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.
Apart from her talks to the Prime Minister Theresa May during her visit to the UK, the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic met with Greg Clark, the British minister of economy in order to talk about strengthening the economic connection between the two countries and their citizens. She also met with representatives of Croatian start-ups and British investors in Bloomberg.
The Croatian president said that Croatia had to improve business conditions for innovative companies that relocated overseas because they couldn’t have realized their ideas in Croatia.
Hrvoje Prpic, the Croatian entrepreneur also attended the meeting of the Croatian president with the British investors. He is the owner of the Trillenium company based in London and one of the founders of the Croatian network of business angels. At the meeting he explained that British investors found Croatian start-ups interesting because they were much cheaper in comparison to those that could be found in the West.
‘’I think that all people who are in the start-up industry know that Croatia is only the first step, the next step is Europe, whilst the final destination is Silicon Valley’’, commented Prpic.
He also announced that an annual meeting of the European network of business angels would be held in Zagreb at the end of November with participation of the Iron Maiden singer and business angel Bruce Dickinson.
Tourists just love Croatia and there is no surprise that every now and then travel websites publish an article about our beautiful country. Escape here brings six essential Croatian destinations and Korcula and Cavtat have found their place amongst them.
-This country is has everything- beaches, nightlife, history, culture, scenery… all at a relatively low price. So naturally, it is hard to find a time of the year when Croatia is not overwhelmed with tourists. But, there are still places you can go that are still undiscovered; little hidden pieces of paradise there just for you with all the wonders of Croatia and none of the crowds – writes the author of the article.
Cavtat, a town in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, located just 15 kilometers from Dubrovnik has been placed on the third place of the list.
- Cavtat is a relatively close escape from the crowds of Dubrovnik; it maintains all the charm, but has a slightly less stressful atmosphere – it's written in the article, with a small mistake: they call Cavtat a village, which is not. A small town would be more appropriate.
And the gold medal goes to... Korcula. This beautiful island is a perfect little getaway.
-The town is quaint and charming, although small, although it is the relaxing atmosphere people come here for. As with most islands in Croatia, it is surrounded by the clearest of waters and the whitest of beaches, but here there are less crowds, so you can have the experience nearly all to yourself – concludes the author.
Other places that are mentioned as an essential destinations are: Plitvice Lakes, Galesnjak, Losinj and Istria.
Another low-coast airline has announced new flights to Dubrovnik for 2017. The popular Spanish airline Volotea has confirmed that for the 2017 summer season they will introduce new operations between Dubrovnik and Strasbourg.
These new flights will operate every Saturday from the 27th of May next year and the Airbus A319 will fly the route. This will be a new connection for Dubrovnik as the links with Strasbourg until now have only been charter flights, and Volotea expect that this new connection will prove successful.
Good news for Croatia and its music scene! It is confirmed that the 5th jubilee edition of the ULTRA Europe Festival will be held in Split from the 14th to the 16th of July 2017.
The festival in Split is the only ULTRA festival with additional title ''Europe's Premier Destination Music Festival'' because apart from great music it puts emphasis on Split, Dalmatia and the beauty of the Croatian coast. In the last year of its five-year contract once again the city of Split will host more than 150,000 visitors, whilst the rich music program ''Croatia Music Week'' will take place from the 13th to the 19th of July on locations in Split and on the islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis.
The first ULTRA music festival in Croatia was held in Split in 2013. The satisfaction of the ULTRA licensees with the location, offer, amenities and the beauty of Croatia only confirmed that the same location will host the 5th edition of the festival in the last year of the contract.
''We are very pleased that Split was highly ranked by the licensees and that it will host more than 150,000 visitors for the fifth year in a row. Over the years ULTRA Europe has become the second most visited ULTRA festival after the one in Miami which we managed to achieve thanks to the fantastic location of the festival. This year visitors from more than 140 countries all over the world came to the ULTRA festival in Split. Next year we will make a special effort to mark the final year of the festival in Croatia with even better and richer program in order to attract even more visitors to Split and the Dalmatian islands'', commented Nikola Busljeta, the manager of the ULTRA Europe festival.
Roosh V, nomad and blogger who grew up in the USA, visited Dubrovnik and has made a two-minute video of his impressions. In the video he speaks honestly about his experience.
- The views, the historical structures and enchanting sea made it almost seem like a fairytale and if that was all I had to say about it I'd advise you to stop and book your trip there right now – says Roosh at the start of the video adding that there is a catch – Dubrovnik is completely infested with tourists.
He says that the city is a great place to visit, but that he's too jaded to enjoy it with a bunch of other foreigners that are taking pictures of themselves non-stop. Also, he complains about the loud, screaming tourists, that are turning Dubrovnik into the ''World McDonald's''.
- On its own Dubrovnik is a magical place that isn't expensive but I would advise you to stay away from the centre or come during the off-season – says Roosh with a conclusion that he'll happily come again, but won't step foot in the Old Town.
Watch a video and listen to his story and feel free to tell us if you agree or not.
The world famous confectioner Buddy Valastro, also known as the Cake Boss, is coming to Croatia and he will be one of the judges choosing the best cake with Croatian motifs. Dubrovka Falkoni and Kate Perovic, cake masters from Dubrovnik, are in top 10 with their cake made in the shape of Konavle traditional costume!
They have been placed on the 9th place and made it to the finals. Now they just have to wait for Buddy. The owner and head baker of the Carlo’s Bakery and the star of the culinary and family show ‘’Cake Boss’’ which is broadcast on the TLC reality TV show, will visit Croatia on the 17th and the 18th. The Zagreb event will be held at the City Centre One West on the 17th of October at 6 pm. Visitors can also meet the famous chef in the evening.
We keep our fingers crossed for these talented ladies and their beautiful cake which is just too beautiful to eat.
Theresa Kunz from Germany became the millionth visitor of the Dubrovnik City Walls today. Theresa, travelling with her grandmother Siegrid Bahr, was shocked to find out that she was the millionth person to buy a ticket for the walls this year.
She arrived in Dubrovnik on the cruise ship Aida and was staying for a few hours. “My grandmother and I are unfortunately only here for a few hours however I will probably come back next year and spend a few more days in this beautiful city,” commented Kunz.
The millionth guest was presented with gifts and tickets for the walls by the secretary of the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, the organisation that cares for the historic walls.
It is expected that this year a grand total of 1.1 million people will visit the Dubrovnik City Walls.
Last month the newest and the most interesting Croatian hotel opened its doors to its guests. The Hotel Prica (Hotel Story) the only hotel which talks to its guests is located in Rakov Potok close to the town of Samobor near Zagreb.
The mystical world of stories from the Samobor region which was revived in this new hotel also says to its guests that all its stories end happily.
The story begins in the gallery which is accessed by climbing the stairs of the hotel. Along the way a guest is followed by a line that gradually animates and gets its life. It goes over the ceiling and walls outlining various symbols, mythical and flying creatures.
Apart from leading its guests to their rooms, the gallery also serves as a place for having breakfast, whilst the hotel addresses to its guests through letters and songs written all over the walls.
The Hotel Prica has six rooms with pretty interesting names such as Witches' Cauldron, Fairy Cave, Thrush's Nest, Chest of Secrets, Firefly Meadow and Bonfire Hearth. Each of the rooms has its own story inspired by ancient local myths and is decorated in such a way to tell the story about the myth.
The price for a single room in the Hotel Prica is 210 Kunas, or 230 Kunas including breakfast, whilst the price for a double room is 420 Kunas a night, or 460 Kunas with breakfast.