Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.
Summer season is certainly here – temperatures are higher, sea is warmer and celebrities are arriving in Dubrovnik! From influencers, youtubers, Baywatch actors, to the beauties from all over the world. One of the latest who came to visit our amazing city was Olivia Molly Rogers, former Miss Universe Australia.
She shared numerous photos and stories from Croatia on her official Instagram profile followed by 119 thousand fans. She even made a highlight named ''Croatia'', making even better promotion for our country. The reactions of fans were amazing, most of them saying that Dubrovnik is on their travel bucket list and that they just love it.
According to her official website, after taking the Miss Universe Australia title in June 2017, Olivia’s growth has continued to escalate.
A qualified speech pathologist, model and budding artist, Olivia is a keen ambassador for positive body image and mental health awareness. Having recently opened up publicly about her own mental health struggles, Olivia is using her platform and social media reach to facilitate discussion around depression, anxiety, and disordered eating with the hope that it will help other young Australians overcome their personal battles
With her broad reach across social media, Olivia creates authentic content centered around health & fitness, fashion, beauty and lifestyle and engages regularly with her fans. Olivia’s social following continues to grow by the minute and she is quickly establishing herself as one Australia’s favourite home-grown talents.
On the first busy Saturday, when there is a higher number of tourists in the Croatian destinations and when the shift of tourists at border crossings becomes more intense, the Croatian National Tourist Board organizes a water-sharing action to visitors with a welcome message.
The action will take place on Saturday, June 15th, at the border crossings of Bregana, Macelj, Plovanija and Rupa and at the Lucko billing station. Water with a message "Croatia's crystal clear waters are yours to discover! Welcome to Croatia and Discover more at Croatia.hr "and a special pincushion that promotes Croatian islands will be organized on these crossings in the morning until all 50 thousand bottles of water are distributed.
-The goal of this action is to further promote Croatia as a country of friendly and good hosts, as well as expressing gratitude to numerous tourists who have chosen Croatian destinations. The crowds and the heat are high, and with this gesture to our guests, we want to make it easier and more pleasant to wait at border crossings for our guests - said Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic.
David Hasselhoff, or as many of us know him – Mitch Buchannon from Baywatch, is still full of energy even at the age of 66. The latest proof can be seen on his social media: he has joined Gumball 3000 Rally and bragged about visiting Croatia!
-WENT FOR A SWIM IN Croatia!! Awesome – wrote Hasselhoff under the photo where he poses (super-excited) on the location that is still unknown. However, it really looks like Rijeka Dubrovacka! Since the route of Gumball included a trip from Split to Montenegro, it's possible that Hasselhoff spontaneusly decided to swim in the Croatian waters.
And who could blame him… Over four thousand of his fans reacted to this photo, many giving great compliments to our country. Priceless promotion!
Hasselhoff countinues his journey with Gumball 3000 and is currently in Greece. Maybe he'll feel an urge to come back to Croatia – we would be more than happy to meet him!
The city of Dubrovnik continues with works of cleaning up and preparing the beaches for the summer season in the town and suburban area. For this year's swimming season, beaches Stikovica, Brsecine, Zaton Bunica and Hawaii in Orasac are ready, where the necessary works are completed.
In Stikovica, a partially wreckage of a bathing site has been cemented, a canal by the beach was cleared, and the beach is straightened and more rocks were added. Works worth 204 thousand kuna included the installation of showers and an information table for the beach. In Brsecine and Zaton Bunica the beaches are aligned, cleansed and the rocks were added, while preparations for putting up showers were also made in Bunica. In Hawaii, damage on the access path, access stairs and smaller parts of the plateau were repaired, and on these three beaches a total of 158,975 kuna was spent.
The works continue on the beaches of Lozica, Trsteno and Kalamota-Jekavac, while, in the previous period, the rehabilitation of the beaches Belvedere, Porporela, Sulic, Dance, Bellevue and the beach in Mokosica have been completed. TheDepartment of Tourism, the Ministry of the Economy and the Sea, when drafting the plan of works, accepted all justified requests that were sent by city districts and local committees. The funds provided in the Budget for this purpose amount to a total of 2.5 million kuna with VAT.
Dubrovnik – an everlasting source of inspiration for many. Even though we live here, we are always delighted to see magnificent videos made by our readers!
The latest one was sent by Pablo Camacho.
-After having the drone permission to fly in Croatia I had the chance to see how Dubrovnik looks at sunrise and sunset – he explained.
And now you can see it too. And you will learn – it takes only two minutes to fall in love with this city. Enjoy!
