Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Croatia Ferry Schedules 2011

With the summer fast approaching many visitors to Croatia are planning their trips along the Dalmatian coast. Most of those journeys will involve ferries to and from the region’s many islands. Below are links to schedules for some of the more popular routes. More routes can be found on the Jadrolinija website. When reading the schedules please be sure to take note of the departure day as some schedules span over 2 days or more.

Dubrovnik – Bari, Italy

Split – Hvar – Ancona, Italy

Zadar – Ancona, Italy

Coastal Line (Rijeka – Split – Hvar – Korcula – Mljet – Dubrovnik)

International and coastal ferry tickets can be purchased through Jadrolinija’s online booking system. Prices vary depending on date of travel and add-ons such as sleeping berths. Local island ferry tickets must be purchased at Jadrolinija offices in Croatia and generally do not need to be reserved in advance.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Croatia Takes a Step Closer to the EU

The European Union Parliament recently adopted a resolution to complete Croatia’s EU membership negotiations within the first half of 2011. The resolution said that Croatia has made substantial progress in introducing reforms, but includes a condition that Zagreb must continue to push ahead with reforms. More specifically, it stated that Croatia has done well in the areas of constitutional amendments, judicial reforms, and cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, but that it still faces challenges in fighting corruption, support for refugees returning to Croatia, and the restructuring of shipyards. The resolution also said that Croatia needs to proceed quickly with the prosecution of war crimes and improve witness protection.

Croatia says it hopes to join the 27-member European Union in 2012, but a more realistic date is likely sometime in 2013 or 2014.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Useful Numbers in Dubrovnik

Below is a list of some phone numbers that you may find useful while in Dubrovnik. It's important to at least know the emergency numbers in case of an accident.

Police: 92
Fire Dapartment: 93
Ambulance: 94
Hospital: +385 20 431 777
Roadside Assistance: 987
Public Emergency Center: 985
Operator: 988
International Operator: 901
International Directory Inquiries: 902
Dubrovnik Airport: +385 20 773 377
Taxi Service: +385 20 970
Central Bus Station: +385 20 357 088
Local City Bus Station: +385 423 724
Jadrolinija Ferries: +385 20 418 000
Coast Guard: +385 20 443 555
Harbor Master: +385 20 418 988
ACI Marina: +385 20 455 020

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Korcula Location Descriptions

Korcula Town This typical medieval Dalmatian town is the center of interest on the sleepy, peaceful island of Korcula. The town center has grown beyond the traditional walled town into a small business area with many restaurants, shops, and café bars just outside the town’s main entrance. Also within easy walking distance of the town center are several small beaches, a bus stop, and a harbor where ferries from the mainland arrive.

Positives: a lovely place to spend a few relaxing days with lots of restaurants and café bars; lots of local flair during the summer with daily traditional music concerts and many art galleries; a good jumping-off point to explore the rest of the island by car.

Drawbacks: as with most walled towns, parking is limited during the busy summer months; the island’s best beaches are located on other parts of the island; the walled town can be noisy during the summer season.

Lumbarda Lying on the eastern end of the island of Korcula, this stunning locale is known for its well-manicured vineyards, olive fields, and perfect red sand beaches. The Lumbarda area is home to the famous Grk wine and a few family-run restaurants serving only homemade culinary treats such as smoked ham and fresh fish from the sea. The quaint village center is just 7 km’s from Korcula town, making trips to the daily market or dinner in one of Korcula’s many restaurants easily managed by public bus or car.

Positives: stunning scenery; great beaches; water sports such as kayaking and snorkeling are readily available; most accommodations offer parking.

Drawbacks: guests must take the public bus or have a car to reach Korcula Town.