Kristijan Pavić – Introduction

Dear readers, Allow me to begin this year’s issue of our ACI No. 1 magazine with a big and heartfelt – Thank you!  What for? – you must be wondering. If you are reading this introduction, i.e. have in your hands the sixth consecutive issue of this magazine, intended for our partners, guests and friends, […]

New Audi A8

Photo: Audi With sharpened design, particularly in the front and rear, and innovative technologies, Audi is ensuring the increased presence and sporty elegance of the A8. For that reason, the company with the four rings is even more intensively working out the confident and progressive character of the active luxury sedan. The new high-end headlights […]

Walter de Silva – Renaissance man

Photos: Alfa Romeo, Audi, Daniel Nikodem Photography, Volkswagen, Wdscars, Hongqi During his career spanning over four decades, one of the most successful automotive designers in history has designed more than 130 prototype, sports, concept and production cars for Alfa Romeo, Seat, Audi, VW, Bugatti, Bentley, Lamborghini, Ducati and Maserati, and as many as five of […]

Max Verstappen – Mad Max

Photos: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images While still a kid, Max Verstappen dreamed of being a Formula One champion. His wish was fulfilled at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where he ended Lewis Hamilton’s long-standing dominance with a dramatic victory in the final lap Ayrton Senna, Jim Clark and Emerson Fittipaldi, multiple Formula […]

Ivica Kostelić – My ocean diary

Photos: Jean-Louis Carli / Alea, Jean-Marie Liot / Alea, Croatia Full of Life, Transat Jacques Vabre After 22 days, 14 hours, 29 minutes and 51 seconds, Ivica Kostelić and Calliste Antoine, sailing on the Croatia Full of Life, crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre as the 17th crew in Class 40. During […]

Goran Ivanišević – My Way

Photos: ATP Umag WIMBLEDON CHAMPION AND TENNIS HALL OF FAMER RECALLS SOME INTERESTING MOMENTS IN HIS GREAT CAREER With Goran Ivanišević, nothing happens in the usual way. He won Wimbledon in one of its craziest finals, when all hopes seemed to be lost, and his induction into the Hall of Fame was delayed by a […]

Barbara Matić – Mediterranean Gentle Way

Photos: Ivo Čagalj / PIXSELL, HJS/IJF First Croatian world judo champion talks to us about her passions and challenges, judo as a lifestyle and other topics According to the father of Judo, Kanō Jigorō: ‘Judo is the way to the most effective use of both physical and spiritual strength. By training you in attacks and […]

Korčula Hill & La Banya

Photos: Antonio Bokšić Korčula Hill is a complex of luxury apartments in Žrnovska Banja, 2 km from the old town of Korčula. Our guests enjoy all the advantages and benefits of accommodation that offers a relaxing stay and an unforgettable holiday. The apartments not only offer maximum comfort, but also provide the guests with a […]

Damiani – Margherita

Photos: Damiani Each piece of Damiani jewelry is a unique work of art made by expert goldsmiths, as a result of unique designs, great attention to detail, and the use of high-quality gems. The Margherita collection is inspired by the modern and fascinating Margherita of Savoy, known for its refined beauty, royal poise, and decisive […]


Photos: Chaumet Fashion trends change often, but what is eternal are quality workmanship and diamonds. These features adorn the creations of the Parisian jewelry house Chaumet, which brings a touch of Paris and timeless style to every woman. Maison Chaumet connects its 240-year history with French history and Napoleon and Joséphine, of whom he was […]

Messika – Lucky Move

Photos: Messika Diamonds are often perceived as jewelry for special occasions and for marking special moments. However, Valérie Messika, the founder of the diamond Maison Messika, brings a completely new perception of diamonds – everyday wear and an endless combination of various collections! Diamonds are often perceived as jewelry for special occasions and for marking […]

New Rolex watches

Photos: Rolex Rolex is unveiling its latest creations: watches that shine the light of optimism and innovation on the watchmaking world. In its perpetual quest for excellence, Rolex constantly enhances the aesthetics and technologies of its emblematic timepieces. They are an invitation to push boundaries, to reach ever higher. With, as always, the same promise […]


