Monday, 19 March 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.


According to an announcement from Croatian Radio and Television (HRT), Franka Batelić will represent Croatia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

After Jacques Houdek made it to the Eurovision Song Contest finals with his song ‘’My friend’’ last year, this time Batelić will try to do the same.

A few months ago, the Croatian singer thrilled with her return to the music scene after a four-year break, and now she is about to represent the Croatian colours at the 63rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, which is to take place in Lisbon, Portugal from the 8th to the 12th of May this year.

Batelić will perform with a song ‘’Crazy’’ for which the music was written by Branimir Mihaljević, and the lyrics by the singer herself.

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Franka with former Tottenham Hotspur defender Vedran Corluka 

The 26-year old from Rijeka has already won several awards in her relatively short career and released numerous hit singles in the country. It is interesting to note than Batelić’s partner is Vedran Ćorluka, the famous Croatian footballer and the member of the Croatian National Football Team.


Polish air carrier Enter Air will fly on the new charter line from Austria to Dubrovnik in the pre-season summer flight schedule of 2018 – Avioradar reports.

It will be the Linz - Dubrovnik route, which will have 3 arrivals and 3 departures in May. The arrivals are from 10th to 18th of May and departures from 13th to 21st of May 2018. Behind this charter line is the travel agency Schöner Reisen mit Wiesinger. Boeing 737-800 aircraft will fly on this line.

Enter Air is a Polish airline based in Warsaw, and is doing charter flights since 2010. In its fleet there are 17 Boeing 737-800 aircrafts. In addition to the charter lines from Poland, Enter Air also comes to Croatia with charter flights from France and Austria, and in the past years it has also come with charter flights from Spain and Sweden.

The Dubrovnik Times has teamed up with Break Time to bring you a special gift this Valentine’s day period. It is a time of love, a time of romance and a time to surprise your loved one with that extra special present.

Break Time Croatia, who have recently presented at the London Boat Show, has three shops in Croatia, in Split, Dubrovnik and a newly opened one in Porec, specialises in handmade unique jewellery pieces inspired by the Adriatic Sea. Break Time Croatia also has a great online shop - The Dubrovnik branch of Break Time opens on the 26th of March.

And for the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s day, we are offering a special prize. Two Break Time stainless steel anchor bracelets (one-size-fits-all, water-resistant), so one for you and one for your loved one…ahhhh.

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It’s easy to enter. All you have to do is follow the steps on our Facebook page and you could be the lucky winner and a pair of unique “lovers” bracelets could be winging their way to you.

The prize draw is open now and the lucky winner will be draw at midnight (CET) on the 14th of February. The prize will be sent directly to you.

Good Luck! And Happy Valentine’s day to you all.


The latest data from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) shows that seaports in Croatia in 2017 recorded an increase in goods and passengers traffic.

Last year 338,603 ship visits were recorded, or 2 percent more than in the same period of 2016, increasing the traffic of passengers and goods.

The data also shows that last year the number of passengers rose by 5 percent to 32,5 million, whilst freight traffic jumped 12,1 percent to 20,8 tonnes.

In the fourth quarter of last year, 60,019 vessels visited Croatian seaports, 0,8 percent less than in the same period last year, the number of passengers rose by 0,7 percent to 4,05 million, whilst freight traffic jumped 1,3 percent to 5,3 million tonnes.

The largest passengers traffic in the same period was recorded by the Port of Split (659,700), followed by the Port of Zadar (397,700) and the Port of Preko on the island of Ugljan (338,500).

Out of the total number of passengers in all Croatian seaports, 239,000 or 6 percent of them were embarked from cruise ships that visited Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Korčula, Hvar and Šibenik. However, the HGK data shows a decline in the number of cruise ship passengers by 4,3 percent compared to 2016. This situation only indicates a decline in cruise ship numbers in the Croatian seawaters that began last year.

When it comes to freight traffic figures, the ports of Omišalj and Bakar achieved 56 percent of the total freight traffic in all Croatian seaports, however, in comparison to the previous year, they recorded a slight decrease (Omišalj, -1,3% and Bakar -2,6%). On the other hand, the Port of Ploče achieved an increase by 6,5 percent, whilst the Port of Rijeka recorded a jump in freight traffic by 8,7 percent.


The popular American travel program “The Voyager” on NBC has featured Dubrovnik in one of the recent episodes.
The show, which is broadcast on Saturday mornings on NBC, is presented by Josh Garcia an American video journalist and world-traveller.

And Josh dug into the rich history of the Dubrovnik region, as he highlighted the oysters in Ston and the silk worms of Konavle. Once again great publicity for Dubrovnik ahead of this year’s tourist season.

Check out the teaser of Josh Garcia in Dubrovnik

The Serbian President, Aleksandar Vučić, arrived today in Croatia on an official visit aimed at alleviating tensions in relations between the two countries. After landing at Zagreb Airport he headed straight to meet the President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, for a morning meeting.

“We have come up with open questions. We agreed to continue talking. It is extremely important that we have agreed on a few open questions that represent not only our political and state responsibility, but also human, moral, ethical responsibility towards the citizens of our states,” said Vučić after the meeting. Adding that they had discussed the question of minorities, about the position of the Serb minority in Croatia and the Croatian in Serbia.

"Every step of the good will, every conversation is a step forward, useful and welcome," concluded the Croatian President. Adding that “We are ready for political, technical and any other help we can provide Serbia on its way to the European Union.”


Austrian Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance Global Airline Association, just like last year, will fly on charter flights for pensioners from Austria to Dubrovnik – Avioradar reports.

In the summer flight schedule for 2018, flights from Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck and Salzburg to Dubrovnik are planned. Compared to the last year, new flights are from Graz, Innsbruck and Salzburg, but this year there are no flights from Klagenfurt and Linz.

It is a charter line for retirees organized by the Austrian tourist agency Senioren Reisen Austria. They are planned on every Wednesday from April 4th to May 9th, which is a week longer than last year. In this period planned flights are – four from Vienna on Wednesdays and one from Graz, Innsbruck and Salzburg.

If you are going to spend the most romantic day of the year in Dubrovnik, then you must know that the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will perform a special concert for the Valentine's Day in the Marin Drzic Theatre on Wednesday, February 14th.

The orchestra will be conducted by the renowned American conductor Marc Tardue and some of the finest love opera aries will be performed by the award-winning soprano Nikolina Pinko. The program includes waltzs that go well with this occasion and between the arias, famous Dubrovnik poet and academician Luko Paljetak will tell his love poems. The concert will start at 8 pm and is organized in the cooperation wit the City of Dubrovnik. 

The program will include, among others, the arias Non mi dir from Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, then Un bel di verdemo from Puccini's Madam Butterfly; Vilja Lied from Lehár’s operetta Vesel udovica, Meine lippen, sie küssen so heiss from the comedy opera Giuditta and Brahms' romantic Liebeslieder Walzer.


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