Sunday, 21 July 2024
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

The sea is ideal for swimming, although at 26 degrees Celsius, it is still a bit challenging to cool off. Those who feel the cold more acutely will find it perfect. Since it is the season for enjoying the sea, it's good to know that the water quality at the beaches of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County is excellent.

According to the 2024 Sea Quality Monitoring Program for Beaches in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the Institute of Public Health of Dubrovnik-Neretva County conducted the third regular sea testing at 121 beaches from June 17 to June 26, 2024. The sea samples from all 121 beaches met the conditions of the Regulation on Sea Quality for Bathing. The sea at all 121 beaches was rated as excellent quality.

The Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service (DHMZ) has issued a weather forecast for the Dubrovnik area. After a warm and sunny Monday with temperatures reaching a high of 34 degrees, a change in weather is expected on Tuesday with showers and thunderstorms. The temperature will drop, reaching a high of 24 degrees.

On Wednesday and Thursday, occasional precipitation is possible with a maximum daily temperature of 27 degrees on Wednesday and 25 degrees on Thursday.

On Friday, the weather is expected to calm down, with a sunny period and temperatures rising to 27 degrees.

 

Well that's a new one on us! The Dubrovnik Times bouncing off the walls, or more precisely on the ceiling.

In one popular souvenir shop in the Old City of Dubrovnik the ceiling has been freshly decorated with newspapers and yes, our Dubrovnik Times is one of them. The shop, Uje, represents the exceptional olive oils in Croatia and exclusively Croatian culinary delicacies!

Fuel Prices Set to Rise Across Croatia Starting Tuesday 11

Fuel Prices Set to Rise Across Croatia Starting Tuesday 12

Fuel Prices Set to Rise Across Croatia Starting Tuesday 10

Last week was a week of firsts for me. It was the first time I had visited a Baltic country, the northernmost I have ever been on the globe, the first time I had visited Scandinavia and the first time I had ever tried rhubarb wine!

I escaped the heat wave and chilled my bones with 20 degree temperatures, heaven on earth. “Once a year, go someplace you've never been before,” once said the Dalai Lama, I’ve certainly ticked that box.

“So was Estonia as you expected it to be?” asked one of my hosts as we sat in a traditional restaurant in Tartu on the last day of a four-day trip. Although I had done a little research I kind of half expected a Soviet-style country, complete with dour architecture and boring functionality, that was still trying to escape from the claws of communism. I was wrong, totally wrong!

Fuel Prices Set to Rise Across Croatia Starting Tuesday 2

My reason for visiting Estonia, or more precisely the 2024 European Capital of Culture – Tartu, was as a project for the EU connected with digitalisation and remote working, indeed I was to be the host of a podcast.

Maybe you aren’t aware but Estonia is very much the tip of the spear in a digital life.

And this was highlighted when I was on a 2-hour bus ride from Tallin to Tartu, as sitting opposite me were a couple in their mid-seventies who spent the whole journey surfing, video calling and chatting on their smartphones.

Fuel Prices Set to Rise Across Croatia Starting Tuesday 3

Estonia seems to have started their digital journey twenty years ago and literally live and work online. “Almost all of the city council works remotely,” explained the deputy mayor. In fact, I would say that three things really hit me – the digital transformation, the green and sustainable lifestyle and the emphasis on mental health. And all of these points are handled superbly.

Now I enjoying being shocked culturally, if everywhere and everybody were the same life would be tedious. But one thing that took a lot of getting used to was the sun, or rather the almost never-setting sun.

Fuel Prices Set to Rise Across Croatia Starting Tuesday 4

“For three months we have extremely long days,” said one local.

We left one restaurant at 10 at night when they were closing and stepped outside into bright sunshine and children playing on scooters and families going for strolls. Your body feels tired but can’t work out why it’s still broad daylight. Dusk is a long process and almost collides with dawn, with true darkness from 11pm to around 3.30am.

Of course on the flip side the winter is almost a blackout.

Fuel Prices Set to Rise Across Croatia Starting Tuesday 5

And Estonians make the most (to the extreme) of these three months of sun. Whereas the Dubrovnik group were wrapped up the locals were exclusively in shorts and T-shirts.

One afternoon the heavens opened and rain hammered, however the Viking blood of the locals shone through as they mainly walked without umbrellas and were soaked, but smiling. “Oh, what is the temperature in Dubrovnik?” asked a local organiser and was shocked when I said mid-thirties. “Like our saunas,” she smiled.

I can’t state this enough – Estonians love saunas.

“We even have one in our office,” added the young lady. I didn’t meet anyone who didn’t go to a sauna at least once a week, and many (many) went four or five days. “We go every Sunday with the whole family,” said another local.

Fuel Prices Set to Rise Across Croatia Starting Tuesday 6

I soon realised that saunas are more of a social event, with family, friends and food and wine. And to add to the “bonding” it appears that full frontal naked saunas are also the norm!

And on my travels I dig to find local gastronomic treats. “Do you guys make wine?” I quizzed. “Well, not from grapes but from other fruits,” she answered. And one such fruit is rhubarb. Strange but true.

Fuel Prices Set to Rise Across Croatia Starting Tuesday 8

For three days I asked and asked to try this unique drink and on the final day one of the organisers turned up to a meeting with a chilled bottle. I am going to be diplomatic and say that it was a distinctive taste.

