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Croatia elects first woman president after tight vote

Zagreb - Opposition challenger Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was elected Croatia's first female president on Sunday, narrowly winning a tight run-off vote with a pledge to kickstart the EU country's ailing economy.

Conservative set to become Croatia first woman president

Zagreb - Opposition conservative Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was set to become Croatia's first female president Sunday after winning a runoff vote with a pledge to kickstart the country's ailing economy, exit polls showed.

Struggling Croatia holds tight presidential run-off

Zagreb - Croatians cast ballots Sunday to elect a president in a tight run-off between incumbent centre-left Ivo Josipovic and conservative Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, both pledging to help kickstart the newest EU member's ailing economy.

Croatian New Year traditions: Picigin at Bacvice beach in Split

Split - With one of the coldest late Decembers in recent memory, hardy Split sportsmen uphold the traditions of Split with a January 1 game of Picigin.

Spectacular Roman finds under Europe's oldest public theatre

Hvar - Renovation of a building housing Europe's oldest public theatre in Hvar, Croatia, reveals layers of secrets from the past.

Op-Ed: A unique opportunity for Croatia's premier island of Hvar?

Hvar - As 2014 comes to a close, two developments could significantly alter the course of the tourism future of one of Croatia's most exclusive destinations.

Nazi-hunters condemn Mass for WWII Croatia leader

Zagreb - The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre slammed Monday a Mass in Zagreb to commemorate Croatia's World War II pro-Nazi leader, claiming it was a "badge of shame" for the Catholic Church.

Struggling Croatia to elect president in run-off

Zagreb - Croatia will choose a new president in a January run-off seen as a key test for next year's parliamentary election after an unexpectedly tight first round as the country struggles with economic crisis.

Croatian president, rival head for run-off after tight contest

Zagreb - Croatia's President Ivo Josipovic and his conservative rival on Sunday headed for a January run-off following a tight first round vote overshadowed by the country's deep economic crisis.

Croatia's piano-playing president tipped to retain post

Zagreb - Croatia's piano playing president Ivo Josipovic is tipped to lead the field when voters in the European Union's newest member vote on Sunday, as the country struggles with severe economic crisis.

Croatian Center of Tolerance to open in Sinj, Dalmatia Special

Sinj - A year after the Croatian referendum on the definition of marriage, the Croatian Center for Tolerance is set to open in Sinj in Dalmatian Zagora.

First Roman Road in Central Dalmatia opened near Split, Croatia

Split - More inland treasures in the popular Croatian region of Central Dalmatia are uncovered with the opening of the first Roman road in a new initiative.

Seaplane Saturday: Community in Dalmatia, history in Istria Special

Pula - A busy day for Europe's first modern scheduled seaplane operation in Croatia, starting with a school flight in Dalmatia followed by a historic flight to Istria.

Turkish marina, German-financed seaplane meet in Sibenik, Croatia

Sibenik - An intriguing example of quality tourism cooperation and a public private partnership in Croatia, as European Coastal Airlines flies into Sibenik.

Angela Muir MW assesses Croatian wine scene after Zagreb Vinocom Special

Zagreb - One of the world's leading wine experts is just back from a week in Croatia after Zagreb Vinocom. Master of Wine Angela Muir shared her thoughts on the Croatian wine scene.

Photo Essay: Osijek through the lens of Romulic and Stojcic

Osijek - The north-eastern Croatian region of Slavonia is not known for its mass tourism, but there is plenty to discover, as the lens of a celebrated Croatian photographer shows.

Review: How Soon is Now? And other gems as Morrissey delights Zagreb Special

Zagreb - Morrissey's European tour promoting his new album hits Zagreb, where his message of animal rights was typically uncompromising.

Seaplanes in Croatia: Promo video, Rijeka, Pula new destinations

Split - European Coastal Airlines releases a promotional video of the first modern scheduled seaplane service in Europe, as well as confirming imminent operations for two more routes.

Photo Essay: Baranja, Croatia through the lens of Mario Romulic

Beli Manastir - The small region of Baranja is North-East Croatia is one of its most traditional and enchanting. Famous photographer Mario Romulic guides Digital Journal through its magic.

Advent, wine, chocolate: New tourism ideas in Osijek, Croatia Special

Osijek - Far from the fashionable Adriatic coast, the Croatian city of Osijek is working hard to attract tourists throughout the year.

Croatian Elections: Interview with President Dr. Ivo Josipovic Special

Zagreb - Presidential elections are due in Croatia at the end of December and Digital Journal meets incumbent President Ivo Josipovic, who is seeking a second term.

Canada to connect with Zagreb, Croatia with direct Toronto flight

Zagreb - Croatian tourism is becoming more accessible internationally, and inaugural direct flights from Canada is the latest piece of good news.

