Thursday, 30 June 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.


We have seen all kinds of weird positions in recent seasons from young tourists looking for the “best” location to take that Instagram photo, from hanging off the Old City Walls to dangling from cliff faces, and this latest one was a roof climb.

Yes, we want to get that ideal memory of your trip to Dubrovnik, however there are firstly much nicer places to do a photo shot, and secondly climbing over someone’s roof not only puts you in danger but also isn’t good news for the roof.

This photo was sent in by a reader of Dubrovacki Vjesnik.


The photo contest "I love my county" in 2022 is over, and the expert jury selected the best photos that amateur and professional photographers sent for the seventh year in a row to help tell the story of the beauties of Croatia.

The president of the expert jury this year was the celebrated photographer Mare Milin. Along with Mare, the best photographs were decided by Franc Moscard from Istria, Petra Vadlja from Međimurje and Davor Pavić from the Split-Dalmatia County.

"The projects we are launching within the Croatian Union of Counties as the umbrella organization of all counties are primarily aimed at cooperation and promoting the interests of all units of regional self-government, regardless of their differences. Apart from geographical ones, the diversity in old customs, way of life, traditional values makes a unique whole that we can see through these photographs. That is why every year we choose colleagues from different counties as members of the jury - we get new views and learn from each other," said the president of the Croatian Association of Counties, also the prefect of Brod-Posavina County, Danijel Marusic.

The jury selected 21 photos - one from each county, and in addition to that category, participants could compete in two more, the photo with the highest number of votes collected via Facebook within the application and the best photo taken by drone.

The most votes, almost 2,000, were won by the photograph Imaginary Tent, by Dorijan Delost from the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. The best drone photo was also taken in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, and it is the Marina Punat by Vladimir Bogovčić.

The first three places, according to the expert jury, were taken by the following photos -

1. Blurred, Mary Crnković Pilaš - City of Zagreb

2. Herd keeper, Antonio Oršulić - Dubrovnik-Neretva County

3. Snow Chapel, Goran Lončar - Vukovar-Srijem County


Blurred, Mary Crnković Pilaš

2. ČUVAR STADA Antonio Oršulić

Herd keeper, Antonio Oršulić


Snow Chapel, Goran Lončar


Support for the introduction of the euro in Croatia fell by seven percent in a year, according to a Eurobarometer survey, which shows that Croats are most afraid of rising prices and think that the Kuna will go down in history as part of its identity.

Eurobarometer on Friday presented the results of a survey conducted in April on citizens' attitudes towards the introduction of the euro in member states that do not yet use the common currency.

In Croatia, 55 percent of respondents said they were in favour of the introduction of the euro, which is seven percent less than last year, when the euro had the support of 62 percent.

According to the survey, Croats are most afraid that the euro will lead to an increase in prices, 81 percent of them.

Almost half (49 percent) think that the introduction of the euro will have negative consequences for Croatia, and 45 percent that it will have positive consequences.

Only 37 percent of respondents think that Croatia is ready for the euro, and 58 percent that it is not.

57 percent of Croats believe that the country will lose part of its identity with the introduction of the euro, and 42 percent will not, the survey showed.

The highest support for the introduction of the euro was recorded in Romania 77 percent and Hungary 69 percent, and the lowest in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, 44 percent and Sweden 45 percent.

Of these seven countries, only Croatia has met all the criteria for joining the Eurozone. The final decision of the EU Council is expected in July, and from 1 January 2023, the euro will become the Croatian currency.


From tomorrow you’ll be able to spend longer on the beautiful island of Lokrum as the sailing schedule for the last boat back from the island to Dubrovnik has been extended until 8:00pm

From Saturday June 11 the new summer timetable comes into effect. The first boat of the day leaves the old port of Dubrovnik at 10:00am and sails every half an hour. The trip to Lokrum lasts around 15 minutes, and now with the last ship leaving at 8:00 you’ll have longer to top up your tan or dip in the Adriatic.

lokrum boat schedule

The heavens opened yesterday with a summer storm flooding the Old City of Dubrovnik. It had been forecast and had been expected but when it finally came, it really came.

The thousands of tourists in the city tried to take shelter from the downpour and kept their fingers crossed that the clouds would break. The rain started in the early morning hours, accompanied with thunder, and finally stopped at around 2:00pm.

