Saturday, 29 February 2020
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

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.


ESN Dubrovnik is organizing hiking to the mountain Srd, which has an amazing view of the Old City of Dubrovnik, on Saturday, February 29th at 2 pm.

-This Saturday we will HIKE to the top of the Srd. There is a way to get there, and it takes about one and half hour of walking. The incline of the way isn't too high so it's also good for the people without good condition – they wrote at the page of event.

Their meeting point will be at the start of the way up - near the bus station of bus 3 - Magistrala 1, or location: Staza prema utvrdi Imperial - Jadranska cesta 4, 20000, Dubrovnik.


-We will meet there at 2pm so we can hike to the top and see the majesty of the panorama from there. Please don't forget your good shoes, 1 L of water at least and some snacks – the organizers wrote.

Even though the hike is organized by the ESN Dubrovnik for Erasmus students, everybody is more than welcome to join them! If you are not so sociable, you can use this guidelines to organize the hike for your group. Just enjoy your Saturday!

As of today, Croatia can brag about two more restaurants with the prestigious MICHELIN star. The restaurants Boskinac (Novalja) and LD Terrace (Korcula) were awarded one MICHELIN star, while the restaurants Pelegrini (Šibenik), 360º (Dubrovnik), Monte (Rovinj), Noel (Zagreb) and Draga di Lovrana (Lovran) kept their star.

In addition, two more restaurants are listed on the Bib Gourmand list, which makes Croatia boast a total of 70 MICHELIN-rated restaurants today. This is the result of a secret visit to Croatian restaurants by professional inspectors of MICHELIN, globally the most significant and recognized guide to restaurants on whose pages a list for Croatia is published.

-We are extremely proud that as of today, Croatia has a total of seven restaurants with the prestigious MICHELIN star and that Novalja and Korcula have been added to Croatian destinations that boast authentic and exceptionally high quality gastronomic offer. MICHELIN is a worldwide synonym for excellence in gastronomy, and Croatia is a land of top gastronomic offer, which is nowadays becoming an increasingly important motive for the arrival and return of guests to their destination. I am sure of the great promotional effects of all the MICHELIN labels that can also serve as an encouragment for the further development and nurturing of our indigenous flavors – Kristjan Stanicic, Croatian National Tourist Board Director, said, adding the sincere congratulations to all awarded and distinguished restaurants, especially restaurant owners and employees Boskinac and LD Terrace whose work and creativity were recognized by MICHELIN's inspectors.

Michelin's Bib Gourmand labels, along with last year's restaurants Batelina (Banjole), Konoba Vinko (Konjevrate), Agava (Zagreb) and TAC (Zagreb), will be awarded this year to Tavern Skoj (Solta) and Zlatne Gorice (Varazdin Breg). This label is given to restaurants that offer quality menus at affordable prices.

-The new MICHELIN recognitions confirm that the Croatian gastronomic scene is evolving from year to year, and it is also a great reward for all who continuously work on improving the quality of preparation, presentation and creation of the entire gastronomic experience. Croatia is continuously building an image of a recognizable gastronomic destination based on the extraordinary diversity of regional gastronomic identities. According to Food Travel Monitor's research, as many as 93 percent of tourists participated in a "special food and drink experience" during a tourist trip, indicating that gastronomy is now a content that almost all tourists are interested in. That is why we will pay special attention in the next strategic period to eno-gastronomy, connecting producers and caterers, and stronger branding and further positioning of Croatia as the new gastronomic icon of Europe - said Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli.

The meteor burned above Croatia on Friday morning as it entered the atmosphere. It left a trail of smoke behind, and parts dispersed from Istria, towards Zagreb and the border with Slovenia – 24sata reports.

According to, at 10:30 in Zagreb, there was a strong rumble and tremors. A tremor was felt throughout the city, so at first everybody thought that it was an earthquake.

The European Seismological Center EMSC also announced on their Twitter profile that it was a possible earthquake.

However, the Seismological Institute told Vecernji List said that it was not an earthquake but a breaking of the sound wall, while numerous Croatian media report

The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced the news about granting visa exemptions yesterday to five countries and Croatia is one of them.

-In order to sustain unity in our visa regime towards the members of the European Union and Schengen area, Turkey has decided to exempt visa requirements for the citizens of Croatia, Ireland, Malta, Portugal and Norway for their touristic travels to Turkey for every 90 days within 180 day period – it's written on the official page of the Ministry.

They emphasize that this step aims at increasing their tourism potential with selected countries as well as further developing their bilateral relations in other areas.

