The renowned British newspaper The Telegraph has published an article titled ''Europe's 17 Best Secret Islands'' and selected the 17 most beautiful and less known islands in Europe. The Croatian islands of Vis and Solta have also found their place of The Telegraph's list.
Check out what the popular newspaper wrote about Solta and Vis:
''Partly because of its ruggedness and partly because of its proximity to Split, which means tourists often overlook it in favour of better-known islands slightly further away, Solta (12 miles by two), in the central Dalmatian archipelago, remains blissfully unspoilt and is still home to a thriving fishing community plus working vineyards and olive groves''.
''An island fit for a Bond villain'', reckons Telegraph Travel's Adrian Bridge. ''I may have been driving a 50cc scooter rather than a gadget-enhanced Aston Martin but it was the theme tune to the 007 films that raced to mind as I rounded the corner of the spectacularly scenic road that winds its way through the northern extremity of the Croatian island of Vis. It was impossible not to feel that somewhere deep within that crevice the villainous Stavro Blofeld still had a lair and that at any moment I would hear the immortal words: ''I've been expecting you, Mr Bond''.
Here is The Telegraph's list of the 17 European best secret islands:
1. Isola de Maddalena, Italy
2. Pantelleria, Italy
3. Kastellorizo, Greece
4. Salina, Italy
5. Ile de Bendor, France
6. Meganisi, Greece
7. Cies Islands, Spain
8. Vis, Croatia
9. Ios, Greece
10. Cavallo, France
11. Kea, Greece
12. Koufonissia, Greece
13. Marstrand, Sweden
14. Ile de Porquerolles, France
15. Sylt, Germany
16. Monemvasia, Greece
17. Solta, Croatia
One of the most popular DJs in the world David Guetta enjoys the Adriatic sailing along the Croatian coast.
Three weeks ago, Guetta thrilled the audience with his performance on the Ultra Europe Festival held in Split; however, he still has not left the beautiful shores of Croatia.
On social media, Guetta has posted a photo of his luxury yacht with which he is sailing the Adriatic Sea.
This is not the first time that the world popular DJ spends his holiday in Croatia enjoying its natural beauties. Last year he visited the small island of Bisevo near Vis and was completely enchanted with it.
If you thought it was hot and humid in Dubrovnik it is about to get even warmer. Weather forecasters predict that a heat wave will roll over the region from tomorrow and last for around ten days.
Temperatures will be in the mid thirties for the rest of the week with Wednesday and Thursday expected to be the hottest. “Seasonably hot with a full day of sunshine; extreme heat may be dangerous for outdoor activities,” is how the forecasters see tomorrow with highs to hit 33 degrees and the real feel temperature around 38 degrees. And it won’t get much cooler in the evening night with night time temperatures expected to be 26 degrees.
The world famous actress Julia Roberts is currently staying in the capital of Serbia with her family, and according to Serbian media she will soon hit the shores of the Croatian coast as well.
A few days ago, Roberts arrived in Belgrade with her children to accompany her husband Daniel Moder, a film producer, who has been engaged on filming a new film ''Ibiza'' as a photography director.
Therefore, the filming is to start in Belgrade in a few days, whilst the whole film crew is to move to Split afterwards. ''Ibiza'' is a romantic comedy directed by Alex Richanbach, which will be filmed for Netflix. The Serbian capital is to ''play'' Barcelona, whilst the Dalmatian city of Split is play Ibiza in the new film.
In addition, Daniel Moder recently paid a visit to Zrce on the Croatian island of Pag. He was photographed in a local club Aquarius, with a camera in his hands. The manager of the club explained that Moder arrived on Pag to check out the club and its atmosphere for the scenes of ''Ibiza''.
The European Parliament has carried out seawater pollution testing on popular beaches across Europe.
A few days ago the EU Parliament posted a video on its Twitter profile advising people where to swim this summer. One of the hot spots for tourists is a beautiful beach Podrace on the Makarska Riviera in Croatia.
In order to ensure EU citizens a healthy and safe environment, the European Parliament conducts seawater testing on many beaches throughout Europe. Around 21,000 European bathing sites are tested regularly for pollution.
According to the EU Parliament, more and more sites pass tough EU bathing water rules every year. Almost 96 percent of them are fine for swimming, whilst 85 percent of them are rated excellent. The Croatian beach has found its place in the top three swimming locations and has taken the victory in the category of sea beaches.
James Bond will be filming in Dubrovnik. According to information in the British newspaper, The Mirror, the 25th and latest James Bond movie will be filmed in Dubrovnik. After the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood the latest Hollywood blockbuster to use Dubrovnik as a backdrop will be the British spy James Bond.
Sources suggest that the producers of the James Bond franchise were angry at the former mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, for revealing details that the next film would be recorded in Dubrovnik. The movie will be called “Shatterhand” and will see 007 fighting against a blind villain. The Mirror added that “Bond scriptwriters feel it could be the perfect follow-up to Spectre . They are hoping to film in Croatia next year.”
And Daniel Craig will once again play the British spy even though he had previously commented that he would rather “slash his our wrists than play the secret agent again.” However with Craig in the leading role James Bond has been very successful, Skyfall earned $1.1 billion and Spectre a healthy $800 million.
The latest film in this long-running franchise is based on the book Never Dream of Dying by Raymond Benson, who also wrote Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough. The 25th film in the James Bond franchise is set to be released on the 8th of November 2019.
