Dubrovnik is a small town situated on the Dalmatian coast. Since 1979 Dubrovnik is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. This beautiful old town has been nicknamed “The Pearl of the Adriatic” and every year attracts thousands of tourists from all around the world. Dubrovnik was founded in the 6th century and after being a part of various empires, back in the 14th century, Dubrovnik became the capital of the Dubrovnik Republic which was one the most important mercantile and maritime centers on the Mediterranean. The town was destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 1667 that killed more 5000 people. The Republic was dissolved by Napoleon back in 1808 and in 1815 Dubrovnik became a part of Dalmatia and Croatia. The city was devastated in 1991 during the Serbian aggression on Croatia. Dubrovnik is an all year round destination, visited by many international celebrities and one of the most popular Mediterranean cruising destinations. Dubrovnik was chosen as a location for filming many international movies and TV series like “Game of thrones”, “Casanova”, “The Secret Invasion” (1964), “Captain America” (1990), Star Wars Rogue One (2016) etc. So if you want to enjoy some amazing history, but also beautiful beaches, crystal clear sea, breathtaking atmosphere and delicious local food, Dubrovnik is the perfect top destination for you.
What to Visit
The city is encircled by a 2 km complex of city walls from which you can enjoy some amazing panorama of the city and the islands in front. There is a cable car from the city to the mountain Srđ which is also a great place to visit if you want to be amazed by the views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area. Stradun is the name of its main street paved in limestone and marble, whose length is about 300 meters and where you can find lots of monuments, medieval buildings and the Church of St Blaise which is dedicated to the patron saint and protector of Dubrovnik. Its side narrow streets are absolutely lovely with lots of museums, restaurants, shops and bars. A must see is also the Duke’s palace which is used today as a cultural-historical museum. An interesting fact is that Dubrovnik has the oldest pharmacy in Southern Europe, which dates back to 1317. Lovrijenac Fort from the 14th century is situated on a 37-meter high cliff on the west part of the old city. At the entrance of the fort, there’s an inscription: NON BENE PRO TOTO LIBERTAS VENDITUR AURO (Freedom is not sold for all the gold in the world).
Sport and Recreation
Dubrovnik is also an excellent choice for those who want an active holiday with lots of recreation, sports and entertainment available all year long year like hiking, trekking, diving, water skiing, windsurfing, pedal boats, rent a boat, parachute, jet ski, tennis, cycling, sailing etc.
Food and Drink
In Dubrovnik you can enjoy the traditional Dalmatian cuisine. Dalmatian cuisine is a part of the Mediterranean cuisine, which means dishes with lots of herbs, nuts, vegetables and the irreplaceable Extra virgin olive oil. The most common traditional dishes are prepared with fish, mollusks, shells and beef. Dubrovnik and its surrounding area are famous for orange, lemon and tangerine cultivation. We advise you to try some of these dishes: Dalmatian smoked ham (Dalmatinski prsut) with olives and goat cheese as an appetizer. Seafood risotto, Oysters, Black pasta with lobster, Dalmatian pasticada (stewed beef in wine with prunes and vegetables) or grilled fish with vegetables. If you like eating delicious fresh fish we recommend a tour to a small town of Ston, you won’t be disappointed. Try some of the homemade grappa or Travarica and local top quality vines.
Dubrovnik is a city with an important cultural and artistic life with its numerous exhibitions, concerts, and performances (Dubrovnik Summer Festival). It’s a city with numerous restaurants, taverns, pubs, bars where you can go at night after a nice long walk down the main street Stradun. Practically every side street has a few bars, taverns and restaurants. Bars are usually cozy, small and crowded, so lots of people stay outside the bars enjoying their drinks in these romantic narrow streets. After the bars close and that is usually at 01:00 am, there are several clubs in the city that you can go to.
If you’re about to visit Dubrovnik don’t forget to visit the Island Mljet National park, it will leave you breathless. The Island of Lokrum is a small island in front of the city of Dubrovnik. The legend has it that in 1192, Richard the Lionheart after a shipwreck found a shelter on the island of Lokrum and as a sign of gratitude he provided money to the citizens of Dubrovnik for finishing the Cathedral in the city. There is a small lake called the Dead sea and Botanical garden on the island. Must see are also the Elafite islands, 13 small islands near Dubrovnik characterized by a beautiful Mediterranean landscape, little bays with hidden beaches and crystal clear sea. Only three of them are inhabited.
Typical souvenirs are stone handicrafts, quince cheese, candied almonds, candied orange and lemon peel, top quality red and white wines, cold-pressed soaps with laurel and rosemary fragrance, lavender and extra virgin olive oil.