ALH Times - 2014 issue

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Lokrum - an island with a secret

Spice up your day at Spice Lounge

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Spring 2014


Bryan Ferry at the Hotel Excelsior’s Abacus Piano Bar terrace


egendary English singersongwriter Bryan Ferry, who made his name in the 1970's as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the band Roxy Music, played along with his band on Dubrovnik’s famous

Stradun as part of Hotel Excelsior’s 100th anniversary celebrations on 30 September 2013. Ferry, who has sold a combined total of over 30 million albums worldwide with Roxy Music and as a solo

artist, held a spectacular concert accompanied by the orchestra as a gift to Dubrovnik’s citizens and guests and crowned the celebration of Hotel Excelsior‘s 100th anniversary. What better artist to

have at the main celebration than Bryan Ferry – who in 2013 made music for the Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Great Gatsby’ following the album which celebrates that era – The jazz age. continued on page 34


The beaches, terraces, and gardens of our 5-star hotels serve as breathtaking open stages where concerts are held under the stars.

This is the tenth year that Adriatic Luxury Hotels is organizing a summer music entertainment program under the expressive name “Stars beneath the Stars”, for the city of Dubrovnik and its guests.


he beaches, terraces, and gardens of our 5-star hotels serve as breathtaking open stages where concerts are held under the stars. Looking back at the ‘Stars, fact based approach would reveal 9 years

of programme, 450 musicians and performers who where a part of it, 30,000 local residents and tourists who attended it, 9,500 litres of welcome drinks that were served and over 300,000 pictures taken … continued on page 24

Josipa Lisac at Hotel Excelsior’s Palm Terrace



CONTENT 4 New Thai Restaurant – What do authentic Thai fusion cuisine and 100 years of serving 5-star food and service in the same location have in common? Thai Restaurant, of course!

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13 Blase of glory - Saint Blaise has watched over Dubrovnik for more than a millennium. His festivity is celebrated on February 3, a date which was, and remains the most festive and important day in Dubrovnik’s longstanding history. 16 Modern Art in Old Dubrovnik - Visit the Museum of Modern Art and find out how the lives of local artists bled into each other as they strove to inspire each other, and the generations that followed. 18 Escape to Elafiti - Tired of the dusty sightseeing trail? Then hop on a ferry and swap sophisticated Dubrovnik for the simple life of the Elafiti Islands. 20 Corallium Rubrum - Red gold from the Adriatic Sea - Read about a traditional Mediterranean ornament, Red coral. It is a natural gemstone - a symbol of vitality and a charm against evil spirits. 23 One of a kind: Fiat Balilla Cabriolet - Oldtimers are certainly not for retirement! Read about Fiat Balilla Cabriolet -one of the ten remaining Balilla Cabriolets in the world. 26 An island with a secret - discover the island of unbelievable beauty and priceless treasures wrapped in a veil of legend and mystery. Lokrum is under a spell, a spell that you cannot hope to undo. 33 Spice up your day - We don’t know how your day was, but we know for sure how your evening will be… Bellevue Spice Lounge: Simply beautiful. 34 A FERRY tale for Excelsior's Centenary - Interveiw with a legendary English singer-songwriter and a pop-rock star Bryan Ferry. 36 The green valley of beauty - Konavle have, up to this day, kept the tradition of stone architecture, folk customs and a specific way of life.

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REGULAR COLUMNS: 4 News – find out what’s new in ALH group 6 Dubrovnik – a Mediterranean treasure - read about Dubrovnik and its history 8 Dubrovnik‘s sights – places to visit and monuments to see while in Dubrovnik 10 Dubrovnik tips – Walking the walls and enjoying the beach is always fun, but for a perfect holiday packed with the best parties, bars and shops, we give you some inside information. 24 Stars beneath the Stars – retrospective of 9 years and new programme of this year’s seasonal events in our hotels 28 Dubrovnik Summer Festival – programme and list of cultural events in Dubrovnik during the summer 30 Events in Dubrovnik – calendar of events in Dubrovnik throughout the year 32 Gastronomy – discover ALH‘s gastronomic offer 38 Adriatic Luxury Hotels – our hotel collection

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New Thai Restaurant in Dubrovnik Hotel Excelsior

many flavours. It incorporates the spiciness of Szechuan cookery, the creamy coconut bases of Southern India and the vast array of spices for which the region is known for.

What do authentic Thai fusion cuisine and 100 years of serving 5-star food and service in the same location have in common? Thai Restaurant, of course! Thai cuisine is one of the most popular in the world. Thai food is not only delicious; it is also noted for being healthy. Thai cuisine is a unique blend of South East Asia's

Visit our Thai Restaurant, and enjoy some of our splendid Thai cuisine, created by our dedicated team of chefs, who prepare each meal individually from fresh ingredients. Whether you are mad for spices or just like to keep it plain and simple, our Thai restaurant offers something for every taste. The restaurant, located at the zero level near Abakus bar, offers a unique menu based on traditional and innovative Thai techniques and flavourful ingredients. The menu features dishes that combine tradition with innovation, set up to

encourage Thai-style dining with groups of people sharing a series of dishes over the course of the meal. The intention is to create a lively and fun atmosphere where guests are encouraged to sample a wide variety of new dishes and old favourites made from high quality local ingredients. During the spring and summer months, the guests have the opportunity to savour Thai dishes on the restaurant’s outdoor terrace, while at the same time soaking up the sunrays and enjoying exquisite views of the island of Lokrum and the Dubrovnik Old Town. The restaurant design features an interpretation of traditional Thai style. Expect copious herbs and lightly cooked vegetables. This will be an opportunity to introduce people in Dubrovnik to a cuisine

that hasn’t really been available in this region - not only the style, but the actual food itself. From tangy salads, to rich, hearty soups and delectable curries, guests can enjoy some of most exotically spicy and delicious Thai meals, fused with Mediterranean cuisine and local flavours. The new Thai Restaurant at Hotel Excelsior could be soon Dubrovnik's best restaurant to visit. The dishes are tender and rich, bursting with savoury, daring flavours, fresh, vibrant ingredients, impressive balance, and innovative dishes that cannot be found on every Thai menu. There's nothing like a little Thai coffee on the terrace of Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik and a view of the Old Town of Dubrovnik.

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace - Luxury Reimagined colours, wooden surfaces and sleek new furnishings. The guiding principle for the concept of decorating and laying out the new rooms was to leave as much as open space as possible, thus increasing its functionality and aesthetic quality. At the same time built-in furniture, unobtrusive to the guest’s eye, provides everything they need at their fingertips. The whole design and the use of a contemporary colour palette were inspired by the concept of luminous and airy tones. The renovation included also a creative approach to lighting and soft materials, targeted functional and modern bathroom renovation with an emphasis on mirrors, thus reflecting the brightness of the space.

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace is located on the beautiful Lapad peninsula with a unique view of the Elafiti Islands. Isolated from the rush and noise of town, sheltered between the sea and pine woods, this property is ideal for guests who seek privacy and relaxation. This 5 star hotel recently experienced an ambitious leap into the future with a large-scale transformation from classic to modern. In April, 2014 a renovation of 271 rooms and 33 suites was completed— the most ambitious décor and amenities upgrade since the hotel opened its doors in 2004. From the first planning session to the installation of the designer wallpaper, the renovation was driven by the vision, talent, and dedication of the

entire corporate staff merged with the architectural project designers and professional associates. The ALH group joined forces with one of the leading Croatian hotel design companies, to lay the blueprint for the renovation, which brought the hotel’s décor in line with industry standards while addressing the hotel’s Palace unique position and status as the gateway for many distinguished guests, business executives, government officials and VIP’s. The hotel also partnered with leading hospitality brands whose products are featured throughout the new rooms. Combining modern design, comfort, and convenience, the new rooms boast spacious design with matching light

Of course an upgrade in technology with minimal disruption of the room space provides comfort and luxury to fit the demands of our guests. The entire wall behind each bed is covered with custom made wallpapers uniquely designed for hotel Dubrovnik Palace rooms, which reflect stylish Mediterranean motifs, giving the entire room the perfect match of luxury and spaciousness. The artfully scaled, custom designed furniture is made of elm wood and is proudly presented as a Croatian product. New furniture creates elegance and sophistication through the rich use of wood and natural materials, soft tones, curtains and fabrics that have been used to ensure a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, which emphasize the fantastic views of the Elafiti Islands. Colours of the materials

and furniture change depending on the type of room, so fabrics, curtains and carpets create a colour palette that dominates the room and changes with the types of the rooms. The walls and ceilings are darker, and calmer in order to emphasize the structure and nobility of natural elm wood combined with white surfaces of the tailor made furniture. Blue chairs and plush warm beige carpet highlight the openness of the room. Custom lighting includes ceiling mounted fixtures with bordered low ceilings and built in lights, adjustable hinged side table lamps with luxury black bases and builtin power panels. On the windows, gently coloured curtains with sheer draperies offer privacy and provide a rich counterpoint to bold graphic print wallpapers. Given this, guests have the greatest value and standard of service in the most luxurious surrounding. The flow of the sleek design, earthy colours and the balcony in every room and suite with the view of the Adriatic Sea and Elafiti Islands, remind guests of the Palace’s special location and its impeccable service. From the new exclusive and amenityladen accommodation at hotel Dubrovnik Palace, to the stunning view from the Sunset bar on the 10th floor, and the array of different dining options, the newly renovated Hotel Dubrovnik Palace is something to behold, enjoy and embrace.

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Dubrovnik ‒ a Mediterranean Treasure

Did you know? Richard the Lionheart, King of England, came to Dubrovnik in the autumn of 1192, on his return from the crusades. He took shelter from a storm on the island of Lokrum.

In 1296 the Dubrovnik Republic built a sewage system which is still in use.

The pharmacy in the Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik has been operating continuously since 1317.

The first quarantine in the world was established in Dubrovnik in 1377. Travellers arriving from areas infected with contagious disease were separated and held in the quarantine until they were proven to be healthy.

Dubrovnik passed a resolution abolishing slavery and forbidding the transport of slaves on 27 January 1416, making it the first state in Europe to abolish slavery.

The Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik is more than a city. A perfect combination of past, present and future, of culture, heritage and natural beauty, it offers a unique experience and unforgettable holidays. No wonder it has become the latest must-see Mediterranean destination. At the southern tip of Croatia’s long coastline, Dubrovnik has long been known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, but it is in fact one of the great sights of the Mediterranean, rightly designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The enchantment starts with the panoramic view of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, glimpsed first from the winding road that brings you to town from the airport. Rare are the cities that can boast a comparable location, or such well preserved medieval walls.

In addition to its natural beauty and rich history, Dubrovnik’s cultural events and diverse programme of attractions and activities in all seasons, make Dubrovnik the perfect destination for sightseeing, sport, cultural events or simply relaxing in a beautiful Mediterranean setting.

These ancient fortifications were built with good reason -- conquerors have always been attracted to Dubrovnik’s beauty and wealth, even as recently as the last decade of the 20th century. But now Dubrovnik’s walls teem not with soldiers, but tourists and open-air theatre performers. Half a million people visit the city every year, to experience its fascinating historic attractions. Dubrovnik is itself a living museum, a treasure trove of Baroque, Renaissance and medieval churches and palaces.

For many centuries Dubrovnik was an independent Republic, a proud cultural centre and an important Mediterranean trading power. Although no longer politically independent, it remains a centre of culture and tourism-- a city of museums and galleries, famous for its annual Summer Festival, an international celebration of outstanding music and theatre. Add to all this the seductive charm of a balmy Mediterranean climate and coastal scenery of incomparable beauty, and you have a powerful magnet for international tourism.

The people of Dubrovnik are immensely proud of their city. They love their beautiful coastline, the sparkling emerald and sapphire hues of the clear sea as it crashes against the rocks of countless bays and coves, and the cliffs of lush subtropical vegetation. And they love the warm southern climate. With more than 250 days of sunshine a year, Dubrovnik sunbathes even in winter, when the

orange and lemon trees are filled with fruit. The average temperature is 10°C in winter and around 26°C in summer. Dubrovnik’s long history of renowned visitors starts with Richard the Lionheart, crusader king of England, whom legend claims visited here in the 12th century. The city’s guest book includes royalty, statesmen, athletes, actors, artists, and musicians of every nation. Edward and Mrs. Simpson, Queen Elizabeth II, King Olaf, Margaret Thatcher, Edward Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Michael Douglas and Catharine Zeta Jones, Richard Gere, Nick Nolte and Tom Cruise are just some of the great names who have walked the shining marble stones of the Old Town Stradun. Many celebrities anchor their luxury yachts just outside the Old Town, in front of the island of Lokrum. Roman Abramović, Paul Getty, Bill Gates, Caroline of Monaco, the King of Jordan and the Sultan of Oman are among those who value the privacy of their floating palaces. Oligarchs and humble backpackers alike succumb to the seductive beauty of Dubrovnik.

The orphanage founded at the Convent of St. Claire in 1432 was one of the first in the world.

When the Minčeta Tower was built in 1464, the builders did not have enough stones to complete the building. Everyone arriving from Gruž or Ploče was required to bring with them the heaviest stone they could carry to contribute to the project.

Trsteno arboretum near Dubrovnik was founded in the 15th century and is the oldest arboretum in the world. Some of the plane trees are almost 400 years old.

The Dubrovnik maritime insurance law (“Ordo super assecuratoribus”, 1568) is the oldest such law in the world.

Dubrovnik’s navy in the 16th century consisted of 40,000 sailors and more than 180 large ships, and was one of the most powerful in the Mediterranean.

Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” and “The Taming of the Shrew” mention the term “argosy,” meaning “a boat from Dubrovnik.”

The Dubrovnik Republic was one of the first countries in the world to recognise the newly independent United States of America, in 1776.

