While the rest of Croatia, and Europe for that matter, forgot what Summer feels like and is already heading for the Autumn coats and wellies, the south of Croatia is still enjoying the incredible Summer weather.

Dubrovnik Old Town in Croatia, aerial view
Dubrovnik Old Town and the Lokrum island on the Adriatic Sea in Croatia, aerial view

Yes, it’s the end of September, but sunbathing and swimming is still very much happening in the Dubrovnik area. The people who decided to take a late Summer vacation, avoid the tourist crowds and peek cruiser season, have hit the jackpot with the sunny start of Autumn and comfortably warm temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius. However, the warmth and sunshine isn’t the only thing the region has to offer nowadays. During October and September, the southern parts of the beautiful Croatian coast are a foodie and sportsman’s dream destination.

The Ston Wall Marathon (, the Dubrovnik and Konavle Walking Festival (, as well as the International Tennis Tournament (, will keep the active tourist busy running, exploring the region with other hiking enthusiasts or enjoying some back and forth on the elite orange courts.

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The less active and more hedonistically inclined traveler can exercise his or hers taste pallet during the second half of October at the Good Food Festival ( in Dubrovnik. During the week-long feast, you will be able to try an assortment of local cuisine specialties and wine – the best in the country! This festival offers all the different tastes of traditional local treats, sweet and savory, as well as some trendy workshops where you can learn how to style and photograph your food – Instagram (link na Villa orlando insta), here we come! The highlight of the festival is a full buffet stretching along the most famous street in Dubrovnik – Stradun.

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If this isn’t enough to fill your vacay calendar, the vibrant cultural scene can keep you busy, entertain and entice you to explore places just outside of the historic walls of Dubrovnik. Unseen Cavtat (, a mini film festival showcasing the work of young Croatian artists, located in Cavtat, is just a short ride from Dubrovnik. This can give you a chance to enjoy the many beautiful sights and five-star restaurants in this small Mediterranean town, which is usually a popular parking place for luxurious yachts. Who knows, you might even see your celebrity crush!



If you’ve been doing what the rest of the world has been doing for the past month, of course you do! The World Cup in Russia put Croatia back on the map as their football warriors took second place after playing a thrilling final against France.

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For 20 years, since the 1998 generation took a beating from (again!) France in the semi finals and returned  home with a bronze medal, Croatian world-class football has been dormant, regaining its strenght and grooming a new league of creative, ballsy and skilled pairs of legs. This generation of star-studded sportsmen, leading with Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic who until recently played with Christiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid, Dean Lovren, Liverpool’s charger, as well as two great midfielders, Marcelo Brozovic playing for Inter and Ivan Rakitic in Barcelona, was not announced as one of the favourits to win the cup. Soon enough, coming on top of their group, game after game the team showed incredible strength, not only because of its famous players, but because of their incredible passion and will. Their „southern mentality“ didn’t let them down even when facing three 120-minute games, two of which going into penalties, and beating England in the semi finals to face off France in Moskow last Sunday.

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Even though the Croatian team lost in, what most football fans call „the most action packed final in the World Cup history“, with a special showing from Pussy Riot, whos members ran on to the field in the second half, their silver medal was cause for a huge, and I mean HUGE, celebration on the streets of Zagreb, Zadar, Split, …

On Monday, only a day after the finals, over half of a million people cheered for hours in the streets of Zagreb to welcome their heros! The celebration continued, and as it seems now, won’t stop so soon, in all of Croatia, as many players from the coast arrive to their home towns. Sime Vrsaljko, Danijel Subasic, Luka Modric and Domagoj Livakovic arrived to their beloved Zadar on a huge, red and white checkered boat, surrounded by fans on and in the sea. Their coach, Zlatko Dalic, who did a miracle in joining together these incredibly players and forming a well-oiled team, was greeted all over Croatia and is still awaiting the biggest party of them all – in his birth town of Livno in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Since the World Cup was smacked right in the middle of Croatia’s tourist season, many football fans supported their teams on the streets of Croatia’s coastal cities and, as each of their teams got knocked out, became great fans of Croatia’s national team. Once again sports have put Croatia back on the map and this win, althoough silver, will surely mean a gold summer season all over the beautiful Adriatic sea!


