Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Weekend ahead of us brings great experiences for all those that are lucky enough to be in Dubrovnik. Folklore performances of the great Croatian folklore ensembles will be held in the heart of historical centre on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, May 13th, you’ll be able to enjoy the performance of Folklore Societies Slavonija and  Sv. Juraj in front of St. Blaise church at 11 am.

On Sunday, May 14th, another great performance will be held by Folklore Societies Matija Gubec and Seljacka sloga in front of St. Blaise church at 10.30 am.

Don’t miss this weekend full of tradition in Dubrovnik, organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. 

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Jacques Houdek performed on the second semi-final night of Eurovision as a Croatian representative with the song 'My Friend' and got into the finals of the most popular European music competition that will be held on Saturday in Kiev.

 - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for voting for Croatia and me tonight! We entered the finals!!!! I can not be happier - Jacques wrote on Twitter after hearing the happy news.

Reactions on his performance on the social media were divided. Some were admiring his vocal skills, some were surprised with the concept of the song, while others were pulling jokes.  

Last night, along with Croatia, the other nine countries that passed to the finals were: Bulgaria, Belarus, Hungary, Denmark, Israel, Romania, Norway, Netherlands and Austria. In the first semi-final night Moldova, Azerbaijan, Greece and Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Armenia, Australia, Cyprus and Belgium were placed into the finals.

Now we just have to wait and see what happens on Saturday. Croatian representative will perform 13th, which will hopefully turn out to be a happy number for Jacques!

Millions of dollars worth of high-end sports cars has blasted into Dubrovnik. Gran Turismo Adriatica 2017 has arrived this year in Dubrovnik bringing Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, McLarens amongst others. The tour started four days ago in Prague, and these expensive toys have visited Salzburg, Zadar and Mostar before rumbling into the pearl of the Adriatic.

This is not a tour for the most frugal, with two tickets costing a staggering 3,800 Euros. A total of eight nights in five-star hotels all along the Adriatic coastline down to Montenegro, as the organisers state “a good story to tell your grandchildren.” It had been rumoured that Jeremy Clarkson was to be in the rally after he was spotted two days ago in Zadar filming for “The Grand Tour” along with Richard Hammond and James May, however this turned out to be only a rumour. 

- Seen a show called Game of Thrones? We bet you have. There is a reason why they shoot it in Dubrovnik. You will understand when you get here. Kings Landing. This night we stay in Hilton hotel and have dinner in Dubrovnik old town – wrote the organisers of Gran Turismo Adriatica on the official website.

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Even though Dubrovnik is gripped in unusually chilly weather for this time of the year it obviously hasn't stopped some people from baring the winds.

The best views of the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik are from the top of the Srd Mountain, which rise to 432 metres above sea level, and what better location for a bikini photo shoot.

Rio Soul Beachwear featured this photo today on their social media site and it certainly caught our attention, we just love the view from Srd! These handmade bikinis are crocheted, yes probably not the best choice for diving into the Adriatic Sea.

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Looking for the ideal beach in May in the Dubrovnik County – look no further! The best time to enjoy in warm temperatures is usually in July and August. However, the summer heat brings many people to the beaches as well; towels are all over the place that can be very annoying. But there is a solution, if you are one of those who like lower temperatures of sea and air; it is a good idea to soak up the sun in May.

Good Old Europe offers a handful of beautiful beaches with sea and air temperatures around and slightly above 20 degrees, you can enjoy in the pre-season period. Thus if you want to avoid crowded spaces this summer, here is the list of just the right places for you that also includes one of many Croatian beaches.

The Teresitas beach, Tenerife

The Ksamil beach, Albania

The Velika beach, Ulcinj, Montenegro

The Petani beach, Kefalonia, Greece

The Amado beach, Algarve, Portugal

The Cala Llombards beach, Mallorca

The Ramla Bay, Malta

The Monsul beach, Andalusia, Spain

The island of Porquerolles, Cote d'Azur, France

The islet of Proizd, near the island of Korcula, Croatia

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The island of Proizd

Dubrovnik Trails was created as a modern-day alternative to regular sightseeing and is all about making sightseeing feel like a real adventure: only equipped with your minds and a tablet you must solve various riddles, quizzes and challenges; and find your way throughout the maze-like winding streets of Dubrovnik. All without the help of a tourist guide! After completing a trail, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and pride – and you’ll be awarded with a goody bag filled with souvenirs which will remind you of the great time you had in Dubrovnik.

