Emirates has announced plans to begin daily flights to the Croatian capital Zagreb later this year.
The airline said the new Boeing 777-300 service to Franjo Tuđman (Pleso) International Airport would begin from June 1.
It first began its commercial presence in Croatia in 2003.
“We are also committed to our contribution to growing the trade and tourism flows between Croatia and Dubai, as well as encouraging incoming tourism from the Middle East and Asia Pacific, where Emirates operates 45 destinations,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ EVP and CCO.
Flight EK129 will depart Dubai at 8:15am and arrive in Zagreb at 12:20pm.
Return journey EK130 will depart Zagreb at 3:35pm and arrive in Dubai at 11:05pm.
Emirates will offer 12 first class, 42 business class and 310 economy class seats on each flight with 16 tonnes of cargo.
The airline said it expected the new daily service to benefit travellers in neighbouring Slovenia and regions of Hungary and Austria.
Emirates also recently announced plans to serve its Narita route with an Airbus A380.
During the spring and summer months, venture beyond the capital to explore breath-taking national parks and go hiking in the mountains. You can also spend a few days in the city soaking up the culture – the Museum of Contemporary Art is a must – then head to Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, where you’ll find gorgeous Split. From there, swap the car for the sea and set sail to picturesque Hvar or Brac for a taste of the Adriatic.
Dubrovnik is not to be missed when you visit Croatia. Picturesque and full of history, the whimsical architecture of the walled Old Town will draw you in and ensure your holiday photographs pop.
But Zagreb isn’t just a summer break destination. In the colder months, the many museums offer both shelter and mental stimulation, and the ski resort of Sljeme on mountain Medvednica is just a twenty minute drive from the city. The traditional villages at the foot of the mountain produce some of the best gingerbread you’ll ever taste.
Business travellers with an interest in tech start-ups can seize opportunities in Zagreb too. All the largest Croatian companies, media and scientific institutions have headquarters there.
If time isn’t an issue, you also use Zagreb as your springboard on the ultimate Central European road trip.
What to do in Zagreb
Browse Britanski trg
Zagreb’s British Square is filled with fruit and vegetable hawkers during the week, but on Sunday mornings it’s taken over by an open-air flea market, with over 100 stalls selling all sorts of antiques. Early risers, collectors and culture vultures will all enjoy browsing the wares.
Sample nightlife in Tkalčićeva
The city centre’s main nightlife stretch is lined with cafes, bars and restaurants. Tourists’ hot spots are dotted along its spine, but be sure to delve down every historic side-street too. Otto&Frank is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors.
Wander the Botanical Gardens
A tranquil haven in the summer time, Zagreb’s Botanical Gardens date back to 1889. Fragrant flora and fauna is spread over five hectares, providing the ideal tranquil backdrop to a morning stroll.
Ride the funicular
This 66 metre long track connects the Ilica Street (Donji Grad) with Strossmayerovo šetalište (Strossmayer promenade) to the north (Gornji Grad) – once the busiest path in Zagreb. It may be the shortest cable car ride in the world, but it’s a must when you visit Zagreb.
Swim in Jarun Lake
Join the locals in a cooling dip in Jarun Lake during the summer. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy the many water sports on offer, or if you’d rather stay dry, the pebble beach is surrounded by biking trails. Located in the south of Zagreb, Jarun Lake is known as the ‘Zagreb Sea’ thanks to its multifaceted nature.
Shed a tear at the Museum of Broken Relationships
This slightly cynical museum tells the tale of failed romances through a collection of artefacts, donated by jilted lovers who feel the objects represent their broken affairs. The exhibition is strangely compelling, and there’s also a café on-site where you can indulge.