This medieval city of exceptional beauty is located in the very south of the Adriatic in the Republic of Croatia. Dubrovnik has a history of over 1000 years. The history of this city is visible in every part of the city. It is surrounded by medieval walls 1940 meters long. The walls have been preserved in their original form. They are open to all visitors as one of the city’s biggest attractions. Dubrovnik is a city-museum, a living stage and an ideal blend of modernity and history. The city of Dubrovnik has been under the protection of UNESCO heritage since 1979. This is primarily a cultural destination that offers a number of festivals and events throughout the year. Dubrovnik is a holiday destination because it is well connected with the rest of the world by air. Dubrovnik is a city that enchants visitors every time you visit it. Dubrovnik is a very popular destination among tourists. This is not surprising because the city is a combination of a historic part surrounded by walls, picturesque small coves, dramatic landscapes, beaches, islands and crystal clear sea. All this guarantees a unique experience to each visitor. Today, Dubrovnik is among the top favorite destinations. In recent years, standards have also risen, although food and service prices are the same as in other parts of Croatia.
The popularity of Dubrovnik has grown. The city has retained its original charm and beauty despite numerous tourists. During the summer months, crowds reign especially in the old part of the city due to the many tourists from cruise ships and boats.Dubrovnik is crowned with the famous flag under the heavenly patronage of Saint Blaise. Libertas flutters from a high stone pillar guarded by the legendary knight Orlando. You will experience the history of the city best while walking around the city. The most famous is the polished main street – Stradun. The famous walls of this city with magnificent towers and bastions will give you a view of the magical Elaphite Islands (Šipan, Lopud and Koločep). The Elaphite Islands are scattered like pearls in the blue of the sea.
Writer George Bernard Shaw once wrote a sentence about Dubrovnik: “Those who seek paradise on earth, they must come to Dubrovnik.” Writer B. Shaw was fascinated by the city, which in the homeland and the world bears the title of “pearl of the Adriatic.” Onorfi’s fountains to the City Bell Tower, filigree refined Gothic-Renaissance Sponza Palace, the famous Rector’s Palace, the baroque church of St. Blaise (patron saint of the city), the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary and St. Ignatius with the famous Jesuit school – in this city every step will be a special experience. Dubrovnik is a city for the whole year, not just a summer stage of events. Numerous art galleries, museums, romantic cafes and restaurants, cobbled streets, and a rich nightlife are just some of the sights of the city.
Ever since the time when the world navigator Marco Polo set sail with full sails towards the “terra Incognito” (unknown country) from his native island of Korcula, his knightly city has sprung up on the remains of a Greek colony. The city grew slowly and developed into a kind of stone urban sculpture of regular lines, well preserved to this day. The Peljesac peninsula is part of the former Republic of Dubrovnik. It has 5.5 kilometers of preserved stone walls of the city of Ston, which defended the approach to the famous Republic. The town of Ston on the Peljesac peninsula was an important strategic point. Pelješac is known to all wine lovers and the peninsula is the kingdom of wine. City of Orebic (on Peljesac peninsula) is known as the center of maritime affairs from the 18th century. Today, it is a popular destination for art historians. In the extreme south of Croatia there is a peninsula and a National Park called Mljet. You will see scenes from fairy tales as a lake in the middle of the island will appear in front of you. In the lake is an island on which is a monastery from the 12th century. Although Calypso will not be around this scene will forever capture your heart.
Gastronomy of Dubrovnik
There is a typical sweet known in this climate called “rožata”. Rožata is a thick cream of eggs, flour and milk. Serve chilled and topped with caramel syrup. Dubrovnik still brings a lot of good food prepared according to old recipes. There are always a lot of fish spiced with olive oil on Dubrovnik tables. Vegetables are mostly prepared “boiled” or cooked in salted water and seasoned with olive oil. Another famous sweet from this region is candied lemon and orange peel, which goes best with some liqueur.
Beaches in Dubrovnik
Many tourist magazines have already declared the city beach under the walls one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Swimming overlooking the walls is a special experience. The beach is pebbly. On the beach there is a terrace where guests can refresh themselves with a cold drink. In the immediate vicinity of the town the beaches are mostly rocky. A trip to the nearby island of Lokrum is a unique opportunity to see and experience something new. You can swim in the lake in the middle of the island or swim to a small cave. One of the Dubrovnik islands of Elafiti is the island of Lopud. Here is a long sandy beach Sunj. You reach the beach with a slightly adventurous walk across the island.
Nature in Dubrovnik and surroundings
Explore the Trsteno Arboretum. It is a monument of park architecture. The mouth of the Neretva River is a special ichthyological-ornithological reserve. Mali Ston Bay is a special reserve in the sea. The island of Lokrum is a reserve of forest vegetation. Vela Spila (Vela Luka) – is a geomorphological monument of nature. Konavle Courts (Konavle) – are a significant landscape of the Dubrovnik region. Visitors are recommended the Lastovo archipelago because it is a nature park.
Explore in Dubrovnik
Minčeta Tower, Lovrijenac Fortress, Sponza Palace (Dubrovnik).
Gothic and Gothic-Renaissance summer houses from Pelješac to Konavle
Franciscan monastery (Orebic)
Rector’s Palace (Luka Šipanska)
Franciscan Samosatan (Rožat)