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Dubrovnik Trails offers a fresh and unique alternative to regular guided sightseeing - an app guided treasure hunting adventure. Explore Dubrovnik on your own without a (physical) guide!

Upon booking your desired trail you'll receive a tablet device (with a Dubrovnik Trails app) and your trail equipment. The tablet and equipment will guide you through Dubrovnik's sights while testing your brain with interesting quizzes, riddles and tasks!

Each trail allows you to learn about Dubrovnik and its history while you‘re trailing the city. On your return after the trail is finished you will receive a well-earned goody bag filled with themed rewards based on the trail you chose!

Game of Trails
Eavesdrop on Sansa and Littlefinger plotting an escape plan, join Cersei on her walk of shame, or find out which actor got horribly drunk during filming – this GoT trail will lead you to all the major filming locations of your favourite TV show, all while discovering different parts of Dubrovnik and learning about the city’s history.

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Old-Town Pirate Trail
Yarr Matey! Pick up the digital treasure map and find the 11 hidden treasure pieces scattered around various parts within the old-town. Tag your friends and family along on this amazing treasure hunt which allows you to discover interesting stories about Dubrovnik’s people and history, all while visiting places which you may have never found on your own.

The Dubrovnik Times caught up with the founders of this new fun Dubrovnik app, , to get to the bottom of it. We aren’t all as technically minded as they are, however it all seems clear now.

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Vlaho Grbic and Alen Peric

What is the average duration of a trail?
All of the trails can be completed within 2-4 hours, depending on the group's pace.

Where can I find your office?
We’re located in the heart of Dubrovnik – just a 2 minute walk from the Old Town. You can find our booth on the ground floor in the building opposite of the entrance to Hilton Imperial's parking garage.

What is the recommended group size for a trail?
We recommend a group size of 2-5 people in order to keep the riddles challenging and avoid fights over the tablet! Bigger groups can split into smaller ones with each receiving their own tablet.

Do you offer your trails in different languages?
Yes / Ja / Sí / Oui! Our Trails are available in the following languages: English, German, Spanish and French. We're currently also working on an Italian translation which should be available soon!

Web page: www.dubrovniktrails.com
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DubrovnikTrails
Mobile/WhatsApp/Viber: +385 98 9240775
Open 09:00 - 19:00 (Monday to Sunday)

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After ten long years of obtaining the necessary documentation and construction permits, the Croatian capital of Zagreb will soon be on the list of the world's best cable car destinations. The opening of the new Sljeme cable car is scheduled for August 2018.

According to information, the Sljeme cable car will be one of the most modern cable cars in Europe with 84 gondolas per 10 passengers. The length of the cableway will be 5,012 kilometres and will be able to carry passengers from the foothills to the top in around 16.5 minutes.

However, until this project worth 142 million Kunas is completed and the new cable car starts operating, here is the list of the most attractive cable cars in the world that are of great interest to tourists.

Peak2peak Gondola (Whistler, Canada) - the only cable car in the world that connects two mountain peaks. It has the longest free span between ropeway towers (3,03km) and it is the gondola with the highest point above the ground (436m)

Titlis Rotair (Mount Titlis, Switzerland) – it is well known for the introduction of the world's first rotating gondola

Mi Teleferico (La Paz, Bolivia) - the world's highest and longest urban gondola (11km) which carries passengers from the centre of La Paz to the district of El Alto

Sugarloaf Mountain Gondola (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – it is famous for its numerous TV and film appearances (James Bond ‘’Moonraker’’)

Vanoise Express (Les Arcs, France) - the biggest cable car in the world with two double-decker cabins that can carry 200 passengers

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (California) - the world's largest rotating cable car

Ba Na Hills Cable Car (Da Nang, Vietnam) - one of the world's longest cable cars (it is more than 5km long)

Stanserhorn Cabrio (Lucerne, Switzerland) - the first cable car with a roofless upper deck

Skyline Queenstown (New Zealand) - the Southern Hemisphere's steepest cable car that carries passengers 450m above sea level

The Ngong Ping 360 (Hong Kong) – it has two classes of cabin, standard cabins and those with glass floors.

