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.


Luka Sulic, the famous musician from 2Cellos with Dubrovnik roots and his wife Tamara Zagoranski became parents in November last year. Now has come the time for baby boy Val to take his first dip!

Sadly, he didn't experience his first swim in beautiful Dubrovnik, so close to Luka's heart – because it's his father hometown. Instead, he went into sea of Izola, Slovenia.

- First swim with Val. The sea is in our blood – wrote Luka at his official instagram profile. 2Cellos musician will surely visit Dubrovnik with his little boy. His fans were delighted and photo has over 18 thousand likes.

Just a reminder, 2Cellos are 2 young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser. They are famous for taking cello to new level – they have no limits and they are equally good in preforming Bach, Vivaldi, as well as AC/DC.

They are mostly on tour, so these daddy-son moments are truly precious. Can't wait for them to come to Dubrovnik!

Fair of domestic products and antiques is organized in Pile Park. The fair is organized by the veterans of Split military police with the organizational and logistical support of the City of Dubrovnik.

Thirty exhibitors from all over Croatia are presented. The name of the fair is 'Only Croatian' and it will remain open until Sunday, June 10th. You can visit it every day from 9 am to 8 pm.

Just go down the stairs when you reach Pile station. Under the bridge you will find a real heaven of products! Browse through photos of Zeljko Tutnjevic and see if there is something you like. 









Photos by Zeljko Tutnjevic



Croatia Airlines, a Croatian national airline and a member of the Star Alliance, transported almost 214,000 passengers in May this year, a record number of passengers in May in the history of the company.

At the same time, for the first time since 1992, more than 200,000 passengers were registered during the month of May, making Croatia Airlines already attained the level of passenger traffic, which is usually recorded during the peak of the tourist season, or more precisely in the period from June to October. The increase in passenger numbers in May 2018 compared to May 2017 is 9 percent.

The growth of passenger traffic was also recorded in the period January - May 2018, in which more than 719,200 passengers were transported, which is 6 percent more than in the same period last year. In the same period, the average occupancy rate of the passenger cabin increased by 2.6 percent.

There were some changes in 2018, as Croatia Airlines began flying to two new destinations, Mostar throughout the year and Dublin during the summer season, and the new seasonal lines Dubrovnik - Munich and Split - Copenhagen were also introduced.

Apart from the new lines, the number of weekly flights on individual lines has increased in this year's summer flight schedle. At the beginning of May, four additional afternoon flights on the Zagreb - Skopje line were introduced. More weekly flights also take place on the Zagreb - Dubrovnik - Rome line.

Croatia Airlines continues to fly to all eight European destinations in the flight network included in 2016 and 2017 (Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Bucharest, Lisbon, Milan, Prague and St.Petersburg), with increased number of weekly flights to St. Petersburg.

During this year's summer flight season, seasonal flights to many attractive European destinations such as Athens, Barcelona, Lisbon, Venice and others were also reintroduced.

During the morning yesterday, June 3rd, the Police of Dubrovnik-Neretva County found a vehicle in the sea near the Pasjaca beach in Popovici.

After the examination of a police diver, it was established that the vehicle was a BMW personal car, without registration plates.

There was no person found in the sunken vehicle or the area around it. Criminal investigation is underway to determine the circumstances under which the BMW got in the sea.

Until we find out what really happened, take your time to learn something about Pasjaca Beach


According to the E-visitor booking system data, Dubrovnik has achieved excellent tourism results in the first five months of this year. From January 1st to May 31st, 299,437 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is 9 percent more than in the same period last year. There were 901,488 overnight stays, or 8 percent more than last year. In the first five months the largest number of tourists came from the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, Croatia, France, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Spain and Korea.

During the same period, the most arrivals were realized in hotel facilities (201,081 arrivals), which increased by 6 percent compared to the first five months of 2017. Private accommodation facilities have even higher increase (70,504 arrivals), which is 21 percent more in arrivals compared to the same period last year. There were 582,858 overnight stay in hotel accommodation, 6 percent more than last year, and 230,788 in private accommodation, or 19 percent more.

This year's May had 144,782 arrivals, which is 13 percent more than in the same month last year and 464,367 overnight stays, which is 13 percent more than last year. The most numerous visitors in May were tourists from the UK, USA, Germany, France, Finland, Canada, Croatia, Austria, Australia and Spain.

Actress Eva LaRue or as most of us know her – Det. Natalia Boa Vista from CSI Miami, spent some time in Croatia last year and was completely enchanted by her experience. 

She has teamed up with the Croatian luxury brand “Stories” and become an ambassador for this hotel group and promised to come back this year. Now the time has come – she will spend next two weeks in Istria and Kvarner – Tportal writes.

She will surely love it and who knows, maybe she comes to Dubrovnik again, since she was completely blown away with our City the last time.

-When we pulled up to the city for the first time – wow! I didn’t even know that anything like this city even existed anymore in the world. It is so perfect, the walls look like they were built yesterday, it’s immaculate. I have been to Turkey, Morocco, Greece, all over the world and to be honest their walls can’t compare to the walls in Dubrovnik – LaRue told us during her visit.

If you want to know more about her trip across Croatia and her expressions about Dubrovnik, you can read a full interview here.

Sea motifs by Dubrovnik painter and captain Stjepko Mamic are included in the new printed and online spring edition of the French "Maison et Jardin" magazine. By the choice of editor Cecile Seror, a supplement dedicated to the art of the new edition of this home and garden decoration magazine, which is distributed around the world, along with the text about the artist, includes his two paintings on flax that were exhibited at this year's Art Capital in the famous Paris Grand Palais: "Long Net, Paris edition" (200x110cm, at Salon des Artistes Independants) and "Tell me what you see" (100x80cm, at Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture and l'Eau).


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Mamic’s paintings drawn much attention during Art Capital in February 2018 as a significant artistic event in France under the auspices of the French President and the Ministry of Culture, where four of the most historically important artists' associations simultaneously exhibit at the traditional annual Salons. Because of that, Mamic was included in the newest edition of ART & Design magazine.

Since April 2018, Mamic has become a member of the Historical Paris Association of Artists "La Société des Artistes indépendants" founded in 1884, which, together with the Fondation Taylor membership (1844), makes him one of the most respected contemporary artists that are not residents in France.

It's time to test the power of the Internet!

Gerard Veenhof has shot this amazing photo of the bride doing a photoshoot in the heart of Dubrovnik, just in front of Dominican Monastery, from the City Walls three years ago.

-I want to give her this photo, because the 'offical' photographers stood in front the bride and did not capture her from this perspective – wrote Gerard Veenhof at his Facebook account.

Wedding was on august 25, 2015 and photo was taken at 16:42 in front of the Dominican Monastery.

Can we find this bride together? Share this all over the place and she'll get a beautiful memory from Dubrovnik!

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