Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Croatia Registers 406 New COVID Cases, Two Deaths

ZAGREB, 17 May 2022 - Croatia has recorded 406 new coronavirus cases and two COVID-related deaths in the past 24 hours, and currently, there are 3,361 active cases in the country and 1,566 people are self-isolating, the national coronavirus response team reported on Tuesday. 

There are 367 hospitalised patients, 13 of whom are on ventilators.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic in Croatia, a total of 1,131,898 COVID cases have been registered and 15,944 people have died as a consequence. 

To date, a total of 4,843,564 tests have been conducted, including 4,380 in the past 24 hours 

As of 16 May, a total of 5,249,261 doses of a COVID vaccine have been administered and 59.51% of the total population has been inoculated or 70.78% of the adult population.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Croatia Allocates Nearly €29m for Promoting Children Rights until 2026

ZAGREB, 17 May 2022 - The Croatian government has decided to make available nearly 216 million kuna (€28.8 million) for the implementation of the National Children's Rights Plan until 2026.

Apart of the adoption of the national plan, also a 2024 action plan has been endorsed, envisaging allocation of HRK 117.3 million on aggregate, HRK 19 million in 2022, and HRK 49.1 million in 2023 and 2024 each.

There are five goals highlighted in the national plan: prevention of discrimination against and social exclusion of children, children's protection against all forms of violence, their participation in decision-making processes at the local, regional and state levels, systematic support to children in the digital environment, and efficient judiciary in procedures concerning children.

In terms of the amount of the outlays, stamping out all forms of discrimination against children is prioritised, with HRK 206  million until 2026.

 A total of HRK 6.8 million is set aside for fighting violence until 2026.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Lokrum, Dubrovnik's Island Conference Pearl for Work. Place. Culture.

May 17, 2022 - Continuing our look at the recent Work. Place. Culture. conference - and conference locations in Dubrovnik, a short trip on Day 3 to a conference destination which sets Dubrovnik apart - the idyllic island of Lokrum.

All the World's a Stage, said Shakespeare. But I wonder how The Bard would have rated Dubrovnik on that stage? 

Although I have visited the city many times, the Work. Place. Culture. conference earlier this month showcased the city in a new light for me, adding yet one more competitive advantage to this magical destination already blessed with extraordinary history, heritage, beauty and personality. The event design and venue selection by organiser Saltwater Nomads, brought an extra dimension to the conference. 

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The conference, which brought together leading voices and destinations in the world of remote work, was based in the former quarantine quarters of Lazareti, conveniently located a few metres from the historic old town and Banje beach. But the dynamic and enterprising programme took advantage of the fabulous surroundings to showcase the magic and diversity, demonstrating that a Dubrovnik conference offers much more than the presentations between four walls. 

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From the opening welcome at Sponza Palace (sponsored by the Croatian National Tourist Board) to a keynote speech on the UNSECO Old Town walls, panel at Banje beach, and pre-dinner cruise on a 16th-century wooden sailboat, the surroundings provided as much stimulation as the excellent speakers. But Day 3 promised to be even more special - workshops at one of the very finest places in all Croatia and a veritable jewel in Dubrovnik's tourism armoury - the island of Lokrum. 

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As if Dubrovnik did not have it all already, a short 10-minute boat ride on a fully-renovated 50-year-old wooden boat took participants to what is the second most popular attraction after the historic walls. And yet it never seems to be overcrowded. 

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Easily the cleanest island I have come across in Croatia (I have never seen any rubbish there), Lokrum is a haven for those escaping the crowds escaping the city, but with plenty to offer visitors, including the most peaceful and picturesque workshop locations, as Yvette Pelgrom of Lifebook discovered as we went to scour a location. Where else in the world could you hold a workshop in the cloister of a monastery turned Game of Thrones filming location, with strutting peacocks providing an audio backdrop just metres from an original GoT iron throne? I asked Yvette how it had been for her:

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"I was really honoured to host a session on “How to Consciously Design Your Work & Life” on the dreamy island Lokrum. During this session, I guided them through a powerful framework which has been successfully proven to change lives of hundreds worldwide. This got them to unravel core beliefs that guide (and sabotage) their current choices and lifestyle, in order to craft their practical strategies on aspects like career and health. 

