An earthquake, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, rumbled through the north of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County yesterday.
The epicentre of the quake was in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina and seventeen kilometres away in Metkovic the ground shook as the quake rumbled through. According to the Croatian Seismic Centre the estimated population in the so called “felt area” of the earthquake was 130,000. No injuries or severe material damage has so far been reported.
Valamar Lanterna Premium Camping Resort is one of the best campsites in Europe. Apart from acknowledgements of leading European auto clubs, the Croatian campsite was also awarded by the first internet portal dedicated to camping customers reviews all over Europe ‘’Camping2Be’’.
This award is rewarded only to camps of the highest quality standards with the average ratings between 7 and 10, which are awarded by guests who book their campsite accommodation via the internet portal Camping2Be. Guests rate ten different categories such as the reception, the price and quality ratio, the comfort and cleanliness, the quality of accommodation, the general impression and other facilities in the camp.
‘’We are proud of another acknowledgement that is even more valuable to us because it comes from our guests. We are very pleased that our guests recognize the efforts of all our employees who year after year give their best in order to provide a true dream holiday and unforgettable memories to our guests’’, commented the director of Valamar Lanterna Premium Camping Resort Bruno Radoš.
The internet portal Camping2Be gathers more than 4,000 campsites in Europe, out of which 49 are from Croatia (Istria, Kvarner and Zadar), and most of them are in France.
The legendary American actor Chuck Norris has come to Croatia.
On celebrating his 78th birthday on the 10th of March, a monument of the popular Texas Ranger was revealed in the southern part of Zagreb called Sloboština.
The monument designed by the academic artist Gordan Perković was presented in front of numerous Chuck Norris fans at midnight on the 10th of March after great fireworks and organized birthday party in honour of the famous actor.
‘’This is the first monument of Chuck Norris in Croatia. Our country is just one of many European countries to have such a monument. Chuck Norris now has his sculptural materialization in Croatia’’, commented Kruno Lokotar, the head of the birthday ceremony in Zagreb.
Lokotar also added that Zagreb would become a safer city under the firm hand of Chuck Norris and pointed out to other cities in the neighbouring countries to have monuments dedicated to film fighters for justice.
‘’Mostar has Bruce Lee and now Zagreb has Chuck Norris. However, we will not compete as if we were in ‘’Way of the Dragon’’, said Lokotar.
The celebration of Norris’s birthday took place in cafe bar ‘’Norris’’ in Zagreb. The spectacular presentation of the actor’s monument was followed by a karaoke contest in the dark-eyed look of Chuck Norris as well as a contest in consummation of hot spicy food.
A huge wave of price increases is on the horizon in Croatia this year.
Food, waste removal and petroleum products are just some of the things that will face a price increase in 2018.
‘’The banana price has already jumped by almost 50 percent, and a price increase for other fruit will follow’’, claim fruit growers.
‘’We expect a price increase by over 50 percent until the summer months. That is why there is no fruit in Europe or in Croatia’’, commented Frane Ivković from the Croatian Association of Fruit Growers.
However, the price of other food products will continue to grow this year, economists point out.
‘’There are some elements of food products that have stable prices such as bread and fish, however, all other components such as meat have recorded a continuous price increase’’, explained Zvonimir Savić from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK).
Furthermore, due to a new waste management policy, sorting and recycling, Croatian citizens can expect increased figures on their waste removal bills.
The Ministry of Environment and Energy says that there will be no increase in household gas prices for another three years because the state will protect its citizens. Unlike last year, this year the electricity price should not go up.
This summer we can expect a seasonal toll price increase that will, like last year, increase by 10 percent during the tourist season.
Economic analysts expect crude oil prices to rise by an additional 30 percent over last year. However, the Association of Croatian Road Carriers claims that for the time being they do not intend to increase prices of their services and continue this wave of price increases.
If you are travelling towards the Dubrovnik suburb of Lozica be careful as a road traffic accident has just occurred blocking the busy road in both directions.
The emergency services are on the scene and are attempting to clear the road.
One eye witness told The Dubrovnik Times that “It would appear that the car lost control on the wet road and crashed into the wall.” It is still unclear as to whether anyone was injured in the accident.
In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were ten traffic accidents, of which there were five with injured persons, where six persons had light injuries while five traffic accidents had material damage.
By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 463 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 172 measures taken due to speeding, 16 due to improper overtaking, 28 measures due to improper stop and parking, 60 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 22 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
This week, Police Traffic Officers will carefully monitor the use of the seat belt, enchanced surveillance starts today and will last until Sunday, March 18th – Dubrovnik Police announced.
