Wednesday, 24 April 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.


Little girl that united Croatia and made all Croatians work as one, Mila Roncevic, is on the medical treatment in United States, where she is fighting leukemia. Her father, Marin Roncevic, shared good news on his Facebook profile.

- Dear all, to avoid writing to every single of you, because it will take me ten days - we got the first feedback after starting the therapy. The results are so good that they can’t be better and Mila feels great… Thank God and everyone who pray and think about her and who have enabled Mila to get this opportunity, even though it is a long way before us, we are already witnessing the miracle – Mila’s father wrote. There are still many challenges ahead of whole family. Still, with a positive attitude and support throughout Croatia and beyond, we are confident that they will do everything in their power to overcome the illness that made this beautiful little girl spend her second birthday in the US hospital.

For those who don’t know, Mila Roncevic went to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia at the beginning of this month, after a massive fundraising action for her treatment that included numerous people from Croatia and all over the world.

According to the latest data 5,758,499.25 dollars were collected, or 38,114,540 kuna by huge amount of donors.

The fifth edition of Du Motion - Runners' Days Dubrovnik in Dubrovnik brings runners from 50 countries around the world.

-The interest in this event exceeded all expectations, so a thousand spots for the Dubrovnik half-marathon were sold almost three months before the event, and shortly after, the attractive race on the Walls was sold out too. For that event exclusively, this world famous city sight is tourist free and it’s reserved for runners. One hundred of runners will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique view of the City and its surroundings on Saturday, April 27th – the organizes said.

With a thousand half-marathon participants, the same number of runners will run on the April 28th on the humanitarian, which was also sold out a few days ago, and the collected money this year goes for Neuro-Rehabilitation of Ante Kolundija, Du Motion volunteer who was hurt last year in a car accident. On Saturday, April 27th, the Children's Race will be held, in which Dubrovnik kindergartens and elementary school students participate.

Organizers say that nearly 800 people is involved in the organization, with almost 500 volunteers from elementary and high schools. The organization also includes a number of city services, the Red Cross, members of sport and auto clubs and a dozen Croatian Mountaineering service members who will assist in keeping the racers safe.

Easter Concert of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Mixed Choir Libertas, conducted by Viktor Lenert, including the soloist, the soprano Martin Kristina Tomic will take place in the Dubrovnik Cathedral tonight. The beginning of the concert is at 8.30 pm and the entrance to the concert is free.

The program will suit the occasion of the concert with musical works such as Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, How beautiful ar the feet of them from Messiah by G.F. Handel, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by J.S. Bach and many more, with all arrangements made by Viktor Lenert and Anis Koncic.

Juventus won Fiorentina 2-1 on Saturday and claimed the Serie A title for the eighth season in a row. Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in history to win the championships in England, Spain and Italy and he came to celebrate in Dubrovnik – as Dubrovacki vjesnik reports.

In less than three hours after this great game, around 10.30 pm, Cristiano Ronaldo landed with his private plane at the Dubrovnik Airport. There is no confirmation yet, but he should be in Dubrovnik for Easter, maybe a day longer. Surely not any longer, because Juventus will be playing the next match against Inter in Milan on April 27th.

Nothing says that Easter is just around the corner like Easter decorations! In the heart of the historic Old City Easter bunnies, chick and decorative basket full of Easter eggs has been placed and brought that real holiday spirit. They are also a perfect place to make a photo to member from Dubrovnik.

The only thing missing is the real Easter bunny and he will be arriving in the Old City and Lokrum. See his schedule here.

If you want to know how to spend Easter morning in Dubrovnik, click here.

After months of preparations, it's time for the Red History Museum to open its doors. Located in the Carbon Graphite Products Factory - TUP premises in Gruz, the museum brings some new content that will help you to learn about the origins of the socialist idea and how it spread around the globe and to the area of today’s Croatia.

The museum will start working tomorrow, April 20th at 9 am. The adress is Svetog Kriza 3 Street.

