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.
Croatia are into the last round of the 2018 World Cup after beating Iceland 2 – 1 in Rostov last night. Goals from Fiorentina’s Milan Badelj and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic saw Croatia qualify with three wins from three and top Group D.
The Croatian manager, Zlatko Dalic, made nine changes to the team that beat Argentina 3 – 0 last week, however the revamped team proved too good for Iceland. "The fact is that we have 22 players we can really be proud of. The most important thing here is that we have managed to continue our string of victories which helps us retain our good spirits, we certainly would not have been as happy if it had ended in a draw," commented Badelj.
Croatia now face Denmark, who finished second in their group, in the final rounds of the 2018 World Cup. The match will be played in Nizhny Novgorod on the 1st of July.
Millions of people searching Google today were greeted with an attractive graphic of Croatia.
With recognisable landmarks throughout the country from the Pula amphitheatre, the fertile fields of Slavonia, St. James in Šibenik and of course the Adriatic Sea and the historic Old City of Dubrovnik.
The iconic red and white chequered football shirts are dotted all over the country as Google gives valuable marketing to Croatia.
Dubrovnik awoke to a stormy day as the temperatures dropped considerably and a fresh north wind blew. Once again the skies are overcast as the unusually unsettled start to the summer in Dubrovnik continues.
Highs are expected to reach 27 degrees today but it looks like being a wet and windy day with showers predicted all day.
This stunning photo of lightening striking near the Old City of Dubrovnik was taken by Jared Marshall from Australia.
The new Peljesac Bridge, that will connect Dubrovnik with the rest of the country, will start to be constructed this year. The Minister of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, commented today for Croatian Radio that construction works on the new Peljesac Bridge would start this July.
He added that the contracts had been signed and the funds secured and that works would begin in mid-July this year. The Peljesac Bridge is the most important infrastructure project for Croatia, according to a government statement from earlier in the year. It is believed that the bridge will be opened on 2022.
The bridge aims at ensuring the territorial continuity of Croatia by connecting its mainland with the southernmost region, the Dubrovnik–Neretva County, while avoiding crossing Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Neum Corridor. By connecting the Croatian peninsula of Peljesac with the mainland, the bridge would span the part of the Adriatic Sea which separates the two near the Bay of Mali Ston and the Neretva Channel.
Croatia is marking one of the most important dates on the annual calendar, Statehood Day, and the letters of congratulations to the President’s Office have been flooding in.
Pope Francis, US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Italian President Sergio Mattarella have all sent letters of congratulations to the Croatian President and the Croatian people.
Pope Francis voiced hope that commitment to justice and peace would enable the building of a society in which every person could find their place, serenity and happiness. Whilst President Trump said US-Croatia partnership continued to grow stronger, both within NATO, where the two countries' troops stand shoulder to shoulder, defending the common freedom and in the economy and culture. Whilst Putin, who currently has his hands full with the 2018 World Cup said that building mutual co-operation between the two countries was in the interest of building a stable and secure Europe.
Congratulations to Croatian citizens on the occasion of Statehood Day also came from presidents Alexander Van der Bellen of Austria, Prokopios Pavlopoulos of Greece, E. Alain Berset of Switzerland, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico, Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria, Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez of Cuba, Moon Jae-in of South Korea, Abdul Hamid of Bangladesh and Michel Aoun of the Lebanon.
Congratulations were also sent by kings Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrein and Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein of Jordan, Emperor Akihito of Japan and Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman.
Today, the 25th of June, is one of the most important days on the Croatian calendar – Statehood Day. Every year on the 25th of June the country celebrates the declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Statehood Day is officially a public holiday.
After the independence referendum held on 19 May 1991, the Croatian Parliament formally proclaimed independence with the Constitutional decision on sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Croatia.
The Statehood Day originally used to be 30 May, marking the day when in 1990 the first post-Communist multi-party Parliament was constituted. There was some controversy in the public regarding which date is more suitable for the day of the statehood. Since 2002, 25 June has prevailed as the Statehood Day, and 30 May is marked a minor holiday, one that is not an off-day.
Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia at the same time, and its Statehood Day coincides with the Croatian Statehood Day, on 25 June.
Looking for a thrill-seeking time in Dubrovnik that you’ll never forget – look no further. The latest, and quite possibly most exciting, attraction in Dubrovnik is Zipline Dubrovnik.
If you are an adrenaline junkie, an adventure hunter or just want to have a whole new experience then Zipline Dubrovnik has it all in bundles. You’ll “fly” high over one of the most picturesque beaches in the region and have unbelievable views over the twinkling turquoise Adriatic and the green islands on the horizon.
Located within easy reach of the city the Zipline Dubrovnik is the newest attraction and without doubt it’s a journey that will be memorable.
It all starts with a training course, yes these guys take this all very seriously, that is held by the Zipline team near the take-off point. The experienced and fully licensed guides will slowly lead you through all the steps you’ll need. At the base camp you’ll get accustomed with the harness, helmet and most importantly how to brake correctly. There is even a mini version of the Zipline so you can have a few practise runs before you take on the big one.
Now, you are ready for the flight of your life, the first Zipline in Dubrovnik. At 250 metres in length and roughly 60 metres above the shoreline it certainly is an impressive sight as you stand ready to speed over the beach.
It’s safety and security all the way as one guide leads you to the start point, and the others wait at the finish line, you’re in confident hands. You are clipped onto the wire and ready to go. It is an amazing feeling as you flash through the air. And then at the other end you’ll see the friendly face of the other guides explaining when to brake.
Rushing through the Dubrovnik sky at 50 km/h or just over 30 mph the sound of the air rushing past fills your ears…a truly unique and enjoyable treat. The whole experience lasts for around an hour and it is an hour you’ll remember for many years to come.
Located in Vrbica the Zipline Dubrovnik has a meeting point with free parking if you are coming by car. It is roughly 3 kilometres from the Dubrovnik Bridge is you are heading towards Split. If you are coming by bus (numbers 12, 15, 21, 22, 26 and 35) then get off at the bus stop in Vrbica just a few metres from the meeting point.
Location – Vrbica – Tri Brata beach
Cost - Price of a zipline tour is 300 Kuna (40€) per person (cash only)
Price includes – Equipment, water, training course, 2 guides and a ride on the Zipline
Booking details – groups are from 2 – 8 people if you want to bring a larger group please contact in advance – you’ll need to book at least two days in advance
Tips from the Zipline team
Zipline is activity in nature so please bring a sport shoes and sport wear. It will be much easier for you to walk on a natural terrain.
Make sure you take enough water because tour lasts for aprox. one hour and during the summer days, temperature can rise.
If you have action camera make sure you bring your helmet mounts or hand mounts with you (we have gopro sticker mount) because your both hands should be on a brake so you are not able to take pictures while riding. Our guides will be happy to take a picture for you if you want to :)
Be aware that we will be in nature, so restroom will not be provided once you get to us.
Please follow the rules and instructions of our guides because only then you will have fun and be safe at the same time.
Here is Zipline Dubrovnik
Parking in Dubrovnik in the summer time is mission impossible but so people have obviously been affected by the heat and have decided to park anywhere.
This driver not only blocked all traffic this morning by parking in the middle of the road near to one of the entrances into the historic city centre but also parked right across a zebra crossing. Tourists and locals were left to find a way around his white van.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the only example of terrible parking in Dubrovnik over the past few days as the summer madness continues.