Photos: Tudor Building on its reputation for creating emblematic models chosen by the boldest adventurers, this year Tudor presents the Black Bay Pro, an entirely new model with a dual time zone feature. In the Black Bay line, the iconic Black Bay GMT model is now also available in a S&G (Steel & Gold) version, […]

Boutique Mamić 1970

Photos: Mamić 1970 Discover the new redesigned look of the luxury boutique Mamić 1970 in the centre of Zagreb A touch of exclusive boutiques of world metropolis arrived in Zagreb this year with the opening of the redesigned Mamić 1970 boutique in Frane Petrić Street 7, in the very center of the capital. Mamic 1970 […]

Skradin regatta – fresh and saltwater regatta

Photos: Croatia has got another regatta unique in that it is held on Prokljan Lake in the immediate vicinity of the Krka National Park The Adriatic Sea is one of the most beautiful sailing areas in the world, where hundreds of regattas are held every year. Professionals and amateurs, veterans and first-timers are united […]

Blue Nautica Underwater Museum

Photos: Blue Nautica Explore the unique underwater adventure designed for the whole family. The museum’s permanent display is only 2 mi off Trogir, placed on the seabed at a shallow depth ranging from 4 to 12 m, which makes it possible for everyone – swimmers, snorkellers, free divers and scuba divers – to visit this […]

A story set in stone

Photos: Boris Kačan, Neven Fazinić, Marko Sitar, Damir Pačić, Mario Hlača Čara, Maja Šain, Dea Botica, TZ Korčula The town of Korčula is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns on the Croatian coast, hugely popular with boaters because of a superb marina located in the city centre, the town’s rich history and […]

Film destinations in the Adriatic

Photos: Davor Žunić, Petar Fabijan Sail to the Adriatic destinations that have played a part in the world’s most famous films and series such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Robin Hood etc. In the past few years, the Adriatic coast and islands have become an absolute favourite as beautiful backdrops for hit films and […]

Mate Rimac – Game Changer

Photo: Rimac Automobili, Bugatti Mate Rimac is a visionary, an inventor, a designer, an innovator, entrepreneur, a great car enthusiast…. In short, a ‘game changer’ As someone once wrote, all great things started in a garage. Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Disney, etc. – to name just a few famous companies, because the list is […]

Aleksander Čeferin – School of life

Photos: Richard Juilliart – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images The UEFA president talks about a great number of changes in European football, the case of the Super League, football philosophy and summers on Hvar Aleksander Čeferin comes from a respected family of lawyers. The sense of law and justice he developed was handed down from his […]

Jessica Chapplow – Humanising AI

Photos: Jessica Chapplow private archives Jessica Chapplow, a specialist in artificial intelligence, digital marketing and business transformation, is a passionate advocate for ethical data use and the importance of educating organisations about AI and related technologies It is no longer news that digitalisation, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and robotics are one of the main features […]


Photos: Potomac Grupa d.o.o / Croata, Karlo Vukić Discover the luxurious world of Croatian heritage in silk making Sometimes you walk into a shop just because you want to take a peek. Your attention is drawn by a beautiful window display or a catchy slogan, or you just simply need to take a break after […]

4 Levuta – Your reliable partner

Photo: 4 levuta d.o.o. 4 Levuta d.o.o. Šibenik, based in D-Marina ŠIBENIK is a company specializing in consulting and services in mediating the sale of used and new vessels (Full Service of Yacht Brokerage) and offers boat owners a service of technical operational logistics (Yacht management). The company is managed by the founder and director […] Božo Skoko – strategic comunication of states

Photo: Božo Skoko Strategic communication of states on the international stage is extremely important, and over the years it has developed into a rather complex area and one of the primary skills of modern governments. In the 21st century, it is no longer the population or the size of the country that matters, but the […]

Zup Connector, a small invention for great changes

Photos: Petar Fabijan, Davor Žunić Inventions change the world for the better, and make life simpler and happier. The human mind is a miracle. Since the first invention – the discovery of fire – to the ones of the wheel, the printing press, penicillin, the Internet, to the technological advances of the 21st century, humanity […]

