The gorgeous city of Dubrovnik has gained a prestigious popularity in the tourism sector lately. People everywhere are talking about how beautiful this old city is. Whenever you look on social media you can never miss the stunning pictures of Dubrovnik.
And there is also the fact that the majority of the scenes of “Game of Thrones” the well-known TV series took place on the city wall, Fort Lovrijenac and the beach and pier in the cove below it. If you’re a big fan of “Game of Thrones” and you want to discover all about the filming locations; there are a lot of “Thrones” walking tours to guide you.
Dubrovnik is situated on the Dalmatian Coast. It is an intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea of the extreme South of Croatia.
In 1667, Dubrovnik was hit by an earthquake which severely damaged it but the city managed to preserve its beautiful monasteries, palaces, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches. And then in 1990, an armed conflict damaged again the city. Nowadays, Dubrovnik is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979.
Dubrovnik was built on Maritime Trade and its most important industry is tourism.
Since the 19th century, Dubrovnik is an elite destination favored by celebrities, royalties, presidents and home to many famous poets, painters, mathematicians, etc… Even the late Pope John Paul II loved this city and was made an honorary citizen.
Once in Dubrovnik, you will be taken away by this stunning city and its pedestrians streets can be discovered by wandering around.
You can start your stroll through the Old Town by passing by the Pile Gate. There is the Big Onofrio’s Fountain in the Western entrance of the Old Town where tourists rest and refresh from the heat of summer. The Bell Tower draws your attention where the famous “Zelenci” bronze statues on top of it strike the ball every hour and just in front of the Bell Tower you will see Roland’s Column (also known as Orlando’s Column) which is a stone flag staff of the legendary knight.
The Gothic Renaissance “Sponza Palace” hosts historic archives. The Rector’s Palace formerly the Palace of the Major Council is a museum of the city’s history. The Placa Stradun is the central street of Dubrovnik and the place where the Old City comes to life. It is the shopping center and a venue for major events. The monumental Fort of Lovrijenac rises above 37m and it was built for defensive purpose to protect the freedom of Dubrovnik. At the eastern part of the Old Town there is the Old Port.
A lot of distinctive churches and cathedrals can be found in Dubrovnik: The Franciscan Monastery with Baroque church has a Romanesque cloister and the third oldest pharmacy in the world, the Baroque Church of Saint Blaise dedicated to the city’s patron Saint, the Roman Baroque Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary which dates from the 18th century,…
And a lot of museums as well: Bukovac House, Dubrovnik Natural History Museum, Franciscan Monastery Museum, Sponza Palace Museum, Maritime Museum, ….
If you have enough time (personally I didn’t) you can take the renovated Dubrovnik Cable Car and admire the most breathtaking view of the city from up above.
You can find a lot of good restaurants in the Old Town; Dubrovnik cuisine is characteristically not very spicy and is famous for traditionalism. Why not trying while you’re there their popular meals such as zelena menestra, pasticada and dubrovacka rozata for dessert.
There is no better way to end this article about a once in a lifetime city than by quoting George Bernard Shaw who said “Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it.”
With Croatian love,