The Maritime Executive, one of the leading sources for breaking maritime and marine news, including shipping news, offshore news, piracy news and many more has just published an article about Dubrovnik. The title of the article says it all – Dubrovnik maintains its status as ''Pearl of the Adriatic''.
- With over one million passenger arrivals and 500 ships per year, the port of Dubrovnik is among the world's busiest cruising destinations, second only to Venice. Its rich history, scenic architecture and its many festivals have attracted travelers for generations – The Maritime Executive writes.
It brings a small fact sheet about the growing popularity of Dubrovnik now when it's a trending filming destination – from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Robin Hood and (fingers crossed) upcoming James Bond filming.
As expected from the website that is specialized in maritime news, the main part of the article talks about the changes in the cruise tourism in Dubrovnik, after the mayor Mato Frankovic asked Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) for help in managing the flow of visitors through the Old City, in order to preserve its historic beauty.
-His administration has launched a three-year plan for the sustainable development of the city's cultural resources, dubbed "Respect the City," and with the assistance of private sector partners he expects "to reach the optimum distribution of visitors by 2020." – writes The Maritime Executive, adding that Frankovic also visited Port of Los Angeles to learn a bit more.
The article states that big-ship cruising isn't the only way to visit Dubrovnik and that are a lot of small ship options. See the full article here.
On Thursday the 8th of March the whole world celebrates International Women’s Day, it’s time to spoil that special lady in your life. And what better way to enjoy yourself than a meal that you’ll never forget.
The iconic Dubrovnik restaurant, Orka, has created a menu for the big day that is sure to leave a great impression. Located on the Lapad coast this waterfront eatery has been serving amazing food for years and a recent facelift means now you can eat in style. Simple and genuine flavours were the two things we aimed at when creating our menu. Restaurant Orka have tried to present you a modern interpretation of fresh, local ingredients. Even their bread is freshly baked every day. Their fish is fresh and the meat is of high quality.
For this International Women’s Day the chef has certainly pulled out all the stops, with a special meat menu and fish menu.
Check out the meat menu
Pork fillet on a bed of rosemary
Dessert of your choice
We love the sound of the all of that and especially the pork fillet. And all guests receive a welcome aperitif and a tasty starter.
Price per person – 180.00 Kuna
And for all those lovers of seafood and fish check out the fish menu
White fish fillet on a bed of pumpkin
Dessert of your choice
Again a creative and interesting menu for those fish lovers.
Price per person – 180.00 Kuna
Address - Restaurant Orka, Lapadska obala 11a, 20000 Dubrovnik
Telephone for reservations - +385 99 690 3334
Website - http://orka-restaurant.com
One of the world’s most powerful brands has decided to go completely ‘’eco’’.
The Danish Lego Group has confirmed that they are in the process of creating an entire line of ecological and recycled bricks and figurines for children’s play.
The cult manufacturer of the most popular playing interlocking bricks decided to create bricks that are made through sustainable processes but which can also be easily recycled. New Lego bricks will be available in various shapes and figurines such as trees, bushes, leaves and similar vegetation.
The main goal of the Lego Group is to make all lines and bricks eco friendly by 2030. This line is the first step in that direction. Bricks and figurines are being made of polyethylene, soft and durable plastic based on sugar cane from Brasil in a maximum sustainable process. They do not differ from conventional figurines and meet all the parameters and standards of the former Lego figurines and sets.
We are looking forward to see the first ‘’eco’’ Lego figurines and bricks in Croatian stores but in the meanwhile you can check this interesting Lego video
Every year the United Nations (UN) marks World Wildlife Day on the 3rd of March.
This year’s World Wildlife Day is dedicated to big cats under the theme ‘’Big cats – predators under threat’’.
As the lion is a symbol of Africa, the lynx (a small cat of a big value) is a precious symbol of the global natural heritage, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been warning.
The presence of the lynx, a wild cat that lives concealed, positively affects the entire ecosystem; its preservation in the Dinaric region is of great importance.
Therefore, two international projects are being implemented in Croatia in order to provide solutions to threats that endanger the survival of this cat.
Improving human coexistence with large carnivores in Europe is the main aim of the new international project LIFE EuroLargeCarnivores, which is being implemented in Croatia and Slovenia by the WWF Adria.
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zagreb, the University of Karlovac and the BIOM Association are implementing the LIFE Lynx project, within which the lynx from the Carpathians will be populated in Croatia and Slovenia in order to stop mating in kinship that endangers the survival of the entire population.
‘’The only hope to save the lynx on our territory is by the enrichment of the genetic material by bringing new individuals. The entire project team is happy that by stopping the extinction of the lynx is helping to preserve the overall biodiversity of the Dinaric forests’’, commented Tomislav Gomerčić, a professor from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zagreb.
In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were ten traffic accidents, of which there were four with injured persons in which one person was seriously injured and four had light injuries while six traffic accidents had material damage.
By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 384 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 100 measures taken due to speeding, 15 due to improper overtaking, 35 measures due to improper stop and parking, 65 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 13 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
David Garett, world famous violinist, will perform in Croatia, as a part of his ‘Explosive’ tour. The concert will be held on October 13th (so you have more than enough time to plan your trip) in the Arena Zagreb and will surely be a hit.
Garett is a German pop and crossover violinist and recording artist, known for his special style – it's said that he blurred the lines between Mozart and Metallica.
He started playing violin as a little child and received his first Stradivarius violin at the age of 11, courtesy of German president Richard von Weizsäcker, after having performed for him. During his career he has sold more than three million albums to this date and has won 23 gold and 16 platinum awards all over the world.
He has held more than 1,500 concerts and some of his loyal fans are British Queen Elizabeth, former US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and many others.
He has also been able to set the world record for violin performance, for the fastest violin player - in 2008 and 2010 in Guiness World Records show for 66.56 or 65.26 seconds performance of the Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov without a mistake He is also a well-known composer - for the album on the current tour, he composed 11 compositions.
Croatian Mountaineering Society Snijeznica organizes traditional climb on Snijeznica, mountain in Konavle which has several peaks above 1000 metres in height. The highest is Ilija's peak at 1234 metres above sea level. The event will be held two days after the International Women's Day, on Saturday, March 10th and it's called ''100 women at Snijeznica''.
Climbing Snijeznica for the International Women's Day proved to be really popular in the last couple of years. The gathering of participants is at 8:40 am in the center of Kuna Konavoska (near the info table about Snijeznica). At 9 am, after getting acquainted with the guides, the crowd will go uphill. There is about two hours walk on the mountaineering macadam path up to the top. During the climbing, two shorter breaks of 10 minutes will be made. At the top there will be a longer pause (depending on the weather conditions).
When it comes to returning, it’s good to know that you will not take the same path like uphill. It’s planned to go on the eastern side, to the meadows where you can mingle with other participants. Climbing, going down and socializing will end until 4 pm, before sunset.
When it comes to climbing, there are some rules. Solid shoes are a must, you should wear layered clothing, sun / wind / rain protection and take a backpack with chocolate, something to eat and 1.5 liter of water.
In case of unusual weather conditions, the organizer also reserves the right to cancel the climb for safety reasons.
The year has certainly started on the right foot for Dubrovnik’s tourism industry with both January and February showing an increase in tourists. The county traditionally struggles to attract tourists throughout the winter months, mostly due to poor flight connections, however there has been a slight increase in the first two months of 2018.
According to figures just released by the Dubrovnik – Neretva County Tourist Board the number of tourists who visited the county in February was up on 2017. A total of 18,913 tourists arrived in the county in February 2018 which is a one percent increase over the same month for 2017, and just over 54,000 overnight stays were recorded.
In the first two months of 2018, 33,710 tourists arrived in the county, which is 4 percent up on the same period from last year.
Last July the British Internet media company and website Unilad Adventure, which specializes in viral internet media content, released an interesting video about Croatia on its Facebook page.
The video titled ‘’Things to do in Croatia’’ presents Croatian beauties starting with a story about the National Park Plitvice Lakes and listing several more reasons why tourists should visit the country such as crystal clear sea, night life at Zrće on the island of Pag, music festivals etc.
So far, almost 22 million people have watched this video, which is, at the same time, one of the most watched video on Unilad Adventure website ahead of videos about Belfast (6 million), Seychelles (2,8 million) and Hawaii (1,2 million).
Spring was in the air in Dubrovnik on Sunday with plenty of sunshine and blue skies over the region. Whilst the rest of Croatia is still stuck in overcoats, umbrellas and in some cases skis, Dubrovnik has managed to avoid most of the arctic weather and yesterday was perfect chance to enjoy some sun and fill up on vitamin D.
At exactly midday every day in the Gundulic Square in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik the city’s pigeons have feeding time, and the flock also brought interest from the cats of the city.
From walking the dog on the Stradun to stroking a cat, or feeding the pigeons, check out our Dubrovnik pet gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic.