From the 26th to the 29th of January the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) participated at the Fespo fair in Zurich and at the ITF Slovakiatour in Bratislava to promote Croatia's tourism.
According to data, around 240,000 Swiss tourists visited Croatia in 2016 and realized over a million overnight stays thus a significant increase was recorded both in arrivals and overnights.
Ranko Vlatkovic, the head of the HTZ office for Switzerland and Austria, said that Swiss tourists accounted for 1.22 percent of all visitors to Croatia. ''The Swiss market has great potential thus we will make efforts in attracting even more Swiss tourists''.
During the FESPO fair in Zurich the representatives of the HTZ met with numerous partners and tour operators such as TUI, Novasol and Croaticum which have already confirmed a great interest in Croatian destinations on the Swiss market.
On the other hand, according to data from the eVisitor and eCrew systems, around 410,000 Slovaks visited Croatia last year and realized 2.8 million overnight stays.
Nora Henterova, the head of the HTZ office in Slovakia, emphasized that the ITF Slovakiatour in Bratislava provided a unique opportunity to meet with representatives of tourist agencies from all over Slovakia as well as with a number of journalists of the most important Slovak media. She also added that Croatia's tourist offer was one of the most wanted among Slovak tourists.
This Sunday was perfect for all those that are repulsed by the crowds in Dubrovnik. Peace, calm and a rather small amount of people marked the last Sunday of January.
Sunny weather was perfect for a walk, especially in the Old City and by the sea. Rare tourists had a feeling like they have whole Dubrovnik for themselves and couldn't stop taking selfies. A perfect, peaceful Sunday. Don't miss our photo gallery.
The world’s most popular low-cost airline, Ryanair, has cancelled flights to its only year-round destination in Croatia. The budget airline had operated flights between London Stansted and Osijek, in the northeast of Croatia, but now these lines have been halted.
It is believed that the airline and Osijek Airport had a disagreement as to the level of subsidies. Ryanair had demanded that the airport pay for an advertising campaign for the flights, but when the airport refused Ryanair cancelled all flights. According to a statement from the General Manager of Osijek Airport, “"The conditions put forward by Ryanair were unacceptable. I believe this is the main reason for the service suspension but we are yet to receive official word from the airline."
Ryanair had been in talks with Dubrovnik Airport about a possible year-round connection to London. However these negotiations also broke down, again the level of subsidies was the reason.
Ryanair will now, this summer season, only fly to Rijeka and Zadar in Croatia.
Coming to Croatia, you need to know one thing: there is a guy called Oliver Dragojević. He is what Paul McCartney is for Britain or Bob Dylan for America. Once you digest that, go to YouTube and listen to “Magdalena”, fall in love with the subtle, layered, gramophonic voice, move on to “Nisam ja za te,”, “Dobro jutro tugo” or “Vjeruj u ljubav” and let it overwhelm you with an avalanche of emotions – the painful memories of having your heart once broken and mended, then broken again, swept into the sea, and finally fished out and fulfilled with love, perhaps. There are hundreds of them: Oliver’s songs, one for each and every love-related occasion. You will fall for them even if you can’t understand the lyrics: the acoustic sensation of the voice and melody is heart-breaking enough. Well. Once you have listened to his songs online, pack up and fly over: Oliver’s got a concert in Dubrovnik in a week, that is, on the 3rd of February. Now comes the most heart-breaking moment for me: I can’t be there.
Some have concluded that I am Oliver’s greatest international fan. Well, maybe. In any event, I am the luckiest. – Through his music, he was present at some of the most significant moments of my life. “Što to bjese ljubav” was the song my future husband was singing at the moment we met. “Cesarica” enchanted everyone at the launch of my first Adriatic Bride book. Our wedding resembled Oliver’s revival. And several years later, it was “Moj lipi andjele” that streamed from my phone at the maternity ward (instead of wondering, whether I needed an epidural, the midwives wondered who was the singer).
And there is more. Thanks to incredible luck and, well, curiosity and admiration, I could meet Oliver three times.
First: London, the Royal Albert Hall. It was April 2009 and Oliver had one of his greatest shows there. I drove all the way to Calais, then took the ferry and the train and the bus, and – voila…I lost my ticket for the concert. So I went to the rehearsal and met Oliver right there. He was concerned; I didn’t have a husband and suggested I should marry a Dalmatian. (Which came true a few years later. Thanks for your faith in me, Oliver.)
Second: My husband took me to Oliver’s concert in Dubrovnik. It was February 2012. I had to fly from Prague. Having a panic fear of flying, though, I had to replace the enormous fear in my gut with a reasonable amount of gin and tonic. My husband welcomed me with a bottle of Pošip, the legendary white wine, and my destiny was sealed: after the magnificent concert, when we met Oliver backstage, I was shocked to realize that I forgot Croatian – I talked to Oliver in a pan-Slavic mix with hints of French and Albanian, but, guess what, it didn’t matter. He was pleased I finally have a husband, who, moreover, is a Dalmatian musician and – hoah! – a fisherman en plus! (The two then talked fishing for forty minutes, and if it wasn’t half three in the morning, they would have gone on for hours.) Before we left, I told Oliver, I was writing a novel set in Pelješac and that I actually needed permission to translate some of his lyrics into the story. Permission was granted. “Bring me a copy to Korčula,” Oliver said, with the doubtful glance, suggesting that books take decades to get finished. (Thanks for the generosity, Oliver. I swear I will never drink again before your concert, I mean - not as much.)
Third: Six months later, the book came out. We met Oliver in a pub on his home island of Korčula. “I brought you a copy,” I said. Oliver looked perplexed: “But I can’t understand it – I don’t know Czech.” “You should perhaps consider learning,” I replied. “After all, I learnt Croatian to translate your songs. It’s your turn now. ” We laughed and toasted – to new songs, new books and new encounters.