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"It was really beautiful to experience their proactiveness and how participants, now still days after, are reflecting and acting on it. Mission accomplished! And what a memory altogether given this was hosted at Lokrum Island. Picture stunning botanical gardens, crystal clear water and peacocks around! The island definitely did its magic, too. Lokrum was one of many outstanding highlights for me and when you visit/stay here, the perfect getaway to retreat for walks, strolls, reading, swims and leisurely sunbathing."

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There are no cars on Lokrum, no inhabitants (save two firemen from Lokrum Fire Brigade), and smoking and plastic are banned. The botanical gardens are a delight, and Dubrovnik schools often hold classes out in the open on Lokrum. As do - increasingly - conferences such as Work. Place. Culture. I asked Yvette how the conference had been for her. 

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"Inspired! My impression in one word. I myself am highly conscious of how I design life and work, greatly as I was raised and worked across the globe. At the conference however I got to connect with many - who blew me away with inspirational examples within this realm of flexible working and living. I left excited having met peers in the same industry, connecting with other leaders who prioritise wellbeing and freedom while investing devotedly in their talent, - and all the way to connecting with millennials with a curious hunger to explore all corners of the world while making an impact. 

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"Moreover, the talks gave valuable insights on new advancements around remote working, sustainability around travel and DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging). And… it was fun! A dynamic schedule from talks, sunset dinners, boat trip and being shown around in special Dubrovnik on the walls where Games of Thrones were filmed. Time flew!"

After lunch on the island, it was the turn of Mandy Fransz, one of LinkedIn's top 10 voices on remote work, to lead the afternoon session:

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"After opening the Work. Place Culture. conference with my keynote "How To Work Remotely & Travel As A (Part-Time) Digital Nomad" I was honored to end the conference with the final session about "How To Build Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn" on beautiful Lokrum island -- a Game of Thrones venue! During this session, I shared my top tips about how to optimize your profile to truly showcase your authentic, online personal brand to attract your dream (remote) business opportunities. (pssst... download your free LinkedIn Banner Image template here to get started!).

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"Lokrum is truly a magical place with a botanical garden surrounded by nothing but nature, the ocean, and the beautiful (and, loud!) peacocks. It'd definitely a must-visit when you're in Dubrovnik and a perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle -- it's been a fantastic experience hosting a session here!"

The session over, participants went off to explore the island before heading back to the city for a farewell dinner. And there is plenty of heritage to explore. Dubrovnik is the birthplace of quarantine, and the remnants of a large quarantine complex (100m x 100m) can still be visited today. It is also the island where King Richard the Lionheart took shelter from a savage storm, vowing to build a church at the location which saved him - the church he donated was the pre-cursor to the current Dubrovnik Cathedral.

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Others headed for a swim at Lokrum's very own Dead Sea, once a cave but still very much part of the Adriatic Sea. Mandy also reflected on the last few days at Work. Place. Culture:

"I absolutely loved the overall conference -- from the stunning event venues including Lazareti (see photo below) and Lokrum island, the fun activities including a Karaka sunset tour and "Netwallking" the Dubrovnik Walls, and of course the world-class line-up of speakers full of interesting keynotes, workshops and panel discussions with topics ranging from wellbeing, sustainability, and DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging). It's been an honor to have been a part of this event and to finally meet many industry peers and (virtual) friends in-person -- I already can't wait for next year's event!"

While the conference has now finished, both Mandy and Yvette are still in Dubrovnik, currently enjoying the role of Digital Nomad Ambassadors for Dubrovnik and Korcula (a programme designed and run by Saltwater Nomads), a role they are clearly enjoying:

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"I'm honored to spend the next couple of weeks exploring the digital nomad lifestyle in beautiful Dubrovnik and Korcula as an Ambassador," said Mandy. "I am currently writing this from our wonderful home office set-up at our big, sunny terrace with a breathtaking view across Old Town and Lokrum Island. We start our days doing a workout at sunrise, do a couple of deep-dive focus hours, and then we'll go for a dip in the sea or a walk outside during lunch break and after work.

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(Mandy with conference organiser, Tanja Polegubic, CEO of Saltwater Nomads at Lazareti)

"For the next few weeks, we'll host a few events to bring together the digital nomad community and collaborate with co-working spaces such as Lazareti (yes, you can even work from there!) to help take the remote work lifestyle to the next level as I truly believe that Dubrovnik has the potential to become one of the most popular destinations for digital nomads and remote workers worldwide."

