Friday, 22 September 2017

According to the latest information, Austrians, Chinese and an Italian-Turkish group are bidding for the construction of the Peljesac Bridge in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

In the restricted procedure of public procurement, Strabag from Austria, Astaldi and the Turkish Ictas as well as the Chinese company China Road Bridge Corporation (CRBC) with partners have submitted their offers in the second-round tender.

The criterion for the selection of a bidder, according to the new Public Procurement Act, is the most economically advantageous offer. The Croatian client Hrvatske ceste (Croatian roads) estimated the value of construction works at 1,756 billion Kunas excluding VAT; however, so far the bids (without VAT) exceeded this amount.  The Italian construction group Astaldi with its Turkish partner offered 2,551 billion Kunas (344,799 million Euros) for the bridge construction, the Strabag company from Austria offered 2,622 billion Kunas (354,440 million Euros), whilst the Chinese company CRBC offered the amount of 2,08 billion Kunas or 281,298 million Euros for the bridge construction.

After the evaluation of the bids in accordance with Croatia's Public Procurement Act, the competent Commission that includes representatives of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, and the Croatian Roads company will reach the decision on the selection of the most competitive bidder.

The value of the construction of the Peljesac bridge is estimated at 422 million Euros, whilst the EU will contribute 85 percent of the cost. The bridge will significantly improve the everyday life of Croatians, through reducing the travel time between Dubrovnik and Split. It will also greatly benefit tourism, trade and will reinforce the territorial cohesion of the South Dalmatia region with the other part of the country.

The Peljesac Bridge will connect the Dubrovnik–Neretva County to the rest of the country, by crossing the Mali Ston Bay over the Adriatic Sea. This will enable an undisturbed flow of goods and people, especially during the high tourist season.

In addition, the bridge will be 55 metres high and 2,4 kilometres long, with four lanes. The EU is also funding supporting infrastructure, such as the construction of access roads, including tunnels, bridges and viaducts, the building of an 8km-long bypass near the town of Ston and upgrading works on the existing road D414.

The bridge is expected to be opened in 2022.

According to nautical guests’ votes, Marina Punat is the best Croatian marina in 2017.
A few days ago, Marina Punat on the island of Krk was presented with the ''Golden Anchor Jutarnji list 2017'' award as the best marina on the Adriatic this year. ACI Marina Slano near Dubrovnik won the second place, whilst the Olive Island marina on the island of Ugljan was voted the third best Croatian marina.

The special acknowledgement ''Moja najdraza marina'' (''My favourite marina'') according to the nautical reviews went to ACI Marina Cres on the island of Cres, whilst Adriatic Croatia International Club d.d. – ACI received a special acknowledgement for exceptional contribution to the development of the Croatian nautical tourism as well as for the full support to the organization of Nautical Patrol of the Jutarnji list 2017.

The ''Golden Anchor Jutarnji list 2017'' award is the final of the summer project Nautical Patrol of the Jutarnji list which was carried out from the 23rd of June to the 18th of August this year. The project encompassed 32 marinas from the island of Ugljan to Dubrovnik, with 11,500 berths, whilst the main goal was to identify and compare the quality of services in Croatian marinas in order to improve the quality of nautical tourism in the country. Hanza Media organized the project under the sponsorship of the Croatian Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ).

''Nautical tourism is a product of exceptional global attractiveness, which records high rates of growth in the world. Nowadays Croatia is one of the leading nautical destinations, especially on the Mediterranean, therefore the Ministry of Tourism has great expectations from nautical tourism'', commented the Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli.
Cappelli also added that this project, which involved more than 1,000 boaters on 32 locations, ensured the reference data on advantages and disadvantages of each Croatian marina and made an excellent basis for analysis that would surely serve as a good starting point in creating the next nautical year.

The survey questionnaire was completed by guest boaters in each marina who rated each category from 1 to 5 such as the orderliness, organization and cleanliness of a marina, staff hospitality, catering, and entertainment and sports contents. These answers accounted for 70 percent of the total marina rating, whilst the rating of the nautical patrol accounted for 30 percent, but for the overall impression of the marina.

Jackie Chan was a guest at Conan O'Brien show and shared some memories from Zagreb. During the filming of 'Armour of God' in 1986 he got a hole in his head! He was jumping from a wall to a tree branch, but the branch broke.  

- I tried to grab the tree. Yugoslav camerman was holding his camera. If he put down the camera and pushed me a little bit I think I would be safe. But when he saw my hole, he took the camera and run away – Chan explained while the audience laughed.

He said he was lucky because he knew how to fall or the injury could be fatal. But still, he has a memory from Zagreb, because he still has a hole in his head– two fingers wide. He even made Conan O'Brien feel it!

