Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Looking for the ideal beach in May in the Dubrovnik County – look no further! The best time to enjoy in warm temperatures is usually in July and August. However, the summer heat brings many people to the beaches as well; towels are all over the place that can be very annoying. But there is a solution, if you are one of those who like lower temperatures of sea and air; it is a good idea to soak up the sun in May.

Good Old Europe offers a handful of beautiful beaches with sea and air temperatures around and slightly above 20 degrees, you can enjoy in the pre-season period. Thus if you want to avoid crowded spaces this summer, here is the list of just the right places for you that also includes one of many Croatian beaches.

The Teresitas beach, Tenerife

The Ksamil beach, Albania

The Velika beach, Ulcinj, Montenegro

The Petani beach, Kefalonia, Greece

The Amado beach, Algarve, Portugal

The Cala Llombards beach, Mallorca

The Ramla Bay, Malta

The Monsul beach, Andalusia, Spain

The island of Porquerolles, Cote d'Azur, France

The islet of Proizd, near the island of Korcula, Croatia

island near korcula

The island of Proizd

After ten long years of obtaining the necessary documentation and construction permits, the Croatian capital of Zagreb will soon be on the list of the world's best cable car destinations. The opening of the new Sljeme cable car is scheduled for August 2018.

According to information, the Sljeme cable car will be one of the most modern cable cars in Europe with 84 gondolas per 10 passengers. The length of the cableway will be 5,012 kilometres and will be able to carry passengers from the foothills to the top in around 16.5 minutes.

However, until this project worth 142 million Kunas is completed and the new cable car starts operating, here is the list of the most attractive cable cars in the world that are of great interest to tourists.

Peak2peak Gondola (Whistler, Canada) - the only cable car in the world that connects two mountain peaks. It has the longest free span between ropeway towers (3,03km) and it is the gondola with the highest point above the ground (436m)

Titlis Rotair (Mount Titlis, Switzerland) – it is well known for the introduction of the world's first rotating gondola

Mi Teleferico (La Paz, Bolivia) - the world's highest and longest urban gondola (11km) which carries passengers from the centre of La Paz to the district of El Alto

Sugarloaf Mountain Gondola (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – it is famous for its numerous TV and film appearances (James Bond ‘’Moonraker’’)

Vanoise Express (Les Arcs, France) - the biggest cable car in the world with two double-decker cabins that can carry 200 passengers

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (California) - the world's largest rotating cable car

Ba Na Hills Cable Car (Da Nang, Vietnam) - one of the world's longest cable cars (it is more than 5km long)

Stanserhorn Cabrio (Lucerne, Switzerland) - the first cable car with a roofless upper deck

Skyline Queenstown (New Zealand) - the Southern Hemisphere's steepest cable car that carries passengers 450m above sea level

The Ngong Ping 360 (Hong Kong) – it has two classes of cabin, standard cabins and those with glass floors.

Prominent representatives of the popular motoring TV series ‘’The Grand Tour’’, as well as equally popular TV presenters of ‘’Top Gear’’ have arrived to Croatia.

The former ‘’Top Gear’’ TV hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were caught in camera in the city of Zadar while drinking coffee on the city's waterfront and visiting the tourist attraction The Greeting to the Sun. They were more than happy to take photos with their fans and to share autographs.

According to some information, the popular trio has been working on a TV show similar to Amazon's ‘’The Grand Tour’’. Apart from Zadar, the show will be filmed at some other locations in the city's surroundings such as Sepurine barracks, on the island of Pag, and at the abandoned alumina factory in Obrovac.

''The crew came to us in search for ideal locations, we are also helping them to obtain necessary permits. They will stay in the Zadar area for a few days'', commented Ivana Zrilic, the head of the Zadar Film Office.

jeremy clarkson zadar

The Croatian air carrier Croatia Airlines is to start with its 2017 summer schedule by launching four new seasonal routes from Zagreb.

Croatia Airlines has already recorded heavy bookings on its new services to Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo and Bucharest, previously offering consumers promotional fares on its new routes to encourage their demand.

Therefore, from the initially announced two flights a week to Oslo, the air carrier has increased the number of flights to three.

As far as Sweden is concerned, Elizabeth Axtelius, the aviation business director at Swedavia, the operator of Arlanda Airport commented, “In general, the interest for Mediterranean countries has increased heavily among Swedish travellers. Zagreb is also a completely new direct route from Stockholm Arlanda Airport and is one of the top unserved destinations. We welcome Croatian Airlines' expansion at Stockholm, giving Swedes more opportunity to experience Croatia.”

