Thursday, 20 September 2018
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.


Croatian Prime Minster, Andrej Plenkovic, will meet with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, during an official visit to Berlin on Monday and Tuesday.

Plenkovic will also meet German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs during the two-day trip. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office he will also met with the Croatian community in Berlin as well as giving a lecture entitled “Croatia and the future of the EU,” on Tuesday.

There is an economic theme to the visit, Plenkovic will meet with the Association of the German Chamber of Commerce, and the Croatian State Secretary in the Ministry of Economy will also attend the meetings.

Even after the euphoria of the 2018 World Cup has died down slightly the Croatian President is still enjoying a majority of support from citizens.

Nova TV revealed who the most popular politicians in the country were at the present time and Kolinda Grabar- Kitarovic was out in front with 55 percent of voters backing her work. On the other hand 38 percent do not support her work.

The second most popular politician in Croatia was not from any of the major political parties, Ivan Sinčić, who has been a member of parliament since 2015 and is the chairman of the party “Human Blockade.” In the Nova TV survey he left a positive impression on 45 percent of voters.

The Prime Minster, Andrej Plenkovic, from the ruling HDZ party didn’t do so well in the survey with only 38 percent of voters satisfied with his work so far. Although he did do considerably better than the leader of SDP, Davor Bernardic, who only got a 25 percent positive rating.

When judged on a party by party demographic then again the most popular politician in HDZ was Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic with a massive 93 percent of supporters, followed by Andrej Plenkovic with 85 percent and Milan Bandic with a 61 percent.

This is life in the lap of luxury, the Adriatic Sea a stone’s throw away, your own private pool, six bedrooms, wine cellar and even a spa all spread out over three floors. Villa Eden Dubrovnik is an absolute gem but you’ll need very deep pockets to stay in this slice of heaven, at $7,000 a night this is quite possibly the most expensive property on Airbnb in Dubrovnik.


“The experience of staying in Villa Eden Dubrovnik is a rare indulgence, as evidenced by the feeling of relaxation in your own piece of heaven on Earth, with a grand panoramic view of Dubrovnik,” states the villa on their Airbnb site and they are right. The Villa Eden can sleep up to 12 guests, so if you all split the bill 12 ways a week stay would only be just over $4,000 per person.

You’ll never have a queue for the bathroom in the morning as this elegant Dubrovnik villa has six of them. And with panoramic views over the Adriatic Sea and the island of Lokrum you’ll never need to turn on one of the many TVs.


If it rains then you can browse through the library, explore the extensive wine cellar, work out in the gym or even tinkle the ivories of the piano. That’s what you get for $7,000 a night.



The British who fell from 23 metres from a cruise ship in the Adriatic Sea and was rescued after a painstaking search by the Croatian emergency services didn’t actually fall according to new information.

Kay Longstaff (46) was cruising the Mediterranean with her partner when she allegedly fell from the seventh deck of the Norwegian Star at around midnight on the 18th of August. But new evidence from the investigation team show a completely different story, writes The Daily Mail. At the time Longstaff told the Croatian media that it had been an accident and that she had fallen from the cruise ship, she even commented that her knowledge of yoga had kept her alive. For nearly ten hours she bobbed helplessly in the Adriatic Sea before members of the Coast Guard ship “RH Cavtat” located her and fished her out of the sea.

But the investigation also concluded that Longstaff and her partner had been drinking all day and that his departure to the cabin was preceded by a quarrel. Two independent investigations - Croatian and Italian - have shown that the 46-year-old has deliberately and voluntarily jumped into the sea and was "very decisive".

We’ve had tents in some strange places, caravans parked in public parking spots and even people sleeping in their cars but this latest Dubrovnik overnight stay will take a lot of beating. These two tourists obviously couldn’t find a room on Airbnb or maybe they forgot to pack their tent.

A reader sent us this photo whilst she was on her morning walk, a young couple huddled up on the floor of what appears to be a small cave in the Gradac Park nearby the ancient Old City. Presumably they took cover in the cave to avoid the torrential rains and storms this morning. The question we want to know – are hostels in Dubrovnik really that expensive?

sleep roguh in dubrovnik

With the lowering of the Libertas flag the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival ended last night with a gala concert in the heart of the Old City. The popular American organist, Cameron Carpenter, performed with the Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra directed by Italian conductor Daniele Rustioni in front of the St. Blaise Church.

From the 10th of July until the 25th of August the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival has entertained an international audience at 20 venues with around 2,000 artists from all over the world. 80 drama, music, dance, folklore and other programs have delighted an estimated audience of 60,000.

And as the Libertas flag was slowly lowered the traditional melody of Sorkočević’s most famous symphony echoed around the stone facades of the ancient city, it has been a summer and a festival to remember.




Dubrovnik is without rain for weeks and weeks and then this morning the heavens opened and torrential rain hammered down. Two thunderstorms converged on the city and brought echoes of thunder from around 7.00am. And the forecast for the rest of the day doesn’t look promising although the rain could clear up later in the day.

Highs will reach 23 degrees today, a full ten degrees cooler than yesterday and the first day in August that hasn’t seen temperatures over 30 degrees. The weather website has released a yellow warning for the Dubrovnik region “Yellow Warning for Thunderstorms in effect until Monday.” Drivers are being warned that road conditions will be treacherous.

Normal summer weather will continue tomorrow and the forecast for the rest of next week shows sunshine and blue skies.

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Plane from Hamburg in a holding pattern until weather clears up - Photo flightradar



The recent fires that have brought plumes of smoke over the Dubrovnik region got extremely close to the Croatia border. The forest fires, which burned on and off for four days, were centred around the town of Ivanica in Bosnia and Herzegovina just over the Croatian border from Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik firefighters assisted with the fires which covered a huge area. And now images from the space highlight just how large and just how close the fires came to reaching Dubrovnik. The European Union’s Earth observation project, or Copernicus, took satellite images from their Sentinel-2 satellite and they show the severity of the land affected.


Copernicus is the European Union's Earth Observation Programme, looking at our planet and its environment for the ultimate benefit of all European citizens. It offers information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data.





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