Monday, 17 February 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.


Twelve accommodation facilities from Croatia have entered the final competition for the Best Holiday Home in Europe Award 2017.

This year the Best Holiday Home in Europe Award will be presented to the leading accommodation facilities in Europe at a gala dinner on the 14th of September in organization of the European Holiday Home Association (EHHA).

''This success of accommodation facilities in Croatia only confirms efforts of the Community of Family Tourism at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) in improving quality by the promotion of specialization, branding and education developed through the annual cycle of national and cluster Forums of family accommodation through which more than 6,000 hosts of family accommodation are being educated'', commented Nedo Pinezic, the President of the Community of Family Tourism at HGK.

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Stunning Croatian accomodation  

There are several categories in the competition for the European Holiday Home Award such as Best Holiday Home in European capital (regional and national capitals), Best Holiday Home Beach House, Best Family Friendly Holiday Home, Best Green Holiday Home, Best Pet Holiday Home, Best Health and Wellness Holiday Home, Best Unique Spot Holiday Home, and Best Accessible Holiday Home.

The twelve Croatian accommodation facilities that made it to the final selection are Villa Vista Zamask, Peljesac-Sreser Apartments, Verudica holiday house, Villa Sea Edge, Holiday Villa in Split, Villa Falcon Rook, Makarska-Gornje Podbablje, Villa Milica, Villa Prosika, Split-Srinjine, Zminj-Vadediji House Ulika.

‘‘This year 425 accommodation facilities from 18 countries with 640 nominations were registered for the competition. By the number of entries the most numerous is Spain, followed by Croatia with the largest number of entries from Istria and Dalmatia that made it to the final selection'', emphasized Danijela Cavlovic, the deputy president of the Community of Family Tourism at HGK, also a member of the European Commission Evaluation Committee for the European Holiday Home Award.

The European Holiday Home Association (EHHA) launched the Holiday Home Awards in 2015 in order to present the diversity and quality of holiday homes available for short-term rental.

Looking to make instant friends and have a rocking night out – we have the solution – Ziggy Star Pub Crawl. Over the past few years Dubrovnik has become more and more attractive as a destination for backpackers and solo travellers. Hostels have sprung up all over the city like mushrooms after the rain and when you offer clean accommodation for only a handful of Euros word is going to spread pretty fast.

Being a solo traveller, and yes we’ve all been solo travellers, is a great way to meet new friends and make memories to last a lifetime. It also has its challenges.

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 What better way to have a cracking night on the tiles in Dubrovnik and mingle with a group of international likeminded people than a Pub Crawl with Ziggy Star. Although fairly new on the scene in Dubrovnik this pub crawl has immediately proved popular with the “in” crowd.

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Fun all the way with Ziggy Star  

It’s a no-brainier really. The first stop on the pub crawl is a funky bar in the centre of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik, B4 (before what you may ask) where you will have one hour of free drinks. Stop rubbing your eyes, yes we said FREE DRINKS! If that doesn’t start your evening with a bang then nothing will. You’ll soon lose all those solo traveller inhibitions. As Shelly Noonan from the UK commented - This looks awesome, especially as I will be a lone traveller!

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And then you are onto the next step of the night the exotically named Casablanca bar where you’ll get another free drink, but this time just a welcome drink. All along the tour you’ll be accompanied by a guide and a photographer. So yes that means that there will be photographic evidence of your night out (ease up on the funny faces guys.) In fact at 10.00am the next morning the guys from Ziggy Star will send to your inbox a bunch of photos from your night out in Dubrovnik (feel free to delete the dodgy ones.)

And then the star of the evening rises in the night sky – the most kicking night club in Dubrovnik – Culture Club Revelin. And with Ziggy Star you are guaranteed free entrance and the hottest ticket in town. With regular appearances from world famous DJs and a lightshow that will knock your socks off this nightclub will complete your night (and morning) perfectly. You are solo no more.

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We know what you’re asking “sounds great but how does it cost?” All this comes for only 250 Kuna (or 33 Euros).


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The brilliant Hollywood actor John Malkovich, the young Russian pianist Anastasia Terenkova and the renowned hornist Radovan Vlatkovic accompanied by the Varazdin Chamber Orchestra are a guarantee of an unforgettable start to the new ‘’Saturday at Lisinski’’ season at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb this October.

Radovan Vlatkovic is one of the few honorary members of the London Royal Academy of Music. His unique music skills, strength and sophistication will be highlighted in the Concertino for Horn, Celesta, Strings and Percussions by the Croatian composer Bruno Bjelinski, as well as in the Mozart’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra in E-flat major.

However, the Schnittke Concert for Piano and Strings will precede the Concertino and the Mozart’s concert. It proved an excellent platform for creating a new ‘’crossover classical music piece’’.

