WHERE TO SHOP- Some ideas:- ,ISTRA(Istria) :-Zigante Tartufi. Trg.Fontana,Buzet. Local farmer Giancarlo Zigante discovered the world's biggest truffle in 1999,and he now owns a chain of shops selling truffle-based products and other Istrian specialities.The main shop is in Buzet,but there are branches in Umag,Pula,Groznjan,Livade,Novigrad,Buje, and Zagreb.(Outside Croatia - Munich.)


ISTRA:-(Istria) WINE DAY-Open wine cellers day in Istra,is on the last Sunday(every year,)in May.

"Vinistra" The Istrian Wine Festival, is in Porec, MAY. Franko Radovan and other Istrian Wine Producers WILL be present. Inaddition(Trade  only) Croatian Wines will be usually be on display at the London International Wine Fair  @ Kensington Olympia.which usually takes place in MAY.

Franko Radovan,Istrian Wine Producer.Radovani 14,Visnjan.http://www.vinaradovan.com

Bruno Trapan,Istrian Wine Producer.

 Ivica Matosevic,Istrian Wine Producer.

 Degrassi d.o.o. Istrian Wine Producer.

Vina Laguna.Sabina Salamun.Argolaguna.Tel:+385914420989 (Decanter Award -Gold Medal-"Castello 2012")

 OPG -Bozo Bacic  Northern Dalmatia Wine Producer.

Damir Jurjevic,director,DE GEORGIIS d.o.o. Zadar Wine Producer.Boze Pericica 14,23000 Zadar,Croatia.Tel:(00385)95 3922533.fax:023/203-523.Mob:098/ (further information listed on www.THECROATIANFLYER.COM)

.Kutjevo Wine Producer.1,Jambrovica 6,34340 Kutjevo.Tel:(00385)34 315000. Fax:(00385)316 001. (Marks & Spencer sell in U.K.)

Tomislav Bolfan. Bolfan Vinski VRH. 1 6611 101

Dingac Winery.(U.K. Representative : Maria Sundrica Quality Wines,and 2 Premium Wines available.

Ivan Velikanovic.Lagradi d.o.o.Vlaskovec 156,10450 Jastrebarsko.Tel:+385 1 6292 315.Fax + 385 1 2451 741.Mob +385 99 6293

O.P.G.Sime Skaulj. Nadin 23,23420 Benkovic,HR Tel/Fax+385 023/663-053 Mob +385 091/ 

Elido Pilato. Vizinada,Lasici 2. Tel/Fax +385 052 446 281.GSM 091 446 281 (Marks & Spencer sell in U.K.)

Zlatan Otok Manager(Mr.Nikola Plenkovic)Tel +385(0)91 3210022.Winery T/F +385 (0)21 745709 Email (I last visited in October 2002. Winery at Sveta Nedjelja,Hvar. Wines sometimes on Croatia Airlines planes.)

 Andro Tomic,Bastijana d.o.o. Jelsa 874a,21465,Jelsa,Hvar. Tel:+385 2176 2015Fax:+385 21768 160

Wines Dubokovic. Dubokovic Ltd.Ivo Dubokovic. Jelsa bb,HR-21465,Jelsa, Hvar 

PZ-Svirce ,Svirce 105,2146 Vrbanj,Otok Hvar


Ivica Kovacevic. Jako vino d.o.o. Otok Brac. (Island Brac)Tel: +385 021/306-220 mobile:098 422 870. 

Bernard Kozina. Vina Rota d.o.o. Tel: +385 099 244 6633  

. Liljana vajda Milinarcek. Belje.Tel:+385 00 385 31 790 235 

Glavota Vinarija.Imotski,21260.Tel:+385 021/ 

Neven Vuina.Vinarija Vuina,Put sv.Lucije 19,21217 Kastel Stafilic,Croatia Tel:+385(0)98 760950 

OPG Juraj Mastilovic, Stancija Mastilovic d.o.o.Rovinj Sarizol 11.Vina COLLIS.Mobile:+385997704278. 

Terraneo.Wine and Souvenir shop.Medulin/ 

 BEER(Pivo)Pivnica-Medvedgrad.:  Tel:+385 1 4846 922 Zagreb based Restaurant & Micro-brewery.Producer of Cherry Flavoured Beer(Pivo) of around 4.5%ABV.

STELLA Craft Beer Shop.Medulin/




ISTRA:-(Istria) Tourist Office:www.istra

DALMACIJA(Dalmatia)Travel Agency:Pontus Travel Agency:+385 913330001 .Contact:Kristina .

