New York Times has recently published the list of 52 places to go in 2019, inspiring all the travelers who are currently planning their vacation. Since this is a really visited website, it's a great promotion and honor to be featured on the list. Croatian representative is Zadar, placed 11th on the list, alongside with nearby islands.
David Farley writes in the article that after the Croatian soccer team captured the world’s attention in the World Cup last summer – its team captain Luka Modric’s inspiring play was particularly notable – soccer fans revved up their search engines and learned that Mr. Modric hails from Zadar, a pretty, compact town on the Dalmatian Coast.
- Zadar is often ignored as visitors hopscotch from Istria in the north to Split and Hvar and then down to Dubrovnik. But that may be about to change, especially withRyanair adding regular flights from Prague, Hamburg, Cologne and Nuremberg, starting this spring. Beyond Zadar’s medieval core, the city’s seaside promenade and music-making “sea organ,” created by the architect Nikola Basic, is a must-see (or hear). The magical sunsets alone were enough to wow Alfred Hitchcock, who visited the city in 1964, and said he’d witnessed the most beautiful sunset in the world there. The town is also a gateway to untrammeled islands, especially Dugi Otok; an hour-and-20-minute ferry ride takes visitors to the sparsely populated island with uncrowded beaches and taverns serving seafood. Seeking ultraclean waters? Then head to the island of Pasman, where the currents frequently change, making the surrounding waters some of the cleanest in the Adriatic – Farley explains.
Will you add Zadar on your 2019 travel list?
LOT Polish Airlines, a member of the global Star Alliance airline association, announced the launch of another line from Dubrovnik to Poland in the summer of 2019 – Avioradar reports.
Last year LOT introduced a new line connecting Dubrovnik and Warsaw with 6 flights per week. This line remains in traffic during the summer schedule this year with the same number of weekly flights. This year the second line from Dubrovnik to Poland is being introduced.
The new line Dubrovnik - Krakow will be in traffic once a week, on Saturdays, from May 25th to September 28th.
The line between Dubrovnik and Krakow is not something new since there were a few in the past. The first to fly on that line was Slovakian low-carrier SkyEurope with 2 flights per week, which cut off all traffic in 2009. Following them, the Polish regional carrier EuroLOT flew on the same line, but stopped all traffic in 2015 and was included in the main fleet of LOT.
Last year’s new line between Dubrovnik and Warsaw remains in traffic during the entire summer flight schedule with 6 flights per week, every day except Tuesday.
From UNESCO sites to air pollution, the website cool camping has pulled together the statistics to reveal the best countries in the world for living life in the great outdoors.
“At Cool Camping we love the great outdoors and, for us, time outside is about much more than just weekend camping holidays. From hiking and biking, to simply getting out into the countryside and exploring new places, we know (and studies have shown) that time outdoors helps us live happier, healthier lives,” writes the website. Adding “Compiled by analysing a variety of factors that we believe any right-minded outdoor enthusiast would find important, our Fresh Air Living Index identifies which countries around the world best meet the criteria, then brings every outdoor factor together in an overall ranking. Important factors include the number of natural UNESCO sites a country has, the average level of air pollution and the number of recognised, long-distance hiking routes available to trek.”
And their list of the best places to enjoy an al fresco way of life sees Croatia coming in at an impressive 18th position. The Fresh Air Living Index ranks the best places for outdoor enthusiasts to live, 365 days of the year. The ranking was comprised by analysing a variety of factors including: Adventure experiences, Natural UNESCO sites, Hiking routes, Attractiveness of natural assets and Level of air pollution.
Spain was ranked as the number one destination for outdoor enthusiasts after it ranked highly in almost every category. And Croatia came in at 18th position, sandwiched between Austria and Norway, and ahead of countries such as the UK and South Africa.
