Wednesday, 28 October 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.


What seemed like a long, cold winter has absolutely been broken over the past week as temperatures in Dubrovnik are touching thirty degrees. The historic Old City is awash with tourists and the sights and sounds of summer.

Cruise ships are arriving, although the flow of passengers seems more controlled in comparison to previous years, and the Stradun is a constant stream on events. Temperatures today reached 29 degrees and had tourists crowding around the public fountains, some got a little more carried away than others.

Check out our photo gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic

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Our resident "Style Guru" has been scanning the streets of Dubrovnik this week for the latest and greatest in fashion. Summer is just around the corner and the streets of the Old City of Dubrovnik are certainly warming up.

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The Croatian tourism industry can expect some massive investment over the next five years according to a new report from the consultancy company Ernst & Young. An expected 1.2 billion Euros will be invested along the Adriatic coastline on the hotel industry.

An impressive 88 hotel developments are expected to be completed by 2022, mainly along the coastline.

And the report highlighted an interesting shift in where the money is coming from. Most of the developments in tourism in Croatia until now have come from European countries, but now 42 percent of these new hotels are being built with Asian money, putting them on the same level as Croatian investors.

Marija Norsic of Ernst & Young’s department for consulting in the tourist and hotel industries said that 60 percent of all investments refer to completely new projects and hotels, with the remaining 40 percent going to renovations of existing hotels.

The iconic ferry that connects Dubrovnik to the neighbouring Elaphite Islands arrived back for duty today.

The much loved ship will start operating tomorrow after being out of action for 45 days due to a complete overhaul.

Postira is the oldest ship in the ferry company “Jadrolinija” fleet but is held in high regard by its passengers.

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The 2018 UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev had a few touches of Croatian this year. Apart from the fact that Luka Modrić, the Real Madrid star midfielder, winning his fourth Champions League, the final was opened by the most popular Croatian pop duo, 2Cellos.

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Photo - Tonci Vlasic 

As Liverpool FC and Real Madrid walked out onto the pitch at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev they were greeted by the 2Cellos.

Luka Šulić wore a Liverpool shirt and Stjepan Hauser a Real Madrid one, although when asked by the media who they wanted to win they were very diplomatic and commented “I hope the match will be as interesting as possible with lots of goals.”

From a population of 4.1 million a massive 1.23 million people are retired and receiving a pension. The aging population of Croatia, combined with a migration of young professional workers, means that the over 27 percent of the county are retired, or one of the highest figures in Europe. In comparison 18 percent of the UK are retired and 15 percent in the USA.

Can Croatians look forward to a generous pension in their old-age? According to latest statistics the average pensioner in Croatia is more likely to be worrying how to pay the bills than planning a weekend break by the sea. The average pension in March 2018 in Croatia was a mere 2,552 Kunas, or around €345 or £302 or $402.

1.23 million people received a pension in Croatia in March 2018 and for that figure around 847,000 had less than the average pension of 2,552 Kunas. Whereas at the other end of the scale a little over 49,000 pensioners had a pay-out of over 6,000 Kuna.

You are travelling to Croatia and want to keep up with your favourite Netflix serial or catch the latest blockbuster. Can you watch Netflix in Croatia? The answer is yes. Whether you are sunning yourself on the beaches in Dubrovnik or trekking in the wilds of Slavonia you be able to watch your favourite Netflix show.

As of the 6th of January 2016 Netflix has been available in Croatia.

However, you’ll have to check which serials and films will be available in Croatia, because due to licensing agreements the playlist of Netflix varies from country to country. As of the end of last year there were 205 TV shows and 568 films available on the Croatia version of Netflix. Which when you compare it to other countries, USA 1,081 TV shows and 4,579 movies, is quite often less than you are used to.

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However, thanks to a European Union regulation in 2017 all the 28 members are able to watch the same choice of programs. The agreement, which was part of the European Commission's Digital Single Market strategy, enables users to enjoy the content while traveling across Europe in the same way they would access it at home.

In fact, 190 countries throughout the world now have Netflix.

So if you are travelling from within the European Union Netflix will be able to recognise you home country through payment details and provide you with exactly the same service. Will UK citizens be affected by Brexit, and possibly lose this service, is yet to be announced. So if you are travelling to Croatia for a fortnight on the beach this summer you’ll be able to entertain the children or catch up on Breaking Bad with a cocktail in your hand.

With the sea temperature a balmy 22 degrees and the sun beating down on the city the beaches of Dubrovnik were full yesterday.

The iconic Banje Beach, with its glorious views over the Old City of Dubrovnik, was full of colourful towels and swimsuits yesterday as temperatures almost reached 30 degrees.

The forecast for today is for more of the same with blue skies and sunshine expected all day.

Check out the photo gallery from Tonci Plazibat

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