Wednesday, 17 April 2024
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.


From the middle of the week until the Easter weekend, there are 3,224 tourists in the Dubrovnik, which represents an increase of ten percent when compared with the same period from last year.

Easter is very much the start of the tourist season in Dubrovnik and this weekend around 30 hotels will be open in the city.

According to data from the eVisitor system - the most numerous guests are from Germany, the USA, the UK, Croatia, Ireland, Austria, Korea, China, and Singapore.


The Bishop of Dubrovnik, Roko Glasnović, led the Good Friday Observance at the Dubrovnik Cathedral last night. The ceremonies included the service of the word accompanied by the singing of the Passion, veneration of the cross, and communion.

Following the service, a procession through the streets of the city took place, carrying the relic of the Holy Cross preserved in the cathedral's sacristy.

Bishop Roko Glasnović Leads Reverent Good Friday Ceremony in Dubrovnik 1

Photo - Bozo Radić/CROPIX


This summer, Ryanair is broadening its presence in Zadar with the commencement of a seasonal route connecting Katowice and the picturesque Croatian coastal city, reports EX-YU Aviation.

Set to take off on April 17th, these flights will initially operate once a week, ramping up to three times weekly starting May 6th.

This new route complements the five previously announced routes by Ryanair from Zadar. Remarkably, Ryanair will hold a staggering 82.8% share of capacity at Zadar Airport throughout the summer season, offering access to a total of 51 destinations.

Ryanair, Europe's leading low-cost airline, has announced the launch of its highly anticipated Summer '24 routes from Dubrovnik, with the inaugural flight to Bari scheduled to take off on March 31st. This route marks the beginning of an extensive network expansion, with a total of 17 new routes set to commence operations from Dubrovnik this summer, providing travelers with increased options at competitive fares.

The full schedule of Ryanair's Summer '24 routes from Dubrovnik is now available for booking on the airline's official website,

The new routes and their respective start dates are as follows:

- Bari: March 31st

- Bergamo: April 2nd

- Memmingen: April 2nd

- Krakow: April 2nd

- Dusseldorf (Weeze): April 2nd

- London (Stansted): April 2nd

- Arlanda: April 3rd

- Berlin: April 3rd

- Rome (Fiumicino): April 3rd

- Oslo (Torp): April 3rd

- Wroclaw: April 3rd

- Brussels (Charleroi): April 4th

- Manchester: April 4th

- Poznan: April 4th

- Paris (Beauvais): April 5th

- Karlsruhe/Baden Baden: April 5th

- Helsinki: April 5th

Ryanair Unveils Summer 24 Routes from Dubrovnik Your Gateway to Adventure Takes Off This Easter Weekend 1

Jade Kirwan, Ryanair's Head of Communications, expressed the airline's enthusiasm about the expansion, stating, "Ryanair is delighted to officially launch our 17 exciting new Summer '24 routes for Dubrovnik, with our first flight to Bari departing Dubrovnik Airport on the 31st of March, alongside our other new routes commencing over the next week. This Summer, Ryanair will operate 19 routes to/from Dubrovnik Airport, offering our customers in the region even more choice and regular frequencies at the lowest fares. These exciting Ryanair Summer '24 routes are available to book now at"

With the introduction of these new routes, Ryanair aims to further enhance connectivity between Dubrovnik and key European destinations.


For travelers seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural experiences, Ryanair's expanded network from Dubrovnik offers an array of options to suit every preference. Whether it's a weekend getaway to bustling cities like London and Berlin or a leisurely escape to scenic destinations such as Bari and Bergamo, the airline's diverse route network ensures that passengers can easily explore Europe's most sought-after destinations.

As the Easter bank holiday weekend approaches, travelers are encouraged to take advantage of the newly launched routes and plan their next adventure with Ryanair from Dubrovnik.

For more information and to book flights, visit

In a delightful Easter surprise, the State Archive in Dubrovnik recently shared a charming piece of history: a postcard dating back to the year 1900. This vintage gem, now part of a larger collection curated by collectors Mary and Krunoslav Leko, offers a captivating glimpse into Dubrovnik's past.

