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A unique race will take place on the 20th of September – racing over the iconic walls of Ston. Whether you are a seasoned long-distance runner looking for a new challenge or a recreational racer looking to push your limits, this event is for you.
Entrants can choose their own challenge: 4 km or 15 km - in either case you will find yourself with the longest defensive wall in Europe in front of you. This is an experience you won't forget.
“The walls will not be an obstacle, but a magnificent arena for an unforgettable race. You will climb its steep stairs from Mali Ston to jagged stone towers and fortresses, bouncing downhill to the compact Ston roofs, with a breath-taking view: the mirrored surface of Europe's oldest salt works, the fertile green fields and the bluest sea on the planet,” state the organisers.
The 4 km race ends in Ston, and the braver ones will race further along the thin embankment between the salt works and the sea to the south, towards the very heel of Pelješac, into the wild realm of Mediterranean forests and woodpeckers. Their goal is to return to Ston.
“Accept the challenge and run this spicy race with a grain of salt. You may forget the result, but you will remember Ston forever,” conclude the organisers.
If you want to run the Ston race - 15 km, registrations are at
If you are still for a slightly shorter race, Rocky - 4 km, registrations are at
In the last 24 hours, 291 new cases of Covid-19 virus were detected in Croatia. This now brings the number of active cases across Croatia to 2,567, of which there are 320 people in hospital and 27 people on a ventilator. Unfortunately, over the past 24-hour period 2 people have passed away due to Covid-19, the National Civil Protection Headquarters said on Thursday.
Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 12,917 people have been infected with Covid-19, of which 208 have died and 10,142 have recovered.
There are currently 8711 people in self-isolation.
To date, a total of 205,256 people have been tested, of which 4,118 in the last 24 hours.
The City of Zagreb, with 63 new cases, and the Split-Dalmatia County, with 61 new cases, were the two most effected regions of Croatia.
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 13 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected over the past 24-hour period.
These new cases include three men and two women from Dubrovnik (an epidemiological link has been established for two men), two men and one woman from Metković (one man and one woman have an epidemiological link), two men from Ploče, one male from the borough of Župa, who probably became infected outside our county and one female from Dubrovacko Primorje and one female who does not reside in our county.
17 people have made a full recovery - eight from Dubrovnik, five from Metković, one each from Ploče, Zažablje and Župa, and one person who does not have a residence in our county.
24 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalised in the Dubrovnik General Hospital, of which four people were on a ventilator.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 11,285 samples have been sent for analysis.
There are 618 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, two cases of violation of the self-isolation measure have been identified.
Germany has placed the Dubrovnik-Neretva County on the red list as the number of new cases of Covid-19 have risen in recent days. After the Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia and Zadar counties, Germany has placed the Dubrovnik-Neretva and Požega-Slavonia counties on the "red list" on Wednesday, September 9, the Robert Koch Institute announced on its website on Wednesday.
The risk area designation is based on a joint analysis by the German Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior.
Now that the Dubrovnik-Neretva County is on the red list it means that German tourists returning home after holidaying will have to spend 14 days in self-isolation. Yesterday the Dubrovnik-Neretva County saw a significant rise in the number of new Covid-19 cases with 27 news cases recorded.
Irish low-cost airline Ryanair lowered its target number of passengers this year on Wednesday, joining a number of European carriers that have announced further capacity cuts due to the repeated growth in the number of people infected with Covid-19 and travel restrictions.
"Winter 2020 will be written off," Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary predicted in an interview with Reuters.
Ryanair now expects to carry 50 million passengers in the fiscal year by the end of March 2021, two-thirds less than last fiscal year. We lowered the target to 80 million in May, to 60 million in July, and it could fall even lower, O’Leary adds.
According to his announcements, the largest European low-budget carrier is preparing to close several bases and will reduce capacities in some of them.
Recovery from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and measures to combat it is uneven and more difficult than expected, due to travel restrictions and quarantine in countries across Europe, airlines say.
Ryanair’s competitor easyJet has already cut 4,500 jobs and closed three bases in the UK, and on Tuesday further reduced its flight schedule for the current quarter.
"Prices will plummet" in the coming months, said the Ryanair chief, who was among the first to warn of the carrier's likely price war, fueled by the epidemic. The practice has started in China, whose market is recovering and some carriers are now offering affordable service packages.
Under such conditions, traditional carriers, such as Air France-KLM and Lufthansa, could be forced to seek additional state aid, in addition to the billions of euros already approved, analysts warn. Air France must recover strongly to avoid nationalization, Reuters adds.
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 27 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the last 24 hours. These are six men and 11 women from Dubrovnik (an epidemiological link has been established for three men and nine women), six men and one woman from Metković (an epidemiological link has been established for four men), and one man from Dubrovacko Primorje and two males who do not reside in our county.
Ten people have made full recovery - four from Dubrovnik, three from Metković and one each from Konavle, Župa dubrovačka and Korčula.
19 people tested positive for Covid-19 are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital and three people are on a ventilator.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 11,160 samples have been sent for analysis.
There are 623 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no case of violation of the self-isolation measure has been determined.
After the Split-Dalmatia County, which recorded 109 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, and the City of Zagreb, which saw 53 new cases, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County recorded the third highest number of new cases over the past 24 hours.
The Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić, was elected Vice President of the European Travel Commission (ETC - European Travel Commission), the most important and prestigious international tourism association in Europe consisting of 33 national European tourism organizations, as well as associate members including agencies, tourism service providers, carriers, etc. With this election, Croatia, for the first time in the history of full membership since 1997, has its representative in the presidency of the ETC!
"I thank my European colleagues for the trust shown, which is also a proof of the quality work of the Croatian Tourist Board in the markets of Europe, but also in distant markets. This is also a recognition for Croatian tourism and Croatia, which in this very demanding year, has confirmed its status as the safest tourist destination in the Mediterranean. The future work of the ETC will be even more strongly focused on building a recognizable image of Europe as a destination and its identity, as well as on even stronger cooperation with all stakeholders in tourism in the field of sustainability, connectivity, security and crisis management,”said CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić.
Director Staničić was appointed Vice President at the 99th session of the ETC General Assembly held online. Luis Araujo, President of the National Tourism Directorate of Portugal, has been elected President of the ETC.
The election of director Staničić was also commented on by Eduardo Santander, executive director of ETC. "Sincere congratulations to Croatia and Mr. Stanicic on his appointment. Now, more than ever before, the European tourism sector needs strong guidance and leadership. I am convinced that the great experience of Mr. Staničić, combined with the reputation of the Croatian Tourist Board as a renowned institution, will significantly contribute to the further sustainable development of European tourism in the years to come, "said Santander.
In the last 24 hours, 341 new cases of Covid-19 virus have been detected across Croatia, meaning that the number of active cases of 2,587.
There are currently 299 people in hospital across the country, including 24 people on ventilators. Unfortunately, three people have passed away in the past 24 hours, announced the National Civil Protection Headquarters on Wednesday.
Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of Covid-19 was recorded in Croatia, a total of 12,626 people have been infected with Covid-19, and 206 have died and 9,833 have made a full recovery.
There are currently 8,688 people in self-isolation.
To date, a total of 201,138 people have been tested, of which 4,172 in the last 24 hours.