Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.
If you are fan of hiking or adventure in general, a moonlight hiking trip may be a perfect thing for you. On Monday, August 7th, you can explore the beauty of the Konavle region at night under a full moon – for free.
Hikers meet at Zvekovica (in front of Pemo Market) where you can buy everything you need for hiking at 7:45 pm. Zvekovica is 25 minutes by car from Dubrovnik, 7 minutes from Cavtat and 7 minutes from Čilipi.
The hike will take place at the old railway route known locally as „Ćiro“, from Vojski do to Mihanići and back. This railway trail joined the numerous places and peoples of Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro and Croatia. It was built by the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy at the turn of the 20th century. Along the route you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Konavle field and pass through the tunnels pierced into the rocks.
- Wear layers, sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight / headlamp, snacks, camera as needed and a minimum of 1 litre of water. The full moon hike is 9 kilometers (5.5 miles) long. The hike can take a few hours so we recommend it for hikers over the age of 12. Hiking is at your own risk! – the organizers wrote.
After the meeting at Zvekovica, hikers will continue driving with cars for approximately 15 minutes to the starting point of hiking. Hiking begins at 8:15pm and ends at 11pm in Vojski Do and is led by licensed mountain guides.
Due to weather conditions the hike can be canceled at the last minute, so the organizers of the event advise you to check it periodically for last minute hike schedule changes. You can do that on this link.
If you are looking for a great pizza in Dubrovnik then Tutto Bene and Mea Culpa should be on your radar. Lovers of good pizza are after a good crunchy base, fresh toppings and a great choice – make the right choice and head for Tutto Bene in Lapad as well as on Ulica od Puca in the Old City and Mea Culpa in the Old City of Dubrovnik.
Tutto Bene in Lapad
Eat where the locals eat. Once discovered these two restaurants are often returned to. Offering a wide selection of pizzas they have a faithful group of local patrons who keep coming back – always a good sign that the food is good. Often the sentence “everything is good without mistakes” can be heard.
It would take you a long time to list all the ingredients, combinations and types of pizzas that are on offer at Tutto Bene and Mea Culpa. But it isn’t all about pizza. Delicious hamburgers, kebabs, tortillas, salads, pastas and much, much more.
More than pizza
Both Mea Culpa and Tutto Bene pay respect to the preparation of the meals, particularly to the strict hygiene standards and the use of fresh and high quality produce. Both eateries have set a high quality in terms of service, constantly developing business modernization and following world trends.
And not only do they serve great food they also look after your pocket. Even if you pay with a credit card you’ll get a 5% discount on your meal, automatically calculated into the final price.
In the first six months of this year, the national air carrier Croatia Airlines generated net profit of 42.6 million Kunas, after a loss of 84.6 million Kunas in the same period last year.
Apart from great financial results, Croatia Airlines has also planned to carry two million passengers by the end of 2017 primarily due to the increased flight volume especially during the peak tourist season.
At the same time, operating revenues were 32 percent higher compared to the first six months of 2016. The revenue structure recorded an increase of passenger revenue by 10 percent, whilst the revenue generated by technical maintenance of foreign aircraft also recorded a significant increase. As far as other revenues are concerned, they also rose 2.5 times due to the planned sale of slots at the London Heathrow airport, stated Croatia Airlines.
From the beginning of January to the end of June 2017, Croatia Airlines aircraft operated 2 percent more flights in comparison to the same period in 2016. In other words, the national air carrier operated 12,684 flights and carried 903,188 passengers, i.e. 10 percent more than last year and 3 percent more than the plan.
The globally hit Despacito has just got a new sensual Croatian version. The popular cellist Ana Rucner released her own cover version of the hot today entitled “Two Bodies one Soul.”
Despacito has broken all the records for views on social media with over 6 billion people so far tuning in. With its 3.3 million certified sales plus track-equivalent streams, "Despacito" is one of the best-selling Latin singles in the United States.
And after the 2Cellos released their version now it is the turn of Ana Rucner to cover the hit. Not only does she play the cello but also sings, a hot new version of Despacito.