Flavours of the Adriatic

Gastro and sailing enthusiasts coming to Croatia will easily be tempted by the allure of the healthiest cuisine in the world – the Mediterranean cooking. First-class ingredients and the surroundings that are a perfect fit for these dishes are the reasons why boaters regularly return to one of the world’s most beautiful seas A good […]

Five restaurants that will surely make you want to visit Rovinj

Photos: Maistra d.d. Rovinj’s gastro offer has become a compelling motive for gourmets to visit the destination, all the more so because Rovinj has been chosen by the Michelin team not only to be the first town in Croatia to hold a Michelin star, but also to be the only one with two Michelin-starred restaurants. […]

Weekend Food Festival

Photo: Mario Kucera The most important names in the world of gastronomy are coming to Rovinj from 5-8 May for the Weekend Food Festival Weekend Food Festival, jedinstven edukativno-hedonistički događaj, svoja će vrata otvoriti u živopisnom Rovinju, od 5. do 8. svibnja 2022.godine. U samom srcu Rovinja, u prostoru Stare tvornice duhana okupit će se […]

Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, Cannes award-winning director

Photos: Zen Lefort, Mario Topić, Press Kit Murina, Alban Pichon (Cannes) How we made a film on a small Croatian island that has taken the world by storM Frame-filling shots of the sea, scenes in which actors have to be good swimmers or even competent divers and to fish with harpoons, the blue against the […]

Juan Kouyoumdjian – Passion for speed

Photos: Juan K design, Nautor’s Swan, Studio Borlenghi Since his early childhood, the life and career of one of the world’s leading naval architects have been shaped by sailing and the sea. The Argentinian brilliant mind has designed not only yachts that have won Olympic gold medals and Volvo Ocean Races but also the innovative […]

David Lagercrantz

Photos: Edi Matić /Fraktura I was horrified that people would say I wasn’t capable of writing well. David Lagercrantz is an unpretentious and introspective man. A former journalist, Lagercrantz has been, for quite some time, a globally popular writer who talks about his emotions in public almost as openly as he writes about the life […]

New Managment Board of ACI d.d. – Kristijan Pavić

ACI President of the Management Board In early February, the Government of the Republic of Croatia decided on ACI’s new, three-member, Management Board. Kristijan Pavić, who chaired the Board in the past five and a half years, will continue to be its president, while the new Management Board members are Ivan Herak, PhD, and Josip […]

New Managment Board of ACI d.d. – Josip Ostrogović

Member of the Management Board in charge of Investments, Marketing and Retail C.V.: Graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Rijeka with a degree in management, and earned a master’s degree in economics. Worked as a procurement manager in a large retail chain, followed by a 12-year period of entrepreneurship. From 2017 to 2021 he […]

New Managment Board of ACI d.d. – PhD Ivan Herak

Member of the Management Board in charge of Finance, Corporate Law and Human Resources C.V.: Deputy finance director of Valamar Riviera d.d. Poreč, chief coordinator of the privatisation and transformation process of Valamar Riviera d.d., director of Valamar Riviera Ges.m.b.H., Vienna, member of the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia and president of the Tourism […]

Next generation of sailing – ClubSwan 36 ACI Cup

Photos: ACI Sail / Studio Borlenghi With the Rovinj premiere of the ClubSwan 36 ACI Cup, ACI returned to the world of racing in great style Over three decades, ACI and Rovinj have played a key role in the development of Croatia as a prestigious racing destination, and the combination of Mediterranean charm, nautical excellence […]

Edward Bernays

Photo by Andrew Neel/Pexels Tourism study programme that follows the development trends of the tourism industry Investments in the development of nautical infrastructure, digital transformation, but also improving the experience and knowledge of employees working in tourism, are the backbone of the progress of the entire tourism economy in Croatia. The tourism study programme at […]

Booking Manager Summit 2022

The only conference for yacht charter professionals is back! Three days of live and virtual educational lectures, panel discussions, hands on workshop and endless networking opportunities with another fantastic lineup with over 30 speakers covering all hot topics in yacht charter industry. The Summit provides an opportunity to learn and grow your business in ways […]