Out of all the exciting things to do and see in Croatia, our festival season is definitely a thing you shouldn’t miss out on! During the last few years, the summer festival scene has exploded with numerous new and exciting musical choices! From EDM, funk, hip-hop, reggae, soul, jazz, drum and bass to alternative and rock music played on a number of breath-taking locations like abandoned forts, beautiful beaches, sunny islands, countryside camps and crazy boat parties, there is something for every, even the most peculiar of tastes!

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If you’re in Zagreb and are looking for some good, clean rock fun, you should definitely consider attending one of Croatia’s best, the famous INmusic festival (Monday June 25 2018 – Wednesday June 27 2018), on the Jarun Lake. Its 13th edition will host some of the biggest names of music like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, St. Vincent, Interpol and David Byrne.

If, on the other hand you wish to enjoy both the seaside and good music, you have many options; if you’re looking for one of the best non-stop EDM parties in Europe, then you’ll have the time of your life on Ultra Europe Festival (Friday July 6 2018 – Sunday July 8 2018) in Split or Hideout Festival (Monday June 25 2018 – Friday June 29 2018) on the island of Pag, presenting some big names like Disciples and Skream, delighting all dance music devotees and fans. Those interested in underground dance, garage, dub step, hip hop and reggae will be interested in the Outlook festival (September 5 2018 – Sunday September 9 2018), taking place in Fort Punta Christo in the wonderful Istrian town of Pula!

These are just some of your options for an amazing party summer in Croatia! You can find many more hidden gems, if you just take a closer look!

Party on!


For months now the entire world was waiting for the glamourus and highly talked about wedding between princ Harry and the „Suits“ star Meghan Markle, and it finally happened! Last Saturday millions of people got to see the royal couple getting married at Windsor Castle, nearby London. Although Harry and Meghan decided to scale down their wedding, especially in comparison to the wedding of princ Harry’s parents princess Diana and prince Charles in 1981 or his brother prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, inviting only 600 guests to their wedding in the Windsor Castle chapel. Following the public and televised ceremony, their royal and celebrity guests were invited for lunch inside the Castle, hosted by the Queen, which was closed to the public eye. The security measures were so strict that even stars like George and Amal Clooney, Oprah, Elton John, the Beckhams or Tom Hardy weren’t allowed to bring their cellphones.

Not many details of the wedding lunch are known so far, but we do know that the tradition of drinking Croatian wine on royal occassions was continued. Namely, one of the Queen’s favourite wine, traminac from the Croatian region Ilok, also known as „golden traminac“ , was served with a serious of delicious courses during the wedding feast.

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Croatia is very well known for its excellent wine and food, which is one of the great passions of princess Meghan, who used to write about fashion, travel and cuisine on her blog „Tig“. Since the strict rules of enterting the royal family means giving up all social media, princess Meghan had to give up her Instagram and Twitter profile, as well as her blog, but we doubt that her passion for great wines, food and travel disappeared with them. The perfect combination of Meghan Markle’s passions is Croatia, especially the south coast and Dubrovnik, offering amazing food, delicious and well-know wine in breath taking surroundings. The Dubrovnik reagion, especially smaller towns like Mlini and Plat, is therefore the top holiday destination for celebrities for years now. The numerous private villas, such as Villa Orlando, offer incredible views of the coastline, the city of Dubrovnik and the light blue Adriatic. The private terraces of Villa Orlando offer seclusion and make the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of the royal wedding wine, while relaxing on one’s honeymoon.

Dubrovnik old town roofs. Aerial view. Cityscape of Dubrovnik with bird’s eye view. Travel to Croatia. Source: BigStock

Although the destination of prince Harry and princess Meghan’s honeymoon is still kept secret, there is no doubt that the adventorous spirit of this couple could be well matched with what Croatia has to offer.

A royal honeymoon for a royal couple; which location will they choose?

