In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were seven traffic accidents, of which there were four with injured persons in which two persons was seriously injured and four had light injuries while three traffic accidents had material damage.
By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 438 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 97 measures taken due to speeding, 38 measures due to improper stop and parking, 130 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 12 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Dubrovnik is well-known for its high property prices. In January, it was noted that Dubrovnik was a leader when it comes property prices in 2017 in Croatia. It seems that Dubrovnik is aiming to be on top in 2018 too.
According to SEEbiz, average demand for flat in Dubrovnik in February averaged 3714 euros per square meter, which is 1.3 percent higher than the previous month, and 9.5 percent higher than last year.
Apart from the real estate prices, Dubrovnik is also interesting because of the fact that, unlike most other cities, the prices of flats are lower than house prices, and in February the difference was as high as 449 euros per square meter.
Data from Crozilla.com, specialised Croatian property website, shows that the square meter of house, in February, had an average price of 4163 euros, which is 0.5 percent less than a month before, but compared to the same month last year, 8.6 percent higher, as well as 10.6 percent higher compared to February 2016.
Dubrovnik-Neretva County dominates when it comes to the land prices too. The highest prices demanded for construction land on Crozilla.com during February were advertised in our county: 177 euros per square meter, which is 18.8 percent higher than last year.
Crozilla.com showed that during the month of February in Dubrovnik people mostly browsed for apartments for sale, followed by rental apartments and then houses for sale.
Finding a suitable rental apartment in this area is sometimes a mission impossible, but foreign visitors to Crozilla.com were optimistic and during February, along with those in Zagreb, they mostly searched for the rental apartments in Dubrovnik.
Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship is coming to Dubrovnik for the 15th time. It will be held in the hotel Tirena on Babin kuk from 22nd to 25th of March, or more precisely from Thrusday to Sunday.
All these years Mediterranean Fair is gathering exhibitors, experts, sponsors and enthusiasts to make joint efforts in order to present much of the ecological and traditional products which Croatia is full of.
This specialized manifestation has become one of the most important fairs in the Republic of Croatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the area of ecological and traditional agriculture as well as other green business.
-This year fair is aimed at the expansion with new products, (hybrid, electric vehicles, eco-furniture and clothing made of natural materials), the manifestation of the Days of Honey in Dubrovnik-neretva County, raising the quality of exhibitors performance, as well as raising the quality of environmental and traditionally grown products. Of course, this year we shall continue with the promotion of the marks "Originally Croatian" and "Croatian quality" aiming to present high-quality local products and we are preparing a series of educational roundtables, lectures, presentations, attractive cultural, entertaining and culinary attractions - it's stated on the Mediterranean Fair official website.
For many years, in this spring, the shores of the National Park Mljet get full of enormous amounts of marine waste. Unfortunately, that happened last weekend – Dubrovacki vjesnik reports. Located on the southern coast of Mljet, bays Gonoturska and Blace are again buried the garbage.
During the winter period when the southern winds dominate this area, backed by sea currents stretching along our coast, enormous amounts of communal, but also medical waste, become a huge problem that employees have been struggling with for years in the Mljet National Park.
-Since we have been facing the same problems for several years, we can safely say that most of the waste comes from neighboring countries of Albania and Montenegro, because of southern winds and sea currents, which is clearly visible on the waste labels we collect on the spot – they commented for Dubrovacki vjesnik.
In recent years, the National Park Mljet, along with the great efforts of its own staff that keeps everything clean, has created great voluntary cleaning programs. However, they feel like they are fighting the same battle a year after year.
-We send this appeal to public to responsible behavior with waste and we ask all those at higher levels to try to raise the problem at international level because the seriousness of this problem, which occurs year after year in ever-greater and larger proportions certainly deserves it – they concluded.
From summery T-shirts and shorts to full length fur coats and boots, the historic Old City of Dubrovnik yesterday was a combination of all these in one.
The first cruise ship of the year arrived in Dubrovnik, Viking Star, and the city had a summer feel as locals and tourists strolled up and down the main street.
The rest of Europe is either under a blanket of snow or is struggling to cope with flood waters, but Dubrovnik lapped up the UV rays on Sunday.
