Monday, 17 June 2019

One of the most popular American online portals BuzzFeed, which creates articles with various topics mainly intended for social networks, once again wrote about Croatia and its beauties.

In its latest article with a headline ''24 Reasons Croatia Is The Ultimate Vacation Spot'' the BuzzFeed portal writes about Croatian beauties and gives 24 reasons for visiting Croatia in this lifetime even though most of them refers to the Adriatic coastline region.
According to the article one of the most important reasons for visiting Croatia is the clear blue sea water which owes its crystal clearness to the lack of big off shore industries. The author emphasizes that every region in Croatia is beautiful in its own way but that the region of Dalmatia is the most popular holiday destination ''....right across from Italy. It includes Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands''.

Furthermore, the author says that tourists will also find filming spots of the popular series Game of Thrones and Star Wars VIII. She hasn't missed to mention a rich history that dates back to the 2nd century BC even though she refers only to Dubrovnik.

As the fourth reason for visiting Croatia she states numerous boats and sea transport possibilities whilst ferry catamaran routes in Split and Dubrovnik coastal area she rates as one of the most favourable and most attractive.

''You can swim basically anywhere you want'', says the article adding that the Croatian coastline is full of rocky beaches with cliff jumping possibilities. Even though she never confirmed it directly, Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z decided to name their daughter Blue Ivy while they were on a holiday on the island of Hvar, states BuzzFeed.

There are lots of small alleys, so called ''kalete'', abandoned villages and ruins for those who like to explore as well as promenades and hiking spots. Croatia is the best country for bike lovers and adventurers.

''Accommodations can be pretty affordable, if you know where to look'', is on the 12th place of ''must visit Croatia'' reasons followed by the Dalmatian cuisine and various local drinks.

BuzzFeed also praises handmade souvenirs made from lavender and agave lace as well as people who are cheerful and very proud of their country.

''Croatia is home to one of the sunniest spots in Europe'', says the author referring to Hvar, whilst sunsets and dawns are perfect for taking photos of stunning nature. ''But perhaps most of all, it’s a great place to just take a deep breath of fresh air, admire the serenity and remember that sometimes, concluded the author of the BuzzFeed article.

Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula 1 guru, has once again arrived on the Croatian Adriatic coastline on holiday. Ecclestone has been a fan of Croatia for many years, after being introduced to its beauties by former wife Slavica Ecclestone, and is an annual visitor of his yacht.

This year it appears that Bernie has started his Croatia holiday on the island of Korcula as this photo taken by a reader of The Dubrovnik Times.

It is unknown whether Ecclestone (85) arrived with his wife Fabiana Flosi (38) on whether he is on his yacht, but if he has arrived in Korcula you can expect to see him in the historic city of Dubrovnik over the next few days.

bernie korcula

Finding a spot to swim with your dog in Croatia is always a difficult task. No dogs allowed signs greet most pet lovers as they look to cool off from the summer sunshine in the Adriatic Sea. But now a beach in Crikvenica, in the north of Croatia, has opened a beach aimed at man’s best friend.

The New York Post featured a video on their website about the pet friendly beach, “Dogs finally have a vacation destination to take a break from all their dog responsibilities,” writes the popular American newspaper.

Check out this video!

The island of Mljet is truly paradise on earth. The eighth largest island in Croatia has been mentioned as one of the most beautiful islands in the world numerous times, so it doesn't surprise us that it's an inspiration to many visitors that come there.

Zdronu, a Slovenian company that takes videos with drones and a 4K camera has recently published an amazing 4K video that truly shows the beauties of Mljet. This 2 minute video is captivating and inviting, so don't miss it. And don't miss visiting Mljet!