878 – The most innovative sailing brand

THE PROTECTION OF SAILORS, THE USE OF LIGHT, FLEXIBLE, ABRASION-RESISTANT MATERIALS, AND THE PROVISION OF NAVIGATION DATA ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IN SAILING, AND 878 KNOWS THE SOLUTION. With its portfolio, 878 offers a unique set of technical apparel, which is ultralight, super-flexible, fully waterproof, thermally conductive – and made from the Nobel Prize winner “super […]

Weekend Media Festival

The largest regional event, attracting and bringing together all those interested in trends and novelties in the media and agency world – Weekend Media Festival – will again this year be their gathering place in the heart of Rovinj. To be held on the premises of the old Tobacco Factory from 22 to 25 September, […]

Rijeka Centre of Excellence

Photos: LDCK Maritime Innovation Cluster will become the backbone of the Croatian maritime industry through the development of autonomous vessels, smart, green and self-sustaining marinas and environmentally friendly marine propulsion systems, as well as the conversion of waste into energy. The MarInn Maritime Innovation Cluster was established with the aim not only to strengthen the […]

Rijeka City Break

Photos: TZGR Archives Rijeka is a city of rich history and dynamic present; a place full of new city views and life’s joys. Its newfound advantages as a tourist centre, miles away from the one-time image of a port and an industrial city, combine well with its former assets: its excellent transport connections make it […]

Exciting year for ACI Sail – Sailing elite in Split

Photos: ACI Sail / Studio Borlenghi, ACI Sail / For the first time, a regatta in the prestigious ClubSwan One Design calendar is coming to Croatia. Split will host the ClubSwan 36 European Championship from 4 to 8 October The ACI Sail project has had a very successful and exciting year. The year 2021 […]

ACI MARINA RIJEKA – Nautical beauty of Kvarner

Photo: Zona sto d.o.o. ACI Marina Rijeka will be the largest investment in nautical tourism in Croatia thanks to the ACI – GITONE company During its rich history, and due to its geographical location, Rijeka has developed as an important industrial centre and port in the Bay of Kvarner, while the imposing buildings and beautiful […]

KRISTIJAN PAVIĆ – New vision of Rijeka

Photo: Petar Fabijan “ACI marina Rijeka is a unique project that offers the highest level of service, not only for boaters but also for the residents, in the very centre of the city.” Kristijan Pavić, the President of the Management Board of ACI, and the largest marina chain in the Mediterranean are facing a new […]

JURAJ BUKŠA – ACI marina Rijeka is a major step forward for the entire nautical sector

Photo: Petar Fabijan “ACI Marina Rijeka will set new standards in the region. Architectural solutions, first-class service and authentic experiences will turn this part of Croatia into a true nautical oasis.” In recent years, large investments such as ACI Marina Rovinj and the ACI Sail project have marked the activity of the ACI Management Board. […]

MIRKO ILIĆ – I think Croatian design is one of the best in Europe

Photo: Private archiv: Mirko Ilić A man with an unusual personal biography, unpretentious and direct in communication, and committed to the topics he considers important both in conversation and in business, Mirko Ilić has, for decades, been one of the world’s top graphic designers and illustrators. After becoming famous in Croatia and the former Yugoslav […]

Ana Zadnik – Mini with a signature from Rijeka

Photo: Sanjin Kaštelan / Start Ana Zadnik obtained her degree in sculpture in Ljubljana and graduated from the famous Royal College of Art in London. Today she designs one of the most iconic cars in history. As a little girl, she didn’t play with cars or put up posters of Ferraris and Porsches on the […]

OIO VIVO – Created to celebrate the beauty of life

Photo: Oio Vivo Oio Vivo, ‘oil that is alive’, has been given an old Roman name in a nod to the Istriot dialect, which is still in use in the Vodnjan area today. It is a name that points to the millennia-long tradition of olive oil production, linking the geographical position that is perfect for […]


