Saturday, 24 September 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.


The Dubrovnik Department for Communal Inspection, following an event in which a delivery vehicle entered the historic centre from the Ploče gate without proper approval, returned the violators from the street back onto the road and charged a fine of 12 thousand Kuna.

Namely, the refrigerator van, registration number RI4466N, was driving in the pedestrian zone - Sveti Dominik Street in Dubrovnik, without the approval of the Administrative Department for Communal Activities, Traffic and Local Self-Government of the City of Dubrovnik.

Due to the repeated violation, the City of Dubrovnik will implement a system of passage control by means of lifting pneumatic bollards at the entrance to the city core from Ploče, which will prevent violators from engaging in illegal activities that cause communal disorder in the historic core area.

Dostavno vozilo Ploče

The rate of vaccination against Covid-19 in Croatia is well below the European Union average.

Only 55 percent of the total population have received the second dose, while the European average is 72 percent, a full 17 percent higher.

Almost 6 percent of EU residents have actually received the fourth booster dose, whilst in Croatia the administration of the fourth booster dose is going extremelly slowly and so far only 2,600 people have received it.

The Dubrovnik Bus Station has improved and upgraded its information system, and now passengers will be able to see in real-time when buses will arrive or depart.

With the increased possibility of providing information in real time, the new system enables a more transparent, modern and clear projection of information about the departures and arrivals of vehicles to and from the station. Up-to-date information monitors have been placed in two locations inside the station premises.


In the middle of the week, more than 25 thousand tourists were on vacation in Dubrovnik, which is 15 percent more than at this time last year, and 12 percent less than in the same period from the record breaking year of 2019.

According to offical figures from the eVisitor system, the most numerous tourists are from Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, USA, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Poland and the Netherlands.


On Saturday, August 20th, 2022, at 8 p.m., the exhibition SEA & SIRENS by the internationally renowned sea photographer Wim Westfield will open in the former Rector's Palace of Ston (Knežev dvor, King Tomislav Square).

In 33 large-format photographs, Wim Westfield shows the most beautiful waves in the world as well as models who dive into the ocean depths naked and without breathing equipment or swim with wild animals.

The breathtaking pictures were taken worldwide, especially in Hawaii, Polynesia, Cuba and South Africa. However, Westfield took some of the most beautiful pictures in the region around Dubrovnik and Ston.

The SEA & SIRENS exhibition is being shown as part of this year's Salt Festival and is only open until August 28th.


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.


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