Sunday, 25 August 2019

- Ah, so you are saying that we aren’t allowed to sleep in public parks? We thought it was permissible, we didn't notice the signs. You're not going to report us to the inspection, are you? We are only in Dubrovnik one day, we will walk on the Stradun and tomorrow by bus further to Split – said two rather worried backpackers, Agnieszka and Patryk from Poland.

They are both students, and came to the city to visit the filming locations of the series Game of Thrones, in fact they are touring all of the locations in Croatia. And they spent the night at Gradac Park, where a scene of a royal wedding was filmed in an earlier season of the series. A first-class experience, and completely free. For example, if they were staying at one of the hostels in Dubrovnik, Agnieszka and Patryk would have to pay between 40 and 50 Euros per bed, in a room with 12 beds, so it is clearly more profitable for them. Although of course it is also illegal.


Gradac Park overlooking the stunning Lovrijenac Fortress is a popular site for wild campers, who regularly stay for a night or two overlooking the historic Old City.

- Camping in public spaces is the responsibility of the Tourism Inspectorate of the Ministry of Tourism. However, the City of Dubrovnik Municipal Order Decision also provides for action and in Article 56 (3) states: "Camping is prohibited in public areas, parking lots, public garages and designated parking spaces on public traffic surfaces. Individuals - explained the City of Dubrovnik.

Yet another luxury mega yacht has dropped anchor near Cavtat this summer season with the arrival of the oddly named yacht 11-11.

This 63-metre-long beauty was built in 2015 and can carry 12 guests in 6 elegant cabins, she has a crew of 15 onboard. It is unknown who exactly has charted this eye-catching yacht but at 650,000 Euros a week plus expenses it is obviously someone with extra deep pockets.


It is widely reported that 11-11 is owned by the British luxury property developer, Nick Candy, who is said to be worth around £1.5 billion. Although there is no confirmation that he is actually on the yacht, which is aid to have cost $70 million.
Candy, who is of Greek Cypriot descent, was involved with many high end property developments in London, including One Hyde Park and Chelsea Barracks. He is married to the Australian actress, singer and model, Holly Valance.

After an extremely hot July and August Croatia could well be in for a wet and stormy autumn. The popular weather website AccuWeather has released their long-range weather forecast for autumn this year and it doesn’t make for pretty reading for the southeast of Europe.

"The combination of post-tropical storms and wind storms will make for a wetter-than-normal autumn," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert said.

Whereas temperatures have been in the mid-thirties for most of the summer in Croatia the chances of an Indian Summer look bleak as the autumn is predicted to be rainy and stormy.


“As the season progresses, the risk of severe thunderstorms will lessen, but rounds of locally heavy rainfall will persist. The overall storm track over Europe will feature storms across southern Europe bringing numerous rounds of rainfall during the months of October and November. The wet pattern that is forecast across the Balkan Peninsula will limit any intense heat from building across the region with temperatures expected to remain near to slightly below normal for the season as a whole,” writes the website.



Consumer prices in Croatia in July this year were 1.1% higher than in July 2018, and inflation this July was higher than in June, when it stood at 0.6%, the national statistical office (DZS) said on Friday.

The 1.1% year-on-year increase in consumer prices is the highest since November 2018, when inflation stood at 1.3%.

Prices of alcoholic drinks and tobacco saw the highest year-on-year increase in July, of 5%, followed by prices of housing, water, electricity, gas and other energy products, which rose by 3.9%.

On the other hand, prices in the health segment and prices of transport both dropped by 1.1% on the year, with prices of petrol going down 1.9%.

Month-on-month, consumer prices in July dropped by 0.5% on average, with prices of clothing and footwear dropping the most, by 11.8%, owing to seasonal discounts.

On the other hand, restaurant and hotel prices grew the most on the month, by 1.6%, followed by prices of recreation and culture, which rose by 1.2%.

Price level in Croatia at 68% of EU average

In the first seven months of this year, consumer prices were 0.7% higher than in the same period last year.

"In general, the level of prices in Croatia is at 68% of the EU28 average. Prices of food and non-alcoholic drinks account for 97% of the EU average, while prices of electricity, gas and petrol account for only 65% of the EU average," analysts of Raiffeisenbank Austria have said.


According to a report by the Croatian National Bank 555 counterfeit banknotes were discovered in Croatia in the first six months of this year, with the most commonly forged note the 200 Kuna bill.

In total 278 banknotes were Kuna bills, with 200 Kuna banknotes accounting for 124 of that overall number. The next most commonly forged Kuna banknotes are 1000 and then 500 Kuna.

