Wednesday, 28 October 2020

About 156 kilograms of marijuana packages were found on Friday and Saturday in the areas of Orebic, Blato on Korcula and Mljet, it was confirmed to HINA on Sunday from the Dubrovnik-Neretva Police Administration.

Drug packets have been found after the alert of citizens, and the police assumes that the marijuana comes from the smuggling sea route from Albania or Montenegro to Italy, which has floated to the Croatian coast.

-Marijuana comes from Albania, and it is assumed that it has been transported by speedboats. Drug smugglers, indeed, use large waves and navigate to the south to avoid radars. Sometimes it happens that some of the cargo falls or it’s thrown into the sea - they explained from the Dubrovnik police.

Similar event happened back in March, when the packages could be found in the Old City Port.

And the title of the worst restaurant in Dubrovnik in 2018, according to the reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor goes to Korta Bistro And Wine Bar.

With a little under two months until the rest of the year it seems unlikely that another Dubrovnik restaurant will take the title of the worst restaurant in Dubrovnik. We hasten to add that these reviews are independent and based on travellers and clients experiences.

In fact, according to TripAdvisor Korta Bistro And Wine Bar ranks in 350th position out of 360 restaurants. So not last you might think. You’d be wrong. The bottom ten places are for restaurants and cafes that don’t exist, have closed or have no reviews at all. Korta Bistro and Wine Bar on the other hand has plenty of reviews, to be precise 428 reviews.

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And the ratings must be some kind of record, but not necessarily a record you would want. Out of a total of 289 reviews a staggering 258 ranked the restaurant with one star.

With a massive 428 reviews this Old City restaurant has double the number of reviews than three restaurants ranked in the top ten best restaurants in Dubrovnik on TripAdvisor. And the reviews tell the whole, uncensored story.

Here a few to give you a taste (bad taste)

The fish was simply not good! There was an insect in our daughter's salad, alive. We ordered 2 fish, one meat, a big and a small bottle of water and one fresh orange juice and we paid 80 Euro. We sent half the food back and said why. The waitress had asked and showed no reaction. As part of the menu we got a cheap disgusting cake from the supermarket. We are shocked and very disappointed. The government should control this government because they harm the city. - Dream37663959656

This must be one of the worst restaurants I have ever visited - no wonder they have to lure you in with the offer of a free drink (watery schnapps) and dessert (miniscule). Lesson learned - avoid any restaurant who hands out freebie flyers - no other restaurant in Dubrovnik does this because they DON'T NEED TO! This was our first evening in Dubrovnik and we fell for it - we were packed in like sardines in a restaurant with mediocre décor and awful food - my plate arrived with boiled rice mixed with tomato puree and some pickled sea food mixed in - the menu calls it "Seafood risotto" I don't think so. My husband ordered steak salad which consisted of strips of rubber on a few lettuce leaves - no dressing or sauce, no tomatoes or cucumber, again awful. This restaurant has no name over the door but it is just off the main Stradun in Izemedu Polaca 11 and I have uploaded a photograph of the entrance - avoid, avoid, avoid - there are so many beautiful eateries to choose from - steer clear of this one - what a waste of time and money. - BexSolihull_UK

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THIS IS A MASSIVE CON, DO NOT ENTERTAIN THEM WITH YOUR PRESENCE. Please check out the photos other viewers have added and if you are given the flier, JUST RIP IT UP IN FRONT OF THEM. You are charged 20 Kuna (per person) service charge, as soon as you sit down (this is shown on your bill, so you don’t know it till the payment stage) the food is terrible & I love my food, it doesn’t matter what you have off the menu, it is all rubbish. The couple next to us had different dishes and said the same thing. The beer is 70 Kuna for a 0.5l BOTTLE, which in English pounds is over £8(I’ve added my bill for you to see) the free drink they offer you is a, watered down liquor in a shot glass and the desert we had was a dried up chocolate Swiss roll (which other reviewers have added on their reviews) The staff person giving out the fliers will be standing opposite the GANT shop & will be by the side alley going up to the cafe, if it is a bald headed man, he is the owner. PLEASE DO NOT GO ANYWHERE NEAR THIS PLACE, YOU WILL ONY WASTE YOUR MONEY AND BE VERY DISAPPOINTED. It is such a shame, as this cafe should not be gracing the Old Town. - The-Bikers

It probably wouldn’t be so funny, or sad, if the company’s slogan wasn’t – Package Holidays You Can Trust. Jet2holidays quite clearly need a Croatian geography lesson as this huge poster advertising holidays in Pula actually shows a photo of Rovinj! Maybe they just didn’t finish their slogan – Package Holidays You Can Trust to Surprise You! 

But maybe nobody will notice the mistake, whoops, this massive poster was stuck on the wall of one of the busiest Tube stations in London.

But maybe the Croatians won’t notice our mistake, whoops. two of the sponsors on the banner are the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Tourist Board of Istria.

But maybe nobody in town is interested in tourism, whoops, this poster was installed on the eve of one of the biggest tourism exhibitions on the planet – World Travel Market London which runs from the 5th to the 7th of November.

But maybe this is Jet2holidays first time in Croatia and they aren’t sure of the lay of the land, whoops, in 2019, according to the latest data from the airline, Jet2.com will operate flights from nine different destinations to Dubrovnik and six to Split in 2019. And with the new flights from Birmingham to Pula this will take the number of flight destinations into this Istrian destination to five.

