Enjoy the big summer in Zagreb with flights from London and Manchester.
THE Croatian capital may be one of the smallest in Europe, yet Zagreb celebrates summer in big style. Around one million inhabitants join the hundreds of thousands of summer visitors on the streets and in the parks where fabulous events are there for all to enjoy.
Zagreb has a special atmosphere that reflects its history and location. There is a cool cafe-society culture where coffee and cake is served with pride, reminiscent of Viennese establishments. With the famous Croatian coast barely a two-hour drive, the Adriatic cool beach vibe appears in outdoor dining, speciality bistros and eclectic wine and cocktail bars.
The city centre is in two parts, the Lower Town and Upper Town, and is compact so visitors can see a lot in a short break. Everything is easily reached on foot or using Zagreb’s famous and highly-efficient blue trams. The Upper Town is home to cobbled streets, pretty squares, the famous St Mark’s church and eclectic cafe-bars among hidden, pretty courtyards. On the cultural side, the city is home to over 40 museums featuring history, art, torture, illusions, broken relationships, railways, banks and more, as well as many galleries which show works from Croatian and international artists.
One of the most visited places in the Lower Town is the Botanical Gardens, a section of which was designed like London’s Kew Gardens, complete with an English pavilion. Close by is the famous Hotel Esplanade, the city’s top five 5 star hotel where you may well spot a celebrity or two. Zagreb’s accommodation choice spans hotels of all categories and some funky new city apartments and boutique hostels.
From the end of May until mid-September, the 17th Summer on Stross will see Zagreb’s Upper town become a huge summer stage for art installations, retro, nostalgic live music and an open-air cinema.
Some of Zagreb’s most exquisite architecture is found in the courtyards of the city. Now in its fourth year, and throughout July, “The Courtyards” presents seven of the most beautiful (and some secret) palaces and houses in the Upper Town as they open their doors to expose the rarely seen courtyards and patios. Quite a surprise in the heart of the city. The architecture may remind you of Paris or Budapest.
Great shopping, superb restaurant and entertainment scene and plenty to see and do: Zagreb has all of these and a stay just got better with the new and improved Zagreb Card.
The new Zagreb Card offers great value and includes free travel on Zagreb’s transport system (including the famous Funicular), free entry to four museums, the “Zagreb Eye” viewing deck and Zagreb Zoo. The 72 hour card costs around £16 and the 24 hour one, under £12.
To purchase the Zagreb Card, please visit: zagrebcard.com/?lang=en
For more information about Zagreb, please visit: www.infozagreb.hr/&lang=en