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A slice of Heaven Arboretum Trsteno

Celebrity Interview Mario Testino

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„Selfie“ vith a view on Dubrovnik City Walls

GUARDIANS OF THE CITY – DUBROVNIK CITY WALLS Considered to be one of the greatest fortification monuments in Europe, these guardians of Dubrovnik’s freedom are an example of how fortress architecture

developed. No wonder Dubrovnik is among the best preserved medieval walled cities in the world. Dubrovnik citizens always call their city simply “the City”, yet they write

its name with a capital letters. Is there any simpler and more beautiful way to express respect and love for your City? One of the reasons that Dubrovnik retained its independence


for so many centuries can be traced to its eternal guardians – the City walls. Full story on page 12 › The beaches, terraces, and gardens of our 5-star hotels serve as breathtaking open stages where concerts are held under the stars.

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This is the eleventh 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. Looking back at the ‘Stars’ programme, a fact based approach would reveal 10 years of entertainment, 475 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 …

Vala Beach at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

— Tasteful Jewellery Galllery and Workshop Nalješkovićeva 3, Dubrovnik, Croatia coral concept store Nalješkovićeva 8, Dubrovnik, Croatia






Guardians of the City – Dubrovnik Walls are considered one of the greatest fortification monuments in Europe


Hidden beauties inside the City Walls - a story written by one of the most famous tourist guides in Dubrovnik, Mrs. Pave Brailo.


Heart of Iron – find out where in Dubrovnik you can taste world renowned delicacies – oysters, also very popular as sea aphrodisiacs


Dubrovnik as a stage – read on how Dubrovnik became a popular destination as a filming, weddings and fashion stage


Sail back into Dubrovnik's maritime history - Get aboard on Karaka-a magnificent replica of the old ship that once proudly sailed across the Mediterranean.


Bells that Sound a Blessing for the Sailors of the World - If you are staying at hotel Bellevue you might have heard the sound of the tolling of the bells and of the ship’s horns sounding just before they pass the hotel. Have you ever wondered why?


Mario Testino - An interveiw with an iconic fashion photographer Mario Testino featuring the supermodel Lara Stone


A slice of heaven – Trsteno Arboretum Leave behind the rush and noise of today’s world, and take a step back in time to a place where the cool greens of antique Renaissance gardens meet the deep blue of the Adriatic Sea, leaving a sense of peace and tranquillity.

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Spectacular views at sunriese, sunset or any time at all –enjoy the glorious sunset over the Elaphiti islands and the Adriatic Sea while sipping creative cocktails at the Sunset Lounge

Delicious Secret Dubrovnik Recipes - Candied orange peel is a superb traditional dessert in Dubrovnik. Read on and find out how to prepare this sweet delicacy.

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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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Silk production in Konavle - the art of silk production shows a great respect for the tradition of breeding silkworms and making silk. It was believed that silk had the power to heal and protect...

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News – find out what’s new in ALH group


Dubrovnik – a Mediterranean treasure read about Dubrovnik and its history

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Dubrovnik‘s sights – places to visit and monuments to see while in Dubrovnik

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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.


Stars beneath the Stars – breathtaking open stages where concerts are held under the stars. Read our new programme of this year’s seasonal events in our hotels

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Dubrovnik Summer Festival – programme and list of cultural events in Dubrovnik during the summer

Print: Alfa-2 Events in Dubrovnik – calendar of events in Dubrovnik throughout the year

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Celebrity Interview Mario Testino

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Spring 2015

„Selfie“ vith a view on Dubrovnik City Walls

GUARDIANS OF THE CITY – DUBROVNIK CITY WALLS Considered to be one of the greatest fortification monuments in Europe, these guardians of Dubrovnik’s freedom are an example of how fortress architecture

developed. No wonder Dubrovnik is among the best preserved medieval walled cities in the world. Dubrovnik citizens always call their city simply “the City”, yet they write

its name with a capital letters. Is there any simpler and more beautiful way to express respect and love for your City? One of the reasons that Dubrovnik retained its independence


for so many centuries can be traced to its eternal guardians – the City walls. Full story on page 12 › The beaches, terraces, and gardens of our 5-star hotels serve as breathtaking open stages where concerts are held under the stars.

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This is the eleventh 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.


ooking back at the ‘Stars’

local residents and tourists in the

programme, a fact based

audience, 9,500 litres of welcome

approach would reveal 10 years of

drinks that were served and over

entertainment, 475 participating

300,000 pictures taken …

musicians and performers, 30,000 Vala Beach at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace






Forty-five might be considered young for facelift, but it's just about the right time for this 3-star hotel to undergo a major makeover. This year, hotel Kompas will become the elegant four-star hotel it deserves to be. Hotel Kompas will re-open its doors middle of August 2015 and will emerge with a completely new look as a sophisticated 4-plus-star hotel. Enjoying a sensational seaside setting overlooking golden Lapad beach and the Adriatic Sea, the allnew 4+-star Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik will offer great contemporary design and outstanding dining and conference facilities with personal, friendly service. The hotel will feature a total of 173 sophisticated bedrooms and suites, lavishly ornamented with elegant décor and most with sea view and balcony. The new design includes significant upgrades to all the interior spaces of the hotel, creating a blend of sophisticated, modern but yet harmonious look which will delight our discerning guests. Guests will also enjoy Sphere Restaurant & Lounge Bar with innovative cuisine concepts and will serve both as an a la carte and main dining restaurant. It will serve as inspirations to our guests, offering delicious Croatian and international dishes made with the finest ingredients, a carefully selected wine list and magnificent views of the Adriatic Sea. As night falls, guests will be able to step on the seafront terrace of the Sphere Lounge Bar, while sipping their favourite drinks and enjoying the magical scene of the sunset in the background. The hotel’s exteriors will feature warm and inviting lighting, contemporary glass doors and stone accents matching the natural colours of the environment. When entering the reception area, guests will be pleasantly greeted by soft integrated lighting and an atmosphere of a homey gathering place. The reception area will also feature a

striking top-floor Zenith bar in a spectacular setting - all corners of the bar will be made of glass walls, overlooking the Uvala bay and the Adriatic Sea. For the summer season, the hotel will also open its spacious sunbathing terrace, offering views of Lapad Bay glistening in the midday sun. Guests can also cool off in the outdoor pool, or enjoy their favourite drinks, coffee and light cocktails at the poolside Luna bar. To meet the new demands of business meeting and convention attendees, the hotel will feature a high tech conference room Meridian for up to 400 people with theatre style seating. The meeting room can be divided into three smaller sections, all featuring natural light and state-of-the-art technical equipment.

True to its concept of artistic interior design, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace is home to over 1000 original works by Croatia’s most prominent artists such as Edo Murtić, Dušan Džamonja, Jagoda Buić, Mladen Veža and Romana Milutin Fabris. The very heart of the hotel's art scene is LUNA + SOL, a quirky art gallery on the seventh floor, which opened in 2014. Here, guests can explore paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography and art installations, as the changing light plays over the gallery's panoramic views over the Adriatic. All the paintings and art exhibited within the gallery are for sale. From April to November 2015, the gallery will feature an exhibition of works by three Croatian academic artists. During April and May, the Croatian painter of the younger generation, Tomislav Ostrman, will present the exhibition “Party Time Planet”. Ostrman’s painting deals with utopia, optimism and humour, so the critics call it "Sweet utopia". He has had many notable exhibitions, and his works can be found in collections in Croatia and abroad.

June and July will be marked by distinctive and powerful paintings by Bane Milenković. Today Milenković has a unique position within contemporary art, and continues the tradition of our greatest landscape painters, seascapes and colourists. The recipient of numerous awards,, Milenković has exhibited in over 70 solo exhibitions and 130 group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. Through August, September and October, the gallery will show works of Mersad Berber, one of the most important artists of the region whose works reveal his amazing skill as a draftsman. As a widely recognized and awarded artist, he was included in the Tate Gallery collection in 1984. Berber has achieved international recognition as one of the greatest postclassical artists of the 20th century. The right piece of art can be the souvenir of a lifetime, so visit the gallery to find “the” piece to call your own.

THE WINE DINGAČ RESERVE 2010 LIMITED VINTAGE –FOUND ONLY AT ALH HOTELS! The Grape - Plavac Mali - the region’s most prominent and most popular red wine grape, is the basis of many of Croatia’s award-winning reds. High in alcohol and tannins, these wines are dense and robust, often with a spicy finish. The new hotel Kompas will also feature a luxury Spa centre where a tranquil sanctuary and complete relaxation of five-star pampering will be guaranteed. Guests can choose from an impressive menu of luxury health and beauty services offered in three all-white treatment rooms, work out on the latest state-of-theart equipment in the fitness room overlooking the pool area and the sea behind it, relax in the indoor or outdoor pool, with serene views of the crystal blue Adriatic Sea, and rejuvenate in the saunas.

To please the palate of (Croatian) wine lovers, Adriatic Luxury Hotels have created a special project. In partnership with one of the finest wineries in the Pelješac region – the Skaramuča family winery – we have selected a premium plot to grow a limited variety of Plavac Mali grape to create a special Dingač reserve, sold exclusively at our hotels and villas at great prices across our hotels... .

Poised on the beachfront of picturesque Lapad Bay and its famous promenade called Uvala, the new Hotel Kompas will be a little piece of heaven for the perfect holiday!

Why Dingač? The area is unique for its microclimate and position: it receives up to 3000 hours of intense sunlight annually and extremely high temperatures, as it spreads over steep slopes above the Adriatic shoreline.

The Winery - The Skaramuča family vineyards are found on the southern slopes of Dingač, spread across 20 hectares of sun-kissed slopes on the Pelješac Peninsula. With so many awardwinning wines, the decision to select a premium area of the vineyard for Adriatic Luxury Hotels limited vintages came naturally... This elegant, multi-layered wine with ripe fruit notes of cherry and prune is vibrant and rich with an impenetrable ruby colour. The rich and layered fruitiness mixed with a final spicy touch of oak typical of Dingač results in the pure pleasure of excellent balance: luxurious, powerful and warm. To enjoy our exquisite Dingač Reserve, ask your server or bartender for a recommendation or wine pairing advice.

Discover the natural and authentic skincare products and fragrances from the heart of Provence!

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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.

Dubrovnik’s finest restaurant

Among the world’s ten most romantic restaurants according to Condé Nast Traveller

Creative and refined Mediterranean cuisine Brsalje no. 3 (Pile Gate) | tel: +385 (0) 20 44 25 26 | Open: 18:00 – 24:00



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.


