Sunday, 08 December 2019

Nothing says that the summer season is almost over like changing the city bus timetable. 'Libertas', company that is in charge of public transport in Dubrovnik, informs all the citizens and visitors that the new bus timetable will be on the run from Monday, September 4th.

The biggest change compared to the summer bus timetable is the last departure – from Monday, most of the buses will drive until 1 am, while during the summer they were driving until 2:30.

You can see the full new bus timetable here.

Since we are on the bus topic, here is some more useful information. In Dubrovnik area, ticket bought in bus costs 15 Kuna, ‘’S’’ Ticket or one hour ticket bought at kiosk is 12 Kuna and daily ticket is 30 Kuna. For a bus to Zupa Dubrovacka you’ll pay 18 Kuna, to Cavtat 25 Kuna, to Ston 40 Kuna, while ticket for Slano is 23 Kuna. You can see the lines map here and also, you can download the app that will make your whole Dubrovnik bus driving experience much easier.

Whether it’s the game of Thrones effect or the amount of international press that Dubrovnik is receiving seems to be unsure but over the past few years American tourists have discovered the city and are turning up in ever increasing numbers. According to information just released from the Dubrovnik – Neretva County an impressive 95,000 Americans have visited the county in the first from the beginning of the year until the end of August.

Last year was a record year for American tourists but 2017 looks set to smash that record. Compared to 2016 there have been almost 30,000 more American tourists in Dubrovnik, an increase of 38 percent, making US tourists the third most numerous in terms of nationality. These figures are even more impressive when you take into account that there are no direct flights between the US and Dubrovnik, or even between the US and Croatia.

The most numerous tourists in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County in the first eight months of this year were from the UK, followed by guests from France and then the US. In August there were a total of 399,518 tourists in the county which is an increase of 7 percent over August 2016.

Nationality Tourist arrivals 2017 Tourist arrivals 2016
United Kingdom 202.696 155.008
Germany 90.778 81.819
Poland 64.929 54.703
Croatia 87.650 87.925
Bosnia and Herzegovina 58.871 57.989
France 101.732 94.882
USA 95.525 68.747
Czech Republic 32.518 30.712
Slovenia 31.738 32.471
Italy 47.533 46.166

Welcome to Dubrovnik or as millions of people around the world now call it – King’s Landing. Since season two of the mega popular Game of Thrones hit the screens Dubrovnik has been one of the stars of the show. It has featured as a backdrop in every season since and brought millions of fans to see their favourite locations.

Here is our guide to the top five reasons that Game of Thrones fans need to visit Dubrovnik

You can get up close and personal

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The vast majority of the Game of Thrones sets in Dubrovnik are all well within walking distance and in spite on clever CGI they still look like the actual scenes. From the actual city walls, that stretch for 1.9 kilometres around the UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the stunning Lovrijenac Fortress, or Red Keep in the series and the island of Lokrum. All these unique Dubrovnik Game of Thrones locations are within easy reach. Grab a Game of Thrones walking tour to make the most of your time in the city, or King’s Landing.

You can sit on an Iron Throne

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It might not be the original but it is impressive, located in a Game of Thrones visitors centre on the island of Lokrum. The replica throne, and yes it is the original size, stands in a section of the Benedictine Monastery and is part of the Game of Thrones visitors centre. The island had its own place in the globally popular serial as it played city of Qarth near the Jade Sea in season two. And this set is within a stone’s throw of the visitor’s centre. Entrance, and a photo memory on the iron throne, to the centre is free of charge.

You can recreate your own Walk of Shame

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Take a “Cersie selfie” on the very steps she started her Walk of Shame. These magnificent steps are located in the heart of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik and will be immediately recognisable from the series as the Walk of Shame from season 5. The steps tend to be relatively busy, yes you won’t be the only one trying to recreate Cersie’s big moment, so if you want to have them for yourself you’ll need to get up at the crack of dawn.

Visit the Trsteno Arboretum

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The location for the garden’s of King’s landing in the HBO hit serial. You are going to need transport from Dubrovnik to get to this location, but its well worth putting in that extra effort. The actual Trsteno Arboretum is glorious and when you get to the view over the Adriatic Sea you’ll see the stone pagoda that was used in the series. Unreal views and plenty of camera opportunities.

Take a Game of Thrones guided tour

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A walking tout around the historic Old City of Dubrovnik with all the major points of the serial and locations interestingly brought to life. There are many walking tours, and indeed driving tours, on offer in Dubrovnik so it can be a little hard to find the great tour guide “needle” in the GOT tours “haystack.” Most of the tours last for two hours and you’ll see many of the more important locations. Good idea to take a bottle of water with you and don’t forget your camera. Our recommendation on a great tour guide would be Ivan Vukovic and you can book your tour with him here

 

Twelve accommodation facilities from Croatia have entered the final competition for the Best Holiday Home in Europe Award 2017.

