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The Pearl of Adria

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most attractive and the most famous cities on the Mediterranean. Along with an outstanding natural beauty and heritage preservation, it is a city with very rich tourist offer. City hotels, high ecological standards and tourist attractiveness are characteristics of this city. The coast is beautiful, with rugged bays, beaches, steep cliffs and numerous forested islands. The great diversity of flora creates a special atmosphere in which still dominates cypress, pine trees and olive trees, and wineyards, lemon plantations and oranges, along with an aromatic herbs and flowers, and also exotic plants such as palms, agaves and cactus.

The City of Dubrovnik is called Pearl of Adriatic and is an absolute must see..

Here is Dubrovnik located

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How to get to Dubrovnik

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Map of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik airport is situated 22 km southeast from the city and is connected with special airport busses that drive to the center. The ferry and bus terminals in the port suburb of Gruž, 3km west of the Old Town of Dubrovnik.


The coastal road from Rijeka is very curved, the 600 km therefore require more time than usual. Since the completion of the A1 motorway to Sestanovac to reach its destination is much faster. The bridge "Tudjman Bridge" over the north of Gruz harbor connects a ride around the bay Dubrovacka Rijeka.







Map of Dubrovnik

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Insight into history of Dubrovnik

Name of the city is derived from the words dubrava - a latin name of Ragusa - Rausa originated from the names of islands that has established the first settlement. It is most likely established in the first half of 7.Ct. after the fall of the nearby Epidauruma (Cavtat) during the Slavs-Avar raid in Dalmatia. Under hill Srđ, has developed the Croatian town of Dubrovnik. Since its establishment uwas nder the protection of Byzantium, and at the time of crusades comes under the sovereignty of Venice (1205.-1358.). "Zadar peace" from 1358. circuit in the Hungarian-Croatian kingdom. Since the achievement of full self-government, its biggest climb reaches in the XV. and XVI ct. Frenchmen entered Dubrovnik in 1806., And Marshal Marmont in 1808. canceled the Dubrovnik Republic. In 1815. Dubrovnik fall under the reign of Austria. In the course of several centuries Dubrovnik developed in the strongest economic center on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. Since 1272. has Statutes, in which, among other things, coded urban and sanitary regulations, 1301. has introduced medical service. In 1317. was settled first pharmacist. Dubrovnik was a prominent literary center of the Renaissance; center domestic painting schools in XV-XVI. century; birthplace of the world known scientists, including physicist Marin Getaldic and Rudjer Boskovic, economic theoretician Benedict Kotruljić, composers Luksa Sorkočević and John Mane Jarnović, etc. Dubrovnik was the focus of humanism and latin on the Adriatic coast. Scientific and cultural activities propaganda are in the city of scientific and literary societies (Academy). An important role in the Croatian culture of Dubrovnik is kept to this day. From the autumn of 1991 to May in 1992, it was heavily bombarded by Yugoslav troops and some main symbols of Dalmatian culture were destroyed. As the UNESCO and the European Union provided a fund, most of the city is reconstructed today and tourism is flourishing again after it had been in a heavy decline during and immediately after the war. The city has a lot to offer and its splendor will impresses visitors deeply.

What to see in Dubrovnik

The walls are the main attraction in Dubrovnik and visitors can enjoy in splendid views from the guard’s walkway onto the city and the Mediterranean Sea and feel an interesting history. The Pile gate is the main entrance to the fortified old city with an interesting Gothic door between the inner and outer wall. The Minčeta tower is the most visited feature of the defense structures designed by Michelozzo Michelozzi in 1461 and completed by Juraj Dalmatinac later. The Ploče Gate is near the small port. The fort of St. John holds a Maritime Museum as well as an Aquarium. One of the best - known monuments in the city is the Big Fountain of Onofrio, built by a Neapolitan architect, Onofrio de la Cava, who built the city water supply system. Visit the church of St Saviour. The facade of the church is an example of Venetian-Dalmatian Renaissance architecture. There is a Franciscan Monastery, which is definitely worth visiting, so as its old pharmacy and the museum and the library. The Stradún, the main street of Dubrovnik goes from east to west between two of the city gates. Enjoy the bars and cafés along it, it is a meeting place in the city. The Square of the Loggia is the economic and political heart of Dubrovnik and it is surrounded by important buildings. The Orlando’s Column was built by Antonio Ragusino in 1418 and it is where people tend to meet in Dubrovnik. Sponza Pallace is situated on the left of the square. It is well- known for its Renaissance loggia on the ground floor as well as beautiful Venetian Gothic three-mullioned window on the first floor. The Church of St. Blaise was rebuilt in the early years of the 18th century following the 17th century design and contains many examples of Baroque art as for example the statue of St. Blaise on the altar. Rector’s Palace used to be the center of the Republic of Ragusa, housing the Upper Council. The palace holds the museum of Dubrovnik. Cathedral and Treasury are worth visiting. The Cathedral was built after the earthquake in 1667, by two Roman architects, Andrea Buffalini and Paolo Andreotti. The paintings in the church are made by Dalmatian and Italian artists from the 16th – 18th century, with an Assumption by Tizian, which dominates the main altar. The Cathedral Treasury is famous for its collection of about 200 reliquaries and sacred objects in gold. The Dominican monastery was built from 1315 onwards and the city walls had to be expanded for this purpose. Visit the Dominican Museum with a collection of paintings from the “Dubrovnik school”.


