Monday, 18 November 2019
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.


In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 15 traffic accidents, in which two persons got heavily injured, four persons got light injuries, while there were 10 traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 921 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 632 measures taken due to speeding, 49 measures due to improper overtaking, 41 measures for improper stop and parking, 72 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 12 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 31 measures because of using mobile phone while driving

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, has signed a contract with the Ministry of State Property for the donation of land in Zaton for the purpose of establishing a new recreational zone.

On an area of 872 square meters, and in accordance with earlier announcements, the construction of a sports and recreational zone is planned.

The land was previously used by the locals as a parking lot and was subject to sale by the Ministry of State Property. After the City of Dubrovnik expressed its interest in the construction of a sports and recreational playground on the parcel during the spring, the Ministry accepted the City's request as justified and pledged to donate the property to the City, and the procedure was finalized by the conclusion of the Grant Agreement.

The space is planned to get a new purpose in 2020.

Traditionally, for the third year in a row, musical matinees Pictures from the Exhibition are being held every Saturday at noon at Dulcic Masle Pulitika Gallery. The concerts started in September and will continue during October. The first matinee in October is scheduled for Saturday, September 5th.

The Rest is Music organization launched the Pictures at an Exhibition project in 2017, in partnership with Museum of modern Art Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Tourist Board, with the support of the City of Dubrovnik. The author of the concept is pianist Ivana Jelača. It is devised according to the classical music suite composed by the Russian composer Modest Musorgsky. Originally written for the piano, it represents an imaginary tour of the exhibition of paintings and expresses the observer’s experience musically.

The project is performed as a cycle of music matinées at Dulcic Masle Pulitika Gallery. The place dedicated to three prominent Croatian painters of the 20th century becomes the place of musical performances in the historical center of Dubrovnik. The Noon Matinées are intended for foreign and domestic audience with the aim of creating new development programs of cultural tourism in the City. At the trail of the magnificent colors of Mediterranean landscaping and the creation of three famous Croatian painters , the program which is performed represents a collection of works by prominent Croatian and foreign composers, which is powerfully colored by the sounds and atmosphere of the permanent exhibition in the Gallery.

Ivana Jelaca, piano
Nastasja Palcok
Duration: 50 min

Meteorologists announce that this wonderful, summerlike, warm weather will finish soon, according to the current forecasts. It is supposed to be much cooler in Croatia in the second part of the week! There will be heavy rainfall throughout the Adriatic and at the mouintains at the end of Wednesday, after which the weather will remain unstable and cooler than average.

At the end of the week, temperatures in the higher regions will be just below a degree, in the lowlands about 6 to 7 degrees, and even though we have just stepped into autumn, the atmosphere will feel like winter in these parts.

For our part of the Adriatic, the State Hydrometeorological Institute announces a rainfall weekend with morning temperatures of around 15 degrees Celsius and maximum daily temperatures not exceeding 20 Celsius.

Austrian low-cost air carrier Laudamotion announced its first route from Vienna to Dubrovnik for the summer 2020 timetable – Avioradar reports.

This will also be the first Laudamotion route from Austria to Croatia. So far, they have only operated flights from Germany to Croatia.

The flight operations on the new Vienna - Dubrovnik route will start with the first day of the summer 2020 timetable, on March 29th. This route will operate twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays, most likely on Airbus A320.

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, wished a happy Rosh Hashanah to the President of the Jewish Community in Dubrovnik Sabrina Horovic and all fellow citizens of the Jewish religion. This is what Frankovic wrote:

Dear Mrs. Horovic,

On the occasion of the Jewish New Year, 5780th Rosh Hashanah, I congratulate you and all fellow citizens of the Jewish religion on my own behalf and on behalf of the City of Dubrovnik.

The New Year offers us a special opportunity to look back on the previous year and use all the good we have achieved to continue on the right path forward into an even better future.

I want the New Year to give you a lot of peace and happiness, bring warmth and joy to your homes.
Tikatevu fattening - Have a good year!

With respect,
Mato Frankovic

Dubrovnik is the most Instagrammable place in Europe for 2019 according to the website Big 7 Travel! Their list is based on a combined score of Instagram dana, travel expert's votes and readers opinions. 

What they did is: analysed Instagram hashtags for each European country, as well as its main cities, made an online survey of Big 7 Media's social audience of 1.5 million and collected votes by a panel of travel experts. The judging panel scored on the following criteria: abundance of Instagrammable spots, originality, natural Instagrammable spots, man-made Instagrammable spots and food and drink Instagrammable spots.

And Dubrovnik is the winner! 

- As George Bernard Shaw once said, “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik.” With its winding streets, cliffside beach bars and UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town, it’s no wonder Dubrovnik is such a popular spot. Looking down across the terracotta rooftop tiles that cover the city with the sea in the background is unbeatable – Big 7 writes.

Hashtag Dubrovnik currently has over 2.2 million published photos on Instagram! If you wondering what are the best places to snap a perfecht photo, take a look at Top 6 most instagrammable places in Dubrovnik.

From the beginning of 2021, Dubrovnik will introduce a tourist fee for cruise ships in international maritime transport, ranging from two thousand to 40 thousand per ship, depending on the capacity of passengers per ship - Seebiz writes.

The decision on the introduction of such a fee for cruisers was made by the City Council of the City of Dubrovnik at its September 23rd session. This is a tourist tax for cruise ships in international maritime transport when the ship is at a port or anchorage in the Dubrovnik area.

-Pursuant to the current Law on Tourist Fees of the Republic of Croatia, the decision will come into force on January 1st, 2021, and the funds that the City of Dubrovnik will receive from that fee will be used for the improvement of the city's communal infrastructure – it’s stated from the City of Dubrovnik. 

According to that decision of the Dubrovnik City Council, the minimum amount of tourist tax per boat from two thousand kuna will be paid by cruisers with a capacity of 50 to 200 passengers, while for those with 201 to 500 passengers it will be five thousand kuna. For cruisers from 501 to 1000 passengers the tourist tax will be ten thousand kuna, and for those from 1001 to 2000 passengers 20 thousand kuna – Seebiz explains, adding that the largest amounts of tourist fees of 30 thousand and 40 thousand kuna will be paid by the largest cruisers, whose capacities are from 2001 to 3000 passengers, or from 3001 and more passengers.

This is the first time that this type of tourist fee has been introduced in Croatia, and it was announced earlier this year by Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic, with the aim of generating additional revenue and better management of tourism in the city. The City of Dubrovnik is also supported by the International Cruise Company Association-CLIA, with which it has been intensively and successfully cooperating for the last two years.

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