Thursday, 08 December 2022
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

The Croatian Adriatic is full of centuries-old stories that evidence the fate of numerous sailors and aviators who lost their lives in the depths.

Hundreds of thousands of tourists come to the shores of the Adriatic every year to dive and discover such interesting stories, as well as pristine sea flora and fauna, enriched by almost 3,000 shipwrecks and aircraft that have been resting peacefully on the seabed for centuries.

Therefore, it is no wonder that diving tourism along with research and a peek into the depths of the Adriatic Sea has become a tourist hit, especially thanks to the fact that this closed sea once was the waterway from ancient Greece to Italy, as well as the scene of many naval battles.

''The tourist offer of our underwater treasure is not exploited enough; these are exhibits of the underwater museum whose best promoters are diving centres. Each of the exhibits has its own story, history, circumstances, and people are very interested in these things'', said Danijel Frka, an underwater researcher and writer.

It is interesting to note that the most numerous tourists who visit Croatia for its attractive diving locations are Germans, followed by the Poles, Hungarians, Italians and the Czechs.

''The Adriatic is a very attractive closed sea with history full of stories, tragedy and events divers like to explore. Wrecks attract people who like such historical stories, and this type of diving is a real hit everywhere around the world. For example, diving tourism is the leading industry in Malta. On the other hand, Croatia has all preconditions to make this type of tourist offer its greatest asset in the tourist promotion'', explained Zoran Ergovic, an experienced diving instructor.

Here is the list of the TOP 10 diving locations in Croatia:

1. ''Francesca da Rimini'' (shipwreck) near the island of Kaprije

2. ''Mirano'' (shipwreck) near Primosten

3. ''Vassilios T'' (shipwreck) near Komiza on the island of Vis

4. ''Teti'' (shipwreck) near Komiza on Vis

5. ''Brioni'' (shipwreck) near the island of Vis

6. ''B-17'' (airplane wreckage) near Vis

7. ''Ursus'' (shipwreck) near Vis

8. ''S-57'' (boat wreck) near the peninsula of Peljesac

9. An ancient merchant ship (shipwreck) near the island of Lastovo

10. An ancient ship with amphoras (shipwreck) near Cavtat.

Finding a parking space in Dubrovnik in the winter is tricky, but finding one in the summer months is nigh on impossible. This Italian driver on Sunday proved that you don't even need to find a space to park your car, just park right in front of the entrance and leave your keys on the dashboard.

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There is just so much wrong with this driver's parking that we don't quite know where to start. Firstly she, yes it was an Italian tourist, parked right in the middle of the road blocking the whole car park. Secondly she parked right across a zebra crossing making it difficult for pedestrians to cross the road. Thirdly she parked right up against the steps making it impossible for prams to pass. And lastly she didn't even attempt to pay for her wild parking, although she did get a fine.

And yes she even left the keys on the dashboard. The car was open and by leaving the keys on the dashboard we think she expected some valet parking to move it to an empty spot.

According to a witness the car was parked from 10 in the morning to around 1 in the afternoon. In other words she was sipping her cappuccino on the Stradun whilst causing havoc.

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Lokrum is truly a paradise island! With many beautiful views, it’s not so rare to see breathtaking photos made there, but the recent one from the Instagram profile eltonpaine really caught our eye. It shows a couple enjoying their holiday doing acroyoga, with a caption ‘’Acro play on holiday in beautiful Croatia’’. As you probably concluded from its name, acroyoga s a physical practice which combines yoga and acrobatics.

Sea, stone and interesting acrobatics – that really sounds like a great holiday. It just shows that there are numerous ways to enjoy this beautiful island. If you are not so flexible, no worries, it’s as much enjoyable if you just walk around!

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According to a report from the European Statistical office in 2016 Croatia was among the EU countries with the most expressive decline in house prices on a quarterly basis, whilst in general the EU recorded a fast growth in property prices.

House prices in Croatia, measured by the index of house prices, declined in the fourth quarter of 2016 by 0.6 percent in comparison to the previous three months when they rose by 1 percent.

