Luxury comes in many different shapes and forms. And if you pick Croatia’s capital Zagreb for a weekend break, you’ll discover how unassuming things and places can turn into luxe travel experiences.
For starters, Zagreb is one of Europe’s smaller capitals whose historic streets are ideal for aimless strolling. The pace of life is slower and you can easily get to the city’s top attractions on foot. Still, like any capital city, Zagreb boasts a metropolitan flair.
Every large city has neighbourhoods. They develop distinct characters and as soon as a micro location grows a life of its own, they begin attracting more of the same. Buzzy market stretches, artsy strips, revamped industrial quarters, cozy green outskirts… The more they come into their own, the more attractive they get. Nowadays travelling to metropolitan centres such as London, New York or Paris is unthinkable without getting to know their ‘’hoods’.
Adriatic Sea is the most wonderful sea in the world. I know, this a personal opinion. But let me give you 5 reasons why I think that. You might just end up sharing my views.
Have you ever wondered why the sea has such fathomless power over us?
When you gaze into its expanse, everything around you disappears. The sea takes over you. And with this merge the feeling of elation follows.
I know you want to snag a couple of nice Croatian souvenirs before you leave the country. You want to keep remembering that amazing holiday you just had.
But, the thing is – your flashbacks will be stronger if you buy the stuff that’s not a typical Croatian souvenir.
Croatia is proud of its cultural quirks and Croatian currency is no exception.
Croatian money is called Kuna (Kn) which in Croatian means pine marten. Don’t worry. These days we don’t walk around with weasel-like pets, but we do like to keep things historic. And symbolic.
In the past, pine marten’s fur was used for trading. Being a pretty stable currency back then, I guess the hope is that our paper Croatian Kuna continues to perform just as well.
People always ask me what are the best things to do in Zagreb. They think the top 5 list because Zagreb is small. But there is so much more to experience. And the less obvious, the better.
But you need a top insider to show you all these perks. This is where my Zagreb 101 comes in. It’s the most complete Zagreb guide ever.
Pick and choose from this massive list of things to see in Zagreb. Match them to your unique style of travel. Then watch the magic happen: the bigger your imagination, the ...
Zagreb has for a long time lived in the shadow of the more popular Croatian coast. But now things are looking up for the country’s capital city. Just this year, Lonely Planet placed it at the top of their hotlist of Europe destinations. And Zagreb Advent festival won the Best Christmas Market award two years running.
This new Zagreb’s appeal has a lot to do with what the locals are creating – regenerating neighborhoods, setting up edgy festivals and taking the food scene to the next level.
When it comes to food, globalization has a peculiar side effect. The more universal we become, the stronger our need to discover the local. Burgers and pastas may have swept the world, but when we travel, we look for what is authentic. Traditional food is among the greatest appeals of a destination. And these delicacies thrive on the discovery of ancient recipes concocted with local ingredients.
There are some cities that seem to be defined by a guiding artistic angel. For instance, it is nearly impossible to visit Barcelona and not to come across Gaudí. The same might be said about Scottish Art Nouveau architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. When his native Glasgow became the 1990 European City of Culture, Mackintosh’s art and legacy were rediscovered. Now a visit to Glasgow goes hand in hand with admiring his public art.
There may not be many virgin territories left. But there are places that reinvent themselves every few decades. The result? Visiting them feels like stepping into a new world. One such destination in Croatia is the city of Rijeka. This industrial and cultural jewel of the North Adriatic has a rich history and a vibrant buzz. It is home to 130,000 residents, but still an uncharted territory for foreign travelers.
In the last couple of years, Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, has joined the ranks of Europe’s most popular cities to visit. And, it is the way Zagreb lives outdoors that makes travelers fall for it. It could be a simple pleasure of lounging at a city park and dining alfresco, or joining a buzzier city strip with festivals rolling in all year round. But what Zagreb separates the city from other “urban” areas is its proximity to the Medvednica Nature Park, just north of the center: a perfect spot for adventurers.
Croats are a cheerful bunch. They love to party and they do so very often. But if you mix them with other nationals, they are hardly the life and soul of the party.
How can this be?
It’s simple. Croatian people party to bond with people they are already close with. They almost never throw or attend a bash to meet someone new.
In a room full of strangers, a Croat feels out of place, no matter how great the atmosphere is. We are not taught to small talk. And unless we arrive with our own crowd, we’ll probably stand in a corner and look aloof.
Croats think of themselves as touchy-feely kind of people, but I never hug and kiss so many strangers as when I am spending time in London.
Is there something weird going on with the tactile Croats or the reserved Brits?
Not really. For the most part, we can still trust these stereotypes. We only need to examine how body language differs in these two cultures. Namely, why Croats rarely kiss their closest friends. And why, on the other hand, the Brits peck a stranger’s cheek even before you get a word in edgewise.
English may be the most idiomatic of languages, but it’s quite uncomplicated for expressing social closeness or distance. The so called t-v distinction, the sociolinguistic term which refers to second person singular and plural pronouns (as in the French tu and vous), doesn’t even exist in grammar. All you get is ‘you’ in both cases and you don’t even have to worry about different verb endings. Expressing familiarity or politeness boils down to calling someone by their first or last name.
If there was an index to calculate a country’s inventiveness gene, Croatia would rank extremely high. This small country of no more than 4.5 million people has advanced the world in all major spheres of life. Croatian inventors have dreamed up ingenious abstract concepts and have also created hands-on solutions that we use in everyday life.