Saturday, 21 April 2018

Slavica Ecclestone, former wife of Bernie Ecclestone, bought a house in Zaton, near Dubrovnik, three years ago and for the past three years the luxurious stone villa has been undergoing extensive renovations. The front-row to the Adriatic villa set back Slavica (59) a healthy 19 million Kuna, however considering she received £1.3 billion in 2008 in the divorce settlement.

But it would seem that the former model isn’t making too many friends in the small village of Zaton. Soon after the reconstruction began workers continued into the summer season and therefore disturbed all the neighbours and their guests. She has invested four million Kuna into the 550 metre squared villa and according to report in the media she spent a massive 440,000 Kuna on the stone in villa.

Slavica commented that she loved Dubrovnik but didn’t want to buy a property in the city as the tourist season was just too much for her.


The trend of non-vaccinating the children which has been noticed in the past 5 to 6 years in Croatia, continued in 2017. Due to the continuous drop in the number of vaccinated children, the epidemiologists of the Croatian Institute for Public Health warn that the level of collective immunity is seriously compromised, especially among pre-school children in Croatia – Novi List reports.

Their warning is worrying and leaves no room for doubt: if the non-vaccination trend is not urgently stopped, in the near future we can expect epidemics of measles, rubles, whooping cough and mumps, roughly in that order.

According to the Croatian Institute for Public Health report for 2017, there was a drop in the percentage of vaccinated children, which has been noticed in the last six years.The largest drop occurred in vaccination in the second year of life, when children under the vaccination schedule receive the primary vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MPR).

Despite this trend, school children, Croatian Institute for Public Health reports, are still well protected from measles, rubles and mumps. However, in pre-school children from year to year, the share of susceptible persons is increasing, which is a real danger of epidemic outbreaks, especially in these counties - Dubrovnik-Neretva, Split-Dalmatia, Primorsko-Goranska i Osjecko-Baranjska.

There are also differences within the county, so in the Split-Dalmatia County there is a big difference between 53 percent of vaccinated children in Hvar or 100 percent vaccinated in Vis. Also, there is difererence in Dubrovnik-Neretva County between 40.8 percent vaccinated in Dubrovnik and 80.5 percent in Metković . In Rijeka, 78.3 percent of children were vaccinated against measles, less than a year earlier, 78 percent in Split, and 80.7 percent in Osijek.

Vaccinations in primary school are generally at an acceptable high level, and the only vaccination that does not show a noticeable decline in Croatia is BCG that is being carried out at nursing homes.

The B-Travel fair in Barcelona is opened from today. At this fair, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board joins forces with the tourist boards of the County of Split-Dalmatia, Zadar, Sibenik-Knin and Lika-Senj. At their stand complete offer of Dalmatia and Lika will be presented.

The B-Travel fair is held for the 26th time, and is intended for a wide audience, with 40 countries in the world to present their offer.

The Catalan fair responds to the main motivation of today's tourists: enjoying the travel experience. The products are divided into 5 main areas: B-Happy, B-Special, B-Culture, B-Adventure and B-Delicious. Dubrovnik-Neretva County stand is located in the B-Culture section.

In 2017, tourists from Spain made over 70 thousand arrivals and nearly 180 overnight stays in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is 7 percent more in arrivals and 4 percent more overnight stays than in the previous year.

The British low-cost airline EasyJet has modified its 2018 summer flight schedule for a new line from Germany to Pula. This line, from Tegel airport in Berlin to Pula, will start flying 3 months earlier than planned – Avioradar reports. 

According to the first announcements, the new line Pula - Berlin (Tegel) was supposed to start in the middle of summer season, starting from August, with 3 flights a week, Monday, Friday and Saturday. According to the latest update, the flights on Saturday will start three months earlier, from May 5th. The second two flights a week, on working days, will start flying in August, as planned.

The line from Berlin's other airport, Pula-Berlin ("Schönefeld") remains unchanged with 3 flights a week, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays only during July and August.

After the recent sand dust cloud that pretty much blocked out the sun in Dubrovnik the wind has changed direction, the skies have cleared and the region is in for a hot and sunny weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday will be warm and sunny with temperatures expected to reach a pleasant 22 degrees.

