Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Game of Thrones is coming back to Dubrovnik this year! The globally popular HBO serial will once again use Dubrovnik as a backdrop, and this time it is for the grand finale, the eighth and final series.

According to rumours the Game of Thrones production team will roll into Dubrovnik in February and will film scenes for the last season. The creators of the show were spotted, with the whole scouting crew, back in November last year checking out new locations in the city. The Dubrovnik Times has learned from an inside source that this final filming in Dubrovnik will include many of the main stars of the serial, there is even a rumour that Jon Snow will film in Dubrovnik.

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This news coincides with an official HBO statement, released yesterday, that announced the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones would hit the screens in 2019. Production of this last season started back in October and according to HBO will last until August 2018, including the February trip to Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik has been used as the location for King’s Landing since season two and it seems only logical that the finale will include Dubrovnik based scenes. As the filming will take place in the winter months in Dubrovnik the crew and cast will certainly find it easier to navigate and set up.


Croatian real estate is on the radar for the Dubai based property giant DAMAC International.

"Croatia has a lot to offer, picturesque places for residential communities as well as an attractive tourist destination, which is a huge potential for accommodation projects," commented the Senior Vice President of International Business at DAMAC, Wael Al Lawati. He added that he sees the potential of real estate locations in Istria, Dalmatia and Dubrovnik.

The reason for DAMAC’s sudden interest in Croatia relies on a recent visit by the President of DAMAC, Hussain Sajwanja, to the country and a business meeting with the President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar – Kitarović. The pair met in July last year and apparently discussed some possible future co-operation in the real estate sector. It would appear that these meetings have proved constructive.

"DAMAC has the capital and resources to realize large-scale projects with the right local partners and in cooperation with the government, and we could soon announce a big project in Croatia," said Al Lawati.

Could that project be a golf course or hotel resort? In Dubai the company has built a number of residential complexes as well as golf course resorts. In fact, the Trump International Golf Club Dubai, which was opened by Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump in February last year, is one of the jewels in their property empire.



Most popular and most awarded Croatian photographers have released an excellent new time-lapse video showing all the charms of Croatia’s natural heritage.

After the impressive time-lapse videos of Hvar, Baranja, Motovun, Šibenik, the National Park Krka and others, Mario Romulić and Dražen Stojčić from Osijek have shown their crazy skills again with this masterpiece video with stunning scenes of Croatia’s nature.

‘’Timeless Beauty’’ is the first video which Romulić & Stojčić studio made for the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, but it isn’t the last as they are planning to film another one dedicated to Croatia’s historical and cultural heritage.

Finally, the Ministry of Tourism is waking up to the idea that promotion needs a slice of creativity. Croatia already has plenty to offer on all fronts, it just needs promoting with a modern touch.

Check out the glorious time-lapse video



Croatia is about to see the light of the first picture book about same gender families this month.

On the 18th of January, the Rainbow Families Association (Dugine Obitelji) in Croatia will introduce to the public the first picture book about same gender families with children.

The Association gathers around twenty same gender couples with children who decided to publish a picture book for their children as well as for all other children in order for them to comprehend that it is perfectly all right to have two mothers or two fathers in their life.

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‘’There are already several picture books in Croatia (translations of foreign editions) that mention families with same gender parents, most often when describing different types of families. We wanted to make one just for Croatia’’, explained the Association coordinator Danijel Martinović.

Martinović also added that the first 500 copies would be distributed to schools and kindergartens who expressed their wish to have this particular picture book. They are mostly from Zagreb as well as from other parts of Croatia.

However, the picture book will not be available for sale. Those who fail to get their copy will be able to download it for free on the Association website where a special form could be found for those who would like to have a printed copy. In case of a larger number of printed copy requests, the Association will publish the second edition.

This interesting picture book will also be available in German, English, Italian and French.

The main characters of the picture book are children who describe their family, an ordinary family with same gender parents.
‘’We wanted our families to be more visible. As there are families with a single parent, or with adopted children, thus there are families with same gender parents’’, concluded Martinović.



Game of Thrones will feature on a set of 15 first class stamps in the UK to highlight the British contribution to the series.