Four years have passed since then. I so much hoped to make it to Club Revelin next Friday, but I can’t. Instead, I will play Oliver’s CDs in the car on my way to Prague and hum along, remembering all those moments…melting under the overload of tenderness and thinking of what a lucky fan I have been anyway. (Note: listen to “Kad mi dodješ ti” when driving on the empty A1 at night. It will force you to pull off and Google each and every word of it.)
Blanka Pavlovic a.k.a. the Adriatic Bride is a Czech writer. She studied law (Prague) and creative writing (Oxford). As a lawyer, she specialized in international human rights law, first working for the European Court of Human Rights, then for a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. She wrote five books, among them Total Balkans, The Handbook of the Adriatic Bride or The Return of the Adriatic Bride. She now lives with her family between Dubrovnik and Donji Brgat. More information and English translations of her work are available through www.blankacechova.com.
Famous Dubrovnik painter Josip Pino Trostmann opened his exhibition dedicated to Saint Blaise today in the Art Gallery Talir. The exhibition features thirty oil paintings with the motif of Dubrovnik's patron saint, whose day will be celebrated soon.
Trostmann was born in Dubrovnik and already as a ten year old boy attended evening school of Ivo Dulcic portratis. He graduated on the Zagreb Academy of Visual Arts in 1963 and joined Visual Artists Association (HDLU) and was engaded in pedagogic work from 1968 to his retirement. He had a lot of exhibitions and is the winner of several pristigious awards and recognitions.
He dedicated his latest work to Saint Blaise and if you want to know more about Dubrovnik patron click here. Saint Blaise is celebrated on February 3rd but the Festivity already started – here is the full program.
With one of the most important days in Dubrovnik's calendar just around the corner it is essential to understand more about the patron saint of the city. The 3rd of February is the Day of St. Blaise, the day that Dubrovnik gives thanks to the saint who saved their city.
According to legend Venetian ships anchored before the city walls on the eve of the 3rd of February 971, in the middle of winter. The Venetians gained free access to medieval Dubrovnik under the pretence of stocking up on food and water for their journey eastwards. However, their spies carefully noted the number of guards on the city walls, as well as the amount of ammunition in the arsenal.
In the middle of the winter night, when the streets lay deserted, Priest Stojko, the parish priest, went from the city square towards Pustijerna and the Church of St. Steven. He found the church open, and inside, the troops of a heavenly army led by a grizzled old man. He addressed the priest with a request that he inform the city fathers of how the Venetians planned to attack Dubrovnik. The old man had repelled them from the city walls with his own army for a number of nights already. He was garbed as a bishop, with a mitre on his head, and a staff in his hand. When Stojko asked him to identify himself, he answered that his name was Vlaho, or in English Blaise.
So it was that on a winter’s night, that Dubrovnik met its patron, St. Blaise. The next day, his messenger did in truth confront the city fathers with the message. The Venetians knew that they had been discovered when they noted the hasty activity on the city walls and the closed city gates, and so moved on. Already in the following year, in 972, Dubrovnik began to celebrate a day in honour of the patron saint. His first church was built near the city gates. A century of prosperity and freedom would pass.
It was only in 1026 that the first remains of St. Blaise, the martyr and bishop of Sebaste, were transferred to Dubrovnik. The citizens of Dubrovnik marked the 3rd of February as their greatest holiday in memory of the night’s events.
Many locals and visitors decided to spend their Friday night in museums and join special manifestation Night of Museums that's been held last night all over Croatia.
Croatian Museum Association is organizing the event Night of Museums in Croatia since 2005. A special program is organized every year on the last Friday of the month of January from 6 pm to 1 am, with free entrance to museums, galleries and other cultural institutions.
Dubrovnik offered a rich program that was enjoyed by many visitors. Take a tour through museums with wonderful photo gallery made by Zeljko Tutnjevic.
Night of Museums was a great hit last night in Dubrovnik! Rich program attracted many visitors, but there was one special event that caught our eye – Rock parade in the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik. It was held as a part of the program of Festivity of Saint Blaise. Somehow, Museum and rock music made a perfect match.
Bands from Dubrovnik had to chance to present their songs and the whole event was a great pleasure to the visitors as they could listen to the music, dance and also see the exhibition. Just a reminder – the work of Francis Bacon is presented in the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik and it's the first time that the work of this famous artist is presented in Croatia.
Rockers that performed are: DaRiva, Valetudo, Ad Libidum, Embassy 516, Didak Lazzarin, Material Damage, Mystica, Banditen, Strasse, Lapadske Tratincice, Mihael Staka and Vjetrovi s Dinare.
Dubrovnik has had a week of glorious winter sunshine. Temperatures have been between 12 and 16 degrees Celsius and blue skies have been the order of the day.
Tourists who have visited the city will certainly remember Dubrovnik as a winter destination. The iconic Banje Beach was almost empty this morning and gave us the opportunity to film under the Adriatic Sea. Yes, the sea is still rather chilly, temperatures today put it around 13 degrees Celsius. The forecast for the rest of the weekend is for warm and stable weather, wih rain predicted on Wednesday.
Check out our under the Dubrovnik sea video!
Through the warmer summer months this beach is one of the magnets in Dubrovnik for tourists and locals, however is was a different story today.
The iconic Banje Beach with outstanding views over the walled Old City of Dubrovnik and the island of Lokrum is also one of the closest beaches to the city centre.
Hundreds and hundreds of tourists roll out their towels and enjoy a dip in the Adriatic Sea. Today three locals basically had the beach to themselves.
Banje Beach Dubrovnik through the summer
Banje Beach in the winter