21.12.2018. - 24.12.2018. you will be able to taste the rich authentic gastronomic offer of traditional codfish Dubrovnik specialties at Dubrovnik's restaurants. These dishes are part of Dubrovnik’s gastronomic heritage, prepared according to traditional recipes. The most known codfish preparations are cod fish in "red" and cod fish in "white". You will surely enjoy the various specialties and wines paired with them.
Do not miss this festive of codfish and visit any numorous restaurant participating in this manifistation in cooperation with Tourist Board of Dubrovnik!
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Šibenik hinterland on the pleasant coach drive to the Roški Waterfall, one of the seven travertine barriers on the Krka River, a true karst beauty. Get to know all the interesting details on the area while driving through the Čikola River canyon, making a short break for a breathtaking view of the Visovac Lake and the Franciscan Monastery, a valuable cultural and historical monument situated on a small island in the middle of the lake itself. The Roški Waterfall (in Croatian Roški slap) is exceptionally interesting due to its cascades called ''the Necklaces'' by the locals. Restored watermills also attract many visitors and have their own story to tell. After sightseeing of the Roški Waterfall, a guide will take you to see another natural phenomenon of the Krka River - the longest of its waterfalls called the Skradin Waterfall (in Croatian Skradinski buk). This waterfall, cascading over 17 travertine barriers, gives you the chance to enjoy the permanent play of sun and water creating a breathtaking scenery. Make sure to bring your swimsuits because swimming is allowed here. The story of the first hydropower plant in Europe and a visit to the watermills dating from the 19th century will show you how important the Krka River was to the inhabitants of the area.
„Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea.”
Pythagoras (580 BC - 500 BC)
Without any doubts Pythagoras said smart words about salt in BC time. Salt was of high value to the Jews, Greeks, Romans and the Chinese and other people of antiquity. Although nowadays salt is one of the most common ingredients on our table, in the past it was called „white gold“ because it was fundamental for the preservation of food.
Salt has played a prominent role in determining the power and location of the world's great cities. Salt created and destroyed empires. One of this big empires was Roman empire who left many salt works after them.
Croatia has a very diverse history linked with salt works. Historically, in terms of salt in Croatia, the oldest known document comes from the year 542 CE and is linked to the former Brijuni Saltworks. One of the oldest salt pans in Europe, in Croatia, in Ston, a coastal town just north of Croatia's Adriatic pearl, Dubrovnik, are said to date to Roman times too. But the first written mention was in 1272 in the Statutes of the Ragusan Republic - a small, independent state around Ragusa, as Dubrovnik was known. The statutes set strict rules for the production, storage and sale of Ston's salt.
A four-day-long festival dedicated to the ancient tradition of salt production will take place in Ston, 30 August 2018-2 September 2018. The purpose of this event, the 2nd edition of the Festival of Salt, is to remember and celebrate Ston's past and dedicate a celebration to the precious salt, re-enacting the past traditions and proposing various themed attractions: traditional products and handcrafts fair (every day), wine, honey and olive oil tasting and sale, workshops for children, traditional dance and music etc..
We recommend you create some memories, with a pinch of salt to help spice up your stay in Croatia! For more information visit the official website of the Tourist Board of Ston, attend on festival and tag your photos on Instagram. #festivalofsalt#elitetravel
It seems like a dream, but it is a true! Croatia is in the World Cup Final!
Croatia is celebrating a great victory against England and congratulations are coming from all around the world. We are all overwhelmed with the emotions, happiness and proud.
In that joy our headquter in Dubrovnik, Vukovarska 17 is today covered in red and white flags as it should be!
We are so proud of our national football team and each one of spirited, courageous and fearless team players!
Go on Croatia!
You can't get the real expirience of a country only by seeing it's natural beauties, famous cities, sunny beaches, islands etc. The real expirience is only if you get in touch with the locals.
And Croats, like all others, have some of their specifics:
The propuh – it's a fresh breez created when two windows are open at the same time in the bus, car or house. This breez that help you to breath and to survive the heat is an anormous treat to Croats. For most, it can cause infections, flu and muscle aches and pains. So, beware of propuh!
If you are invated for a dinner, hospitality towards guests is something to be prepared for. You will be offer with drinks, premeal snacks, a meal, cake, coffee and then more drink. Take a little bit of everything. Do not dare to refuse!
After eating fish, or any other seafood, it is not customary to drink wather. Instead enjoy one of the local wines!
If you plan to spend your vacation in Croatia, here are some tips that you could use. Croatia is one of Europe's rising tourist stars, the country with crystal clean Adriatic sea, thousand of islands, as well as 8 National Parks, many nature parks, lots of monuments, rich history and excellent food and wine.
The last great promotion by men of letters comes from a respectable Guardian's reporter and travel writer Kevin Rushby. In his last adventure he visited Lastovo, Croatia's remotest island, as he said.
„I’m always drawn to the remoter parts of any country. Scanning the map of Croatia I spotted Lastovo, aloof from the other 1,106 islands, way out in the Adriatic, on the way to Italy’s Gargano peninsula. When I learned that visitors can stay at a remote lighthouse there, I was hooked.“
The reporter meets Mladen, keeper of the lighthouse Struga, and joined him on his spear-fishing trip, explored a dozen lonely coves and rocky shores in his canoe and drove to Lastovo town, a place of ornate chimneys and evocative ruins.
„Later, I lay under the stars on the wall outside my room. A warm wind was blowing and, watching those light beams, I felt like I was being transported by giant magical helicopter to the outer reaches of the cosmos.“
Lastovo – at the edge of the world...
Your secret getaway in Croatia...
Is it on your „to do“ list this summer?
Another great promotion of Dubrovnik in making this days come from 2Cellos. As they post on their facebook, they recorded Game of Thrones video on their „set“ in Dubrovnik.
The medieval town listed as UNESCO World Heritage, the well known Game of Thrones film sets and two great musicans...
Just press play and enjoy!
The Tourism Ireland's „Global Greening“ initiative is taking place at Croatian cities of Zagreb, Rijeka and Pula with the support of Embassy of Ireland in Croatia. On Friday, 17 March 2017 Zagreb and Rijeka for the first time, and Pula second consecutive year are celebrating Ireland's national day, St. Patrick's day.
In Zagreb, the City's new fountain on Croatia Fraternal Union Street will light in green. Rijeka choose to green famous Trsat Castle above the City. And at the end City of Pula will once again green the „Lightning Giants“ in the Uljanik shipyard.
The City of Rijeka will join the Irish City of Galway in 2020 as a European Capital of Culture.
With the participation of three cities, Croatia is in select company of a few countries which will take part in Tourism Ireland's 8th annual celebration of St. Patrick's Day (Empire State Buiding in New York, USA; the London Eye, UK; the Colosseum in Rome, Italy; Matuse Castle, Japan and Great Wall of China).
Halubian Bell Bearers com from Halubje, western part of the Kastav region close to Rijeka. This unique folk costumes date back to prehistoric times and are one of the biggest attractions at the Rijeka Carnival, one of the largest carnivals in Europe. This year Rijeka Carnival is is set from January 17 until March 1.
If you wish to visit Rijeka Carnival 2017. do not hesitate to contact us.