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.


Another Blue Flag was raised in Dubrovnik today, marking the acceptance of another Dubrovnik sea region into this exclusive club. After the Blue Flag was raised over the beach of Valamar Dubrovnik President a few days ago today it was the turn of the ACI Marina in Dubrovnik to hoist the flag. This is the nineteenth year in a row that ACI Marina has been awarded with the Blue Flag which is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education as a recognition for safety, ecological acceptability and maintenance.

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The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, who also served as director of the marina for eight years attended the presentation today as well as the director of the ACI Marina Dubrovnik, Niko Šalj.

The Blue Flag for Beach and Marine is an international environmental program for the protection of the sea and coastal environment, whose primary goal is sustainable management and management of the sea and coastline. The criteria for awarding Blue Flags are very demanding and include a range of areas: eco-education, public information, water quality, environmental management as well as security and quality of services.

The cycle of baroque music “Orlando Furioso” which began on Tuesday with a performance of Four Seasons by Vivaldi continues on Saturday, June 10 in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art with the work of Henry Purcell, the opera of Dido and Aeneas.

The evening will feature the vocal ensemble Antiphonus with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra String Chamber Ensemble and conductor Tomislav Fačini. The evening starts at 9.00pm in the Museum of Modern Art and tickets are available either in advance or on the door an hour before the concerts starts.

The performance will also star Russian violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky and world renowned musician Edin Karamazov on lute. Dido and Aeneas is an opera in a prologue and three acts, written by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell.

Concert tickets are available in the office of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra from 9am to 2pm, at Dubravka's Gift Shop on Pile, at Perla Adriatica's Tourist Board on Ploče, in Luža Cultural Info Centre, online at the official website of the orchestra, and one hour before the concert starts.

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Dietmar Gamerith is a self-confessed “Dubrovnik lover” and for this Austrian living in Graz Dubrovnik is his second home. He has visited an amazing 75 times and has seen and done everything over that time.

As he says “Dubrovnik is in my heart and soul.” He often drives the 880 kilometres from his home in Graz to his second home in Dubrovnik. We caught up with Dietmar to find out what inside tips he has for travellers to Dubrovnik and here is his top 15

1 – Visit the Gradac park overlooking the historic Old City of Dubrovnik – “it is a wonderfully peaceful place with tremendous views.”

2 – Walk the City walls in Dubrovnik - “this is a must and an adventure every time.”

3 – Climb to the top of the Srd Mountain that overlooks Dubrovnik – “I often walk to the top rather than catch the cable car.”

4 – Go to Cavat . “I go very year and it is a special place.”

5 – Catch the ferry to the island of Lokrum – “pure bliss and outstanding nature.”

6 – Visit the little church on Gorica Sv. Vlaho – “there are no tourists here and the views over Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea are amazing.”

7 - Lapad is a must visit and a walk along the wonderful new Promenade – “walk from Lapad to Babin Kuk and stop off at the Cave Bar in Hotel More for refreshment...and it is always cool.”

8 – No trip to Dubrovnik is complete without a stroll along the Stradun through the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik – “I like to have a meal in Restaurant Defene.”

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9 – Walk the old part of Pile just outside the City Walls and climb up to the Lovrijenac Fortress – “Restaurant Dubravka is a good spot for a light lunch.”

10 – Go for a swim at Copacabana Beach in the Babin Kuk suburb – “take a drink on the Maki Stradun through Babin Kuk as well.”

11 – Gradska Kavana cafe bar in the heart of the Old City is the soul of the city in more ways than one – “what a place to watch the world go by and catch up with old friends.”

12 – Stop of at the Homeland War museum on the top of the Srd Mountain – “here I remember the tougher years and darker pages of Dubrovnik’s rich history.”

13 – Roll out your towel and go for a dip in the Adriatic Sea – “my favourite beaches are in Lapad, Porporella and Bellevue beach and also a quiet place is on Boninovo.”

14 – Visit the Aquarium Museum – “it’s fun and interesting to see what the sea around Dubrovnik contains.”

15 – Go island hopping to the local islands around Dubrovnik – “a trip to the islands of Lopud, Sipan, Mlijet, Kolecep, Korcula is a great day out.”

With 75 trips to Dubrovnik already under his belt who are we at The Dubrovnik Times to argue with his choices. They might help you and give you some tips on how to spend your time in Dubrovnik as well.

The latest educational presentation of Tourist Boards from Croatia in Seoul has confirmed a great interest of Korean tourists in Croatia.

