Hail overnight in Konavle has turned into snow as the winter wonderland came to Dubrovnik. In the villages in the Konavle hills a blanket of snow has covered all the roads and countryside with authorities warning that the roads proving challenging for drivers.
Snow ploughs and gritters are currently on the scene clearing the roads although the weather forecast would suggest that the snow won’t last for long.
The world’s biggest drink brand, Coca-Cola, has followed in the footsteps of Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood by filming a video for their YouTube channel in Dubrovnik.
The French version of the site Coke TV used various locations around the city in this fun video to mark the opening of the latest Star Wars – The Last Jedi – which was partly filmed in Dubrovnik.
From bouncy wars on the Banje Beach, R2D2 challenges, drone wars and a good old-fashioned tug-o-war this entertaining video has been seen by almost a million people already. It seems that the force is certainly with Dubrovnik.
One of the best electronic music festivals in the world will celebrate twenty years of its existence next year.
The ULTRA Music Festival was founded in 1999 by Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes and named after the 1997 Depeche Mode album ‘’Ultra’’. The first edition of the festival was held in Downtown Miami at Bayfront Park almost twenty years ago.
Other Ultra Worldwide festivals and events take place across the world in locations like Cape Town & Johannesburg (South Africa), Seoul (South Korea), Singapore (Singapore), Tokyo (Japan), Hvar and Split (Croatia), Mexico City (Mexico), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Bogotá, (Colombia), and many other destinations. At the end of Ultra Music Festival 2017, it added two more countries: India and Australia.
Celebrating the twentieth anniversary, the Ultra Music Festival TV channel (UMF TV) has been releasing the best video footage of the world's best electronic music festival held in the largest cities of the world including the smallest one among them – Split in Croatia.
The short video ''Croatia in Motion'' features the beauty of Croatian locations where the festival takes place as well as the best moments of the festival itself held at the Poljud Stadium.
The festival in Split is the only ULTRA festival with an additional title ''Europe's Premier Destination Music Festival'' because apart from great music it puts emphasis on the city of Split, the Dalmatia region and the beauty of the Croatian coast.
The sixth edition of the Ultra Europe music festival in Croatia will take place from the 5th to the 11th of July 2018 on locations in Split and on the islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis.
The arctic cold northerly winds that started blowing last night in the Dubrovnik region have brought with them a white Christmas for some higher parts. However, the “white stuff” isn’t snow but hail.
These photos were taken in Konavle this morning and clearly show the festive feel of hail on the roads.
It has been a busy year in Dubrovnik, we have had tragedy, comedy and glamour. And as the year comes to an end here is a roundup of our most clicked articles about Dubrovnik of 2017, yes this is a list that you the readers have made.
As the second year of our website comes to an end we would like to thank all our readers for helping us to be the most read English language news website in Dubrovnik. (keep up the good work :) )
Our top ten most clicked articles for 2017:
Yesterday marked a sad day in Dubrovnik's long history – for on the 20th of March 1970 the city's tramway was abolished. For almost sixty years the tramway was an important link and an iconic feature on the streets of the city. People still remember the Dubrovnik tramway with fondness, yes it was the most comfortable or even the fastest way of travel but it certainly had style and character.
James Bond will be filming in Dubrovnik. According to information in the British newspaper, The Mirror, the 25th and latest James Bond movie will be filmed in Dubrovnik. After the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood the latest Hollywood blockbuster to use Dubrovnik as a backdrop will be the British spy James Bond.
A group of young backpacker tourists caught the eye this evening as they sat in a group on the cobbled streets of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik. On the busiest entrance into the city the young tourists started a street style picnic as thousands of people walked by. But it wasn’t the al fresco eating on the pavement that caught the eye of passersby it was the cardboard sign that one of them was holding offering “Free Sex.”
Torrential rains hit Dubrovnik this evening causing flooding throughout the city. The historic Old City reassembled Venice as the flood waters threatened to spill into shops, homes and museums.
For the past eleven years, the World Economic Forum has engaged leaders in travel and tourism business to conduct an in-depth analysis of the Travel and Tourism competitiveness including 136 world economies.
Construction work on one of the most popular beaches in Dubrovnik is in full swing in preparation for the upcoming summer season. The beach on the Bay of Lapad is a magnet for thousands of tourists and is surrounded by many hotels.
Last night at 9.20pm a tragedy occurred in the seas around Dubrovnik when a fast response boat from the Dubrovnik harbour master struck a smaller speedboat in the area of the Kolocep Channel. Reports directly after the incident revealed that nine people were onboard the smaller speedboat, two were killed at the scene, two injured and five lost at sea. Since then, at around 2.00pm this afternoon another body was discovered bringing the death toll to three, with four people still remaining lost at sea.
Jamie Dornan had a busy first day of filming in Dubrovnik today as he appeared on set of the Robin Hood: Origins for the first time. Taron Egerton or Robin Hood, Oscar award winner Jamie Foxx who plays Little John and Eve Hewson, daughter of U2’s Bono Vox, who plays Maid Marion, have all been in Dubrovnik since the beginning of filming on the 20th of February. But until today Jamie Dornan, or Will Scarlet, was conspicuous by his absence, that all changed today.
And the winner of the 100 metres Dubrovnik street swimming race goes to Zbynek Pela from the Czech Republic! In Dubrovnik we are used to a few rainy days as the autumn arrives but the weather this afternoon was more than a little rainy.
And the winner is....
It was another night of explosions and fireballs in Dubrovnik as the filming of Robin Hood: Origins continued for a fourth day. In a night time filming the cast and crew were concentrated on the eastern entrance into the Old City of Dubrovnik and the main focus was the stone bridge that leads into the city from the Ploce Gate.
