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 last 24 hours, eight people died as a result of Covid-19, and 1,654 new cases of infection were recorded, bringing the total number of active cases in Croatia to 10,844, the National Civil Protection Headquarters reported on Saturday.

There are 579 people receiving hospital treatment, of which 15 are on ventilators.

From February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, until today a total of 1,176,519 people have been infected, of which 16,206 have died, a total of 1,149,469 people have recovered, of which 1,606 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 6,033 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 5,021,005 people have been tested, of which 4,234 have been tested in the last 24 hours.

As of July 22, 2022, 5,263,264 doses of vaccine had been administered, and 59.57 percent of the total population, or 70.84 percent of the adult population, have been vaccinated.


Five reasons why you just must ride the Dubrovnik Cable Car, OK, we’ve limited it to five but it could quite easily have been 50! We’re not going to add iconic onto the list, although we could well have started with that. We’re not even going to add because it is the only cable car in the south of Croatia, you probably know that one already.

So here are our five reasons, if you really need a reason to enjoy this number one Dubrovnik attraction.

Did you see that view!

When we say views we really mean views with a capital V! Not only does the ride up offer some of the most unique, and indeed moving, views of the city but once you get to the top you’ll quickly realise that “you ain’t seen nothing yet!” One comment that we often hear is “I didn’t know which way to look first.” Mountains, the Adriatic Sea, the islands, we don’t want to spoil the surprise too much, but one hint – make sure you’ve got plenty of space in your mobile for photos.

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Really a museum up here!

Situated in the Imperial Fortress on top of the Srđ hill the Dubrovnik in the Homeland War 1991 – 1995 Museum is well worth a visit. This large Napoleonic fortress was the first line of defence for Dubrovnik in the Homeland War and is now a fitting home for this extensive museum.

Do I have to go back down?

After you’ve been captivated by the views you might think, well that’s it, isn’t it? No, no and once again no. Buggy rides bouncing through the nature, a café with probably the best view in Dubrovnik, a restaurant that is named Panorama for a reason, gift shops, cycling, hiking trails, we could go on and on.


To conquer your fears!

Ok, we know that some people are afraid of heights and even cable cars, but the Dubrovnik Cable car is the ideal way to face those fears. For two reasons, a) the ride doesn’t last that long, a maximum of four minutes, and b) you’ll be distracted by the views that whole time. So carpe diem and jump in to have a holiday experience to remember.

Because you don’t have to wait when you can buy online

Yes, you don’t have to queue up to buy tickets, you can buy them online at this link - – it is as easy as that. You can pay with a whole host of methods from standard credit cards to online methods.


There are several media stories about the rise of new and young millionaires by investing in the crypto market. If you visit you will know that the crypto market is the growing alternative to investing for a better future. Although crypto is not new in the market, it has reached the highest level of mainstream appeal since the pandemic.


Difference Between Bitcoin Trading And Stock Trading- Points To Note


If you’re not familiar with the stock market, or with trading, it can be confusing to think about bitcoin and stocks as being similar in any way. After all, one is digital and exists only in the digital world of cyberspace and the other exists in the physical world of paper transactions, shares, certificates, and actual currency. However, both bitcoin trading and stock trading do have some things in common that many people don’t realize until they look at them more closely.



Read on to learn about some similarities between Bitcoin Trading and Stock Trading that you may never have thought about before.



Cryptos vs. Stock Exchanges: How They Differ


  1. Difference #1: Nature of assets

The primary difference between the stock exchanges and the crypto exchanges is the type of assets involved. While stock exchanges allow trading of stocks and shares of companies, the cryptocurrency exchange allows trading of digital assets like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and more. 


  • The companies issue the shares for trading to raise money but the cryptocurrencies have a capped number of tokens or coins. So, the value of the capped cryptos will ideally increase with the increase in demand. 

Thus, the ownership differences are multiple.


  1. Difference #2: Market’s maturity

Stock exchanges have been in business for longer than cryptocurrency exchanges. Therefore, the maturity level is higher. Government backing is present for the activities happening at these exchanges. Considering the high volume and diversity of the trades happening over the stock markets, it offers ample opportunity to the investors to understand the trends.

  1. Difference #3: Volatility

Investors have to be extremely cautious while investing in the crypto market. Low volatility offers the share market a more stable environment, but it means that you have to wait for a long time to enjoy the reward. 


