HOST CITIES – DUBROVNIK AND ZAGREB

CROATIA

Awe-inspiring views and scenery. A cuisine known for its many flavours and aromas. Culture and history that will inspire you. People you will remember fondly. Croatia is much more than just the name.

Croatia occupies the largest area of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea which, as a part of the Mediterranean Sea, penetrates deep into the European continent. The narrow Dinara Mountain Range separates the country’s Mediterranean region from its central European continental section, which spans from the easterly edges of the Alps in the north west to the shores of the Danube in the East, encompassing the southern part of the fertile Pannonian lowlands.

Our country is one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the world. A region with incredible aquatic resources. A treasure chest filled with National Parks and fresh air. A superpower in terms of lush green areas and breathtaking sunsets. A collector of wonderful islands and an artist that paints golden plains. Simply full of life.

Here, people feel the fjaka sublime state of mind, they baptise wine, rake salt, forage the most delicious mushrooms in forests, and wear the tie, or rather the cravat, and have done so since the 17th century. Have a taste of the world’s most delicious cuisine, learn about traditions and customs you will fall in love with, discover stone as white as snow, and sail through a labyrinth filled with a thousand islands. Simply full of possibilities.

Aside from being a popular tourist destination, one of the main ways that many people know of Croatia is because of the country’s famous sportsmen and women. For such a small country, a remarkable number of top-class athletes have emerged. Whether you’re a fan of football, tennis, skiin, handball, water polo or are an avid follower of the Olympics, you’re bound to have seen some Croatian sports stars participating…

DUBROVNIK

Dubrovnik encapsulates over a millennium of history within its every corner. Functioning as both a living museum and a vibrant stage for contemporary life, the city seamlessly blends its rich past with modernity. Encircled by remarkably preserved medieval walls stretching 1.940 metres, Dubrovnik has stood as a UNESCO-protected treasure since 1979., drawing visitors from around the globe.

Beyond its monumental allure, Dubrovnik emerges as a cultural haven, hosting diverse events and festivals. As a well-connected vacation destination with air routes linking it to major European hubs, Dubrovnik beckons with enchantment, inviting visitors to repeatedly uncover its unique experiences.

The city’s wealth lies not only in its historical legacy, showcased through diverse architectural styles and cultural offerings but also in its emergence as a prominent film tourism destination. In recent years, Dubrovnik has become a favoured backdrop for internationally acclaimed series and films. The cosmopolitan spirit ingrained in its historical figures, alongside the contributions of poets, writers, physicists, mathematicians, sailors, and artists, seamlessly intertwines with the contemporary fabric of the city. Tourists are drawn to Dubrovnik for these compelling reasons, exploring one of the Mediterranean’s most exquisite cities.

Dubrovnik’s allure extends to modern tourist preferences, with its gastronomy acting as a fusion of traditional flavours, Mediterranean cuisine, and global culinary trends. Accompanied by top-tier accommodation, Dubrovnik stands as an irresistibly attractive and unique destination for all who seek a blend of history, culture, and contemporary charm.

Competition Venues: Gruž pool in Dubrovnik

First built in 1961 and renovated in 2003, the Gruž pool in Dubrovnik is one of the most legendary water polo venues worldwide. It has been a host to mega events like several Champions League finals. With the capacity of around 2500, the atmosphere during the matches is unique and worth experiencing – both as a player and as a spectator.

Address: Dr. Ante Starčevića 22, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia

ZAGREB

Zagreb – the charming and colorful capital of Croatia – is a city of rich history, dynamic present, interesting architecture, exceptional atmosphere and unobtrusive hospitality. With an eclectic mix of Central European and Mediterranean lifestyles, Zagreb combines the Austro-Hungarian tradition and the warm spirit of our Adriatic.

Sometimes serious, sometimes fun, sometimes quirky, this human-sized metropolis offers a real selection of activities to experience and see. With its cultural offer, stunning architecture, an incredible number of green areas, interesting museums, catering for all tastes and a wide selection of accommodation options, Zagreb is a city that simply touches the heart. Numerous events are offered every day and at any time of the year – from concerts by local and international stars, an attractive and rich theatrical offer of classical and avant-garde shows to interesting festivals, events and sports competitions.

Zagreb convincingly leads on all lists as the city with the largest outdoor living area. Namely, as soon as the sun shows its warm face in early spring, the terraces of cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and pastry shops open. Streets and squares become a place for a promenade, and socializing and business meetings combine with enjoying coffee. Also, the surroundings of Zagreb are always attractive due to numerous castles, wine roads, thermal springs, untouched nature and picturesque towns perfect for day trips.

Interesting and hospitable, created for business, but also for pleasure, Zagreb has its own unique story. Traveling through Zagreb is always amazing, but the greatest value of this city is its atmosphere and people who never let you feel alone. It is up to you to feel and experience how it truly breathes and lives and discover why it is called the city with a soul…

Competition Venues: SP Mladost pool in Zagreb

Built in 1987, and consisting of two Olympic-size pools, this venue has already been a host to the European Water Polo Championships back in 2010 as well as World League, World Cup, and numerous Champions League events.

Address: Jarunska ulica 5, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia