Sunday, 19 August 2018

Lazareti were built as one of the preventive health measures to protect the population of Dubrovnik during the time of Dubrovnik Republic.

Once upon the time Dubrovnik was a really important port, welcoming travelers from all over the world – one would say not much changed. But, it was a different time then, so back in 1337 the Dubrovnik Republic made a decision which introduced quarantine, for the first time in the world, as a measure of protection against spreading of infectious diseases, especially the plague. This decision was published in the so-called Green Book (Liber viridis) entitled: Veniens de locis pestiferis non Intra Ragusim nel districtum – Who comes from infected regions, should not get into Dubrovnik nor its area.

It was determined that the locals or foreigners coming from infectious regions can't enter the city, if they don't spend 30 days on the islands Mrkan, Bobara and Supetar, close to Cavtat.

In the decision made in 1397 it is said that foreigners and their ships can’t sail west from Molunat or east of Mljet, and are determined to be in the quarantine on the island Mrkan where at that time was a Franciscan monastery and on Mljet where there is Benedictine monastery.

Because of the distance, but also for strategic reasons, quarantine was moved closer to Dubrovnik in the 15th century.

At the beginning of the 15th century in Dubrovnik there was a quarantine on the Dance, one of the oldest beaches in Dubrovnik. In 1430 for this purpose some houses in the town park Gradac were chosend, and since 1457 quarantine at Dance is built, along with a church. Good organization of this quarantine allowed the complete abandonment of those on the islands near Cavtat.

In 1533 started the building of quarantine on the island of Lokrum. Although a large square quarantine was built, it was never completed or used.
At the end of the 15th century, a decision was made on the construction of the Lazareti at Ploce. The start of construction was in 1590 and it was completed in 1642. Duration of quarantine was extended from thirty to forty days and health workers called 'kacamorti' were in charge to check if the rules of quarantene were respected.

Lazareti are impressive complex made of ten halls, among which are five internal courtyards with two houses at the entrance and the end. The complex is surrounded by a high wall and doors from the sea and the land side.

They now host some of Dubrovnik associations, such as Desa and Lindjo, but some of the halls are still searching for their purporses.


The National Park Plitvicka Jezera (Plitvice Lakes) one of the most famous tourist destinations in Croatia has developed the application ''Plitvicka Jezera'' intended for guests. All those who are planning to visit the National Park Plitvicka Jezera will now be able to do it in a much more modern way.

By developing this new mobile application the most visited Croatian destination have decided to make visitors' stay much easier and like other world destinations follow the global trend of importance of the presence on digital platforms.

The app with an accessible user interface is intended for all visitors because it provides content in Croatian, English, French, Italian and German, as well as an overview of all locations, routes, attractions of the National Park and its surroundings, accommodation facilities, ideas for active holidays and service information.

The Tourist Board of Rakovica, the Tourist Board Plitvicka Jezera and the National Park Plitvicka Jezera in cooperation with Plava tvornica the IT company from Virovitica participated in the process which took almost a year to develop the Plitvicka Jezera mobile app.

According to data from Promocija plus, the leading research and analysis agency in the region, car sales in Croatia in September increased by 18.1 percent in comparison to the same month last year. In the first nine months of 2016 a total of 34,916 new vehicles were sold or 21.1 percent more over the same period last year.

This September the best selling brands in Croatia were Volkswagen, which sold 130 Golfs, followed by Skoda with 106 sold Octavia vehicles and Suzuki which sold 80 new Vitara vehicles.

From the beginning of 2016 the leading car manufacturer in Croatia was Volkswagen which sold the most new passenger vehicles (4,890) and is followed by Opel which sold 3,536 new vehicles, Renault (3,000), Skoda (2,764) and Ford with 2,546 sold vehicles.

In the so called premium segment the best selling brands were Audi with 1,246 sold vehicles, followed by its fellow country car manufacturers Mercedes (1,062) and BMW (1,049).

By fuel type, in the first nine months of this year the share of diesel powered cars in the total car sales accounted for 57 percent, petrol powered cars accounted for 41 percent, whilst the negligible percentage accounted for electric, hybrid and LPG vehicles.

Dubrovnik has once again found itself on an international top list, but this time one not to be proud of. The website Matador Network has published a list entitled “6 destinations being ruined by mega-cruise ships,” and Dubrovnik finds itself in second place. At the top of the list of shame is Venice and the rest of the list includes Belize, Alaska, Antarctica and Svalbard, Norway.

- Similar to Venice, the city of Dubrovnik just wasn’t designed to handle the volume of cruisers who come pouring of the ships that arrive every few days. A naturally hilly city, tourists are bused from the modern port to the Old Town and back each day, and are wearing the Old Town away – writes Matador about Dubrovnik.

The cruise ship crush in Dubrovnik will bring almost a million passengers this year and over 65 percent of all cruise ships in Croatian territorial waters arrive in Dubrovnik.

