Monday, 18 December 2017

At the suggestion of the National Commission for UNESCO Global Geoparks, the Croatian Ministry of Environment and Energy has submitted an application for establishment of a new geopark ‘’The Vis Archipelago’’ within the UNESCO Global Geoparks network.

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The area of the Vis archipelago is a significant zone in the Adriatic Sea within which, in the geological past some 220 million years ago, large changes occurred due to the breakthrough of diapir, burning deep-water salt mass, which breached the surface by elevating the sediment plates formed by petrifying of sand and organism shells.

Today, pinnacles or ‘leftovers’ of this magma breach are islands of Jabuka, Brusnik, Biševo and Palagruža, as geologically the oldest island in the Adriatic, which, like the island of Brusnik, is constantly growing due to the influence of tectonic activity.

The Vis Archipelago also encompasses seven areas protected by the Nature Protection Act. The islands of Brusnik and Jabuka are protected in the category of monuments of nature (geological), Modra Špilja, Medvidina Špilja and the cave on the island of Ravnik in the category of nature monuments (geomorphological), whilst the Bay of Stiniva and island of Ravnik are protected in the category of a significant landscape.

Furthermore, the archipelago also has a great geotouristic potential, large biodiversity and landscape diversity, rich cultural, historical and traditional heritage, as well as a diverse and exceptionally valuable geological and geomorphological heritage.
The establishment of the geopark ‘’The Vis Archipelago’’, the second geopark on the territory of the Republic of Croatia (the Nature Park Papuk is the first), would contribute primarily to rising awareness of the importance of protecting geological and geomorphological heritage and recognizing geotourism as a unique tourist offer.

The decision on including the Vis Archipelago in the UNESCO Global Geoparks network is expected in the spring of 2019.

At present, there are 127 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 35 countries around the world.

A few days ago CNN Travel has published an article titled 'Star Wars locations that actually exist’ and Dubrovnik found its place on it. Star Wars fans couldn’t wait for the newest movie – The Last Jedi. Especially the fans from Dubrovnik, since the movie was partly filmed in our city.

-Plenty of people dream of travel to other planets. But "Star Wars" fans can actually visit locations where many of the films' most famous scenes were shot – writes CNN.

And there's no better choice than Dubrovnik, or should we say – Canto Bight. After playing King's Landing in the famous series Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik is now embracing the new, out of this world role.

-The medieval walled city's well-preserved center gets a futuristic makeover to transform it into the "Star Wars" equivalent of Vegas. The Adriatic port already trades heavily on its GoT connections with some complaining the screen role has brought in too many visitors. Let's hope this additional exposure doesn't create much more of a disturbance -- in the streets, let alone the Force – writes CNN.

Just a reminder - Star Wars: The Last Jedi used Dubrovnik as a location back in March last year and various locations around the historic Old City were used. In fact the main street through the city, Stradun, was transformed into a galaxy, far, far away.

Filming in Croatia was realized through the measures of the Croatian Audiovisual Center and 286 domestic filmmakers, 10 interns and 120 extras were involved in the project. During the filming Stradun was partly closed and only the firefighters, police and emergency assistance could pass. Most of the scenes were filmed during the night and some parts were shot on the Sea Star ship.

According to data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics from the beginning of 2017 until the end of October, 644 cruises of foreign ships in the Adriatic were recorded in the Republic of Croatia or 16,3 percent less than in the same period last year.
This decline in the number of cruise ships in Croatia led to a decrease in the number of passengers (892,200) or almost 13 percent less compared to last year.

The total number of sojourns in the Adriatic this year was 1,359 days or 18 percent less than in the same period last year.
The majority of foreign vessels on cruises were under the flag of Bahamas, followed by ships under the flag of Malta, Italy and Panama.

Almost 65 percent of all cruisers were registered in the area of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, where most cruise ships recorded their first entry in Croatia’s territorial sea. In addition, the Split-Dalmatia County recorded 18,3 percent out of the total number of cruises, whilst other five counties on the Adriatic accounted for the rest of the cruise ships.

Only in this October, there were 104 cruise ships in the Adriatic, or 8 percent less compared to October 2016. This only indicates that the decline in the number of cruise ships continued since March 2017. Interestingly, only February this year recorded more cruise ships than the same month last year.

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Christmas is coming so it’s time for some traditional festival food in Dubrovnik, no not turkey, it’s time for cod! This Norwegian speciality is actually a treat at Christmas in Dubrovnik. Cod is dried and shipped from Scandinavia and then given a few special twists before being served around the festive time. It isn’t a Christmas Day meal but on the lead up to Christmas its really popular.

The standard classic recipe is called “Bakalar”, which is dried cod and potatoes. It is relatively easy to make but takes a bit of preparation so you’ll need to get organised. You can find this dried cod, which normally comes from Norway, at all supermarkets in the city and the prices and usually uniform. Although it is cod that you are using, yes the same fish in fish and chips, it is dried and salted and offers a completely different flavour than you might expect.

And in this season of goodwill the Dubrovnik Tourist Board annually organises the “Codfish Days.” From the 21st to the 24th of December various restaurants throughout the city will be tailoring their menus to include a splattering of cod dishes. Yes, the restaurants involved tend to get a little creative, so apart from the Bakalar there is also cod soup, pate, foam, cream…and so on.

Nine Dubrovnik restaurants are involved in the Codfish Days this year - Gradska Kavana (City Cafe) Arsenal, restaurants Dalmatino, Glorijet, Klarisa, Magellan, Mezzanave, Orka, Orsan and in the Christmas cottage ˝Gulozarije˝ at Pile. Download the menu on this link

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Feel like making your own "Bakalar" - here is the way to do it! 

