Sunday, 19 August 2018

Fish and chips, English marmalade, fudge and sticky toffee pudding all go on sale tomorrow in Lidl’s across Croatia.

The German supermarket giant regularly offers weeks of international foods and this week is the turn of Great Britain and Ireland. If you were missing the aroma of smoked bacon in the morning, then from tomorrow the 16th of August you’ll be able to pick up a packet or two at your local Lidl.



Ex-pats living in Croatia often crave specific foods that remind them of home, from cheddar cheese to traditional chutneys, so for a week, or while stocks last you can stockpile a few of these old favourites.

The Dubrovnik heat wave is showing no signs of slowly up, or cooling down, as the Croatian National Metrological Service have once again issues a yellow warning for the Dubrovnik region. Today temperatures are expected to reach 30 degrees and combined with an extremely high level of humidity the weather could be described as hot and sticky.

Scattered clouds are keeping temperatures a little lower than of late but the yellow warning is proof that today will be the weather conditions will be challenging.


People are being advised to take water and wear sun cream as well as to stay out of the sun in the middle of the day. The yellow warning will also be in effect tomorrow when temperatures are expected to reach 34 degrees.

The Adriatic Sea is the warmest it has been all year with temperatures officially measuring 26 degrees in the middle of the day. However there have also been unofficial reports form the Konavle region that the sea has reached 29 degrees.

The music program of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will continue with a unique concert that will be held under the title Guitarrismo on Thursday, August 16th, at 9.30 pm in the atrium of the Rector’s Palace. Eight excellent guitarists will share the stage: Zoran Dukić, Petrit Çeku, Morana Pešutić, Tomislav Vukšić, Tvrtko Sarić, Krešimir Bedek, Pedro Ribeiro Rodrigues and Maroje Brčić. With the selection of the best compositions and arrangements for different guitar compositions, the concert also features the premiere of Goran Tudor’s piece for eight guitars - Bašamar.

A unique concert experience brings a rich and special program prepared for this occasion. The festival audience will have a chance to hear Concerto for Four Violins and Strings in B minor by Antonio Vivaldi, originally composed for four solo violins and cello, arranged by Petrit Çeku for eight guitars. The program will also feature the music from the ballet El Sombrero de Tres Picos byManuel de Falla which was revolutionary by introducing the techniques of Spanish dances for the first time on the ballet stage. Because of this, most of the music is made up of dances such as farucca, fandango and seguidillas. The work consists of three passages that Darko Petrinjak arranged for the trio of guitars. The concert program will also feature the famous composer Astor Piazzolla; Invierno Porteño will be played - the last installment of Piazzoli's most famous concert, a monumental greeting to Vivaldi called the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The arrangement of the violin and orchestra concert by the great Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer is well-known and the audience had an opportunity to listen to it at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival 2013, while the program of this concert includes Krešimir Bedek's arrangement for four guitars. The program also includes the work of the jurist and composer Ivo Josipović Drmeš for Penderecki and eight guitars.

The concert also includes the premiere of the work of Goran Tudor, created for this year's Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which is a single-song arrangement for eight guitars in the 12/8 degree, entitled Bašamar. The song was written this spring, and it is devoted to Tudor's colleagues, guitarists who will have the honor to perform it first. It is written specifically for the space of the Rector's Palace. According to the composer: "Bašamar is an archaic Dubrovnik word for the shoal of fish, and it corresponds to me by meaning and sound as well as to the fact that the etymological expression is not easy to interpret just as it is not always clear in the composition what is the origin of its motifs, and rhythm. " The Afro-Brazilian rhythms and melodies have been carefully absorbed in most of Paulo Bellinati's work, as well as Jongo, which will be performed at this concert. After the original version for the two guitars, the piece was followed by numerous changes by the author himself, including the jazz ensemble and orchestra, guitar and orchestra and solo guitar. For the latter version, composed in 1982, Bellinati won the first prize in 1988 at the eighth Carrefour Mondial de Guitare in Martinique. At the program of the concert, there is also the fourth installment of Fandango, from the Quintet for Guitar and Strings by Luigi Boccherini, arranged by British guitarist Jeremy Spark, which is a part of the standard guitarist quartet repertoire and also of this concert.

The tickets for the unique concert Guitarrismo are available online and at the Box Office in the Festival Palace (Od Sigurate 1), every day from 9 am to 9.30 pm, as well as on the location two hours before the start of the performance.

Today, the 15th of August, is a public holiday in Croatia, the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin or the Assumption of Mary. Most shops will be closed or at least be working half days in Croatia today, although bars, restaurants and hospitality objects along the coastline in tourist areas will all be open.

The Assumption of Mary into Heaven (often shortened to the Assumption) is, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy, as well as parts of Anglicanism, the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life.

The second best scorer in the history of the Croatian national team with 33 goals in 89 games has decided to hang up his boots and retire from international football.

Mario Mandžukić, who shone at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, has retired from the Croatian national tram at the age of 32.

He commented that “As much as silver fills me with new energy, it has made it easier for me to make this impossible decision. We have experienced our dreams, they have made historical success and I felt the incredible love of fans. It was the most beautiful trip with the team and the best return home.”

Adding that “There is no ideal time to go. If we can, I believe that we all would play for Croatia while we live because there is no bigger pride. But I feel that the moment is for me now. I did my best to contribute to the greatest success of Croatian football.”

Every day in Croatia around 60 people are diagnosed with some form of cancer. According to the Croatian Health Institute every year in Croatia over 22,000 people are diagnosed with cancer and over 14,000 lose the battle with the disease.

