Sunday, 17 November 2019

According to the cruise schedule published on the official page of Port of Gruz, busy days in Dubrovnik are expected.

After busy Thursday, weekend will stay as busy, according to the schedule on which all days to Sunday are marked with yellow colour. That means that those days have 3500 to 7500 announced visitors.

Today we have two cruise ships docked in the Port of Gruz – Costa Crociere and MSC. On Saturday Dubrovnik welcomes two cruisers and on Sunday – three.

That means that we can expect traffic jams, as well as crowds in the Old City. If you are planning to visit Dubrovnik this weekend – be prepared and stay patient.

And if you want to avoid the crowds Tuesday, September 26th, is the best day to do it since there are no announced cruise ships then.

The sea quality in Mlini, located in Zupa Dubrovacka Muncipality, is again up to standard after a short-term pollution of the sea with faecal waters.

According to the announcement of the Public Health Institute of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, from September 15th this year, during the ninth quality survey it was established that the results of sea analysis on the Mlini beach exceed the limit values for the microbiological parameter of Escherichia coli.

The newest results show that the sea is clean and good for swimming (if it’s not too cold for you). Sea analysis will be repeated in a week, just to check that the quality it’s still up to standard.

Happiness on Two Wheels

Sep 21, 2017

When I was in elementary school, we've had a chance of taking some sort of preliminary driver's exam to qualify us to obtain a driving license for motorcycles of up to 50ccm, probably when we would reach the age of 15 (I don't remember the details). After some persuading (or incessant begging), my mother allowed me to enrol in the program. She probably thought this is a phase I will get over soon as I was always notorious for starting and never finishing things.

However, my zeal for motorcycles didn't let up and it seemed like I was well under way of acing the preliminary tests. When she realised driving was much better of a motivator for me than knowledge in math or physics my mother had to change her initial approval and she simply told me regardless of the license I will never own a motorcycle while living with my parents.

So, years went on and I got my proper driver's license at the age of 18 and spent a few years happily driving family car and enjoying every second of it. Later on I got a car of my own and while the thought of a motorcycle never left me. I was in a way glad I am not riding on two wheels as I was prone to fast driving and had a few accidents by the time I was done with serious injuries though. Just when it started to look like I am destined to remain safely grounded with four wheeled vehicles for the rest of my life, I started working in Dubrovnik's tourism sector and you can't properly do any job in Dubrovnik that takes you out of the office during a summer season without at least a scooter. This city's traffic in the last 10-12 years is so dense during hot summer months it gets impossible to get anywhere in time without planning in advance and giving yourself more time for commuting than good people of New York or Beijing do.

Scooters are the most popular go-to solution for many of us. At the age of 25 I was getting ready to buy one myself, but my regular B category license would allow me only 50cc machines or weaker. For someone standing around 6'6'' with a pretty constant few pounds extra around the waste, these small machines didn't offer much in the way of power or excitement. This lead me to enrol in driving school once more to obtain my motorcycle permit.

I got my first 250cc maxi scooter, enjoyed it thoroughly for 5 years and realised along the way, the old desire was back.

After a while, it became apparent, I will not rest until trying out something more serious. I ended up on a 650cc machine which I still own and might be replacing for something similar or even more powerful these days. My motorcycle is not a racer by any means, more like a commuter and a weekend traveller, but it is perfectly capable of getting my blood pumping on the open road.

dubrovnik scooter

The point is, I never got over the idea of riding. It's one of those things in life you are either crazy about or have no interest in at all. As a child the idea of it seemed too bold to be doable, but it was so attractive I had to try. There is a sense of freedom tied to it that is hard to put into words. I love driving cars and am addicted to being on the move. There is something about motorcycles though... some strange attraction that is unique to these machines.

It's all about the movement. About becoming one with a machine. While in cars you have your cockpit, interior, commands, music; on a motorcycle, you have the engine, the handlebars, the seat, wheels and brakes. It's a much more stripped down machine. You have to use your whole body to make it move and turn. You can see the surface of the road under your feet, flying by. You can feel the wind. Physical forces you are playing with are pushing you outwards and pulling you in as you carve the corners and accelerate away.

It's a profound experience that can be meditative, exciting, relaxing, or scary, sometimes all of the above in the span of ten minutes. Yes, it can be dangerous and crashes are a horrible experience, but I love it too much to let that bug me. It is one of the little joys that make life worth living and I'm glad I discovered it.


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.

Due to alarming statistics on the massive migratory wave of Croats to other EU countries, Croatia has also been recording a huge lack of construction workers bringing into question new investments. Such alarming situation might lead to possible investment collapse.

