Friday, 19 August 2022
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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Dubrovnik's erratic and exciting nightlife often gets overshadowed by the city's magnificent architecture, ancient fortresses, and old-world charm. The cobblestone streets are lined with an abundance of eclectic bars but only a handful of nightclubs.

Dubrovnik may not be able to compete with other European capitals when it comes to clubbing venues and exclusivity. But the city stands unparalleled with its unusual mix of one-of-a-kind clubbing experiences. For instance, imagine partying the night away in a hollow 16-century bastion or sipping cocktails in a natural cave surrounded by stunning rock formations.

Read on to explore some fabulous spots for crazy nightlife adventures in Dubrovnik.

1. Revelin Culture Club

Raving at the iconic Revelin Culture Club is an unforgettable experience you don't want to miss. Established inside a 16th-century fortress situated in Dubrovnik's historic Old Town, Revelin combines ancient military architecture with state-of-the-art clubbing infrastructure.

The awe-inspiring light show transforms the arched aisles, stone blocks and towering roofs into a mesmerizing setting to dance the night away. Unlike most bars and clubs in the city, the Revelin isn't crowded, and there's plenty of room on the expansive dance floor for everyone to sway. Summer is the best time to visit the Revelin and enjoy epic performances by Croatian artists and international DJs.

2. Banje Beach Club

Here's something exciting for party-goers who want to enjoy a splendid beachside fiesta: head over to the Banje Beach Club to attend exclusive fashion parties and beachside raves. Accessing Banje Beach can be tricky, as travelers can reach it by land or sea.

Most people prefer boats and dinghies while jet-setters arrive on the beach on luxury yachts anchored to the club's private pier. The Banje Beach Club is one of Dubrovnik's best spots to experience authentic Mediterranean seafood and nightlife. The beach transforms into a massive cocktail bar at night, and the setting is delightfully unpretentious.

3. Cave Bar More

One of the most romantic bars in the city, the Cave Bar More is a splendid spot to enjoy flavorful cocktails with your partner in an intimate setting. Nestled inside a natural cave, this extraordinary bar features dreamy lighting and a secluded atmosphere.

The wooden tables and wicker chairs have been set up amongst breathtaking rock formations, stalactites, and stalagmites, and the menu offers a brilliant selection of crafty Croatian beers and cocktails. Guests can also opt for outdoor seating on the sprawling terraces to enjoy spectacular views of Lapad Bay.

4. Merit Casino Libertas

The European casino culture has a rich history and poignant heritage, and Dubrovnik, like other European capitals, offers an impressive selection of opulent casinos and elegant gambling establishments. Are you looking for a night of high-rolling excitement with stellar music, fine food, expensive wine, and like-minded company? Head over to the Merit Libertas Casino, one of the most popular casinos in the city.

The Merit Libertas is owned by a celebrated chain that operates casinos throughout Europe and other locations worldwide. This gambling establishment offers a sprawling 1798-square-meter venue with fourteen gaming tables and eight slot machines. Travelers visiting Dubrovnik in the winter must visit the Merit Casino to attend the famous Winter Festival.

It's pertinent to note that European casinos are exuberant and extravagant, and the Merit Libertas is certainly no exception. If you want to play popular games like Blackjack, Roulette, and Texas Hold 'em, why not play in a secure casino online? The experience will be cheaper and more immersive, and you can spend your travel fund exploring Dubrovnik's fascinating nooks and crannies.

5. Copacabana Beach

One of the best beaches in the city, Copacabana Beach is nestled in the idyllic setting of the pebble-laden Seka Bay. Copacabana has an exclusive atmosphere dripping in luxury, for it's Dubrovnik's ultimate spot for water sports, sunbathing, and partying. It's the site for some of the city's hottest parties, beachside raves, and fashion events.

We advise keeping an eye on the social calendar to find events and parties you can attend during your trip. The beach has a wildly hedonistic vibe, and the beach bar is famous for serving the finest Croatian wine blends.

Final Thoughts

If you're ready to ditch the standard clubbing experience and embark on an unusual nightlife adventure, Dubrovnik will certainly take your breath away. The city has a bold and rich personality, brimming with quirky culture and extraordinary experiences. We advise travelers to dig deep and be prepared to take the road less traveled to connect with the soul of this magnificent Croatian wonderland.

“We are now at 90 percent of tourist arrivals and 95 percent of overnight stays compared to the record year of 2019,” stated Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac in an interview for HRT.

She added that nautical tourism is 40 percent better than in July 2019 and the number of tourists from Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia is higher than in 2019. In fact, the number of tourists from the Czech Republic is up 54 percent on 2019.

The minister also stated that earnings from tourism were increasing, after two barren years the financial results in the first six months of this year are 24 percent higher than 2019.

 

David Beckham certainly enjoyed his stay on the Dubrovnik island of Lopud and after leaving the luxury resort he published a photo on his Instagram story. David and Victoria Beckham celebrated the eleventh birthday on their youngest daughter Harper in the island resort.

The Beckhams stayed in the island residence that was once a Franciscan monastery, and on leaving the Dubrovnik island he published a photo on his Instagram showing the beautiful interior of the resort.

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Novak Đoković, one of the best tennis players today, arrived in the Dubrovnik region a few days after winning the Wimbledon title.

The Serbian tennis ace often spends his holidays on the Croatian Adriatic and this time he was spotted in the popular Bowa restaurant on the island of Šipan, the same restaurant that David and Victoria Beckham, visited a few days ago.

Đoković is on vacation in Dubrovnik with his family and was more than happy to pose for photos in the island restaurant. He often cruises on the Adriatic and has mentioned several times that he thinks the Adriatic coast is the most beautiful in the world.

