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Dubrovnik, Croatia

General view of Dubrovnik
Source by Edwardwexler on Flickr – Under Creative Commons License

Dubrovnik is a Croatian city located in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s widely known for the red rooftops of the Old Town and the almost 2 km (1200 miles) of medieval stones surrounding the city! For those who love appreciating architectural art, the city of Dubrovnik will cut your breath with its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches. This beautiful city is one the most touristic places of the Mediterranean which survived the violence of wars and the destruction of an earthquake.

This small and modest city has all the attributes to be on your bucket list: The preserved beauty of its buildings, the scenery, and all its history.

Discovering the Old Town of Dubrovnik

This is known as oldest part of the city. Its streets and squares are made of paved stones. One of the things that you can’t miss is walking around the towering and the immense medieval walls that surround the Old Town. The remarkable Minceta Tower that is at the highest point of the walls will offer you the best panoramic views of Dubrovnik. Also, the battlements have great views of the narrow streets and courtyards.

Night view of the Minčeta Fortress, part of the walls of the old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The Minčeta Fortress
Source by Diego Delso – CC BY-SA 3.0

Another highlight of the city is The Stradun which was the main street of the Old Town in the past. This splits the city into two parts and extends over 200 meters from the Pile Gate in the west to the clock tower at the harbor entrance. In the past, it was a marsh that separated the Roman and Slavic halves of the city. Now the Stradun is made with stones polished by years of people walking on them and lines of shops.

While you walk down the narrow streets from the Stradun, you have a sense of snugly knit community. The houses are really small in the Old Town and very near from one to the other. You can see the laundry strung between them, kids playing in the streets and even people sitting on front steps or looking through the window.

What Else Can You Do?

Apart from experiencing all the cultural heritage of the city, you can swim and sunbathe to enjoy some summer days. Croatia is also known for its beautiful beaches. We also recommend visiting restaurants and bars and trying the nightlife of this touristic town.

The History of Dubrovnik

For a long time, Dubrovnik was an independent city-state. In the 13th century, it was under the protection of Venice and then Hungary. The civil constructions projects as the city wall have made Dubrovnik appealing to writers and artists.

In spite of the violence and the destruction of past days, Dubrovnik is nowadays a marvelous city. It has been so successfully repaired (especially with UNESCO assistance) that people visiting the city might blindly think that war never touched this land.

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Minceta Tower
Source by Mazbln – Under Creative Commons License

How can I Get to Dubrovnik?

The best way to head this city is by Charter flights which are always available. However, if you are looking for the flexibility of a scheduled service, your choices decrease. You can also fly there with Alitalia that has a connection in one the three Italian cities. Another option is flying to Belgrade and take a domestic flight on Croatia Airlines.

Where can I stay?

Regarding accommodation, The town offers a wide range of options either inside itself or outside in near zones or villages. Keep in mind that the top-notch accommodation is outside the city walls. And that during the summer, you should book with plenty of time in advance.

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