Wednesday, 17 January 2018
The Dubrovnik Times

The Dubrovnik Times


The Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, said that the construction project of the Peljesac Bridge is moving forward and he hoped that a Croatian company can get involved with the project.

Croatian Roads announced yesterday that the Chinese consortium, China Road and Bridge Corporation, will conduct the first phase of the construction of the Peljesac Bridge with access roads, and that the European Commission will finance 85 percent of the project.

Of the three bids submitted for tender of the public procurement contract, the China Road and Bridge Corporation, with a bid of 2.08 billion Kuna were selected as the most attractive and they will have a deadline of 36 months to complete their works.

"This project is moving forward to the satisfaction of all the citizens, especially those in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, because with the realization of the Peljesac Bridge the county will be connected with the rest of the country,” added the Minister.

model of new peljesac bridge 2018

The Peljesac Bridge was declared a project of exceptional strategic importance for the country, the total value of the project is 526 million Euro, of which the EU will finance 85 percent. The decision to co-finance the largest Croatian project ever was made by the European Commission in June 2017. The bridge construction will last three years.

The public tender for the second phase of the project, the construction of roads through the Peljesac peninsular, totalling 400 million Kuna, will be announced at the end of February, said Minister Butković. The construction of the bridge, 2.4 kilometres long and 55 meters high, should last 36 months from the start of the works, with the bridge having four traffic lanes.


An American YouTube channel recently released an interesting video about Croatia.

The ten-minute video released by World Top 10 selected and highlighted the ten most beautiful places in Croatia. They listed the city of Dubrovnik, the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the Zagorje Region, the coastal town of Makarska, the Mljet National Park, the city of Split, the Pelješac Peninsula, the town of Rovinj, the Croatian capital of Zagreb and the Kornati Islands.

In case you have never visited Croatia, we advise you to check this great video. We are more than sure that you will fall in love with Croatia and put it on your ‘’must visit’’ list for this year.


As from this year, the Croatian tourist offer will be enriched with a new and interesting tourist product.

Running is very popular all around the world, especially in Europe, which currently has more than 50 million runners and this number is constantly increasing. These people are not professionals but amateurs who run marathons and half marathons, and are often business people who generate over 9 billion Euros of revenue each year to hotels, carriers and race organizers, excluding their spending on gastronomy, sports equipment, souvenirs etc.

Taking into account this fact, four passionate runners from Croatia, Tamara Markotić, Hrvoje Horvat, Ivan Videk and Sandra Bortek, joined their forces and decided to turn their lifestyle into a great tourist product – SightRun.

SightRun is a mobile application, which helps runners who travel on business to do their training and get to know the destination they are at. The application has audio running tours that combine running with tourist sightseeing thus enables runners to enjoy running and discover a new city at the same time.

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‘’The lack of time at the destination was the main impetus for the development of this start up’’, emphasized Sandra Bortek, the founder of the SightRun start up company, adding that the application works with a GPS mobile device. Thus, in case a person is not in the mood for running, he/she can always ‘’go for a walk’’ with the SightRun app using it as a virtual guide and discover a part of the city.

This innovative tourist product and the first of its kind in Croatia is available in Croatian and English as well as on Android and iOS platforms.


Around 3:20 am there was an earthquake between Ljubinje and Stolac in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The earthquake was 3.8 magnitude on the Richter scale and it was felt in Dubrovnik too – Dubrovacki Vjesnik reports. 

The epicenter was located 9 kilometers southwest of Stolac, 2 kilometers deep, 44 kilometers north of Dubrovnik. It did not cause any damage, but it has awakened many of the people in Dubrovnik.

Just eight days ago Dubrovnik was shook by the earthquake from Montenegro that was 5.2 magnitude on the Richter scale.


Ever since Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle announced their wedding in May this year, world media have been speculating where on the planet these two lovebirds will spend their honeymoon.

According to British and world media, there is a whole array of possible honeymoon destinations, from Cappadocia in Turkey, Rwanda, Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania in Africa to Hawaii, Mexico, the Philippines, Italy, Norway, Barbados, Brazil, Jamaica and Seychelles, and maybe Croatia.

The young couple have already received an invitation from Israel and Australia who would gladly welcome the newlyweds in their country.

Despite all these speculations and invitations, the honeymoon destination will probably be revealed after the wedding, which is to take place on the 19th of May at the Windsor castle, or a few days earlier.

