Friday, 20 July 2018

James Bond will be filming in Dubrovnik. According to information in the British newspaper, The Mirror, the 25th and latest James Bond movie will be filmed in Dubrovnik. After the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood the latest Hollywood blockbuster to use Dubrovnik as a backdrop will be the British spy James Bond.

Sources suggest that the producers of the James Bond franchise were angry at the former mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, for revealing details that the next film would be recorded in Dubrovnik. The movie will be called “Shatterhand” and will see 007 fighting against a blind villain. The Mirror added that “Bond scriptwriters feel it could be the perfect follow-up to Spectre . They are hoping to film in Croatia next year.”

And Daniel Craig will once again play the British spy even though he had previously commented that he would rather “slash his our wrists than play the secret agent again.” However with Craig in the leading role James Bond has been very successful, Skyfall earned $1.1 billion and Spectre a healthy $800 million.

The latest film in this long-running franchise is based on the book Never Dream of Dying by Raymond Benson, who also wrote Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough. The 25th film in the James Bond franchise is set to be released on the 8th of November 2019.

Looking for a night out in Dubrovnik well here is our guide to the top five nightclubs in the city. Plan your evening out in Dubrovnik at some of the top venues and let the nightlife spice up your holiday. Turn up the temperature on those warm summer nights in the city with some dance floor hits and spectacular light shows.

Culture Club Revelin

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Located in a medieval fortress with walls thick enough to soak up the booming bass, Culture Club Revelin is the premier nightspot in Dubrovnik. Open till the early morning hours and often featuring international DJs the CC also has a spectacular light show. The nightclub often has dance music festivals and has hosted some of the hottest DJ’s in the world. Bartenders swinging flaming drinks, attractive dancers and a light show that will leave you reaching for your mobile the Culture Club Revelin has it all and more. It really warms up at around midnight and by the early morning hours the dance floor is packed.


Ul. Svetog Dominika 3, Dubrovnik

Banje Beach

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The iconic Dubrovnik beach with a thumping night club, a great combination for those warm summer nights in Dubrovnik. Plenty of space to get your grove on at the Banje Beach. The Banje Beach is an iconic beach full of swimmers and sun lovers in the day and then at night transforms into a thumping nightclub and lounge. The Banje Beach club often hosts international DJ’s and as you are basically dancing close to the Adriatic Sea it has its own natural cool off zone. Funky interior and great choice of drinks.


Ul. Frana Supila 10A, Dubrovnik

Sky Bar

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Right by the Pile entrance into the Old City, you can’t miss the Sky Bar nightclub. One of the longest standing clubs in the city, although recently renovated, the Sky Bar is open till late and has some cracking cocktails. With its electronic music and fast flowing drinks (at reasonable prices) Sky Bar is a hit with party goers. It is also convenient to all of the buses and taxis if you don’t have the energy to walk home.


Brsalje ul. 8, Dubrovnik

Cele Bar

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Not so much a bar more a destination. Whilst Cele is a relaxed bar and bistro though the day at night it transforms into a hot spot. Located directly in the heart of the city Cele offers wicked cocktails, live music and a superb atmosphere. Always busy throughout the height of summer as it location is a magnet for party seekers before heading off to one of the Dubrovnik nightclubs. A great spot for a little pre-party warm up before hitting one of the clubs which are all within walking distance. A place to see and be seen.


Stradun, Dubrovnik

Rock Cafe Exit

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Here is one for the rockers. Rock Cafe Exit is located in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik and is a cult bar for locals looking to avoid techno and dance music. It offers a great choice of local beers and has an intimate and friendly feel. Not so much a nightclub more a place to warm up before hitting the clubs. It is a firm hit with the locals and offers a mix of rock and heavy metal and also regularly features live bands. The drink prices are reasonable, probably one of the best selections of bottled beers in the city.


Boškovićeva ulica 2, Dubrovnik


“I couldn’t really see what they were doing at first and then I realised to my horror that it was a sex orgy on a public beach,” explained a reader of The Dubrovnik Times. This afternoon a reader of the Times witnessed a four-way sex orgy on a public beach in Zupa called Beterina. The beach is an unofficial nudist beach but not a sex beach! When approached by the reader to stop the four foreign tourists replied “But this is a nudist beach,” in way of an excuse.

As this orgy, which involved three men and one woman, occurred in the middle of the day on a public beach it could easily have been witnessed by children. The four foreign nationals, all believed to be in their late fifties early sixties, seemed oblivious to the swimmers around them and started a four way orgy.

The eyewitness approached the naked quartet and asked them to stop. The four tried to argue their case be saying the beach was nudist, before stopping and moving onto to another beach. This small beach in Zupa, around 12 kilometres from Dubrovnik, is apparently well-known as a swinger’s beach and there is even a homemade sign advertising the fact that swingers are welcome.

