Wednesday, 24 April 2019
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.


Following the announcement by the State Meteorological Institute, which has predicted gale force northerly winds for tomorrow, the City of Dubrovnik wants to warn citizens of increased caution on movement, possibly due to roof tiles and falling trees.

Strong winds, the like which hit Dubrovnik back at the end of February, are predicted to hit tonight and blow through Tuesday. Although they will certainly be gale force they aren’t expected to reach the speeds of the February storm.

The strongest winds are expected to reach speeds of between 65 to 90 kilometres per hour, and people are warned of the possible debris that is flying with strong winds. This warning specifically refers to the area of the historic core, where the repair of the roofing damaged during the recent winds is underway, the town administration said.

A court case could keep Luke Modric from purchasing his luxury Dubrovnik villa. The Croatian football captain and Real Madrid star midfielder has his eye on the stunning Villa Bella overlooking the Old City of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea and has already visited the villa and taken a photo with his wife from the panoramic terrace.

However, according a report from Dubrovacki Vjesnik, the purchase isn't as straight forward as the football ace would like. The villa, valued 15 million Euros, is at the centre of a court case between the owners and the City of Dubrovnik. Located in the elite suburb of St. Jacob the spacious villa and gardens sits directly next to a public park and the City of Dubrovnik, according to the report, is suing the owners as in the renovation of the villa they claim that the owners took part of the park.

Although the case is still active it remains to be seen whether Modric has the patience to wait for the outcome or look for his place in the sun in another seaside location. 

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In a recent survey by the Serbian newspaper Blic the most hated foreign citizens in Serbia are Croatians. A whopping 45 percent of the people surveyed said that Croatians were the worst people, followed by Albanians. The recent survey said that the majority of Serbians have a negative attitude towards their neighbours whereas the Greeks are the most loved nation.

33 percent of people asked said that the didn’t like the Albanians.

"Croats have the status of the most hated people in Serbia! It is a consequence of the permanent anti-Croat sentiment in the public sphere, mainly generated by public office-holders," the Croat leader in Serbia, Tomislav Zigmanov, tweeted, reports N1.

Adding that, "This study, unfortunately, only confirms the things which I have been highlighting in the past year as a political champion (of the Croat cause): resentment and stereotypes against the Croats are widespread in Serbia! This is a consequence of strong and prevailing anti-Croat contents in statements of a relatively high number of Serbian senior officials.”

So you think you know your celebrity gossip? Do you keep up with the A liners and the Hollywood stars?

Take our March Madness quiz and see how much you know about the hundreds of celebrities that have visited Dubrovnik over the years.

Yes, we all know Dubrovnik is the real star but these famous faces might ring a few bells as well. Are you a winner or a sinner?

The Department for the Restoration of Dubrovnik has started work on roof restoration at Luža at the end of the Stradun which was caused by the hurricane winds at the end of February. The roof and roof tiles were damaged by the strong northerly winds which reached 158 km/h and need to be repaired or replaced.

In the scope of the project, the overhead parts of the roof will be replaced and new wooden structure elements will be installed, also the roof tiles will be reinstalled after the new wooden construction is completed.

The interventional construction works were included in the 2019 rebuild program and the planned rebuild period is 30 days, and the project was previously approved by the Conservation Department in Dubrovnik.



Every year, the Du Motion 5K race on the city streets of Dubrovnik attracts more and more people from Dubrovnik and across the globe. And the race every year has a humanitarian heart with the money raised donated towards a good cause. On the 28th of April hundreds of runners in blue shirts will take part in this year’s Dubrovnik 5K.

"The response of people every year really motivates us, from schoolchildren and students to entrepreneurs, retirees and very often to entire families, all of whom come together to participate and help a good cause,” commented the organisers of Du Motion.

“We are running this year to raise awareness of the need for greater caution in traffic, all revenue from the Dubrovnik 5K is intended for the rehabilitation of 20-year-old Ante Kolunđija, a volunteer of Du Motion who was injured in a car accident last year,” added the Director of Du Motion, Alen Bošković.

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The Neuro-rehabilitation performed by Polyclinic Glavić is intended for patients who, due to various accidents or illnesses, have weakened or completely blocked extremities of the body.

"It is about robotic neuro rehabilitation, the most modern and effective treatment concept with the help of the most sophisticated robotics and conventional physiotherapy therapies. The concept and treatment program at Glavić Polyclinic are individually tailored to each patient depending on his diagnosis and medical condition. Ante, who has rehabilitation up to 9 hours every day in order to achieve a faster recovery, has already seen excellent results,” commented Mirna Golubić, the deputy polyclinic therapist.

To celebrate World Poetry day on the 21st of March you can pay with your morning coffee with a poem.

The coffee producer Julius Meinl has organised a “Pay With A Poem” special action in which customers to their 250 cafes across Croatia will be able to sip their cappuccino free of charge. All you need to do is write a poem, song and thoughtful phrase, hand it into the staff at the café bar and a free cup of coffee is yours.

Over 30 countries around the world will take part in this poetry action and this is the sixth year in a row that Julius Meinl have organise this global event.

Check out the map on the Julius Meinl website to find a café bar near you

That the historic Old City of Dubrovnik is a magnet for international tourists and a perfect location for travellers looking to enjoy both a unique view on history as well as spectacular stone facades is nothing new. But now the Australian version of the popular magazine Vogue has found yet another reason why you need to visit the city this year. In a lengthy article entitled “The 20 best cities to explore on foot” the magazine lists Dubrovnik.

“What’s the fastest way to get to know the customs and culture of a city? If you ask any avid traveller, they’ll tell you to engage a local’s expertise. From seeking out insider knowledge on the finest places to dine and the best hotels to stay, to discovering the most enriching cultural events to take part in – trust that local knowledge is king. And if you want to take it even further, why not walk in local’s footsteps, too?” opens the article in Australian Vogue. And then goes onto list the top twenty destinations, which includes Dubrovnik. Other destinations on the list are San Francisco, Amsterdam, Salzburg and Boston.

This publicity in a leading Australian destination will only help raise the interest for more Australians to visit Croatia, and especially Dubrovnik where more and more visit every year.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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