Sunday, 21 January 2018
The Dubrovnik Times

The Dubrovnik Times


As Dubrovnik is the setting for King’s Landing in Game of Thrones it seems only fair that we mark the fact that today is Appreciate a Dragon Day.

According to Donita K. Paul, the creator of this special day which he started back in 2004, you are encouraged to learn and explore the cultural and historic significance of dragons.

But we thought we would just have a little bit of fun! To all you dragons out there have a great day.

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CNN Travel has published an article few days ago where it brings 14 hot new global restaurants for 2018. Since it's a sort of global gourment guide for 2018, it's a great honour to be on the list. 

-Here are 14 additions to the culinary must-try list for those keen to get in first at the hottest tables around the world – writes CNN.

And suprisingly or not – Dubrovnik found its place on this list too. Sensus, restaurant of the Hotel Excelsior was placed 9th.
-With one of the finest views of the beautiful walled old town of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea, Sensus at the Excelsior Hotel already had much in its favor even before the plates from chef Petar Obad were added into the mix. His interpretations of Mediterranean classics and local Croatian delicacies brings in diners as much as the Instagram-worthy backdrop – it's written in the article.

Author was especially delighted with a signature dish of ravioli with sweetbreads, truffle, prosciutto and a sauce made from Malvasija wine, which according to CNN demonstrates the chef's melding of flavors, ingredients and textures.

-Herbs from the kitchen's garden and local sun-ripened produce are crafted into lamb with rosemary, artichokes and onion marmalade, while "grandma's flan" is Obad's dessert homage to a beloved family recipe-writes CNN Travel.

Sounds tempting, right? You can check the whole list here.



Spain will replace the United States as the second most popular tourist destination in the world this year, while France retains first place, according to UN World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) data.

The organization's report shows that the total number of international tourist arrivals rose last year by 7 percent to 1.3 billion. This strong momentum is expected to continue in 2018, with a growth rate of 4 to 5 percent.

Europe is “in” for 2018 with all the Mediterranean destinations, including Croatia, looking forward to a successful year. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that the country recorded a record of more than 82 million visitors in 2017, an increase of 8 percent compared to previous year. In the preliminary analysis of tourist data for 2017, UNWTO said: "Guided by Mediterranean destinations, Europe is remarkably impressive for such a large and quite mature region." Last year, Europe saw an increase of 8 percent in international arrivals.

The Croatian National Tourist Boars have announced that this year there will be a 25 percent increase in international flights to the country and as well as strong connections expected in the post season.



If you don’t like steps don’t come to Dubrovnik! Anyone who has ever been to the historic Old City will know that every side street offers a multitude of steps. If you are looking for a free workout, then Dubrovnik is the place for you.

But just how many steps are there inside the ancient walled city. Quite a few years ago a young team of international students actually counted them, yes not the kind of job that is appealing to everyone. They worked out, over a series of days, that there are 4,343 stone steps in the Old City of Dubrovnik. We will have to take their word for it because we aren’t fit enough to check it. Not only did they count the steps in the core of the city but also on the Dubrovnik City Walls, which has a further 1,080 steps. That makes a grand, and it is grand, total of 5,423 steps in Dubrovnik.

So if you are planning to stay inside the Old City this summer be prepared for a daily fitness regime. There’s no need to visit the gym. A walk around the city walls and a few strolls back and forth to your apartment will give you a free “bum and thigh” work our every day.

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Dubrovnik - a city of stone steps 


Dubrovnik is beautiful, everybody knows that, but there is a sort of the hidden gem just around 15 minutes drive away from it – Cavtat!

This little town is part of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and is the centre of the Konavle municipality. Those who visit Cavtat mostly agree that there is a certain charm in this city. It's calm, small and beautiful and it has absolutely breathtaking sunsets.

This video made by Dario Skuric shows just some of the perfect sunsets in Cavtat (and a bit of Dubrovnik, too). Take a look and fall in love!


According to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and the nautical charter (eCrew system), from January to end-December in 2017 there was 18.5 million arrivals (+13 percent) and 102 million overnight stays (+12 percent). That are truly historical tourist results for Croatia, which confirmed to be one of the most popular tourist destinations.

Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Director of the Croatian Tourist Board General Office, Kristjan Stanicic are pleased with these results and in 2018 they announce a stronger development of year-round tourism based on sustainable development and destination management.

Looking at the period from January to December, foreign tourists MADE 16.5 million arrivals (+14 percent) and 89.8 million overnight stays (+12 percent), while domestic tourists mad 12 million overnight stays, which is a growth of 14 percent. During the last year most of the overnight stays were made in Istria (28 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia County (19 million) and Kvarner (18.6 million). Following are Zadar County (13.7 million overnight stays), Dubrovnik-Neretva County (8.5 million), Sibenik-Knin (7.1 million), Lika-Senj County (3.2 million) and Zagreb (2.3 million). There were 2 million overnight stays (+15 percent) on the continent, and most of the overnight stays were realized in Karlovac County (576 thousand overnight stays), Krapina-Zagorje County (322 thousand) and Osijek-Baranja County (188 thousad).

When it comes to overnight stays, top destinations are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec, Medulin and Umag. Of the total number of overnight stays, most were realized in households (35 million nights), hotels (25 million overnight stays) and camps (19 million), while 3.2 million overnight stays were made in the nautical charter during the last twelve months.

According to the Croatian National Bank (HNB) data, in the first nine months of 2017 tourism revenues were 8 billion, 724 million Euros, which represents a growth of 10 percent compared to the same period last year or more precisely 822 million euros.

In the third quarter, or July, August and September of 2017, tourism revenues amounted to 5 billion and 992 million Euros from foreign visitors, representing a 10 percent increase over the same period last year or 533 million more.

In the first nine months, the share of travel-tourism revenue in total GDP at current prices was 24 percent, which is 0.9 percentage points higher than in the same period last year.

A Croatia Airlines flight from Frankfurt to Dubrovnik was struck by a bolt of lightning at around 9.00pm last night. Just before landing at Dubrovnik Airport the Airbus A319 was struck by lightning but managed to land without any problems.

No major damage was reported, however from the photo it is clear to see where the lightning struck the nose of the Croatia Airline plane.

Overnight mechanics reportedly checked the plane over and it took off at 6.40 am on a flight to Zagreb.

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Lightning damage on Croatia Airlines plane from Frankfurt - Photo Tango Six 



The Croatian capital Zagreb will have direct flights to Canada this year with the reintroduction of flights with Air Canada after a long 27-year break. Flights between Toronto and Zagreb will begin on the 2nd of June and will be operated by the Rouge airline, a subsidiary of Air Canada.

According to a report on the specialist airline website EX-YU Aviation the airline firmly believes that this new route will be successful and have already reported great bookings. Air Canada will fly four times a week to Zagreb and stress that they will “Offer the best market coverage of any carrier between Canada and Croatia.”

From the 2nd of June until the 7th of October the airline will maintain regular flights, and due to the high number of Croatian diaspora that live in Canada these flights should prove popular.




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