Thursday, 22 August 2019
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

Can I pay in Euros in Croatia? Well, the short and official answer is – no. But the slightly longer and slightly less unofficial answer is probably yes, but with a few difficulties.

The official currency of the Republic of Croatia is the Kuna, even though Croatia joined the European Union back in July 2013 it has yet to adopt the Euro as the official currency. This looks like changing in the future, but as of this present time the Kuna is still the official currency.

This can be a little confusing for cruise ship passengers who arrive in Dubrovnik and expect to continue using their Euros, as they have done in Italy, Greece and Spain, and of course can lead to embarrassing situations when they try to buy an ice-cream only to be told “Sorry No Euros.” In fact, to combat this you’ll see quite a number of shops, restaurants and cafes, and indeed the petrol stations with a sign reading “No Euros!”

Really, I can't pay in Euros! 

Now here comes the unofficial part. In the main tourist destinations up and down the Adriatic coast you’ll probably find that your Euros will actually be accepted. But there is a catch. Even though you might be able to pay in Euros it is unlikely that you’ll get your change in Euros. So you might sit down for a nice seafood lunch, reach for the bill, and end up with a handful of Kunas in your pocket as change. That’s the first but!

The second one is that the rate of exchange you’re going to get at a restaurant, café and shop is probably going to be considerably less than if you change your Euros in a bank or exchange office. In the same way you wouldn’t go to a bank to sip a cocktail, you wouldn’t go to a nightclub to exchange cash.

And the third but! There is a good chance that the restaurant won’t accept Euros at all. By law they aren’t obliged to so don’t go starting an argument. So it’s probably best if you change whatever currency you have into Kunas first, before waiting to be seated. If you aren’t sure that you’ll be able to spend all the Kunas then simply change as much as you have budgeted for on a daily basis.

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This is the first in our series of “Most Asked Croatia/Dubrovnik Questions.”

If you have a question, or indeed query, you’d like answered then email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No matter how weird, wacky or niche they may be we will add them to our already long list

 

The special action “Together for Nina” will continue this Sunday with an event entitled “Dance for Nina.” After the “Run for Nina” race was held in Cavtat last weekend now a program of dance and song will be held in Konavle on Sunday.

Various folklore groups and vocal groups will perform this Sunday starting at 8:30 in Pridvorije in Konvale for the “Together for Nina” action.

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Last weekend 430 runners turned up to show their support and help raise much needed funds for the action “Together For Nina.”

Marija Đivanović, a citizen of the Konavle region, is currently undergoing long-term rehabilitation in Zagreb after a car accident in April this year. After emergency intervention and surgery in Zagreb, Nina continued her treatment at a specialized polyclinic, where she is to undergo physical and robotic rehabilitation. Long-term rehabilitation and the cost of accommodation adaptation require considerable material resources that require the assistance of the wider community.

With its crystal clear seas, unspoilt nature and thousands of islands there are plenty of reasons why the Croatian Adriatic coastline is a magnet for nautical tourism, and incredibly 40 percent of the world’s yacht charter fleet is in Croatia.

The Secretary of State from the Ministry of Tourism, Tonci Glavina, commented for Croatian radio and Television (HRT) that “As many as 40 percent of the charter fleet in the world is in Croatia. We are the most interesting nautical destination in the world. We are working systematically to increase numbers, but we also need to think about the sustainability and future of this tourism.”

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Although the figures are impressive Croatia is actually seeing a slight drop in nautical tourist numbers this year. “The drop is relatively small, between 3 and 4 percent when compared with last year. We have built ourselves as a destination and I expect we will have a really good August and postseason,” added Glavina.

 

The Dubrovnik - Neretva Police Department have confirmed that an illegal immigrant was caught today at the main Dubrovnik Bus Station.

According to the reports the Algerian national was found hidden under a truck bearing Montenegro number plates and arriving from the same country.

The man was spotted hiding under the truck at 11:55am. He has now been taken into custody and once his identity has been established a prosecution process will begin.

 

The official website of the British Government has today released more information for UK citizens living in the European Union.

The new article, which headlines with “The UK will be leaving the EU on the 31st of October 2019” outlines the efforts being made by the UK government to protect the rights of UK citizens living and working in the EU after a no-deal Brexit.

It also states clearly that the UK has already committed itself to protecting the rights of all EU citizens currently living in the UK, and expects other EU member states to follow suit and reciprocate these measures. Whilst some EU members have already stated that they will follow the UK’s lead other EU members have yet to respond or in fact give reassurances of their future plans.

