Friday, 03 July 2020
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.


The beginning of July is marked with the return of flights to Croatia by numerous airlines. Among others, French tourists are again allowed to travel by air to our country - said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Representation Office in France, Danijela Mihalic Durica.

Croatia Airlines announced flights on Fridays and Sundays from Paris to Zagreb, from July 11th Split will be connected to Paris again, and a flight from Lyon will start flying on Saturdays.

Air France has announced the return of flights from Paris to Zagreb and from Paris to Dubrovnik from 4th of July. The French national airline also announces the return of the flight from Paris to Split on July 13th.

Transavia Airlines announced the return of flights to Croatia in July, departing from Paris to Split and Dubrovnik, but also from Nantes to Dubrovnik.
Easy Jet announces the return of flights from Paris to Split and Dubrovnik in July.

-Destination safety, epidemiological measures taken, availability of information on entering the country are becoming key criteria for choosing a holiday destination, which is why there is currently great interest in Croatia on the French market - said Croatian National Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic.

Currently, there is an increasing trend of reservations for Croatia from many French tour operators such as Fram / Promovacance, Travel Europe, Top of Travel, Ovoyages and Voyamar.

-If the good epidemiological picture of Croatia continues, further growth is expected from this market, especially from August when the French mostly go on vacations, but also during September and October when some airlines have already announced extended departures to Adriatic destinations, especially towards Split and Dubrovnik, traditionally the most visited Croatian destinations for French guests, but also towards Zagreb - said Danijela Mihalic Durica.

After the American Airlines route between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik was completely canceled for this summer season due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced in its latest statement that it no longer intends to launch the line – Croatian Aviation reports.

Philadelphia - Dubrovnik line was introduced in the summer of 2019, and operated from the beginning of June to the end of September three times a week, while in September the line had one additional weekly flight.

Before the outbreak of the pandemic, the company announced that in the summer of 2020 aircraft on this route would operate daily, which was a clear sign that the line was very successful in the previous year. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the line was completely canceled for this summer season, and flights were announced from June 2021 on Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which represented an increase in capacity and a standard of service on the line itself – Croatian Aviation explains. 

And now, American Airlines announced in its latest statement that due to the crisis caused by the pandemic, it is permanently canceling certain routes, including this one between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik.
With this, Croatia was again left without a direct connection with the United States.

The thirteenth International Festival of Opera Arias "Tino Pattiera" continues on Friday, July 3rd with a concert of the most beautiful opera arias and overtures by great composers, which will be held in front of the Cathedral. The concert starts at 9 pm.

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by its chief conductor Marc Tardue, while two renowned opera divas will perform as soloists. These are one of the leading Croatian-Slovenian sopranos today, with performances throughout Europe, Japan and South America - Martina Zadro and our celebrated mezzo-soprano, national champion of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, Dubravka Separovic Musovic. The program includes a selection of the most beautiful opera arias by world and Croatian composers, such as Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Handel, Offenbach, Gotovac, I. Pl. Zajc and others.

Thus, the audience will have the opportunity to hear overtures and arias from the famous operas "The Marrriage of Figaro, "Barber of Seville", "La Traviata", "Carmen", "Merry Widow", but there will also be a solo song "Homeland and Love", then Gotovac's "Ode to the Earth" and many others.

Tickets for the concert of opera arias and overtures are available in the office of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra on weekdays from 9 am to 2 pm, in Luza, the Perla Adriatica agency at Ploce, the Dubravka gift shop and online via the system. Also, tickets can be purchased one hour before the start of the concert at the location.

Skywalk - a unique visitor attraction in Croatia, was opened in the Biokovo Nature Park yesterday, on the first day of July. It is a horseshoe-shaped lookout, with a glass base for walking, which at the most convex point in the length of 12 meters covers the cliffs of Ravna Vlaska.

The lookout is located at an altitude of 1228 meters above sea level, on the 13th kilometer of the Biokovo road, next to the info center. As part of Skywalk's landscaped environment, a geological pillar has been set up, a three-dimensional view of the cross-sections of the rocks that formed the Biokovo area from its inception to the present day with a geological table of time and a description of the age and type of rocks.

The value of the Skywalk is about 10 million kuna, and it is one of the activities within the project "New Adrion - Promoting sustainable use of natural heritage of the Nature Park Biokovo", which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Program Competitiveness and cohesion 2014-2020.

The total value of this project is approximately 35 million kuna, of which grants from the European Structural and Investment Funds amount to about 27 million kuna. The rest is financed by the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency and own funds of users and partners - Makarska Development Agency (MARA) and the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS). The project, which started implementation in November 2016, consists of 12 project elements, and the completion of all planned activities is expected in January 2021.

The opening ceremony of the Skywalk was attended, among other guests, by and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenkovic, Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds Marko Pavic and Minister of Health Vili Beros.

