Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.
And the top tourist attraction in Croatia is…the Dubrovnik Old City Walls. The website Vouchercloud has collected all of the rankings from TripAdvisor to create a world map of the top tourist attractions.
Using the “Things To Do” section on TripAdvisor the website has made a map of each country’s top attraction, basically a map created by travellers and people who leave reviews on TripAdvisor. By far the most popular tourist attraction in Croatia was the ancient city walls in Dubrovnik which were reviewed by over 18,000 people and rather impressively they received a five star ranking for 76 percent of visitors.
Some familiar names and places appear on the map, the top attraction in the US was Central Park, in Canada Niagara Falls, in Australia Sydney Harbour and in Italy the Colosseum. However, there are a few unusual ones, the top attraction in the UK was the Harry Potter Studio Tour and in Germany the Miniatur Wunderland. See the full map in close up here
A combination of the high tides and the heavy rain has once again brought floods to the Lapad coastline. This is unfortunately a fairly regular occurrence on this stretch of Dubrovnik coastline.
Projects to solve the infrastructure have come and gone over the years like the tides, yet still the residents are left worrying will the water reach their doorsteps.
From the Batala suburb to the petrol station the whole section of road is under water. Cars can still pass but pedestrians need a pair of sturdy boats to wade through the flood water.
On Thursday the 8th of March the whole world celebrates International Women’s Day, it’s time to spoil that special lady in your life. And what better way to enjoy yourself than a meal that you’ll never forget.
The iconic Dubrovnik restaurant, Orka, has created a menu for the big day that is sure to leave a great impression. Located on the Lapad coast this waterfront eatery has been serving amazing food for years and a recent facelift means now you can eat in style. Simple and genuine flavours were the two things we aimed at when creating our menu. Restaurant Orka have tried to present you a modern interpretation of fresh, local ingredients. Even their bread is freshly baked every day. Their fish is fresh and the meat is of high quality.
For this International Women’s Day the chef has certainly pulled out all the stops, with a special meat menu and fish menu.
Check out the meat menu
Pork fillet on a bed of rosemary
Dessert of your choice
We love the sound of the all of that and especially the pork fillet. And all guests receive a welcome aperitif and a tasty starter.
Price per person – 180.00 Kuna
And for all those lovers of seafood and fish check out the fish menu
White fish fillet on a bed of pumpkin
Dessert of your choice
Again a creative and interesting menu for those fish lovers.
Price per person – 180.00 Kuna
Address - Restaurant Orka, Lapadska obala 11a, 20000 Dubrovnik
Telephone for reservations - +385 99 690 3334
Website - http://orka-restaurant.com
The year has certainly started on the right foot for Dubrovnik’s tourism industry with both January and February showing an increase in tourists. The county traditionally struggles to attract tourists throughout the winter months, mostly due to poor flight connections, however there has been a slight increase in the first two months of 2018.
According to figures just released by the Dubrovnik – Neretva County Tourist Board the number of tourists who visited the county in February was up on 2017. A total of 18,913 tourists arrived in the county in February 2018 which is a one percent increase over the same month for 2017, and just over 54,000 overnight stays were recorded.
In the first two months of 2018, 33,710 tourists arrived in the county, which is 4 percent up on the same period from last year.
Spring was in the air in Dubrovnik on Sunday with plenty of sunshine and blue skies over the region. Whilst the rest of Croatia is still stuck in overcoats, umbrellas and in some cases skis, Dubrovnik has managed to avoid most of the arctic weather and yesterday was perfect chance to enjoy some sun and fill up on vitamin D.
At exactly midday every day in the Gundulic Square in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik the city’s pigeons have feeding time, and the flock also brought interest from the cats of the city.
From walking the dog on the Stradun to stroking a cat, or feeding the pigeons, check out our Dubrovnik pet gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic.
easyJet will introduce flights between Venice and Split this summer, meaning that the low-cost airline has now added eight new destinations to Croatia for this summer showing their long-term commitment to the country. easyJet will connect Venice and Split three times a week in the height of the summer season, from the 14th of June until the 1st of September.
With their considerable increase in flights and passenger capacity to Croatia this year the low-coast airline will have over one million tickets for sale for flights this year. After Croatia Airlines, the national airline, easyJet handles the second most passenger numbers to Dubrovnik. And for this summer season two more European destinations will be added to Dubrovnik’s already comprehensive offer, with flights to London Southend and Venice.
"With more than 46 services operating in Croatia, easyJet is committed to providing Croatian clients with affordable trips, offering them a broad network of connections with major European cities", commented the airline.
It might only be the beginning of march, and just a few days ago Dubrovnik was under a blanket of snow but some people were just determined to make the most of the warmer weather this Sunday.
On the iconic Banje Beach these two tourists had quite clearly decided to catch as many rays as possible, and even if they had left their bikinis and swimsuits at home they stripped down to their underwear before paddling in the Adriatic Sea.
It is just a reminder that in a couple of months this beach will be packed to the rafters with holiday makers splashing around in the sea.
Croatian banks are tightening their belts and making it harder for companies and people to get loans.
The number of outstanding debts from loans at the end of 2017 was 245.9 billion Kuna, whilst in 2016 this figure was over 15 billion Kunas more at 261 billion Kunas. Banks in Croatia, of which 90 percent are owned by other European Union countries, mostly Italy, Austria and Hungary, have recently made it more difficult for citizens to raise finance for buying properties.
On the positive side for Croatian banks the level of non-performing loans, or loans on which the borrower is not making interest payments or repaying any principal, has fallen. The number of non-performing loans in Croatia fell to 11.37 percent in 2017, whilst in 2016 it was 13.8 percent.