When it comes to New Year's Eve in Dubrovnik, it's always better to leave your car parked at home and use the public transport because of special traffic regulations. Just a reminder – all buses are free from 5 pm.
During the New Year's Eve from 8 pm the traffic on the city lines will be considerably intensified.
Here are the last departure of all the bus lines:
- lines 1A, 3, 4 and 6 will have the last departure at 4 am from Pile;
- lines 1B and 8 will run until the last departure at 3:40 am from Pile;
- Line 10 from Cavtat will be intensified, with more departures than usual until 11pm, while from Dubrovnik from the central bus station it will have additional departures at 1, 2, 3 and 4 am;
- line 12 will have additional departure to Slano at 3 am from the central bus station;
- Line 35 will leave to Brsecine at 1:30 am from the central bus station.
On the New Year’s Day – January 1st, lines that won’t operate are: 15 Dubrovnik - Ston, 16 Dubrovnik - Plat, 16A Dubrovnik - Srebreno, 23A Dubac-Brgat-Srebreno, 30 Vodovađa - Cavtat, 31 Vitaljina – Cavtat and 35 Dubrovnik-Brsecine.
One of the most loved concerts of the year was held last night in the Revelin Fortress. The traditional Christmas concert by the Dubrovnik Brass Band is always greatly anticipated and this year was just as spectacular as always.
This long-standing Dubrovnik band didn’t disappoint with a rich repertoire of Christmas songs and evergreen classics. The fortress was packed to the rafters and the audience joined in the festive spirit singing along to the band.
Check out the photo gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic
Zagreb is the place to be in 2018, according to the online holiday accommodation giant Airbnb. The online agency has published a list of the top twenty trending destinations for next year and Zagreb is listed in 18th position.
Using data for bookings in the first half of next year compared to the first six months of this year Zagreb has received a 175 percent increase in bookings. The leader of the pack is Gangneung in South Korea with over a 2,000 percent increase in bookings, second is Bournemouth in England with 353 percent and Edmonton in Canada with 284 percent.
As this online agency is one of the most important booking systems in the world, with over a million accommodation units on offer, it is safe to say that Zagreb will have a busy start to 2018.
“Not far from vacation hot spots like Dubrovnik, the Croatian capital of Zagreb, and its bustling medieval old town, is becoming a hot place to visit,” commented Airbnb.
The full list of Airbnb for 2018
1. Gangneung – South Korea (2,175%)
2. Bournemouth – UK (353%)
3. Edmonton – Canada (284%)
4. Indianapolis – USA (256%)
5. Da Nang – Vietnam (255%)
6. Columbus, Ohio – USA (254%)
7. Gazimagusa – Cyprus (234%)
8. Bilbao – Spain (234%)
9. Hanoi – Vietnam (212%)
10. Matinhos – Brazil (175%)
11. Cardiff – Wales (206%)
12. Guarapari – Brazil (205%)
13. Minneapolis – USA (193%)
14. Oita – Japan (190%)
15. Dunedin – New Zealand (185%)
16. Mar Del Plata – Argentina (181%)
17. Fernie – Canada (179%)
18. Zagreb – Croatia (175%)
19. Mykonos – Greece (173%)
20. Mazatlán – Mexico (169% booking increase)
December will be the perfect ending to a record breaking tourism year in Dubrovnik. It seems that the motto ‘’Dubrovnik – a city for all seasons’’ is right, because there are still numerous guests enjoy Dubrovnik in the winter. Compared to the same period from last year, there are around 20 percent more tourists in the city – reports HRT.
Along with guests from neighbouring countries, the most numerous are those from distant destinations. Dubrovnik can be considered almost exclusively an avio-destination, because around 70 percent of tourists visit the city by plane. During the winter months, the line from Istanbul by Turkish Airlines runs to Dubrovnik four times a week and allows for further promotion of Dubrovnik in distant eastern markets. At the same time, three times a week, planes from Dubrovnik fly to Frankfurt - a link to the United States, Canada and Australia.
For New Year's Eve, however, in Dubrovnik most tourists will come from neighbouring countries. In hotels and private accommodation about 6,000 guests are expected. The perfect ending to 2017 in Dubrovnik.
Every year the most popular world destinations such as New York, Edinburgh, London, Vienna, Berlin, Paris and Dubai are traditionally on recommendation lists of destinations known for great New Year’s Eve parties.
When it comes to Europe, several web portals have made a list of most desirable European destinations for New Year’s Eve. To our proud and joy, the city of Dubrovnik has found its place on this prestigious list.
The British capital of London is always a ‘’must visit’’ destination on all lists. The city topped the list of New Year’s Eve destinations because it is completely dedicated to fun and entertainment on every corner.
Paris in France has always been known as a city of love, thus that is what this city will be for New Year’s Eve, a hot spot for romantic celebration on boats sailing the Seine River.
The Portuguese island of Madeira is an ideal destination for fireworks lovers. In 2006, Madeira made it to the Guinness Book of Records with the largest fireworks in the world.
The popular New Year’s Eve at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany traditionally attracts more than a million people with its more than a two-kilometre long stage for music, light and other shows.
Although it is not the first choice for many in Croatia, this year Dubrovnik offers a great New Year’s Eve party on the Stradun. The city expects around 6,000 visitors to pack the world’s most beautiful street, however, thanks to many bars and restaurants tucked into small side streets, almost an intimate atmosphere is guaranteed to those who would like avoid crowds this year.