Sunday, 16 June 2024
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

The popular travel website, Big 7 Travel, has published a list of the “50 Best Beaches in the World” and one Croatian gem features in the top 20. Now in its 6th year, the list is compiled using aggregated scores from previous media results, official Blue Flag locations, social media popularity, and insights from the Big 7 Travel editorial team. These selections represent the most stunning beaches to visit this year.

And the Croatian beach in 14th position on the list of the 50 Best Beaches is the famous Zlatni Rat, or in English "Golden Horn" or "Golden Cape." The iconic beach is located on the southern coast of the island of Brač, near the town of Bol, Zlatni Rat is renowned for its distinctive shape and natural beauty. In fact, the shape and indeed size of the beach changes due to the wind direction.

Zlatni Rat Shines Croatias Golden Horn Named One of the Worlds Top Beaches

“This iconic beach is renowned for its unique shape, resembling a golden horn that extends nearly half a kilometre into the Adriatic Sea. Its pristine pebble shores and crystalline turquoise waters offer an idyllic setting for sunbathers and swimmers. Surrounded by lush pine forests, the beach is also a haven for windsurfing and other water sports, making it a top contender for the title of the world's best beach,” writes Big 7 Travel about Zlatni Rat.

Zlatni Rat has been awarded the Blue Flag, an international recognition of its high environmental and quality standards, ensuring clean and safe conditions for visitors.

In Croatia, there were 1.64 million employed people in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 61,000 compared to the same period last year, while the number of unemployed people fell by 29,000 to 96,000. This resulted in an unemployment rate of 5.5%, according to estimates by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (DZS) from the Labor Force Survey.

According to the survey, in the first quarter of 2024, there were 1.643 million employed people in Croatia, which is 27,000 more compared to the previous quarter.

A comparison of the number of employed people on an annual basis, compared to the first quarter of 2023, shows that there were 61,000 more employed people in the first quarter of this year, a 3.8% increase.

 

The European Football Championship is about to begin, and the Croatian national team is in full swing preparing for the upcoming matches. They have already completed their first training sessions at the Mark Brandenburg resort in the German town of Neuruppin, which serves as the Croatian national team's base. The Croatian National Tourist Board has recognized the presence of the Croatian national team in Neuruppin as an excellent opportunity to further promote Croatia as a high-quality and attractive tourist destination.

The goal is to bring Croatia closer to all citizens of Neuruppin and potential guests by showcasing natural beauty, diverse gastronomy, and highlighting Croatian greats who have left an eternal mark on both Croatian and world history.

With these goals in mind, the Croatian National Tourist Board is organizing a photo exhibition titled "Experience Croatia" in Neuruppin's city gallery. Numerous visitors will have the opportunity to see photographs of Croatian landscapes, tourist attractions, and Croatian football players.

The exhibition will be officially opened on June 14 at 4:00 PM in the exhibition rooms of the city gallery Seepromenade 10. Guests will be greeted by Kristjan Staničić, director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, His Excellency Gordan Bakota, the Croatian Ambassador to Germany, and Nico Ruhle, the mayor of Neuruppin. The exhibited photographs will be available for viewing daily during the championship from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM with free admission.

Additionally, on June 14 at 5:00 PM, a special promotional event, a small Croatian fair, will officially open in the town square. On June 14 and 15, Croatian coastal tourist regions will be presented, and all guests and visitors will have the chance to enjoy the richness and diversity of Croatian gastronomy. There will also be accompanying entertainment and musical content. Among others, the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Tonči Glavina, will address the gathered guests in the square.

The presentation of Croatia will undoubtedly be significantly enhanced by sculptures of Croatian greats who are well-known worldwide. These include sculptures of the inventor Nikola Tesla, explorer Marco Polo, basketball player Dražen Petrović, sculptor Ivan Meštrović, mathematician Ruđer Bošković, and engineer Slavoljub Penkala. These sculptures will be placed at various prominent locations around the town, reminding all citizens and visitors of Neuruppin that Croatia is a country of great people.

The European Football Championship kicks off in Germany this week with the opening match between the hosts Germany and Scotland at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Friday at 9 p.m.

And ahead of the start of the competition, the esteemed news publication France Football has released the salaries of all the coaches leading their national teams. Croatian coach Zlatko Dalić ranks ninth with an annual salary of 1.5 million euros. This puts him on par with Austrian coach Ralf Rangnick and Domenico Tedesco, who leads Belgium, reports HRT.

At the top is England's coach Gareth Southgate, who receives a salary of 5.8 million euros.

