Due to a road traffic accident the main coastal road over Dubrovnik has been closed in both directions since 17.30. The accident occurred at Nuncijata and has caused kilometres of traffic jams in both directions.
The police are on the scene but the official cause of the accident still hasn't been revealed. Unofficially eye witnesses commented that an Opel slipped on the side of the street and collided head on with a Renault coming in the opposite direction.
According to the latest Best in Europe 2017 list from Lonely Planet, the Croatian capital is a winner among the Top 10 European destinations!
The world's largest travel guide book publisher made a list of the top ten most exciting destinations in Europe to visit in 2017, and Zagreb was ranked as the number one European destination.
“For Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2017 we’ve compiled our hotlist of destinations across the continent to visit this summer, all offering something new, exciting or undiscovered that make them worth exploring right now’’, commented Tom Hall, the editorial director at Lonely Planet.
Hall also explained why they chose Zagreb as the number one destination in 2017. “Zagreb tops our list because it ticks all of these boxes. Croatia is one of Europe’s hottest destinations right now but many people head straight to the coast, meaning they miss out on visiting a city that has a dynamic cultural offering, a thriving food and drink scene, and is now easier to reach than ever before.”
Here is the list of the top ten Lonely Planet’s European destinations to visit in 2017:
1. Zagreb (Croatia)
2. Gotland (Sweden)
3. Galicia (Spain)
4. Northern Montenegro
5. Leeds (UK)
6. Alentejo (Portugal)
7. Northern Germany
9. Paphos (Cyprus)
10. Le Havre (France)
Today could see some scattered clouds and there is a chance of rain tomorrow and then Dubrovnik is in for sunshine all the way. Scorching temperatures, blue skies and a warm Adriatic Sea – summer is coming to Dubrovnik.
From Friday over the weekend to the end of next week temperatures will average a pleasant 26 degrees every day. And with only 28 days left till summer officially starts we look like starting on the right foot with warm and sunny weather. The Adriatic Sea is currently a rather refreshing 20 degrees Celsius, however in the warmer weather on the way for Dubrovnik it will soon reach a balmy 25 degrees.
The ferry ‘’Dubrovnik’’ which connects the port of Italy with the port of Dubrovnik will also connect Montenegro and Italy this summer.
Upon agreement on cooperation recently signed by representatives of the maritime company ‘’Barska plovidba’’ from neighbouring Montenegro and Jadrolinija from Croatia, the ferry ‘’Dubrovnik’’ will set sail on its maiden voyage from the port of Bar (Montenegro) to Bari on the 26th of May.
The ferry will operate on the route Bar-Bari-Bar once a week during May, September, October and November, and twice a week during the summer months of June, July and August.
In a press release for the Montenegrin media, ‘’Barska plovidba’’ commented that Jadrolinija’s offer was the most favourable one, and that the company would only benefit from the business cooperation with the renowned and oldest ferry company on the Adriatic.
The ferry ‘’Dubrovnik’’ is 122.06 metres long, 18.82 metres wide, and 12.55 metres in height, whilst the ferry’s top speed is 20 knots. It has 149 cabins with 457 beds, and has a maximum capacity for 1,300 passengers and around 300 cars.
The actor Sir Roger Moore has died at the age of 89, his family have announced. Sir Roger was a huge fan of Dubrovnik and visited the city on several occasions with his wife Kristina.
The couple were first introduced to the city by the Austria violinist Julian Rachlin and Sir Roger even made a special appearance in the Rector’s Palace as part of Rachlin’s classical festival. It was announced that he died after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”
During his long career Sir Roger appeared as the iconic British spy, James Bond, in seven movies including A View to a Kill and Live and Let Die. Sir Roger was an ambassador for Unicef, and it was it that role that he met Rachlin and consequently greatly assisted in raising funds for the organisation with charity events in Dubrovnik. He was even once involved in a charity football match in Dubrovnik along with John Malkovich.
"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated," commented the family on Twitter.
“Dubrovnik is an insanely gorgeous city and it gets crazy, crazy crowded,” commented an American couple on a travel video they published on their YouTube channel. Anna and Derek Morris are currently travelling around the world and on a stop to Dubrovnik they made a short travel tips video.