During the ceremonial opening of the lookout, the director of the Public Institution "Biokovo Nature Park" Slavo Jaksa pointed out: -Skywalk is a unique attraction that significantly raised the attractiveness of the visitor and tourist offer in the Biokovo Nature Park, given the fact that this presents a unique attraction at this area. Just as Biokovo has always guarded Makarska and its Riviera, the Public Institution "Biokovo Nature Park" will continue to guard Biokovo and bring its secrets and beauties closer to the public.

The Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds, Marko Pavic, singled out Skywalk Biokovo as one of the symbols of investing European funds in Croatia.

In his speech, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenkovic emphasized that a big step forward has been made in the Biokovo Nature Park, a step forward in the park's visitor offer, as well as the offer of the entire Makarska coast and Zabiokovlje.

This modern, great and architecturally fascinating project is a new attraction that provides a unique opportunity and an incredible experience of walking in the sky - said Prime Minister Plenkovic.

During June 2020, there were 34,931 arrivals and 177,233 overnight stays in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 102,272 arrivals, or 13 percent compared to the same period in 2019. In the first six months of 2020, 414,650 overnight stays were realized, which is 15 percent compared to the overnight stays in the first half of 2019.

130 thousand overnight stays were realized in hotels (nine percent compared to 2019), 171 thousand overnight stays in households (19 percent compared to 2019). 74 thousand overnight stays were realized in non-commercial accommodation (69 percent compared to 2019).

Currently, 11,082 tourists are vacationing in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, of which 9,994 are foreign guests and 1,088 are domestic, which is 21.5 percent compared to the same day last year.

Dubrovnik and Split airports are having more airline announcements for July this year. Croatian Aviation wrote the flight schedule of three airlines, Iberia, Windrose and Finnair.

Spain's Iberia will return to Dubrovnik Airport with a regular flight from Madrid. The company will launch the Madrid-Dubrovnik route from Friday, July 3rd, with three weeks of flight, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A319 / 320/321 aircrafts have been announced on the route.

In last year's summer flight schedule, the line operated daily, and for September this year, even A330 aircraft were announced on the route, with which this company operates on intercontinental routes.

Iberia lines to Zagreb, Split and Zadar are not on sale for July.

Ukrainian airline Windrose Airlines has announced the resumption of regular traffic on the route Kiev - Split. The line will start operating on Sunday, July 5th, with one flight per week, every Sunday. As of July 23rd, the second flight of the week is on sale, on Thursdays. As Croatian Aviation writes, this company will soon operate to Pula, while the line to Zagreb has been postponed for the winter flight schedule.

Finnair announced the introduction of direct flights from Helsinki to Dubrovnik and Split.

The Helsinki - Dubrovnik line is on sale from July 27th, and flights are announced once a week, on Saturdays. From August 3rd, the line will operate twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, until the end of the summer flight schedule, which is on October 25th.

The Helsinki - Split line is on sale from the same date as the line to Dubrovnik, and from the beginning of August there will also be two weekly flights , every Wednesday and Saturday.

Last summer, Finnair flew to Split as many as 6 times a week, while Helsinki was connected to Dubrovnik every day, and on Fridays it even had two daily flights – Croatian Aviation writes.

On July 1st, the Croatian National Tourist Board, in cooperation with the Rijeka Tourist Board, is organizing a celebration of the first arrival of RegioJet train from Prague to Rijeka, which will symbolically mark the return of dear and welcome Czech and Slovak tourists to Croatia.

The new line will operate on the route Prague-Brno-Bratislava-Ljubljana-Rijeka every day until the end of August, and the fact that as many as 30 thousand tickets were sold in the first two weeks speaks clearly about the great interest for this offer.

RegioJet a.s. is a private Czech provider of rail and bus passenger transport and a leading long-distance railway company in Central Europe. They have 20 million passengers a year, 11 million in rail and 9 million in bus transport.

In intensive cooperation with the Croatian Embassy in the Czech Republic and the Croatian National Bord Office in Prague, the RegioJet Management recognized the opportunity and offered a new option to connect Central European countries with the Adriatic Sea through night service with modern and quality trains offering top service to customers.

From tomorrow, 1st of July, the number of planes flying to Dubrovnik will increase – Dubrovacki vjesnik reports.

On Wednesday, the landing of nine planes was announced, of which only two are domestic, from Zagreb, unlike today when four planes arrive to the Airport at Cilipi, two of which are from Zagreb and one from Rijeka. Today, only one flight is international, the one from Brussels.

For the weekend, there will be even more traffic at the Dubrovnik Airport, so on Saturday as many as 14 planes will land. In the coming days, on average, ten planes will land at Dubrovnik airport daily, mostly international flights, and on weekends their number will be even higher.


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