Yvette was also clearly excited, and with a little gift for anyone interested:

"It is such a gift to experience and contribute as Ambassador to the digital nomad scene in Dubrovnik and Korcula, sunny Croatia. We are making the most out of it, read: early wakeups, workouts with ocean view and the sun rising as it shines first on Old Town, power hours of working, sea dips to refresh, and candlelight dinners with the tasty catch of the day in the authentic alley streets in Old Town or overviewing the sea.

"And those around, stay tuned - we’re hosting events in the next ~3 weeks to connect digital nomads and locals, for leisure and business. My upcoming session on Work/Life Design will be this Friday, May 20th, at 15:00 PM. I’ll be passionately facilitating as Coach & Trainer with another aspect around Work/Life Design. Usually $1200+ but now as no-cost gift (YES!) as a humble way to contribute as Ambassador and bring together like-minded peers. I am being received with open arms so this is the least I can do! Limited spots though as it is interactive - please RSVP as soon as possible - connect on Instagram / LinkedIn / email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. That said, curious but not around?

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"My door is open to share about digital nomad life, to connect deeper around things like Life/Leadership/Mindset Coaching or... to have you join one of the upcoming wellness & personal development retreats in 2022 in London/Amsterdam/Lisbon!"

So what do you say,  Mr. Shakespeare: if all the world is a stage, would Dubrovnik and Lokrum take centre stage? Learn more about idyllic Lokrum on my first visit a few years ago.

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And there the Work. Place. Culture. conference might have ended, had the energy not been so positive. Energised by the Lokrum experience, conference speaker Dr. Irene Cop offered to hold an extra session the following day over brunch back in Dubrovnik. In Irene's own words:

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"It was such a pleasure to lead a brunch workshop on SOS Tools for Success Over Stress at the Work. Place. Culture. Conference in Dubrovnik. You can’t beat transformation, great people and wonderful food for the the perfect recipe of an awesome day!

So many digital nomads and remote workers (and those who want to be part of the Great Resignation) are still feeling lonely, stressed and miserable.

Perhaps they’d thought that, if they could just make this switch to a freer lifestyle, then they’d be happy. 

The thing is that success, happiness, and freedom are inside jobs first.

Why?

You can’t be stressed and in success mode too.

So, the first crucial step that most people miss is to use fast, easy, powerful SOS tools to shift out of survival mode.

Only then can you think logically, come up with the creative solutions needed, and act on them to succeed.

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Throughout our hands-on session, everyone learned several SOS tools to make them feel calm, cool, and collected in times of crisis.

It was the perfect complement to the other amazing sessions that showed the conference participants how to create a powerful vision of the life they wanted, and then practical ways to take action and make that vision reality.

I learned so much from attending the different sessions myself, and I was jazzed to be able to add value to such a phenomenal conference!"

For more information about Work. Place. Culture. in Dubrovnik, visit the official website.

For an overview of the opening from Sponza Palace.

Day 1: Dubrovnik Connects as Global Remote Workers Bond at Work. Place. Culture

Day 2: Dubrovnik Showcases Its Credentials, as Nomad Trails Head East in Europe 

For more news and features on digital nomads in Croatia, follow the dedicated TCN section

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Samobor, a Culinary Day Trip Treat from Zagreb with Much More than Kremsnita

May 17, 2022 - Famed for its kremsnita, Samobor is one of Zagreb's most popular day trips, and there are plenty of other local culinary delicacies to discover. 

Moving to Zagreb has given me a different perspective on life in the capital. Whereas I previously came to visit the city and enjoy the increasingly diverse offer it has, as a resident, I now have one eye on what there is to explore in the region. There is a lot!

With a green ring of nature, tradition, culture, gastronomy, wine roads, and adventure tourism available in Zagreb County (much more on the excellent Around Zagreb website), there is plenty of family fun to be had just 20 minutes from home.  Arguably the most popular day trip destination is the gorgeous historic town of Samobor, accessible by bus, and a 20-minute drive west of the capital. 

Just how popular it was I discovered on the first week of 2022, when we decided to go and explore the town, try the famous Kremsnita, and see what Samobor had to offer in the way of restaurants. According to the recently released Gault & Millau guide for Zagreb and Zagreb County, it seems that there was plenty of choice of quality eateries, with 3 Samobor restaurants featuring in the top 12 in Zagreb County. 

