Monday, 21 June 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.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, five new cases of coronavirus infection (one determined by a rapid antigen test) were recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are three males and two females; two are from Dubrovnik, and one each from Konavle, Ploče and Župa dubrovačka. The two individuals have an established epidemiological link.

17 people made a full recovery - seven from Dubrovnik, four from Metković, two from Slivno, one each from Dubrovacko Primorje and Orebić and two people who do not reside in the county.

In the last 24 hours, 257 samples were processed, and a total of 73,455 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

12 people tested positive for coronavirus are hospitalized in Dubrovnik. Intensive care is required by two patients, one on invasive ventilation and one on non-invasive ventilation.

There are 218 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.


Google searches for 'secret beaches near me' rose by 60 percent in the past week, suggesting some of us are planning a summer break for when all travel restrictions are finally lifted.

With this in mind, sought to discover the most secluded gems in Europe by finding the least tagged beaches on Instagram - making it easy for holidaymakers to have fun whilst staying socially distanced during their time abroad. And one Dubrovnik beach finished in the top ten!

The iconic Sv. Jakov Beach in Dubrovnik with its glorious views over the historic old City of Dubrovnik finished ninth on the Instagram list. This beach is a particular favourite of locals and has some of the best sunsets of any beach in the region. It is literally walking distance from the Old City of Dubrovnik, and has parking spaces if you come by car.

The Results


Kimilia Beach in Greece is Europe’s most secluded beach on Instagram with 482 hashtags. Surrounded by lush green, natural and turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, it is located on the exotic Kefalonia island. A short walk through a path of cypresses and olive trees is all it takes to discover this Greek hidden gem.


The 1,025 hashtags on Instagram make the second place, Sa Forcanera, even more unique. If you’re lucky enough to visit this paradise, you’ll be greeted with a glimpse of the rocky cliffs of Costa Brava covered with lush vegetation and immersed in the crystal clear waters of the sea.


Make room for another Spanish hidden paradise in the top three: Melide with 1,121 hashtags. Located in the Galician Cangas del Morrazo, the beautiful silhouette of Cíes Islands on the other side of the beach is not the only landscape you’ll contemplate from Melide - the sunset is breathtaking!


San Blas Beach (or Bay) in paradisiac Malta follows behind in fourth with 1,802 hashtags. This hidden spot in Gozo Island can be only reached by foot and is a must-go for snorkelling fans as the waters are incredibly clear.


Following closely behind and making the top five with 1,809 hashtags is another best-kept secret from Kefalonia, Dafnoudi Beach. The little caves on the right side by the rocks of the beach makes it all that more worthy of the ‘Gram.




The Dubrovnik based digital nomad agency, Adriatic SeaChange, has announced that they have added yet another special offer for digital nomads, and indeed all expats, in Croatia. Croatia has found itself on the radar of a growing number of digital nomads after the country introduced a special 12-month visa for nomads. And whilst the first steps have been taken there is still much more work to be done to make the country even more attractive for remote workers.


Digital nomads often spend longer periods of time in a country, and subsequently have slightly different requirements than tourists, and the agency Adriatic SeaChange now offers one such service. “From the first step along the journey, which is usually helping with visas and paperwork, to helping with acclimatising to the local culture and diving into Croatia at all levels. And we also love to bring our digital nomads special offers – and in that theme we’ve teamed up with one of the leading private dental surgeries in Dubrovnik – the Zupa Dental Centre. And we just love their slogan “From first contact to a Hollywood in less than a week!” announced Adriatic SeaChange this week.


This leading private dental surgery in the region has rapidly built a reputation for its high-end service and “gentle and understanding” approach.

Dental tourism in Croatia certainly isn’t a new phenomenon, in fact Croatia is a popular as its dental surgeries offer a high level of service at much more reasonable prices than in other European countries. And Zupa Dental Service, in co-operation with Adriatic SeaChange, is offering nomads, and indeed any expats, a substantial discount. And the Dubrovnik based agency have stated that they will continue to offer more connections between the local community and the remote workers that are located here.

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Starting a business during the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult especially that there are many restrictions and most individuals and businesses are experiencing an economic crisis. This does not mean that you have to give up on your dreams of building a business. Growing a pandemic-proof business can help you withstand financially. Here are a few ideas of a pandemic-proof business that would definitely work during these difficult times.

Online Grocery Store

Many people prefer to buy their needs online especially that going out nowadays could be a hassle. In just a few clicks, people can add to cart and check out instead of waiting in long lines at the counter. This is why an online store is a trending business nowadays. If you consider doing this type of business, you can sell essential goods and also food products such as homemade pastries if you are an excellent baker. Just make sure that you use a platform that can easily be managed and that you have people to help you with the acquisition of goods, promoting the products, and delivering the orders.

Online Plant Store

Due to the stress caused by the pandemic, many search for ways to combat stress such as taking care of plants. With the increasing demand for various plants such as succulents and flowers, you can easily start this business by propagating your own plants.