Thankfully the north wind started blowing overnight and the clouds have cleared, with the forecasters predicting that summer is back on track and this weekend will once again see temperatures in the low thirties.





Austrians are very interested in holidays in Croatia, where they have surpassed 2019 by 4 percent so far this year with more than 1.3 million overnight stays, and such trends are expected to continue in the main season, Croatian National Tourist Board Director, Kristjan Staničić said on Thursday after a meeting with Austrian partners and media in Vienna.

In Vienna, the meeting was organized by the Croatian Tourist Board (CNTB) and its representative office in Austria, and on that occasion the Croatian tourist offer was presented. Along with Staničić, the meeting was also attended by representatives of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board and the Association of Unique Croatian Hotels Stories, as well as the Croatian Ambassador to Austria Daniel Glunčić.

According to the CNTB, the event in Vienna brought together 20 Austrian journalists and representatives of the most popular media, who, in addition to tourist results from that market, were presented the trends and position that Croatia wants to occupy in that market.

"Austria is one of the most important markets with a significant impact on overall tourism results in Croatia and therefore we are pleased that this market has achieved results above the record 2019. We are back to pre-pandemic trends and believe that we will keep excellent indicators from Austria", Stanicic emphasized.

Among the long-term goals in this market, he pointed out the growth of tourist arrivals throughout the year through shorter weekend trips and attracting more guests of different age groups, especially young people.


The CNTB notes that the Austrian media were interested in the difference between the tourist offer of Istria and Dalmatia, the importance of gastronomy in the overall offer, where you can best hike in Croatia, which islands have the most interesting tourist offer and facilities and more.

Representatives of the Association of Unique Croatian Hotels Stories explained that in Croatia they gather accommodation facilities for consumers who appreciate special, unique experiences and seek high quality service, and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board commented on the imminent opening of the Peljesac Bridge.

From the partners from the Austrian market, they met with the representatives of the tour operator TUI, Gruber Reisen and Mondial, about which the director of the Austrian CNTB branch Branimir Tončinić says that the partners are very satisfied with the sales results for this year.

“Croatian destinations in Austria are in great demand and this year we can expect a strong contribution to the overall results from that market. So far, Austrians have spent the most nights in Istria and Kvarner, but we expect the strengthening of tourist traffic from that market in other Adriatic counties and on the continent of the country", said Tončinić.

Positive trends are confirmed by many market researches in Austria, including that of the Austrian Automobile Club, according to which Croatia is the leading foreign destination on the Austrian market and leads the top list, which also includes Italy, Greece, Germany, Spain and Turkey.


Croatia will be heading to Qatar this November to take part in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The team is riding high after managing its best finish in the competition last time out in 2018. The team has qualified for Group F, pitting it against Belgium, Canada, and Morocco. Fans and pundits are pretty confident about the nation’s prospects of making it into the knockout phase, though odds of around 66/1 to win the competition make it the 10th favourite. It hasn’t stopped bettors from placing wagers on the Croatian football team, with free bet promotions from many bookmakers helping to improve the value. 


If they can go all the way in Qatar and win the biggest prize in football, the Croatian players will become some of the country’s most successful athletes in its history. 

They’ll be joining a list of other big names in Croatian sport, including these legends. 


Goran Ivanisevic


Born in 1971, Goran Ivanisevic is now a 50-year-old who resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco. But before he moved to the principality, he became Croatia’s most successful tennis player, earning the tidy sum of $19.9 million in prize money in the process. 

Ivanisevic turned pro in 1988 where he saw some early success in both doubles and singles competitions. However, it was his solo efforts where he had the most success. 

With just one year of experience behind him, Ivanisevic reached the quarter-final of the Australian Open, a feat he repeated the following year at the French Open. After a string of almosts, the Croat finally managed a Grand Slam win at Wimbledon in 2001 after he beat Patrick Rafter in the final. 

Doing so, Ivanisevic set several records. He became the first (and only) man to win the Wimbledon singles tournament as a wildcard entrant, as well as the first Croat to win the competition. 

Since hanging up his racket, he’s gone on to coach several famous players, the most successful being Novak Djokovic. 


