Monday, 22 October 2018
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 summer of 2018 may be in the past but the sunsets over Dubrovnik are just as glorious as ever.

These stunning photos were sent to us by a reader of The Dubrovnik Times and really highlight the beauty of the ancient Old City as the sun slowly sets.

And with the weather forecasters predicting a mini Indian Summer for at least the next ten days we can expect some more beautiful sunsets.

Keep your photos and news coming.



If you have already packed the swimwear and sun cream, it might be time to dig them out again. Summer is returning to Dubrovnik. Sunshine and blue skies are forecast for the whole of this week with temperatures to soar to the mid-twenties for most of the week. Dubrovnik can expect a mini Indian Summer for at least the next ten days.

After the incredibly wet and stormy start to October which on the 2nd of October saw Dubrovnik as the wettest city on the planet the sun is coming back to the region.

Today will see blue skies with temperatures reaching highs of around 24 degrees, and the weather will improve from Tuesday.

According to the Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service from Tuesday to Sunday the Dubrovnik region will see calm and settled weather with lows of 15 degrees through the night and highs of 24 throughout the day.

The current sea temperature in the Dubrovnik region is 21.5 degrees.

Tomorrow, Tuesday October 9, an exhibition by Vatroslav Kuliš entitled “The Dionysian Realm” opens in the museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik at 7.00 pm.

This new exhibition will contain around 65 works of art from the past 40 years and is curated by the renowned British art critic Edward Lucie-Smith. The exhibition will remain open until the 4th of November 2018.

Edward Lucie-Smith has published over 60 art books, of which a selection has been translated into Croatian, and he will host a lecture on the opening night.

For the 48th month in a row Croatian retail sales increased on a year-on-year basis. In August retail sales increased by a healthy 3.1 percent compared to the same month from last year. The State Statistics bureau released data on the retail sales in the country and it shows that the driving force for the retail sales increase was the new car market where sales grew by an impressive 31.5 percent.

Over the first eight months of this year, retail sales increased by 3.5 percent in real terms compared with the same period last year. The increase was buoyed by positive indicators from the labour market and tourism, the continued growth of nominal and real wages, as well as a modest recovery of loan activity.

Even the most popular search engine in the world is celebrating Croatian Independence Day today.

On the homepage of the search engine is a specially designed graphic with a link to the Croatian Independence Day articles on Google.

This isn’t the first time that Croatia has featured on the homepage of Google. During this year’s World Cup in Russia Croatia was highlighted regularly on the search engine.

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On this day, 27 years ago, the 8th of October 1991 the Croatian parliament decided to end all state relations with the former state, Yugoslavia and declared that Croatia was an independent and sovereign country.

The government session on that date was not held in the parliament buildings but in the basement of the INA oil company in Zagreb for fear of a bombings from the Yugoslav National army.

Independence Day was implemented as a state holiday by Ivica Račan's government in 2001 and was celebrated for the first time in 2008.

Croatian independence was internationally recognized in January 1992, when both the European Economic Community and the United Nations granted Croatia diplomatic recognition, and the country was accepted into the United Nations shortly thereafter.

A round-up of the most popular stories from this week in Dubrovnik and Croatia

Monday – 01/10/2018

On this day 27 years ago Dubrovnik was attacked from the land, the sea and the air

On this day, 27 years ago, the 1st of October 1991 at 6.00am Dubrovnik was attacked from the land, the sea and the air by the Yugoslav National Army (JNA). It is a day etched in the memories of the citizens of the city as they were awoken by the Homeland War.

Tuesday – 02/10/2018

Today Dubrovnik was the wettest city in the world – twice as much rain fell in a few hours than six months in London!

Dubrovnik is again a world record holder, but this time it has nothing to do with the tourism industry. Due to the unbelievable amount of rain that fell on the city early this morning Dubrovnik was officially the wettest city in the city over the past 24 hours with almost double the amount of rain of any other of the 6,000 world destination measured.

Wednesday – 03/10/2018

Yummy, yummy: Good Food Festival is just around the corner!

Dubrovnik Tourist Board organizes Good Food Festival for the fifth year in a row! One of the favourite festivals of locals and their guests will be a great treat for foodies and will be held from October 15th until October 21st. All the visitors will have a chance to enjoy a great variety of food and wine at workshops, dinners and many other events included in this great festival.

Thursday – 04/10/2018

Dubrovnik tap water still not suitable for drinking

After the torrential rains that fell in Dubrovnik on Tuesday the tap water in Dubrovnik is still not suitable for drinking.

Friday – 05/10/2018

British Days in Dubrovnik 2018 – a celebration of the close links between Croatia and Great Britain

From Ruđer Bošković as a member of the London Royal Society to delighted British tourists; from Richard the Lionheart to Daniel Day Lewis - the links between Britain and Dubrovnik stretch through various periods of history to the present day, symbolizing the close links between people, knowledge, culture, business, and art of Croatia and Great Britain. This close relationship will be marked with the British Days in Dubrovnik from the 10th to 12th of October 2018.