This year the Best Holiday Home in Europe Award will be presented to the leading accommodation facilities in Europe at a gala dinner on the 14th of September in organization of the European Holiday Home Association (EHHA).

''This success of accommodation facilities in Croatia only confirms efforts of the Community of Family Tourism at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) in improving quality by the promotion of specialization, branding and education developed through the annual cycle of national and cluster Forums of family accommodation through which more than 6,000 hosts of family accommodation are being educated'', commented Nedo Pinezic, the President of the Community of Family Tourism at HGK.

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Stunning Croatian accomodation  

There are several categories in the competition for the European Holiday Home Award such as Best Holiday Home in European capital (regional and national capitals), Best Holiday Home Beach House, Best Family Friendly Holiday Home, Best Green Holiday Home, Best Pet Holiday Home, Best Health and Wellness Holiday Home, Best Unique Spot Holiday Home, and Best Accessible Holiday Home.

The twelve Croatian accommodation facilities that made it to the final selection are Villa Vista Zamask, Peljesac-Sreser Apartments, Verudica holiday house, Villa Sea Edge, Holiday Villa in Split, Villa Falcon Rook, Makarska-Gornje Podbablje, Villa Milica, Villa Prosika, Split-Srinjine, Zminj-Vadediji House Ulika.

‘‘This year 425 accommodation facilities from 18 countries with 640 nominations were registered for the competition. By the number of entries the most numerous is Spain, followed by Croatia with the largest number of entries from Istria and Dalmatia that made it to the final selection'', emphasized Danijela Cavlovic, the deputy president of the Community of Family Tourism at HGK, also a member of the European Commission Evaluation Committee for the European Holiday Home Award.

The European Holiday Home Association (EHHA) launched the Holiday Home Awards in 2015 in order to present the diversity and quality of holiday homes available for short-term rental.

A new and expanded border crossing between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Dubrovnik was opened this week. The border crossing, which is located in Ivanica, was constructed by the Bosnian authorities at a cost of around 1 million Euro. This new crossing has four lanes for traffic, a modern infrastructure and is equipped to handle a large flow of people and goods.

This border crossing has for decades been the scene of huge delays, anywhere up to five hours, and frustrated drivers as with only one lane, and very few staff, it dealt with people and vehicles extremely slowly. This new border crossing will help ease the tailbacks however it isn’t the end of woe for drivers looking to pass this EU border as there is another border crossing on the Croatian side. There is no news that the Croatian government plans to upgrade this border yet.

This new border crossing appears to be only the tip of the iceberg for future investments in the region. Bosnia and Herzegovina's Foreign Investment Promotion Agency commented it will seek foreign investors for the Ivanica tourism project, which envisages the construction of a tourist town with all necessary facilities on 650 hectares of land. The goal is to turn the town of Ivanica, located only six kilometres from the centre of Croatia's Adriatic pearl of Dubrovnik, into a recognizable and popular tourist destination.

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The former border crossing with long delays

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, sent congratulations to all the believers of the Islamic religion on the occasion of the important religious holiday Sacrifice Feast or Eid al-Adha. The "Sacrifice Feast", is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. It honours the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismaeel, as an act of obedience to God's command.

- In the name of the City of Dubrovnik and in person, I send my sincere congratulations to all of Islamic faith on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the great Islamic holiday of remembering the sacrifice in memory of the Ibrahim sacrifice. May this holiday, that reminds us of the importance of charity and communion, bring a special joy and happiness and encourage us all to think about the fundamental values of mankind and the need to help and protect the weakest ones. The noble values of this great holiday should be a guiding principle for all of us, and you, believers of the Islamic faith, should bring prosperity, peace, and family communion. – wrote the Mayor in an open letter. 

Looking to make instant friends and have a rocking night out – we have the solution – Ziggy Star Pub Crawl. Over the past few years Dubrovnik has become more and more attractive as a destination for backpackers and solo travellers. Hostels have sprung up all over the city like mushrooms after the rain and when you offer clean accommodation for only a handful of Euros word is going to spread pretty fast.

Being a solo traveller, and yes we’ve all been solo travellers, is a great way to meet new friends and make memories to last a lifetime. It also has its challenges.

ziggy star pub crawl dubrovnik 2

 What better way to have a cracking night on the tiles in Dubrovnik and mingle with a group of international likeminded people than a Pub Crawl with Ziggy Star. Although fairly new on the scene in Dubrovnik this pub crawl has immediately proved popular with the “in” crowd.

