A Old City of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a historically known city located in the southern tip of the Dalmatia region in the Adriatic Sea. Therefore it is also called the “Pearl of the Adriatic,”. Due to its impressive well-preserved historic center, stunning coastline, natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage that captivates travelers with its beauty and charm.

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City is enclosed by ancient city walls, historical and architectural wonders, well-preserved mediaeval buildings and picturesque cobblestone streets. Visitors can easily and freely take a leisure stroll along the famous Stradun, the city’s main street, lined with charming cafes, shops, and historic landmarks.

You will spot some of the famous landmarks in the city like the Rector’s Palace, the Dubrovnik Cathedral, and the imposing Fort Lovrijenac. With its crystal-clear waters, breath-taking views of the Adriatic Sea, and warm Mediterranean climate, Dubrovnik will definitely be a paradise for sun-seekers and nature lovers alike.

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It is not a big matter whether you are some sort of backpacker who wants to explore cultural heritage, lounging on one of its beautiful beaches, or savoring delicious local cuisine, Dubrovnik is surely a unique blend of history, beauty, and hospitality.


History of Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” and known as Ragusa. City which has a historical background located on the Adriatic Sea coast in Croatia. The city was founded in the 7th century and quickly rose to prominence as a major maritime power and trade hub in the Mediterranean. Thereafter the city considered as a strategic location, allowed it to flourish as a center of commerce, culture, and diplomacy.

After that Dubrovnik reached its zenith in the 15th and 16th centuries, it became a prosperous city considered as richer in wealth, art, and architecture. The city’s prosperity was reflected in its impressive architecture, including the iconic city walls, palaces, churches, and monasteries to the entire world.

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Unfortunately during the 19th century the city hit back from the series of earthquakes therefore Dubrovnik’s golden age was interrupted. And it leads to a massive decline in trade and political influence. In the 19th century, Dubrovnik became part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and at the end of the 19th century it became a part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (French).

Throughout its history, Dubrovnik has got a reputation for maintaining a good, skilled diplomacy and effective government. With the impressive examples like from the outset, the city was protected by the walls, forts and formidable defenses against would-be invaders. So, the city can enable a significant degree of independence despite being surrounded by powerful neighbors.

Today, Dubrovnik is one of the most visited and popular tourist destinations in Europe, attracting visitors from around the world with its well-preserved historic center, culture, stunning coastline, natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Every backpacker surely falls into the city’s picturesque beauty and intriguing history that continues to captivate visitors to this day.


Top 10 Places to Visit in Dubrovnik

Must visit places in Dubrovnik are made according to the visitors preferences and destinations accessibility. We presented the top 10 places. Those are;


1. Old Town

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Old Town is considered as the most ancient and preferable destination in Dubrovnik to the visitors. It is a well preserved city situated in southern Croatia. Town which exhibits the historic center of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved mediaeval walls, rocky coastlines, and historic landmarks like Sponza Palace and the Rector’s Palace. Built around between 11 and 17th centuries for the massive protection of the city. During the 1667 earthquakes witnessed little damage to this city and many reconstructions too.


2. City Walls and Forts

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Never miss to take a leisurely walk along the ancient city walls for panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea, red-tiled roofs, and picturesque Old Town. From the top angle you will find an old town and a shimmering Adriatic. Walls spread 1940 meters in length are completely surrounded by these defensive walls and forts. Also known as “Pearl of the Adriatic” built during the time when there were more foreign attacks over the city and Dubrovnik republic. The city was separated from the mainland by the sea channel filled with earth in the 11th century.


3. Stradun

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Popular Street barbering with many historical buildings and monuments. Take a leisurely walk along the Stradun, the main street of Dubrovnik’s Old Town lined with shops, cafes, and historic buildings. Stradun was created in the 11th century with two separate channels Ragusa and Dubrava. When you enter the Stradun on your left you will see steep stairs where you enter the famous city walls. Onofrio’s fountains, beautiful churches and Franciscan monastery are popular spots here.


4. Dubrovnik Cathedral

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Dubrovnik Cathedral is also known as Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin. Cathedral dates back to the 6th or 7th century, popularly known for its structure that shows both historical and architectural standpoints. Most of the Cathedral design and structures are made in the Byzantine style. Never miss to explore such a beautiful Cathedral Baroque-style cathedral with its stunning architecture and art collection, including works by Italian and Croatian artists.


5. Lokrum Island

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Lokrum Island is located in the Old Town of Dubrovnik, a popular destination for a day trip. Island is surrounded by the lush flora, pine, and cypress and olive trees which provides perfect look and shade during summer days. Island is just 0.694 sq. km of land including the surroundings of rocky beaches, tiny caves, and pine trees.  Take a short boat ride to Lokrum Island, a nature reserve well known as botanical gardens, walking trails, and the ruins of a Benedictine monastery.

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6. Mount Srd

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Located just behind the old town, the site is 412 meters high. You can take a cable car to ride to the top of Mount Srd for breathtaking views of Dubrovnik, the Adriatic Sea, and nearby islands. On the top of the Srd you will find an old structure called Fort Imperial, built during the 1800s by the French peoples. If you want to take a hike to this Srd you can take either through switchback trail or from the north trail. Today it serves as a major tourist destination for those who want to enjoy the view of Dubrovnik from the top.

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7. Fort Lovrijenac

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Fort Lovrijenac is an impressive historic fortress, known as “Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar,” which offers great views of the Old Town and the sea. Perched 37 meters above the sea level in a high rock edge of the city. St. Lawrence Fortress was built between 1018 and 1038. Fort Lovrijenac offers panoramic views of the Dubrovnik old town, west harbor and stone corridor and patios. Views from the top are pure eye candy with turquoise blue waters and city walls. Place which is popular in the Game of Thrones film where they filmed the scene of the red keep in King’s landing.

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8. Banje Beach

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Banje Beach is picture square coastal area nestled just steps away from the historic old town. Its soft pebbles and crystal clear waters make very charming atmospheres for sunbathing and swimming. Never miss to enjoy here in pebble beach located just outside the city walls, offering crystal-clear waters and stunning views of Dubrovnik. Perfect beach for holiday seekers including a healthy dose of sea, sun and sand on vacation. Moreover the beach is very friendly to Kayaking, boat riding, jet skies and photography and many other water activities.

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9. Dubrovnik Maritime Museum

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Located inside Fort St. Dubrovnik Maritime Museum exhibits a long history of navigation with exhibits showcasing ship models and maritime objects like tools and flags, painting and photos. Museum is also witnessing some of the featuring exhibits on shipbuilding, navigation, and trade. You can see more than 5,000 sorts of objects in the collections. According to the museum, construction of the fort began in 1346. It available to general public from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.

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10. Elaphiti Islands

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Elaphiti Islands are the combinations of several islands like Lopund, Sipan and Kolocep. Also here you can take a boat trip to the nearby Elaphiti Islands, including Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan, known for their beautiful beaches, clear waters, and charming fishing villages. Its lush greeneries, backdrop of the Adriatic’s crystal clear water and beaches makes your day in Island even more beautiful. One of the refreshing departure islands far away from the city’s crowds.

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Places which we mentioned above are the most visited and popular places under Dubrovnik city, but apart from that you can also explore places like Rector’s Palace, War Photo Limited, Sponza Palace and Cathedral of the Assumptions. All of these sites provide a unique glimpse into the rich history and natural beauty of this enchanting and historically valued city.


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