Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Looking for a summer cruise to remember and have a spare million dollars burning a hole in your back pocket? The solution sailed into Cavtat this afternoon. The super luxurious yacht “Solandge” will set you back a whopping $1 million a week for a cruise, and plus expenses, which means that the price is bumped up to $1.13 million a week.

This award winning yacht was launched in 2013 and at 85 metres in length is one of the largest yachts available for charter in the world today.

The Southern Croatian region, from Korcula to Cavtat, is awash with these mega yachts this summer. Already Jon Bon Jovi and Sylvester Stallone have enjoyed family cruises in the Dubrovnik Adriatic, but this latest monster yacht is considerably costlier than both their charters.

mage yacht in cavtat 2019

 Photo - Mark Thomas

And in spite of its size it can only accommodate 12 guests, but that’s because each passenger has plenty of room to spread their legs. With a crew of 29 the level of service id also second to none.

With an on-board stream swimming pool, spa, massage room, elevators, fully stocked wine cellar and even a sundeck dance floor complete with DJ booth this is a yacht that draws plenty of attention.

But who, or rather which billionaire, has actually dropped anchor in Cavat today is still unknown.

The number of taxis on Dubrovnik’s roads has clearly reached saturation point and the Mayor of Dubrovnik is making a stand to considerably lower their numbers. Mato Frankovic, the Mayor of Dubrovnik, has stated that the current situation on the city's roads is untenable, therefore, an amendment to the law is needed to eliminate the negative effects of the liberalization of taxi services.

In Dubrovnik there are currently about three thousand taxis, and before the liberalization there were about 220, however even with this greater number of taxis their fares are still too expensive.

And in order to limit the number of taxis a number of measures are being proposed. As Dubrovnik is a UNESCO protected city the Mayor believes that it is necessary to recognise the importance of this fact and that the roads and infrastructure should be better controlled by local governments who should have the ability to limit the number of vehicles. This would include a limit on the actual number of taxis.

The Mayor is also putting forward a proposal to introduce electric only vehicles around the Old City. “We are not backing down from our plan to create a special zone around the Old City, and every vehicle inside that zone must be electric vehicles. We are already in negotiations with the Croatian Electric Company (HEP) to install two electric charging stations around the city, one on Ploce and the other under Minceta,” concluded the Mayor.

Honestly it fell off the back of a lorry. We’ve all heard that excuse, but today it actually happened. So far this season we’ve had potatoes, bananas and even building material land all over Dubrovnik’s roads, but as far as we know this is a first, crates of beer!


On a busy Dubrovnik road as the working day was coming to an end bottles of beer were seen literally rolling down the road. Most drivers skilfully avoided the foamy bottles and cardboard crates but some took the time to load up on a few beers for refreshment.


Locals and tourists enjoyed the “beer drive-through” and in a matter of minutes the beer obstruction of the road was cleared.



Germany's population rose by over 400,000 in 2018 as a result of immigration and Croatian citizens, numbering 29,000, were the second largest group of immigrants from the EU last year after Romanians, the Federal Statistical Office of Germany said on Tuesday.

A total of 1.58 million people moved to Germany in 2018, while 1.18 million moved out so that, as a result of migration, about 400,000 more people lived there at the end of 2018 than at the beginning of the year, the office said in a press release.

In 2018, 57,724 Croatian citizens arrived in Germany, while 28,869 departed, so the number of Croatian citizens living there increased by 28,855 to 395,665.

At the end of 2017, 367,900 Croatian citizens lived in Germany, 27,765 fewer than a year later. At the end of 2016, 332,605 Croatian citizens lived there, 35,295 fewer than a year later.

Since 2010, when 220,199 Croatian citizens lived in Germany, the number of German residents holding Croatian citizenship rose by 175,466.

Also, 158,595 Croatian citizens have been living in Germany over 25 years, 113,760 stay from one to four years and 34,960 stay there less than a year.

In 2018, Germany recorded the largest number of EU immigrants from Romania (68,000), followed by Croatia (29,000) and Bulgaria (27,000). Last year 22,749 Bosnian citizens arrived in Germany and 10,331 departed.

Eighty-seven percent of last year's immigrants to Germany were foreigners, while the rest were Germans who moved back after living abroad.

The Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, yesterday officially put into operation the new water purifier system in Dubrovnik. “The purifier will ensure the daily quality of water and the overall life in Dubrovnik, and the most recent demonstration of the agility of the newly elected city government in the realization of one of the crucial issues that have been the subject of public debate for years,” commented Plenkovic at the opening ceremony.



