Sunday, 21 July 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.


Oliver Dragojevic, one of the greatest Croatian musicians, passed away exactly two years ago in Split General Hospital. 

To mark the anniversary, Vela Luka, the place that he loved the most on the island of Korcula, organized a series of events.

The peek of the manifestation will be held today in front of the Saint Joseph's Church with the concert where big names of Croatian music will perform, such as Nina Badric, Petar Graso, Petar Dragojevic and Oliver's Dupini, string orchestra with the conducter Alan Bjelinski, all led by the producent Ante Gelo.

On Thursday, July 30th, there will be another concert with the young names fromt he Croatian music scene, who will perform Oliver's evergreens.

The week of remembering Oliver Dragojevic in Vela Luka will end on Friday, July 31th, with the evening of jazz and the concert of Ines Trickovic and band.

Because of the current epidemiological situation, the concerts will take place in front of the Saint Joseph's Church. They will also be avaliable to watch through various media, as well as bars and restaurants in Vela Luka, as well as through two video walls in the centre of Vela Luka. 

This amazing musician had been battling lung cancer for a year and sadly lost the battle and died at the age of 71.

Oliver Dragojevic, who was born in Split, spent most of his childhood in Vela Luka on the island of Korcula. He attended a music school in Split, where he studied piano, then clarinet and guitar.

His career is marked with many timeless classics and his music will live on for the centuries to come.


After a long period of unstable weather in Croatia, with days of heat followed by storm, the first heat wave of this summer began in Croatia today and it will last for some time – reports. 

The State Hydrometeorological Institute has issued numerous warnings for the entire country, both due to the dangerous heat and due to possible storms that are expected in the land area.

A red heat wave warning has been issued for three Croatian cities. A very big danger is in force on Saturday for the area of Knin, Rijeka and Split.

As, reports, heat wave warnings are also in effect for other parts of the country. Warnings are issued for the the entire coast, and especially for the area of Knin, Rijeka, Split and Dubrovnik.

The culmination of the heat wave is expected on Saturday, and according to current forecasts, the heat wave will last at least until Monday.

The best way to cope with a heat wave is to avoid the midday sun and to drink plenty of fluids.

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 fifith regular sea research on 120 beaches.

Out of a total of 120 beaches, the sea at 117 beaches was rated as a sea of excellent quality, while the sea at the beaches Prozura at Mljet and Sreser at Peljesac was rated as good, and the sea at the beach of Sveti Nikola on the island of Korcula was marked as satisfying.

The Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce and the international organization Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Mediterranean have signed a cooperation agreement with the City of Dubrovnik in the project Plastic Smart Cities Croatia, which aims to reduce plastic waste in the sea.

The association says that the project will last for two years, and it involves around measures to reduce or stop the use of disposable plastic in various segments of social life of the City and better management of plastic waste. Their goal is to reduce plastic pollution by 30 percent in two years, and the City of Dubrovnik, in cooperation with partners, will develop a Plan for the implementation of measures and launch a pilot project.

Dubrovnik has 42 thousand inhabitants, and in previous years it had over four million overnight stays a year.

-Mass tourism represents a significant pressure on the use of natural resources and waste management in the city. By joining the Initiative, Dubrovnik wants to contribute to reducing its own plastic footprint as the leading city in the Republic of Croatia in tourism and thus be an example to other cities in Croatia. The battle against plastic waste is something we as a society have to face - said the Sunce association.

Spanish national airline confirmed to the website Croatian Aviation that Iberia will not establish traffic on direct flights from Madrid to Zagreb, Zadar and Split in this year's summer flight schedule.

Last summer, Iberia introduced the Madrid-Zadar line, which operated twice a week until the end of August, and the company will not launch this line this summer due to the global pandemic.

The only year-round route of this airline in Croatia, the one to Zagreb, will also not return to traffic until the end of the summer flight schedule. For now, only one flight per week (Friday) has been announced in the winter flight schedule, but the company is still considering this option and will most likely not fly to the Croatian capital even during the winter flight schedule.

On the Madrid-Split line it was possible to travel every day last year, but due to reduced demand, Iberia will not connect the two mentioned cities this summer.

As Croatian Aviation reports, The only Iberia line already in service, the one between Madrid and Dubrovnik, continues to operate through August. The line has operated three times a week so far, but from the end of this month the company will add another two weekly flights, so Iberia planes will land in Dubrovnik every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For comparison, last summer the planes of this Spanish company landed in Dubrovnik, in the peak season, as many as 15 times a week.

According to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic in the commercial and non-commercial segment and nautical charter, on Monday July 28th, more than two million tourist arrivals were realized in Croatia in July, which is 54 percent of arrivals in the same period last year.

There were also 14.7 million tourist overnight stays, which is approximately 59 percent of last year's result.

Out of the total number of arrivals, foreign tourists realized 1.8 million arrivals (51 percent of last year's result) and 12.5 million overnight stays (56 percent of last year's result), while the traffic of domestic tourists is at 90 percent of last year's traffic measured by arrivals and 78 percent in overnight stays.

In the current part of July, in the period from 1st to 26th July, in terms of the total number of arrivals, the leading market is Germany, which achieved 92 percent of last year's result, followed by Slovenia with 91 percent of last year's result and Poland and the Czech Republic with about 82 percent last year’s result measured by arrivals in the same period.

The destinations with the highest number of arrivals so far in July are Rovinj, Medulin, Crikvenica, Poreč, Umag and Split.

-We are conducting intensive promotional, but also informational campaigns, in which we communicate that Croatia is a safe tourist destination in our nearest emitting markets. These are, given the circumstances, excellent indicators and a good announcements for August in which we expect the continuation of positive trends. This is confirmed by the number of about 700 thousand tourists who are currently vacationing in Croatia - said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, emphasizing the importance of further responsible behavior in order to maintain the perception of our country as a safe tourist destination.

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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 665 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 351 measures taken due to speeding, 42 measures due to improper overtaking, 33 measures for improper stop and parking, 62 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 18 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 24 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Germany's Lufthansa has announced its flight schedule for August, in which it plans to maintain operations towards 5 Croatian airports: Zagreb, Pula, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik – Croatian Aviation published, bringing the confirmed schedule. 

The company operated to destinations in Croatia with many more weekly flights last summer season, but this year the number of destinations and flights themselves has been significantly reduced. The only Lufthansa line to Rijeka (Munich - Rijeka) was canceled, and the company did not resume traffic on the Frankfurt - Zagreb line either.

Through August, the company will operate from Munich and Frankfurt to Croatia according to the following schedule:

line Frankfurt - Dubrovnik, 3 times a week (every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday),
line Munich - Dubrovnik, 5 times a week (every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
line Frankfurt - Split, 4 times a week (every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday),
line Munich - Split, 5 times a week (every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday),
line Frankfurt - Pula, 3 times a week (every Monday, Friday and Saturday),
line Munich - Pula, 2 times a week (every Saturday and Sunday),
line Frankfurt - Zadar, 3 times a week (every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday),
line Munich - Zadar, 1 per week (every Saturday),
line Munich - Zagreb, 4 times a week (every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).

As Croatian Aviation writes, the company has canceled the Munich - Rijeka line for this summer season, and currently has no plans to launch the Frankfurt - Zagreb line, Croatia Airlines operates on both mentioned lines. Until the end of August, Lufthansa will operate 30 weekly flights to five Croatian airports from two destinations in Germany: Munich and Frankfurt.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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