If Croatia is on your travel bucket list, you surely have a list of reasons why you want to visit this beautiful country. Forbes has recently published an article that might add something new to your list, titled '6 reasons to check out Croatia this summer'.
1. HVAR IS HOT
-Hvar is having its moment in the spotlight – Forbes writes, adding that Palace Elisabeth, the first five-star heritage hotel on the island, is opening this summer, while the Theater, one of the oldest in Europe, has reopened this spring. Their other reasons to visit are Hvar Summer Festival and the Lavander Festival.
2. THE ZING OF ZAGREB
-No more a mere stopover on the way down south, Croatia’s capital is now firmly on the map as a city break destination – Forbes explains, writing about some of the finest hotels in Zagreb, such as Canopy by Hilton Zagreb, Amadria Park Capital and Esplanade Zagreb Hotel – that has just received the 2019 award for the best historic hotel in Europe.
3. DON'T MISS VIS
The amazing island of Vis has been chosen by many travellers – because of food, beaches, and Mamma Mia, of course.
-Now UNESCO has declared Vis Archipelago – which includes the islands and islets of Vis, Biševo, Sveti Andrija, Brusnik, Jabuka and Palagruža – a Global Geopark (the second one in Croatia, after Papuk nature park in Slavonia) – Forbes writes.
4. FLY DIRECT FROM PHILLY TO DUBROVNIK
No need to say much! As you probably read a few times on our website, Dubrovnik and Philadelphia are connected directly for the first time in 28 years – and it makes us really happy.
5. MICHELIN-RATED FOODIE BOOM
-Croatia has been a rising star on the world’s culinary scene, drawing in serious food lovers for its top-quality ingredients and up-and-coming chefs creating inventive dishes – Forbes writes adding that this year, in addition to its three Michelin-starred restaurants – Monte in Rovinj, 360˚ in Dubrovnik and Pelegrini in Sibenik – two more restaurants scored stars: Noel in Zagreb and Draga di Lovrana in Lovran.
6. GO GLAMPING BY PLITVICE LAKES
And last, but not least – the amazing national park Plitvice Lakes offers glamping from the fall of 2018.
-In addition to its camping pitches and rooms, the rural resort now has swish lake cabins, gorgeous tree houses up in tall pines and tipi-like tents – Forbes concludes.
See the full article here.
If you enjoy the music of vocal groups, we have a great advice how to spend your Saturday night in Dubrovnik!
One of the most famous vocal groups in Croatia, Rispet, will have a concert in the Lapad Bay, at the tennis courts this Saturday, June 15th, starting 9 pm. And the best thing – concert is completely free!
We also remind you that the cultural and entertainment program 'Ulicama naseg Grada' (On the streets of our City), organized by the City of Dubrovnik is also ongoing and includes free concerts of local vocal groups.
Here are the performers:
Friday, June 14th – vocal group FA Lindo, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm
Saturday, June 15th – vocal group Maestral, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm
The only thing left for you is to enjoy your time in Dubrovnik!
The Look of The Year – cultural-fashion and artistic manifestation will take place at the terrace of Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD) on Saturday, June 15th, starting at 9 pm.
As part of the fashion event, featuring women's and men's models, designers like Marko Mitanovski, whose creations Lady Gaga wears, will also participate. In the art program, the famous Dubrovnik musician Ines Trickovic will perform, as well as ballerinas from the Dubrovnik Art School and musicians from the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (violin and guitar).
The Look of The Year Fashion Award is a direct line between those who create fashion and art and those who promote them, as well as those who call it their profession.
Cindy Crawford, Vanessa Incontrada, Nina Moric, Ines Sastra, Natasha Stefanenko, Gisele Bundchen, Linda Evangelista have started their career thanks to this cultural fashion event.
The Look of the Year was founded in 1983, as an international competition that dictates the standards of style, beauty and personality of future top models in the world every year.
Selection of finalists of the Look of the Year begins with casting around the world, where about 350 thousand girls aged 16 to 22 are struggling to participate in this project. It all culminates with the selection of 50 candidates taking part in the international finals. For each edition of this manifestation, it offers contracts that will be divided among the top three classified by the current agencies. 80 percent of the finalists, thanks to this great cultural and fashion event, has become a professional model within two years after the end of the event.
This cultural fashion event also requires such locations to present the fashion as art and to highlight all those who contribute in the best possible way to the creation of cultural and fashion creativity. MOMAD (more precisely the terrace of the Museum of Moderna Art Dubrovnik) is an ideal location for this kind of event as it can approach the public in the best artistic and aesthetic sense.
Dubrovnik has always been the most attractive tourist destination and the most beautiful scenery for creating significant cultural events, and this story perfectly fits The Look of the Year.
The project received great support from the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.