Monday, 01 June 2020
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

At the regular press conference at 2 pm, the National Civil Protection Headquarters presented the latest information on the coronavirus epidemic in Croatia.

In the last 24 hours, 6 new cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Croatia, the total number of people who have been infected since the virus began is 2,125. Unfortunately, one person has passed away at the Zagreb Hospital for Infectious Diseases "Dr. Fran Mihaljević".

Over the past 24 hours another 40 people have recovered from COVID-19 and there are currently 18,000 people in self-isolation.

"The deceased patient was in her 40s, with a whole range of chronic diseases, she held on for a long time, but, unfortunately, she did not manage to recover from the virus,” said Dr. Markotić.

Minister Božinović said that he would make two decisions on concessions today. "The operation of driving schools will be allowed. Also, the decision on quarantine and home isolation for drivers of international transport is being repealed," Bozinovic said.

 

According to currently available data there are no new cases of COVID-19 in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County over the past 24 hours. 63 more samples taken on Wednesday are still being tested in Zagreb.

Since the coronavirus began there have been 115 people infected across the Dubrovnik – Neretva County and 65 people have made a full recovery, whilst unfortunately 8 people have passed away. A total of 2,131 samples have been sent to Zagreb for testing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, 11 positive patients are hospitalized, with one patient in the Intensive Care Unit.

A total of 564 citizens are in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no cases of violation of self-isolation measures have been identified. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 31 cases of violations of self-isolation have been identified.

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic a whole host of international flights to Dubrovnik have been cancelled and rearranged for a later date. American Airlines announced that it will cancel all flights to Dubrovnik from Philadelphia this summer and now a comes news of many more reschedules and cancellations.

The Dubrovnik Airport has already stated that this year the passenger numbers are expected to be 70 percent less than last year.

According to the website EX-YU Aviation these are the latest rearranged flights to Dubrovnik this summer.

Vienna – Dubrovnik with Lauda Air – Planned date – March 29 – new date – May 24

Paris – Dubrovnik with Vueling – Planned date – March 30 - New date – June 15

Nantes – Dubrovnik with Transavia – Planned date April 11 – New date – June 6

Vilnius – Dubrovnik with airBaltic – Planned date – May 2 – New date – Cancelled

Doha – Dubrovnik with Qatar Airways – Planned date – may 18 – new date – Cancelled

 

Football is returning to Croatia with an announcement from the Croatian Football Association that the first competitive match since the COVID-19 pandemic in March to be played on the 30th of May.

The first game will be the semi-finals of the Croatian Cup on the 30th of May and the league will restart on the 6th of June. When the league restarts on the 6th of June only the first division will actually play, as it was decided that all the lower leagues will stop and that the current standing will be recognised as the final position.

All matches will be played without spectators.

 

So long as you have money in your pocket, you'll never go hungry in Dubrovnik. The city may not get as much mainstream press attention as the likes of Paris or Madrid when it comes to restaurants, but that says more about the mainstream press than it does about the city. As the local residents already know, Dubrovnik is one of the greatest places in the world to come for food. Many tourists and visitors have come to the city in the past looking forward to seeing the other attractions that Dubrovnik has to offer, but by the time they left, all their best memories were of fine dining!

Croatian food has been something of a mystery to the wider world until recent times. Everyone knows what to expect of Italian, Greek, Spanish, or English cuisine, but Croatian cuisine has been overlooked. That’s starting to change. We’re seeing more people wising up to the fact that Croatian chefs are among the best in the world, and we can expect to see more food tourists arriving on vacation in years to come. That means the best restaurants are going to be even busier than they are now - so this might be a good time to take stock of what’s on offer and make yourself a reservation before the waiting lists become months long as opposed to days or weeks!

The only drawback when it comes to deciding where to eat in Dubrovnik is the sheer number of options available. That can make picking a restaurant a little bit like placing a stake on an online slots game. You have to spend money before you can find out whether you’ve backed a winner or a loser, and sometimes you can end up disappointed by your choice. Many of us know the feeling of chasing a bet for too long while playing best slots UK, and it’s not an experience we’d care to repeat on a date night or a special occasion! The reels of an online slots game offer thousands of possibilities, though, and your chances of success would be better if you could filter those possibilities down to just a select few. That’s what we’ve done with this article. We don’t want to say that they’re the outright best restaurants in Dubrovnik - but they all belong in the conversation!

Restaurant Dubrovnik

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Menu focused on the classics - Photo Facebook Dubrovnik Restaurant 

This fine eatery won’t win any awards when it comes to picking an original name. It might win any award you could think of in any other restaurant-related category, though. The people who put together the Michelin Guide certainly agree with that assessment - Restaurant Dubrovnik has been a fixture on their list for a long time now. There’s more to creating a great restaurant than just atmosphere and presentation, but getting both of those things right certainly helps, and Restaurant Dubrovnik doesn’t disappoint. From the on-hand sommelier to the personal guest-greeting service, you’re made to feel like a VIP from the moment you walk through the doors. The menu largely focuses on the classics, but the duck, steak, and sea bass are all worthy of special mention.

Bistro Tavulin

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Locally-sourced menu - Photo Facebook Bistro Tavulin 

This restaurant occasionally suffers in terms of reputation because it's in the Old Town, right in the center of the area most visited by tourists. That makes it tempting to lump Bistro Tavulin in with all the other tourist-focused dining options in the area, but that would be a huge mistake. This is another eatery that holds a hard-earned spot in the Michelin Guide, and it lives up to that billing every time you visit it. The best time to book a table is in the evening when the full locally-sourced menu becomes available. There isn't a huge array of options - the 'local at all costs philosophy' makes it impossible for the chefs to cast their net too far or wide, but octopus and mussels prop up a fantastic seafood-based menu, and the service is five-star.

