Monday, 10 December 2018
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.


The festive period is just around the corner and the atmosphere in the Old City of Dubrovnik is warming up in preparation for the biggest holiday on the Dubrovnik calendar. And the leading five-star hotel, the Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik, in the city is offering a stunning package over the holiday period, featuring one of the leading DJs in the world.

libertas inside rixos interior

Stunning interior of Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik 

Enjoy New Year in Dubrovnik and discover another side of the city that you’ve never seen before. Away from the warmer summer months when the city is awash with millions of tourists from all over the world the winter period is when the city calms down and returns to its tradition best. The decorations are already hanging, the festive program is full and the restaurants are preparing special dishes. It is a special time of the year and a time when you can truly have the space and time to discover all of the hidden riches that Dubrovnik has to offer.

Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik the place to be for the festive season

You'll have a room with a view at Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik 

And what better base to start your Dubrovnik journey than the stunning five-star Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik hotel. And for this holiday period they have prepared an extra special offer for guests. Live festive music every night, special children’s attractions, Mediterranean style dinners, elegant accommodation and an extraordinary evening of fun and music with one of the top world DJs, all this and much more is on offer at the Rixos Libertas Hotel this winter season. And with prices that will fit any budget the hotel has created a package that is hard to turn down.

rixos view from balcony

Enjoy an unforgettable New Year Period at Rixos Libertas!

28th of December 2018
Kid’s animation in the hotel
17:00 – 19:00 Live music - Piano & Cello on Agora Piano bar
19:00 – 21:00 Mediterranean buffet dinner in Mozaik (30 € per person)
Glass of sparkling wine at the entrance of the restaurant
Live music during dinner – Trio Laus
21:00 – 23:00 Live music - Piano & Cello at the Piano bar

29th of December 2018
Kid’s animation in the hotel
17:00 – 19:00 Live music – 2 Violins on Agora Piano bar
19:00 – 21:00 Dalmatian buffet dinner in Mozaik (30 € per person)
Glass of sparkling wine at the entrance of the restaurant
Live music during dinner – Trio Laus
21:00 – 23:00 Live music – 2 Violins at the Piano bar

30th of December 2018
Kid’s animation in the hotel
17:00 . 19:00 Live DJ performance on Agora Piano bar
19:00 – 21:00 Asian buffet dinner in Mozaik (30 € per person)
Glass of sparkling wine at the entrance of the restaurant - Live music during dinner – Trio Laus
21:00 – 23:00 Sax warm up at Piano bar
Željko Barač live saxophone performance
23:00 DJ Mahmut Orhan in Mistral ballroom
DJ after party

31st of December 2018
Kid’s animation in the hotel
17:00 – 19:00 New Year’s warm Up on Piano bar
A capella Klapa performance – traditional Christmas & New Year’s songs
19:00 – 21:00 Silvester buffet dinner in Mozaik (40 € per person)
Glass of sparkling wine at the entrance of the restaurant
Live music during dinner – Trio Laus
Midnight - Sparkling wine for a toast on Agora terrace

1st of January 2019
08:00 – 11:30 Late breakfast - Late check out until 15.00

Follow this link to book your New Year experience in Dubrovnik


30.12.2018 has a minimum stay of 2 nights
30.12. and 31.12. are for nonrefundable reservations only

Offer is valid through or directly at the front office is the hotel, phone 0035-20-200000.

DJ Mahmut Orhan’s ticket prices are based on drink package. Please call 00385-20-200000 for more details or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


It would appear from first sight that Dubrovnik will have another Zip Line for next season high above the city on the Srđ Mountain.

A relatively short metal cable has been attached to two constructions that look suspiciously like a Zip Line.

No further information is yet online about this possible new tourist attraction for Dubrovnik but all the signs point towards an adrenaline inspired destination in the city. Although it is fairly short at least the views will be to die for.

new dubrovnik zipline

zipline on srd

The NBA list of the top dunks of this week is topped by the Dubrovnik basketball star Mario Hezonja. During the match between Hezonja’s New York Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden the Dubrovnik forward stole a pass and dribbled almost the full length of the court before slamming home.