At least Pula and Rovinj are in the same county even though they are almost 40 kilometres apart. Quite clearly the marketing department at Jet2holidays needs at Atlas, or Google, or Wikipedia, or a map.

We have come up with our own Jet2holidays marketing proposals

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The Dubrovnik MEP and former mayor, Dubravka Šuica, participated last night at the humanitarian fashion show "Created with Hearts", where the new official uniforms of the Croatian National Tourist Board were presented at the Mimara Museum.

The main motive of Šuičin's outfit was the iconic Dubrovnik landmark the church of St. Blaise. The collection was created by the popular fashion duo ELFS, and Šuica walked down the catwalk as one of the guest models, women from different areas of public life. All Elf models carry the stylized motifs of Croatian tourist destinations.

The revenue from the fashion show will be paid to associations "Dar" from Osijek for children with autism and the Croatian Association for Early Childhood Intervention - HURID from Zagreb.

The Greek national airline, Aegean Airlines, will connect Croatia with Germany during the winter season. The airline has announced that they will operate scheduled charter flights between Leipzig and Split from November to December.

Once a week these two destinations will be connected on behalf of the travel operator Reiseservice Deutschland and the flights to Split will start on the 3rd of November and last until the 15th of December. Aegean Airlines will also connect Leipzig and Dubrovnik from the 12th of February 2019 to the 26th of March with an Airbus A320.

Not only are the prices in the Croatian real estate market rising but also the monthly rent of an apartment is on the way up. The specialised website Crozilla.com has released data showing that rental prices in the capital Zagreb meaning that an apartment that cost 350 Euros last year is now on the market for 400 Euros.

Not only is the price rising but also the demand, in fact in September alone demand for apartments ranging from 20 to 40 metres squared was up 14 percent on last year.

For apartments of between 40 and 60 square meters, the advertised values, compared to the previous year, increased by 19.4 percent on average in Zagreb. In fact, these smaller, so called commercial apartments, saw the largest price increase but also larger apartments rose. The average price of a 100 metre squared apartment rose by 8 percent.

And whilst the rental scene in Dubrovnik and Zagreb is fundamentally different the rental prices in Dubrovnik have also risen. However, the main problem for tenants in Dubrovnik is actually finding a landlord that will rent on an annual basis. The vast majority of apartments in Dubrovnik are rented through the summer season to tourists and then a portion of these are then rented to students through the winter period.

2018 will be a year to forget for Croatia’s national airline, Croatia Airlines. Disputes with the staff, two planned strikes that were called off at the last minute and a failure to find a strategic partner and now comes news that the national airline has made a loss in the first three quarters of this year.

In the first three quarters of this year Croatia Airlines posted a net loss of 34.4 million Kuna (€4.6 million). Even though the airline made a profit in the second quarter of 4.9 million Kuna, and in the third quarter of 45.2 million Kuna, it wasn’t enough to cover the heavy losses incurred in the first quarter of 84.5 million Kuna.

The two announced strikes evidently led to a drop in earnings as passengers moved their flights to other airlines and this combined with an increase in fuel prices have meant that 2018 is on course to be a negative year for the flag ship airline.

In order to encourage tourist visits during the winter, for the fourth year in a row the Dubrovnik Tourist Board is organising ˝Winter Saturday Mornings in the City˝ for tourists who are staying in Dubrovnik.

Every Saturday, beginning today until 30 March 2019, a free tour of the Old City with an English speaking guide will be organised for the guests of the city beginning at 10 am in front of the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) Pile, located at Brsalje 5.

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The offer is meant for individual visitors and does not apply to groups. Following the tour of the city with a professional guide, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board is also sponsoring a free performance for all visitors by the folklore ensemble FA Linđo beginning at 11:30 am in front of the Church of St. Blaise (in case of rain the performance will not be held). This free program will be a great addition to the various entertainment programs offered during the winter months.

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Croatian football fans might not have far to travel to see their national team in action in the 2030 World Cup. A joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup has been put forward by Serbia, Romania, Greece and Bulgaria.

The Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic, told the media on Friday that these four countries had come together to propose to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

Speaking to the media after a quadrilateral meeting in the Bulgarian city of Varna on Friday, Vucic said that the idea came from Greek Prime Mister Alexis Tsipras, and was agreed with the Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Romania, Boyko Borisov and Viorica Dancila. The four countries also plan to bid for the 2028 European Championship, Vucic added.

Officially filed bids to host the 2030 World Cup so far include a joint Uruguay-Argentina-Paraguay bid, and another one by Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Croatia had their best ever World Cup showing this year in Russia where they reached the finals in Moscow and finished second to the winners France.

The swimming season in the wider Dubrovnik region is still open as these happy swimmers in Cavtat proved this morning as this photo sent by a reader of the Dubrovnik Times shows.

The predicted warmer weather for the south of Croatia this weekend didn’t really come true but with air temperatures around 25 degrees and sea temperatures measured at 20.5 this morning it was a good opportunity to hit the beaches.

Even though we have moved into the first weekend of November and there are only 52 days left until Christmas the Adriatic is still warm enough to enjoy. It looks like this year Dubrovnik will move straight from summer to winter and bypass autumn.

The Voice of Dubrovnik

THE VOICE OF DUBROVNIK


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