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 summer has come to Dubrovnik, well not the warmer weather but the tourist feel.
The beginning of the weekend saw thousands of tourists in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik and the main street, Stradun, was a busy promenade and a performance of folklore attracted even more guests.
Check out our photo gallery from yesterday
Photos by Ivana Smilovic
Looking to go camping in the Dubrovnik region, well look no further. Camping gives the freedom to explore the “pearl of the Adriatic” and offers you the chance to go at your own pace without worrying about being part of a larger group. And based in a campsite also means that you have freedom and quite often spectacular views over the Adriatic Sea as well as much needed peace and tranquillity. Croatia has always had a strong tradition of camping, with hundreds of campsites dotted along the Croatian Adriatic Sea. There is only one campsite right in the centre of Dubrovnik however there are a few in the more picturesque surroundings.
Camp Solitudo – Dubrovnik
Camping Solitudo Dubrovnik
This is the only campsite that is situated close to the historic Old City of Dubrovnik. Located on the green peninsular of Babin Kuk it is only a fifteen-minute bus ride to the centre of town. The camp is part of a larger tourist complex and within a five-minute walk of one of the nicest beaches in the region – Copacabana – named after the famous one in Rio. The pitches are surrounded by Mediterranean greenery and there is plenty of space to spread out.
Nearby there is a outdoor pool and children’s pool, as part of the larger tourist complex, there are available to use and the whole site has free Wi-Fi. Located in the campsite is the Bistro Solitudo restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you fancy a break from the cooking. Although this campsite is very close to the city it is also peaceful and relaxing. Solitudo Camp is open from April to November and is ranked as a three-star camp covering around six hectares.
- 393 pitches
- 21 mobile homes
- 36 showers and 53 washbasins
- shops, bars and restaurants nearby
- two beaches within five-minute walk
- large outdoor swimming pool with children’s pool
Website - https://www.camping-adriatic.com/solitudo-camp-dubrovnik
Telephone - +385 52 465 010
Camp Kupari - Zupa
Located in the region of Zupa around 8 kilometres from Dubrovnik the Camp Kupari is a good base of you are looking to be away from the crowds. Almost every pitch is covered with Mediterranean trees which provide excellent shade in the warmer months. There are ample washing facilities and toilets on the site, although rather basic compared to modern standards.
Within walking distance of the camp is the bay of Zupa with some of the best beaches in the entire region making the camp a good choice for family holidays. Also within a three-minute walk is the shopping centre SUB City which contains a large supermarket. The Camp Kupari is open from May to October and prices range from 8 Euros per pitch per night. The camp also offers free WI-FI and there is a petrol station directly opposite the entrance to the camp which is handy for filling up.
Evergreen camp site near Dubrovnik
- showers and washbasins
- shops, bars and restaurants nearby
- many beaches within five-minute walk
- free WI-FI
- petrol station nearby
Website - http://www.campkupari.com/
Telephone - +385 20 487 307
Camping Kate - Zupa
Another campsite located in the Zupa region near Dubrovnik Camping Kate is a small, family run campsite which has a capacity for 180 campers. Camping Kate is a fifteen minute drive from the centre of Dubrovnik and a ten-minute drive from the picturesque town of Cavtat. It offers attractive views over the bay of Zupa and is only 400 metres from the camp.
The camp is clean and well kept and has washrooms, toilets, WI-FI and there is a good restaurant on the doorstep. The nearest shop is around 250 metres from the camp and the main shopping centre SUB City is a two-minute drive away. Camping Kate is a good choice to explore the region in a quiet and tranquil campsite.
Family run campsite in Zupa
- showers and washbasins (solar powered)
- shops, bars and restaurants nearby
- many beaches within ten-minute walk
- capacity for 180 campers
Website - http://campingkate.incroatia.info/en/
Telephone - +385 20 487 006
Camping Pod Maslinom - Orasac
Pod Maslinom in Orasac
The clue is in the title – Pod Maslinom – means under the olive trees. This charming camp site is located 11 kilometres to the west of Dubrovnik in the village of Orasac. Pod Maslinom has 40 to 45 pitches and is surrounded not only by olive trees but also rich Mediterranean foliage.
Peaceful and idyllic the camp site is only a five-minute walk from two small beaches and a small harbour area. These beaches, named Hawaii, are a great spot for swimming and have views over the Elaphite Islands. The nearest shops are in the village of Orasac and there is also a Post Office in the village. Tucked away under olive trees that are hundreds of years old Pod Maslinom is a great choice for a break away from the hustle and bustle.
View over the Adriatic Sea
- 45 pitches
- shops, bars and restaurants in nearby village
- two beaches within three-minute walk
- tranquil and peaceful
Website - http://www.orasac.com
Telephone - +385 20 891 169
Camping Prapratno - Peljesac
If you are looking for a camp site near a great beach then look no further. Camping Prapratno is located around 50 kilometres from Dubrovnik on the Peljesac peninsular in one of the most beautiful bays in the region. The spacious camp has accommodation for up to 960 campers and is surrounded by olive trees and luscious vegetation. On site there is a supermarket, restaurant, volleyball and basketball court as well as the stunning beach. Camping Prapratno is a great choice for families as the sea has lots of shallow areas and there are also water sports available.
If you are looking to explore the Peljesac Peninsular, Ston or Dubrovnik this is a good location, although the drive to Dubrovnik will take around 1 hr 15 minutes. You can also hop on a ferry that docks in the bay and go to the island of Mljet, which with its National park is one of the most fascinating islands along the whole of the Adriatic coast.
Stunning beach in front of the campsite
- accommodation for 960 campers
- showers and washbasins
- shops, bars and restaurants on-site
- sandy beach directly in front of camp
- great choice for families
Website - http://www.duprimorje.hr/index.php/auto-kamp-prapratno
Telephone - +385 20 888 888
Fingers crossed this could be the last day of foul weather in Dubrovnik for the foreseeable future. The city awoke to a rather strange cover of fog as the start to May continues with unusually poor weather.
The historic Old City of Dubrovnik is almost hidden from view as the mixture of low cloud and heavy mist make for a real pea-souper. However the forecast for tomorrow and for the rest of next week is for more settled weather and – wait for it – sunshine. The forecast predicts temperatures around 26 degrees all week so once again we will be able to hit the beaches.
The Croatian Air Force base in Zemunik near Zadar has officially started the flight training of Croatian pilots on the new combat helicopters Kiowa Warriors that were donated by the US government last year.
In July 2016, five out of sixteen OH-58D Kiowa Warrior military helicopters were delivered to Zemunik, whilst the remaining eleven helicopters and all spare parts and equipment arrived in December 2016 aboard the US military transport aircraft C-5 Galaxy.
For the time being five American instructors have been training eight Croatian pilot instructors. Their training is to be completed by the end of November this year, when the trained instructors will begin the training of other Croatian pilots. The full operational capability of the helicopters should be reached by next year.
On this occasion, the Croatian Minister of Defence Damir Krsticevic, the US military envoy Brigadier Robert Mathers and other guests attended the training.
''These helicopters will enable our armed forces to reach new capabilities. They are part of the $500 million worth strong support and assistance segments we received from our strategic partners'', commented the Minister of Defence Damir Krsticevic.
The US military envoy Brigadier Robert Mathers said that he wanted to visit the Croatian air base himself to see that the US donation was put into usage in order to serve common interests and security. He also emphasized that American instructors praised the team of Croatian pilots as some of the best they have worked with.
''I'm pleased because we are developing military cooperation and sharing the same values and priorities not only in Southeast Europe, but worldwide'', commented Brigadier Robert Mathers.
Almost ninety percent of the tourists that visit Dubrovnik come by plane, but we wonder what percentage comes by tractor.
This photo was taken near the Pile entrance into the Old City of Dubrovnik and we can’t help thinking that it took these tourists quite some time to reach Dubrovnik. Travelling at an average speed of around 30 K/ph this tractor has probably tested the nerves of a few drivers in the Dubrovnik region.
The popular British chef Gordon Ramsay is well known for his brutally honest comments of food and photos of food people share on social networks.
This time he fiercely attacked the popular Balkan dish ''burek'' (pastry made of thin dough filled with cheese or meat). Zlatan Sakanovic, obviously a native from the Balkan region with a home address in the US, posted his photo of burek on Twitter and asked the big chef, ''Hey Chef Ramsay, what do you think about my cheese burek?''. Ramsay shortly commented ''Giant turd''.
Ramsay's comment triggered a fierce debate on Twitter, as well as a large number of ''likes'' and ''retweets''.
''Come on, shut up, you have no idea'', or ''I've just lost respect for you'', and ''What's wrong with you, man?!'' were just some of the polite comments of fans of ''burek'' on Twitter.
Although Ramsay's comment referred to the appearance of this traditional dish, which is also very popular in Croatia, many people were offended by the chef’s negative commentary.
Does a burek really look like a gaint turd?
Weekend ahead of us brings great experiences for all those that are lucky enough to be in Dubrovnik. Folklore performances of the great Croatian folklore ensembles will be held in the heart of historical centre on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, May 13th, you’ll be able to enjoy the performance of Folklore Societies Slavonija and Sv. Juraj in front of St. Blaise church at 11 am.
On Sunday, May 14th, another great performance will be held by Folklore Societies Matija Gubec and Seljacka sloga in front of St. Blaise church at 10.30 am.
Don’t miss this weekend full of tradition in Dubrovnik, organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.
Jacques Houdek performed on the second semi-final night of Eurovision as a Croatian representative with the song 'My Friend' and got into the finals of the most popular European music competition that will be held on Saturday in Kiev.
- Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for voting for Croatia and me tonight! We entered the finals!!!! I can not be happier - Jacques wrote on Twitter after hearing the happy news.
Reactions on his performance on the social media were divided. Some were admiring his vocal skills, some were surprised with the concept of the song, while others were pulling jokes.
Last night, along with Croatia, the other nine countries that passed to the finals were: Bulgaria, Belarus, Hungary, Denmark, Israel, Romania, Norway, Netherlands and Austria. In the first semi-final night Moldova, Azerbaijan, Greece and Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Armenia, Australia, Cyprus and Belgium were placed into the finals.
Now we just have to wait and see what happens on Saturday. Croatian representative will perform 13th, which will hopefully turn out to be a happy number for Jacques!