Dubrovnik Vacations

The city state of Dubrovnik rivaled Venice in power and glory, becoming a center of Croatian culture and diplomacy in the 15th and 16th Centuries. Architectural and sculptural beauty, along with frequent references to its patron St. Blaise characterize this jewel-like city which has become an important vacation destination. The city’s motto is “ ... Read more
Libertas” (liberty) and helps to explain the rapid recovery Dubrovnik has made after terrible shelling during the siege of 1991-92. Today, the coastal city once known as Ragusa is a growing destination for those wishing to see and be seen, recalling earlier days when George Bernard Shaw advised those seeking paradise on earth to “come to Dubrovnik and find it.” The old city of Dubrovnik is the primary draw, surrounded by the city walls.
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  • Old City of Dubrovnik
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  • Walls of Dubrovnik
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If you’re dreaming about a summer spent dipping your toes in the Adriatic, unfortunately you’re not alone. Summer, specifically July and August, is peak tourist season on the coast and islands of Croatia, so ... Read more
though you’ll likely enjoy the nice weather, you’ll have to endure exorbitant hotel rates and crowds, crowds, crowds. Summer is better spent inland at cities like Zagreb, where you’ll encounter an entirely different story: fewer tourists, more bargains, and cooler temperatures. The coast is much more pleasant in late spring and early fall when air and water temperatures are still warm, but places are cheaper and less crowded. Winter is also not bad along the coast, though it gets cold and snowy inland.

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Singapore, Singapore

Game of Thrones fans would love this place as it is the setting for King's Landing. Upon a quick Google search, it is quite easy to connect the GoT CGI to the reality in Dubrovnik. The sunset at the Old Town is beautiful

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New York City, New York State, USA

I absolutely loved Dubrovnik. It's definitely one of my favorite places in the Europe. There's so much history behind it that it's unreal.
We walked trough Stradun and we really enjoyed it. There's a lot of restaurants, bars and small shops for the tourists but you kind of feel cozy. The huge, 300 year old walls are surrounding this main street.
I would love to come again because of how I was feeling while I was there which is absolutely amazing. I recommend it!!!

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London, UK

I was there 4 days and we had a lot of fun!
The thing I loved the most about it was that my favorite show GOT was filming there so we had to explore every place that they have been shooting the scenes.
I absolutely loved how beautiful and blue the sea is, I mean wow, what an amazing view!!!

Dubrovnik is a really popular city nowadays and now I am truly convinced why.

There is not a thing that you cannot love there or be pleasantly surprised.
The only thing that might not like it is that it is a pretty expensive city...
But beside that you will forget about that and instead you're gonna find yourself enjoying in the beautiful and historical buildings.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

We only had 8 hours to explore this beautiful city, and it was not enough time There are so many reasons why we fell in love with Dubrovnik… the beautiful beaches, the amazing architecture, and of course the gorgeous scenery. It's no surprise that Dubrovnik is the most googled destination on the planet. Must Dos: City Walls, Buza Bar, GOT Tour, just to name a few... for more info check out https://reasonswetravel.wordpress.com/

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San Francisco, California, USA

Total tourist town. I had been anticipating our stay and was disappointed how there was no local culture or community, only folks pushing flyers or menus in your face. The walls are impressive but the old city can be seen in a day. The beach is kinda small, though it is sandy which is a nice change from more rocky beaches further north. Be prepared to be ripped off wherever you go.
And no city memorial or mention of the Croatian War of Independence. You'll have to pay 300+ kunas for the cable car to see the "End of Yugoslavia" exhibit at Fort Imperial.

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Foster City, California, USA

It has recently became my new favorite European city, just passed my former favorite was Prague. I will be back here again this May 2017, taking a ferry ride this time from Split to Dubrovnik.

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Marsaxlokk

Dubrovnik should come with a warning. It is simply infectious, it bewitches visitors and makes them want more irrespective whether they are visiting for the very first time or else have been keenly returning year on year. It is easy to understand why as the beauty of the Old Town with its marble streets and palatial buildings, the brilliant blue shimmer of the Adriatic Sea and the fascinating sunsets witnessed from one of the city's hole in the wall bars will surely hook any visitor.

Historically, Dubrovnik prospered as a city because of its strong maritime trade and as a capital of the Republic of Ragusa, it developed into a power noted for wealth and skilled diplomacy. It was the only city-state in the Adriatic to rival Venice.

In more recent years after being besieged for months on end following the split of Yugoslavia, Dubrovnik has had to go through major rebuilding works and restoration but it steadily became one of the most loved and sought after tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, a true pearl of the Adriatic willing to enchant visitors again.