  • Fort Lovrijenac

Dubrovnik built a fortress that protected the western sea access to the city of Venetian shipping. The constructions started in the 1018 , although it lasted up to 16. century. At the entrance to the fort is a Latin inscription: NON BENE PRO TOTO LIBERTAS VENDITUR AURO, which means Freedom is not for sale, nor any treasure the world. In the fortress is situated the chapel of St. Lovro, and the inner courtyard with cistern miraculous is space on the theatrical performances. On the Dubrovnik summer festival are performing a number of dramatic works, and Lovrijenac is known worldwide as an excellent stage.

Places of excursions near Dubrovnik

The whole area of Dubrovnik is known for its picturesque landscapes, rich Mediterranean vegetation, mild climate and cool smaller settlements.

The discover of Dubrovnik is not complete without getting to know at least part of its surroundings. Good transport connections with the mainland by sea allow organizing short or longer trips to the surrounding attractive places.

Gruž

Previously it was owned by the nobles of the city as their summer seats. Some summer seats are still preserved today.

  • Gundulić castle from the year 1527
  • Castle Junije Bunić from the year 1550
  • Marin Bunić castle from the year 1578

In the sheltered bay Gruž were earlier yards. Nowadays you find the port of the city. Those who on a Mediterranean cruise stop in Dubrovnik, can not assume that their ship is at the old anchor. In lively visitors control the cruise ships with the port of Gruž. Here are placed the car ferries at anchor.

  • Lapad peninsula

On the wooded peninsula some of Dubrovnik patrician have built a summer residence. The summer palace of Petar Sorkočević from the XVI. century is located across from Gruž at the beginning of the peninsula. Today it is an institute and academy. On the peninsula is also the graveyard of Dubrovnik patrician. At its shores were several hotels.

  • peninsula Babin Kuk

Outside in the north-west is the peninsula of Babin Kuk.

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This is a settlement alongside the Rijeke Dubrovacka, a spectacular sea inlet, almost a fiord, in Scandinavian terms. This is where the rich Dubrovnik families build their summer houses. These houses require no air-conditioning in the hottest of summers, because of the cool breezes flowing off the River Ombla.

The settlement retains its rustic Croatian nature. There are many very old houses along the banks of the river, some of which survived the 1667 earth quake. Most of these houses are owned by Croatian families and have been in family ownership for many generations. Very few have been sold to foreigners, so the area is free of tourists.

The waters of the Ombla are about five degrees cooler than the sea, so swimming is challenging, in the strong currents.

Many of the houses or villas have the remains of renaissance gardens, with a few being restored to their former glories.

The area was occupied by troops from Montenegro in 1992, who wrecked the marina and other local buildings. The Dubrovnik locals painted the Croatian flag 400 metres up, high on a cliff face overlooking the marina. Do not hire a car with Montenegro plates – it will soon be wrecked.

A great place to walk, fish and admire the scenic countryside. The remains of the Dubrovnik Sarajevo narrow gauge railway run along the south facing slopes of the mountains and provide a spectacular walk. For pictures go to http://www.dubrovnikhouse.com

Accomodations in Dubrovnik

Hotels in Dubrovnik

in the old city of Dubrovnik

south of the old town of Dubrovnik

Camping in Dubrovnik

Private accomodations in Dubrovnik

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Weather in Dubrovnik

Below you see the current weather forecast for Dubrovnik. The climate table of Dubrovnik tells you which temperatures can be expected for each month.

Current weather in Dubrovnik and a 7-day weather forecast for Dubrovnik

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Climate in Dubrovnik

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Sports & leisure time in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a city with rich sports tradition. The city is living with water-polo all 12 months a year, and it is especially interesting amateur sports competition "Wild League" which involves representatives of all city beaches and swimming areas. If you are looking for an unique diving experience, adrenalin filled with water skiing, peaceful holiday with a romantic sailing or relax in one of the wellness centers, Dubrovnik has it all. There are various facilities in hotels, and certainly is a recommendation for the tour of the various hiking trails in the city and the surrounding area. Lokrum Island is an inspiration for sports life. The combination of cruises and getting to know the island by bicycles is very popular. In Dubrovnik, there are many sport halls, municipal swimming pools, soccer fields, tennis playgrounds… that use amateur and professional sports clubs, and to use their best to contact addresses of sports clubs or societies.

