Tuesday, 22 January 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Even though the sun is out in Dubrovnik today and the biting north wind, or bura, has eased a little the arctic cold weather is set to continue for at least the next four days in Dubrovnik. Temperatures today are at a “balmy” 9 degrees but tonight they will plummet again down to zero.

For the start of the week will we see the north wind return meaning that combined with the low temperatures the wind chill factor will make the real feel temperatures well into the minus degrees.

On Monday temperatures should reach a chilly 4 degrees and the real feel around – 2 degrees. Tuesday will also see temperatures around 5 degrees but again that north wind will bring the real down to zero.

The Croatian Meteorological office has released a statement for Monday saying that “Cold in the morning. minimum temperature between -2 and 2 °C STAY ALERT for expected low temperatures. Some health risks are possible in the vulnerable population, in particular senior citizens, small children and homeless persons.”


Here at The Dubrovnik Times we are always glad to receive your photos, videos and stories and this latest one really knocked us for six.

These absolutely gorgeous images of the pearl of the Adriatic were taken by Branko Meić-Sidić and really give a unique insight into the stone facades and landmarks of Dubrovnik. The perfect way to relax on a Sunday afternoon by admiring the beauties of Dubrovnik.

Well done Branko!

Check out the Dubrovnik gallery

Croatia Public Holidays for 2019

Plan ahead to make sure when you know when Croatians are enjoying a public holiday


1 Jan Tue New Year's Day

6 Jan Sun Epiphany

22 Apr Mon Easter Monday

1 May Wed Labour Day

20 Jun Thu Corpus Christi

22 Jun Sat Anti-Fascist Resistance Day

25 Jun Tue Statehood Day

5 Aug Mon Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day

15 Aug Thu Assumption Day

8 Oct Tue Independence Day

1 Nov Fri All Saints' Day

25 Dec Wed Christmas Day

26 Dec Thu St Stephen's Day


In the traffic accident that occurred on the main coastal road above Dubrovnik yesterday when a large rock rolled off the Srd Mountain and crashed into a car more details have been revealed. The car turned out to be a Dubrovnik taxi carrying three passengers from South Korea.

According to information from the Dubrovnik General Hospital one of the South Korean tourists, who was sitting next to the driver, was badly injured and has been flown to Split Hospital by helicopter.

The other two Korean tourists and the taxi driver suffered lighter injuries and are currently in Dubrovnik General Hospital.

The 6th of January is a public holiday throughout Croatia. The Epiphany is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. However, this year as it has fallen on a Sunday some shops may choose to follow Sunday opening hours and some will close altogether.

Many Christians around the world annually celebrate Epiphany on January 6. It is a public holiday in many countries and marks two events in Jesus Christ’s life, according to the Christian Bible. The first event was when the three wise men, or kings, visited infant Jesus. The second event was when St John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

A poster campaign to warn of the effects of excessive drinking in Zagreb trams has caused international outrage. The posters, which have appeared in the capital’s trams, were commissioned by the City of Zagreb and controversially claim that women who drink too much are more likely to have irresponsible sex.

Women who consume too much alcohol are, according to the message on the new poster, more likely to have “reckless sexual intercourse with strangers.” And these seemingly sexist posters have got a step further by saying that men who drink excessively will have problems with erectile dysfunction. However, they don’t mention that men who binge drink will have sex with strangers. Instead the message says that the posters say "among men it increases sexual desire, but diminishes sexual power and erection, resulting in loss of self-confidence."

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Tram poster - Source Twitter

The UK publication “The Independent” has picked up this incident and published an article entitled “Outrage at sexist anti-drinking posters on Croatian trams.”

The posters were designed by Zagreb students and whilst the overall message is positive the way it was been conveyed it questionable. The City of Zagreb however don’t see anything sexist about the posters and has stated that they will remain on trams.

2018 was a busy year for Croatia’s highways with an incredible 58.5 million vehicles passing along the motorways of the country, an increase in traffic of 5 percent on 2017. And with the increase in traffic subsequently came an increase in revenue earned through the toll booths. In 2018 Croatian motorways achieved a massive 387 million Euros of revenue, up a solid 6 percent on the previous year.

There are around 1,300 kilometres of highways throughout Croatia and the increase in traffic last year means that an extra 3 million vehicles used the highways last year.

The biggest earner was the motorway between the Croatian capital, Zagreb, and the border with Serbia. This motorway is mainly used for traffic connecting the Serbian and Croatian capitals and this highway earned 128 million Euros in revenue last year.

The gale force northerly wind has not only brought temperatures well below zero in Dubrovnik but has also caused a serious accident this afternoon. A large rock rolled down the side of the Srđ Mountain overlooking Dubrovnik, fell onto the main coastal road and crashed right into a car.

According to information from the scene the accident happened at around 1.00pm this afternoon and the large boulder crashed into a Renault car with Dubrovnik number plates. The driver has been taken to the Dubrovnik General Hospital but the severities of his injuries are still unknown.

It would appear that the stone, which has been moved to the other side of the crash barrier, severely damaged the car and the police are still on the scene.

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