Thursday, 18 October 2018
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.


Even the most popular search engine in the world is celebrating Croatian Independence Day today.

On the homepage of the search engine is a specially designed graphic with a link to the Croatian Independence Day articles on Google.

This isn’t the first time that Croatia has featured on the homepage of Google. During this year’s World Cup in Russia Croatia was highlighted regularly on the search engine.

google croatia independence day

On this day, 27 years ago, the 8th of October 1991 the Croatian parliament decided to end all state relations with the former state, Yugoslavia and declared that Croatia was an independent and sovereign country.

The government session on that date was not held in the parliament buildings but in the basement of the INA oil company in Zagreb for fear of a bombings from the Yugoslav National army.

Independence Day was implemented as a state holiday by Ivica Račan's government in 2001 and was celebrated for the first time in 2008.

Croatian independence was internationally recognized in January 1992, when both the European Economic Community and the United Nations granted Croatia diplomatic recognition, and the country was accepted into the United Nations shortly thereafter.

A round-up of the most popular stories from this week in Dubrovnik and Croatia

Monday – 01/10/2018

On this day 27 years ago Dubrovnik was attacked from the land, the sea and the air

On this day, 27 years ago, the 1st of October 1991 at 6.00am Dubrovnik was attacked from the land, the sea and the air by the Yugoslav National Army (JNA). It is a day etched in the memories of the citizens of the city as they were awoken by the Homeland War.

Tuesday – 02/10/2018

Today Dubrovnik was the wettest city in the world – twice as much rain fell in a few hours than six months in London!

Dubrovnik is again a world record holder, but this time it has nothing to do with the tourism industry. Due to the unbelievable amount of rain that fell on the city early this morning Dubrovnik was officially the wettest city in the city over the past 24 hours with almost double the amount of rain of any other of the 6,000 world destination measured.

Wednesday – 03/10/2018

Yummy, yummy: Good Food Festival is just around the corner!

Dubrovnik Tourist Board organizes Good Food Festival for the fifth year in a row! One of the favourite festivals of locals and their guests will be a great treat for foodies and will be held from October 15th until October 21st. All the visitors will have a chance to enjoy a great variety of food and wine at workshops, dinners and many other events included in this great festival.

Thursday – 04/10/2018

Dubrovnik tap water still not suitable for drinking

After the torrential rains that fell in Dubrovnik on Tuesday the tap water in Dubrovnik is still not suitable for drinking.

Friday – 05/10/2018

British Days in Dubrovnik 2018 – a celebration of the close links between Croatia and Great Britain

From Ruđer Bošković as a member of the London Royal Society to delighted British tourists; from Richard the Lionheart to Daniel Day Lewis - the links between Britain and Dubrovnik stretch through various periods of history to the present day, symbolizing the close links between people, knowledge, culture, business, and art of Croatia and Great Britain. This close relationship will be marked with the British Days in Dubrovnik from the 10th to 12th of October 2018.

Saturday – 06/10/2018

Dubrovnik has the best quality of life of any Croatian city

Dubrovnik is the Croatian city with the best quality of life and Varaždin is the best choice for business. An award ceremony was held in Šibenik for the gala award of the best cities in Croatia, an event organised by Hanza Media, Ipsos Agency and the website Gradonač

Looking for a break in Dubrovnik before the winter really bites? Or in fact thinking of flying away from Dubrovnik to relax and unwind after a long, summer season? As the tourist season draws to an end there are some great flight bargains to be found flying out of Dubrovnik. Now is the time to carpe diem and go last minute. From London to Madrid and Venice there are a plethora of last-minute flight deals to be found.

We have scanned just a few of the airlines and their last minute deals to bring you some of the autumn flight bargains. Whichever way round you’re flying, whether you’re after a long weekend of culture in the pearl of the Adriatic or thinking of enjoying a macchiato on St. Mark’s Square we’ve found some deals for you. All flight deals are based on a one adult return ticket with hand luggage only and all prices are correct at the time of publishing.

The Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea is offering some great flights deals to and from Dubrovnik for the end of October.

