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.
Simona Halep, Romanian professional tennis player and current world No. 1 on the WTA Tour, is relaxing at Dubrovnik! She shared photos from our city all over her social media and on her Twitter she tagged Borna Coric and Donna Vekic, asking them if they can guess where she's spending her holiday.
On her Instagram, that is followed by almost 900 thousand fans, she published photos of her posing, with hashtag #beautifulplace. The photos were liked by more than 70 thousand people!
For those who don't know, Halep first broke into the world's top 50 at the end of 2012, reached the top 20 in August 2013, and finally the top 10 in January 2014. She won her first 6 WTA titles in the same calendar year in 2013 (a feat that was last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1986 when she won her first 7), being named the WTA's Most Improved Player at its end, as well as being named ESPN Center Court's 2013 Most Improved Player.
Halep won her first major tournament at the 2018 French Open, having previously lost in the 2014 French Open, 2017 French Open and 2018 Australian Openfinals. She also reached the final of the 2014 WTA Finals, losing to Serena Williams in straight sets after having defeated her earlier in the tournament. Halep continued her success throughout the 2015 and 2016 seasons, winning 3 titles in each respective season (including 2 Premier Mandatory titles) and remaining within the Top 10.
Halep was the most clicked player on WTATennis.com for two consecutive years (2014–2015), when she was awarded the WTA Most Popular Player of the Yearprize. After the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Simona Halep became the active player with the most consecutive weeks within the Top 10. Halep has also won WTA's Fan Favorite Singles Player in 2017.
Once again, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board is organising the Good Food Festival – a gastronomic treat for all lovers of good food, which will take place from October 18th to 21st this year and will feature many events. This year's fifth edition of the festival contains a varied range of delicious food and top wines.
Several workshops will be organised during the festival, such as a workshop on preparing Dubrovnik sweets and traditional Croatian dishes, as well as workshops on food styling and food photography. The central event of the festival will be the traditional Dinner with a Famous Chef, which features a gourmet program that is perfectly complemented with a music program. This year's rich Good Food Festival program also includes interesting presentations and workshops, a Dalmatian Brunch, as well as the traditional Healthy Food Fair at Pile.
The highlight of the Good Food Festival is the famous Dubrovnik Table that stretches along the entire lenght of Stradun, where many Dubrovnik hotels and restaurants, pastry chefs and top -kitchens will be presented, putting their knowledge and skills on display.
-We believe that this year's Good Food Festival will bring together many lovers of original, traditional, but also modern dishes and that the festival will delight every visitor, just as it has been the case with the previous four editions of the festival – they said at the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.
Uber has had excellent results this season in Croatia! In total, from June 1st to September 1st, Uber drove up to 170,000 tourists, an increase of as much as 47 percent compared to last year. Nearly all (94%) came to Croatia with the already installed Uber application on their cell phones.
- The fact that even 94 percent of tourists already had Uber application, is a clear indication that foreigners expect Uber to be available in our country and that they like to use it. The results of this tourist season have once again confirmed the importance of the new Road Transport Act, which makes it easy for everyone to travel across the country - said Davor Tremac, general manager of Uber for Southeastern Europe.
Most tourists who used Uber came from the United Kingdom and the United States (14%) and Australia and France (5%). They mostly traveled on trips of less than five kilometers (84%), while the longest run this summer was on the Pula-Osijek route, which had as much as 550 kilometers and lasted 359 minutes.
In Dubrovnik, Uber was mostly ordered for the transport to or from the City Walls and the central bus station, and in Split to the city center and the Mall of Split shopping center. In Dubrovnik, the tourists mostly relaxed on the beaches of Copacabana and Banje, and among the Croatians Bellevue Beach was popular too. In Split, Bacvice and Znjan were unavoidable, and among the locals Kasjuni. The title of the best romantic and best tourist destination was taken by Dubrovnik's Old City.
UberBOAT has sailed several hundred times and in 40% of its time it drove passengers to the islands close to Split, Dubrovnik and Sibenik.
Agritourism Konavle the sixth consecutive year organizes the traditional agrotouristic manifestation Trganje (Picking) - which symbolically marks the grape harvest in Konavle. The picking will be organized on Friday, September 14th in the monastery of Saint Vlaho in Pridvorje starting at 2 pm with the aim of promoting Konavle as a wine region and preserving tradition and cultural heritage.
The members of Agritourism Konavle revive the old traditions, wearing traditional costumes and showing the way the grape was picked in the past. - Our goal is to unite and show Konavle as a wine region that has to offer the top tourist product – they said.
This year's program will take place according to the following hour:
2:00 – 2:30: gathering/welcome
2:30 – 3:30: picking
3:30 – 4:00: collecting grapes
4:00 – 5:00: processing grapes in a traditional and modern way
5:00 – 6:30: snacks and socializing with live music
Everybody are more than welcome to join this beautiful event in Konvale – free of charge.
Busy day is expected in Dubrovnik according to the cruisers schedule published on the official page of Port Dubrovnik. This Thursday is marked with red colour, which means that over 7500 passengers are expected.
According to the schedule, six cruise ships will arrive to Dubrovnik – MARELLA CELEBRATION, MSC LIRICA, AIDAblu, LA BELLE DE L'ADRIATIQUE, HORIZON and MSC SINFONIA. Four of the cruisers already arrived, while HORIZON is expected to come at 9:30 and MSC SINFONIA at 2 pm.
During the days like this, it’s normal to expect traffic jams and big crowds in the Old City. However, because of the works of the City Government, days like this are more bearable than before.
If you want to avoid the crowds, Friday and Sunday might be perfect for visiting the Old City, since they are marked with green colour, which means that less than 3500 passengers are expected. Saturday is marked with yellow colour, which means that between 3500 and 7500 cruise ship passengers are expected.
In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 24 traffic accidents, of which there were 12 with injured persons, where two persons were heavily injured, 10 had light injuries while 12 traffic accidents had material damage.
By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 773 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 327 measures taken due to speeding, 72 due to improper overtaking, 44 measures due to improper stop and parking, 93 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 28 measures because of improper turning and 15 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
The two millionth passenger was welcomed to the Dubrovnik Airport yesterday, the same day when the Port of Dubrovnik celebrated the arrival of one millionth passenger! Christian Nemeyer came with a Eurowings flight from Dusseldorf to Dubrovnik. Christian and his wife Ana couldn't hide their excitement – this is not their first visit to Croatia, but it's the first time that they'll spend their vacation in Dubrovnik.
Frano Luetic, Director of the Dubrovnik Airport, expressed his satisfaction with this year's achievements. He emphasized that during the winter months there will be many international lines, which is extremely imporant for the tourist offer of the entire county.
The two millionth passenger was also welcomed by the Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Romana Vlasic, who pointed out that 9 out of 10 tourists arriving in Dubrovnik come – by plane. She announced three new winter lines: to Warsaw, Prague and Madrid.
In the area of the Dubrovnik Public Fire Department, as a part of preventive fire protection measures, the Fire Department of the City of Dubrovnik carried out the action 'Firefighter apparatus of your home'. As part of the action, firefighting sprayers have been donated for initial fire extinction to residents of the historic core area.
As the continuation of this project, the appliances will be given to the other Dubrovnik households located in urban areas where there is a difficult access to firefighting vehicles.
When they collected sprayers, firefighters educated the citizens about the way the appliance was used. Almost 200 thousand kuna was spent from the City budget for this action.
Photo by Zeljko Tutnjevic