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Dubrovnik’s Sights



The unadorned simplicity of this Gothic-Renaissance palace may seem too modest for the affluence of the Dubrovnik Republic, but restraint was the style of those times, and this splendid building has survived explosions and earthquakes throughout the years. The Rector of Dubrovnik lived in this palace during

his one-month rule, separated from his family, and was only allowed to leave the building for official business. The atrium is a harmonious space, with Corinthian columns, galleries, a beautiful Baroque staircase and outstanding acoustics. It is often used for chamber music concerts.


Dubrovnik’s most celebrated landmark is its city walls, a 1,940m stone curtain surrounding the old city. Much more than a simple wall, the strongest and most beautiful city fortification complex on the Mediterranean includes towers, bastions, castles and fortresses. The outer dimensions have remained

the same since the 14th century, but the structures themselves took shape gradually during the golden age of Dubrovnik - from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the great earthquake of 1667. Walking the ramparts is a magnificent introductory tour of the city.


Although its official name is Placa, everyone knows the main street of the Old Town as Stradun, the favourite promenade of every Dubrovnik resident and visitor. Rebuilt after the earthquake of 1667, it is a broad axis of graceful and harmonious stone buildings, impressive in their simple dignity. After the disaster, the devastated city needed to secure its defence quickly

and ensure that life in the city would continue. Thus all the houses along the Stradun were rebuilt according to designs approved by the Senate of the Republic. Buildings along the Stradun were all rebuilt to a uniform height, with nearly identical facades, and similar layout, with shops on the ground floor, as trade was a top priority of the Republic of Dubrovnik.


All trade routes of the Dubrovnik Republic led to this building, one of the loveliest palaces in the city. Constructed in a blend of late Gothic and Renaissance styles according to the designs of Paskoje Miličević, the palace successfully combines many styles and gives us a glimpse of the richness of the lavish palaces that stood in Dubrovnik before the 1667 earthquake. The arcaded courtyard was a lively trading centre and meeting place. One wing of the building housed the state mint, which was founded in the

14th century and operated within the Sponza Palace until the fall of the Republic. Today the palace is the seat of the Dubrovnik archive, which safeguards the city’s oldest documents and invaluable historical materials. The square in front of the Sponza Palace is the site of the opening ceremony of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival each year; from the palace’s beautiful piano nobile terrace, actors dressed in costumes of Dubrovnik’s rector and noblemen evoke the spirit and noble traditions of the Dubrovnik Republic.

Perched on a cliff 37m above the sea, this fortress was built in the 16th century to protect the city from Venetian attack. On the fortress’ walls an historic inscription can still be read: Non bene pro toto

libertas venditur auro. Freedom cannot be sold for gold. The fortress is often used as a performance stage during the Summer Festival, and makes a magnificent setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet.



On the main square, between the Sponza Palace and Church of St. Blaise, stands a 15th century stone column with a sculpture of a warrior. The sculpture represents the knight Roland, who allegedly saved Dubrovnik from the Saracens and was deeply revered during the Dubrovnik Republic. The white flag of the Republic was always flown proudly here.


This church is a symbol of the city of Dubrovnik and its protector and patron saint. It stands at the centre of the Old Town. Each year the city

celebrates St. Blaise’s Day on February 3, in festivities attended by the citizens of Dubrovnik and visitors from many cities across Europe.


Heritage Gallery is a unique place in Dubrovnik, inspired by rich cultural and historical heritage of both Dubrovnik and Croatia. It is decorated in the spirit of old Dubrovnik parlour and it is paved with ancient rectangular red and white stone panels used at the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. The assortment comprises a wide array of works of art, antiques, unique ceramics, authentic replicas and usable items from the rich Croatian history since the Age of Antiquity until the present day. All products are hand-made in collaboration with Croatian artists, craftsmen, archaeologists and scientist, as well as museums and conservation institutes. They have been made in a traditional way as unique items or in very small series. Feel free to visit us! We shall be delighted to share with you a part of Croatian history. Products of Rogaška Crystal can be bought exclusively in the Heritage Gallery.

Dominating the city, and defying all enemies, this beautiful fortress is a symbol of Dubrovnik’s freedom. A smaller rectangular tower on this site dates from the 14th century, while the monumental round tower we know today was designed by the

Florentine Renaissance architect Michelozzo Michelozzi and the Croatian Juraj Dalmatinac, and was completed in 1464. From the top of Minčeta tower, you can enjoy a stunning view of the town and surrounding areas.

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Dubrovnik Tips Walking the walls and enjoying the beach is always fun, but for a happening holiday packed with the best parties, bars and shops, you need some inside information.


BRING HOME SOMETHING SPECIAL Maria Concept Store Find the latest, most chic offerings from eminent fashion houses such as Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Celine, Burberry Prorsum, Jil Sander, Stella McCartney, Marni, Tom Binns, Alexander Wang, Acne, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, and more, at the Maria Concept store. The architecture itself is worth a visit! The store is located in a palace from the early Gothic period, while the boutique’s interior design, by Italian architect Marco Boneli, strikes a chord of perfect harmony with a lofty aesthetic of the architectural setting. In other words, don’t forget to look around while you shop. Special offer: All ALH guests enjoy a special welcome drink, private shopping (please reserve in advance), personal shopping advice and free delivery of purchases to the hotel.

Taste the Mediterranean – chocolate as a souvenir White chocolate with lavender or dried figs? Rich dark chocolate with fleur de sel or orange zest? Taste them all! At the Excelsior, be sure to try the truffle selection specially created for ALH hotels using the best Mediterranean flavours. Inside tip: Savour exotic chocolates with a coffee at the piano bar or purchase a selection at the front desk.

Old Is New Again – Dubrovnik's Traditional Jewellery The goldsmith’s craft is one of the oldest and best-known arts in Dubrovnik. Flourishing in the 14th and 15th centuries, goldsmiths created the favourite adornments of Dubrovnik noblewomen with special care, skill and artistry.

Jewellery was also an integral part of local folk costumes and played an important part in local family rituals as girls received earrings at baptism and at other important stages in their lives. It was traditionally around Zlatarska ulica (Goldsmiths’ Street) that the main jewellery workshops were to be found, although these days they are more randomly scattered throughout the Old Town. Inside tip: Gold or silver filigree, rečini (earrings), puce (decorative buttons) or red coral necklaces with gold-plated balls, make unique souvenirs that last a lifetime. Their timeless designs have been worn by dignitaries and celebrities such as Queen Rania of Jordan and actress Gillian Anderson.

Palace and Cathedral. Enjoy the smell of fresh local produce, listen to locals bargain and, perhaps, get a great bargain yourself, but head there early as the market closes up at noon. Inside tip: Mantala – a traditional local sweet created from grape pulp leftover in wine production is a must try!

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Pjaca Dubrovnik Green Market There has been much written about the Mediterranean diet extolling the benefits for the health and longevity of residents of the region. Certainly enjoy local cuisine while you are here. In addition to diverse offerings from local restaurants, take home some of Dubrovnik’s famous delicacies such as kotonjata (quince jelly), arancini (candied orange peel), caramelized almonds and dried figs. Taste seasonal cheese, olives, honey and Mediterranean spices or home-made fruit and flower liqueurs and brandies with herbs, all of which can be safely packed for your journey home. If you choose hand-made, coldpressed soaps made exclusively of natural ingredients such as olive, palmand almond oil, goat milk, essential oils, lavender or crushed almonds, they will give you the pleasure of natural care long after your vacation is over. One of the best places to pick up these natural souvenirs is the daily outdoor market on Gundulić square. The oldest market in Dubrovnik, set up in 1892, is located in the prominent, baroque square not far from the Rector's

Heritage Gallery If you wish to feel the spirit of old Dubrovnik combined with modern art, certainly visit the Heritage Gallery. The vast collection of contemporary art, paintings, sculptures, unique ceramics, jewellery, and antiques will make your visit unforgettable. This year the Gallery is the coorganiser of a great retrospective exhibition of the world renowned artist Jože Ciuha at the Museum of Modern Art in Dubrovnik. All artworks including those by Jože Ciuha can be exclusively purchased in the Gallery. Special offer: All ALH guests can enjoy a private viewing and purchase, rich literature about the artist, expert advice prior to purchase and shuttle service from your hotel to the Gallery. Please reserve in advance.

Find Time in a Timeless City Ever since the 17th century, the wristwatch has been a reflection of one’s personal style and identity. Choose the right one for you from extensive collection of watches at Borza group - premier retailer of luxury brands in Dubrovnik, located inside the city walls. Their summer favourites are: For ladies: Tag Heuer Formula 1 - Lady Steel and Ceramic watch. For gentlemen: Tag Heuer`s Carrera Calibre 1887

Dubrovnik Cable Car Ride up to the top of Mount Srđ and enjoy, without a doubt, the best view of the Old Town, the Adriatic Sea, and nearby islands, along with a coffee or cocktail. Up here, even the rainiest day makes inspiring scenery. 29.07.13 14:28

Inside tip: Wait a bit later in the day, and avoid the morning crowds.

Đurović Cave – Skycellar at Dubrovnik Airport This unique 5,000-year-old cave, located beneath the Dubrovnik Airport, features pottery remains dating from the Iron Age. Discover its history with the help of an expert audio guide. Don’t miss the Republic of Dubrovnik Hall, with its treasury of beautiful natural underground limestone formations. Inside tip: At the end of your underground adventure, treat yourself to a taste of the region’s best wines. Skycellar collects the best local wines from the Konavle area, available for tasting and purchase along with authentic souvenirs.

Blue Planet Diving Centre Leave your everyday life for a moment and dive into another world that will change your senses forever! Underwater walls, shipwrecks, reefs and rare red corrals – explore them with professional equipment and experienced instructors. This PADI certified diving centre offers scuba diving and advanced diving courses for all ages, instructor courses, offshore and night dives, equipment rental and much more. It is located at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace. Inside tip: check out their underwater photography collection and take some photos of your own as a souvenir.


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COLLECT MEMORIES Dubrovnik Summer Festival – The Opening Night Each year, July 10th officially marks the beginning of true summer in Dubrovnik. In addition to the extensive festival programme, don’t miss the legendary opening fireworks, as they light up the old town harbour. Inside tip: Hotel Excelsior’s Palm Terrace makes a prime location to enjoy the fireworks. Check out the special evening program on pages 28 and 29.

Customized Excursions with Adriatic Luxury Services Find out for yourself why Croatia is renowned for its spectacular scenery, rich cultural heritage and wonderful cuisine. There is no better way to discover the country than on a trip custom-made for you by Adriatic Luxury Services. Instead of the hassle of a coach tour, let the experts put together your perfect itinerary – a sailing trip along the coast, with stops in small fairy tale fishing villages; horseback riding through Konavle vineyards; or perhaps a private guided tour of the Old Town. Discover the possibilities at the ALS information stands at any Adriatic Luxury Hotel.

Meet at Sunset Adjacent to the hotel reception at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace is the Sunset Lounge, with a panoramic view like no other. Arrive just before sunset and take a seat for the daily spectacle for which Dubrovnik is famed. As day turns to night and the sky glows burnt orange, settle back in your armchair, enjoy a cocktail from the comprehensive drinks menu and admire the huge painting by Croatia’s best-known artist, Eduardo Murtić, while a pianist plays gently in the background.

Best view of the City stage In 1385 Dubrovnik joined the citystates of the Italian Peninsula, France and England whose public clocks were calibrated to chime the exact time. Starting in 1444, the clock enjoyed a new location – newly built bell tower on central axis of the main city promenade. At the top of the tower, bronze figures (known locally as Maro and Baro) strike the bell with hammers on the hour and half-hour., From their enviable 31 meter-high position, they have overseen the city as time and life unfolded in the very heart of Dubrovnik. Their chimes, resounding with pride, also used to convoke the Republic’s Council session or warn in cases of danger. Distinctive and familiar, they still chime today with the only difference being the green patina acquired over time, which gave them the well-known nickname 'Zelenci' (Green guys). Sending hundreds of pigeons soaring in the air with each blow, they are a constant reminder of a glorious past that everyone in Dubrovnik feels proud to be a part of. Tip: once the exclusive domain of the diligent workmen who maintained its clock mechanism, the city bell tower has recently opened to the public. Climb up, witness its past and share a “selfie” with Dubrovnik’s main promenade and red-tiled roofs as a backdrop.



Blaise of Glory

The deep connection between St. Blaise and the tradition and lives of the people of Dubrovnik is shown by the number of times he appears in reliefs and sculptures around the city. No matter from which side you approach the Old Town of Dubrovnik, you will inevitably come upon his dominant figure holding a miniature version of the city in his hands. Saint Blaise has watched over Dubrovnik for more than a millennium. His festivity is celebrated on February 3, a date which was, and remains the most festive and important day in Dubrovnik’s longstanding history. More than just the patron-saint of Dubrovnik, St. Blaise has become a reminder of the town’s tradition and culture, a confirmation of the existence of the ancient city, a symbol of the independence of the Dubrovnik Republic and its turbulent history, a spiritual and religious unification of the town and the countryside into one inseparable whole. The deep connection between St. Blaise and the tradition and lives of the people of Dubrovnik is shown by the number of times he appears in reliefs and sculptures around

The historical figure of Blasius was a physician, and bishop of Sebastia in Cappadocia (Turkey) who, according to legend, saved a child when a fish bone got stuck in his throat, with nothing but a sign of the cross on his forehead and a prayer. In his prayer, he said: "This is my prayer, which should not be only to the benefit of this child, but also to all who would ask you, dear God, in my name, to cure them of diseases of the throat. Help them and every human being."

allegedly he saved the Dubrovnik Republic from an attack by their rivals, the Venetians. The chroniclers record that Venetians anchored their ships in Gruž harbour and in front of the Island of Lokrum, under the pretence that they would sail for the Levant after they supplied themselves with food and drink. Instead, the visitors used the opportunity to see the sights and observe the weaknesses in the city’s defence. However, St. Blaise appeared to the town rector in a dream and warned him about the night attack. Preserving their independence, people proclaimed St. Blaise as the patron of Dubrovnik, erected a church in his name and placed his image on their flag.

