Friday, 14 June 2024
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

Dubrovnik has a new beach! Well, it isn’t really a new beach, it’s been here for centuries, but something has changed that has opened it up again.

Tucked right below the city walls this beach used to be awash with kayaks, but as those days have changed and the kayaks have moved to other destinations around the city the beach is now popular with swimmers and sunbathers.

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The beach is right below the massive fortress of Bokar and has a view over to the Lovrijenac Fortress, the same fortress that Rod Stewart and his family partied in for the wedding of his son Liam. And Game of Thrones fans will also recognise it as the Red Keep.

And today the beach was busy with swimmers and sunbathers, all enjoying the glorious June sunshine as temperatures hit 28 degrees and the sea temperature a pleasant 22 degrees.

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UEFA has appointed the officiating team for the Croatia vs. Spain clash at the European Championship.

The main referee will be Englishman Michael Oliver (39). His assistants are Stuart Burt and Dan Cook, the fourth official is Anthony Taylor, and the head of the VAR room is Stuart Attwell. All are also from England.

Oliver has previously refereed for Croatia five times. In friendly matches against Korea in 2013 (4-0) and Brazil in 2018 (0-2), as well as in the Nations League clash with Portugal at Poljud in 2020, where Portugal won 3-2.

In October 2021, Oliver officiated Croatia's victory over Cyprus in the World Cup qualifiers for Qatar, but he is most remembered for the quarter-final of that World Cup when Croatia eliminated Brazil on penalties.

Oliver has also refereed for Dinamo Zagreb three times. The Blues recorded a win, a draw, and a loss. They defeated Benfica in the Europa League in 2019, lost to Sevilla in the Champions League in 2016, and drew with Molde in 2015.

The English referee is considered one of the best in the world, with a FIFA badge since 2012. Since 2018, he has been a member of UEFA's elite group of referees.

The Government of Croatia decided at today's session to grant INA concessions for the use of gas stations on maritime public property for five years, with both a fixed and variable part of the fee.

The concessions are granted to protect the interests and safety of the infrastructure for fuel supply for the economic use of existing gas stations on maritime public property. The total area of the maritime public property being granted in concession to INA is 16,318 square meters for a period of five years.

Permanent part of the concession fee is five euros per square meter of the occupied total area annually, amounting to 81,590 euros. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, added that this applies to gas stations in Bol, Crikvenica, Dubrovnik Orsan, Korčula Dominče, Uble on the island of Lastovo, Mali Lošinj coast, and Rogač Šolta.

There’s something special about old, historic places. You can’t help yourself but to ask, how did people live here? How did it look when this place was in its prime? Historic towns go a step further. They are more than just stone. Rather, they are little time capsules that we can access through our imagination.

These places simply ignite creativity. Artists find inspiration in the intricate details of ancient carvings, writers spin tales from the shadows of forgotten ruins. These old spaces become the backdrop for new stories, new art, and new ways of looking at the world.

Historic places also remind us of what's possible. Cathedrals that once stretched towards the heavens with their spires, colossal monuments that defied the limits of their time. A testament to human ingenuity and the ability to create something lasting. And it's not just the grand structures. Even the simplest of ruins can spark a sense of wonder. They tell of everyday lives, of cultures that rose and fell, of resilience in the face of hardship. They remind us that we're part of something bigger, a continuous chain of human history.

Dubrovnik as a Leading Example

Dubrovnik is more than a pretty postcard. And it wasn't just any city back in the day. It was the capital of the mighty Republic of Ragusa. This was a powerhouse on the sea, trading all over the Mediterranean and holding its own against bigger empires. Its independence lasted centuries, a rarity in that era. The Dubrovnik Republic's leaders were clever diplomats, playing empires off each other. They built up their navy, made smart trade deals, and fostered arts and science within their walls. Think of it like a mini-Florence, but on the coast! Thanks to that, Dubrovnik is a unique identity that Croatians hold onto even today. A symbol of what Croatia once was, and what it still strives for.

Now, thanks to that unique history, Dubrovnik remains a huge inspiration to the entertainment industry. You know we’re going to mention Game of Thrones. Few years ago, Dubrovnik became King's Landing, the heart of the Seven Kingdoms. Even though the emotions around the show have settled some time ago now, you can still feel the soul of the show when you walk down Dubrovnik’s streets. And thanks to the show, Dubrovnik was put on the map for millions, creating a whole new kind of tourism.

But it's not just about big-budget productions. The city itself has a kind of magic that sparks creativity. The narrow alleys, the hidden gardens, the centuries of history baked into every stone is what makes Dubrovnik so special to filmmakers and game designers. Gaming industry also draws inspiration from places like Dubrovnik. Medieval-themed slot games have seen a rise in popularity lately, with premium casino platforms like Rizk featuring such titles among the first.

