Thursday, 22 August 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.


Every now and then it’s good to take some unusual trip. The one that we recommend today is – salt works in Ston, just a drive away from Dubrovnik. Ston salt pans are one of the oldest active salt pans in the world and are a great attraction.

The tradition of harvesting salt lasts for over 4000 years and is still produced in the same way as it was before – with assistance of the sea, sun and wind. Ston salt works or ‘’Solana Ston’’ has 58 pools divided into five groups. Nine pools are meant for crystallization process – 8 of them carry name of the saints (Francis, Nicholas, Balthazar, Anthony, Joseph, John, Peter and Paul) while one is called Mundo (world).  Salt was precious during the Dubrovnik Republic and two pools that carry the names Blaise and Lazarus and have granite bottoms were used for making the purest salt and sending it to Wienna court.

The harvest of the salt is done during the summer months or more precisely from April to October. Annually, 500 tons of salt can be harvested from nine pools.

Take a short tour through Solana Ston in our photo gallery.

Non profit organization ‘Blue World Institute’ brought amazing news on their official Facebook page – in only 2 days 10 dolphin newborns were observed in Cres-Losinj waters.

-Dear friends we bring you the great news! This week our research team observed a group of 49 dolphins and within this group 9 newborn dolphins were present. Interestingly, 5 of them were clumsily swimming next to the females that became mothers for the very first time! We wish them all the success in raising their firstborns. But that is not all, in the same sighting we saw female Bully alone, but already on the following day Bully was observed also with the newborn, the smallest we’ve ever seen - just one day old! – Blue World Institute published.

They also brought a set of photos showing these sweet newborns. Visit their official Facebook page to see them.

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service published a thank you note by married couple John and Jennifer on their official Facebook page. Couple was rescued on July 6th from the mountain of Srd, where they got lost after leaving the path.

John wrote special thanks to the team who came two hours later for them and took them to the hospital, admitting that it was reckless to start their hike without checking the correct route.

-I'm familiar with the fact that your members are volunteers and I am very happy to have met them. We would like to support your work so please provide us with an account number so that can pay a donation to help your work – John wrote in this note, saying that they really enjoyed visiting Dubrovnik.

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service thanked for the donation and also wrote that gratitude from those we rescue is their biggest prize.

Deputy County Mayor of Dubrovnik Neretva County Josko Cebalo participated in the presentation of the conceptual project of the new Port of Korcula, held in the City Hall of the City of Korcula.

Director of the County Port Authority of Korcula Vedran Lelekovic welcomed all the participants and expressed his satisfaction with the progress of the project documentation and stressed that this is a major infrastructure project that will contribute to the development of tourism in Korcula.

Cebalo stated that Dubrovnik-Neretva County provides full support for the further development of the project at all levels.

The new port will be built on the location Polacista (Zrnovska Banja), five kilometers away from the town of Korcula. The port is optimized in accordance with the needs and the depths of the sea. In January it was said that the the port is estimated to cost about 70 million Kuna, which is significantly less than the original version of the port, whose construction was estimated at two hundred million Kuna.



    New Port of Korcula - photo by Dubrovnik Neretva County

Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic and Director of Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic hosted a meeting with the Jin Park, President of the Korean-American Association and the Asia Future Institute, accompanied by his wife Yoon Hee Cho, a famous violinist.   

This was the first visit to Dubrovnik for Jin Park and Yoon Hee Cho, so the Deputy Mayor and Dubrovnik Tourist Board Director did their best to present the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage, as well as the most important cultural programs and projects.

The married couple expressed the desire to establish cooperation with the City of Dubrovnik and especially with its cultural institutions such as the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.

Although two fire fighting planes went to the airport in Cilipi this morning, the fire at Bjelotina is still active and re-engagement of air forces is expected around 3 pm.

Commander of the Public Fire Department, Mario Magud, commented the situation for Dubrovacki vjesnik, saying that the part of the fire approaching the village of Bani is sanctioned, while on the tops of Bjelotina and eastern, towards Montenegro is still active.

He explained that around 20 people are on board with two fire fighting planes.


Three weekends ahead of us will be marked with large crowds and frequent traffic jams – writes according to the data from Croatian auto club (HAK).

At the beginning of the forthcoming weekend, the summer holidays in Germany and the Netherlands start. Many are on their way already, since they started their trip on Thursday night and so a significant inflow of vehicles to Croatia is expected already during the day, especially towards border crossings. The peak of that wave is expected on Saturday, July 22nd, all day in both directions, and on Sunday, July 23rd, mainly in return.

Apart from motorized citizens from Western European countries, many Croats will spend the summer vacation on the South.

On Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, the most significant jams are expected in the following sections:     
-    A2 Zagreb-Macelj Highway, A3 Bregana-Lipovac, A4 Zagreb-Gorican, A7 Rupa-Rijeka;     
-    Highway A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče and A6 Rijeka-Zagreb;    
-     The Zagreb Bypass (A3) ;  Istrian ipsilon (A8 and A9);     
-    Border crossings with Slovenia (Bregana, Macelj, Rupa, Kaštel), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Metković, Zaton Doli, Klek, Slavonski Brod, Stara Gradiska ...), Serbia (Bajakovo and Tovarnik) and Montenegro (Karasovići);     
-    Along the Adriatic Highway (DC8) near the tourist centers and on the Krk Bridge;     In the ports of Zadar and Split, and at the ports of the North and Central Dalmatian islands.

HAK points out that in the direction of the sea, the worst traffic will be on Saturday from 4 to 12 am, and on the way back during Saturday and Sunday in the afternoon, so they advise not to travel then.  You can check the traffic situation here.

At the initiative of the City of Dubrovnik, a summer cultural and entertaining program "Ulicama naseg Grada" (‘’On the streets of our town’’) will be launched again. This program will entertain numerous Dubrovnik guests and locals with a rich Dubrovnik cultural, traditional but also entertaining heritage from July 21st to August 31st.

The concerts of the five Dubrovnik vocal groups will take place at two locations within the historical core, on the Peskarija and in front of Dominican monastery and in Uvala Lapad, right next to the fountain.

This is the schedule for the concerts:
Friday – Vocal group ‘Kase’ – in front of Dominican monastery
Saturday – Vocal group ‘Maestral’ – in front of Dominican monastery
Monday – Vocal group ‘Ragusa’ – Peskarija
Wednesday – Vocal group ‘Subrenum’ – Peskarija
Thursday – Vocal group ‘Ragusavecchia’ – Uvala Lapad, right next to the fountain

The concerts will last from 9:30 to 10:30 pm in the historical core, and in Uvala Lapad from 9 to 10:30 pm.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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