Monday, 10 December 2018

The tourist season has ended and immediately the rate of unemployment in Croatia has risen. In October this year there were a total of 1.42 million people employed, which is down slightly on September, by 0.6 percent. Overall the unemployment rate in Croatia stood at 9.1 percent in October, up from September when it was 8.4 percent.

In fact, before these October figures were released there had been eight months of continual decreases in the unemployment rate. One of the main reasons for this is undoubtedly the number of Croatians who have moved to other European Union members in search of work.

The unemployment rate is still down on last year. In October 2017 the rate was 11.2 percent and this October it is 9.2 percent. Experts predict that the unemployment rate will continue to slightly grow over the winter months before dropping again at the beginning of the next tourist season in 2019.

North Pole Station located in Luza in the Old City is the newest addition to the Dubrovnik Winter Festival! The location is almost ready – Nutcrackers and penguins have already arrived and the adventure will start on Sunday, December 2nd, at 3 pm when the North Pole Station will be offically opened.

Every day until the end of the winter holidays children can enjoy special programs with most unusual team: Elves and Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, Tonka Balonka, Lena the painter, ladies that write children stories, dancers, actors, clowns… There will be storytelling, taking photos with Santa, baking cakes with Mrs Claus, learning how to paint and how to do your hair. Tintilinic animators will take special care of the atmosphere and transform the station into the real holiday playroom every day. 

Family programs will also take place in the cinema hall, where visitors will be able to enjoy St. Nicholas' show, Dance Collage, Kindergarten Christmas Magic, Magic Winter Dance and Cinderella. Also, there will be a chance to go back in time with some of the most wonderful Christmas movies.

More details about the Dubrovnik Winter Festival are avaliable here.

The weather has changed – November has been unusually warm and now it is cold as usual. Today there could be some rain as well as stormy North wind (bura), followed by wavy seas – Dubrovacki vjesnik reports. 

-Strong bura (North wind) with stormy gusts. average wind speed > 40 km/h; maximum gust speed > 65 km/h STAY ALERT for debris carried by strong winds. Debris and tree branches carried by the wind may cause localised interruptions in outdoor activities – it's written by Meteoalarm with the yellow warning saying that the weather is potentially dangerous and that those who are planning to go outside should be careful.

On the Adriatic, the situation will calm down during the following days, but it will be particularly windy and wavy on Thursday morning and relatively cold, although mostly clear. The morning minus temperatures are more likely to occur on Friday, when the wind will turn to South (Jugo) again, with more and more clouds and occasional rain that will probably start on Saturday, but again with higher temperatures. The beginning of December is likely to be above average when it comes to temperature.

Diving Club Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board on Saturday, December 1st organize the environmental action Porat 2018, when they will be cleaning the underwater of the Old City Port.

These are rare days in the port when it is peaceful, quiet and without big traffic of boats so it is decided that the action will take place at the end of November or the beginning of December, depending on the weather. The action will include members of the diving club, cleaners and volunteers.

- We want to emphasize that the club enjoys the support in organizing such actions of the city and the city, all to the residents and many private entrepreneurs. We would like to thank all of them for many years of support because without them the maintenance of the sea and the underwater would be more difficult – they said at the Diving Club Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik Winter Festival will start on Saturday, December 1st by lighting up the Advent candle and the decorative lighting in the City, making it shine for the holidays. The opening will be followed by the concert of one of the most popular Croatian musicians today – Petar Graso. That and a lot more has been discovered at the press conference held in Dubrovnik.
The fifth edition of the Festival will bring rich and interesting program that will make Dubrovnik shine during the most beautiful time of the year. That was confirmed by the Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic.

-When it comes to the music program, we wanted to cover a wide audience. We wanted everybody to feel the urge to visit the Old City and enjoy the concert. There are festive stands all around, but of course the center is Stradun – said Frankovic, adding that this year's Festival is focused to bring joy to children with some extra content.

-We believe that the Dubrovnik Winter Festival will be even more successful than last year, let's just hope that there will be less rain! – concluded the Mayor.


One of the most famous streets in the world – Stradun will be the centre of fun with numerous concerts to make everybody dance and feel warm during the cold winter nights. Concerts that you can attend this year are: Prljavo Kazaliste (6.12.), Soul Fingers (8.12.), Detour (15.12.), Hladno pivo (21.12), Zeljko Bebek (26.12.), Dubrovnik Bands – Teatar, Art bend, Valetudo (27.12.), The Gipsy Kings (29.12.), Opca opasnost (30.12.), klapar Rispet (1.1.).

Just like every year, there will be a New Year's Eve for children at noon on December 31st with Mia Negovetic and Super cover band. For the adults, the evening party is in the hands of Nina Badric and Tony Cetinski!

The first day of the year is traditionally reserved for the New Year's Concert with oysters and sparkling wine at Stradun, accompanied by the music of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Tardue and soprano Marija Kuhar Sosa.
When it comes to music program, it’s important to mention big Christmas Concert that is scheduled on December 22nd at the Hotel Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will perform with various artists: Domagoj Dorotic, Martina Zadro, Stijepo Gled Markos, Sara Zuvela, Maja Grgic, Doris Kosovic, Vedran Ljubenko and vocal groups Kase and Lindo.


One of the favourite parties of the year – humanitarian Cake party will be held again on December 8th, while the Christmas Tale on the December 16th will bring a special joy to children. Dubrovnik cultural institutions are also included in this year’s festival with many programs and activities.

