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Croatia to receive its first amusement park

“Croatia has many interesting tourist spots, but unlucky for the kids, not a single larger theme park. That, though, is about to change, as the Dalmatian town of Biograd na Moru is set to become home to roller coasters and adrenaline rides. This Croatian version of Gardaland will open there in 2015.”

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Croatia’s other walled towns

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“Dubrovnik always steals the spotlight, and for good reason. Considered ‘the pearl of the Adriatic,’ the city’s famous historic walls, energizing summer weather, and pristine coastline continually captivate the hearts and imaginations of thousands and thousands of tourists that visit each year.

But what about Croatia’s other walled towns? This time, their magnificence will not be overshadowed by their more popular cousin. Here, we give you Croatia’s other fortified towns in all their glory. Catch the next plane or bus to them and you won’t be sorry, guaranteed.”

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The writer’s guide to Croatia

“Without question, Croatia has enough intriguing characters, allusion-worthy history, cacophonous city streets, and village secrets to fill hundreds of thousands of pages. The country has been inspiring many writers, both native and foreign alike, for years. They include Dante Alighieri, Josip Novakovich, Rebecca West, and Antun Soljan. Come and join their ranks – pack up a suitcase and a laptop, or that dog-eared journal, and read up on the best places to be a writer in Croatia.” Keep reading.

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Time to taste Dalmatian squid

“Croatia has a number of delectable gastronomic specialties and every region in the country has its own special dishes. In Zagorje there’s mlinci and struki while in Istriamanestra anddishes with truffles are common. Then, all down the Dalmatian coast, seafood specialties reign supreme.”

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A day in the life of King Tomislav

“Tomislav is a very intriguing person in European history. He is considered to be the first ruler of Croats, a king with much wisdom and determination, always ready to defend his folk against foes and mischief of any kind. But he is also considered loyal to his allies and open to everyone with good intentions.

As such, he is the first Croat to greet foreign visitors in Zagreb, as his monument is situated in front of city’s main train station. Later, he will join them in the bar as well, because a local dark beer has been named after him. Indeed, Tomislav’s meek character can be perfectly seen in the fact that he, as royalty, gladly accompanies you in your drinking sessions.”

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Behind the scenes: Game of Thrones season 4

“Filming for Game of Thrones season four has begun and Croatia is again one of the series’ main shooting locations. Dubrovnik serves as the backdrop for King’s Landing and Split has also been added to the list of filming locations.”

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Zagreb trivia in 140 characters or less

“Nobody knows Croatia’s capital like Secret Zagreb Walks. Below they share with readers a compilation of random tweets you can come across if you decide to follow Secret Zagreb on Twitter.”

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Croatia’s Adriatic one of the cleanest seas in Europe

“A newly released report by the European Environment Agency states that Croatia has high-quality sea water. The country is among eight other European nations, which include Cyprus, Malta and Greece, to make the “above average” quality EEA list." 

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Big Picture: Pazin

Pazin, in Central Istria, is not well known but should be. The small town has a long and rich historical tradition and houses many notable sites including a Franciscan Monastery and the Church of the Visitation of the Holy Virgin, both of which are from the middle of the 15th century, the Steam of Pazin, which flows & forms cascades, waterfalls, and lakes, and the Castle of Pazin, the biggest and best-preserved medieval fortress in Istria what was first mentioned in 983.

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The Travel Bite: Top 10 things to taste in Croatia

“Not sure exactly what you should try when you’re visiting Croatia? Travel blogger Rachelle of The Travel Bite breaks down the top 10 culinary items to take a bite of in Croatia. Grab one of them on your next trip to the grocery store or farmer’s market.” Read on.

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Flying with a wooden flock from Zagorje

“While not exactly Playstation consoles, the wooden toys of Zagorje have entertained numerous generations. Their tradition began in the 18th century, and became so strong that it became a part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.”

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Recipe: Meat burek

Croatians love their meat & love burek on-the-go. Check out the full recipe here so you can make them at home!

The recipe comes from LikeCroatia's Old Country Kitchen food blog so be sure to check out the rest of Silvia Velencia’s posts!

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Big Picture: Coastal villa in Split

“There are villas galore in Croatia. They’re the way to go if a luxurious vacation is what you seek. A handful of villas though are found near the coast in a smaller town or quaint village, making for a relaxing and tranquil vacation. Others, like the one above, are right on the coast on a prime piece of shoreline. Whatever you choose, villas aim to please and you’ll surely leave satisfied with your choice.”

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Don’t blame Croatia for Venice’s sinking but they did use our trees

“It’s no secret that the Italian town of Venice is slowly losing its ground to the Adriatic Sea. Every now and then, the sea level increases by a few millimeters, and little by little during the decades, this small- scale gain for the sea devours entire floors of the town’s older buildings. The poor inhabitants can only fish in what used to be their basement.”

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Breathe easy in Kosinj Valley

“You may pass it on your way down the coast, but not even know it’s there. Nestled in the Lika-Senj County near Perusic lies the town of Kosinj, home to Croatia’s cleanest and most natural meadow-land, the Kosinj Valley. This area rarely receives much attention but the town’s 1,692 inhabitants don’t seem to mind as they go about their daily lives with ease, proud of their countryside.”

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Zagreb’s French pavilion to reopen

“The state of Zagreb’s French pavillion has always been a painful topic to local architects. Constructed in  1937, this little giant in the city’s center became a small miracle in construction, as it featured a unique roof shaped like an inverted cone. But a lack of maintenance and finances slowly turned it into a neglected, ruin-like building. Finally, after more than 70 years of oblivion, the pavilion is on its way to full recovery.”

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Secret Zagreb: Halloween trivia

“Just because you’re in the city of a million hearts, doesn’t mean all those hearts are beating. I’m talking undead, and Zagreb sure has its share of such residents. Ghosts, witches, mummies, bats and sorcerers–there are so many of them. If you’ve missed the chance to meet some of them in my tweets, here’s a quick reminder.”

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The Love Path of Crikvenica

“For more than a century, a forest near Crikvenica has been a favorite retreat for intimate walks and holding hands with local lovers. The practice of visiting it was so popular that a small trail was constructed around the 1930s, named simply ‘The Love Path.’” Read on.

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Photo gallery: Adriatic towns through our readers’ eyes

“This summer, Croatia has seen a growth in visitor numbers across the board. We can sit here all day telling you how wonderful the country is and how you should be one of these thousands of visitors too, but instead we’ve selected a few photos our readers have submitted via our Facebook page to show you the country’s Adriatic towns through our readers’ eyes. Discover the beauty they encountered on their trips to the Croatian seaside with the photos below.”

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