Thursday, 26 April 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.


The inaugural flight from Dubai direct to Dubrovnik will land on the 10th of April. Flydubai, the low-cost airline from the United Arab Emirates, has introduced this new connection between Dubai and Dubrovnik in its 2018 summer schedule, the first time ever that scheduled flights have operated between the two destinations.

In fact, this will be the first regular line from the Middle East to Dubrovnik. The new Dubrovnik-Dubai flights will start operate with three flights a week, every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from the 13th of June there will be an additional flight per week that will operate on Wednesdays.

Tickets for all the flights are available until the end of summer flight schedule or more precisely until October 25th. Prices start at around 350 Euros for a return ticket.

Dubrovnik will have a new classical music festival this year as the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will hold the initial “Stradun Classic” festival. The festival will have two dates this year, firstly from the 6th of April to the 11th of April, and then again from the 4th of September to the 14th of September. This new festival certainly has an international feel with artists from all over the world headlining this classical event. The City of Dubrovnik and the clarinettist, Marija Pavlović, are co-operating with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra to hold this chamber music festival.

- The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra has been thinking for a long time on how to offer a complete program, we have seen that there is a gap in the city’s offer of chamber music, so we have decided to launch a new festival for which Marija Pavlović is in charge of the artistic direction,” commented the director of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Damir Milat.

The Stradun Classic festival will feature artists from many countries including the United Kingdom, Belgium, Slovenia and Austria.

Program of first part of Stradun Classic Festival 2018

Friday 6th of April @ 8.00pm

The Franciscan Church
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Campestrini, Conductor
Marija Pavlović, clarinet
Tom Owen, oboe
Pieter Nuytten, bassoon
Boštjan Lipovšek, horn
W. Mozart symphony concert for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and orchestra in E flat major
A. Dvorak symphony no. 5 in F major, op. 76


Sunday 8th of April @ 7.30pm

Dubrovnik Cathedral
Concert of Chamber Music
Antonea Gjaja Kocković, flute
Tom Owen, oboe (United Kingdom)
Renata Santini Glavinović, oboe
Marija Pavlović, clarinet
Stijepo Medo, clarinet
Pieter Nuytten, bassoon (Belgium)
Matija Novaković, bassoon
Boštjan Lipovšek, horn (Slovenia)
Toni Kursar, horn
Free Entrance


Wednesday 11th of April @ 8.00pm

Mirror Room in Dubrovnik Library
Concert of Chamber Music
Daniel Rowland, violin (Netherlands)
Đana Kahriman, violin
Šimun Končić, viola
Maja Bogdanović, cello (France)
Zoran Markovic, double bass (Slovenia)
Marija Pavlović, clarinet
Pieter Nuytten, bassoon (Belgium)
Boštjan Lipovšek, horn (Slovenia)

Works on the new coastal promenade in Srebreno, Zupa, are slowly but surely coming to an end and will be ready for this summer season.

The new pathway has been behind schedule due to the bad weather but the construction works should be completed by the 1st of May according to the Zupa Borough Council.

This is the first stage of the project, which will later include the redevelopment of the concrete beach in Srebreno, and the value of the total project is around 6 million Kuna. Once completed Srebreno will have a coastal walkway that will link up with the rest of the walk to Mlini.

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Google Maps have gone Croatian. The most popular map app in the world has finally made a Croatian version. Up until now the electronic voice was a humorous mix of English and Croatian and whilst it made many drivers laugh its practical use was limited. Now those days are gone as Google Maps will now have a Croatian voice telling drivers and pedestrians which way to turn.

In fact, Croatian isn’t the only new language for Google Maps, a grand total of 39 new languages have been added to the navigation app, including Turkish, Swedish and Swahili.

“Fourteen years ago, Google Maps looked a lot different, and it was only in English. Fast forward to today, and now more than 1 billion people use Google Maps to discover new places, find the best driving, biking, and walking routes, and get things done in the real world. Today, we’re making Google Maps even more useful by adding 39 new languages—spoken by an estimated 1.25 billion people worldwide,” commented Google on the new move.

On this day 22 years ago a US military aircraft carrying the US Secretary of Commerce, Ronald Brown, and a 34-person delegation crashed into a mountain side near Dubrovnik airport on their way to meet with Croatian government officials.