Prominent representatives of the popular motoring TV series ‘’The Grand Tour’’, as well as equally popular TV presenters of ‘’Top Gear’’ have arrived to Croatia.

The former ‘’Top Gear’’ TV hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were caught in camera in the city of Zadar while drinking coffee on the city's waterfront and visiting the tourist attraction The Greeting to the Sun. They were more than happy to take photos with their fans and to share autographs.

According to some information, the popular trio has been working on a TV show similar to Amazon's ‘’The Grand Tour’’. Apart from Zadar, the show will be filmed at some other locations in the city's surroundings such as Sepurine barracks, on the island of Pag, and at the abandoned alumina factory in Obrovac.

''The crew came to us in search for ideal locations, we are also helping them to obtain necessary permits. They will stay in the Zadar area for a few days'', commented Ivana Zrilic, the head of the Zadar Film Office.

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"I am collecting donations for children's foundations and by the way I meet the land of their ancestors,” commented Steve Kustro as he started out on an incredible journey across Croatia. Kustro, an Australian/Croat arrived in Dubrovnik yesterday and started a humanitarian walking marathon from the southernmost point of Croatia, Prevlaka, to Vukovar. His plan is to walk 1,105 kilometres in just 36 days and symbolically connect the southernmost tip of Croatia to the far east of the country.

This enthusiastic Aussie, who was born and lives in Sydney, is walking to raise much needed funds for the Humanitarian foundation for children of Croatia/Zagreb and those cared for by the Children’s Home in Nazorova St in Zagreb. It is a monumental walk and Kustro added that “I invite all Croatians, friends and people of good will from around the world to help me in this fundraising for several projects that are close to my heart.”

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His journey started in Prevlaka and he walked to Cavtat where he stayed in the Hotel Epidaurus, then onto Dubrovnik in the pouring rain where he stayed a night in the Pucic Palace Hotel.

He has already raised almost $25,000 for the two causes and hopes by the end of his walking marathon to have raised a lot more. “I am looking forward to meeting new friends and sharing experiences with them. I believe some will recognize my efforts and donate to help me fulfil the main purpose of my journey,” added Kustro.

Before heading to Croatia Kustro completed all kinds of training to prepare for what will be an arduous journey. He plans to finish his journey on the 11th of June at the iconic water tower in Vukovar.

You can help Steve Kustro and his cause by donating here

The Croatian air carrier Croatia Airlines is to start with its 2017 summer schedule by launching four new seasonal routes from Zagreb.

Croatia Airlines has already recorded heavy bookings on its new services to Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo and Bucharest, previously offering consumers promotional fares on its new routes to encourage their demand.

Therefore, from the initially announced two flights a week to Oslo, the air carrier has increased the number of flights to three.

As far as Sweden is concerned, Elizabeth Axtelius, the aviation business director at Swedavia, the operator of Arlanda Airport commented, “In general, the interest for Mediterranean countries has increased heavily among Swedish travellers. Zagreb is also a completely new direct route from Stockholm Arlanda Airport and is one of the top unserved destinations. We welcome Croatian Airlines' expansion at Stockholm, giving Swedes more opportunity to experience Croatia.”

According to the latest data, over 18,000 passengers travelled between the Croatian capital and Finland in 2016. Helsinki was surely the most popular destination, which recorded 91 percent of the traffic. ‘’We are very pleased that for the first time in Croatia Airlines’ history we have established flights between these two countries. The Finnish market has great potential, and that is why we are offering an attractive product with the best connections to Southeast Europe", said Kresimir Kucko, the CEO of Croatia Airlines.

It is interesting to note that around 14,000 passengers travelled between Zagreb and Bucharest in 2016, with a continuous growth year after year.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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