By all means, the Old Town is the most interesting and attractive part of Dubrovnik and it is here where visitors fall in love with the sights, sounds and aromas in the maze of narrow streets that somehow all lead to Placa Street, or as best known by the locals, Stradun.

This is the heart of the town and a real gathering place. Stradun is the main street which divides the Old Town into almost two equal parts, running for 300 meters from Pile Gate to the Old Town's port. Commencing the walk from Pile Gate, visitors will first encounter the beautiful Large Onofrio Fountain which, when originally built, formed part of a water-supply system intended to deliver water to the city. As visitors walk on, they will immediately enter Stradun, totally pedestrianized, paved in limestone and dotted with shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. It is always busy with people enjoying the sites, or the performances by the many street entertainers or simply having a refreshment in one of the cafes or restaurants.

At the very end of Stradun, visitors find the Clock Tower, a 15th century landmark soaring high above Luza Square. It is located adjacent to Sponza Palace and faces the church dedicated to St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik. In 1929, major repairs were necessary as the tower began to lean following damage sustained after several, severe earthquakes. Today, it has become a ritual for visitors to gather close by at noon every day to listen to the antique bells chime the well known tune of the tower.

Whilst standing in Stradun, looking to the left hand side of the Clock Tower, centred with Orlando's Column, visitors find the monumental Sponza Palace, a most beautiful Gothic-Renaissance building that has preserved its original form. The palace's name is derived from the Latin word 'spongia', the name of the spot where it was built as this is where rainwater used to be collected. Over the years the palace had different uses from housing the customs office and bonded warehouses to the mint, the bank, the treasury, the armoury and now, the archive.

Walking past the Church of St. Blaise, visitors will eventually reach the Rector's Palace and the Dubrovnik Cathedral. This is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The building was largely destroyed in the earthquake of 1667 but was rebuilt in Baroque style by Italian architects and local stonemasons.

The entire Old Town is surrounded by medieval defensive installations. The City Walls, including the series of imposing towers, forts and bastions guarding the city gates, are proof of the constant threats to Dubrovnik's territories in medieval times from the mighty Ottoman Empire and also from Venice. The walls however stood strong and today, they are Dubrovnik's most famous tourist attraction, a definite must see on any visit to Dubrovnik. They are best explored by walking along the battlements, almost two whole kilometers of ever-changing views of the Adriatic Sea, the nearby islands and the town with its orange terracotta tiled-roofs - a myriad of photo opportunities.

Descending the walls close to the Old Port, visitors will witness a safe haven for small and private craft. This is a far cry from a few hundred years ago when the defensive installations were built to protect the port and the merchant ships it harboured. One of the building in the Old Port is the Arsenal, a building with three symmetrical vaults. This was a place where ships were built in the time of the Republic of Ragusa. Whilst a ship was being built, the vault would be sealed by brick to avoid foreign spies discovering shipbuilding secrets. Once the build was complete, the wall would be demolished and the ship launched into the sea. Today, like many other historical buildings that surround the Old Port, the Arsenal is a restaurant which however remained true to its origins and carries a shipyard theme.

Dubrovnik offers visitors a number of museums and galleries which house some of the finest exhibits of historic as well as contemporary art but should visitors wish to have a break from all the history and art lessons, Dubrovnik also offers various restaurants and taverns serving delicious Mediterranean dishes and local delicacies. As the sun goes down, musical and theater performances are organised across the city squares.

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

I absolutely loved everything about Dubrovnik. The Old City is incredible, and the beaches are to die for. I would go back in a heart beat. It absolutely should not be missed.

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Oslo, Norway

Dubrovnik is a beautiful city, espacially the old town. I didn't get to see that much of the place since me and my friend only had some few hours there.

But I feel we got to see some of the old town. Unfortunately we didn't go up to get a full view of the place since it costs a bit, and being the end of my travel journey I had to think economical. But I did get a chance to take a picture of the old town when we took the taxi to get out of the city.

The city is a bit pricey, espacially in the old town. Since we had our luggage with us we kept it at a travel agency 30 metres from the fort port. Which was very convenient to take a look around the fort and pick it up after a few hours.

I wish I brought bathing clothes with me. There are some bathing areas around the old town and it looked so tempting jumping in the water.

Hopefully next time I get to see more of the outside the fort :) Dubrovnik is worth a visit.

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Petaluma, California, USA

I love this place. Spend some time inside the city walls before walking 20 minutes outside along the waterfront. Chat with locals in cafe bars. Take a day trip to another Yugoslavian country. So much is possible here. The lifestyle is very laid back, very Mediterranean. Can't wait to come back someday.

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