Last weekend, the long-awaited wedding ceremony took place at the Windsor chapel, where the entire world gathered to witness the royal couple finally get hitched. Among the numerous attendants from the royal family, there were also many celebrity faces sat in the church pews; princess Diana’s dear friend Elton John and his partner David Furnish, lovely Amal and George Clooney, the always fashionable Victoria and David Beckham, the Hollywood heartthrob Tom Hardy and his wife Charlotte Riley and many others.

After the royal couple exchanged vows and rode into the sunset, questions begun to arise – what about their honeymoon? What is the newlyweds’ dream destination of choice? There are already some speculations about the possible destination of their wedding trip; a ‘mini moon’ visit to Ireland, the safari-themed honeymoon trip to Africa, a tropical paradise in the Caribbean or a more tradition European holiday in Italy or France.

One of the possible destinations is also Croatia, a small country on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, famous for its beautiful cities, especially the city of Dubrovnik, that gained major international recognition thanks to it being one of the sets of the popular tv show, Game of Thrones. This pearl of the Adriatic is definitely an ideal honeymoon destination – and a popular celebrity destination as well! Dubrovnik and the surrounding smaller, picturesque places like Plat, Mlini, Srebreno have been targeted by many of the Hollywood celebrities like Julia Roberts, sir Roger Moore, Eva Longoria, Beyonce and Jay-Z and others. This seaside pearl is also famous for its luxurious villas that might just be the perfect choice for the royal couple. What will they decide on? We’re on the edge of our seats!



On Saturday, May 19th, in the chapel of Windsor castle, the new princ and princess exchanged vows amongst the royal family members and celebrity friends such as Oprah Winfrey, Idris Elba, David i Victoria Beckham, Tom Hardy, the full cast of „Suits“, James Corden, Amal and George Clooney , and many others.

As soon as the royal couple got engaged, the rumours about the wedding details started to buzz. The biggest mystery was Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, which was held secret until the moment she stepped out of the car infront of Windsor castle. Suprisingly, she didn’t choose the British haute couture couple Ralph and Russo, but instead decided on an elegant and simple wedding dress by Givanchy, a hommage to the classic style of the 1960s and 1970s, resembling the style icon and Givanchy’s favourite muse, Audry Hepburn.

Besides the wedding dress and the above mentioned guest list, princ Harry and princess Meghan’s honeymoon destination has also been a topic of speculation. Although the couple is known for their humanitarian work, especially in Africa, some other, more romantic destinations were also on the list of possible honeymoon destinations, such as Fiji, Hawai, numerous exotic islands, as well as Croatia. Many considered it to be likely that Croatia, especially the Dubrovnik region, would be one of the stops on the honeymooner’s itinirary, considering that princ Harry’s father, princ Charles and his wife Camilla often chose Croatia as their holiday destination.

Dubrovnik Old Town in Croatia, aerial view
Old Town of Dubrovnik

The Dubrovnik region has several advantages when it comes to celebrity holidays – besides being a paradise on earth with numerous beaches, beautiful, historic cities, clear blue sea and untouched islands scattered all over the Adriatic, it is also a very safe, secluded and private destination, which would allow pinc Harry and princess Meghan a honeymoon away from the eyes of the papparazzi and the world.

The small little towns surronding Dubrovnik, such as Plat and Mlini, offer luxrious villas, private beaches and vast secluded properties, perfect for a royal honeymoon.

One of those villas is the newly built Villa Orlando, which can accomodate up to 10 people in 5 spacious and modernly decorated bedrooms. Several private terraces and balconies offer incredibly views of the Adriatic, the Dubrovnik riviera and charming islands. Villas like Villa Orlando are often occupied by celebrity guests during many recent filmings in Dubrovnik and the surrounding areas, like the famous series Game of Thrones, as well as movies like Star Wars and Mamma Mia. Will princ Harry and princes Meghan take the advice of their celebrity couple friends, Amal and George Clooney, and choose one of the villas on the Adriatic coast, it remains to be seen…

Villa Orlando, Plat