 

 

Here is the latest article from the UK government, updated today the 8th of August 2019


UK nationals in the EU after Brexit

The UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October 2019.

The government takes citizens’ rights extremely seriously. The UK has committed that the rights of EU citizens living and working in the UK will be protected in any Brexit scenario.

Protecting the rights of UK nationals in the EU is an absolute priority for this government, but the UK cannot protect the rights of UK nationals unilaterally. The government welcomes those commitments already given by all Member States to protecting UK nationals if there is no deal. We continue to encourage Member States to provide the same reassurances to UK Nationals in the EU that we have provided to EU citizens in the UK. We are urging Member States to communicate their detailed plans to UK Nationals as soon as possible.

It remains the government’s preference to leave with a deal. If there is a deal, free movement rights will continue to apply to you as a UK national during the implementation period. This means that you will be able to live in an EU country, enjoying broadly the same rights to healthcare, benefits and pensions as at present.

Every week through the height of summer we are hitting the streets of Dubrovnik to discover what you, our visitors, think about the city as a tourist destination. This week we caught up with a young traveller from China who was visiting Dubrovnik for the first time, Jian Genuj from Shanghai

What are your impressions of Dubrovnik?

The Adriatic Sea is absolutely perfect, it is so clean and clear, really amazing. We love just watching the sea and the views. However, I haven’t been in the sea as I don’t know how to swim.

What do you think about the prices in Dubrovnik?

I think when compared to the prices in China that Dubrovnik is a little more expensive, not much, but yes a little more expensive.

Was it complicated to get to Dubrovnik from China?

Yes, a little, we came through Italy and the flights were not so easy. We are on a tour of Europe so we expected to travel a lot and spend time at airports.

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Where are you staying in Dubrovnik? And do you think that the price of accommodation is reasonable?

We are staying in a hostel and the prices are competitive, it isn’t too expensive.

What are your opinions on the restaurants and café bars?

I don’t really have an opinion as we haven’t been to a restaurant or café bar. We cook everything ourselves in our hostel. We go to the shops every day and buy everything we need, meat, bread and vegetables and then cook ourselves. I would say that the price of vegetables in Dubrovnik, even though we buy them in the farmer’s market, is twice as much as it is in China.

 

The organizing committee of the boat marathon Lađa met yesterday in Opuzen City Hall, and the meeting discussed the final preparations for this year's 22nd Lađa Marathon on the Neretva River.

Traditionally every year in the second weekend of August, more than 300 competitors in 30 traditional, wooden lađa boats, race a course of 22.5 km on the Neretva River. These wide canoe type boats were used as the main method of transport centuries ago.

This year’s race will be held on the 10th of August and 30 teams have entered the race, there are 21 teams from the Neretva region, 8 teams from other regions of Croatia and one from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Each rowing crew consists of 10 rowers, a drummer and a cox, or oarsmen. The Ladje used for the race must be wooden, of a traditional shape and must oblige the official competition rules regarding their dimensions.

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At the meeting yesterday, which was attended by the County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavic, it was pointed out that more boats were entered for the race this year than they were last year, and preparations are nearing completion.

Dobroslavic emphasized that the Lađa Marathon is a great tradition that promotes the rich Neretva heritage and commended the Neretva Lađa Association for the activities carried out, and in particular for the preparation and organization of the Marathon itself.

 

On this very day 30 exactly thirty years ago the first national airline in Croatia was founded. Croatia Airlines' story began on August 7, 1989, with Zagreb Airlines d.d. (Zagal), an airline company. Zagal started operating in December of the same year providing a postal service, and on July 23, 1990 changed its name to Croatia Airlines d.d. and became a national airline for the transportation of passengers, goods and mail.

Croatia Airlines' first commercial flight took place on May 5, 1991 from Zagreb to Split, while connecting Croatia to the world began on April 5, 1992, the first international flight from Zagreb to Frankfurt.

From the first flight to the end of February this year, the company's aircraft totalled 589,500 flights and carried more than 38,240,000 passengers. Of these, 11,407,500 passengers were recorded on internal flights, 24,014,500 on international flights and 2,818,000 on non-scheduled (charter) flights. During the upcoming tourist season, Croatia Airlines flights will fly into 38 destinations in 24 countries.

 

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