Wednesday, 21 March 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.


National park Plitvice is always wonderful but low temperatures have turned it into real winter wonderland. Everybody that got a chance to visit the park during the cold days had to take a photo and publish their memory on social media, so Instagram was full of mesmerizing photos of frozen waterfalls. 

This was a perfect opportunity for photographers to take some breathtaking photographs and one of them, Goran Safarek, decided to make a video. Words can’t describe how beautiful it is, so take a look and enjoy it.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board performs at the most important world tourism fair – ITB in Berlin, held from March 7th to 11th. 

They are located at the stand of Croatian Tourist Board, which presents its new appearance at this fair. New look of the Croatian stand is easy, open and functional and includes designer furniture of Croatian production. 

The last two days of the fair are open to the public, while others are held for the business audience. Approximately 7,500 exhibitors are expected from nearly 200 countries around the world on 160 thousand square feet, and there should be more than 120 thousand business visitors.

ITB Berlin tourist fair is really important when it comes to business meetings and it’s a really great source of information about tourism trends.


The video for Croatia's Eurovision song 'Crazy' by Franka Batelic has been published and the reactions have been, well, crazy.  

Franka Batelic, who wrote the song, will represent Croatia on the Eurovision song contest that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal this year.

Even though the video was just published it has already collected almost 5 thousand views (they are probably growing while we are writing this) and a bunch of comments. Many Eurovision fans said that this could be a winner.

-From the first moment that I've heard the teaser for this song - I could tell just how amazing it could be. And it was worth the wait! Powerful, intense, emotional... Top 5 potential. Good luck Croatia on ESC 2018 – wrote one of the commentators.

It is for sure a special song, pretty different from all the others that presented Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest before. It is combined with powerful video and we are not surprised that it already drawn much attention from all over the world. For example, the teaser published about 10 days ago has almost half a million views.

This year's Eurovision Song Contest will be held from May 8th to May 10th. Franka will perform in the second half of the first semi-final.

Franka follows Jacques Houdek as the Croatian representative. Houdek qualified to the grand finale of the 2017 contest, where he placed 13th with 138 points.



The Maritime Executive, one of the leading sources for breaking maritime and marine news, including shipping news, offshore news, piracy news and many more has just published an article about Dubrovnik. The title of the article says it all – Dubrovnik maintains its status as ''Pearl of the Adriatic''.

- With over one million passenger arrivals and 500 ships per year, the port of Dubrovnik is among the world's busiest cruising destinations, second only to Venice. Its rich history, scenic architecture and its many festivals have attracted travelers for generations – The Maritime Executive writes.

It brings a small fact sheet about the growing popularity of Dubrovnik now when it's a trending filming destination – from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Robin Hood and (fingers crossed) upcoming James Bond filming.

As expected from the website that is specialized in maritime news, the main part of the article talks about the changes in the cruise tourism in Dubrovnik, after the mayor Mato Frankovic asked Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) for help in managing the flow of visitors through the Old City, in order to preserve its historic beauty.

-His administration has launched a three-year plan for the sustainable development of the city's cultural resources, dubbed "Respect the City," and with the assistance of private sector partners he expects "to reach the optimum distribution of visitors by 2020." – writes The Maritime Executive, adding that Frankovic also visited Port of Los Angeles to learn a bit more.

The article states that big-ship cruising isn't the only way to visit Dubrovnik and that are a lot of small ship options. See the full article here.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were ten traffic accidents, of which there were four with injured persons in which one person was seriously injured and four had light injuries while six traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 384 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 100 measures taken due to speeding, 15 due to improper overtaking, 35 measures due to improper stop and parking, 65 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 13 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

David Garett, world famous violinist, will perform in Croatia, as a part of his ‘Explosive’ tour. The concert will be held on October 13th (so you have more than enough time to plan your trip) in the Arena Zagreb and will surely be a hit.

Garett is a German pop and crossover violinist and recording artist, known for his special style – it's said that he blurred the lines between Mozart and Metallica.

He started playing violin as a little child and received his first Stradivarius violin at the age of 11, courtesy of German president Richard von Weizsäcker, after having performed for him. During his career he has sold more than three million albums to this date and has won 23 gold and 16 platinum awards all over the world.

He has held more than 1,500 concerts and some of his loyal fans are British Queen Elizabeth, former US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and many others.

He has also been able to set the world record for violin performance, for the fastest violin player - in 2008 and 2010 in Guiness World Records show for 66.56 or 65.26 seconds performance of the Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov without a mistake He is also a well-known composer - for the album on the current tour, he composed 11 compositions.

Croatian Mountaineering Society Snijeznica organizes traditional climb on Snijeznica, mountain in Konavle which has several peaks above 1000 metres in height. The highest is Ilija's peak at 1234 metres above sea level. The event will be held two days after the International Women's Day, on Saturday, March 10th and it's called ''100 women at Snijeznica''.

Climbing Snijeznica for the International Women's Day proved to be really popular in the last couple of years. The gathering of participants is at 8:40 am in the center of Kuna Konavoska (near the info table about Snijeznica). At 9 am, after getting acquainted with the guides, the crowd will go uphill. There is about two hours walk on the mountaineering macadam path up to the top. During the climbing, two shorter breaks of 10 minutes will be made. At the top there will be a longer pause (depending on the weather conditions).

When it comes to returning, it’s good to know that you will not take the same path like uphill. It’s planned to go on the eastern side, to the meadows where you can mingle with other participants. Climbing, going down and socializing will end until 4 pm, before sunset.

When it comes to climbing, there are some rules. Solid shoes are a must, you should wear layered clothing, sun / wind / rain protection and take a backpack with chocolate, something to eat and 1.5 liter of water.

Even though the name of the event is ‘’100 women at Snijeznica’’ men are also welcome! You should inform the organizers if you are coming (and how many of you) through the e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Facebook: Hpd Snijeznica. 

In case of unusual weather conditions, the organizer also reserves the right to cancel the climb for safety reasons.

Nanobit, Croatian company specialized in developing and delivering mobile games, has achieved another great success because their "My Story" game app has become one of the ten most popular at the Apple Store in the UK – reports. 

-Our new game, My Story, has just entered the top 10 most popular games in the UK at the App Store, currently at position 8. We are all very excited because this is the result of the team work over the past two years! This is also the greatest achievement we've made with Nanobit and our games in the past 10 years – Alan Sumina, Nanobit CEO wrote on his Facebook wall.

My Story, the game that is slowly but surely becoming a hit, is a game where you choose your own story and write your life. You can decide what happens, create your look and live different lives. Sounds promising? Download it here.


Photo by Facebook page My Story: Choose Your Own Path




Humidity: 87%
Wind: ENE at 40.23 km/h
3°C / 8°C
5°C / 9°C
Partly cloudy
5°C / 12°C
8°C / 13°C

The Voice of Dubrovnik


Find us on Facebook


Subscribe to our Newsletter