Bura and Jugo: the Story of Dalmatian Winds

If you are traveling to Dalmatia, it’s important to understand the wind. Many Dalmatians believe the winds affect mood, health, food production and may even motivate you to commit a crime. The two winds to know in Dalmatia are Bura and Jugo, which represent the northern and southern winds respectively.

The Bura Wind

In Croatia, the  wind Bura is another word for fierce, just like Boreas character from the Greek mythology. Boreas was the God of winter and the north wind. He fell in love with the Athenian princess Orithyia. Unhappy that his charms got him nowhere, Boreas became angry, kidnapped Orithyia and made her to be his wife.  A real charmer, that Boreas.

The Fierce Force

Even today, the Bura Wind (also known as Bora) can be violent, sometimes bringing gale force that closes the highways, keeps sailors and ferries at harbor, rips trees from their soil and blows tiles from rooftops.  It is a wind that can reach a speed of up to 220 km/h (136 miles per hour).

Bura comes from the north, catapulting over the Mt. Velebit out to the Adriatic sea. It’s a dry cool wind, which is why it can be freezing on a sunny cloudless day. If the sun is out and you’re freezing to death, that’s bura. It’s most common in winter, but can happen at any time of the year.

There are two types of Bura, light and dark. ‘Light Bura’, is more typical and it’s accompanied with the clear skies. Then every so often there is a ‘dark bura’, which, go figure is characterized by dark clouds gathering on the hilltops, moving towards the sea and bringing rain.

Sunset view from the Importanne Hotels & Resort in Dubrovnik

Cleaning the Skies, Clearing the Mind

In Dalmatia, the sky cloggs with a haze thus making the islands barely visible.  Bura comes in and wipes the sky clean. The Bura wind is known for not only ‘cleaning’ out the skies, but in the aftermath of the storm, people feel better, physically and emotionally, almost as if their heads had got cleared too.
March Bura – It is said that if Bura blows three times in March, then summer will be hot and stable.

The Jugo Wind

Jugo is a moist wind, typically accompanied by dark clouds and rain-filled storms. It blows from the south, coming over the islands and onto the shore.

Since Dalmatians tend to be sun-loving people, they are not fond of Jugo. Jugo causes depression, body pain and grumpiness. In this unique part of the world, Jugo is always an acceptable excuse for this melancholic behavior. At a certain time in history, people that have been accused of committing a crime during Jugo winds, often used Jugo as a justifying factor for their legal defense. 

Depending on who you talk to in Dalmatia, you can often hear tell-fabled stories of people getting away with murder by using the Jugo as a defense argument. During the time of Dubrovnik Republic, originally named the Republic of Ragusa, a special law was in place.  The law stated that whenever the Jugo or Sirocco blew, no Council session or decisions or laws were allowed to take place.  Even the crimes committed during heavy southerly winds were treated with more leniency. Luckily those times are over.


A view from the promenade on Lapad Peninsula near Importanne Resort Dubrovnik

Tereza Buconić, a famous croatian author has summed up the Jugo story and has written: “if one can’t even like at himself when Jugo is blowing, how can we expect him to make a decision about another ?”

Five Reasons to Fall in Love with Importanne Sunset

Is there anything more poignant, more meaningful, more memorable than witnessing an epic sunset while traveling?

It will inspire you

Sunsets have been a constant source of inspiration for poets, writers and romantics. The timeless and powerful experience has a transcendent spiritual element that can have a positive, healing and creative effect when integrated into one’s daily lives.  Let the mystical colors of the sky inspire you to paint your life’s most beautiful picture. 

Outdoor terrace of Royal Blue Hotel 5*

It slows down time

Many will agree that the sunset’s warm colors hold the power to stop just about anyone in their tracks.  After getting your Instagram-worthy shot, give your undivided attention to a magical painting that is being created right in front of your eyes.  Get fully captivated by the awe-inspiring colors of the sky, loose yourself in a moment and loose a track of time.

Infinity Rooftop Pool at Importanne Resort

It will put you in a better mood

Psychology reasearch has shown that being physically exposed to sunsets yields in a long-lasting satisfaction and stress relief.  It is a form of meditation allowing you to clear your mind of all that is going on in your body and mind.

Sunset at Importanne Resort

Every single one is different

The color and pattern of a sunset is unique and different each time. You will never see the exact same sunset twice. Every day the colors lay a little differently. This is pretty incredible. You never will get bored of watching, because it’s always a different show.

Sunset from the Lapad Peninsuala at Importanne Resort

Beauty of life

“Sunsets are proof that no matter what happened, every day can end beautifully.”

Kristen Butler

Feel inspired ?

While staying at Importanne Resort, acquire an authentic experience and book a Historic Ragusa Merchant Ship Sunset & Dinner Cruise.

If you are looking for a special occasion, please check out Importanne Resort Honeymoon packages.


Top 5 Reasons to Stay at Importanne Resort

1.When Luxury Meets Nature

If you are seeking for a luxury experience holidays located in the nature you are on the right place. You will feel a sea breeze in your deluxe room and beach area is a steps away!

Royal Princess Hotel

2. Far Away from the Crowds, but Close Enough to the Old Town

Located on Lapad peninsula, Importanne Hotels and Resort is hidden form the crowd and noise what makes you stay more comfortable and pleasant.  In only 10 minutes’ drive away you’re coming to the biggest historic and cultural stage in Croatia, Dubrovnik.  Enjoy!