The Heritage Gallery is a unique place in Dubrovnik, inspired by the rich cultural and historical heritage of both Dubrovnik and Croatia. The Gallery offers pieces of art by famous artists of contemporary Croatian art, as well as authors from other countries in the region, such as: Jože Ciuha, Mersad Berber, Bane Milenković, Stipe Nobilo, Dino Trtovac, Duško Šibl, Vatroslav Kuliš, Josip Trostmann, Duje Jurić, Ivica Šiško, Krešimir Nikšić and many others. The collection also comprises of a wide array of artistic ceramics, art jewellery, and other alluring items and authentic souvenirs. For lovers of antiques and vintage items, there is a collection of antique oil lamps and small household items. We will be delighted to share with you a part of Croatian contemporary art and history. As a respected guest of ALH you can enjoy your visit and purchase in privacy (please, feel free to book your visit in advance).

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.

Heritage Gallery, Ulica Petra Krešimira IV. No. 7, Dubrovnik (in the close proximity of the lower cable car station)

tel: +385 98 209150 · · Open from 10-14 and 17-21, Sundays and public holidays 10-15



Dubrovnik Tips

Walking the city 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. Let ALH Times be your guide to an oasis of chic, in a Dubrovnik you’ve never seen before.

BRING HOME SOMETHING SPECIAL Gemma Mia Antiques Whether you are curious about buying antiques or are a seasoned antique lover, you’ll surely find something at Gemma Mia. The assortment of antiques includes original pieces of applied art from earlier centuries including old and restored jewellery and watches, various antique furniture, mirrors, chandeliers, candlesticks, china, and much more. This specialized antiques store is located in one of those „off the beaten path“ streets in the Old Town, that tourists rarely wander in, which is probably part of its charm.The inclination towards beauty, harmony and craftsmanship is a part of the legacy of Dubrovnik Republic that still remains on this address in Žudioska street.We are sure that you will be able to find a piece or two that can infuse your home with warmth and character. Inside tip: ALH guests enjoy the privileges of a private shopping experience and free purchase delivery to the hotel. Contact our guest relations department to schedule your visit in advance.

ALH Wine To please the palate of (Croatian) wine lovers, Adriatic Luxury Hotels have created a special project. In partnership with one of the finest wineries in the Pelješac region – the Skaramuča family winery – we have selected a premium plot to grow a limited variety of Plavac Mali grape to create a special Dingač reserve, sold exclusively at our hotels and villas. Ask your server or bartender for a recommendation or wine pairing advice. Inside tip: If you are here in the wine season (September) drive up to the vineyard to inspect the quality yourself (see ALS).

Diamonds Forever Timeless, unique, memorable, a gem are words often used to describe Dubrovnik. Deep within the city walls, on its main street, choose a memento that holds the same qualities. Storekeepers at Diamonds Forever will gladly assist you in picking your perfect 4C combination - right Colour, Clarity, Cut, and Carat, in a piece to call your own. Inside tip: Remember, since the beginning of time man has used stone to start a fire ;)

Heritage Gallery If you wish to feel the spirit of ancient Dubrovnik combined with modern art, a visit to the Heritage Gallery is a must. The vast collection of contemporary art, paintings, sculptures, unique ceramics, jewellery and antiques will make your visit unforgettable. The Heritage Gallery`s artist of the year is the world renowned Jože Ciuha, whose major retrospective, celebrating more than 70 years of his artistic work, was held last year in collaboration with the Heritage Gallery at the Museum of Modern Art in Dubrovnik. Ciuha`s artworks work can be exclusively bought at the Heritage Gallery. Inside tip: In addition to visiting and buying in privacy ALH guests can enjoy rich literature about artists, expert advice prior to purchase, as well as transport and delivery of artworks with a shuttle service from the gallery to your hotel.

The pharmacy of the Franciscan Monastery of the Friars Minor The pharmacy of the Franciscan Monastery of the Friars Minor in Dubrovnik is one of the inevitable components of every guide book or tour. How could it not be, when founded in 1317 along with the monastery, it

is one of the oldest in this part of the world. (According to some, it is the third oldest, surpassed in age only by those in Baghdad and Padua). If measured solely by the continuous work, it is perhaps the oldest on the continent. In the beginning it was used only for the purposes of the monastery, but as the needs of the city expanded, so the pharmacy aided with the contributions of its citizens. It smelled of mint and sage and many other medicinal plants which the Franciscans used in preparing medicinal compounds. Their library holds quite a few pharmaceutical manuals with well-kept secret recipes and quite ordinary remedies. Among the manuscripts there are many formulas referring to elixirs that aimed to prolong youth, recipes for a good memory, but also those which, in their opinion, could preserve peace in marriage! Inside Tip: It is less known that, the pharmacy still sells home-made, coldpressed soaps and creams prepared of natural ingredients like olive oil, palm oil, almond oil, goat's milk, lavender, rosemary, honey, lemon and crushed almondsprepared according to 200-yearold recipes. Some of the products are Aqua Rosae, Aqua Rosmarini, Aqua Lavandulae, Gold Cream (wax and almond oil), cream of roses and rose oil, Rosemary Cream, Moisturizing cream with Almond, Wrinkle Proof cream (cocoa butter and bergamot oil), Lip Balm (wax and vanilla).




EXPLORE Clara Stones Coral Concept Store

A day tour of Konavle, the countryside of Dubrovnik

Clara Stones is an extraordinary combination of passion for jewellery and Mediterranean heritage. Depicted as a type of a restaurant it represents the brand through decadent feasts where jewellery is served on plates. The pieces are made of top quality organic materials. Clara Stones offers variety of specials, among it jewelry with coral, collected by certified divers from the Adriatic Sea. Its workshop is all about precious coral and the meticulous process in which it is transformed from the raw material branches to finished jewellery.

Explore the contrasts and exceptional beauty of this rural region. The mountains and valleys are dotted with green hills and bare stone. This area is peaceful and serene, perfect for relaxing in nature. Slow down and breathe in the clean air, stress-free surroundings and the good old fashioned way of life.

Inside Tip: You are invited to observe how the coral branches are being divided, clean, cut, polished and finally put into beautiful pieces of jewellery. Unique and luxurious, the fantasy world of Clara Stones is tastefully designed and handcrafted with top-quality corals, pearls and rare gems

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 for inspiring scenery.

Adriatic Luxury Hotels Blog Bring Dubrovnik home with you! More stories, news, recommendations and tips await at Adriatic Luxury Hotels Blog:

Inside tip: Travel by motorcycle, or at least a cabriolet.

Dubrovnik Cable Car

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

Barbieri di Ragusa The beginning of the 20 th century marks the “golden age'' of barbershops. Visiting one was a weekly routine that every man, regardless of the depth of his pocket, did with a smile. As soon as you stepped into the shop, you would have been fully absorbed in the homey, almost family atmosphere of these small spaces. Well-known fragrances of home-made soaps, aftershave, various hair and face tonics, oils and neck powders were infused deep in every crevice of the wooden furniture. Comfortably settled, at the first splash of warm water on your face, relaxation was guaranteed. Barbershops were also a source of information; people discussed politics, traded important gossip, and engaged in heated debates about sports. It was a tradition, something that fathers and sons did together, a place to socialize, to connect, with a “womenforbidden” unwritten rule. This was no place for depilation, epilation, highlights or facials. Only a good haircut and good conversation. Inside Tip: This was not a romantic story of times gone by. There were times when Dubrovnik barbers and shoemakers could form their own football teams, but today you can hardly get the four of them together to play a game of cards. However

the same old-fashioned atmosphere still awaits you at Od Puča 41 Street in the Old Town where Mr. Čikato and his team of permanent regulars are happy to inform you of everything that is going on in Town. We’re sure they would say ladies are welcome too!

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.

Top selfie spots Dubrovnik Bell Tower – Best view of the City stage Dubrovnik City Walls – red-tiled roofs of the Old Town or the deep blue as a background – your pick!



GUARDIANS OF THE CITY – DUBROVNIK CITY WALLS Considered to be one of the greatest fortification monuments in Europe, these guardians of Dubrovnik’s freedom are an example of how fortress architecture developed. No wonder Dubrovnik is among the best preserved medieval walled cities in the world.

Dubrovnik citizens always call their city simply “the City”, yet they write its name with a capital letters. Is there any simpler and more beautiful way to express respect and love for your City? One of the reasons that Dubrovnik retained its independence for so many centuries can be traced to its eternal guardians – the City walls. Lord Byron called this majestic walled city “the pearl of the Adriatic,” and it is easy to see why. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered the best-preserved walled city in the Mediterranean with a seafront setting and dramatic mountain backdrop. In 1979, the Old City of Dubrovnik (which includes a large part of the ancient walls of the city) joined other world treasures on the Unesco list of World Heritage Sites. On average 24 metres high and up to 6 metres thick, but much thinner on the seaward side, the walls date back to the 8th century. However, we can say that the most intense construction took place from the 13th to 15th centuries. With numerous additions and modifications throughout their history, the city walls have been considered to be amongst the great fortification systems of the Middle Ages. Equally impressive from without and from within, proudly resisting enemies through the centuries with their forts, bastions, towers, guardhouses and parapets, these City guardians have never lost their vitality and energy for defending Dubrovnik’s freedom and the freedom of its citizens. The oldest systems of fortifications around the town were probably wooden palisades.

From the very beginnings, many well-known and unknown but talented architects took part in the construction of these monumental walls. Although the construction of the walls was completely finished in 1296, the walls were reconstructed from 13th to 17th century in order to adapt to new times and weapons. The Dubrovnik Republic wanted only the best builders to take part in the reconstruction and decided to hire some of the international masters of the time, such as Michelozzo di Bartolomeo Michelozzi of Florence,

Bernardin of Parma, Antonio Ferramolino of Bergamo, Onofrio and Simeone della Cava and many others. Beside these masters, some distinguished Croatian artisans also worked on the construction of the city walls, including Paskoje Miličević, Juraj Dalmatinac, Nicifor Ranjina and others. The secret of how Dubrovnik’s walls have been preserved to the present day, lies not only in the knowledge of the skilled construction workers and the constant care provided by city

residents who maintained and rebuilt the structures as needed; but also in the brilliantly reputed diplomacy of Dubrovnik’s leaders, who managed, on many occasions, to avoid dangerous measures taken by enemies against the Republic. Today's intact city walls have long been a source of pride for Dubrovnik. This complex circular structure, among the largest and most complete in Europe, consists of four strong fortresses at its most significant points. To the north is the strong circular Minčeta Tower, and to the east side of the city port is the Revelin Fortress. The western city entrance is protected by the strong and finely-shaped Fort Bokar often called "Zvjezdan." It is the oldest preserved fort of this kind in Europe and is considered to be among the most beautiful examples of harmonious and functional fortification architecture. Another fortress, standing strongly and feely on a cliff 37 metres above the sea, is the St. Lawrence Fortress (known as Lovrijenac) which protects the western side of the city from potential land and sea assaults. Above the entrance to this fortress is carved a Latin inscription, ‘Non bene pro toto libertas venditur auro’ (‘Freedom is worth more than

City Walls in numbers Dubrovnik city walls today have the girth established in the 13th century and were systematically and continuously perfected over several hundred years, until 1660, when the last of the towers, St. Stephen’s Bastion, located on the southern part of the walls, was finished. The walls stretch over 1940 m (6365 ft.) and consist of the main city wall, sixteen towers, three forts, six bastions (bulwarks), two corner fortifications (cantonatas), three outer-walls with several turrets, three moats, two barbicans, and one breakwater. Two drawbridges at the Pile and Ploče gates were raised each night to seal the entrance to the town. The thickness of the walls varies from 4 to 6 metres on the seaward side and 1,5 to 3 metres on the landward side.