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Dubrovnik – Venice
Saturday – 27 - October
Dubrovnik to Venice M. Polo
Departs 09:25 - Arrives 10:45
Saturday - 3 November
Venice M. Polo to Dubrovnik
Departs 07:30 - Arrives 08:45
FINAL PRICE - €51.88

Dubrovnik - Bordeaux
Saturday – 27 – October
Dubrovnik to Bordeaux
Departs 14:50 – Arrives 17:30
Saturday – 3 - Nov
Bordeaux to Dubrovnik
Departs 07:00 - Arrives 09:25
FINAL PRICE - €53.47

Dubrovnik - Marseille
Saturday – 27 – October
Dubrovnik to Marseille
Departs 09:55 - Arrives 12:05
Saturday – 3 – November
Marseille to Dubrovnik
Departs 12:30 - Arrives 14:20
FINAL PRICE - €118.47

Dubrovnik - Nantes
Sat 27 Oct 2018
Dubrovnik to Nantes
Departs 12:55 - Arrives 15:45
Saturday - 3 – November
Nantes to Dubrovnik
Departs 12:30 - Arrives 14:55
FINAL PRICE - €103.47

And the popular UK low-cost airline EasyJet has got some red hot deals for the end of their flight season to Dubrovnik. EasyJet is one of the most frequent airlines to use Dubrovnik airport and fly to numerous European destinations.


Dubrovnik to London Stansted
Friday – 26 – October
Departs 10:40 – Arrives 12:25
Saturday – 3 - November
London Gatwick to Dubrovnik
Departs- 12:45 – Arrives 16:25
FINAL PRICE - €160.01

Dubrovnik - Manchester
Wednesday – 24 – October
Departs 17:20 – Arrives 19:30
Manchester to Dubrovnik
Wednesday – 31 – October
Departs 06:00 – Arrives 10:00
FINAL PRICE – €137.00

Dubrovnik to Amsterdam
Saturday – 20 – October
Departs 10:00 – Arrives 12:35
Amsterdam to Dubrovnik
Saturday – 27 – October
Departs 07:05 – Arrives 09:25
FINAL PRICE - €69.92

And the Turkish national airline, Turkish Airlines, has been connecting Istanbul with Dubrovnik throughout the whole year for the past two years. This winter will be no different with four direct flights a week expected from Istanbul.


Dubrovnik to Istanbul

Friday – 26 – October
Departs – 8.30 – Arrives – 11:20
Istanbul to Dubrovnik
Saturday – 3 – November
Departs – 19:25 Arrives – 19:25
FINAL PRICE - €179.62

And another Spanish low-cost operator, Vueling, also has a number of juicy autumn flight deals to Dubrovnik. In fact, Vueling is the largest airline in Spain by fleet size and the number of destinations. The airline flies from Madrid and Barcelona to Dubrovnik.



Dubrovnik to Barcelona
Thursday – 25 – October
Departs – 15:05 – Arrives – 17:25
Barcelona to Dubrovnik
Sunday – 4 – November
Departs – 11:55 – Arrives – 14.10
FINAL PRICE - €187.98

And last but not least Norwegian Air have a great number of autumn flight deals to Dubrovnik from many Scandinavian centres.


Dubrovnik to Copenhagen
Wednesday – 24 – October
Copenhagen to Dubrovnik
Saturday – 27 – October
FINAL PRICE - €125.56

Make the most of these cheap flights from Dubrovnik this autumn and reserve your flight today.

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, has published a message on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Croatia the 8th of October. And below follows the complete unedited text 

Dear citizens of Dubrovnik,

On the 8th of October 1991, the Croatian Parliament adopted a decision on the termination of all state-law relations of the Republic of Croatia with the former State. That day will always be remembered in Croatian history as the day we chose a sovereign, independent and democratic Republic of Croatia.

27 years later, we are proudly commemorating this date and remembering all those who gave their lives for this day to become reality. We are reminded of our defenders, of all the civilians killed and their families. To all of them, we have immense gratitude and deep respect.

In our city, we particularly felt the full consequences of this much desired autonomy and freedom. At this time of the year the memories are especially strong. Nevertheless, the war wounds have been healed, our city is moving forward, but the memory of those who gave their lives remains forever.

