Sunday, 08 December 2019

Dubrovnik Aquathlon was held yesterday for the second time and it was a great fun. Competition started at Beach Banje and competitors had a great challenge in front of them –swimming, followed by five kilometres of running.

As said, it all started at Banje, with a turn around in front of Hotel Excelsior, followed by Australian swing on the beach, and then a new round of 500 meters of swimming.
After the swim, the competitors ran along the stairs, took the racing equipment at Lazareti and headed for St. Jacob and back. The race ended on Ploce, behind the City, in front of the Gymnasium.

With competitors from Croatia, professionals and recreationalists from several other countries have competed.

Luka Dumancic and Zara Bakovic are the winners of the second Dubrovnik Aquatlhlon. Dumancic finished the race in 33 minutes, 42 seconds, while Bakovic needed 43 minutes and 20 seconds.




    Photos: Tonci Vlasic

October has begun and the beach in the Bay of Lapad yesterday saw swimmers and sunbathers enjoying the mild weather.

Temperatures on the first day of October reached 25 degrees and after a long hot summer the Adriatic Sea is still a warm 22 degrees. Yes, it might be a little chilly when you first step in but many swimmers proved yesterday that is glorious when you are in.

Check out our photo gallery from yesterday

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All the stars of the latest blockbuster to be filmed in Croatia, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again are slowly arriving and today it was the turn of British heartthrob Colin Firth.

The star of Kingsman, The King’s Speech and Bridget Jones tried his best to avoid all media attention as he landed at Spilt Airport, in stark contrast to Pierce Brosnan who jetted in a few days ago and was happy to joke and wave to the waiting media.

The second ABBA musical Mamma Mia is being filmed on the island of Vis and Firth (57) was whisked away from the airport to catch a speedboat to the Adriatic island. Vis acts as a Greek island in the movie after the production company decided to pull out of Greece completly. After Dubrovnik has benefited hugely from Hollywood hits such as Game of Thrones and Star Wars this muscial could soon do the same from Vis.  

Croatia will have another important direct flight connection next summer, Canada. Air Canada Rouge will start flights between Toronto and Zagreb from the 2nd of June 2018 and will operate four times a week up to the 6th of October.

According to information from the specialised website EX-YU aviation the Canadian airline plans to be the second airline to run this Toronto – Zagreb route establishing strong connections with North America.

Air Canada Rogue will offer 24 seats in business class and 258 seats in economy. This will be the first time, since 1990, that the Croatian capital has two airlines operating to Toronto. Air Transat launched flights from Toronto to Zagreb last year.

And tickets are already available online with prices starting at only 615 Euros for a return.

How do you take your dog swimming with you...easy all you need is a couple of surf boards and a waiting raft and you are away.

This pet owner in the Lapad Bay today proved that “walkies” can also be on the water. She took her “best friends” fort a nautical afternoon on the Adriatic Sea, a delightful way to spend the first day of October in Dubrovnik.

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Our resident "Style Guru" has been scanning the streets of Dubrovnik this week for the latest and greatest in fashion.

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On this day, the 1st of October, 26 years ago soldiers of the Yugoslav National Army supported by reservists attacked Dubrovnik at six in the morning and marked the first attack on the city in the Homeland War. On the 1st of October 1991 the attacks started from the land, sea and air, and the aggression left Dubrovnik without power and water for the first day.

In order to create a complete blockade of information the television and radio antenna on the Srd Mountain overlooking the city was destroyed by air attacks. The telephone connections to the city were also seriously damaged.

Dubrovnik was left without electricity, water and connections with the world for the next three months. In total the Yugoslav National Army sent between 1,000 and 13,000 soldiers to the Dubrovnik region as well as support from aircraft, navy ships and heavy artillery.

Up against this relatively large Yugoslav force were around 750 poorly armed soldiers and volunteers from the Dubrovnik region who held a front of over 200 kilometres. They heroically defended Dubrovnik and defeated the Yugoslav Army and preserved the city and its inhabitants.

This day will be remembered in the darker pages of Dubrovnik’s history.

As part of the activities of its Europe Direct Dubrovnik information centre, the Europe House Dubrovnik organized an event for the European Day of Languages for the fourth time in a row.

A fun-educational program with more than 170 participants of all ages joined in the celebration of languages in Dubrovnik. In front of the St. Blaise Church in the centre of the historic city participants, and even members of the public, showed there language skills and marked this special European day.

Students of Primary and Secondary Elementary School, Gymnasium Dubrovnik, Ruđer Bošković Secondary School of Elementary School, Luka Sorkočević School of Arts and Tourist and Hospitality Schools, students of RIT Croatia, representatives of the Albanian and Italian Consulates, members and members of the Croatian-Russian Society "Art Without Borders", the Dubrovnik Foreign Circle and the Europe House of Dubrovnik all took part. Spontaneously tourists from Sweden, Spain and Romania also took to the stage and performed in their own languages giving a message of love and peace.

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Dubrovnik will play host to a major sporting event tomorrow, the Dubrovnik Aquathlon 2017.

Entitled “Earth, Sea and Fire” this race includes a 1,000 metre swim in the Adriatic right in front of the Old City of Dubrovnik and directly after a 5,000 metre race along the coastline to St. Jakov and back. Yes, this isn’t a race for the unfit, you have to be in top form to compete in this one. However it will be a great spectacle to watch and the whole event starts at 3.00 pm on the Banje Beach.

The Dubrovnik Aquathlon is a new race under the Du Motion brand, known for organizing a two-day racing event "Du Motion - Runners' Days Dubrovnik" which includes the popular Dubrovnik Half Marathon.

The organizer of the Dubrovnik Aquathlon is the Triathlon Club Dubrovnik with the support of the partners of the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik, the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Association of Sports.

The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle have opened today their popular second hand sale in the Lazareti complex just east of the Old City of Dubrovnik. The charitable sale, which will be raising funds for three different associations, is now traditional in the city and this is the eighth consecutive year that the sale has been held.

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“We have a bigger space than last year and I hope we can reach last year’s total which was around 44,000 Kunas. The community have been extremely helpful and we thank them all for all the donations that we have received,” commented the President of the Dubrovnik Foreign Circle, Christiane Mandukich.

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The sale opened this morning at 9.00 am and will close today at 6.00 pm. And then tomorrow, Sunday, will be open from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm and due to the huge demand from the public the sale has been extended into a third day, Monday, and will be open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

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This is the biggest second hand sale in Dubrovnik and is a great opportunity to pick up a bargain as well as contributing to a good cause.

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The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle’s mission and vision is to actively serve the community by providing services that contribute to the health and vitality of the greater Dubrovnik Region. The organization’s goal is to provide friendship and understanding between its members and the Dubrovnik community at large by organizing cultural and social events. The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle engages in fundraising activities for the benefit of its community projects.


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