Friday, 13 December 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.


Each year, from November 15th to December 15th, the Republic of Croatia celebrates the "Anti-Addiction Month" within which police officers of the Dubrovnik-Neretva Police will carry out a series of activities aimed at raising public awareness of the problem of all forms of addiction.

During this month educational lectures will be held independently and with partners in primary and secondary schools, information booths will be set up and police will intensify street reduction to counteract all addictive substances.

In the first 10 months of 2019, there were 287 criminal offenses in the drug crime area in the area of the Dubrovnik-Neretva Police and 946 offenses under the Anti-Drug Act. As for drug seizures, 1,033 seizures of various forms of drugs were recorded, and as many as 464 kilograms of marijuana were seized, over a kilogram of amphetamines and nearly five thousand drugs from the list of drugs.

In addition to education, there is a number of things that will be enhanced:

- traffic activities and driver testing for the presence of drugs and alcohol in the body;
- border crossing activities to combat international drug trafficking;
- control of the sale and service of alcohol, and the sale of cigarettes to minors;
- Compliance with the City Decisions banning the consumption, carrying and possession of alcoholic beverages in the City of Dubrovnik and in the City of Metkovic.

The Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Italy organized a business workshop in Rome on Thursday, November 14th, for representatives of Italian tourist agencies and representatives of hotels and agencies in Croatia. The opening speech was made by the Director of the Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board to Italy, Viviana Vukelic, followed by the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Italy, Jasen Mesic, and Ivana Jelinic, President of the Association of Italian Travel Agencies FIAVET.

The workshop was attended by 60 Italian travel agents and 20 Croatian representatives of hotels, agencies and tourist boards as well as the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.

The Italians have shown great interest for the Croatian market, especially for Dubrovnik because of direct flights throughout the year. The Vueling airline connects Rome and Dubrovnik twice a week during the winter, while in the season Croatia Airlines flies direct Rome – Dubrovnik flights three times a week, while Easy Jet and Vueling fly four times a week.

In 2019, 38 141 Italian tourists visited Dubrovnik, and they realized 115 784 overnight stays, which is the same as last year. The presentation of Dubrovnik and the tourist offer in Rome will certainly contribute to the increase of tourist visits from the Italian market.

Christmas is just around the corner, apparently, and many websites publish Christmas related articles! Big 7 has just released the article titled The 50 Best Christmas Markets In The World and Zagreb Christmas Market was put on the third place! 

-Nothing is more likely to get you in the mood for the festive season than Christmas markets. With exactly 41 (!) days left until Christmas, we wanted to round up the very best of the best – Big 7 writes, adding that many people now choose to make a weekend trip out of visiting Christmas markets around the world, from traditional markets in Europe to other fairs dotted across the US. A quick city break to get some shopping in, have a few drinks and soak up the festive delights.

-Most of the markets kick off in late November, with many running until early January. So it’s time to get planning, grab a few friends and visit one of these best Christmas markets in the world – Big 7 concludes.

Zagreb Advent takes place from November 30th to January 7th 2020.

-This beautiful market has consistently been voted the best Christmas market in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why. The whole city is taken over by a Christmas spirit, with an outdoor ice rink, lots of trees and lights, as well as rides for the kids. With some great street food stalls and local crafts, this is the sort of market that you could easily return to for a couple of days in a row – Big 7 writes.

See the full list here.

Organized by the Commission for Mandarin Oranges of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the Initiative for the Independent Placement of Mandarins on Public Areas of Local Self-Government Units is held throughout Croatia, which is being implemented for the second year in a row in cooperation with the LEADER Network of Croatia and the Association of Croatian Cities.

As part of the Initiative, the "Neretva Days in Dubrovnik" event at Pile has begun today, and citizens and their guests will be able to buy mandarin oranges and products made from this fruit until November 30th. 

It is also good to know that in cooperation with the City of Zagreb, the manifestation “Zagreb to Neretva, Neretva to Zagreb” is underway, where fourteen mandarin producers from the Neretva Valley successfully market their products at eight attractive locations in the City of Zagreb through stand sales.

So far, more than twenty family agricultural societies joined the Initiative and just as many local self-government units have responded to the call of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, giving official licenses to mandarin producers, with the aim of making the mandarins more available through direct sale on the domestic market.