Grabovac shines as all things Imotski impress in Dalmatia Special

Imotski - The relatively undiscovered wine region of Imotski is next on the list of the Zagreb Vinocom international press trip around Croatia.

Zagreb Vinocom press trip discovers the wines of Hvar, Croatia Special

Hvar - The international press trip ahead of Zagreb Vinocom continues with a visit to the winemakers of Croatia's premier island of Hvar.

Croatia wants war crimes suspect Seselj back in custody

Zagreb - Croatian lawmakers called Wednesday for a UN court to take Serb war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj back into custody because he has spread "hatred and intolerance" since his release for cancer treatment.

Major international wine trip in Dalmatia ahead of Zagreb Vinocom Special

Bol - Ahead of Zagreb Vinocom, some 30 wine journalists from 18 countries embark on a tour of the vineyards of Dalmatia, Croatia.

Central Dalmatia Tourist Board promotes interior and culture

Split - Famed for its sunshine and beaches, the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board promotes the interior and culture in a double video release.

New discoveries of UNESCO Diocletian Palace unveiled in London

Built for a Roman Emperor 1,700 years ago, one of Croatia's most important UNESCO sites continues to shed its secrets in Split.

Seaplanes return to Rijeka, Croatia after 90 years as ECA expands

Rijeka - The Croatian aviation revolution on the Adriatic Coast continues, as European Coastal Airlines becomes the first seaplane to touch down in Rijeka in 90 years.

Ultra Europe 2014 Aftermovie released in Split, Croatia

Split - Ultra Europe releases the official aftermovie of the biggest music festival on the Croatian coast in 2014, as next year's event promises to be even bigger.
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Marin Boban  who is combining traditional Split dining with modern luxury accommodation.
Marin Boban, who is combining traditional Split dining with modern luxury accommodation.
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Jelsa woke up to a blanket of snow on February 3
Jelsa woke up to a blanket of snow on February 3
The Queen of Varazdin cabbage  Marija Cafuk  whose family have been selling the culturally protected...
The Queen of Varazdin cabbage, Marija Cafuk, whose family have been selling the culturally protected Varazdin cabbage seeds for five generations. Cafuk, left, is talking to Varazdin County Tourist Board Director Elizabeta Dolenec.
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The imposing Arsenal building guards the right-hand entrance to Hvar Town s exclusive square  the la...
The imposing Arsenal building guards the right-hand entrance to Hvar Town's exclusive square, the largest in Dalmatia at 4,700 m2. On its first floor is the oldest public theatre in Europe, built in 1612.
Hrvoje Bakovic
The romantic traditional sailboats of the Forske Pulene Festival  now in its fourth year  added a dr...
The romantic traditional sailboats of the Forske Pulene Festival, now in its fourth year, added a dreamy quality to the evening's proceedings.
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Ven 590
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Visitors were free to roam through the rest of the impressive Diocletian cellars  dating back 1700 y...
Visitors were free to roam through the rest of the impressive Diocletian cellars, dating back 1700 years
Wine tasting with the local wine association in the cellar of the former police station was accompan...
Wine tasting with the local wine association in the cellar of the former police station was accompanied by live music.
Reconstruction of the possible appearance of the area inside the Palace precincts  by Dr. Radoslav B...
Reconstruction of the possible appearance of the area inside the Palace precincts, by Dr. Radoslav Bužančić.
Dr. Radoslav Bužančić
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Ivo Vucetic
The road from Mostir is a 20 minute walk to the main bay of Veli Porat
The road from Mostir is a 20 minute walk to the main bay of Veli Porat
The brown water of the canal flowed into the open sea  carrying soil tilled by the Ancient Greeks 24...
The brown water of the canal flowed into the open sea, carrying soil tilled by the Ancient Greeks 2400 years ago.
Vrboska Tourist Board
Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic made the trip down from the capital.
Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic made the trip down from the capital.
Helpful information boards have been erected to help tourists around the routes.
Helpful information boards have been erected to help tourists around the routes.
Maja Zlokic
Exhibitor Zorana Nevescanin  one of the rising stars of the Croatian boat building scene. At just 17...
Exhibitor Zorana Nevescanin, one of the rising stars of the Croatian boat building scene. At just 17, she is the only female small boat builder in Croatia.
Zorana Nevescanin
Zlatan Otok is Hvar s premier wine producer
Zlatan Otok is Hvar's premier wine producer
Zlatan Otok
The Shift Split press conference was attended by regional tourist board director  Josko Stella (seco...
The Shift Split press conference was attended by regional tourist board director, Josko Stella (second from left)
Central Dalmatia Tourist Board
General Ante Gotovina receives an award at Alka 2013 in Sinj.
General Ante Gotovina receives an award at Alka 2013 in Sinj.
Jelena Bilic  Tourist Director of Sinj  with Digital Journal
Jelena Bilic, Tourist Director of Sinj, with Digital Journal
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