Saturday, 11 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 filming of the multimillion dollar budget Hollywood action thriller ‘’Black Money Games’’ which was supposed to begin in the spring this year on the island of Hvar has been postponed.

According to the words of the Serbian actress Katarina Radivojević, who will have the main role in the film side by side of Tom Hanks, the realization of the film produced by Joey Tufaro is not questionable.

However, over the last few months, this project ‘’has become the culmination of a much larger project titled ‘’Black Money Games’’ which includes a book, a TV series, a documentary and an already launched video game’’, explained the co-producer Mirjana Tomić.

‘’Black Money Games’’ is based on true events about the dark side of cash flows. The main character Eva (Katarina Radivojević) is a Balkan prosecutor who reveals thieves who take billions and billions dollars across the globe and hampers black cash flows from Eastern Europe to treasured islands on the Adriatic. She not only saves islands but attacks ivory smugglers in Botswana and Malawi.

The whole project was inspired by the life and work of Thomas Creal, an international expert in tracking and destroying flows of illegally acquired money and the co-founder of the video game Eva Black Money Game.

‘’By the end of February the producer will conclude contracts with other major film stars in the United States, and then we will be able to tell you more’’, said Tomić, adding that the film will feature big acting names as well as numerous guest stars in various episodes of the TV series.

The $50 million new Hollywood blockbuster will be filmed in Prague, Belgrade, on Hvar and in Botswana.


The national British daily newspaper, The Telegraph, has published the list of the 30 most beautiful towns in Europe, and it includes a small coastal town in Croatia in a lofty ninth position.

The Japanese Association of Travel Agents (JATA) had to select thirty smaller destinations to promote to holidaymakers. They made a list of the 30 prettiest towns in Europe, which also features the small Croatian town of Rovinj located in the Istria region.

“The car-free old town is made up of Venetian-era pastel coloured houses built around a pretty fishing harbour and overlooked by a hilltop church,” writes the Croatia expert Jane Foster. “The food is pretty good too, with local cuisine influenced by the region’s affinity with Italy.”

Here is the list of the 30 most beautiful European towns:

1. Kilkenny, Ireland

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2. Berat, Albania

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3. Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

Civita di Bagnoregio 2018
4. Procida, Italy
5. Conwy, Wales
6. Lech, Austria
7. Hindeloopen, the Netherlands
8. Lefkara, Cyprus
                                                                                  9. Rovinj, Croatia

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Picturesque Rovinj in ninth position

10. Soglio, Switzerland
11. Visby, Sweden
12. Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain
13. Piran, Slovenia
14. Vlkolinec, Slovakia
15. Marianske-Lazne, the Czech Republic
16. Quedlinburg, Germany
17. Bernkastel-Kues, Germany
18. Golyazi, Turkey
19. Reine, Norway
20. Sopron, Hungary
21. Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
22. Porvoo, Finland
23. Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, France
24. Riquewihr, France
25. Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
26. Zalipie, Poland
27. Monsanto, Portugal
28. Ohrid, Macedonia
29. Kotor, Montenegro
30. Gura Humorului, Romania


Winter in Dubrovnik is mostly calm and silent. Today was cloudy, with some rain and even moments of sun. Temperatures were around 8 °C. 

Those who had an opportunity to visit Dubrovnik only during the summer months would find winter Dubrovnik more than strange. You can almost hear your steps while you walk in the Old City.

Only locals, couple of small tourist groups, backpackers and children bring a bit of sound in this calm. Dubrovnik is asleep and there is something magical in it.

Check our photo gallery made today and feel a bit of the winter atmosphere.


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The popular low-cost air carrier Ryanair is promoting ‘’Game of Thrones’’ destinations where the filming of the mega popular HBO TV series took place.

Ryanair featured ‘’8 Beautiful Game of Thrones Destinations To See In Real Life’’ and posted them on its travel blog ‘’Into the Blue’’.

Among worldwide popular filming destinations are Northern Ireland, Scotland, Malta, Croatia, Morocco and Spain.

‘’Forget the realms of fantasy, we’re about to take you on an armchair adventure to 8 of the most beautiful locations from Game of Thrones that you can visit in real life…’’, says Ryanair on its blog.

Even though numerous fans of this TV series are familiar with the destinations where ‘’Game of Thrones’’ was filmed, here is the list of eight spots around the globe that the TV series has made even more popular than they already are; Belfast and Derry in Northern Ireland, Doune Castle in Scotland, Mdina in Malta, Dubrovnik in Croatia, Essaouira in Morocco, Seville and Girona in Spain.