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In the last 24 hours, 2,239 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today totals 10,376. As a comparison this time last week there were 1,808 new cases.

There are 560 people receiving hospital treatment, of which 16 patients are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, 12 people died in Croatia in the past 24 hours.

From February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, until today, a total of 1,171,581 people have been infected with Covid-19, of which 16,181 have died, and a total of 1,145,024 people have recovered, of which 450 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 4,475 people in self-isolation.

From Žumberak to Bilogora

How beautiful Croatia is and how much it has to offer which is yet to be discovered. Although both regions fall under the same tourist cluster, the distance between the two is almost 3 hours, so for this trip, we would recommend booking a whole weekend or even two weekends. From a local family farm on Plešivica, Visitor Centre Sošice in the middle of Žumberak, and then onto the Bilogora equestrian trail and finally the Cultural Centre in Veliki Grđevac. You can arrange this trip according to your own preferences, depending on whether you are with children or alone, on a motorcycle, bicycle, or by car.

The Visitor Center in Sošice, is the main place to get all the information you need on the beautiful Žumberak. Here you can get acquainted with all the flora and fauna of this area, but also experience how the area and the people who lived here once functioned. It is worth mentioning that a fifth of the entire biodiversity of Croatia exists in this small area. In this visitor centre, they have very interesting, modern, and interactive toys for children, like giant cubes and such. All this makes it a good idea for a family trip.

The Bilogora equestrian trail is so wonderful that you simply just want to stay there forever. The hosts are passionate and stand behind what they do.

Podravina and Slavonia

First of all, we visited the Visitor Centre – the Drava Story. It's an interactive centre where visitors can spend hours and hours. The Visitor center "The Drava Story" has developed facilities intended for different categories of the visitors - for the children and the young people through the implementation of school in nature programs, as well as various forms of field teaching for students, the River School, programs for nature lovers, healthy living and recreation for groups or individual visitors. All this together is a logical confirmation of the award that this centre received in 2020. Petar Preradović was one of the most important Croatian poets of the 19th century and the main advocate of romanticism in Croatia. And in Grabrovnica, the birthplace of Petar Preradović, there is a hologram of Preradović, which, when you turn it on, gives you the feeling that you are actually talking to the famous late poet. No trip is complete without some well-prepared food, and Podravina certainly has that too. A must try is the so-called magic soup of seven different types of plants that grow in the surrounding fields, but also the real heavy food that has always been eaten here.

The Sands of Đurđevac were formed by the deposition of glacial sediments, and to this day it remains a living proof of the changes taking place in the world.

The Hlebine Gallery of Naive Art was founded in 1968 and operates as a permanent museum exhibition of the donation of paintings by Ivan Generalić and a collection of paintings on glass of the first and second generation of original painters and sculptors of the "hlebine school". And you can conclude that Podravina is colourful, rich in history, natural beauty, and that it is unique and cannot be compared to anything.

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Traditional cuisine - Photo CNTB

Slavonia is a land of legends, with its myths and secrets proudly passed down through the generations. Here the locals fiercely uphold their traditions, such as harvest festivals, traditional dresses and the popular local music. It is also a region of great cuisine. So tickle your taste buds with some traditional delights from Slavonia such as scones with pork cracklings, homemade bread with pork fat, real homemade "kulen", green "mlinci" (thin dried flatbread), famous "tačke" (dumplings) with cheese, meat cooked in a hundred different ways, a good drink, all in abundance and all homemade and delicious.

The hinterlands of Šibenik

Nature has always been extremely generous with this area, and the first proof of that is the beautiful Roški Slap waterfall and everything around it. Of course, the first place when it comes to the overall experience goes to mother nature and the surroundings, because it's simply perfect. Untouched nature protected from human hand and footprint. A special experience you can have here are the so-called necklaces, a place where the water cascades down the riverbed and creates a phenomenon which, when seen from above, looks like pearls stacked next to each other. It's really fascinating.

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Stunning nature - Photo - Mladen Božičković/CNTB

 

In Tribunj, you yourself will feel like a royalty because you get to eat like one. It is a small town offering huge gastronomic pleasure. The hosts introduced themselves to us with their most recognizable products, salted and smoked fish. Smoked forkbeard is a forgotten story of the elders of this region, which the young are trying to recreate, and they're doing a great job. Sardines, anchovies; those small and healthy blue fishes are everything in this region. The people live from it and for it. As we like to say - the Mediterranean as it used to be!

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The Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds, Nataša Tramišak, handed over to the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković a contract worth 1,45 million euros, or 11 million Kuna, for the project of installing a system of heat pumps with sea water for the needs of the city swimming pool in Dubrovnik.

The project envisages the reconstruction of the engine room, whereby the goal is to replace the old fossil fuel oil technology with a modern system of renewable energy sources that provides a continuous source of heating with seawater that acts as a stable and reliable heat source.

“The prices of energy products are really growing strongly. By installing this heating system, taking into account the current prices of energy products, we will be saving one million Kuna per year, which is one million additional Kuna for sports and sports clubs in the area of the City of Dubrovnik", said Mayor Franković.

 

The Croatian State Hydrometeorological Institute have informed that there is a moderate risk of a heat wave forecast for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County from Wednesday, July 20 to Friday, July 22, while a high risk of a heat wave is forecast for Saturday, July 23.

"Follow the instructions of the on-call services, protect your health and that of your loved ones from the heat in the coming period," the county Institute for Public Health points out.

Temperatures are expected to reach 35 degrees on Saturday.

 

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