The collection, meticulously assembled over the years, spans the period from 1895 to 1918, encompassing the territorial bounds of the former Dubrovnik Republic. Comprising a staggering 1,795 postcards, this treasure trove is more than just a mere assortment of images; it is a vivid tapestry woven with threads of Dubrovnik's rich cultural heritage.

Accessible through the State Archives' website, this comprehensive collection is accompanied by detailed descriptions, offering viewers a deeper understanding of each postcard's significance. Indeed, this project stands as a testament to the dedication of the State Archives in preserving and sharing the region's history.


Among the treasures within this collection is the Easter postcard from 1900, a poignant reminder of traditions celebrated in Dubrovnik during that time. The postcard, with its intricate design and nostalgic charm, serves as a postcard not just from the past, but also as a bridge connecting generations.

Through these glimpses of the past, we are reminded of the importance of preserving cultural heritage. Each postcard tells a story, not just of Dubrovnik's history, but also of the people who inhabited it, their customs, and their way of life.

As we celebrate Easter, let us take a moment to appreciate the beauty and significance of these vintage postcards. They are not merely relics of the past, but windows into Dubrovnik's soul, preserving its essence for generations to come.

Organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, on Easter Sunday, in front of the Church of St. Blaise in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik, from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a performance by the vocal group Klapa Ragusa, during which girls in traditional folk costumes will be distributing traditional coloured Easter eggs as a suitable gift to all visitors.

We would like to remind you that the Spring Gourmet Week is approaching - a gastronomic event organized in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and Dubrovnik restaurateurs, during which you will be able to enjoy rich, imaginative, and delicious specialties prepared in Dubrovnik restaurants from April 1st to 7th.


The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, held a meeting with representatives of suppliers providing delivery services to restaurants and other businesses in the historic city centre as preparation for the upcoming season, announced the city administration.

It was emphasized that last year's measures worked well, and this season will follow the same principles. Delivery vehicles will be allowed to enter the historic centre according to an operational plan, or precise schedule, to reduce the simultaneous number of vehicles on Stradun.

The Mayor also announced that new electric delivery vehicles will soon arrive for Sanitat, increasing the possibility of faster and higher-quality supply to the historic centre. He also reminded that the Decision on Communal Order from last year prohibits the use of pallet trucks to reduce noise and preserve cultural heritage, allowing only vehicles with inflated tires to be used. Some of these measures were adopted following the expressed needs of residents at the citizens' assembly of the City District Grad.


Works on the refurbishment and equipping of the Memorial Room for fallen defenders of Dubrovnik in the Sponza Palace are entering the final phase.

The Memorial Room is being renovated in a manner that dignifies the commemoration of the lost lives of brave Dubrovnik defenders and encompasses the entire narrative of the city's wartime suffering and its inhabitants, according to the architectural project by Nikolina Jelavić Mitrović, an interior designer acclaimed for her award-winning museum displays and exhibitions.

A layer of steel plate flooring depicting Dubrovnik and marked with aggressor hits has been installed. In the central part of the room, three bronze-made stones connected with steel beams have been incorporated. Plates with the names of defenders are placed on the stones, with wooden panels containing photographs of the defenders and short biographical texts being added. Satin glass is also installed on the plate, behind which a lamp reminiscent of a candle's light is placed.

Each stone contains 60 positions for defenders, totalling 180 positions across all three stones. In total, 160 fallen Dubrovnik defenders with regulated status at the Ministry of Veterans of the Republic of Croatia are depicted, with 20 empty positions for potential future additions.

Furthermore, western and eastern wall cladding made of patinated bronze plates are being installed for an interactive video wall featuring photographs and biographies of defenders, information about the Homeland War, destruction, and the city's restoration, as well as films and animations.

All necessary installations have been carried out, with the installation of lighting and multimedia equipment planned. The room is adapted for persons with disabilities, for the deaf, hard of hearing, and visually impaired individuals.

According to the agreed deadline, the expected completion of works on the Memorial Room's arrangement is the first half of April. The arrangement of the memorial room coincides with the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the Memorial Room in its current location within the Sponza Palace.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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