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Fun all the way with Ziggy Star  

It’s a no-brainier really. The first stop on the pub crawl is a funky bar in the centre of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik, B4 (before what you may ask) where you will have one hour of free drinks. Stop rubbing your eyes, yes we said FREE DRINKS! If that doesn’t start your evening with a bang then nothing will. You’ll soon lose all those solo traveller inhibitions. As Shelly Noonan from the UK commented - This looks awesome, especially as I will be a lone traveller!

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And then you are onto the next step of the night the exotically named Casablanca bar where you’ll get another free drink, but this time just a welcome drink. All along the tour you’ll be accompanied by a guide and a photographer. So yes that means that there will be photographic evidence of your night out (ease up on the funny faces guys.) In fact at 10.00am the next morning the guys from Ziggy Star will send to your inbox a bunch of photos from your night out in Dubrovnik (feel free to delete the dodgy ones.)

And then the star of the evening rises in the night sky – the most kicking night club in Dubrovnik – Culture Club Revelin. And with Ziggy Star you are guaranteed free entrance and the hottest ticket in town. With regular appearances from world famous DJs and a lightshow that will knock your socks off this nightclub will complete your night (and morning) perfectly. You are solo no more.

ziggy star dubrovnik 1

We know what you’re asking “sounds great but how does it cost?” All this comes for only 250 Kuna (or 33 Euros).

Contact

www.pubcrawldubrovnik.com

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Or call +385 91 567 4656

The brilliant Hollywood actor John Malkovich, the young Russian pianist Anastasia Terenkova and the renowned hornist Radovan Vlatkovic accompanied by the Varazdin Chamber Orchestra are a guarantee of an unforgettable start to the new ‘’Saturday at Lisinski’’ season at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb this October.

Radovan Vlatkovic is one of the few honorary members of the London Royal Academy of Music. His unique music skills, strength and sophistication will be highlighted in the Concertino for Horn, Celesta, Strings and Percussions by the Croatian composer Bruno Bjelinski, as well as in the Mozart’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra in E-flat major.

However, the Schnittke Concert for Piano and Strings will precede the Concertino and the Mozart’s concert. It proved an excellent platform for creating a new ‘’crossover classical music piece’’.

Schnittke’s music has a remarkable potential for creating a dialogue between the piano and a narrator’s voice that will bring carefully selected passages from the novel ‘’’On Heroes and Tombs’’ by the Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato.

Malkovich will perform as a narrator alongside the solo performance of the young pianist Anastasya Terenkova. He will portray the voice of Fernando Vidal Olmos, from the chapter titled ‘’The Report on the Blind’’, a cruel and seemingly completely disturbed paranoiac obsessed with the blind and evil.

A month ago the renowned British newspaper The Telegraph published an article entitled ''Europe's 17 Best Secret Islands'' and selected the 17 most beautiful and less known islands in Europe. Among them was the Croatian island of Vis with its beautiful Stiniva beach.

Stiniva beach

Stiniva Beach to be a location for new Mamma Mia movie  

However, the former hidden gem tucked into the outer Croatian island is now teeming with tourists. For a long time, the Stiniva beach was unknown to a majority of the world; however, there is a strong belief that this hidden pearl of the Adriatic will soon become the target of visitors from all over the world.

After it was declared the most beautiful beach in Europe last year, the Stiniva beach has found its place on the lists of numerous travel and blogging magazines.

However, what will be the future of Vis and its beautiful beach, remains to be seen next season. It seems that ''an island fit for a Bond villain'', as written by the Telegraph Travel's Adrian Bridge, will no longer be a secret island.

Bearing in mind advice given by The Guardian, ‘’It is best to stay on a catamaran while the hordes of tourists disembark on Hvar and proceed to Vis, rent a scooter or ride a bicycle to the beach’’, as well as an upcoming filming of a new sequel of ‘’Mamma Mia!’’ in September, we have reason to believe that Vis will be teeming with tourists next year.

According to the Hollywood reporter, the release date of Lionsgate's Robin Hood: Origins has been pushed back a few months. The origin story moved its wide release date in Imax from March 23rd to September 21st, 2018.

As you most probably know, a large part of the movie, which was produced by Leonardo di Caprio, was filmed in Dubrovnik, from February 20th to March 6th this year. All the main stars were in the city – Jamie Dornan, Jamie Foxx, Eve Hewson and of course Taron Egerton who plays Robin Hood. It was an exciting part of the year for all the Dubrovnik visitors, locals and fans of these celebrities as well.

Jamie Foxx started to feel almost like a local, while Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey superstar, was the most sought after celebrity, but the least seen one.

“Dubrovnik is a vital part of Robin Hood: Origins and in the final version the whole city will be visible,” it was stated by Otto Bathurst, the director at one of the press conferences. We guess we'll just have to be patient and wait just a bit more to see it.

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