Beautiful Croatian town with a stunning location. With its 14th century fortification, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1994. Unfortunately the signs at walls entrances are proof that in 1991 and 1992, the Serbian and Montenegrin army bombed this historic city not so long ago. Their assault caused major damage. Although it's currently not perfectly reconstructed, there are still some signs of damage. A walk around the perimeter of the fortress offers a great view of the landscape, and ability to photograph it.
I loved this city that was completely destroyed during the Balkan war, and then rebuilt. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site. Walking around the Old Town is finding a different hideaway with every step. Too bad its become overridden with shops, but it's still worth the ride up there. I recommend eating at one of the many restaurants that are between the streets and that have awnings so that you can try to avoid the heat. They're not expensive and the quality of the food is excellent. If you haven't done it before, definitely walk around. There are stones, sights and to lose sight of one after another. In addition, businesses are open to the street so that everyone ve wanders through the old is attracted inside. Of course you can also find hairdressers in the handsome leave you in a heartbeat to view all want to stop and look what good barber arts ...
Walking along the wall of the Old City of Dubrovnik we made this discovery: a cafe embedded in the rock. The Cafe Buza is the perfect place for a drink, to take a swim and relax after sightseeing. With a very good music, it's a shame that some of the waiters are not friendly. But the views more than make it worth the visit, if you can find the entrance in the rock, that is.
The beach at the left side of the wall is perfect for young people because there is music from a nearby bar, the water is warm and amazing, too.. Highly recommended. At night the entrance to the bar is free. The tour takes nearly 2 hours and its best to go in the morning in the sun, it´s very pretty.
The clock tower is another emblem of the city of Dubrovnik. You see it the moment you enter the old city walls, at the bottom of the main street. The bell was constructed by Ivan Krstitelj in the year 1506, and still stands there, despite wars, earthquakes and bombings, and it still rings each time with incredible accuracy. The First tower was constructed in the year1444, and the last restoration was in the year1929. Gradually height was added to the tower, to reach 31 meters. If you go on the hour, you will see the "green man", Zelenci, the guy who goes to ring the bells ... As in all old cities, it is a place that you must see. There´s a lot of people in the summer, though.
The views from Mount Srd are spectacular - really worth going up to enjoy them. There's a cable car that goes up, but if you want to avoid paying (although it's not too expensive), you can get there in a 10-15 minute drive from the centre. The road, like most roads on the Dalmatian coast, is a challenge for even the best drivers.
The Elaphite Islands are located northeast of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic Sea. There are three major islands called Sipan, Lopud and Kolocep. You can make excursions from Dubrovnik by ferry for a day, but the ferry schedule is not very tourist friendly as the crossings are infrequent and early. The ferry transportation is critical to the islands' inhabitants and their means of supply, so it's very normal for each ferry stop to have lines of people to fill the boat as well as food, drinks and everything the islanders and tourists need like crates of giant watermelons, potatoes and vegetables, boxes and cases of soda, water and detergent. It's like a real super market on the water! The islands are very quiet. You can soak up the sun and take a dip in the Adriatic! For this reason, I would recommend more interesting islands like Korcula or Mljet, but if you're going to spend many days in Croatia, the trip to the islands can be a relaxing break.
Onofrio Fountain is a huge fountain located at the entrance of Dubrovnik's Pile Gate. Built by Onofrio della Cava in 1438, it was later damaged by earthquakes, invasions and especially the recent war. But today it still provides water and an opportunity to refresh yourself on a hot summer's day. From 8:00am onwards, it is invaded by hundreds of tourists every day, but at night it's a good bit quieter as there aren't many restaurants in the neighborhood. The water comes from a spring 12 kilometers from the city. Statues once stood here but they were destroyed in the earthquake of 1667. Today there are only 16 masks remaining.
If you visit the Dalmatian coast in Croatia, I recommended that you go to Korcula. If you've been to Dubrovnik before, it's best to rent a car, as there's only one bus that goes there, and it only goes once a day. From Dubrovnik you can get to Korcula in just over two hours. The roads are narrow but it will be an unforgettable trip with the Sea Dalmatian an exotic emerald colour. You'll have to go to the town of Orebic and from there, take the car ferry linking the peninsula with Korcula Orebic, where they say the traveler Marco Polo was born. In fact, you can visit the house where he was born. Korcula is a small medieveal fishing village. The Land Gate will give you a good welcome to the historic center. Leave your travel guide to one side, and devote yourself to walking and enjoying the breeze.