The stamps, which are sure to be scooped up by collectors and fans of the HBO series, will show ten main characters from the series.

Whilst the backgrounds to the famous characters, such as Jon Snow, Ayra Stark and Daenerys Targaryen, show scenes from the serial and one of the clearly shows a Dubrovnik based scene. The collection’s release comes ahead of the eighth and final series, which is currently in production.

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“Croatians really don’t know how to park very well,” comments the author of this funny video. He could have quite easily have said drivers in Dubrovnik don’t know how to park as this video was shot in a supermarket carpark in the Port of Dubrovnik.

Published on the Daily Mail website already a million people have seen and commented on this parking performance around the world.

Check out this parking video and make your own conclusions

A strong earthquake shook Montenegro just before noon and was felt in Dubrovnik too. According to information from Vijesti the earthquake was 5.2 magnitude on the Richter scale. 

The epicenter was near the city Plav, on the Visitor Mountain at a depth of five kilometers.

After the initial earthquake, ten minutes later, a new earthquake could be felt, magnitude 3.2 on the Richter scale.

This caused panic all over Montenegro. In Dubrovnik, the situation is much calmer, since the intensity of the earthquake was much considerably lower.



Making its UK debut, the Croatian brand Break Time comes to the London Boat Show 2018 with their beautiful range of handmade nautical-style bracelets. Water-resistant and durable, the Break Time unique jewellery pieces are inspired by the magical Adriatic Sea.

Each and every one of the Break Time bracelets is carefully handcrafted by the brand's owner and designer, Ionut Copoiu, using yachting rope and stainless steel adjustable shackles, decorative compass shackles or anchors.

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"We are excited to take part, for the first time, in an international boat show of such calibre. We are coming to London Boat Show with a wide selection of our best-selling anchor bracelets, compass bracelets and shackle bracelets. I would dare to say that nobody - man, woman or child - would leave our stand without finding at least one model and one colour combination to love", commented the brand's designer, adding that Break Time has also an extremely interesting special offer during the boat show.

"We are offering free custom engraving for any of the shackle bracelets purchased during London Boat Show. Basically, if one wants to engrave one's own name, company logo, yacht or boat name, or any other custom message that one likes, we will personalize their new nautical bracelet on the spot, in a few minutes, free of charge!"



A record-breaking tourist season in Croatia in 2017 brought not only record tourist figures but also started a financial avalanche of new investments in this lucrative economic branch in 2018.

According to a survey carried out by the Ministry of Tourism that included all Croatian counties and tourist companies in the country, around 940 million Euros will be invested in Croatia’s tourism this year.

Out of the total amount of almost a million Euros, private tourist companies will invest around 630 million Euros in their own projects, whilst the public sector i.e. counties, cities and municipalities, will invest the rest of the amount, around 310 million Euros.

Announced investments in the private sector will include investing in hotels, camps, nautical and other types of accommodation facilities, entertainment and attractions, whilst public sector investments include visitors’ centres, beaches, promenades and other infrastructure.

The survey of the Ministry of Tourism also showed that investments in tourism amounted to 817 million Euros in 2017 and 676 million Euros in 2016.



Dubrovnik has so much more to offer to tourists, it isn’t a sun, sand and sea destination, what about abandoned building tourism. As the warm winter sunlight flooded down over the idyllic Adriatic bay we caught up with an English tourist, well traveller would be a better word, who is currently visiting the ruins of the former military resort of Kupari.

“I spend eight months of the year on the road and am fascinated by recently abandoned sites, and in Croatia there are so many because of the war,” commented this cheerful British traveller as his camper van sat parked in front of one of the bombed out hotels in Kupari.

“I have been to Dubrovnik many times before, and on this trip I’ve been to Osijek and Vukovar. I tend to visit outside of the main tourist season so I have time and peace to see what I want,” added the retired photographer from London.

It was certainly unusual to see a British registered camper in Kupari at the beginning of January, but the angles of tourism are far from narrow. There are clubs and associations around the world that have a mutual appreciation of abandoned complexes. Dubrovnik certainly has its fair share, at least for the time being. Apart from Kupari this curious traveller had also visited the former Hotel Belvedere in Dubrovnik, as well as similar sights in Zagreb and Slavonia.






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