Wednesday, 08 July 2020
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 long awaited opening of the beach in the Bay of Lapad is hopefully around the corner. The final preparation works are underway and the beach area, which is three times larger than the previous area, should be completed within the next few days.

This whole project has run terribly over schedule, the planned opening was at the end of June, and is obviously causing problems with tourists would have been expecting to be able to roll out their towels and dive in the Adriatic.

lapad swimmers 2

Plenty of room to roll out a towel 

Even though it is officially closed some swimmers have decided to take matters into their own hands and started to use the beach. After climbing over or through the fences around the beach area the swimmers jumped into the sea. “They were told to leave after a while,” a source told The Dubrovnik Times.

swimmers in lapad

Thanks to the filming of the HBO series "Game Throne" the Dubrovnik-Neretva County was visited by an additional 244,415 tourists who spent 126 million Euros from 2012 to 2015, according to the research work by the Zagreb Institute of Economics.

In a research paper entitled "The Effects of the Film Industry on Tourism: The Game of the Throne and Dubrovnik" the researchers Marina Tkalec, Ivan Žilić and Vedran Recher evaluated the effects of filming the "Game Throne" series on the tourist results in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The paper concludes that the recording of this series in Dubrovnik had very positive effects on the tourist results.

An average of 60,000 extra tourists a year visited the city through the period of 2012 to 2015 and in total an extra 1.5 million overnight stays were achieved by Game of Thrones fans.

One of the most popular series in the world, "Game of Thrones” started filming in Dubrovnik in 2011. Dubrovnik was chosen as the location for King's Landing, the fictional capital of the seven kingdoms that frequently appears in the series. The rich and exceptionally preserved Dubrovnik cultural and architectural heritage is ideally suited to the medieval context of the series, which is why snapshots of Dubrovnik city walls, the Lovrijenac Fortress and Lokrum often appear in the series.

And according to this latest research these images of Dubrovnik have not only raised the global recognition of Dubrovnik but have also brought an extra 126 million Euro of revenue to Dubrovnik.



On this day, July 19th, back in 1969, Dubrovnik Cable Car was opened.

That was the first and only cable car built on the Adriatic at that time and for years was one of the most significant attractions and symbols of Dubrovnik. Sadly, during the Homeland War it was completely destroyed.

The renovated cable car was launched on July 10th in 2010, on the day of the opening of Dubrovnik Summer Festival. It is one of the most visited attractions in Dubrovnik since it offers a beautiful view at the Old City.

National Geographic recently published an article with top 5 places in Croatia. It’s interesting that they highlighted Dubrovnik, but not one as top 5 places. Dubrovnik is excluded from this list – it’s clear already from the title: Top 5 Places in Croatia (Beyond Dubrovnik).

- Not to knock Dubrovnik, with its marble streets, 16th-century city walls, sparkling red roof tiles, and primo location—it more than earns its moniker of “Pearl of the Adriatic,” not to mention its UNESCO World Heritage status. But if you cross Croatia off your list after you’ve seen Dubrovnik, you’re missing out on a lot. Here are five other gems to discover – author explains.  

According to National Geographic top 5 places in Croatia are – Hvar, Plitvice, Split, Zagreb and Zadar.

Hvar during the off-season for secluded beaches and charming squares, Plitvice in order to find beautiful lakes, caves, and waterfalls in this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site, Split for the buzz, Zagreb to see world-class museums, Austro-Hungarian architecture, and plenty of cafés in the capital and Zadar to discover Roman and Venetian ruins.
For more details visit the original article.

Culture Club Revelin is having a hot summer season! One of the most attractive clubbing destinations in Croatia has prepared something special for all the party animals out there – DU-EL Fest that starts tonight, July 18th and will last until July 22nd.

Opening night is reserved for world famous DJ Mahmut Orhan, who we had a chance to talk to. In his The Dubrovnik Times interview this young superstar discovered that he prepared something special for Dubrovnik.  Read it here.

Second day of the Festival Ferreck Dawn will play while the third day is reserved for the spectacular performance of Pete Tong, one of the most famous DJ’s in the world – just one of many big names that will shake the Revelin Fortress this summer.
Mike Vale is coming for the fourth day of the Festival, while Saturday is occupied by world famous actor and DJ Ebla&Doorly.

The choice is yours – party one night or five nights in a row.


Actress Eva LaRue or as most of us know her – Det. Natalia Boa Vista from CSI Miami, recently spent couple of days in Dubrovnik and is still completely enchanted by her experience.  That it’s clear to see on her Facebook page, where she shared a short video from Dubrovnik. She is a big fan of Game of Thrones and used Season 7 Premiere as an occasion to let everyone know that she’s been to King’s Landing.

- Did you watch the Season 7 Premiere of Game of Thrones last night?! I'm a huge fan and while vacationing in Dubrovnik, Croatia a few weeks ago I was able to go on a Game of Thrones tour to visit the gorgeous city that serves as Kings Landing! (We even followed in Cersei Lannister's footsteps where they filmed the infamous "Walk of Atonement" scene!) – LaRue wrote.

If you want to know more about her trip across Croatia and her expressions about Dubrovnik don’t miss this interview – we were lucky enough to talk with her during her visit.

The summer crazy driving season in Dubrovnik continues. After a Polish coach driver decided to pull a U-Turn in the middle of a four-lane busy road this time it is parking madness.

A reader of The Dubrovnik Times and a local resident sent us these two photos of taken in exactly the same spot two hours apart. As she explained to us “I couldn't pass with my push chair and a baby,” as these two inconsiderate drivers had taken up most of the pavement with their poor parking. The two cars were “parked” above the busy Banje Beach and this pavement has a heavy footfall of pedestrians to and from the Old City.

Parking in Dubrovnik during the summer months can be a headache but that is no excuse for blocking pavements. According to an eyewitness the local tow away service had been called so these drivers could well find themselves on the wrong side of a hefty fine.

According to the Program for the determination of sea quality at the beaches of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for 2017, the Public Health Institute of Dubrovnik-Neretva County carried out the fourth regular sea research on 116 beaches in the period from July 3rd to July 12th.

Out of a total of 116 beaches, the sea at 114 beaches was rated as a sea of excellent quality, while only on the beaches of  Drace, located at Janjina at peninsula Peljecas and Usce Ploce at Ploce sea was rated as sea of good quality.

More detailed information is available to the public on the website of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy and the Public Health Institute of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Therfore, at or you can see quality grades displayed in coloured circular symbols, in blue (excellent), green (good), yellow (satisfying ) and red (unsatisfactory), as well as numerous accompanying information (for example - air and sea temperatures, salinity, wind direction). The results of the quality assurance must be entered into the database immediately after the completion of the analysis.

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