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.
In the last 24 hours, six new cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
These new Covid-19 cases include one male and three females from Dubrovnik (an epidemiological connection has been established for three persons), one female from the borough of Župa and one male who does not reside in our county (an epidemiological connection has been established).
Seven people have made a full recovery - four from Dubrovnik, one each from Metković and Ploče and one person who does not reside in our county.
17 people tested positive for coronavirus are hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital, of which two are on a ventilator. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 14,151 samples have been analyzed.
There are 277 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been no identified cases of violation of the self-isolation measure.
Nicolas Cage could soon be filming in Dubrovnik. The Hollywood actor, famous for his roles in blockbusters such as The Rock, Leaving Las Vegas and National Treasure, could well be filming his next movie in Dubrovnik.
The Dubrovnik Times has learnt from a source close to the production company that Nicolas Cage (56) will be coming to Dubrovnik in the next few days as he is filming a show in Dubrovnik.
After Game of Thrones used Dubrovnik as the location for King’s Landing in the second series of the globally popular serial the flood gates have opened for other production companies to use Dubrovnik as a backdrop. Star Wars – The Last Jedi, Robin Hood – Origins and various Bollywood hits have all been filmed in the pearl of the Adriatic. And although filming had somewhat dried up in the last couple of years rumours that Nicolas Cage could be filming in Dubrovnik would once again raise interest in Dubrovnik as Hollywood on the Adriatic.
There is no official news that Cage will arrive in Dubrovnik, and as soon as we receive more news we’ll let you know.
We recently published an article about the UK newspaper, The Telegraph, featuring Dubrovnik in a piece entitled “Dubrovnik as it once was – an empty wonder that’s worth the quarantine.”
And we asked you to get in contact with us as to whether you thought a trip to Croatia was worth the 14-days in self-isolation when you get back home to the UK. We received an inbox full of replies as well as countless comments through our social media, and thanks for all your feedback.
Two emails stood out and here are these two letters in full –
I just saw the article on your Facebook group about coming to Croatia this summer. Well, I did with my husband and daughter who is 14 and has special needs. We have our own place in Cavtat, well Obod and before we left, I mentioned coming over on one of your posts on FB and people were very nasty to me so I took my posts off and have never commented since and I did send a message to apologise if I had said something wrong to you guys!! I felt that I may have had some hostility when I got to my place there due to these comments as I will be honest it did upset me and put me off, and other comments I have seen, but I couldn't have been more wrong!! (On looking at who comments its mainly people who don't even live in Croatia!!) Our Croatian and English friends were just so pleased to see us!! We were welcomed very much wherever we went. I felt very safe in my own home there and just carried on as I would do in the UK. (Cleaning regime, hand gel etc). The beaches were lovely to spend time on the cafe bars and restaurants were very comfortable to sit in and I didn't feel put at any risk at all and for me the only change was masks in shops (which had literally just started in England as I left home) but that wasn't an issue to us.
We were very careful around our friends for 2 weeks as some of them are older than us but we were able to get on our boat, go to the beach and have a more free life than we had been used to, bearing in mind we were locked down for about 4 and a half months and our hospital was closed 23rd March until 4th July!! My daughter was able to swim which helps her mobility so much, walk and get the lovely fresh air and we just had a great time. We didn't go off partying or anything and chose what we did carefully but we felt able to breathe again, and just take out some time for us although I have to say it took me a while to settle. We were there for 6 and a half weeks so of course got dealt the quarantine which was stressful when it happened but we decided to just stay until our flight date if our flight went back, which it did. Charlotte’s school were perfectly fine about this, as she attends a special school anyway and I know they would have known for her it meant education for her there, swimming is physio for her, interaction with others, she cooks with us anyway and she tried sushi from her Croatian godfather and she just loves Croatian food anyway!! Of course, she knows a few Croatian words too!! And her head teacher had just got back from a break in Dubrovnik herself, so I think she probably realised too that we were quite safe and well!! So, yes is the answer for myself and Charlotte the quarantine was worth it as it gave us a bit of normality for a while and my husband is exempt anyway due to his business and work, he does. We have finished quarantine now and hope to get back sometime soon we would normally be back in October and December for Christmas but I don't think that will happen this year sadly. Dubrovnik should never have been put on the red list in my humble opinion but England just used the Country figures unfortunately and I know this was done due to politics as well!! It’s sad to see my second home now struggling but we will return soon and hope you all keep safe and well and Thanks Croatia for a great break from the crazy world of Covid!!!
Kim Steve and Charlotte Wakefield
I recently visited Dubrovnik to stay with friends in Štikovica and they advised me about your article asking UK tourists to get in touch.