Where to eat

Restaurants in the city of Dubrovnik are very heterogeneous taking into account the fact that apart from traditional Dalmatian cuisine, there are restaurants offering international cuisine (Italian, French, Mexican)... On the menu of restaurants that nurture Dalmatian cuisine can be found dishes made in the traditional way.


  • Amfora - S. Coast Radica 26, 20 000 Dubrovnik
  • Antunini - Prijeko 30, 20 000 Dubrovnik
  • Atlas Club Nautika - Brsalje 3, 20 000 Dubrovnik
  • Baron - Masarykov put 1, 20 000 Dubrovnik


There are numerous places to eat and dishes do not vary significantly from what is on the offer at the Maritime coast. Some places have become tourist traps and should be avoided: they are situated mainly at Prijeko, a street parallel to Stradun and hunt hungry tourists with hard sell tactics. Look out for restaurants with more humble tactics in other streets of the old town. There are snacks sold at sandwich bars lining the streets running uphill from Stradun. Try fruit and vegetable markets and supermarkets.

Restaurants

Only some places are included here, as there are numerous places for good food. Look out for Locals, they will eat where food is good.

  • Fresh* - (Vetraniceva 4, Dubrovnik, www.igotfresh.com) If your are tired of pizza & pasta, be sure to check out fresh*. Fresh* serves a tasty variety of takeaway wraps & fresh fruit smoothies. All for under 5 euro.

Drinking

You will have to hunt for an outside table from which to see and be seen. The pavement cafés of Stradun are best for that purpose. Also try Bunićeva poljana, behind the cathedral.

Beaches in Dubrovnik

City beaches are directly at the old port - not necessarily to recommend it!

Some of the major hotels of Dubrovnik have their own beach sections. Before the city THERE are also Elafit Islands and the island of Lokrum. At the weekend, are opened many locals in the Zupa Dubrovacka with the beach section Srebreno and Mlini.

  • Blue Flag beaches in Dubrovnik
  • Beach of Hotel Neptun-cultivated rocky plateau with swimming beach and the sea water pool at the beach. Very beautiful location on the tip of the peninsula Lapad with a wonderful panoramic view of the Adriatic. Above the beach shady pine forest.
  • Beach of Hotel President-Pebbly beach and rocky plateaus with swimming possibilities, Babin Kuk, about 5 km from the Old Town. The beach can be achieved from the hotel and from the road stages of a lift or a ramp. In the area are protected forests with carob trees and oaks.

Nightlife and entertaining in Dubrovnik

It is best to visit the historic core of the city where are located numerous bars, restaurants, pizzerias, lounge bars, clubs and other catering establishments in which often can be heard live music.

During the summer season, the Mediterranean way of life in the open comes to the most intense and so the stroll trough the city will come across numerous street performers, and often are organized many concerts, exhibitions, folk performances in the open. On the eastern and western entrance to the city, there are two disco clubs in which you can have fun until late night hours. Many interesting bars are located in the Lapad Street Iva Vojnovica.

In Uvala Lapad, in addition to numerous cafes, you can during the summer months enjoy the music and dance in the pleasant company on the terraces of nearby hotels located near the sea.

In addition to the hotel's night clubs, there is the noble Nautika restaurant with a club and the club Alkatraz, Arsenal and Esperanza The casino is located in the Hotel Imperial. Also, there are the Latino Club "Fuego", near the Pile Gate, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 22 o'clock opened.

Cultural arrangements in Dubrovnik

It is a well-known cultural center in Croatia. Its many churches and other sacral buildings, city walls and towers, museums, with its exceptional historic value will enchant every visitor of this city. Dubrovnik is a city with a rich cultural offer, in which along with numerous exhibitions, concerts, theatrical performances, various festivals, emphasizing the traditional "Dubrovnik Summer Festival" in the framework of which are under clear skies and at various locations in the city held various concerts and theatrical performances.

  • Dubrovacki Ljetni Festival-The Dubrovnik Summer Games ", 10 July to 25 August.
  • Cultural Festival in Dubrovnik
  • Feast of the Holy City of St. Vlaho

On the 15th February are held in the honor of St. Vlaho (St. Blaise) several events, but often only loosely related to the actual celebration.

Videos of Dubrovnik

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