Monday, 21 June 2021
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.


Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, famous duo behind the name 2Cellos, are always trying to be original and surprise their fans. Recently they appeared in interesting costumes, looking just like Jack Sparrow (or Johnny Depp) from the Pirates of the Caribbean. They didn’t explain why did they dress up, but our best guess would be that we can soon expect Pirates of the Caribbean theme played by these two great artists.

Just the photo made their fans really delighted, commenting that they look better than Johnny Depp and offering to be their rum wench any day, so it’s sure to say that whatever they are planning to publish – it will be a hit.

They filmed the video on amazing wooden ship - Karaka Dubrovnik. They were really excited because of collaboration.
-We've spent an amazing day, filled with fun and laughter enjoying 2Cellos - the two young world-known artists and their project that will surely be a success and break all the record – it's written at the official Instagram page of Karaka Dubrovnik, alongside with the photos of ''Cello Pirates''.

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Photos by Instagram profile Karaka Dubrovnik

Both Sulic and Hauser have played the cello since childhood. Sulic graduated from the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music in London, and Hauser from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, both in 2011. They rose to fame in the same year when their version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” took the world by storm. The YouTube video became a massive viral hit leading to a record deal with Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks and an invitation to join Sir Elton John on his worldwide tour.
2Cellos always love to come to Dubrovnik, especially because Luka's father was born in our beautiful City.

PostEurop, European public operator association, with the aim of promoting cooperation, community and culture of European countries, announced the competition for the most beautiful stamp in the "Europe" series. The theme of this year's edition is bridges.

The Croatian Post Office participates in the competition with the stamp with the motif of Dr. Franjo Tudman's Bridge in Dubrovnik. Author of the release is Dean Roksandic, a designer from Zagreb and the stamp is designed with the photographs by Marija Romuluc and Drazen Stojcic.

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Photo: Croatian Post Office

The bridge is located northwest of Dubrovnik over a six-kilometer long bay of Rijeka dubrovacka. The construction of the bridge has shortened the way to Dubrovnik from Split for more than 10 kilometers. The Bridge is located on State Road no. 8, with its design and construction solution - one pylon and a hanging spherical span circuit - is the first such object built in Croatia.

You can vote for the most beautiful stamp on the website The voting started today, May 9th and will last until September 9th. The winner will be announced in Georgia, October 3rd.

On a grand Adriatic tour, members of the exclusive Gran Turismo Motor Club have briefly stopped in Dubrovnik.

In front of Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, 35 luxurious cars arrived. The most expensive one is the special edition of Lamborghini Aventador – it costs more than 450 thousand euros. All the cars are interesting, fierce and expensive, among which Ferarri models dominated.

Gran Turismo was founded in June 2002 in Sweden as a kind of fraternity for super-car owners all across the globe. Today, the club has about five thousand members from all over the world. The connection between them are amazing cars worth a hundred thousand euros.

Every year, Gran Turismo organizes 10 to 12 gatherings for their members, and this year they decided to come to Croatia, the homeland of Mate Rimac, who is well-known to the lovers of the expensive car park.

Members of the Adriatic tour team began their trip on May 5th in Opatija, with the final point of Tesalonika in Greece, where the caravan arrives on May 13th. Today the drivers of Gran Turismo will continue their trip to Montenegro and further to Albania.
















All photos by Zeljko Tutnjevic

Croatia is out of Eurovision song contest this year – that was decided last night, at the first semi-final night. Franka Batelic, Croatian representative, really did her best, however that wasn't enough for the jury and the public. Song 'Crazy' didn't make it the grand finale, which will be held on Saturday.

Although she didn't make it to the finals, Franka received a number of praises on social networks for her performance at the first semi-final night of Eurovision. Some fans really got mad, saying that she was robbed and that she should've been placed in the finals.

Franka followed Jacques Houdek as the Croatian representative. Houdek qualified to the grand finale of the 2017 contest, where he placed 13th with 138 points.

Finalists from the first semifinals of 2018 Eurosong are Austria, Estonia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania, Finland and Ireland

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the sequel to Universal's movie hit Mamma Mia, has been filmed on the Croatian island of Vis during the September and October. Now, the final trailer has been published. And it's lovely to see the scenes made on this beautiful island.

The filming of the Croatian part of a new sequel of the popular romantic comedy hit from 2008, engaged more than 270 filmmakers and statists from Croatia. ‘’Mamma Mia’’ producers were extremely satisfied with their experience of filming in Croatia.

The Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again premiere is announced for summer 2018 with the original film crew - Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper as well as with Lily James, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine, Alexa Davies and Jessica Keenan Wynn.

Everybody are more than excited to see the movie and recognize the beautiful island of Vis, with which all the crew members were enchanted. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again premieres July 20.

Apartment prices were 5.4 higher in April than in the same month last year in Croatia, while the house prices went up for 3.07 percent, according to the data of the internet advertising website They are still cheaper than 2011, but the difference is getting lower and now only 1.6 percent.

The most expensive city in Croatia is still Dubrovnik, where the average price of a square meter, for the house with a yard is 4477 euros, and for the apartment is 3472 euros – reports.

Dubrovnik is more expensive by 18 percent than last year, and just for comparison - for this average price of a square meter apartment you can buy a land of 1534 square meters 25 kilometers from Varazdin with a built-in basement, construction permit and owner's papers.

Further to the east, in Bjelovar-Bilogora County, there are several older houses with quite large gardens that cost as the average square of a house in Dubrovnik, which is just over 30 thousand kuna. In Slavonia it is even cheaper.

According to the average price of a square meter, behind Dubrovnik, the most expensive city in Croatia is Split. The square meter costs 2624 euros, 850 less than in Dubrovnik. More than 2,000 euros is the average square meter in Rovinj (2452), and very close is Zadar with 1955 euros. On the fifth place is Zagreb with the price of 1827 euros, followed by Pula. Rijeka and Sibenik, where square meter is on average 1536, 1479 and 1400 euros. Among the ten most expensive ones, with square meter prices over 1000 euros, are still Cakovec and Koprivnica.

Dubrovnik Tourist Board won ‘’Golden Tourism Heart of the Mediterranean and South-Eastern Europe’’ award, with the title of champion of culture tourism. The award was taken on Saturday, May 5th, at Skadarlija in Belgrade by Sinisa Zakula, Head of Promotion Department and Online Strategy of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. The award was given by Ljubica Milojevic, representative of the World Trade Organization. 

The International Center for Tourism Development Sacen International and the International Tourism Association visited and evaluated, besides Croatia, other countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Turkey , Greece, Tunisia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and others.

At the end of the visit, each country held press conferences, on which the ratings and the results of the summer and winter tourist season were presented in 2017.


What's the best part of traveling? Some would say exploring different destinations, other might say – meeting the new people, but one of the most interesting (and yummy) things is for sure trying traditional food.

One interesting map has again came to the centre of our attention on the website Visually. It's World Food Map!
-A culinary map of the world showing the most popular dish/meal/food for each country. Data has been collected using Google's search suggestions - the first result (coming up on top) was used for a particular country. Used search phrase was "How to make [Belgian] ..." or "[Belgian] * recipe" (where suggestions were not appropriate) – authors explained.


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And on the World Food Map, food that is most popular in Croatia is… (drumrolls) – Croatian coffee! Well, we surely have great coffee, but honestly we were expecting something else on the map, maybe some of the traditional meals such as sarma or pasticada.

However, it's a fun map to look at. See the whole map here.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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