The overall results by continent are
Best country for outdoor enthusiasts in Africa: South Africa
Best country for outdoor enthusiasts in Europe: Spain
Best country for outdoor enthusiasts in South America: Chile
Best country for outdoor enthusiasts in Asia: Thailand
Best country for outdoor enthusiasts in North America: Costa Rica
Best country for outdoor enthusiasts in Oceania: New Zealand
The Croatian National Tourist Board is presenting the Croatian tourist offer at the Vakantiebeurs fair, which takes place in the Utrecht, Netherlands from January 9th to 13th. The fair is made for business and wide audience. Already on the first day of the fair a great interest of the Dutch for Croatian destinations was shown, especially for the Croatian camping segment.
-The presentation at the Utrecht fair is the start of the season of presenting the Croatian tourist offer at the most important fairs from the key emission markets. In 2019, the Croatian National Tourist Board will organize the presentation of the Croatian tourist offer on a total of 22 fairs, out of which there are 17 general and five specialized fairs, including three nautical and two camping fairs – Kristjan Stanicic, the director of the Croatian Tourist Board said. In 2018, almost 500,000 arrivals and about 3.2 million overnight stays came from the Dutch market, representing a growth of 9 percent in arrivals and 5 percent in overnight stays compared to 2017.
The Utrecht Fair also hosts numerous meetings with representatives of tour operators, travel agents and airline companies such as TUI, Thomas Cook, Transavia, D-Reizen, Rotterdam-Den Haag Airport, Travel Counselors Association and others, who are discussing activities and co-operation in the upcoming period. The first signs of a Dutch tour operator's bookings for Croatia are at the level of last year's, but the real period of intensive booking is just ahead.
-We are extremely pleased with the increasing interest of air carriers in Croatia, which is clear from the announcement of three new air lines from the Netherlands for Croatia, more precisely towards Zadar in 2019. Transavia will connect Zadar and Rotterdam, Rynair Zadar and Eindhoven and Easyjet Zadar and Amsterdam - said Ivan Novak, Director of Croatian Tourist Board Representative Office for the Benelux Countries.
Vakantiebeurs fair has more than 1000 exhibitors, and it attracts approximately 110,000 visitors on average. About 60 percent of the visitors as the main reason for the visit mention the fact that they have not yet booked their vacation, and 50 percent of them visit the fair to get inspiration.
The most expensive real estate in Croatia is once again in Dubrovnik where the average price of a metre squared of property is double that of most cities in the country.
Over the past two years’ apartment prices have risen by as much as 13 percent across the country, while house prices rose by more than 7 percent, according to an annual analysis by the website Njuškalo, conducted on a sample of more than 150,000 real estate adverts from their base, reports Poslovni dnevnik.
Dubrovnik has by far the most expensive real estate in Croatia with the average price per metre squared of an apartment almost double that of an apartment in the capital, Zagreb. In 2018 according to results from the website the average price per metre squared for an apartment in Dubrovnik came in at a whopping 3,773 Euros. Meaning a good sized two-bedroomed apartment in the city will set you back over 200,000 Euros. In fact, the average price of an apartment in Dubrovnik has risen by around 16 percent over the past two years.
However, Dubrovnik is not the only Croatian city seeing an explosion of real estate prices. The average price of an apartment in Zagreb is now 1,961 Euros, an increase of over 10 percent compared to the end of 2017. The Dalmatian city of Split is currently seeing an upturn in tourism and this has maybe had an effect on property prices in the city. Split is the second most expensive city for real estate in Croatia with the average price of a property coming in at 2,792 Euros per metre squared. With an interested from foreign investors looking to find their place in the sun the property prices all along the Adriatic coastline and in the capital rose. It was only in the hinterland that house prices froze and even fell.
The average price of an apartment in Osijek was 963 Euros, whilst in Pozega you can find property at an average price of only 510 Euros.
Luka Sulic, the famous musician from 2Cellos with Dubrovnik roots and his wife Tamara Zagoranski will become parents once again!
The proud dad informed all of his fans about the arrival of his second baby on social media. He published a photo with his wife and his first born - baby boy Val, sharing the sweetest news in an original way: Val is wearing a t-shirt with inscription ''I'm so cute. Mom&Dad did it again!''