The pair, who run a blog named “We Play Everywhere,” strongly recommended visiting the historic Old City of Dubrovnik in the morning hours and in the evenings, basically when the day-trippers and cruise ship passengers have left. “Dubrovnik is amazing early in the morning and late in the evening we recommend day-tripping out of here as it gets a little crazy in the day,” commented Derek Morris.
The travelling couple also praise the food and service as well as kayaking on the island of Lopud.
Check out the video
Croatia's national air carrier Croatia Airlines launched its first official flight on the regular line between Zagreb and Bucharest on the 22nd of May.
Recently the air carrier announced its new services to Scandinavian destinations of Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo, and for the first time in the company's history, to the Romanian capital of Bucharest.
The service between Zagreb and Bucharest and vice versa will be operated three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the end of October.
At a press conference that followed the landing of the first Croatia Airlines’ plane on the ''Bucharest Henri Coanda'' airport, Kresimir Kucko, the CEO of Croatia Airlines, commented that he hoped that the new service would contribute to the discovery of natural, historical and cultural beauties of Zagreb and Bucharest, and to the more intensive cooperation between the two countries.
In addition, Davor Vidis, the Croatian ambassador to Romania, explained that the direct service of Croatia Airlines would encourage a larger number of tourist arrivals, business trips and visits of cultural workers and athletes. Vidis also hoped that the service would continue after October and become regular.
It is interesting to note that around 14,000 passengers travelled between Zagreb and Bucharest in 2016, with a continuous growth year after year.
Photo by Romeo Manciu
The latest list of the UNESCO's world heritage includes 814 cultural, 203 natural, and 35 mixed monuments, and totals 1,052 protected cultural and natural monuments in 165 countries worldwide. Eight gems from Croatia also found their place on this prestigious list and are waiting for you to discover them.
Among the numerous world popular UNESCO's sites such as Stonehenge, the Pyramids, and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, there are the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian, the Old City of Dubrovnik, the Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Porec, the Historic Town of Trogir, the Cathedral of Saint James in Sibenik, the Stari Grad Plain on the island of Hvar, and the Graveyards of the Medieval Tombstones (''stećci'') at Dubravka in the Konavle region and at Cista Velika near Imotski.
The UNESCO's list also includes intangible cultural heritage in Croatia such as the annual carnival bell ringers' pageant from the Kastav area, the Festivity of Saint Blaise, the patron of Dubrovnik, the lace making tradition in Croatia, the Procession ''Za Krizen'' (''Following the Cross'') on the island of Hvar, the Spring Procession of Ljelje/Kraljice (Our Lady) from Gorjani, the traditional manufacturing of children's wooden toys in the Hrvatsko Zagorje region, the two-part singing and playing in the Istrian scale, the gingerbread craft from Northern Croatia, a knights' tournament of Sinjska Alka in Sinj, the so-called ''becarac'' singing and playing from Eastern Croatia, the Silent Circle dance (Nijemo Kolo) of the Dalmatian Hinterland, the klapa multipart singing in the Dalmatia region, as well as the Mediterranean cuisine.
Summer is just around the corner in Dubrovnik. The weather has been unusually cool for the past few weeks but more settled weather is predicted and the sea is slowly warming up. Today the Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik measured 20 degrees Celsius, which may be a little “refreshing” for the locals but probably warm enough to take a dip.
The main beaches around the city are slowly filling and the iconic Banje Beach was relatively busy today with a “brave” few splashing in the water. The sea temperature is predicted to rise to around 22 degrees by the begging of next week making it almost perfect for cooling off. In the height of the summer months the sea temperature in Dubrovnik reaches 25 degrees and more.
In the past week in the Dubrovnik area there were 15 road traffic accidents according to information from the Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. In total there are five traffic accidents involving material damage, nine with people injured and one that resulted in a fatality.
Over the past week the Dubrovnik police carried out traffic control measures in which 374 drivers were fined. From that total 121 drivers were stopped for speeding, 36 for not wearing a seat belt, 42 for non-compliance with traffic lights, 10 for improper overtaking and 8 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol.