Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.
The city is situated in the far south of Croatia and is often dubbed “the pearl of the Adriatic”, thanks to its rich history and immense beauty.
The historic Dubrovnik Old Town, protected by massive Medieval walls, was added to the UNESCO-protected list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.
Dubrovnik boasts sunny beaches, luxurious restaurants and 5-star hotels and wonderful views over the Adriatic Sea.
Many interesting manifestations and festivals take place here; the most popular among them being the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
If you’re visiting Croatia, Dubrovnik is one destination you must not miss.
Here are our reasons why:
1. Magnificent Medieval walls & forts
The walls of Dubrovnik are the most recognisable symbol of the city, making tiny Croatia well-known all over the world. The walls are 1940 meters long, up to 6 meters wide and 25 meters high. Today a wonderful open-air museum, the walls were originally built to defend the city and the harbour from foreign threat. Tourists enjoy fantastic views over the Adriatic from five different fortresses and sixteen towers and bastions. One of the fortresses, the St Lovrijenac Fort, is often called “Gibraltar of Dubrovnik”.
The main street in Dubrovnik Old Town is Stradun Promenade, today boasting many fine restaurants and small cafes, always full of visitors and locals alike.
2. Lokrum Island
Today known as the island of love, this serene Island near Dubrovnik has rich history. The first mention of the island dates back to the 11th century.
Legend has it Richard The Lionheart found a safe haven here after surviving a shipwreck on his way back from the Crusades. Allegedly, Richard built a monastery on Lokrum Island as a sign of gratitude for surviving the accident.
Another legend involves Habsburg Emperor Maximilian and his love for exotic plants. After a visit to Lokrum, Maximilian liked the place so much that he decided to build a summer palace, beautiful parks and a botanical garden. Many exotic plants brought from the New Worlds of Australia and America were planted here.
The highest peak of Lokrum is 96 meters high and is called Glavica. When visiting Lokrum, don’t miss the fantastic vew from Fort Royal, built in the 19th century and providing wonderful views over Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea.
3. Dubrovnik Cable Car & Srđ Mountain
When in Dubrovnik, take a cable car to Srđ Mountain, 412 meters above the city and providing the best view of Dubrovnik city walls and its surroundings. Some say this is the most beautiful panoramic view in Europe! The cable car connects Srđ Mountain with the Old Town in under 4 minutes each way. On top you can enjoy a drink or lunch with your family and friends in Restaurant Panorama.
On top Srđ Mountain you can visit the Homeland War Museum and the Imperial Fortress which was built in 1810 during Napoleon’s rule in Croatia.
4. Medieval Streets & Buildings
Dubrovnik is a city of very rich history and heritage, boasting many Medieval buildings and monuments. This is mostly thanks to its continuous freedom and sucessful avoidance of armed conflicts throughout history. Dubrovnik was once the autonomous Republic, also known under the name Ragusa. Ragusa used to rule the Mediterranean trade and diplomacy, competing with mighty Venetian Republic.
Dubrovnik counts over twenty churches and chapels, including the Dubrovnik Cathedral and the beautiful St Vlaho’s Church, built to honor the Saint protector of Dubrovnik. Visit the Rector’s Palace, the Sponza Palace, the Orlando column and the Onofrio’s Fountain, the remarkable water supply system dating back to the 15th century.
Situated in front of Dubrovnik Cathedral is one of the city’s most popular squares – the Marin Držić Square, dedicated to famous Renaissance playwright and prose writer. Držić was born in Dubrovnik in the beginning of the 16th century and spent his life writing about the everyday life and troubles of the Republic.
5. Entertainment, activities & dining
If you like to stay active even when on holiday, Dubrovnik is the right place for you. Join a sea kayaking tour around Dubrovnik city walls or embark on a cycling tour of Konavle region.
The Dubrovnik Summer Festival is very popular and visited by both Croats and visitors from the region. This festival takes place in August offering many cultural, music and theatre events and shows. Libertas Film Festival takes place in July, showing films on the subject of freedom and freedom protection from all over the world.
If you enjoy luxurious restaurants and hotels, Dubrovnik is an excellent choice for you. Being the most luxurious destination in Croatia, Dubrovnik boasts fantastic 5- star resorts and outstanding restaurants.