Dubrovnik in 2018
Birds flying high…sun in the sky…breeze drifting on by…this you can expect on most days here in Dubrovnik. 2018 shouldn’t be different in that matter. Nevertheless, a new year means a new season. What does that mean exactly?
Oxford’s dictionary defines the term „new“ as „different from a recent previous one“. Usually the new is fundamentally influenced by the recent previous. So instead of just looking ahead, let’s also take a look back on 2017 to see what happened and if this might have an impact in 2018. Crystal ball show me what you got:
- Dubrovnik, a popular destination
Dubrovnik was positively mentioned by making nearly every travelers bucket list compiled by newspapers, travel magazines or bloggers. Amongst others the New York Times put it on its list „52 places to go in 2017“. This and other articles adorned with beautiful pictures of the Old Town and surroundings lead to increasing numbers compared to recent years.
Dubrovnik will again make several bucket lists in 2018 and will be featured in many articles describing its beauty, adorned with some lovely photos. Which leads to people coming from all over the world, enjoying a wonderful time and then spreading the message that Dubrovnik should be on everyones bucket list in 2019.
- Dubrovnik & cruise ship tourism
Besides Venice and Barcelona, Dubrovnik was also mentioned in the discussion about cruise ship tourism flooding cities and destroying quality destinations. In recent years the city experienced days when the Old Town was overcrowded and traffic a chaos. 2017 were less cruise ships arriving in Dubrovnik than in previous years. Nevertheless, again on some days, for a few hours, the town was packed.
Dubrovnik already made some changes in 2017 reducing the numbers and will continue to do so in 2018. According to Dubrovnik authorities different measures were and will be implemented to maintain and to increase the quality of tourism in the city. Anyway, also this year there will be days where you better avoid the Old Town for a few hours. One of our upcoming blog posts will deal with this issue showing you options how to enjoy Dubrovnik in anyway.
- Dubrovnik on screen
Since 2011 Dubrovnik is a main filming location for HBO’s „Game of Thrones“. The popular TV series attracts people all over the world and for some it is a reason for their visit. In 2017 the 7th season was broadcasted, again including scenes filmed in Dubrovnik.
December 2017, a sequel of one of the biggest film-franchises of our time hit the theaters. „Star Wars - The Last Jedi“ is the 8th episode of the epic space opera, including scenes filmed in Dubrovnik. This didn’t really had an impact on tourism last season. But now the movie is out, it might have in 2018.
in 2017 a potential blockbuster was filmed in the city and is hitting the theaters in 2018. „Robin Hood - Origins“ telling the story of Nottingham’s legend in the vein of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight. Actors like Jamie Foxx and Jamie Dornan are starring in the movie and depending on the success, we might witness a new summer fashion trend this year: men in tights (groaner!).
The last season of „Game of Thrones“ is in the making and for the finale the film crew again shot in Dubrovnik. It was announced that season 8 is not coming out before 2019. So fans of the show will get over the summer slump by joining a „Game of Thrones“ tour, to satisfy their thirst for the show. Winter is here... usually during the summertime!
- Dubrovnik’s weather
Last summer was an average summer with temperatures around 25 degrees celsius. Lots of sunny days and low precipitation. July and August usually hotter with around 30 degrees celsius.
Weather forecast predicts another summer with average temperatures of 25 degrees celsius for the season. Perfect for anything in Dubrovnik.
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Look it up or leave it.
It looks like the crystal ball needs to be charged. I should have known, the ones at IKEA are not for real. Anyway, my experience shows that in 2018 there will be again lots of bucket list travelers, some big cruise ship dockings, the „Game of Thrones“ fever spreading all over the city and maybe some last Jedi.
But as long as I see birds flying high, sun in the sky and a breeze drifting on by, you know how I feel? Well, than „I’m feeeeheeeeling goooood!“.