The new Dubrovnik water purifier cost 56 million Kuna. The Director of the Dubrovnik Water Company, Lukša Matusic, announced that there would be a second phase of the water purification. He stated that the citizens of Dubrovnik will now have water of a high standard according to European standards. “Clean water 365 days a year is what the citizens of Dubrovnik deserve and they have received today,” concluded Matusic

Painter Lena Kramaric will open a new exhibition entitled 'Framed' tonight, on Tuesday, July 16th at 8 pm in Luza, below the bell tower.

The exhibition is open until August 8th and is realized in collaboration with Dubrovnik Cinematographers with the support of the Croatian Chamber of Economy and the City of Dubrovnik.

Lena Kramaric is a well known painter from Zagreb with Dubrovnik address. She was Born in 1982 in Zagreb, Croatia. She graduated 2008 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department of Art education and Art history, course: Painting (MA). Finishedcourse for Graphic design at Pro-anima school in Zagreb (2006-2007) and School of Applied Arts and Design also in Zagreb (Graphic design, print and drawing department, 1997-2001). She is amember of HDLU (Croatian Association of Artists).

She has exhibited widely in solo and group shows.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 22 traffic accidents, in which one person got heavily injured, 20 got light injuries, while there were ten traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 661 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 191 measures taken due to speeding, 93 measures due to improper stop and parking, 43 measures due to improper overtaking, 63 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 32 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 34 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Jump on in the Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik is clean and warm. The fourth regular testing of the sea water quality of the 118 beaches in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County was carried out between the 1st of July and the 11th of July by the Public Health Institute of the County.

The quality of the sea water at 116 of the 118 beaches passed the water quality test according to the bathing Water Quality Regulation. From these 116 beaches 113 beaches passed the test with flying colours with the highest rating of excellent, with 3 beaches, Žuljana, Duboka and the mouth of Ploće, passed with a good quality rating.

The beaches in front of Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik and the beach at Donje Čelo on the island of Koločep both failed the quality test. Further testing at the Rixos beach showed that the short term pollution had cleared and the beach passed the test. However, the beach on the island of Koločep is still not fit for swimming.

What a year for Dubrovnik Airport. 2019 has certainly started in positive form for Croatia’s southernmost airport with every single month of the year showing an increase in passenger numbers. June this year was the busiest ever June for Dubrovnik Airport on record with a massive 415,876 passengers travelling through the airport an incredible increase of almost 14 percent when compared to the same month from last year. And apart from being a record breaking month it was also the month that the airport welcomed its millionth passenger.

In January the year started well with 26,323 passengers an 18 percent increase, February saw the biggest increase of the year so far with 33,765 passengers and a 40 percent growth, March was the third best month of the first six months with a growth of 21 percent and 57,880 passengers handled. Then the summer months approached and all the international lines opened. In April the airport handled 210,803 passengers, a 39 percent growth, in May 315,037 passengers an 8 percent growth and in June a whopping 415,976 passengers a 13.8 percent growth.

In total in the first six months of 2019 Dubrovnik Airport has dealt with 1.058.684 passengers a healthy increase of 17.4 percent over the first half of 2018. In other words, an extra 157,184 passengers have used the airport so far this year.


The cultural and entertainment program 'Ulicama grada Grada' (On the streets of our City), organized by the City of Dubrovnik continues this week, with the vocal groups Pucki pjevaci, Ragusa, Subrenum, Raguusavechia, Kolafjaka and Kase. 

For the first time locals and their guests will be able to listen to the concert 'Serenade on Gradac' by famous singer Ibrica Jusic in the park Gradac from 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm. He will perform on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery on July 26th and August 11th, 14th and 17th.

This week, the schedule is as follows:

Monday, July 15th – vocal group Pucki pjevaci in the Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;

vocal group Ragusa, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Tuesday, July 16th – Ibrica Jusic, 'Serenade on Gradac', from 10:30 pm;

Wednesday, July 17h – vocal group Subrenum, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Thursday; July 18th – vocal group Ragusavecchia in the Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;

Vocal group Kolafjaka, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Friday, July 19th – vocal group Kase, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm.

A total of nine vocal groups participates in this event, and the programs will be held at three locations, so the locals and their guests can enjoy beautiful music in the Old City, Lapad Bay and once a month in Mokosica.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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