Croatia is chronically lacking around 4,000 to 5,000 construction workers of all profiles, developers, real estate experts and construction workers have been warning for some time now. They also added that a whole array of good construction workers are going abroad in search of a better job and that domestic construction companies could hardly bid for construction projects in Croatia any more.

''Over the past two years, at least 20 percent of high quality construction workers left the country'', says Domagoj Ferdebar, the secretary general of the Croatian Construction Trade Union. For example, in Germany which has so many investments and simply 'gulps' every good construction worker, a low-qualified worker is paid 11,30 Euros per hour (85 Kunas), which is four and a half times more than the minimum wage for apprentice in Croatia who is paid slightly less than 19 Kunas for the same job.

Masons, carpenters, mechanics and other skilled workers for one hour of their work in Germany earn 110 Kunas, whilst the same job in Croatia is paid 20 to 25 Kunas per hour.

''Due to this difficult situation, Croatian construction companies cannot bid on tenders as project holders, only as co-operatives'', confirmed Denis Cupic, the president of HUP's Association of Project Developers in Real Estate Development and the CEO of the F.O. Development company from Varazdin. Cupic also added that there are many medium-sized project ''on hold'' worth 1,5 to 6 million Euros for which funding is secured and necessary permits obtained, however, it is impossible to find a construction company that has secure workers and guarantees that it will meet the deadlines and perform the quality job.

Cupic also emphasized that the lack of construction workers will affect major investment projects in the tourism industry next year unless the government allows new additional import of construction workers from countries in the region.

''The lack of labour force in Croatia has become one of the burning problems. There are more and more examples where companies turn down jobs due to the lack of workers. It is now possible that we will also loose workers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia and other Balkan countries because in the meantime they all went to Western Europe. Therefore, already contracted projects are brought into question'', warns the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK).

Japanese pianist Yoko Nishii will have a concert on Friday, September 22nd, at 7:30 pm in the City Library. The concert will include the compositions of Kozaburo Hiraia, Kosaku Yamada, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schuman, Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt as well as compositions by local composers Dora Pejacevic and Bozidar Kunc.

Yoko Nishii was born in Ise, Japan, and has been attending private piano lessons since she was four. She graduated French language and literature at the private Keio University in Tokyo in 1998. She graduated from the Academy of Music "Ino Mirkovic" in Lovran this year. From 2005 to 2007 she was a graduate student at the Academy of Music in Zagreb and is currently teaching at the Academy of Arts in Aichi, Japan.

Nishii has held numerous solo recitals and is the winner of numerous awards in Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Japan. She has worked extensively on the research and promotion of composers and music from Croatia and from the territory of the former Yugoslavia. In February 2015, she released a CD with a complete piano opus by Dora Pejacevic on her 130th birthday.

The concert is organized by the Dubrovnik Libraries and the entrance is free.

It would appear that the so called “bikini ban” in Dubrovnik or even the latest project from the City of Dubrovnik “Respect the City” isn’t really working. This latest nude Dubrovnik photo appeared on the social media account of an Australian tourist as he imitated the Walk of Shame scene from the Game of Thrones serial.

“Shame! Shame! Shame! I don’t understand why nudity is so shameful?” commented this nudist from Melbourne. And this wasn’t the only naked photo in Croatia on his profile as is clear from his profile description “Looking for places to explore naked.”

The City of Dubrovnik introduced a dress code regulation last year in which visitors to the historic Old City were banned from wearing bikinis, this is clear evidence that work on enforcing this law still needs improving.

One of the most successful women surfers of all time has been enjoying a break in Dubrovnik. Sally Fitzgibbons (26) from New South Wales, Australia, uploaded a Dubrovnik vacation photo onto her Instagram account with the comment “Old Town in Lights,” and within minutes had 5,000 likes, hardly surprising as over half a million people follow her.

Sally Fitzgibbons is a professional surfer and has been on the Women's World Tour since 2009. She started her career at the tender age of 14 and since those early days has picked up numerous awards and medals.

Interestingly Sally Fitzgibbons has a tentative link to Croatia. Her third cousin is the former Manchester United and Australia goalkeeper Mark Bosnich who has Croatian family roots.

Sally Fitzgibbons surfing

According to summer survey statistics, in only three summer months this year, one of the world's largest online hospitality platforms Airbnb realized 45 million tourist arrivals around the globe, including the busiest day on the 12th of August with 2.6 million people in accommodation facilities.

Due to the doubled number of reservations in comparison to 2016, as well as to an increase in the number of accommodation facilities that doubled last year to 80 million apartments, the company expects a strong growth this year.

