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.
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.
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 ...
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This small Croatian town is very welcoming. It's nice to wander through its labyrinthine streets, admiring the colours and shapes of the buildings and the roofs of the houses. Really a charming place to visit.
There are several ways to get to know Dubrovnik. You could try walking around the city, or looking from above the rooftops of the city walls, but you can also go by water, thanks to these glass boats. The boats can be taken from the old town, and go on a journey around the city walls. You'll see not only the city and its surrounding area, but also the bottom of the sea, thanks to the glass bottom: you can observe fish and starfish passing underneath you. The tour is not very long but very nice and quiet. Recommended!
If you love driving, whether on two or four wheels, the Croatian Dalmatian Coast will be a delight for you. Driving a thousand miles from north to south along this coast, full of cliffs, secret coves, dreamy landscapes, curves, curves and more curves is a real pleasure for the 5 senses. A road trip that you'll never want to come to an end. And the price is really no problem: as a driver under 25, I hired a car in Rijeka to return in Dubrovnik (the other side of the country), and the five-seater car with a large boot, with full insurance for a week ... 120 €. So, as there were four of us, we paid € 30 per head to rent the car (with the company Oryx) for the whole week. Ridiculous! : D
La Placa (Stradun in Croatian) is the main street of Dubrovnik, so it's one of the main reference points for the Croats and, of course, all travelers. It's fantastic to tour the narrow streets of Dubrovnik, but coming back to Placa will make you feel at home, and allow you to reach the main tourist corners of the medieval city.
There is tons of stuff to do in Dubrovnik. The city is a true reflection of its history and has a great beauty. It's surrounded by a wall that houses 16 towers from which you can see the whole city. The main entrance is near the Church of St. Spasa, from which you can take part in one of the many popular Dubrovnik activities: an hour and a half walking tour to admire the scenery. Its cathedral, Velike Gospe, is one of the major places to visit in Dubrovnik.
The Pile Gate, another one of the many things to do in Dubrovnik, is an open semicircular bastion, and from it you can access the large stone path, Plate, leading to a more aristocratic area with baroque palaces.
Nearby is Luza Square, extending south to the magnificent Rector's Palace, which has been converted into the city's Museum of the History. This palace is another one of the important monuments and Dubrovnik attractions. It was the seat of government and the rector when Dubrovnik was an independent republic.
Since it's a coastal city, we can't forget the worthwhile beaches as yet more things to see in Dubrovnik. The most important is perhaps Gradska beach, but you can easily access others using public transport or a private car. You can also visit the island of Lokrum, one of the most unique and beautiful attractions in Dubrovnik. Hopefully you enjoy exploring the city thoroughly and learning all there is to know about what to do in Dubrovnik, like strolling in the fresh air. It really is a different place.