Monday, 17 February 2020
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.


“As George Bernard Shaw once said, “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik.” With its winding streets, Game of Thrones filming locations, cliffside beach bars and UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town, it’s no wonder Dubrovnik is such a popular spot. Head over to the nearby town of Cavtat for truly breath-taking scenery and to remove yourself even further from the tourist scene,” writes Big 7 Travel about Dubrovnik on their latest travel list.

The global travel site Big 7 Travel has released the official list of the 50 Best Places to visit this decade and Dubrovnik came in at a very healthy 19th position.

Following on from sample survey results of their 1.5 million social audience and contributions from their editorial team, they can reveal the places in the world that travellers should have on their radar this decade.

Spanning six continents, it's an exciting mix of emerging tourist destinations and places that might soon be changed beyond recognition.

dubrovnik the pearl of the adriaitc we know it 2020

Countries who made it into the Top 25 include Italy and Kenya, as well as Tokyo, thanks to its futuristic buildings and old-meets-new vibe. Other places in the Top 50 to add to your ‘must-visit’ list this decade include Greenland and Jordan.


19th Dubrovnik, Croatia

10th. Singapore

9th. Kapiti Island, New Zealand

8th. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

7th. Belfast, Northern Ireland

6th. Melbourne, Australia

5th. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

4th. San Jose, Costa Rica

3rd. Boston, Massachusetts, USA

2nd. Kyiv, Ukraine

1st. Guadeloupe, Caribbean


According to a decision by the NATO Alliance to relocate the mission from Iraq to Kuwait, members of the Croatian Army have been redeployed from Baghdad to Kuwait and are safe, the Croatian Ministry of Defence has reported.

Fourteen members of the Croatian Army have been deployed to Kuwait, and a further seven members of the second Croatian contingent who have completed the mission will be returned to Croatia.

We are monitoring the security situation with the Allies and appropriate decisions will be made in coordination with the Allies. We emphasize that the safety of Croatian soldiers is paramount, commented the Ministry.


The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, sent a Christmas card to the parish priest of Dubrovnik, Vlado Perisic, and to all fellow Orthodox believers celebrating Christmas tomorrow.

Dear Mr. Perisic,

The joyful message of the birth of Jesus, which gives hope and inspires us to fellowship, mutual respect and understanding, may be our inspiration to continue our successful cooperation so far and to promote a society based on solidarity and friendship.

To you and to all believers of the Orthodox faith, on my behalf and on behalf of the City of Dubrovnik, I congratulate Christmas. I wish you to spend your holidays joyfully in the surroundings of your loved ones.

With respect,

Mayor - Mato Franković


The UK’s flagship airline, British Airways, has announced an expansion of flights to Croatia for the summer season of this year. British Airways will this year greatly increase the number of flights to the Croatian capital for this summer.

Operations between London Heathrow to Zagreb will be increased from daily flights to eleven weekly flights in the height of the summer season. And from Heathrow to Split flight frequencies will also be increased from seven a week to ten a week.

Whilst flights to Croatia’s southernmost airport, Dubrovnik, will remain at the same level as last summer, eleven flights a week through summer.


Four years ago Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic won 1,114,945 votes and became the fourth president of Croatia, yesterday however was a different story as she lost to SDP candidate Zoran Milanovic.

In the second round of voting yesterday the number of votes for the former president fell from 1,114,945 to 929,488 votes.
In the second round of presidential elections, Zoran Milanovic won 1,034,389 votes.

In the 2015 presidential elections Grabar-Kitarovic defeated Ivo Josipovic by just over 30,000 votes, winning 50.74 percent of the vote.


The 2020 Croatian Presidential election was certainly a close run affair with Zoran Milanovic winning with around 53 percent of the vote. And the polling station of Lumbarda on the island of Korcula perfectly demonstrated just how close it was. The relatively small voting station on Lumbarda created history this presidential election as it was the only one that saw an absolute dead heat.

1,110 citizens were eligible to vote in Lumbarda and 570, or 51.3 percent, went to the polling station yesterday. And after all the votes were counted it was remarkabley the same for both candidates. Zoran Milanovic won 271 votes and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic won 271 votes, with 28 voting slips invalid.


Today, the 6th of January, is a national holiday throughout Croatia as the Epiphany, or Three Kings, is celebrated. Christmas trees and decorations are traditionally taken down on this day as Christian Croatians finish their festive period.

Epiphany is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ.

Today’s national holiday is celebrated exactly 12 days after Christmas Day and is one of the oldest holidays in the Christian calendar. And the special day will be marked with a Holy Mass by Pope Francis in the Vatican.

Today is also Christmas Eve for the Eastern Orthodox Church.


Zoran Milanovic is the new president of Croatia winning yesterday’s elections with 53 percent of the overall vote.

Even though the SDP candidate won most of the major cities in Croatia he failed to win the majority of votes in Dubrovnik. Just under 50 percent of citizens voted in Dubrovnik and the former president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic won 4,472 votes compared to 4,367 votes for Zoran Milanovic.

In total 9,246 votes were cast, however 407 ballots were invalid.


The Voice of Dubrovnik


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