Thursday, 22 February 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.


Snow in Dubrovnik is something really unusual, even during the winter months. So today we got really carried away and caught up in this fairytale when we woke up with the snow falling down. Red roofs have turned white while the whole City got its winter coat on. Don't miss these magical photographs made by Tonci Plazibat. 

The best way to capture the beauty of the snow in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik today was from a bird’s eye view. This amazing video was recorded today over the snow covered terracotta roof of the Old City by 2thesign and it truly is fantastic.

Check out this aerial view of Dubrovnik by 2thesign


It seems that there isn’t an area of the Dubrovnik region that hasn’t been affected by the winter snow.

These spectacular photos were sent to us from Nikon Photos and show the normally sun kissed Elaphite islands covered in a white blanket of snow. It is hard to imagine that these islands are bathing in + 30 degrees in the sunshine through the summer months, today they resembled a scene from the Alps.

The weather forecasters predict more snow on the way for the Dubrovnik region tonight, the Dubrovnik big freeze will continue for a few more days yet.

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The whole Dubrovnik region awoke to a fresh blanket of white snow. And what to do when it snows – sledge of course! These children, and some bigger children, had fun sledging down a public street today. Dubrovnik is more used to baking hot temperatures in the mid thirties throughout the summer months, snow is rare.

So when you are more used to swimming in the Adriatic than speeding down a snow covered mountainside what do you use as a sledge – your mother’s baking tins of course. These children sped at breakneck speeds down this snow and ice covered road. Having fun in the Dubrovnik snow.

And if we are to believe the weather reports there is more snow on the way for Dubrovnik today, current temperatures are around 1 degree.

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The polar winter continues in Dubrovnik! Snow fell overnight and the city was left with a white blanket, in fact snow is predicted all day today. The roads of the county are particularly dangerous and snow ploughs have been out since the early morning.

Check out our reader’s photos of the early morning in Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik’s big freeze continued today with temperatures at around – 5 degrees Celsius all day. Thankfully the gale force northerly winds have abated so the wind chill factor was much less today. The Old City of Dubrovnik still have its ice-age appearance and most of the public fountains are frozen over.

Check out the ice in Dubrovnik

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Nenad Ban, the Croatian structural biologist who works as a professor at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biophysics at ETH in Zurich won the ''Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2017''.

With a prize fund of 300,000 Euros the ''Ernst Jung'' award is one of the most highly paid European prizes in the field of medicine which is awarded by the Jung Foundation to two scientists each year. This year's prize will be shared by Ban and the neuroscientist Tobias Moser from Göttingen.

Dr Nenad Ban is to be awarded in May 2017 for his description of the atomic structure of cellular protein production machinery. He was the first scientist to describe the atomic structure of ribosomes in the cells of higher organisms (eukaryotic cells). On the other hand, the professor Tobias Moser will receive his award for his ground-breaking work in signal transduction in the inner ear and his innovative therapy concepts for treating hardness of hearing.

"The exceptional scientists have both obtained important fundamental results that can be used for further application-related research in their respective fields and are sharing the considerable prize money of 300,000 Euros equally", said the Jung Foundation.

‘’I am delighted and honoured to receive the Ernst Jung Prize, on behalf of not only myself but my whole team,” says the ETH professor. “This award is also an acknowledgement of the interdisciplinary approach in structural biology that we have built up over many years at ETH in order to study cellular function.”

Ban comes from "a family of natural scientists" in Croatia. He discovered his passion for biology at an early age, ''Even as a child, I liked to experiment and used to study marine organisms on the Adriatic coast, where I spent my summers,” he said in a press release.

The latest edition of the German newspaper ''Welt am Sonntag'' brings an extensive article on real estate prices along Croatia's coastline. As an example, it mentions the Swiss entrepreneur Dennis Bandack who bought a small hotel on the island of Korcula for 2.7 million Euros and plans on buying nine more hotels.

The author of the article emphasizes that Bandack could have invested in any other Mediterranean destinations but....''Bandack sees Croatia as a country with the best ratio between price and profit and he is not alone in this. Croatia attracts more and more hoteliers''.

The great development of tourism in Croatia is emphasized as the main reason for this trend, but the article also points out that the purchase of property on the Croatian coast is a good move for private investors because ''in popular destinations in the western Mediterranean real estate prices have risen. On the other hand, it seems that Croatia provides favourable opportunity. According to analysts this winter brought a slight decrease of real estate prices''.

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Dubrovnik cashing in on Game of Thrones fame 

At the same time, the article advises investors to be very careful when purchasing real estate as well as to double check ownership relations and the validity of the construction permit.

Matthew Montagu Pollock the publisher of the international information service for real estate rentals Global Property Guide says that the most expensive tourist properties are in Dalmatia. The main reason for such high prices he sees in the long tourist tradition of the region and in the filming of the HBO series Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik which attracts many fans. But he also warns that once the series finish filming in Dubrovnik the interest for Dubrovnik will decrease. ''Probably the prices of weekend houses and apartments around Dubrovnik will decline very soon. But in the long term, investors will probably benefit from real estate in the region''.

''The pearl of the Adriatic will always attract tourists'', says Thomas Beyerle from the real estate company Catella.

The article also mentioned Istria as an example of the region in which real estate value will rise especially due to its geographical location i.e. the vicinity of Germany and Austria as well as to many international stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Cruise and Bernie Ecclestone who were thrilled with the Croatian peninsula.

In addition, the author of the text pointed out figures from Matthew Montagu Pollock which show that by renting holiday houses and apartments in Croatia an average profit of 6.2 percent can be generated. Pollock also advises foreign investors who want to rent ''in large'' to open a company in Croatia in order to save on taxes.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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