Airbnb also recorded great results in Croatia in 2016; they started the season with slightly less than 103,000 accommodation facilities on their platform in comparison to only 36,000 in May 2015.

airbnb dubrovnik

This year Airbnb's capacity in Croatia has increased by 59 percent compared to 2016, whilst the largest number of apartments are rented in Split, followed by Zadar, Pula, Korcula and Dubrovnik.

As far as the Croatian capital of Zagreb is concerned, the city has more than 3,300 active accommodation facilities, almost one-third more than last year. It is interesting to note than in a year, the number of overnight stays via Airbnb in Zagreb increased by 68 percent.

Croatia is expecting the latest data from Airbnb for this summer season, however, thanks to seasonality, this will surely prove the busiest period of the year. Airbnb's temporary statistics show that on the average guests are exceptionally satisfied with the offer in Croatia rating it with 4.9 out of 5 points. In addition, apartments rated with five points account for 13 percent, whilst 2,800 renters earned the ''superhost'' status.

On Friday the 29th of September this year’s Autumn Music Variety begins. This is an event from the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra which brings a somewhat unusual and varied program to the city.

Gypsy jazz band Gadjo Manouche


The first concert is dedicated to gypsy jazz music. The orchestra will perform with the famous Gypsy jazz band Gadjo Manouche, and all under the watchful eye of the conductor Krešimir Batinić. This Autumn Music Variety event will be held until the 13th of October and will bring to the city a diverse program of classical and popular music!

All concerts will be held in the atrium of the Rector’s Palace starting at 9 pm.

All information on concerts and tickets is available on the phone number + 385 20 417 110, on the orchestra website and on social media networks. Reservations can also be made by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and ticket prices range from 100 to 300 Kuna.

Full Program of Autumn Music Variety 2017 

Autumn Music Variety
29 September – 7 October, 2017 / Rector's Palace

29.09. Friday
In the Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Gypsy jazz
Gadjo Manouche
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra

02.10. Monday
Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Modern and traditional music
Yosuke Irie, shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute)
Concert organized in cooperation with Japanese Embassy
Free admission

03.10. Tuesday
Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Tomislav Fačini, conductor
Beatrice Berrut, piano (Switzerland)
F. Listz, L. van Beethoven

05.10. Thursday
Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Chamber Music
Humanitarian concert for Caritas of Dubrovnik Diocese
DSO String Quartet
Naira Asatrian, piano

06.10. Friday
Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Tomislav Fačini, conductor
Ivana Jelača, piano
Stefani Grbić, piano
Ivan Medi, trumpet
W.A. Mozart Serenade for winds
W.A. Mozart Piano concerto No. 24 in C minor HW 491
D. Shostakovich Concert for piano, trumpet and strings in C Minor, Op. 35

10.10. Tuesday
Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Film & Baroque Music
DSO String Chamber Ensemble

13.10. Friday
Rector`s Palace at 9 pm
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
Dmitry Sinkovsky, violin and artistic leadership
F. Geminiani Concerto Grosso in D Minor, 'La Folia'
J.S. Bach Brandenburg concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
A. Vivaldi Sinfonia in B Minor 'Al Santo Sepolcro', RV 169
A. Vivaldi Violin Concerto 'Per la solennita di San Lorenzo'

''The Croatian food industry and tourism have today found their place on one of the fastest growing world markets worth $2,000 billion a year. Moreover, we have positioned ourselves as leaders in the region and in Europe'', commented Luka Burilovic, the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) on the occasion of signing an agreement between the Islamic Community in Croatia and HGK on the 19th of September 2017.

A meeting of Croatian entrepreneurs with a distributor in the food industry MHP Food Trading from Dubai was also organized, as part of the presentation ceremony of the jubilee 100th halal certificate to the Croatian company Ljekovite gljive d.d.

On this occasion, the president of the Islamic Community in Croatia Dr Aziz effendi Hasanovic expressed his satisfaction with the cooperation with the HGK so far and his wish to continue promotion of halal values.

''The Croatian Chamber of Commerce has recognized us as a serious partner with whom we can raise the competitiveness and producers' quality to a higher level thus help all of those who want to open their market business operations to countries in the region and to more distant markets. By signing this agreement with the HGK, we will surely bring our cooperation to a higher level committing ourselves to promoting halal values as a healthy lifestyle'', commented Hasanovic.

The director of the Halal Quality Certification Centre Aldin Dugonjic confirmed the successful business operations of Halal certified companies by saying, ''We conducted a survey among producers and service providers with the Halal certificate. Our results show that 67 percent of Halal certified companies increased their profits, whilst 88 percent of hoteliers with Halal certificate recorded an increase in the number of overnight stays''.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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