You might recognize the walls of Dubrovnik from the popular HBO series “Game Of Thrones”, which used the walls as a filming location for the fictional city of King’s Landing.

all the gold in the world). The large and complex St. John Fortress is located on the southeast side of the city, controlling and protecting the entrance to the Old City port. Inside this fortress you can find the Maritime Museum, containing objects, paintings and documents from the city’s history. The ground floor houses the famous Dubrovnik Aquarium, home to Adriatic fauna specimens in 27 basins of various sizes. In order to defend the city of Dubrovnik completely, one crucial detail had to be embedded at almost every

corner of the city walls. Dubrovnik’s patron, Saint Blaise, had the honour of being present as an eternal guardian of the city’s freedom and his image was placed in stone at all major points of the walls facing both the sea and land, as well as in the niches of forts Minčeta and Lovrijenac. Carefully guarding the city throughout the centuries, many soldiers found comfort in the presence of St.Blaise’s, to whom they could pray and talk during their long night guards. Many people believe that Dubrovnik city walls managed to resist enemies and kept the city’s freedom till the present day with the help of their

patron, watching eternally over his City and protecting it on his watch. So, if you really want to see Dubrovnik in its full glory, don’t miss a chance to climb these magnificent defenders of Dubrovnik’s freedom. Explore the walls’ secret passages and hidden openings, and enjoy the ever-changing views of the Old city, the Adriatic, the island of Lokrum and the rest of the town of Dubrovnik. From here, you will have the best view of “the Pearl of the Adriatic“! No doubt that Lord Byron would agree.

A few tips for walking the Dubrovnik walls: • Make sure to bring your cameras • Bring a hat (there's very little shade on the walls) • Bring bottles of water • Buy tickets at the main entrance to the walls just inside the Pile Gate. If you are going without a personal guide, you can rent an audio guide at the main entrance. • Try to avoid the hottest part of the day. Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon – this is the best time to enjoy the spectacular scenes of rising or setting of the sun over Dubrovnik. Summer hours: 08.00 – 18.30 h (April 1 – May 31) 08.00 – 19.30 h (June 1 – July 31) 08.00 – 18.30 h (August 1 – September 30) 08.00 – 17.30 h (October 1 – October 31) Winter hours: 09.00 – 15.00 h (November 1 – March 31)




Have you ever wondered what kind of beauty is hiding inside the city walls that only few locals know about? In the following lines we bring you a story written by one of the most famous tourist guides in Dubrovnik, Mrs. Pave Brailo. As president of the Dubrovnik tour guides society, she has been a personal guide to numerous celebrities, statesmen, Nobel Prize winners and Presidents during their visits to Dubrovnik, such as Japanese Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, Margaret Thatcher, Prince Charles, several Oscar winners, a Thai princess and many others. Whichever entrance to the city walls you choose, a counter clockwise walking direction should be respected. Your eyes will be watching with amusement all those picturesque rooftops, many types of chimneys, small gabled windows in attics, weathervanes, flowers, clotheslines, gardens... However, the largest cultivated, terraced land plots become visible as you lean against the northern wall in front of St Barbara Tower, the first quadrangular tower east of Minčeta Fortress (15th c.). What a place to unwind and enjoy the most beautiful, breathtaking view of the walled city of Dubrovnik, its surrounding neighbourhoods and the open sea from the top level of mighty Minčeta with its bulging battlements! Descending several steep flights of steps from the Upper Corner Tower

towards St Francis Tower, you will see the gardens of the Franciscan monastery on your left. There is an orchard on the uppermost terrace, a 15th century Renaissance upper cloister with a small garden in the middle and a lower Romanesque cloister garden laid out in 14th century style. The monastery has been guarding the western entrance into the city ever since. The Franciscan monastery was damaged during the Croatian Homeland War in 1991 (as shown on the maps on each side before you enter the walled city). Damage was inflicted on the monastery’s rooftops, roof trusses, both cloisters, the museum displaying the old pharmacy, the sacristy, bell tower, the refectory and the garden with its outside access staircase against the walls.

It was from 2000 until 2006 that a very young friar named Damir Cvitić joined his brothers in the monastery and started tending gardens, and cultivating medicinal plants and aromatic herbs. He also kept some animals, but only tortoises remain today. Many fruit trees were damaged by shells during the Homeland War and almost all of them died. Friar Damir obtained seedlings and carefully replaced many plants. He planted both white and red grapevines alongside the damaged pergola. Their growth required props which were in accordance with tradition of Dubrovnik gardens. The pergola is a special garden element composed and laid out to provide shelter over its access path as well as spots for resting and meeting in the garden after work. Such elevated grapevine cultivation was useful from the production point of view. Individual vine varieties were allowed to creep with their stems and sprouts all over the trellis to allow bigger and better grape yields. The elegant Gothic octagonal columns which urgently needed repair were badly damaged. The missing parts or those columns broken to pieces were replaced by pieces saved from the pergola, which used to be located on the upper terrace. Both are visible on the Austrian map from 1837. The restored pergola was replaced in its entirety in 2009 with twelve eight-sided columns on each side, supporting the wooden trellis offering a lovely 50-metre walking path and a sitting area in the shade of overhanging grapevine leaves. It was in 2009 that sweet, juicy grapes were harvested in the old city for the first time. What a source of pride for the Friars Minor (OFM) and

their head monk friar Stipe Nosić! Nowadays, more than five years after friar Damir passed away at the age of 41, the fruit trees in his orchard bear fruit: lemons, peaches, oranges, tangerines, plums, quince, grapes, figs, kiwi, and Seville oranges. He planted a vegetable garden as well as lilacs. A peach tree on the highest level is particularly interesting. The tree is always partly in blossom as its topmost branches and other overhanging parts bear fruit and ripen one after another. Thus friars are blessed with fresh fruit during different seasons of the year. Friar Damir was capable of remarkable feats of endurance working in his garden after his dedicated religious commitment. The restored pergola is currently fully visible, testifying to the medieval tradition of Dubrovnik. The cloister garden in the Friars Minor monastery is the oldest existing garden in the walled city, which has been continuously tended since the Middle Ages (1317). It is the only one which is open to the public. Visit one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, enjoy this charming place, discover the restored frescoes, the cloister with double columns, smell the fragrance of roses and orange blossoms, look at the clipped boxwood hedges, grapefruit trees, crepe myrtle, and many other species. While friar Damir's garden glows in the light of the setting sun, the lower gardens with all their birds are havens of peace and tranquillity. A Latin inscription in some historic gardens of Dubrovnik reads: “Stay far away envy, disputes, vanity and worries.” It does illustrate the ambience in those gardens as well as the lifestyle of those times.


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HEART OF IRON No, it’s not a new computer fantasy game; we’re talking about oysters – also known as sea aphrodisiacs, Ostrea edulis in Latin or kamenice in Croatian. These world-renowned delicacies come from a small bay near Dubrovnik that has become a destination for the true gourmand. Oysters Love or Hate | “How hungry did the first person to eat that have to be?” This interesting question was actually posed in the pages of National Geographic. Few dishes can rival the raw oyster for unpalatable appearance and general “ick” factor. If undaunted by the oyster’s rough, rocky, nearly-impossible-to-open shell, the undoubtedly famished first taster would then have confronted the gray, slimy appearance of its plump body. Once beyond any primal gag reflex though, this seminal slurper would have been surprisingly rewarded with the oyster’s delicate, chewy texture, rich flavour, and salty liquor. Or not? The taste of raw oysters is one of those flavours most people simply love or hate. Rarely can you hear someone say “Oh well, they’re kind of OK, nothing special”. Personally, we are on the love side. We particularly appreciate the way American TV chef and author Anthony Bourdain described his first oyster experience:

“I remember it like I remember losing my virginity, and in many ways more fondly. It tasted of seawater ... of brine and flesh … and of the future. Everything was different now. My brother’s expression of unrestrained revulsion … reinforced the sense that I had somehow become a man.” Admittedly, they’re not for everyone, but adventurous humans the world over have enjoyed oysters, raw and cooked, for thousands of years, benefiting also from their high calcium, iron, and protein content. Love | Or at least decide to give them a try Oyster aficionados agree that a good oyster must be served cold, fresh (look for white to gray colour), preferably be medium in size, tender and juicy. Oysters are best when opened right out of the sea, sprinkled with lemon juice, and followed by a sip of wine. Rare and exotic, such highly prized delicacies are often a luxury available to the lucky few, unless you’re vacationing in Dubrovnik!

Mali Ston, a small bay about 45 minutes drive north of Dubrovnik is one of the few remaining places in the Mediterranean that still has water clean and clear enough, along with an unique set of favourable hydrological conditions to support oyster farming. Oysters have been harvested in Ston since Roman times. The peak of oyster season is the beginning of March, traditionally starting with the feast of St. Joseph, when they are the fullest, but can be enjoyed fresh throughout the entire summer. The simplest way to join the hedonistic club of oyster aficionados is to drive up to Ston and wait on the one of the piers for growers to return from their oyster beds. Better yet, pair oysters with octopus salad or black shellfish risotto at one of the local restaurants. A small half-day tour with a private transfer to the area starts from €240. For more information please contact our Guest relations.

WHILE IN THE AREA … While it is a common belief that oysters are best paired with champagne, we beg to differ! Wine is the natural companion to oysters. So since you are already in the Peljašac wine growing region, use this opportunity to discover one of the many wine tours the area has to offer – here is an ALH suggestion Also visit: • Ston City Walls – one of the best kept secrets - the longest complete fortress system around a town in Europe – in fact second after the Great Wall of China. • Ston Salt Works – sea salt harvesting facilities that date back to the period of Dubrovnik Republic and still operate as they did 500 years ago.


Are Oysters an Aphrodisiac? The food of love? The oyster’s reputation as an aphrodisiac dates back thousands of years. The Roman satiric poet Juvenal wrote of women’s rampant behaviour after consuming wine and eating giant oysters. Casanova is said to have eaten fifty a day for breakfast. Nutritionists have never found anything in an oyster to support the theory, and would argue that the Roman ladies are more likely to have been aroused by the wine than the oysters. But the oyster is a rich source of zinc, one of the minerals required for the production of testosterone, so there may be something in it. And none could deny that the psychological impact of simply believing in the oyster’s aphrodisiac power may be enough to stimulate desire and more vigorous performance. In other words, if you believe it will work, it just might!

