Saturday, 20 October 2018

After the torrential rains that fell in Dubrovnik on Tuesday the tap water in Dubrovnik is still not suitable for drinking.

The Dubrovnik water company in co-operation with the Dubrovnik Fire Brigade will organise a number of water cisterns around the city to provide fresh drinking water. Tourists are advised to drink bottled water.

On Tuesday the 2nd of October between 2.00 am and 7.00 am around 260 litres of rain per metre squared fell on the city.

The parking in front of the five-star Hotel Dubrovnik Palace today as the opening stage of a classic old-timer rally kicked off. Classic Jaguars, beautiful Mercedes, a 1964 Austin Healey and a 911 Porsche Targa were all on show today as the rally from Dubrovnik to Athens started.


The 16-day rally will take in Sarajevo, Belgrade, Kotor, Tirana and Aristi amongst other cities before ending on the 18th of October in Athens.

The rally, which is a pre-1980 classic touring event, is organised by ROARR who have been, as they state, “running classic car rallies since 1999 in some of the most exciting locations on the planet.”




Croatia’s economy is slowly but surely seeing the green shots of recovery with news that the gross foreign debt once again falling. In the second quarter of this year the debt totalled 40.1 billion Euros, or 80 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

Compared to the same quarter from last year the debt has fallen by around 97 million Euros and financial analysts predict that it will continue to fall. And when compared to the first quarter of this year the debt has fallen by around 500 million Euros.

Speaking to the press analysts at Raiffeisenbank Austria commented that "Looking at 2018 as a whole, we expect the trend of falling gross external debt to continue... The lower debt should come as a result of deleveraging in all key sectors. Combined with the projected GDP growth, we expect the debt-to-GDP ratio to drop below 80 percent by the end of 2018.”

Deputy Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Jelka Tepsic met with the representatives of the Polish town of Lublin, the director of the Lublin International Center for Cooperation Krzysztof Stanowski and Director of the Department of Culture Michal Karapud yesterday. The meeting was also attended by Ana Hilje, the head of Department of Culture and Heritage and the director of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra Damir Milat.

The theme of the reception was the initiative for a joint organization of the "Rogowski Festival" next year in Lublin and Dubrovnik, in honor of the great Polish composer and conductor Ludomir Michał Rogowski. Rogowski was born in Lublin in 1881 and after an exceptional career as a lecturer in Vilnius, and a conductor in Warsaw's Little Opera, he lived in Dubrovnik in 1926, where he died in 1954. During his life in Dubrovnik he lived and created music, and that’s why the compositions of his orchestral and vocal opus have Dubrovnik characteristics. For the famous work ‘Novela od Stanca’ by Marin Drzic, he composed stage music in 1953.

Apart from the details of the organization, they discussed other forms of cooperation in common interests, especially between the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Lublin Philharmonic.

Dubrovnik Tourist Board organizes Good Food Festival for the fifth year in a row! One of the favourite festivals of locals and their guests will be a great treat for foodies and will be held from October 15th until October 21st. All the visitors will have a chance to enjoy a great variety of food and wine at workshops, dinners and many other events included in this great festival.

This year’s festival has been presented today at the press conference in the Dubrovnik Tourist Board office.
- Every year Good Food Festival gets better, richer, bigger and hopefully – tastier! – said the Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Romana Vlasic, adding how proud she is because of great cooperation with Dubrovnik restaurants. She also emphasized that this year’s festival will be marked by Latino rhythm and cuisine, since the center event will be Venezuelan dinner at the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik (Restaurant Kantenari), which will be hosted by Ricardo Luque on Friday, October 19th.

- I wish you one tasty Good Food Festival and that you visit as many events as you can! – Vlasic added, mentioning two humanitarian events: famous Dubrovnik Table that goes along the whole main street of Dubrovnik – Stradun and brunch at the Rixos Libertas Hotel, about which Marko Miljanic from the City of Dubrovnik and Rixos chef Ozgur Donertas talked a bit more.

Last year the Dubrovnik Table collected a record amount of money and this year all the collected funds will go to the Down Syndrome Association and Rina Masera Association. Miljanic said that he hopes that this year’s Dubrovnik Table will be as magnificent as ever. Donertas talked about Rixos Libertas Brunch, discovering that it will have a theme – Istanbul!

Desa Association is a part of this festival every year and the tradition continues in the fifth edition. They will hold workshops on making traditional meals, which will include stories on how those were made a long time ago. They are currently located at Lazareti and invite everybody to join them!

Restaurant Amfora will hold a special event, about which Kristian Korda, owner and a chef himself too, said a few words. There will be five course thematic dinner by famous chef Dino Galvagno, with Jo Ahearne, first Croatian Master of Wine, presenting her wine Wild Skins, that is being made at the island of Hvar.

One more dinner with the chef will be held at the Porat Restaurant, where Ivan Pazanin, especially loved by ladies, will make a five course heaven with wines from the Rizman winery. Pazanin discovered his menu just before the press conference and all we can say is that it will be amazing for fish lovers!