Citizens of Dubrovnik have celebrated St. Blaise as their patron since the year 972 AD, when

The festival of St. Blaise became a reminder of freedom. Interestingly, in the time of the

the city. No matter from which side you approach the Old Town of Dubrovnik, you will inevitably come upon his dominant figure holding a miniature version of the city in his hands.

Dubrovnik Republic, seven days before the ceremony, criminals were temporarily set free from prison, and all of those who had been banished forever from Dubrovnik Republic were granted permission to return only during the celebration time. Since the 15th century, the opening of the Celebration has begun on Candlemass, February 2, on The Holiday of Light in Dubrovnik called 'Kandelora'. The celebration officially begins at 3:30 in the afternoon when, with the clamour of all the bells in the city, the Rector of St. Blaise’s church releases a flock of white doves - symbolizing freedom and peace - the jewels which Dubrovnik Republic cherished and preserved for centuries. The Rector reads the greetings sent by Dubrovnik’s sailors from all over


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Old Town

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Procession of relics

The shots of Dubrovnik fusiliers (Trombunjeri)

the world and the saint’s white flag is raised on Orlando's Column - yet another tradition rooted in the past times when Dubrovnik trading vessels sailed under St. Blaise’s flag and protection. This is followed by the "Laus" (well-wishing prayer) and girls in traditional costumes offer the fruits of the land, which symbolize the I2 months in yet another year of abundance. In the early afternoon, delegations from every parish in the region gather to pay their respects and salute with their banners in front of the church of St. Blaise. At the foot of the stairs, the group leader steps forward to salute Saint Blaise with his banner, up and down, then in three full circles clockwise and thrice more in the opposite direction. Some tall young heroes wield their heavy banners with tremendous panache, clearing the air like hammer throwers. Others struggle, but applause greets every performance. The whole ceremony is overseen by “festanjuli” (feast hosts). They are honourable guardians of law and custom specially chosen each year to organise the festivities in full detail. Dressed in black hats, white gloves and scarves, festanjuli inspire awe, in keeping with the tradition and dignity of the celebration of the patron saint. One always comes from the ranks of craftsmen and traders and one from seafarers, the two areas which contributed to the glory and riches of the Republic. The celebration itself reaches its climax the next morning, on February 3rd, with a solemn outdoor mass. The mass is followed by a procession of relics carried by the church clergy through the streets of the Old Town. The whole ceremony is almost mystical - the resounding of the

rhymes of the Saint's hymn, mingle with the scent of laurel and candles. The streets are full to bursting; groups are standing in the Stradun, waiting behind their parishes’ standard bearers, chatting among themselves, exchanging jokes. Many are dressed in traditional costumes, worn with pride by pilgrims of all ages: beautiful brocaded bodices, red and gilt caps, ballooning dark blue pantaloons and brilliant silk sashes for the men, heavy black skirts on the women. The older women wear starched white linen headdresses, the girls red caps or garlands of flowers. Other groups are in military uniform, carrying an assortment of weaponry, from antique crossbows and blunderbusses to serious modern hardware. Against a background of hymn singing, the groups process the street towards the elegant 18th century façade of St. Blaise’s church. The next part of the procession is “grličanje“ as all the people are called inside the church. At this ritual, the Rector places two crossed candles around the neck of the believer and gives his blessing with a sign of the cross. “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, may God relieve you of ailments of the throat and other evils. Amen.” It is believed that in this way with the provision of St. Blaise, God will protect ones’ throat from disease. By midday the first passage through the church is complete and the trumpets echo once more in a long salute until the next year. The festivity of Saint Blaise, patron of Dubrovnik is an exceptional example of intangible cultural heritage, recognized and protected by UNESCO, which has maintained its traditional and distinctive qualities and excellence of expression for over a thousand years.



MODERN ART IN OLD DUBROVNIK The Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (also known as the Dubrovnik Art Gallery) was established as a collection of national art in 1945. Today it prides itself on its enviable collection of about 2500 works dating back to the late 19th century. The concept of the Gallery emphasizes that all things referring to the contemporary moment of Croatian and international art need to be adjusted and harmonised with each other, showing an interaction between the present and the past, and local, national and international locations.

If you ever find yourself taking an easy stroll along the seaside from the Ploče gate of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, passing by the famous Banje beach, and up Frana Supila street, right below the Hotel Excelsior, be sure to peek through the dark green wooden gates framed by a large stone wall on your left. When you enter through the gates you will find yourself in another world – a world of art and culture. Immediately upon your arrival, the spacious atrium offers you an expansive view of this grand stone architecture – a tall cubelike shape whose volume is skirted by balconies and spacious terraces on several floors, staircases leading to the upper levels of the building, lush gardens and sculptures scattered around the property. THE HISTORY The building which today houses the Dubrovnik Art Gallery was originally owned by the Dubrovnik ship-owner – Božo Banac who hired well-known Croatian architects Lavoslav Horvat and Harold Bilinić to build him a summer residence which would represent art, culture and luxury. The two architects were associates of sculptor Ivan Meštrović whose style of classicism with symmetrical, monumental colonnades and staircases can be felt even here. The villa was built from 1935 to 1939 in a neo-Renaissance-cum-Gothic style, along the lines of masterpieces of Dubrovnik urban and villa Renaissance architecture (the Rector's Palace, the Divona/Sponza, the Sorkočević Villa and others). Shortly after it was completed, the villa was nationalized by the government of that time, and the Banac family had use of it for less than a year.

Through the construction works, nine exhibition rooms were created, along with two store rooms and some smaller working areas. Together with the large terraces overlooking the sea and garden, the Museum has 900 square metres of indoor and over 1100 square metres of outdoor exhibition space. INFLUENCE OF ART STYLES The luxury of the Gallery can be felt on every floor – the ground floor is nestled around a colossal atrium, with a staircase that leads to the luxurious rooms on the upper floors of the villa. One cannot help but notice a pattern of pure forms and their proportional relationships that represent the main features of the villa’s design. Cleverly introduced into the space, the soft dispersion of light can be seen on the white spirals of the staircase vaults flowing gently with the delicate sculptural forms which were the work of either Arp or Brancusi. The spacious façade on the upper floor opens onto a large trifora leading to one of the terraces. Here, a stunning view opens,– as if the Old City of Dubrovnik, the island of Lokrum and Adriatic Sea were in the palm of your hand. And when you look at the sculptures on this terrace, there is something about the way the sun, the mist of the shimmering sea and the panoramic view make this open air gallery a spectacle that every visitor can enjoy. The Galley itself reflects various art styles and influences; a GothicRenaissance style with a modernist purist take on the decorative columns and capitals; local influences shown in the composition of the central salon and the adjacent smaller salons. On the

other hand, the terraces of the Banac summer villa can also be seen as a legacy of the Renaissance architecture of Dubrovnik area, where terraces and gardens connected the summer houses with their natural surroundings. The aspiration of the artists was to shape spaces which would reflect a place of healthy living, full of light and air. FAMOUS WORKS & EXHIBITIONS The Museum prides itself on its collection of some of the most famous Croatian modern artists: Marko Rašica, Ivan Ettore and Đuro Pulitika (a donation of 76 pieces), Gabro Rajčević, Vlaho Bukovac, Mate Celestina Medović, Ignjat Job, Ljubo Babić, Marino Tartaglia, Oskar Herman, Miroslav Kraljević, Vladimir Becić and many others. In the contemporary art collection you can see paintings of Ivo Dulčić, Antun Masle and Đuro Pulitika, Josip Trostman, Josip Vaništa,; as well as oils on canvas by Oton Gliha, Fran Šimunović, Edo Murtić, Miljenko Stančić, and others.

There are also exhibits from the sculptors from the second half of the 20th century such as Ivan Kožarić, Dušan Džamonja, Vanja Radauš and others. Such aspirations led to the idea of working together with curators with major world reputations, who through their knowledge, influence and commitment, are capable of bringing the world to Dubrovnik, and sending Dubrovnik out to the world. Thus, during 2002 and 2003, in collaboration with a curator of the Pompidou Centre in Paris and a director of the Rotterdam Witte de With Museum, the Gallery worked out an exhibition called Dubrovnik – Here and Elsewhere / Dubrovnik – ici et allieurs. In 2003, the Gallery mounted a major exhibition of works from the Thyssen Bornemisza contemporary art collection, which was given the title “Brightness”. This show presented works by some of the most important artists of the present time. Interestingly, in the summer of 2008,


The whole concept of the design relies on light since, in the past, light was one of the main elements that dictated the organization of life in the house. an exhibition of Pablo Picasso's prints was held at the Museum, while in the summer of 2010 a show of Alberto Giacometti's sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings were exhibited. The Museum is also in the process of enhancing its collection with the works of international artists, such as the contemporary Belgian multimedia artist Jan Fabre, who in 2006 donated three works to the Museum of Modern Art, Dubrovnik. Thanks to its history, its capacities, its one-of-a-kind structure and beauty, as well as its status as a world destination, not for holidaymakers alone, Dubrovnik deserves to be promoted as an art centre that goes far beyond the local context. Thus, we can say that the Museum of Modern Art represents one of the major cultural institutions in Dubrovnik which houses the most valuable art collection that one

can find here. It captures a glimpse of how the lives of local artists bled into each other as they strove to inspire each other, and by association, the generations that followed. “Bearing in mind the givens as they exist, this kind of conception seems completely natural. The Museum states that whatever is involved, whatever personality, age, style, or medium, their aim is to maintain a high level of quality in the art material and its presentation. The Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik as a museum of modern and contemporary art simply has to be a model for the presentation of art, a model and parameter of value.” Taken from Working hours: Daily from 09.00 am 8.00 pm. Closed on Monday.


Gallery Dulčić Masle Pulitika

- Damir STOJNIĆ: 15 April, 2014; 3rd floor - Boris BUĆAN: 15 May – 25 June, 2014 - Jože CIUHA: 3 July – 5 August, 2014 - Damir FABIJANIĆ: 10 August – 30 September, 2014 - Miroslav KRALJEVIĆ: 11 December, 2014 – 8 February, 2015

- Fadil VEJZOVIĆ: starting 9 July, 2014 - Pero ŠANTIĆ: November 2014 and in atelier Pulitika



Tired of the dusty sightseeing trail? Hop on a ferry and swap urban Dubrovnik for the simple life of the Elafiti Islands.


TIP : If you want to feel the true magic of the Elafiti islands and have a fantastic get away from your room, we recommend you to visit our ALS desk at the reception and book “Three island cruise” excursion of the Elafiti islands.

The legend of the Elafiti islands is hidden in its name; it was introduced by Pliny the Elder in the 1st century and derives from the Ancient Greek word 'Elaphos' which means ”deer” – an animal that the Greeks used to hunt on the islands.

With 1,185 to choose from it can be difficult to decide which Croatian islands to visit. From Dubrovnik the choice is easy, with the lovely necklace of the Elafiti Islands beckoning just a short boat ride from the city. Each island has its own character and charm, but the Elafiti are united in their beauty and the escape they offer from the bustle of life in the fashionable resort city. From the tiny island of Daksa, less than 1km from the port of Dubrovnik, the small archipelago extends north towards the Pelješac Peninsula, a rugged promontory renowned for its excellent wine. The Elafiti were once part of the powerful Republic of Ragusa (the old name for Dubrovnik), which held sway over a vast area of the Adriatic from the mighty walls of Ston in the north to present-day Montenegro in the south. In their heyday the islands were busy trading hubs, but their prosperity and importance fell away when Napoleon took control of the Republic. The islands sank into a state of slumber that today’s visitors find blissfully relaxing. Only Koločep (Kalamota), Lopud and Šipan are inhabited, and they have yet to feel the impact of noticeable tourist development. For all but the most determined escapists, these three islands are the most rewarding to visit as they have a sprinkling of facilities, including seasonal summer restaurants offering fresher than fresh local seafood.

After Dubrovnik’s rich diet of history and culture the Elafiti don’t ask us to engage the brain. Even the most dedicated sightseers soon slip into the lotus-eating way of life, where the simple pleasures take over. Stroll along the island footpaths, enjoying the scents of rosemary and sage; take a dip in some of the cleanest seawater in Europe. And that’s about it. The Elafiti are more or less car-free. You won't even need a bicycle, as the islands are small enough to explore on foot. Koločep, Lopud and Šipan are all connected to Dubrovnik by ferry and tour boats, but they remain off the main tourist circuit and rarely seem busy. And when the last ferry of the day leaves, the islands slip back from their diurnal state of sleepy enchantment, to sleep.

KOLOČEP (Kalamota) The smallest of the inhabited Elafiti islands and the closest to Dubrovnik has a population of around 160 and a surface area of only 2.6 sq km. It was once favoured by Dubrovnik's aristocracy, who had their weekend retreats here. There are two small villages connected by a short walking trail: Donje Čelo, where the ferry comes in, and Gornje Čelo. Donje Čelo's old stone houses nestle around a sandy beach, much appreciated by the citizens of Dubrovnik. From Gornje Čelo you can branch out on the paths that meander off into the patchy pine forest that covers the rest

of the island. Koločep is popular with divers as there is a coral reef offshore, but you won’t find any shops or hire outlets, so bring your own diving gear. Clothing is optional in the more secluded bathing places.

