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.


Dubrovnik Winter Festival will be presented in Zagreb this Saturday, November 9th from 11 am to 1 pm at the Flower Square. The event is organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and it has the aim to present this year’s Festival with the performance of the vocal group Kase, traditional Dubrovnik carols, all accompanied by Dubrovnik sweets and of course, prikle. 

The City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival have prepared a rich cultural, entertaining, gastronomic and music program for the sixth edition of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, which begins on November 30th, by lighting the first Advent candle and decorative holiday lighting, and it's ending on January 1st, 2020.

The calm winter period is ideal for exploring all the beauties that Dubrovnik has to offer, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board emphasized.

The Diabetes Society of Dubrovnik is involved in the project of the Croatian Diabetes Association and plans its activities with the World Diabetes Day - November 14th, as well as for the Diabetes Awareness Month.

This year's theme is again - Family and Diabetes – and it applies to all those who have people with diabetes in their family, but also to everyone else. The goal is to identify diabetes, live with diabetes and know its dangers.

The Society, in collaboration with the Health Center Patronage - organizes a public blood glucose measurement - on Thursday, November 7th in Gruz - in front of the Srđ Department Store from 8 to 9 am.

In the first ten months of this year, 55,441 new passenger vehicles were sold in Croatia, which is 2.5 percent or 1,361 more compared to the same period of last year, while in October alone, 4,104 new vehicles were sold, which is an increase of 2.4 percent, according to Promocija plus.

Volkswagen is the hit, with 7,439 vehicles sold so far this year, with VW accounting for 13.4 percent of total sales. In second place is Skoda, a member of the same concern. In total, there were 5,250 Skoda vehicles sold (9.4 percent), followed by Renault with just 20 fewer cars sold. The fourth is Opel (4,981 vehicles sold and 8.9 percent of total sales), and the fifth is Suzuki (3,305 and 5.9 percent).

The Skoda Octavia is at the top of the list of the best-selling models since the current Octavia, which should soon receive a successor, was selected by 2,991 customers in 2019. The second best-selling model is the Renault Clio with 2,146 new vehicles sold, while the third is the timeless Golf with 2,056 units sold. Suzuki Vitara is fourth on the best-selling list (1,604), fifth is Renault Captur (1,468).

Of the total number of new passenger vehicles sold during the previous year, 61 percent or 33,827 were gasoline and only 35.3 percent (or 19,574 vehicles) were diesel. The number of sold electric vehicles sold was 170 (0.3 percent), while there were 1,387 hybrids sold (2.5 percent).

Most new passenger vehicles were sold in Zagreb and the surrounding area, 20,715 of them (37 percent of total sales), and the least in Virovitica-Podravina and Lika-Senj counties - only 217 new vehicles in each county.

There were 193,451 arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County during October this year, which was 21 percent more than in October of the 2018. Over the same period, 630,218 nights were spent in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is 11 percent more than in October 2018.

Since the beginning of the year, during the ten months of 2019, there have been 2,203,013 arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and 8,303,788 overnight stays. Compared to 2018, arrivals are up by ten percent and overnight stays by 3.5 percent.

The most overnight stays were made by guests from the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States of America, France, Croatia, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Norway, etc.

Since the beginning of the year, 3,589,507 nights have been spent in hotels, which represents an increase of four persents and in households 3,689,314 nights, five percent more than in the ten months of 2018.

Petrol prices in Croatia have changed, according to the Ministry of the Economy – autogas and petrol are more expensive, while the diesel prices have dropped. 

From today the price of a litre of petrol is 10.08 Kuna, compared to the previous price which was 10.03 Kuna per litre.

Diesel prices have dropped, but slightly. A litre of diesel in Croatia will cost you on average of 9.81 Kuna, while yesterday it was 9.86 Kuna.

The price of autogas went up. Its current price is 4.53 Kuna, while yesterday it was 4.46.

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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 806 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 582 measures taken due to speeding, 28 measures due to improper overtaking, 18 measures for improper stop and parking, 52 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, nine measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 18 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

After numerous days full of sunshine, rain has come alongside with south wind. In Dubrovnik, that is usually connected with light headache and low energy. However, there is a nice side to it – high waves and dark clouds that bring that special beauty to the Old City. You can see it for yourself in the photo gallery below made by Tonci Plazibat.

And learn something new here: From the Archives – south wind stops Senate

The number of deaths on Croatian roads is finally lower than last year. According to the data to November 2nd, 238 people were killed in traffic – 24 sata+ writes. In the same period last year, we there were 274 dead, which means that the black number has decreased.

By 2023, Croatian Roads plan to repair 23 more dangerous places on state roads, the so-called "black spots". The total value of the project is 68.5 million kuna and the eligible financing costs are 55.4 million kuna. Part of funds were provided through the European Regional Development Fund, according to Croatian Roads. They plan to fully implement the project by June 2023.

Since 2001, they have fixed more than 280 dangerous sites, for which they have invested over 270 million kuna of their own funds and funds from the National Road Traffic Safety Program.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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