The town was packed! On the first weekend of the year, and restaurants were full, with people queuing to get in. It seems that quite a lot of other people also had the idea to grab a spot of weekend lunch out of the city. Come back during the week, we were advised, there are far less people, and the atmosphere was much more relaxed.

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(Photo by Ivan Tibor Grujic i Marivo)

We managed a good lunch and then headed to King Tomislav Square for perhaps the most popular thing to do in Samobor - trying the famous Kremsnita. Protected and listed in Croatia's Register of Cultural Goods, it consists of two layers of puff pastry and fluffy custard cream. The only two places serving the authentic Samobor-style kremsnita are located on the square: U prolazu pastry shop and Livadic cafe.

But while Samobor Kremsnita is undoubtedly the town's most famous product, there are some other indigenous treasures well worth exploring. 

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Meat lovers should seek out Samobor's very own authentic sausages, known as Samoborska cesnofka, or cesnjovka. This is a smoked sausage with a combination of chopped pork, beef, or veal and pork fat. As the name suggests ('cesnjak' means garlic in Croatian), additional ingredients include garlic, white wine, black pepper, salt and hot paprika. Served in pairs after being stuffed in pork casings, the sausages have a smoky and garlicky taste.

Every good sausage tastes better with a spot of mustard, and here too, Samobor has its own local delicacy. Samoborska mustarda it thought to have its origins with the French occupation of 1808-1812, when locals were taught how to make it. The unique Samobor mix is made from mustard seeds, sweet wine must, grape jam, salt, and sugar, emitting a peppery and fruity taste to compliment the traditional Samoborska cesnjovka. 

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Every good meal deserves a quality aperitif, and Samobor has its own, called Bermet. It is both sweet and bitter and to make it, red wine needs to be aromatized with wormwood, selected herbs and spice. The story goes that the drink came here with the French soldiers, when this area was a part of Napoleon's Empire. Yet, there is some proof that it predates the French and that the local pharmacists produced it as a remedy before the French came. The most famous producer is the Filipec family. Their lovely tasting room and shop are just around the main square. The family also produce an excellent Samoborska mustarda. 

There is one more Samobor speciality to try before you start your journey back to Zagreb, a delicacy which became a protected EU brand last year (as previously reported on TCN) - Rudarka Greblica. The savoury pie and its name date back to the 16th century and have their roots in what used to be the local mining industry in nearby Rude. 'Greblica' was the Croatian word for a traditional ask rake tool. 

This dish can be best described as a savory pie with cheese filling, neatly wrapped between two thin layers of dough. The filling is occasionally enriched with other ingredients such as walnuts, green onions, or leeks, and before baking, the whole pie is smeared with sour cream.

Rudarska greblica, thanks to the geographical protection it now enjoys throughout the European Union, can be produced exclusively in Rude and surrounding villages and is available at Bakery Nikl, which is the only certified producer of Rudarska greblica. 

And having tried all the local delicacies, take a stroll along the river of this picturesque historic town, just one of the wonders you can find in Zagreb County, a short drive or bus ride from the capital. 

To learn more of the magic of Samobor, check out the Total Croatia Samobor in a Page guide.  

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Metaklapa Sings A Cappella Iron Maiden in Diocletian's Cellars (VIDEO)

May 17, 2022 - Singing 'Aces High' by Iron Maiden, Metaklapa opened the long-awaited debut album promotion 'The Choir of Beasts' in the cellars of Diocletian's Palace in Split. The unique blend of a cappella and heavy metal music perfectly fits this ancient acoustic space.

The talent of Metaklapa and the project's uniqueness have been recognized by foreign publishers (NoCut Entertainment) and manager Jochen Kühling, who has ambitious plans with these extraordinary singers. Jochen Kühling told the audience that he loves klapa music and that at concerts in Berlin, he was convinced that other Germans love klapa music, just like their energy. After meeting Metaklapa, he fell in love, he says, with Iron Maiden. Their goal is to hold concerts to bring the klapa way of singing closer to audiences worldwide, reports Dalmatinski Portal

Musician and friend of the band Josip Radić (Valentino Bošković, Kensington Lima) had the opportunity to be among the first to hear Iron Maiden klapa-style and participate in the band's formation - the idea was born one evening on Brač while singing.

