Sunday, 27 May 2018
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.


A new index created by Australian travel company Intrepid has revealed the countries suffering from the most "overtourism", along with the nations with "undertourism" – Traveller reports. 

According to them, the index compares total visitor arrivals in 2016 to the permanent population to create a "tourism density index".

This is especially interesting to us, since Croatia is the country with the most tourists per head of population, according to Intrepid's index.

-Croatia saw 57,587,000 tourists in 2016 and with their meagre population of 4,170,600, that measures 1380.78 per cent of the country's population – nearly 14 tourists to every local – Traveller writes.

They also touched the problem of tourism boom that has been causing damage in the some of the most popular tourism destinations, such as European hotspots such as Venice and Barcelona.

For the full article click here.

Croatia (57,587,000 tourists to 4,170,600 locals - 1380.78%)
Iceland (1,891,000 tourists to 334,250 locals - 565.74%)
Hungary (52,890,000 tourists to 9,817,960 locals - 538.71%)
Denmark (28,692,000 tourists to 5,731,120 locals - 500.64%)
France (202,930,000 tourists to 66,896,110 locals 303.35%)
Czech Republic (30,915,000 tourists to 10,561,630 locals - 292.71%)
Singapore (16,404,000 tourists to 5,607,280 locals - 292.55%)
Cyprus (3,286,000 tourists to 1,170,130 locals - 280.82%)
Greece (28,071,000 tourists to 10,746,740 locals - 261.20%)
Spain (115,561,000 people to 46,443,960 locals - 248.82%)

Ana Konjuh, successful tennis player from Dubrovnik, will be back on court after five months, at the second Grand Slam tournament of the season – Roland Garros. Her first opponent is Carla Suarez Navarro and it seems that the match might me on Sunday, May 27th. 

This is the first time Ana will play after an arm surgery in March this year. That was her third operation during her tennis career. She had her first back in 2014 and second in September last year. After it, she didn't play for four months, came back on court in Brisbane at New Year's Eve, had a great start, but started feeling pain again. That's why she had to ''press pause'' on her career again and put her health first.

-We are starting over now. This is one of my comebacks in a row, hopefully last one of this kind – Ana said for Dubrovacki vjesnik.

Ana Konjuh is 20 years old but already has some great tennis achievements behind her. Hopefully, she'll be back on track – Dubrovnik cheers for her.

Brazilicans – that's a name of interesting Instagram profile showing a life of one nomad family. Mum Rapha, dad Aaron and little Orion are traveling around the world together and share their journey on their website! They recently visited Dubrovnik and we just had to meet them. Here’s their story. 

Can you introduce yourselves to our readers?

My name is Rapha Luz, I'm 24 years old and from Brazil. I'm a stay-at-home mom, Travel Blogger and Licenced Massage Therapist. My husband's name is Aaron Anderson, he is 33 years old, from the United States of America and he is a Remote Digital Marketer. We have a lovely boy, his name is Orion, he is 3 years old, born in Brazil, happy and energetic little soul who loves dinosaurs, airplanes and ice cream.

We are world travelers, have been Digital Nomads for 4 years, basically since we met. About 2 years ago we left my country Brazil, where we were living that time, to start a new adventure around the world. We came to Europe and have been living in a different country every month for these past 2 years. It has been a wonderful experience. We've learned so much about new cultures, history, different people, beautiful places and good food.


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When and why did you decide to become a nomad family?

Our nomadic lifestyle started with my husband, he is very motivated by freedom of time and location. His goal for years was to be capable of working remotely, that way he would be able to decide when and where to work. He learned digital marketing and was able to start working online from anywhere before we met. We met on Facebook back in October of 2013 in the USA, while I was doing an exchange program in New York.
Living in different states and having a long distance relationship, made us travel a lot to see each other, so we would always combine a weekend trip to different places when we wanted to meet up. That made us realize how much we loved to travel together and that we wanted travel to be a very active part of our life. We got married in August of 2014, less than a year after we met, and that's when we started our nomadic life.
We had all the freedom in this world, which can be challeging sometimes, especially right after getting married. We then decided to moved to Brazil, my home country, and spent about a year and a half there, living in different states. Our baby was born a little before our first year of marriage and had his first year of his life in Brazil.
We love our nomadic lifestyle, it's very fun to move to a new country and make great memories together as a family. It's not always easy or plesant but it definitely helps us to grow and make fun memories.