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Word of the exceptional city of Dubrovnik was spread throughout Europe by poets, travellers and sailors. It was Lord Byron who named it the “the Pearl of the Adriatic”, and George Bernard Shaw who wrote to his friends “those who seek heaven on Earth should come to Dubrovnik”. It was a story passed on through a pen. Today, spared from industrial development and

surviving intact, Dubrovnik remains a beautiful city, proud of its history and culture.

Still managing to amaze its visitors, the story keeps on spreading, now told through a

photo lens, spreading through “the most important of all the unimportant things”, social media.

spotted on the terrace of Villa Agave, at the beach of Hotel Excelsior and along the marble streets of Old Town where curious passersby watched the famed photographer and gorgeous Lara Stone in action. They did some observing

as well, resulting in Vogue’s street style report with an equally stylish backdrop. We have grown to love the spotlight and are certainly looking forward to more projects like these.

A FILMING STAGE For those who may not have yet heard, Dubrovnik is the main filming location in Croatia for King’s Landing, the fictional city in Game of Thrones, the popular television series based on the series of fantasy novels “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin and distributed by HBO. George R.R. Martin himself couldn't have dreamt up a better real-life location for King's Landing, the seat of power in Game of Thrones, than Dubrovnik. The medieval town along Croatia's Adriatic coast, with its historic walls, towers and fortresses, is the perfect backdrop to the scenes of warring clans, as seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. The Co-Executive Producer D.B. Weiss was pleased to find an intact, walled medieval town to evoke King's Landing: "To find a full-on, immaculately preserved medieval walled city that actually looks uncannily like King's Landing where the bulk of our show is set, that was in and of itself such an amazing find."-he implied.

GOT fans can visit the actual scene locations including: Lovrijenac Fortress Lovrijenac Fort is the new scene for Red Keep, and the bay outside its walls was used as the setting for the sea battle at Blackwater where Stannis Baratheon tried to attack King's Landing. Park Gradac This park was used as the setting for the Purple Wedding between Margaery Tyrell and King Joffrey Baratheon. The island of Lokrum Lokrum was used for exterior scenes, and as a setting for the city of Quarth. Trsteno Arboretum This arboretum, located near Dubrovnik, was used as the coastal gardens of King's Landing where Tyrion and Varis plan their schemes and deceptions. Villa Sheherezade, Adriatic Luxury Hotels Our own Villa Sheherezade becomes Tyrion Lanister safe haven in season 5.

A FASHION SHOOT STAGE Dubrovnik and Adriatic Luxury Hotels, once again served as a stage for the ‘fashion bible’ Vogue photo shoot by renowned photographer Mario Testino and model Lara Stone. “I suggested it. I have loved spending

time there, such beautiful place and so inspiring. I think it was the perfect place for the pictures we wanted to take, showing the summer fashions” said Testino in the interview (page 28 & 29). During three days of filming they were





While we are on the topic of fashion, let us finish up with one of the ultimate style locations in the Old Town, featured in US editions of Vogue and Elle magazines – Maria Concept Store.

Throughout June, foreign and local media, led by Vogue magazine, reported on the host of socialites and celebrities who descended upon Dubrovnik for the wedding of Fabiola Beracasa to investment banker Jason Beckman. When Fabiola Beracasa, a film producer, style maven, NY socialite and a daughter of publishing magnate Veronica Hearst, first set out to plan her wedding in Dubrovnik, we never doubted that it was going to be anything less than glamorous. Yet she managed to surprise us. We are just going to throw out a few names: a Givenchy wedding dress and its creative director Riccardo Tisci

to directly lend a hand, Margeritha Missoni, Hamish Bowles, Nathan Stewart and a host of other celebrities on the guest list, Snoop Dog to entertain, Belgian flower genius Thierry Boutemy to decorate, crinolined dancers swaying on towering poles at the gala entrance. All topped with spectacular locations like Sponza Palace, a breathtaking 16th century residence, for the ceremony, the Rectors Palace and the Lovrijenac fortress for the wining and dining galas, Dubrovnik Theatre for the wedding after party, and our own, celebrity favourite Hotel Excelsior, and villas Orsula and Agave for the newlyweds and the guests.

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KARAKA - SAIL BACK INTO DUBROVNIK'S MARITIME HISTORY You have walked the walls of Dubrovnik, mingled in its narrow streets with tourists from all over the world, seen many museums, been to your favourite beach, enjoyed live performances, visited bars, restaurants and nightclubs....but have you sailed back into this old Croatian city’s history and consumed exotic Dalmatian seafood on board an ancient ship? Croatia – The country that loves you back Dubrovnik – The old city that you visit once and again Karaka – The ship that takes you back into maritime history To enquire about cruises with Karaka please contact: / 00385 91 358 1888

For many centuries Dubrovnik was an independent republic, a major Mediterranean maritime and trading power. In the 16th century its merchant navy had more than 180 large ships. The first quarantine in the world was established in 1377 in Dubrovnik’s harbour. The maritime insurance, known as “Ordo super assecuratoribus”, introduced in 1568 in Dubrovnik was the oldest law of its kind in the world. In his works "The Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice" and "King Henry VI" William Shakespeare wrote about “argosy”, a type of ship from Dubrovnik or Ragusa as it was then called. It is the same ship the

people of Dubrovnik called karaka. The ship was used to transport valuable cargos to and from all major ports in the Mediterranean. Most of the Dubrovnik karakas had close to 140 crew members and up to 40 canons for protection against pirate attacks. Their interiors were well equipped and decorated. The ceilings were covered with original paintings of renowned masters. Some of the karakas had fully equipped blacksmith and carpenter workshops, fresh water tanks and vegetable gardens as well as separate dwellings for chickens, pigs and rabbits. Towards the end of 16th century newly built karakas were able to carry up to 1000 soldiers and 900 tons of cargo.

Master shipbuilders in Dubrovnik’s own shipyards used the best wood and other materials from the hinterland to build their karakas. Captains, officers and other seamen on the ships of the republic were among the best in the Mediterranean and beyond. They sailed in their karakas to England, the United States and Western Australia. Today you too can sail back into the 16th century by getting aboard a karaka. The modern day karaka was conveniently named Karaka. She invites you aboard for a unique journey through Dubrovnik’s seagoing history. The Karaka is a magnificent replica of the old ship that once proudly sailed across the Mediterranean. Boarding her and sailing

with her crew is a unique and original experience especially for those who appreciate old seagoing traditions. The mighty city of Dubrovnik that proudly rises from the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea is worth seeing from the main deck of the Karaka. The shots you take from the ship and on the ship you will surely keep forever. However, the old looking vessel with its numerous pulleys, stays and many other nautical gadgets also offers a “five star” catering service with traditional Croatian dishes of the Dubrovnik region. The Captain and his crew take pride in having people like you aboard the Karaka.



You may have never before been to Dubrovnik. You could be a corporate executive who is organizing incentive trips, international meetings and conferences. You may be a retired person who always wanted to take part in a historical seagoing adventure. You could be a person who has decided to get married and wants a totally different wedding ceremony and reception. Or, you may be just an individual who wants a unique experience in a unique environment at sea. Whoever you are, when in Dubrovnik, the Karaka is your perfect choice. It offers several options:



Incentive trips, excursions, teambuilding, meetings, luncheons, dinner cruises, cocktail cruises, product presentations, etc.

Daily cruises from 1st May to 30th September


Gruž / the old town – walls of the old town – the old town / Gruž

Wedding ceremonies/receptions, pre or after wedding cocktail cruises, anniversary celebrations, birthday parties, etc.

Forty five minute cruising on board the Karaka exploring the old city walls from the sea side while listening to Dalmatian music.



Full or half day cruises, island hopping cruises, panorama cruises, lunch and/or dinner cruises, etc.

Half day cruises from 1st May to 30th September The old town – Lokrum Island and surroundings – The old town

COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES Film and photo shootings for music clips, television series, movies, advertisements, promotional activities, etc.

HALF AND / OR FULL DAY EXCURSIONS from 1st May to 15th October.


Two and a half hour romantic sunset and night cruising around Dubrovnik on board the Karaka with a welcoming glass of champagne, Dalmatian cuisine buffet dinner including one drink per person while exploring the old city walls from the sea side.

SUNSET CRUISES Half day cruises from 15th June to 15th September

CATERING SERVICE “MODRI PJAT” – FEATURING SENSATIONAL MEDITERRANEAN TASTES AND AROMAS What’s “MODRI PJAT “? Pleasing fragrances, aromas, and colours of the Mediterranean which are enriched by the specific magic of the Adriatic Sea and served for you to enjoy have appropriately been named the "Blue Plate" – “Modri pjat”. "Modri pjat" is an excellent choice for all those gourmets who expect a top catering service for their private and/or business gatherings, wedding receptions and celebrations of important dates or anniversaries. Experienced personnel will assist you with planning your event. They will make sure that you fully enjoy the “Modri pjat” Croatian specialties. Make the first step in organizing your unique happening on the 16th century ship which will undoubtedly take you on an imaginative and memorable history voyage through magical locations in and around Dubrovnik – "The Pearl of the Adriatic". Join our creative and friendly personnel who are determined to please you at unique locations like the Sponza palace, fortresses Lovrijenac and Revelin, the old port of Trsteno, Museum Rupe and many others.

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Gruž – Koločep Island – Šipan Island – Lopud Island – Gruž Full day cruises on board the Karaka with a welcome drink, Dalmatian cuisine buffet lunch including one drink per person.

The old town – Lokrum Island and surroundings – the old town One hour of romantic sunset and night cruising around Dubrovnik on board the Karaka with a welcome drink while exploring the city walls from the sea side and listening to Dalmatian music

The exotic menu on offer includes: Cold seafood starters, warm seafood starters, meat or seafood soups, cold meat starters, warm meat starters, vegetarian starters, vegetable soups, warm vegetarian starters, main seafood dishes, main meat dishes, main vegetarian dishes, salads and desserts – all prepared by chefs who admit that their grandmothers influenced their careers. .



BELLS THAT SOUND A BLESSING FOR THE SAILORS OF THE WORLD If you are staying at hotel Bellevue you might have heard the sound of the tolling of the bells and of the ship’s horns sounding just before they pass the hotel. Have you ever wondered why? Many times it’s the little things that you learn about a new place that stick with you for a long time. Well, here is the story hiding behind these mysterious sounds.

Nestled on the peninsula of Danče west of the Old Town, and hidden like a gem in Miramare bay, there is a convent complex with a votive Church of St. Mary (Our Lady of Danče) and the remains of one of the Dubrovnik’s oldest quarantine facilities (lazarettos). It was established the same year as the cemetery, in 1457, when Medieval Europe was often exposed to various epidemics that were usually brought by sailors, some of which did not spare Dubrovnik. Therefore, upon the decision of the Great Council of

the Dubrovnik Republic, Danče was established as a quarantine facility, an isolation place for all infected by plague or people who may possibly have been exposed to similar communicable diseases. Archival documents say that local nuns were already living in one of the homes nearby, and during this period of isolation, with their presence and constant care for the infected , eased the pain of dying patients. In 1644 the quarantine was moved to the eastern part of Dubrovnik and

INTERESTING FACTS • The church celebrated its 500th anniversary in 2007. • Its main portal was carved around 1480 and luxuriously decorated with a depiction of the Virgin Mary, carved by an unknown local craftsman in a Gothic and Renaissance style. • It is also famous for two masterpieces displayed in its interior – paintings: poliptych Madonna with Saints by Lovro Dobričević from 1465 and poliptych Madonna with Saints by Nikola Božidarević from 1517.

then, for the first time, these nuns, in the order of St. Francis, were explicitly mentioned as the guardians of the church and cemetery in Danče. Their presence on Danče has continued to the present date, and in 1983 the order was officially registered by the Pope, and bears the name of Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Dubrovnik. Thus, consecrated life in this place has lasted five and a half centuries, as Danče gives a special spiritual seal of prayer and peace. Having the past in mind, the Church of St. Mary (Our Lady of Danče) remained sacred primarily to Dubrovnik sailors, while the Franciscan nuns were proclaimed as the eternal guardians of the seamen who always ask their blessing (with the tolling of the bells) as a sign of hope before leaving the City and heading on their voyage. This custom dates back to the mid-17th century. Even today, captains still gladly nurture this traditional salute. Whenever you see ships leaving Dubrovnik or just passing by, you can hear the horns coming from the ships, while as an echo from the mainland, nuns always respond with the blessing of the bells from the centuries old little white Church of St. Mary, or as locals from Dubrovnik call it, Our Lady of Danče. It is a touching and beautiful tradition of the Franciscan

sisters of Immaculate Conception who salute the seamen, wishing them fair winds, calm seas and a safe return home to their families. Interestingly, even the cruise ships, which visit Dubrovnik during the year, have also adopted this Dubrovnik custom. Every time they pass by the church of St. Mary, cruise ships sound their horns. Occasionally, once they set foot on ground, the captains from these floating hotels visit the Franciscan nuns and their convent built right on the very sea cliff. So whether you are staying in hotel Bellevue, or just heading to the Pile gate, be sure to visit this unusual and historic place and look and listen for the little things. Who knows, maybe some ship will pass by during your visit and you will have a chance to witness this beautiful traditional greeting between the seamen and the nuns.

GETTING THERE Danče is located about 200 metres west of the Pile gates, following a path that rises above Kolorina and heading to the Gradac Park. When you reach the Gradac Park, follow the narrow path from the parking area downhill to the seashore. The Franciscan monastery of St. Mary is located on the right side.



STARS BENEATH THE STARS This is the eleventh 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. 22


Grand Villa Argentina Hotel Excelsior


Jul. 10

Klapa Kampanel

Jul. 17

Tedi Spalato

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace


Jul. 28

Jelena Radan

Grand Villa Argentina


Aug. 02

Natali Dizdar

Hotel Excelsior


Sep. 01

Parni Valjak

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace


Looking back at the ‘Stars’ programme, a fact based approach would reveal 10 years of entertainment, 475 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 10 years was the opportunity for the people of Dubrovnik and their guests to enjoy great music in an intimate atmosphere.

The grand opening of Dubrovnik Summer Festival

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 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. 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.

Vala Beach Club, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace



The grand opening of Dubrovnik Summer Festival The Palm Terrace, Hotel Excelsior

Natali Dizdar

great loca tions with great mus ic and great perfo rmers

Tedi Spalato


Jelena Rad


Klapa Kampanel

Garden, Grand Vi

lla Argentina



MARIO TESTINO – AN ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHER ON LOCATION IN DUBROVNIK Last September, locations of Adriatic Luxury Hotels and various spots in Dubrovnik Old Town served as a perfect backdrop for a fashion shoot for Vogue magazine. The Vogue team was led by the iconic fashion photographer Mario Testino, and featured supermodel Lara Stone. The whole team stayed at Adriatic Luxury Hotels. During three days of shooting they were spotted on the terrace of Villa Agave, at the beach of Hotel Excelsior and along the stone streets of the Old Town where curious passers-by watched the famed photographer and the gorgeous Lara Stone in action.

There is no better choice for a glamourous shoot than photographer Mario Testino. His career highpoint came in 1997 when he was chosen by Princess Diana to photograph her for Vanity Fair. Testino has been regularly employed by the British royal family ever since. He celebrates the femininity of women in his photographs like no other. He balances the rare art that is his personal aesthetic with that of the personalities that exist within it - uniting models and stars. The photographer has now had almost every star in front of his lens, and is a celebrated celeb in his own right. After an intensive three-day photo shoot,

we sat with Mr. Testino at the terrace of the Villa Agave, one of the locations used for the shoot, to reflect on his recent photo fashion editorial in Dubrovnik and to get some insight into his work and inspiration - a world seen from his own very intimate perspective.

Why was Dubrovnik chosen for the location for Vogue magazine? I suggested it. I have loved spending time there, such beautiful place and so inspiring. I think it was the perfect place for the pictures we wanted to take, showing the summer fashions.

What was the purpose of your recent stay in Dubrovnik? Can you tell us more about the project? I was in Dubrovnik on assignment for Vogue, photographing the amazing Lara Stone (see pictures). The pictures will run in the Chinese edition of the magazine.

When you are working on location can you manage to get a sense of the place? I think from the moment I get somewhere I am able to pick up the energy of a place. I travel a lot so I must be able to do this. I also think it’s important to spend as much time as

you can experiencing what a place has to offer, from the day life to the night life. Did you have time to experience Dubrovnik during your last visit? If so, what did you like the most? As well as spending time on land, what I also love doing in Croatia is taking a boat and going out to sea. We did that the last time I was there shooting for Vogue. Since you travel frequently all over the world, and have a glamourous lifestyle, we are keen to know



your opinion about the potential of Dubrovnik as a fashion/editorial destination. I think Dubrovnik, to begin with, has history and beauty. That is a very attractive quality from which much potential can spring. As an experienced and frequent traveller what do you find most important about the hotels you choose? Comfort, of course, as I travel so much it’s important to feel comfortable. I also like somewhere that is elegant and chic, but I think it has to be unique. I have the hotels that I regularly stay at and they are very specific. When I go to Paris I have my regular hotel there, same with Berlin, Rio etc etc. I like a hotel that is a mirror of the place I am in.

Is there any one person you would love to photograph and haven’t yet? I get asked this question all the time but I always feel the same way -- I want to discover the person I don’t yet know… How would you describe your style of photography? What do you find most important during the creative process? I would say my photography can be about extremes, but elegance, humour and sex are recurring themes. And the thing that is most important during the creative process, I would say that’s communication. What is your goal in photography? To keep discovering.

Have you always been interested in fashion photography or does your passion lie in other aspects as well? In a way yes, though growing up I didn’t really know there was such a profession, but when I discovered it, it was like an awakening that I could combine my passion for fashion with my interest in image making. What is your approach to digital photography? I am very open to new technologies, I think it’s very important to not be limited or restricted in your work. As you are most renowned for portrait photography, how important for you is to build a relationship with the person you photograph? I think it’s all about the relationship between me and the sitter. As the photographer I have to get the best out of my subject so I have to put a lot of myself into the picture, though you may not physically see me. 'Iconic fashion photographer Mario Testino has shot everyone from Kate Moss and Madonna to Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge.'

Caption from social networks featured by Mario Testino, Lara Stones and Vogue China



PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS 10 Jul, Fri 21:00 In front of St. Blaise's church OPENING CEREMONY

11 Jul, Sat 21:30 In front of St. Blaise's church SLOVENIAN PHILHARMONIC UROŠ LAJOVIC conductor

12, 13 Jul / Sun, Mon 21:30 Ruđer Bošković Square DSF, Ljubljana Festival & Slovene National Theatre Maribor Neo-Baroque Ballet DANGEROUS LIAISONS Valentina Turcu & Leo Mujić choreographers

14 Jul, Tue 21:30 Ruđer Bošković Square Slovene National Theatre Maribor ballet STABAT MATER Edward Clug concept and direction

15 Jul, Wed 23:00 Ruđer Bošković Square Night Serenades DUBROVNIK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA KAŠE A CAPELLA VOCAL GROUP ĐELO JUSIĆ conductor

16 Jul, Thu 21:30 Rector's Palace Atrium ANTIPHONUS VOCAL ENSEMBLE EDIN KARAMAZOV lute

16, 17, 18, 19 Jul / Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 21:30 Island of Lokrum Festival Drama Ensemble I. VOJNOVIĆ: EQUINOX Joško Juvančić director Subtitled in English via Vipscript app 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.

17, 25 Jul /Fri, Sat 4, 8, 18 Aug / Tue, Sat, Tue 21:30 Revelin Fort Terrace LINĐO FOLKLORE ENSEMBLE

20, 21, 22, 23 Jul / Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 21:30 Kupari Beach Festival Drama Ensemble PREMIERE MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ: THE ELEMENTARY PARTICLES Ivica Buljan director

24, 25 Aug / Fri, Sat 21:30 Šulić Beach Writers at the Festival DSF, Croatian Writers Association & Croatian National Thetare Varaždin A. BARICCO: OCEAN SEA

24 Jul, Fri 21:30 Rector's Palace Atrium SLOVENE OCTET

66th 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 66th 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.

26 Jul, Sun

30 Jul, Thu

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21:30 Rector's Palace Atrium ALEXANDER KUTUZOV piano

28, 29 Jul / Tue, Wed

31 Jul, Fri

21:30 On the Ship Writers at the Festival P. BRUCKNER: BITTER MOON Paolo Tišljarić director

21:30 Sponza Palace Atrium Writers at the Festival D. KATUNARIĆ: KRONOS

28 Jul, Tue

1 Aug, Sat

21:30 Rector's Palace Atrium CANTUS ENSEMBLE

21:30 Rector's Palace Atrium LANA KOS soprano LJUDMILA IVANOVA piano Russian Romances

29 Jul, Wed 21:30 Orsula Park THANA ALEXA PROJECT Jazz

3 Aug, Mon 21:30 Rector's Palace Atrium ARENSKY PIANO TRIO

9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Aug Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 21:30 Rectors Palace Atrium & in front of St. Blaise's Church Festival Drama Ensemble PREMIERE I. VOJNOVIĆ: THE DUBROVNIK TRILOGY Staša Zurovac director

11 Aug, Tue 23:00 Skočibuha Summer Residence Night Serenades DUBROVNIK TROUBADOURS feat. IBRICA JUSIĆ


15 Aug / Sat 21:30 Revelin Fort Terrace GREGORY PORTER Grammy Award for the best vocal jazz album, 2014

15, 16, 17, 18 Aug / Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue 21:30 Skočibuha Summer Residence Festival Drama Ensemble W. SHAKESPEARE: ROMEO AND JULIET Jagoš Marković director Subtitled in English via Vipscript app 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.

