Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The Croatian island of Hvar is a well known tourist destination, which has been luring the rich and famous. However, the island seems to be unable to find a solution for recent awful behaviour of rude tourists who visit Croatia's Saint Tropez.

Therefore, Hvar's fight with rude tourists has attracted the attention of world media. One of them is the popular New York Times, which recently published an article on Hvar titled ''The Croatian island wants tourists who don't behave badly''.

''The bucolic island of Hvar has a new, slightly threatening message to welcome this year’s tourist throng: Behave, or else’’, wrote the New York Times. It also added that posters on public displays warn tourists to wear clothes while in the town or they risk a fine of 500 Euros.

‘’No drinking, eating or sleeping in public spaces (700 Euros, about $825). Similar messages are embedded in the informational video shown on the ferry from the mainland, and featured in leaflets distributed along the pier’’, continues the New York Times.

The newspaper also added that Hvar looks nice during the day; however, in late night hours the town becomes an exhibition of public drunkenness, partial nudity and endless noise.

“We are genetically disposed to tourism,” said Riki Novak, the mayor of the island’s main town, also called Hvar. “But this party tourism is not something that we asked for. It’s not something we wanted.”

You can read the full article here

The iconic American designer Tommy Hilfiger is currently in Dubrovnik enjoying a family cruise on his super yacht. Along with his wife Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger he took a tour of the Old City of Dubrovnik and along with admiring the sights also took the time to check out some traditional Croatian design.

In the heart of the historic core of Dubrovnik Hilfiger spent a few seconds examining the tie designs in the Croata store. The famous designer may already know that Croatia is the homeland of the modern day tie. He certainly took a double take at the shop’s window display. Does this mean that we will see a Hilfiger designed tie in the future?

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Hilfiger checking out Croatian tie designs - Photo Tonci Plazibat 

If you were wondering when the Dubrovnik heat wave was going to end and the humidity levels would drop back down to somewhere near normal the answer is Saturday. So far this August there hasn't been a day when temperatures have dropped below 30 degrees, yes that’s nine days of solid sunshine. And combined with humidity levels that have been over 50 percent it has been a period of extreme weather.

Weather forecasters are predicting that the warmer weather will come to an end, well a brief end, this Saturday when temperatures will drop below 30 degrees and storm clouds will gather over the region.

But the respite from the extreme heat will be a short one as by Sunday the blue skies will be back. Then Dubrovnik can expect another period of high temperatures. So if you have been suffering in the heat make the most of Saturday and some much needed rain.

Ten Dubrovnik restaurants have been awarded with the Michelin plate and taken their place on the world famous gastro guide of Michelin. Yesterday the representatives of the Michelin Guide in Croatia, Ivana Verunica the director of Metro wholesale Split and Josip Dujmović the sales manager of Metro, presented the Michelin plaque to Mario Bunda, the head chef of Nautika restaurant, the last in the row of ten similar awards in Dubrovnik.

Along with Nautika the Michelin plaque was also presented to Azur, Pantarul, Kopun, Vapor, Proto, Stara Loza, 360°, Bistro Tavulin and restaurant Dubrovnik. All of these restaurants are now featured in the most prestigious restaurant guides in the world.

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Pantarul and Restaurant Dubrovnik awarded 

"The collaboration between the Michelin Guide and Metro has also been realized in Croatia to help Croatian restaurants and caterers take their place on the gastronomic map of the world. Ten Dubrovnik restaurants have been awarded with a Michelin recommendation for the passion of their culinary perfection and top quality products. And we are extremely pleased that Michelin inspectors have recognized their offer,” emphasized Josip Dujmović.

With more than 100 years of restaurant selection experience, Michelin’s Guide today recommends more than 20,000 restaurants in 30 countries around the world. Whether it is Europe, Asia or America, the inspectors apply the same criteria for assessing the quality of each restaurant they visit anonymously. And now 32 restaurants in Croatia are featured in the Michelin Guide as recommended restaurants.

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Bistro Tavulin and Stara Loza pick up their awards 

You don’t have to go to the Old City in order to have fun in Dubrovnik area. Summer events are organized on the islands of Kolocep and Sipan and in Orasac in Zaton by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board in cooperation with the City of Dubrovnik.

Here are the events for the next couple of days:
-Thursday, 10 August, 9:30 pm under the plane tree,
DANCE STUDIO LAZARETI Plesni Studio Lazareti Dubrovnik
-Friday, 11 August, 09:30 pm Donje Čelo, on the seaside promenade - MUSICA MEDITERANA BAND
-Saturday, 12 August, 10:30 pm, the Sudjurad seaside promenade - FISHERMEN’S NIGHT
-Sunday, 13 August, 9.00 pm Zaton bay
-Sunday, 13 August, 9:30 pm under the plane tree,

Since Croatia's accession to the European Union on the 1st of July 2013, slightly more than 14,000 Croats have left the country and moved to Ireland.

