Wednesday, 17 January 2018
The Dubrovnik Times

The Dubrovnik Times


The world’s largest tourist portal for travel planning and accommodation booking has released the list of top destinations on the rise and it features a Croatian hotspot.

Taking into consideration numerous travellers’ ratings and comments, TripAdvisor listed the Top 10 Destinations on the Rise including Rovinj in Istria in the 8th place. The Japanese island of Ishigaki topped the list, followed by Kapaa (Hawaii), Nairobi (Kenya), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Gdansk (Poland), San Jose (Costa Rica), Riga (Latvia), Rovinj (Croatia), Nerja (Spain) and Casablanca in Morocco.

The popular tourist portal also recommended ‘’don’t miss’’ sights in listed destinations. Thus, when it comes to Rovinj, they recommend visiting Old Town, Punta Corrente and the Church of St. Euphemia, among many other interesting things.

rovinj on tripadvisor

In addition, Rovinj broke its own record in the number of realized overnight stays in 2017. The figures show an increase in arrivals and overnights stays by 11 percent last year, i.e. Rovinj recorded 637,976 arrivals and 3,850,112 overnight stays and was the second destination in Croatia by the number of realized overnight stays.

The most numerous tourists by realized overnight stays in Rovinj in 2017 were Germans (32%), Austrians (15%), Italians (10%), the Dutch (7%) and Slovenians (5%).

The highest turnover was achieved in camps (47%), followed by hotels (27%), household objects (20%), non-commercial accommodation (3%) and other accommodation facilities (3%).


The iconic ferry that has transported millions of people to the Elpahite Islands near Dubrovnik will soon be replaced. Jadrolinija, the state owned ferry company, has decided to upgrade and modernise their aging fleet and the Dubrovnik ferry Postira will be replaced.

"The fleet modernization task is number one, so we are intensively resuming its reconstruction. A project documentation is currently underway for a passenger ship that would replace the legendary "Postira” "built in 1963. We are certainly heading in the direction of the basic idea that Jadrolinija should have the fastest, most modern and largest fleet on the most important routes today. We also want to ensure our passengers accessibility to every island in the most enjoyable and efficient way," commented Jadronlinija.


A Croatian hotel on the Dalmatian coast has been awarded the prestigious Holiday Check Gold Award 2018.

The online portal HolidayCheck, one of the world’s leading portals for bookings and reviews when it comes to travel and accommodation, visit 20 to 30 million users a month who write around 10 million comments and reviews about destinations and accommodation.

According to numerous reviews and ratings of these guests, which are the best and most valuable indicator of quality, the Holiday Check Gold Award 2018 was awarded to this year’s winners.

Among many awarded hotels, the Hotel Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik from the city of Zadar is the first and only Croatian hotel to be awarded with a ‘’gold medal’’.

This recognition is very important because to win this title it takes at least five consecutive years of winning the Holiday Check Award, which the hotel from Zadar successfully achieved in the period from 2013 to 2018.

Apart from the Hotel Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik, the award for excellence went to Hotel Miramar (Opatija), Aminess Maestral Hotel (Novigrad), Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera (Zadar), Bretanide Sport & Wellness Resort (Bol) and Sentido Kaktus Hotel (Supetar).

For this year’s awards, HolidayCheck took into consideration reviews and comments of more than 980,000 hotel guests.



It seems that in Croatia there is a growing trend amongst young people - not flying out of their family nests! Over 50 percent of young people aged 25-34 still live with their parents, or more precisely 58.7 percent – Jutarnji List reports.

It seems that men are more hesitant when it comes to moving out, since 70 percent of them still live with their parents. On the other side – 47 percent of young ladies made the same choice.

While many young people would say that is hard to move out because of financial troubles, it's interesting to know that 62.8 percent of those who still live in their family nest have a full-time job. The percentage of unemployed young people still living with their family is 24.7 percent, while students take 7.5 percent.



The Libertas flag is once again on the roof of Africa! The team from Dubrovnik reached the summit of Kilimanjaro yesterday and placed the Croatian flag and the Libertas flag on the top of the 5,895 mountain, the highest point in Africa.

Sixteen members of a Croatian expedition from Dubrovnik, all keen recreational walkers and climbers, left Dubrovnik just after New Year on the 2nd of January.

Even though the weather conditions weren’t favourable, rain has been falling for most of the climb, the team made it to the top, above the clouds.

Well done to all the team!



Croatia has long been proven as a hit tourist destination attracting people from all around the planet with its rich and stunning nature, culture and history.

The last two record-breaking tourist seasons brought Croatia not only excellent tourist figures but also great promotion thanks to many celebrities who visited the country.

Apart from famous musicians and actors, one of the richest people in the world today has been visiting Croatia for years, especially one Croatian town on the Dalmatian coast.

Even though Croatian tourists often neglect Skradin, Bill Gates named it ‘’his ideal place for summer holidays’’.

Over the last few years, the town of Skradin in the Šibenik-Knin County has been experiencing its Renaissance and becoming the hot spot for many world stars and travellers. The town that has long been hidden from the public eye has become a place to visit and admire its beauty and history.

bill gates in croatia skradin

Bill Gates on holiday in Skradin - Photo Jutarnji List  

Skradin is located near the Krka River and at the entrance to the Krka National Park. The main attraction of the park, Slapovi Krke (Waterfalls of the River Krka) is a series of waterfalls, the biggest of which, Skradinski buk, was named after Skradin.
It is also interesting to note that the most significant archeological site Bribirska Glavica is located only 15 km from Skradin, also known as Hrvatska Troja (Croatian Troy).

Skradin is absolutely teeming with wonderful sights and picture perfect views, thus, if you find yourself touring the Šibenik-Knin County be sure to visit, explore and enjoy this hidden gem on the Croatian coast Bill Gates loves so much.



The Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is currently visiting Turkey.

The main reason of Grabar-Kitarovic’s one-day working visit to this country is her meeting with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

As stated by the Presidential Office, main topics of talks between the two presidents will be the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Southeastern Europe as well as relations between the European Union and Turkey but also the role of Ankara in controlling the refugee crisis.

The most interesting topic for Croatia is surely the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croats living in that country require the change of the electoral law and equality before the upcoming elections in October 2018.

During the meeting in Ankara, Grabar-Kitarovic and Erdogan will discuss the possible trilateral meeting of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey, which would take place within the first three months this year.

The Turkish President Erdogan paid a visit to Croatia less than two years ago.



The talented young dancer from Rijeka - Maja Keres continues to make foreign successes. Maja is one of the few Croatians who had a chance to collaborate with the world's biggest stars, including Fergie, Justin Bieber and Rob Thomas. Her latest success is dancing in the newest video of Justin Timberlake – Filthy.

-I can’t put in words how happy and thankful I am to have gotten a chance to work on this music video by my favorite artist in the whole world – Justin Timberlake! Everybody who knows me know what and how much this means to me – Maja wrote on her official Instagram profile and said thanks to all those that helped to turn her dreams into reality. She also added that this is an unique opportunity to check out her behind with her permission.

Maja also shared some 'behind the scenes' photos.
-Beyond honored to work with all of the people pictured, but also a huge thank you to everybody behind the scenes for treating us like queens!!- it's written in the caption. It's clear to see that Maja is more than overwhelmed with her experience.

And she sure has the right to! 'Filthy' collected over 14 million views in just four days. You can see Maja dance in the video below.




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