This sweet photo collected over 17 thousand likes and many comments, congratulating the happy family. One more successful year lies ahead this talented musician!
The first dog playground in Dubrovnik will be located in Mokosica. It will as a fenced park area that, besides the basic elements of the park (paths, vegetation, urban equipment), also contains dog equipment. According to the conceptual solution made in December 2018, the playground is supposed to maintain the natural configuration of the terrain and all the existing high greenery while simultaneously making use of the larger area for the park
Since the park allows the owners to let their dogs of the leash so that they can move freely within enclosed space, special zones for small and large dogs will be made. They are in the shape of ellipse with pebble paths. Between the trails are created green zones to spend time and play.
Dog Equipment is located in a flat park area, and the fence is designed to follow the rounded geometry of the terrain. In the south, at the steep zone, the terrain is secured by supporting walls made of stone.
There will be also a water tap at the park entrance, where the area where the dog will be put off the leash will be located too. Shade, water and bins for dog waste will be ensured.
The Dubrovnik Police Chief, Ivan Pavlicevic, has confirmed that the dead body of one of the three workers missing in the fire at the hydroelectric power plant in Plat, just south of Dubrovnik, has been found in a drainage channel. The other two workers are still missing.
The fire at the hydropower plant in Plat was extinguished this morning. It is assumed that the cause of the fire is of a technical nature, and Ivan Vučetić will conduct the investigation on the cause.
At the time of the fire in the hydro power plant there were 9 workers present, said Pavlicevic. Six of them were taken to the General Hospital in Dubrovnik, two are in the emergency department, the severity of their injuries and health condition is unknown for the time being. The search for the remaining two workers continues with police boats and divers in the vicinity.
Croatia has posted the largest drop in unemployment throughout the European Union on a year-on-year level in 2018. According to figures just released by Eurostat the rate of unemployment in Croatia in 2018 fell from 10 percent to 7.8 percent.
Across the European Union the rate of unemployment stood at 6.7 percent in November 2018, which is the lowest level since January 2000.
Eurostat estimated that a total of 16.491 million people in the EU28, including 13.040 million in the euro zone, were unemployed in November 2018. Month-on-month, the number of persons unemployed dropped by 107,000 in the EU28 and by 90,000 in the euro zone. Compared with November 2017, unemployment fell by 1.489 million in the EU28 and by 1.135 million in the euro zone.
Croatia tops the EU in terms of unemployment decrease in 2018, followed by Greece, which went from 20.8 percent to 18.6 percent and Spain, which went from 16.5 percent to 14.7 percent. By countries, the lowest unemployment rates in November 2018 were recorded in the Czech Republic (1.9 percent), Germany (3.3 percent) and the Netherlands (3.5 percent). On the other hand, the highest unemployment rates were observed in Greece (18.6 percent in September 2018) and Spain (14.7 percent).
Although the figures look encouraging it has to be taken into account that during 2018 hundreds of thousands of Croatian workers left the country in search of employment in other EU member states. This mass exodus certainly helped to decrease the rate of unemployment. In fact, so many workers left that the Croatian government was forced to react and drastically increase the number of work visas for foreigners, seven-fold to 65,100. Many of the visas will be issued to cover the shortfall of workers in the tourism industry. The quota, applied to non-EU workers and subdivided into quotas per sector, is set every year by the government in December. It is based on recommendations by various business associations and serves as an indicator of the shortage of workers, especially in areas such as tourism and construction.
A fire broke out this morning in the hydroelectric power station in Plat near Dubrovnik.
A helicopter is standing ready at Dubrovnik General Hospital to take three injured workers who were caught in the fire, confirmed the director of the hospital, Dr. Marijo Bekić. Unconfirmed reports suggest that two of the three injured electric workers were caught in the tunnel of the hydroelectric power plant when the fire exploded.
The fire brigades from Dubrovnik, Konavle and Zupa are on the scene as well as the police to control the traffic. The cuase of the fire is as yet unknown.
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