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 though it is a beautiful and sunny day in Dubrovnik today, the first day of the weekend, it is about to get much wetter in Dubrovnik.
The Croatian Meteorological Office has issued a yellow warning for tomorrow for Dubrovnik and the whole region. Gale force southerly winds are forecast bringing with them overcast skies and rain.
The wind is expected to blow at over 40 km/h up to 65 km/h with plenty of rain. There is a chance that ferry services will not be operating tomorrow as high seas are also expected. The bad and unsettled weather is expected to continue until the middle of next week.
The kayak confusion in the Pile Bay of Dubrovnik looks like finding a solution this year. One of the most heavily criticised tourist attractions in the city, both from local and tourists, is the disorder and disorganisation of kayaks in the Pile area just a stone’s throw from the ancient Dubrovnik City Walls.
All 90 kayaks will be moved to the beach on Pile
The main problem was, apart from it looking unpleasant, was the fact that tourists wishing to visit the Lovrjenac Fortress, which is popular with guests as it featured in the Game of Thrones serial, had problems passing the numerous kayaks beached on the public area. This year this will all change as the Dubrovnik City Council has decided to move the area for kayaks across the Pile Bay to the beach area.
There are a total of 6 kayak companies located in this area and altogether have a total of 90 kayaks between them.
After yesterday's very successful presentation of the Croatian tourist offer during the first day of the ITB travel fair in Berlin, numerous promotional activities and important meetings with key international partners were held today during the second day of the largest world tourism fair.
The Croatian delegation was led by the Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, and with the Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, and they met Sebastian Münzenmaier, the President of the German Bundestag Tourism Board, who visited the Croatian booth and praised the new design and concept of the Croatian Tourism Association and added that Croatia is a very popular and sought after destination among German tourists.
During the first two days of the fair, numerous meetings were held with key partners including Jet2com, TUI, Federal Tourism Association (BTW), Expedia, Olimar, Germania, Eurowings, Condor, Thomas Cook Germany and others.
Staničić pointed out that all of the key partners had concluded last year with excellent results, which is why they announced the extension of the 2018 program. "Croatia is a very sought-after destination in the German market, and in line with the plans presented by the largest partners in the German market, we expect to keep positive trends in 2018,” said the Director of the national tourist board.
Adding that airlines have a key role and announced that new flights from major airlines would be introduced as well as the increase of the rotation of existing flights. New flights to Zadar, Rijeka, Pula, Split and Dubrovnik have been announced by a number of airline companies such as easyJet, Eurowings, Ryanair, Lufthansa, Condor and many more. Minister Cappeli emphasized that tourism is the driver of the economic system because of the opportunities it creates for new investments and softening diplomatic ties. "Such events are a great opportunity for meeting different stakeholders in tourism, from tour operators and airlines to representatives of political institutions for tourism, as well as for holding meetings with interested foreign investors,” commented the Minister.
Jet2com's representatives stressed that they have more than 40 flights a week to Croatia, and that they have achieved excellent results and increased traffic over the past year to destinations such as Dubrovnik (+ 26%) and Split (+ 36%).
Condor's representatives presented new lines from Frankfurt to Zadar and Rijeka, and from Dusseldorf to Split, which will also connect with Hannover. Eurowings in the summer of 2018 will boost operations from Germany to Dubrovnik, from Düsseldorf, Hannover, Berlin, Cologne (Bonn), Munich and Stuttgart. There is easyJet's new line connecting Zadar and Berlin, and although they already have a line from Berlin's Schönefeld airport to Pula, they are introducing a new line linking Pula to another airport - Tegel.
Lufthansa announced a new line in Zadar - Frankfurt in 2018, as well as an increase in operations to Pula, while Ryanair has announced earlier three new lines from Frankfurt to Pula, Rijeka and Zadar and the Zadar - Bremen line.
The Dubrovnik Times has teamed up with the specialised Dubrovnik real estate agency Krešić Properties to bring you a selection of interesting properties in and the around the Dubrovnik region. Over the next few months we will feature a property every two-weeks, from stone cottages, seaside villas, apartments and luxury retreats. Whether you are after that Adriatic home of your dreams or looking to move into renting property this is the feature for you.
A traditional old stone house that has been lovingly renovated in the picturesque seaside destination of Cavtat. With spectacular views over the Adriatic Sea and the terracotta roofs of historic Cavtat this is an ideal opportunity to discover your place in the sun. The house was extensively renovated 10 years ago and could be an ideal holiday home or as a long-term base.