The audience could listen to several Iron Maiden songs live at the promotion, including: 'Blood Brothers,' 'The Evil That Men Do,' and 'Fear of the Dark'.

Focused on vocal performance, the Metaklapa members managed to preserve the spirit of the klapa tradition and the fierce character of the cult metal band Iron Maiden.

The album 'The Choir of Beasts' was released this year by Hamburg-based NoCut Entertainment and Menart / Beton Musica, published for the regional market. It is produced by Marko Matijević Sekul (Manntra) and Žarko Pak.

For their debut album, Metaklapa has selected ten interesting and challenging songs for the klapa to cover, such as 'Fear of the Dark', 'Aces High', 'Wasted Years', 'Flight of Icarus' or 'Caught Somewhere in Time.' 

"Their music easily transforms into a pure a cappella arrangement, but until we started the project, we were not even aware of how metal could sound in a klapa way. The songs are usually sung with four voices, although there are often parts with five different vocal lines, which gives them a very unusual density in sound. Our manager Jochen Kühling and publishers from NoCut Entertainment are delighted with the klapa heavy metal songs idea and believe that it is something unique that cannot be copied elsewhere in the world," says Dino Demicheli, emphasizing that Metaklapa has received an invitation to the Wacken Festival, the world's largest festival of heavy metal music, along with festivals in Berlin, Daruvar and Mali Lošinj, while more concerts abroad are expected.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

After First Gay Bar, Cabaret Gentlemen's Club Cristal to Open in Dubrovnik?

May 17, 2022 - After Dubrovnik opened its first gay bar earlier this month, the Cabaret Gentlemen's Club Cristal should open in June. 

After decades of monotonous offerings, typical souvenir shops, fast food restaurants, and a few more exclusive offers for a wealthier clientele, Dubrovnik is becoming a city that can match the world's largest metropolises. Throughout history, Dubrovnik has often been a precursor of change and liberal ideas, but the city has lost part of its 'modernity' over the years and mainly relied on history and cultural heritage. But that isn't the case anymore.

After Dubrovnik came to life with its first gay bar, now the Adriatic pearl will have another hot topic to chat about.

As Dubrovacki Dnevnik has learned from well-informed sources, a strip club is opening in Batala this summer, although this information is still not widely known to the public. The area of the 18th century Sorgo Giorgi Matijević summer house, next to the former Atlantska Plovidba, is rapidly transforming into a luxury club that will open in a little over a month.

Unofficially, it is Cabaret Gentlemen's Club Cristal, an elite night strip club that is known as the most luxurious club for this offer in the region. Cristal Club already exists in Sarajevo and Rogoznica in Marina Frapa. In Sarajevo, the club is open all year round, every night without exception. In Rogoznica, oriented primarily to the tourist season, the club is open from May to October. As Dubrovacki Dnevnik finds out, the Dubrovnik club should work for at least ten months.

Employees at the club are already in demand, with openings for waitresses and dancers. The team has already been partially formed, given that a source close to the club said that eight girls had already been formally selected as dancers and that only two places remain open.

In clubs of this type, all girls, depending on how professional they are in dance and work, receive a per diem and percentages of drinks, where each bottle has a certain amount earned as commission, meaning higher commissions for more expensive bottles of alcohol.

In addition to the fixed per diem and percentage, a lap dance is paid extra. Visitors that want discretion can exchange their money for 'funny money' and honor the girls with them when performing. Girls also earn a percentage of this funny money.

According to Dubrovacki Dnevnik's source, dancers earn between five and seven thousand euros a month.

When asked about the age range of dancers, a source close to the club answered that the only condition is that the girl is of legal age and there is no age limit. 

Opening hours are not yet fully defined, but it will certainly work during the night, and the options are from 9 pm to 5 am or from 10 pm to 4 am. The club's source points out that these working hours are an advantage because it allows time for your private life, rest, socializing, and swimming.

This news will undoubtedly provoke rumors in the city, but those engaged in this business point out that everything is transparent, that all employees are duly registered; if they are foreigners, a work permit is obtained and everyone is duly paid obligations and contributions.

"Everything is legal; business like any other," the source concluded. 

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Official Split Airport Taxi Prices Published to Trogir, Split City Center, and More

May 17, 2022 - Official Split Airport taxi prices have been published at the airport's taxi stand in an effort to combat outrageous fares. 