Saturday – 06/10/2018

Dubrovnik has the best quality of life of any Croatian city

Dubrovnik is the Croatian city with the best quality of life and Varaždin is the best choice for business. An award ceremony was held in Šibenik for the gala award of the best cities in Croatia, an event organised by Hanza Media, Ipsos Agency and the website Gradonač

Looking for a break in Dubrovnik before the winter really bites? Or in fact thinking of flying away from Dubrovnik to relax and unwind after a long, summer season? As the tourist season draws to an end there are some great flight bargains to be found flying out of Dubrovnik. Now is the time to carpe diem and go last minute. From London to Madrid and Venice there are a plethora of last-minute flight deals to be found.

We have scanned just a few of the airlines and their last minute deals to bring you some of the autumn flight bargains. Whichever way round you’re flying, whether you’re after a long weekend of culture in the pearl of the Adriatic or thinking of enjoying a macchiato on St. Mark’s Square we’ve found some deals for you. All flight deals are based on a one adult return ticket with hand luggage only and all prices are correct at the time of publishing.

The Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea is offering some great flights deals to and from Dubrovnik for the end of October.

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Dubrovnik – Venice
Saturday – 27 - October
Dubrovnik to Venice M. Polo
Departs 09:25 - Arrives 10:45
Saturday - 3 November
Venice M. Polo to Dubrovnik
Departs 07:30 - Arrives 08:45
FINAL PRICE - €51.88

Dubrovnik - Bordeaux
Saturday – 27 – October
Dubrovnik to Bordeaux
Departs 14:50 – Arrives 17:30
Saturday – 3 - Nov
Bordeaux to Dubrovnik
Departs 07:00 - Arrives 09:25
FINAL PRICE - €53.47

Dubrovnik - Marseille
Saturday – 27 – October
Dubrovnik to Marseille
Departs 09:55 - Arrives 12:05
Saturday – 3 – November
Marseille to Dubrovnik
Departs 12:30 - Arrives 14:20
FINAL PRICE - €118.47

Dubrovnik - Nantes
Sat 27 Oct 2018
Dubrovnik to Nantes
Departs 12:55 - Arrives 15:45
Saturday - 3 – November
Nantes to Dubrovnik
Departs 12:30 - Arrives 14:55
FINAL PRICE - €103.47

And the popular UK low-cost airline EasyJet has got some red hot deals for the end of their flight season to Dubrovnik. EasyJet is one of the most frequent airlines to use Dubrovnik airport and fly to numerous European destinations.


Dubrovnik to London Stansted
Friday – 26 – October
Departs 10:40 – Arrives 12:25
Saturday – 3 - November
London Gatwick to Dubrovnik
Departs- 12:45 – Arrives 16:25
FINAL PRICE - €160.01

Dubrovnik - Manchester
Wednesday – 24 – October
Departs 17:20 – Arrives 19:30
Manchester to Dubrovnik
Wednesday – 31 – October
Departs 06:00 – Arrives 10:00
FINAL PRICE – €137.00

Dubrovnik to Amsterdam
Saturday – 20 – October
Departs 10:00 – Arrives 12:35
Amsterdam to Dubrovnik
Saturday – 27 – October
Departs 07:05 – Arrives 09:25
FINAL PRICE - €69.92

And the Turkish national airline, Turkish Airlines, has been connecting Istanbul with Dubrovnik throughout the whole year for the past two years. This winter will be no different with four direct flights a week expected from Istanbul.


Dubrovnik to Istanbul

Friday – 26 – October
Departs – 8.30 – Arrives – 11:20
Istanbul to Dubrovnik
Saturday – 3 – November
Departs – 19:25 Arrives – 19:25
FINAL PRICE - €179.62

And another Spanish low-cost operator, Vueling, also has a number of juicy autumn flight deals to Dubrovnik. In fact, Vueling is the largest airline in Spain by fleet size and the number of destinations. The airline flies from Madrid and Barcelona to Dubrovnik.



Dubrovnik to Barcelona
Thursday – 25 – October
Departs – 15:05 – Arrives – 17:25
Barcelona to Dubrovnik
Sunday – 4 – November
Departs – 11:55 – Arrives – 14.10
FINAL PRICE - €187.98

And last but not least Norwegian Air have a great number of autumn flight deals to Dubrovnik from many Scandinavian centres.


Dubrovnik to Copenhagen
Wednesday – 24 – October
Copenhagen to Dubrovnik
Saturday – 27 – October
FINAL PRICE - €125.56

Make the most of these cheap flights from Dubrovnik this autumn and reserve your flight today.




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