Monday, 14 October 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.


Get creative and win a family Easter Lunch at the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera! 

Treat yourself to an Easter lunch at the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera for the whole family. Easter is a time to be with your loved ones, so why not let our five-star hotel take the strain for you this Easter.

We are looking for the best decorated Easter Eggs! Paint them, write messages on them, get creative, and send a photo to us for a chance of entering this valuable competition. You can add your Easter Egg photos to any of The Dubrovnik Times social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Just don’t forget to tag them with #sheratondubrovniktimes the winner will be announced on the 26th of March.

The competition is open from midday Tuesday 22nd of March and closes at midday Saturday 26th of March.

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Win this Easter with The DUbrovnik Times and the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera! 

''Houston, we have a problem'' is one of the selected movies in the Viewpoints section of Tribeca Film Festival. If you didn't hear about it – it's a docu-fiction movie, a co-production of Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Czech Republic and Qatar.

This is a big deal for sure, especially if you know that Tribeca is one of the most important festivals of independent film in the USA. It was founded by Robert De Niro with partners in 2012, and the 15th edition of the festival is held in New York from 13th to 24th of April.

''Houston, we have a problem'' is a debut film by the young Slovenian director Žiga Virc, who explores the myth of the secret multi-million contract in which the USA bought the Yugoslavian space program in the early 1960's. With archive footage Virc goes back to the time of the Cold War, the space race and NASA's moon landing.

He combines reality and fiction intriguingly, and leaves it to the viewer to decide what is real and what is fake. In the movie, famous Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek asks a key question: ''What is the truth?''

If you're intrigued, don't miss the official trailer!

The flights between Dubrovnik and Tehran that were due to take place from the 18th of March have been cancelled. The airline Limitless Airways had planned to operate a total of nine flights between Dubrovnik and the Iranian capital from the 18th of March till the 1st of April, however all these flights have been cancelled.

According to a report by the specialised aviation website Ex-Yu Aviation there has been no official reason from the airline for the cancellation of these flights, a statement simply read that they had been stopped because of “administrative reasons.” 

Qeshm Airlines is operating flights to the Serbian capital, Belgrade Airport, and the first of these landed last week. However this was a one off charter flight.

A new video, entitled “Top 10 Amazing Facts About Croatia,” has been released by a popular American YouTube channel Top10Archive.

“Our trip around the globe continues with a beautiful little sliver of Europe, the Republic of Croatia. Located at a crossroad of Central and South-eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, Croatia doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves – so let's fix that, with our choice of 10 amazing facts about Croatia!” states the Top10Archive.

The Croatian top ten starts with Nikola Tesla in tenth position in the category of famous Croatians, which also includes Ivo Andric, Ruder Boskovic and the pop star Severina.

Croatian cuisine comes in at eighth position with pancakes, kebabs and even burek mentioned. Dubrovnik is also mentioned in seventh position in the category of tourist attractions.

And in number one spot...well we won’t spoil the surprise...check out the video.


Austrian Airlines have increased the number of passengers they will bring to Dubrovnik this summer season by introducing a wide-body Boeing 767-300ER.

The airline will operate flights between Vienna and Dubrovnik on a daily basis this year, and from the 5th of June every Friday this 221-seat aircraft will fly. This large capacity Boeing two-aisled airplane will fly to Dubrovnik every Friday until the 1st of September. Austrian Airlines will start operations to Dubrovnik on the 27th of March.

The hype on the upcoming release on the next Bollywood blockbuster featuring Shah Rukh Khan is well underway and fans of the star are getting creative. Sections of the movie were filmed in Dubrovnik in May 2015 and the film is set to be released on the 15th of April this year.

A fan of Shah Rukh Khan, Paige Wilson, has used dolls of the Bollywood star to mock up an action scene from the movie in Dubrovnik. There is no doubt that when the film is released it is going to be huge promotion for Dubrovnik, the official teaser trailer of Fan has had over 13 million views in three weeks.

Fan was filmed in Mumbai, London, Delhi and Dubrovnik and is the story of Gaurav (Shah Rukh Khan) a young man whose world revolves around the mega movie star Aryan Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan) or God as he refers to him.

The action scenes that were filmed in Dubrovnik look stunning on the trailer, with motorbike rides through the city, chases across roofs and gravity-defying stunts.

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Property prices in Croatia are continuing to tumble with a drop of almost 1 percent recorded on a nationwide level in February. According to information from the specialized website the house prices in Croatia fell again in February. When compared to the average price in February 2015 the prices a year later have fallen by 1.9 percent.

The only two regions of Croatia to see a slight rise in real estate prices were Umag and Dubrovnik. In February 2016 the average price per metre squared for a property in Dubrovnik was 3,764 Euros. This is an increase of 1.4 percent compared to January 2016 and makes property in Dubrovnik still the most expensive in Croatia.

The capital, Zagreb, also experienced a drop in property prices, falling by 2.7 percent in February 2016 compared to January 2016. The average property price in Zagreb is now 1,246 Euros per metre squared, meaning that property prices in Dubrovnik are three times more expensive than in the capital.

Orlando’s column is situated in front of the St. Blaise’s Church and has always had during the history of Dubrovnik a multi-faceted role and symbolism. The column represents the character of a pale knight. The knight, according to legend, was the nephew of the Spanish King Charles, who died in 778 on his way back to Spain. It was believed that Orlando had supernatural powers and a naval victory over the Saracene pirate Spucento was attributed to Orlando and his special forces. Another legend about the origins of the column dates from the 15th century. The legend states that the column was installed at the time when Sigismund protected Dubrovnik. Sigismund was a famous Hungarian, Czech and later German king. During his life the king was famous for erecting Orlando columns all across the Brandeburg County.
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Orlando’s stone column served the city of Dubrovnik as a flag carrier, symbol of freedom and as a metaphor for trade. His forearm is 51.2 centimeters long and this was for centuries the standard Dubrovnik measurement for fabric. For many centuries Dubrovnik merchants stood in front of the column measuring and cutting fabric. Orlando used to hold his sword in the direction of the Ottoman Empire as a symbol of readiness to fight for the freedom and independence of the Republic of Dubrovnik. Today the column is turned to Sponza Palace with his back to the church of St. Blaise.

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Orlando's column in the heart of Dubrovnik 

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