We have visited our amazing friends Emily and Luka Danicic in Štikovica every year for the last five years, our holiday in September 2020 had been booked since September 2019.
It was certainly stressful getting to Croatia this year, with the UK government taking it on and off the quarantine list and then 24 hours before we flew jet2 cancelled our return flight meaning we could only visit for one week instead of two. However, even for only a week, the trip was well worth it!
Upon landing Dubrovnik airport was clean, efficient and well organised, we went from the plane to our car in less than 15 mins and that includes collecting luggage!
Dubrovnik was more gorgeous than ever due to the simple fact that it was quieter. What a luxury to walk around the Old City in relative peace, able to get a table next to the harbour for lunch and talk to the shopkeepers and locals without masses of cruise ships and hordes of passengers to compete with.
Shop and restaurant workers had the time to talk to us and we enjoyed chatting with them.
The weather was fantastic, blue skies and sunshine without being unbearably hot.
Thanks to the panic from Jet2 there was only 30 passengers flying into Dubrovnik and 28 returning to the UK a week later- pure bliss!!
We were required by the UK government to fill in a ‘returning to the UK form’ before landing back in the UK which we duly completed. However, upon arriving in Manchester there were no health checks, no monitoring and no one asked for our completed forms.
Since returning to the UK and observing the 14-day quarantine we have not received a single check to ensure we are being compliant. Luckily the first week back in England had nice weather and so staying home was no hardship.
For the sake of a 14-day quarantine period, I think our time spent in Croatia was well worth it, we will definitely be back again!
The Dubrovnik-Neretva County, through the Ministry of Tourism, has secured co-financing for the project of arranging pedestrian and bicycle paths in the area of the municipalities of Orebić and Trpanj on the Peljesac peninsular.
The project will arrange and mark over 40 km of tarmac paths and build four observation points. The works are being carried out within the Cyclotourism Development Program in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The total value of the works of this project is 602,000 Kuna, and the works on the realization have started.
Within the project, the County participates through the approved project with HRK 202,000, the Municipality of Orebić with HRK 340,000, and the Municipality of Trpanj with HRK 60,000. The works should be completed by December this year, which will further enrich the tourist offer in this part of Pelješac, which is otherwise known for its active tourism offer.
Music in restaurants could soon be quieter in an attempt to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The National Civil Protection Headquarters will soon start talks with representatives of restaurants and cafés in which they will try to agree on reducing noise in restaurants, and this should be contributed by reducing decibels from speakers, which would therefore the voice levels of visitors.
The colder weather will certainly increase the number of those sitting inside in cafes and restaurants and if the music is loud this would mean that guests would have to speak louder. Since the Covid-19 virus spreads mainly by droplets, in part by aerosol, any amplification of speech or shouting helps it to spread.
The views of the headquarters are also supported by research by scientists from the University of California that, for example, by reducing the volume by only six decibels in average speech can have the same effect on preventing the spread of the virus as doubling room ventilation.
Spanish airline Iberia made its last flight to Dubrovnik on 27 September. The national airline of Spain drastically cut back on flights to Croatia this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in fact Dubrovnik was the only destination that the airline operated flights to, cancelling flights to Zagreb, Split and Zadar.
Flights from Madrid to Dubrovnik started on July 3 this year and operated three times a week, and then in August two more weekly flights were added, reports Croatian Aviation. It was announced that Iberia had previously planned to fly to Dubrovnik throughout the whole of October, however due to weak demand plans have been changed and yesterday saw the last flight of 2020.
Iberia has previously left the possibility of launching the Madrid to Zagreb route in the winter flight schedule this year, but this will obviously now not happen.
In the last 24 hours, 48 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 1,180. Usually the week starts with relatively low numbers of new cases, as tests over the weekend are normally reduced.
There are currently 291 people in hospital across Croatia, of which 24 people are on a ventilator. Over the past 24 hours there have been no fatalities due to Covid-19.
Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 16,245 people have been infected, of which 272 have died. A total of 14,793 people have made a full recovery, 184 of them in the last 24 hours.
There are 9,057 people are currently in self-isolation up and down the country.
To date, a total of 295,998 people have been tested, of which 3,029 in the last 24 hours.
It’s a positive start to the week. In the last 24 hours, no new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. And four people have made a full recovery - two from Dubrovnik and two from Konavle. Although it must be said that at the beginning of the week the number of new Covid-19 cases is generally lower due to the reduced levels of testing over the weekend.
In the Dubrovnik General Hospital there are 16 people tested positive for coronavirus, of which 2 people are on a ventilator.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 13,983 samples have been analysed.
There are 329 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been no identified cases of violation of the self-isolation measure. The headquarters of the Civil Protection of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County continues to appeal to citizens to adhere to all prescribed measures by the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.