DISCOVER DUBROVNIK AND THE ENCHANTING ELAPHITI ISLANDS
Welcome to Dubrovnik, often hailed as “the pearl of the Adriatic.” This stunning Dalmatian city boasts a unique blend of historical charm and natural beauty that captivates visitors from around the world. Meet Dubrovnik town – get ready to fall in love!
DUBROVNIK’S ALLURE: A PERFECT PACKAGE OF BEAUTY
Dubrovnik’s enchantment is a symphony of elements. From its ancient city walls to its Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture, the glistening blue sea, and pristine beaches, every facet contributes to its allure.
A CULTURAL TREASURE: DUBROVNIK’S UNESCO HERITAGE
Since 1979, Dubrovnik has graced UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, celebrating its rich culture and tradition. Historically, it served as a fount of inspiration for artists, scientists, diplomats, and seafarers. Today, it offers a treasure trove of museums, galleries, and historical attractions that leave visitors in awe.
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE ABOUND
In the heart of Dubrovnik, historically significant venues host classical music concerts, while vibrant nightlife awaits in top clubs. Throughout the year, the city boasts an array of events, including the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival, featuring diverse programs spanning music, drama, opera, ballet, and games—a true reflection of the city’s vibrant culture.
DUBROVNIK’S RISING POPULARITY
Despite a complex past, Dubrovnik has emerged as one of the Adriatic’s premier tourist destinations. Its charm is so magnetic that measures were taken in recent years to manage the influx of visitors. Dubrovnik has also gained international recognition as a filming location, particularly as “King’s Landing” in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
INDULGE YOUR PALATE
Dubrovnik’s popularity extends to its culinary scene. During your sailing holidays in Croatia, you’ll find a plethora of fine restaurants and cozy coffee shops offering exquisite gastronomic specialties and the perfect glass of wine.
DUBROVNIK’S RICH HISTORY UNVEILED
The roots of Dubrovnik trace back to the 7th century when it was known as Ragusa. Its strategic position on the Adriatic Coast made it a maritime hub by the 13th century. From the 14th to the 19th century, the city thrived as an independent state, fostering maritime trade, Croatian literature, and diplomacy.
However, Dubrovnik faced challenges, including a devastating earthquake in the 17th century and periods of occupation. The Croatian War of Independence brought further hardship in the 20th century. Nevertheless, Dubrovnik emerged victorious, with its historic churches, palaces, and monuments standing as a testament to its resilience.
EXPLORING DUBROVNIK’S HIGHLIGHTS
The Majestic Old Walls
Dubrovnik’s iconic old walls are the city’s crown jewel and the most visited attraction. These fortifications, dating back to the 9th century, stretch for 2 kilometres (1.2 miles), boasting impressive thickness on the landward side. In the 14th and 15th centuries, beautiful forts like Fort Minčeta, Fort Bokar, and Fort Lawrence were added, creating a formidable stone barricade around the town.
Cultural and Architectural Treasures
While wandering through Dubrovnik, you’ll encounter statues of the patron saint, Sveti Vlaho (Saint Blaise). Remarkable buildings like the 18th-century St. Blaise’s Church and surviving Renaissance structures, including Sponza Palace, Rector’s Palace, St. Savior Church, and the Franciscan Church and Monastery, showcase the city’s rich heritage. Don’t miss the 15th-century Bell Tower with its imposing presence and clock.
DUBROVNIK’S MUST-VISIT SITES AND ACTIVITIES
- Stroll Along City Walls: The highlight of Dubrovnik, offering panoramic views of the old town and the sea. Enter from the Pile Gate, Ploče Gate, or Maritime Museum and explore Fort Lawrence with your wall ticket.
- A Myriad of Edifices and Monuments: Explore Lazareti (the Quarantine), Fort Revelin, Fort Lawrence (Lovrjenac), Old Port & Porporela, Dominican Monastery, Sponza Palace, Orlando’s Column, Bell Tower, St. Blaise’s Church, Rector’s Palace (housing a museum), the Cathedral, Main street Placa – Stradun, Onofrio’s Great Fountain, Franciscan Monastery, Granary Rupe, and more.
- Beautiful Beaches: Relax at Dubrovnik’s main beach Banje, enjoy swimming and sunbathing, or unwind at Copacabana beach on the Lapad peninsula.
- Mount Srđ: Reach the summit with a cable car ride, taxi, or hike for breathtaking views.
- Explore the Elaphiti Islands: Visit Koločep, Lopud, and Šipan for serene natural beauty and unique experiences.
Dubrovnik and the Elaphiti Islands offer a tapestry of experiences, from history to natural wonders, waiting to be explored. Discover the magic of this remarkable destination on your next adventure.
Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery
Onofrio’s Fountain – a large, beyond interesting fountain designed by an outstanding Italian architect Onofrio
The walls of Dubrovnik – Fort Bakar
The Gothic-Renaissance Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik
The Imposing Bell Tower
The beautiful Fort of St Lawrence (cro. Lovrijenac)
The Rector’s Palace – one of the filming locations for the famous TV series “Game of Thrones”
The amazing Banje beach – one of the few sandy beaches in the area
Just a breathtaking view down from Mount Srđ
The Elaphities – Lopud Island
Beautiful beach Sunj – Lopud Island