Monday, 16 September 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.


Thick black smoke poured into the Dubrovnik sky as a luxury yacht caught fire on the Ombla River on Friday afternoon. The Dubrovnik Fire Brigade reported that the fire was extinguished on the vessel at 4.20pm in the area of the river near Tajkovic.

The boat, belong to a foreign charter company based in ACI Marina, caught fire for so far unknown reasons and thick, black smoke poured into the Dubrovnik sky. The yacht, which is just over 14 metres long, was eventually saved by specialised boats of the Dubrovnik Fire Brigade and was towed, still floating, to the shore.

Dubrovnik firefighters reported that the fireboat was quickly at the site of the fire, and that all the passengers and crew of the yacht were evacuated successfully and were uninjured. A total of eight firefighters with three vehicles and one vessel participated in the intervention.

An amazing 430 runners turned up this evening in Cavtat to show their support and help raise much needed funds for the action “Together For Nina.”

Marija Đivanović, a citizen of the Konavle region, is currently undergoing long-term rehabilitation in Zagreb after a car accident in April this year. After emergency intervention and surgery in Zagreb, Nina continued her treatment at a specialized polyclinic, where she is to undergo physical and robotic rehabilitation. Long-term rehabilitation and the cost of accommodation adaptation require considerable material resources that require the assistance of the wider community.

And this is how the action “Together For Nina” was born.



Today that action took to the streets of Cavtat with a humanitarian run around the point of Cavtat of around 2 kilometres.

Participants from young children who could had only just learnt how to walk to pensioners all took part in the fun run entitled “We are running for Nina.”

It wasn’t about winning, it was about taking part, but the winner of the men’s section were Andro Perkić, followed by Luka Rajčević in second and Đuro Mileusnić.

For more information on how you can help in this good cause check out the website -


You’ve had a great night out in Dubrovnik but the whole experience of drinking inside an ancient city is just too much for you, you don’t know your limits and your end up swapping your comfortable mattress for a stone street.

Unfortunately, scenes like this “sleeping beauty” from last night on the Stradun are more regular every year. Indeed, we receive a great deal of photos from you with unusual behaviour.

This particular tourist found a rather public, and in fact sacral, place to have a nap, as he stretched out in front of one of the most iconic Dubrovnik monasteries.

Bill Gates just loves the Adriatic Sea. The founder of the Microsoft Corporation is on a family cruise with his wife, Melinda, and their three children on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro.

After visiting Dubrovnik last year, Sibenik in Dalmatia a few years ago this time Bill Gates has decided to go further south to Montenegro where is cruising on the luxury yacht Lady S. The second richest man in the world with an estimated fortune of $95 billion is cruising on the newly launched 93 metres ling Lady S which costs an amazing #1.4 million a week to charter.

According to Jutarnji List Gates and his family have been enjoying a rather adventurous break, with explorations into the wild mountains of Montenegro where they have been rafting on the Tara river and zip-lining. Understandably security has been tight, with a host of bodyguards, and the billionaire hasn’t commented to the media or indeed allowed any photographers close.


Lady S is currently on anchor of the shore of Montenegro near Budva and according to reports Gates and the family spent some time in the luxury resort of Porto Montenegro where several guests of the five-star Regent Hotel saw him playing tennis. Guests of the hotel reported that Gates and his group were very unassuming.

Bill Gates earned his vast fortune by founding Microsoft, and today he works with his wife, Melinda, for humanitarian causes. According to the August 2018 Forbes magazine, Gates is currently worth $95.4 billion, making it the second richest person in the world behind Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos who is reported to be worth $114 billion.

Whether Gates will continue his cruise into Croatian waters is so far unknown, however after his trip to Sibenik he was quoted as saying that Croatia is ‘’his ideal place for summer holidays.”


July was certainly a mixed month for the two busiest airports in Croatia, with the capital’s airport actually seeing a drop in passenger numbers. Split is having a year to remember with more passengers and more new air connections than ever before.

And July was yet another month of growth at the Dalmatian airport with 723,000 passengers passing through, which is the airports busiest ever month on record. Since the beginning of the year until the end of July Split Airport has received 1.82 million passengers, when compared with 2018 this is a 6.4 percent improvement.