One of the most amazing parts of any trip is trying local specialties. If you are a foodie, you probably prepare a list of dishes that you just have to try while visiting a new country.
If you are planing to visit Croatia, The Telegraph has just made your life easier by making a list of 10 dishes you cannot leave Croatia without trying.
This is the list, but beware – you might get really hungry:
1. Pag cheese and Croatian cured ham
2. Octopus salad
3. Black risotto
4. Pasta with truffles
6. Shrimps na buzaru
7. Fresh fish
9. Roast lamb
Good news if you are planning to visit Dubrovnik– The Telegraph recommends that you try black risotto, shrimps na buzaru or peka in the Dubrovnik Neretva County.
- Made from rice, cuttlefish, cuttlefish ink, onion, garlic, red wine and olive oil, this delicious rižot (risotto) is coloured jet black by the cuttlefish ink. You'll find it on seafood menus the length of the coast – The Telegraph writes about black risotto and recommends that you try it in Zaton.
When it comes to shrimps na buzaru, they describe that the meal consists of fresh whole shrimps flashed in a frying pan with olive oil and garlic, followed by chopped tomato and a dash of wine, cooked for 10-15 minutes.
- This is the "buzaru" method, and it's delicious – mop up the sauce with hunks of fresh bread – it's written in the article and they recommend you to eat it in Hodilje.
Last, but not least is peka – one of the favorites in Dubrovnik.
-A peka is a domed iron lid or "bell", used to cover a casserole pot, which is then buried under glowing embers to create a slow-cooking micro-oven. It's mostly used for cooking either lamb or octopus, along with potatoes and other vegetables, with wine and olive oil. Note that you need to order peka dishes one day in advance – writes Telegraph and says that you should eat it at Srd or at Gruda.
If you want to know the details, see the original article here.
It’s that time of the year again! All the foodies know – oysters are the best in the middle of March and there are no better oysters than those in Mali Ston.
Less than hour away from Dubrovnik, Mali Ston (literally Little Ston) is a little piece of heaven for all the oyster lovers, for which Mali Ston is famous all over the world.
It’s often said that you either love them or hate them, but either way oysters are considered to be one of the greatest delicacies that you can try during your visit to Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
The best day to try them this year is March 17th, when the Festival of Oysters will be held on the seafront in Mali Ston from 11 am. You will be able to enjoy the famous aphrodisiac and combine it with a glass (or two) of supreme wines of Peljesac and prices will be promotional.
This event will be really special, for locals and for tourists, because alongside good food and wine, there will also be Dalmatian music, a folklore performance and raffles.
Boninovo – a place where love is treasured in Dubrovnik. With panoramic views over the Adriatic Sea the security fence stands guard over the sheer cliff drop, and apart from this more practical purpose it also holds romantic dreams.
This seemingly plain green fence has become Dubrovnik’s love lock wall. It is hard to say when it started, at least ten years ago is our best guess, but now the fence is awash with pledges of undying love from all over the world.
Padlocks with the initials, messages, hearts and poems are snapped into place on the fence and the keys are then thrown in the sea. It the modern day version of carving your names in a tree trunk, but once more environmentally friendly.
“Love U 4ever,” from a Swiss couple – “Be my Valentine” in French and “U complete me” from Juan in Mexico. The Dubrovnik love fence is as international as the guests that land every summer.
If you want to add your own enteral love message on a padlock then from the Old City head up the road from Pile Gate for around a kilometre, when you get close the clank of padlocks in the wind will led the way.
Croatia has the fourth most expensive hotel room rates in Europe, with the average price of a room a whopping 135.9 Euro. According to research by the leading agency STR Global into the price of accommodation in Europe the most expensive room rates are in Switzerland with an average price of 192.8 Euro.
The agency investigated accommodation, travel agencies, tourist attractions and prices across the whole of Europe and Croatia came out as the fourth most expensive room rates. After Switzerland, Italy came in second place at 142.8 Euro, followed by Malta at 138.3 Euro and Croatia at 135.9 Euro.
Croatian accommodation is more expensive than France (118 Euro), Spain (114 Euro) and Greece (119 Euro). Whilst some of the cheapest countries were Germany (101 Euro), Great Britain (105 Euro) and Finland (103 Euro). According to the research the cheapest room rates in Europe can be found in Austria which had an average hotel room price of only 101 Euro.