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 a sea of similar restaurants offering copy/paste menus there is one that is an island, a Dubrovnik eatery that stands out for all the right reasons. Now, it might seem strange when I uncover the characteristics of this restaurant, because you’d probably be thinking “well, isn’t that normal?” A main course of passion, a side dish of experience, a big helping of tradition and for dessert an attention to detail, these are the ingredients that make Heritage of Dubrovnik the new star in the culinary scene in Dubrovnik.
The name probably gives you all a big clue – Heritage of Dubrovnik – as to the concept of this elegant eatery. And this has a concept with a capital C! And not any concept but a local based Dubrovnik one that really highlights the very best of authentic dishes that may have been long forgotten. Now, I don’t know about you but whenever I travel I always search out a local bistro that offers the food connected to that country or region. I mean if you are just going to eat international food the whole time then you’re missing a chapter in the story of that destination. For food, along with culture, history and language gives you a unique insight into how the country lives. Somewhat sadly many of these homegrown dishes and recipes were swept under the carpet and forgotten about. That was until now. “Our menu is based on traditional local cuisine, with meals and drinks that date all the way to the time of Republic of Dubrovnik, when our city was one of the major maritime powers of the Mediterranean Sea and a trade hub that connected Ottoman empire with the rest of Europe. Thus Dubrovnik was the place where new spices and new flavors were brought and from them great tasting delicacies were created, which our guests can experience and enjoy today," stated the owners.
So here comes the passion part, because without passion there isn’t really any point! This husband and wife duo radiate passion like the sun emits warmth. You can just see in their eyes that their love for this restaurant and the service they provide is as important as their love for the city. “Many of these dishes have been lost, these are real dishes from our history and should be treasured and nurtured,” said the pair. And I have to agree with them.
Now that's a starter - Photo Mark Thomas
So let’s get down to the food. Firstly, it is a short menu, and you know that I adore short menus. Why? A) Because you know that with a limited number of dishes a chef has taken his/her time to really think through what to prepare, and hasn’t just thrown everything on the menu. B) It all going to be fresh. So, choices, choices. Having lived in Dubrovnik for over 20 years many of the names were familiar, you just don’t tend to see them often on restaurant menus. And another big plus was that every dish had its own little description, a small insight into its history. Fish or meat? From the fish side I would have probably gone for the Fish Stew or Popara as the locals call it, maybe next time, and there will be a next time. Meat this time and I opened with the Dubrovnik Plate, or as the menu stated “Wealthier residents of Dubrovnik enjoyed cheese daily, especially during the midmorning snack or as an appetizer before lunch.” One thing to bear in mind if you follow my advice (and you absolutely should) and visit Heritage of Dubrovnik is that the portions aren’t small, far from it.
Traditional main course from Dubrovnik - Photo Mark Thomas
Fully appetized it was time for the main course, and although Šporki Makaruli caught my eye (this one is on my must try list) I listened to the advice of the friendly waiter and ordered the Lamb Leg made in Traditional Style, or as the menu stated “Fresh lamb leg slowly cooked with dry figs, roasted potatoes and caramelized carrot.” Another bonus I forgot to mention and that is that a large portion of the produce is homegrown, in fact the owner showed me a photo of his potato fields located in a village above Dubrovnik. The lamb was like butter, just delicious! And at 190 Kuna it is far from overpriced.
Even though I was full to bursting (did I mention the large portions) I pushed on to the dessert menu, another trip down the memory lane of Dubrovnik’s desserts. The traditional Rozata, or crème caramel, was on the top of the menu but my eyes drifted to Dubrovnik Cake. I don’t really want to give the game away too much but if you finish your meal with this you won’t be disappointed.
A cake with a rich history - Photo Mark Thomas
Incredible food, and all whilst sitting next to the proud stone façades of the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik. For although this eatery is in the very heart of the hustle and bustle of the city it is somehow tucked away at the very end of the street, giving you a taste of the local atmosphere but without having to constantly have your chair banged by groups of tourists. I honestly can’t recommend Heritage of Dubrovnik high enough. If you want to try real, local dishes all served with love and passion in an authentic location then head here today! (you can thank me later).
