Thursday, 20 June 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.


One of the most popular attractions in Dubrovnik, the Rector's Palace, will be closed until June 7th. The second phase of reconstruction was scheduled to be completed by the 31st of May this year, but had to be prolonged due to request of the Institute for Reconstruction of Dubrovnik for the extension of the works on the atrium of the Palace.

On Wednesday, June 7th, the Cultural and Historical Museum will work normally – from 9 am to 6 pm.

It will surely be great to get a chance to visit Rector’s Palace again, since it is closed from December 2016.

On the occasion of marking the Day of Nature Protection and the International Day of Biodiversity, the cleaning of the Saplunara beach and the area of the Natura 2000 ecological network on the island of Mljet was organized.

The pupils of the Lapad and Mljet primary schools, together with their teachers Ivan Cikatic and Katarina Lackovic Poruglas, were welcomed by the representatives of the Public Institution, the Director Ivica Grilec, the expert associate Margarita Polzer and the Director of the Municipal Mljet d.o.o. and Voda Mljet d.o.o. Ivan Srsen. They explained to the pupils the work of their institutions, as well as the harmfulness of marine waste for the ecosystem and the importance of preserving natural values, such as the Saplunara protected area.

During the cleaning of Saplunara as well as Blace Bay, dozens of waste bags, mostly plastic and styrofoam, were collected.

Saplunara has recently been listed as one of the best secret beaches in Europe by The Times.
- A wonderfully unspoilt beach, Saplunara is a kilometre- long cove split into two pine-backed sweeps of sand – the only non-pebble beaches on Mljet. Edged by a swathe of botanically rich natural park, Saplunara’s location on the southeastern tip of the island means it remains peaceful for most of the season. It is quite a drive from most of the places to stay in Mljet, but roads are quiet and the scenery is beautiful – it was written in the article.

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will have a concert tonight, Tuesday, May 16, at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik. The orchestra will be conducted by maestro Christoph Campestrini and the soloist will be Toni Kursar, the first horn of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. The start of the concert is at 9 pm.  

Program includes Mendelssohn's Hebrides (Fingal's Cave), Symphony no. 88 in G major, while soloist Toni Kursar will perform the Concert for Horn and Orchestra by Dubrovnik composer Petar Obradovic. This work has been dubbed two years ago in the Dominican church, and tomorrow we have the chance to hear it again in a completely different setting of the Museum of Modern Art, where Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will have its concerts throughout May.

Hornist Toni Kursar was awarded the first prizes at national competitions during his schooling and in 2004 received the Rector's Award from the University of Zagreb and the Ivo Vuljevic Croatian Music Youth Award. He was a part of the international youth orchestra YMISO, the Young Danube Philharmonic, the Junge Philharmonie Salzburg, the Mostar Symphony Orchestra, the Croatian Chamber Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Liechtenstein. In 2006 he enrolled in postgraduate studies in the class of  Radovan Vlatkovic at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst "Mozarteum" in Salzburg and in 2008. got his Masters degree. Since 2009 he has been employed as the first hornist of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.

The two-day summit ''The Belt and Road'' which is being held in Beijing from the 14th to the 16th of May is the most important diplomatic event of the year.

On opening the summit, the Chinese president Xi Jinping said that China would invest $124 billion in the project ''The New Silk Road''. Although some world countries are sceptical about this project due to China's global influence and non-transparency, the summit has attracted 29 national leaders and representatives from 110 countries from four continents. The State secretary Marija Pejcinovic-Buric is leading the Croatian delegation.
The Chinese president Xi Jinping launched one of the most ambitious projects of today in 2013. The New Silk Road or One Belt is designed to reconnect continents, and the East and the West.

The project anticipates the construction of the fast railway, and the road network in a length of 13,000 kilometres. China has already invested $50 billion and announced to increase the investments for $14,5 billion.

On this occasion, Xi Jinping emphasized the importance of his new plan, which would create a path of peace, inclusiveness and free trade, and invited all present guests ''to leave old models based on rivalry and diplomatic games''.

As far as Croatia is concerned, it is questionable whether the country will become part of the New Silk Road or not. Last year in Riga, Croatia signed a memorandum with China on investment in ports and port infrastructure, however, the Chinese investment was never realized. ''China has invested in several project in Croatia so far, however, we hope that Croatia will ensure a better investment climate for China's investment, as investors are turning to more attractive locations'', commented Hu Zhaoming, the Chinese ambassador to Croatia.

The trade exchange between China and Croatia is around $1,5 billion, but Croatia has not yet made the most of the potential of the Chinese market, which has been growing and opening to the world.

If you need a little escape, you may find it in Cavtat, just 19 kilometers away from Dubrovnik. On the Sustjepan peninsula you can enjoy beautiful promenade, surrounded by woods, directly by the sea.

During that walk you also get a chance to peek into military bunker from World War II, which served as a mushroom farm for a while.

To get a feeling like you’re on the promenade, take a look at photo gallery made by Anton Hauswitschka.

Even though a gondola is a recognizable symbol of Venice around the globe, gondoliers or gondola drivers dressed in striped shirts wearing straw boaters with ribbons can no longer be seen only in this capital of the Veneto region in Italy.

The historic town and harbour of Trogir on the Adriatic coast in the Split-Dalmatia County has enriched its tourist offer with a gondolier driver!

The first Croatian gondolier Damir Misetic is a 27-year old young man from the island of Ciovo near Trogir who came up with a great business idea. He went to Venice and bought an old gondola, refurbished it and now he plans to drive tourists around Trogir.

The gondola is 11 metres long and it weighs 600 kilograms. It also has a solar panel to provide light, whilst the tour around Trogir lasts 45 minutes.