“We don’t have a plan for fighting the biggest health threat of the modern age, which is cancer. For me, that is alarming, and we need a plan to battle this disease since our success rate is the worst in all of Europe,” commented Dr Eduard Vrdoljak from the Oncology and Radiotherapy Department in the University Hospital Split.

The number of people diagnosed in Croatia every year with cancer has been rising steadily for the past few decades. And Croatia, along with Hungary, have the highest cancer mortality rates in the whole of the European Union.

According to data by The Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, Croatia is among the five European countries with the lowest survival rates for lung cancer, which only 10 percent patients survive, prostate cancer (81 percent), stomach (20 percent), colon (51 percent, rectal 48 percent), and adult myeloid leukemia (32 percent).

Russian national air carrier Aeroflot, a member of the global airline association SkyTeam, in the winter flight schedule will boost traffic of their Zagreb-Moscow line (Šeremetjevo airport) – Avioradar reports.

For several years now, the Aeroflot flew every day from Zagreb during the summer schedule, however in the winter the number of flights per week decreased every year to four flights per week. According to announcements for the upcoming winter flying shedule from October 28th, daily flights will remain during the winter too.

According to the latest research conducted by the Institute for Tourism, the largest number of people arriving in Croatia are coming by car, 64 percent of them. If we add the vehicles that have accommodation capacities, that share is significantly higher, up to 79 percent. Around 14 percent of guests visit Croatia by airplane, but it should be said that this percentage is growing and it is 3 percentage points higher than a few years ago. The number of those arriving by bus is relatively small - it is 4 percent – HRT reports.

The data shows that Croatia is still getting more and more middle and higher education visitors, and what is ultimately even more important to all those who are engaged in tourism, and of course for the state, is the fact that we have more and more well situated guest. According to this research, the dominant category of guests coming to Croatia, which is 40 percent, are households with monthly income of three thousand euro and more. Three years ago, this was only 26 percent so with the improvement of the tourist offer it can be expected a significantly better out-pansion consumption.

Behind us is one of the busiest weekends of the year when it comes to traffic. However, bigger crowds are left out, suggesting that people are beginning to change habits, so traffic is gaining momentum throughout the week – it’s written by the HRT.

A total of 1.4 million passengers, or 11.9 percent more than in the same period last year, passed through Croatian airports in June, and the two-digit growth of their number was also recorded in the first six months of this year, according to the data by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The largest passenger traffic, 471,962, was realized by Split Airport, which recorded a 17.6 percent increase in passenger traffic as compared to June last year. Second place is held by the Dubrovnik Airport with 362,687 passengers or 7.6 percent more than last year.

The Zagreb Airport follows with 330,804 passengers or a 6.6 percent increase compared to June last year, while the Pula Airport had 119,138 passengers, representing an increase of 27.5 percent. Zadar Airport has a plus of 3.5 percent with 84.460 passengers, while at Rijeka Airport there were 21.947 passengers or 0.7 percent more than last year.

Of the foreign passengers in Croatian airports in June, most of them were British - 269,623 or 4 percent more than in the same period last year. In the second place are the Germans - 264,097 or 14 percent more, and the third are French tourists - 88,016 or 11.9 percent more than a year ago. The fourth are Swedish citizens, 70,878 passengers, an increase of 5.2 percent.

Croatian airports in June saw a rise in cargo traffic too. Total turnover was 1,059 tons, which is 72.2 percent higher than in June last year.
In the first six months of this year, 3,872 million passengers, or 13.5 percent more than last year, went through the Croatian airports!

Croatian seaports reach the best results in the last five years

The Central Bureau of Statistics also announced that in the Croatian seaports, in the second quarter of this year, there were 96,177 ships or 5.9 percent more than last year. They transported a total of 8.95 million passengers, or 7 percent more than the same period last year. This is also the best result in the last five years.

Most passengers, 1.33 million, went through the Split port, which is an increase by 11.5 percent. Following is the Dubrovnik port, with 724,228 passengers on ships, an increase of 4.1 percent compared to the second quarter of 2017. The third place is the Zadar port with 611,635 passengers, a growth of 2.4 percent.

The cargo in the seaport in the second quarter was 5.7 million tons or 10.7 percent more than in the same months last year and about 73 percent of total cargo traffic was carried out in ports of Omišalj, Bakar and Ploče.

From the beginning of the year to the end of June, 146,601 ships sailed through the Croatian seaports, which is an increase of 2.6 percent compared to the first half of this year. In that period, 11.7 million passengers were registered, an increase of 5.2 percent, and 10.1 million tons or 1.9 percent more.

BuzzFeed, popular American news company, has recenlty published an article titled ''Here's What National Parks Look Like In 20 Different Countries'' and included Croatian beautiful Plitvice Lakes. Not only in the article, but also on the cover photo! 

-National Parks are home to some of the most incredible landscapes in the world — from surreal fairy chimneys in Turkey, to volcanic islands in Indonesia, to sweeping sand dunes in Brazil. Below, you'll find wanderlust-worthy National Parks from all over the world. Happy travels –it's written in the article which has put Plitvice Lakes at the 10th place.

-This Croatian park — one of the most scenic spots in all of Europe — is made up of 16 towering lakes all joined together by cascading waterfalls – it's explained.

The oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia attracts numerous visitors every year. The park is situated in the mountainous region of Croatia, between the Mala Kapela mountain range in the west and northwest, and the Lička Plješivica mountain range to the southeast. Administratively, the park falls within two counties: Lika-Senj and Karlovac.

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