“If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik” - George Bernard Shaw
The enchanting city of Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea, and with good reason! Facing the Adriatic, and surrounded by ancient medieval walls, the city looks as though it has come straight out of a story book. The winding streets of its Old Town, and the mesmerising golden sand of its beaches, draws people back to Dubrovnik time after time.
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No words can truly describe the magnitude of Dubrovnik’s city walls. They are easily among the greatest fortifications ever built in the Medieval Ages, having never been breached by a foreign army. Considering the walls were built between the 7th and 17th centuries, it’s surprising how well preserved they are. They still stand tall at 82 feet high, and run uninterrupted for 6360 feet around Dubrovnik’s old town.
Today the walls are host to a constant stream of locals and tourists. The novelty of walking around the ramparts, and the promise of stunning views of the Adriatic and Old Town below, have made the walls the most popular tourist attraction in Dubrovnik. For the locals, Minčeta Tower has become a symbol of the ‘unconquerable city of Dubrovnik”, and a source of pride whenever it pops up in films or tv shows such as Game of Thrones.
Located in the heart of Dubrovnik, the Rector’s Palace is a wonderful reminder of the one time Republic of Ragusa. This maritime republic, which today would cover part of Croatia and Montenegro, existed from the mid-14th century until 1808 when it was annexed by the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy.
The Palace acted as the seat for the rector; the chief magistrate of the republic. During this time the palace also hosted the Minor Council and the main state administration. Following the republic’s demise, the palace fell into the ownership of the History Department of the Museum of Dubrovnik. Today it hosts the Cultural History Museum, where visitors can learn more about the palace’s Gothic-Renaissance architecture, explore the armoury, watchtower, and former prison, and view paintings and other items left behind by Ragusa.
If you’d like to see panoramic views of the Adriatic and Dubrovnik’s Old Town from above, though may not be able for the hundreds of steps leading up to the city’s walls, a trip to Srđ is the perfect solution! This low mountain just outside of the city stands at 412 metres (1350 feet) tall, offering stunning views of the city below.
The hill has been made easily accessible by bus, car or a cable car leading right to the summit! While this journey may not be for the faint of heart, it’s a quick and exciting way to take in the beautiful surroundings.
Shopping in Dubrovnik can open your eyes to the city’s seamless blend of the old and the new. Dubrovnik’s Old Town for example is famed for its open-air markets where lavender is drawn from local fields and infused in all manner of soaps and oils, and the scent of honey wafts from freshly baked goods.
As you travel further from the centre you’ll find modern stores with all of the top European brands you’d expect to see in a major city, nestled between shops selling olive oil from the island of Brač or handmade chocolates from Zagreb. Regardless of your budget, you’ll be sure to find some thoughtful momentos to bring home.
Part of the fun in visiting a new city is discovering the local cuisine for yourself, however it can often be difficult to know where to start! To help set you off on the right foot, we here at Best4Travel have compiled a list of the top rated restaurants in Dubrovnik, divided by price to cater for all budget types.
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