Sex on a public beach in the republic of Croatia is punishable by law with fines ranging from 3,000 to 7,000 Kuna. If the police had caught these sex culprits they could have been multiplied these penalties by four.

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Swinging on Dubrovnik beach - just follow the signs 

Dubrovnik is well known for being one of the most romantic cities in the world. Hundreds of couples every year choose Dubrovnik as their magical place to say “I Do.”

And even though the summer temperatures can be, well roasting, this doesn’t stop couples from saying their vows in the Mediterranean sunshine. Just a couple of weeks ago Anna and Gordon Bird, from Edinburgh, decided to “brave” the summer heat and get married.

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This was a wedding with a difference, at least for Dubrovnik, as the whole ceremony was a traditional Scottish affair. In spite of the sweltering heat full kilts were the order of the day.

But you can’t have a Scottish wedding without the melody of a bagpipe echoing in the background. The couple managed to find the only bagpipe player in Croatia, Zvjezdan Levinger, and he flew down from the capital Zagreb to make their big day even more memorable.

The unforgettable Scottish day in Dubrovnik ended with a piper’s toast to the bride and groom.      

It is going to get hot again in Dubrovnik as a heat wave is expected to hit tomorrow. According to the State Meteorological Institute for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there is a moderate heat wave projected for the period from July 30 to August 1, 2017.

Temperatures are expected to rise tomorrow to 33 degrees and on Monday could even rise to 34 degrees. Experts are warning people to stay out of the midday sun and to drink plenty of fluids. Humidity levels are also expected to be high at the beginning of next week. The current sea temperature in Dubrovnik is 24 degrees. 

According to the Global Footprint Network (GFN), on the 2nd of August 2017 humankind will have used annual natural resources.

This international research organization was the first to introduce the method of calculating ecological debt. Carbon emissions are the fastest growing factor of over consumption, whilst the carbon footprint of humanity now makes up to 60 percent of humanity's demand on nature.

The Earth Overshoot Day (EOD) previously known as Ecological Debt Day (EDD) is the date on which humanity's resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth's capacity to regenerate those resources that year. In the last twenty years, it has been marked at the end of September; however, this year is almost two months earlier. The world first entered ecological deficit spending or ecological debt in the early 1970s when the critical threshold had been crossed.

Furthermore, humanity is currently using resources 1.7 times faster than ecosystems can regenerate i.e. globally we are using 1.7 planets and we only have one. The costs of this global ecological excessive spending become more and more obvious all over the world, in the form of shrinking forests, species loss, drought, water scarcity, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity and carbon dioxide accumulation in the atmosphere.

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Living Planet Report on the state of the planet published in October last year, all the countries in Croatia’s surroundings, including Croatia, live above their natural capacity. This is also demonstrated by GFN's environmental data, measured in global hectares (gha). It is a unit that measures human demand on nature (ecological footprint) and the ability of the Earth to meet our requirements (bio capacity).

Therefore, Slovenia stands out as the country with the highest ecological footprint (4.69gha), followed by Croatia (3.78gha), Montenegro (3.63gha), Bosnia and Herzegovina (3.22gha), and Serbia (3,1gha). The good news is that in all countries in the region the ecological footprint measured in 2013 was lower than in 2012.

However, the latest data show that Croatia is using resources of 2.2 planets. It entered the ecological debt in 1997 for the first time. Croatia's footprint consists of carbon dioxide (2.06gha), arable land (0.74gha), forest products (0.38gha), fishing areas (0.07gha), populated areas (0.06gha) and pastures (0.19gha). Bio capacity per capita is 2.8 gha.

Experts claim that reducing food waste by 50 percent around the world could move the Earth Overshoot Day by eleven days, whilst reducing of carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent would move the date by 89 days.

Dubrovnik has its first free dive centre. Don’t worry we didn’t know what free diving was until we Googled it, and then we were worried that we would have to get involved. We needn’t have to be worried Gauthier Ghilain has a way of making you feel calm, in fact after the interview we were ready to strip down and start finding Nemo! “Add some depth to your life”- states Free Dive Dubrovnik and it’s hard not to believe them, the nerves we had at first soon melted. This is a sport for everyone, from seven to seventy, with no prior experience needed. Find out how Ghilain brought free diving to Dubrovnik (with the help of Srdan).

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What better place to start than the beginning

I was born in Liege in Belgium, close to the German border, but then I moved to a small city next to the French border before moving onto Luxembourg. I studied IT Science at Liege and after my studies I did various jobs in the IT industry with my last job working in a bank in Luxembourg.

