The Municipality of Konavle will have special attraction within the Archaeological Museum in Pridvorje, which will allow visitors to ‘’dive’’ into the depths of the sea and observe archaeological sites that are located there. This interesting project is planned to be completed by 2019 and will be made in co-operation with Italy and Greece.
The underwater archaeological sites in Cavtat, the Italian sites Baiae and Capo Rizuto, and the underwater museums in the Sporades of Greece, have agreed on the collaboration.
First, special cameras will record the underwater archaeological sites. Then with Virtual diving system, 3D visualization, 360 degrees video player, 3D video monitors and interactive touch screens it will be enabled for the visitors to ‘’dive’’ into the depths of the sea without any danger – from the safety of museum. They will get a chance to interactively explore the rich underwater archaeological site near Cavtat.
A new survey shows that the Czech Republic is the unhealthiest country in the world, however, devastating data shows that Croatia is not lagging far behind.
Data obtained from the World Health Organization, the CIA World Factbook and the World Lung Association show that Eastern Europe is the unhealthiest region in the world, with 9 of the top 10 places on the list occupied by countries in the territory.
Out of 179 world countries where the survey was conducted, Croatia placed as the 7th on the list of the unhealthiest countries around the globe. Worse than Croatia are Russia, Slovenia, Belarus, Slovakia and Hungary, whilst Lithuania and the United States shared the 10th place on the list.
Criteria taken into consideration for the survey are alcohol consumption per capita per year, tobacco consumption per person per year and obesity prevalence within population. Astounding results show that on the average every person in the Czech Republic drinks 13,7 litres of alcohol a year, whilst Russia has the highest number of smokers.
Interestingly, the obesity problem is most observed in Oceania with small Pacific islands being home to some of the most obese populations on the planet. On the other hand, according to all three criteria, the world’s healthiest country is Afghanistan, followed by Guinea, Niger, Nepal, DR Congo, Eritrea, Malawi, Somalia, Mozambique and Ethiopia.
James Bond will be filming in Dubrovnik next January. According to a report in Jutarnji List the most famous British spy will be filming the latest 007 movie in Dubrovnik at the beginning of 2018 and from sources the scenes could be spectacular.
Daniel Craig will film the 25th Bond movie in Dubrovnik with a host of expensive cars, encounters with old acquaintances from previous films and a near escape from drowning. It is expected that Croatia will earn millions from the upcoming movie not to mention the added publicity and future fan based tourism.
According to a source the locations for the Bond movie are still under negotiation, although Dubrovnik is touted as the only location in Croatia.
Over the past few years Croatia, especially Dalmatia, has been the set of numerous Hollywood blockbusters and hit-series. Star Wars is set to hit the screens this winter, also the latest History Channel series Knightfall will premiere in December and then in the spring of 2018 the Leonardo Di Caprio produced Robin Hood: Origins will be broadcast. All of these A-line productions were partially recorded in Dubrovnik. And not to mention the final season of Game of Thrones which will begin filming soon and is rumoured to “heavily” feature Dubrovnik. The addition of the most famous spy franchise in the world adds another huge production on Dubrovnik’s already impressive list.
Just the Game of Thrones series has earned millions of Euros for the city and the country. The Zagreb Institute of Economics announced in July that just the tourism excursions based around the series inspired by George R. R. Martin's literary series "Ice and Fire" had earned around 130 million Euros.
Taron Egerton filming Robin Hood in Dubrovnik - Ivana Smilovic
The financial benefits of Robin Hood were estimated to be between 40 and 60 million Kunas during a recording that lasted for only two weeks.
And James Bond could well eclipse Robin Hood and even push Game of Thrones. The last Bond “Spectre” movie had a budget of $300 million and estimates suggest that filming in Dubrovnik could cost between four and six million Kuna per day. Once further details are revealed about the size of the production in Dubrovnik and the locations required a better estimate on the budget, and potential earnings for Croatia, can be made.
These details might take some time to come out as it appears the production company are still annoyed at the former mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, for announcing that Bond was to use Dubrovnik as a location.
In the new movie Daniel Craig pitted against a blind but ingenious villain in the background of a criminal organization called the Union. The screenwriters announced that it would be a brilliant continuation of the highly successful "Spectre", based on Raymond Benson's "Never Dream of Dying" and is entitled "Shatterhand".
