Tuesday, 12 November 2019

As the sun poured down on Dubrovnik today after a spell of grey and overcast weather some people were tempted to dive in the Adriatic Sea and determined to make the most of a sunny start to the week.

 

 

With sea temperatures around 20 degrees in fact the sea isn’t that chilly, indeed the sea in Dubrovnik today was twice as warm as the air temperature in the capital. This brave swimmer in the Bay of Lapad today certainly had the sea to himself. No worries about finding a spare spot on the beach to roll out his towel or whether a jet-ski would whizz past his ear, he crawled, a front crawl that is, to his heart’s content.

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Sunset Beach Dubrovnik in the November sunshine - Photo Mark Thomas 

However, the forecast for the rest of the week doesn’t look so promising for our swimmer, he might want to pack away the speedos, as rain and storms are predicted. But on the 11th day of the 11th month at exactly 11:00 am he splashed away even though Christmas is just around the corner. 

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board presented sixth Dubrovnik Winter Festival in Zagreb and Ljubljana. The promotion of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, organized by the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board for the sixth consecutive year, took place on Saturday, November 9th at Flower Square in Zagreb. With the performance of the vocal group Kase and the traditional Dubrovnik kolenda and prikle, arancini and almonds, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board introduced many visitors to the diverse and rich program of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival.

On Saturday, November 9th, Dubrovnik evening was held in Ljubljana, organized by the representative office of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Slovenia and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. With the performance of vocal group Kase, numerous media and travel agents who attended this evening enjoyed traditional Dubrovnik dishes and the presentation of the sixth Dubrovnik Winter Festival, which this year also offers a rich and varied gastronomic, cultural and musical program.

This year's edition of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival will open on November 30th, by lighting of the first Advent candle and turning on decorative holiday lighting, followed by a concert by the band The Frajle. Part of the rich program is the concert of Gibonni, Zorica Kondza, Novi Fosili, Urban and others. The youngest will also be cheered by the humanitarian Cake Party with the performance of Croatian singer Domenica and the already traditional Christmas fairy tale. 

On December 31st, Dubrovnik audience will be entertained by one of the most popular and longest-running Croatian bands, Parni valjak, while Mia Dimsic will perform for the children’s New Year. The rich gastronomic offer at the stands in several city locations is a necessary part of the winter festival tour, and on the weekends locals and their guests will be able to enjoy vocal group concerts.

On the first day of 2020, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will hold a traditional concert at noon on Stradun with oysters and sparkling wine, and in the evening Klapa Iskon will perform as the festival's finale.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 11 traffic accidents, in which three persons got heavily injured, one person got light injuries, while there were seven traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 757 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 436 measures taken due to speeding, 73 measures due to improper overtaking, 26 measures for improper stop and parking, 52 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 30 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 24 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The National Park Mljet, the only national park in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County and Croatia’s first marine protected area in the Mediterranean, is today celebrating its 59th birthday. The National Park Mljet was founded on this day, the 11th of November 1960.

Situated on the island of the same name, Mljet National Park is the most important protected area of the Dalmatian south. It is the oldest National Park at the Adriatic. The park covers the western part of the island, which many regard as the most alluring in the Adriatic, full of lush and varied Mediterranean vegetation.

The park includes two deep bays which, due to their extremely narrow links with the sea, are regarded as and indeed named lakes: the Great Lake and the Small Lake. Mljet is also very rich in cultural heritage, the most prominent example being the complex of the 12th century Benedictine monastery. The monastery is located on a small island in the middle of the Great Lake and is set in a lush park. Over the course of centuries, numerous chronicles, dissertations and other literary works have been written here.

The Croatian Electric Company (HEP) has launched its one hundredth vehicle charging station in Croatia.

“With the commissioning of the 100th electric vehicle charging station, the Croatian Electricity Company has confirmed itself as a key entity in the electrification of traffic in Croatia, which we carry out in accordance with the guidelines of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the policies of the European Union. At the moment, more than a hundred electric charging stations have been installed in Croatia and of which 26 are in Zagreb,” said the CEO of HEP, Frano Barbaric, adding that HEP is only halfway through the planned construction of infrastructure for electric vehicles.

At the moment, HEP's filling network covers all motorways and other important road routes in Croatia, city centres and tourist destinations, including several islands, and extends over the City of Zagreb and 18 counties.

At the beginning of 2015, HEP began the cycle of building charging stations in Croatian cities by following the provisions of Directive 2014/94 / EU on the establishment of alternative fuel infrastructure, which by 2020 provides for the availability of filling stations for every 50 kilometres of motorways, in all cities with more than 20,000 inhabitants, in all maritime, airports and inland ports, as well as at railway and bus stations.