LOPUD Its current population of around 250 may only be a fraction of what it once was when it was the seat of Ragusa's power on the islands, but Lopud still boasts reminders of its grand past, including two ruined forts that gaze sternly out over the Adriatic. The village of Lopud overlooks an attractive beach and has a number of fine houses built for the island’s wealthy ship owners. In its heyday there were more than 20 churches on the island, but traces of only a few remain. You can still visit the old Franciscan monastery, which overlooks the bay where the ferry comes in. Its church, Our Lady of the Cave, has interesting altar paintings that depict both religious and pastoral themes. Lopud's other big attraction is the palatial home of Miho Pracat, the archipelago’s most famous son. The commercial activities of this powerful 16th century shipping magnate helped to swell the Republic’s coffers, as well as his own, earning him the honour of a commemorative bust in the atrium of the Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik. If there are doubts about the exact source of Pracat’s initial wealth - some

say he robbed the Cathedral treasury - don't mention a word of it on the Elafiti. Recalling the days when Pracat's ships brought home exotic bounty from their voyages, the surrounding park has an interesting collection of flora, with bamboo and cacti joining Lopud's more familiar décor of palm trees and pines. It is worth continuing up the hill to the fortress ruins that crown the heights of Lopud. The view out over the island and the Adriatic is as fine as any in the Elafiti. From the village a track cuts through palm groves between the island’s two landmark hills to emerge at Šunj, one of the best places with sandy beach to swim in the archipelago; there are two simple restaurants here in summer. As well as its pine-fringed beach, Šunj boasts a little church full of interesting works of art. The island's 11km coastline has many other sandy coves, offering the chance to get away from other people and relax in surroundings of perfect tranquillity.

ŠIPAN Hilly Šipan is the largest of the Elafiti and one of the least developed of all Croatia's inhabited islands. Ferries from Dubrovnik ease into Šipanska Luka, an attractive little palm-fringed village that basks idly in the Adriatic sun. There is little to see and do here beyond exploring among the old buildings and relaxing on the small sandy beach.


Even the most dedicated sightseers slip into the lotus eating way of life on the Elafiti Islands.

Crossing the island from Šipanska Luka to the still smaller village of Suđurađ is a delightful scenic ramble of some 7km through olive groves, vineyards and over the pine-clad hills of Šipan. Mini-buses sometimes run the route across the Šipanska valley and there are bicycles for hire in summer. In Suđurađ the crumbling former palace of 16th century Ragusan shipowner Vice Stjepović sports two towers that stand proudly among the ruins. Better preserved is another 16th century building, St Mary's Church, out on its own a few kilometres from the village. Like much of the Elafiti, it seems to be fighting a half-hearted battle against the encroaching vegetation. Each of the islands has something unique to offer visitors and it is worth investigating them all if you have time.

GETTING THERE Jadrolinija ferries run regularly from Dubrovnik's main port of Gruž to Koločep, Lopud and Šipan. It takes around 30 minutes to reach Koločep, 50 minutes to Lopud and 1 hour 30 minutes to get to Šipan. The frequency varies from one ferry a day during winter to four a day in summer. The exception is Sunday when the boat departures two times a day. There's also a daily car ferry from Dubrovnik to Suđurađ on Šipan island. In addition, the Nona Ana, fast passenger boat, runs from Dubrovnik to the Šipan island once a day seven days in the week.



CORALLIUM RUBRUM RED GOLD FROM THE ADRIATIC SEA Red coral is known as a traditional Mediterranean ornament. It is a natural gemstone - a symbol of vitality and a charm against evil spirits. However, its influence does not end there since red coral traces can be found all around the world. Throughout centuries there is a special link between beautiful naturally red coral and people. It served many purposes: as a gemstone, amulet, currency, ornament, medicament, fertilizer, etc. Coral was found 30 000 years ago in Paleolithic caves in Lausanne and in the jewels of a Sumerian queen 4000 years before Christ. Zarathustra gave it a symbolic status of pure magic with infinite powers in the protection against evil. The Romans used to put it around children’s neck for protection and around women’s for fertility. In Morocco some tribes used coral beads as currency until 1800. Red coral was an important trading good on the Silk Route and even Marco Polo spoke about coral jewels used by Mongolian and Tibetan women. But how is red coral formed? According to the ancient Greek legend, coral was formed from Medusa's

blood. When Perseus cut off Medusa's head, he sat on the sea-bank to wash his hands and laid down the sack containing Medusa's head next to him. The blood from the head dripped into the sea and was instantly transformed into what is now known as the red coral. Red coral was considered a mineral, a stone and a plant because of its shape. Even though the Neapolitan alchemist and astrologer Filippo Finella claimed that this stone or a plant was in fact an animal during the 17th, a French doctor Andre Peyssonnel was given merit hundred years later. Today we know red coral is in fact a polyp colony belonging to the genus Corallium. Red coral or Corallium Rubrum is limited to the Mediterranean sea. It can be found from the Adriatic and Aegean Sea in the east to the west coasts of Atlantic in Portugal and Canaries. Since the 1800s the center of coral in the world is Torre Del Greco in Italy. Dubrovnik

Republic played an important role in commercializing coral but the exclusive reign over the Adriatic Sea coral fishing had Dalmatian people from Island of Zlarin, with the fleet of 18 boats at the peak of red gold fever around 1900.

to 100 meters deep to find and hand pick hidden branches of precious red coral.

This sea creature made almost entirely from calcium carbonate grows at a depth of 50-200 m and at first it was collected using sea vessels made specifically for fishing coral. Coral fisherman used heavy wooden planks in form of St. Andrew's Cross, with nets hanging on the ends that were dragged along rocky bottom to capture the precious treasure. This method, also used in times of Dubrovnik Republic, was later abandoned since it damaged not only sea ecosystem as a whole, but the coral colonies as well.

Clara Stones, a jewellery brand founded 8 years ago by a CroatianItalian couple Anja and Vittorio, opened both gallery and coral workshop in the heart of Dubrovnik Old Town. They provide a unique coral experience by sharing with You the whole processing of coral – from a rough polyp to a beautiful one-ofa-kind piece displayed in the gallery. Clara Stones revitalized the Adriatic coral manufacture in Croatia under the mentorship of late Mr. Antonino De Simone, the owner of the oldest coral factory in the world founded almost 200 years ago.

The extraction of coral today is regulated by the government and is environmentally sustainable with a number of quotas per year and a limited number of valiant divers who go from 60

Red coral continues to fascinate with its beauty.



Clara Stones Jewellery Gallery and Workshop is a unique place in Dubrovnik founded by Anja and Vittorio and created for curious people with a sense of style. Clara Stones creates timeless and unique luxury jewellery, handmade of top quality coral, pearls and gemstones.

Clara Stones Jewellery Gallery and Workshop Nalješkovićeva 3, Dubrovnik (10th street to the right from Ploče Gate or 5th street to the left from Pile Gate) instagram @clarastonesdubrovnik Tel 0038520321140

Working hours Spring/Autumn 9.30-20.00 Summer 9.30-22.00

Coral Concept Store by Clara Stones Nalješkovićeva 8, Dubrovnik Coral Concept Store is a vision and the idea of not only wearing the coral as jewellery, but to live the coral. In 2013, Clara Stones launched first Coral Concept Store in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where you can find frames made of coral, pearls and gemstones, decorations for the house, antique reproductions of the old coral (stamp) portraits dating from 16th to 18th century, made in a parchment that gives it a unique and antique character, traditional jewellery, unique souvenirs with Adriatic coral and lavender, and many, many more.

CURIOSITIES • Other precious species of genus Corallium found around Japan, Taiwan and Hawaii are japonicum (moro, aka), elatius (cerasuolo-momo and satsuma), konojoi (bianco), secundum (Midway rosato), Garnet, Deep Sea.

• Since the ancient times coral was used as an alternative medicine and its beneficial properties are well known in many different cultures all over the world. It is considered to be a strong aphrodisiac and a medicine used in India and Pakistan

• After the discovery of Americas, Mediterranean coral was traded for gold with the Natives, who found it ideal to combine with turquoise.

• Nigeria is the place where the coral is mostly appreciated. In 1979 at his coronation the 38th emperor of Benin was wearing a costume of 51 kg of interwoven coral beads.




Fiat Balilla 508 Cabriolet and its proud owner Perica Deranja have been one of the main attractions in the city of Dubrovnik: the car from 1936, produced in the Torino factory with a chassis by Garavini, is today one of the ten remaining Balilla Cabriolets in the world, known to many as the Fiat Sporty Spider. Born in the village of Gruda, in the Konavle region near Dubrovnik, Mr. Deranja was an apprentice of the top car mechanic Mr. Tomo Kos from 1949 to 1952, when he completed his apprenticeship in car repair. During his life he worked in many car companies, both in Croatia and in Germany where he bought his first vehicle, an Opel Olympia. Mastering the art of Mercedes car service, he opened his first and only repair shop in Konavle, in 1958, and maintained it until 1962. In 1967 he opened the car repair shop “Deranja” in Dubrovnik which still operates today. Today, the business is run by his son,

FIAT Ballia 508 Cabriolet Year of manufacture: 1936 Chassis: Garavini (Torino) Engine: Line, 4 -cylinder Ccm: 995 Power: 24 hp Rear-wheel drive; Drum brakes on all wheels; Tyres: 125/16 " Firestone

the second generation to “buy into” the father’s passion for cars. Initially, the son didn’t have a great desire to continue the work of his father since he graduated from maritime school for mechanical engineers, but Mr. Deranja was steadfast in his intention to persuade his son to take over the business. And after much persuasion, he did and has been doing it exquisitely ever since. Mr. Deranja says that he is extremely proud and happy that his car repair shop still operates today. His love for cars was born back in the days when Mr. Deranja was still a boy. His late father was an Austrian soldier who spent three years in captivity, during which he was assigned to a car mechanic. He often shared his stories and experiences during lunchtime, with one of his nine children, who absorbed these tales like sponges, playing with a plate like a steering wheel. The influence was so great that although Mr. Deranja finished high school, and could have found any job he wanted, he became passionate about car repair, fell in love with profession and decided to pursue it his entire life. "I was born to repair cars; it is something that’s in my blood. So many times I have asked myself what it was that drove me to like this profession. Eventually, I realized that it was my late father whose stories continued to live through me and my business." BALILLA - A RED BEAUTY The car was imported from Italy in 1936 from a merchant named Squiccimarro and in 1938 it was Mr. Deranja’s uncle who bought it. Recognizing his passion for cars, and as a sign of gratitude for fixing his truck, the uncle wanted to leave the 508 Ballila to Mr. Deranja as a family

legacy. Nevertheless, Mr. Deranja insisted on purchasing the Balilla for a small sum of money, thus became its last owner. And so the story begins... During World War II Deranja’s uncle hid the car in an old garage and completely dissembled it into pieces so that it would not be taken away by the occupying Italian forces. Being in pieces, the car was proclaimed as malfunctioning (without tires, the roof was distorted, the interior which was made of wood was completely decomposed and the car itself was in very poor condition). The only good thing was that the car did not have high mileage - only 40,000 km. Mr. Deranja decided to completely repair and restore it to its original condition to be fully operative and drivable again. The restoration of the Balilla required more than 10 years of work, but the main ingredients, in order for the work to be finished, were his passion and love for the car. All the parts of the car are original products from Fiat factories, but they were bought and collected from all over the world. The most difficult part to restore was the inside of the car, since a large part of the car was made of boiled teak, while the most expensive part to acquire was interestingly the tires - ordered and made specifically for this car in the Fiat factory, they cost three times more than ordinary ones. These same tires were in the past a part of the trailer of the motorcycles that Hitler's soldiers drove, however they can no longer be found anywhere in the world. In addition, Balilla also needed the original bright red leather that covered two front seats since during the years of post war crisis; the leather was torn into pieces and made into shoes that were worn by Konavle brides together with their traditional costumes. Deranja managed to save only the original back seat, while the front two had to be completely restored. The car was first registered in 1973 (40 years after it was produced) on the basis of a certificate from the National Council of Dubrovnik from 1945 stating that the car was registered as malfunctioning. The first time Deranja showed Balilla to the public, it was photographed more than any pop star. Already in the late 1980s, Balilla began to appear in many car rallies, and won numerous awards for the oldest and best preserved car. It even played a role in the movie "Occupation in 26 pictures". In addition to its appearance in film, this red beauty didn’t go unnoticed by many travel agencies, which included Balilla in their special offers for newlyweds and antique car enthusiasts. Deranja was even stopped randomly by tourists who asked him whether they could ride in the car to see a panorama tour of Dubrovnik. Mr. Deranja is also the president of the “Dubrovnik Old-timers Club.” Every year on the first weekend in

December, a classic car rally show ends with the traditional drive along Stradun. Deranja says, "This is our traditional relationship, where all old-timers lovers show their tin pets which they pamper and take care of. However, this is not just an ordinary drive of classic cars, but with them you can also see Saint Nicholas (played by Mr. Deranja) driving in his red Balilla.- So in addition to getting candies, all the children who come to Stradun have a chance to ride with Saint Nicholas in his old red beauty". The Balilla is now estimated to be worth more than 30 000 Euros. Perica Deranja states that he doesn’t want to sell the car and that his greatest wish is for this car to stay in the family , because it is a tradition that should be preserved and passed on from generation to generation. Old-timers are certainly not yet ready for retirement, as we can see from this Fiat Balilla Cabrio and its proud owner Perica Deranja of Dubrovnik, who with his red car, delights both young and old. Today he rarely drives the Balilla, but when he does, it is only through Dubrovnik for his own personal enjoyment, accompanied by his granddaughters. "I will continue to do this as long as I can, but I hope that both of my sons will continue in my footsteps and pass on their knowledge and the love that their father has for the cars, on to their children, just like my father has passed it to me.” HISTORY OF THE CAR AND NAME FIAT BALILLA During World War II when Hitler and Mussolini were allies, they met regularly to discuss war politics. During one meeting, Hitler bragged to Mussolini that he had a great car (of whose production idea he was the originator) perfectly suited and affordable for any common average working family. Returning home, Mussolini was so jealous that he wanted to have that kind of car for his people as well. So he ordered to Fiat manufacturers to create a kind of car that would be affordable for families with average incomes and serve as an instrument of propaganda. Finally, the Fiat Balilla was accepted by the Italian people for its modest size, strength, force, youthfulness and innovation in line with the times. The name, „Balilla“ was the dialectnickname of a Genovese boy called Giovanni Battista Perasso, who back in 1746 threw a stone at an Austrian officer in protest against the Austrian military occupation. The action triggered a Genovese revolt against the Austrians, and for this Balilla was celebrated as a local hero in Northern Italy. The name itself is still used to name submarines, aircrafts, bicycle brakes, restaurants, roads, etc...