After the concessions were introduced for taxi carriers, Split Airport published a list of prices for taxi services from Resnik. Namely, a price list is set up next to the signpost for the taxi stand and informs guests about the cost of transport to several destinations, reports Dalmatinski Portal

A ride to Trogir is 150 kuna, to the surrounding marinas 220 kuna, to Omiš 600, and to Šibenik 680 kuna. For Split, prices range between 330 to 380 kuna. Van rides are 30 percent more expensive. The prices seem fair and will certainly help keep guests from feeling cheated. 

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Dalmatinski Portal

Dalmatinski Portal recently published an invoice for a taxi ride from the ferry port in Split to the Airport, costing the passenger 957 kuna to drive 26 kilometers! This is almost three times the tariff announced at Resnik.

A ride on that route should cost a maximum of 300 kuna, says Milivoj Topić, president of the Transportation Guild at the Association of Craftsmen. 

"We warned when passing the law that things like this would happen. And that is just one of the negative things we are facing," says Topić.

Topić believes this move by Split Airport is a step in the right direction.

"The price list was brought by the airport in cooperation with the Association of Craftsmen of the City of Kaštela. We are also looking to do something similar in Split in the foreseeable future, following the example of Dubrovnik, Novalja, and Pula, in order to avoid embarrassing situations and manipulations," says Topić. 

But there are other ways to get from Split Airport to the city center, mainly mobile applications like Uber, Bolt, and Cammeo. At the time of writing this, Bolt will take you from the Split Riva to Split Airport for 190 kuna, while Uber is around 215 kuna. Cammeo was showing 220 kuna. The applications showed around 60 kuna to Trogir from Split Airport.

And if you're looking for even cheaper options from Split Airport to the Split City Center? You can take the airport shuttle bus directly to the Split Bus Station for 45 kuna (more information here) or hop on the local 37 Promet bus. 

For more, check out our dedicated travel section.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

New Dubrovnik Public Lighting to Save City 2 Million Kuna Annually

May the 17th, 2022 - The brand new Dubrovnik public lighting system is set to save Croatia's southernmost city and tourist Mecca a significant two million kuna per year.

As the Republic of Croatia turns more and more towards the European Union's wider goal of becoming more green and employing much more environmentally friendly tactics across the board, public lighting systems and converting them from energy inefficiency to energy efficiency with the use of new lamps is one of the priorities across the country.

As Morski writes, the City of Dubrovnik has initiated a public procurement procedure for the project of the reconstruction and modernisation of the Dubrovnik public lighting system. Bids are being collected until June the 10th, and 14 million kuna has already been secured for this project which is set to save the city a decent amount of money each year.

The project of the complete reconstruction and modernisation of the Dubrovnik public lighting system includes 3739 obsolete lighting fixtures in the wider city area. The existing system consists of 46 different types of energy inefficient and environmentally unacceptable lamps, which will be replaced by high-efficiency LED lamps, they stated from the Dubrovnik city administration, emphasising that this will contribute to further environmental protection and the overall energy efficiency of Croatian public lighting systems.

They also stated that the annual financial savings on electricity costs that will be achieved by this reconstruction and modernisation of the Dubrovnik public lighting system, when compared to the current situation, will be more than two million kuna, and will significantly reduce the cost of maintaining the system on top of that as well.

The money needed for this Dubrovnik-based project will be secured by a HBOR loan with a repayment period of seven years and a fixed interest rate of 0.5 percent.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

 

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

First Prague Regiojet Train This Year to Arrive in Rijeka on June 3rd

May the 17th, 2022 - The very first Prague Regiojet train will arrive from the Czech capital to the City of Rijeka on the Northern Adriatic coast on June the 3rd, but there will be nothing to speak of when it comes to the Polish line to Croatia this year, it seems.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, this year's first train of the Czech carrier Regiojet to Rijeka and Split departs from the City of Prague on June the 3rd, 2022. Tereza Ptackova, head of international projects at Regiojet, confirmed this for Rijeka portal Novi list, stating that the recognisable yellow Regiojet trains will run again via Zagreb to Rijeka and Split, but will not stop in the Hungarian capital of Budapest this year.

"The trains will run from June the 3rd to September the 26th, with them running on a daily basis throughout July and August, and three times a week in June and September. The route hasn't really changed. We still stop in the capitals of Prague, Bratislava and Zagreb. Some stops within the Czech Republic itself are set to differ from last year, but that is only because of the construction works," Ptackova explained.

