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.
New York Times has recently published the list of 52 places to go in 2019, inspiring all the travelers who are currently planning their vacation. Since this is a really visited website, it's a great promotion and honor to be featured on the list. Croatian representative is Zadar, placed 11th on the list, alongside with nearby islands.
David Farley writes in the article that after the Croatian soccer team captured the world’s attention in the World Cup last summer – its team captain Luka Modric’s inspiring play was particularly notable – soccer fans revved up their search engines and learned that Mr. Modric hails from Zadar, a pretty, compact town on the Dalmatian Coast.
- Zadar is often ignored as visitors hopscotch from Istria in the north to Split and Hvar and then down to Dubrovnik. But that may be about to change, especially withRyanair adding regular flights from Prague, Hamburg, Cologne and Nuremberg, starting this spring. Beyond Zadar’s medieval core, the city’s seaside promenade and music-making “sea organ,” created by the architect Nikola Basic, is a must-see (or hear). The magical sunsets alone were enough to wow Alfred Hitchcock, who visited the city in 1964, and said he’d witnessed the most beautiful sunset in the world there. The town is also a gateway to untrammeled islands, especially Dugi Otok; an hour-and-20-minute ferry ride takes visitors to the sparsely populated island with uncrowded beaches and taverns serving seafood. Seeking ultraclean waters? Then head to the island of Pasman, where the currents frequently change, making the surrounding waters some of the cleanest in the Adriatic – Farley explains.
Will you add Zadar on your 2019 travel list?
LOT Polish Airlines, a member of the global Star Alliance airline association, announced the launch of another line from Dubrovnik to Poland in the summer of 2019 – Avioradar reports.
Last year LOT introduced a new line connecting Dubrovnik and Warsaw with 6 flights per week. This line remains in traffic during the summer schedule this year with the same number of weekly flights. This year the second line from Dubrovnik to Poland is being introduced.
The new line Dubrovnik - Krakow will be in traffic once a week, on Saturdays, from May 25th to September 28th.
The line between Dubrovnik and Krakow is not something new since there were a few in the past. The first to fly on that line was Slovakian low-carrier SkyEurope with 2 flights per week, which cut off all traffic in 2009. Following them, the Polish regional carrier EuroLOT flew on the same line, but stopped all traffic in 2015 and was included in the main fleet of LOT.
Last year’s new line between Dubrovnik and Warsaw remains in traffic during the entire summer flight schedule with 6 flights per week, every day except Tuesday.
The Croatian National Tourist Board is presenting the Croatian tourist offer at the Vakantiebeurs fair, which takes place in the Utrecht, Netherlands from January 9th to 13th. The fair is made for business and wide audience. Already on the first day of the fair a great interest of the Dutch for Croatian destinations was shown, especially for the Croatian camping segment.
-The presentation at the Utrecht fair is the start of the season of presenting the Croatian tourist offer at the most important fairs from the key emission markets. In 2019, the Croatian National Tourist Board will organize the presentation of the Croatian tourist offer on a total of 22 fairs, out of which there are 17 general and five specialized fairs, including three nautical and two camping fairs – Kristjan Stanicic, the director of the Croatian Tourist Board said. In 2018, almost 500,000 arrivals and about 3.2 million overnight stays came from the Dutch market, representing a growth of 9 percent in arrivals and 5 percent in overnight stays compared to 2017.
The Utrecht Fair also hosts numerous meetings with representatives of tour operators, travel agents and airline companies such as TUI, Thomas Cook, Transavia, D-Reizen, Rotterdam-Den Haag Airport, Travel Counselors Association and others, who are discussing activities and co-operation in the upcoming period. The first signs of a Dutch tour operator's bookings for Croatia are at the level of last year's, but the real period of intensive booking is just ahead.
