Dubrovnik is one of the oldest cities in Dalmatia County, situated on the south of Adriatic coast and added on the UNESCO heritage list in 1979. It is one of the most famous cities in the world, visited by many people and a favorite destinations for the cruisers . It is even presented on the Croatian banknote(50 Kuna).
Today, Dubrovnik has become an elite destination on the Mediterranean.
How to arrive in Dubrovnik?
You can arrive by plane, sea, bus or car. Many low cost companies flights to Dubrovnik international airport so you can come here in fast and cheap way.
What to do in Dubrovnik?
Dubrovnik had a rough path during the history. In the year 1667. the eartquake almost destroyed the town. During the war of Independence that started on October 01.1991., Dubrovnik was attacked and 56% building were damaged, even the most famous walls around it. Until 2005 most of the damage was repaired.
Monuments in Dubrovnik
When You come to Dubrovnik, You must visit the city walls.
The sight from there is breathtaking. The walls are 1940 meters long, perfect for a walk on a sunny day.
There are 3 entrance to the city walls. Of the five forts, Minčeta, Bokar and St John are built into the city walls complex, and Lovrjenac and Revelin outside. Located at the highest point of the city Fort Minčeta protected Dubrovnik from the north. In the southwest Fort Bokar, also called Zvjezdan, stands at the corner of the city walls, facing the port Lovrjenac. It was constructed in the 15th century for the purpose of protecting the small western City harbor, the moat and the Pile bridge. Today, it houses a collection of stone fragments from the Dubrovnik area.
St Johns Fort is the first quadrangular pier tower built in 1346 in order to protect the city harbor from the southeast. Now it’s an Aquarium and Maritime Museum. Fort Revelin is standing out of the city walls and is connected to the land by stone and wooden draw bridge.
Lovrijenac is a symbol of Dubrovnik’s survival and freedom, with inscription over the entrance: NON BENE PRO TOTO LIBERTAS VENDITUR AURO (Freedom wil not be sold for all the gold of the world).
The monumental Sponza Palace was built in the Gothic-Renaissance style, and is preserved in it’s original form till today. In Sponza You can find all the important documents from Dubrovnik’s history.There is also Orlando Column’s statue of the medieval knight holding a sword in the air.Today, the Croatian national flag stands on its pole.
One of the heritages of Dubrovnik is The Baroque church dedicated to the Dubrovnik’s patron Saint Blaise, constructed in 1715. On the main church altar You’ll see a valuable Gothic statue of St Blaise from the 15th century, the work of the Dubrovnik goldsmith’s school.
If You have enough time you can go on a one-day excursion to the island Lokrum, located near the old harbor. Lokrum is also known as the Island of Love. On the island You will come across the large garden with plants from Australia and South America, a small lake Mrtvo More (Dead Sea) and a star shaped Fort Royal built on an elevation, giving You a breathtaking view of Dubrovnik, Cavtat and city walls.
Last but not less important location in Dubrovnik is the 413 meters high Hill Srđ, from which You’ll have a magnificent sight of Dubrovnik. It is also the location of Fort Imperial, a museum with exhibition of Croatian war for independence.
The main street in the town is called Stradun and is the main open-air public space, center of the urban culture in Dubrovnik. It is the mecca for the urban people, full of shops, restaurants and bars.
Walking through the beautiful streets of the old city, You can stop and drink fresh water from two fountains that where built by Onofrio della Cava., located close to the City bell Tower dating from 1444.
After finishing city tour you can go on beautiful Green Market, one of the oldest covered Market, opened in December of 1903.
From the city center you can take a bus and visit the Naval cemetery (Mornaričko groblje) which is opened in 1862 (about 150 000 people were buried there). Near Naval cemetery there is also a Naval Church. Not far away from Naval cemetery (about 100 m) begins beautiful promenade by the sea (Lungomare). If you take a walk you can enjoy in pretty views and also take a swim on many beaches. If you follow the coast from there you will arrive in Verudela where is the attractive Aquarium.
Gastronomy and events in Dubrovnik?
In Dubrovnik, You will have an excellent taste of Mediterranean cousine. When it comes to the specialties of the town, You must try Arncini, Dubovnik’s Rožata, Cake of Ston macaroni.
Restaurants- Nautika, Proto
Bars- Sky bar, Revelin
Beaches: Banje and St. Jakub
In the summer, Dubrovnik is the center of the main cultural festivals in Croatia, Summer Festival and Libertas Film Festival and has it’s own holiday The Festa of Saint Blaise-patron of Dubrovnik and part of the UNESCO’s intangible world heritage. It is based on the legend of the emergence of St. Blaise who helped in the defense of the Venetians.
The town was also used as one of the main locations for filming “Game of Thrones”.
Accommodation in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is well known as the center of elite tourism in Croatia. The most famous hotels(4 and 5 stars rated) are: Excelsior, Ariston, Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, Bellevue, Radisson Blue Resort & Spa, Rixos, Valamar Dubrovnik President, Neptun, Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik. However, You can also find the accommodation for every budget, from hostels to private apartments.
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