The list of all coaches and their salaries:

1. Gareth Southgate (England) - 5.8 million euros

2. Julian Nagelsmann (Germany) - 4.8

3. Roberto Martinez (Portugal) - 4

4. Didier Deschamps (France) - 3.8

5. Louis van Gaal (Netherlands) - 3

Luciano Spaletti (Italy) - 3

7. Vicenzo Montella (Turkey) - 1.8

8. Murat Yakin (Switzerland) - 1.6

9. Zlatko Dalić (Croatia) - 1.5

Ralf Rangnick (Austria) - 1.5

Domenico Tedesco (Belgium) - 1.5

12. Dragan Stojković (Serbia) - 1.4

13. Luis de la Fuente (Spain) - 1.25

Serhij Rebrov (Ukraine) - 1.25

15. Kasper Hjulmand (Denmark) - 1.15

16. Sylvinho (Albania) - 0.75

17. Michal Probierz (Poland) - 0.56

18. Steve Clark (Scotland) - 0.55

19. Francesco Calzona (Slovakia) - 0.54

20. Marco Rossi (Hungary) - 0.3

Matjaž Kek (Slovenia) - 0.3

22. Ivan Hašek (Czech Republic) - 0.25

23. Edward Iordănescu (Romania) - 0.24

24. Willy Sagnol (Georgia) - 0.2

After the official opening of the European Championship, Croatia and Spain will play the first match of Group B. The match will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Saturday at 6 p.m.

In the group with Croatia and Spain, there are also Italy and Albania. Their match will be played on the same day at 9 p.m. In the round of 16, the first and second-placed teams from each group will advance, as well as the four best third-placed teams.

Croatia has made an impressive build-up to the championship with two victories in friendly matches against North Macedonia and Portugal. The first victory of the Croatian team in Portugal was particularly notable as it served as an excellent test before facing Spain.

On the second day of the Euros in Berlin, Croatia will face the group favourite and one of the favourites for the entire tournament. Many thought, after the draw, "here come the Spaniards again", who shattered the dreams of the Croatian national team last year in the UEFA Nations League final, winning the title only after a better performance in the penalty shootout.

Before that, we remember well the last Euros, where the Spaniards knocked out Croatia in that crazy 5-3 match when La Furia only managed to break the resistance of the Croatian team in extra time.

"We'll need a solid block. Against Portugal, we conceded a cheap goal, we have to close better. We must not fall apart; we need to be compact. We must know what we want at every moment. So far, we haven't trained set-pieces, but we'll work on that. We'll work on technical and tactical aspects, and we'll see about the line-up," coach Dalić announced ahead of the match.

He added that “Our main goal is to advance from the group; we'll take it step by step. We won't put pressure on ourselves; we'll go slowly and patiently. I believe in this team and these players. We have a blend of youth and experience. We believe in what we're doing and hope for a good result."

 

The eurozone economy will be slowed this year by 'muted' investments and weakened competitiveness in foreign markets due to 'elevated' energy prices. In Croatia, the growth rate is expected to be significantly above average, according to the latest forecasts from the World Bank released on Tuesday.

In 2024, the Croatian economy is projected to grow by three percent according to the new World Bank forecast, raising the January prediction by 0.3 percentage points.

The growth rate will be more or less in line with last year when activity, according to new estimates, increased by 3.1 percent, which is 0.6 percentage points higher than early-year forecasts.

In 2025, activity is expected to slow slightly, with an estimated growth rate of 2.8 percent, which is 0.2 percentage points lower than the World Bank's expectations at the beginning of the year.

Mayor Mato Franković has issued a decision granting consent to restaurateurs for the installation of TV receivers for the purpose of watching the European Football Championship matches, exclusively on stands within the leased public area. This decision is valid once, from June 14 to July 14, 2024.

Any interventions, such as drilling, on the facades of hospitality establishments in the historic core and the contact zone of Pile – Ploče for the purpose of installing TV mounts are strictly prohibited.

The city made this decision at the request of the restaurateurs, considering that this event generates significant interest among citizens and city visitors.

 

For the third consecutive year, Get by Bus has published its list of the most popular Instagram locations in Croatia on its website.

This ranking focuses on the popularity of landmarks rather than cities. According to Google reviews, only five locations have maintained their rankings from last year. This year's list of the 50 most popular landmarks in Croatia includes five from the Dubrovnik area: the Dubrovnik city walls, the Lastovo Archipelago Nature Park, the Mljet National Park, Lovrijenac Fortress, and Pasjača Beach in Konavle.

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