Dear fellow citizens, on behalf of the employees of the City of Dubrovnik and myself personally, I send you sincere congratulations on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Croatia!


Mato Franković

The capital’s airport recorded its busiest ever September with 345,770 passengers travelling through the airport. Zagreb saw a 4.5 percent increase in passenger numbers this September compared to the same month from last year. During September there were 4,175 aircraft operations at Croatia’s busiest airport.

Zagreb Airport is certainly expanding, both physically and in terms of passenger numbers, and every month of 2018 has seen a rise in passenger numbers, with May seeing a huge 11.8 percent increase as just over 300,000 travellers used the airport. By the end of the year it is expected that around 3.4 million passengers will have used Zagreb Airport, an increase of almost 10 percent over last year.

According to the specialised website EX-YU Aviation the airport “welcomed 2.569.296 travellers through its doors in the first three quarters, up 8.6% on the same period last year. So far in 2018, it added an extra 203.310 passengers compared to 2017.”

And with more flights expected for 2019 and more long haul destinations to be added to the schedule the sky seems to be the limit for the capital’s airport.

Month PAX Change
JAN 191.276  13.3
FEB 170.658  10.3
MAR 223.642  16.2
APR 253.853  5.7
MAY 300.676  11.8
JUN 331.533  6.6
JUL 379.193  7.9
AUG 372.590  7.2
SEP 345.770  4.5

Once again the citizens of Dubrovnik have gathered together as one in support of a good cause. Yesterday on the Stradun hundreds of people collected as they responded to a humanitarian action to raise funds for children with disabilities. The action was aimed at raising awareness of the problems that people with disabilities face in today’s world and was organised by the Dubrovnik society “Dva Skalina.”

Sports clubs, war veterans, associations, firefighters, police, artists, musicians, tour guides, in fact people from every walk of life came together in the centre of the Old City of Dubrovnik yesterday.


Cake sale in front of Sponza Palace - All photos Branka Mumalo

Together with this action are the association “Together to Health” and the association for Down Syndrome of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County the program yesterday aimed to raise funds for to equip a custom-made playground in front of the Centre for Children with Disabilities.

A cake sale was held in front of the Sponza Palace and in front of the St. Blaise Church there was an entertainment program featuring folklore ensembles, dance and song.


As part of this two-day event, which the organizers called "Prove that together we can do anything,” parents and children with disabilities will be able to go on a boat ride today from Gruz to Hotel Admiral where they will be greeted with a welcome drink and snacks.

For all of you who weren’t able to participate yesterday but still want to help you can donate directly to the Dva Skalina association – Account Number - HR7924070001100305036 (with the indication: for the playground).


Dubrovnik is the Croatian city with the best quality of life and Varaždin is the best choice for business. An award ceremony was held in Šibenik for the gala award of the best cities in Croatia, an event organised by Hanza Media, Ipsos Agency and the website Gradonač Hundreds of Croatian city leaders attended the event which was also attended by the Minister of Development and EU Funds, Gabrijela Žalac.

On accepting the award, the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković commented that “the prize confirms the slogan of the city administration 'Dubrovnik a city according to its citizens' and added that the next goal was to provide apartments for our young families. Because in Dubrovnik, it is almost impossible to buy an apartment.

Whilst the Mayor of Varaždin stated that “This is the reward of Varaždin entrepreneurs.”


Photo - HANZA Media 

Dubrovnik won the award for the Croatian city with the best quality of life for a large city, whilst Poreč won in the category for medium-sized cities and Novigrad Istarski in the category of small cities.

The Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper Jutarnji List, Goran Ogurlic, said that this selection had been a very long and drawn out process because the voting committee insisted on strict criteria for the awards. In the final selection a total of 41 cites were entered with some of them competing for several awards.

List of winner cities by category

The best cities for quality of life

Small town - Novigrad Istrian
Medium sized city - Poreč
Large city - Dubrovnik

The best cities for business

Small town - Krk
Medium sized city - Sveta Nedelja
Large city - Varaždin

The Best Cities for Education, Demography and Social Policy

Small town - Pag
Medium sized city - Umag
Large city - Čakovec

Winner of "Best Smart City Solutions and Practices" Award - Rijeka

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