Saturday, 04 July 2020

Today will probably be a busy day in Dubrovnik, according to the cruisers schedule published on the official page of Port Dubrovnik. This Thursday is marked with red colour, which means that over 7500 passengers are expected.

According to the schedule, five cruise ships will arrive to Dubrovnik – AIDAblu, MSC LIRICA, VIKING STAR, MSC SINFONIA and Athena. First three already arrived, while MSC SINFONIA is supposed to come at 2 pm and Athena at 8 pm.

During the days like this, it’s normal to expect traffic jams and big crowds in the Old City. However, because of the works of the City Government, days like this are more bearable than before.

Weekend is marked with yellow colour, which means that between 3500 and 7500 cruise ship passengers are expected, while the next red day is – next Thursday.

The popular low-cost Spanish airline, Vueling, will launch flights from Vienna to Dubrovnik starting on the 15th of July this year.

The airline already operates flights to Dubrovnik from Barcelona and Rome and with the addition of Vienna the airline will become one of the leading companies into the city. In fact, Vueling plan to launch a total of eleven new flights out of the Austrian capital.

Vueling is owned by International Airlines Group (IAG), headquartered in the UK. So far the flights aren’t available to book on the company’s website.

Japan has consolidated its spot at the top of the Henley Passport Index, now offering its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a record total of 189 destinations. Following closely behind Japan are Singapore and Germany in joint 2nd place, with 188 destinations accessible without a prior visa. 3rd place is shared by six countries: one Asian (South Korea) and the rest European (Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden).

Croatia is located in joint sixteenth position on the Henley Passport Index along with Hong Kong, Bulgaria and Romania, with visa-free travel to 169 different countries.

While Schengen Area countries have traditionally topped the index as a result of their open access to Europe, developed Asian nations have been able to secure equally high scores in recent years thanks to their strong international trade and diplomatic relations. With close to 40 visa-waiver agreements signed by governments since the start of the year, passport-holders around the world go into the summer season with greater collective access than ever before.

The Henley Passport Index, which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has recently been updated through extensive research to include eight new travel destinations. According to Dr. Christian H. Kälin, Group Chairman of Henley & Partners, “this addition means that the index now encompasses almost all of the world’s destinations for which travel information is publicly available, making it the most robust index of its kind. The Henley Passport Index surveys a total of 199 different passports against 227 different travel destinations, including countries, territories, and micro-states. The index is innovating the way we map and measure travel freedom, making it easier for individuals to understand where exactly they lie on the spectrum of global mobility.”

Guitarist Mak Grgic and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christoph Campestrini will perform on Friday, May 25th, at the Guitar concerto by Delo Jusic Concert. The event will take place at the terrace of MOMA Dubrovnik at 9 pm.

Mak Grgic was named "fanciful, gifted and expressive" guitarist by the New York Times as well as the "guitarist to pay attention to" by the Washington Post. This talented guitarist will perform on the concert, conducted by Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini, music director of the International Music Festival – Dubrovnik in late summer, who is having concerts all over the world and currently is on the function of the chief conductor of the Vienna Chamber Choir.

Mak Grgic was born in Ljubljana, studied guitar in Zagreb by Ante Cagalj at the Music School "Elly Basic" and graduated in Alvaro Pierri's class at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He recently completed his doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music as a student of William Kanengiser and Skott Tennant from the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He’urrently working at the University, Mount St. Mary "in Los Angeles, and is also the artistic director of the interdisciplinary art festival - M.A.R.S. and the Zagreb Guitar Festival.

The Dubrovnik audience will have the opportunity to hear the guitarist at the Guitar and orchestra of Đeli Jusić concert, while in the second part of the concert the orchestra will perform Symphony no. 3 in D major "Poland" P.I. Tchaikovsky.

After Guitar Concerto by Delo Jusic, orchestra will perform Symphony no.3 in D major, op. 29 ‘’Polish’’ by P.I. Tchaikovsky.

A new European Parliament survey, published one year before European elections in May 2019, confirms the continued growth of citizens' support to the European Union (EU).

The Eurobarometer survey conducted in April 2018 on a sample of 27,601 respondents from 28 member states reveals that on average 60 percent of citizens believe that EU membership is positive for their country, and two thirds of respondents believe that their country benefits from EU membership. This is the highest support percentage recorded since 1983.

When it comes to Croatia, nearly half of Croatian citizens (49 percent) have neutral opinion about Croatia's membership in the European Union, while 36 percent of respondents believe that EU membership is a good thing for the country (compared to the European average of 60 percent). This is a reduction of 7 percent compared to the October study last year.