According to the latest information, the Chinese Southeast European Business Association (CSEBA) in cooperation with Chinese partners is preparing a project for filming a Chinese feature film on locations in Croatia.
The renowned Chinese director Jiang Zhōngyuán will direct the film titled ‘‘Summer in Croatia’’, whilst the main roles will be played by popular Chinese actors Ma Su, Jiǎng Xīn and Kòu Zhènhǎi. The film is a love story, which, apart from Croatia, will also be filmed in China. The filming is expected to start in the middle of next year.
''This is a great opportunity for Croatia, especially for Croatian tourism. I expect a significant growth in the number of Chinese tourists in Croatia after the realization of this project'', commented the president of CSEBA Mario Rendulic.
The main goal of the project is to present Croatia as a top tourist destination. It is also envisaged that the scenario highlights all the aspects that are perceived as comparative advantages of Croatia such as the beauty of the Croatian coast, local tradition and gastronomy.
The potential success of the film is more than guaranteed due to the Wanda Studious Group, which is to be engaged in the distribution of the film across China. The film is expected to be screened at 36 Chinese cinemas, whilst the expected audience is estimated at 13 million viewers.
Chinese cinemas a hit
Last year Chinese cinemas generated total revenue of 45.5 billion Yuan (around 6 billion Euros). The total number of cinema visitors was 1.37 million that made China the Number One in this category leaving behind North America.
Considering the fact that this project is an important opportunity for the promotion of Croatia and its tourist industry, the Ministry of Tourism headed by the Minister Garri Cappelli supported this project.
VLM Airlines, an airline owned by SHS Aviation, has announced the establishment of two regular, seasonal lines from the airport in Maribor to two destinations on the Adriatic coast - Split and Dubrovnik. But you’ll have to be quick as the airline is only operating these flights through August.
VLM Airlines will maintain these lines during August, every Tuesday. Tickets for these flights are already on sale starting at only 39 Euros on the Maribor - Split line and 49 Euros on the Maribor - Dubrovnik line. For more details check out the airline’s website www.flyvlm.com
These new flights between Maribor and Split, Maribor and Dubrovnik will start on the 8th of August and only run until the 29th of August.
Less is more. With the warm summer evenings in Dubrovnik it can be difficult to know what to wear. However this young lady seems to have solved the problem by wearing virtually nothing.
Spotted by our photo-reporter on the Pile Gate just outside of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik this young tourist had obviously just come from the beach (at least we hope so). It was a real minimalistic look and quite probably not in line with the dress code brought in by the City Council last year.
The renowned British newspaper The Telegraph has published an article titled ''Europe's 17 Best Secret Islands'' and selected the 17 most beautiful and less known islands in Europe. The Croatian islands of Vis and Solta have also found their place of The Telegraph's list.
Check out what the popular newspaper wrote about Solta and Vis:
''Partly because of its ruggedness and partly because of its proximity to Split, which means tourists often overlook it in favour of better-known islands slightly further away, Solta (12 miles by two), in the central Dalmatian archipelago, remains blissfully unspoilt and is still home to a thriving fishing community plus working vineyards and olive groves''.
''An island fit for a Bond villain'', reckons Telegraph Travel's Adrian Bridge. ''I may have been driving a 50cc scooter rather than a gadget-enhanced Aston Martin but it was the theme tune to the 007 films that raced to mind as I rounded the corner of the spectacularly scenic road that winds its way through the northern extremity of the Croatian island of Vis. It was impossible not to feel that somewhere deep within that crevice the villainous Stavro Blofeld still had a lair and that at any moment I would hear the immortal words: ''I've been expecting you, Mr Bond''.
Here is The Telegraph's list of the 17 European best secret islands:
1. Isola de Maddalena, Italy
2. Pantelleria, Italy
3. Kastellorizo, Greece
4. Salina, Italy
5. Ile de Bendor, France
6. Meganisi, Greece
7. Cies Islands, Spain
8. Vis, Croatia
9. Ios, Greece
10. Cavallo, France
11. Kea, Greece
12. Koufonissia, Greece
13. Marstrand, Sweden
14. Ile de Porquerolles, France
15. Sylt, Germany
16. Monemvasia, Greece
17. Solta, Croatia