Friday, 23 June 2017

Beautiful Raquel Pelissier, Miss Universe 2017 first runner up, is spending her vacation in Dubrovnik. She shared some photos on her official Instagram profile that is followed by more than 122 thousand people. As expected, photos got numerous likes and comments, and most of her followers praised her beauty, as well as the beauty of the City.

Pelissier is from Haiti and is 25 years old. She has a rather interesting life story – she has survived the earthquake that destroyed her hometown in January 2010, which made her value her life and fight for her goals and dreams – it is said on the official page of Miss Universe.

It is also written that something that makes Pelissier extra special is that she is quadrilingual and that she’s getting her Master’s Degree in Scientific Research in Optometry and Vision. She is working on a research project on the regeneration of the optic nerve.


Every sunset in Cavtat is beautiful, but yesterday’s one was quite special. Splash of colours painted sea and sky in shades of red and pink and made breathtaking views.

How lucky were the tourists and the locals that happened to be in Cavtat for this special sunset... Just as lucky as our readers who can enjoy it through the beautiful photo gallery made by Tonci Plazibat. It’s a must see.

“It is a stunning country and I recommend it highly. I would rank it in my top three,” commented Jason Pires, the co-anchor of the popular CTV Morning Live Vancouver after a recent holiday in Croatia.

A short video highlighting the delights of the Croatia Dalmatian coast appeared on the morning show in Canada with Pires singing the praises of the country. Of course Dubrovnik made an appearance in the video with Pires commenting that “Dubrovnik has become ever more popular because it is the place where they film Game of Thrones.”

He also visited Split and Korcula and brought back some presents for his co-host, Keri Adams, including lavender soap, Bajadera chocolates and the “national drink” Sljivovica.
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Taxi drivers from all over Croatia protested against Uber yesterday in Zagreb with a mass road blocking. They parked their taxis on all the left turnings and therefore created huge tailbacks all over the capital. Božo Miletić, the president of the Dubrovnik Taxi Association, claimed that between 600 and 700 vehicles from all over the country, from Dubrovnik to Zadar and Istria, all gathered in the Croatian capital to protest against the online taxi service Uber.

“We're looking for a ban of Uber in Croatia. The law is on our side but it is not being implemented. In the last two years we have exhausted all legal possibilities and nothing left to us except this kind of action. We just expect the state to enforce regulations,” commented Miletić. Adding that “We aren’t against the competition, in many countries Uber is banned. All taxi drivers would have to work under the same conditions.”

Uber in Croatia reacted to the demonstration in the capital saying that “We believe that blocking the city is dangerous for citizens and the infrastructure of the city. Such pressure is unacceptable today and represents the relic of some of the past times, and is not an example of a modern European state. We feel that problems can be solved in a different way.”

Croatian taxi drivers have been in constant disagreement with Uber since the online platform started. Uber has already been banned in a number of countries and cities around the world. Denmark, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria in Europe have all banned Uber whilst in the US the online service is banned in Alaska, Oregon. Also Uber is banned in parts of Australia. Will Croatia be the latest country to ban outright Uber?

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Protests against Uber in Zagreb 

Located in the very heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik the LAJK Restaurant is a gem in the city’s culinary crown. This time we decided to “start our engines” with an early morning breakfast in cool to be able to eat a hearty breakfast on the cobbled streets of the historic city.

In fact, rather surprisingly, it isn’t that easy to find a good breakfast available in Dubrovnik, LAJK is one of the best that we have tried. As they have a special menu just for breakfast there is a large choice, whether you are after a traditional English-style breakfast or a more “fruity” option.

The first point that stands out is the service. We would use the three F’s – fast, friendly and fun. Within seconds we had our menus and two cups of steaming hot coffee whilst we made our choice. The breakfasts are named after members of the owner’s family and according to the owner they are “just like we prepare every morning at home.” A nice touch. Prices start from only 95 Kunas (for a mammoth and vegetarian breakfast) to just 30 Kuna for two croissants...and every else in between.

We decided on Breakfast Alan (scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, grilled vegetables, fresh salad and toast with a hot beverage for only 88 Kuna) and Breakfast Luka ( Smoked ham, cheese, hard boiled eggs, toast, fresh salad and a hot beverage for only 74 Kuna. Both were amazing.  


The coffee kept flowing, although I just had to ask if they did English tea...and yes they have some great brands, and as the historic Old City slowly woke we watched the world go by. A great choice for the most important meal of the day, food gets the thumbs up and to be able to sit surrounded by history just adds to the ambience.

This is really starting the day on the right foot! LAJK serves breakfast from 8 in the morning until midday (for the late risers) and in case of rain there is plenty of space inside.

Clients of the largest online platform for renting boats prefer Croatia to all other global destinations, claimed from Zizoo.

The company Zizoo, named after the nickname of the famous explorer and oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, is the leading boat holiday platform, offering 8,000 boats across 200 destinations worldwide. Zizoo provide its services both to licensed sailors, and to those with no sailing experience, interested in renting a boat together with a captain and optional crew as an alternative or complement to hotel accommodation.