Out of the foreign currencies that most common counterfeit notes are Euros. There were 277 forged foreign banknotes uncovered in the first six months of the year, of which 224 were Kuna notes.

Owning an apartment, villa or holiday home up and down the Croatian Adriatic coastline is certainly a lucrative business. According to recent figures just released by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics a whopping 3 million tourists decided to book private accommodation in Croatia in June this year, a healthy increase of 11 percent compared with the same month from last year.

Experts reports suggest that apartment owners in Dubrovnik can pocket a tidy 10,000 Euros a season, which after paying agency fees and taxes gives them a second income of around 7,000 Euros annually. And there is no sign that reservations with quality apartments is slowly down, in fact the opposite seems to be the case, as 44 percent of all accommodation bookings in Croatia in June were in private apartments and villas.


Among foreign tourists, the highest number of overnight stays, 3.5 million, was recorded by Germans in June, which is a 43.7 percent increase over June 2018, followed by Austrians, Slovenes, Poles, Czechs and tourists from the UK and Italy.

There are around 367,000 rooms in private accommodation in Croatia with a grand total of 960,000 beds, which is further evidence of just how important this type of accommodation is for the country.

And many apartment owners in Dubrovnik are reporting that they are full up until the end of September and into the beginning of October.

Bernie Ecclestone is back in the Adriatic on a cruise. The former head of Formula One is certainly no stranger to Dubrovnik and has been coming to the Croatian coastline on cruises for years after being introduced by his former wife Slavica. This time Ecclestone arrived with his mega yacht Petara which set him back a cool $35 million. Although as the F1 Supremo is reported to be worth $3.5 billion it was a drop in the ocean.

Ecclestone has already been spotted on the island of Hvar and now it looks like he is working his way down the Croatian coast as he docked in Korcula yesterday afternoon. Meaning we can probably expect Bernie to appear in Dubrovnik over the next few days. Maybe he will even bump into Slavica who has recently finished building a luxury villa in Zaton, some 15 minutes from Dubrovnik.

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Photo - Korcula Online Instagram 



Japan's largest air carrier, All Nippon Airways (ANA), will return with charter flights to Ljubljana and Dubrovnik from Tokyo and Osaka organized by Japan's largest tour operator, JTB Travel. The first flight from Osaka to Ljubljana is expected on the 31st of August, and the first flight from Tokyo to Ljubljana on the 14th of September.

The first charter will depart from Dubrovnik on the 7th of September 7, and on the 21st of September for Osaka. Passengers will be carried on a Boeing 787-9, which has a seating capacity for a maximum of 395 passengers.

In relation to the introduction of regular routes to Croatia and the acceptance of the Air Service Agreement between Croatia and Japan, the first round of bilateral negotiations was held in November last year. Japan's foreign minister confirmed that there is a stable demand for air connections between Croatia and Japan in the future, as does JTB Travel, Japan's largest travel company.


Yes, we know the historic Old City of Dubrovnik is stunningly gorgeous, and yes we know that the best views are from the city walls, but please don’t go overboard when trying to impress your friends on social media.

Already this summer season an American tourist fell from the walls, and with behaviour like this he could be joined by other candidates soon.

This photo appeared on social media and whilst we understand that collecting as many likes and comments is extremely important to many people, taking undue risks is probably not the right way to go. Dubrovnik is so picturesque anyway and there are so many new angles that you don’t have to dangle from walls to make a point.

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Photo - Instagram 



Two ATMs, which, without the permission of the conservators, were set up in Siroka Street and for which the City of Dubrovnik Municipal Office issued a Removal Order, have been removed from this location. These are ATMs that the owners themselves have decided to remove in accordance with the Decision based on the Amendments to the Decision on the municipal order, with which the City of Dubrovnik has prohibited the placement of ATMs and other devices in openings of buildings in the historic core.

Following the adoption of the decision, the City Council conducted administrative procedures involving ATMs without valid approvals. After the 30-day deadline has expired, and if the decision is not followed, the City of Dubrovnik Municipal Police will repeatedly punish violators.

Some have already opted to remove improperly installed devices to avoid paying high fines. Penalties, in case of non-compliance with the Decision, will be issued on a daily basis, and they can go up to 200 thousand or even 1 million kuna.

The City of Dubrovnik is the first Croatian city to regulate the issue of the establishment of ATMs, which have started to undermine the appearance of UNESCO's monumental heritage.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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