Looking for a night out in Dubrovnik well here is our guide to the top five nightclubs in the city. Plan your evening out in Dubrovnik at some of the top venues and let the nightlife spice up your holiday. Turn up the temperature on those warm summer nights in the city with some dance floor hits and spectacular light shows.
Culture Club Revelin
Located in a medieval fortress with walls thick enough to soak up the booming bass, Culture Club Revelin is the premier nightspot in Dubrovnik. Open till the early morning hours and often featuring international DJs the CC also has a spectacular light show. The nightclub often has dance music festivals and has hosted some of the hottest DJ’s in the world. Bartenders swinging flaming drinks, attractive dancers and a light show that will leave you reaching for your mobile the Culture Club Revelin has it all and more. It really warms up at around midnight and by the early morning hours the dance floor is packed.
Ul. Svetog Dominika 3, Dubrovnik
The iconic Dubrovnik beach with a thumping night club, a great combination for those warm summer nights in Dubrovnik. Plenty of space to get your grove on at the Banje Beach. The Banje Beach is an iconic beach full of swimmers and sun lovers in the day and then at night transforms into a thumping nightclub and lounge. The Banje Beach club often hosts international DJ’s and as you are basically dancing close to the Adriatic Sea it has its own natural cool off zone. Funky interior and great choice of drinks.
Ul. Frana Supila 10A, Dubrovnik
Right by the Pile entrance into the Old City, you can’t miss the Sky Bar nightclub. One of the longest standing clubs in the city, although recently renovated, the Sky Bar is open till late and has some cracking cocktails. With its electronic music and fast flowing drinks (at reasonable prices) Sky Bar is a hit with party goers. It is also convenient to all of the buses and taxis if you don’t have the energy to walk home.
Brsalje ul. 8, Dubrovnik
Not so much a bar more a destination. Whilst Cele is a relaxed bar and bistro though the day at night it transforms into a hot spot. Located directly in the heart of the city Cele offers wicked cocktails, live music and a superb atmosphere. Always busy throughout the height of summer as it location is a magnet for party seekers before heading off to one of the Dubrovnik nightclubs. A great spot for a little pre-party warm up before hitting one of the clubs which are all within walking distance. A place to see and be seen.
Rock Cafe Exit
Here is one for the rockers. Rock Cafe Exit is located in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik and is a cult bar for locals looking to avoid techno and dance music. It offers a great choice of local beers and has an intimate and friendly feel. Not so much a nightclub more a place to warm up before hitting the clubs. It is a firm hit with the locals and offers a mix of rock and heavy metal and also regularly features live bands. The drink prices are reasonable, probably one of the best selections of bottled beers in the city.
Boškovićeva ulica 2, Dubrovnik
“I couldn’t really see what they were doing at first and then I realised to my horror that it was a sex orgy on a public beach,” explained a reader of The Dubrovnik Times. This afternoon a reader of the Times witnessed a four-way sex orgy on a public beach in Zupa called Beterina. The beach is an unofficial nudist beach but not a sex beach! When approached by the reader to stop the four foreign tourists replied “But this is a nudist beach,” in way of an excuse.
As this orgy, which involved three men and one woman, occurred in the middle of the day on a public beach it could easily have been witnessed by children. The four foreign nationals, all believed to be in their late fifties early sixties, seemed oblivious to the swimmers around them and started a four way orgy.
The eyewitness approached the naked quartet and asked them to stop. The four tried to argue their case be saying the beach was nudist, before stopping and moving onto to another beach. This small beach in Zupa, around 12 kilometres from Dubrovnik, is apparently well-known as a swinger’s beach and there is even a homemade sign advertising the fact that swingers are welcome.
Sex on a public beach in the republic of Croatia is punishable by law with fines ranging from 3,000 to 7,000 Kuna. If the police had caught these sex culprits they could have been multiplied these penalties by four.
Swinging on Dubrovnik beach - just follow the signs
Dubrovnik is well known for being one of the most romantic cities in the world. Hundreds of couples every year choose Dubrovnik as their magical place to say “I Do.”
And even though the summer temperatures can be, well roasting, this doesn’t stop couples from saying their vows in the Mediterranean sunshine. Just a couple of weeks ago Anna and Gordon Bird, from Edinburgh, decided to “brave” the summer heat and get married.
This was a wedding with a difference, at least for Dubrovnik, as the whole ceremony was a traditional Scottish affair. In spite of the sweltering heat full kilts were the order of the day.
But you can’t have a Scottish wedding without the melody of a bagpipe echoing in the background. The couple managed to find the only bagpipe player in Croatia, Zvjezdan Levinger, and he flew down from the capital Zagreb to make their big day even more memorable.
The unforgettable Scottish day in Dubrovnik ended with a piper’s toast to the bride and groom.
It is going to get hot again in Dubrovnik as a heat wave is expected to hit tomorrow. According to the State Meteorological Institute for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there is a moderate heat wave projected for the period from July 30 to August 1, 2017.
Temperatures are expected to rise tomorrow to 33 degrees and on Monday could even rise to 34 degrees. Experts are warning people to stay out of the midday sun and to drink plenty of fluids. Humidity levels are also expected to be high at the beginning of next week. The current sea temperature in Dubrovnik is 24 degrees.