Traditional Christmas carols will bring that special holiday feel during the weekends and on Saturdays in Mokosica, near the Coffee bar Kiss, there will be musical performances too.


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One of the novelties this year is the North Pole Station in Luza, opened for the youngest visitors from December 2nd until the end of the winter holidays. There will be storytelling, taking photos with Santa, baking cakes with Mrs Claus, learning how to paint and do your hair with elves, Tonka Balonka, Lena the painter and many more… On your way home on Sunday mornings, make sure that you visit Pile Park because we have heard from reliable sources that it will snow at noon!
Colourful winter in Lapad Bay, which has been awarded as the best action for children in Croatia, will be even richer this year with the amazing program for the youngest, ice-skating rink and holiday train free for all the passengers. Ice skating rink works from 9 am to 10 pm.


If you want to know all in details, you can download the Dubrovnik Winter Festival app, available for all the devices, where you will be more than informed about all the events.

It’s also good to know that the public transport will be free from the 1st of December every day from 5pm till the end of the bus driving schedule. Also, there will be a free XMAS BUS which will drive through the day on the relation: Central Bus Station – Grawe – Pile – Vojnovic – Lapad Post and Lapad Post – Vojnovic – Pile – Central Bus Station.

For even more details download the brochure that is attached in the article (just on your right!).

If you suffer from acrophobia you might not want to watch this video. Flying high, yes really high, above the ancient Old City of the Dubrovnik is normally limited to birds and helicopters. But you don’t need a drone to get superb aerial footage over Dubrovnik, you could paraglide.

The members of the Dubrovnik Nimbus Aeroclub recently organised the “AERONAUT 3" event and one of the most attractive events was undoubtedly paragliding from the top of the Srđ Mountain overlooking the city to the iconic Banje Beach.

From the top of the 412-metre high Srđ mountain the Banje Beach looked like a postage stamp but incredibly the paragliders showed exquisite skill by floating high with only a thin piece of cloth over their heads and landed directly on the beach.

Incredible video for a once in a lifetime view of Dubrovnik!

The first advent candle in Dubrovnik will be lit this Saturday night. The advent candles will be placed in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik between the Rector’s Palace and the Dubrovnik Cathedral.

The advent program, entitled “Your light gives us hope” will take place every Saturday night at 7:30pm before the arrival of each advent Sunday.

On Saturday, the 1st of December, the prayer part of the ceremony will be led by the Parish of St. Mihovila, Lapad, and representatives of the City of Dubrovnik will light the first candle on the Advent Wreath.

Small stamps, large stamps, old stamps, new stamps, franked & international stamps... we want your stamps! Collecting used stamps is an easy way to raise money and save lives.

The Bone Cancer Research Trust is looking for support for their 2018 Stamp Appeal. The Bone Cancer Research Trust are the leading charity dedicated to fighting primary bone cancer, and now you can do your part to help.

“It’s so easy for your readers to get involved, we would like to ask them to save used and new postage stamps from the UK and overseas, any amount at any time of the year is very much appreciated. In 2018, we are aiming to raise at least £30,000 just from stamps and stamp collections,” commented the UK based charity.

The Bone Cancer Research Trust is the leading charity dedicated to fighting primary bone cancer and they need your help! Please save your new and used stamps for their Stamp Appeal. Christmas is coming and you may be getting lots of lovely Christmas cards, or maybe there’s a birthday coming up, or even your workplace receives lots of post! Instead of throwing stamps away, send them to the Bone Cancer Research Trust Stamp Appeal and they can turn your stamps into funds, so they can continue with their life-saving research, providing reliable information, raising crucial awareness as well as offering support to those who need it.

All you need to do is cut or carefully tear the stamped corner from any envelope or package that you receive and start a collection - just remember to leave a 1cm border around the stamp.

Invite your friends and family to join in and once you have a large bundle, bag them up and send them to our Stamp Appeal volunteer Terri at:

BCRT Stamp Appeal
20 Bowers Road

Find out more at

The Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) and Great British Chefs (GBC), the leading gastronomic organization gathering over 200 of the UK's top chefs, leading British media, influencers and leading British eno-gastronomic scene have organized an interactive event to promote the potential of Croatia cuisine and eno-gastronomy as an important part of the Croatian tourist offer.

The program was attended by stars of the British gastronomy scene Francesco Mazzei and Tom Aikens, who recently stayed in Croatian destinations where they met the local tradition of storing traditional dishes. The British audience was premiered by the award-winning Croatian chef Rudolf Štefan, owner of the restaurant "Pelegrini" in Sibenik, which is the holder of the Michelin star.


The Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) is conducting a special promotional campaign focusing on the promotion of business tourism as one of the key segments of the Croatian tourist offer.

The campaign is being conducted up to the end of December this year on the markets of France, USA, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Benelux, Italy, Russia and Slovenia. The communication channels through which the campaigns are implemented are social networks (Linkedin), print ads in specialized MICE releases and online advertising channels.

"Business tourism is an important tourist product, because individual and group business guests make up a stable source of demand that is, depending on trends, the most prevalent in the pre and post periods. Investigations among hotel owners show that business guests account for 10 to 15 percent of all hotel guests. We will continue to promote this product on key foreign markets with a view to significantly expanding the tourist season, "said HTZ director Kristjan Staničić.




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