However, in case Prince Harry and Markle still have dilemma on where to spend their honeymoon, we would be more than happy to say ‘’Why not in the Croatian region of Dalmatia?’’. This beautiful part of Croatia surely has so much to offer.

Besides, Dalmatia is already popular among newlyweds who opt for this region not only as their honeymoon destination but also as a place to organize their wedding.

harry and meghan 2018

 Prince Harry has already visited the Croatian coast. A few years ago, he partied on the island of Hvar or popularly called the ‘’Croatian St.Tropez’’. As a former actress, Markle would surely find it interesting to visit locations where popular films and TV series took place such as ‘’Game of Thrones’’, ‘’Robin Hood’’, ‘’Star Wars’’ and many others. Markle is also a fan of wine tasting and gourmet food, and the Dalmatian coast and its islands are teeming with delicacies worthy of the royal palate.

It is interesting to note that Prince Harry inherited a family tradition of visiting Croatia. In August 1936, only four months before his abdication, King Edward VIII sailed along the Croatian coast with his future wife-to-be Wallis Simpson. They visited the island of Rab, Šibenik, Trogir, the island of Korčula etc.

In 1972, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry’s grandmother, visited Croatia with her husband Prince Philip. They paid a visit to Zagreb, Đakovo and the Brijuni islands.

Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited Zagreb and Slavonia in March 2016. It was his fifth visit to the country and the first one for Camilla.

All and all, it would be great if the young Prince decided to continue the family tradition of visiting Croatia and choose our beautiful country for his honeymoon nest.


Libertas, the public Dubrovnik bus company, awarded their tenth millionth passenger today with a small ceremony at their headquarters. The lucky passenger was Nada Puhier and she received gifts from the Director of Libertas, Ante Vojvodic, including an annual bass pass.

“Libertas has seen an increase in passengers in recent years. In 2015 we had 900,508, and in 2016 900,974 passengers and we hope to increase this year by at least one percent,” commented Vojvodic.

Puhier, in the company of her grandson, was extremely happy to be selected as the tenth millionth passenger. “I thank Libertas and I hope that they will continue to serve our citizens and guests they are the pride of city of Dubrovnik. I ride the bus every day, several times and I am very happy with the level of service,” added Puhier.


Although they have ranked high on the list of the total tourist arrivals so far, the French will be even more numerous as guests in Croatia from this April.

One of the largest French tour operators in the SPA segment Thalasso N°1 has announced its arrival on the Croatian market in April 2018. The first charter flight to the island of Krk is scheduled for the 13th of April and will continue to operate until October.

Thalasso N°1 has developed a particularly rich production on the Canary Islands, in Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Morocco etc. As from this year, they will expand its operations to Croatia, more precisely, to the Kvarner region.

Considering the fact that Thalasso N°1 is one of few French high-quality tour operators who still have not developed their production in Croatia, and bearing in mind that they are owners of the strong brand Ovoyages, they have also announced to expand its operations to other Croatian regions in the following years.

The main obstacle to even more arrivals of French tourists in Croatia has always lied in the lack of airline connections; however, the solution is on the horizon.

The director of the Croatian Tourist Board in France Danijela Mihalić Đurica announced new regular flights from France to Croatia.

Apart from the introduction of new flights to Split and Dubrovnik, traditionally the most popular destinations among French tourists in Croatia, a new regular flight from Nantes to Pula will be introduced in May 2018, which will surely contribute to the further increase of French arrivals in Istria, Kvarner and continental parts of Croatia.

In addition, last year tourists from France achieved more than 540,000 arrivals (+9%) and a record-breaking number of overnight stays of 2,1 million or 5 percent more in comparison to 2016.


Get your gloves and rubbish bags ready it is time to clean up the Old City harbour. One of our readers, Steve Kustro, is organising a special clean up action in the Old City harbour and is calling on you for help. “I’m trying to get a clean-up day organised for this Friday and Saturday from 9am till noon each day,” he told us.

He is calling on people to jump in and help clean up the harbour, which is still suffering from the effects of the southerly winds that brought in tonnes of floating waste, including plastic bottles, just before the New Year.

Anyone interested in helping with this action should meet at the 360 Restaurant on Friday morning at 9.00am and as Kustro comments “Bring your gloves and a good happy attitude.” Help your city with a three-hour stint cleaning up this ancient harbour, from tomorrow and Saturday.





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