Thursday, 05 December 2019

Spanish national air carrier Iberia, member of the global association of airlines OneWorld in its summer timetable for 2017 announced a significant enhancement to the route Dubrovnik - Madrid - reports Avioradar

Instead of last year's 6 rotations per week, it was announced that there will be 10 rotations per week, almost twice as much compared to 2016. There will be flights on this route every day, while on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays there will be two rotations during the season. Three rotations around the Easter holidays are announced too.

According to Goran Golubic, the KFC's Chief Manager for Croatia from the AmRest Adria Company, the famous American fast food chain is coming to Split.

Kentucky Fried Chicken, the famous American fast food chain which is best known for its fried chicken, entered the Croatian market five years ago and opened their first restaurant in Zagreb.

After opening six restaurants on several locations including shopping centres in Zagreb, KFC is already preparing for its next step on Croatia's market by opening its doors in the centre of Dalmatia – in the city of Split.

''Yes, that's right, we are planning to open the first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Split by this summer'', said Golubic, adding that they had already found a suitable business location but that they were looking for a few more.

''We've already have some job openings. During this year we are planning to employ around 30 people, whilst our long-term goal is to employ almost 150 people in Split'', commented the head of the AmRest Adria.

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) dates back to 1930 when Harland Sanders opened the first such restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. Today KFC has 16,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries worldwide and several million consumers visit the restaurants every day. By the end of 2013 the company recorded revenue of $23 billion.

In spite of the freezing temperatures in Dubrovnik some people are still enjoying a dip in the Adriatic. With temperatures around – 3 degrees the Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik, Zeljko Raguz, took a swim in the Adriatic in front of the Libertas Rixos Hotel yesterday.

A comment on his Facebook account read “It is – 3 outside, there is snow on the hills, but”
The Deputy Mayor is well-known for swimming in all weathers but at – 3 degrees and with the sea temperature at around 13 degrees this first swim of 2017 was surely a challenge.

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The Sunday Times has published a list of Europe’s 50 Best Beaches and four of Croatia’s finest beaches have made it on the list. - Feel the heat this summer with our spectacular special feature – opens the lengthy article in the Sunday Times. With many Brits booking their summer holidays at this time of the year this article will help promote the Croatian coastline as a summer getaway.

And one of Dubrovnik’s most popular and spectacular beaches has made it onto this prestigious list, the Sunj beach on the island of Lopud is ranked in 39th position. - Smart people, aristocrats. Three centuries ago, they escaped Dubrovnik’s summer crush to tiny Lopud. While they holidayed in its lovely harbour, the colour of old ivory, you should traverse the island on a herb-scented path to Sunj for a day of simple pleasures: shallow seas that are safe for tots, a palm-thatch bar and a scimitar of sand fine enough for castles. Ferry timetables show Dubrovnik’s an hour away. It feels like decades. – writes The Sunday Times on the Sunj beach on Lopud.

Croatia Public Holidays for 2017

1 January - New Year's Day

6 January - Epiphany

17 April - Easter Monday

1 May - Labour Day

15 June - Corpus Christi

22 June - Anti-Fascist Resistance Day

25 June - Statehood Day

5 August - Victory & Homeland Thanksgiving Day

15 August - Assumption of the Virgin Mary

8 October - Independence Day

1 November - All Saints' Day

25 December - Christmas Day

26 December - St. Stephen's Day

Sunday in Dubrovnik and more freezing temperatures! At 6.00am this morning the temperature in Dubrovnik measured – 5 degrees Celsius and with the wind chill factor from the bitterly cold north wind the “Real Feel” temperatures was – 18 degrees.

Today is predicted to be the last of the polar cold days in Dubrovnik and already this afternoon it should start warming up with highs today expected to reach 2 degrees, which after the past few days will feel almost tropical. Then the start of next week will bring more settled weather with temperatures reaching 8 degrees on Thursday.

Check out our photo gallery of the scenes in the Old City of Dubrovnik yesterday by Tonci Plazibat

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The frosty temperatures and blustery northerly winds have brought chaos o the Dubrovnik region over the past few days. Photos of the region under a blanket of white snow or covered in ice have been filling the pages of social media, and this unusual scene caught our eye.

This ice waterfall formed in the village of Orasac, to the north of Dubrovnik, above the Hawaii beach. The plummeting temperatures meant that the normal flowing waters were frozen in their tracks, forming this unusual sight.