Photo: Nenad Štancl, Private archiv : Frano Miloš CROATIAN WINES WERE ALSO SERVED AT THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT BIDEN On the rocky hills expanding over Pelješac from Orebić to Ston, on the unproductive land on which not much can grow, vine thrives thanks to the sun, the specific characteristics of the soil and the location. […]

Cap Aureo – a premium visual and olfactory experience

Photo: Maistra d.d. From bespoke dining to casual snacks or refreshing drinks – in Grand Park Hotel Rovinj different food experiences always come with spectacular vistas and innovative dishes especially when it comes to the signature restaurant – Cap Aureo. Just the location itself is worth the visit but what sets Cap Aureo apart from […]


Photo: Dubina inženjering d.o.o. Croatia is the most desirable yachting destination in the Mediterranean, thanks to its indented coastline, the preservation of the way of life on the coast and islands, the quality of nautical infrastructure, safety while staying in Croatia and its thematic itineraries. There are more than a thousand and five hundred harbours […]

Together we can turn disability into opportunity

Photo: Unicef/ Niko Goga Let us give children with disabilities an opportunity for a better development and a more fulfilling life. Children with disabilities are first and foremost children and should be accepted and loved; they should go to kindergarten or school, socialise with their peers and live a fulfilling life. But in order to […]


Photo: Magdis d.o.o. Biobaza Sun is a line of natural products for preparing the skin for sunbathing, as well as for achieving a bronze complexion, which has been positioned – for years, as a bestseller on the Croatian market. Biobaza Sun high-quality products are special as they are rich in natural extracts of orange and […]

Introducing the world’s first smart sailing apparel

Photo: 878 The protection of sailors, the use of flexible and abrasion-resistant materials, and the provision of navigation data are extremely important, for which the 878 found the unique solution – the most innovative sailing attire on the market.  The products are made of graphene, a material that is ultra-lightweight yet flexible, stretchy, perfectly waterproof, […]

Leading network with best digital solutions

Photo: Hrvatski Telekom Croatia is a country of great potential, and in order to unlock it, it is essential that the digital strategy is at the core of all national plans because digitalisation is the lever of future growth – growth that has all the possibilities to no longer be “just” linear but exponential.  Accordingly, […]

prim. Vlasta Brozičević, dr. med. spec. – Guardians of Health, Body and Mind

Photo: Petar Fabijan Co-founder and co-owner of the Terme Polyclinic in Selce and Rijeka, one of the leading experts in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and rheumatology. She has been at six Olympic Games and, as a sports doctor, looked after the careers of many top athletes, among them 120 Olympians The phrase […]

Booking Manager Summit 2021 – Future of Yacht Charter

Photo: Nenad Štancl MMK Systems, founder of Booking Manager (Global Distribution System for Yacht Charter) is organizing a unique educational yacht charter conference, Booking Manager Summit, for the 3rd year in a row. This game-changing educational conference specialized for yacht charter industry will host more than 30 worldwide renowned speakers on 3 parallel stages, with […]

ACI MARINA SPLIT – The centre of the world

Photo: ACI d.d, P. Fabijan, D. Žunić One of the most popular marinas in the ACI system has further improved the level of quality by investing in a new charter terminal that has increased the value of the entire destination. Location, location, location… This mantra, which you’ve certainly heard or read a million times, best […]

Have you ever visited a museum under The sea?

Photo: Blue Nautica Blue Nautica, the renowned diving centre and motor boat charter company from Trogir, has launched its project Stations of the Cross – a completely new and different tourist attraction that broadens the firm’s offerings, as well as tourism offerings in general. NO STRESS ZONE – The unique Via Crucis underwater museum, beach […]

Year of great REGATTAS

Photo: ACE | Studio Borlenghi The America’s Cup and the Vendée Globe are regattas that attract millions of fans around the world, and their finales, as tense as thrillers, turn sailors into sporting heroes. The America’s Cup and the Vendée Globe – so similar yet so different. These are the races that celebrate the greatness […]


