Want to make the most of your upcoming holidays? Then Dubrovnik is the place. It is a unique city and somehow amazing place as your first glimpse of the town especially when descending along the airport road can easily turn out to be a heat stopping, love at first sight experience. Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most popular tourist destination, a walled, sea battered city lying at the foot of a grizzled mountain. It is capital of South Dalmatia, with a population of approx 50000 inhabitants. With a gorgeous summer sun and Mediterranean climate a sought after attraction, some of the holiday charms include a visit to the Konavle Area and its country farms rich in olive groves and wine cellars or head up to mound Srd by cable car and at 400 metres above sea level take some amazing photos. There are loads of events and festivals as well as night clubs for party goers.
How to Reach
Dubrovnik Airport is about 20 kilometers away from Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, bus transport to Dubrovnik is organized for each regular flight. Departures include bus transport from the bus terminal 1.5 hours before the flights of Croatia Airlines and Austrian Airlines. For all other regular flights the bus from the bus terminal leaves 2 hours before the flight. A taxi service is available all day. Several petrol stations are situated by the access road to and in Dubrovnik, some of which work 24 hours.
Dubrovnik has excellent boat connections to other Croatian Harbours and to Bari Harbour in Italy. It also has boat lines to the nearby islands. There is also a newly built Dubrovnik Bus Terminal situated in the vicinity of the Harbour.
Dubrovnik offers various kinds of accommodation, from camps and comfortable rooms in private accommodation to luxurious 5 star hotels. When choosing the type of accommodation, you will also have to choose in which city district you wish to stay. Like in other parts of Croatia, hotels in Dubrovnik are classified in five categories, from one to five stars. The quality of hotel accommodation in Dubrovnik is extremely high. There is a Dubrovnik hostel which is a meeting place for young people from all over the world.
If you are a nature lover then you have the opportunity to camp in close proximity to Dubrovnik, at charming little resorts on the coast, but also in Dubrovnik at Solitudo Campsite in Lapad. Only a 15 minute bus ride from the Old City, this green city district abounds with beaches, hotels and walking paths.
If you would like to see how a nation really lives then you should go the market place – the very stomach of the city – and smell, touch, taste the food which people consume everyday. Even the finest chefs who visit Dubrovnik and prepare international dishes in some of the city restaurants can not resist the taste of courgettes from Zupa Dubrovacka, cabbage from Konavle and aubergines and tomatoes grown in the fertile and unpolluted surroundings of Dubrovnik.
The delicacies of Dubrovnik are plain and without many spices. Prepared in a simple way, they are seasoned with plenty of olive oil which accentuates the juicy taste of natural foods. You would love the first class smoked ham, cheese kept in oil, octopus’s salad, Zelena menstra, sporchi macaroni, fried sprats and grilled sardines. In compliance of younger visitors, fast food restaurants, pizzerias and small restaurants serve simple Dalmatian food and dishes of other cuisines.
Places to see
City Walls with Forts
The Dubrovnik city walls are the major attraction for visitors and one of the best preserved complexes in Europe. Taking a walk along the city walls you will see some of the striking forts used for the defence of the Dubrovnik Republic. Of the five existing forts, Minceta, Bokar, and St. John were built within the city walls complex, whereas the two freestanding ones include Lovrjenac in the west and Revelin in the east. The interior of the fort and its terraces are concert venues of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
The Baroque church dedicated to the Dubrovnik patron Sain Blaise was constructed according to the design of Venetian master Merino Gropelli in 1715, on the site of the previous church in the Romanesque styled dedicated to the same saint. The church of St. Blaise is located in the Old City centre close to the Orlando Column.
The small votive Church of St. Saviour is situated at the beginning of Stradun, between Pile Gate and The Franciscan Monastery. There is a St. Dominic Church which is one of the largest buildings in the Gothic style on the Croatian coast. Valuable Dominican documents, incunabula, manuscripts, the Bible from the 11th Century and a jewellery collection of the Dubrovnik goldsmiths are also exhibited at the church.
The Rector’s Palace
It is one of the loveliest buildings in the city and the seat of the Rector. The place frontage has a delightful colonnade with decorative stone benches. Inside, a beautiful courtyard is the venue for recitals and concerts. Artworks, costumes and domestic objects of the period are all on display.
It is known to the locals as a popular suicide spot. Well, don’t panic. The fence, which guards passing pedestrians against unfortunate demise, is now populated by a myriad array of padlocks. It is a bit ten minute walk from the Pile Gate of the Old City. It is at once both a place of reflection and somber beauty.
The Aquarium (Akvarij)
Housed in the magnificent St. John’s Fortress, the Aquarium gives you the chance to get to know the sea life of the Adriatic without having to eat it. Children will love it and animal right activists may be less than impressed.
If you come to Dubrovnik in summer, you can spend your day on the Dubrovnik beaches swimming in the crystal clear sea. Id you get bored with your hotel beach, take a whole day excursion to the sandy beaches on the Elafite islands and in Slano, and pebble beaches in Brsecine and Srebreno. Your children will certainly ask you: When are we going to Dubrovnik again?