Read the full article here.

The world famous confectioner Buddy Valastro, also known as the Cake Boss, is coming to Croatia!

The owner and head baker of the Carlo’s Bakery and the star of the culinary and family show ‘’Cake Boss’’ which is broadcast on the TLC reality TV show, will visit Croatia on the 17th and the 18th of October where he will take part in judging and selection of the best cake with Croatian motifs.

Buddy Valastro runs a successful Italian-American family-owned chain of pastry shops in the US, which he inherited from his father. In his father's pastry shop Buddy has worked from his young days and learned all the secrets about sweets and has become a master in making grandiose cakes of different shapes.

The TV show ''Cake Boss'' follows the operations of the Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey owned and operated by siblings Buddy Valastro, Lisa Valastro, Maddalena Castano, Grace Faugno and Mary Sciarrone. The show focuses on how they make their edible art cakes, and the interpersonal relationships among the various family members and other employees who work at the shop.

The Zagreb event will be held at the City Centre One West on the 17th of October at 6 pm. Visitors can also meet the famous chef in the evening.

This will be the first visit of the famous chef to Croatia and but we hope it will not be the last.

The popular fashion website “InStyle” has published an article entitled “5 Reasons to Have Your Destination Wedding and Honeymoon in Croatia.” This latest article about Croatia in the international media praises the gems of the Adriatic and highlights the advantages of having your big day in the country.

- Located across from Italy on the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, it has some of the most spectacular beaches you’ll ever see in your life. But what you won’t find a lot of in Croatia are the massive resort chains that have become so common in other parts of Europe and throughout the world. There’s still an authentic kind of grittiness that so perfectly juxtaposes the pristine waters that surround its 1,000-plus islands – opens the article.

The sunsets, the crystal clear blue water, the history, the food and the romance were listed as the top five reasons InStyle gives for making Croatia your dream wedding destination. - If you’re planning a destination wedding or celebrating your honeymoon, Croatia should be at the top of your list of possible locales – adds the article. And piece features stunning photos from the Dubrovnik based photography company Adriatic Images.

Check out the full article here.

People who know me, know I'm not one for public showing of emotions. In fact, I prefer not to show how I feel at all outside of my home or outside of a very select circle of friends. Plenty of times this reservation is tied to my job. When you are working in tourism, especially with guests directly you need to practise not letting your feelings show. Don’t get me wrong, I am usually perfectly honest with friendly disposition towards my guests. It’s just that sometimes you don’t feel so great because of whatever reason and you can’t let your guests know this. Being overly positive and friendly right from the start is also not the best way to go. Some people simply want the service and no personal engagement and I respect that.

When it comes to everyday life and displays of emotion, hugging seems to be the most common ritual for those around me who are not shy to show affection. I am not a fan of it and I’m clumsy with other touchy-feely interactions as well. My wife is very much different in this respect and she finds endless entertainment in seeing me squirm in social situations. Recently, she was able to put my personal service delivery philosophy to a real test. We were entertaining a very special group of guests last week, very friendly and relaxed. As it turns out, all of them are dedicated huggers much like she is and guess what happened when I was exposed for an emotional scrooge? Yes, they all rushed in to show me just how much fun you can have distributing signs of joy and affection to those around you.

One day I guided a historical tour for them and enjoyed doing so. Apparently, they liked it too, because they honoured me with a group hug in the middle of one of the busiest Dubrovnik squares as a reward. I’m a big, and generally angry looking guy, so group hugs make me look like a grizzly among Ewoks (Star Wars reference…I went there). My joy was compounded when I realised there are plenty of photos of this being taken that are bound to make their way to the wife. Of course, I was visibly uncomfortable which made the whole thing even funnier. For the remainder of the week I was a victim of unprovoked random hugs by virtually anyone from the group to the delight of my better half. Well played Mrs. Jukic. Well played.

In a way, it was a welcome break from being strictly professional, I have to admit. The hugging thing is still not my cup of tea, but by the end of this group’s stay, we’ve established a very nice relationship which perhaps wouldn’t be so friendly if it wasn’t for the ice breaking displays of emotion. One thing puzzles me though. I’ve guided two more city tours since then and both times there were guests at the end of the tours who felt compelled to give me a hug. This almost never happened before. Are hugs like bee stings that release pheromones and attract other huggers? A chilling thought, if ever there was one. One of the guests even commented: “You are such a good hugger.” What can I tell you, practice makes perfect.

Bozidar Jukic, AKA The Restless Native, is a Dubrovnik local with too many interests to name them all, with writing being at the very top of the list. He is a lover of good food, music and film, and a firm believer in the healing power of laughter. His professional orientation is towards tourism and travel so it comes as no surprise he spends most of his time alongside Mrs. Jukic running their own local tour company. Their goal is helping travellers from all over the world get a more intimate experience of Dubrovnik and what it has to offer. To find out more about their work, visit their website or Facebook page.