19 Aug, Wed 23:00 Skočibuha Summer Residence Night Serenades CHANSONS DE PARIS feat. TEREZA KESOVIJA

The ambience and the City as a unique meeting place of the world's and Croatia's finest artists

20 Aug, Thu 21:30 Rector's Palace Atrium ITAMAR GOLAN piano GUY BRAUNSTEIN violin


24 Aug, Mon 21:30 Lovrjenac Fort Writers at the Festival RADE ŠERBEDŽIJA feat. MIROSLAV TADIĆ guitar

24 Aug, Mon 21:30 Sponza Palace Atrium ANDREW TYSON piano




Events in Dubrovnik EXHIBITIONS EXHIBITION - “REVELIN – ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH / SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT / FOUNDRY“ January 01 – December 31, 2015 (except Wednesdays), Fort Revelin

PERFORMANCES & MUSIC FESTIVALS PARK ORSULA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 June 15 – September 01, 2015 Open Air Stage – Archaeological Site –Panoramic Gazebo. Apart from being a place where one can enjoy nature and the view, the park was conceptualised as a unique open air stage for cultural and entertaining events with 250 seats in new amphitheatre. LE PETIT FESTIVAL DU THETRE June 18 – 21, 2015 The theme of Le Petit Festival 2015 is “Love to our mother Earth”. The Festival every year raises the curtain revealing creations carefully selected and talented artists whether they are poets, actors, dancers, or something else. MIDSUMMER SCENE FESTIVAL June 20 – July 04, 2015 Fort Lovrijenac, (Every day at 21:30) A play “Twelfth Night or what you will” by William Shakespeare (performed in English), is a new Croatian festival aimed for international visitors. This year the world is celebrating an important milestone: 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. MUSICAL THEATER FESTIVAL "ANA IN THE CITY" June 21 – 23, 2015 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. SUMMER EVENTS PROGRAM AT DUBROVNIK SOURROUNDINGS July 01 – August 31, 2015 Enjoy music and entertainment programs on the Elafiti islands, in Zaton and Orašac and witness the Mediterranean melody, folklore and folk traditions that have been cherished for ages. PERFORMANCES OF FOLKLORE ENSEMBLE LINĐO May 2 – July 9 / August 27 - October 31, 2015 (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.

AKLAPELA – VOCAL GROUP FESTIVAL April, 2016 Aklapela is a yearly gathering of the most accomplished klapa a cappella singing groups in Croatia. Concert performances feature both men’s and women’s groups, in this traditional vocal style. The festival is held after Easter.

CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERTS DUBROVNIK STRING QUARTET CONCERT April 15 – October 28, 2015 (Wednesdays at 21:00), St. Saviour's church Featuring a wide repertoire and many distinguished guests, performing famous classical, Baroque, romantic, contemporary and Croatian compositions. DUBROVNIK CHAMBER TRIO April 11 - October 31, 2015 (Saturdays at 21:00), Domino church Enjoy English and French Baroque compositions performed by some of Dubrovnik's most accomplished musicians. SORKOČEVIĆ QUARTET CONCERT April 8 – September 26, 2015 (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 throughout Europe. "THE BEST WORKS OF GREAT COMPOSERS" CONCERT April 10 - October 30, 2015, (Fridays at 21:00) Candlelight Concert held in church of St. Saviour CONCERT SEASON IN RECTOR'S PALACE Organized by Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra

SPORT EVENTS DUBROVNIK HALF MARATHON May 10 – 11, 2015 The marathon running, especially two-kilometre long race with a limited number of participants held at Dubrovnik walls is certainly an attraction. With the motto "More than a race" this new event, as planned, will be more than just a sporting event since, through running, healthy lifestyles will be promoted. “WILD LEAGUE” WATERPOLO July 12 – August 16, 2015 This is the largest amateur water polo competition in the world. Teams from various local neighbourhoods compete at beach locations throughout the city. ITF MENS FUTURES & ITF WOMENS CIRCUIT October 10 – 25, 2015 Tennis tournament that will be held at Lapad and Babin Kuk Tennis Courts.

GASTRONOMY WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL September 24 – 27, 2015 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. GOOD FOOD FESTIVAL DUBROVNIK October 22 – 25, 2015 The four day programme includes several presentations of culinary specialties of the region, cookbooks in English, programmes for children, tasting of regional wines, culinary workshops and other activities such as “dinner with a famous chef“ and workshops on how to prepare a typical Dubrovnik sweet “gulozece”, “Eat & Walk“ gastro tour, “Sweet Tooth Map“ – a map for those who have a sweet tooth and other surprise activities.

May - October, 2015 DUBROVNIK INTERNATIONAL OPERA ARIAS FESTIVAL “TINO PATTIERA” Organized by Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra

July 1- 4, 2015 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. INTERNATIONAL LATE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL DUBROVNIK Organized by Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra

August 26 – September 21, 2015 Rector’s Palace The program includes 13 concerts of classical music, which will be held in the beautiful and acoustically-unique ambience of the Rector’s Palace in collaboration with internationally renowned guest artists

OYSTERS FESTIVAL March 19 - 22, 2016 Oysters are one of the specialities of southern Dalmatia, while those from Ston, a small town just north of Dubrovnik, are especially prized. These local culinary treasures are at their fullest and tastiest in March, so the Oyster Festival is held on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19 and is held both in Ston and all down Dubrovnik's main street, the Stradun. Enjoy local vocal groups singing a capella while you taste.

NIGHTLIFE CULTURE CLUB REVELIN Hours: Until June 1, 2015, the club is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 23:00—06:00. From June 1 October 1, 2015, the club is open every night. Located in the Revelin fortress at the entrance to the Old Town at Ploče Gate, the club is famous for its 3-day festival in August featuring famous

performers on the global electronic music scene.

CELEBRATIONS 66TH DUBROVNIK SUMMER FESTIVAL July 10 – August 25, 2015 This is the largest and most representative cultural manifestation not only in Dubrovnik but in Croatia. CHRISTMAS FAIR December 2, 2015 – January 6, 2016 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, Dubrovnik sweet delicacies, Christmas decorations, candles, toys, glassware, embroidery, ceramics, porcelain and a variety of other hand-made souvenirs and gifts by local artists. DUBROVNIK NEW YEAR’S PARTY December 31, 2015 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. FESTIVAL OF ST. BLAISE February 2-3, 2016 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. DUBROVNIK CARNIVAL FESTIVITIES 13 – 17 February, 2016 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. Experience the special atmosphere of the Dubrovnik carnival festivities characterized by jokes, laughter, merriment, joy, satire. EASTER FAIR March 26 – April 05, 2016 The traditional Easter Fair is 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 handpainted Easter eggs, featuring intricate and unique designs made with deep red natural dyes.

Explore the simplicity and harmony of Mediterranean casual dining The restaurant is surrounded by three most beautiful town fortiďŹ cations: Lovrijenac, Bokar and MinÄ?eta which frame a unique and breathtaking sea view Located by the Pile Gate (western entrance to the Old City)





Leave behind the rush and noise of today’s world, and take a step back in time to a more peaceful era, in the natural beauty of Trsteno and its Arboretum. It is a place of natural beauty, where the cool greens of antique Renaissance gardens meet the deep blue of the Adriatic Sea, leaving a sense of peace and tranquillity. that the Gučetić-Gozze family did not simply build a summer villa in the middle of their gardens. Rather, the entire Arboretum was carefully planned, and every detail, whether architectural or botanical, was designed to shape their visitors’ experience of the space. Set on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic, the Arboretum covers 28 ha (70 acres) while integrating several different units: the historical Renaissance garden surrounding the ancient summer villa – also known as the monument of garden architecture and the historical neoromantic garden of the turn of the 19th to the 20th centuries. Beside this, the Arboretum includes a Baroque fountain and the graceful arches of a stone aqueduct, an historic olive grove, as well as natural vegetation like downy oak, Aleppo pine and Mediterranean cypress woods, macchia and coastal rock vegetation. Trsteno is an old fishermen's village situated north-west of Dubrovnik with a long tradition in seafaring. Hence it is no wonder that this settlement hosts one of the oldest and most beautiful Arboretums in the whole region. Trsteno gets its name from), a local reed plant that grows in moist places, since this is one of the rare places where you can hear the murmuring of the spring water. The first thing you notice when you come to Trsteno, are two huge plane trees (Platanus orientalis) that grow beside the main road at the small square in the centre of the village. These magnificent trees have been a part of Dubrovnik history for more than 500 years and are unique specimens of their kind in continental Europe. Their trunk is over 15 meters wide and around 50 meters tall. Because of its size and longevity, it almost takes ten people to encircle the tree. One can be sure that many poets have mediated here in the shade of these giant plane trees. Inside Tip: hop out and snap a photo of these gentle giants, and if you are feeling especially ambitious, give them a hug before hitting the road. A BIT OF HISTORY Construction of the Arboretum started in 1494, when Ivan Marinov, one of the members of Dubrovnik’s patrician family Gučetić-Gozze erected a summer residence and laid out a garden at his land estate in Trsteno. , the Gozzes asked Dubrovnik’s captains and seafarers

to collect seeds from any foreign destinations they travelled to. It was with these specimens that they began to grow the Arboretum. Given the mild climate, the garden became an extended salon and was used for plays, readings, and other family entertainment. The prominent Dalmatian philosopher and humanist Nikola Vitov Gučetić wrote much of his work here in his family's garden. At the same time, the Trsteno garden was closely connected to the famous Dubrovnik poet and beauty Cvijeta Zuzorić. The Arboretum holds a very special place among the old Dubrovnik, Dalmatian and Mediterranean parks due to its five centuries of continuous development from Gothic Renaissance, Renaissance Baroque and Romantic forms to the present. In 1948 it was protected by law as a monument of garden architecture.

