Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Organized by the Association of Agrotourism Konavle and as part of the 11th annual manifestation “The Scents of Christmas in Konavle” a Christmas concert will be held today, the 26th of December 26th at 6.00pm.

The special festive Christmas concert, entitled "Silent Night, Holy Night" will be held in the parish church of St. Srda and Baha in Pridvorje.

The mixed vocal group (klapa) "Dubrovnik Airport", the mixed vocal choir "Vežilice", the men's "Atlant" vocal group, the women's vocal group "Cavtajke" and KUD "Stjepan Radić" from Pridvorje will all perform in this bumper Christmas concert.

"Scents of Christmas" in Konavle has been the best event in Croatian rural tourism, the bearer of the Golden Charter Award "Sunflower of Croatian Rural Tourism". "Scents of Christmas" in Konavle run from 2008 as the most popular Christmas carols in Croatia. In a very short period this happening became recognizable as a tourist product, and the organizer is the "Agritourism of Konavle".

Come to Pridvorje tonight and enjoy the Christmas songs!

For the stores and shopping centres of Croatia this festive season was indeed a very merry Christmas. From the period from the 19th to the 24th of December Christmas shopping in Croatia reached new highs as last minute gifts and goodies for the Christmas table were scooped up.

Over the six days from the 19th to Christmas Eve the height of expenditure for December occurred and it is estimated that this December will be a record breaking month in terms of consumer expenditure with 13.5 billion Kuna spent.

According to the Tax Office on Friday the 21st of December 706 million Kuna was spent whilst Saturday was the peak day when 7.9 million receipts were issued. In just three days of last weekend around 1.82 billion Kuna was spent.

Dubrovnik saw a crisp and fresh start to Christmas day as a northerly wind brought clear skies but also freezing temperatures.

A handful of locals and a splattering of tourists enjoyed a stroll through the Old City of Dubrovnik on Christmas morning and soaked up the festive decorations.

Check out our Christmas morning photo gallery







Serbia and Croatia must get closer to each other in the future, because "here where we live the only thing that thrives is hatred," Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday.

"Last night I called Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and wished her a merry Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I'm sure Mrs Grabar-Kitarovic and I can do a lot together," Vucic said in an interview with the pro-government Pink television channel.

Vucic thanked the leader of the Croatian minority in Serbia, Tomislav Zigmanov, for cooperation, noting that Zigmanovic had recently described him as a "reliable partner".

Vucic said that Serbia had made good on all of its promises to the Croatian community in the northern province of Vojvodina. "Of 26 things promised, 23 have been completed and three are still being dealt with."

He said that regardless of the "ongoing campaign" against him in Croatia, all the promises made to the Croatian community in Vojvodina and elsewhere in Serbia would be fulfilled.

Vucic said that this year Serbian exports to Croatia were larger than Croatian exports to Serbia "even though they are economically stronger than us." He added that it would take Serbia about ten years to catch up with Croatia economically.

"Whatever they may say of me, whatever campaign they may lead against the Serbs, we will do all we can for the Croats in Vojvodina to feel better," Vucic said.

The end of the year in the five-star Hotel Rixos Libertas will end with a bang when the world famous DJ Mahmut Orhan will perform on the 30th of December.

The leading Dubrovnik hotel was prepared a special program for the last week of the year and the highlight is the 30th of December when the mega DJ Mahmut Orhan will perform in the hotel. The master ballroom of the hotel will be transformed into an exclusive nightclub for the ultimate audio and visual experience.

Mahmut Orhan is a 25-year-old DJ and music producer from Bursa, Turkey. After many performances at Istanbul clubs, he achieved international success in 2015 with the song "Age of Emotions", and in the following year, the song "Feel" climbed into the first place of the iTunes music platform. His symbolic link with Dubrovnik was created in 2017 when he made a remix of the well-known "Game of Thrones" song "Save me".

mahmut rixos new year party

This respected DJ has performed at all of the world's leading electronic music festivals, and in several interviews he mentioned how much he likes Dubrovnik and is always happy to be back here.

Concert tickets can be purchased at the reception of the hotel every day from 0-24h, and for reservations of tables you can send an inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Merry Christmas to you and your families from all of the team at The Dubrovnik Times

Merry Christmas


The nativity scene in Cilipi, Konavle this festive season has somewhat of a tongue in cheek political twist this year with the Peljesac Bridge the centre of attention.

The theme of this year’s nativity scene in the Church of St. Nicholas is “Magnificent Bridge” with reference to the long awaited investment into the infrastructure system of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County the bridge that will connect Dubrovnik to the rest of Croatia.

But at the end of the Peljesac Bridge in the Cilipi Church is the stables and the new-born baby Jesus with the Three Kings crossing the bridge.

peljesac bridge konavle

It wasn’t only the ladies that shone today on Christmas Eve in Dubrovnik the guys were suited and booted as well.

Electric blue suits were the hit this festive season with bowties and brown Brogue shoes as the must have accessories.

Our resident style guru had her head turned on a few occasions this morning as the stream of handsome young men flowed down the Stradun.

Check out our male only gallery

In the third quarter of 2018 the number of employed Croatians rose by 0.4 percent year-on-year to reach 1.689 million, while the number of officially registered jobless people dropped 19.9 percent to a new record low of 133,000, the state statistics bureau said.

This means that the unemployment rate slid by 1.7 percentage points year-on-year to 7.3 percent, the lowest level since the Q3 2008. The size of active population in the Q3 2018 was 1.822 million. According to estimates, Croatia had 4.1 million inhabitants in mid-2017.

The increase in the number of active population in Q3 2018 from Q2 2018 was due to a rise in the number of people in jobs, by 18,000, and a drop in the number of registered jobless people by 3,000, which in turn is to a large extent the result of increased employment during the peak tourist season.

State statistics bureau's figures show that the size of the inactive population in Q3 2018 was 1.707 million.

Our resident "Style Guru" has been scanning the streets of Dubrovnik this week for the latest and greatest in fashion. Christmas Eve is a traditional time of the year to shine with your fashion choices. Sharp suits, bowties and crisp white shirts for the guys and colourful creations for the girls.

This year knee-high boots were once again in and the ultimate accessory were Konavle earrings. Although dark colours are normally the order of the day this year was much more colourful and bright fur-style coats, especially purple, were the must have jackets to keep out the December wind.

Check out our Christmas Eve Dubrovnik Divas

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