Check out the Sunday photo gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic.
The Dubrovnik Times has teamed up with the specialised Dubrovnik real estate agency Krešić Properties to bring you a selection of interesting properties in and the around the Dubrovnik region. Over the next few months we will feature a property every two-weeks, from stone cottages, seaside villas, apartments and luxury retreats. Whether you are after that Adriatic home of your dreams or looking to move into renting property this is the feature for you.
Looking for a room with a view, well this glorious apartment has panoramic views over the Adriatic Sea and the picturesque soaring countryside. This spacious two-bedroom apartment is located in the charming bay of Zaton, around a fifteen-minute drive from the heart of the city of Dubrovnik, and with its south facing orientation is a true Mediterranean suntrap.
The apartment is fully furnished in a modern and elegant style and includes a sun terrace and a balcony to make the most of the al fresco Dubrovnik way of life. It is perfectly located, away from the crowds of the city, and offers all the tranquil features of a perfect Adriatic base. With two bedrooms, one bathroom, air-conditioning, heating, well-equipped kitchen and roomy living area the apartment is spread out over 81 metres squared.
The expansive living space opens out onto the stone terrace with large double glass doors and gives a real summer flow to the property. The two bedrooms are delightfully designed and attractively furnished with large wardrobes and plenty of cupboard space.
Zaton, which is situated only 8 kilometres from Dubrovnik, is a peaceful seaside town with café bars, restaurants and beaches. The bay is well protected from the Adriatic and is therefore a magnet for luxury yachts through the warmer summer months.
This stunning property is not only a great family home it is also a good choice if you are looking to get into Dubrovnik rental business. And as it is already completely furnished the hard work has been done for you, just add your own details and paintings and get on with enjoying our Mediterranean place in the sun.
The series continues in two weeks’ time with another stunning Dubrovnik property.
Interested in more info on this property contact Krešić Properties
Location – Zaton
Price - € 215,000.00
Living area - 81 m2
Number of bedrooms - 2
Tourism is far from sun, sand and the sea and Croatia quite clearly has much more to offer than just a sunny spot to roll out your towel, but this new tour by an American agency is about as far from a classic vacation as you can get.
“Scores of these wonderfully bizarre monuments lay scattered across the hills and mountains of the region, vast Modernist effigies raised to commemorate the deeds of anti-fascist partisans and revolutionaries,” writes the agency Atlas Obsura on their tour entitled “Past Future Monuments of the Balkans.”
In 1984 Sarajevo was the home of the Winter Olympics
For a mere $3,650 guests can get up close and personal with the concrete history of Yugoslavia, from the Sniper Monument in Serbia to the abandoned Olympic Centre in Sarajevo and Tito’s Mausoleum. “Once upon a time, these striking sites were busy with tour buses and school children, but ever since the collapse of Yugoslavia, the visitors have dwindled,” adds Atlas Obsura.
Monument to the Revolution of the People of Moslavina
The agency specialises in working with small groups of up to twelve travellers, and in the niche travel market they have found a unique approach to discovering the regions not so distant past. Monuments to Tito, war memorials and underground tunnels are all included in this 13-day tour and guests will visit Zagreb, Belgrade and Sarajevo.
After just a year of opening Zagreb Airport has collected an award as the most improved airport in Europe. At the Airport Service Quality Awards held by the Airports Council International Frano Tuđman Airport was named as Europe’s most improved airport for 2017.
This award is particularly important as it involves surveys from passengers though the airport and the new multi-million Euro airport in the Croatian capital obviously impressed passengers. On a worldwide level a total of 343 airports were included in the survey and the only other time that an airport in the region has won such recognitions was when Skopje in Macedonia was awarded for the best airport with under 2 million passengers.
The most improved airport in Latin America was Belo Horizonte, in North America it went to Cleveland and in Africa to Nairobi, whilst Ahmedabad won in Asia and Dubai in the Middle East.
With the arrival this morning of the cruise ship Viking Star the cruise ship season in Dubrovnik is now up and running. With just over 900 passengers on-board the Viking Star was launched in 2015.
