Saturday, 17 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.


From very humble beginnings the online accommodation agency Airbnb has inflated to become the leading rental agency in the world. With over four million listings worldwide and a company valuation of $31 billion Airbnb is spreading a breakneck speed. In 2016 the company started the season with slightly less than 103,000 accommodation facilities in Croatia on their platform in comparison to only 36,000 in May 2015. The largest number of apartments are rented in Split, followed by Zadar, Pula, Korcula and Dubrovnik.

Airbnb's statistics show that on the average guests are exceptionally satisfied with the offer in Croatia rating it with 4.9 out of 5 points. In addition, apartments rated with five points account for 13 percent, whilst 2,800 renters earned the ''superhost'' status. The average overnight price in Croatia this summer is 67 Euros, but at the other end of the market there are some absolutely amazing places on offer.

We have searched Airbnb to find the top five most expensive rental properties in 2018, from luxury villas to stunning stone house and even yachts. All prices and photos are diretly from Airbnb. 

Top 5 most expensive Airbnb rentals in Dubrovnik

Villa Eden Dubrovnik

villa eden dubrovnik 2018

At a mere 7,210 Euros a night this absolute gem of a Dalmatian villa has views over the Old City of Dubrovnik and is a stone’s throw from the Adriatic Sea. With six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 700 metres squared of living space you’ll have plenty of room to relax. Villa Eden Dubrovnik has a wine cellar, swimming pool, ample gardens, private gym and even a spa centre with a sauna and steam bath.

Villa Pugliesi Dubrovnik

villa pugliesi dubrovnik 2018

Wow! If it’s a combination of luxury and privacy you are after, then this gorgeous stone villa in Zaton hits the mark. Villa Pugliesi is actually a 16th century summer residence that has been lovingly renovated into one of the leading private villas in the region. Six bedrooms, huge swimming pool and even its own private chapel! With a private courtyard, perfect for those al fresco breakfasts, and 500 metres squared of living space you’ll be able to have a real family vacation. Of course you’ll have to spend 4,326 Euros a night for the pleasure.

Villa Casa Del Mare

villa casa del mare dubrovnik 2018

How much do panoramic views of the Adriatic cost? 2,575 Euros per night at the splendid Villa Casa Del Mare. Location, location, location. For those looking to soak up the Adriatic away from prying eyes this villa offers a front row seat. With five bedrooms, Jacuzzi, pool and even Swarovski chandeliers Villa Casa Del Mare is literally dripping in luxury. And having your own private jetty you can decide whether to take a car into Dubrovnik or jump on a speed boat.

Villa Mina

villa mina dubrovnik 2018

Need a vacation with the whole family, and even extended family, Villa Mina at 2,575 Euros a night has a room for them all. Set in the rolling hills over the picturesque bay of Brsečine Villa Mina has nine, yes nine, bedrooms and each have their own ensuite bathroom. With plenty of terraces, gardens and a pool you’ll have a vacation to remember at this extensive property.

Villa Dubravka

villa dubravka dubrovnik 2018

At 2,266 Euros a night Villa Dubravka is the height of luxury and is actually much closer to Dubrovnik than the location would suggest. Set at the base of a thick wooded hill, one the last truly green spaces in Dubrovnik, Villa Dubravka can accommodate with ease up to ten guests. And even though you’ll be within earshot of the whispering Adriatic Sea you have your own pool and terrace to relax by.


One of the world’s largest computer games industry conferences will be held in Dubrovnik this April. Reboot Develop, which will take place from the 19th to the 21st of April in the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera, will bring together 1,500 attendees from over 600 international companies.

This is the fifth edition of Reboot Develop and Dubrovnik can expect to see the biggest conference ever with more than 100 leading figures from the industry in attendance. Reboot Develop is a conference focused strictly on games industry professionals such as game developers, artists, audio artist (both seniors and indie), managers, PR, marketing experts, or sales and publishing representatives.

Conference goers can expect an eclectic mix of established games development studios and over 100 indie studios. Representatives of investors and publishers will also be in attendance along with a number of tech companies.

The Premier League club Southampton are searching for a new coach and the Croatian Slaven Bilic is on their radar. Southampton have only won one of the last 17 games in the Premier League, and the hammer fell on coach Maurizio Pellegrino, leaving the club rudderless.