Working in IT in a Luxembourg bank is a little different than free diving

Yes, when I reached the age of thirty I got bored with my job and with IT. I like nature, I like to move, I like sports and to explore and I didn’t find anything in the banking industry that could satisfy my desires. I discovered that I didn’t belong there anymore. So I decided to take a six months break and travel the world. I went to Central America. My journey started in Guatemala and there is learned Spanish, because I wanted to travel but I also wanted to learn something. I travelled around Mexico, Salvador and Honduras. And in Honduras I tried scuba diving for the first time.

So this was the beginning of your love of the underwater world?

Well this was the first time that I had tried scuba diving that was back in 2007. I love the water and I immediately fell in love with scuba diving. It was a world that I didn’t know yet but I decided that this was going to be my new life. I took all the courses in Honduras.

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What happened when your six months “gap period” ended?

I had highest level of amateur scuba diving but not yet enough to be an instructor. I went back to Luxembourg where I had a job in IT waiting for me, but I didn’t take it. I stayed for a few months and left Venezuela to the island in the Caribbean, Margarita, where I continued my scuba diving courses. I discovered free diving there and it changed my life.

How is it possible to discover free diving?

It is a nice story. I discovered it by accident. My scuba diving instructor and the captain of the boat we used to send me every morning in the sea to tie the anchor. We didn’t want the anchor to damage the coral reef. So I would secure the anchor on the sea bed. I was basically swimming down without any equipment. This started at depths of four metres and slowly moved up to ten metres. This is how I discovered my love for free diving. However I still continued my career in scuba diving, back in Honduras now as an instructor. I still had the love of free diving in the back of my mind so I used to go free diving with some local fishermen who would fish with spears.

So where did you take your first free diving course?

In Egypt. The blue hole in Egypt is a very famous place for free diving. It is 100 metres straight down with now tides, no currents it is like a swimming pool. So I took a course there. After Egypt I went to Thailand, the Maldives. Cyprus and Indonesia working as a scuba diving instructor. In fact in Indonesia I took a free diving instructor course with the British national champion, Mike Board.

I believe your girlfriend had a say in your next global move

Yes, my girlfriend is from Portugal and she likes the Latin way of life. She wanted to leave Indonesia and Costa Rica was now our new home. She feels at home in Costa Rica.

ghilain free dive


How did Costa Rica bring you to Dubrovnik?

I started a free dive company in Costa Rica in 2014 and one day a man from Dubrovnik walked through the door, Srdan. He took a free diving course and he became friends. He said to me that me wanted to bring free diving to Dubrovnik, so we decided to do it together. In July we opened a free dive centre. The idea is that I will work here in the European summer and go back to Costa Rica in the Southern Hemisphere summer.

What were your first impressions when you saw Dubrovnik?

To be honest I was only looking at the water – it was so blue.

How would you compare the sea water in Dubrovnik with other destinations you have been to?

Certainly it is the colour – it is bluer than any sea I have ever seen. In the Maldives it is very transparent, but here it is blue. The sea water is a little chilly and quite calm compared to other countries.

Are your courses open to everyone...even complete novices?

Yes, absolutely. We opened the free dive centre in Dubrovnik on the 1st of July this year and cater for everyone. We have a trial course, like an introduction course, if people don’t know what free diving is but they would like to try. This course lasts for four hours. And people will have the chance to learn the breathing techniques, how to equalise the pressure under water and how to go down to depths between five and ten metres. If people want to take things a little more seriously we have a certification course, of which there are three levels. For example level one is a two-day course in which people can learn a little bit more, for example how to rescue partners and how to static and dynamic breath holds. And of course they will learn to dive deeper up to twenty metres.

free dive dubrovnik

And the courses start in the classroom or straight in the sea?

In the classroom. We generally say that free diving is 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical. So before we enter the sea we have a chat about pressure under water because when you go down under water you will feel pressure. You have to learn to live with this pressure and equalise your air space, this means your ears and your nose and even your mask. After that I explain how to relax and how to breathe. Relaxation is an important part of free diving. And finally I will show people how to recover after a dive.

How long can you hold your breath for and what is the deepest you have been under water?

I can hold my breath for six minutes and the deepest I have been is 80 metres.

free diving dubrovnik


Text - Mark Thomas

Photos - Mark Thomas and Free Dive Dubrovnik 

My wife and I are running our own company. Those who have never worked alongside their spouse are waiting for the next sentence, while those who have already pretty much know the story from here.

We are hopefully careful about who we choose for our life partner. If we believe in the value of the old concept of lifetime partnership and mainstream monogamy, we better be. Still, regardless of how much in love you are with your better half or how well you understand each other, nothing can prepare you for the fusion of your work and private life. The fact you and your partner are in sync when it comes to major life issues and are sensitive to each other's needs means exactly nothing in the workplace.