NINE YEARS OF ‘STARS’ RETROSPECT This is the tenth year that Adriatic Luxury Hotels is organizing a summer music entertainment program under the expressive name “Stars beneath the Stars”, for the city of Dubrovnik and its guests. The beaches, terraces, and gardens of our 5-star hotels serve as breathtaking open stages where concerts are held under the stars.

On this note, this summer ALH proudly presents: Jun. 28

Oliver Dragojević

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace Hotel Excelsior - The grand opening

Jul. 10

Nina Badrić

Jul. 18

The Frajle

Grand Villa Argentina

Aug. 8

Neno Belan

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

Zorica Kondža

Hotel Excelsior


Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

Aug. 24 Sep. 3

Looking back at the ‘Stars’ programme, a fact based approach would reveal 9 years of entertainment, 450 participating musicians and performers, 30,000 local residents and tourists in the audience, 9,500 litres of welcome drinks that were served and over 300,000 pictures taken … But what the ‘Stars’ programme represented over the last 9 years was the opportunity for the people of Dubrovnik and their guests to enjoy great music in an intimate atmosphere. This offered an incomparable sense of contact with the performers and the overwhelming sense of companionship with music something that is simply not possible in large venues and concert halls. As such, the program became a staple of the Dubrovnik summer scene and earned its place on the cultural calendar, adding lustre and festivity to the warm summer evenings, with a star line-up of celebrity performers. The original idea behind the programme was to match the great locations with great music and great performers ... and matched they were, indeed. Magnificent locations at ALH hotels in Dubrovnik include the Palm Garden of the Hotel Excelsior, overlooking the Old

“I've heard many comments from my colleague musicians about this special place. Gibonni praised his last year's concert, but I could not believe that this stage feels so good to be on – here is where I would like to record a live album!“ Damir Urban, Vala Beach Club 2013

of Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Town, the intimate Nevera Beach Bar at the Hotel Bellevue, the Vala Club at the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel carved into the rocky shores, the beach at Hotel Croatia, and the enchanting gardens of Grand Villa Argentina, which served as natural breath-taking open stages where concerts were held under the stars. Showcases of prominent contemporary Croatian musicians have performed with the programme, while the introduction of international music stars became a regular part of the program several years ago. Since then, ALH has brought internationally recognized musicians and ‘tribute’ bands who added an exotic flair. The varied program included acts such as The Rat Pack Show, well known bands such as the Buena Vista Social Club, The Drifters, and tribute evenings celebrating the music of legends such as Michael Jackson and Abba.

Buena Vista Social Club, 2012

Nina Badrić, 2009

Tribute to Michael Jackson, 2010

Massimo Savić, 2010

Lead primarily by the quality of music and performers, and not necessarily popular trends, the programme hosted international and Croatian music from all genres (jazz, rock, pop, Portuguese fado, Cuban music, and more). This gave everyone, regardless of age or taste, a chance be a part of the ‘Stars and to find something suited to their taste.

Gibonni, 2012


Three Ladies of Blues, 2009

Buena Vista Social Club, 2012

Predin Dedić, 2012

Looking toward the future "Stars beneath the Stars" belong to each and every one of us who, year after year, from wherever we are and in our own individual way, contribute towards creating it step by step. Starting next year ‘Stars beneath the Stars" will be re-introduced with a slightly different concept.

Josipa Lisac, 2012

Marko Tolja, 2011

It is our opinion that only by constantly analyzing the programme, adapting its function and encouraging debate about it that we will continue to make it the very best it can be. It is our goal to always be open to new ideas, while remaining faithful to its past, of course. Diversity can only enrich us.

Rade Šerbeđija, 2008



AN ISLAND WITH A SECRET "Only the imagination of a skilled writer could have

of wings, the sound of poems and the muttering of

placed an island like Lokrum by a city like this one.

Latin prayers, as if you were hearing them now in

When you set foot on Lokrum, you encroach upon a

the cloister of the Benedictine monastery. Lokrum is

mystery. You can hear the murmur of the whispers of

under a spell, a spell that you cannot hope to undo."

all the lovers who have gazed at the stars from this

- Luko Paljetak

very spot, hear the rustling of silks and the beating

LOKRUM - A NATURAL FOREST RESERVE The natural environment of Lokrum reveals to us the beautiful contrast between its dark caves and its eternal green forests. But many questions arise concerning why Lokrum possesses such a wealth of preserved nature. The secret lies in a relationship between man and nature that dates from ancient times. The earliest written records mentioning Lokrum appeared in the year 1023, when the Benedictine monks became owners of the island. The origin of the name itself comes from the Latin word ACRUMEN, a collective name for citrus fruits and oranges. The very first gardens were created by Benedictines in the 11th century, when the monks planted the first decorative species on Lokrum. Later in the 19th century, Maximilian Habsburg created beautiful tropical gardens connected by walking paths and brought new plant species to the island. In 1959 the National Academy

of Science and Art established a botanical garden that is open to visitors today. On almost two hectares of land, one can see 70 different species of eucalyptus, the largest collection of eucalyptus growing outside Australia, and more than 853 exotic species of plants. Around 453 are trees and bushes and about 400 are succulents. In 1964, Lokrum was declared a Managed Natural Reserve, and in 1976 it was proclaimed a Special Forest Vegetation Reserve under the protection of UNESCO. Out of total 0.7 km2 of Lokrum’s area, 0.6 km2 is covered with dense vegetation. Thus, looking and observing this island from the outside is not enough to reveal all the treasures that one can find on Lokrum. Surrounded by the sea from all sides, Lokrum provides the perfect ecological conditions for the development of diverse fauna , not only on land but also in the sea. It is interesting to mention that the island is home to 156 bird species from 43 different bird families. However, the pride of Lokrum from its beginnings

to the present day has remained the peacocks brought by Maximillian 150 years ago from the Canary Islands. A JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY It was the year 1023, the celebration of St. Benedict's day. Dubrovnik was caught in a large fire. The citizens were so afraid that they made a vow to St. Benedict - if he saved Dubrovnik and all the people in it; they would build a church and a monastery in gratitude for saving their lives. The same moment that Dubrovnik citizens said the words of their vow, the fire was gone. In order to fulfil their promise, they built a monastery on Lokrum the same year. The history of Lokrum is very extensive, since this island experienced many events and had many different owners who all died in a tragic or mysterious way. It is thought that before the Benedictines came to the island in 1023, Lokrum was an almshouse for the poor. After founding the monastery, Benedictines enjoyed the position of owners of the island for seven long centuries (11th -

18th century). In the 17th century, a quarantine area called Lazzaretti was built on Lokrum as prevention against epidemics. The remains of the old walls can still be seen today. On April 6th, 1667 the fatal destiny befell Dubrovnik and the island of Lokrum when a powerful earthquake destroyed much of the city and buildings on Lokrum in a matter of seconds. Those seconds left deep scars on the island. The earthquake destroyed the church, and severely damaged the Lokrum monastery, which never managed to recover. On August 7th, 1798, the Senate of the Dubrovnik Republic decided to sell the island of Lokrum and all its possessions, which were the property of the Benedictine monastery, to 12 wealth private buyers. The banished Benedictines then cursed the island and all its future owners. In 1806 Napoleon conquered Dubrovnik and at the same time, built the fortress, "Fort Royale", on Glavica, the highest hill on Lokrum. Twenty years later, Archduke Maximilian Habsburg, became the owner of Lokrum. It was destiny that brought



him here, on May 9th, 1859, because of the explosion of the Austrian war ship Triton, which was anchored near Lokrum. In memory of those who had perished in the explosion, Maximillian put a cross engraved with their names on the northern part of Lokrum. He fell in love in the island the minute he set his foot there and transformed it into a beautiful Garden of Eden where magic and luxury could be felt in every corner. Thanks to him you can now enjoy walking among 500 different kinds of trees, flowers, plants and bushes. Following the death of Maximilian, in 1875, his brother, the Austrian emperor Franz Josef I, visited Lokrum and decided to buy the island for his son Rudolf who became the owner of Lokrum in 1880. However, Rudolf remained on Lokrum only for a short period of time with his wife Stephanie. After Rudolf's suicide in 1889, Franz Josef I donated Lokrum to the Dominicans who became its owners on May 5th, 1891 by accepting the terms of the agreement that emperor Franz demanded. The terms stated that Dominicans were not allowed to sell or donate the island. However, in 1919 princess Windischgratz bought the island from Dominicans. Six years later, in 1925, the princess sold Lokrum to the former Yugoslav government for 11 million krunas. After World War II, Lokrum's treasures were placed under the official protection of Croatia. THE ISLAND OF LEGENDS There is something mystical with this island, something that no story can ever tell. It is an island of unbelievable beauty and priceless treasures wrapped in a veil of legend and mystery. THE LEGEND OF THE BENEDICTINE CURSE The hasty termination of the monks’ stay on Lokrum obviously left behind lasting consequences. It is believed that on that dark night in 1798 when the monks were forced to leave the island of Lokrum for good, they gathered together, put their hoods deep over their faces, lit the candles and turned them upside down so that the wax could fall on the path as they walked. Carrying the candles like this, Benedictines circled the island three times, through the ancient walkways,

saying prayers, singing songs and murmuring chants. Setting their way deep into the night they cast a curse in Latin: “Let the one who owns the island and takes it for his own pleasures be damned forever…”. According to the legend, when dawn started to creep over the horizon, the Benedictines took their places in a ship and left the island forever, without even once looking back at Lokrum for the last time. From that point in time, legend has placed a dramatic veil over the island. Shortly after, three nobles from Dubrovnik who wanted to sell the island died of unnatural causes – one of them drowned, another fell off a cliff and the third one was killed. Cursed fate did not miss Maximilian Ferdinand or any other owner of Lokrum. All of them died shortly after buying the island. THE VOW OF THE RICHARD THE LIONHEART One of the most famous legends of the island of Lokrum goes far back into the past. It was the year 1192 when the English King Richard I, the Lionheart, was caught in a terrible storm on the Adriatic coast as he was returning home from the Third Crusade together with his queen. He suffered a shipwreck and he made a vow to build two churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary if he survived. The first church would be built on the exact place wherever he first set his foot on firm ground, and the second church would be built in England when he returned home. Lokrum was the first place where he disembarked. The authorities of Dubrovnik suggested to him to build the church inside the city of Dubrovnik. In return, Dubrovnik citizens promised him that they would later build a church on Lokrum at their own expense and thus fulfil his vow. And so it was. Today if you walk through the Old Town in Dubrovnik, you can see Dubrovnik Cathedral, which was begun in 1116 and completed in 1159. The Cathedral lies on the exact location of an earlier Byzantine church, which was built in the 12th century as a fulfilment of the King Richard's vow. LAKES AND BEACHES A must-see is the lake "Dead Sea" - a small salt water lake connected to the

open sea on the east side of the island. However, there are plenty of beaches for every visitor to take a swim. Signs are posted throughout the island so there is no danger of getting lost. One more pleasure is provided on every beach – a fresh-water shower for those who like to freshen up before leaving Lokrum. FOR THE BRAVE Another natural attraction of this islet is the Purple Cave, which gets its name from the purple seaweed that covers the rocks. This place is little known to tourists and even to the residents of Dubrovnik because it's hidden at the far end of the island. It can only be reached by boat or by the path which also leads to the nudist beach.

GETTING THERE You can get to Lokrum by a lovely 10-minute boat ride with the "Skala" and “Zrinski” vessels, which depart every half hour from the Old City port. Tickets can be purchased at the pier, just before boarding. The first boat departs from the Old City port at 9 a.m. and the last one returns from Lokrum at 7 or 8 p.m. (depending on the season). Visitors are forbidden to stay on the island overnight. Boat transportation is available 7 months of the year, from April through October.



PROGRAMME 10th July 21.00 In front of St Blaise's Church OPENING CEREMONY

14th July 21.30 Rector's Palace Atrium MUSIC ZAGREB SOLOISTS L. Sorgo: Eight Symphonies

17th July 21.30 Rector’s Palace Atrium MUSIC BACH ORCHESTRA OF GEWANDHAUS LEIPZIG J. S. Bach: Six Brandenburg concertos

19th July 21.30 Rector’s Palace Atrium PIANO RECITAL ANDREA PADOVA piano Around Bach and Scarlatti

23th | 30th July 8th | 18th | 24th August 21.30 Revelin Fort Terrace FOLKLORE LINĐO FOLKLORE ENSEMBLE Croatian folk songs and dances

25th | 26th | 27th | 28th July 21.30 Renaissance Summer Mansion Skočibuha THEATRE PREMIERE W. Shakespeare: ROMEO AND JULIET Director: Jagoš Marković Festival Drama Ensemble Famous tragedy written by William Shakespeare and one the most beautiful love stories in the world’s history in this production finds its perfect home in the gardens of unique 16th century summer mansion of the noble Dubrovnik family Skočibuha.

