Thursday, 20 June 2019

The Croatian Tourist Board is nominated for the best national tourism organization in the world as part of the "2019 Virtuoso Award" in the "Tourism Board of the Year" category, by Virtuoso, the leading association of travel organizers in the segment of luxury tourism, Along with the Croatian Tourist Board, the national tourist organizations of Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Slovenia are also nominated, and the winner will be announced on August 12th within the Virtuoso Travel Week, the most significant tourist event on the American continent.

-Every nomination, which is the result of our high quality work, is extremely welcome, es-pecially this by a renowned association Virtuoso. It is a recognition to all valuable col-leagues and employees of the Croatian Tourist Board, as well as to all tourists throughout Croatia. This nomination further confirms the excellent position of Croatia on the big US market, from which our country is visited by more and more tourists each year, and we ex-pect even better trends with the recent establishment of a direct flight between Philadelphia-Dubrovnik - said Croatian Tourist Board director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that Croatia's tourist offer in the US market will be even more visible because a new office in Los Angeles starts working soon, alongside with an existing office in New York.

It’s good to know that Croatia is among the top five growing destinations on the US market, which is confirmed by the strong growth of tourist traffic over the last few years. Last year, approximately 585 thousand arrivals and 1.6 million overnight stays came from the US mar-ket in Croatia, which represents a growth of 22 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in over-night stays compared to 2017. Positive trends have been retained in the previous part of this year, during which more than 190 thousand arrivals and 500 thousand overnight stays of US tourists have been realized, up 14 percent compared to the the same period last year. These results position the United States as the most significant far-reaching market for Croatia.

Virtuoso is a network of top US luxury travel agencies with more than 17,500 worldwide consultants and annual turnover of over 23.7 billion dollars. Virtuoso's network includes more than 1,700 partners, including top hotels and resorts, tour operators, airline companies, and agencies, and the core goal of the network is to offer customers detailed, unforgettable travel.

The Croatia Airlines (CA) national air company has recently presented its new Business Class menu that strongly promotes the local Croatian cuisine.

The menu has been created by chef Dino Galvagno and the Uje oil bar by Leopold Botteri who together with the CA company launched the "Inspired by Croatia" programme in 2016.

The new menu, which will be introduced as of 19 June, focuses on typical meals cooked in households in Zagreb in the first half of the 20th century when the impact of the Austro-Hungarian cuisine was still strongly felt. The ingredients and agricultural products for the food are taken from nearby family farms. Some other local recipes from different Croatian regions will be used, too.


On all Croatia Airlines flights passengers are offered free food and beverages which vary depending on the class of travel, the flight duration and the part of the day.

The company said on its web site that the "Inspired by Croatia" is the best way to present Croatian specialties by using local original ingredients and recipes.

"When we decided to take that path, a logical decision regarding the menu selection was to rely on the Split-based Uje Oil bar, where exclusively locally produced ingredients are used and presented based on traditional recipes. The renowned Croatian chef, Dino Galvagno, who advocates the use of ingredients which are locally grown, hunted or picked, also participated in the creation of the menu. The dishes that we are presenting are a refreshed version of autochthonous recipes characteristic for the coastal and continental Croatian regions."

The popular British TV and radio star Gethin Jones has enjoyed a break in the Adriatic sunshine in Dubrovnik.

Jones (41) has presented a whole host of TV shows in the UK, mostly for the BBC, including Blue Peter, Strictly Come Dancing and Police Camera Action! As well as making a guest appearance on Doctor Who. Currently the Welsh born presenter hosts a breakfast radio show on Hits Radio in Manchester, he has also worked extensively for BBC radio.

Jones stayed in the luxury five-star resort Dubrovnik Sun Gardens, and filled his Instagram account with photos of Dubrovnik including a final one yesterday from the heart of the historic Old City, on the Stradun, in which he simply commented “Goodbye Dubrovnik!”

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The average temperatures over the past centuries have risen thanks to mankind’s continual pollution of the planet. And now you can see exactly how much the average temperatures have risen in your hometown since you were born with a new app launched by The New York Times.

On their website the popular American publication published an article which opened with “As the world warms because of human-induced climate change, most of us can expect to see more days when temperatures hit 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher.”

The website allows you to enter your hometown and your date of birth and then gives you the results, which don’t make for pretty reading.

As an example we used Dubrovnik and the year 1970.

The results read.

“When you were born, the Dubrovnik area could expect about 6 days per year to reach at least 32 degrees”

It continued.

“Today the Dubrovnik area can expect 32 days at or above 32 degrees per year, on average.”

And finally.

“By the time you’re 80, models show there could be 43 of these very hot days. The likely range is between 38 and 67 days.”
And in conclusion.

The Dubrovnik area is likely to feel this extra heat even if countries take action to lower their greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the century, according to an analysis conducted for The New York Times by the Climate Impact Lab, a group of climate scientists, economists and data analysts from the Rhodium Group, the University of Chicago, Rutgers University and the University of California, Berkeley. If countries continue emitting at historically high rates, the future could look even hotter.

Check out the information for yourself at The New York Times website.

Summer is here! The temperatures are high and everybody feel the urge to jump in the clear, blue sea. The only problem is – which beach to choose?

Vogue Paris might help you a bit with that with an article titled Croatia's most beautiful beaches for swimming.

-With its constellation of crystalline coves, Croatia's reputation among sun-seekers is only getting stronger. Cast an eye over our favorite beaches, direct from the Dalmatian coast – it's written in the article that brings some of the most beautiful Croatian beaches. Some are a bit mainstream, while you might have not heard for others. Fun fact: two of them are located in Dubrovnik!