Online Pet Supplies Store

Many people who have pets cannot readily go out and purchase their pets’ necessities. You can help these pet owners by supplying and delivering them what they need or you can consider drop shipping so that your third-party supplier will be in-chare of the shipping.

Sell Your Old Things Online

Staying at home gives you the chance to declutter. If there are items that you no longer needed but are still in good condition, you can sell them online instead of just throwing them out. You will be surprised to find out how easy it is to sell these items online and earn hundreds to thousands of pesos without a start-up cost.

Online Retail Store

Instead of renting a physical retail store, it is better to open it online and operate it anywhere. Opening this type of business means you must buy and sell products. To be successful, make sure that you boost your online presence to reach more potential customers.

Mobile or Pop-Up Coffee Shops

Everybody wants a hot cup of coffee wherever they are. This is why coffee shops are always visited. However, if you have limited capital, you can use your vehicle or a wheeled cart to sell coffee to passersby. Having a mobile shop is not only cost-effective but you will definitely reach more customers.

E-Loading Service

Filipinos are heavy users of load whether it may be for texting, calling, or surfing the internet. With this, you can start your own e-loading business by availing yourself of an e-loading kit at any Smart or Globe business centers.

Delivery Service

Since many people are unable to move around often, online shopping became a trend. Because of this, there is an increasing need for delivery services. You can start your own delivery service or you can apply for a franchise package from established delivery services. Delivering food and beverages is also a great option especially that many restaurants only have limited capacity to operate. However, you must first undergo proper training and find riders to help you deliver orders from house to house.

Money Transfer, Remittance, and Bills Payment Services

Pandemic or not, such services are needed by a majority of peoples especially those with family members who are working abroad. You can open your own money transfer, remittance, and bills payment center but you can also apply for a franchise of prominent centers. Franchise cost can vary depending on what package you are going to avail. You also need to secure a small space and equipment such as a computer and printer and have a reliable source of internet connection.

Professional Services

If you are qualified to design for clients, do accounting or bookkeeping services, or offer writing services, you can sell your expertise online. You only need your expertise and reliable internet and computer as start-up capital for this kind of business.

Even during these trying times, nothing can hinder you to prosper. All you have to do is abide by an excellent marketing strategy and invest your time and effort in your pandemic-proof business. If you need a start-up capital to fund your business, is a reliable source of fast and readily accessible loans. All you need to do is present a valid government ID and a working phone number.

Due to great interest from the public the Dubrovnik Summer Festival has started accepting reservations for the program of the 72nd festival, while the start of ticket sales is expected after the announcement of new epidemiological measures.

The total program of the 72nd Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which contains more than sixty drama, music, dance and folklore events that will be held from July 10 to August 25 at a dozen stage and ambient locations in the city of Dubrovnik, is available on the festival website

Reservations can be made via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at: +385 (0)20 326 100. The office is open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.

After the publication of the new epidemiological recommendations tickets for the programs of the 72nd festival will be available on the website of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and through the service, while the box office at the Festival Palace is expected to open on July 1st.


In the last 24 hours, 538 new cases of Covid-19 virus were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 3,112. Among them, 1,034 people are in hospital, of which 102 are on ventilators. Unfortunately, a further 21 people died in the past 24 hours.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 354,921 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 7,971 have died, a total of 343,838 have recovered, of which 424 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 12,360 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 1,988,226 people have been tested, of which 6,830 in the last 24 hours.

As of May 25, 1,197,164 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose, of which 411,127 have received both doses.

In the last 24 hours in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, ten new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded (one determined by a rapid antignesic test). These are seven males and three females; four are from Vela Luka, and three each from Dubrovnik and Metković. Seven people have an established epidemiological link.

16 people made a full recovery - eight from Dubrovnik, three from Opuzen and one person each from Janjina, Metković, Ploče, Smokvica and Vela Luka.
In the last 24 hours, 296 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 73,198 samples have been analysed.

13 people tested positive for coronavirus are hospitalized in Dubrovnik. Intensive care is required by one patient on invasive ventilation. In the last 24 hours, one male person from Dubrovnik (born in 1948) died.

There are 232 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been five violations of the self-isolation measure at the border.

On the occasion of the Day of the Municipality and the anniversary of the liberation of the Municipality of Župa dubrovačka, the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavić, sent congratulations to the Mayor of Župa dubrovačka Silvio Nardelli and all residents of the municipality -

On behalf of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and on my own behalf, I extend my sincere congratulations on the occasion of the Day of the Municipality of Župa dubrovačka and the anniversary of the liberation of the Municipality.

With your work so far, of course in cooperation with all the inhabitants of the municipality, Župa dubrovačka has become a pleasant place to live, but also a strong municipality with great prospects. Despite the challenging and economically difficult times we found ourselves in due to this pandemic, you managed to preserve the stability of the Municipality.

Behind you as a unit of local self-government are significant and numerous projects, and I am glad that through the time behind us we have achieved some of them together. I am convinced that in the future we will continue to do so and jointly contribute to the development of our Župa dubrovačka, and thus the entire Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

With respect,

Nikola Dobroslavić


The Voice of Dubrovnik


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