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.
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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“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.
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."
Austria had a little touch of a traditional Dubrovnik Christmas when the vocal group “Klapa Kase” sung Christmas carols in Salzburg and Vienna.
Organised by the Croatian-Austrian Society from Dubrovnik, the Croatian Heritage Foundation and the association Croatian San from Salzburg, this popular Dubrovnik vocal group sung in traditional costumes in front of Austrian audiences.
This “Dubrovnik Festival” in Austria was made even more special with special festive delicacies from Dubrovnik. The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, and the Director of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Ivana Medo Bogdanovic, also attended the event.
The average spend of a foreign tourist in Croatia is around 2.4 times that of a local tourist, explained Zvonimir Savic, the director of financial institutions, business information and economic analysis for the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Speaking at a congress of tourism experts held in Rijeka this week Savic added that July and August were the most significant months in terms of tourism spending.
On average a tourist in Croatia spends 66 Euros a day, of which 36 Euros (or 55 percent) is spent on accommodation and 12 Euros on food and drink, according to figures from the Institute of Tourism.
By far the biggest spenders are British and Russian tourists. On average a British tourist spends 122 Euros daily, or more than double the average tourist spend, followed by Russians who spend around 99 Euros. The next of the spending list are the French at 95 Euros, Austrians at 72 Euros and Italians at 66 Euros.
Interestingly German tourists, who are the most frequent in Croatia, spend less than the average tourist at only 62 Euros a day, exactly the same as guests from Poland.