Monday, 25 October 2021
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

Picture a little piece of heaven set in the heart of the world of the terra magica (magic land) that is Istria in Croatia. This beautiful Mediterranean setting is home to a collection of exceptional villas offering the ultimate in luxury and beauty without compromise. A holiday at Villas Borghetto guarantees the epitome of comfort and style combined with impeccable personal service that exceeds all expectations. 

 

The selection of beautifully appointed villas are located in a stunning Mediterranean setting overlooking the crashing waves of the rejuvenating Adriatic Sea as well as the lush olive groves and vineyards nearby. Each villa comes with a spacious outside area and theres a sparkling private swimming pool at its heart, as well as comfortable sun loungers and a barbecue. The elegant, contemporary interiors are decorated and furnished to the highest of standards throughout and offer plenty of space for relaxation and state-of-of-the-art fully equipped kitchens. All of the opulent bedrooms come with stylish en suite marble bathrooms and the most luxurious of linens. 

 

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The attentive, experienced staff at Villas Borghetto are dedicated to making dream holidays become a reality after careful discussion with every client. They are on hand to pay the closest of attention to detail and customise every trip for an incredible holiday experience unlike any other. Theres so much on offer in the fabulous region of Istria. Whether guests are looking to learn about the wealth of fascinating history and cultural heritage on their doorstep or get back to nature by exploring the stunning coastline, unspoilt cliffs and untouched coves and beaches. There are also dense verdant forests and intriguing caves as well as the islands of the Brijuni archipelago. A unique and diverse environment waiting to be discovered. 

 

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Istria is also a food lovers heaven with incredible, tasty local produce and the chance to enjoy unforgettable meals made using local seasonal ingredients. Lovers of gourmet delights can sample the famous Istrian truffles, tuck into delectable seafood like the famous pilgrim scallops, sole and Adriatic squid, traditional dishes like beef buskarin and delicious seasonal vegetables including wild asparagus. Theres also premium olive oil and excellent wine on offer.  

 

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The team at Villas Borghetto aims to customise any stay with the best of excursions and activities to suit every taste. They can also organise transfers by land, sea or air, healthy and beauty treatments and experiences or unique adrenaline-inducing adventures like scuba diving, paragliding or hang gliding. Theres a vast array of opportunities for creating an enriching holiday to suit every taste and all in the utmost of luxury and style. 

 

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So its no surprise that Villas Borghetto has been chosen by the experts at Luxury Lifestyle Awards as one of the winners in the category of Best Luxury Villa Rental & Accommodation Services in Croatia 2021. An exceptional holiday experience awaits every guest in the surrounds of breathtaking Istria. 

 

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Free Internet has now been installed and available in the centre of Čilipi, as part of the WiFI4EU initiative.

The internet in question has two inputs that the devices will recognize when searching for the network - "WiFI4EU" and "Konavle_FREE.”

A total of 11 access points have been set up, of which two are indoor in the area of KUD Čilipi and external in the area from the area of KUD to the House of Culture, including a playground next to the regional school and the playground with artificial grass.

The internet was installed thanks to a fund approved to the Municipality of Konavle by the European Commission through the application for the WIFI4EU initiative, in order to provide free internet to both locals and tourists visiting Čilipi.

 

In the last 24 hours, 1,851 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 9,620.

Among them, 871 people are in hospital, of which 122 people are on ventilators.

And today a spokesperson for the Croatian government stated that over the past seven days 85 percent of people who have required a ventilator have been unvaccinated. Of the total number of new Covid-19 cases over the past week 77 percent were unvaccinated and 73 percent of the people in hospital with Covid-19 are unvaccinated.

Over 1.86 million people across Croatia have been vaccinated, which is 55 percent of the adult population.

 

On Thursday, the government passed a decree according to which traders in petroleum products can sell petrol for a maximum of 11.10 per litre for the next 30 days, and diesel for 11 Kuna. The maximum price amounts include the price of the petroleum product, excise duty and VAT.

"I believe that in the next 30 days there will be a stabilization of prices on the market and that after that period we will continue to function normally as an economy," said the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Tomislav Ćorić.

The prices of oil and oil derivatives in the Republic of Croatia are determined freely, in accordance with the rules governing market relations. However, for the protection of consumers, market regulation or other justified reasons, the government may, by decree, prescribe the highest level of retail prices for certain petroleum products, for an uninterrupted period of up to 90 days.

