Wednesday, 18 September 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.


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.

thong dubrovnik 2

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

One of the most popular DJs in the world David Guetta enjoys the Adriatic sailing along the Croatian coast.

Three weeks ago, Guetta thrilled the audience with his performance on the Ultra Europe Festival held in Split; however, he still has not left the beautiful shores of Croatia.

On social media, Guetta has posted a photo of his luxury yacht with which he is sailing the Adriatic Sea.

This is not the first time that the world popular DJ spends his holiday in Croatia enjoying its natural beauties. Last year he visited the small island of Bisevo near Vis and was completely enchanted with it.

guetta yacht cruise

The world famous actress Julia Roberts is currently staying in the capital of Serbia with her family, and according to Serbian media she will soon hit the shores of the Croatian coast as well.

A few days ago, Roberts arrived in Belgrade with her children to accompany her husband Daniel Moder, a film producer, who has been engaged on filming a new film ''Ibiza'' as a photography director.

Therefore, the filming is to start in Belgrade in a few days, whilst the whole film crew is to move to Split afterwards. ''Ibiza'' is a romantic comedy directed by Alex Richanbach, which will be filmed for Netflix. The Serbian capital is to ''play'' Barcelona, whilst the Dalmatian city of Split is play Ibiza in the new film.

In addition, Daniel Moder recently paid a visit to Zrce on the Croatian island of Pag. He was photographed in a local club Aquarius, with a camera in his hands. The manager of the club explained that Moder arrived on Pag to check out the club and its atmosphere for the scenes of ''Ibiza''.

The European Parliament has carried out seawater pollution testing on popular beaches across Europe.

A few days ago the EU Parliament posted a video on its Twitter profile advising people where to swim this summer. One of the hot spots for tourists is a beautiful beach Podrace on the Makarska Riviera in Croatia.

In order to ensure EU citizens a healthy and safe environment, the European Parliament conducts seawater testing on many beaches throughout Europe. Around 21,000 European bathing sites are tested regularly for pollution.

According to the EU Parliament, more and more sites pass tough EU bathing water rules every year. Almost 96 percent of them are fine for swimming, whilst 85 percent of them are rated excellent. The Croatian beach has found its place in the top three swimming locations and has taken the victory in the category of sea beaches.

“I couldn’t really see what they were doing at first and then I realised to my horror that it was a sex orgy on a public beach,” explained a reader of The Dubrovnik Times. This afternoon a reader of the Times witnessed a four-way sex orgy on a public beach in Zupa called Beterina. The beach is an unofficial nudist beach but not a sex beach! When approached by the reader to stop the four foreign tourists replied “But this is a nudist beach,” in way of an excuse.

As this orgy, which involved three men and one woman, occurred in the middle of the day on a public beach it could easily have been witnessed by children. The four foreign nationals, all believed to be in their late fifties early sixties, seemed oblivious to the swimmers around them and started a four way orgy.

The eyewitness approached the naked quartet and asked them to stop. The four tried to argue their case be saying the beach was nudist, before stopping and moving onto to another beach. This small beach in Zupa, around 12 kilometres from Dubrovnik, is apparently well-known as a swinger’s beach and there is even a homemade sign advertising the fact that swingers are welcome.

Sex on a public beach in the republic of Croatia is punishable by law with fines ranging from 3,000 to 7,000 Kuna. If the police had caught these sex culprits they could have been multiplied these penalties by four.

swinger dubrovnik

Swinging on Dubrovnik beach - just follow the signs 

Dubrovnik is well known for being one of the most romantic cities in the world. Hundreds of couples every year choose Dubrovnik as their magical place to say “I Do.”

And even though the summer temperatures can be, well roasting, this doesn’t stop couples from saying their vows in the Mediterranean sunshine. Just a couple of weeks ago Anna and Gordon Bird, from Edinburgh, decided to “brave” the summer heat and get married.

scottish wedding croatia


This was a wedding with a difference, at least for Dubrovnik, as the whole ceremony was a traditional Scottish affair. In spite of the sweltering heat full kilts were the order of the day.

But you can’t have a Scottish wedding without the melody of a bagpipe echoing in the background. The couple managed to find the only bagpipe player in Croatia, Zvjezdan Levinger, and he flew down from the capital Zagreb to make their big day even more memorable.

The unforgettable Scottish day in Dubrovnik ended with a piper’s toast to the bride and groom.      

According to the Global Footprint Network (GFN), on the 2nd of August 2017 humankind will have used annual natural resources.

This international research organization was the first to introduce the method of calculating ecological debt. Carbon emissions are the fastest growing factor of over consumption, whilst the carbon footprint of humanity now makes up to 60 percent of humanity's demand on nature.

The Earth Overshoot Day (EOD) previously known as Ecological Debt Day (EDD) is the date on which humanity's resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth's capacity to regenerate those resources that year. In the last twenty years, it has been marked at the end of September; however, this year is almost two months earlier. The world first entered ecological deficit spending or ecological debt in the early 1970s when the critical threshold had been crossed.

Furthermore, humanity is currently using resources 1.7 times faster than ecosystems can regenerate i.e. globally we are using 1.7 planets and we only have one. The costs of this global ecological excessive spending become more and more obvious all over the world, in the form of shrinking forests, species loss, drought, water scarcity, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity and carbon dioxide accumulation in the atmosphere.

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Living Planet Report on the state of the planet published in October last year, all the countries in Croatia’s surroundings, including Croatia, live above their natural capacity. This is also demonstrated by GFN's environmental data, measured in global hectares (gha). It is a unit that measures human demand on nature (ecological footprint) and the ability of the Earth to meet our requirements (bio capacity).

Therefore, Slovenia stands out as the country with the highest ecological footprint (4.69gha), followed by Croatia (3.78gha), Montenegro (3.63gha), Bosnia and Herzegovina (3.22gha), and Serbia (3,1gha). The good news is that in all countries in the region the ecological footprint measured in 2013 was lower than in 2012.

However, the latest data show that Croatia is using resources of 2.2 planets. It entered the ecological debt in 1997 for the first time. Croatia's footprint consists of carbon dioxide (2.06gha), arable land (0.74gha), forest products (0.38gha), fishing areas (0.07gha), populated areas (0.06gha) and pastures (0.19gha). Bio capacity per capita is 2.8 gha.

Experts claim that reducing food waste by 50 percent around the world could move the Earth Overshoot Day by eleven days, whilst reducing of carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent would move the date by 89 days.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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