The line goes Prague - Kolin, Havlickuv Brod - Zdar nad Sazavou - Brno - Breclav - Bratislava - Zagreb - Ogulin - Rijeka and Split. So, just like last year, the train will part in Ogulin, meaning part of the wagon will go to Rijeka, and part will head south to Split. Upon returning, the wagons will reunite into one composition in Ogulin.

This year, a new line from Poland was set to be launched. However, the events of the war in neighbouring Ukraine have put these plans on hold for now, with the Prague Regiojet train the only one set to run in 2022.

"The line from Poland to Croatia will not start running this year. We hope to start operations from Poland next year. During this extremely difficult situation, we're trying to help as much as possible, so we're transporting Ukrainian refugees from the Polish border town of Przemysl to the Czech Republic. In cooperation with Clovik v tisni, CD Cargo and Rail Cargo Logistics, we're also sending material aid into Ukraine,'' said Ptackova, adding that she didn't expect the war in Ukraine to affect ticket sales from the Czech Republic to Croatia whatsoever.

In terms of capacity, the head of Regiojet's international projects said that the capacity this year is more than 600 passengers per train, meaning that it is, once again, 15 wagons. Wagons with seating as well as sleeping cars will also be available.

“Perhaps the only change is that we've increased the number of so-called ''quiet wagons'' that are suitable for families with small children or the elderly. The trains will once again offer familiar comfort at very popular prices and tickets for the Prague Regiojet train have been on sale since March the 8th this year.

Ticket prices for the Rijeka range from 23.9 euros per seat, or 31.9 euros for a ticket in a sleeping compartment. Ticket prices for Split range from 36.1 euros for a seat and about 44 euros for a ticket in a sleeping car. Free services such as coffee, water, WiFi, an entertainment portal and the like are all entirely included in the ticket price.

This summer tourist season will be an excellent opportunity for people from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to travel to Croatia, but we also believe that the people of Rijeka and Split will use this opportunity to visit, for example, Bratislava or Prague,'' concluded Ptackova.

For more, check out our dedicated travel section.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Split Confectioner Raises Prices, Admits Croats Won't Afford Them

May the 17th, 2022 - Inflation is continuing to place proverbial vices in the pockets of Croatia's residents, with just about every possible item from fuel to lettuce at the market having seen considerable price hikes. One Split confectioner claims that they're more than aware that locals won't be able to afford their products, but that they ''need to survive somehow''.

The criticism of one Split confectioner has been loud, as their prices are deemed extortionate to the local Croatian pocket. They have been accused of catering only to the typically deeper pockets of foreign visitors, but they have defended themselves and challenged all those who have an issue with the prices to go ahead and try to open a shop of their own, so that they might feel on their own skin how difficult it is.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, recently, something as apparently mundane as the prices of ice cream in the very centre of Split was written about rather extensively. Those prices ranged from 10 to a maximum of 15 kuna, which is twice as much as it was seven years ago. Many wrote in their comments that such figures were conditioned by the increasingly challenging and difficult market, higher purchasing costs for ingredients, water and electricity, as well as high rental costs, emphasising that "those in the hospitality industry also need to try and survive".

Slobodna Dalmacija writes that in the meantime, three more confectioneries have opened in the centre of Split, and that one Split confectioner, they recorded the most expensive scoop of ice cream offered so far in the city under Marjan. From 13 kuna for a small portion and 18 kuna for a large portion in a cup with various toppings included.

As for ordinary scoops of ice cream, there's apparently a new record holder in Split as well. This is the Slovenian franchise Aroma, where you will pay 16 kuna for their refreshing pleasure made without any gluten, artificial flavourso or flavour enhancers.

"We're aware that our prices aren't going to be being paid by Croats. But, what can you do, tourists are ready to pay for it,'' one smiling saleswoman explained to the journalists from Slobodna Dalmacija.

It's now certain that the (over) inflated rental prices (from which a mere handful profit, and most citizens of Split simply can't afford, for example, a scoop of ice cream) dictate that you'll now spend almost 50 kuna for three scoops of ice cream, and that if this is a path they really want to go down, those in the catering and hospitality sector, and the likes of this Split confectioner, should settle for a winter period in which business turnover in ice cream parlors is almost non-existent.

For more, make sure to check out our business section.

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