"Taking into account the current economic situation, the unpredictability of oil prices on the world market and the impact of fuel prices on overall economic activity and the standard of living of citizens, with the aim of unhindered further economic recovery, the government decided to stabilize gasoline prices for 30 days,” said the Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.

Fuel prices in Croatia have risen significantly again since Tuesday, meaning that a litre of Eurosuper 95 is now 26 Lipa more expensive than last week, which is a consequence of rising oil prices on world markets. And fuel prices in Croatia are also rising due to the high exchange rate of the dollar.

 

After an understandable break last year, the Dubrovnik Winter Festival is back again this festive season. The Dubrovnik Heritage and the Commission have released a public tender to businesses for the rent of festive stands in the Old City of Dubrovnik, plus other suburbs of the city from the 27th of November to the 6th of January 2022.

According to the public tender there will be a total of 21 festive stands, 10 of which will be located directly on the Stradun, with the remaining house around the Old City and in Lapad, Gruž and Mokošica. It remains to be seen if there is interest from catering faculties to actually bid for these festive houses.

The program for this year’s Dubrovnik Winter Festival has yet to be released, however it will probably be less ambitious as previous years due to the Covid-19 situation.

 

Looking for a change of scenery in one of the most vibrant cities in the world? Turkish Airlines is offering a special discount for flights between Dubrovnik and Istanbul for only 129 Euros return! You’ll have to get your skates on as the offer ends on the 21st of October 2021. This discounted price is only on flights booked between the 1st of November 2021 and the 27th of April 2022.

Turkish Airlines will continue to operate flights between Dubrovnik and Istanbul in their winter flights schedule and will fly twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturdays.

We have checked out the Turkish Airlines website and these special discounted flights are only for departing Dubrovnik at 8:50am on Wednesdays and at 8:20 on Saturdays. Whilst return flights from Istanbul to Dubrovnik leave at 8:05am on Wednesdays and at 7:40pm on Saturdays.

The ticket prices for other times start from around 150 Euros for a single ticket. So if you are flexible with your timing then these discounted prices are under half the normal return price of around 300 Euros. The flight time from Dubrovnik to Istanbul is two hours and this special offer refers to tickets in the economy range. Which means that a refund for cancellation isn’t allowed, however you are allowed both an 8kg cabin bag and a 30kg hold luggage.

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And if you looking for accommodation Turkish Airlines have teamed up with booking.com to offer a whole range of rooms, you’ll find more details on the website of Turkish Airlines. And the airline also has a dedicated page explaining the Covid-19 regulations for flying and entering Turkey - turkishairlines.com/en-int/announcements/coronavirus-outbreak/turkey-travel-rules

And as the special offer with Turkish Airlines continues up until the end of April next year, more precisely the 27th of April, if you book by the 21st of this month you have more time to organise a Spring trip to the city where East meets West.

All further information of this special offer, including conditions, can be found at the website of Turkish Airlines - turkishairlines.com

One of the American airlines that connected Dubrovnik with New York this summer season has taken a hard line on the vaccination of their staff and has cancelled contracts of 232 employees who didn’t want to get vaccinated for Covid-19.

United Airlines announced on Wednesday that they had laid off 232 employees who had refused the Covid-19 vaccination.

United Airlines was the first airline to introduce a vaccination obligation for employees. And the head of the company, Steve Kirby, announced that 232 of the 67,000 employees refused to be vaccinated.

United Airlines is currently the only major U.S. airline to have resorted to a release process for employees who refuse the vaccine.

Delta Airlines has introduced a monthly commitment of $200 for unvaccinated employees, while American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are taking various measures to motivate employees to vaccinate.

By Wednesday, 90 percent of Delta Airlines employees had been vaccinated.

 

Work on the new Pelješac Bridge is going full steam ahead, and today the first layer of asphalt was applied to the concrete road of the Pelješac Bridge.

The company Croatia Roads confirmed that the asphalting was underway. This first layer is 4 cm thick which is specific in that it is the so-called cast asphalt. Namely, this asphalt is more resistant to water and salt penetration and as such will protect the bridge structure for a longer period of time. It is manufactured in Croatia and installed by the Chinese contractor, China Roads and Bridge Corporation.

The completion of the tarmacking is expected by the end of November.

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All images - Croatia Roads 

 

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