INLAND CROATIA:-Obiteij Filpec,Straznicka 1,Samobor.The Filpec family produce bermet,a vermouth flavoured with carob and figs,and mustarda,a sweet,spicy grape mustard dating back to a recipe from 1808.

DUBROVNIK- Dubrovacka Kuca,Ulica Svetog Dominika,Dubrovnik. A small shop and art gallery near the Dominican Monastery selling a wide range of Dalmatian and Croatian wines,liqueurs and rakija.

DUBROVNIK:SLIKAR(PAINTER)Dubravaka Bratos Krasnic.Zlatarska 3,Dubrovnik(old City)

FAZANA:SM  Sasa Matjasic Sculptor & Designer.( Olive & Oak Wood .) Mob:00385(0)98335-220.Home:00385(0)52 520-052

PULA:ZdarilekART.Damir Zdarilek,Tartinjeva 22,52100,PULA.Tel:mob:098 181
ZAGREB:- Croata,Prolaz Oktogon, Ilica 5, and also at Kaptol 13. Silk Ties,scarves,and accessories sold in the home of the tie.The main branch in the Oktogon passage near Trg.Bana Jelacica.Other branches are in Dubrovnik,Split,Rijeka,Osijek,Varazdin and at Croatian Airports.You can buy a limited selection with Croatia airlines Duty Free,on-board service.

ZAGREB:Kras.Trq.Bana Jelacica.For the Best Chocolates in Croatia.(Also a shop in Rovinj.)Traditional Chocolates since 1911.(My favourite is GROTTE -cherries in dark chocolate.)

ZAGREB:Natura Croatica,Preradoviceva 8,and Iblerov trg.10, 120 Orginal Croatian Handmade Souviners!

ZAGREB::Croatia Records, for Croatian Music, of ALL types. http://www.cror

BRAC:Dalmatian Property Management:For Property Management in Dalmatia

ZADAR:-Maraska: 5 Centuries of tradition and World reputation of Liquers,among which Maraschino is the most famous,it also produces other alcoholic and non-alcoholic products.

WHERE TO STAY,- Some ideas:- ZAGREB :- Hotel llica. Near the main square.A small family hotel of just 12 rooms.If you want corporate uniformity,don't come here,but if you enjoy a bit of character then do consider it.Does'nt take Credit Cards.

STARO CICE, Hotel Pheonix,Velikogoricka 10b,Staro Cice,10419,Velika Gorcia.T:+385 99 219 6993 (restaurant with rooms, now a hotel.stayed many times.)located on the road to Sisak.(no lift as only 1 story high.)

VELIKA GORICA- Hotel Pleso. Mikulciceva 7a.10410,Velika Gorica.Tel:++385 01 625 36 00. 
SAMOBOR:- Livadic. A family-run hotel on the main square;antiques,a Vennese-style salon and a courtyard serving delicious coffee and cakes.

PRIMOSTEN :-Hotel Zora.(A truely Internationally run Hotel!) A large hotel.Very friendly staff.Good Quality Food.Hotel nestles into a thick blanket of pine and cypresse trees,on a narrow isthmus facing Primosten.Rooms are being updated.Nice with balconies,and there is lots of facilities in a peaceful and shady forest.A short walk to the town and bus stop.Good Family hotel.A hungarian owned hotel.The Manager, comes from Luxembourg,(I understand,) and on busy restaurant evenings,you will find him in a chefs uniform,"show-cooking", for his guests!(May 2007.)

MAKARSKA:-Hotel Meteor.One of the most comfortable hotels in the area,with facilities to match.Set in shady woodlands on a beachfront west of the town.All rooms have sea-view and balconies(but side-sea-view rooms,you'll have to crane your neck too see it.).Sea Water Swimming pool.(From Makarska town seafront you can catch the daily ferry to the Island of Brac.)

MAKARSKA.Hotel Dalmacija. Refurbished in 2012/13.Swimming Pools.Listed as a 3 Star.Entertainment Programme.Rooms with Stocked MiniBar.T.V. AirConditioning.(No Room Safe. (Stayed 05/2015.)Good Breakfast Selection of Hot & Cold items.Buffet meal times.Within a few meters of Beach.Car Park.Panorama Lift,plus 2 internal lifts.