History Inspires

When you think about it, some of the biggest blockbusters and binge-worthy shows are based on real, historical events. It’s not a coincidence. We get drawn into these ancient empires, the political intrigue of royal courts, or the struggles of ordinary people during past times. These stories are interesting because there’s no way for us to confirm them with certainty (unless we invent time traveling). In fact, it’s the uncertainty part that makes them that much more interesting!

History also gives us a chance to explore the "what ifs." What if the outcome of a battle had been different? What if certain figures had made different choices? These hypothetical scenarios make for compelling narratives, sparking our imaginations and sparking debate. Plus, let's be honest, a bit of historical accuracy can make a fictional story feel more grounded and believable.

It's not just movies and TV shows either. Think of video games set in historical periods, or music inspired by the sounds of bygone eras. History provides a rich source of inspiration for creative minds across all mediums. It's like a springboard for innovation, allowing artists to build upon a foundation of real-world events and create something fresh and exciting.

Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, today (13 June) launched a 24-hr flash sale with 20% off June / July flights. This limited time sale, kicking off Thursday (13 June) for 24hrs only, offers an unbeatable selection of breath-taking destinations across Ryanair’s 250+ routes. With plenty of sunny beaches to relax on, beautiful hiking hot spots to explore, and historic cities to immerse yourself in, you’re just a few clicks away from your next flight, thanks to Ryanair.

Whether you’re seeking the sun and the sand, or a new destination to explore and enjoy including Barcelona, Corfu, Eindhoven, Malaga, Malta, Milan, Oslo, Paphos and or Thessaloniki; head to Ryanair.com now to book your next trip.

Ryanair’s Head of Comms, Jade Kirwan said: “Ryanair’s flash sale is back with 20% off June / July flights for 24hrs only. This special summer sale is available to book now until midnight tonight (Thurs, 13 June), with plenty of sun, sea, adventure, and city break destinations across Ryanair’s industry leading network just waiting to be explored.”

 

The popular regional street food festival – Burger Fest – is moving to Dubrovnik to mark the first days of summer.

After the success of the Pizza Festival in Dubrovnik, it's now time for burgers. From June 20th to 30th, Lazareti will be a hub for food lovers. The Burger Festival has become synonymous with fantastic food, great drinks, and a brilliant atmosphere, organized by "Kokoš ili jaje." This team also runs the well-known Fuliranje and Zagreb's Burger Fest, attracting over 150,000 visitors annually. The festival significantly contributed to the domestic burger scene's development and will now debut in Dubrovnik.

For 11 days, the festival will offer excellent food, drinks, and music. Coinciding with EURO 2024, there will be a lively fan atmosphere!

Admission is free for all visitors!

 

President of the Dubrovnik City Council, Marko Potrebica, and Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik, Jelka Tepšić, received students from the high school Istituto Polispecialistico San Paolo from Sorrento, who completed an internship in Dubrovnik through the Erasmus program. During their 15-day stay, the students interned in Dubrovnik's hotels and the Dubrovnik Student Dormitory.

On this occasion, they expressed satisfaction with the experience they gained, while Deputy Tepšić and City Council President Potrebica emphasized the excellent long-term relations between Dubrovnik and Sorrento, which last year resulted in the twinning of the two cities.

This project originated from last year's visit by a delegation from the City of Dubrovnik to the sister city of Sorrento. After the official twinning in February, the cooperation intensified, especially in the fields of tourism and culture, highlighting the need for additional joint activities in the field of youth tourism education.

At the reception in the Dubrovnik City Hall was also the Honorary Consul of Italy in Dubrovnik, Frano Bongi, as an active participant in the exchange projects of the two cities.

The popular travel website, Big 7 Travel, has published a list of the “50 Best Beaches in the World” and one Croatian gem features in the top 20. Now in its 6th year, the list is compiled using aggregated scores from previous media results, official Blue Flag locations, social media popularity, and insights from the Big 7 Travel editorial team. These selections represent the most stunning beaches to visit this year.

And the Croatian beach in 14th position on the list of the 50 Best Beaches is the famous Zlatni Rat, or in English "Golden Horn" or "Golden Cape." The iconic beach is located on the southern coast of the island of Brač, near the town of Bol, Zlatni Rat is renowned for its distinctive shape and natural beauty. In fact, the shape and indeed size of the beach changes due to the wind direction.

Zlatni Rat Shines Croatias Golden Horn Named One of the Worlds Top Beaches

“This iconic beach is renowned for its unique shape, resembling a golden horn that extends nearly half a kilometre into the Adriatic Sea. Its pristine pebble shores and crystalline turquoise waters offer an idyllic setting for sunbathers and swimmers. Surrounded by lush pine forests, the beach is also a haven for windsurfing and other water sports, making it a top contender for the title of the world's best beach,” writes Big 7 Travel about Zlatni Rat.

Zlatni Rat has been awarded the Blue Flag, an international recognition of its high environmental and quality standards, ensuring clean and safe conditions for visitors.

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