The main producer of "Bond" Barbara Broccoli is working hard to re-engage the talents of Adele for the title track of the new sequel.
And apart from Dubrovnik the new Bond movie will be filmed on location in France and Japan.
The sea water of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County have been tested for the ninth time this summer season to make sure they comply with the Program for the Determination of Sea Quality.
From the 14th to the 22nd of September the 116 beaches of the county were tested and 115 passed the testing whilst only the beach in Mlini failed due to “short term” pollution. Additional samples of the bathing water in Mlini were taken on the 16th, 18th and 19th of September and a control sample on the 22nd of September after which the Mlini sea water was passed.
Out of a total of 116 beaches the sea water at 113 beaches was rated as a sea of outstanding quality. On the Srebreno beaches in Župa dubrovačka and Okuklje on the island of Mljet the sea was of good quality, while the sea on the beach in Ston was of satisfactory quality.
As far as tourist figures are concerned there can be no doubt that 2017 will be remembered as a record year. With the news that the Dubrovnik City Walls has welcomed a million visitors comes more news on a million landmark but this time it’s a double million.
Croatian airports have achieved magnificent results - in the first seven months of this year nine Croatian airports recorded 5.2 million passengers or 17.7 percent more compared to the same period from last year.
And this Friday Dubrovnik Airport is expecting its two millionth passenger of 2017. This will be the first time in history that Dubrovnik Airport has handled two million passengers in a year showing just how successful this year has been.
The two millionth passenger will arrive on a Croatian Airlines flight from Zurich. Just two months ago the airport welcomed its millionth passenger, the Canadian Cameron Neil Smith, on the 13th of July, proving that August and September were both record months.
The millionth ticket for the Dubrovnik City Walls was sold this morning almost three weeks before this landmark was reached last year. Merve Oden, a 21-year-old from the Turkish city of Bursa, bought the millionth ticket and much to her surprise became the centre of attention in the ticket office.
She bought the ticket in the ticket office of the Association of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, the organisation that cares for and controls the City Walls, and commented that "I came to here with my family because my mum liked Dubrovnik and wanted to visit.” Adding that she is a fan of the Game of Thrones and is loving the food in the city especially the seafood.
The Secretary of the Association, Denis Orlić, commented that he was very pleased with the results achieved this year. "For the second year in a row we have broken the barrier of one million guests and by the end of the year maybe we will reach 1.1 million tickets sold.”
Due to the interest of foreign visitors, the Europe House Dubrovnik has extended the holding of free mini-courses of Croatian language until the 29th of September.
The Europe House Dubrovnik started two years ago to hold free Croatian language courses for foreign visitors. The response was excellent, and the courses were also organized in the summer of 2016. This year the courses started in early July and were scheduled until September 15th. Due to many enquiries from tourists staying in Dubrovnik by the end of September, the courses were extended until the 29th of September. If there are new queries, the courses can be held in October as well.
At the Europe House Dubrovnik, on the street of Nikola Tesla 9, there is also the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of France, which is why, in addition to the participants of the Croatian courses, French citizens are often accompanied by French citizens who need assistance during their stay in Dubrovnik
Croatian language courses are only part of the activities of this Dubrovnik association, founded 22 years ago. In November 2013, the Europe House of Dubrovnik opened the Information Centre on the European Union, Europe Direct Dubrovnik, and since then has organized in Dubrovnik the marking of the European Day of Languages on the 26th of September. The Council of Europe initiated this initiative in co-operation with the European Union in 2001, and since then throughout Europe, in late September, numerous activities have been held to promote cultural diversity and language learning, both formally and informally. The Dubrovnik Europe House Program was awarded for with an Innovation Award from the Council of Europe for two consecutive years.
This year a fun-educational program is scheduled for the 28th of September and it all begins at 10:30 on Stradun, in front of the church of St. Blaise. It will last up until midday and will be attended by students from several elementary and high schools in Dubrovnik, RIT Croatia students, members of several associations and representatives of several honorary consulates. During the program, young mobile librarians of the European House of Dubrovnik will sell, in front of Sponza Palace, second hand books in foreign languages. Foreign language skills can be tested at their stand as well.