On the 3rd of April 1996 the US Air Force CT-43 crashed into the hillside in Konavle instantly killing everybody on-board, apart from a flight attendant who died whilst being transported to hospital. The final Air Force investigation attributed the crash to pilot error and a poorly designed landing approach.

On the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of this tragedy in the Memorial House of Ron Brown in the Old City of Dubrovnik a commemoration was held today and various dignitaries signed a book of condolences. After the commemoration officials went to the place of the plane's crash site and laid flowers and lit candles in remembrance of the deceased.

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ron brown 22 years ago dubrovnik 2018

The national airline of Croatia, Croatian Airlines, is pulling out all the stops this year and has introduced many new destinations to their offer. In total Croatia Airlines has introduced ten new destinations in the past three years and this year has started on the right foot with impressive figures.

In the first three months of the year the airline carried almost 33,000 passengers with is seven percent more than over the same period from last year. Part of the reason for this expansion of travellers is the fact that the airline has expanded their European hub and network.

"We are especially proud that we have been able to introduce regular flights to Dublin from Zagreb from the 3rd of May October 28 which will operate twice a week," commented Croatia Airlines. And with the number of Croatians now living and working in Ireland this new flight operation is sure to be popular.

For its 5th anniversary, the popular wine festival organizes the Gala Dinner at the Excelsior Hotel in Dubrovnik with a chef who gained experience in the most famous Danish restaurant, "Noma"

Food of the highest quality and fine selection of wines have always been a winning combination, but Dubrovnik FestiWine has decided to take this experience to the next level. Those who come to the Excelsior Hotel in Dubrovnik, the venue hosting the spectacular Gala Dinner scheduled for April 19, will have the opportunity to witness the culinary creations prepared by Igor Jagodic, the young Slovenian chef who is known for his experience at the famous “Noma” restaurant. He will be joined by the renowned host chef Peter Obad and together they will answer the challenge of the FestiWine and create a unique menu based on the seven winning wines of the last year’s Festival, each of which will get its own gourmet accompaniment.

"With its philosophy of preparing only the best quality dishes from traditionally grown ingredients, the "Noma" restaurant, owned by the Danish chef René Redzepi, has won the prestigious best restaurant in the world title on several occasions. Those who will join us at the spectacular event - the Gala Dinner on April 19, will have the chance to taste the dishes prepared by two young but already established chefs. It is a fantastic opportunity not only for our Festival but also for the popularization of the gastronomic scene in Croatia”, said the founder of the Festival, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić.

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The chefs will be joined by last year’s winners of the Dubrovnik FestiWine Challenge 2017, the young chef Kristina Curić and waiter Ivo Kmetović. Like in the previous years, the proceeds of the gala dinner will go to providing scholarships for the young Dubrovnik talents (chef, sommelier and waiter). Two of them will be announced winners of the prestigious award and attend a month-long training in the Strelec restaurant in Ljubljana, where they will be mentored by chef Jagodic.

Tickets for the gala dinner can be purchased through Dubrovnik PartneR Agency. The fifth edition of the Festival is proud to promote the future development of viniculture and wine production of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County as well as to open its doors to new trends. Therefore, join is in Dubrovnik from 16 to 22 April and discover the many events that the organizers, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and Dubrovnik PartneR Agency, have prepared for you!

Easter weekend is traditionally the opening of the tourist season in Croatia and according to the latest figures it has been an impressive start. Although the figures are still to be confirmed it is believed that 74, 243 tourists visited Croatia over the Easter period and achieved 229, 828 overnight stays.

These figures are even more impressive when you take into account that the Easter break fell two weeks earlier than last year and quite clearly had an effect on the figures, as around 120,000 visited over the same period last year.

The Croatian National Tourist Board pointed out that most of the guests came from Germany, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, but also from Hungary and the USA.

The ten Croatian destinations that had the most overnight stays during the Easter weekend were Dubrovnik, Poreč, Zagreb, Rovinj, Opatija, Split, Medulin, Umag, Zadar and Pula.

In Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 9,070 tourists realized 28,014 nights. Most were guests from the UK, Germany, Spain, USA and Israel.




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