Dubrovnik Travel Guide, Croatia
If anybody has any doubts concerning the beauty of the city, the fact that it is on the List of World Heritage Sites should make it clear that it is a city worth visiting by all means.
Its fame was spread by all those who visited it and acknowledges its unique and well preserved cultural heritage. The city’s history as an international tourist centre began before the First World War. Now it is considered one of the most famous cities in Croatia and in the Mediterranean.
Being such a popular tourist attraction the connections between the city and the rest of the world are very good even if its location isolates the city somehow. You can get here by all means of transport but the most used are fast boats and the planes; there is an airport at Cilipi. Dubrovnik is located on the main road (M2, E65).
Besides good connections you can also enjoy high standards in accommodation, infrastructure, tourist programs and services. Visitors are welcomed throughout the year, but most come during the summer and this makes the city very crowded in this period. Its population reaches 49,278 but in summer it almost doubles.
The mild climate in all seasons favors Dubrovnik to be a year round resort. In winter the lowest temperatures can get to 4°C and in summer the highest get to 27 °C. Rain is more frequent in winter, you can get some rainy days in summer too but they do not normally exceed 14 days. The total nr of rainy days per year is of 105, so there is plenty of sunshine and mild breeze, perfect for a touristy destination.
The town is located at the foot of Srd Mount in the southernmost part of Croatia and if you want to get to it by car driving along the coast of Croatia you have to know that you need to cross Bosnia & Herzegovina at some point. Even if the city sits on a rocky site the surrounding area abounds in vegetation and you will see olives, pine and many other plants.
Located on a small place there were some modifications brought to the landscape. To connect the old part of the city with the new one they consolidated a marshy valley between the Gruz Bay and Stari Porto and built the Placa Stradun that soon became the centre of the city its main street connecting Ploce Gate and the Pile Gate. The extension did not stop here and now Gruz, part of Lapad peninsula and the lower parts of the Srd slopes are part of Dubrovnik. Gruz is now the city’s port situated 2.5 km northwest of the ancient town core and there is the Dubrovnik Marina located in Komolac and the Miho Pracat ACI Marina with a lot of berths so it can accommodate plenty of boats and ships. The cove of Gornja Bocina has space for smaller ships.
Most part of its economy is based on tourism. The old city with its historical heritage is perfect for history buffs and not only, but there are other areas like Ploce, a tourist zone full of quality hotels and beaches and Lapad that has plenty of sports facilities (playgrounds, tennis courts and table tennis, gyms and fitness centers, swimming pools, aerobics, solarium), but also great hotels like the hotel Dubrava - that comprises every amenities necessary for a comfortable stay. The street that connects all hotels is called "New Stradun".
History buffs have what to see in Dubrovnik. Besides the old city there are a number of museums that will take some time to visit. Located in the Duke's Palace, Dubrovnik Museum boasts 15,500 exhibits. If you want to see some jewelry, paintings or embroideries, The Museum of the Franciscan monastery is the one you should ask for. Similar exhibits can be seen at The Museum of the Dominican monastery. Tracing the maritime history of the city and of the country is the Maritime Museum. If you want to find out some things about the patron of the city St. Blaise, go to Dubrovnik cathedral. The works of local craftsmen can be seen at The Rupe Ethnographical Museum.
Culture is also highly ranked and there are a number of cultural and educational institutions among which we can mention the Nautical College and Aquarium of the Institute of Biology where you can see interesting marine species and renowned galleries like the Art Gallery.
Sightseeing in Dubrovnik takes quite some time and one day to see it all is not enough, but if you don’t have more a walk along the town ramparts, through narrow streets and small squares would do to increase your appetite for coming back and see it all.
Eating in Dubrovnik is great as there are a great number of restaurants and taverns to offer both local and international specialties.
Lively as it is the city lights up even more during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival that has been held between 10th of July and 25th of August since 1950. This theatre and classical and folk music festival is the most important event in the cultural life of the city well known all over the world. There are several open stages in the town where the performances take place.
Another famous event is the Dubrovnik carnival that is older than the summer festival being held since the early Middle Ages because of the Italian influence. February is another month for festivities just like in Venice, but here they celebrate the Feast Day of St. Blaise when lots of events take place throughout the city.
The oldest pharmacy in the south of Europe fortresses, the shell-shaped hearth of the city, the narrow streets with their stone buildings, the Duke's Palace, the museums, churches, monasteries, marinas, sport and accommodation facilities together with the favorable climate and a magnificent view make Dubrovnik a true pearl of the Mediterranean.
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