 

Croatia's exports reached HRK 83.9 billion in the first nine months of 2019, an increase of 5.9% on the same period in 2018, while imports rose by 6.1% to HRK 139.04 billion, the National Bureau of Statistics (DZS) said on Friday.

The foreign trade deficit was HRK 55.1 billion, down by HRK 3.2 billion compared with the first nine months of 2018. Coverage of imports by exports was 60.4%, the same as last year.

Exports to EU member states totalled HRK 56.8 billion, up 4.5%, and exports to non-EU countries rose by 9.1% to HRK 27.1 billion.

Imports from EU member states increased by 9.4% to HRK 111.9 billion, while imports from non-EU countries fell by 5.9% to HRK 27.1 billion.

Expressed in euro, Croatian exports rose by 6.1% to €11.3 billion, while imports went up by 6.2% to €18.8 billion. The trade deficit was €7.4 billion, compared with slightly less than €7 billion in the first nine months last year.

Exports to EU member states were €7.7 billion, up 4.7%, and exports to non-EU countries rose by 9.2% to €3.7 billion.

Imports from EU member states increased by 9.6% to €15.1 billion, while imports from non-EU countries fell by 5.8% to €3.7 billion.

 

Yes, we’ve all heard those embarrassing mistakes whilst ordering our morning coffee at the café bar, but keep out tongues in our heads to remain polite, but in general the millions of tourists that visit Croatia every year are greeted with a very high level of English.

English is taught from the first year of primary school across Croatia, so this good base combined with the opportunity to practise on a daily basis with tourists means that Croatians generally have a very good level of English. If you are applying for a job in tourism in many of the tourist destinations along the coast you won’t be asked if you speak English, it is simply assumed that you do.

And now Croatians have received some official confirmation of their English level with a new list produced by the World Economic Forum. Croatia has been placed in the list as “very high proficiency” and is the 14th most proficient country in the world.

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English language skills, according to WEF, are declining in some of Europe's leading economies. Of the four largest European economies (France, Germany, Spain and Italy), only the Germans speak English very well and are part of the group with Croatia.

At the top of this list are the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Singapore, and Croatia is last in the group of the highest ranking.

The grey clouds finally broke over Dubrovnik this Sunday afternoon and instead of the dull rain the city was bathed in sunshine.

Winter is certainly on the way and even though a few brave swimmers were spotted in the Adriatic this afternoon temperatures are cooling down almost on a daily basis, but with only 45 days left until Christmas it is to be expected. Highs today hit 18 degrees but in the sunshine it felt like the mid-twenties. And the Adriatic Sea is a tad over 20 degrees.

A handful of tourists almost had the stone streets of the ancient Old City to themselves and the city walls were the exact opposite of the crowds in the summer season.

Check out our photo gallery of Sunday afternoon in Dubrovnik

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The headquarters for safety and security during the tourism season, which is located in the Adriatic city of Zadar, is functioning well and the police have prevented a large number of incidents, Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said on Thursday opening the 3rd international conference - Security of Historical Cities 2019 in Solin.

The headquarters was established two years ago in Zadar with the aim of coordinating and harmonising the activities conducted by police administrations and other agencies in implementing security measures during the peak tourist season from June to September.

"The security of historical cities is of particular significance for Croatia considering that we are a tourist country and have an entire series of cities, each of which are a history in themselves. I am pleased that this conference has an international nature because through the exchange of experiences, we can find a model of how to protect our heritage and improve security during the summer months when there are the most tourists," Bozinovic said.

"This year we will have more than 20 million tourists and that sets yet another task on the Interior Ministry," he underscored.

It is excellent that we have a large number of visitors as that gives a huge contribution to our budget and openness, on the other hand, where there are a lot of people, there is a possibility that the police will have to act more frequently.

"Two years ago we established the headquarters for safety and security concerns during the tourism season which functions exceptionally well and operates according to instructions received from the police directorate, which means they endeavour to prevent as many incidents as possible," said Bozinovic.

This year, the project called "Safe Tourist Season 2019" involved 95 police officers from 19 countries who helped their Croatian counterparts in the destinations popular for their respective compatriots.

 

The summer season has come to an end, the crowds have died down and the time has come to invest into Dubrovnik’s infrastructure. The latest project is the installation of ten new bus stops together with canopies and seats throughout the city. These new bus stops are being set up at places where canopies, from both the rain and sun, didn’t exist before.

The type of waiting room is selected depending on the spatial capabilities of each location. Thus, a closed waiting room with two front windows has been installed in Bosanka settlement, while the other bus stops are smaller shelters.

Work on the installation of new bus waiting areas and canopies should be completed within the next week. With this investment, worth a total of 384,000 Kuna, citizens will receive more appropriate conditions at bus stops that were not previously covered.

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