But to be fair my whole Estonian experience was far from what I had expected. A country that in many ways is so far ahead of the bigger players in Europe and yet still mainly undiscovered.

Estonia – I will be back.

Read more Englishman in Dubrovnik…well, if you really want to

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

About the author
Mark Thomas (aka Englez u Dubrovniku) is the editor of The Dubrovnik Times. He was born and educated in the UK and moved to live in Dubrovnik in 1998. He works across a whole range of media, from a daily radio show to TV and in print. Thomas is fluent in Croatian and this column is available in Croatia on the website – Dubrovnik Vjesnik

 

Fuel prices across Croatia will increase from Tuesday, reports RTL.

From Tuesday, the 2nd of July, the most popular fuel in the country, Eurosuper, will increase by 4 cents to 1 euro and 47 cents per litre.

Eurodiesel will cost 1 euro and 42 cents from Tuesday, or 5 cents more, and the highest increase will be for blue diesel – by 6 cents. A litre will cost 89 cents.

 

Perched on a towering rock in the village of Dunave, Sokol Grad is a fortress with a history spanning from prehistoric times to the Republic of Dubrovnik. This unique site offers a blend of historical depth, architectural marvels, and breath-taking views, making it a must-visit destination for tourists.

Sokol Grad is a historical fortress once belonging to the Republic of Dubrovnik, strategically located on the border with the former Ottoman Empire. Situated in the modern-day village of Dunave, this fortress is perched atop an inaccessible rock towering over 25 meters high. The first records of Sokol date back to a period before the Republic of Dubrovnik, with evidence of continuous habitation since prehistoric times. Originally, the prehistoric fort served to protect the local populace, while the Byzantine stronghold later defended the Konavle region from external threats. The people of Dubrovnik took control of Sokol in the first half of the 15th century and maintained possession until the late 17th century.

Untitled design 40

 

The fortress was abandoned following the devastating earthquake of 1667, known locally as the "Big Cherry." For the next three centuries, Sokol Grad fell into disrepair, facing decay and near-oblivion. In 1966, the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquity acquired the fortress, initiating a significant restoration project. After decades of work, Sokol Grad was finally reopened to the public in 2013, offering a glimpse into its rich historical legacy.

Why Sokol Grad is a Unique Attraction for Tourists

1. Historical Significance

Sokol Grad offers a deep dive into the region's history, spanning from prehistoric times through the Byzantine period, and into the era of the Republic of Dubrovnik. Visitors can explore the layers of history that have shaped the fortress, providing a tangible connection to the past.

2. Architectural Marvel

Perched on an imposing rock, Sokol Grad's strategic and inaccessible location is a testament to medieval military architecture. The fortress's design and construction showcase the ingenuity and resilience of its builders, offering a unique glimpse into the defensive strategies of the time.

3. Scenic Views

The fortress's elevated position provides breath-taking views of the surrounding Konavle region and the distant Adriatic Sea. This panoramic vista makes the journey to Sokol Grad not just a historical exploration but also a visual feast.

Find more here - visit.cavtat-konavle.com

Although Modrić and company did not impress in the first two matches against Spain and Albania, they needed a win against Italy in the last round to advance from the group stage, but Mattia Zaccagni shocked all of Croatia with a goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time for the equalizer.

However, Dutch referee Danny Makkelie, who decided to add a controversial eight minutes of stoppage time, was the target of Croatian fans, many of whom thought it was too long. Numerous Croatians found the Dutchman's profile on Instagram, where they bombarded him with messages, and he soon deleted his account on the popular social network, writes Sport Klub

We remind you that Makkelie was excluded by UEFA from refereeing knockout stage matches of the European Championship, but not because of the substantial stoppage time, rather because he did not immediately notice an obvious handball in the Italian penalty area and had to go to the VAR monitor before awarding a penalty to Croatia.

The summer days in Orašac begin on July 1st with the Orašac Summer Festival - Our Lady of Orašac, when at 9 PM under the plane trees, Klapa Kaše will bring the spirit of Dalmatian music with their performance. On July 2nd at 10 PM, on the same stage, the entertainment program will continue with a performance by the famous Croatian group Dalmatino.

In front of the Rector's Palace, on July 1st at 10 PM, Klapa Poklisari will perform their musical repertoire as part of the "Serenade to the City" program, while on July 2nd at the same time, the female klapa FA Linđo will perform, bringing a special atmosphere with their renditions.

The Zaton Summer Festival begins on July 5th at 8 PM on the beach in Štikovica with a performance by Klapa Malfi. On the same evening at 10 PM, Klapa Karaka will fill the Bay of Lapad with their serenades.

Klapa Poklisari foto

On July 6th at 9 PM, the Cultural Center in Mali Zaton will host the Zaton Brass Band and Mali Linđo, while on the island of Lopud, on the waterfront, the Lopud Summer Festival will be held. The Lopud Feast begins at 9 PM, and Klapa Ragusa will perform at 9:30 PM.

On July 7th at 9 PM, in Mali Zaton, there will be a summer cinema on the open stage, while at 10 PM, the Bay of Lapad will be filled with the sounds of the female klapa Amfora, concluding this week's cycle of "Through the Streets of Our City / Serenade to the City."

 

The Voice of Dubrovnik

THE VOICE OF DUBROVNIK


Find us on Facebook