Sunday, 25 August 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.


Croatia, oh glorious Croatia! An endless inspiration to numerous writers and journalists all over the world. The latest one inspired was the Mirror, which published Croatia national parks guide from etheral waterfalls to towering mountains.

-Croatia is filled with heaps of beautiful places to visit but its eight national parks never fail to be a particularly breathtaking highlight for visitors. Offering everything from terraced waterfalls to fish-shaped islands, and boasting picture-perfect aquamarine waters and lush green surroundings, they make for a pretty idyllic setting. – Mirror writes, adding that with eight official national parks in Croatia, intrepid explorers are bound to be spoiled for choice on their next adventures.

To give you a helping hand, they've put together a guide to the eight national parks.
The parks are:
1. Plitvice Lakes
2. Krka
3. Brijuni islands
4. Risnjak
5. Mljet
6. North Velebit
7. Kornati
8. Paklenica

If you want to learn more about the parks, visit the original article here.

Italian citizen Fabio Giuseppe Ghisoni, 43 years old, went missing in Dubrovnik on August 22nd. Ghisoni departed from his place of residence (Josip Kosor Street 40, Dubrovnik) in an unknown direction. At the time of his disappearance, he was dressed in a light blue T-shirt, gray pants and black sneakers. Ghisoni has brown hair, green eyes and is 183 cm tall.

If you have seen him or have any information about the missing person, please contact the nearest police station or fill out the form on the page

The concert of famous Dubrovnik singer Ibrica Jusic, which was supposed to be held tonight at the Park Gradac, is postponed. The concert will take place in a week, on Friday, August 31st, at 10 pm.

The series of concert called ''Serenades on Gradac'' is organized by the City of Dubrovnik and is completely free.

The number of celebrities that chose Croatia for their holiday this year keeps on growing! The latest one to join the list is famous actress Charlize Theron, who was spotted on the island of Hvar.

Beautiful Charlize, known as an actress and producer, delighted the employees of Restaurant Gariful, where she enjoyed a splendid meal with her family. Her satisfaction is clear from the video that the Gariful published on their official Instagram profile, where the famous actress says: ''It was amazing!'' They also shared their experience on their blog.

-Theron and her family accompanied to our restaurant eating grilled lobster and drinking following wine. They were chatting with our staff and several times emphasize how satisfied they are. We sat them at tetrace in front of the restaurant, first line to the sea what gave them a complete view and make feel like a star. Oh wait, they are! They stayed for about two hours, thanked us and promised to see again some time soon. Thank you and see you, Charlize – it’s written on the website.

Gariful has hosted numerous celebrities this year, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Tommy Hilfiger, Stallone sisters and Jon Bon Jovi. Charlize Theron is probably still in Croatia, but is really secretive about it – she didn’t share anything on her official Instagram profile, followed by great number of fans.

The Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra will traditionally close the Dubrovnik Summer Festival with a large gala concert on August 25th in front of the Church of St. Blaise, this year under the direction of conductor Enrico Dindo, with the guest of young percussion star Simon Rubin. The final concert will start at exactly 10pm.

Enrico Dindo, a celebrated cellist and conductor, said that the creation of music is always an extraordinary experience, but making music in suggestive places makes it unique, and Dubrovnik is undoubtedly one of the most charming places to have such a magical experience. He pointed out that he had had this luck several times, since he had already performed as a cellist at the Festival, but this occasion is even more special because of the presence of the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. He’s been their chief conductor since the 2015/2016 season. In addition to professional collaboration, with Simone Rubin he also has a friendship that was born immediately and very spontaneously, as he pointed out, and he was fascinated by his percussion world and the overall way he experiences music, which led them to often share concert podiums. He added that he considers Simone to be one of the greatest contemporary musicians.

Simone Rubino is a name that marks a new era of percussionists who have established themselves on the classical music scene. He has performed with leading European orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and collaborated with major conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Gimeno, Manfred Honeck, Tugan Sohiev and Kazuki Yamada. At his concerts, Rubino creates a virtuoso fireworks of unheard timbres and rhythmic precision, while enchanting with his sensible and nuanced style, the critic writes. He will be the resident artist of the Munich Radio Orchestra in the new season.

The final concert will be followed by a brief ceremony for the closing of the 70th Festival and the lowering of the Libertas festival flag from the city bell tower, with members of this year's drama and music festival ensemble.

According to the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, not counting the nautical data, the three-millionth overnight stay in Dubrovnik was realized on August 21st, seven days earlier than in 2018, which confirms how excellent the tourist season is.

From January 1st to August 21st this year there were 980 365 arrivals in Dubrovnik, which is an increase of 14 percent compared to the last year, and 3,000,285 overnight stays, which is 6 percent more than last year.

Since the beginning of the year, most guests arrived in Dubrovnik from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Australia, Ireland, Italy and Finland. There were significant increases from certain markets compared to the same period last year, such as the US with 16 percent increase in arrivals and 16 percent in overnight stays, followed by France with 13 percent increase in arrivals and 11 percent in overnight stays, Germany with 59 percent increase in arrivals and 12 percent in overnight stays and Ireland with a 34 percent increase in arrivals and 34 percent in overnight stays.

After reporting of sudden pollution of the sea at the beach of Hotel Posejdon in Vela Luka in the evening August 20th, The Institute for Public Health of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County sampled the sea for swimming on the beach of the Poseidon Hotel on August 20th. The analysis of the sea samples does not meet the health requirements.

Additional samples will be taken until contamination ceases. Due to the pollution of the sea by fecal waters, swimming is not recommended until further notice.

How do you know that the summer season is slowly fading away? The days get shorter, the temperatures a bit lower and Lokrum boat schedule changes! The little dreamy island of Lokrum, just a short boat ride away from the Old City of Dubrovnik, is a must-visit. Peacocks, rabbits and beautiful nature will make you feel like you are in heaven.

Since the days are getting shorter, the boat operating hours are changed accordingly. The boat will operate from 9 am to 7 pm from tomorrow, Thursday, August 22nd. Don't worry – that's more than enough time to have fun on Lokrum!

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