All visitors to Dubrovnik are welcome to join either as a public or as a direct participant, and are encouraged to say something, sing or play in whatever language they want. Celebrate with us Europe's linguistic and cultural diversity!
If you have been caught in Dubrovnik when numerous cruise ships arrive and thousands of passengers block the streets of the city this latest statistic might confuse you.
According to the latest data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (DZS), the number of cruise ships on the Adriatic in July was 7.5 percent less than in the same month last year.
The DZS recorded 99 cruises in July and 335 in the first seven months of this year or 15.2 percent less, whilst the number of cruise passengers who came to Croatia was also less compared to the same period from last year (-13,1% or 467,000 passengers).
In the same period, cruise ships sojourned shorter on the Adriatic (737 days) or 20 percent less than last year.
The majority of foreign vessels on cruises in Croatia were under the flag of Bahamas (81), Malta (79), whilst cruise ships under the flags of other countries accounted for less than 50 percent.
In the period from January to July 2017, the most visited Croatian port was Dubrovnik with 267 recorded cruise ship visits followed by Split (107) and Korcula (69).
Observed by months, the data show that only February this year recorded 14.3 percent more cruise ships in comparison to the same month last year with only eight cruises, January recorded the same number of cruises as last year (4), whilst all other months registered less cruises in comparison to last year, which has not happened in recent years.
The biggest decline in the number of cruises this year was registered in May, which is traditionally the most crowded month of the year as far as cruise ships are concerned, with only 77 cruises or 24 percent less than last May.
Some analysts, who monitor passenger and general traffic in seaports, believe that this year’s drop in cruise ships arrivals in Croatia is partly related to Venice’s decision on limiting the number of visitors to the Italian city, in other words a domino effect. Earlier this year foreign media reported that this decision could affect the limitation of the number of cruise ships visiting Venice as well as lead to a smaller number of cruise ships on the whole Adriatic, including Croatia and Montenegro.
A touch of magic arrived in Dubrovnik yesterday as Rupert Grint, famous for his role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, arrived in Dubrovnik for a quick vacation.
The English actor was spotted in a number of cafe and restaurants in the city as well as a popular cafe bar in Orebic. He seemed to be more than happy to pose with fans and sign autographs and looked like he was enjoying his time in the city.
Every week The Dubrovnik Times goes to new levels for your pleasure. This time it’s all about culinary pleasure. We have scoured the menus of Dubrovnik to bring you our favourites. And not only did we just research the menus we have gone that extra step and tasted the food in advance for you...its hard work but someone has to do it. This week I visited a new star on the Dubrovnik gastronomic scene – Steak House Župaho.
“How would you rate that restaurant from one to ten,” I asked my dining companion. She puffed out her cheeks and answered without thinking “eleven.” Even though this restaurant is pretty much on my doorstep I haven’t really explored the menu as I should have. Isn’t it always the way when something is so close we will always find an excuse to go another day. Now I have been I can honestly say that Župaho is an absolute star. “I didn’t really expect this kind of menu,” I chatted with the waiter. It is madly creative, with influences from South America, Asia and beyond. It is just bursting with exotic and yet beautifully simple dishes. Empanadas, shrimp rolls, sogan dolma with veal...and those are just an example of the starters.
I have always thought that the key to good cuisine is passion. And the owner and head chef of Župaho has passion squared. The way that she pours and purrs over each item on the menu shows the love that she has towards serving the perfect meal. This is highlighted by the fact that around 80 percent of the guests are locals – remember that saying eat where the locals eat. To be categorised as a steak house the menu must contain 80 percent meat.
How does this selection sound – Adobo duck, Kalbi beef, pork ribs in black treacle, lamb skewers marinated in whey, garlic and mint...I am getting peckish just thinking about the menu again. And the sauces, well this must be the most creative lists of sauces in Dubrovnik. “Our Mole Poblano sauce has 25 ingredients,” explained the owner as if she was talking about a loved one. This is her baby and she can be well proud of it. For dessert try the stout and whiskey cream brownies, heaven. Try Župaho today, tomorrow, this weekend it doesn’t matter when but DO try it.
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