The second half of February at the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra has been reserved for an international master's orchestral conducting seminar named after our great conductor, Lovro von Matacic, for many years now. With the cooperation of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Lovro and Lilly Matacic Fund, young conductors have the opportunity to improve and work on their conducting techniques. The closing concert of the seminar will be held tonight, on Friday, February 28th at the Franciscian Church, with as many as twelve conductors conducting the orchestra. The concert starts at 8pm and entry to the concert is free.

This year, from February 23rd to 29th in Dubrovnik, with the excellent master Uros Lajovic as a mentor, there are fourteen seminar participants, twelve active and two passive. Conductors have come from Russia, Slovenia, Germany, Serbia, Northern Macedonia, the United States, Estonia, Bulgaria and Croatia, and for some of them this is not the first time they have participated in a seminar in Dubrovnik. Maestro Lajovic is a renowned conductor, but also an excellent educator whose name in the music world always attracts young generations who want to learn from the best.

The repertoire of the seminars this year includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 1. 7 and the Mozart Symphony in E flat major, KV543. During the first two days of the seminar, the students went through a theoretical introduction and practical work without an orchestra, professional preparation for work with the orchestra, basic working techniques, and since Tuesday they have worked with the orchestra and are preparing for the big finale.

Due to the coronavirus precautionary measures, the Post of Italy has informed the Croatian Post that it has further suspended the receipt and delivery of letters, parcels and EMS shipments from and to the following communities in Italy:

Livraga, Bertonico, Brembio, Castiglione d’Adda, Secugnago, Terranova dei Passerini, Turano, Lodigiano, Casalpusterlengo, Caselle Landi, Cornovecchio, Castelnuovo Bocca d'Adda, Maccatorna, Meleti, Catelgerundo, Codogno, Corno Giovine, Maleo, San Fiorano, Santo Stefano Lodigiano, Senna Lodigiana, Fombio, Guardamiglio, Orio Litta, Ospedaletto Lodigiano, San Rocco al Porto, Somaglia, Vo’.

These communities are located in the province of Lodi in the Italian region of Lombardy, near Milan.

- Therefore, we ask the users of Croatian Post service for your understanding and we will keep you informed of any changes – Croatian Post writes.

In Croatia, three cases of coronavirus have been confirmed. Two patients were isolated at the Infectious Diseases Clinic "Dr. Fran Mihaljević" in Zagreb, and one in Rijeka. Tests are being conducted on other patients that seem suspicious.

Coronavirus in Croatia has caused a slight panic, making some Croatians run to the stores and buy basic supplies like flour and emptying the supermarket shelves. That’s why there is a strong urge from the top of government to calm people down.

At the beginning of the cabinet session of Croatian Government, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic spoke about the coronavirus situation.

-The civil protection headquarters coordinates all activities. Three cases have been confirmed, but the public health situation is under control. Another appeal to our fellow citizens is to stay calm and not to go to big shopping, where all things off the shelves disappear. Croatia has recognized this situation on time. We, especially the economic sectors, will bear in mind how to deal with this unpredictable situation, primarily to minimize the consequences. We will be cautious - Prime Minister Plenkovic said after he first thanked for the coronavirus engagement with Ministers Beros and Božinović and all relevant services, reports.

Dubrovnik Museums had a great year, according to the latest data published by the Museum Documentation Center, showing that they are placed fourth on the list of the most visited museums in Croatia.

In 2019, Croatian museums recorded 5,235,765 visitors, 1,554,025 or 29.6 percent in state museums and 3,681,740 or 70.4 percent in museums of other founders - all in total 211,116 less than in 2018. In a survey conducted by Museum Documentation Center of 160 museums enrolled in the Register of Public and Private Museums, they received data from 134 museums, which represents a response rate of 83 percent, and 12 museums that are not on the Register.

The most visited museum this year is the Archaeological Museum of Istria with 575,294 visitors, in second place is the Museum of the City of Split with 389,814 visitors, showing an increase compared to last year of 66,196 visitors, and the Klovicevi Dvori Gallery is in third place with 353,262 visitors. The Dubrovnik Museums is in fourth place with 234,457 visitors and an increase of 63,024 compared to 2018, while the Museums of Hrvatsko Zagorje (265,706) are in fifth place with an increased visitor number of 31,404 visitors.

Among the nine museums that had more than one hundred thousand visitors this year are the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum (194,850), the Zadar Archaeological Museum (121,418), the Museum of Broken Relationships (111,798) and the Mimara Museum (101,671).

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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