Tuesday, 04 August 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Exactly 450 years ago, on May 2nd 1567, Marin Drzic died. He’s considered to be the finest Croatian Renaissance playwright and prose writer. Drzic's works cover many fields: lyric poetry, pastorals, political letters and pamphlets, as well as comedies.  He died in Venice and was buried in the Basilica of St. John and Paul.

As he was born in Dubrovnik, he is especially appreciated in our city. To mark this special day, concert dedicated to Marin Drzic will be held at the Art Gallery Dubrovnik terrace. This concert is organized jointly by three Dubrovnik culture institutions: Art Gallery Dubrovnik, House of Marin Drzic and Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. Start of the concert will be at 9 pm and the entrance is free.

String Chamber Choir of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra conducted by Delo Jusic, Plazarius ensemble and vocal group Kase will perform on this concert. This special event will include renaissance music from Drzic’s time and many more surprises.

''He has the charisma of Elvis'', or ''He is one of the greatest stars in the world'', are just some of the commentaries of critics in newspapers such as The Washington Post and The New York Times about a brilliant Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu.

After a series of concerts in South America, Australia and Western Europe, the founder of the mega popular Johann Strauss Orchestra will visit Croatia for the first time this June.

In his rich career, Rieu has sold more than 40 million albums, whilst around 600,000 fans watch his performances annually. An interesting fact about Rieu is that he has had the largest private orchestra in the world. He is a worldwide attraction, and so far, more than his 30 albums ended up being the No 1 on world charts.  

The fact that Rieu is the world calibre musician confirms data that his live open-air concert from Maastricht in 2015 was shown live in 460 British cinemas, and exceeded a million pounds of earnings at the box office on the first day of screening. This way he surpassed cinema concerts of the mega popular bands such as One Direction and Take That. Rieu has definitely shown that he is truly one of the greatest stars of today.

‘’The King of the Waltz’’ or ‘’Mel Gibson of the violin’’, as people nicknamed him,  has been happily married for 40 years, he has two sons and five grandchildren, and apart from his family, he is most proud of his 300-year old Stradivari violin, which is one of only 400 Stradivari violins in the world.

André Rieu and his orchestra will hold a concert at the Zagreb Arena on the 15th of June.

Travel+Leisure, a travel magazine based in New York City, recently published a list of 16 best beach cities in Europe and one of them is Dubrovnik!

- Some travelers want to have it all — rich cultural experiences, fine dining, upscale shopping — and lazy hours spent sunning, swimming, or strolling along the beach. Many of Europe’s finest cities aren’t just popular for their art museums or raging nightlife scenes: They’re also home to some of the most beautiful beaches on Earth – it’s explained in the article.

The Travel+Leisure team gathered up and took a close look of the European cities that travelers loved the most, according to their World’s Best Awards survey. They discovered that many of the cities have knockout beaches.

Our beautiful city is on the 11th place of the list, especially because of Banje Beach.

- One of the best beaches in all of Croatia, Dubrovnik’s popular Banje Beach is close to the city’s Old Town, and boasts plenty of beach clubs – it’s said in the article.

The first three cities on the list are Barcelona, San Sebastian and Istanbul.

Beans, vocal groups, climbing the Srd – these were some of the ways to spend Labour Day in Dubrovnik. Since the local elections are just around the corner, these events were mostly organized by different political parties, but we’d like to focus on the social, and prettier, side of it.

People enjoyed themselves and had a great time hanging out, eating beans and listening traditional Dalmatian songs on this public holiday. Beans were eaten in Uvala Lapad and in Park of Luj Soletic in Gruz and also in Cavtat, but one part of locals decided to have an active vacation so they climbed to the mountain of Srd.  

Those that didn’t go to organized social gatherings decided to enjoy this sunny day the best way possible – with barbecue, walk, or just relaxing and enjoying their time off work. Is there any better way to start your week?

Weekend edition of The Times brought a list of 50 best secret beaches in Europe.  Croatia found its place on the list (well, no surprise) and made us really proud. ‘’The chosen one’’ is beautiful Saplunara, located on paradise on Earth, more commonly known as island of Mljet.

- A wonderfully unspoilt beach, Saplunara is a kilometre- long cove split into two pine-backed sweeps of sand – the only non-pebble beaches on Mljet. Edged by a swathe of botanically rich natural park, Saplunara’s location on the southeastern tip of the island means it remains peaceful for most of the season. It is quite a drive from most of the places to stay in Mljet, but roads are quiet and the scenery is beautiful – it’s written in the article.  

Saplunara is just one of the things that Mljet can offer. This nature’s masterpiece is a must visit when you’re in Dubrovnik.

saplunara kolaz

If you are in Dubrovnik or planning to visit it any time soon, it’s good to know that from today, May first, there will be a new bus timetable when it comes to urban routes, as reported by the Libertas Dubrovnik. Since the season is approaching buses will be driving longer hours. You can see the detailed bus timetable here.

Since we are on the bus topic, here is some more useful information. In Dubrovnik area, ticket bought in bus costs 15 Kuna, ‘’S’’ Ticket or one hour ticket bought at kiosk is 12 Kuna and daily ticket is 30 Kuna. For a bus to Zupa Dubrovacka you’ll pay 18 Kuna, to Cavtat 25 Kuna, to Ston 40 Kuna, while ticket for Slano is 23 Kuna. You can see the lines map here and also, you can download the app that will make your whole Dubrovnik bus driving experience much easier.

After a week of unstable weather marked with rain and wind, locals and their guests were delighted when Sunday turned to be sunny. The whole city was full of life – everybody wanted to take a walk, a cup of coffee or of course, a selfie. Don’t miss beautiful photo gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic – you might get a feeling like you were in Dubrovnik yesterday!

If you do not like to be alone or away from people, or you are not interested in pet friendly or family beaches, but want to experience the most popular beaches in Croatia, here is the list of the TOP 9 such beaches in the country;

The Plava plaza beach, Vodice

The Buba beach, Makarska

The Medulin beach, Medulin

The Planjka beach, Stara Novalja

The Pokonji dol beach, Hvar

The Sveti Jakov beach, Dubrovnik

The Ruza beach, at Bol on the island of Brac

The Velika beach, Omis

The Slanica beach, Murter

All of the beaches provide the comforts of modern life such as restaurants, pizzerias, cafe bars, wi-fi hotspots, sport facilities, nearby accommodation, as well as turquoise blue sea and stunning views.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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