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.


Dubrovnik Health Center has sent an important notice. On the occasion of marking the World Health Day on Tuesday, 9th of April, from 9 am to 11 am in front of the main building of the Health Center at Dr. Ante Starčevic 1 Street, the nurses of Dubrovnik Health Center will have a preventive action of blood pressure, blood sugar level and cholesterol measurement. 

During this event, you can also get tips and recommendations on how to choose and preserve healthy habits. Everybody is more than welcome to join the action.

Croatia Airlines, a Croatian national carrier, on the occasion of the upcoming summit of 16 Central and Eastern European countries and China, which is held in Dubrovnik on 11th and 12th of April, introduces five additional flights between Zagreb and Dubrovnik.

On Wednesday, April 10th, Croatia Airlines added two afternoon flights from Zagreb to Dubrovnik, which will be operated with Airbus 320, the largest aircraft in the fleet of 174 seats, according to a statement from Croatia Airlines.

An additional flight from the Croatian capital to Dubrovnik will also operate on Thursday, April 11th, and the available number of seats this day was additionally increased by setting a larger aircraft type on the regular OU662 Zagreb - Dubrovnik afternoon flight. A large number of seats will also be available on Friday, April 12th, at the regular OU665 Dubrovnik – Zagreb afternoon flight, which will also be done by Airbus 320 instead of the smaller Airbus 319.

On Saturday, April 13th, two additional flights (early afternoon and afternoon) were introduced from Dubrovnik to Zagreb, thus increasing the capacity for nearly 300 additional seats.

By introducing additional flights Zagreb - Dubrovnik and with the replacement of aircraft type on individual lines, Croatia Airlines offered summit attendants and all other passengers more than 1000 additional seats. In addition to these flights, the company will also conduct all regular Zagreb - Dubrovnik flights, which on average operate six times per day.

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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 397 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 257 measures taken due to speeding, 21 measures due to improper stop and parking, 14 measures because of improper overtaking, six measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 11 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and three measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

River sources Ombla and Palate have been contaminated due to recent heavy rain, so the tap water in Dubrovnik should be avoided. 

Bottled water is the best choice, but you can also let it sediment and then boil the clear part of it.

The Public Health Institute carries out monitoring of the public water supply in the entire Dubrovnik-Neretva County and in such situations, samples the water for human consumption in Dubrovnik's water network.

They will let everybody know when water is safe for consumption again.

In the first three months of this year, 12,139 new passenger cars were sold in Croatia, which is 12.3 percent less compared to the same period last year. In March, 5.041 new cars were delivered to customers, which is nearly 20 percent less than in March last year – it’s published by, according to the data of Promocija Plus agency.

In the first three months of this year, buyers mostly sought Volkswagen's vehicles, of which 2,025 units were sold, with a total sales share of 16.7 percent. Following is Skoda, a member of the same company, with 1,313 vehicles sold (10.8 percent), and Renault (1.071 sold and 8.8 percent share). The fourth place is held by Suzuki with 926 vehicles sold, and fifth Dacia, a member of the Renault Group. Dacia models were selected by 761 buyers.

From January to the end of March, 22 Porsches, 16 Jaguars, 283 Mercedes, 290 Audis and 244 BMWs were sold.

The most sought-after models during the first quarter were the Skoda Octavia with 726 vehicles sold, VW Golf (497) and Suzuki Vitara (456). These three models were bestselling in March too.

Most vehicles, more than a third, were sold in the Zagreb region (4,440), followed by the County of Primorje - Gorski kotar (1,013), and the third in the Split - Dalmatia County (1,009). The least vehicles were sold in Lika-Senj (69) and Virovitica-Podravina County (62).

National Park Plitvice Lakes celebrates 70th birthday! On that occasion, they decided to treat all their visitors with promotional ticket prices. From 22nd to 28th of April, they will cost 50 kuna for adults, 30 kuna for students and 20 kuna for children from seven to 18 years. For children younger than seven years the entrance is free.

Plitvice Lakes were proclaimed the first national park in Croatia on April 8th, 1949, and on October 26th in 1979, they entered the UNESCO World Heritage List. Their beauty attracts people from all over the world. Only in 2018, 1.7 million visitors walked through the park.

Promotional tickets can be purchased exclusively online at the National Park website, two days before the desired arrival date, and the number is, as they say from the park, limited. Buying tickets online is this year’s novelty

As part of the program of marking the 70th anniversary of the existence and functioning of the Institute for Marine and Coastal Research by the University of Dubrovnik, the Aquarium opened an exhibition named "Secrets of the Sea Depth".

The organizer of the exhibition, Valter Kozul, thanked artists who made the Aquarium even more beautiful, now representing "a blend of science, art and the sea."

The exhibition gathered 14 artists from Dubrovnik: Milutin Fabris, Josip Skerlj, Miroslav Stamatovic, Vedran Grabovac, Miso Baricevic, Loren Ligorio, Nikola Nino Dubcic, Josip Ivanovic, Ivo Dimnic, Maja Kovacevic, Maro Kriste, Tonko Smokvina, Ivan Perak and Ivana Miloglav Ivankovic.

You can explore the exhibition whenever you want because it will stay permanently in the Aquarium.

International rugby match with the humanitarian character between Croatia and Oxford will be held on Saturday, April 6th, at 3 pm at the City Stadium in Lapad.

The organizer of the event are the Croatian Rugby Federation and the Dubrovnik Rugby Club Invictus. One of the sponsors of this match is the City of Dubrovnik, and all the collected money from the sale of tickets that are 20 kuna are intended to help little Goga Knego with a cerebral palsy. Tickets can be purchased at Caffe bar Giro, Culto restaurant, Invictus Ragus club Dubrovnik (Tiha 9, Cavtat) or on the day of the match at the entrance of the stadium. The City of Dubrovnik helped this praiseworthy event with a purchase of 500 tickets that were given to schools.

Within the promotion of the match and this sport in general, in front of the Rector's Palace from April 4th to 6th, from 1 to 5 pm today and tomorrow and from 9 to noon on Saturday, Children's Rugby Days will be held - children will get the chance to try playing rugby on mini terrain. Professional players will join them as well. Deputy Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Jelka Tepsic, will be meet with organizers on Friday at 4:30 pm.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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