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.


A project of a long mountain trail through the Dinarsko gorje or Dinarides is being presented at the European Parliament in Brussels from the 19th to 20th of June.

The Via Dinarica trail is also a program for sustainable tourism development and local economic growth. It is being implemented in all countries encompassed by Dinarides. Due to its most developed tourist infrastructure and mountainous terrain, Croatia has a leading role in the project.

Thanks to the outstanding achievements in the development of active tourism, the sustainable development of mountain areas and the regional connection of people in the area of Dinarides, earlier this year Via Dinarica was nominated for ‘’The European Citizen’s Prize (ECP)’’ awarded by the European Parliament.

The Via Dinarica trail is a mega-hiking and walking trail which links natural and cultural sights of the Dinarides, thus this way it is recognized and acknowledged as a great development opportunity and potential for Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and especially for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Via Dinarica is a route intended for mountaineers, cyclists, horseback riders and other holiday-makers visiting Dinarides as tourists, but at the same time, it is a platform for the development and improvement of living and working conditions for people living in the Dinarides area.

Apart from hiking activities, one of the main goals of the project is to promote local economy in order to make local food, accommodation and various services closer to tourists.

It is interesting to note that in November 2016 the prestigious National Geographic Traveler included the Via Dinarica trail among the world's Best Trips for 2017.

Not only do you have a great view from the public buses around the Dubrovnik region but you also (now and again) get some free entertainment. These bus buskers performed an improvised concert on the 1A bus from Mokosica to Dubrovnik.

An improvised performance that had good acoustics inside the tightly packed bus as a mixture of tourists and locals made their way into town. The video was taken by a local and published on her Facebook site. Well it certainly brought a smile to our faces.

Check out the video

It is going to be hot, hot, hot this weekend in Dubrovnik with a mini heat wave predicted. Starting tomorrow temperatures will start to rise to the low thirties, which is rather fitting seeing that the 21st of June is the first day of summer, and then on Friday the heat wave begins in full force.

The County Public Health institute has announced that in the Dubrovnik region the extreme temperatures will start on Friday and last all weekend. Saturday and Sunday even have the chance of a few thunderstorms as the weather goes into overdrive.

All over the weekend the mercury will not drop below thirty degrees Celsius and experts are advising that people avoid the midday sun and drink plenty of fluids. The summer 2017 is beginning in Dubrovnik and it is going to be a warm one.

Coral Beach Club opened its doors last night to a new summer season. This relatively new Dubrovnik beach and club is situated on the peninsula of Babin Kuk near to the Valamar hotels. Even though it is a new beach on the scene it has already attracted many guests.

Last night the Coral Beach Club presented their program for this summer season which includes a party program “Deep into the Sunset” which will play host to popular DJ’s, musicians and performers. Guests to the Coral Beach, which undoubtedly has some of the best sunsets in Dubrovnik, can enjoy jazz and soul music as the sun sets over another Dubrovnik day.

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Dubrovnik is known throughout the world for its role as King's Landing in the globally popular serial Game of Thrones. Many of the main actors have been in Dubrovnik filming famous scenes but the work that goes on behind the scenes is just as impressive, if not more so, than the leading lights.

This new video has just been released by HBO and entitled “A Story in Special Effects,” it gives a brief insight into the special effects that delight fans every season. As the final season of Game of Thrones is in the pipeline we can expect Dubrovnik to be the centre of attention once again with the crew and actors expected in the city in late summer/early autumn.

Check out this behind the scenes look at the special effects of Game of Thrones

World Music Day is tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21st and on that occasion folklore ensemble Lindo will host a concert in Sponza Palace. The repertoire of Lindo orchestra and male vocal group will consist of songs from various parts of Croatia – Lindo has also prepared a surprise guest for Dubrovnik audience.

The name of the concert is ‘’Gift to the City – a musical walk through Croatia’’ and it will start at 9 pm. The entrance is free.

The Slovenian Ministry of the Interior has informed the European Commission on easier border controls between Slovenia and Croatia during the summer season.

The new regulations on the systematic monitoring of all passengers crossing external borders of the Schengen area started on the 7th of April this year as a response to the terrorist attacks in Europe. Over the past few months the implementation of these regulations, especially during Easter holidays, led to large traffic jams and long tailbacks at both sides of Slovenian-Croatian border crossings.

Therefore, the Slovenian Interior Ministry has notified the EU Commission on possible deviation from the systematic monitoring and switch to the targeted passenger control in order to facilitate an entry of tourists on their way to destinations in Croatia until the 30th of September.

Slovenia has also defined border crossings where such monitoring will be carried out with the fulfilment of all the necessary criteria, when certain circumstances occur.

According to the Slovenian police, this kind of easier control has already been carried out at some of the crossings in cases of very heavy traffic, i.e. when the systematic control is required only for certain categories of passengers (non-EU citizens, third country nationals).

The Slovenian police also added that the possibility of monitoring passengers only on their entry from Croatia into Slovenia, and not vice versa as it is the case now, would come into force when Croatia enters the Schengen Information System (SIS) at the end of this month.

After Croatia’s access to the SIS on the 27th of June, the control will be easier for the Slovenian border police because the police of both countries will be able to easily carry out targeted control of the EU citizens; Slovenia will control them on their entry from Italy and Austria, whilst the Croatian police will control them on their entry from Slovenia to Croatia.

This is a classic example of how not to park your car! This photo, which was sent in by a reader, shows an arrogant and irresponsible driver blocking the bottom of a flight of steps. Taken in the Gradac Park overlooking Dubrovnik the driver blocked the steps for a group of kindergarten children who had problems getting down from the park using the steps.

We know that parking in Dubrovnik is next to impossible and that finding a free space is equivalent to winning the lottery but please have a little respect for your community. In this case the parking inspectors were, according to an eye witness, close to the scene so we can only hope that this car found its way on the back of a tow truck.

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