-We are extremely pleased with the increasing interest of air carriers in Croatia, which is clear from the announcement of three new air lines from the Netherlands for Croatia, more precisely towards Zadar in 2019. Transavia will connect Zadar and Rotterdam, Rynair Zadar and Eindhoven and Easyjet Zadar and Amsterdam - said Ivan Novak, Director of Croatian Tourist Board Representative Office for the Benelux Countries.
Vakantiebeurs fair has more than 1000 exhibitors, and it attracts approximately 110,000 visitors on average. About 60 percent of the visitors as the main reason for the visit mention the fact that they have not yet booked their vacation, and 50 percent of them visit the fair to get inspiration.
Luka Sulic, the famous musician from 2Cellos with Dubrovnik roots and his wife Tamara Zagoranski will become parents once again!
The proud dad informed all of his fans about the arrival of his second baby on social media. He published a photo with his wife and his first born - baby boy Val, sharing the sweetest news in an original way: Val is wearing a t-shirt with inscription ''I'm so cute. Mom&Dad did it again!''
This sweet photo collected over 17 thousand likes and many comments, congratulating the happy family. One more successful year lies ahead this talented musician!
The first dog playground in Dubrovnik will be located in Mokosica. It will as a fenced park area that, besides the basic elements of the park (paths, vegetation, urban equipment), also contains dog equipment. According to the conceptual solution made in December 2018, the playground is supposed to maintain the natural configuration of the terrain and all the existing high greenery while simultaneously making use of the larger area for the park
Since the park allows the owners to let their dogs of the leash so that they can move freely within enclosed space, special zones for small and large dogs will be made. They are in the shape of ellipse with pebble paths. Between the trails are created green zones to spend time and play.
Dog Equipment is located in a flat park area, and the fence is designed to follow the rounded geometry of the terrain. In the south, at the steep zone, the terrain is secured by supporting walls made of stone.
There will be also a water tap at the park entrance, where the area where the dog will be put off the leash will be located too. Shade, water and bins for dog waste will be ensured.
County Center 112 Dubrovnik reported that winter equipment for motor vehicles in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County is obligatory and traffic is forbidden for trailer trucks and semi-trailer trucks on the roads:
A1 between Prgomet and Karamatici
A10 between Ploce and Carapine
DC8 Gradac-Ceveljusa-Opuzen-GP Klek
DC9 GP Metkovic-Opuzen-DC8
DC62 Big Prolog-Metkovic
DC425 Karamatici (A1) - Cevljusa
county roads in Metkovic area
Snow fell on the Peljesac area and part of Konavle. The Dubrovnik Roads informed that all the roads are cleaned and good for traffic.
Back in 2016 Spanish journalists Vincente Azpitarte and Jose Manuel Puertas published a book Luka Modric: El hijo de la guerra (Luka Modric: The Son Of War), which brings a story about Croatian footballer’s childhood and his way to Real Madrid, one of the most powerful clubs in the world. This biography will soon be translated in Japanese – Index.hr writes.
As the article states, Azpitarte recently visited Japan to finalize the book and was surprised with the cover photo, showing Modric’s profile, while he’s moving his hair from his face. When Azpitarte asked why did they decide to put that photo on the cover, he got an interesting answer.
-In Japan, Modric is considered one of the most attractive footballers in the world. He is a sex symbol and our women think he is more handsome and more beautiful than Cristiano Ronaldo - Japanese publishers explained, Index.hr writes.
As they say, the secret is in his long hair, facial physiognomy and pointy nose, but ultimately in his life story, growing up in awe, persistent work and a difficult path that he has passed.
According to the State Hydrometeorological Institute for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, until 10th of January, a high risk of a cold wave is projected.
Here are couple of recommendations on protecting the health during these low temperatures:
- Avoid going out early in the morning or late in the night;
- Wear layers and don’t go out without a hat, scarf and gloves;
- Do not stay out for the long time;
- Drink enough amount of hot drinks (tea, soup, up to two cups of coffee a day, limit the intake of alcohol);
- Monitor the temperature in the room where you are staying (thermometer / thermostat - preferably 18 to 24° C).