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.
This Friday Dubrovnik will play host to a three-day electronic music festival – WTF Dubrovnik. For all fans of electronic music this year is a real treat.
The first festival night, August 4, will feature a guest appearance from the Berlin Mobilee Records - one of the most eminent publishing houses of electronic music in Europe. The Lazareti Club will play host to the opening night and one the leading players of modern music Rodriguez Jr. Also on stage through the night will be Ralf Kollmann, Kevin Over and Boy.an.
The second evening will be rather special as it will be held on the top of the Srd Mountain overlooking Dubrovnik. The well-known pioneer of electronic music Funk D'void and the great star of the Italian techno - Paride Saraceni will perform. In addition to these international performers, the stage will also be open to local DJs Audiometric Lane, Torres and Maroje.
On the third and final of the festival, August 6th, the destination is the Adriatic Sea as a boat will sail around Dubrovnik carrying all the requisites for a great party.
The price of the festival ticket for all three nights is 350 Kuna, and it is also possible to buy one-day tickets for a price of 150 Kuna. The program starts each evening at 22:00.
Find more details at the festivals website
In July 2017 there were 404,531 arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is 11.7 percent more than in July 2016 and 2,047,164 overnight stays, which is 9.5 percent more than in July 2016.
In the first seven months of 2017, 1,045,540 arrivals were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 4,389,042 overnight stays. Compared with 2016, overnight stays have risen by 15.7 percent.
The largest number of overnight stays was made by tourists from the United Kingdom, Germany, Croatia, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France and the United States of America.
For the past eleven years, the World Economic Forum has engaged leaders in travel and tourism to carry out an in-depth analysis of the Travel and Tourism competitiveness of 136 economies across the world. The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index measures “the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country”.
According to all the relevant segments such as the availability of accommodation facilities, hospitality infrastructure, the development of a rent-a-car service and even the number of ATM machines per resident, the World Economic Forum (WEF) selected the best countries to visit in 2017.
Therefore, the WEF’s list is topped by Austria, which has the highest rank in all segments. Not only that seven major rental companies operate in the country, but also it is the third European country in terms of quality of tourism infrastructure and the fifth in the number of hotel rooms in relation to the number of residents.
Spain has placed as the second most accessible country in the world for tourists in 2017 because it offers everything a guest needs. Due to its natural and cultural beauty, Spain stands out as a great holiday destination.
The top three countries also include the United States, which is considered an excellent global example of a country with developed tourism.
As far as Croatia is concerned, the country has placed as the fifth in terms of the number of hotel rooms and ATM machines per number of residents as well as due to its natural beauty and environmental sustainability. Therefore, Croatia left behind several world leading countries such as Switzerland, Great Britain and Germany.
Here are the Top 10 most accessible countries for tourists in 2017:
3. The United States
7. Great Britain
The Memorial Bicycle Ultramarathon Vukovar-Knin-Dubrovnik will be held for the 8th time.
The Ultramarathon has seven stages and started on July 30th and will last until August 5th, when it will end in Dubrovnik. Cyclists, mostly recreational, will ride around 150 kilometers a day.
The idea is to pass through the cities that suffered the most damage in the Homeland War and light up candles in order to pay tribute to the young Croatian soldiers who were ready to give life for their country.
The event is organized by the association Slavonsko-brodski biciklist and is supported by the President of the Republic of Croatia.
If you are fan of hiking or adventure in general, a moonlight hiking trip may be a perfect thing for you. On Monday, August 7th, you can explore the beauty of the Konavle region at night under a full moon – for free.
Hikers meet at Zvekovica (in front of Pemo Market) where you can buy everything you need for hiking at 7:45 pm. Zvekovica is 25 minutes by car from Dubrovnik, 7 minutes from Cavtat and 7 minutes from Čilipi.
The hike will take place at the old railway route known locally as „Ćiro“, from Vojski do to Mihanići and back. This railway trail joined the numerous places and peoples of Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro and Croatia. It was built by the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy at the turn of the 20th century. Along the route you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Konavle field and pass through the tunnels pierced into the rocks.
- Wear layers, sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight / headlamp, snacks, camera as needed and a minimum of 1 litre of water. The full moon hike is 9 kilometers (5.5 miles) long. The hike can take a few hours so we recommend it for hikers over the age of 12. Hiking is at your own risk! – the organizers wrote.
After the meeting at Zvekovica, hikers will continue driving with cars for approximately 15 minutes to the starting point of hiking. Hiking begins at 8:15pm and ends at 11pm in Vojski Do and is led by licensed mountain guides.
Due to weather conditions the hike can be canceled at the last minute, so the organizers of the event advise you to check it periodically for last minute hike schedule changes. You can do that on this link.
If you are looking for a great pizza in Dubrovnik then Tutto Bene and Mea Culpa should be on your radar. Lovers of good pizza are after a good crunchy base, fresh toppings and a great choice – make the right choice and head for Tutto Bene in Lapad as well as on Ulica od Puca in the Old City and Mea Culpa in the Old City of Dubrovnik.
Tutto Bene in Lapad
Eat where the locals eat. Once discovered these two restaurants are often returned to. Offering a wide selection of pizzas they have a faithful group of local patrons who keep coming back – always a good sign that the food is good. Often the sentence “everything is good without mistakes” can be heard.
It would take you a long time to list all the ingredients, combinations and types of pizzas that are on offer at Tutto Bene and Mea Culpa. But it isn’t all about pizza. Delicious hamburgers, kebabs, tortillas, salads, pastas and much, much more.
More than pizza
Both Mea Culpa and Tutto Bene pay respect to the preparation of the meals, particularly to the strict hygiene standards and the use of fresh and high quality produce. Both eateries have set a high quality in terms of service, constantly developing business modernization and following world trends.
And not only do they serve great food they also look after your pocket. Even if you pay with a credit card you’ll get a 5% discount on your meal, automatically calculated into the final price.
In the first six months of this year, the national air carrier Croatia Airlines generated net profit of 42.6 million Kunas, after a loss of 84.6 million Kunas in the same period last year.
Apart from great financial results, Croatia Airlines has also planned to carry two million passengers by the end of 2017 primarily due to the increased flight volume especially during the peak tourist season.
At the same time, operating revenues were 32 percent higher compared to the first six months of 2016. The revenue structure recorded an increase of passenger revenue by 10 percent, whilst the revenue generated by technical maintenance of foreign aircraft also recorded a significant increase. As far as other revenues are concerned, they also rose 2.5 times due to the planned sale of slots at the London Heathrow airport, stated Croatia Airlines.
From the beginning of January to the end of June 2017, Croatia Airlines aircraft operated 2 percent more flights in comparison to the same period in 2016. In other words, the national air carrier operated 12,684 flights and carried 903,188 passengers, i.e. 10 percent more than last year and 3 percent more than the plan.
The globally hit Despacito has just got a new sensual Croatian version. The popular cellist Ana Rucner released her own cover version of the hot today entitled “Two Bodies one Soul.”
Despacito has broken all the records for views on social media with over 6 billion people so far tuning in. With its 3.3 million certified sales plus track-equivalent streams, "Despacito" is one of the best-selling Latin singles in the United States.
And after the 2Cellos released their version now it is the turn of Ana Rucner to cover the hit. Not only does she play the cello but also sings, a hot new version of Despacito.