Wednesday, 20 February 2019

It’s no secret that Dubrovnik is one of the most photogenic and videogenic destinations in the world. But where are the best spots to marvel at the beauty of the pearl of the Adriatic? Most people would say just about anywhere, and to a certain extent they would be right, but there are some extra special places that give you a real feel of the terracotta beauty of Dubrovnik.

At The Dubrovnik Times we have selected our top five spots to enjoy the vistas over the ancient Old City. They are in no particular order but you have the chance to vote for your favourite view, just click on the arrow and your video will climb the list. And yes, we realise that choosing from five stunning videos isn’t easy when they are all just as glorious as each other.

 

British rockers Skunk Anansie, led by charismatic Skin, will celebrate the band's 25th anniversary on July 27th at the Salata stadium in Zagreb.

They were supposed to perform on INmusic Festival last year, but canceled the concert – so their fans are surely really excited because of the newest announcement.

Skunk Anansie are a British rock band[ whose members include Skin (lead vocals, guitar), Cass (guitar, bass, backing vocals), Ace (guitar, backing vocals) and Mark Richardson (drums and percussion).
Skunk Anansie formed on 12 February 1994, disbanded in 2001 and reformed in 2009. The name "Skunk Anansie" is taken from Akann folk tales of Anansi the spider-man of Ghana, with "Skunk" added to "make the name nastier".

They have released six studio albums: Paranoid & Sunburnt (1995), Stoosh (1996), Post Orgasmic Chill (1999),[5] Wonderlustre (2010), Black Traffic (2012) and Anarchytecture (2016); one compilation album, Smashes and Trashes (2009). On the concert, their fans will enjoy their hits such as "Charity", "Hedonism", "Selling Jesus" and "Weak".

Tickets go on sale on Friday.

The most well-known coffee shop chain in the world, Starbucks, could soon be opening their first ever outlet in Croatia. According to a report in novac.hr there are strong rumours that Starbucks could open their first Croatian café in Zagreb.

It is believed that the Seattle based coffee chain have plans, through their franchise owner in the region, to open a café in the centre of the Croatian capital in the popular Cvjetni Square shopping centre.

Starbucks will certainly open a café in the region shortly, but in the Serbian capital Belgrade, but it looks like they are planning to expand to the Croatian capital as well. According to the report a suitable space has opened up in the busy shopping centre after another restaurant closed. Speaking to the newspaper a representative for the shopping centre stated that they are currently talking with some major foreign gastronomic brand, and that they have a plan to “bring something that we do not yet have, something different.”

 

Although the “coffee to go” culture is a late developer with most Croatians, who generally prefer to sit and chat over their caffeine fix, the custom to drink and walk is slowly but surely gaining popularity, especially with the younger generations. In the past Costa Coffee, the British based coffee chain, had opened three cafes in Croatia in 2008, but quickly closed them due to a lack of interest. Starbucks, or at least the franchise owners, clearly consider that over ten years later the culture of coffee drinking has changed, with more cafes as well as petrol stations and newsagents now offering coffee to go, and that the location in the centre of Zagreb will prove successful. And in the capital city, especially in this busy shopping centre, the Seattle coffee giant certainly has more chance to succeed than in the tourist destinations along the Adriatic coastline.

The prestigious UK newspaper The Telegraph has published a list of their top ten seaside towns in Croatia and both Dubrovnik and Cavtat feature.

The article, entitled “Croatia's 10 most beautiful seaside towns,” features The Telegraph’s choice of the leading coastal destinations in Croatia. The top of the list is Rovinj in Istria which The Telegraph describes as “Venetian-era facades in yellow ochre, burnt sienna and terracotta red curve around a deep horse-shoe harbour, backed by a hilltop church with an elegant 17th-century bell-tower.”

The list of the top seaside town also features Mali Lošinj on the island of Lošinj, Rab and Zadar. And in night position is Dubrovnik and tenth the picturesque coastal town of Cavtat. In fact, Cavtat is having a great start to the year, finishing on the top ten best European destinations for 2019 in European Best Destinations awards. And The Telegraph also is keen to point out the values of Cavtat stating “The pace of life is slower here, with fewer crowds – dine at an open-air restaurant on the palm-lined seafront promenade, check out 19th-century oil paintings by Vlaho Bukovac in his former home, and see the elegant 1920s Račić Mausoleum, decorated with art nouveaux carvings by sculptor Ivan Meštrović.”

Read the full article here

In the upcoming European Parliament elections in May the ruling Croatian political party, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) is projected to win 6 of the 12 seats on offer to Croatian MEPs.

In a poll carried out by the European parliament HDZ looks out course to win six seats whilst the other six MEP seats will be divided between the other opposition political parties. The poll predicts that the Social Democratic Party (SDP) will win 3 seats, the conservative party Most one seat and the populist party Zivi Zid one seat.

According to the poll, which involved 1,300 Croatian voters, HDZ won 32.1 percent of votes, SDP almost 18 percent, Zivi Zid 12.3 percent and Most 7.4 percent.

If this prediction comes true then the leading political party would have the same amount of European Parliament seats, but the other six would be shared around differently, with a rise from Most and Zivi Zid, who both don’t have an MEP at the moment.

The number of MEPs that Croatia has increased from 11 to 12 thanks to the UK leaving the European Union and opening up extra seats for other nations.

