Friday, 18 October 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.


''Despite physical effort, being in nature and enjoying clear mountain air, fulfils a man with pure pleasure. Isn't it pleasure what we are all looking for?'', wrote a passionate mountaineer and author of 26 books about mountaineering Alan Caplar from Croatia.

It is interesting to note that Croatia has 6,000 kilometres of mountain hiking trails, 160 mountain huts and shelters, as well as an excellent infrastructure, thus hiking is an ideal way of recreation for people of all ages.

Therefore, if you would like to avoid scorching temperatures and crowded beaches this summer, and if you are fan of heights and beautiful landscapes, here is the list of nine ''must see'' mountains in Croatia as recommended by young Caplar.

Samoborsko gorje ( the Zagreb area)

Kalnik (northern Croatia)

Papuk (Slavonia)

Ucka (Istria)

Risnjak (Gorski kotar)

Velebit (the Lika-Senj County)

Mosor (Dalmatia)

Biokovo (Dalmatia)

Mountains on Croatian islands (such as Vidova gora, the highest island peak in Croatia, on the island of Brac)


Turkish Airlines has added another two flights to Dubrovnik for this summer season. The Turkish national carrier operates year round services from Istanbul to Dubrovnik, with three flights a week through the winter months, and has now announced an increase to the daily flights to Dubrovnik.

Two new flights have been added to Tuesdays and Wednesdays meaning that Turkish Airlines now has nine flights a week from the Turkish capital to the pearl of the Adriatic. Return ticket prices start at around 300 Euros whilst through the winter months ticket prices drop to around 150 Euros for an adult return ticket.

The vocal group Kase celebrated their tenth anniversary last night with a special concert in the Rector’s Palace. Kase were joined by the Dubrovnik Symphony orchestra and the vocal group Subrenum in what was an evening to remember.

For all those who enjoy the melody of “Klapa” tunes last night the Rector’s Palace was the place to be. The concert also had a humanitarian aspect as all the revenue raised from the ticket sales went to the Croatian Association for Training Guide Dogs.

Happy Birthday Kase from the Dubrovnik Times

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Miss Universe Croatia 2017, Shanaelle Petty (19) has been in Dubrovnik recording video material for her bid to become the next Miss Universere. Petty spent two days in Dubrovnik shooting video and photos and even had the time to catch up with the newly elected mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, for a chat.

“I've never been to Dubrovnik and I'm thrilled! My friends from America have seen the photos and are already packing their suitcases,” commented Petty.

Petty is the first candidate in the twenty-year history of Miss Universe in Croatia whose mother also took part in the event. Unfortunately she didn’t have the opportunity to share her win with her mother as she died when Petty was only six years old. He mother, Ivana Krajina, took part in Miss Universe Croatia twenty years ago but died of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma when Petty was only six. We wish her the best of luck for the finals in November in the Philippines.

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Croatia Airlines flight OU664 from Zagreb to Dubrovnik had to be redirected to Rome last night due to the fact that no airport in the Republic of Croatia was open at around midnight last night, commented Croatia Airlines today. The flight from Zagreb couldn’t land at Dubrovnik Airport due to strong northerly winds and had planned to return to Zagreb when the pilot was informed that the airport didn’t have enough staff available to handle the flight. It was therefore rerouted to Rome where it landed at around one o’clock in the morning.

"Because of the sudden winds that last night exceeded Croatia Airlines' maximum permitted landing criteria for safe landing, Croatia Airlines flight on OU664 Zagreb - Dubrovnik could not land at Dubrovnik Airport, and it was decided that the plane return to the Zagreb International Airport (MZL). However MZL informed the company that it was no longer possible to take the Airbus 320 and 124 passengers at that time (about midnight), "said Croatia Airlines in a statement.

"In view of the fact that no airport was open in Croatia the plane was diverted to Rome, where passengers where put up overnight in a hotel at the expense of Croatia Airlines,” continued the press release from Croatia Airlines.

In accordance with European regulations Croatia Airlines pointed out that it provided all passengers a flight to their final destination of Dubrovnik on the first available flight. The first flight from Rome was at 1.45pm. Croatia Airlines apologised for the disturbance caused to all passengers and stated that the reasons for the redirection were out of their control.

According to the latest UN report on innovation, Croatia has placed as the 41st on the list among 127 countries.

The UN's annual report for intellectual property for 2017 show that the fast-growing economies are progressing on the list, which is predominated by the rich Western countries headed by Switzerland.

In comparison to 2016, Croatia has scored better, last year the country placed as the 47th on the UN's list.

As far as countries in the region are concerned, Slovenia (32nd) and Hungary (39th) have ranked better than Croatia, whilst other countries placed worse such as Romania (42nd), Montenegro (48th), Macedonia (61st), Serbia (62nd), and Bosnia and Herzegovina (86th).
Since 2011 Switzerland has been leading ''the first five'' team including Sweden, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK. The countries of UAE, Vietnam and Kuwait are among the countries that have made the biggest progress in comparison to 2016.

The Global Innovation Index provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 127 countries and economies around the world. Its 81 indicators explore a broad vision of innovation, including political environment, education, infrastructure and business sophistication.

You can build a shining new airport but if you don’t have the people to staff it you’re going to have big problems. This unfortunately was the case when a Croatia Airlines Airbus A320 from Zagreb to Dubrovnik had to change course due to strong northerly winds in Dubrovnik.

According to a report on the specialised aviation website “Avioradar” the plane circled over Dubrovnik waiting for the wind to calm down, but as it reached 40 knots the pilot decided to return to Zagreb. However, as is unofficially reported, the Zagreb Airport refused landing stating that “we don’t have enough people to handle the plane.”

The new airport in Zagreb was finished only weeks ago and at a cost of around 300 million Euros was heralded as being able to handle millions of passengers a year. At the opening the Croatian Prime Minster, Andrej Plenković, commented that “I am sure that such a remarkable airport will contribute to the image of Croatia.”

After being informed that the Airbus couldn’t land in Zagreb the plane was then redirected to Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Rome where it landed at around one o’clock in the morning.

Five days of non-stop movement, events and impressive sights – Pink Wing 2017 officially started on the 14th of June in Zagreb.

For the second year in a row, a convoy of 65 luxury vehicles such as Rolls Royce, Porsche GT3 RS, McLaren, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Ferrari worth around 20 million Euros, hit the roads throughout Croatia attracting great attention. This event is also a nice treat for drivers because they are having a unique, direct experience of sights and tastes of the country.

Pink Wing is a unique lifestyle, gastronomic and driving event which gathers together high-level business people, company owners, managers and athletes and provides them with exclusive treatment, top entertainment, extraordinary driving experience and a vacation through socializing and enjoying their cars.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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