This museum city does not fail to astonish thousands and thousands of tourists throughout the years. If you take a tour around the town you will be amazed by every step. It owes its majestic appearance to fortifications with forts Bokar, Lovrijenac, Minčeta, Revelin, St. Johns and St. Lukes Tower. Do not miss a chance to walk around these walls, to take a look at some magnificent and picturesque landscapes. Take a moment and try to absorb the city’s energy.
An important part of Dubrovnik’s heritage are Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and church of St. Blaze (Sv. Vlaho). A proof of how many valuables were in the cathedral’s treasury is the fact that it was locked with three keys. One was kept by the bishop, the other one by the rector and the last one by the Republic secretary. The door could have been unlocked only when using all three keys simultaneously.
One of the most exquisite monuments of profane architecture on the Croatian coast is definitely the Rectors Palace – a Gothic building with Renaissance and Baroque reconstructions. It was the administrative centre of the Dubrovnik Republic.
Rolando’s Column is another symbol of the Republic era. According to the legend, Roland saved the town from the Saracens and defeated them near the island Lokrum. At the time, the white flag of the Dubrovnik Republic with the image and initials of st. Blaise was put on the column. Nowadays, during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival another white flag decorates the column, inscribed with “Libertas” it represents Dubrovnik’s historic liberal character, humanitarian principles and concern for justice.
The Sponza Palace – an astonishing ornament of the Dubrovnik streets, built in Gothic-Renaissance style. Today it houses the Dubrovnik Archives, considered to be one of the richest archives in Europe.
There are many museums and art exhibitions in Dubrovnik. The one that delights us the most is the Visia 5D Multimedia Museum. It’s a unique interactive museum that allows visitors to experience Dubrovnik’s history through the use of new Technologies like hologram projections and virtual reality.
After exhausting hours of sightseeing, you can taste some of the delicious Mediterranean food and wines from nearby peninsula called Pelješac. These wines are considered to be one of the best in Croatia. Their exquisite taste will complete your perfect impression of this Mediterranean pearl.
While on vacation in Dubrovnik do not forget to enjoy the sun and sea on some of the surrounding pebbly beaches. Many hotel beaches are marked with the Blue flag and on the isle of Lokrum there is a naturist beach.
Accommodation in Dubrovnik during the summer months is pretty expensive, but luxury five stars hotels are definitely worth it. If you like private accommodation more, there is a lot of private houses, apartments and villas rented for tourists.
Known as a City of culture, Dubrovnik offers an extensive list of cultural events. The perfect time to come to Dubrovnik would be during Dubrovnik Summer Festival, known worldwide musical and theatre festival. Another great musical event to check out is the Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival which is known for its laid back and intimate atmosphere.
Dalmatian vocal groups and the troubadours often perform on the city streets. Their melancholic songs about love and life, happiness and grief bring a romantic touch to Dubrovnik’s evenings.
The film art is well represented in the city. Beside the Libertas Film Festival which was founded six years ago, the Dubrovnik Film Meeting also succeeds to draw attention of the seventh art enthusiasts. It is organised in cooperation with the management of Sarajevo film festival and is located in the old city centre between family houses. This idyllic scenery provides a typical relaxed atmosphere of the Mediterranean
The city never sleeps. It pulls you in with its vivid spirit and lures you to experience its nocturnal magic. There are a lot of bars in Dubrovnik, some with live music, which will seize the last bit of energy out of you.
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