26th July 21.30 Rector’s Palace Atrium PIANO RECITAL BOJAN GORIŠEK piano P. Glass

27th July 21.30 Revelin Fort Terrace FOLKLORE LADO - National Folk Dance and Song Ensemble of Croatia

29th | 30th July 21.30 Šulić Bay THEATRE PREMIERE A. Baricco: OCEAN SEA

31st July 21.30 Centre for Advanced Academic Studies MUSIC XL TUBA QUARTET | ERIC AUBIER trumpet

1st /2nd /3rd August 21.30 Island of Lokrum THEATRE I. Vojnović: THE EQUINOX Director: Joško Juvančić Festival Drama Ensemble This classic of the Dubrovnik literature is staged on the southern rocks of the magical Island of Lokrum, situated in the vicinity of the Old City of Dubrovnik. The play represents a highlight of Dubrovnik’s site-specific theatre and is winner of four main Croatian Theatre Awards.

65th DUBROVNIK SUMMER FESTIVAL The oldest cultural festival in Croatia, Dubrovnik Summer Festival presents rich and vibrant theatre, classical music, ballet, opera, jazz, folklore and other program. This year Festival is celebrating its 65th anniversary. Relying on the City’s and its own rich and living heritage, the Festival promotes site-specific programme policy, combines tradition and modernity, and connects local, national and international creativity. As a place where people gather together to exchange ideas and create new projects, the Festival promotes Dubrovnik as a Croatian and world spiritual and cultural centre.


1st August 21.30 Rectors’s Palace Atrium MUSIC CROATIAN BAROQUE ENSEMBLE L'Amour Tendre, L'Amour Cruel

2nd August 21.30 Rector’s Palace Atrium MUSIC LE CONCERT SPIRITUEL | HERVÉ NIQUET conductor A Golden Age of French Sacred Music under Louis XIVth the Sun King

4th August 21.30 Rector’s Palace Atrium MUSIC CONCERTO DE’ CAVALIERI | MARCELLO DI LISA conductor A. Scarlatti: Erminia, Tancredi, Polidoro e Pastore serenata per 4 voci e orchestra Maria Grazia Schiavo, soprano Mary-Ellen Nesi, mezzo-soprano Magnus Staveland, tenor Chistian Senn, bass

6th August 21.30 Rector’s Palace Atrium MUSIC DIETER FLURY flute | TAMÁS VARGA cello | STEFAN GOTTFRIED harpsichord Bach Today

9th | 10th | 11th | 12th August 21.30 Marin Držić Square THEATRE PREMIERE M. Držić: UNCLE MAROJE Director: Krešimir Dolenčić Festival Drama Ensemble Marin Držić, one of the most relevant comedy writers of the Renaissance, was born into a Dubrovnik family of merchants of common origin in 1508. In 1551 his comedy Uncle Maroje was staged in the City Hall. Its first set on stage in more recent times, in 1938 at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, is taken as

one of the most important dates in the recent history of Croatian theatre. Since, Uncle Maroje has been staged more than 70 times in Croatia and more than 20 times in many European countries. It has been a milestone of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival's theatre programme since its first days: Uncle Maroje was the first theatre production on the first Festival in 1950!

15th August 22.00 Rector’s Palace Atrium MUSIC DAVID GAZAROV TRIO Jazz Bach Chopin

18th August 21.30 Rector’s Palace Atrium MUSIC ANTIPHONUS ENSEMBLE | TOMISLAV FAČINI conductor

20th, 21st, 22nd August 21.30 Ruđer Boškovic Square Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Ljubljana Festival & Slovenian National Theatre of Maribor BALLET PREMIERE DANGEROUS LIAISONS Leo Mujić & Valentina Turcu, directors & choreographers The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make the Dangerous Liaisons one of the most scandalous and controversial stories in European literature. The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel's prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game - a game which they must win.

25th August 22.00 In Front of the St Blaise’s Church CLOSING CONCERT ZAGREB PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IVO LIPANOVIĆ conductor ŽELJKO LUČIĆ baritone



Events in Dubrovnik EXHIBITION - WHO ARE LESSEPSIAN MIGRANTS? January 13 - November 1, 2014 Dubrovnik Natural Science Museum The construction of the Suez Canal way back in 1869 opened the gates for species to move back and forward between the Mediterranean and Red Sea. DUBROVNIK STRING QUARTET CONCERT April 2 - July 2 / August 27 – October 29, 2014 (Wednesdays at 21:00) St. Saviour's church Featuring a wide repertoire and many distinguished guests, the Dubrovnik String Quartet has performed classical, Baroque, romantic, contemporary and Croatian compositions in several countries including Austria, Italy, Germany and Great Britain. PERFORMANCES OF FOLKLORE ENSEMBLE LINĐO April 2 – July 9 / August 27 - October 20, 2014 (Tuesdays and Fridays at 21:30) Summer Cinema Jadran The Linđo Folk Ensemble was founded in Dubrovnik in 1964 and consists of more than 300 members between the ages of 12 and 30, who perform traditional songs and dances from all regions of Croatia. With their youthful enthusiasm and traditional costumes, they celebrate the heritage of our people. DUBROVNIK CHAMBER TRIO April 5 - July 5 / August 30 – October 25, 2014 (Saturdays at 21:00) Domino church Enjoy English and French Baroque compositions performed by some of Dubrovnik's most accomplished musicians every Saturday at 21:00 SORKOČEVIĆ QUARTET CONCERT April 7 – July 7 / August 25 – October 27, 2014 (Mondays at 21:00) St. Saviour’s Church Founded in 1988, the Sorkočević Quartet has been acknowledged as one of the city’s finest chamber music ensembles, promoting Dubrovnik’s local musical heritage and chamber music from throughout Europe every Monday at 21:00. The Quartet performs regularly at the Church of the Holy Saviour (Sv. Spas) in Dubrovnik. EXHIBITION - “REVELIN – ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH / SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT / FOUNDRY“ June 3– December 31, 2014 (except Wednesdays) Fort Revelin CULTURE CLUB REVELIN Hours: Until June 1, 2014, the club is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 23:00—06:00.

From June 1 -- October 1, 2014, the club is open every night. Culture Club Revelin night club is located in the Revelin fortress at the entrance to the Old Town at Ploče Gate. Considered the place for night life in Dubrovnik, it’s famous for its 3-day festival held in August, when Revelin presents the most famous performers on the global electronic music scene. Culture Club Revelin organizes events every day in the week throughout the whole year, so that every visitor, regardless of age or taste in music, can have a unique and memorable night out in Dubrovnik. LE PETIT FESTIVAL DU THETARE June 21 – 28, 2014 The theme of Le Petit Festival 2014 is “The Beauty of Healing.” This innovative festival is one of the most recent additions to Dubrovnik’s diverse cultural offerings. This year’s festival will be held from June 21-28 in Dubrovnik and features photography, theatre, music, dance, and yoga from an eclectic mix of international artists. MUSICAL THEATER FESTIVAL "ANA IN THE CITY" June 21 – 23, 2014 This three-day music festival starts with the sunrise concert on the 21st of June at 5AM on the first day of summer featuring cellist Ana Rucner, a young artist of distinctive musical style, in a dual role - a classical musician and a crossover instrumentalist. DUBROVNIK INTERNATIONAL OPERA FESTIVAL – HOMMAGE TINO PATTIERA July 1 - 6,2014 The festival honours the memory of the world famous tenor Tino Pattiera, who was born in 1890 in Cavtat, a town about 20km from Dubrovnik, where he died in 1966. Tino Pattiera was one of the major singers in the opera houses of Europe and throughout the world during the first half of the 20th century. He was also the leading singer at the Royal Saxon Court Opera in Dresden. 01.07. Rector's Palace at 9 pm 04.07. Dubrovnik Cathedral at 9 pm 05.07. In front of Luža at 9 pm 65TH DUBROVNIK SUMMER FESTIVAL July 10 – August 25, 2014 This is the largest and most representative cultural manifestation not only in Dubrovnik but in Croatia. “WILD LEAGUE” WATERPOLO July 12 – August 11, 2014 The tradition of amateur water polo teams in Dubrovnik dates back to 1922, but by the 1980's many started to think that this tradition had disappeared. However, local sport

enthusiast Ivo Kolić revitalized this tradition, and organized what has now become the largest amateur water polo competition in the world. Teams from various local neighbourhoods compete at beach locations throughout the city.

embroidery, ceramics, porcelain and a variety of other hand-made souvenirs and gifts by local artists. Traditional Christmas cookies, and Dubrovnik sweet delicacies prepared especially for the holiday season, are also available.

LATE SUMMER INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL DUBROVNIK August 26 – September 20, 2014 Rector’s Palace at 9 pm The new festival that will last until mid-September was recently launched by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra in order to keep the presence of music and cultural vibrancy in UNESCO’s Dubrovnik after the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Some of the renomed world names that will be performing this year are Christoph Campestrini, conductor (Austria), Daniel Froschauer, violin, James Dick, piano (USA), Thomas Rösner (conductor), Janja Vuletić, mezzosoprano, violinists Giovanni Angeleri (Italy) & Marin Maras and Dubravka Tomšič, piano

DUBROVNIK NEW YEAR’S PARTY December 31, 2014 On New Year’s Eve, the musicians of Dubrovnik see the old year out with traditional carols and an all-day music program leading up to the wildest night of the year. The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Day concert on the Stradun on January 1 will be a special gift to those visiting the city.

DUBROVNIK EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL September 15 – 20, 2014 The Dubrovnik Early Music Festival creates a harmonious unity of architecture and sound. Like no other festival in this part of the world, it travels far into the past to revive the music of ancient Greece and Rome, Turkey and the Middle East, which influenced European composers, eternal Indian ragas and more contemporary European pieces. WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL September 25 – 28, 2014 Dubrovnik “swings” to the sounds of jazz in the heart of the Old City, and features world-class jazz, outstanding Croatian wines and Croatian painters. EIGHT CROATIAN FESTIVAL OF JAMS AND MARMALADES October 11 – 13, 2014 In front of Saint Blaise's Church INTERNATIONAL CHOIR FESTIVAL October 13 – 15, 2014 Attracting a number of choirs from the region and around Europe, this festival has been running since 2004. The programme is divided into two sections, the first for a capella performances, the second for at least one composition per choir, culminating in a joint performance by all participating choirs. Venues are the Jesuit Church with a finale at the Revelin Fortress. CHRISTMAS FAIR December 2, 2014 – January 6, 2015 During the Advent season, Dubrovnik shines with magical decorations and sparkles with lights, creating an atmosphere of a fairy-tale Renaissance city. The Christmas Fair features traditional arts and crafts, Christmas decorations, candles, toys, glassware,

FESTIVAL OF ST. BLAISE February 2-3, 2015 Each February 2nd, Dubrovnik celebrates the Virgin Mary Candlemas. An old saying is then repeated: Candelora, winter is gone, followed by Saint Blaise, who says it is untrue? Indeed, on this day, Dubrovnik is full of mimosa, narcissus, and sunny, spring weather. On the morning of the festival, white doves are released in front of St. Blaise’s church, and prayers are said in front of the altar by the faithful the entire day. The priests bless everyone with a cross shaped out of two intertwined candles, and raise a silver monstrance to their lips, the work of Dubrovnik goldsmiths. The monstrance contains a bone from the throat of the saint known as a miracle-worker in Sebaste, who healed by touch. DUBROVNIK CARNIVAL FESTIVITIES February, 2015 Our ancestors had fun, so why shouldn’t we? This proverb can often be heard in Dubrovnik in February, during the carnival season preceding Lent. This is the time when everything is allowed, when people become someone else or show their true faces through costumed parties and masked parades. Experience the special atmosphere of the Dubrovnik carnival festivities characterized by jokes, laughter, merriment, joy, satire… feel the special spirit of the city at carnival time! EASTER FAIR April 4 – 14, 2015 Dubrovnik celebrates Easter and the coming of spring with a series of programs from Palm Sunday to Easter Monday each year. Certainly, the most interesting part of the program is the traditional Easter Fair, an opportunity to see and purchase unique handmade souvenirs and gifts made by local crafters. Of special importance are the crosses woven by hand from palm fronds, and the hand-painted Easter eggs, featuring intricate and unique designs made with deep red natural dyes.



Gastronomy HOTEL EXCELSIOR THAI Restaurant Hotel Excelsior's Thai Restaurant serves authentic Asian cuisine in an informal atmosphere. Arrive at sunset and enjoy a beautiful view of sun-kissed Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island, along with the exotic flavours of our chef's take on Thai cuisine. Treat yourself to an intriguing journey that combines the very best of the exotic East with the familiar West —you’ll find it’s a unique dining experience. The Thai sushi bar and restaurant is located near the Abakus piano bar. Hours: 18:00-23:00 (May–September) Style tip: Dress up traditional or go chic with colourful and modern cutting edge styles.

PRORA Beach Restaurant This lovely seaside restaurant, with its stunning views of Dubrovnik, offers light salads, appetizers, fresh seafood and meats cooked to order. With its beautiful views and relaxing music, the beach restaurant Prora is an exceptional getaway for a romantic meal. Hours: 11:00--24:00 (May–September) Inside tip: Find a comfortable seat outside and enjoy an incomparable view of the Old Town.

ABAKUS Piano Bar & Restaurant Enjoy the intimate atmosphere of the attractive Abakus piano bar terrace, while enjoying the evening’s live piano music and your favourite cocktail. Visit the Abakus and relax in its comfortable setting with good music, light meal, perfect drinks and great friends, and here everyone is a friend – in the true spirit of Dubrovnik and the Mediterranean. Hours: 08:00--24:00 Inside tip: Just left of the bar, visit the hotel’s “Gallery of Fame,” featuring photo portraits of the hotel’s most famous guests over the years.

HOTEL BELLEVUE VAPOR Fine Dining Restaurant Fine-dining restaurant Vapor offers an international à la carte menu, a selection of quality wines and carefully chosen Dalmatian specialties. The restaurant is one of the finest in the city of Dubrovnik, offering a peaceful

and intimate setting with sea views to be enjoyed from both the interior and its spacious terrace. Hours: 18:30–23:00 Inside tip: Ask for a tasting menu. If available, we highly recommend it.

