Sunday, 19 May 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.


On the occasion of the celebration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Day and the feast of its patron Saint Leopold Bogdan Mandic, Dubrovnik-Neretva County organizes a concert of vocal groups at the Rector’s Palace this evening at 8 pm.

The concerts will gather these vocal groups: Kase (Dubrovnik), Na kantunu (Opuzen), Ragusa Vecchia (Cavtat,Konavle), Subrenum (Zupa), Sv.Nikola (Metkovic) and female vocal group of the Folklore ensemble Lindo (Dubrovnik).

In case of bad weather, the concert will be held at Lazareti, and the entrance is free.

This May is not what we are used to and because of the rain and low temperatures many of us will have to wait to take our first dip in the beautiful sea.

However, tourists that are here for couple of days are much braver and willing to use the opportunity to swim in the sea which was about 17.5 °C today. Brrr!

Take a look at these brave souls at the photos by Tonci Plazibat.

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Gran Turismo Adriatica 2019 will bring amazing cars to Dubrovnik once again. 

The journey on the Adriatic coast started on May 4th and will last until May 12th. They started their adventure in Opatija, across Zadar to Mostar. After Mostar, they are continuing their journey to Dubrovnik. Want to see super cars? Come in front of Hotel Excelsior from 2:30 pm onwards.

Gran Turismo Events was founded in June 2002 in Sweden, as a fraternity for super car owners. Today, they are proud to gather 4 800 members from all over the world - from all countries of Europe, the United States, South Africa, Asia and Australia. What connects them is that they all own a super car and love to do awesome things together.

-Every year we organise nine or ten events. Our famous exclusive track days on the Nurburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Tor Poznan in Poland, and Hungaroring. We also do road trips on the best driving roads in the world - in Switzerland, Croatia and Italy. Furthermore, we organise special events for the members, like our annual drive with Mille Miglia, and our October wine tour in Tuscany – organizers explain.

-Since our humble beginnings, we have always done things a little bit differently. It is not just about driving, it is just as much about meeting people from all over the world who love driving, too – they add.

The Croatian National Tourist Board is working hard on advertising on key emitting markets such as the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine and Slovenia. Trams, buses and trolley buses, public city transport of many European cities like Milan, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Lviv, Brno, Plzeň, Amsterdam, Den Haag, Stockholm, etc. are driving on the most frequented locations painted with motifs of Croatia.

-The visual effect has been proven to attract a great deal of attention and create a strong and long-lasting experience with potential tourists. Large outdoor advertising on the most frequent roads in major European cities and metropolises is one of the projects realized within the additional 10 million kuna for marketing and PR activities on the broadcasting markets this year - said Croatian tourist board director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that external advertising of Croatia as a tourist destination was also implemented through billboards in the exceptionally busy London and Paris metros, but also in Prague, Ljubljana, Rotterdam, etc.

Also, the Croatian National Tourist Board has launched a one million kuna worth promotional campaign aimed at positioning Croatia as a tourist destination suitable for MICE tourism. Advertising is being conducted in two phases, during May and in September and October. Campaign activities include display and print advertising in specialized media and promotion on social media, and is conducted on the UK, Germany, Italy, France, USA, Benelux, Sweden, Norway and Croatia markets.

-The campaign is focused on the promotion of business tourism and represents a continuation of our investments in the promotion and development of this important tourist product. Croatia in this segment of travel has great potential due to the high quality of resources, but also because of the excellent references that have been confirmed by the quality of the hosting of the last major international meeting of China +16, which was recently held in Dubrovnik - Stanicic said.

Summer is just around the corner and those who are seeking inspiration for their perfect vacation might find solution in the newest list by the website European best destinations, brining the best beaches in Europe.

Believe it or not, the most beautiful beach in Europe is located just a short drive away from Dubrovnik, in the region of Konavle: the little gem called Pasjaca.

-Nested at the cliff’s foot, this beach is a real miracle. In 1955, a tunnel was created from the fields upstream (often flooded) to the sea. The remaining rocks were used to build the roads or were left on the seaside. In a few years the waves transformed these rocks into pebbles then into sand. Pasjaca beach was born. After a few years the sea took away all the sand and the locals carried new rocks that turned into pebbles and sand again. They will do that again and again to preserve their little paradise. "Pasjaca beach", the most beautiful beach in Europe, is the result of both man and nature’s work – it's written in the article.

European best destinations advices you to go shopping in the town of Popovici, but we advice you to do your shopping prior your visit, because Popovici is a village in Konavle, without any kind of shopping centre. However, all the other points are quite correct.

-We advise fans of loud music, beach bars and water sports to avoid the beach; there is nothing of that kind there but nature and quietness. You can get to the beach via a small path through the rocks. This beach is located in the region of Konavle, we could say it is one of the most beautiful parts of Croatia but all Croatia is really beautiful – the author adds.

You are also advised to find your way thanks to an app or your GPS: this little slice of paradise is not that easy to get to. Once there, a wooden sign will show you the way. Park your car on the free car park, make sure you have not left any belongings in it and walk straight on to the most beautiful beach in Europe. Do not miss to visit Cavtat, a beautiful destination chosen among the most beautiful destinations in Europe by travellers from all over the world. Pasjaca Beach is just a 15-minute drive from Cavtat – the article concludes.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 12 traffic accidents, in which one person got heavily injured, seven got light injuries, while there were six traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 335 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 160 measures taken due to speeding, 20 measures due to improper stop and parking, 18 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, six measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 26 measures because of improper overtaking.

"Orlando Once" is the name of an exhibition of old photographs that will be open on Stradun on Saturday, May 11th at noon, as part of the annual program of marking the year of Orlando.

This attractive and demanding exhibition, as one of the central events of marking the 600th anniversary of the launch of the Orlando’s Column, was conceived and prepared by members of the Commission for the Celebration of the Orland Year in co-operation with the editorial board and members of the Facebook group "Dubrovnik nekad" (Dubrovnik once) and Photo Adria. Pero Mrnarevic is in charge for the artistic setting.

The exhibition consists of 51 photographs which will be placed on the most beautiful street in the world: Stradun. Photos are collected from the private archives of members of the popular and very active Facebook group "Dubrovnik nekad’’, showing this medieval knight as a mute but faithful witness of time and a participant of numerous social events throughout history.

The exhibition will remain open until the end of the year and will be available to all of our visitors during the year of Orlando.

If you are in Dubrovnik on Saturday, come and join us in reviving history!

Learn more about the year of Orlando here:  Did you know – 2019 is the year of Orlando


According to the registration and e-visitor registration data, Dubrovnik has achieved record tourism results for the first four months of this year.

From January 1st to April 30th 2019, there were 228 037 tourists in Dubrovnik, which is 47 percent more than in the same period of 2018. There were 523 411 overnight stays, or 20 percent more than last year. In the first four months the most tourists came from Germany, the United Kingdom, Croatia, the USA, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Spain, South Korea and Sweden.

From 1st of January to 30th of April, the highest number of arrivals was recorded in hotel facilities - 177 937, which is an increase of 53 percent compared to the first four months of 2018, while in private accommodation there were 35 529 arrivals, or an increase of 32 percent. In the hotel accommodation there were 362 166 overnight stays (17 percent increase compared to 2018), while in private accommodation there was 114 976 overnight stays (31 percent increase compared to the last year).

In April 2019, there were 126,067 arrivals, or 42 percent more than in the same month last year and 333,588 overnight stays, which is 23 percent more than in April 2018. During the month of April most visitors were from the United Kingdom, Germany, USA, France, Croatia, Finland, Spain, China, Sweden and Korea.

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