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What are the challenges of traveling with a baby?

To be honest, we have raised our boy to be a traveler, to adapt to our lifestyle, so he is very easy to please. He sleeps anywhere, eats anything, talks to anyone, plays with whatever is given to him and never gets sick. He is completely fine being in a bus ride for 3 to 4 hours, airplane ride for 6-10 hours; he is a baby traveler :) Of course he has his moments, like all kids do, but because he has learned to be easily adaptible to new situations – it makes our life as nomads much easier. If it wasn't for all of that, I'm sure we would have a much harder time.
But the main things we struggle with currently is not having friends that he can play with, and not being able to go out on dates alone or do any kind of adventure sport like kayaking or things that are difficult to do with a 2 year old with you.

How many countries have you visited so far?

We have been to over 30 countries, and 20 of these countries we actually spent at least one month visiting there. We have visited for at least a month the countries of Turkey, Morroco, Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Croatia, Montenegro and more!

How does your little boy like travel? What are the benefits for him?

He is still too young to verbaly complain about it but I think Orion seems to really enjoy it. He loves being on the airplane, trains and road trips by car. He loves to see the new home every month, he likes to get to know new parks and playgrounds in different areas and he enjoys watching cartoons in different languages.
I see my boy growing up as a very social person - he is surely different than any other kid we see around in public places. He goes and talks to anyone, tries to make new friends and approaches people without being shy or embarrassed.
He is not affraid of things or people, which I think is the best thing we are teaching him, to be social, to develop his ''people skills''. As I mentioned before, traveling with him since he was born has made him a very easy going child, he is easy to please and not very picky, also because we are minimalists that makes him a minimalist too, he doesn't feel the need to have tons of toys, he seems to be happy with just a few.


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What is your impression of Dubrovnik?

We absolutelly love Dubrovnik, it's one of the most beautiful and photogenic cities we have ever visited. It has so much to offer in terms of the beatiful water and beaches, the history, the small streets and endless stairs, etc. We loved it because it's very beautiful from afar being a walled city, but then it has has so much to explore and experience in the old town as well. It was a little challenging to walk around the old town with a stroller, but there are so many cute little streets and areas that we have yet to explore.

Is Dubrovnik child-friendly? What are the best things to do with a child in our city?

Sure! Well, to start, there are plenty of beaches around the city that can keep kids busy all day long. Also, in the old town, since there is so much activity, we found a lot for our boy to do. Just walking around the city streets, letting him chase birds, watch people, check out the boats, try and catch fish, etc. Like any city, kids don't need a lot to keep themselves entertained.

What is your favourite part of Dubrovnik?

Dubrovnik has many wonderful aspects, but what really sets it apart is how unique it is as a walled city. We loved walking on the wall as we didn't really know that Europe had something similar to the Wall of China to experience!


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How do you like Croatia in general?

Our favorite thing about Croatia is all of the natural beauty. There are some amazing national parks, with beautiful water, waterfalls, landscape, and just amazing scenery. While on the bus from Split to Dubrovnik, we were completely taken aback by just how amazingly beautiful that drive is. There are so many beautiful beaches and towns to explore.

What will be your next destination?

We are currently in Tivat, Montenegro, and we'll soon be headed to Skopje, Macedonia. After that, we'll spend a few days in Berlin, Germany before flying off to Singapore and spending the next few months or years in Asia!

Are you planning to stop traveling or you don't have that in mind yet?

We don't really have a long-term plan for whether we'll stop traveling or whether this lifestyle we currently live will become sustainable. We think we'll keep traveling like this for another year or two and then try to establish ourselves somewhere and use that as a home base from which to travel. However, since we typically don't plan our lives more than a few weeks in advance, we'll have to just wait and see how things go!



The fans of good rock’n’roll and motorcycles will gather next weekend at Camp Solitudo when the Libertas Riders Club Moto Club organizes, with the support of Valamar Riviera, the fourth edition of the Dubrovnik Bikers Weekend.

The program of the moto meeting will begin on Friday, June 1st, when the Porporela Sexy Show Band, Banditen Strasse and Natriks will entertain everybody from 5 pm. On Saturday, bands Art and Atomsko skloniste will be in charge and will start playing from 7 pm.