SPLIT:-Apartman Hotel Paradiso,& Limuzina Servis,Internet & Cocktail Restaurant.Andriceva b.b.Split.Tel:021/36 26 98

SPLIT:-Hotel Adriana. 15 Rooms.Obala hrvatskog narodnog preporoda 8.21000 Split.Tel:++385 21340000. Rooms with sea views.Restaurant/Cafe Bar

KASTEL KAMBELOVAC:Hotel Baletna Skola,Biskupa Frane Franica 1,Kastel Kambelovac,21214,TEL:+385(0)21221912

KASTEL STAFILIC:- Hotel Adria.Franje Tudmana 969. Hotel has 11Rooms. FREE Airport Shuttle.Close to Split Airport.

KASTEL LUKSIC:Hotel Stacija.34 Setaliste Miljenka I Dobrile 21215 Kastela

SOLIN:-Hotel President. near to Split Airport ,and City of Split.Local Bus Stop close to Hotel. Swimming Pool & Spa.Airport Shuttle Service Available.Tel:+385(0)

TISNO. Hotel Plava Laguna,Put Jazina 33,Tisno.Mobile:+385(0)994368202 Web:

HVAR:Slavija.Good mid-priced choice in an old stone building on the harbourside,with breakfast served on the terrace in view of the nearby yachts.

HVAR:Ivan Dolac. Tourist Village Ivan Dolac. The Hamlet is famous for it's Grape Growing.The Wine,a Red, is called Ivan Dolac.

TROGIR:Pasike:-Small family-run hotel opened in 2004,with seven rooms in an old townhouse,decorated with 19th - and -20th century furniture.
DUBROVNIK:-Zagreb:-A small comfortable hotel set in a pretty late 19th Century villa,surrounded by a pleasant palm tree-filled garden 4km(2 miles) from Dubrovnik Old Town,in Lapad.The staff are friendly and helpful.There is a regular bus service which run's into town. Tel:(020)436 146

NOVIGRAD Istra :Aminess Laguna 

OREBIC:Dalmatija:Aminess Grand-Azur Hotel:


A 12 Bedroom Hotel,with just one Single. Hotel opened in 2011,with new restaurant opened April 2012.Good Food.Nice Rooms!Now with indoor pool.
MOTOVUN:-Kastel.Stylish family-run hotel on the main square,with a shady garden and roof terrace giving views across the Mirna Valley.The restaurant specilizes in Truffle dishes.

NACIONALNI PARK KRKA:-Skradinski Buk.Small,family-run hotel in the harbourside village of Skradin,near the entrance to the National Park.

NATIONALNI PARK PLITVICKA:-Jezero.The biggest and the best of the three hotels inside the National Park,with views,sauna and steam baths.

ROVINJ:-Adriatic.The oldest hotel in Rovinj,occupies a prime location by the harbourside on one of the prettiest waterfronts in Croatia,with cafe terrace and the best rooms having views out to sea..The best choice if you like being near the hustle and bustle of the harbour.Most of the outdoor events in Rovinj,are done on the main square,(Trg.M.Tito,).(A personal favourite of mine, from September 1997.until 2014.Unfortuantly it has been "gutted" and made to look like any other Resort Hotel,and lost its unique individuality and would now suit the "Goth" movement in its colour scheme!)

ROVINJ - Hotel Park. Meant to look like a Ocean Liner.Built in the 1970's. Friendly staff. Good selection in hotel Restaurant, which also features the best view of the old city of Rovinj,from any of the hotels (including the 5 star )owned by maistra.(Currently to be closed during September 2016 to be re-developed and up-graded to a 4 star.)

ROVINJ:-Villa Tuttorotto.(From a personal view.,A Great Breakfast.Nice Staff.)Has a lift,and only 7 bedrooms.All with sea view.Close to harbour & restaurants.Within old city. .Lounge for Guests and Bar. Mini-Bar & TV in Rooms.(January,2016.)Dvor Massatto 4,Rovinj. Tel:+385 52 815 181.

 ROVINJ:-Contact Marija Obsivac,

 ROVINJSKO-SELO:-Country Club.(owner Jagoda Jereb,whom i have known,along with her late partner,Dorothy Munro,since September 1997.)Sv.Anton 21,52210.House and 4 Bungalow's to rent on a weekly basis.Swimming Pool for guests use in grounds.Pet Friendly.Open early Spring to late

ROVINJSKO-SELO:- Rooms Ladonja. Rovinjska .Ulica 27,52210,Istra,Croatia. T:+385 95 199 8807 (I've Stayed many times at this B&B.Family owned . has a small bar open in evenings. available on 

SISAN:Velanera Franje Mosnja 3b,Sisan,52204,Liznjan,Istra. Hotel with Restaurant.Rooms with view over outdoor pool,fields and 3km (approx.,) to the sea.Each bedroom individual  bright colour scheme. Large carpark. (Within walking distance to Bruno Trapan's Wineary.)Hotel about 35 minutes from Pula Airport.