Luka Simunovic, from the Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik, which is a great part of the festival, said that is more than nice to hear how rich this year’s program is! He added that the Good Food Festival represents all that they’ve dreamed about in 90’s.

-I’m more than proud, thank you all! – Simunovic concluded.

You can see the program of the Good Food Festival here.

Game of Thrones and Dubrovnik or Dubrovnik and the Game of Thrones the pair are inseparable. Ever since the directors chose Dubrovnik as the location for King’s Landing for season two of the series the city has become a part of the Game of Thrones world.

Hundreds of thousands of dedicated fans visit the city every year to see the sights and the backdrops in real life. Themed tours, souvenir shops, visitor’s centres, even restaurants offering Game of Thrones style menus, you name it and Dubrovnik has seen it.

But this latest offer rather caught our eyes. Dubrovnik is no stranger to international hen parties, but a Kings Landing Walking Tour Hen Party, well that’s a first. This UK based travel company is tempting future brides-to-be with the chance to see the Red Keep and tour the filming locations and as they advertise “Perfect for your Instagram feed.”

Looking for a holiday destination with crystal, clear seas and dreamy beaches, look no further than Croatia. Anyone who has ever set eyes on the Croatian Adriatic Sea know that the transparency of the water is amazing and now this has been recognised by an international publication.

In an article entitled “5 Crystal Clear Beaches for a Dreamy Holiday” the popular newspaper The Indian Express has been singing the praises of Croatia. “The scents of lavender, olive trees and wine spiced up with picturesque locations make it among the most popular places in Europe,” writes the newspaper on Hvar. Croatia is placed in second position, behind Thailand, with Belize, the Bahamas and Vietnam making up the rest of the list.

Dubrovnik is again a world record holder, but this time it has nothing to do with the tourism industry. Due to the unbelievable amount of rain that fell on the city early this morning Dubrovnik was officially the wettest city in the city over the past 24 hours with almost double the amount of rain of any other of the 6,000 world destination measured.

An incredible 260 litres of rain per metre squared fell on the city in a five-hour period from 2.00 am to 7.00 am!

This is the most rain since 1961 and more rain than has fallen on Dubrovnik than in the whole of the past six months. Dubrovnik had twice as much rain in a few hours than cities in India and Sri Lanka that are at the end of their monsoon season.

“I can’t remember rain like this ever before, it was like the sky opened a bath full of water was dropped, no not a bath a swimming pool,” commented Alan Walters for The Dubrovnik Times.

Roads flooded, trees fell down and the fire brigade were called to almost 100 different interventions to pump flood water out of shops, homes and businesses. However, this was hardly surprising given the sheer weight of water.

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River Ombla turns brown - Photo Tonci Vlasic 

Speaking to The Dubrovnik Times Daniel Pavlinović from Storm Chasers Dubrovnik commented that “The amount of rain in such a short period of time was just unseen. Traditionally the wettest month in Dubrovnik in November and on average 147 litres per metres squared fall throughout the whole month. In just a couple of hours we had more rain than the whole of the wettest month in the city, just incredible.”


Flooded building site in Dubrovnik - Photo Boris Radić/Hanza Media 


To add some perspective according to figures from the Metrological Office in the UK the capital London receives around 557 litres per metres squared annually. Do the maths. More rain fell in five hours on Dubrovnik than six months in London.

The second wettest city in the world was Ratmalana in Sri Lanka which received 134 litres per metre squared and in third place was Surigao in the Philippines that saw 133 litres. In fact, the Dubrovnik region dominated the top ten with Konavle coming in eighth position with a whopping 99 litres.

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Dubrovnik a world beater - Photo

Zagreb police have reported that a 23-year-old and four 18-year-olds have been charged with stealing 38 bicycles in the capital from the beginning of this year. Almost all of the bicycles stolen were taken in front of shopping malls in the capital and the vast majority were secured with a chain.

However, the group of bike thieves used industrial style cutters to free the bikes and then rode them away. It is estimated that the value of the stolen bicycles is around 90,000 Kunas. The bike band resold the stolen bikes and would then split the profits.

According to the system of registration and e-visitor registration, Dubrovnik has achieved excellent tourism results in September and in the first nine months of this year. In September, there were 180,722 arrivals, which is nine percent more than in the same month last year, while there were four percent more overnight stays than last year, or 581,940.

In the first nine months, there were 1,102,748 arrivals in Dubrovnik, which is 7 percent more than in the same period last year, while the 3,646,812 million overnight stays show an increase of 4 percent.

The top list of countries from which tourists came from to Dubrovnik in the first nine months is led traditionally by the guests from the UK, followed by guests from the USA, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, Italy, Croatia, Finland and Canada.

Between January 1st and September 30th, the highest number of arrivals was generated in hotel facilities (564 519 arrivals), which is an increase of 6 percent compared to the first nine months of 2017, but a much higher level of stays is also recorded private accommodation capacities (403 897 arrivals), 13 percent an increase in arrivals compared to the same period last year. In the hotel accommodation there were 1 866 989 overnight stays, or 3 percent more than last year, and in private accommodation 1 362 017 or 9 percent more.

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