Wednesday, 20 October 2021
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 Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik is once again organizing the eighth Good Food Festival, a gastronomic event for all lovers of good food, which will be held from the 7th to the 10th of October 2021, in accordance with the prescribed measures due to the epidemiological situation.

This year's program will include the traditional Restaurant Week with festival menus, wine tastings, sweet festival offer, gastro tours, culinary workshops in Deša, beer evenings with good street food in the Dubrovnik Beer Company, various themed dinners and more.

Throughout the festival week, from the 4th to the 10th of October, the Restaurant Week will be held, as well as a sweet offer, wine tastings and gastro tours. Diligent chefs from more than thirty Dubrovnik restaurants have created festival menus especially for the Good Food Festival at promotional prices, and you will be able to taste them throughout the Festival Week. Take advantage of this great opportunity and visit restaurants you have never been to before, let Dubrovnik caterers show you how delicious, creative and tempting the dishes from their offers are.

Participating Restaurants: Restaurant Arsenal (City Café), Restaurant Banje Beach - Bistro 49 - Restaurant Blidinje - Cantina Mexicana Chihuahua - Tavern Dalmatino - Pub Dubrava - Restaurant Gusta Me - Bistro Izvor - Café Lazareti - Hotel Kazbek - Hotel Lero (Piano bar) - Restaurant) - Taverna Loggia - Restaurant Lucin kantun - Restaurant Maskeron - Restaurant Mimoza - Hotel More (Restaurant More) - Restaurant Orka - Restaurant Orsan - Restaurant Pantarul - Bistro pizzeria Prova - Hotel Pucić Palace - Restaurant Rhea Silvia (Old City and Lapad) - Hotel Rixos Premium (Umi Teppanyaki) - Royal Hotels & Resorts Restaurant Zoe and Restaurant Castile - Restaurant Sebastian - Sunset Beach Dubrovnik - Restaurant Taj Mahal, Hotel Lero - Restaurant Taj Mahal, Stari grad - Bistro Tavulin - Tavern Vita Bella.

The sweet festival offer is offered by Gianni Confectionery, Hotel Lero Piano bar, Pool & Lobby Bar of Hotel Lapad and Libertas Terrace & Lobby Bar. Choose an interesting gastronomic tour through a walk through the city that will introduce you to the specialties of Dubrovnik cuisine or a wine tasting in Bakus and Škar wine bars.

GOOD FOOD FESTIVAL 04.-10.10.2021

Find all the restaurants and menus here 

207,558 passengers passed through Dubrovnik Airport in September this year, as many as 166,000 more passengers compared to the same month last year! Dubrovnik Airport has released its statistics for September, and the airport recorded a significant increase in passenger numbers for the sixth month in a row, reports Croatian Aviation.

Exactly 207,558 passengers passed through Croatia’s southernmost airport this September. Last year 40.952 passengers used the airport and in 2019 405.924 passed through the airport. It was predicted that this year’s figures would be closer to the figures from 2019 than last year, and that has certainly proved to be the case.

From the first of January to the 30th of September, a total of 787,590 passengers passed through Dubrovnik Airport, while in the same period last year there were only 306,949.

dubrovnik airport passenger numbers 2021

Given that Dubrovnik will be well connected to a number of European destinations in October, a significant increase in the number of passengers on a monthly basis is expected, and Dubrovnik Airport will approach the number of one million passengers by the end of this year. This landmark looked almost impossible at the beginning of the year.

Dubrovnik Airport was one of the most affected by the crisis caused by the global pandemic last year, but in the summer flight schedule this year it was well connected with a number of European and world destinations, especially with daily flights to Moscow, as many as 8 flights a week with two major American airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines between Dubrovnik and New York. These transatlantic flights, the only such flights in the whole of Croatia, will soon come to an end.


During September 2021, there were 176,558 tourist arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is an increase of 316 percent compared to the same period in 2020. In September 2021, there were 866,847 overnight stays, which is 213 percent more overnight stays than in the same period in 2020.

Most overnight stays were made by guests from Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, the United States, Croatia and France.

From the beginning of the year to the end of September, 4,867,620 overnight stays were realized. Compared to the same period in 2020, 77 percent more overnight stays were realized, while compared to the same period in 2019, 60 percent more overnight stays were realized.

In hotel accommodation, from the beginning of the year to the end of September, 1,311,249 overnight stays were realized, which is 117 percent more than in the same period in 2020, and compared to 2019, 41 percent of turnover was realized.

From the beginning of 2021 to the end of September, 2,439,442 overnight stays were realized in household facilities, more precisely 66 percent more than in the same period in 2020. Compared to the same period in 2019, 69 percent of overnight stays were realized.


September was a busy month for Dubrovnik and the tourism industry were more than pleasantly surprised at the number of guests in the city. According to official data there were around 101,000 tourist arrivals in Dubrovnik in September and 580,000 overnight stays were achieved. Now clearly any comparison to the chaotic 2020 are difficult, but these figures represent four times as many tourist arrivals as last year.

