Saturday, 20 July 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.


The popular travel magazine Travel+Leisure has chosen the ten most beautiful islands in the world including the Croatian island of Hvar.

Whether you are in search of culture, adventure or you just want to lay somewhere on the beach with a cold cocktail in your hand, one of the islands from the list will surely be an ideal summer destination.

This years’ list was compiled by readers of the famous travel portal Travel+Leisure based in New York.

The Dalmatian island of Hvar placed as the ninth on the list, followed by Bali in Indonesia. In addition, the first eight most beautiful islands are Ischia (Italy), Kauai and Maui (Hawaii), Santorini (Greece), Galapagos (Ecuador), Boracay (the Philippines), Hilton Head (Southern California) and Palawan in the Philippines as the most beautiful island in the world.

This year three out of ten islands are located in Asia. However, as far as Croatia is concerned, this is a huge recognition and promotion for the island of Hvar, the Adriatic coast and the country as a whole.

Every year Travel+Leisure publishes top lists of top hotels, cities, cruises and islands to visit recommended by readers.

Today, the 13th of July, is the hottest day in July in Dubrovnik on record. The mini heat wave that has rolled over the region in the past ten days came to a peak today when temperatures were measured at 37.7 degrees Celsius or 99 degrees Fahrenheit. The highest recorded temperature in Dubrovnik in July until today was 36.3 degrees.

According to the National Hydro meteorological Institute for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County on there is a great danger of the thermal wave tomorrow, basically meaning that tomorrow could see a new heat record for Dubrovnik. Whilst a moderate heat wave is forecast for the 15th of July.

Experts have been informing people to stay out of the sun from midday to 4.00pm and to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. The Adriatic Sea is also not offering much relief from the heat as the sea temperature today was 26.4 degrees.

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Bath like Adriatic Sea 

After a ten-year break, Ballet of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb returns to the Dubrovnik Summer Festival with the amazing Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  choreographed by the famous Vladimir Malakhov. The performances will take place in the park Gradac on July 14th, 15th and 16th starting at 9.30 pm.

Swan Lake, the most popular piece of the world's ballet repertoires in the last hundred and thirty years since its inception, became a synonym for a ballet theatre. The first full and spectacular performance of the ballet was held in 1895 at the Sanctuary Theatre in Maryland, and since then it is not possible to imagine any world ballet house without it on its repertoire. This is a story about the prince who succeeds in rescuing the enchanted princess and her flock of swan friends from the wicked wizard Rotbart.

True ballet lovers can never get tired of the Swan’s Lake. This is also one of the most challenging plays set in front of each ballet ensemble and soloist, while the role of the fragile Odette and evil Odile remains the eternal highest of the artistic creation of every classical ballerina.

Vladimir Malakhov performed as a dancer in twenty-four versions of Swan’s Lake in different choreographies and different theaters, and his first production of this famous work was created for the Zagreb Ballet Ensemble. Many critics call him the dancer of the century, thanks to its lyrical dance style and perfect technique. He had his ballet training at the famous Moscow Ballet Academy of the Bolshevsk Theater, and he was the champion of several prestigious world ballet theaters, such as the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera or the American Ballet Theater and the State Ballets in Vienna and Berlin. He is the winner of many prestigious international dancing and choreographic awards.

If you looking to fill your holiday album with spectacular panoramic images of Dubrovnik then a trip to the top of the Srd Mountian overlooking the city is a must.

Either catch the cable car and in around three-minutes you’ll be on the top, or catch a taxi or if you are feeling fit then you can walk. The Srd Mountain is 432 metres above sea level and offers breathtaking views over Dubrovnik, the Adriatic sea and the local Elaphite islands.

Check out our gallery from the top of the mountain











The Dubrovnik Times has teamed up with Sights & Bites to bring you a great discount on their unique food tour of Dubrovnik. You want to taste local cuisine, get up close and personal with the specialities of the region and all with a local guide, this food tour will take you to a selection of the finest restaurants in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik. You'll discover the local experience and learn about the history of this proud stone-walled city. 

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The floating office of one of the richest men in the world has been at anchor in front of Dubrovnik for the past few days. The superyacht Aviva, which at 100 metres long and with the capacity for 16 guests, is the property of UK businessman and owner of Tottenham Hotspur FC, Joseph C. "Joe" Lewis. With her vivid colours and striking lines the Aviva has certainly been grabbing people’s attention.

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Joseph C. "Joe" Lewis (80) is a British businessman, investor, and art collector who currently lives in New Providence, Bahamas. His total wealth is estimated at $US5.3 billion, and he is listed as the 248th richest person on Forbes’ List of billionaires. Forbes reports that Lewis is the sixth wealthiest person in the UK. So far Lewis hasn’t been spotted in the city.

Among his vast business empire, which includes 200 companies in 50 countries, he also owns over 85 percent of the English Premier league club Tottenham Hotspur. In the past he has also owned stakes in other football clubs such as Rangers F.C., Slavia Prague, AEK Athens F.C., Vicenza and FC Basel.

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Joe Lewis (left) with Daniel Levy at Tottenham Hotspur 

Aviva acts as Lewis's personal mobile office, he has been known to live on Aviva for months at a time. Refitted on at least two occasions since her 2007 launch, the yacht houses Lewis's personal art collection. For tax reasons the luxury yacht is registered in the Cayman Islands.

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Apart from rescuing lost and injured tourists, hikers, climbers and all of those who properly equipped or completely unequipped set sails (read, feet) on discovering Croatia's natural beauties, the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) has once more confirmed their title ''The Communicator of the Year''.

Whilst others pour their money, often state budget money, into hiring a whole army of PR experts, two of the HGSS members Christian Nikolic and Jadran Kapovic administrate the HGSS social media profiles by themselves.

The HGSS posts are informative but with an obvious dose of sharp cynicism. ''It is very simple – we are part of the people. This kind of communication common people understands much better than dull notices or technical announcements. People in Croatia are swamped with unclear messages every day, however, ambiguity in our work (search and rescue) leads to victims, both material and personal. Besides, we have succeeded in want we wanted; we attracted people's attention, provide them with a clear message and they took us seriously'', explained members of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) last year.

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Over the past few days HGSS tweeted several informative-humorous messages such as the sign with a crossed out flip flops with an additional message ''Dear tourists, NO means NO'', alluding to mountaineering amateurs who decide to explore mountain tops wearing inadequate clothes and beach shoes.

A month ago after a successful rescue of two tourists from the Czech Republic who climbed a medieval fortress while a strong northern wind ‘bura’ blew, HGSS posted ''Dear tourists, we told you. Google bura. It is not a joke!''
Considering the extreme heat over the past few days, they also advised tourists on their profile by writing, ''Dear tourists, it’ll be extremely hot in Cro next week, mainland especially. Hydrate! Drinking alcohol isn’t hydrating. It's getting drunk!''

Recently HGSS referred to the global bizarre trend known as Cheeky Exploits, which implies taking a photo of one's naked background. ''Dear tourists, before you set off on Cheeky Exploits, please check where you stand. You do not want us to find you with your pants down''.

The summer is well and truly sweltering in Dubrovnik this year. Over the past ten days the city has seen constant temperatures in the mid thirties and spotting a cloud in the sky has proved impossible.

Today the midday temperature in Dubrovnik reached a mercury-breaking 36 degrees and if you were looking to cool off in the Adriatic Sea think again.

The temperature of the Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik reached an incredible 26.5 degrees! In other words the sea in Dubrovnik was warmer than the air temperature in London (21 degrees), Paris (21 degrees), Vienna (28 degrees) and Kyiv (26 degrees).

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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