Visit Dubrovnik in Croatia
Located in the coast of the Adriatic, south of Croatia, is a city that harbors peculiar buildings and a unique geographic setting that earns it the nickname Pearl of the Adriatic. It’s an ancient city, with walls that have witnessed the development of hundreds of years and that combine perfectly with a mind-blowing landscape. Land and sea create a unique symbiosis at this destination.
Old City of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is nowadays much bigger than it was a few centuries ago; nevertheless, travelers can visit the historic or fortified coastal city that still preserves its particular architectural style. It was declared World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO, and you’ll confirm that there’s a good reason for this.
The historic city wall has 16 towers and several access doors, but in order to follow our suggested route, you must start your visit at Pile door, which used to be the most important entrance to this fortified defense. Above said door you’ll find a sculpture of Saint Blaise –considered protector of the city– authored by the sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. In that same spot you’ll notice that there still exists a drawbridge that used to be lifted to keep trespassers away and that used to hang above a moat, although nowadays instead of water you’ll find a garden with lemon and orange trees.
Dubrovnik Travel Guide
It’s true that you can choose among several roads, but DINKtravelers recommends heading forward through Stradun (Placa) Street. It will lead you to the aristocratic part of the city where the Republic of Ragusa reigned. This area is known for its Baroque buildings that lead to Luza Square, where you’ll find the Sponza Palace and the church of Saint Blaise. Since it was built in the fifteenth century, this square is a popular meeting place for all the city’s inhabitants.
Continuing along the same street you’ll find Dubrovnik’s Cathedral, which was built in the eleventh century and then rebuilt in the eighteenth century when it was destroyed by an earthquake. According to the legend, it was originally built with resources donated by king Richard Lionheart after surviving a shipwreck near the coast.
Port of Dubrovnik
Because Dubrovnik is a coastal city, another landmark is the port that’s located in one of its oldest sectors. It stands out thanks to its three twelfth-century huge arches. Also, it’s the oldest shipyard of the city, and it’s still in use despite its antiquity. At the same time, decorating the maritime landscape there’s Kaše harbor, facing the port’s arches and embedded in the sea. Since the fifteenth century, its main use has been to serve as a breakwater. Here’s a tip: this part of the city is perfect for tourists and even for local couples who like to enjoy magnificent sunsets with the peaceful company of a glass of wine.
After your visit, or even before it, head to the hill that’s located a few blocks away from the city walls. Climb up and ride the cable car from which you’ll get the chance to appreciate the grand landscape that is created through the symbiosis between the city’s architecture and the sea.