And just as the ship arrived the overcast skies lifted and spring sunshine poured down on the city making sure that these first cruise ship passengers of the year had a day in Dubrovnik to remember.
The Port of Dubrovnik opens this season cruise seasons on the 17th of March with the arrival of a Viking Star with a total of 900 passengers. By the end of the year in Dubrovnik 489 cruise ships are expected with about 770,000 passengers.
With the summer just around the corner and a bigger influx of foreign tourists expected in Dubrovnik than ever before private renters throughout the region are busily preparing for a hectic season. There are around 14,500 private beds in Dubrovnik, which when you compare that to a population of only around 40,000 shows just how many people use Airbnb, booking.com and Expedia to fill their household coffers.
So with so much competition how can you stand out from the crowd and make your Airbnb listing the most attractive.
Ten top tips to make your Airbnb listing number one
1 – Be a Superhost - although this list is in no particular order becoming a Superhost would probably be in number one position anyway. Superhost status means that when potential guests filter down their choice of holiday accommodation they quite regularly only choose Superhosts. The become a Superhost you need to do some basic things correctly – respond to guests quickly, get good grades on price, location and cleanliness and host a certain number of guests.
2 – Use Airbnb verified photos – you can spend time and money getting the perfect collection of photos from your sun washed apartment but there is a cheaper, and much more effective, way of highlighting your letting. Airbnb has its own photo service and its free! Simply apply online for a free photo session. And the added bonus is that you’ll have Airbnb verified photos which will raise your ranking.
3 – It’s all in the details – avoid any religious icons or pictures on the walls, you don’t want to upset your guests. Be artful yet discrete with your wall furnishings, don’t hang tacky “stock” photos but get creative. Guests are more likely to want relaxing and simple decorations than heavy “over the top” paintings.
4 – Be honest – Airbnb is set up very much as a social media style booking agency, if you lie you’ll get found out very quickly. Bad news spreads faster than good news. If you are miles from the beach then don’t say “front line to the sea.” Be as honest as possible even if you think it will put off some guests. Basically highlight the good points but don’t avoid the traps.
5 – Get catchy with your title – with such a huge offer of accommodation units in Dubrovnik you are going to have to stand out from the crowd. All things equal, an Airbnb listing with the better, more attention grabbing title will a higher click through rate from the search results. Don’t be boring with something like, “Studio Apartment Dubrovnik.”
6 – Reviews are the key – without any reviews, if you have just started your Airbnb journey, it is hard to get noticed. However, once you start hosting and getting those guests through your doors hopefully the positive reviews will flood in. Begging for a review is never a good idea, you’ll just appear desperate and needy, so it’s all about offering a top service and keeping your fingers crossed. A little tip is too leave a review for each guest immediately after they have checked out. They will then get an alert that you have left them a review and are more likely to write one back. You’ll also need reviews to get that Superhost status.
7 – Be price sensitive – be realistic with your pricing. Do research by looking at properties in your area and what they have to offer and fix your prices around those. Airbnb has its own pricing system, smart pricing, which will take all the parameters into account and suggest a price that is right for you. However, this price is often lower than it needs to be so although it pays to check out their recommendation it is also a good idea to do your own research. And a tip is to keep prices lower at the beginning until the reviews come in and then adjust according. Of course your prices need to reflect the time of year.
8 – Don’t be lazy with your description – the description is the key, don’t be lazy and write three sentence and on the other hand don’t write a novel. Accuracy is extremely important. The best method for writing a good description is to put yourself in the place of potential guests, what information would be important to you if you were travelling.
9 – Answer those questions – you have to be responsive with all inquiries not matter how weird and wonderful the questions might be. And Airbnb will even rank you in accordance to your response rate, so don’t put it off till tomorrow. Don’t forget that Airbnb makes money when you make money so they want you to be quick with your replies and they want you to reply to all of your booking inquiries as fast as possible.
10 – Check out your calendar – Airbnb will see how active you are on your own site, so be active! Make sure that your calendar is up-to-date and of course accurate. By just opening your Airbnb site every day you will slightly improve your overall rankings, for if you can’t be bothered to check your own site how can you expect guests to take a look. Click your app or site every day and watch your ranking improve. A busy host is a good sign for Airbnb.