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.
Traditional donation concert by the Rotary Club Dubrovnik in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the City of Dubrovnik will be held on Thursday, December 13th, in the Dubrovnik Cathedral, starting at 7.30 pm. The concert which is a sort of overture to Christmas will donate all the collected money for the purchase of olive plants for the purpose of rehabilitation and revitalization of the burnt and unprocessed areas of the Orebic municipality.
The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by renowned American conductor Marc Tardue, and the young soprano Sara Zuvela and the award-winning jazz singer and composer Maja Grgic will perform as soloists. The soloists will perform orchestral performances such as "Ave Maria" by F. Schubert, "O Divine Redeemer" by Ch. Gounod, "Hallelujah" by L. Cohen, accompanied with traditional songs like "Kyrie Eleison". Vocal group Kase will also join the performance with works "Galiotova pesan" and "O jabuko zeleniko".
Two years ago, the collected money of the concert were intended for the seedlings for the reconstruction of olive groves in the area of the Korcula municipality of Smokvica, last year reconstruction of olive groves in Konavle, and this year, as mentioned above, for the purchase of olive plants for the purpose of rehabilitation and revitalization of the fired and unprocessed areas of Orebic.
The temperatures in Dubrovnik are still good to take a walk around and enjoy sightseeing, but if you ask us – it’s a bit too cold to be camping! However, the tourists who put up their tent at Gradac Park didn’t think so.
The tent has days marked on it, so it seems that these tourists were traveling for quite some time now.
Their improvised camping place has one of the greatest views on the Old City, better than some luxurious apartments or hotels. We hope that the view keeps them warm!
Dubrovnik is amazing and once you visit it – it’s possible that you’ll want to stay forever. However, if you are coming for a few days, it might be a good idea to leave the Old City in order to enjoy some other place! You can enrich your time in Dubrovnik with day trips to the places that are only a drive away and will make a wonderful memory. Here are some suggestions:
The easiest place to reach on this list is surely Cavtat, because it’s the closest and luckily you don’t have to cross any borders to visit it! This little gem, often considered as a Dubrovnik’s best kept peaceful secret, is located just around 20 minutes away from Dubrovnik and it carries the role of the centre of the Konavle municipality. Even though it’s a touristic place, it’s still not crowded and you can enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee or a stroll right by the sea without getting frustrated because of the crowds. It’s a perfect little getaway from Dubrovnik, especially during the summer. To reach it, you can just hop on the bus!
If you are in the mood to explore other countries while you’re in Dubrovnik, Montenegro is the perfect choice. Our recommendation is Kotor, which is around 2 hour drive away from Dubrovnik. This beautiful city has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site. During your day trip you can enjoy just walking around the streets, cuddling with cats for which Kotor is quite famous or if you are feeling active – climbing the ancient walls and enjoying the amazing view on top of the city. Also, you can visit the artificial islet Our Lady Of The Rocks and hear some interesting legends. Many agencies organize trips to Kotor, however you can visit it alone by car or by the bus from the Dubrovnik main bus station.
For nature lovers, Kravice waterfalls might be the perfect choice! This natural phenomenon is located on the Trebizat river in Bosnia and Herzegovina, near the town of Ljubuski. The height of a waterfall varies from 26 to 28 metres, with a water amphitheater under the waterfall with a diameter of 120 m. During the summer, you are more than welcome to jump in your swimming suit and enjoy the refreshment of the waterfalls. That is a perfect place for a picnic too – so feel free to carry some yummy food and enjoy it while you are on this beautiful location. The best time of year for visiting is during the springtime when the fall is at its fullest and the arid landscape turns a bright green. To get there, you must drive for around three hours.
One of the favorite locations to visit when it comes to tourists in Dubrovnik is certainly Mostar. Located on the Neretva River, Mostar is is the fifth-largest city in the Bosnia and Herzegovina, well known for one of the most recognizable landmarks of the country – the Old Bridge. You can enjoy your time by walking around the city, browsing the colourful souvenirs located at stands and you might even see the spectacle of man jumping from the Old Bridge in the really shallow water. Sometimes, they collect money on the bridge, telling people that they will jump if enough money is collected. The thing you shouldn’t miss is trying amazing food – cevapcici or burek, followed by dessert such as baklava, hurmasica or tufahije. The drive to Mostar lasts around three hours, but many agencies organize day trips to visit it, so you don’t have to drive there yourself.
Time to come back to Croatia! Split is one of the favourite daily getaways for Dubrovnik locals – so why wouldn’t you try it too? As the second largest city in the country, Split has a lot to offer. You can walk around the beautiful Diocletian's Palace that forms about half of the old town and admire the architecture, sit on the famous ‘’riva’’(promenade) and observe the locals while drinking your coffee or even go shopping at one of the large shopping centres. This may sound weird, but don’t forget to rub the toe of the large statue of the Gregory of Nin because that’s supposed to bring you luck! Even though Split is in Croatia, prepare for the fact that you’ll need to cross borders – the drive will last around four hours – you can go by yourself or take one of the many buses that leave the Main Bus Station. Just make sure that it doesn’t go on the ‘’old road’’ – this will make your drive longer!
For the eighteenth year in a row, Folklore Ensemble Lindo will hold a traditional humanitarian dance concert on the Saint Lucia Day, Thursday, December 13th. All the collected money will go to the Association of Blind and Visually Impaired persons in Dubrovnik. The concert will take place at the Marin Drzic Theater at 8 pm.