The report also showed that apart from Croatia, the biggest decline in house prices was recorded in Denmark (1.5%) and Belgium (0.4%).

On the other hand, the biggest increase in house prices in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the previous three months, was recorded in Malta (6%), the Czech Republic (4.7%), and Cyprus (3.1%), said the report.

On the level of the European Union and the Eurozone, house prices rose in the last three months in 2016 by 0.8 percent. This was an indicator of an accelerated growth in comparison to the previous three months when the EU recorded an increase of 1.4 percent, whilst the Eurozone recorded an increase of 1.3 percent.

Our resident "Style Guru" has been scanning the streets of Dubrovnik this week for the latest and greatest in fashion.

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Art comes in every shape and size, some are more obvious and some a little more subtle. This modern sculpture was found on one of the main entrances into the historic Old City of Dubrovnik yesterday.

Nobody has come forward to claim the praise for this new sculpture. The broken toilet bowl, which is inside the protection borders of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, stopped both tourists and locals in their tracks as they passed into the city.

We are still waiting for the “artist” to come forward, as it must be an attempt at modern art because only an imbecile would leave a broken toilet in a flower bed in Dubrovnik, if not in the name of art.

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''Tourist traffic in private accommodation does not refer only to the summer months, but is prolonged in many destinations almost to an entire year, as is evidenced by good announcements for this year’s pre-season'', says Nedo Pinezic, the president of the Family accommodation and tourism community at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK).

Furthermore, Pinezic also emphasizes that most arrivals in private accommodation in the pre-season period is recorded in larger cities, that are connected with airlines and group tours, as well as in the regions of Gorski kotar, Plitvice, Istria and Kvarner which, thanks to their vicinity, attract numerous guests from Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Hungary and Bavaria.

''More and more private accommodation facilities are being advertised on online booking platforms, thus some of one them like Booking.com has recorded an increase in the number of bookings for private accommodation in Croatia by 60 percent in comparison to the same period last year. In addition, due to the large interest in Croatia on all world markets, it is obvious that tourists want to ensure their accommodation earlier by booking on digital platforms'', explained Pinezic.

Reminding that the Family accommodation and tourism community at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) recently became a full member of the European Holiday Home Association (EHHA), Pinezic thinks that this will open up new opportunities for the promotion of the Croatian family accommodation, because EHHA represents 20 million beds in households throughout the European Union.

An international cycling race Tour of Croatia will be held for the third year in a row from the 18th to the 23rd of April 2017.

More than 20 teams, including those from the highest rank classification of the World Cycling Organization, will race along the 1,000 kilometres long route throughout Croatia, guaranteeing some stunning backdrops.

As in the previous years, this year's Tour of Croatia starts in Osijek on the 18th of April, whilst the first stage long 227 kilometres finishes in Koprivnica. The day after, on the 19th of April the whole organization moves to Trogir where the second stage of 123 kilometres starts and which could significantly affect the overall standings because its finishing line will be at the second highest mountain top in Croatia - Sveti Jure on the mountain of Biokovo.

Furthermore, the third stage leads the cyclists on the 236 kilometres long route between Imotski and Zadaron the 20th of April, whilst the fourth stage starts in Crikvenica and finishes in Umag after 171 kilometres long route on the 21st of April.

The toughest stage of the Tour of Croatia expects the cyclists in Istria; after the start in Porec on the 22nd of April the competitors will cycle a 141 kilometres long route to the mountain of Ucka. The last and final 145 kilometres long stage starts in Samobor on the 23rd of April and finishes in the Croatian capital of Zagreb, at the Sv.Marko square where will be held the official award ceremony.

The Tour of Croatia cycling race will be broadcasted live by the Croatian Radio and Television (HRT), Eurosport, and Eurosport Asia as well as by television stations in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. Therefore, citizens in 177 world countries will have the opportunity to see beautiful images from Croatia that will be another great promotion of the country worldwide.

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