Where once Split was very much perceived as a transit city, a place to catch a ferry to one of the many islands or to jump on a bus for other Adriatic destinations, it has in recent years been successful in turning around this image and finding its place on the international travel market. Fuelled by events such as the massive Ultra music festival, and the magic dust that is connection to the HBO Game of Thrones series, the city is blooming.

split in the summer

The only real handicap for the city’s tourism business is the lack of quality hotel accommodation, this obvious hole is being willing filled by the Airbnb brigade of private apartments and villa owners. And combine this with a vibrant café, wine bar and restaurant scene and it is easy to see why the airport is attracting more passengers than in its long history.

The nation’s largest and busiest airport didn’t fare so well in July with Zagreb Airport actually recording its first drop in passenger numbers, when compared with 2018, this year. In July just over 366,000 travellers passed through the capital’s airport representing a 3.4 percent drop when compared with July 2018. Although this could well be seen as a bump in the road as passenger numbers through the first seven months have improved by 2.4 percent, meaning in real terms that 49,000 extra passengers have used the airport this year.

You’ve decided to spend your summer holidays in Dubrovnik. You start packing the car and realise that you need to take more stuff than you first planned. Like squeezing clothes into a washing machine you push and push until there is no room for a matchstick.

But wait! If you unloaded the spare tyre, then you could make some more room. But what to do with the spare tyre. In a flash of genius, and seemingly straight out of an episode of Mr. Bean you lash the tyre to the roof. Bingo time for holiday.


These Dutch drivers certainly turned heads today with their over packed car. Clearly they plan on staying in accommodation without air-conditioning as they had even packed a fan with them. But the spare tyre on the roof had us in fits of laughter. Enjoy your Dubrovnik holiday our friends from Holland. And please don’t buy any souvenirs as you really have no room to pack them.


The first ships docked at the new waterfront in Dominče near Korcula yesterday. After Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic visited the newly constructed seafront a few days ago and the operational coast got its license two days ago and the first ships used the waterfront yesterday.

The construction of the new waterfront on the island of Korcula was part of a 10 million Kuna project and is aimed at easing the flow of ships around the island. After some initial concerns that the project wouldn’t be finished on time the actual new waterfront was put into operation a month ahead of schedule.

The Korcula County Port Authority Director signed a contract for the construction of the waterfront with, worth over HRK 10 million, with the representatives of Pomgrad Engineering. Korcula now has a new coastline to be proud of.

This October sees the second Dubrovnik Triathlon, Earth Sea & Fire, organised and supported by the team behind the Brighton and Hove Triathlon.

Dubrovnik is renowned as a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most attractive global travel destinations. It’s a perfect location for a triathlon with warm seas of 20 degrees and an average daily temperature of up to 21 degrees in October.

It's easy to get to with frequent flights from most major cities and was the backdrop for the iconic series Game of Thrones, James Bond and Robin Hood movies.

The organisers of the Dubrovnik Triathlon are local man Daniel Marusic, President of the Triathlon Club of Dubrovnik, and John Lunt, Race Director for Brighton and Hove Triathlon and the Competition Manager for Triathlon for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The idea of the Dubrovnik Triathlon came about when Daniel met John in Dubrovnik. John has over 30 years’ experience organising Triathlons in the UK and overseas and loves promoting the sport and generating events.

Daniel said, “As soon as I met John, we both realised we could work well together, me with my local contacts and John with his years of experience in the Triathlon industry."


"We are very proud that the first ever Dubrovnik Triathlon saw 14 different nationalities come and race in our beautiful city. Dubrovnik is a very safe, friendly city with great weather, you will be assured a very warm welcome."

John said, "I am honoured to be the Event Director for the triathlon in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik provides an amazing location for our sport. We attract a variety of athletes from first timers looking for a destination event to those who have raced before and want to bring along their partner for a special treat."

He continued,” It is a perfect end of season treat and a fabulous location for a short break holiday.

From a business perspective, sports tourism and spend provides a welcome boost to the shoulder season.”

The event welcomes all abilities and offers three different distances; Sprint and Olympic and new for 2019, the Super Sprint. Participants can compete individually or in relay teams.

There is a host of activities planned over the weekend making the event suitable for singles, couples and families too including

• Friday morning swim
• Mayor’s reception Friday Night
• Saturday 2pm Triathlon (so not an early start)
• Awards Dinner and prize giving on the beach
• Sunday morning relaxing 2 hour boat trip

Official accommodation will be in the beautiful Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, although there are plenty of hotels to suit all budgets.
For further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07810 283098


Olympic Distance 1.5km, 40km, bike and Run 10km
Sprint Distance 0.75km, 20km bike & Run 5km
Super Sprint Distance consists of 0,4km, 10km & 2.5km
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