NEVERA Beach Restaurant Beach restaurant Nevera is a unique dining experience, offering the best of Dalmatian and Mediterranean cuisine fused with elements of Asian and Western Pacific cuisine. Located on a pebbled beach, it’s a perfect spot to relax after your swim while enjoying a lobster grilled au point, served on locally picked rocket salad, or fresh, grilled fish from the islands, and some of the world’s finest calamari accompanied by some of Croatia’s most exclusive wines. Hours: 10:00—17:00 (May–September) Inside tip: For seafood lovers, order oysters served on ice with lemon, and taste the sea in all its glory.

GRAND VILLA ARGENTINA VICTORIA Restaurant and Lounge Bar Victoria Restaurant offers a dining adventure with spectacular views of Dubrovnik Old Town, with a combination of contemporary elegance, intimate ambience and impeccable service. Enjoy delicious cocktails at the Lounge Bar. Hours: 18:00 – 24:00 Inside tip: Try the ideal combination – cocktails in the lounge followed by dinner at the restaurant, with stunning views of the Old Town all evening.

LA CARAVELLE Restaurant and Piano Bar La Caravelle Restaurant includes a vast outdoor terrace overlooking sweeping gardens, the clear blue waters of the Adriatic and the Old Town of Dubrovnik. La Caravelle offers an intimate atmosphere, personal attention and well trained staff. The open-air terrace is an ideal place to enjoy a sunny breakfast, or, for an evening to remember, try dinner by candlelight. La Caravelle tempts your appetite with Croatian and international specialties. Hours: 6:00 – 10:30; 12:00 – 15.00; 19:00 – 22:00 Inside tip: Try the French onion soup

HOTEL DUBROVNIK PALACE MASLINA Tavern Maslina Tavern provides a relaxed, informal seaside dining experience. A traditional Dubrovnik-style tavern, the restaurant has beautiful views of the Elafiti Islands. Hours: 12:00– 24:00 (April–November) Inside tip: Make a reservation for a romantic dinner. The sea view, summer air and a dramatic sunset make the ideal setting for ‘the proposal.’

LEAN and LIGHT bar The Lean and Light bar, located next to the wellness and spa centre, offers a wide selection of healthful and tasty snacks and light dishes. Hours: 11:00—22:00 (April–November) Inside tip: Create your own custom smoothie from fresh ingredients.

SUNSET LOUNGE The main bar and lounge of the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace offers a panoramic view like no other. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere while sipping a cocktail and soaking up a breathtaking sunset. Hours: 07:00—24:00 (April–November) Inside tip: This is our favourite spot for watching the sun set romantically over the sea.

HOTEL CROATIA CAVTAT STEAK HOUSE Consistently ranked as one of the best hotel restaurants in Croatia, the Steak House offers à la carte fare of the highest quality. Watch your meal being prepared in our open kitchen, or enjoy a fantastic view of ancient village of Cavtat and its beautiful bay. The Steak House serves casual dinners, including quality cuts of meat and fresh salads. Hours: 18:30—24:00 Inside tip: In addition to the grilled specialties, don’t forget to try the fabulous appetizers.

SPINAKER Restaurant and Lounge Bar Sea food lovers shouldn’t miss this newly renovated restaurant. Spinaker seafood grill simply radiates true Mediterranean summer life-style, offering locally caught fish and grilled specialties inspired by Dalmatian tradition. Find yourself tucked away along the seashore surrounded by pine

trees, right on the promenade, enjoying splendid views of Cavtat bay. Hours: 10:00 - 24:00 (May–September) /16:00 – 01:00 (May–September) Inside tip: Choose a waterfront table and select your own fish right from the tank.

HOTEL KOMPAS SEDNA Restaurant and Pizzeria Sedna offers a wide range of local and international dishes, Dalmatian seafood specialties, barbecue and pizza, along with an excellent choice of wines. With a prime position on the hotel terrace overlooking the Uvala Lapad Bay, we invite you to visit us and dine in one of Dubrovnik’s most charming settings. Hours: 12:00—23:30 Inside tip: Enjoy the open air entertainment programme every evening during the summer season --- it’s one of the most popular spots in Dubrovnik.

HOTEL ODISEJ MLJET VISTA MARE Beach Bar Located right next to the main pier, the seaside bar at the Hotel Odisej on the Island of Mljet offers refreshing beverages, fabulous cocktails and rich ice cream treats. Hours: 09:00– 01:00 (May–September) Inside tip: Try an exotic cocktail by the seaside.

ODISEJ Tavern Enjoy the sunset over the islands of the Adriatic from the Tavern`s terrace. Odisej offers fresh seafood and grilled specialties prepared over a traditional open fire. Our chefs will gladly create a special dish to your order to make your culinary experience on the island of Mljet unforgettable. Hours: 12:00 - 15:00; 18:00 - 24:00 (July - August) Inside tip: Try a lobster freshly caught by local fishermen.



SPICE UP YOUR DAY Bellevue Spice Lounge - “Simply beautiful” Shielded from the outside world on a 30-metre high cliff, the Hotel Bellevue is truly an oasis of tranquillity. And the hotel’s main bar, the Spice Lounge, truly deserves its extraordinary position on its own floor of the hotel... Complementing the stunning interior design are floor-to ceiling windows, which provide magnificent panoramic sea views. The stylish décor features subtle Asian accents, including dark-wood furnishings and a unique Nepalese stone wall, constructed from thousands of slivers of stone. A huge palm tree, enclosed in glass, provides a stunning centrepiece. The atmosphere of the bar is essentially casual, with white linen lanterns and tablecloths adding a touch of elegance. Designed to equal the world’s best bars, the Spice lounge bar offers Viennese coffee and pastries, fine wines, draft beers, cocktails, and French Champagnes by the glass. Casual by day, romantic by night, Spice Lounge effortlessly manages that hard-to-pull-off trick of being glamorous and comfortable at the same time. It’s a genuine haven of sophistication and relaxing vibes. Come, pick your favourite corner with a stunning view, sit down in comfortable armchair, luxuriate in the plush

surroundings and let the smooth chilled music put you in the perfect mood. Pick up one of the interesting magazines at your disposal order your favourite wine or cocktail, complemented by the finest delicacies and impeccable service. Alternatively, recharge with an aromatic cup of coffee or tea and watch the world go by. The Spice lounge offers the ideal atmosphere for socializing and enjoying time with friends, family or special someone. It is definitely something that lures you to go back for more. We don’t know how your day was, but we know for sure how your evening will be… As the night progresses, the atmosphere extends to the outside terrace, when all that glitters comes to life. Take pleasure in the profusion of colours while you sip a chilled Touch Down or Ernest Hemingway cocktail and watch the sun set over Miramare Bay accompanied by the sounds of live music. When hunger strikes try the menu from our restaurant Vapor whose repertoire of dishes represents Mediterranean cuisine at its best, with fish and seafood creations beyond imagining. For a unique experience, we recommend Tartar of sea bass with spicy apple, avocado and smoked salmon.

STYLE TIP: Loose, open-necked shirts for him; smart shoulder-revealing dresses for her. With Dubrovnik at your doorstep, you’ll want your evening attire to take you effortlessly into the night. CAPACITY: indoors 32, terrace: 46 HAPPY HOUR: Every day from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm on all drinks except wines. Drinks are served with complimentary snacks. Live Music Entertainment: during the summer season HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday to Sunday: 08:00 – 24:00 SIGNATURE COCKTAILS: ERNEST HEMINGWAY SPECIAL White rum, Maraschino, lime and grape juice TOUCH DOWN Vodka, peach liqueur, grenadine, lime, lemon, orange and pineapple juice



A FERRY TALE FOR EXCELSIOR'S CENTENARY Legendary English singer-songwriter Bryan Ferry, who made his name in the 1970's as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the band Roxy Music, played along with his band on Dubrovnik’s famous Stradun as part of Hotel Excelsior’s 100th anniversary celebrations on 30 September 2013

Strolling into Abacus bar at Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik, Bryan Ferry – solo singer and a fashion icon – is as handsome, suave and charismatic as you’d expect him to be. From his earliest recordings with Roxy Music, at the beginning of the 1970s, Bryan Ferry has taken his place as one of the most iconic and innovative singers and lyricists to emerge in popular music. Bryan Ferry has achieved the rare distinction of bringing a world to life in his songs. He describes love and loneliness, luxury and isolation. He is a true icon of glamour – always modern and instantly classic. Ferry’s achievements are impressive, especially when you consider their influence on today’s music scene. And yet, there is none of that diva-like quality that you’d expect from a man with such a catalogue of work. In spite of his fame and success, he remains a modest, true gentleman and a pleasant person to chat with. We met with him to discuss the concert he held the night before with his orchestra on Dubrovnik’s main street, Stradun. ‘I am really happy to be in Dubrovnik and to be part of this celebration. It’s fantastic. And also, what an amazing place to do a show. The Old Town so beautifully lit at night, and with lovely shining streets with our stage in the centre just next to the church was magical. We were all very happy to perform in such a unique place.’ Ferry, who has sold a combined total of over 30 million albums worldwide with Roxy Music and as a solo artist, held a spectacular concert accompanied by the orchestra as a gift to Dubrovnik’s citizens and guests. Bryan Ferry & Orchestra crowned the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Hotel Excelsior. What better artist to have at the main celebration than Bryan Ferry – who in 2013 made music for the Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Great Gatsby’ following the album which celebrates that era – The jazz age. ‘I think it was a perfect combination of music we performed for Excelsior’s big celebration. We began the show with Jazz age songs and then gradually it became more of the rock concert. We played quite a big selection of songs from all my albums and different periods in my career. Also, it was great to perform with a big band alongside

"This was our first taste of Dubrovnik, but we all loved it and we are already talking about coming back." with rock musicians – having all those different soloists available resulted in providing a different slant to songs than I played them before.’ Such quintessentially English style suits Ferry’s image. He is the classic gent, who loves travelling, enjoys culture and art – basically, the good things in life. That is part of the reason he gladly accepted the invitation to perform in Dubrovnik for this special occasion and to stay at the famed Hotel Excelsior. ‘I like old-fashioned five-star hotels like Hotel Excelsior. I spend a lot of time in hotels, so I suppose you get to be quite fussy about where you stay,’ he explains. 'The most important thing for a hotel is the location, and Hotel Excelsior has one of the best in the world.' Looking out over the view of the Old Town, he continues: 'Dubrovnik has been on my wish list for so long. Many friends have told me about this amazing Mediterranean town. I have always

wished to visit, so when I received a call to perform in Dubrovnik, I decided to stay longer, to relax and enjoy.’ Aside from music, it is fashion and art with which he has been most closely associated. The release of Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry solo albums have always been regarded as a major event in terms of the artwork and packaging of the records, as much as for the music itself. Bryan Ferry’s vision as a musician has always encompassed the notion that a record brings to life an entire world – the spirit and excitement of which is also communicated through the visual elements of the record. ‘I spend a lot of time in my studio, where, beside music, we create artwork for all our album covers, tour, programmes, tour designs and everything. And I’ve always been interested in creative things. When I left school I’ve studied fine art at Newcastle University before starting a musical career with Roxy Music. But, I still follow

art very closely. "In some ways I am interested in pictures as ways of decorating but I don't imagine I will paint again," he said. Bryan Ferry is an artist who endlessly refines his work, through recording and performance. But, in spite of his busy life, Bryan Ferry always finds time for his family, especially his sons. ‘I have quite a busy life, when I’m doing my work. So when I’m not working I like to have a bit of peace and quiet and time for reflection. When I’m not travelling with a band, I also like to travel as a kind of curious traveller. Especially when it’s cold and wet in England, it’s nice to go somewhere warm. So, knowing I will be in beautiful Dubrovnik, I organised my family to join me. A day before the concert, I celebrated my birthday with my four sons. It is such a rare occasion that we can all gather at the same time. I am very happy that we were together for a celebration in such a special place.’



Bryan Ferry performed on Stradun, braving rain in front of thousands of visitors. With the sound check done, Bryan Ferry and the band headed back to the hotel until the 8pm showtime. Soon before the band was due to meet at the hotel reception, clouds started gathering. Moments later, a vicious thunder storm broke. The crew frantically tried to move all the equipment into safety from the storm, but the stage and musical equipment had been soaked from all angles and the wind was causing havoc with the lighting rig and video screens. With sheet lightening crackling and rain bucketing down relentlessly, the show would inevitably be cancelled. The stage manager radioed for Mr. Ferry and the band to wait at the hotel until further notice.

The rain just would not stop thunder and lightning swirling constantly. This had no show written all over it. After an hour of constant rain, things started to look up. The rain began to slow and calls were being made to try and get the show back on track. The crew first tried to get the stage electricity going. After a few moments, the power was back on and speaker tests began to echo around the city. By now, two hours after the scheduled show time, the stage was being dried with towels and the instruments repositioned. Eventually the band appeared on stage and began the Bryan Ferry Orchestra set. After two songs Bryan Ferry climbed onto the stage and greeted Dubrovnik. The people of Dubrovnik had a show at last! Quoted from:




Located in the most southern part of the Dubrovnik Riviera, along the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, the Konavle area has, up to this day, kept the tradition of stone architecture, folk customs and a unique way of life. SACRED MONUMENTS If you are eager to explore the history of the Konavle region, be sure to visit the Illyrian necropolises - about 115 large stone funeral vessels in Mikulići, the Mithra sanctuaries in Močići, or the tombstones in Brotnice and near the church of St. Barbara in Dubravka. A Franciscan monastery from the 15th century (the golden age of the Dubrovnik Republic) is also located in the village of Pridvorje. The monastery was a pilgrimage place, so it collected a rich treasury of sacred art, including the well-known late gothic wooden crucifix from Pridvorje.