According to the latest data, over 18,000 passengers travelled between the Croatian capital and Finland in 2016. Helsinki was surely the most popular destination, which recorded 91 percent of the traffic. ‘’We are very pleased that for the first time in Croatia Airlines’ history we have established flights between these two countries. The Finnish market has great potential, and that is why we are offering an attractive product with the best connections to Southeast Europe", said Kresimir Kucko, the CEO of Croatia Airlines.

It is interesting to note that around 14,000 passengers travelled between Zagreb and Bucharest in 2016, with a continuous growth year after year.

Dubrovnik is absolutely stunning, we all know that, right? But every now and then is good to get some sort of reminder why this beautiful city has the title ‘’Pearl of Adriatic’’.

Patrick Martin Studios has recently published a video from their Dubrovnik journey and it’s breathtaking. UNILAD Adventure shared this video and got over 200 thousand views and almost 8000 likes. Comments were also interesting, most of them very positive about Dubrovnik.

- ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS YOU'LL EVER MAKE. It's so cute and lovely and GAH. The locals just enhance how great a place it is. AND, you can visit loads of different Game of Thrones filming areas... SO MUCH TO DO. YES. GO. Need to go again myself – commented one of the Facebook users.

- I've travelled a fair bit and this is by far one of the most picturesque places I've been to. The whole country of Croatia is gorgeous. I'll be going back next year hopefully. Went last year but spent the whole holiday touring the Game of Thrones filming locations, which was equally as amazing! – added another user.

No need to add much more – just watch this amazing video.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently announced the alarm because of the fear of extinction of more than 13 percent of the coral species in the Mediterranean, among which is bushy coral from Mljet – reports direktno.hr.

The IUCN report states that 17 coral species might face regional extermination, some of which are limited to the Mediterranean, but experts are also worried because a large number of species has remained unknown, so they couldn’t estimate their real threat.

Almost an endemic sea reef builder, bushy coral (Cladocora caespitosa), has been in Mediterranean waters for at least three million years. Its largest and most developed population is found in the National Park Mljet, in the bay of Kotor, and in the Marine Reserve of the Kolumbrek Islands, according to the IUCN report.

The great reefs that the coral built in the ancient Mediterranean Sea have disappeared a long time ago, and there are only a few relic springs left of it. Except from that, it is said that Cladocora caespitosa appears in the form of small scattered colonies along the Mediterranean coast.

The coral reef made by bushy coral in the Great Lake on Mljet occupies an area of about 650 square meters, at a depth of between 4 and 18 meters, which is considered the largest in the world.

When they are well-developed, bushy corals are the builders of the ecosystem of a great biodiversity, according to the report by international experts, including biologist Petar Kruzic, a professor at the PMF in Zagreb.

The Ursus company from Poland is considering on manufacturing electric buses in Croatia, and if it finds an adequate partner, the production would begin as soon as next year, it was said on the occasion of the promotion of the Ursus City Smile electric bus in the centre of Zagreb on the 8th of May.

Apart from the manufacturing facility, the investment would include the construction of a research and development centre. According to the words of Waldemar Ruminski, the sales and marketing manager at Ursus, the value of the potential investment would be around 20 to 25 million Euros.

The promotion of the Ursus electric buses was already held in the city of Rijeka, and apart from Zagreb, the buses will be promoted in Split, Pula and Osijek. During these promotion activities, representatives of Ursus will meet with some of the potential partners in Croatia.

The Ursus company has been present on the Croatian market for years with their offer of tractors and agricultural machinery, whilst the company Ursus Bus, headquartered in Lublin, have been operating for five years and is engaged in the production of electric buses.

The Ursus electric buses come in three different sizes (10, 12 and 19 metres in length), and have zero emission of harmful gases. They can drive 200 to 240 kilometres on one battery charge, whilst the capacity of some models with fast battery charging system i.e. pantograph is up to 400 kilometres.

Test phase of the visitor counter system within the historic centre of Dubrovnik started and six counters placed at entrances and exits of the city bring data on the current number of visitors inside the City Walls.

On the website dubrovnik-visitors.hr all users are provided with information on the actual number of visitors within the historic centre and information should be updated every 15 minutes.

According to Niksa Vlahusic, an expert associate of DURA, this visitor counter is primarily imagined as a tool to bring data about the real number of people inside the City Walls, as well as their behaviour during different parts of the day.

- With this system, we can see the real number of visitors at any point during the day and how many people have entered the City on each entrance. Based on this information and data we can make smarter and more rational decisions when it comes to organization of pedestrian traffic around and in historical centre and how to organize the delivery and supply inside the City Walls – said Niksa Vlahusic, adding that the project is still in the test phase.

An interactive map showing all the cameras and their positions shows a circle that signals the number of people inside the historical centre with its color. When the circle is green that means that there is currently less than six thousand people in the city. The yellow circle warns that inside the Walls there is between six and eight thousand people. The red circle sends a signal that there is currently more than eight thousand people in the city.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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