In Croatia last year, the total number of cows and bulls decreased by 8.2 percent compared to the previous year, pigs by 6.6 percent, sheep by 3.1 percent, and poultry by 10.6 percent, while the number of goats increased by 3, 9 percent – shows the data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.

On December 1st, 2018, there were 414,000 cows and bulls in Croatia, which is 8.2 percent less than a year before, when there were 451 thousand.

The data shows that the number of cows and bulls aged over two years decreased by 15.4 percent to 165 thousand, with the number of dairy cows dropping by 2.2 percent to 136 thousand.

Last year, the number of young cows and bulls under a year decreased by 1.9 percent, up to a total of 153 thousand, while the number of cows and bulls from one to two years fell by four percent to 96 thousand.

According to the recently published data, the total number of pigs, which was 1 million last year fell by 6.6 percent, with the number of breeding pigs dropping by 2.3 percent to 125 thousand and the number of sows dropped for 4.2 percent, to 68 thousand.
Statistics on the number of cattle and poultry show that the number of sheep fell last year by 3.1 percent, to 617 thousand, and poultry by 10.6 percent to 9.3 million.

According to data from December 1st of 2018, there were 80,000 goats, which is 3.9 percent higher than in 2017.

One of the biggest Croatian football stars, Real Madrid midfield ace and Croatian national captain, Luka Modric, has shared a photo from Dubrovnik at his official Instagram profile followed by 17 million people (yes, you read it right!).

At the photo, he poses with his wife Vanja, with Dubrovnik right behind their back. In the caption of the photo where the famous couple looks relaxed as ever, Luka put three hearts. No surprise that the photo collected over 200 thousand likes in an hour!

Modric has been spotted in Dubrovnik two day ago, posing in the Pantarul restaurant with the President of the Square “five-a-side” football club, Zeljko Raguz. It didn't take long for the rumors to start – it seems that Modric is not in Dubrovnik just for vacation, but also to purchase a luxury villa. Either way - he is doing a great promotion for Dubrovnik, since he has a great number of fans all over the world. 

Dubrovnik Airport is expecting another successful business year, with about 5 percent increase in passenger traffic and 3 percent in airplane operations, and plans to complete the development project of the port worth over 220 million euros in autumn – SEEbiz reports.

-Dubrovnik Airport started with preparations for this year and for the summer season already in October last year, when initial carrier plans were received. Since then, there has been a continuous negotiation process with the scheduled flight operators, which will end in February, after which we will announce scheduled flights for the summer season 2019 - they said from the Dubrovnik Airport as SEEbiz writes.

This year, similar to the last year, 60 charter airlines, including charter carriers, will operate in that airport and will bring passengers from 30 countries, mostly from the EU. Dubrovnik Airport wanted to emphasize the start of the direct flights from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik of the world’s largest air carrier American Airlines.

The good trend with the number of passengers continued in January this year, with more than 26 thousand passengers, which is 18 percent more than in January last year.

Recalling last year, they estimate that for Dubrovnik Airport Dubrovnik it ended successfully. According to their data, over 2.5 million passengers or 9.3 percent more than in 2017 have gone through the airport in 2018, with the majority of passengers (2.2 million) being international, which is 11 percent more than in 2017. Among them, there were 686.7 thousand passengers from the United Kingdom, followed by the Germans and the French.

The number of passengers on domestic flights was about 255 thousand, which is 4.5 percent less than in 2017, and a minus of 14.7 percent was recorded in the segment of goods and mail, with 176.3 thousand kilograms.

There were nearly 24 thousand aircraft landings / take-offs in 2018 or 9.7 percent more than in the year before, and most of the traffic took place during the summer months.

The city of Dubrovnik signed a contract for the purchase of three lifters to help to people with disabilities to enter the sea.

One of the lifters will be placed in Zaton, and it’s value is 61,800 kuna without VAT. The others will be placed at the island of Lopud, in front of the Hotel Lafodia and on the beach Zaorsan in Sudurad, on the island of Sipan. Joint price for two lifters is 160,000 kuna without VAT.

By the beginning of the swimming season, all the lifters should be installed. The deadline to build in lifters on the islands is two months, while the lift in Zaton should be installed this spring. The lifters will make it easier to enter the sea for people with disabilities thanks to possibility of 360 degree turning and stopping in any position using the hand lever.

It’s good to know - Zaton already has one lifter for people with disabilities, as well as the beaches of Copacabana and Mandrac in Solitudo.

A new tourism video and a hope that this year will be a record breaking one for the tourism industry in Vukovar. The video, which was presented last week, was funded by the City of Vukovar and the Vukovar Tourist Board and, as the Mayor of Vukovar Ivan Penava, stated “is aimed at attracting more tourist arrivals to the region.”

"All this is in line with efforts to make Vukovar more attractive for tourists, which is a long-standing process. The tourist trade in Vukovar is on the rise and the city's potential in that regard is developing year in and year out," commented Penava at the press conference in Vukovar on the launch of the new promotional video.

The City of Vukovar have reported that 125,000 Kuna was spent on the new video which features all of the highlights of the city in a 3-minute video.

According to the director of the Vukovar Tourist Board, Marina Sekulic, the number of bed nights in the city increased by 4 percent in 2018 compared to the year before, while the number of tourist arrivals remained at the same level.

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