Cheers to Heritage of Dubrovnik - Photo FB
Address – Prijeko 32, 20000, Dubrovnik
Telephone - 099 801 4565
In the last 24 hours, no new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
In the last 24 hours, 112 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 81,174 samples have been analyzed.
Four people made a full recovery - three from Metković and one from Opuzen.
Two people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.
There are 204 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no violations of the self-isolation measure have been recorded.
It can be very reassuring for tourists to find familiar things when they travel. Anyone who visits Dubrovnik will find lots of exciting attractions that make them feel far from home, but what familiar forms of gambling will they also come across?
Bingo with a Twist
Bingo is a game that is hugely popular all over the world, so it gives an instant feeling of familiarity when we see it getting played. In Dubrovnik, the Feast of St Blaise is a great opportunity to play bingo with a difference. Held at the start of February, the tombola event is an open-air bingo game held next to Sponza Palace, where losing players get to throw eggs and tomatoes at the caller.
On the other hand, online bingo gives players a chance to play at any time of year wherever they are. The variety, in this case, is added by the fact that there you can choose from various games at sites like Betfair Bingo online, where rooms have names like Cash Cubes, Jackpots Drop Room, and Roller Coaster. This means that the classic game can be played in interesting new ways.
A Stylish Casino
This is also a great city for anyone who enjoys playing casino games. Merit Casino Libertas is a stylish Dubrovnik casino that sits inside the five-star Hotel Rixos Libertas - which is part of the same group as the renovated Rixos Premium - and offers slots machines as well as table games like roulette and poker, so there is enough variety to keep most tourists happy for a couple of hours or so.
The casino also has a bar and restaurant that visitors can enjoy. In the restaurant, a buffet-style service included traditional Balkan cuisine as well as dishes from around the rest of Europe. Other gaming centers here are focused on slot machines, with some of them based on themes and characters that the majority of visitors will already be familiar with.
Buy Lottery Tickets
Buying lottery tickets is a tradition for people all over the world now, with Americans spending an average of $1,000 a year on tickets for the various draws available. In Croatia, the national lottery is called Hrvatska Lutrija and tickets can be bought in local offices or online.
The most popular lottery draws are carried out live on Croatian TV on Wednesdays and Saturdays, which is when you can try your luck with the Lotto 7/39. Domingo also has a draw that you can take part in, so it is worth taking a look at your options before choosing a ticket for a certain lottery.
Sports betting is also popular in Croatia, with local bookmaker shops and online services giving visitors different ways of placing their wagers. You can either bet on local games or else look at international events such as soccer games from the big leagues or international tennis tournaments and such-like.
If you enjoy placing bets, you will find that Dubrovnik has some ways of wagering that you are familiar with but that offer enough of a difference from what you are used to for them to be memorable.
It is about to get extremely hot in Dubrovnik as a heat wave rolls over the region. Weather forecasters are predicting that a heat wave is just around the corner and that it would very likely last at least until Friday, with temperatures above 35, possibly even 38 degrees.
Some of the highest temperatures measured yesterday across Croatia included - Zagreb and Knin it was 33, in Osijek 32, in Rijeka 31, in Gospić 30 degrees. Interestingly, except in the highest mountains, the freshest was in the south of the country. Thus, 28 degrees were measured on Hvar and 27 degrees in Dubrovnik.
“A heat wave is at the door, it will first appear on the mainland, today in central Croatia, and then from Monday in the whole country. It will most likely last at least until Friday, and possibly until the end of the next week,” said weather forecaster Mikuš Jurković. He stated that the temperature could 35 and even 38 degrees.
To the satisfaction of the tourism industry, the growth of tourist traffic on Pelješac continues, where, according to the eVisitor system, in the municipal tourist boards in Orebić, Ston, Trpanj and Janjina there are slightly more than 3 thousand guests.
That’s twice as much as in the same period last year and 60 percent of visits in pre-pandemic 2019.
Most of the guests are Germans and Polish, and the Municipality of Orebić leads with 2,100 registered tourists.
Due to the increased traffic, the regional tourist office in Viganj was opened, which is at the service of customers every day except Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm.
The most important thing that you need to know about sports promotions is that bookmakers use them to attract new customers. Unlike many years ago, most sports betting platforms are nearly identical, which means the bonus section is one of the few departments where the betting companies can stand out.
