Sailing Croatia 2013: News Update
At the start of this cold, wintry week in London the news feeds are buzzing with activity! Croatia is in the news again, and we love sharing these tidbits of good news and sunshine on this gloomy, snowy day!
First of all, the port in the Dalmatian city of Zadar has been named by National Geographic Traveler as one of the Best Small Ports In Europe in its latest issue. As we reported last week, Zadar is increasingly growing into a must stop spot on a Croatian tour of their famous coast, having been dubbed the romantic city!
For the first time ever, Croatia achieved more than 70 million overnight stays in 2012, a staggering 70.3 million! Tourist arrivals were up 5% from 2011, the highest growth percentage in all of the Mediterranean countries. We are predicting another busy year for sailing Croatia 2013!
The biggest and most exciting Freestyle Motocross spectacular, Masters of Dirt, will for the first time be held in Croatia! This adds to the expanding list of international events that have decided to host in Croatia this year. We are so happy to see other companies and organizers showing the same confidence in Croatia as we do! The action packed show- dubbed “the world’s best show” by extreme sports legends, combines motorbikes, bicycles, quads, snowmobiles and fire-breathing girls, as they perform dangerous and breath-taking tricks for the crowd.
Last, but not least, Lonely Planet has once again had their say on top holiday spots for 2013. This time, Hvar Island has been voted number 13 on their top 46 “Places In the World To Go in 2013”. We have been praising the laurels of this island for years, and that is why we visit this island not once, but TWICE on our Croatia tour. Not only do we spend a night in Croatia’s number one VIP spot, Hvar Town- with it’s decadent nightclubs and beautiful scenery completing the package, but we also spend an unforgettable evening in the quieter, older village Stari Grad. Stari Grad received Unesco World Heritage status in 2008 because of its ancient agricultural plain built by the Greeks who settled here in the 4th century B.C.