Schnittke’s music has a remarkable potential for creating a dialogue between the piano and a narrator’s voice that will bring carefully selected passages from the novel ‘’’On Heroes and Tombs’’ by the Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato.

Malkovich will perform as a narrator alongside the solo performance of the young pianist Anastasya Terenkova. He will portray the voice of Fernando Vidal Olmos, from the chapter titled ‘’The Report on the Blind’’, a cruel and seemingly completely disturbed paranoiac obsessed with the blind and evil.

A month ago the renowned British newspaper The Telegraph published an article entitled ''Europe's 17 Best Secret Islands'' and selected the 17 most beautiful and less known islands in Europe. Among them was the Croatian island of Vis with its beautiful Stiniva beach.

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Stiniva Beach to be a location for new Mamma Mia movie  

However, the former hidden gem tucked into the outer Croatian island is now teeming with tourists. For a long time, the Stiniva beach was unknown to a majority of the world; however, there is a strong belief that this hidden pearl of the Adriatic will soon become the target of visitors from all over the world.

After it was declared the most beautiful beach in Europe last year, the Stiniva beach has found its place on the lists of numerous travel and blogging magazines.

However, what will be the future of Vis and its beautiful beach, remains to be seen next season. It seems that ''an island fit for a Bond villain'', as written by the Telegraph Travel's Adrian Bridge, will no longer be a secret island.

Bearing in mind advice given by The Guardian, ‘’It is best to stay on a catamaran while the hordes of tourists disembark on Hvar and proceed to Vis, rent a scooter or ride a bicycle to the beach’’, as well as an upcoming filming of a new sequel of ‘’Mamma Mia!’’ in September, we have reason to believe that Vis will be teeming with tourists next year.

According to the Hollywood reporter, the release date of Lionsgate's Robin Hood: Origins has been pushed back a few months. The origin story moved its wide release date in Imax from March 23rd to September 21st, 2018.

As you most probably know, a large part of the movie, which was produced by Leonardo di Caprio, was filmed in Dubrovnik, from February 20th to March 6th this year. All the main stars were in the city – Jamie Dornan, Jamie Foxx, Eve Hewson and of course Taron Egerton who plays Robin Hood. It was an exciting part of the year for all the Dubrovnik visitors, locals and fans of these celebrities as well.

Jamie Foxx started to feel almost like a local, while Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey superstar, was the most sought after celebrity, but the least seen one.

“Dubrovnik is a vital part of Robin Hood: Origins and in the final version the whole city will be visible,” it was stated by Otto Bathurst, the director at one of the press conferences. We guess we'll just have to be patient and wait just a bit more to see it.

Season seven of the mega popular Game of Thrones has just finished and all the fans are desperate because they will need to wait a year for the new episodes. However, many websites have rediscovered Dubrovnik and the central location in the HBO serial King's Landing.

One of them is Huffington Post, which brought a great 48 hour guide of King's Landing.

-    Founded in the fifth century, this Mediterranean gem of a walled city is no longer hidden away in the Adriatic Sea, thanks to its status as the capital of the Seven Kingdoms in HBO’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones.” Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic for its magnificent views of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik, Croatia, was the central city of the maritime republic Ragusa, which was annexed by Napoleonic Italy in the early 19th century. This is King’s Landing, where some of the most important events in George R.R. Martin’s epic saga unfold – states The Huffington Post in the article.

The guide itself is quite detailed and it brings a lot of interesting places, not only for Game of Thrones fans but for every Dubrovnik visitor.

Also, Huffington Post advises readers to visit Dubrovnik in September and October, since the peak of the season is July to August and the crowds are less. 

Well, September is coming, so what are you waiting for?


The whole wider region of Dubrovnik awoke this morning to a thick blanket of smoke hanging in the air. Quite clearly a huge forest fire had been burning for some time and dumping this acrid smoke all over Dubrovnik.

However the cause of the smoke wasn’t due to a forest fire in Dubrovnik, or even in Croatia, but a fire in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to the emergency services, who presumably received a number of calls from worried citizens this morning, the fire is in Bosnia and Herzegovina and quite some way from the Croatian border and that at this present time there is no danger that the fire will cross the border.

The Croatian Ambassador to Malaysia expressed his pride when he spotted a Croatian vehicle during the national parade.

According to a photo posted by Kreso Glavac, the Croatian Ambassador to Malaysia, on his Twitter profile, the Malaysian police is using a special robotic vehicle manufactured by the DOK-ING company from Zagreb.

The DOK-ING company specialises in manufacturing special robotic vehicles used for demining operations and fire fighting, and develops electric vehicles and robots for the mining industry.

‘’Proud to take part in the National day parade. Croatian Multifunctional robotic vehicle for hazardous environments! DOK-ING’’, wrote the proud Ambassador on his Twitter profile.

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