During the concert, audience will be able to enjoy selected choreographies from Lindo’s standard repertoire, which are the classics of Croatian folkloric scene. One of those are ‘’Podravski Svati’, the choreography that was done by Lindo at this year's Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Also, members of the ensemble will enrich the program with several traditional tunes and tamburitza dances from Croatia.
In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were six traffic accidents with one death case, one person was heavily injured, four had light injuries, while there were four traffic accidents with material damage.
By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 379 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 186 measures taken due to speeding, 42 measures due to improper stop and parking, 24 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 17 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol, five measures because of using mobile phone while driving and eight measures to those who didn't put their day/short lights on.
Fifth Dubrovnik Winter Festival has been presented in Sarajevo on Saturday, December 8th, in the organization of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik.
The promotion Dubrovnik Winter Festival, organized by the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board for five years in a row, was held in front of the Sarajevo Cathedral with the performance of the vocal group Kase and the traditional Dubrovnik carols – kolende, accompanied by traditional Dubrovnik sweets ‘’arancini’’ and ‘’brustulani mjendulu’’, while informants of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board shared leaflets with the program of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival and the text of the ‘’kolenda’’ to all the visitors who wanted to sing with Klapo Kase.
Dubrovnik Winter Festival really has a lot to offer. If you want to see the full program, click here.
According to eVisitor's data, which shows the tourist traffic during November, almost 380,000 arrivals and 955,000 overnight stays were realized in Croatia, which represents a growth of 20 percent compared to the same month last year in arrivals and 5 percent in overnight stays.
Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli emphasized that good results are here because of a deliberate strategy.
-We are approaching the end of the calendar year and we can be proud of our year-round tourist year marked by a positive trend of tourist traffic accompanied by indicators of tourist spending - realized income. That is the of our thoughtful tourist policy of responsible and sustainable tourism that will play an important role in our future plans and the Tourism Development Strategy by 2025, the creation of which we are launching. Attractive tourist offer is especially enriched during this holiday season with popular and well-attended events of Advent, which additionally attract guests from all over the world, but also encourage domestic traffic - said Minister Cappelli.
-We look forward to the growth of the tourist traffic we have maintained during these winter months. We are expecting a very positive influence of the Advent period on the entire tourist year, and for this reason, we are currently implementing a special promotional Advent campaigns on eight key European markets, including Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, France, Hungary and Great Britain. In addition to Advent, which is one of the key motifs of arrivals in the winter period, we are also focusing on other tourist products, so a promotional business tourism campaign is under way to extend the season, - said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic, announcing the upcoming launch of a promotional campaign for nautical tourism that will be implemented by mid-January next year at nine European markets.
During November, most of the overnight stays were realized in Zagreb (166,000) and in Istria (149,000). Kvarner is following with 132,000 overnight stays in November and so does the Split-Dalmatia County with 120,000. In the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva there were 97,000 overnight stays, Zadar 87,000, while in Sibenik-Knin county 35,000 were realized. On the continent, not counting Zagreb, most of the overnight stays were realized in Krapina-Zagorje (27,000), Osijek Baranja (18,000), Vukovar-Srijem (14,000) and in Medimurje and Varazdin County where 13,000 nights were spent.
The top markets with the largest number of overnight stays in November were Slovenia, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Italy, Korea and the United States, while the top destinations with most nights spent are Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Opatija, Split and Rovinj.
DUBROVNIK ON TOP
In the period from January to the end of November, there were 19.4 million arrivals (+ 6 percent) and 105.2 million overnight stays (+ 4 percent). F oreign tourists realized 17.3 million arrivals (+ 6 percent) and 92.6 million overnight stays (+ 4 percent), while domestic tourists recorded 9% percent more arrivals and 5 percent in overnight stays.
During the eleven months, most of the overnight stays were realized in Istria (28.3 million), while in the Split-Dalmatia County there were 19.8 million overnight stays and18.9 million overnight stays were realized in Kvarner. Next is the Zadar County with 14.5 million overnight stays and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 8.8 million overnight stays. In Sibenik-Knin County 7.1 million nights were spent, in Lika-Senj 3.3 million overnight stays, and in Zagreb 2.3 million overnight stays were realized. On the continent, not including Zagreb, most of the overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (611,000), Krapina-Zagorje (323,000), Zagreb County (191,000), Osijek-Baranja (188,000) and Medimurje County (176,000).
At the national level, during the first eleven months, most of the overnight stays came from the markets of Germany (21.1 million), Slovenia (10.5 million), Austria (7.7 million), Poland (6.3 million) and the Czech Republic (5.5 million), and top destinations on the basis of overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin.
Dubrovnik woke up today with clear blue skies and sun, however, the weather forecast shows that the Saturday won’t be as beautiful.
Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service writes that the weather in Croatia will be partly cloudy with some rain, while heavy rain is expected on the Adriatic, especially in the north and in Mountainous Croatia, where the colder weather will bring snow.
Along the coastline and on the islands, heavy rain is expected accompanied by thunder. From the middle of the day, the rain will slowly stop and the weather is supposed to improve.
On the Adriatic coast, there will be moderate south wind that will slowly change to bura (north wind). Morning air temperature will be from 2 to 6 on the mainland and between 9 and 12 on the Adriatic. The highest daily temperature will be between 6 and 9 in the interior and in the Adriatic from 11 to 14 ° C. From midday the air temperature falls.