''Our mission is to make boat holidays as easy and affordable to book as a hotel stay'', says Anna Banicevic, one of the co-founders of Zizoo.

The largest Zizoo's destination market is Croatia, whilst the highest number of users of their services comes from Germany, Austria, the UK, and the US.

As its main strategic market, Zizoo plans to open a new office in Zagreb as part of the next investment round most likely at the beginning of 2018.

The company especially pays attention to further development of charters because they are the key of Zizoo's success. In addition, their goal is to additionally facilitate the business and enable further growth. Zizoo emphasizes two main things - a prolongation of the tourist season, due to favourable weather conditions, and stimulation of shorter charters at higher prices, in order to open up a huge new market of clients who want to experience vacation on board for the first time.

Zizoo is an Austrian boat rental service founded in May 2014, based in Vienna with offices in Berlin, Germany. It provides more than 11,000 boats listed by individuals and charter companies from 30 countries around the world. Users can rent catamarans, motorboats, sailboats and gullets.

The company is also the first platform which has no intermediaries and which offers charter companies an adequate technology for direct commercialization of boats on the global market in real time.

It is interesting to note that Zizoo’s shareholders include some of Europe’s and the US most reputable investors such as Axel Springer Digital Ventures, Mairdumont Ventures, AWS Founder Fund, Russmedia, and Plug and Play along with other European and US angel investors.

Avax rent-a-car published a promo video today, showing pure Croatian beauty. It takes us on a road trip through some of the most amazing parts of Croatia – Dubrovnik, Medvednica, Rastoke, Velebit, Pag, Zlatni rat and many more...

The video is 4 and half minutes long but it’s absolutely mesmerizing and it makes you wish that it was even longer.

This is a great promotion, not only for this rent-a-car company, but also for Croatia. Just one look will make you want pack your bags! The video could also inform you a bit about Croatia's transport connections and the ability to drive to some of the highest peaks by car and capture beautiful photos.

Ana Rucner welcomed in the first day of summer this morning with a spectacular concert on the Srd Mountain overlooking Dubrovnik. As the sun rose over the mountains in the distance and Dubrovnik was bathed in sunshine for the first time this summer Rucner along with friends performed a stunning concert.

This is the sixth year in a row that Rucner has held this “Welcome to Summer,” concert and as ever the music began at 5.00am. The interest was high with the atmospheric amphitheatre on Srd already completely full by 4.30 as locals and tourists enjoyed an early morning to remember.


“Welcome to Dubrovnik and welcome to summer,” commented Rucner as she opened up her concert. And through the concert she also showed her vocal talents, singing with a young opera singer, it was an action packed event.

This year along with the concert had a gypsy feel and Ana was joined on stage by a group of four female singers from Zagreb, a backing band, a band of brass instruments, an opera singer and even her brother who played violin. It was a morning full of music. The concert was attended by the new Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, along with dignitaries from the City of Dubrovnik.

On the first day of summer, which coincides with World Music day, this was a fitting start to the summer season.



The road from Dubrovnik to the airport is far from adequate, commented the Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Capelli, after a working meeting with the director of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board, Vladimir Bakic, and his staff yesterday.

Minister Capelli arrived yesterday in Dubrovnik to participate in the 10th ISABS, a scientific conference in the field of biomedicine and he took the opportunity to visit the Tourist Office of the County and discuss various matters.

He expressed his great satisfaction at the tourist season so far and talked about the challenges facing the tourist industry in Croatia and Dubrovnik in particular. The promotional activities for 2018 were also on the table and the minister expressed his pleasure that a new conceptual solution for the Croatian Tourist Boards stands at trade fairs would be created. He also brought up the fact that the main road that leads from Dubrovnik Airport to the city is inadequate and needs upgrading.

A project of a long mountain trail through the Dinarsko gorje or Dinarides is being presented at the European Parliament in Brussels from the 19th to 20th of June.

The Via Dinarica trail is also a program for sustainable tourism development and local economic growth. It is being implemented in all countries encompassed by Dinarides. Due to its most developed tourist infrastructure and mountainous terrain, Croatia has a leading role in the project.

Thanks to the outstanding achievements in the development of active tourism, the sustainable development of mountain areas and the regional connection of people in the area of Dinarides, earlier this year Via Dinarica was nominated for ‘’The European Citizen’s Prize (ECP)’’ awarded by the European Parliament.

The Via Dinarica trail is a mega-hiking and walking trail which links natural and cultural sights of the Dinarides, thus this way it is recognized and acknowledged as a great development opportunity and potential for Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and especially for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Via Dinarica is a route intended for mountaineers, cyclists, horseback riders and other holiday-makers visiting Dinarides as tourists, but at the same time, it is a platform for the development and improvement of living and working conditions for people living in the Dinarides area.

Apart from hiking activities, one of the main goals of the project is to promote local economy in order to make local food, accommodation and various services closer to tourists.

It is interesting to note that in November 2016 the prestigious National Geographic Traveler included the Via Dinarica trail among the world's Best Trips for 2017.

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