The City of Dubrovnik, in collaboration with the Administrative Department for Urban Planning, Spatial Planning and Environmental Protection, as well as for Utilities and Local Self-Government, became involved in the citizens' initiative Collective Tree Planting Days, which took place from October 25th to October 27th. So far, the result of this action is 610 planted seedlings in 139 locations in the City of Dubrovnik.

In agreement with the Coordinator for the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva Romana Tomic and the company Vrtlar Dubrovnik d.o.o. planting sites for the species of trees to be planted have been agreed. Also, an arrangement of seedling distribution for citizens has been agreed to be funded by the City of Dubrovnik.

178 seedlings were distributed to citizens at locations in Mokosica, Gruz, Lapad and Lazareti. Due to great interest, another action was organized and 200 more seedlings were distributed.

In addition to the City of Dubrovnik, the action was joined by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Elite travel d.o.o., Sun gardens Resort, Diocese of Dubrovnik, Libertas TV, Association DESA - Dubrovnik, Hedera Estate d.o., Lions club Sv. Vlaho, Vetma Architectural Studio, Dominato property management, Boutique Villa Root, Urban & Veggie Restaurant, Grand Hotel Park, Pemo Ltd., Apropo Marketing Ltd., We do yoga studio Dubrovnik, Ladi Cosic (private person), Maro Kockovic (private person), Jelena Roko (private person), Romana Tomic (private person), NP Mljet, Croatian Forests - Forestry Dubrovnik, EKo taxi doo and MSC Cruise Ltd.

The employees of Vrtlar Dubrovnik d.o.o, along with the volunteers, planted trees at numerous locations.

The City of Dubrovnik recognized the importance of this action, which aimed to encourage citizens, associations, businesses and institutions to plant as many trees as possible on private and public areas throughout Croatia in order to contribute to the greening of urban areas and highlight the importance and many benefits of urban greenery.

A major storm has hit Mljet. As Public Fire Department Mljet commander Mario Dabelic told Dubrovacki vjesnik, during yesterday 7 pines fell on the roads, and today there are thirteen. The weather does not calm down, rain constantly falls and the wind blows, so the firefighters are working all the time, and they have managed to save the boat at the port of Sobra.

It is not better on Peljesac either, and the local fire chief Mario Djuricic says that the firefighters have been running from intervention to intervention yesterday.

-Trees are falling, we are saving boats, and we are just rushing to Ston to help save a yacht - Djuricic told Dubrovacki vjesnik.

Mario Frlan, commander of Lastovo firefighters, said they had to remove nine fallen pines from the roads yesterday and four this morning. The citizens of Lastovo have removed the boats on time, so they have no problems when it comes to that, says Frlan.





One of the most famous and respected gastronomic icons is the white truffle. This underground mushroom really enjoys a special respect and that's seen on their price, as it is one of the most expensive mushrooms in the world. This year there was an interesting collaboration between two Istrian brands – Karlic Truffles and Aura Distillery, producing gin with macerated white truffle. This is the first gin in the world which is made this way – reports. 

Since gin is a very popular drink, especially lately, they decided to unite these two loves, and that's how White Truffle Gin came into being.

The white truffle harvest season starts around September and can extend all the way through the New Year and they are just working on a second edition of the product. As writes, zhe first one came out two months ago and they have made 222 bottles, each numbered since they have collected 222 truffles, and can be purchased at a price of 750 kuna at the Aura distillery and Karlic Truffles. They have already shipped them all around the world.

If you were reading about weather in Dubrovnik yesterday and thought that people were overreacting, than it’s good to know that the strongest wind strike was measured in Dubrovnik at 142 km/h.

The storm is linked to a deep cyclone centered over southern Italy and moving in an unusual northward direction. It’s expected to enter the Adriatic today. This storm is one of the strongest ones in years!

Storm south wind will also blow in the first part of Wednesday, but without strong strikes. In the second part of the day, the wind will temporarily weaken. On Thursday south wind will be moderate, on Friday and Saturday it will blow heavily again, and on Sunday it will again hit more than 100 kilometers per hour.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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