Friday, 23 February 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.

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The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, has issued a decision stipulating free bus transportation from the public transport company, Libertas, for the Festivity of St. Blaise starting from 2:00 PM on Candlemas.

Specifically, a free bus service by Libertas on routes servicing to and from the historical core of the city is to be provided to all passengers starting from Friday, February 2, at 2:00 PM, as well as on the day of the celebration of the Festivity of St. Blaise, on Saturday, February 3, from 0:00 to 24:00.

The City of Dubrovnik invites all employers in the area of the City of Dubrovnik to enable their employees to attend the celebration of the Festivity of St. Blaise and the Day of the City of Dubrovnik.

"Sufficiently rich to entertain you, yet peaceful enough to offer privacy,“ writes one of the leading European tourist organizations, European Best Destinations, about Cavtat.

This is not the first recognition that readers and followers of European Best Destinations have bestowed upon Cavtat and Konavle. In 2019 and 2021, Cavtat entered the Top 10 Best European Destinations by readers' votes. In 2022, it was declared one of the best congress destinations, while in 2023, it was named the best honeymoon destination and one of the most beautiful bays.

“The picturesque and charming town of Cavtat in the so-called Croatian Tuscany, just 18 km from Dubrovnik, bears a striking resemblance to Saint Tropez, and it's no surprise that Cavtat is this year's top exclusive destination in Europe,” writes European Best Destinations.

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And added “Cavtat is not a place for those seeking clubs and wild nights. It is a place for relaxation and recharging while enjoying the beautiful landscape, food, and wine. Life flows slowly in this part of the world, making it a desirable destination for a truly relaxed vacation. Far from the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik, this quiet town provides a magical and tranquil atmosphere.”

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Frano Herendija, the director of the Konavle Municipality Tourist Board, emphasizes that this is already Cavtat's second recognition in 2024. In early January, Matador Network, the world's largest independent publisher of travel publications with over 8 million unique visitors monthly, included Cavtat in its list of 10 destinations perfect for traveling in 2024. These are destinations that must be visited before everyone discovers them and offer the same natural beauty, cultural experiences, and adventure as places that constantly appear on the social media feeds of their readers.

“We thank all the tourism professionals, residents of Konavle, and everyone who, with their effort, care, and dedication, make Cavtat the way our guests perceive it—one of the most desirable tourist destinations in Europe—a place where living is a pleasure!" added the Konavle Tourist Board.

 

The Zagreb ZET Orchestra, the representative wind orchestra of the City of Zagreb, will hold a concert on February 3rd at 8:00 PM in the Franciscan Church of the Minor Brothers.

The concert will feature works by Huggens, Pusceddu, Rodrigo, and de Haan. And admission is free of charge.

The concert is part of this year's celebration of the Feast of St. Blaise, in which the Zagreb ZET Orchestra will participate from the morning alongside the Dubrovnik Brass Band during the flag-raising ceremony at Pile and in the procession.

In its 95th anniversary year in 2022, the Zagreb ZET Orchestra performed the same program in the Church of St. Blaise in Zagreb and later at the Pontifical Croatian Institute of St. Jerome in Rome.

The Dubrovnik Brass Band and the Zagreb ZET Orchestra share a long-standing friendship and collaboration. The visit of the Zagreb ZET Orchestra is a return visit, following the performance of the Dubrovnik Brass Band in December of last year at the Czech Centre in Zagreb as part of the "Concert for Friends" organized by the Zagreb ZET Orchestra.

 

The Dubrovnik tram, one of the symbols of the city, is now in its new home, at the depot in Komolac, announced the public transportation company Libertas Dubrovnik.

As emphasized in their announcement, the relocation marks the beginning of the restoration process for the remaining components of the tram. With their knowledge, expertise, and passion, Libertas aims to restore the tram to its former glory.

They have also released a video showcasing the tram's transfer to the current depot space in Komolac.

 

Fabrizio Romano reported early in the morning that the transfer of a 25-year-old Croatian forward from Benfica in Portugal to FC Dallas has been agreed upon.

The Italian insider, who had previously written about the transfer of Petar Musa, now reports:

"The documentation is ready; the clubs exchanged it on Tuesday and it is finally going for verification. Musa is ready for medical examinations and contract signing."

This transfer sets a record for the American club, considering that they will pay a fixed fee of 10 million euros for the Croatian forward to Benfica, with a possible additional three million euros through bonuses. The highest amount the club had previously spent on a player was 6.36 million euros, paid two seasons ago for the Argentine Alan Velasco.

Musa has scored six goals and provided two assists in 25 matches for Benfica this season, without playing the full duration in any match. He made his debut for the national team in March last year in the Euro qualifiers against Wales at Poljud, played against Turkey and Wales, but was not called up by Dalić for the matches against Latvia and Armenia.

 

According to the data from the eVisitor system for tourist arrivals and departures, there were 952 tourists in Dubrovnik last weekend - 16 percent more than at this time last year.

Among them, the most numerous guests were from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, the United States, Montenegro, Kosovo, Taiwan, Serbia, China, and Germany.

In the first four weeks of January, there were over nine thousand tourist arrivals and nearly 28,500 overnight stays, which represents an increase of two percent compared to the same period last year.

Dubrovnik Airport traditionally has very few international flights throughout the winter months, apart from the three daily flights to the Croatian capital, there are flights to Istanbul and Rijeka.

Clear blue skies will prevail this week along the Adriatic, with the south of Croatia to bask in temperatures in the mid-teens.

The air temperature will generally be higher than average for this time of year, especially along the Adriatic, and the current sea temperature in Dubrovnik is warmer than the air temperature in many northern European cities at 15 degrees.

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Sunny and mostly warm will feature all week in Dubrovnik with a light to moderate northerly wind keeping it fresh but at the same time keeping the skies blue and the clouds away.

Weather forecasters expect that over the coming weekend in Dubrovnik highs will climb up to 17 and 18 degrees.

Vice President of the European Commission, Dubravka Šuica, has called on the Croatian Parliament to discuss lowering the voting age in the upcoming parliamentary term ahead of the European elections, where citizens younger than 18 will vote in five countries.

During the 78th session of the European Affairs Committee of the Croatian Parliament, Šuica presented the European Commission's work plan for 2024, a year distinct from previous ones as it marks the last year of the current composition before the European elections in June.

For the first time, citizens aged 16 and 17 will participate in the elections in five member states. Šuica, Commissioner for Demography and Democracy, proudly emphasized her personal commitment to including the voices of young people during the Conference on the Future of Europe. She expressed her desire for the Croatian Parliament to engage in discussions about voting for those under 18 in the next term.

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Vice President of the European Commission, Dubravka Šuica - Photo Twitter 

Additionally, Šuica outlined the Commission's focus for 2024, addressing climate neutrality, improved conditions for artificial intelligence development, initiatives for economic growth, and demographic challenges crucial for ensuring the EU's global competitiveness.

While highlighting the positive aspect of Europeans living longer, Šuica also acknowledged the continent's challenge of losing its working-age population. She stressed the necessity of adapting laws to these new conditions, aiming to keep older individuals in the labor market longer.

Šuica suggested that addressing demographic challenges requires a combination of local, national, and European efforts. She reminded the Committee that the European Commission presented a toolkit in October last year, offering member states various options to activate in this area.

In the final year of its mandate, the Commission will introduce a new European space law, conduct a strategic dialogue on the future of agriculture, launch initiatives on biotechnology and bio-production, work on children's rights, and present a communication on the impact of the Union's enlargement on its functioning.

 

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