Tuesday, 07 December 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Another low-coast airline has announced new flights to Dubrovnik for 2017. The popular Spanish airline Volotea has confirmed that for the 2017 summer season they will introduce new operations between Dubrovnik and Strasbourg.

These new flights will operate every Saturday from the 27th of May next year and the Airbus A319 will fly the route. This will be a new connection for Dubrovnik as the links with Strasbourg until now have only been charter flights, and Volotea expect that this new connection will prove successful.

Good news for Croatia and its music scene! It is confirmed that the 5th jubilee edition of the ULTRA Europe Festival will be held in Split from the 14th to the 16th of July 2017.

The festival in Split is the only ULTRA festival with additional title ''Europe's Premier Destination Music Festival'' because apart from great music it puts emphasis on Split, Dalmatia and the beauty of the Croatian coast. In the last year of its five-year contract once again the city of Split will host more than 150,000 visitors, whilst the rich music program ''Croatia Music Week'' will take place from the 13th to the 19th of July on locations in Split and on the islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis.

The first ULTRA music festival in Croatia was held in Split in 2013. The satisfaction of the ULTRA licensees with the location, offer, amenities and the beauty of Croatia only confirmed that the same location will host the 5th edition of the festival in the last year of the contract.

''We are very pleased that Split was highly ranked by the licensees and that it will host more than 150,000 visitors for the fifth year in a row. Over the years ULTRA Europe has become the second most visited ULTRA festival after the one in Miami which we managed to achieve thanks to the fantastic location of the festival. This year visitors from more than 140 countries all over the world came to the ULTRA festival in Split. Next year we will make a special effort to mark the final year of the festival in Croatia with even better and richer program in order to attract even more visitors to Split and the Dalmatian islands'', commented Nikola Busljeta, the manager of the ULTRA Europe festival.

Roosh V, nomad and blogger who grew up in the USA, visited Dubrovnik and has made a two-minute video of his impressions. In the video he speaks honestly about his experience.

- The views, the historical structures and enchanting sea made it almost seem like a fairytale and if that was all I had to say about it I'd advise you to stop and book your trip there right now – says Roosh at the start of the video adding that there is a catch – Dubrovnik is completely infested with tourists.
He says that the city is a great place to visit, but that he's too jaded to enjoy it with a bunch of other foreigners that are taking pictures of themselves non-stop. Also, he complains about the loud, screaming tourists, that are turning Dubrovnik into the ''World McDonald's''.

- On its own Dubrovnik is a magical place that isn't expensive but I would advise you to stay away from the centre or come during the off-season – says Roosh with a conclusion that he'll happily come again, but won't step foot in the Old Town.

Watch a video and listen to his story and feel free to tell us if you agree or not.

The world famous confectioner Buddy Valastro, also known as the Cake Boss, is coming to Croatia and he will be one of the judges choosing the best cake with Croatian motifs. Dubrovka Falkoni and Kate Perovic, cake masters from Dubrovnik, are in top 10 with their cake made in the shape of Konavle traditional costume!

They have been placed on the 9th place and made it to the finals. Now they just have to wait for Buddy. The owner and head baker of the Carlo’s Bakery and the star of the culinary and family show ‘’Cake Boss’’ which is broadcast on the TLC reality TV show, will visit Croatia on the 17th and the 18th. The Zagreb event will be held at the City Centre One West on the 17th of October at 6 pm. Visitors can also meet the famous chef in the evening.

We keep our fingers crossed for these talented ladies and their beautiful cake which is just too beautiful to eat.

Theresa Kunz from Germany became the millionth visitor of the Dubrovnik City Walls today. Theresa, travelling with her grandmother Siegrid Bahr, was shocked to find out that she was the millionth person to buy a ticket for the walls this year.

She arrived in Dubrovnik on the cruise ship Aida and was staying for a few hours. “My grandmother and I are unfortunately only here for a few hours however I will probably come back next year and spend a few more days in this beautiful city,” commented Kunz.

The millionth guest was presented with gifts and tickets for the walls by the secretary of the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, the organisation that cares for the historic walls.

It is expected that this year a grand total of 1.1 million people will visit the Dubrovnik City Walls.

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Last month the newest and the most interesting Croatian hotel opened its doors to its guests. The Hotel Prica (Hotel Story) the only hotel which talks to its guests is located in Rakov Potok close to the town of Samobor near Zagreb.

The mystical world of stories from the Samobor region which was revived in this new hotel also says to its guests that all its stories end happily.

The story begins in the gallery which is accessed by climbing the stairs of the hotel. Along the way a guest is followed by a line that gradually animates and gets its life. It goes over the ceiling and walls outlining various symbols, mythical and flying creatures.

Apart from leading its guests to their rooms, the gallery also serves as a place for having breakfast, whilst the hotel addresses to its guests through letters and songs written all over the walls.

The Hotel Prica has six rooms with pretty interesting names such as Witches' Cauldron, Fairy Cave, Thrush's Nest, Chest of Secrets, Firefly Meadow and Bonfire Hearth. Each of the rooms has its own story inspired by ancient local myths and is decorated in such a way to tell the story about the myth.

The price for a single room in the Hotel Prica is 210 Kunas, or 230 Kunas including breakfast, whilst the price for a double room is 420 Kunas a night, or 460 Kunas with breakfast.

If you were thinking of sightseeing the historic Old City of Dubrovnik today you might want to think again. Heavy crowds have made just entering the Old City a nightmare today and queues have formed just to cross over the stone bridge on Pile.

Even though we are into October the tourist season in Dubrovnik is still in full swing and with cruise ships in the Port of Dubrovnik bringing with them thousands of passengers the Old City is packed. The lines of people just waiting to get back on their buses to return to their cruise ships caused more problems.

Our photographer was on the scene this morning and caught these images.



National Geographic Channel has started broadcasting the gastronomic travel documentary Croatia's Finest, hosted by the Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker.

From the 1st of October the first and only Croatian gastronomic travel documentary in English is being broadcasted on the Asian markets of China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and even in some parts of Africa.
Within the next three years more than half a billion people from 90 countries will be able to get to know Croatia better, its rich cultural heritage, natural beauties and supreme gastronomic offer which will be the biggest tourist promotion of Croatia and its products in the world so far.

The Croatia's Finest gastronomic documentary includes 20 half-hour episodes which were filmed on some of the most beautiful locations throughout Croatia. On each of all those locations Baker cooked in the open where no one has ever cooked before such as by the Sea organ on the Zadar waterfront. Baker's culinary creations, made of fresh local groceries, were inspired by original Croatian dishes.

‘’We worked hard and we did a great job, but all that wouldn’t be possible without recognizing the importance of the project by the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, the National Tourist Board as well as by the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic’’, said Tadija Kolovrat, the executive producer of the documentary Croatia’s Finest.

Croatia's Finest is also being broadcasted by Holiday & Cruise TV - Sky Channel 356 in Great Britain and it is soon to be shown in Russia as well.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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