In my experience, couples who are best suited to work together are those that have a complimentary set of skills and characteristics, rather than matching ones. It helps if you can divide the work and responsibilities clearly and follow the arrangement.

All of those general things aside, working together and having your marriage survive each other's constant company, work related arguments over family dinners, and sleepless nights is no easy feat, especially if you are running your own business. We are currently trying to get a second company in six years off the ground together. It's difficult. There is plenty of stress, especially with a seasonal business like ours. Hours are long, days are short, and we can't escape work problems at any point during the day. Is it taking a toll on our life? Oh yes, it bloody is. We are missing a lot because of our decision to be our own bosses and this will not change very soon. It might get a bit better if the company survives and grows. If it fails and we end up in a financial bind and without work... well, we'll worry about that if it happens. There are many moments when it feels like all the frustrations are going to irreparably damage our relationship to the point where we will no longer be able to experience one another without having to look at our marriage through the prism of our business.

So, why would anyone do it? What makes perfectly rational people get involved in such a crazy scheme?

I’m not completely certain I can explain it, but in my case it has to do with the need to be involved professionally in something you believe in. It also has to do with the faith in the one you share your life with. Every beginning is difficult and rocky, but if you can make it work, the rewards are great as well. You get to share some of everyday highs and lows with the one you love and you get to spend more time with that person than majority of “normal” couples.

Also, you get to truly understand and appreciate the struggle you are both going through. Many business owners have a very hard time dealing with the fact their spouses or love interests simply have no way of knowing how overwhelming work related stress can be. I don’t have that problem. I know my wife understands what it’s like looking up at the ceiling at 3am, too worried to sleep even though you are dead tired. She’s right there next to me, looking up at the same ceiling. If you make it work. You get to celebrate together, knowing you made it work. Together.

We are blessed to be friends with many couples like us. Those that toil away together to the point of wanting to kill each other, only to pull themselves up and fight through all the drama until they succeed. It’s a powerful thing and one that requires special people – hard working, sometimes a bit crazy, but always passionate and full of life.


Bozidar Jukic, AKA The Restless Native, is a Dubrovnik local with too many interests to name them all, with writing being at the very top of the list. He is a lover of good food, music and film, and a firm believer in the healing power of laughter. His professional orientation is towards tourism and travel so it comes as no surprise he spends most of his time alongside Mrs. Jukic running their own local tour company. Their goal is helping travellers from all over the world get a more intimate experience of Dubrovnik and what it has to offer. To find out more about their work, visit their website or Facebook page.

The city of Split is the capital city of one of the three most important tourist regions in Croatia and the second largest in Croatia. It is also the second largest Croatian port and the third largest in the Mediterranean in terms of passenger traffic. However, apart from all that, it is well known for its rich history, culture, tradition, natural beauty and as Mecca for techno music lovers from all over the world.

The world popular New York Post recently visited the city under the hill of Marjan and wrote nothing but praise about one of the largest Croatian cities.

Walking around the Diocletian's Palace Americans described as a return to the past, pointing out that the globally popular HBO series ''Game of Thrones'' was filmed in the underground complex of vaulted chambers and stone-lined corridors ''where Daenerys Targaryen kept her chained dragons''.

In its detailed report, the New York Post expressed enchantment with spectacular Roman ruins, sun-splashed beaches and the Old Town with around 3,000 inhabitants within the walls of the UNESCO World Heritage Site which is ‘’a vibrant, buzzing living museum packed with bars, cafés, shops and boutique hotels’’.

In addition, Americans also emphasized that Split is fast becoming the hottest destination on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and that it is even rivalling the country’s other tourist lure along the Adriatic – the city of Dubrovnik.

Read the full article here


Passengers desperate to get to Dubrovnik Airport this morning turned to the UberBOAT service to avoid the crowds. The main coastal road to the airport was blocked as Dubrovnik taxi drivers protested at what they see as unfair competition from Uber taxis and the protest caused miles and miles of traffic jams. The protest caused another protest, this time from the public.

According to reports around 30 passengers missed a flight to Rome as the traffic jams built up. Some drivers needed 2 hours to drive to the airport, a journey that would normally take 30 minutes. As the public turned against the protest there was a rise in the interest of Uber across social media channels.

When asked by The Dubrovnik Times about the possible increase of downloads of the Uber app in the Dubrovnik region the Communications Assistant at Uber, Matija Mesic, commented that “We generally don't communicate these numbers as they are business critical.” He did however add that “What I can say is that we wanted to make sure that everyone looking to get to the airport in Dubrovnik today had the option of taking UberBOAT at the same rate as a car. The aim was to make sure that traffic and mobility was available to everyone regardless of the taxi protest which is really negative publicity for Uber and Croatia in general.”




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