Konavle prides itself on its natural beauty and contrasts: mountain and valley, green hills and bare stone, the colours of blue and green. Framed by the Konavle mountains to the north, and the Adriatic Sea to the south, Konavle covers an area of 209 km2. One can find there three completely different landscapes: the rocky coast dominated by the great mountain peak of Snježnica (1234 m), the central part – the fertile Konavle field that covers over 35 km including the courses of the rivers Ljuta, Konavočica and Kopačica, and the mountain region. The Snježnica Mountain, one of the highest mountains in Croatia, dominates the Konavle region, always provoking the admiration of inhabitants and visitors. The mountain’s southern slopes are covered by the mysterious plant Mandragora. Quite often during wintertime Snježnica is covered in snow, while in the Konavle valley itself, snow remains a rare phenomenon. About thirty picturesque villages are scattered throughout this rocky land, surrounded by indigenous vegetation that grows on the rock itself, including lush pine trees, cypress, olive trees and the Mediterranean macchia. Konavle offers visitors the best of the Dubrovnik Riviera: traditional folklore , incomparably preserved rural architecture, unique Konavle costumes and embroidery, historic monuments, and a true example of how man and nature complement each other. A SHORT WALK THROUGH HISTORY The fascinating history of Konavle has continued to live through the people of the region, their customs, traditions, unique national costumes and particular way of life. The name Konavle derives from the Latin word "canale", and it refers to the

aqueducts that, in the times of the Romans, carried fresh water from Vodovađa to Epidaurum, an ancient settlement on the site of today’s town of Cavtat. Even today the remnants of the old water supply system can be seen in some places. Historical remains that one can see even today tell a story about life in Konavle as far back as Paleolithic and Neolithic times (over 4000 years BCE). At the beginning of the 7th century, Avars and Slavis founded the settlement of Epidaurum in 614 (today's Cavtat), and settled the entire region of Konavle. Konavle has always been a part of Dubrovnik county, among the richest and most developed regions in Croatia, with a very solid economic and social basis. There is no doubt that once you come to Konavle, you will fully enjoy the nature, culture and tradition of this area on every step of your way. ČILIPI If you want to explore the folklore and ethnography of Konavle, you must visit Čilipi, the cultural centre and one of the largest settlements in Konavle. For over forty years now, every Sunday morning at 11.15 am, from Easter to the end of October, traditional folk dancing is held in front of the St. Nicholas church. We also recommend the Konavle County House museum that contains the ethnographic treasures of Konavle, displayed in a perfectly restored typical Konavle house. The collection contains about 500 items including men’s and women’s folk costumes, embroidery, jewellery, arms, musical instruments and items used in the everyday life. Tip: The Sunday Fair will surely attract you! Here you can buy hand-made souvenirs and local embroidery from Konavle.

GALLERIES AND ART For art lovers we recommend the Bukovac museum and art gallery, the mausoleum of the Račić family and the art collection of Baltazar Bogišić, all located in Cavtat. There is also an art gallery of Miho Šiša Konavljanin located in in Mihanići whose paintings reflect the harmony between the landscape and the intimate social life of Konavle. HISTORIC HERITAGE AND NATURAL BEAUTY Fort “Sokol“ (Hawk fort) Dating from the 15th century, the impressive Sokol fort was built at the foot of the stone cliffs that rise above the village of Dunave in Konavle. It was the largest fort in the area, built to guard the border of the Dubrovnik Republic and defended the area from enemy invasions through the natural passage between the massive Snježnica and Bjelotina Mountains. Throughout the centuries it was constantly adapted and upgraded. Tip: When you set foot on the last step and reach the top of the fort, you will be impressed by the breath-taking view of the entire Konavle region.

WATERMILLS ON RIVER LJUTA Watermills consisted of a system of eight watermills for flour, two watermills for oil and three stamp mills. The functioning of the mills was based on a canal system, and some of them were driven by three aqueducts. The river source and the upper stream are under the protection of the government as a nature park, whereas the watermill is protected as a cultural monument. Tip: Take a walk in the thick shade of large laurel trees and listen to the sound of running crystal clear water. It’s a unique experience to see trout fish and endemic species of frogs. KONAVLE’S TRADITIONAL COSTUMES Konavle’s traditional costumes are perhaps the most beautiful representative of the Croatian folklore treasure. Thanks to the harmony of the natural materials, from which they are made. The ornaments of the Konavle embroidery decorated the shirt chest

For over forty years now, every Sunday morning at 11.15 am, from Easter to the end of October, traditional folk dancing is held in front of the St. Nicholas church.

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and sleeves. Usually, you will see a combination of red, black and green colours encircled by a yellow silk sash in the middle that fits beautifully on the dark or light version of attractive women’s costume. SILK PRODUCTION Konavle has for centuries been renowned for the production of silk thread, which was used for the decoration of men’s and notably women’s national costumes. Silk was an exceptionally important fabric here since it was used in weaving the Konavle folk dress. The production process took place in the rooms of the women every spring. Every woman of Konavle had to raise enough silkworms to produce her own yarn for her individual embroidery. Until marriage, she would produce enough embroidery for various occasions and circumstances. For a long time it would be her only accessory and identity card. This family tradition continues in the present time. EXCURSIONS & ACTIVE HOLIDAYS If you want to escape from everyday city noise, enjoy the peace and the beauty of Konavle region, or try some high adrenaline sports activities, we recommend visiting the Adriatic Luxury Services desk at the hotel reception. Some of the excursions and events we recommend are: recreational horseback riding, ATV safari, Jeep safari, a scenic train ride through the Konavle valley, free climbing above the villages of Mihanići and Pridvorje and many other activities. If you prefer free time on your own in

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nature, there are several hiking paths, along which you can explore Konavle at your own pace and discover unique beaches, known only to locals. Or you can explore Konavle by bicycle, choosing a route by yourself or using one of the theme routes suggested. GASTRONOMY Dining in Konavle is an integral part of your holiday experience, and an essential to appreciating the sentiment and atmosphere of the Konavle region. If you wish to spend a day enjoying the pristine nature while, at the same time, getting to know Konavle tradition and sampling delicious food, be sure to visit the restaurant Konavoski Dvori. Nestled in an ancient mill by the burbling waters of the river Ljuta, this restaurant is the perfect place to round out your day. Dishes are prepared here in the same traditional way as our grandmothers used to make, and the waiters are dressed in regional costumes. Tip: be sure to book the table by the river especially in the summer months when the cold river serves as natural cooler.

GETTING THERE Cavtat is just 10 minutes by bus or taxi from Dubrovnik airport. Buses and boats run regularly from Dubrovnik to Cavtat. You can reach Čilipi from Dubrovnik by car, taxi or bus number 11, departing from the main Dubrovnik bus station. From Cavtat, in addition to car and taxi, you can reach Čilipi by bus that departs at 9:05 a.m. from Hotel Croatia.

Let the acclaimed local chefs scintillate your taste buds with authentic Croatian dishes including lamb and veal baked in an iron bell over live coals, homemade smoked ham and trout from our pools. The restaurant Konavoski Dvori is situated in the grounds of an ancient mill just by the Ljuta river. Konavoski Dvori offers a unique experience for the senses, with its picturesque setting and cooking in the style of Croatian grandmothers. Servers in regional costumes seek to give you the warmest welcome and a most authentic experience.

TERRACE BY THE RUMBLING RIVER Ljuta - Konavle | Open: 12:00 – 00:00 tel: +385 (0) 20 79 10 39, 44 25 73



A D R I AT I C L U X U R Y H O T E L S DREAM COLLECTION HOTEL EXCELSIOR DUBROVNIK Dubrovnik’s iconic Hotel Excelsior is one of the finest luxury five-star hotels in the Mediterranean. Overlooking the island of Lokrum and the Old Town of Dubrovnik, the hotel offers an outstanding location, understated elegance, and incomparable charm. Enjoying a rich 100-year history, the Hotel Excelsior has a long-standing reputation and loyal client base, having played host to some of the world’s greatest performers and royalty. Accommodation: 141 rooms and 17 suites Dining: four restaurants and two bars Conference: six multifunctional rooms for up to 650 people Wellness & Recreation: Energy Clinic spa and beauty centre; outdoor swimming pool

HOTEL BELLEVUE DUBROVNIK Hotel Bellevue is a boutique luxury hotel which prides itself on its chic style, attracting a younger, funkier, and more design-savvy clientele to the city of Dubrovnik. Perched 30m above the picturesque Miramare Bay, nestled in a sandy cove overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the Hotel Bellevue sets a new standard for Croatian properties, attracting the most discerning and affluent visitors. Accommodation: 78 rooms and 13 suites Dining: two restaurants and two bars Conference: three meeting rooms for up to 250 people Wellness & Recreation: Energy Clinic spa and beauty centre; pebble beach

VILLA ORSULA This new boutique hotel is just a fiveminute stroll from the unforgettable UNESCO-protected Dubrovnik Old Town. Its prestigious seafront location offers spectacular sea views, while the surrounding gardens offer exclusive privacy in a secluded corner of Dubrovnik. Built in the 1930s, Villa Orsula's gracious Oriental style architecture creates an atmosphere of exotic luxury. Accommodation: 11 rooms and two suites Dining: Victoria Restaurant and Lounge Bar

VILLA AGAVE Recognised as the best way to experience the ancient and luxurious city of Dubrovnik, Villa Agave is one of the most exclusive villas on the Mediterranean. With an atmosphere of relaxation, comfort, and informality, Villa Agave is a three-bedroom, 270 m2 summer house overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Surrounded by five terraces, Villa Agave offers exceptional privacy and breathtaking views across the bay of the Old Town of Dubrovnik and the Island of Lokrum. VILLA SHEHEREZADE Vila Sheherezade was built in the early 1920s. Its outstanding white stone architecture makes it one of Dubrovnik’s protected historic sites.

The legend behind this marvellous villa, about a great love manifested in the form of a monument, resembles the story of the Taj Mahal. This architectural masterpiece, surrounded by colourful gardens of palm and cypress trees includes over 4,200 m2 of exuberant greenery, creating a charming and unique atmosphere.

ESCAPE COLLECTION GRAND VILLA ARGENTINA Just minutes from the gates of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, Villa Argentina was built as a gilded private residence at the beginning of the 20th century and was converted into a five-star hotel complex in the 1950s. Overlooking the blue Adriatic Sea and nearby island of Lokrum, the hotel is just a short walk from the Old Town of Dubrovnik, providing the ideal starting point for exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Accommodation: 127 rooms and four suites Dining: two restaurants and three bars Conference: three meeting rooms for up to 200 people Wellness & Recreation: Outdoor swimming pool; deck beach

HOTEL DUBROVNIK PALACE Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, a luxury five-star resort, opened in May 2004. Revered for its multi-faceted approach to lavish holiday escapes, Dubrovnik Palace offers a full range of activities and facilities for couples and business travellers. Celebrated as Europe’s finest five-star resort for 2011, the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace was also the proud winner of two World Travel Awards for two consecutive years – Croatia’s Leading Hotel and Croatia’s Leading Spa Resort. Its wellness and spa centre, conference rooms, superb gastronomy, and spectacular terraces with breathtaking sea views make it the first choice for a memorable, luxurious stay. Accommodation: 271 rooms and 37 suites Dining: four restaurants and three bars Conference: eight conference and meeting rooms for up to 750 people Wellness & Recreation: Energy Clinic spa and beauty centre, three outdoor swimming pools, PADI diving centre, tennis court, private beach, jogging paths and walking routes.

HOTEL CROATIA CAVTAT Located a pleasant 20-minute drive from historic Old Town Dubrovnik, near the picturesque village of Cavtat, Hotel Croatia Cavtat is the leading 5-star resort and conference hotel on the southern Adriatic. Built to demanding specifications allowing Hotel Croatia to blend seamlessly with its natural surroundings, it is the ideal destination for relaxation or business. The hotel serves as a convenient base for

exploring Dubrovnik, the crown jewel of the Adriatic. Accommodation: 480 rooms and seven suites Dining: four restaurants, three bars, night club Conference: eight conference and meeting rooms for up to 750 people Wellness & Recreation: Energy Clinic wellness and spa centre, private beach, outdoor swimming pool

VILA GLAVIC Villa Glavić is an historic three-storey building, with 27 rooms, offering complete privacy and beautiful sea views. The location of the hotel makes it convenient for trips into Dubrovnik, to learn of its colourful history, to dine in its many restaurants or to shop in the boutiques of the walled city.

UNWIND COLLECTION HOTEL KOMPAS A stylish three-star hotel, the charming Kompas is located in the most peaceful and calm neighbourhood of Dubrovnik, the beautiful Lapad Bay. Thanks to its proximity to the sea and the beach, its ideal location in a quiet area and the many entertainment events held on its open air terrace, hotel Kompas has become one of the most popular places to spend summer holidays in Dubrovnik. Accommodation: 115 rooms Dining: two restaurants and three bars Wellness & Recreation: Outdoor swimming pool

HOTEL ODISEJ Hotel Odisej is a three-star hotel in the heart of the Mljet National Park, on the Island of Mljet. It is a perfect place for nature enthusiasts, history buffs; those who like to explore the myths of ancient times or scuba diving fans. If you are looking for a secluded island retreat, where time stands still, the island of Mljet makes a perfect choice. Accommodation: 153 rooms and two suites Dining: three restaurants and three bars Wellness & Recreation: Children's swimming pool; fitness club; hiking and biking trails; diving centre

HOTEL SUPETAR Hotel Supetar is a comfortable 3-star hotel ideally situated for a family holiday in the centre of the charming historic town of Cavtat, a typical Dalmatian seaside town with harmonious architecture. The hotel is just steps away from the beach and offers guests a more intimate setting to enjoy their Adriatic vacation. Old Town Dubrovnik is a pleasant 20-minute drive away. Accommodation: 28 rooms Dining: restaurant and bar

Dubrovnik. Dream until the dream comes true.

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