Armour of God was filmed on location in parts of what was then Yugoslavia: Zagreb (Dolac Central Market), Upper town, Trnje (near the then-unfinished building of Croatian Radio Television), Croatia, and Predjama Castle near Postojna, Slovenia. Filming was also undertaken in Graz, Austria, France, Spain and Morocco.

Lokrum island, located 600 meters from the Old City, is a must-visit if you are in Dubrovnik. It’s just one short ferry ride away and one of the most important things to know if you are planning a visit (besides the wonders that will wait for you on the island) is when you can go on and return from  the island of Lokrum.

From today, September 18th, the last ferry will leave the island at 6 pm, instead of 7 pm. Don’t worry, there is still enough time to explore the island.

You can see the full schedule on the photo below.


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Even though weather in Dubrovnik wasn't so nice like yesterday, Old City was still crowded.

Tourists decided to use their time in Dubrovnik and took a walk on the Walls, bought ice-creams or just sat in the coffee shop and watched the crowds go by. Few drops of rain didn't bother anybody and from time to time even sun decided to peek from the clouds.

Another busy Sunday is behind us. We bring you today's atmosphere in our photo gallery.

Greenpeace volunteers, along with the mermaid Suncana, participated in the cleaning of  Grabova beach in the Mljet National Park, which was particularly affected by plastic waste. They want to warn the public, as well as companies that place large quantities of disposable plastic on the market about the alarming rise of pollution in the Adriatic Sea caused by plastic waste.

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Photo by Sime Fabris

On the occasion of Coastal Cleanup Day, Greenpeace organized clean up actions on Mljet, Brac, Pag, Solta and Split. In addition to the cleaning, a plastic waste review will also be carried out to determine which companies are the most responsible for the pollution with the absurd quantities of disposable plastic. Apart for Croatia, clean up actions and surveys of collected waste are also being organized in other countries, such as Spain, France, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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    Photo by Hrvoje Simic

Mermaid Suncana joined Greenpeace in the battle against plastic in the sea and also to emphasize how important is to protect marine animals, that are often harmed by plastic – they choke and entangle in plastic waste.

Scientists estimate that there is around 1,455 tons of waste plastic floating today in the Mediterranean, making the Mediterranean one of the most endangered seas in the world.

Dubrovnik Dud Bowl, international tennis championship, is again successful in connecting children from all over the world. Children came from France, Ukraine, Sweden, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Serbia, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Romania, Malta, the United Arab Emirates, Japan and of course from Croatia. They gathered on Saturday morning on the field of Tennis Center Dubrovnik in Gospino Polje.


This tennis tournament is for girls and boys up to 13 years old and it will last until Tuesday, September 19th. Yesterday first rounds of the tournament were played and little ones enjoyed the grand opening of their tournament.




Cat café will open soon in Croatian capital – Zagreb. That is first café of that type in Croatia and it already attracted a lot of attention all over their social media.

''Kitten heaven'' should open in October, but it’s still not known when exactly. Concept of the café is, as you could have imagine, that with coffee, tea and juice it will also offer – cats.

The animals will be from local shelters and the goal is to find them a long-term home. But until then they will be spoiled by café staff, as well as the visitors. A great way for a stress relief, since cuddling and petting cats is scientifically proven to lower your heart rate. Cats will be cage-free, sterilized and ready for cuddling.

And the best part is: if you fall in love with some kitty – you can take it home!


If you ask the locals, the best month for swimming is September. Crowds are smaller, it's not crazy hot and sea is so inviting.

This Saturday morning was perfect for the beach. Tourists and locals at Banje Beach proved that summer is not over, as they were sunbathing and swimming. Yes, there were some waves, but that didn't stop anybody from enjoying this beautiful day.

See more in our photo gallery.

Filming Europe, the Association of European Film Commissions, will give an award for the best European location in Cinema and TV industries for the first time.

Dubrovnik made it through the first phase and is now on the final shortlist. It was placed on the list because of the filming of the famous serial Game of Thrones. King’s Landing, remember?

- Dubrovnik, Croatia, the Medieval dream of everybody who would like to see himself with an helmet in the head and a sword in his hand fighting for the Seven Kingdoms. This city was loved just by the begin by the Game of Thrones’ producers because it was as eternal as they couldn’t imagine; they thought it was the perfect one to immortalize the legendary King’s Landing in a place where the present mix inevitably with the past on the eternal walls of the old heritage of the Republic of Ragusa – it’s written on the official page.

But Dubrovnik is not the only Croatian representative in this competition. Fortress Kastilac, located in the city of Kastela was also nominated because of Game of Thrones.

Now it’s time to vote - you can do it easily by filling the online form. The voting lasts until October 25th.
Maybe you will be more motivated to vote if you hear that Filming Europe and Cineuropa will draw a winner from all voters, who will have the chance to visit the winning location!

The winner will get 2 nights accommodation for 2 people, which will be offered and used in agreement with the film commission of that area.

So what are you waiting for? Vote for Dubrovnik here.




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