This remarkable medieval coastal city is one of the most photogenic holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, and has attracted many international visitors in recent years.
In fact, the Old City of Dubrovnik, dubbed the 'Pearl of the Adriatic', has earned a place on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site list, which has helped it to secure significant funding to restore and retain its Gothic and Baroque charm.
A cathedral has existed at this site for more than 1,400 years, although the present structure was built after the earthquake of 1667, which devastated the earlier Romanesque church that had stood before. This building is a very fine example of Croatian Baroque architecture, and still preserves some of the remnants of the former medieval churches.
One of the most picturesque streets in the city, Stradun street, also known as Placa, was formed in the 11th century, when a channel separating Croatian-Slav and Roman-Greek settlements was filled, eventually merging into one settlement surrounded by a city wall. Today, this road is lined by rows of attractive Baroque stone houses, and holds many important feasts and parades throughout the year.
The walls of Dubrovnik
Originally built in the early Middle Ages, the walls of Dubrovnik are among the best-maintained medieval wall systems in Europe, having never been destroyed by foreign invaders. The walls, which extend for almost two kilometres around the Old City, were strengthened after the Middle Ages, and are regularly open to the public
The island of Lokrum
Just a 15-minute journey from Dubrovnik via taxi-boat, Lokrum is a breathtaking wilderness that is less than a mile in width and is renowned for its salt lake, an ideal spot for swimming. The island is also known for its Benedictine monastery, which dates back to the Middle Ages, and overlooks numerous pristine, relatively secluded sandy beaches.
Exhibition venues in the city
Learn about the city's maritime past by visiting the Maritime Museum, see the formidable Cultural Historical Museum at the Rectors Palace, or visit the fascinating Rupe Ethnographic Museum, housed in a 16th-century granary.
One of the best-rated Dubrovnik hotels is the Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, which offers chic accommodation and wonderful views of the Adriatic. Other sought-after places to stay in the city include the very romantic Hotel More, the exquisite Royal Princess Hotel, and the elegant, affordable Valamar Club Dubrovnik.
Dine at the Pantarul restaurant for some wonderful Croatian and other Mediterranean recipes, or try the Villa Ruza Restaurant & Lounge Bar for other delectable local and Mediterranean seafood recipes. The Azur Dubrovnik, meanwhile, provides divine Asian and Mediterranean fusion dishes, while the Otto Taverna offers more tantalising international flavours.
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