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traveling to Croatia for conferences


  • main airport and capital is Zagreb which is inland and north-east, near the Slovenia border
  • Dalmatian coastal towns include:
    • Pula
    • Rijeka
    • Zadar
    • Split
      • 2nd largest city, pop 200,000, over 80% are Roman Catholic Croatians with the majority now being migrants from the rural hinterland areas
      • city was founded as the Greek colony of Aspálathos in the 3rd or 2nd century BC
      • Diocletian's Palace, built for the Roman emperor in AD 305
      • became a Byzantine city after 751AD
      • became a Venetian city in the 15thC, a heavily fortified outpost surrounded by Ottoman territory
      • in 1815, became part of the Austrian Kingdom of Dalmatia until the fall of Austria-Hungary in 1918 and the formation of Yugoslavia.
      • the third busiest port in the Mediterranean, most of the central Dalmatian islands are only reachable via the Split harbor
      • 2nd largest airport in Croatia
      • the southernmost integrated point of the Croatian Railway network
      • In July 2017 Croatian firefighters battled to control a forest fire along the Adriatic coast that damaged and destroyed buildings in villages around the city of Split
    • Dubrovnik
      • founded in the 7th century as Ragusa with a Roman population and soon came under the protection of the Byzantine Empire
      • became an important Serbian commercial outpost in the 12th C before becoming a Venetian town in 1205-1358
      • most of the city was destroyed by fire in 1296 and a new urban plan developed
      • it expanded in the 14thC thanks to the Serbian emperor selling it Pelješac and Ston and it became a slavic speaking town and from 14th century and 1808, Dubrovnik ruled itself as a free state,albeit as a vassal of the Ottoman Empire
      • it became a major maritime trading republic in the 15th and 16th centuries until the catastrophic earthquake of 1667 which killed over 5,000 citizens, leveled most of the public buildings and negatively impacted the region
      • in 1806, 3000 cannonballs fell on the city in the Napoleonic wars as result of a month-long siege by the Russian-Montenegrin fleets
      • became part of the Habsburg Empire in 1815 and then part of Yugoslavia in 1918
      • in 1979, the city joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sitesand an attempt was made to demilitarise it to prevent further damage, but in the was of Croatia's independence in the early 1990's, the Serbs attacked it in 1991 with over 650 artillery strikes damaging some 56% of the Old Town's buildings and reconstruction in the old style was undertaken in 1995-1999
      • annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival is a 45-day-long cultural event with live plays, concerts, and games


  • Dubrovnik is situated on the Adriatic Sea at the southern end of the thin southern coastal strip of Croatia before it reaches Montenegro
    • it is 585km by car (6hr drive) from Zagreb
    • it is not accessible by rail
    • Dubrovnik international airport is 20km to SE
  • population 43,000 but high levels of tourism in the Old Town, especially from cruise ships has become problematic
  • “Few of Dubrovnik's Renaissance buildings survived the earthquake of 1667 but enough remained to give an idea of the city's architectural heritage … The finest Renaissance highlight is the 16thC Sponza Palace ”
  • 18thC St Blaise's church
  • Close to the Pile Gate stands the Big Onofrio's Fountain in the middle of a small square

Getting there from Melbourne

  • unfortunately, there are no one stop flights Melb-Dubrovnik, you must do the final leg to Dubrovnik from one of the larger European airports such as London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Munich, Frankfurt, Athens, Zagreb, Belgrade, Istanbul, etc, although flights may not be on every day of the week and may be much reduced in service from Oct-Apr!
  • No direct flights from Prague!
  • Emirates:
    • Melbourne-Dubai 17hrs
    • Dubai-Zagreb 6hrs
    • Zagreb-Dubrovnik 1hr Croatia Airlines
  • Qatar:
    • Melbourne-Doha 15hrs
    • Doha-Zagreb 6hrs
    • Zagreb-Dubrovnik 1hr Croatia Airlines
  • Etihad / Air Serbia
    • Melb - Abu Dhabi 14hrs
    • Abu Dhabi - Belgrade 5.5hrs
    • Belgrade - Dubrovnik 1hr Air Serbia
  • Etihad via Rome:
    • 5hr stopover in Rome
    • Rome - Dubrovnik 1.5hrs (Croatia Airlines / Alitalia) only Wed 1115, Sat 1800, Sun 1115 in summer?
  • Etihad via Munich:
    • 7hr stopover in Munich
    • Munich - Dubrovnik 1.5hrs (Croatia Airlines)
  • from Athens 1hr45min:
    • Croatia Airlines (daily departing around 1900hrs and return flights arrive Athens around 1900hrs except no flights on Fridays in summer), Aegean Air
  • from Vienna 1hr20min
    • Austrian Airlines
  • from London 2.5hrs
    • British Airways


  • has a borderline humid subtropical and Mediterranean climate
  • hottest month is August (temperature is 20deg min - 30deg max on average)
  • coldest month is January (temperature is 5deg min - 12deg max on average)
  • wettest month is Nov (72mm rainfall)
  • driest month is July with 4 rain days and 26mm
  • windiest month Feb
  • annual rainfall 1000mm
  • September
    • average temperatures 17deg min to 25degC max.
    • 7 rain days and 86mm rain

MEMC Congress 2019

  • 22nd-25th Sept 2019
    • 15km north of Dubrovnik (22min by car)
    • 40km south of Ston (40min by car)
    • 1BR rooms € 210-277 /night
    • 2BR residences € 395-466/n
      • Dubrovnik airport (33km to the south, 40min by car)
      • Split airport (227km to the north, 2hr 45min by car)
      • Tivat airport (Montenegro) (83km to the south, 2hr10min by car)
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