Wednesday, 17 January 2018
The Dubrovnik Times

The Dubrovnik Times


“Croatians really don’t know how to park very well,” comments the author of this funny video. He could have quite easily have said drivers in Dubrovnik don’t know how to park as this video was shot in a supermarket carpark in the Port of Dubrovnik.

Published on the Daily Mail website already a million people have seen and commented on this parking performance around the world.

Check out this parking video and make your own conclusions

A strong earthquake shook Montenegro just before noon and was felt in Dubrovnik too. According to information from Vijesti the earthquake was 5.2 magnitude on the Richter scale. 

The epicenter was near the city Plav, on the Visitor Mountain at a depth of five kilometers.

After the initial earthquake, ten minutes later, a new earthquake could be felt, magnitude 3.2 on the Richter scale.

This caused panic all over Montenegro. In Dubrovnik, the situation is much calmer, since the intensity of the earthquake was much considerably lower.



Making its UK debut, the Croatian brand Break Time comes to the London Boat Show 2018 with their beautiful range of handmade nautical-style bracelets. Water-resistant and durable, the Break Time unique jewellery pieces are inspired by the magical Adriatic Sea.

Each and every one of the Break Time bracelets is carefully handcrafted by the brand's owner and designer, Ionut Copoiu, using yachting rope and stainless steel adjustable shackles, decorative compass shackles or anchors.

break time dubrovnik 2018

"We are excited to take part, for the first time, in an international boat show of such calibre. We are coming to London Boat Show with a wide selection of our best-selling anchor bracelets, compass bracelets and shackle bracelets. I would dare to say that nobody - man, woman or child - would leave our stand without finding at least one model and one colour combination to love", commented the brand's designer, adding that Break Time has also an extremely interesting special offer during the boat show.

"We are offering free custom engraving for any of the shackle bracelets purchased during London Boat Show. Basically, if one wants to engrave one's own name, company logo, yacht or boat name, or any other custom message that one likes, we will personalize their new nautical bracelet on the spot, in a few minutes, free of charge!"



A record-breaking tourist season in Croatia in 2017 brought not only record tourist figures but also started a financial avalanche of new investments in this lucrative economic branch in 2018.

According to a survey carried out by the Ministry of Tourism that included all Croatian counties and tourist companies in the country, around 940 million Euros will be invested in Croatia’s tourism this year.

Out of the total amount of almost a million Euros, private tourist companies will invest around 630 million Euros in their own projects, whilst the public sector i.e. counties, cities and municipalities, will invest the rest of the amount, around 310 million Euros.

Announced investments in the private sector will include investing in hotels, camps, nautical and other types of accommodation facilities, entertainment and attractions, whilst public sector investments include visitors’ centres, beaches, promenades and other infrastructure.

The survey of the Ministry of Tourism also showed that investments in tourism amounted to 817 million Euros in 2017 and 676 million Euros in 2016.



Dubrovnik has so much more to offer to tourists, it isn’t a sun, sand and sea destination, what about abandoned building tourism. As the warm winter sunlight flooded down over the idyllic Adriatic bay we caught up with an English tourist, well traveller would be a better word, who is currently visiting the ruins of the former military resort of Kupari.

“I spend eight months of the year on the road and am fascinated by recently abandoned sites, and in Croatia there are so many because of the war,” commented this cheerful British traveller as his camper van sat parked in front of one of the bombed out hotels in Kupari.

“I have been to Dubrovnik many times before, and on this trip I’ve been to Osijek and Vukovar. I tend to visit outside of the main tourist season so I have time and peace to see what I want,” added the retired photographer from London.

It was certainly unusual to see a British registered camper in Kupari at the beginning of January, but the angles of tourism are far from narrow. There are clubs and associations around the world that have a mutual appreciation of abandoned complexes. Dubrovnik certainly has its fair share, at least for the time being. Apart from Kupari this curious traveller had also visited the former Hotel Belvedere in Dubrovnik, as well as similar sights in Zagreb and Slavonia.



After two years of stagnation real estate prices in Croatia rose last year by 2.32 percent, according to a survey by a specialised Croatian property website. There is a huge difference between house prices on the coast and in the interior and in 2017 this gap increased.

Once again Dubrovnik has the most expensive properties in the whole of the country, the average price per metre squared in 2017 was 2,494 Euros for an apartment and 2,100 Euros for a house. These prices put Dubrovnik way out in first place, double the price of properties in other cities.

The biggest increase in prices was recorded in Pula, 11%, meaning that an apartment will cost you on average around 1,485 Euros per metre squared. The lowest prices are still in the eastern part of Croatia, where the average apartment prices go below 800 euros per metre squared, and house prices do not exceed 500 euros per square.



With the comment “Winter is coming? 11 °C today” this amazing aerial photo quite clearly shows that Dubrovnik is doing its best to avoid winter this year.

Whilst most of northern Europe freezes under a coating of ice Dubrovnik is gliding through winter with blue skies and bucket loads of sunshine.

Even we didn’t believe that the photo was taken today, but the authors of the photo 2thesign, confirmed to us that is was indeed taken high above the Old City today. Truly amazing colours and the contrast between the turquoise Adriatic Sea and the terracotta roofs certainly caught our eye.

And you thought Dubrovnik was only a summer destination.

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Amazing shot of Dubrovnik from the air



The Republic of Croatia has allocated slightly more than 2 million Kunas for Croats living outside the homeland.

The Central State Office allocated the funds after it had sent the public announcement for Croats outside Croatia and received 531 applications. The financial support will be allocated to 93 projects in the field of education, culture, sports and other areas of interest to Croats living outside Croatia as well as 16 one-time grants to socially and materially endangered individuals in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Approved grants will go to non-profit organizations and physical persons in 14 countries (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Austria, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Luxembourg, Slovakia, the United States, Argentina, Chile and Canada) in amounts of 4,000 up to 75,000 Kunas.

These grants for special needs and projects are approved for 2017 and will be paid depending on the possibilities of the State Budget this year. The Central State Office will sign contracts with the grant recipients, associations and individuals no later than the end of January.






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