“This year the Dubrovnik Winter Festival will be bigger and better than ever,” commented the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, at a press conference to highlight the festival. From the 18th of November to the 28th of February Dubrovnik the Dubrovnik Winter Festival will bring events, colours and music to the city with a whole host of surprises in the pipeline. “The Winter Festival is the best way of connecting the attractions that the city offers in the off-season,” added the mayor.

brochure winter festival 2016

One of the main problems for Dubrovnik’s winter tourism has always been the lack of international flights. However this winter there will be more flights than ever before landing at Dubrovnik Airport, a total of fourteen weekly international flights to five destinations and nineteen flights to the capital Zagreb. This is a considerable improvement on last winter when only three international flights arrived from two destinations. The deputy director of Dubrovnik Airport, Frano Luetic, commented that he is extremely surprised with the growth of passenger numbers so far this season, “We have seen an unbelievable 16 percent increase in passenger numbers through the airport since the beginning of the year and a massive 18 percent increase in June.” With the introduction of new winter flights, with companies such as Turkish Airlines, British Airways and Vueling all lined up, the Dubrovnik Winter Festival will be an attraction for tourists.

According to, the councillor for tourism and entrepreneurship, last year’s winter festival already had a positive impact on the city off-season tourism business. “Last year we saw an increase of 16 percent in the number of tourists in the city over the winter period compared with 2015.”

vlaho margaretic winter

Vlaho Margaretic

He added that this year’s festival would be similar in concept to last years but with a number of surprises. And once again there will be stands on the Stradun offering food, drinks and winter souvenirs. In total there will be sixteen stands on the Stradun and another seventeen around the Onofrio Fountain at the entrance to the Stradun, including one info point.

The city will once again have the festive lights, including the golden Teddy Bear, which was such a hit on social media last winter. And this year from the St. Blaise Church to the Dubrovnik Cathedral there will be a new lighting display. Tall wooden posts will hold angels in a mark to the spiritual side of Christmas. With live music every Friday and part nights every Saturday throughout the Dubrovnik Winter Festival it should prove even more successful than last year.

winter festival christmas angles

Check out the stunning video for the Dubrovnik Winter Festival

Croatia Airlines transported its millionth passenger of 2016 on the 15th of July on a flight from Dubrovnik to Zagreb. Suzana Brenko was the millionth passenger and was presented with gifts from the national airline.

This landmark was reached a full twelve days ahead of last year and even ahead of 2012 when Croatia Airlines had its best ever year. According to a statement from the airline passenger numbers this year are up 2 percent on the same period from 2015.

Don’t think about drinking the tap water in Croatia, unless you want to get diarrhoea, claims the British newspaper The Daily Mail. In a recent article on travel section of The Daily Mail website the newspaper insists that the Croatia is one of the countries that you shouldn’t drink the tap water. This information seems to contradict almost of all the competent institutions on the quality of water, from the European Union to the United Nations, as well as a plethora of independent sources. In an article entitled “From Spain and France to Russia and Croatia: Countries in Europe where you can drink tap water - and the places you really shouldn't,” The Daily Mail states that all of the tap water in Eastern Europe, including Croatia is not safe to drink.

Regardless of the fact that The Daily Mail is known to exaggerate the truth the fact that it is one of the most popular newspapers in Great Britain will certainly not help the tourism industry. The Daily Mail recently printed a photo of the world famous bridge in Mostar advertising holidays to Dubrovnik. However to claim that Croatian tap water isn’t safe to drink seems to pushed the bar of stupidity even higher. Not only is Croatian water completely safe to drink it is also one of the cleanest in the world. In fact Croatia has the third largest source of water in Europe per capita. And it isn’t only the tap water that is sparkling clean; the Adriatic is also one of the cleanest in the world. According to the annual European Environment Agency report, the sea bathing water quality at Croatian beaches was rated as one of the best in Europe.

And as the website for the non-profit organization Revolve Water states “Croatia is still one of the only countries in Europe to have a supply of good tap water for drinking.” Our advice is to ignore The Daily Mail and continue to enjoy one of the cleanest drinking waters in the world, in Croatia.

When summer storms in Dubrovnik hit they hit hard! Although the weather in Dubrovnik today is fine and sunny it was a different story of Friday and Saturday when torrential rain, gale force winds and rolling thunder washed over the city.

The LMT Studio brilliantly caught the moment when the storm was at its height over the historic city of Dubrovnik in a time-lapse film entitled “Storm on the way.” The short film really shows the power of these recent storms as it explodes over the Adriatic Sea.

Check out the video!