When it comes to all sort of lists connected to travel destinations, Dubrovnik has the luck to be on most of them. However, the latest list that included our city is not so flattery.

CNN Travel published an article with 12 destinations that travelers might want to avoid this year.

-Tourism backlash has been in full effect over the last 12 months, with several destinations announcing they'd had enough of foreign visitors flooding their streets or disrupting their fragile ecosystems. Unsurprisingly, this has posed a a dilemma for mindful travelers planning their next vacation – writes CNN, adding that their list bring places that concious tourists might want to think twice about visiting in 2018.

And there it is – Dubrovnik. Located (on purpose or randomly, we don't know) on the third place of the list, just after Isle of Skye (Scotland) and Barcelona (Spain).

-With UNESCO threatening to take away its World Heritage status due to extreme overcrowding, Dubrovnik has decided to take drastic measures in order to cut tourist numbers.The city is capping the number of people who can scale its 15th century ramparts at 4,000 a day -- 10,388 did so in one day alone bay in August 2016, many drawn by the city's starring role in "Game of Thrones'' – writes CNN. They also add the plan of the Dubrovnik Mayor to cut the number of cruise ships.
Their suggestion is – if you really want to go – to travel independently and spend freely at local businesses that often miss out on money from those on cruisers.

They also give a hint to stay in Cavtat, ''which has a picturesque old town and empty beaches, perfect for escaping the crowds''.

TUI Airlines, the airline of the TUI tourist group, will introduce three new lines for Dubrovnik coming from French cities, Deauville, Lyons and Nantes in the summer of 2018 – Avioradar reports. 

The Dubrovnik-Deauville line will only operate in the pre-season, in May, once a week every Saturday, from April 28th to June 2nd.

The second line, from Lyon, will fly the route Lyon - Podgorica - Dubrovnik - Lyon. It will also operate once a week, every Saturday from May 12nd to October 13th.

The third route, Nantes - Podgorica - Dubrovnik - Nantes, will also operate once a week, every Thursday, from May 24th to October 11th.

TUI lines from Lyon, Nantes, Paris and Toulouse for Split will be same as last year. The only change will be on the Lille line. This line will be connected with Podgorica, so the Boeing 737-700 aircraft will fly on a new route Lille - Podgorica - Split - Lille once a week every Sunday, from May 20th to October 14th . Other lines for Split remain unchanged.

Also, Deauville - Brac line will operate during this summer too, but will be in traffic every Saturday instead of Tuesdays and will continue to opearte when the Deauville line ends for Dubrovnik, or more precisely – from June 16th to October 6th.

The jubilee 10th edition of theThe Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN) Awards features the greatest European stars of the aquatic disciplines who enjoyed another outstanding year. And we are proud to say that one of them is from Dubrovnik! 

The Croatian Water Polo Team and Jug goalkeeper Marko Bijac is the best water polo player in 2017. The only Croat who has so far won the Water Polo Award of the Year was Miho Boskovic back in 2012.

-Marko Bijac played a pivotal role in Croatia’s World Championships triumph (and he came second with Jug Dubrovnik in the Champions League) – it's stated at the LEN official website.

Bijac is the second goalkeeper in the history of this election who received the award (the first Italian is Stefano Tempesti) and this year he’s the only Croatian.

The Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN) was founded in Budapest in 1926. It is the oldest continental federation governing and coordinating the aquatic sports.



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Real estate prices in the European Union slightly accelerated in the third quarter of 2017, in comparison to the same period the year before, whilst their growth slowed slightly in Croatia, shows data from the European Statistical Office (Eurostat).

According to Eurostat data for the third quarter of last year, real estate prices in the EU increased by 4,6 percent compared to the same period of 2016, whilst in Croatia they increased by 3,8 percent compared to the same period of 2016.

Furthermore, among the EU member countries, the highest growth in real estate prices at the annual level was recorded in the Czech Republic (12,3%), followed by Ireland (12%) and Portugal (10,4%).

A decline in real estate prices was recorded only in Italy, 0,9 percent in comparison to the third quarter of 2016.
Croatia’s real estate prices in the third quarter of 2017 increased by 0,6 percent in comparison to the previous quarter when they increased by 3,7 percent, said the Eurostat report.

In the period from July to September 2017, lower real estate prices on a quarterly basis recorded only Romania (1,6%), Finland and Italy (0,5%) and Cyprus (0,3%).


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