Sunday, 26 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.


Police officers of the Traffic Police Station will again organize and implement a preventive and educational action "Day of Kindness in Traffic" today, May 24th and on Monday, May 27th in the city of Dubrovnik, from 9 am to 11 am. 

This is a project carried out in cooperation with the Private Gymnasium Dubrovnik and local self-government (the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County), with the aim of encouraging a more tolerant relationship between drivers and pedestrians. The goal is to achieve that the drivers respect the pedestrian advantage on pedestrian crossings, which ultimately leads to a feeling of safer and more comfortable participation in traffic in the city of Dubrovnik.

Upon completion of the action, the most tolerant and kind Dubrovnik drivers will be rewarded with gifts.

Attractive presentation of Konavle wine and tradition will be held on Saturday, May 25th, named ‘’Konavle ice and wine’’. The event is part of ‘Spring in Konavle’ and organized by the Agroturism Konavle. For this purpose, in the lobby of the Sponza palace, a symbolic stand will be set up where Konavle wine, cooled with Konavle ice will be exhibited.

It’s good to know the story behind this event! The Republic of Dubrovnik has in many respects been the most advanced country in its time. Among other things, it was because its gastronomic culture, which, together with domestic products, included spices from all over the world. But one product that the Dubrovnik locals had on a daily basis was a real sensation. In the midst of the largest summer heat, on the tables of the Dubrovnik gentry, from the depths of the Snijeznica, ice came on every day.

There were three ice canals in the Snijeznica. During the winter months, under the supervision of one or more soldiers, the peasants filled the canals shaped like wells with snow. Ice wells would then be closed with a key, and throw brushwood and straw on them to keep the ice better. According to the data dating back to 1783, from May 20th to August 20th more than 15 tons of ice would come to the City, so it is easy to calculate that 170 kg of ice was spent daily. It was just one of the prestigious products that the City and the Republic got from the fascinating Konavle, region with extraordinary beauty and natural wealth. Today, Konavle produces excellent wines, and the top of the wine offer is the Malvasia of the Konavle producers.

In honor of the Konavle ‘’ice-man’’ and the memorial to the ancient Dubrovnik Republic on Saturday, Konavljani will once again bring ice and wine from Konavle to the city to show the richness of Dubrovnik and Konavle, and treat all the citizens and the guests as well as the Duke of Dubrovnik treated the most important guests of our Republic.

This year's event is sponsored by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.

Young violinist Luka Ljubas was the first Croatian to win the prestigious International Violin Competition Vaclav Huml, winner of the main prize Zlatko Balokovic, Ivo Vuljevic and many other prizes and because of that the whole Europe is talking about this talented violinist. He will perform in Dubrovnik on Friday, May 24th, at the Rector's Palace, with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marc Tardue. The start of the concert is at 9 pm.

The concert program includes Debusssy's Little Suite, Sinfonietta by Poulenc, as well as the Bruch's Concert for Violin and Orchestra in G minor.

Luka Ljubas was born in Vienna, in Croatian – Japanese musician family. He got his first violin lesson from his mother, and then studied at the Margareten Music School in Vienna, in the class of Professor Arkady Winokurov. In 2006 he started violin studies at the State Conservatory in Klagenfurt in the class of Professor Brian Finlayson. In 2012 he graduated from the Academy of Music in Vienna, and since 2015 has become a regular student in the class of Professor Gerhard Schulz. During his career, he has often performed in Austria, at places like Vienna Konzerthaus and on numerous international stages - in Armenia, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Slovenia and Japan. He played as a soloist with the Korus Symphonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Schönbrunner Schloss Orchestra, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and many others. As part of one radio portrait, a recording of his performance of the violin concert by J. Sibelius was broadcasted, and his recordings were broadcasted several times on the Austrian radio.