During the slam dunk one of the best players in the NBA this season Giannis Antetokounmpo tried to block him and Hezonja reacted by starring down the “Greek Freak” on the floor and stepping over him before waving his arms at the crowd to get their support.

"I want to get the crowd involved even more," Hezonja said. "That was a perfect moment for it. I want them. I’m the type of a guy that always wants the crowd getting involved. Honestly, if you’re afraid, this is not for you. I don’t want to be disrespectful, but if you feel fear this is not the place for you, New York is not a place for you and this team is not a place for you."

The Croatian coastline is undoubtedly one of the most pristine and breathtakingly beautiful sights in the Mediterranean and attracts millions of international tourists every year. And more and more foreign investors are attracted to find their place in the Adriatic sunshine, even though prices are soaring the demand for high-end real estate in Croatia is rising rapidly.

According to Sotheby’s International Realty Croatia director, Marko Pazanin, demand for luxury real estate and villas in Croatia is up a whopping 25 percent on last year.

A sea front property on the Croatian coastline can set you back millions with prices in Dubrovnik the highest in the country, however according to Sotheby’s real estate this isn’t deterring buyers from finding their dream home. “Our clients are mostly German, Austrian, Czech and Slovakian nationals, followed by clients from Scandinavian countries and England,” commented Pazanin at a press conference. Adding that the demand has increased by 25 percent on 2017. He also revealed that the three most interesting locations for foreign buyers are Dubrovnik and the islands of Hvar and Brac.


This year's Humanitarian “Cake Party” collected over 11,000 Kuna for the purchase of a neuro-feedback apparatus and the equipping of the sensory room of the Polyclinic for Mental Health Protection of Children and the Early Intervention Project of the General Hospital Dubrovnik.

Over 40 cakes from various Dubrovnik businesses were donated to the Cake Party and in spite of the bad weather, which caused the party to be moved from the Old City to the Sunset Beach in Lapad, hundreds of people turned up to support the worthy action.

clapping at cake party 2018 00

children at cake party 2018


“After closing the hotel on the 7th of November we started work and preparation for the next season,” commented the Director of Hotel Lapad, Vivian Kuculo. İn 2018 the hotel was open for the same amount of days as last year and acheived a similar number of overnight stays in spite of a change in the market trends.

Hotel Lapad is very much a “British Freindly” hotel with 40 percent of guests last year coming from the UK, but 2018 saw a drop of 11 percent in British guests and this could well have been an aftereffect of Brexit commented the hotel.

Even though the number of British guests may have fallen off this season Hotel Lapad has seen an increase in guests from America, in fact a 15 percent from that far market.

“We worked with a total of 178 agencies but our top 10 agencies achieved 76 percent of our turnover! We are increasingly focused on online sales, while 57 percent are individual and 14 percent are guests in groups. Excellent and stable revenues made it possible to raise our employees' salaries, and immediately after the closing of the hotel on November 7 we started work and preparation for the next season. Last year, we worked on the restaurant design and indoor pool,” added Kuculo.


The second Dubrovnik Advent Candle was lit last night as the run in towards Christmas continues. The second candle was lit by the President of the City Council Marko Potrebica, and the service was led by the parish priest of the Gruž parish of St. Cross, Fr. Mihael Mario Tolj.

The Dubrovnik Advent Candles are located between the Rector’s Palace and the Dubrovnik Catherdral and are lit on Saturday evening in prepartion for Sunday.


In October 963,000 tourists stayed in Croatian commercial accommodation facilities, which is 13.3 percent more than a year ago, while the number of their overnight stays increased by 12.4 percent to 2.8 million, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Foreign tourists made up the largest amount of tourists to Croatia in October, a healthy 798,000, an increase of 12.8 percent over October from last year. The majority of these tourists came from Germany, 134,947, and they made up 28.1 percent of the total number of overnight stays.

From the beginning of this year until the end of October there were 17.9 million tourists staying in Croatian accommodation which is an increase of 6.8 percent over 2017.




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