Saturday, 15 June 2024
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.


After the Dubrovnik Maritime Police Station was informed on Monday, June 1s, by the Zadar National Maritime Data Collection Center that an Italian fishing boat had entered the territorial sea of the Republic of Croatia, the fishing boat was found outside the island of Mljet and taken to the Port of Dubrovnik.

On board were the captain of the vessel and four crew members, all citizens of Italy, with a catch of 105.5 kg of various fish.

After the completion of the criminal investigation conducted in cooperation with the fisheries inspector, the captain of the vessel was prosecuted and fined with almost 20 thousand kunas for illegal crossing of the state border and illegal fishing.

As it was previously announced, Lufthansa will fly on routes from Frankfurt to Dubrovnik and Pula from the end of June – Croatian Aviationwrites, adding that in the latest announcement the company published a modified flight schedule in which there are several news related to destinations in Croatia to which Lufthansa normally flies in the summer flight schedule.

In addition to the reintroduction of the Frankfurt-Dubrovnik route, Lufthansa will operate again on the Munich-Dubrovnik route from June 20th, once a week, every Saturday. A larger number of weekly flights is expected from the beginning of July, when the company could fly on both routes (from Frankfurt and Munich) every day to Dubrovnik.

Lufthansa is returning to Split Airport too, connecting this city with Frankfurt and Munich.

From June 20th, the Munich - Split line will be introduced, once a week, every Saturday, and from June 27th, the Frankfurt - Split line will start operating, also once a week, on Saturdays. As is the case with Dubrovnik, a greater number of weekly flights to Split Airport are expected from July – Croatian Aviation writes.

On routes to Split and Dubrovnik, Lufthansa will use aircraft from the A320 family (A319, A320, A321) in accordance with the demand and booking on each flight. Smaller aircraft will be used on the route from Frankfurt to Pula.

It is likely that the company will not launch other routes to Croatia (Zadar and Rijeka) in June, while the Munich-Zagreb route will most likely be launched by Croatia Airlines, with which Lufthansa has a code-share agreement, as Croatian Aviation reports.


On this day in 1436, the Grand Council of the Republic of Dubrovnik made a decision to build the Dubrovnik waterworks. 

Masters from Italy, Onofrio de la Cava and Andreucius de Tramonete de Bulbito were hired for the construction, which then brought water to Dubrovnik from the Sumet spring, along a route of 11,700 meters.

Located at 109 meters above sea level, the spring gave 70 liters of water per second, and the water from it led to the lower slopes of Srd by a gravitational drop with a slope of 0.6 percent to today's historic core of Dubrovnik.

Although oil prices on world markets have been rising for the fifth week in a row, the price of petrol at gas stations in Croatia has been slightly lower since midnight. It is, however, a really minimal reduction, approximately 2 kuna for a full 50 liter tank – reports.

According to the Ministry of the Economy, a liter of Eurosuper 95 can be found this morning for a minimum of 8.38 kuna and a maximum of 8.65 kuna per liter. As it's written in the article, the average price at INA gas stations is 8.49 kuna, which is three lipa less than last week.

Diesel is cheaper by 4 lipa and now averages 8.10 kuna. A liter of autogas can be found in the range of 3.81 to 4.02 kuna.

According to the influential American magazine Forbes, among the 20 safest and best European destinations for post-corona travel and tourism, three Croatian destinations are listed,: Zagreb, Cavtat and Rijeka - said Ina Rodin, director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Office in New York. An article published on Forbes shares the information that the European Best Destination Organization (EBD) has singled out 20 European destinations least affected by the corona virus, which it proposes as suitable destinations for travel in the coming months.

-The inclusion of as many as three Croatian destinations on the list of the safest European destinations confirms the international status of our country as a quality and safe tourist destination that has all the prerequisites for safe tourism in the months ahead - said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic.

In the high third place of the list is Cavtat, which is described as a favorite destination for celebrities, families, lovers of good gastronomy, culture, nature and water sports. Zagreb was placed on the eighth place of the EBD list as an ideal city break destination, while Rijeka, the European Capital of Culture in 2020, took the twelfth place on the list.

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is ranked first, and destinations such as Corfu, the Azores, Kotor, Warsaw, Vienna, Bohinj and Malta have also found their place on the list.

According to the Program for the determination of sea quality at the beaches of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for 2020, the Public Health Institute of Dubrovnik-Neretva County carried out the first regular sea research on 119 beaches in the period from May 18th to May 28th.

Out of a total of 119 beaches, the sea at 115 beaches was rated as a sea of excellent quality, while the sea at the beaches Medvidnjak and Prigradica at Korcula was rated as sea of good quality. The beach Montun in the Orebic area wasn't avaliable for the research because of the construction works.

The quality might be excellent, but the temperature still might be challenging for some: this morning it was 17,6 °C.

Cavtat is on your mind? Well, you might be delighted to hear that European Best Destinations website has chosen it as one of the coronavirus-safest destinations to visit!

-We have selected for you some of the destinations least affected by Covid-19 (up to 600 times fewer Covid-19 cases). These destinations have also implemented very specific protocols concerning hygiene in accommodations, restaurants, shops and measures such as the change of air conditioning filters between each traveller stay, availability of masks and social distancing. These destinations also benefit from proximity to hospitals and have a higher number of hospital beds per inhabitant than the majority of European countries – the article explains.

When it comes to Cavtat, this is what they write: 

-Popular with celebrities, lovers, families, gastronomy, lovers of culture, nature, water sports, farniente, Cavtat is THE destination! Croatia is among the European countries least affected by Coronavirus with up to 20 times fewer infected people per million inhabitants than in any other European countries. Croatia is also one of the European countries with the highest number of hospital beds per inhabitant. Dubrovnik hospital is a 20-minute drive from Cavtat and the airport is only 10 minutes.

Two other destinations from Croatia made it to the list: Zagreb and Rijeka. See the full article here.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 10 traffic accidents, in which seven persons got light injuries, while there were four traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 677 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 371 measures taken due to speeding, 33 measures due to improper overtaking, 26 measures for improper stop and parking, 79 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 27 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 53 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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