Wednesday, 10 August 2022
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.

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The Croatian Tourist Board is also organizing this year, in the middle of the main part of the tourist season, the distribution of branded spring water with the inscription "Welcome to Croatia". After the free water was distributed last Saturday at the Rupa, Bregana, Macelj and Plovanija border crossings, this Saturday bottles of refreshment and welcome are intended for numerous travellers and tourists at the ferry ports of Stinica and Split.

"In Croatia, the very peak of the tourist season is underway, when more than a million guests are continuously staying in Croatian destinations on a daily basis. This is a large number that confirms that our country is very well positioned on the tourist market, which is why many foreign travel enthusiasts have put their trust in us. Through this action, we want to thank them in a symbolic way, and since there are big crowds and heat, we want to make the waiting time easier for our guests and give them a feeling of welcome", said the Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić, adding that 30,000 bottles of water will be distributed in these two ferry ports.

There are currently 1.1 million tourists in the country, of which around 942,000 are foreign. Currently, the most guests are from Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and the Netherlands.

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It is proving a busy season for nautical tourists in Dubrovnik. Latest figures show that in July 8,731 arrivals of nautical tourists were recorded, or a 175 percent increase over the same month from last year. And a total of 54,655 overnight stays were achieved in July.

The largest number of boaters came from the USA, followed by the United Kingdom, Croatia, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, the Republic of South Africa, and Belgium, according to the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.

From the beginning of the year to the end of July, a total of 18,217 arrivals and 118,423 overnight stays were achieved.

 

The famous German actress and supermodel, Claudia Schiffer, is enjoying her vacation in Dubrovnik. On her Instagram profile, she posted a photo with the Dubrovnik in the background as she sailed in the Adriatic.

“Nothing quite like a sunset boat ride,” commented Schiffer under the photo that she posted to her 1.7 million followers on Instagram.

In her long career she has appeared on more than 1000 magazine covers and holds the record for the model with the most magazine covers, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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The extremely warm weather in the wider Dubrovnik region looks like reaching a peak this weekend when temperatures could reach 35 degrees. After months without rain and with temperatures around the 30 degrees mark the summer looks like being long and hot and this Sunday weather forecasters have predicted extreme heat with temperatures reaching 35 degrees.

The Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service has issued an orange alarm for the Dubrovnik area meaning a good chance of a heat wave over the weekend. Temperatures on Saturday should reach 32 degrees and on Sunday the heat wave will reach its peak at 35 degrees.

The long-term weather forecast for the rest of next week shows unbroken warmer weather and temperatures over 30 degrees.

The current sea temperature in Dubrovnik is around 25 degrees.

During periods of extreme temperatures people are advised to avoid the direct sun from 10:00am to 5:00 pm and to drink plenty of fluids.

 

Today, the 5th of August, is a public holiday across Croatia, Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders.

Up and down the country this important day on the Croatian calendar will be marked with special events. The day marks an important date in the Homeland War in 1995 when, as part of Operation Storm, the Croatian Army liberated the city of Knin. And in 2008, the Croatian Parliament also assigned the name Day of Croatian Defenders to honour the current service members and veterans of the Armed Forces of Croatia.

As ever the main celebrations today will be in Knin, however each city will organise their own events.

 

The Guardian has compiled a list of the 40 best beaches for 2022, and three Croatian beaches make the top forty, including one in the Dubrovnik region.

With sea temperatures around 26 degrees and the turquoise glint of the Adriatic once again proving a magnet for tourists the popular UK newspaper has placed three Croatian beaches in their latest research.

And one of the beaches is in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Divna beach on the Pelješac peninsular.

"Divna beach is located on the northern coast of the Pelješac peninsula. The small pebble bay is surrounded by pine-covered hills. There are several shady spots, and the undersea between the beach and the islet is great for snorkelling," writes the Guardian about this popular beach.

The other two Croatian beaches in the top forty list were Mlini bay, which is part of Pakleni islands, and the Lošinj beach of Krivica bay.

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Divna Beach - Photo - Canva

 

During July 2022, there were 382,712 tourist arrivals and 1,955,001 overnight stays in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Compared to the same period in 2021, there were 45 percent more arrivals and 34 percent more overnight stays.

The most overnight stays were made by guests from the United Kingdom, Poland, Slovenia, Germany, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

From the beginning of the year to the end of July, 3,943,556 overnight stays were realized. Compared to the same period in 2021, 91 percent more overnight stays were realized.

From January to the end of July, tourists from the United Kingdom, Germany, Croatia, Poland, the United States of America, France and Slovenia made the most overnight stays.

 

Thanks to favourable weather conditions, salt harvesting began in the Ston salt works on Tuesday, 10 days earlier than last year.

The salt was extracted, as usual, from the Frano basin. 70 tons of high-quality salt for general consumption was collected.

Volunteers from Dubrovnik, Korčula and neighbouring Herzegovina participated in the hard work, which is still carried out in the old-fashioned way and is a special attraction that draws many tourists.

 

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