Klarisa Restaurant

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Standout option - Photo Facebook Klarisa Restaurant 

Bistro Tavulin isn't the only standout option in the Old Town. The restaurant that now exists within the walls of what used to be the Convent of St. Claire is also well worth your consideration. We wouldn't like to be forced to choose between this and Bistro Tavulin - if you're in town for more than one night, perhaps you should visit them both and see if you can pick a favorite! In keeping with the Mediterranean theme of the venue, you'll find that you're most likely to be seated outside in the courtyard terrace - making this a great choice for a warm summer's day. You have the option of visiting the adjoining snack bar if you want to sample Klarisa's offerings but don't have the time or the budget for a more formal visit.

360

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Event dining - Photo Facebook 360

Appearing in the Michelin Guide is one thing. Actually holding a Michelin star is quite another - and that's something that 360 can say about itself that the other restaurants we've looked at thus far can't. Like many restaurants in the city, this is a seafood venue, but one that stands head and shoulders above almost all of the competition. Marijo Curic is the head chef, and he's one of the finest contemporary chefs in the whole country - perhaps even in the whole world. Visiting 360 won't be cheap, but in return for your money, you get an exquisite view of the harbor, stunning seafood, and imaginative re-interpretations of Croatian classics. This is event dining.

Nautika

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An experience you'll always remember - Photo Facebook Nautika 

Anyone who knows anything about Croatian restaurants would be able to predict that Nautika would appear on our list of recommendations. When Time Out Magazine lists a restaurant as being Croatia’s most prestigious, it's an opinion worth hearing. This restaurant has not one Michelin star but two, and is as formal as formal gets in the city. Don't turn up in anything less than your finest evening wear, and prepare for an eating experience fit for the Hollywood jet set. Mario Bunda, a chef who devotes himself to the ideal of sourcing only sustainable local products for his menu, has composed both a short and long-form tasting menu for guests, with meat and vegetarian options sitting side by side with seafood classics. Eating at Nautika is an experience that you'll remember for the rest of your life.

We don't mean to slight Fish Restaurant Proto, Bowa Restaurant, Azur, Kopun, or any of the city's other excellent restaurants by way of exclusion - these are just the five most outstanding choices to us right now. Ask us again tomorrow, and our opinion might change! You won't be disappointed at any of them, though, so make your reservation now before the rest of the world beats you to the punch!

 

Krka National Park will be reopened to visitors on Monday the 11th of May at a promotional price of 50 Kuna for adults and 25 for children.

In the third phase of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions across Croatia as of this coming Monday National Parks are once again allowed to open their doors to visitors.

The Krka National Park said on Wednesday that individual visitors can walk and bike and enjoy all of the park's natural values and cultural and historical assets, and catering facilities will be opened in accordance with the recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

 

 

After an almost two-month break due to the coronavirus outbreak the park is offering discounts of entry tickets and these prices will remain in effect until the 18th of June.

They point out that during the period without visitors the park’s employees have further improved the area of the National Park and its facilities and ensured that the recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health were followed through preparatory activities.

Thus, visitors will have access to all presentation centres and facilities, souvenir shops, as well as catering facilities at Roški slap and Lozovac, with due respect for all epidemiological measures in force.

Over the past 24 hours there have been seven new cases of COVID-19 infection reported in Croatia and unfortunately two more deaths, reported the National Civil Protection Headquarters on Wednesday.

"The number of new patients in the 24-hour period is seven, and the total number of patients is 2,119," said the Health Minister Vili Beros.

There are three new patients in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, two in Zagreb and one in the County of Koprivnica-Križevci and Split-Dalmatia.

So far, 41,053 people have been tested, 1,080 of them in the last 24 hours. 206 people are hospitalized, 14 of whom are on ventilators. The total number of people who have made a full recovery is 1,141, with 41 people cured over the past 24 hours.

 

The cruise line industry is one of the worst hit in the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic but it seems that not all companies have written-off 2020 as Carnival Cruises hopes to relaunch cruises in August. With the vast majority of cruise ships docked and waiting for a brighter future one company has decided to rock the boat and plans to start business again with paying customers this summer season. In fact, Carnival Cruises will be the first major cruise ship company to resume operations since the COVID-19 outbreak began.

“We are taking a measured approach, focusing our return to service on a select number of homeports where we have more significant operations that are easily accessible by car for the majority of our guests,” said a spokesperson for the company. Adding that “Cruising will also include whatever enhanced operational protocols and social gathering guidelines that are in place at the time of the resumption of cruise operations.”

Although cruising in a COVID-19 will look decidedly different than in the past with many sections of the ships off-limits to the restrictions of social distancing. And extra crews just for cleaning and disinfecting the cruise ships will be needed. However, just how many paying customers Carnival will be able to attract is still unclear as there are concerns as to the safety of cruising.

Carnival Cruise hopes to sail from three US ports, from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston, Texas and they have a fleet of eight cruise ships planned. These first cruises are being offered at reduced prices and will sail from the US to Mexico. Prices have been dropped so much to attract passenger that a basic rate is only $28 per passenger per night. And in fact after the news was announced the US stock market reacted positively with carnival shares rising a healthy 4.7 percent.

 

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