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.
Croatia has its first ever medal at a Winter Paralympic Games. Bruno Bošnjak brought the first medal to Croatia when he won the bronze today in the snowboarding discipline “banked slalom” in Pyeongchang.
"I am delighted to be involved in the history of Croatian performances in the Winter Paralympics by winning the first medal for my homeland, and I dedicate this success to my parents, trainers and all those who believe in me,” commented Bošnjak at the end of the competition.
Bošnjak secured the bronze with a time of 54.08 seconds. American Noah Elliott, with a time of 51.90 seconds, won gold and silver was won by American Mike Schultz with a time of 53.42 seconds.
Dubrovnik awoke to grey overcast skies and rain this morning as the predicted period of unstable weather began. And the bad news is that it is not going to get sunnier any time soon.
The forecast for the weekend, and for the next week, is for rain and cloud cover with temperatures ranging from 8 to 14 degrees. This weekend will be wet and windy with a predominately south wind bringing high seas and rain. Highs on Saturday are expected to reach 15 degrees and on Sunday 17 degrees.
All of next week, from Monday to Friday, rain will fall on the Dubrovnik region with south winds blowing for most of the week. Summer is officially 77 days away but with the current weather it feels miles away.
Once again Albanian plastic pollution has washed up on the shores of the Dubrovnik – Nerevta County, this time in Trstenik on the Peljesac Peninsular. “Just when we had cleared everything up and when you think the garbage has stopped coming the Albanians send it again. Is there no end to human stupidity,” commented Antun Poljanić on his Facebook account along with photos of the beach in Trstenik.
And there can be no speculation that this latest plastic “invasion” on the Croatian coastline is not from Albania as every piece of plastic pollution has an Albanian label on it. The photos that appeared all over social media channels were even shared by an Albanian activist, who is fighting against waste management, with the simple yet powerful message “Croatia, forgive us!”
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.