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The cold front is hitting all parts of the county with gale force polar winds. The island of Korčula has seen winds over 140 km/h and some smaller boats have been sunk in the harbour. Temperatures this morning on Korčula measured – 3 degrees and with the strong winds the chill factor is extreme.

These stunning photos were taken by Đani Šantek, Marija Šegedin, Mateo Suhot, Tonči Bernetić and Vinka Damjanović.

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A freezing start to the weekend in Dubrovnik with temperatures this morning touching – 5 degrees. The gale force north winds have brought an icy feel to the city with “Real Feel” temperatures down to – 16 degrees!

It is a cold start to 2017 in Dubrovnik. With many of the mountains and higher areas of the region still covered in snow the winds are bringing bitterly cold temperatures.

The historic Old City of Dubrovnik is being battered with these biting winds as can be seen from our photo gallery this morning.

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It is said that what you do on the first of the year will be an indicator on what you will do for the rest of the year. If this is true then I am in for a year of rain, crowds of tourists and terrible internet connection, oh and a year of travel without sleep.

Yes, 2017 has arrived, and this festive period I spent in England with my family and friends, and on the 1st of January I was walking the streets of London, almost all day. My family now lives a good 5-hours train ride from the capital, so the journeys back to Dubrovnik now resemble a chapter of “Around the World in 80 Days.” However it also gives us an excuse to spend a day in the most cosmopolitan city in the world. - Let me take you by the hand, and lead you through the streets of London. I'll show you something, to make you change your mind, sang Ralph McTell.

Almost a million tourists, 860,000 to be precise, had descended on London for the New Year’s celebrations, the fireworks and the parties. In other words in one day London received the same amount of tourists that Dubrovnik received in 2016. Madness, total madness, the capital is under siege, every street looks like the Stradun on New Year’s Eve. And as my wife and I tried to stroll along at the pace we would stroll on Stradun we soon got trampled under the mass of foreign boots. “Excuse me,” – “Sorry” – or just “Mind the way,” filled our ears as we gently ambles from shop window to shop window, we were out of tempo with London and it showed.

There is no room for slow motion, here life is always in the fast lane, and it’s a drive-through, coffee-to-go way of existence. “Ah so you guys are from Dubrovnik,” answered a friendly waiter as we chatted whilst he took our order. “I have heard that they filmed Game of Thrones and Star Wars there,” he added. I took the opportunity to ask our waiter a dilemma that had been puzzling me, “Do you guys have Wi-Fi for customers.” He look at me as if I had asked him to sleep with his wife, “No, why do you ask,” he answered. This was a problem that had haunted me for the past ten days in England, the lack of internet connection. Believe it or not I hadn’t found one shop, café, bar, restaurant or tourist organization with Wi-Fi for customers to use. I am not talking about free Wi-Fi, I am talking about any kind of Wi-Fi! I was staying in a digital black hole! And from the answer this waiter had just given me it seems that the internet connection in the capital was just as terrible.

When I got back to the normality, or in other words on the runway at Cilipi, 198 emails arrived in a tidal wave. The other thing that hit me in London this time around was fear. This was something new for me, I have never really felt this before, and I have to say I didn’t like it. In certain moments I found myself looking twice at people, thinking about situations and remembering scenes from news reports, I had been infected with a fear of terrorism. It was an odd feeling. As we walked along the main shopping streets, dived into busy underground trains, ate in busy restaurants or just drank coffee I found myself checking out passers-by. London is a true international city; in fact it is pretty difficult to hear an English voice anymore. The waiters are from Poland, the shop assistants from India, the taxi drivers from the Caribbean, bus drivers from Africa, chefs from Italy…only the police officers use English as a first language. I hated myself for doing it but I found myself double checking the Arabs, the Muslims, the North Africans, just to make sure that they weren’t part of a terrorist plot. Never have I done this before, and yes I realize it is exactly what the terrorists want, they want our fear, our fear is their victory. So I forced myself to forget, to join in with the crowds, I pushed any trepidation to the back of my mind and went about my business as I normally would. “I think you will find it a problem to get free Wi-Fi in a bar or café here,” replied the waiter, as I returned to life in a digital black hole. He wasn’t wrong.

So as we pushed our way through the tourist mass in the pouring rain, yes it rained all day in London, I couldn’t help but think to myself, if this is a sign of what 2017 will bring me then it will be “raining tourists” in Dubrovnik all year.    

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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