With that being said, we’d like to provide you with more information about sports betting promotions in general. Hopefully, this will help you choose the best bonus.
Most of the time, you will have to make a successful deposit
One of the things that you need to know about most sports betting promotions is that they require users to add funds into their accounts. After you find the 1xbit promo code here, you will see that one of the best betting websites in the world offers its users numerous jaw-dropping promotions, most of which require a successful deposit. Needless to say, every other top-rated online bookie also requires its clients to make a deposit to use a particular offer.
Of course, there are always exceptions because some sports platforms have no deposit bonuses. As their name suggests, these offers can be used even if you don’t add funds to your account.
Most sports promotions only work in football, tennis, and eSports
If you read the 1xbit review and check its sportsbook, you will find numerous alternatives to pick from. Every other top-rated online bookie also provides its users with various sports, which is great because there will always be something interesting to punt on.
Unfortunately, most sports betting promotions can’t be used on everything you like because they allow bettors to punt on football, tennis, and eSports events. Those are the most popular sports in the world, which is why they attract millions of customers.
Some online bookmakers may not give their existing users any sports offers to pick from
Depending on the online bookie, you may not have the chance to try out different promotions. Some sports betting websites only provide bonuses to their new customers so that they can gain as many new users as possible. As a result, they forget that they also need to keep their existing clients happy.
To avoid this problem, you should always check the promo section before creating an account.
There are certain offers that won’t allow you to use Cash Out
Everyone who has some sports betting experience knows that Cash Out is one of the most popular betting features in the world. This is the thing that allows users to settle their bet before the match is over, which is why many bettors use it.
Unfortunately, some sports promotions may not allow you to avail yourself of this option while using them. Usually, those offers have a particular wagering requirement that you have to complete, which means that you will lose your reward if you use Cash Out.
Remember to read the complete T&C before you decide which offer to use.
One of the things that makes online casinos more desirable than their land-based counterparts is the fact you can play some games without using your own funds. Needless to say, people love when they get the chance to experience something for free. That’s why they also like using things, such as a no deposit bonus.
Every betting website has its own set of rules that you need to comply with to experience a given title for free. Although we can’t include every condition in this article, we will try to point out some of the most important steps you may have to go through.
You need an account
While there are some exceptions, most online casinos require their clients to open an account before they get the chance to play something for free. This means that you have to complete the necessary registration steps by providing valid information.
Bettors who don’t want to sign up just so they can experience a given game for free could try free casino games on Betenemy’s website and learn the ins and outs of every top-rated slot in the world. There is no need to sign up, and you can learn a lot of additional information about each popular game.
In some cases, you may need to select your preferred payment option prior to using a given game for free
Online casinos allow their users to try out a given game for free so they can make a deposit and play with real funds. However, some people choose Betenemy and play for free because they don’t want to risk losing their money. To deal with this problem, some online casinos may require their customers to choose their preferred payment option prior to using any of the games for free.
By doing this, online casinos hope that their customers will make a monetary transaction as soon as they stop playing the given casino game for free. Sometimes, the betting platform may even provide users with different bonuses if they immediately switch from free to play to real-money wagers. Feel free to ask the customer support team for more information.
Some slots require customers to create an in-game profile
Since you won’t be playing with real money, some games might have a slightly different interface and features than the regular versions. That’s why you shouldn’t be surprised if you may be required to create an in-game profile that will keep track of different data while playing.
You can check whether this condition is available as soon as you open the specific slot. If that’s the case, complete this profile-creation process and start playing.
Playing casino games for free wasn’t that popular back in the days, but due to the many online casinos, some brands decided to implement this feature. Consequently, you will probably have the chance to experience some of the best slots and table games without the need to use real money.
For the first time ever, Dubrovnik will be celebrating World WellBeing Week with an exciting programme of activities going on all over the region, helping people discover new ways to stay well while connecting to nature. This is the third year in a row that World Wellbeing Week has been marked, and the week aims to provide the opportunity for participants worldwide to promote an overall awareness for the wide-ranging aspects of wellbeing, including social, physical, emotional, financial, career, community and environmental wellbeing. Something never before so important in these challenging times of ours.