LOVRAN:Hotel .Very close to the sea. Off-road car parking.(Lovran has a Chestnut Festival, where the best eat is the Chocolate ,Chestnut cake.) 

VRSAR:Hotel Pineta. 52450,Vrsar.T:+385 52 637503 

VARAZDIN:Hotel Boutique Park. Juraja Habdelica 6, Varazdin,42000. T:+385 42 420300. 

ISLAND OF KRK:Koralj Hotel.A hotel for enjoying peace,and quite,and complete rest.In a beautiful cove,close to the Old Town of Krk.(There is an Airport on the Island.)

OPATIJA:Hotel Mozart. A 5 star Hotel.(see photo in Gallery-ISTRA on this website.) An attractive looking hotel,with 5 star service.

JASENAK: Tourist Complex of Bjelolasica.Reception,Vrelo bb,47314,Jasenak.Tel:(00385)047/562
THIS (According to my Croatian Friends,)is the Best Ski Resort in Croatia!

PLOCE: Hotel   Hotel situated far side of harbour,facing the town.Only depressing view in the skyline is the old communist built appartment blocks in need of some bright paint! Hotel ideal if needing to catch Ferry to  Korcula from Ploce.

WHERE TO EAT/DRINK-Some ideas:- ROVINJ:Veli Joze:Rustic konoba by the harbour steps offering first-clas Istrian cuisine at wooden tables both inside and out.Specialities include bakalar(salt cod,)in a white sauce,and lamb stew cooked with potatoes.Tel:(052)816 337(from a personal view- great place to be on New Year's Eve!)Tourists & Locals use.

ROVINJ:Konoba-trattoria Neptun.J.Rakovca 10,Rovinj.Between the Harbour and Carera Street,down a little lane.Seating inside and out.Open when other restaurants are closed in winter.((Good Food,from a personal view,(January 2016 ) open grill & pizza oven in kitchen.Tomislav Pivo available, Tourists & Locals use.))Tel:+385/52/ Gsm:+385/91/20 50 121. Pren.Gjokaj.

ROVINJ:Restaurant-Pizzeria Dario.B.Bozic,3,Rovinj. Vl.Dario Veselic. Tel:052/830 555.Mob:098/480 687. Open 11-24. (From a personal view,off road parking.Close to round-a-bout,and opposite petrol station.Bale Road. Locals & Tourists use. Good Pizza.)

ROVINJ:Restaurant-Pizzeria "ADRIA"Grisia 4.Tel:0038552816228

BANJOLE:Konoba Stari Malin. Kamik 3,Banjole .Tel:00385 52 573 142.Mob:00385 98726835 Facebook:Konoba Stari Malin
PULA: Valsabbion: Voted one of the best restaurants in Croatia by local food critics(and the hotel numbers-Sting,Naomi Campbell and Venessa Mae among its past guests.)Try warm scampi carpaccio.Tel:(052)218 033

MAKARSKA:Restoran Don Antonia.Dalmatian & International Cusine. Chef Luko (from Sardinia,)uses only fresh locally sourced items.Owner/vlasnik, Ante Beros, has won many awards for olive oil & wine production,both in the Republic of Croatia & in former Yugoslavia,as certifcates displayed in Restaurant show..(05/2015.)Cvjenta 2.Makarska.Tel:021-678-086 & Mobile 098-287-948.Free Parking for Guests,(Not far from Hotel  Dalmajica.)

PLOCE:Restoran Fulin.Vl.Nazora 43,Ploce. Tel:OIB:84736408183.Pizza & Dalmatian cusine.View over harbour.Close to Ferry for Island Korcula.

SUMARTIN,Island Brac:Konoba-Pizzeria Dalmatino:vl.Juica Borojevic.Tel:++385 21 648-046.Mob:091-521-84-24.View over harbour.Also covered seating on short harbour pier.Close to Ferry from Mainland, Makarska.( nice to take lunch after/before a ferry crossing.)