Photo: BTS – Kate Moss for Messika, shot by Marin Laborde, Messika The prestigious world diamond jewelry brands are now available in Croatia: Chaumet, Damiani, and Messika. Renowned company Mamić 1970 with a tradition of over 50 years and recognized as a shopping destination for lovers of luxury and timeless style, to its rich portfolio […]


Photo: Tudor Swiss watch manufacturer, TUDOR, unveiled its new models and presented two new Black Bay Fifty-Eight versions, with Black Bay Chrono and new editions of its classic models, Black Bay 32/36/41 and 1926. BLACK BAY CHRONO To mark 50 years of its chronographs, TUDOR is relaunching its Black Bay Chrono model in steel with […]


Photo: Rolex Rolex is presenting the latest creations brought to life by its unique watchmaking expertise. These timepieces take us from the deepest caves to the highest mountain peaks, from the outer reaches of the solar system to isolated polar regions and from ultra-precise technology to exacting artisanal craftsmanship. They are watches that invite you […]

Jean-Claude Biver – First, Different, Unique

Photo: Hublot, Red Dot, GPHG, Sandro Baebler In this issue of our magazine, one of the most influential people in the watchmaking industry talks about the industry’s future, new trends, cheese production and, of course, the sea and boats. Watchmaking icon, watch industry legend, luxury brand guru, saviour of Swiss watches… Jean-Claude Biver is best […]

VERA BORAS – Dream of Olympic gold

Photo: PhotoAdria Croatian golf champion Vera Boras fell in love with this beautiful sport as a little girl. ACI Marina Dubrovnik is a real gem in the largest chain of marinas in the Mediterranean. One of the most beautiful and safest marinas, offering mooring, storage and maintenance of yachts, ACI Marina Dubrovnik is famous for […]

Toni Kukoč – Pink Panther in the Hall of Fame

Photo: Ante Čizmić / CROPIX This is the greatest honour a basketball player can receive. After being included in the European Hall of Fame, I have now been inducted in the world Hall of Fame, which has rounded off this wonderful sporting career of mine. If I could do it all over again, I’m not […]


Photo: Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool Seven-time world rally champion, Frenchman Sébastien Ogier is the winner of the first edition of the Croatia Rally. Since 2004, rally has been a race in which the French always win, to paraphrase Gary Lineker’s legendary statement made when England footballers lost the World Cup semi-finals. Apart from 2019, […]

Gordon Murray – A brilliant mind

Photo: Gordan Murray Automotive The legendary designer of Formula One racing cars and the unique McLaren F1 has created a revolutionary sports car with a simple name – T.50. He spent two decades in Formula One, and the racing cars he designed won five championships and recorded 50 Grand Prix victories. The masterpiece of Gordon […]

Audi Q4 e-tron & Q4 Sportback e-tron – Electric, efficient and emotional

Photo: Audi They are versatile all-rounders for everyday use, which bring progressive design and conceptual studies into serial production and can be driven without local exhaust emissions: the Audi Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron are the first compact electric SUVs from the brand with four rings. Both models are highly impressive with a […]

ENRICO CHIEFFI – Passion for the sea and sailing

Photo: Nautor’s Swan / Studio Borlenghi Nautor’s Swan is very grateful to the people at ACI who placed their trust in us when the ClubSwan 36 was still in the start-up stage. Together with ACI Sail, we are preparing many great things for the future. Since its inception in 1966, Nautor’s Swan has become globally […]

ClubSwan 36 ACI Cup – Regatta for real gentlemen

Photo: Nautor’s Swan / Studio Borlenghi Rovinj is the perfect stage for the premiere of the ClubSwan regatta, which will make Croatia part of the prestigious Swan family. Rovinj is where the famous story of ACI racing started back in 1987. Rovinj is where three RC 44 class regattas have taken place. Rovinj is the […]

ACI Sail ClubSwan 36 Training Center – elite racing with minimum effort

Photo: Nautor’s Swan / Studio Borlenghi ACI Sail offers a unique sailing experience as part of the world’s first ClubSwan 36 training centre. As part the world’s first ClubSwan 36 training centre, based in Split, ACI Sail, with its fleet of six of the world’s most advanced ClubSwan 36 sailing boats, runs comprehensive sailing school […]