At the head of the Adriatic Sea, protected from invaders and the ravages of the sea, lies the great city of Dubrovnik. This charming maritime city, called the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ is located on Croatia’s southern coast and is home to the great seafaring tradition of the Adriatic. The city was one of the great ports of call for merchant ships. Dubrovnik welcomes thousands of visitors each year, yet remains untouched by the ravages of commercialization.
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The Wealth of Culture
As you trace your steps along the city’s cobbled walks, Dubvrovnik seems to have the air of a medieval city, with richly carved colonnades and quiet nooks where a visitor or resident can choose to sit and observe the gentle pace of life here. A tour of the city is best commenced by walking around it – on the walkway of its mighty stone wall. The wall is a remnant of the 15th century, almost completely intact and offers a picturesque view of the old city.
The city itself is a bastion of late-medieval architecture and culture. Renaissance and Baroque architecture is found in the great stately homes, courts, monasteries and palaces. Always a deeply religious city, the city boasts the great martyr physician Saint Blaise as its patron saint. Small wonder then, that the city is also home to one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe; located in the Little Brothers monastery. Dubrovnik is generous in its veneration of the patron saint, with a grand Baroque cathedral in his honour.
The Old City
Dubrovnik has changed little in the last few decades, although the city had seen several wars. The city’s hospitality is warm and inviting, a chance to enjoy the finer things in life. The visitor is sure to find a wealth of adventure on the many hiking trails in the region which explore the mighty Dinarides – the mountains that buttress the Dalmatian peninsula. The island of Mljet is part of the archipelago and has an ancient Benedictine monastery located in the middle of the larger of two inland lakes. Mljet is famed for its pristine beaches and 15th century architecture. The Elafiti islands may be accessed by ferry or by kayak and offer comfortable accommodation on all three islands.
The city’s main street Placa, also called Stradun, is both a residential and commercial area. The street sees several processions during the year, including the New Year’s Eve celebration parade and the procession in honour of St. Blaise. The Stradun also has several buildings of historic importance including the Onofrio’s Fountain, once the central well of the city.
Dubrovnik has several attractions in the old city and the countryside surrounding the city is a hiker’s paradise. The emerald hills and turquoise water make Dubrovnik a wonderful getaway and a unique vacation experience.
Hotel in Dubrovnick