That places Croatia on the second place on the list of countries that are least satisfied with the EU membership, just after Czech Republic, where only 34 percent of respondents think that membership is a good thing for their country. Italy is third with 39 percent.

Most of the respondents in Croatia (59 percent) believe that their voice is important in the European Union, but at the same time, 46 percent of them thinks that things in the EU are moving in the wrong direction.

As the priorities to be discussed during the campaign for upcoming European elections, the citizens of Croatia have chosen the fight against youth unemployment (68 percent), economy and growth (61 percent), EU citizens' social protection (48 percent) and consumer rights and food safety (34 percent).

Most of the Croatian citizens see new parties and political movements as the carriers of real changes (72 percent), new solution providers (68percent), while 58 percent believes that these movements and parties are not a threat to our democracy.


The most famous food guide in the world, Michelin, has published a second edition of its guide to the region of Istria. The Istria County Tourist Board commented that it is great recognition for the region and its gastronomic and other tourism-related services.

In total there are three restaurants in Croatia with the privilege of a Michelin star, including the 360° restaurant in Dubrovnik.

The new edition of the Istrian guide also lists wineries and olive oil producers in the region, along with top eateries. It will be printed in both English and German and is sure to be great promotion for the region gastronomic offer.

Croatia is still paying the price of the Homeland War. The Ministry of the Interior have announced that over the past twenty years 5.5 billion Kuna has been spent on clearing landmines throughout the country. Since the end of the war 595 people have been injured due to mines. In fact, 2017 was the first year since the end of the war in 1995 that nobody was injured by landmines.

Some 405 square kilometres of land still remains to be cleared according to the plan, and since it will not be feasible to complete this task by the previously set target date March 1, 2019, the government proposed extending the deadline by seven years, to March 1, 2026.

It is believed that there are still 447 square kilometres of land in Croatia that have unexploded mines.

Liverpool FC defender, Dejan Lovren, has moved into the Croatian hospitality business. The 28 year-old has constructed an elegant and modern four-star hotel on the island of Pag and it is set to open in the next weeks.

Hotel Joel has 17 apartments, and is situated near one of the most popular party beaches in Croatia, the Zrce beach. It is rumoured that Lovren spent around 3 million Euros on the hotel.

Lovren, who joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2014 for £20 million, will play in the Champion’s League Final against Real Madrid the weekend. And after the final we could well see him back in Croatia opening his new business venture.

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This morning in Dubrovnik is quite cloudy, while rain will fall in the afternoon according to weather forecast. Local floods and thunderstorms are expected. If you want to know what to do in Dubrovnik while it rains – we have some tips for you here.

Even though the weather is changing, it’s still very warm – at 10 am it was 26 °C, while the sea temperature at 8am was 21.5 °C.

Weatheralarm issued yellow warning for Wednesday due to possible thunderstorms throughout Croatia.
The rain will be stronger at some places, especially along the Adriatic, and in the afternoon and in the evening, heavy rain is expected in the rest of the country.


“Remember Italy is Croatia’s neighbour, and my goodness, do you feel that in the food,” wrote Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, on her blog after a visit to Dubrovnik back in 2014. Markle had a popular travel and fashion blog called The Tig and in July 2014 she spent a vacation in the Dubrovnik, the island of Korcula, Vis and Hvar.

“Stroll the marble Stardun, taking in the magnitude of your beautiful setting – fortress walls, local cafes and restaurants line pedestrian old town and the Lindjo dance group performs folk dancing on an open-air stage in the summer,” added Markle on her travel blog.

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Meghan Markle in a Dubrovnik cobbled street - Screenshot The Tig 

The Tig was named after her favourite wine and she described it as “a hub for the discerning palate – those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion and beauty.” But now that she is the Duchess of Sussex and is a member of the Royal Family she has had to close down her blog, as well as all of her social media accounts. When she closed it down she wrote "To all my Tig friends: After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it's time to say goodbye to The Tig. What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity.”

Quite clearly she enjoyed her time on the Dalmatian coastline and all of her blog entries during her travels were filled with praise for the culture, history and food, especially the food.

She also visited the island of Hvar, which is well-known for its jet setting lifestyle and all-night parties. Funnily enough this was the exact same island that Prince Harry visited in 2011, just three years ahead of his future wife, and had a party with his friends in a popular nightclub.

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Enjoying a glass of wine with a view over Dubrovnik - Screenshot The Tig 

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