Here is the list:

  • Zlatni Rat beach (Brac)
  • Punta Rata beach in Brela (Makarska Riviera)
  • Betina Cave beach in Dubrovnik
  • Stiniva beach in Vis
  • The Little Green Bay private beach (Hvar)
  • Nugal beach (Makarska Riviera)
  • Dubovica beach (Hvar)
  • Banje beach (Dubrovnik)

It's time to plan your summer vacation! You can see the full article here

Visiting Dubrovnik in July? Feeling adventurous? Then Moonlight hiking might be the perfect choice for you! 

For the fourth year in a row, Hiking Dubrovnik team organizes free Monlight hiking as a recreation in nature for all the people of good will. You can explore the beauty of Srd mountain at night, under the full moon on Tuesday, July 16th, starting at 8.30 pm. The mountain is 412 meters high and the hike will be led by lincensed mountain guides.

-Wear layers, sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight/headlamp, snacks, camera as needed and a minimum 1 liter of water. The full moon hike is 5 kilometers (3 miles) long with moderate exertion. The hike can take a few hours so we recommend the ages of 12 and over. Hiking is at your own risk! – the organizers wrote on the official event page.

Hikers will meet at Jadranska cesta (main road) where serpentine footpath starts. You can look at the exact location at the map.The hike ends in the Old Town of Dubrovnik.

Due to weather conditions hike can be canceled at the last minute. You are advised to periodically check the official page of the event for last minute hike schedule changes.

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 Ragusa, Kolafjaka, Pucki pjevaci, Ragusavechhia, Poklisari, Subrenum and Kase. Last week, all of the concerts were held in the Old City, however, this week the part of the program will be held in the Lapad Bay. 

This week, the schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 18th – vocal group Pucki pjevaci, Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;
vocal group Ragusa, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm

Tuesday, June 18th, vocal group Poklisari, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Wednesday, June 19th – vocal group Subrenum, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Thursday, June 20th – vocal group Ragusavecchia, Lapad Bay, from 9:30 pm;
vocal group Kolafjaka, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery;

Friday, June 21st – vocal group Kase, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm.

St. Nicholas' Fortress, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, formally opened its doors to visitors after a two-year-long renovation.

In the last three years, about five million kuna (EUR 675,000) was spent on the revamping this fortress, and 4 million was set aside by the Sibenik-Knin County while the rest was provided by the Culture Ministry.

The project of revitalisation of the site encompassed the thorough cleaning and reconstruction of some segments of the fortress to improve the safety conditions for visitors.



Attending today's ceremony, Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek, thanked all who participated in the project. She emphasised the importance of the fortress as part of the national heritage. Sibenik is the fifth city in the world to have two landmarks added to the UN World Heritage List -- the St. James' Cathedral and this fortress, she recalled.

In July 2017, Sibenik's St. Nicholas Fortress and Zadar’s fortified city walls and gates were officially inscribed on UNESCO's protected world heritage list at the 41st meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow.

The two coastal sites were inscribed as part of protected defence systems on the territory of the former Republic of Venice. Sibenik's St. Nicholas Fortress, one of the strongest fortifications on the Adriatic, and Zadar’s 3-km-long fortified city walls and gates were built in the 16th century by the then Republic of Venice as defence from invading Turks.

Sibenik's cathedral, which was built in the 15th century, won its global recognition in 2000, when it was entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List. it is often known as "St Jacob's", because Croatian, like many other languages, uses the same name for both "James" and "Jacob". It is dedicated to Saint James the Greater.

Watching dolphins swim in the Adriatic Sea is a truly amazing sight, but watching a couple of them playing is just breath-taking. These two playful dolphins were spotted playing in the Rogoznica bay area between Split and Sibenik on the Dalmatian coastline.

It isn’t uncommon to see dolphins in the Adriatic, especially if you are on a boat away from the shoreline, but to see two of them and two that are literally diving and jumping in front of you is rare. This video was uploaded onto the Instagram account of the news website Like Sibenik.

Check out the video


An exhibition of pieces from one of the most famous European private collections of art, the Thyssen-Bornemisza family collection, was officially opened this week in the renovated monastery of Our Lady of Špilice on the island of Lopud.

The gala opening was attended by many eminent guests from the field of culture and art who emphasized the importance of such an exhibition in Croatia on this occasion. And this unique exhibition of private collections of art ranges from the time of the Renaissance to modern art. The impressive art collection has been complied by Thyssen-Bornemisza family for centuries, and all visitors of Lopud will have the opportunity to visit the restored Monastery of Our Lady of Špilje until October.

We are delighted that our country has the opportunity to host such a prominent exhibition of paintings, sculptures, furniture and decorative art from the Renaissance period, as well as modern art, tirelessly collected through the four generations of the Thyssen-Bornemisza family. Without exaggeration, we can say that this is one of the most important, if not the biggest renaissance exhibitions in Croatia, commented the organizers.


The monastery in which the exhibition is held is one of the few reconstructed Renaissance buildings on the island of Lopud, the former strategic shipbuilding site of the Dubrovnik Republic. The monastery today represents a new vibrant cultural center. The island itself abounds in remarkable natural and architectural sights, including monasteries, deserted houses, large villas and fortresses, and many churches and chapels.

Good news for all art lovers is that the exhibition will remain open until the 13th of October this year.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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