On the website of the City of Dubrovnik from May 22nd, you can see the situation in traffic on the main traffic points in Dubrovnik via livestream from cameras located at:

1. Pile
2. Ilijna Glavica
3. Gruz
4. Solska Baza
5. Posta Lapad
6. Dom Zdravlja

This is another tool of the City of Dubrovnik for citizens, as well as visitors, really useful when it comes to informing about current traffic situation. The link is available on the home page of the City of Dubrovnik – just clickhere.


The promotional film of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board "Dubrovnik Riviera" won another first place and a gold medal. This time it was on 40-year-old American festival, the prestigious Telly Awards.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. With the recent evolution and rise of digital video (web series, VR, 360 and beyond), the Telly Awards today also reflects and celebrates this exciting new era of the moving image on and offline.

The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world.

With the Dubrovnik Riviera as a winner, it is worth mentioning the second place won by the promotional film of the Tourist Board of Lika-Senj County "Visit Lika".

DUBROVNIK RIVIERA from Balduci Film on Vimeo.

As part of the celebration of the year of Orlando, Croatian Post Office issued a commemorative postal card with the image of Orlando's Column. The postal card, 107th of this kind, carries the name ‘’600th anniversary of the Orlando’s Column’’.

The initiative for the creation of postal card was initiated by the Dubrovnik and Zagreb Philatelists, and the project was realized through the cooperation of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, the City of Dubrovnik and the Croatian Post Office.

Orlando postal card will be equally interesting to philatelists and the general public, and is available at the central post office in Vukovarska street, at the office in Miljenko Bratos street ("Posta Lapad"), post office at Marko Marojica Street, in Gruz in the office at Obala pape Ivana Pavla II, on Siroka street and in the General Hospital of Dubrovnik.

Unlike regular postal cards, a commemorative postal card on its left side has an illustration to emphasize its importance; its release is determined and final.

Learn more about this special year: Did you know – 2019 is the year of Orlando

April at Korcula was excellent, as stated by the Director of the Korcula Tourist Board Hana Turudic, who said for Dubrovacki vjesnik that it's 35 percent better compared to the last year's April. 

- Preseason was very good, we have an increase in the number of overnight stays and arrivals by 35 percent in April, and by about half of May, an increase of 12 percent for the area of Korcula. Aside from the records, we also have a large number of guests who are coming with cruisers, I think we can be satisfied - said Hana Turudic for Dubrovacki vjesnik.

May would probably be better if the weather was better, however it was unusually cold for this part of the year with rain, which resulted with fewer guests. But by mid-May, almost 18 thousand tourists visited Korcula, which is six and a half thousand more than last year, most of which came from France, making an increase of 60 percent more than 2018, while the rest of top visitors are form United States, Great Britain and the region.

Lonely Planet, a place where many travelers seek for their destinations, has published their 'Best in Europe' list, bringing 10 essential European destinations to visit this year. One of them is in Croatia – lovely Istria, placed on the 10th place of the list.

-Lonely Planet’s travel experts have been scouring the remote coastlines, buzzing cities and unheralded regions of Europe in search of the best places to visit this year – authors explain, adding that these 10 destinations are the most exciting spots on the continent right now – a mixture of reinvigorated mainstays and lesser-known marvels that feel primed to step into the spotlight in 2019.

When it comes to Istria, this is what they write: -Whether it’s the heart-shaped peninsula’s limestone riviera, grand monuments or fondness for fine foods (and weakness for wine!), there’s a touch of the regal about Istria in northern Croatia – perhaps that’s why it proved such an object of desire for the Romans, Venetians and Austro-Hungarians, who tussled over this beautiful, fertile land for centuries.

Lonely Planet explains that today, the peninsula is yours to claim, with expanding European flight connections making it ever easier to reach.

-Begin with the history (Pula’s imposing Roman Amphitheatre and Porec’s Unesco-listed mosaics for starters), move to the beaches (Mulini for atmosphere or Felsen Strand for seclusion), and crown it all off with the more recent additions: gourmet cycle tours during spring, music festivals in summer and truffle-hunting excursions come autumn – it's stated in the article.

You can see the full list here.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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