Close enough to Dubrovnik to be handy and yet far enough way to be tranquil during the summer months Cavtat is one of the most glorious coastal towns in the Dubrovnik region.
This charming stone home is spread out over 150 metre squared and contains three spacious bedrooms. Over two floors this fully air-conditioned house has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large open-plan kitchen with a roomy living and dining area. The interior design is warm and welcoming and includes many aspects and touches of Mediterranean life and culture.
And life “al fresco” is simple with a large outside terrace as well as a dedicated barbecue area on another terrace. The stone house also includes a garage and parking spaces.
It location is the key. With many restaurants and café bars within walking distance, as is the sea, the panoramic views over the turquoise Adriatic and its vicinity to the vibrant ancient city of Dubrovnik all provide for a home with style.
The series continues in two weeks’ time with another stunning Dubrovnik property.
Interested in more info on this property contact Krešić Properties
Location - Cavtat
Price - € 370,000.00
Living area - 150 m2
Number of bedrooms - 3
It might seem like a slightly harsh language, not as melodic as Italian or as soft as English, but it would seem that is also sexy. The website Dating Beyond Borders has produced a rather fun video entitled Sexiest Slavic Language and from the reactions it would appear that Croatian is surprisingly attractive.
The website gathered native speakers from Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic and Tony from Croatia bowled over the two ladies.
As he spoke Croatian the first lady answered “Wow, my god I’m getting Goosebumps,” and the second was just as impressed reacting with “I love you from the bottom of my heart.”
Check out this fun video
The high south winds that battered Dubrovnik yesterday caused a rather unfortunate accident in the parking of the Dubrovnik General Hospital yesterday.
A huge pine tree crashed down on two parked cars in the hospital grounds and inside one of the vehicles was a female passenger. The Dubrovnik Fire Brigade were called and three emergency vehicles arrived on the scene. The firemen managed to rescue the lady from her car and fortunately she didn’t suffer any injuries.
A German film crew has shocked Dubrovnik by filming half-naked erotic photos in a church in the centre of the historic Old City. According to reports the camera crew entered the open church and used the sacral building without authorisation.
A topless model then sexily posed in the middle of the church with holy monuments as her backdrop. Deutche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin, the German Academy of Film and Television, was recording a student documentary film 'The Color Nude' in the city, and their team included the Dubrovnik photographer Stijepo Brbora.
Photo - Zeljko Tutnjevic
“Shame of all shames. And after this our children will go to this church,” was one just one of the thousands of comments that the erotic photo shoot has attracted. The Bishop of Dubrovnik, Mate Uzinic, has also formally reacted, “I am deeply disappointed with the fact that today the openness of the Dubrovnik churches has been abused to capture inappropriate photographs under the guise of art, we will have to respond to this matter through legal channels.” And he added “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.”
As well as the church the crew also used locations in the Old City centre and on the Dubrovnik City Walls.
The Croatian film “The Constitution” will hit cinema screens in the USA this May. The drama, which has won more than 32 international awards, follows the life of a professor in the centre of Zagreb, who by lives a double life, by day he is a respected professor and by night a transvestite.
The US premier of the film was shown in the SVA Theatre in New York and was dedicated to the leading actor, Nebojša Glogovac, who died this year from lung cancer.
The Constitution will start to be shown to a wider American audience at the end of May this year at around thirty cinemas, reports the Croatian Audio-visual Centre.
The film is a story of four people who live in the same apartment building in Zagreb, but are wary of each other because they don't share the same ethnic and religious backgrounds and sexual preferences. Vjeko Kralj (Nebojša Glogovac), a high school professor and a transvestite, is beaten in the street by a group of hooligans. In the hospital, he accidentally meets his neighbour Maja Samardžić (Ksenija Marinković), who works there as a nurse. After Vjeko is released, she continues to look after him and his dying father. She then asks Vjeko to help her husband Ante (Dejan Aćimović), who is a police officer, to pass the Croatian Constitution exam. Problems soon arise because Ante is an ethnic Serb, while Vjeko is an ardent Croatian nationalist. Slowly and painfully, they begin to open and recognize each other as human beings.
From the international premiere of the film in Montreal in 2016, where it won the Grand Prize of the Americas, The Constitution has won 32 international awards.