Wednesday, 10 August 2022
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.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 75 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are 35 people from Dubrovnik, 22 from Metković, 8 from Župa Dubrovnik, 4 each from Konavle and Ploče and 1 each from Smokvica and Ston.

87 people have recovered in the past 24 hours.

In the last 24 hours, 216 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 256,041 samples have been analysed.

In the Dubrovnik General Hospital, 15 people positive for Covid-19 are currently hospitalized, and one patient is in intensive care.


The contract on the execution of structural rehabilitation works of the Sponza Palace between the Institute for the Reconstruction and the contractor Građevinar Quelin d.d. as well as the contract on the performance of professional and design supervision services with the company Canosa inženjering d.o.o. was signed yesterday.

The renovation and restoration works of Sponza Palace include the structural renovation of the stone elements of the load-bearing structure, as well as the wooden roof structure, the renovation of the roof, covering and floor layers in the southern part of the attic, the renovation of the metal keys of the existing tensioners on the facades, and the renovation and restoration of stone and exterior carpentry.

The public procurement procedure was carried out, and in relation to the estimated value of the works in the amount of 4.7 million Kuna including VAT. The deadline for completing the works is 12 months.

Of exceptional cultural value, the Sponza Palace is one of the most representative buildings of public importance within the monumental fabric of Dubrovnik. In the former customs house, many public functions were performed throughout history, and today it preserves the most precious archival material of the Dubrovnik area.

The Institute for Public Health of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County conducted the fifth regular examination of the quality of the sea water on 121 beaches across the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the period from July 12 to July 20, 2022.

The sea on 117 beaches was rated as excellent quality, and on two beaches as good. On the beach of Lopud, the Grand Hotel on Lopud and Under the Walls on Korčula, the sea was rated as satisfactory.

During the fifth examination of the sea at Prigradica beach in Blato on Korčula on July 12, 2022, short-term pollution was determined. Additional sea samples were taken from July 14-17, 2022, and the test results from July 16 and 17, 2022 meet the conditions of the regulation on the quality of the sea for bathing, which indicates the end of short-term pollution.

The current sea temperature in Dubrovnik is almost 27 degrees.


The Civil Protection Office has released a special flyer for tourists to Croatia with recommendations and instructions on how to manage in the warmer weather. From avoiding direct sunlight from 10:00am to 5:00pm, drinking plenty of fluids and to wear light coloured clothes.

“Climate change has brought more heat waves and sudden weather changes more frequently, such as stronger thunderstorms, flash floods and wind. A long dry period increases the probability of fire outbreaks, and the most common cause of fires is human negligence and carelessness,” stated the Civil Protection Office.


A small ceremony of awarding a certificate of thanks to the married couple Aneta Švanygova and Pavol Švanyga, long time guests of Trsteno, was held on Monday, July 25, in the family home of their hosts, the Bošković family, in Trsteno. Following the tradition of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board to symbolically gift long-time guests, who are also the best promoters of the tourist offer, a special thank you note and a souvenir gift, was handed over to the Slovakian couple from Bratislava as a sign of gratitude for their loyalty to Dubrovnik for 25 years.

The director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Miro Drašković, presented a certificate of gratitude for their loyalty to Dubrovnik and special gifts to these long-term guests. Drašković spoke in Czech with the married couple from Bratislava and thanked them for their loyalty to the City and expressed the hope that they will visit Dubrovnik and Trsteno for many years to come. For the Švanyga couple, this small ceremony, organized as a surprise, caused an outpouring of emotions.

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Aneta used to come to Trsteno for summer vacations with her parents even before the war, and later she told her husband Pavol about the beauties of Trsteno and managed to easily convince him that it should be their joint vacation spot.

From July 1997 until today, every summer they come to the Bošković family in Trsteno for two weeks. First they came alone, then with their children, and now with their grandchildren. All three generations spend their summers in Trsteno. Aneta and Pavol perceive the Bošković family as their second family, and their home as their own. After 25 years, they have many friends among the locals. When they go down to the waterfront in Trsteno, they always talk to someone in Croatian, which they have mastered well.


"An indescribable experience! A race like this is remembered forever. As soon as the news about it came out, we knew we had to be there, but this exceeded all expectations. The fact that we were among the first to cross the Pelješac Bridge simply seems unreal!" - are the first impressions of the runners of Du Motion's race across the bridge which, after 300 years, reconnects the far south of Croatia with the rest of the country.

