The whole of the Dubrovnik region was hit by a snow blizzard last night as temperatures dipped and a gale force north wind made driving conditions hazardous. Snow fell for most of the evening and in the higher grounds even laid on the roads.
The islands were of course not immune to the freezing weather and these photos of the “white out” on the island of Sipan were sent to us this morning by a reader and really catch the freezing feeling.
Check out the gallery from Sipan last night
As from the beginning of this April, Croatia will become the home to the first cannabis treatment centre in Europe.
The well-known Croatian wellness resort Terme Sveti Martin (Spa Resort Sveti Martin) in the Međimurje County will be the first destination to introduce the first European Canabio centre, where preparations of medicinal cannabis will be used for regenerative purposes.
Even the most sophisticated European countries did not succeed in this venture, however, this small tourist destination in the continental part of Croatia did.
Preparations for the opening the first European Canabio centre are in full swing, a medicinal team is being teamed up and will be ready to provide scientific-holistic recovery services.
The spa resort Sveti Martin is turning towards richer clients from the entire Europe, Russia and Arab countries, to whom they will offer cannabis therapies lasting from one to four weeks. The therapies will be carried out under controlled conditions during which cannabis will be carefully dosed into the body through oil and cocktails.
‘’The dose will be determined upon an individual condition, which will be first examined by blood analysis in a Swiss laboratory. Thus, the best combination of natural preparations for preventive and therapeutic action will be specified. After that, guests will be examined by a specialist and the IQcure Diagnostic Scanner. Our expectations are great; apart from the fact that we want to prolong our tourist season, our intention is to have a share on the health tourism market which is, according to our analysis, worth $18 billion’’, commented Branimir Blajić, the director of Terme Sveti Martin.
The crucial raw material or cannabis will be supplied from Croatian pharmacies, as is the case with patients suffering from cancerous diseases. Great results, as many patients say, are achieved in combating multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, ADHD / ADD.
The Canabio centre at Terme Sveti Martin also points out that research has shown that cannabis most helps people diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, diabetes and asthma.
‘’The cannabis treatment program also includes walks, cycling and other physical activities as well as the use of thermal water in our pools, which is, according to analysis, one of the most quality thermal waters in Europe. Each guest will have a psychological support followed by an excellent local gastronomic offer and creative Mind & Body programs’’, concluded Blajić.
Malta has informed the European Commission about the abolition of the labor market access restrictions for Croatian citizens – Poslovni.hr reports.
Although the deadline to do this is by the end of June, Malta decided to do it earlier.
This information was presented today by the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Maltese president Marie Louise Coleiro after the meeting at Pantovcak.
After Croatia joined the EU in 2013, the restrictions on Croatian workers, which in principle mean that they need work permits, were kept by 13 countries. After accepting the new member in the EU, every country has the right to introduce a transitional period of employment restraint in the principle of 2 + 3 + 2 years.
In practice, this means that the decision must be reviewed after the expiration of each of those periods. After the first two years of Croatian membership in 2015, eight countries have fully opened the labor market for workers from Croatia. The restrictions were then retained by Austria, Slovenia, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Malta. We’ll need to wait until the end of June to see what did other countries decide.
The last tourist season in Croatia was absolutely a record-breaking one. One of the main factors that contributed to the great tourist results was surely Croatian airports that, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (DZS), carried 18 percent more passengers last year in comparison to 2016.
In the period from January to December 2017, 116,000 landings and take-offs of airplanes were completed at Croatian airports, or 7.1 percent more than in the same period in the previous year.
Furthermore, more than 9.5 million passengers were handled at Croatian airports in 2017, or 17.6 percent more compared to the previous year.
The busiest Croatian airport in 2017 was Zagreb Airport with 3 million passengers or 12 percent more than in 2016. Zagreb was followed by Split Airport with 2.8 million passengers (+23%) and Dubrovnik Airport with 2.3 million passengers (+20%).
Dubrovnik City Walls are a must-visit attraction when you are in our beautiful City. There are always tips on how to stay hydrated, avoid the sun, wear comfy shoes, etc. during the walk, but we never thought of brining tips how to 'survive' walking the Walls during the winter and when it's snowy, mostly because the snow is really rare in Dubrovnik.
Yesterday, with low temperatures, freezing wind and snow flakes, we didn't think that anybody would leave the house. However, there were some brave tourists that took their chances and went up the Walls! They weren't frozen – even some selfies were made. It's understandable: nobody wants to miss visiting Dubrovnik City Walls! Snow just made the visit extra special.
Last week in the Dubrovnik region there were ten road traffic accidents, of which three had only material damage whilst the others had injured drivers and passengers.
In traffic control measures carried out by the Dubrovnik Police a total of 635 fines were issued to drivers last week. From this figure 212 were for not wearing seatbelts, 138 for speeding offences, 20 for drunk driving, 13 for incorrect overtaking and 42 for illegally parking vehicles.
It is compulsory in Croatia for the occupants of all vehicles to wear seatbelts them at all times, on front and rear seats. The fine for not wearing a seatbelt is 500 Kuna.
Temperatures are predicted to drop below zero tonight as the cold front freezes the Dubrovnik region. Snow fell for most of the morning in the region and brought a white frosty covering to the higher altitudes of the Dubrovnik region.
The boroughs of Konavle and Zupa received the most snow and snow ploughs are active in Konavle clearing the roads of the northern hills. The forecast predicts that we are in for a bitterly cold night in Dubrovnik with more snow on the way tomorrow. The Croatian Meteorological Office is reporting the chance of gale force winds with maximum gust speeds of up to 100 km/h in Dubrovnik for tomorrow and have added that many ferries will not operate tomorrow due to the unstable weather conditions.
Highs tomorrow are expected to reach a chilly 5 degrees with lows below freezing at minus 4 degrees. The cold snap should continue to at least Wednesday, before a more stable and warmer period of weather is predicted.
Photos - Ivana Smilovic and Mark Thomas
Squid fishing in the Adriatic Sea is a normal pastime, but catching a 6.5 kilos squid is far from normal. But this week in Cavtat that is exactly what happened when Vedran Žanetić pulled out a massive 6.5 kilo squid from the Tiha Bay in Cavtat.
This “Todarodes sagittatus” or Oceanic Squid is certainly rare in the Adriatic. They can grow up to 1.5 metres in length and reach up to 15 kilos. This one caught by Žanetić is without doubt a massive squid and probably not what he had in mind when he decided to go squid fishing.
Ryanair is slowly but surely creating a mini-hub in the Croatian coastal city of Zadar with news that it will add yet another destination to the already busy schedule. Memmingen, a town in Bavaria, is the latest European city to join the list of destinations from Zadar. In total the Irish budget airline now Zadar with seventeen destinations.
Ryanair plans to fly three times a week between Memmingen and Zadar, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting on the 8th of May and according to the airline they will continue until the start of the 2018/2019 winter timetable. Single tickets start at around 50 Euros and are already available for sale on the Ryanair website.
Ryanair already operates flights from Zadar to Brussels, Copenhagen, Paris, Marseille, Berlin, Bremen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt Hahn, Frankfurt International, Karlsruhe, Dublin, Göteborg, Stockholm, Bristol, Glasgow, London Stansted and Manchester.
This driver didn’t have the greatest of starts to Sunday. It is still unclear how this car managed to be hanging on the brink of sinking into the river near Dubrovnik.
It seems to be stuck between the shore and a boat with its wheels wrapped up in ropes, but how this car actually got into this precarious position is still unknown. The car was spotted this morning by a popular Facebook site in Dubrovnik near the ACI Marina in Komolac.