PITVE,Island Hvar.Konoba Dvor Dubokovic.Usually open 18.00-01.00.Food cooked traditionally in a Peka.Home produced Olive oil and Wine.Tel:+385 981721726.
HVAR: Hanibal:Named after the 16th Century poet Hanibal Lucic,and situated by the Church of St.Stephen,this restaurant has a very nice designer interior - old stone and wooden beams.Serves excellent fish cuisine - scampi,lobster,prawns,oven-cooked octopus,but also grilled lamb and steaks.Book in advance as it gets quite busy.Tel: (021)742 760
VODNJAN: Vodjanka:Chef Svjetlana uses the freshest seasonal produce,such as Istrian ham,cheese,asparagus,mushrooms and snails,at this cosy family-run restaurant.Tel:(052)511 435 (see photo-Gallery ISTRA)

DUBROVNIK:Mea Culpa: Bustling pizzeria in the back lanes of the old town,with tables out of doors on a cobbled street.Pizzas,pasta dishes and salads.(020)424819
NACIONALNI PARK KRKA:Kristijan: In an old stone mill above the jetty at Roski Slap,this serves simple plates of cured ham and cheese with bread,olives and wine.(April-October.)No Phone.

SIBENIK:Tinel: One of the finest restaurants in town,and with a very good wine list.Situated in a small square just near the Church of St.Chrysogonus,this restaurant covers two floors and serves up all the usual Dalmatian classics - seafood,grilled meat,stews,sausages and steaks. Tel:(022)331 815

SPLIT:Paradox,Wine & Cheese Bar.Tel:+385 21 395  Great Little Wine & Cheese Bar.Croatian Cheeses & Wines,served with homemade bread,dried fruits and jam!

SPLIT:-Konoba Stare Grede.Domovinskog rata 46,21000,Split.Tel:021/485-501.Fax:021/ Nice food with personal family service,served in a 120 year-old house.

MURTER:Restaurant TIC TAC, Hrokesina 5,22243 Murter,Dalmacija. TEL+38522435230 Mob:+385 98864619

MURTER:Captains'Club Restaurant RACIC.Tel:+385(0)22/435-803 Mob:+385(0)98/341-642 

KRK:Konaba Nono:Set in the centre of town this traditional restaurant specilizies in local dishes and as well as serving the usual array of seafood - fish,prawns,and pasta - has a few more authentic meat dishes.Try the homemade surlice,pasta tubes,usually served with a thick goulash sauce enriched with wine.(051)222 221

RIJEKA:Hemingway Bar:Good selection of Coffee and Tea and other drinks.If you are a fan of good cakes,then this is a must go place!http://www.hemingways.hr

CRES:KONOBA ROZA :vl.Nino Dorcic. Grabar 40.Tel:(00385)51/571 825. (My Croatian friend from Rovinj,and myself,ate here in July 2008.) The Shellfish and Fish, were perfectly cooked and presented!

NOVIGRAD:Bistro/Konoba AL MARE,Novigrad,Veliki trg 14.Tel:0917600710;0958648427E-mail;Almare-novigrad@';Al Mare Novigrad. 

NOVIGRAD:Pivnica "PARK"Mob:00385(0)989651429

                     : Konoba "KRASICA" Tel:00385(0)52776-264 

UMAG. Konoba Taverna V11.Vl.Salma V111,52470,Umag.Savudrijulca Tel:(052)752 145 Eat indoors,or outdoors.Has outdoor Grill.Quite at Lunch-time(21-5-08)

UMAG:KONOBA UMAG:Vl.Hamdo Medic,ul.Pod urom 7,52470 Umag.Tel:(00385)(0)52751-423.(Eat outdoors or indoors-watch the cook prepare(20-5-09)

UMAG:Enoteca,Caffe Bar Feliz,Pizza Cut.Trgovacka 4,Umag.Tel/Fax:(052)741 407.Enoteca sells Istrian Wines,Olive oil,Grappa,Truffles.


ROVINJ.Taxi  .Contact Mr.Dalibor Matosevic. 

ROVINJ:TAXI 8.Contact Mr.Jozo Bozinovic Tel:0038598367754 

PULA:"City Volvo Taxi Car"BRUNO, Mobile: 091/598 06 65. TEL: 052/517-10.

ZAGREB:Mladen Lackovic. gsm:0038598206249

DUBROVNIK: TAXI SERVICE:Antun Ljuban.Mobile:+385 99 595 15 77 

UMAG. TAXI IRENKO. Auto -Minibus . GSM: 00385(0)98/215-307


MURTER;Karoca TaxiMobile:+385(0)