Wednesday, 18 September 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.


Weekend edition of The Times brought a list of 50 best secret beaches in Europe.  Croatia found its place on the list (well, no surprise) and made us really proud. ‘’The chosen one’’ is beautiful Saplunara, located on paradise on Earth, more commonly known as island of Mljet.

- A wonderfully unspoilt beach, Saplunara is a kilometre- long cove split into two pine-backed sweeps of sand – the only non-pebble beaches on Mljet. Edged by a swathe of botanically rich natural park, Saplunara’s location on the southeastern tip of the island means it remains peaceful for most of the season. It is quite a drive from most of the places to stay in Mljet, but roads are quiet and the scenery is beautiful – it’s written in the article.  

Saplunara is just one of the things that Mljet can offer. This nature’s masterpiece is a must visit when you’re in Dubrovnik.

saplunara kolaz

If you are in Dubrovnik or planning to visit it any time soon, it’s good to know that from today, May first, there will be a new bus timetable when it comes to urban routes, as reported by the Libertas Dubrovnik. Since the season is approaching buses will be driving longer hours. You can see the detailed bus timetable here.

Since we are on the bus topic, here is some more useful information. In Dubrovnik area, ticket bought in bus costs 15 Kuna, ‘’S’’ Ticket or one hour ticket bought at kiosk is 12 Kuna and daily ticket is 30 Kuna. For a bus to Zupa Dubrovacka you’ll pay 18 Kuna, to Cavtat 25 Kuna, to Ston 40 Kuna, while ticket for Slano is 23 Kuna. You can see the lines map here and also, you can download the app that will make your whole Dubrovnik bus driving experience much easier.

After a week of unstable weather marked with rain and wind, locals and their guests were delighted when Sunday turned to be sunny. The whole city was full of life – everybody wanted to take a walk, a cup of coffee or of course, a selfie. Don’t miss beautiful photo gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic – you might get a feeling like you were in Dubrovnik yesterday!

If you do not like to be alone or away from people, or you are not interested in pet friendly or family beaches, but want to experience the most popular beaches in Croatia, here is the list of the TOP 9 such beaches in the country;

The Plava plaza beach, Vodice

The Buba beach, Makarska

The Medulin beach, Medulin

The Planjka beach, Stara Novalja

The Pokonji dol beach, Hvar

The Sveti Jakov beach, Dubrovnik

The Ruza beach, at Bol on the island of Brac

The Velika beach, Omis

The Slanica beach, Murter

All of the beaches provide the comforts of modern life such as restaurants, pizzerias, cafe bars, wi-fi hotspots, sport facilities, nearby accommodation, as well as turquoise blue sea and stunning views.

The tourist offer of Croatia will soon be enriched with an interesting project coming from the city of Karlovac regarding the Croatian born Nikola Tesla.

At the beginning of May the city administration of Karlovac will launch a new tourist project ''Meeting with Tesla'' in order to enable tourists to get acquainted with a fact that Karlovac is a city where the genius inventor, electrical and mechanical engineer, and futurist was educated as well as to promote the old city of Karlovac well known as Zvijezda (The Star). In 1870 Tesla moved to Karlovac to attend school at the Higher Real Gymnasium. The classes were held in German, as it was a school within the Austro-Hungarian Military Frontier. He finished a four-year term in three years, graduating in 1873.

In the promotional phase, restaurants and cafe bars interested in participating in this new project will be provided with free recipes for ''electric'' cocktails, cocktail glasses with a project logo, special powder that creates funny ''electric'' taste in the mouth as well as with promotional leaflets to present this interesting offer.

The public promotion of the new tourist project in Croatia ''Meeting with Tesla'' will be held at the Ban Jelacic square in Karlovac on the first Saturday of May.

Lazar Badanjac from the Croatian Mountaineering Society Sniježnica was the winner of the “Run the Wall” event today in a time of 11 minutes and 18 seconds. This two 2.5 kilometre race around the historic Dubrovnik city walls is the opening race of the Du Motion event which includes the Dubrovnik Half marathon.

Even though the conditions were difficult for racing, due to torrential rain, 63 runners took on the City Walls today. The start and finish of the race was on the Stradun. Damir Primorac came in second place, only 28 seconds behind Badanjac, and third was Srdan Matijašević from the Dubrovnik Running School.

The leading woman racer was Nela Madeško from the Dubrovnik Athletic Club with a time of 13 minutes and 41 seconds, followed by Melanie Nicolle from England and Andrea Klečak from Dubrovnik Running School.

The weather forecast for the main event, the Dubrovnik Half Marathon, tomorrow predicts scattered clouds and temperatures around 22 degrees.

The British low-cost air carrier Monarch Airlines has launched new direct flights from Manchester and London to the Croatian capital.

On the 28th of April, Monarch started operating direct flight from Zagreb to London three times a week, whilst on the 29th it will launch its direct service from Zagreb to Manchester two times a week.

''We are very pleased with our year-round flights to and from Zagreb. Monarch Airlines is the only air carrier to operate direct flights from Zagreb to Manchester and London's Gatwick. Both our destinations have an excellent offer for a weekend getaway. We hope that citizens of Zagreb and others will recognize our high level service as well as an excellent flight schedule and low prices'', commented David Page, the director at Monarch Communications.

It is interesting to note that OAG Punctuality League declared Monarch Airlines the most punctual low-cost airline in 2016, whilst Feefo, an independent platform for rating and reviews, rewarded Monarch the ''Gold Trusted Service'' award in February this year.

The number of European citizens believe that membership of their country in the European Union (EU) is a good thing has grown. On the other hand, the number of Croatians that support EU is going down, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey published today.

According to this research, the European Union support returned to the level as it was before the economic crisis in 2007 - the European Parliament published on its website. In the eyes of 57 percent of citizens the EU is a good thing for their country, which is four percent higher compared to the results of the survey from last September.

In Croatia, that percentage is 36 percent, which is 10 percent less than last year, and places it very low on the list of countries – fourth from the bottom. Luxembourg, Ireland, Germany and Netherlands have the most positive opinion about the EU, while the most negative one is in Czech Republic, Greece, Italy and of course, Croatia.

EU is considered to be a bad project by the 14 percent of the Europeans and 15 percent of Croatians, while 26 percent of Europeans and 47 percent of Croatians find it neither bad nor good.

Reacting to the latest geopolitical events such as rising instability in the Arab world, the growing influence of Russia and China, Brexit and Donald Trump's election for US President, about 73 percent of people prefer that the EU finds a common response to these global challenges, instead every country doing it by itself.

The strong majority also urges the EU to take more action to tackle current challenges such as the fight against terrorism (80 percent), unemployment (78 percent), environmental protection (75 percent) and the fight against tax frauds (74 percent).

The percentage of Croatian citizens who prefer the EU to find a common response to the current global challenges is similar to the European average. However, Croatia is below average when it comes to thinking if their country is heading in the right direction – only 23  percent of citizens thinks that way, while the average is 31 percent.

Croatians would like to be more informed about topics such as the fight against unemployment (53 percent), health and social security (38 percent), economic policy (31 percent) and agriculture (20 percent).

The Eurobarometer survey was conducted in March by a personal interview methodology on a sample of 27,901 respondents in Europe and 1048 respondents in Croatia.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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