Rooftop Pool at Royal Blue Hotel 5*

3. Meeting with the View

Daylight, sea breeze and personalized coffee break on the sunny terrace will await for you when organizing an event at Importanne Hotels and Resort.  When the busy day is over relax at the unique rooftop pool of hotel Royal blue or take a massage in one of our spa centers.

Meeting with the View from Importanne Resort

4. Romantic Gateway

Book a room in Royal Princess hotel and have a romantic experience with your partner.  Welcome drink, fine dining, couples’ treatments and beautiful sunset will make your romantic trip a whole new perspective.

Romantic Getaway at Royal Princess Hotel 5*

5. Dine and Wine

On one of ours seven terraces you can try local seafood delicacies prepared in the traditional way or Mediterranean food with the modern twist.  Our friendly and professional staff will help you with the choice of wine.

La Castille À la Carte Restaurant


The ideas on the trips that you have read about can be booked through Importanne Guest Relations service:

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4 Day Stay Guide at Importanne Resort in Dubrovnik

Day 1: unpack, hit the beach and enjoy splendid dinner

  • After checking-in to one of Importanne hotels and settling down in your room, hit the beach right in front of the Hotel and work on your tan. Treat yourself to a massage or a steam bath in a sauna of our Wellness & Spa
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner on the terrace of Vista restaurant, but before heading to bed, don’t forget to visit the Blue Sky Lounge at the Rooftop Pool and have a cocktail or two
Unpack and face the moment of truth…
Indulge your senses at Royal Spa

Day 2: wander about the medieval city walls

Right after breakfast, your local guide will take you on an adventure into the Old Town of Dubrovnik.  During your sightseeing tour, you will visit one of the most beautiful medieval cities in the world.  Once you’ve seen the city inside the walls – get ready for a ride on the cable car which will take you to Srđ, the mountain overlooking Dubrovnik. Get excited as you’ll experience one of the best panoramic views of your lifetime. Make sure to bring your camera ! 

  • Treat yourself to a lunch in the Old Town or back in the Importanne Resort, before spending the rest of your day relaxing by the sea
  • If you don’t want to go back into town, have dinner in our Zoë restaurant followed by a glass of Pošip in On the Rocks Bar
Dubrovnik City Walls
Zoë À la Carte Restaurant

Day 3: chill and go for a panoramic sail on Importanne Ragusa speedboat

  • If you had a late night, this morning you’ll have plenty of time to recover! Chill by the pool while the whole world passes you by or walk the lovely promenade all the way to Big Petka Forest.
  • In the late afternoon, join us for a panoramic sail in front of the Old Town, as well as a Sunset cruise with our Ragusa speedboat followed by a romantic dinner on one of the Elaphiti Islands.
Ragusa Boat Trip

Day 4: visit some of the finest wineries in Croatia

  • This morning we take you on a trip to Pelješac peninsula which is the region of the best Croatian red wine. You’ll visit wineries, listen to stories about the production of wine, and do some wine tasting ! On your way back, you’ll stop in the town of Ston to go oyster tasting and visit the oldest salt mines in the world before getting back to the Resort and having the rest of the day for yourself
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner in one of our restaurants while watching as the sun slowly sets behind the island of Koločep.  Don’t forget late night cocktails in the Rooftop Bar or a last visit to the Old Town

Walls of Ston on the Pelješac Peninsula
Koločep Island Sunset



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Top 5 Things to do While Staying at Importanne Resort Dubrovnik

  1. Visit the Old Town of Dubrovnik and walk the city wall

Join us for a walking tour of The Old Town! That is a must!  If you’re not a history type of person – there are plenty of other options to choose from (The Game of Thrones Tour or exploring Dubrovnik by a Cable Car). You can even rent a kayak and paddle around the Old Town!

Dubrovnik City Walls
Dubrovnik Cable Car

2. Ragusa speedboat trips to Mljet Island

Treat yourself to an exclusive Panorama Sunset Cruise and a dinner on one of the nearby islands !

It doesn’t get more romantic than that!

Island of Mljet

 3. Visit Pelješac Peninsula – the region of the best Croatian red wines 

This is a one for gastronomy fans – learn about how Plavac mali, Dingač and Postup wine variaties are made. Go wine tasting, visit the city of Ston and go oyster tasting too!  Importanne Guest Relations Staff will help you book your lovely Wine Tour.

Pelješac Peninsula Vineyard

4. Visit the island of Lokrum

Located right in front of the Old Town, there are boats that can take you there on an hourly basis from the Old Port of Dubrovnik! Visit the old monastery, walk around intact nature and swim in the clear blue sea! You’ll come across rabbits and peacocks as there are a lot of them on the island. 

Island of Lokrum across the Old Town of Dubrovnik

5. Relax while sipping on a cocktail in our rooftop infinity pool

Located on the top floor of Royal Blue Hotel you will find the only rooftop infinity pool in Dubrovnik and right next to it is the Blue Sky Lounge Bar where you can treat yourself to a couple of cocktails after a swim with the best view! How convenient!

Rooftop Pool at Royal Blue Hotel 5*


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