In organization of the Croatian Tourist Board representatives of the Tourist Board of the Lika-Senj County, the Tourist Board of the city of Zagreb, the Tourist Board of Sibenik as well as the Tourist Board of Dubrovnik attended the Seoul presentation on the 7th of June, which gathered 74 representatives of Korean travel agencies and a dozen Korean journalists.

The presentation of Croatia's tourist offer continues at the Hana Tour International Travel Show, which is being held also in Seoul from the 8th to the 11th of June.

''The more intense interest of Koreans in Croatia as well as an impressive increase in the volume of physical traffic from that market started with a filming of several reality shows through which Koreans had the opportunity to see the beauty of our country. Considering the economic growth and the increasing global power of the Far East countries, the importance of this tourist pool that consists of China, Japan and Korea, needs to be recognized. These nations love to travel, and on average they spend hundreds of millions of American dollars a year'', explained Zeljana Sikic, the manager of the Tourist Board of the Sibenik-Knin County.

On this occasion, Sikic also emphasized that the main motive for Koreans to visit Croatia is not only the sun and the sea, thus they mostly come in the off-season period.

''By joining the Kinderhotels group which specializes in family holidays with children, Valamar has received additional recognition for investments in quality and portfolio development in the family tourism segment, that will enable branding of the Valamar Girandella Maro Resort hotel at Rabac, Istria which is to be opened in 2018'', said from Valamar a few days ago.

Furthermore, the Valamar Riviera company explained that Kinderhotels Europa Group is a marketing association, which gathers premium family hotels under the Austrian brand Kinderhotels in four European countries of Austria, Germany, Italy and Croatia. They also added that the hotel at Rabac would be the third hotel in Croatia joining this group, which gathers 48 European hotels.

Valamar expects that becoming part of the Kinderhotels Group will additionally contribute to repositioning of Rabac as one of the leading high quality holiday destinations in Croatia, the process that has already begun with the construction of two summer resorts at this Istrian town – the Valamar Girandella Resort and the Family Life Bellevue Resort.

It is interesting to note that the Valamar's investment is the biggest investment in Croatian tourism this year, which opens more than 300 new jobs and stimulates economic development of the local community.

Electric cars that passed through Vrgorac on their way to Dubrovnik on the 6th of June had a chance to charge their vehicles in the town.

The Tesla company has officially opened an electric charger station for electric cars in Vrgorac in the Split-Dalmatia County.

The investment in the world's fastest charging station or the so-called ''Supercharger'' is estimated at 2,5 million Kunas, whilst the charging time lasts shorter in comparison to conventional chargers.

On its website, the company has officially included the town of Vrgorac in a list of world cities with Supercharger stations.

According to the website, the Tesla company has 861 Supercharger stations with 5,655 Superchargers around the world. Stations are strategically placed to minimize stops during long distance travel and are conveniently located near restaurants, shopping centres, and WiFi hot spots.

As far as Croatia is concerned, apart from Vrgorac, superchargers are also available in the town of Senj and at Dugopolje near the city of Split, whilst the supercharger stations in Otocac and Zagreb are to be opened by the end of 2017.

The newly elected Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic had a meeting today with the Founder of the Network for Animals Brian Davies and his associates to discuss the question of a systematic and quality care of abandoned animals in the Dubrovnik area.

Mayor Frankovic explained the plan of building a city shelter for animals to the leaders of this London-based international association.

The first step is to find an adequate location for the construction of a shelter and purchase of land.

- After that, project documentation will be developed, tenderers will be invited to tender and finally, the construction of a shelter that will meet all the conditions prescribed by the competent ministry of the Republic of Croatia and will have sufficient capacity will be built – Frankovic said.

Brain Davies and his associate David Barritt congratulated Mayor Frankovic for being elected on the latest elections. They expressed readiness to provide logistical assistance and other expertise in the realization of this project, based on their experience in animal rights protection.

Once again Dubrovnik is under siege as thousands of cruise ship passengers have descended on the city today. The roads are at breaking point as long tailbacks caused by the increase in bus, coach and taxis has made the city’s roads resemble a huge car park.

The height of the cruise ship season is truly upon us. Yesterday around 9,000 passengers arrived in the city and today three mega cruise ships, including MSC Poesia and Mein Schiff, have arrived carrying just over 5,000 passengers.

The start of the weekend will also be a busy one with another 5,000 passengers expected on Saturday on two cruise ships. Respite will come on Sunday when only one mini-cruise ship will arrive in Dubrovnik, so Sunday will be a good opportunity to visit the historic Old City and avoid the cruise ship crush.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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