A WALK THROUGH THE CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL SIGHTS The Trsteno Arboretum is the only arboretum on the Croatian Adriatic coast which unites cultural and natural heritage. It is known for its historical gardens and a collection of Mediterranean and exotic plant species. A notable characteristic of the Arboretum is the role that architecture plays throughout the space. It seems

The Gučetić garden The Gučetić garden is a typical Dubrovnik Renaissance garden. Its geometrical ground-plan shows an orthogonal network of walks edged with low stone walls. Its beauty is enhanced by the walking promenade with the double row of pillars which support the vines on an overhead pergola, a pavilion with stunning views over the Elaphiti islands, St. Jerome’s chapel, “the green loggia”, a Baroque fountain and the graceful arches of a stone aqueduct. The villa offers a panoramic view which is not only of high aesthetic value, but also bears the symbolism of the Dubrovnik Renaissance thought; on one side the openness of the sea to the world, and on the opposite side the flowing waters, the mystery of life on the rock-bound coast, murmuring and

glittering through the deep shade of the laurel grove. Take a stroll through the garden and look for the famous fountain from the 14th century, supplied with water by a 70 meter long aqueduct of14 arches. In 1736, the original Renaissance fountain was reshaped into a luxurious baroque nymphaeum with Neptune, the god of the sea, all waters and earthquakes, as the central figure of the composition. Neptune’s fountain is guarded by two nymphs, one of whom, the tale says, might have been a forest nymph who successfully protected the Arboretum from two of the most horrific evils –war and fire. After the catastrophic earthquake in 1667, when the early Renaissance villa was destroyed, a new residence (the present-day villa), was soon erected on the same spot. There are outbuildings in the eastern part of the garden which formerly served the agricultural needs of the estate. The well-preserved mill with its old olive presses is particularly noteworthy. Another garden, which is spatially separated from the Renaissance garden and the villa, was laid out in the Drvarica tract at the Gučetić estate at the turn of the 19th to the 20th centuries. The new garden, by its specific qualities, pertains to a group of southern Adriatic gardens. Its main feature is the compositional unity of two diverse parts: a traditional, geometrical and modern landscape marked by a Romanticist scenography. The garden gradually descends from the wood plateau to the sea along a steep slope, over stone-stairs, belvederes and terraces. The centre of the garden is dominated by a faux ruin with a sundial which affords a view on the Elaphiti Islands.


Neighbours speak highly of me, yet I please more With the waters, the mild climate And the zeal of my demanding master. Behold, visitor, for these are the safe tracks Of man, artistry perfecting the wild nature. Trsteno 1502. (Latin verses inscribed in a rock by the Gučetić-Gozze summer villa)

SPIRITS OF THE ARBORETUM The story goes back to the end of the 16th century when the beautiful redhaired noblewoman Teresa Gučetić often stayed at the family estate enjoying the murmur of water and beautiful fragrant nature. There, she fell in love with a young commoner, though she had been promised to a rich nobleman. Since she couldn’t spend her life with this young man, according to the legend, on the day of her wedding, Teresa fled to Trsteno, wearing a white wedding dress; her hair decorated with a sprig of laurel and rose flowers. She went into the bedroom and drank a poison, but immediately after she repented her deed. She tried to run down the stairs toward St. Jerome’s chapel but never got there. Her parents found her lying on the third stair of the rear garden. Crushed by her death, they buried her in St. Jerome’s chapel. In Trsteno a belief remained that at dusk one could see, but only for a moment, a red haired woman in a white wedding dress wandering through the garden paths, while the night guards of the Arboretum often told stories that many times at night, they would hear the sound of light women's steps and the murmur of silk clothing. NATURAL SIGHTS The collection of cultivated plants, most of which can be found in the Renaissance garden, includes about 465 types of plants from Mediterranean, Europe and Asia,

divided into 111 families. Even today, certain Renaissance plants determine not only the basic features of the Gučetić gardens, but also of other Dubrovnik gardens. These plants present a small group consisting of ornamental and useful plants, the beauty of which contributes to the decoration of any garden (lemon tree, orange tree, citron tree, pomegranate tree, grape vine, rose, jasmine, rosemary, lavender, holy flax etc.). The garden was enriched by many diverse exotic plants collected from all over the world during the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century, including different species of palms, flowering cactuses, eucalyptus, the camphor and the coral tree, the cork oak, the yellow and black bamboo, the Banksian rose and others. The highest and oldest trees, about 150 years old, have grown along the Aqueduct in the back of the garden: the maidenhair tree, the American Lime tree, the cedar of Lebanon, the Himalayan cypress, the oriental planetree etc. Thanks to the significant diversity of species different habitats have developed in the Arboretum. There are 510 indigenous species belonging to 84 families in the Arboretum.

HERE ARE JUST A FEW REASONS WHY TRSTENO ARBORETUM IS A WORTHWHILE DAY TRIP AND A TRUE SLICE OF HEAVEN TO VISIT: • Tranquillity: The area is quiet, green, and soft, leaving a restored sense of peace and tranquillity. • Beauty: Stroll along secluded garden paths, under a canopy of lush green leaves, and delight in the cool scents of exotic trees, flowers and the sounds of splashing fountains. And you get to discover them one by one as you wander the Arboretum’s intriguing paths. • Horticulture: With ancient trees reaching up to the sky and a wide range of labelled plants, a curious observer will have plenty to discover. • Best of both worlds: The Arboretum is perfect for walking, playing catch, sun bathing while enjoying beautiful sea-views, reading books in the cool shade of the park, enjoying the calm, and simple sightseeing. If you would like to visit the Trsteno Arboretum, for more information please contact your concierge. Daily opening times of the Arboretum: May to October: from 7:00 to 19:00, November to April: from 8:00 to 15:00

TRSTENO ARBORETUM AS A FILMING LOCATION Arboretum Trsteno is also known as a major filming location of the 3rd and 4th seasons of the blockbuster HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Walk along the garden paths where Olena Tyrell and Varys plotted against Peter Baelish or sit in the lookout next to Olena and Margaery Tyrell to hear Sansa Stark's story.




SPECTACULAR VIEWS AT SUNRIESE, SUNSET OR ANY TIME AT ALL The Sunset Lounge at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace offers a panoramic view like no other. Conveniently located on the top floor of Croatia’s leading Spa Resort, the Sunset Lounge has a dynamic, modern design and layout that is fashionable, comfortable and inviting.

No matter what time of day, the views from the Sunset Lounge are always spectacular. Equally impressive are the mornings when the dawn arises and the whole space brightens with natural light and the first rays of the morning sun. So if you want to start your day with a perfect casual morning, grab your favourite book or daily newspapers and head to the Sunset Lounge in hotel Dubrovnik Palace. Choose a comfortable corner and order an aromatic cup of coffee or tea and watch the awakening of the new day and rising of the sun complemented by

the morning greetings of the hotel’s eternal tenants – the seagulls. Alongside the best coffee in the area, you’ll find a selection of fresh, homemade cakes – the perfect pickme-up at any time of day. Come and enjoy a tasty menu with selections that cater to every mood and palate. For many guests, the evening begins at the Sunset Lounge, for enjoying the glorious sunset over the Elaphiti islands and the Adriatic Sea while sipping creative cocktails. This delightful top floor lounge also provides the perfect

backdrop for sophisticated gatherings and special occasions, while its lounge setting is perfectly crafted for relaxed mingling and intimate nights out. 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 and enjoy the classic, picture-postcard Dubrovnik sunset unfold in front of you. For the best experience, order from a comprehensive drinks menu

of beautifully composed seasonally changing cocktails or international and domestic wines. Admire the grand painting by Croatia’s best-known artist, Eduardo Murtić, while a pianist plays gently in the background. As the name suggests, Sunset Lounge is the perfect place to raise a glass and toast to your friends and dear ones. Easy going lounge music complements the relaxed mood, while in the background, the sun sets over the Adriatic coast and its beautiful scenery is revealed in all its glory.

GENERAL INFO Location: Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Masarykov put 20 Style tip: Freestyle chic, relaxed and outdoorsy is perfectly acceptable. As the evening progresses opt for smart-casual elegance. Capacity: 120 SPECIAL EVENTS 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 during the summer season HOURS OF OPERATION Monday to Sunday: 07:00 – 24:00 (April–November) SIGNATURE COCKTAILS: PINK PLEASURE cocktail (Vodka, Baileys, Amaretto, Vanilla and Grenadine syrup)




Wild oranges always had a special place in the gardens of Dubrovnik, leaning against stone walls and terraces in the courtyards of renaissance monastery gardens and summer residences. Candied orange peel is a superb traditional dessert in Dubrovnik and the fruit itself is ideal for the preparation of many festive desserts.

Candied orange peel is a superb traditional dessert in Dubrovnik and the fruit itself is ideal for the preparation of many festive desserts. Known around the world for its characteristic scent and taste that can be found only in the Dubrovnik area, today arancini are very much appreciated by tourists as an authentic souvenir or a perfect gift for friends with a sweet tooth. Traditional arancini can be found in many local shops and are a delicacy that often decorates Dubrovnik tables during Easter and Christmas times. They are said to have originated in Sicily (from the Italian name arancini or arancine) in the 10 th century during the period of Arab rule. The name itself derives from their shape and colour, which is reminiscent of an orange, although in eastern Sicily, arancini have a more conical shape.

The Italian word for orange is arancia, and arancina means "little orange". In the past arancini were made for holidays and were offered to guests as candies. They were cut in round pieces or finely chopped and used in making cakes. According to old Dubrovnik recipes, the secret of its taste lies in the thickness of the orange peel – the thicker the peel, the tastier the arancini. On the other hand, housewives use them throughout the year as an addition to cakes. As a dessert, arancini is actually the candied orange peel combined with the aroma that is characteristic of the Mediterranean climate. In fact, they are very simply prepared but bear in mind that the secret of their fruity, bittersweet confection, lies in using local oranges (preferably those from Dubrovnik gardens) that were not treated by chemicals.

YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS (1kilo of orange peel / water for soaking / sugar - equivalent weight of the orange peel) Directions: • Cut 1 kg of orange peel into long strips, following the curve of the fruit with a sharp paring knife, slice off ends of oranges • soak the peel in water for 6 days keeping in mind that water should be changed every day • Strain the peel and weigh it, cover with water and leave to boil about 10 minutes until the peel becomes tender • When half soft, add the equivalent weight in sugar • Boil until it turns translucent and syrup thickens (around 8 to 10 minutes) The point of decision: If you want a tender candied peel, cook until perhaps 3 tbsp syrup is left, and drain the peels Medium-firm, leave only a spoonful of syrup, then drain. For candy-like crisp peel, watch closely until the syrup is on the point of hardening and has almost vanished. • Arrange the peel on a bed of sugar on a jelly roll pan at whatever stage you have stopped cooking. Straighten the strips while hot if you want them symmetrical, or crumble them if you prefer a tangle. • While hot, roll them in crystal sugar and leave them on a plate or a board to dry for several days. Make sure they are exposed to plenty of air, but out of direct sun. During the festive season in Dubrovnik, arancini are usually served with other sweet delicacies made according to the secret recipes of our Dubrovnik grandmas. They go best with Kontonjata (quince jelly), candied almonds, Hrostule (fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar), red and brown Mantala fruit and nut cake) served with a glass of rose petal liqueur (Rozolin)….. Those of which we will write in our next edition and reveal to you another delicious secret recipe….