To visit Lopud, one of the Elafiti islands in Croatia, you can take any of the daily boats from Dubrovnik to the island. The journey, besides being cheap, won't take more than 30 or 40 minutes and is better than any of the organized tours offered by local companies. Once in Lopud, it's advisable to cross the island on foot. With good shoes and by following the road signs, it should take about 20 minutes to get to the beautiful creek and one of Croatia's few sandy beaches. Another option is to rent a bike or motorcycle.
Roland, or Orlando, is a European hero, a legendary knight said to be the nephew of Charlemagne, and died heroically in 778 in Roncesvalles in the Pyrenees. From the fifteenth century, his image has adorned many European squares in Europe, as a symbol of freedom and independence. Roland traveled in order to the kingdom of Charlemagne powerful and confirm its presence in other countries. During one of them he went to Dubrovnik where he changed his name to Orlando. The column shows a gentleman with weapons. It's at the end of the main street. If you want to go when it's less crowded, you have to get up super early! I was there at 9am and it was a nightmare, everyone was there, jostling to take a picture with Orlando, but I returned the next day at 6 am and was alone with the street cleaners !
The Rector's Palace was once the palace of senior counsel. Today this beautiful palace can be visited and it contains a museum dedicated to the city's history. If you enter you can see that the palace building is typical of the Dalmatian coast around the fifteenth century, it offers a beautiful view of the cathedral and the rest of the old city of Dubrovnik. The palace was the seat and residence of the Prince of Dubrovnik. Its history of independence lasted until 1808 when Napoleon's army issued a decree that ended with the Republic of Dubrovnik. The president was elected for only one month of service, to ensure their neutrality. According to thirteenth century archives, there was a wall that surrounded the palace. In the middle of the fifteenth century it acquired its current form, built in late Gothic style by Onofrio de la Cava, who owed the city fountain too.
In Dubrovnik, two cities, and two ports. It has the old town (a UNESCO world heritage site) and the modern city (where the majority of people live). In the old town there is a fishing port, and the modern, a port for ferries that take you to the surrounding islands. Sometimes they call them "catamarans" but they are just smaller boats that don't carry cars, only people. Then there are ferries, for example Jadrolinija, which take you more slowly but allow cars. In general, if you are on foot, the prices are pretty cheap, you pay 1 or 2 euros per hour of travel. Some of the islands near Dubrovnik which you can go to during the day are Lopud, Mljet, Korcula, Kolocep and Sipan. Each has a rich history but less crowded beaches than the coast. For example, a boat to Lopud takes an hour costs 5 euros return. Tickets can be purchased in advance.
The Dominican Monastery in Dubrovnik was built in the Gothic-Renaissance style and had to be completely rebuilt because of the earthquake that hit the city in the year 1667. It has an impressive bell tower which combines various architectural styles from the Romanesque to the Baroque. The Dominican library is particularly worth a visit, with over 16,000 volumes on offer.
Dubrovnik Cathedral (also known as the Assumption Cathedral) is a great baroque cathedral built after the earthquake of 1667 that destroyed much of the city. Inside, you'll find an incredible treasure trove of paintings and relics of saints, more than 200 in total! There's even a fragment of the cross on which Christ was killed. The cathedral was originally built in the Byzantine style in the 7th century, but was later renewed as a Romanesque church in the twelfth century. According to legend, it was sponsored by a grant from Richard the Lionheart whose ship sank off the coast of Dalmatia, and was rescued in Dubrovnik. At the main altar is a 1552 painting of the Assumption by Titian. It's a beautiful at night.
Before leaving the peninsula of Peljesac make sure you admire the walls of Ston, which they say is the European version of The Wall of China. This is the longest fortification in Europe that stretches over five and a half miles long and the condition of the walls is impressive. The inner city wall is 890 meters long. It is also a medievil engineering marvel dating back to 1333