250 runners took advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and ran a 5.5 km race that was also a prelude to the all-day spectacular opening ceremony of the largest infrastructure project in the history of Croatia and one of the largest bridges in Europe.

The best results were achieved by Leo Zlokić (20:07), Marko Matić (20:34) and Petar Dragojević (21:35) in the men's category, as well as Lukrecija Krstičević (22:38), Marina Juranić (22:43) and Karmen Fabris (25 :46) in the women's category.


"For us from Dubrovnik, today has a special emotional weight and words are not enough to describe all of this, least of all the pride that we had the opportunity to be a small part of today's opening spectacle. Thanks to our partners, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and Croatian Roads, with whom we realized this unique race that will be talked about for a long time," said Du Motion director, Alen Bošković.


The encounters between runners and the Pelješac Bridge do not stop here, because it is the bridge that will make it much easier for runners to come to Du Motion's races in Dubrovnik in the future.


It is a long, long time since I last visited the Panorama Restaurant on top of the Srđ Mountain, too long. As I sat down at my table I found it hard to concentrate on the menu, the view in front of me was just awe-inspiring. A sea of blue, you couldn’t see where the sky ended and the sea began. The clue is in the name – Panorama. There is no doubt, none what so ever, this restaurant has the best view in the city, and probably beyond. However, I soon found out that it isn’t only the view that is amazing.

Food, glorious food

So once you’ve recovered from the 360 degree views and surveyed the menu you’ll again be impressed. To be honest this restaurant has such an amazing view that it could have quite easily forgotten about the food and still guests would have been happy. But they didn’t, far from it. The Chef has clearly been creative and pulled out all the stops to produce a menu that is a) imaginative and b) it uses many local dishes and recipes. I just love a restaurant in Dubrovnik that pays homage to the local cuisine. “An experienced and creative chef, a culinary master who finds his inspiration in the authentic recipes of the Dubrovnik region, makes sure to make the enjoyment complete. At that height, the seafood pours into plates of excited guests who in those moments experience Dubrovnik and its surroundings in a completely new dimension,” writes the restaurant’s website. Yes, I would agree.

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“What would you recommend?” I asked the friendly waiter. He was clearly knowledgeable and ran through the highlights of the menu. After much deliberation I was plumped for the grilled beefsteak with carrot cream, potatoes au Gratin with truffles, mushrooms, onion chips and a Porto sauce. Wow! “And can I then recommend a starter’” asked the waiter. Beef tenderloin carpaccio with a truffle spread, parmesan chips, capers, Dijon mustard and olive oil. Now that sounded like a match made in heaven.


Huge thumbs up

The food was not only excellent, I mean really excellent, but with the mix of the local touch whilst looking down on the pearl of the Adriatic, I somehow made it extra special. Wine flowed, food disappeared and the cable car whizzed up and down in the background. Pricewise for the overall dining experience it is great value for money. The grilled beefsteak, which was like butter in my mouth, was around 260 Kuna. All in all, a really impressive restaurant and I really don’t know why I waited so long to visit, why had I been away for so many years. I soon changed that and after finishing my meal I immediately booked a table for the following week when family from England are coming to visit.


Upper cable car station, 20000 Dubrovnik

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The Dubrovnik Card digitization project, which included a redesign of the visual identity and the adaptation of the name - Dubrovnik Pass, was presented this week in Lazareti. The new model enables simpler functioning and control of the use of included content, more economical management of funds and time, more effective marketing activities, as well as upgrading, networking and further development of the project, especially in terms of managing visitor flows.

The new Dubrovnik Pass is very much your one-stop-shop for visiting Dubrovnik, and you can purchase it online to leave you with more time to enjoy the pearl of the Adriatic. The pass can be used in all of the main attractions in the city as well as the public bus company Libertas. So not only can you visit all the sights with one card, and not queue for tickets, but you can also get to the city by bus and save time and money. The new Dubrovnik Pass is available in a one-day, three-day and seven-day version, you choose which best suits your needs.

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"It is not only about digitization but about digital transformation, because in addition to being in digital form, Dubrovnik Pass provides a whole range of benefits and simpler solutions, and it is another one of the 'smart city' solutions of the City of Dubrovnik. Instead of an analogue system, we now have a digital system, which will enable easier buying, selling, and control, a system that saves money, time and human resources, and a system that will enable upgrading,'' said the head of the Administrative Department for Culture and Heritage on the occasion of the presentation of the Dubrovnik Pass, Julijana Antić Brautović.

For more info on the new Dubrovnik Pass visit the website -

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