On the other hand, the high volatility of the crypto market will always pose risks but will continue to offer quick returns. 


Cryptos and Stock Exchanges: More Alike Than You Might Think


All the above differences do make the stock exchange and crypto exchanges different from each other, but there are still some basic similarities that help the stock market investors to use their wit and experience for investing in the crypto market too.

  1. Similarity #1: Continuity

There can be differences in the methods of valuation and market trends. But you cannot deny the fact that both the stock exchange and the cryptocurrency exchanges are continuous auction markets. The price trends also depend on the bids and the market volume of the movement of a particular stock or crypto. 


  1. Similarity #2: Limit orders

If you are regularly investing in the share market, you are familiar with the limit orders. Most of the crypto exchanges also use the central limit order book. The application of order matching algorithms is thus common for both markets. 


  1. Similarity #3: Price action

You will find a strange similarity between the price action of the most speculated stocks and crypto coins. The same concept of increasing value with increasing demand will apply to the shares and the cryptos.



The volatility of the crypto market may make you feel that there is no guarantee that the crypto market will be in a meaningful form a few years down the line, but uncertainties have also been a part of the equity trading process.

If you can understand the process of crypto trading and can maintain certain rules to stop loss, as you do in the share market, nobody can stop you from earning quick money. If you are not ready to take the high risk, you don’t stand a chance for high gain too. If you also have dreams of becoming a millionaire, then start investing cautiously in the crypto market.

As the temperature rises, more and more people are escaping to the numerous beaches of Župa dubrovačka to cool off. The current air temperature in the Dubrovnik region is 35 degrees and the sea temperature is around 23 degrees.

From water sports to sun bathing and drinking coffee alfresco, this region to the south of Dubrovnik is a magnet as the mercury rises.

We toured Župa dubrovačka to bring you a taste of the area at the end of July.









All photos - MMK


Croatian citizens residing in Germany are the fourth largest group of immigrants from the European Union who immigrated exclusively for a new job, according to this year's population census published by the State Statistical Institute in Wiesbaden on Friday.

"During the population census, 131,000 surveyed residents of Germany with Croatian citizenship stated that they immigrated to Germany solely for employment," the State Bureau of Statistics announced in response to Hina's inquiry.

Croatia is thus in fourth place in terms of the number of labour migrants from some of the European Union countries.

In first place is Poland with 380,000, followed by Romania with 271 and Italy with 208 thousand labour migrants.

As explained, the statistics do not include people who immigrated to Germany for some other purpose, such as family reunification or study, and then found employment there.

At the end of last year, 434,610 people with Croatian citizenship lived in Germany.


The need for a central space, where all forms of cultural activities in the city area can be presented and promoted, tickets can be bought and tourist information can be obtained was the impetus for the establishment of Cinemas Dubrovnik to renovate and open a new central information space in cooperation with the City of Dubrovnik and the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik and sales.

On the ground floor of Luža, under the bell tower, the Cultural Information Centre has been opened, and during the summer months the Dubrovnik Tourist Board will also have its information desk there.

In one place domestic and foreign visitors will be able to get information about cultural and entertainment events in Dubrovnik and buy tickets for events, find souvenirs from our cultural institutions and also unique gifts made by artists. In addition to tickets for the programs of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the folklore ensemble Linđo, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Cinemas Dubrovnik, and numerous independent events, guests to Dubrovnik can purchase a Dubrovnik Pass.


The Croatian Tourist Board, in cooperation with the Go2Digital agency, is implementing a new, interesting and innovative fragrance campaign at Split Airport. Namely, when leaving the plane and entering the airport area, many passengers at Split Airport can feel the specific smells of the Mediterranean - sea, pine, fresh citrus, lemon, orange, lavender, white cedar, etc.

According to research in the field of marketing and promotion, as much as 75 percent of emotions are caused by smell, which is one of the most important sensations in shaping reality, mood and concentration. Based on this, the smell and animation on the panel are accompanied by the title "Croatia – Immerse your senses".

"In the Croatian tourist community, we follow modern trends in the promotion of tourism, which is confirmed by this interesting campaign that attracts the attention of many passers-by, that is, our guests at the most frequented locations, and in the middle of the peak season, that is certainly the airport. We want to be innovative and immediately give our guests the feeling of summer, rest and comfort, and at the same time interest them and inform them about other Croatian destinations and parts of our overall tourist offer", said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that this activity will be carried out until the end of July.

