One of the most-visited cities on the Adriatic, with monumental city-walls 1,940 metres long and 25 metres high, located at the foot of Srđ Mountain, Dubrovnik was inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1979. Dubrovnik is famous for its Stradun, the principal and oldest street in the town. Here, where historical personalities once walked, today now walk royalty, famous actors, singers, athletes and many others. Why not join them?
The Minčeta fortified tower is older than this street and is one of the most enduring symbols of the city and its freedom, as well as one of the world’s most beautiful fortifications.
Likewise, there is the Bokar Fort, which once defended the main gate of the city. Today it is one of the venues for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. At this event, the ‘Orlando’ award is given out. This award is named after yet another symbol of the city: the stone pillar carved with a medieval warrior with sword and shield. This monument was erected to the legendary hero Orlando (Roland) by Dubrovnik citizens in grateful memory of his contribution towards the defence of the city against Arab pirates.
Opposite Orlando is the Sponza Palace, which was once a very lively trading place and the cultural centre of the Republic.
Dating from the period of the Dubrovnik Republic, the Franciscan monastery still maintains its pharmacy in operation. It was founded in 1317, the same year as the monastery, which makes it one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe. In the Dominican Monastery, go and see the works of the painters of the Dubrovnik school from the 15th and 16th centuries along with works by the great Titian, and in the Cathedral, see the silver and golden reliquaries fashioned by Dubrovnik master-goldsmiths from the 11th to the 19th centuries.
Stop at the Great Onofrio Fountain, visit the Rector’s Palace, and do not miss the walk along the tops of the city walls.
In the Maritime Museum get to know the centuries-old maritime traditions of the Dubrovnik Republic and find out more information about some famous sailors, the mathematician Getaldić and the physicist Ruđer Bošković. Climb up the Lovijenac Fort, which doubles up as one of the most beautiful stage-sets for the play ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare.
You might also try climbing up Srđ Mount, which, although somewhat physically challenging, will enable you to enjoy sweeping views over beautiful Dubrovnik and its gorgeous surroundings.
Dubrovnik Old Town
The Pearl of the Adriatic became a major Mediterranean power after the 13th century. This late-medieval planned city in the south part of the east Adriatic Croatian coast with its historical core situated at the foot of Mount Srđ has preserved the character of a unique urban whole throughout the centuries, defined by the city walls. It has a significant place in the history of city planning. Although severely devastated by the 1667 earthquake, Dubrovnik has managed to preserve its gothic, renaissance and baroque churches, monasteries and fountains.
The Dubrovnik Riviera
Opposite the city of Dubrovnik, virtually an inseparable part of the old town, floats the island of Lokrum, a special reserve of woody plants under UNESCO’s protection. Here you can admire plant species which mainly originate from Australia and South America, with interesting collections of eucalyptus, cacti and succulents. Lokrum is also well-known as the island of love. Koločep, an outcrop of limestone and dolomite, is the smallest of the inhabited Elaphiti islands. Šipan is the largest island in this group. Lopud, the second largest, is wellknown for its sandy beach at Šunj.
On the coast of the Dubrovnik Riviera along with Trsteno and the famous arboretum, Orašac and Zaton are found along with other smaller resorts.
Mlini (named after the local water-mills) is well-known as the ‘oasis’ of the Dubrovnik Riviera, only 10 kilometres away from Dubrovnik. South of the grand town of Dubrovnik is Cavtat, another popular tourist destination in this part of Croatia. It is the largest single urban area in Konavle, the southernmost region of Croatia, and was built accordingto a city plan. In Cavtat old town, you can visit the birth house of Vlaho Bukovac, one of the most famous Croatian painters and a progenitor of the Croatian modern school of painting. To get a better knowledge of the history of this region, diving and exploring Cavtat’s underwater world could help too. Under the Cavtat waves there are several ancient sites, which are among the largest and the most attractive in the Mediterranean, with 1,800 amphorae and pithos from the 1st century BC to the 2nd century AD to explore.
As well as its unspoiled natural landscape, unique rural architecture of high value, costumes and embroidery, the Konavle region is well-known for its production of the wine of Dubrovnik, Malvasia, which can be an excellent dessert wine. Other varieties are also grown and produced here. Molunat is a fishing and tourist resort at the far southernmost tip of the Croatian coast, approximately 20 kilometres southeast of Cavtat and the airport in Čilipi. It is also well connected with this area.
At the very north of the riviera is Klek, surrounded with centuries-old olive trees and oleanders. It is an ideal destination for socialising with friends and family in a quieter environment, and there is also a large pebble beach which stretches along the waterfront the whole length of the village. From Klek, you could row over to Mali Ston in a wooden boat, or head to the Neretva delta or the Pelješac peninsula.
ACI Marina Dubrovnik
The ‘honorary’ resident of UNESCO’s list of protected world heritage and pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik, is situated at the very south of Dalmatia. At the mouth of the River Ombla just 6 kilometres from the fascinating old town’s heart is hidden one of the most beautiful and best of the Adriatic’s marinas – the ACI Marina Dubrovnik with its many amenities. The quality of its service is well-known and for the last four years in the ‘Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia’ campaign it has been declared the best marina in the category of marinas with 250 to 450 berths.