The massive emigration of Croats to Ireland has been confirmed by the official data from the Irish Social Security Office, which keeps the records on the number of issued PPSN numbers, which enable immigrants to receive a salary in Ireland and to realize other statutory rights.

The data show that from July to the end of December 2013, around 440 Croatian citizens requested the PPSN, i.e. on the average 75 Croats per month. The beginning of 2014 announced that this number would soon become significantly higher. Thus, 2,091 Croatian citizens sought for a job in Ireland, or 175 Croats per month. In the following year, this figure grew to 4,342 Croats who spread across the country and settled in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Letterkenny etc.

In 2015, on the average 360 Croats per month moved to Ireland, most of them leaving Slavonia in western Croatia. And then in 2016 around 5,300 Croatian citizens decided to look for a better financial future in Ireland.

The latest data show that in the first six months of this year, 1,890 Croatian citizens requested the PPSN in Ireland.

The owner of a $250 million fashion empire, Tommy Hilfiger (66), has dropped anchor in Dubrovnik. After visiting Greece and Montenegro with his family on his summer Mediterranean cruise he has arrived in Cavtat.

Hilfiger is on vacation with his wife Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger (50) and his eight-year-old son and they are currently moored in Cavtat.

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Tommy Hilfiger sightseeing in Dubrovnik 

- I really like it here! This is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen. I've managed to see everything and it's fantastic, but we will only stay here for a few days – commented Hilfiger from the deck oh his super yacht to the Croatian TV station Nova TV.

It isn’t difficult to spot Hilfiger as his 62-metre long yacht “Flag” has his company’s logo on the stern. Flag's interior layout sleeps up to 12 guests in 7 rooms, including a master suite, 6 double cabins. And is also capable of carrying up to 16 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience, this is cruising in style.

The iconic American fashion designer, born in New York, has five children from two weddings and started his fashion career in the seventies.

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Hilfiger enjoys Dubrovnik with his wife, Dee Ocleppo - Photos Tonci Plazibat 

Summer is a time for relaxation and living life in the slow lane, a slow motion vacation style way of life. But not everything has to be slower in the summer months in Dubrovnik, the food can be fast. And when it comes to quality fast food in Dubrovnik the “in” spot is Tutto Bene.

Tutto Bene, as the name suggests, is the destination for quality food on the run in Dubrovnik. You don’t have time to lose in a restaurant or want a quick bite to eat to kill those hunger pangs – Tutto Bene should be your target.

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Are you hungry yet?

With the well-known Tutto Bene fast food within the historic Old City on the Puca Street and the other on the promenade in the bay of Lapad where you can enjoy the many different types of pizza, burgers, cheeseburgers, kebabs, tortillas, sandwiches, nuggets, amongst other. And soon Dubrovnik will have another Tutto Bene restaurant in Dubrovnik.

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Tutto Bene Lapad

The Tutto Bene in the Lapad Bay has a spacious seating area and a la carte service in a beautiful setting surrounded by nature and a light summer breeze. And in the Old City you’ll find a wide range of pizzas of offer and yes they sell them by the slice as well. In fact even if you only fancy a coffee of an ice-cold juice then Tutto Bene in the Old City is a great option. And if you have a sweet tooth try one of the freshly baked cakes, cheesecakes, chocolate and fruit cakes or a fluffy chocolate mousse.

Tutto Bene is always the right choice!

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You don’t need to book an expensive hotel or even an apartment with Airbnb or all you need is a large airbed.

Yes, we know it is difficult to find a spare room in Dubrovnik in the height of the tourist season and sleeping in the road is a little too much. These tourists, presumably Italian, inflated an air mattress between two parked cars and spent an al fresco night in Dubrovnik.

As cars sped by, only a few metres away, the couple seemed oblivious to the noise and had a good rest. As they were actually taking a parking space up with their air bed we wonder if they were paying 40 Kunas an hour parking fee?

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Alejandro Darío Gómez that goes by the nickname ‘’Papu’’ lately visited Dubrovnik and just loved it. This Argentine footballer that plays for Italian club Atalanta shared two photos from Dubrovnik with his many fans (over million!) on his official Instagram profile.

On the photo showing him photographing the Old City from the top of Srd mountain, the caption says it all – ‘’Visit this amazing place, I recommend it, it will leave you with your mouth open’- Gomez wrote.

Papu is just one of many celebrities that chosen Dubrovnik for their vacation and share it with their fans. They make a great promotion for this amazing place.


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