The official newspaper of the European Union reported that the European Commision approved the registration of two Croatian food products – olive oil from Korcula and lamb from Pag - as Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) and Protected Designations of Origin (PDO).

The European Union documents decribed the olive oil from the island of Korcula (Korculansko maslinovo ulje) as an extra-virgin olive oil obtained directly from olives by mechanical means. The basic raw material for the production of this oil are fruits of the olive autochthonous varieties Lastovka and Drobnica. Storage and bottling of the oil must also take place in the defined geographical area.

Paska janjetina or the lamb meat from the island of Pag was described as fresh meat obtained from the slaughter of young lambs of the autochthonous Croatian breed of sheep Paska ovca (Pag sheep) that were born and bred solely on the island of Pag.

Croatia is also known for its other food products protected at the EU level such as turkey from the Hrvatsko Zagorje region, Poljicki soparnik, prosciutto from Drnis, the island of Krk, Istria and Dalmatia, extra virgin oil from Cres, tangerines from the valley of Neretva, sour cabbage from Ogulin, kulen from Baranja and potatoes from Lika.

Mayor of Dubrovnik Andro Vlahusic and councilor for administration for the mayor's office Igor Deranja met today with the director and executive producer of the film "Robin Hood: Origins" Otto Bathurst and E. Bennett Walsh.

Director Bathurst told the mayor that Dubrovnik, which will play Nottingham in the movie, is a location they could never dream of.

- In the movie with the historical theme, the choice of location is just crucial. We looked at dozens of locations around the world, but Dubrovnik very quickly established itself as the only choice - said Bathurst and discovered that our city will be" the heart of the movie itself. "

The executive producer of the film, which will very likely turn into a trilogy, veteran E. Bennett Walsh closely acquainted the mayor with the project, presented a draft plan of shooting and expressed demands of the film crew. The producer, whose filmography includes such blockbusters like "Disturbia," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and both parts of Tarantino's "Kill Bill", is delighted with the openness and affection which by the City of Dubrovnik. He also said that Lionsgate is also in the final negotiations with the rest of the actors who will complement already impressive lineup and all the details will be known by the end of October when the much broader film crew will again visit Dubrovnik.

-The budget for marketing and promotion of the movie is very close to the amount of 100 million dollars, and Dubrovnik will be the basis of the total global marketing campaign - said Walsh.

When welcoming Bathurst and Walsh , the mayor Vlahusic said that in the city of Dubrovnik is the right partner to overcome the challenges that are inevitable when the recording takes place in the heart of the living city. The director and producer Barhurst Walsh readily accepted the mayor's proposal to flag the arrival of "Robin Hood" during the course of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival through a joint promotional campaign.

So far confirmed filming locations include a part of Stradun, City Port, the street of St. Dominic and the area under the bridge at Ploce. Setting the set design will begin in December, and the shooting will take place during three weeks in February and March.

By recording these big productions Dubrovnik will further confirm its status as the largest film studio in the open. Premiere of the film is planned for February 2018.

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The third edition of the Good Food Festival is just around the corner and, as it was announced on the press conference held today in the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, it will be the best one ever. The festival will be held from 20th to 23rd of October and it has over 20 events, 30 restaurants included, as well as 10 wine bars. 

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The director of Dubrovnik Tourist Board Romana Vlasic pointed out that Good Food Festival is a project for the end of the season, for tourists as well as domestic people.

- The goal is to encourage people to eat healthy and stimulate creativity – said Vlasic and added that this festival makes a good connection between restaurants and the public.

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Dubrovnik Association Desa is a big part of the Good Food Festival from the start. The president of Desa, Jany Hansal, said that this year is more special and interesting because it's the year of Saint Blasius, the patron of Dubrovnik. The members of the Association created a special souvenir, Saint Blasius cookie which brings a sweet flavour of tradition.

- We put a lot of love and care into every meal – said Hansal and invited everybody to come to the Association during the festival and learn how to cook traditional food.

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Antonia Medo, from the City of Dubrovnik, presented now well know event – Dubrovnik Table.
- Dubrovnik Table is humanitarian gastronomic event – said Medo and added that all the funds will go to League against cancer Dubrovnik for the fiber scanner.

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Ayhan Basci, general manager of Hotel Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik, said it's their pleasure and honor to be the part of the Good Food Festival.

- Last year we made ''tea time'' and we wanted to do more this year- said Basci, announcing that the end of the festival will be Gala dinner in the Rixos Libertas, the dinner that everybody will remember, just like in old times at Libertas.

They will donate all the collected funds to the hospital for the fiber scanner.

- As usual, we will do everything for Dubrovnik – concluded Basci.

You can see the whole program of the Good Food Festival here.

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