And for the first year ever Dubrovnik will celebrate this week with an exciting week-long program of events organised by Gillie Sutherland, a UK born yoga trainer now living in Cavtat. “It was challenging and at the same time extremely exciting to put together and organise this special week of events in Dubrovnik and the wider region. And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those local businesses and institutions that have joined up with us and made this week even more interesting,” commented Sutherland.
Kicking off with a Summer Solstice celebration from probably the best viewpoint of Dubrovnik to watch the sunset on June 21st, each day will host a new opportunity for trying something new in a beautiful place you may never otherwise have discovered. “Being a yogi, and a lover of nature, I always hold a celebration of this special day, and this year is no different, and what I love about it is that I can bring together people from all over the world from wherever they are,” added Sutherland.
This week is based around a “Journey through the Elements” – Earth, Water, Sun, Air and Space – for Dubrovnik has it all, and nature has all we need to heal and stay well. Gillie added “If you can’t make it live, don’t worry, for many of the events will be available to attend online, via Zoom, and you will also get a recording of the session to keep and re-visit whenever you like.”
And here is a full list of the program of events inside the Dubrovnik World WellBeing Week
WORLD WELLBEING WEEK DUBROVNIK
A Journey Through the Elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space!
Monday 21st June SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION 7:00pm-9:00pm
Yoga, Music, Meditation at Sunset to celebrate the longest day and the start of summer
With Gillie Sutherland at Park Orsula
Price 110 Kuna per person
Tuesday 22nd June FIND YOUR ZEN THROUGH EARTHING 8:30 – 10:30am
Mindful walking with Qi Gong and Grounding techniques
Find your feet whilst exploring the natural surroundings of Lapad
Starting from Rixos Hotel with Gillie Sutherland and Domagoj Hum
Price 75 Kuna per person
Wednesday 23rd June GO WITH THE FLOW SUP SAFARI IN CAVTAT 2:00pm-5:00pm
A paddle boarding adventure on the Adriatic, exploring the bays around Cavtat. With full instruction, warm up and cool down and even some yoga on the boards.
With Watersports Centre Cavtat and Gillie Sutherland
Price 250 Kuna per person
Thursday 24th June 7:00-8:30am
Salute The Sun Yoga and Meditation at Valomar Argosy Hotel in Dubrovnik
An energising and uplifting flow yoga session to bring in the sunrise overlooking the Adriatic Sea on the Lapad peninsula.
Followed by juices, smoothies and optional breakfast (additional charge).
Price 60 Kuna per person
Thursday 24th June FIRE IN YOUR BELLY PLAY DAY All day
A day of sports and games at Rixos Hotel
Cardio Tennis, Kids Multi-sports, Table Tennis, Billiards and the Croatian beach game Picigin
15.30 - 17h Kids tennis, introduction to tennis, fun multi-sport games, polygons (4 - 18 years)
17 - 18.30h Cardio tennis, adults, recreational tennis, fun singles and doubles games, basics, intermedium, advanced levels, everyone is welcome
19h - old fashion Croatian beach game Picigin + evening swim (Bellevue beach)
20h - ping pong, air hockey
21h - billiards (carom, pool, mini snooker, Tesla's and Einstein's billiards stories), big table foosball
With Domagoj Hum
110 Kuna per person
Friday 25th June A BREATH OF FRESH AIR IN ZUPA 7:30am – 1:00pm
Strong, Healthy and Happy - Movement, Meditation, Breathwork and Mindset for a healthy immune system based on the Wim Hof Method at Elixir Vitae Studio with Gillie and Marija
Price 100 Kuna per person
The Medicine Garden – Healing Herbs and Dalmatian Cookery Workshop with Mikkis Croatian Kitchen (includes lunch)
Price 330 Kuna per person
Saturday 26th BREATHE, HIKE, BE 7:30 – 11:30am
Guided hike to the top of Mount Srd with Qi Gong and Yoga at the top
Meeting Point at the bottom of the trail off the D8 (or transfers on request at an additional charge)
With Domagoj Hum and Gillie Sutherland
Price 110 Kuna per person
Followed by optional group lunch at additional charge
For more info and reservations for all events in the World Wellbeing Week
For more information of the events and to make your reservations please contact - Places are limited for this event so pre-booking is essential.