"I must mention that it was a real pleasure for me to participate in such a creative activation, which, in addition to the visual impact on passers-by, also aims to attract attention through another important human sensation - smell. According to all the feedback from the field so far, the combination of visual and olfactory has proven to be the perfect formula for capturing the attention of passers-by, which can be seen through the increased number of impressions on devices that emit the scents of the Mediterranean", said Ozren Eterović, sales representative from Go2Digital.


Splendid by name and splendid by nature. It has been a few good years since I last visited the Glorijet Restaurant located as part of the Hotel Splendid complex. And time has been very, very kind to this charming restaurant. If you want to see how we really dine and live in Dalmatia, then do yourselves the favour of visiting the Glorijet Restaurant. With the turquoise Adriatic whispering right in front of you, the stunning Mediterranean vegetation that grows around you, the scents of pine trees and the background whistle of crickets. The Croatian National Tourist Board had a slogan a few years ago – the Mediterranean as it once was – and Glorijet really sums that up. “I have the feeling that I am sitting on the French Riviera or the Almapji Coast in Italy,” I joked with the friendly and professional waiter.


Now I as I have already said I did visit the same restaurant a few years ago, and let’s just be diplomatic and say that it wasn’t really up to a good standard. As soon I arrived in the restaurant I noticed a change of atmosphere and when the first plates landed on the table my feeling that something seismic had happened was confirmed.

Prime location 

This is a prime seafront location; I can’t emphasize that enough. And here comes the WHAT” sentence. Whilst I was sitting in the restaurant David Beckham sailed past in a super yacht. I could have headlined this text – If you want to see David Beckham whilst enjoying a great meal then come to Glorijet – but that seemed a little too much click bait.


Beckham sails past - Photo - Mark Thomas 

So onto the food, and it is quite an offer. Glorijet has a light lunch menu and an a al carte menu, the choice is yours. “What would you recommend?” I quizzed the head of the restaurant. To which he answered “everything.” He probably wasn’t wrong. I started with a tuna carpaccio with avocado. Just an excellent summer mix, refreshing and yummy. And the service and plating, well I could have been in a top Michelin restaurant. “Beckham should stop here for lunch,” I joked with a waiter. All of the starters on the a la carte menu are around 80 Kunas, so great value for money.

Main course time 

Main course time, or at least I thought so. “You’ve got to try this hot appetizer first,” smiled the head of the restaurant. And a plate of beef tagliatelle landed in front of me. This pasta had probably the best sauce I have ever tasted, and I have tasted quite a few. “The process of making this sauce takes around 24 hours and is rather complicated but we’re glad that you are satisfied with the results,” smiled the waiter. Satisfied, it was perfect! The blurb on the website states that “Enjoy a light summer lunch in the shade of the Splendid Hotel garden or an intimate candlelit dinner with your loved one.”


OK; now for the main course and it was monk fish fillet wrapped in pancetta with a bed of julienne vegetables. WOW! The plating again was a work of art, and the flavours indescribable. Just the seafood and the sea right in front of me made for a dining experience that was second to none.


Healthy mix

There whole ambience is really a combination of locals and tourists, and it is a very healthy mix, both worlds in harmony. Yes, locals use the restaurant which is always a great sign. The majority of guests in the nearby Hotel Splendid are English, but please don’t confuse this with a hotel restaurant, it is much more than that. You can park your car for free under the shade of pine trees, and enjoy a meal in peace and tranquillity. And after the meal slid down to the beach under the terrace of the restaurant for a coffee and a swim. Now, that’s Dalmatian living. Of course you could always stay for an extra glass of wine or two in the restaurant, they have an excellent cellar of the finest Croatian wines, and as you are in Croatia then try the local wines.


I liked the “new look” Glorijet so much that I am sure I will be coming back very soon. Between you and me I am already planning a visit next month. Great value for money, unique ambience, fine wines and a dip in the crystal, clear Adriatic, that’ll do me! And who knows who I’ll meet or see the next time I’m in Glorijet?


Restaurant Glorijet, Hotel Splendid, Masarykov put 6

Phone: +385 20 433 560

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