Sunday, 25 August 2019

How do you know that the summer season is slowly fading away? The days get shorter, the temperatures a bit lower and Lokrum boat schedule changes! The little dreamy island of Lokrum, just a short boat ride away from the Old City of Dubrovnik, is a must-visit. Peacocks, rabbits and beautiful nature will make you feel like you are in heaven.

Since the days are getting shorter, the boat operating hours are changed accordingly. The boat will operate from 9 am to 7 pm from tomorrow, Thursday, August 22nd. Don't worry – that's more than enough time to have fun on Lokrum!

lokrum august

It's hard to believe that September is just around the corner! The peek of the season is almost over, but that doesn't mean that you should forget your vacation – the 9th month of the year is perfect for holidays! Evening Standard just published 10 destinations to visit in September and one of them is located in Croatia – the beautiful island of Vis!

- September, with its lingering heat and crowd-free beaches, is undoubtedly one of the best months to travel. School's back which means family-saturated European destinations will be less tourist-heavy but the weather still lovely and warm – Evening Standard writes, explaining that the Christmas rush is still a few months away and the summer season is dying down which often means cheaper deals on flights and accommodation.

One of their ideas for Sempteber vacation is Vis!

-The furthest island from Croatia's coastline, Vis is a two-hour ferry ride from Split and well worth the journey to marvel at its stunning beaches and lush landscape. September means sun worshippers are back at work, leaving the island yours to explore – Evening Standard writes.

You can see the full list here.

The current Croatian Tourism Strategy is valid until 2020 and in the next month the Ministry of Tourism will announce a competition for the selection of contractors for the development of a new Croatian Tourism Strategy.

The current tourism development strategy was drawn up by the Institute of Tourism, and Horwath HTL consulting companies as well as HD Consulting.

Asked what the direction of the future development of Croatian tourism should be the Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli commented that “Let's not compare ourselves with Turkey and similar destinations, Croatia is not and will never be the same. We need to be aware that in the main season we can no longer expect a 10 to 15 percent growth in tourist numbers each year.”

“Reaching 20 million tourists and 100 million nights with our infrastructure is our maximum, Croatia needs to develop the pre and post seasons and to raise the quality,” concluded Cappelli.

 

Just when you thought that the extreme heat in Dubrovnik this August had finally subsided it looks like we are in for another mini-heat wave and a hot end to the week. The Dubrovnik – Neretva County have released a weather report of the county which states that there is a “moderate danger” of a heat wave this Thursday and Friday.

It has certainly been a summer to remember in Dubrovnik, and indeed across the whole of Europe, with mercury busting temperatures. In fact, according to data released July 2019 saw the hottest temperatures ever recorded globally.

drinking water from public founatin in dubrovnik

Take plenty of water onboard - Photo Tonci Plazibat 

And now the heat is expected to arrive again with temperatures on Thursday predicted to hit 32 degrees and on Friday 31 degrees. Although by the weekend the extreme heat and humidity should ease and highs should be under 30 degrees.

Once again experts are warning people to stay out of direct sunlight from midday to 5.00pm and to drink plenty of fluids. It seems that we have written those words many, many times this summer.

 

Living in Dubrovnik through the summer might have its challenges, overcrowded streets, traffic jams and lack of parking spaces, to name just three, but the sounds of music from café bars, restaurants and night clubs seems not to bother to many residents.

The City of Dubrovnik has commissioned a survey that sought to determine citizens' attitudes toward the time limit for playing music outdoors. More than half of the respondents said that there should be a limit for playing music outdoors, 55 percent, and the relative majority (40 percent) stated midnight as the preferred time of restriction.

The survey was conducted by the Ipsos Plus agency, on a random and representative sample of 679 adult respondents residing in the City of Dubrovnik, from the 15th to the 18th of this year.

When asked in the survey if music should be turned off at either 11.30pm or at 12.30am just over 70 percent of the people asked said at half past midnight. The survey covered the whole of the City of Dubrovnik and encompassed the Old City of Dubrovnik.

“It is true that we are a little surprised with the results,” commented the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic. “When you look at the results from citizens of the Old City when asked what time music should be allowed in public spaces the results were 50/50. Which goes to show that we have the possibility to satisfy both sides.”

 

Seven fines of 10 thousand kuna were issued yesterday due to improperly installed ATMs in the historic core of Dubrovnik, which was followed by inspection today. The inspection discovered that two more ATMs were removed from the shop windows. One was at Boskovic Street, while the other was on Stradun.

Users of other premises after expiration of the 30 days after the Decision ordering the removal of the installed ATMs, and after yesterday's fines, will today be issued a mandatory misdemeanor order in accordance with the Decision on Utility Order.

Mandatory misdemeanor warrants and fines will be issued every next day for failure to comply with a decision by the City of Dubrovnik to prevent the improper placement of ATMs in shop windows in the historic center, which has recently undermined the appearance of UNESCO's monumental heritage.

July 2019 temperatures were the hottest ever recorded globally, said the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirming earlier observations by the European Union.

“Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows,” the agency said.

According to the NOAA, the average global temperature in July was 0.95 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average of 15.8 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest July in its records, which go back to 1880.

The previous hottest month on record was July 2016.

“Nine of the 10 hottest Julys have occurred since 2005-with the last five years ranking as the five hottest,” the NOAA said.

Alaska had its hottest July since it began keeping records in 2005, several countries in Europe saw new temperature records, and it was also the hottest month ever across Africa as a whole.

Average Arctic sea ice meanwhile set a record low for July, running 19.8% below average, and surpassing the previous historic low of July 2012 according to an analysis by the National Snow and Ice Data Center using data from NOAA and NASA.

Average Antarctic sea ice was 4.3 percent below the 1981-2010 average, making it the smallest for July in the 41-year record.

 

As part of the Year of Culture and Tourism between the Republic of Croatia and the People's Republic of China, a traveling exhibition entitled Enthusiasm for Ink Wash Painting will open at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD) on Friday, August 23rd at 8 pm.

The exhibition is intended for domestic and diverse international audiences in Dubrovnik, who will get the chance to become acquainted with the centuries-old Chinese tradition of the ink wash painting and the interpretation of this technique by contemporary artists. This is also a unique opportunity to present artists and researchers, as well as the artistic team of this exhibition, from the esteemed China National Academy of Painting in Beijing, whose works will be placed in the main building of the MOMAD.

The works shown in this special technique are directly influenced by the strict Chinese tradition of the ink wash painting, but this time reduced to the context of today's globalization. The exhibition seeks to show how ink wash painting, as a unique form of Chinese painting tradition, keeps pace with time, presenting the themes of today's everyday life.

The goal of presenting this exhibition in Europe, far from China, the capital of ink was painting, is to introduce Europeans to this tradition of painting that shows centuries-old Chinese wisdom and to establish cultural bridges for further mutual learning.

As part of an international project between China and Croatia, the exhibition is scheduled to open on August 23rd at the MOMAD, including a three-day visit by Chinese artists and news houses Art News of China and Central Digital TV Chinese Art Channel from August 23rd to 26th. MOMAD will arrange for Chinese guests a visit to other museums in Dubrovnik and make an official visit to the City of Dubrovnik and cultural sites.

The aim of this visit, as well as the entire exhibition project, is to connect the City of Dubrovnik and the Republic of Croatia with the People's Republic of China, to open space for new international collaborations between the two countries, and to propose further exhibitions by Croatian artists in China. Presenting the Chinese centuries-old tradition in its contemporary version in the city of Dubrovnik, which is also determined by its rich history, but also by a modern society that strives for a high level of culture and quality tourism, promotes the values of cooperation, understanding, getting to know other civilizations and establishing new connections internationally.

The exhibition will be open until September 22nd, 2019.

The University of Zagreb has managed to be again among the 500 best universities in the world, according to the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). 

Zagreb's tertiary education institution is placed in the group of universities ranked between 401st and 500th place, after having dropped from the top 500 rankings in 2017 and 2018.

The 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was released by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy on 15 August.

"Since 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world Top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and objective third-party data. It has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one," the consultancy stated when it published the latest ranking.

This year, the best 1000 universities in the world are published, and the University of Split has made its first appearance on that list, being placed in the group between 701st place and 800th place, the daily reported.

The ranking is topped by Harvard for the 17th year.

Universities from the United States dominate this year’s Top 10 list with 8 universities among them.

"Stanford University and the University of Cambridge remain to be the No. 2 and No. 3 respectively. Other Top 10 universities are MIT, Berkeley, Princeton, Oxford, Columbia, Caltech and Chicago. In Continental Europe, ETH Zurich (19th) continues to be the best-ranked university, and University of Copenhagen (26th) takes the second place," says the consultancy on its website.

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy introduces itself as "a fully independent organization dedicating to research on higher education intelligence and consultation. It has been the official publisher of the Academic Ranking of World Universities since 2009."

If you happen to be in Dubrovnik on Saturday, August 24th, you can enjoy the Uvala Lapad Night! This event, organized by the City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Tourist Board in cooperation with Sunset Beach Dubrovnik, brigns the concrt of popular Croatian singer Josko Cagalj – Jole, starting at 10 pm on the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik, located in the Lapad Bay.

Live music will start at 9pm on the promenade in the Lapad Bay and you will get the chance to listen to Ilko Divanovic, Dubravko Bautovic and vocal group Amfora.

 
Uvala Lapad Night with Jole on Saturday 
 
 
If you happen to be in Dubrovnik on Saturday, August 24th, you can enjoy the Uvala Lapad Night! This event, organized by the City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Tourist Board in cooperation with Sunset Beach Dubrovnik, brigns the concrt of popular Croatian singer Josko Cagalj – Jole, starting at 10 pm on the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik, located in the Lapad Bay.
Live music will start at 9pm on the promenade in the Lapad Bay and you will get the chance to listen to Ilko Divanovic, Dubravko Bautovic and vocal group Amfora. 
 

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