Sunday, October 31, 2010
According to a recent article in the Dubrovnik Times (Dubrovnik Finally Gets 3D Cinema) Dubrovnik’s first multiplex cinema will open in June 2011. The cinema will be a part of the “Dvori Lapad” residential & commercial complex near Lapad beach. The article says there will be 3 cinemas, each with 600 seats, as well as restaurants, cafes, and a supermarket. The complex will also have underground parking for 180 cars. In this writer’s opinion, planning for 1800 seats seems ambitious for the small city of Dubrovnik and parking for only 180 cars, grossly inadequate. Perhaps the project’s scope was conceived with tourists in mind but I question whether an indoor multiplex will appeal to summer holiday makers.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Croatia Airlines will begin operating flights from Dubrovnik to Venice and Athens in the summer of 2011. Dubrovnik to Venice is a new route this year and will operate twice per week on Thursday and Saturday beginning on June 16, 2011. Dubrovnik to Athens is a new route created by adding a stop in Dubrovnik to the former Zagreb to Athens flight. The route will operate 3 times per week beginning on May 31, 2011. The addition of these routes should help to bring new tourists to Dubrovnik, as well as make it easier for visitors to Dubrovnik to continue on to other European destinations once their stay is complete. For more information, visit the Croatia Airlines website.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Just 40 minutes south of Dubrovnik is the border to one of Europe’s newest countries: Montenegro. Since its independence from Serbia in 2006, Montenegro has become one of the most visited nations in the Balkans. Owing to its close proximity, it’s a popular day-trip from Dubrovnik. The drive from Dubrovnik to the historic city of Kotor takes approximately 2 hours, passing through the magnificent bay of Kotor. Those who make an early start can also continue on to the walled city of Budva and the beautiful town of Sveti Stefan, before turning back to start the journey home.
Rental cars can generally be taken into Montenegro, but this should be cleared with your rental company before attempting to cross the border. If the car has not crossed the border recently, customs agents will charge you a 10 EUR Eco-Tax and put a sticker on the car that is valid for 1 year. The main border crossing on the coastal road is heavily trafficked and wait times can be as long as 2 hours during the busy summer season. There is a smaller border crossing with minimal or no wait times on the road from Molunat to Montenegro; if you can find it, it’s worth leaving the main road to avoid the traffic. Just follow the signs for Molunat and the Prevlaka National Park, and then take a left when you reach the sea.
A more relaxing way to see Montenegro is by private tour. Private tours with an English-speaking driver are priced as follows:
1-3 people: 210 EUR
4-8 people: 230 EUR
9-18 people: 460 EUR
Tours may be booked by contacting Dubrovnik Apartment Source.