THAI TABLE FOR TWO, PLEASE Dubrovnik’s first authentic Thai restaurant with a view of the Adriatic

Enjoy splendid Thai cuisine, created by a 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, the Thai Table offers something for every taste. At Thai Table you’re encouraged to explore tapasstyle social eating in which your group shares a series of dishes and everyone gets to try several things from the menu – from tangy salads and rich soups to exotic Thai curries fused with Mediterranean flavours.

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

The traditional Thai décor equally inspires a spirit of exotic adventure. During the spring and summer months, be sure to book a table on the open seaside terrace. In this way you will have the opportunity to savour exotic flavours of Thai dishes while at the same time soaking up the sunrays and enjoying serene and calming views of the Adriatic Sea, the island of Lokrum and the Dubrovnik Old Town.

Visit our Thai Table restaurant located next to Abakus Piano Bar & Restaurant in Hotel Excelsior and try its unique menu based on traditional and innovative Thai techniques and flavourful ingredients.

The restaurant design features an interpretation of traditional Thai style. Expect copious herbs and lightly cooked vegetables. From fresh salads, to rich, hearty soups and delectable curries, guests can enjoy some of

GENERAL INFO Location: Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik, Frana Supila 12 Style tip: Dress up traditional or go chic with colourful and modern cutting edge styles. With Dubrovnik at your doorstep, you’ll want your evening attire to take you effortlessly into the night. Capacity: indoors 20, terrace: 20 HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday to Sunday: 18:00 – 23:00 SIGNATURE DISH: Goong makarm (King prawns with tamarind sauce) Kang pad yang (Red curry duck breast with pineapple and cherry tomatoes) For reservations, please contact the Front Desk

most exotically spicy and delicious Thai meals, fused with Mediterranean and local flavours. Treat yourself to an intriguing journey that combines the very best of the exotic East with the familiar West. There's nothing like a little Thai coffee on the terrace of Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik and a view of the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Welcome to the only Thai Restaurant in Dubrovnik We endeavour to make your dining experience an exotic one!



SILK PRODUCTION IN KONAVLE Konavle has for centuries been renowned for the production of silk thread, which was used for the decoration of men’s and particularly women’s traditional costumes. Silk was an exceptionally important fabric here since it was used in weaving Konavle folk dress. – this secret was revealed to us by Mrs. Antonia Rusković Radonić – one of the well-known women from Konavle who still keeps alive, this tradition of silk breeding. She is a painter, a silkworm breeder, a lover of her country and a founder of the Silk Museum in the south of Croatia.

FIRST DISCOVERY OF SILK According to a Chinese legend, silk was discovered in the garden of the Yellow Emperor Xuanyuan around 2,700 BC. The emperor wondered what was damaging his mulberry trees and ordered his wife, Lei Zu, to find out. She discovered that white worms were eating the leaves of the mulberry trees and were spinning shiny cocoons. She accidentally dropped a cocoon into hot water while preparing tea and, as she tried to fish out the cocoons, she found it stretched in a never-ending line as it was actually a delicate silk filament unravelling from the moistened cocoon. Thus, after the accidental discovery of silk by Lei Zu, the Chinese people jealously guarded the secrets of breeding silkworms and silk production from the rest of the world. Although smuggling of the silkworms over the border was punishable by death, around 550 AD, a pair of missionaries somehow managed to smuggle out silkworm eggs and mulberry seeds in their hollow bamboo walking sticks, and the mystery of silk was finally revealed as a fine fabric to the Europeans. It is believed that the production of silk and silkworm breeding in Dubrovnik’s Konavle region dates back to the 9th century. In the 15th century, the Dubrovnik Republic encouraged silk production on several occasions, and it is well known that in 19th century a silk spinning mill existed in the Ploče area. Yet, the production of silk in Konavle never became an industry; it continued to live only in local households where women from Konavle had a great respect for the tradition of breeding silkworms and making silk. They believed that silk had the power to heal and protect, so they used silk ornaments as a decoration on their

folk costumes, which were taken out of their special storage chests only on certain occasions. The art of silk production was passed among women from generation to generation, thus being a part of their regional identity and a family tradition to which they remained loyal. It was known as “the job” of young girls before they got married, because silk was the most important material for bridal clothes. 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.

THE PROCESS OF SILK PRODUCTION Silk manufacturing in Konavle began in a very traditional way. It all starts in a spring time, when the leaves of mulberry trees reach the size of a mouse’s ear. After spending winter in a cool and dry place, the silkworm eggs are taken to the church for blessing on 25th of March. After the blessing, the women wrap tiny silkworm eggs in cloth and place them in their bosom for about five to seven days, where it is moist and warm enough for eggs to hatch. The main reason for developing this technique was because at the body temperature the eggs develop faster. During that time women must move slowly and very carefully, and they stay at home whenever possible. When the young silkworms begin to hatch, they only come out every day at dawn time until 9:00 am the latest. They have developed the sense for the perfect timing of the spring and summer time!

After they are hatched, the young silkworms are then put on branches (locally called jesa) and covered with young mulberry tree leaves, onto which the newly hatched worms climbed immediately. This is the time when the feeding cycle begins. The worms are fed with mulberry leaves (murva or dud, in Croatian) 3-6 times a day for about 30 days. At this onemonth period, they sleep for four days resting, thus requiring calm and quiet surrounding. During the night, they shed their old skin, and the following morning they continue to eat till the next sleeping period. On the last day (usually 28th) the worms are already about 5-8 centimetres in length, and they eat all the time, from morning till evening. When they stop eating it is the sign that they are ready to spin their cocoons. When the last body part of the worm thickens and turns yellow as an indicator that it is full of silk (resin), Konavle women put the socalled koruna, the branches of the aromatic Dalmatian plants with leaves (rosemary, immortelle, Spanish broom, and so forth) around the wattles, for the worms to climb on and start to spin their cocoons. The process of cocooning lasts for four days during which the worm turns its head in a form of number eight and at the same time exuding saliva from silk glands that are located under their lips. More precisely, it is excreting the silk fibroin thread from one mouth hole, while from the other, it is excreting the

substance called sericin that surrounds and glues the silk thread which hardens in the air. In this way the worms wrap this silk thread around themselves forming the cocoon (in Konavle it is called “punćela”). The worms live in their new homes for 15 days before completing their metamorphosis into butterflies. On the 15th day the butterflies leave the cocoon and search for mates, in whose “embrace” they remain for two days. The butterflies cannot fly, since they do not have digestive systems and live briefly, yet long enough to lay eggs for the next generation. After about 4-5 days of spinning, the cocoons are completed and ready to be carefully picked from the branches. In the past, the silk extracting ceremony took place by the fireplace or in the kitchen where the process of reeling the threads would begin. Extracting silk was not men’s work. Older women and girls spent many hours reeling the silk threads off accompanied by singing, One cocoon one can produce from 1500 to 2000 meters of silk thread.

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praying and studying. The women worked in pairs. After putting the cocoons in pans with hot water, one of them continually stirred the hot water with a sprig, thus reeling the delicate threads off the cocoons. Since the raw silk has only one thread, during this process it gains the pure white colour, a beautiful shine and becomes soft. The other woman reeled up the threads on a holder, which was made of fig leaves wrapped into a white cloth. The silk was then dried, rewound, blanched with plenty of soap and a small amount of cooked ashes, and thoroughly rinsed with rain water. Konavle women dyed the silk themselves in sophisticated pastel colours in order to decorate their folk costumes. The dyes were prepared from various plants and fruits. Red, which is the predominant colour of Konavle embroidery, was obtained from Sappan wood (Caesalpinia Sappan) powder. Black was obtained by boiling Pistacia lentiscus, yellow by boiling crab apple (Malus sylvestris) or pomegranate (Punica granatum). TODAY Over time, these exquisite costumes, passed on from generation to generation, were worn less and less often. During the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1993) the people were expelled from Konavle and their homes burnt and hundreds of such inherited costumes were destroyed. And then, immediately after the war, diligent women of Konavle returned to their old tradition and the beautiful tradition of the silk thread production came back to life. They started

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breeding silkworms again and making embroidered costumes, which they proudly wear today on the special occasions of traditional ceremonies as a part of their regional identity and a family tradition to which they remained loyal. You, also, can be a part of this beautiful tradition. From the early spring to late fall, the time when the silkworms are raised, workshops on producing silk are held throughout Konavle. For more information contact your concierge and ask about Mrs. Antonia Rusković and her atelier and silk workshop in Konavle. This is one of the very few places in Europe where silkworms are still raised and she is one of the rare persons who still preserves the tradition of silk production. All of her products are original, authentic and inspired by the joy of creating. The embroidery that she knits in her workshop is used for the production of applied and decorative items with the purpose of conserving the traditions that were passed on to her by her grandmother and great-grandmother. The diligent hands of Mrs. Antonia Rusković, her enthusiastic spirit and the love for this unique “craft” are a true example of preserving the heritage and antiquity of one’s culture. All you need to do is enter her atelier, to watch and to admire. Who knows, perhaps you will fall in love with this ancient craft and will find an authentic piece of embroidery from Konavle to take home with you as a souvenir.

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 facilities: six multifunctional rooms for up to 650 people Wellness and 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 facilities: three meeting rooms for up to 250 people Wellness and 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.

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HOTEL KOMPAS All new 4- star hotel opening in August 2015, 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.

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 facilities: three meeting rooms for up to 200 people Wellness and recreation: Outdoor swimming pool; deck beach

HOTEL DUBROVNIK PALACE Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, a luxury five-star resort, opened in May 2004 and renovated in 2014. 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 facilities: eleven conference and meeting rooms for up to 750 people Wellness and 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

Accommodation: 480 rooms and 7 suites Dining: four restaurants, three bars, night club Conference facilities: ten conference and meeting rooms for up to 850 people Wellness and recreation: Energy Clinic wellness and spa centre, private beach, outdoor swimming pool

Accommodation: 170 rooms and 3 suites Dining: Sphere Restaurant & Lounge Bar and two bars Conference facilities: conference room for up to 400 people Wellness and recreation: luxury spa, outdoor and indoor swimming pool

VILLA GLAVIĆ 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 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 and 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

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ALH TIMES - 2015 edition  

News, events, happenings, tips, recommendations, curiosities, light beach topics ... Dive into the world of ALH and the wider Dubrovnik area...

ALH TIMES - 2015 edition  

News, events, happenings, tips, recommendations, curiosities, light beach topics ... Dive into the world of ALH and the wider Dubrovnik area...


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