This trip through history is made possible by a team of young, motivated people, who have spent the last couple of months seeking the objects that will represent that period in Croatia all over the web and also on numerous fairs. They are: Kristina Mirosevic, Master of Design and setup author – as well as Tomi Soletic, the architect, Ivan Lujo, historian and co-author of the concept, followed by Nino Glavinic, co-author and Master of Media, Marko Mijatovic, Master of Light Design who is responsible for the design of the space, Hrvoje Margaretic, the famous Dubrovnik Storm Chaser, who is in charge for the visuals and Kreso Glavinic, coordinator.

To learn more about the museum, click here: RED HISTORY MUSEUM – new Dubrovnik museum to open the door on the Yugoslav socialist past


During the Easter holidays, the arrival of foreign tourists is intensifying in Croatia. Since this holiday is celebrated a bit later than last year and it’s the time of spring school holidays, domestic tourists are expected to travel too.

Positive tourist expectations from the Easter holidays are emphasized by the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board, who informs that according to eVisitora data, 1.4 million tourists were in Croatia from the beginning of the year to mid-April, or 10 percent more than in the same period last year, while there were 3.5 million overnight stays or four percent more – reports.

From the beginning to mid-April, 427 thousand tourists came to Croatia, or 21 percent more than last year, with 1.15 million overnight stays or 11 percent more. Most tourists were from Croatia, Germany, Austria, UK, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the most visited destinations were Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Split, Porec and Rovinj.

Positive expectations in the Croatian Tourist Board and in the entire sector are based on good announcements from foreign markets and from domestic providers, especially hoteliers, who are opening most of their facilities on the Adriatic, including a part of camps.

Large hotel groups such as Valamar Riviera, Maistra, Bluesun, Jadranka (Lošinj Hotels & Villas) and Plava laguna, as well as smaller hotels, expect a good flow of tourists from from Istria to Dubrovnik, especially in multi-star facilities, which were first reserved and sold.

In some destinations in the Adriatic, such as almost all of Istria, in Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and partly in Kvarner, there is a lot of tourists even before Easter as well as in Zagreb, which in the middle of April recorded 500-thousandth overnight stay. Great tourist expectations from the holiday season and the arrival of tourists can be heard on the continent too, especially in Lika-Senj and Karlovac County, due to visits to Plitvice Lakes and other attractive destinations, and in Slavonija and Baranja, especially in Vukovar-Srijem County, whose new offer is considered "a spring tourist hit in Croatia ".

In April, the summer flight schedule began, which this year will be richer than last year and only in the first week of April there was a record number of 252 flights, which, according to Croatian Tourist Board data, is an increase of 30 percent compared to the same period last year.

Almost all airports in Croatia are expecting a large number of passengers, as well as sea and nautical ports. The road traffic will increase too, so the Croatian Autoclub warns all the drivers to drive cautiously.

According to information from several domestic travel agencies, sales of Easter holidays to Croatia were as expected, and domestic and foreign tourists mostly searched for destinations in Istria and Kvarner, like Rovinj, Opatija, Losinj and Crikvenica, as well as Dubrovnik, Split and Dalmatian islands.

Domestic tourists are looking for spring travel programs in Europe this year, and some of them were sold out, such as a major Portuguese tour by plane, and programs for far destinations, such as the Faroe Islands.

In almost all categories, Croatia has relatively old vehicles. On average, cars with are 12.6 years old, motorcycles and mopeds are 12.5 years old, while tractors are over 30 years old – shows the data from the Croatian Vehicle Center, reports.

Statistics of this center show that in 2018 79,935 used cars were registered in Croatia and 61,745 new personal cars, but also that the number of imported used cars is growing every year, especially after Croatia joined the European Union.

Data also shows that 68.4 percent of the cars is older than a decade!

In addition to the mentioned categories, buses are on average 11.7 years old, cargo cars 11.4 years, and trailers are 19.1 year old.


The Voice of Dubrovnik


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