Slaven Bilic, who was the manager of West Ham, is third favourite on the bookmakers list in England, with Mark Hughes the favourite followed by Marco Silva.

Bilic managed the Hammers in London for two years, from 2015 to 2017, before getting sacked in November 2017 after a 4 – 1 defeat by Liverpool.

The former Croatia National Team boss is 9/1 favourite to get the new role at Southampton with Sky Sports stating “Another man who could be keen to take on a fresh challenge is Bilic, who enjoyed just over two years in charge of West Ham before being sacked in November.”

Game of Thrones may have only filmed for a few days in Dubrovnik, but the filming in King’s Landing is ongoing.

The filming of the eighth and final season of the most popular TV series ever is currently underway and even though the key members of the cast were busy in Dubrovnik back at the beginning of February it appears that they aren’t finished with King’s Landing. Dubrovnik has acted as the set for King’s Landing since season two of the series but for this final season HBO have built their own King’s Landing in Northern Ireland.

kings landing in ireland 2018

Photo by - Jeff McCrory

At the Titanic Studios in Northern Ireland the massive set has been under construction for almost six months and it would appear from the latest photos that it is nearing completion. One of the largest sets ever built the studio has basically rebuilt Dubrovnik in Northern Ireland. According to reports it cost around $1.38 million to build the set and to recreate Dubrovnik.

As this is the final season of the HBO series it was rumoured that King’s Landing would feature heavily, however it was also assumed that the production company would film in the city and not recreate their own city.

dubrovnik rebuilt in northern ireland for game of thrones

Photo by -Jeff McCrory

The Port of Dubrovnik attended the Seatrade Cruise Global in Florida, Fort Lauderdale, held from the 5th to the 9th of March.

This is the largest fair of the cruise industry in the world and was attended by representatives of the ports of Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Sibenik and Rijeka on a joint stand under the name "Croatian Cruise Ports". This four-day event, with 11,000 registered participants, is an epicentre of the world cruising industry activity and the only annual event that brings together all the participants in cruising activities.

miami croatian cruise ports 2018

Cruising is the fastest growing activity in the tourism sector, with an increase of 70 percent in the last 10 years, the number of passengers on cruises increased from 15.2 million to 25.8 million per year. The contribution of cruising to the world economy and employment plays an extremely important role, and according to CLIA Europe data in 2017, in Europe it contributed a record 38 billion euros.

The Port of Dubrovnik opens this season cruise seasons on the 17th of March with the arrival of a Viking Star with a total of 900 passengers. By the end of the year in Dubrovnik 489 cruise ships are expected with about 770,000 passengers.

After the expected slowdown in economic growth this year, Croatia can expect to accelerate economic activity in the next two years, according to the latest forecasts of the renowned Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, reports Jutarnji List.

According to their forecasts, Croatia will conclude this year with a 2.7 percent growth in gross domestic product (GDP). But next year, growth in the economy should accelerate to three percent, and the same growth rate should be achieved in 2020.

The statement does not reveal the reasons why Croatia can expect to accelerate economic growth over the next two years. However, their forecasts do not deviate significantly from those of domestic macroeconomists. Thus, Hrvoje Stojic, a macroeconomist for Addiko Bank, in 2019 also expects growth of the Croatian economy at a rate of three percent, and in 2020, according to his forecasts, he would see a growth of between 2.5 and 3 percent.

Tickets for the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival are now on sale. The ticket office in the Festival Palace in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik is now open for the purchase of tickets for the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival program. The office will be open from 10 am to 2 pm from Monday till Friday and from the beginning of May will start working on a full-day schedule.

The programme of the 69 Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which traditionally takes place from 10 July to 25 August in around twenty site specific venues of Dubrovnik.

Full details of this year’s program can be found at the website of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

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An earthquake, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, rumbled through the north of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County yesterday.

The epicentre of the quake was in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina and seventeen kilometres away in Metkovic the ground shook as the quake rumbled through. According to the Croatian Seismic Centre the estimated population in the so called “felt area” of the earthquake was 130,000. No injuries or severe material damage has so far been reported.




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