Once again the most numerous travellers in the city were Brits, followed by tourists from the USA, Germany, France and Russia. Ever since travel restrictions were made simpler for British tourists they have been the most frequent visitors to Dubrovnik. And as they are set to get even easier, and indeed cheaper, from the beginning of October when the need for expensive PCR tests is phased out and lateral flow tests are allowed. This easing of restrictions should attract even more Brits to travel in October, meaning another bumper month.

In the first three quarters of this year around 450,000 tourists arrived in Dubrovnik, and close to 1.7 million overnight stays were recorded. Whilst this may sound impressive it is in fact only 44 percent of the tourist traffic from 2019. However, it must be said that 2019 was a record year for tourism in Croatia, and this year the preseason months were almost empty. The season really started in earnest in the middle of July.

There are currently around 8,000 tourists in Dubrovnik, with the majority coming from the UK, the USA, Germany, France, Croatia and the Netherlands.


An ID card is no longer enough to enter the UK for European Union citizens, you’ll need to have a passport instead.

As of yesterday, Croatian citizens, like all other EU, EEA (European Economic Area) and Swiss citizens can no longer travel to the UK with a valid ID card.

From the 1st of October EU citizens wishing to enter the UK must have a valid passport, as a direct side-effect of Brexit. The UK left the European Union at midnight on 31 January 2020.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will still be able to go on shorter trips to the UK without a visa. As a rule, a visa is not required for a stay of less than 6 months.

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 35 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are 18 males and 17 females: 15 from Dubrovnik, five from Korčula and Župa dubrovačka, three from Blato, two from Konavle and Ploče and one from Metković, Vela Luka and Smokvica.

37 people made a full recovery: 16 from Dubrovnik, four from Metković and Ploče, three from Kula Norinska and Blato, two from Konavle and Korčula and one from Župa dubrovačka, Ston and Trpanj.

In the last 24 hours, 487 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 140,248 samples have been analyzed.

17 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. One patient requires intensive care and is on a ventilator. 

There are 645 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one case of violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.

Today Dubrovnik marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Serbian-Montenegrin aggression on the city and the south of Croatia in the Homeland War - October 1, 1991, with the appropriate traditional program "Let's not forget".

The program began at 9.30 with the laying of wreaths at the Memorial Cross at the city cemetery Boninovo, followed by the laying of wreaths on the hill Srđ with prayer and the appropriate program. At 5 pm, the International Scientific Conference "Dubrovnik Media Days" will be opened, with the theme of 30 years since the attack on Dubrovnik, and at 6 pm, wreaths will be lowered in the port of Gruž in memory of those killed at sea. Holy Mass for all those killed in the Homeland War will be held at 7 pm in the Franciscan Church of the Little Brothers, and at 8 pm in the Sloboda cinema, the film "From that day" by Slavica Šnur will be shown.

At exactly 6 o'clock on the first day of October 1991, more than 13,000 members of the Yugoslav army, with the help of Serbian and Montenegrin reservists, attacked the area of Dubrovnik and southern Croatia from land, sea and air.

750 poorly armed Croatian defenders, members of the Dubrovnik ZNG, the police and volunteers from the Territorial Defense opposed the numerous and well-armed aggressor military force on the line of defence more than 200 kilometres long.

Already on the first day, Dubrovnik was left without electricity and water, and with the aim of a complete information blockade, the aggressor rocketed the building of the Information Center and the repeater and relay on Srđ, which cut off telephone and damaged radio connections. The first grenades fired from JNA cannons and reservists of the Herzegovina Corps from the position around Trebinje fell on the narrower Dubrovnik area, the settlements of Bosanka on the hill Srđ and Mokošica.

In the first week of October alone, 27 Dubrovnik veterans and civilians were killed and 100 wounded.

As early as October 5, the Serbian-Montenegrin aggressor captured Konavle and Slano and thus cut off the last land connection with the rest of Croatia.

Dubrovnik suffered the hardest days in its centuries-old history in November and December 1991. From November 8 to 14 and December 6, on the feast of St. Nicholas, more than 5,000 artillery shells fell on the city in heavy attacks, and on 6. In December, more than six of them fell on Dubrovnik's historic core. Numerous cultural monuments were destroyed. Nine buildings were completely burned, 461 buildings suffered severe damage, and 45 missiles fell on Stradun.

In the area from Ston to Konavle, 2127 houses were burned, as well as the protected, almost five hundred years old Arboretum in Trsteno. 7771 inhabitants of the Dubrovnik area were left without a roof over their heads, and what was not burned and destroyed was looted.


Four Croatian airports will have direct connections with Dublin in October, including Croatia’s southernmost airport, Dubrovnik.

Although October is the month in which companies significantly reduce the number of weekly flights and routes to Croatian airports, flights to and from Dublin will not have significant reductions in the last month of the summer flight schedule. Namely, four Croatian airports will be directly connected to Dublin throughout October, with Split and Dubrovnik leading the way, reports Croatia Aviation.

In October, Croatia Airlines continues to operate twice a week, every Thursday and Sunday with A319 aircraft between Dublin and Zagreb.

AerLingus, an Irish airline, is operating exclusively on the route between Dublin and Dubrovnik this summer (there are no routes to Pula and Split), and the company will continue to connect Dubrovnik and Dublin three times a week, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, until October 30.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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