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Damir Misetic - Josko Ponos / CROPIX

The summer has come to Dubrovnik, well not the warmer weather but the tourist feel.

The beginning of the weekend saw thousands of tourists in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik and the main street, Stradun, was a busy promenade and a performance of folklore attracted even more guests.

Check out our photo gallery from yesterday

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Photos by Ivana Smilovic  



Looking to go camping in the Dubrovnik region, well look no further. Camping gives the freedom to explore the “pearl of the Adriatic” and offers you the chance to go at your own pace without worrying about being part of a larger group. And based in a campsite also means that you have freedom and quite often spectacular views over the Adriatic Sea as well as much needed peace and tranquillity. Croatia has always had a strong tradition of camping, with hundreds of campsites dotted along the Croatian Adriatic Sea. There is only one campsite right in the centre of Dubrovnik however there are a few in the more picturesque surroundings.

Camping in Dubrovnik

Camp Solitudo – Dubrovnik

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Camping Solitudo Dubrovnik 

This is the only campsite that is situated close to the historic Old City of Dubrovnik. Located on the green peninsular of Babin Kuk it is only a fifteen-minute bus ride to the centre of town. The camp is part of a larger tourist complex and within a five-minute walk of one of the nicest beaches in the region – Copacabana – named after the famous one in Rio. The pitches are surrounded by Mediterranean greenery and there is plenty of space to spread out.

Nearby there is a outdoor pool and children’s pool, as part of the larger tourist complex, there are available to use and the whole site has free Wi-Fi. Located in the campsite is the Bistro Solitudo restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you fancy a break from the cooking. Although this campsite is very close to the city it is also peaceful and relaxing. Solitudo Camp is open from April to November and is ranked as a three-star camp covering around six hectares.

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Solitudo Restaurant 

- 393 pitches
- 21 mobile homes
- 36 showers and 53 washbasins
- shops, bars and restaurants nearby
- two beaches within five-minute walk
- large outdoor swimming pool with children’s pool

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Telephone - +385 52 465 010

Camp Kupari - Zupa

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Camp Kupari 

Located in the region of Zupa around 8 kilometres from Dubrovnik the Camp Kupari is a good base of you are looking to be away from the crowds. Almost every pitch is covered with Mediterranean trees which provide excellent shade in the warmer months. There are ample washing facilities and toilets on the site, although rather basic compared to modern standards.

Within walking distance of the camp is the bay of Zupa with some of the best beaches in the entire region making the camp a good choice for family holidays. Also within a three-minute walk is the shopping centre SUB City which contains a large supermarket. The Camp Kupari is open from May to October and prices range from 8 Euros per pitch per night. The camp also offers free WI-FI and there is a petrol station directly opposite the entrance to the camp which is handy for filling up.

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Evergreen camp site near Dubrovnik 

- showers and washbasins
- shops, bars and restaurants nearby
- many beaches within five-minute walk
- free WI-FI
- petrol station nearby

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Telephone - +385 20 487 307

Camping Kate - Zupa

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Camping Kate 

Another campsite located in the Zupa region near Dubrovnik Camping Kate is a small, family run campsite which has a capacity for 180 campers. Camping Kate is a fifteen minute drive from the centre of Dubrovnik and a ten-minute drive from the picturesque town of Cavtat. It offers attractive views over the bay of Zupa and is only 400 metres from the camp.

The camp is clean and well kept and has washrooms, toilets, WI-FI and there is a good restaurant on the doorstep. The nearest shop is around 250 metres from the camp and the main shopping centre SUB City is a two-minute drive away. Camping Kate is a good choice to explore the region in a quiet and tranquil campsite.

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Family run campsite in Zupa 

- showers and washbasins (solar powered)
- shops, bars and restaurants nearby
- many beaches within ten-minute walk
- capacity for 180 campers

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Telephone - +385 20 487 006

Camping Pod Maslinom - Orasac 

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Pod Maslinom in Orasac 

The clue is in the title – Pod Maslinom – means under the olive trees. This charming camp site is located 11 kilometres to the west of Dubrovnik in the village of Orasac. Pod Maslinom has 40 to 45 pitches and is surrounded not only by olive trees but also rich Mediterranean foliage.

Peaceful and idyllic the camp site is only a five-minute walk from two small beaches and a small harbour area. These beaches, named Hawaii, are a great spot for swimming and have views over the Elaphite Islands. The nearest shops are in the village of Orasac and there is also a Post Office in the village. Tucked away under olive trees that are hundreds of years old Pod Maslinom is a great choice for a break away from the hustle and bustle.

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View over the Adriatic Sea 

- 45 pitches
- shops, bars and restaurants in nearby village
- two beaches within three-minute walk
- tranquil and peaceful

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Camping Prapratno - Peljesac 

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Camping Prapratno

If you are looking for a camp site near a great beach then look no further. Camping Prapratno is located around 50 kilometres from Dubrovnik on the Peljesac peninsular in one of the most beautiful bays in the region. The spacious camp has accommodation for up to 960 campers and is surrounded by olive trees and luscious vegetation. On site there is a supermarket, restaurant, volleyball and basketball court as well as the stunning beach. Camping Prapratno is a great choice for families as the sea has lots of shallow areas and there are also water sports available.

If you are looking to explore the Peljesac Peninsular, Ston or Dubrovnik this is a good location, although the drive to Dubrovnik will take around 1 hr 15 minutes. You can also hop on a ferry that docks in the bay and go to the island of Mljet, which with its National park is one of the most fascinating islands along the whole of the Adriatic coast.

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Stunning beach in front of the campsite

- accommodation for 960 campers
- showers and washbasins
- shops, bars and restaurants on-site
- sandy beach directly in front of camp
- great choice for families

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