On the second day of the meeting, bikers will ride from camp Solitudo, over Brgat, all to the Imperial fortress on Srd. In case of nice weather, a panoramic boat ride will be organized for them.

Tickets for this two-day event with a humanitarian cause are 60 kuna and can be purchased from tomorrow at the reception of the Solitudo Camp during working hours from 7 am to 10 pm. For bikers, entry and camping during the weekend will not be charged.


Today will probably be a busy day 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, five cruise ships will arrive to Dubrovnik – AIDAblu, MSC LIRICA, VIKING STAR, MSC SINFONIA and Athena. First three already arrived, while MSC SINFONIA is supposed to come at 2 pm and Athena at 8 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.

Weekend is marked with yellow colour, which means that between 3500 and 7500 cruise ship passengers are expected, while the next red day is – next Thursday.

Guitarist Mak Grgic and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christoph Campestrini will perform on Friday, May 25th, at the Guitar concerto by Delo Jusic Concert. The event will take place at the terrace of MOMA Dubrovnik at 9 pm.

Mak Grgic was named "fanciful, gifted and expressive" guitarist by the New York Times as well as the "guitarist to pay attention to" by the Washington Post. This talented guitarist will perform on the concert, conducted by Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini, music director of the International Music Festival – Dubrovnik in late summer, who is having concerts all over the world and currently is on the function of the chief conductor of the Vienna Chamber Choir.

Mak Grgic was born in Ljubljana, studied guitar in Zagreb by Ante Cagalj at the Music School "Elly Basic" and graduated in Alvaro Pierri's class at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He recently completed his doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music as a student of William Kanengiser and Skott Tennant from the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He’urrently working at the University, Mount St. Mary "in Los Angeles, and is also the artistic director of the interdisciplinary art festival - M.A.R.S. and the Zagreb Guitar Festival.

The Dubrovnik audience will have the opportunity to hear the guitarist at the Guitar and orchestra of Đeli Jusić concert, while in the second part of the concert the orchestra will perform Symphony no. 3 in D major "Poland" P.I. Tchaikovsky.

After Guitar Concerto by Delo Jusic, orchestra will perform Symphony no.3 in D major, op. 29 ‘’Polish’’ by P.I. Tchaikovsky.

A new European Parliament survey, published one year before European elections in May 2019, confirms the continued growth of citizens' support to the European Union (EU).

The Eurobarometer survey conducted in April 2018 on a sample of 27,601 respondents from 28 member states reveals that on average 60 percent of citizens believe that EU membership is positive for their country, and two thirds of respondents believe that their country benefits from EU membership. This is the highest support percentage recorded since 1983.

When it comes to Croatia, nearly half of Croatian citizens (49 percent) have neutral opinion about Croatia's membership in the European Union, while 36 percent of respondents believe that EU membership is a good thing for the country (compared to the European average of 60 percent). This is a reduction of 7 percent compared to the October study last year.

That places Croatia on the second place on the list of countries that are least satisfied with the EU membership, just after Czech Republic, where only 34 percent of respondents think that membership is a good thing for their country. Italy is third with 39 percent.

Most of the respondents in Croatia (59 percent) believe that their voice is important in the European Union, but at the same time, 46 percent of them thinks that things in the EU are moving in the wrong direction.

As the priorities to be discussed during the campaign for upcoming European elections, the citizens of Croatia have chosen the fight against youth unemployment (68 percent), economy and growth (61 percent), EU citizens' social protection (48 percent) and consumer rights and food safety (34 percent).

Most of the Croatian citizens see new parties and political movements as the carriers of real changes (72 percent), new solution providers (68percent), while 58 percent believes that these movements and parties are not a threat to our democracy.



This morning in Dubrovnik is quite cloudy, while rain will fall in the afternoon according to weather forecast. Local floods and thunderstorms are expected. If you want to know what to do in Dubrovnik while it rains – we have some tips for you here.

Even though the weather is changing, it’s still very warm – at 10 am it was 26 °C, while the sea temperature at 8am was 21.5 °C.

Weatheralarm issued yellow warning for Wednesday due to possible thunderstorms throughout Croatia.
The rain will be stronger at some places, especially along the Adriatic, and in the afternoon and in the evening, heavy rain is expected in the rest of the country.


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Humidity: 71%
Wind: S at 6.44 km/h
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