Saturday, 20 October 2018
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.


The British Days in Dubrovnik 2018 opened yesterday in front of the Old City of Dubrovnik on Pile where an iconic London double-decker bus is now dominating attention.

The three-day event was opened by the British Ambassador to Croatia, Andrew Dalgleish, and the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković. And a rich and varied program of events was presented which aim at highlighting the connections between Dubrovnik and Great Britain.



The Route Master London bus from 1964 is the centre piece of the British Days in Dubrovnik and tea and biscuits will be served, free of charge, every day. Also gin and whiskey coctails area available.

- For over a decade tourist from Great Britain have been the most numerous in our city. And in addition to the many British guests who visit in the summer, there are many that come in the winter as well. These guests appreciate our cultural heritage, our historical heritage but at the same time appreciate our clean sea and beautiful beaches. Dubrovnik is an excellent combination for them. We thank the British Embassy who has chosen Dubrovnik as the centre of manifestation – commented the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković.


The British Ambassador to Croatia, Andrew Dalgleish, stressed that British guest greatly enjoy the history and culture of Dubrovnik as well as the warm welcome and excellent food.

- There is a long relationship between Britain and Dubrovnik. We wanted to thank the people of Dubrovnik in some way and give them something in return from the United Kingdom – commented Dalgleish.

For more information and the full program follow this link


EARTH, SEA & FIRE is the name of the brand new triathlon event in Dubrovnik, scheduled for October 13th 2018.

The first-time ever triathlon to be held in the southernmost Croatian city, offers two distances for both individual athletes and relay teams: Olympic triathlon includes 1,5km two-laps swim, 40km four-laps bike and 10km four-laps run combo, while Sprint Triathlon challenge includes 0,75km one-lap swim, 20km two-laps bike and 5km two-laps run.

Calm sea, super-fast and flat bike and run routes make a perfect arena for experienced triathletes chasing standard-distance PB or aiming to break other records.


First timers will have the chance for an authentic and fiery triathlon initiation, racing side by side with the best triathletes. If you're looking for an event to start your triathlon career, along with a great venue, perfect climate and friendly atmosphere, EARTH, SEA & FIRE is the right choice!

Already well-positioned as an attractive destination for active holidays, Dubrovnik is a city that shares so much with the spirit of triathlon: steadfastness, relentless passion, ability to cope with downfalls and to rise again no matter what, over and over again. Naturally, all the participants will be able to enjoy all the beauties the southernmost Croatian city has to offer, including its ancient Old Town, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The spectacular historic architecture and atmosphere of Dubrovnik will become a perfect background for the celebration of the inaugural EARTH, SEA & FIRE triathlon.

Whether you're a newbie or Ironman finisher, we invite you to #IGNITE YOUR INNER FIRE this autumn in Dubrovnik!

The race course is set in Gruž, a picturesque, naturally sheltered wind-safe Dubrovnik’s inlet. Located approximately 20 minutes’ walk from the famous Dubrovnik’s city centre, at the entrance of river Ombla, Gruž has been Dubrovnik’s main harbour for centuries. Gruž is popular among both locals and visitors for its food and fish market. Its seaside promenade offers a vista of old Renaissance villas, historic carracks and brigantines docking next to modern luxury yachts.


Course map 


Just how much do tourists spend in Croatia? And where are we in terms of a global scale? The website has produced a rather interesting world map showing the tourist spend in each country.

“We got the data for our visualization through the World Tourism Organization, an agency in the UN. First, we color-coded each country based on the continent. Then we adjusted the size to correspond to the annual amount tourists spend in each destination in 2017 (US$ B). The WTO defines an expenditure as any amount spent by an international inbound tourist, including things like transportation, goods, and services. In other words, our figures exclude domestic tourism, giving you an accurate snapshot of which countries depend the most (and least) on the international tourism market,” commented the website.

According to this data tourist spent $11 billion in Croatia in 2017. On a regional basis Croatia is in a healthy positon, the spend in neighbouring countries was considerably lower – in Montenegro $2 billion, in Slovenia $3 billion and in Serbia $1 billion.

However, Croatia has some way to go to catch the traditional giants of European tourism – Spain $68 billion, Italy $44 billion and France $61 billion.

Top 10 Countries with the Highest International Tourism Receipts in 2017

1. USA: $211B

2. Spain: $68B

3. France: $61B

4. Thailand: $57B

5. United Kingdom: $51B

6. Italy: $44B

7. Australia: $42B

8. Germany: $40B

9. Macao (China): $36B

10. Japan: $34B

The Commander of the Dubrovnik Fire Department, Stijepko Krilanović, and Luciano Beg, the owner of Marservis, have signed a contract to construct a fire-fighting ship brigade worth four million Kunas.

With the signing of the contract the Dubrovnik fire brigade have established a naval service. Part of the money was secured from the city budget, and part was donated by the Lokrum Public Institution.

The new fire brigade ship will be 13.5 meters in length and will be ready for use in seven months.

"This is a unique ship in the area of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which will have a multifaceted role - fast firefighters' transport to the Elaphite Islands and Lokrum, a quick response to the fire and the need for intervention in the event of rescue of endangered lives, " commented the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it expects Croatia's GDP to grow by 2.8 percent in 2018, and to decelerate to 2.6 percent in 2019, according to the latest issue of the IMF's World Economic Outlook released this week.

This means that the projected economic growth for Croatia in 2018 and 2019 remained unchanged from the previous Outlook issued in April.

Croatia's unemployment rate is projected to drop from 12.4 percent in 2017 to 12.0 percent in 2018, and further down to 11.2 percent in 2019.

The report also noted that Croatia's current account balance surplus could slide from 3.9 percent of GDP in 2017 to 2.7 percent of GDP in 2018, and to 2.3 percent of GDP in 2019.

The IMF's forecasts for Croatia's economy are mainly in accordance with the projections of other analysts.

This cunning camper has found a sunny spot in Dubrovnik and he doesn’t look like leaving anytime soon.

A reader of The Dubrovnik Times sent us this photo of the foreign camper and commented that he had been in same position for the past twenty days.

Of course he isn’t paying for his “free” pitch and in fact is breaking the law as it is illegal to camp “wild” in Croatia. At least it seems like he is enjoying his stay in Croatia.

The summer of 2018 may be in the past but the sunsets over Dubrovnik are just as glorious as ever.

These stunning photos were sent to us by a reader of The Dubrovnik Times and really highlight the beauty of the ancient Old City as the sun slowly sets.

And with the weather forecasters predicting a mini Indian Summer for at least the next ten days we can expect some more beautiful sunsets.

Keep your photos and news coming.



If you have already packed the swimwear and sun cream, it might be time to dig them out again. Summer is returning to Dubrovnik. Sunshine and blue skies are forecast for the whole of this week with temperatures to soar to the mid-twenties for most of the week. Dubrovnik can expect a mini Indian Summer for at least the next ten days.

After the incredibly wet and stormy start to October which on the 2nd of October saw Dubrovnik as the wettest city on the planet the sun is coming back to the region.

Today will see blue skies with temperatures reaching highs of around 24 degrees, and the weather will improve from Tuesday.

According to the Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service from Tuesday to Sunday the Dubrovnik region will see calm and settled weather with lows of 15 degrees through the night and highs of 24 throughout the day.

The current sea temperature in the Dubrovnik region is 21.5 degrees.




Humidity: 31%
Wind: NE at 24.14 km/h
Mostly cloudy
15°C / 20°C
Mostly cloudy
16°C / 20°C
17°C / 22°C
Partly cloudy
14°C / 20°C

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