In fact, we are in for a longer period of warmer weather with the forecast showing sun and blue skies for at least the next five days.

Highs today topped out at around 24 degrees and the blue skies shone brightly as a slight northerly wind blew.


Period of stable and warm weather on the way for Dubrovnik 

A stunning new time-lapse video featuring the cultural heritage of Croatia has been released. The new video, which was created by Mario Romulić and Dražen Stojčić, is a three-minute journey through the fantastically diverse cultural sites of Croatia and shows Split, Dubrovnik, Korčula and Zadar.

Made in co-operation with the Ministry of Tourism the video, entitled “TIMELESS STORY - Croatian Cultural Heritage – time-lapse,” has already received numerous positive reacations and will only help to promote the rich history of the country.

Check out this new video

Concert titled 'Culture knows no borders', organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and Croatian Cultural and Art Society 'Dinara', Livno, will be held on Saturday, April 21st in front of the St. Blaise Church at 1 pm. 

The project ‘Culture knows no borders’, launched in early 2018, aims to promote the culture and traditions of Livno, the tourist offer of Livno and Bosnia and Herzegovina and strengthen international cooperation with neighboring countries in the field of culture.

In its rich repertoire sections of this cultural and art society will present themselves with the works of classical and film music, pop-rock, entertainment, classical evergreens, Dalmatian songs and sevdalinke.

On the world market, oil prices jumped to nearly 73 dollars per barrel yesterday, which means that crude oil price rose by 33 percent in a year.

Trends from world markets have not yet exceeded the fuel price at Croatian pumps but we can safely announce that the Eurosuper 95 gasoline prices will soon exceed 10 kuna per liter – Vecernji list reports.

This is also seen in the analysis by the Ministry of Economy, that clearly show that the price of that fuel rose by more than five percent in one month, and at some petrol stations in Zagreb according to available informationEurosuper 95 cost was 9.99 kuna per liter – writes.

It isn’t too late to enter this year’s Dubrovnik Half Marathon but you’ll have to be quick out of the blocks. Due to the runners’ interest, applications for the Dubrovnik Half Marathon have been extended, but with limited number of registrations available. 

The fourth edition of the sports and recreation event Du Motion - Runners' Days Dubrovnik will be held on the 28th and 29th of April.

The two-day event once again offers a program that features the popular Dubrovnik Half Marathon, the challenging City Walls Race, a 5K Charity Race and a Children's Race, alongside the Du Motion Expo and other accompanying events.

The past three years of the Du Motion event have attracted runners from over 50 countries and this most international Croatian running event is set to reaffirm its status if the numerous queries to date from abroad serve as any indication. Dubrovnik attracts many running and racing enthusiasts with its excellent atmosphere, interesting panoramic routes that pass through the Old City and along the Dubrovnik coast, as well as a variety of racing packages that guarantee a great time and getting to know all of the beautiful parts of the city.

The organisers confirmed today to The Dubrovnik Times that registration is still open and they have a few packages left. The late registration half marathon package includes a race bib, medal, Dubrovnik City Walls entrance, Dubrovnik museums entrance, Lokrum island excursion, free public transport, partner discounts, Du Motion info magazine and refreshments.

Follow this link for more details and register today.

Zagreb will have additional flights from Dubai this winter as the airline Emirates have announced an increase in their weekly operations. Emirates will introduce an additional two flights every week from Dubai to Zagreb in their winter schedule.

Flights were launched last June and have proved popular, with daily flights through the summer months and five flights a week through the winter. With the added two weekly flights in the winter the airline will now have the same number of flights between Croatia and the United Arab Emirates all year round.

"Emirates is pleased with the reception our product has had in the Croatian market. Passengers out of Croatia are travelling to Dubai, but also to the Far East, Australia and the Indian subcontinent and coming into Zagreb from Dubai and other destinations from Emirates' global network," commented the airline in an official statement.

According to reports on the specialised website ex-yu aviation the additional two weekly winter flights could bring another 15,000 passengers to Zagreb.




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