“One thing that we can definitely confirm is that Robin Hood will come to Dubrovnik, in January and February next year we will see Robin Hood on the Stradun,” commented the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, at a press conference. Dubrovnik is fast becoming the most desirable film location in Europe with the new Leonardo DiCaprio produced Robin Hood movie being the fifth major international production in the past few years.

The HBO mega-serial Game of Thrones opened interest in Dubrovnik when the second season was filmed in location in and around the historic city. It can be argued that Game of Thrones was the initiator for all the film crews that followed. “We have had the most watched television serial of all time, Game of Thrones, which picked up twelve awards recently; more than 200 million people will see this serial, great promotion for Dubrovnik. The most popular serial of all time, and we are the host,” empathised the mayor.

Bollywood followed, and the blockbuster “Fan” with the biggest name in the Bollywood world, Shah Rukh Khan, opened up a new market. When you already have the most popular serial of all time and the top star of Bollywood is there any way to improve your rating? The answer was the prevalent movie franchise in the world, Star Wars. In March this year the stone facades of Dubrovnik were transformed into a galaxy far, far away as sections of the latest episode of Star Wars were filmed. “Star Wars will have its world premiere on the 17th of December 2017 and once again Dubrovnik will be in the spotlight,” added Vlahusic.

And just to add a cherry on the top of the Dubrovnik film cake the History Channel brought the world of the Templars to the city with their follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Vikings” entitled “Knightfall.” The Bay of Pile directly under the ancient walls was the locations for this ten-part serial. “Last week the filming of the new History Channel serial “Knightfall,” following the journeys of the Templar knights and King Richard the Lionheart, was largely filmed right here,” commented the mayor.

And now Dubrovnik is on the verge of its most expensive and most star-studded movie ever. Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and starring a handful of Oscar winners the production of the blockbuster is expected to be filmed in January and February next year. “One thing that we can definitely confirm is that Robin Hood will come to Dubrovnik, in January and February next year we will see Robin Hood on the Stradun,” concluded Vlahusic. Adding that it will be the biggest film production in Dubrovnik, and the “significantly more expensive than the Star Wars filming.” He also confirmed that more than a hundred people will be involved in the production and that the directors of the latest version of Robin Hood stayed in Dubrovnik last week.

It is rumored that Dubrovnik will be the location for Nottingham Castle; however exact dates of filming and locations have yet to be confirmed. It is known that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has the role of Little John and that the lead role of Robin Hood will be played by Welsh actor Taron Egerton, famous for his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service. His partner, Maid Marion, will be played by Irish actress Eve Hewson, who is the daughter of Bono from U2. Robin Hood: Origins will be directed by Otto Bathurst.

At the International Tourism Film Festival held in the Maldives this week the Zagreb and Dubrovnik tourism promotional films once again proved to be hits in the promotional film and tourism business.

The competition included more than 200 promo films from 15 countries and 46 of them were nominated for the prestigious award. Only ten promo films were awarded as the best tourism promotional films and among them were films promoting popular the Croatian destinations of Dubrovnik and Zagreb.

The promotional film ‘’Dubrovnik and Time’’ of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, produced by Balduci Film from Zagreb and filmed last year, once again stood out among tourism promo films from all over the world and won ‘’The Best Cognitive Film’’ award which was the 9th international award in a row for this film.

‘’Dubrovnik and Time’’ has achieved a great success since it was released, winning a second place out of 1,500 films at the ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show; a bronze medal at the New York Festivals Television & Film Awards, as the only representative from Croatia; a second place at the Tourfilm Riga Festival and two awards at the Finisterra Festival in Portugal. Recently at the Baku International Film Tourism Festival in Azerbaijan ‘’Dubrovnik and Time’’won the best promotional film award among more than 400 promo films from 71 countries. Also at the FilmAT-Film, Art and Tourism Festival in Lubin, Poland ‘’Dubrovnik and Time’’ won ‘’The best 5 minutes promotional film’’ award.

The other Croatian winner at the International Tourism Film Festival in the Maldives was ‘’Color Your Christmas with Zagreb’’ by Marko Vrdoljak, which won ‘’The Best Unique Tourist Site film’’ award.

The Voice of Dubrovnik

THE VOICE OF DUBROVNIK


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