Mirko Cro Cop


Mirko Filipović, who is better known as Mirko Cro Cop, is a Croatian MMA fighter and kickboxer. At 47, he is now retired, but didn’t hang up his gloves all that long ago. 

Cro Cop began fighting professionally back in 1996 and continued, on and off, until 2014. During that time, he won 26 of his 34 fights, 13 of which were from knockouts. He fared even better as an MMA fighter, which he took up in 2001. Between the PRIDE Fighting Championship and the UFC, Cro Cop competed in 49 bouts, winning 35 of them and drawing another two. 

During his career, Cro Cop has picked up a whole host of awards and titles, including the K-1 World Grand Prix, the Rizin World Openweight Grand Prix, and the IGF Championship. Through this success, he’s also broken several records, including being the only MMA fighter to win three World Grand Prix championships, and the only person to win K-1, Pride, and RIZIN. 


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Josip Skoblar


Josip Skoblar is one of the most successful Croatian footballers of all time. At 81, he is long retired from playing, having competed for Zadar, OFK Belgrade, Hannover, Marseille, and Rijeka during his career. During his two decades on the pitch, he made 429 appearances and scored 254 goals in domestic competitions. 

Skoblar also spent six years in the Yugoslav national team, achieving 32 caps and scoring 11 goals. Most of these were in friendly matches, but he managed one against Uruguay in the 1962 World Cup, and another against West Germany in a qualifying match for Euro 1968.

After hanging up his boots, Skoblar went on to manage 13 different teams, including the Lebanese national team and Marseille. Even at his age, he continues to work as a coach for the French team. 

Skoblar’s career has been a highly decorated one, having won the Division 1 in France in both 1970-71 and 1971-72 and the Yugoslav Cup on two occasions. He also holds the record for most goals scored in a single top-flight season, the European Golden Shoe, and is the third-best all-time goalscorer for Marseille.


Airbnb hosts are continuing to profit from the return of holidays, and with searches for ‘Airbnb host requirements’ increasing 200% in the past month, there is no shortage of European homeowners interested in earning a secondary income. But where do Airbnb listings have the most potential to see the highest profits?


Curious to find out, compared average prices of Airbnbs in cities across Europe to uncover the most profitable city to own an Airbnb!


The results



Average Airbnb rental price per night (€)

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London is the most profitable European city to host an Airbnb

Airbnb owners in London could see more profits than any other city analysed, can reveal. A three-bedroom home in the English capital is rented out at an average of €328.07 a night on Airbnb, 60% more expensive than in Manchester (€205.27). Those renting out their Airbnb homes full-time can expect an average of €9,842.10 per month: 66% more than the profits seen in the German capital, Berlin (€5,927.70).


Parisian Airbnb hosts receive the second highest income, with nightly rates averaging €295.39. Airbnb hosts in the French capital earn 90% of their London counterparts (€328.07), but income in Paris is 62% higher than in Lyon (€182.07 a night). Full-time hosts in Paris receive an average of €8,861.70 a month: only €29.70 (0.33%) more than Airbnb hosts in Munich in third.


Nightly rates average €294.40 a night in Munich, the third highest in Europe. Airbnb hosts in Munich earn 49% more than those in Berlin (€197.59), and 85% more than those in Vienna (€158.83). Munich’s permanent hosts earn €8,832 a month on average; €105,984 a year, and 14% more than Dublin in fourth (€7,768.20).


Tips on getting a mortgage for a second home

Mortgages expert, Florence Codjoe, outlines some of the considerations to make before getting a second-home mortgage:

Decide between a fixed or variable rate. As with all mortgages, you should decide whether you want a fixed or variable-rate deal. Variable rates might be lower initially, but if rates increase you could end up paying more overall than if you took out a fixed rate. Fixing your mortgage also means you’ll always know how much your ongoing mortgage repayments will cost. 

Wait to pay off your current mortgage. It could be worth waiting until you’ve repaid more (or even all) of your current mortgage. Waiting to pay off your current mortgage could help you get a better deal on a second home mortgage.

Budget for stamp duty. Bear in mind that you’ll also have to pay an extra 3% in stamp duty on top of the normal rates when you buy a second home, so make sure you budget accordingly.”


The Voice of Dubrovnik


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