Follow this to make the perfect codfish

Soak the kilo of salt cod in lukewarm water for two days, changing the water twice a day. After soaking, do not remove the skin and bones. Place cod in a large saucepan and cover with water. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt to taste, pepper to taste, 1 bay leaf, and 8 lemon slices rind removed. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook over medium-low heat for 1 hour or until tender.

Take the cod out of the water and remove the skin and bones, and discard, but reserve the water. Break the cod into pieces. In a separate saucepan, cook the potatoes with the skin on. When tender, but not mushy, remove potatoes and peel as soon as cool enough to handle.

Cut potatoes into 1/4-inch slices or quarters and set aside. Put what remains of the 1/2 cup olive oil, 4 finely chopped cloves of garlic, 1 large finely chopped onion, and pepper to taste in a large skillet. Sauté garlic until soft and then add the fish, potatoes, and as much reserved cooking water as necessary to achieve a consistency that is not too dry. Cook over low heat until heated throughout and flavours have married, about 15 minutes.

Add more oil, if necessary. Garnish with 1/2 cup chopped parsley. Can be eaten warm or at room temperature.


1 kg of salted dried codfish
1/2 cup olive oil
Optional: Salt (to taste)
Optional: Pepper (to taste)
1 bay leaf
8 slices lemon (rind removed)
½ Kilo potatoes
4 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
Optional: 1 large onion (finely chopped)
1/2 cup parsley (chopped)

“It’s shocking. I can’t ever remember seeing the harbour like this,” commented a citizen of the Old City of Dubrovnik today. Gale force southerly winds have been blowing for the past week in the Dubrovnik region and brought with them a whole collection of floating waste into the Old City harbour.

Far from the normal turquoise blue seas that feature on postcards the Adriatic looks like muddy gravy. Logs, plastic bottles, bamboo, children’s toys and much more is floating in the busy harbour.

“We found a football with the Albanian flag on it,” added an employee of the Dubrovnik Public cleaning service. Members of the cleaning service, the Dubrovnik fire brigade and volunteers are all on the scene fishing tonnes of garbage from the sea. One local diver, Vlaho Kisic, was volunteering to pull out the larger pieces of debris for most of the morning. The larger logs have been the centre of attention as they pose a threat to the small boats in the harbour.

More than 50 cubic metres of rubbish has already been scooped out of the Old City harbour according to a statement from the Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik, Orlanda Tokić, adding that there will be more eco-actions to make sure the sea is cleaned as soon as possible.

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Croatian men leave their family homes at the age of 33.2, are less educated than Croatian women, don’t pull their weight with the housework and are slow to get married.

New data from the Eurostat organisations has highlighted the roles on the average European male, and it doesn’t make for pretty reading for Croatians. They concluded that Croatian men on average leave their parents’ home at the age of 33.2, which is three and a half years later than women. They walk down the aisle after their thirtieth birthday, while women marry on average by the age of 28.

The Eurostat survey also showed great differences between men and women in terms of retirement and longevity. Women retire on average four years before men, but they live six years longer. The results of Eurostat research have also shown that Croatian men are less educated than women, at least in higher education. Only one fifth of men in Croatia have completed higher education, whilst more than 25 percent of women have completed higher education.

In addition, the figures from the study on men and women in Croatia say that in the Croatian Parliament last year out of 151 members of parliament only 19 were women, or just over 12 percent.

As far as housework is concerned, research has shown that 62 percent of women are engaged in daily cooking and other household activities, whilst only 12 percent of men get involved with household chores.

If you were hoping for a white Christmas in Dubrovnik, think again. In fact, it looks like being just the opposite with bright sunshine and clear, blue skies forecast for Christmas Day.

After a week of overcast skies and rain brought on the back of south winds the north wind is expected to blow in Dubrovnik on Sunday night and Monday morning and bring clearer skies as well as a drop in temperatures.

In fact the north wind should blow to gale forces levels this evening. The whole of next week should see temperatures around the 10 degrees mark with bright sunshine and blue skies. The forecast for Christmas Day is for highs of 8 degrees and lows of 4 degrees with plenty of sunshine. The stable weather should continue all the way through to the New Year. No chance of a white Christmas in Dubrovnik.

‘Tis the season to be jolly…and Dubrovnik certainly is jolly at this festive season. The melodic sounds of Christmas carols fill the air and the aroma of mulled wine is intoxicating. Dubrovnik has its own form of Christmas carols, known as Kolendavanje, and this is the right time to hear it. This Dubrovnik Winter Festival, the fourth in a row, the festival has organised vocal groups from the city to perform in various squares and streets in a range of events entitled “From Corner to Corner.”

A magical Dubrovnik Christmas accompanied by the sweet sounds of Dubrovnik musicians. In the week from Christmas day to New Year the singers and artists will perform every day in the stone squares of the historic Old City. This will be a Christmas to remember.

Find the fun 

SUNDAY, 17/12

10.00 – 12.00
20.00 – 22.00

FRIDAY, 22/12



19.00 – 21.00

MONDAY, 25/12


TUESDAY, 26/12

BRSALJE - DJ PETRA & ŽAC THE SAX funky electronic music & saxophone





FRIDAY, 29/12

20.00 – 22.00


19.00 – 21.00



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Last night the third Advent Candle on the Advent Wreath in front of the Rector’s Palace in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik was lit. The third candle, the candle of joy, was turned on by the deputy mayor of Dubrovnik, Orlanda Tokić.

During each Sunday of the Advent season, the Advent Candles are lit and symbolise - Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.

On this occasion, the parish priest of the parish of St. Cross in Gruž, Fr. Mihael Mario Tolj, held prayers and a program entitled "Your light gives me hope."

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