Highlights of the Week: 5 Big Events in Croatia from May 24 – May 30, 2021

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Romulić and Stojčić
As the summer approaches, new measures and travel updates bring hope.
As the summer approaches, new measures and travel updates bring hope.

Croatia is preparing to enter the summer season, and in recent days the relaxation of anti-epidemic measures, the anticipated presence of European tourists, and the constant updates of international flights continue to awaken optimism in the tourism sector. But in addition to good news regarding the tourism and travel scene, more interesting events such as a painting confirming the origins of the Dalmatian dog breed or the successful performance of Hvar’s olive oil in New York, also stood out in these last days: here’s a quick review of this week in news.

Loosening of anti-epidemic measures announced


One of the main novelties of the new measures is the return to restaurant interiors. (Credits: Pixabay)

The month of May, regarding the management of the pandemic, was marked by rapid and efficient implementation of the vaccination program throughout the country, as well as a decrease in cases of infections. Due to this, and taking into account the approach to the summer season, some existing measures will be relaxed and some even lifted. These measures became effective as of Friday 28, in which the following mainly stand out: the return to the interiors of the restaurants, the extension of the service hours in catering and hospitality facilities as well as the sale of alcohol until 23:00, increasing the maximum number of guests at weddings and no more restrictions on the number of people present at funerals.

For everything you need to know about coronavirus specific to Croatia, including travel, border, and quarantine rules, as well as the locations of vaccination points and test centers up and down the country, make sure to bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section and select your preferred language.

More Germans in Croatia than all foreigners combined


The tourism sector was surprised by a large number of foreign visitors, led by Germans, who made early trips into the country to avoid the summer crowds. (Credits: Romulić and Stojčić)

According to the eVisitor system, there are currently 85,000 tourists in Croatia. Germans take the lead, who are already Croatia’s most loyal and most numerous foreign guests. Namely, there are more German tourists in Croatia than all other foreigners combined! Although it is true that the month of May is one in which many tourists choose as the right time to travel due to the absence of crowds, it is still a positive indicator to take into account with the summer season around the corner. the corner. A decisive factor even in times of pandemic was the news on Friday 21, in which it was confirmed that Germany would remove Croatia from the red list, thus allowing fewer restrictions on the movement of tourism between the two countries.

Follow the latest on flights to Croatia HERE and the latest travel updates and COVID-19 news from Croatia HERE.

For more on travel in Croatia, follow TCN’s dedicated page.

Old Painting Confirms Dalmatian Breed is Croatian Dog


Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced and supported the National Recovery and Resilience Plan in public (Credits: Fra. Branko Brnas/Morski/HTV/Dnevnik)

The Dalmatian dog breed is one of the most popular in the world, both for its well-known role as a firefighter dog in times past or for its unique spotted coat. In recent days, the sights are once again on the Dalmatians, due to the premiere of the new Disney film that revolves around one of its most recognized villains: Cruella de Vil. However, and despite the fact that its name should clear any doubt on its own, many are unaware of the origin of the dog breed in the Croatian region. One Croatian vicar from Makarska, Fra. Branko Brnas, believes he has substantial proof that the spotty, clownish, and friendly Dalmatian truly did originate on these shores. Inside the monastery of St. Mary, in the town of Zaostrog in Central Dalmatia, where the great folk poet Andrija Kacic Miosic spent part of his creative life, hangs a painting with the motif of the last supper from the 18th century. On the floor lies a dog that closely resembles the Dalmatian breed as we know it today. To most, this is proof that the famous Dalmatian breed is definitely an autochthonous Croatian breed. Oddly enough, it took a long time to admit that.

For everything you need to know about pets in Croatia, and more about the Dalmatian breed, be sure to check Total Croatia’s 2020 guide, now in your language!

For more, follow Made in Croatia.

Hvar Olive Oil Makes Triumphant Return From New York Competition


Olive oil is a must on Croatian tables, but its impact and quality transcend borders. A great example is Hvar olive oil, which has made a triumphant return from an international competition in New York. (Credits: Romulić and Stojčić)

In addition to its natural beauty, history, and renowned nightlife, the island of Hvar’s authority in the olive oil industry has been confirmed in recent years. The golden liquid is an essential element in Croatian cuisine, and its coastal regions have proven for hundreds of years to be the land of the best qualities of grapes to produce olive oil. But these conclusions do not come solely from local pride, and it is that in recent years Hvar olive oil has stood out in international competitions and critics. In fact, Hvar olive oil has made a triumphant return at the International Olive Oil Competition in New York, once again setting the reputation and category of Croatian olive oil high.

When it comes to olive oil, Croatia is one of the leading countries in the industry. From Istria to Dalmatia, you can find all the information you need to know about the origins, processes, and where to buy Croatian olive oil on the Total Croatia page, now in your language!

For more news like this, follow our Made in Croatia section.

16 Eurowings Flights to Croatia from Germany


In May, Eurowings renewed traffic on several routes to Split Airport. In the last week of May, the company will also operate in Rijeka, Zagreb, and Zadar, and in June, it will significantly increase its presence at Croatian airports. (Credits: Pixabay)

To close this new edition of the most important news of the week, we once again return to the travel updates, when it was learned that 16 Eurowings flights from Germany to Croatia were confirmed for the following weeks. If at the beginning of this summary the positive change in terms of anti-epidemic measures was anticipated, as well as the current presence of a large number of German tourists in Croatian territory, the increase in air traffic between both countries reaffirms a hopeful panorama of visits from that country in the very upcoming summer season. Three Eurowings lines from Berlin, Four lines from Hamburg, Three lines from Dusseldorf, Two lines from Cologne, and lines from Stuttgart to Zagreb, Zadar, and Split have been confirmed for next month. The German low-cost airline will have 16 routes (23 flights a week) to 6 Croatian airports in June; Zagreb, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, and Rijeka. 

For the latest flight updates, check out the TC Flights to Croatia page.

From Monday to Sunday, we list five events featured on the front pages of Croatia’s news portals.

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