Saturday, 01 October 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.


Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Robin Hood and now Vikings – Valhalla. The latest international production to use Dubrovnik as a background will be the smash hit Netflix serial Vikings – Valhalla.

Tomorrow a casting will be held in Dubrovnik for the purposes of filming a TV series and a film during September, at which extras of various profiles will be chosen. Unofficially, we have learnt that this is the second part of the globally popular series Vikings – Valhalla.

Dubrovnik has long been on the world map as a sought-after filming location, and many businesses still live off guided tours and souvenirs from the Game of Thrones series.


Every suburb of Dubrovnik has, through the summer months, its own special night and this weekend is the time of the eastern suburb of Ploče.

On Sunday the 21st of August, organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik, the Night of Ploče will be held on the Banje Beach lounge & club.

This already traditional night of fun will be accompanied by the popular group Crvena jabuka with their musical repertoire. The program starts at 10 p.m., and admission is free of charge.

Plakat B1 Noć Ploča Crvena jabuka


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided a loan of 43 million Euro to the Kunovac company, jointly owned by the Taaleri Energia SolarWind II and ENCRO Kunovac funds, for the construction and operation of two onshore wind farms in the Zadar region, the EBRD announced on Tuesday.

Zagrebačka banka and the Croatian bank for reconstruction and development will participate in the financing with a total loan amount of 126 million euros.

The total network capacity of the two power plants is 111 megawatts, which is enough to power 85,000 households.

It is the EBRD's first investment in wind farms in Croatia, which it says will enable Croatia to progress towards its 2030 environmental goals and commitments that foresee an increase in the share of wind and solar electricity generation from 14 percent in 2020 to 27 percent in 2030 and 45 percent by 2050.

Taaleri Energia, part of the Helsinki-listed Taaleri Group, deals with the development of renewable energy sources and fund management. The Taaleri SolarWind II fund is its fifth and latest private equity fund focused on renewable energy.

The EBRD has so far invested more than four billion euros in Croatia. Its focus is on supporting the competitiveness of the private sector, developing the capital market and promoting the commercialization of public companies.


The Salt Festival Ston 2022, a traditional food and wine event, will be held from August 20 to September 20 at several locations in Ston, with the central part of the program from August 26 to 28. This festival connects the tradition of the salt works and salt production with various gastronomic, musical and cultural contents.

During the entire month of the festival, for the second year in a row, visitors will be able to enjoy the tasting of Pelješac specialties and wines through specially designed offers of restaurants and wineries, and in addition, the salt Ston festival brings different programs such as concerts, plays, exhibitions, workshops and a special program deisgned for children.

The project organisers are Solana Ston and the Amorette Association, with the support of the Municipality of Ston, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, and the tourist boards of Ston and the county.


The course of the main tourist season is excellent, we are approaching the record year of 2019 and the income will be large, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) Kristijan Staničić, on Monday.

He added that at the moment Croatia has around 96 percent of overnight stays and 90 percent of arrivals compared to 2019. Today, there are about one million and one hundred thousand tourists in Croatia.

And he commented on the forecast of the Croatian National Bank (CNB) that Croatia will earn about 7 percent more from tourism this year, which is about 800 million Euros more, compared to 2019.

Namely, according to CNB estimates, tourism revenues could reach 11 billion 300 million euros this year. "We have great announcements for the postseason, so at the end of the year we will add up the indicators and income, for sure the season will be great", assessed Stanicic.

Today, the 15th of August, is a national holiday across Croatia, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Great Assumption is a holiday when the Catholic faithful remember the dogma of their faith that the Blessed Virgin Mary, after the end of her earthly life, was taken up to heaven in soul and body in the company of her resurrected son Jesus Christ.

The doctrine of Mary's ascension into heaven was proclaimed on November 1, 1950 by Pope Pius XII, and the official proclamation was preceded by a long tradition of celebration, as old as Christianity itself.

The popular actor Goran Višnjić, one of Dubrovnik's Hamlets, has arrived in Dubrovnik again on vacation. Višnjić, who played Dr. Kovac in the popular serial ER, has fond memories of Dubrovnik, and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. While rehearsing and acting in Lovrjenec in the 1990s, Goran, like most actors and other theatre crews, used to go to the cult cafe Talir during the festival.

Although he has been living and working in the United States for a long time, Višnjić is a regular visitor to the City and the festival. And he took the time whilst in the city to visit his old friend, Frano Cetinić at the art gallery that carries the same name as the cult café, Talir.

Former Croatian President, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović spent the day on Lopud yesterday and dined at the Dubrovnik restaurant.

The Croatian politician and diplomat, who held the position of President of the Republic of Croatia from 2015 to 2020, looked summery and relaxed.

Before becoming the Croatian president, she was the ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in Canada and the USA. When she accepted the position of assistant secretary general of NATO, she became the highest-ranking woman in the history of that alliance, and thus one of the most prominent diplomats and women in the political world.


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