Split Definitive

The new, the old and the weird as seen from Split's Old Town

Keepy Uppy in shallow waters

Sunday sees the 2009 Croatian national Glavomet championships in Split. Glavomet is basically ‘keepy-uppy’ played by posers in shallow water. This year’s championships will be held at the Firule beach. It’s got to be worth a look either to laugh or ogle, depending on how you like your…

Hammers to Hayduk

West Ham’s Spanish striker Diego Tristan is being courted by Hajduk Split. Tristan’s contract at Upton Park expired at the end of the season and he now finds himself without a club. The weather’s better in Split, for…

Boxwood frog delights passers-by

An unknown artist has delighted people passing through a park on the east side of Split.

The artist has turned a boxwood shrub into frog-shaped topiary, and locals who live around the park on Zvonimirova are waiting for more surprises. Apparently the frog appeared on Wednesday morning and no one knows whether a park maintenance worker or an artist was responsible.

Source: Croatian…

Arctic Monkey business in Split

The Arctic Monkeys play Split’s Prokurative square tonight, ahead of the release of their new album, ‘Humburg’. Their first ever gig in Croatia, the ‘Monkeys’ will be supported by local indie-rockers In-the-Go, made up of Frane Paic, Alen Jurisic, Tihomir Dzajic & Alen…

Looks like a bumper crop of grapes!

After a great pruning job in the spring by Mdlenka’s husband, the crop of grapes on the vine at Studio Loza looks spectacular. Hopefully they’ll ripen nicely in the summer…

No chance of a Murray – Karlovic final!

Roger Federer knocks Croatia’s man out of Wimbledon in straight sets. Had the Croatian beaten Federer he may have faced the Scot in the final – that would have been hard for us with split loyalties…
Murray now faces Andy Roddick in t…

A Turkish sailor has sailed a 1907 boat from Split, Croatia to Bodrum, Turkey. Atta boy!

Murat Erkurt bought the boat in England last year and had it restored in Ipswich.

“The boat was brought to Split, Croatia, in a bigger vessel, and I sailed here from Croatia in two weeks,” Erkurt said. The boat, named “Dafne,” is one of three identical boats built 102 years ago. During the restoration, the boat was equipped with state-of-the-art sailing devices.

“I resided in Bodrum becaus…

Croatia’s Split-born PM stands down unexpectedly.

Croatian PM Ivo Sanader has resigned unexpectedly. Mr Sanader, 54, was born in Split and entered politics in…

Croatia – Number 3 exotic travel destination for students!

What makes Croatia the best summer destination for students who want to wander a little bit off the beaten path, save some money, and still experience some of the best that Europe has to offer? Simple, people haven’t really discovered it yet. That means not only do you get to be the only one of your friends who’s been here (and tell them all how they’re so missing out), but you get to do it…

Latest statistics say tourism in Croatia has suffered less from the global downturn than most.

BEIJING, June 22 — According to the latest official statistics, Croatia’s economy has demonstrated remarkable recovery,while the tourism as a major pillar of the economy suffered less loss from the global financial and economic crisis than expected. Current bookings for the peak tourist season in Croatia are on rise, even though they have not reached last year’s level.

As for the tourism…

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