There are many beautiful places on Earth, but few can match Dubrovnik. Mediterranean climate, the spacious blue sky, dark blue crystal clear sea depths, numerous coves and bays, sandy beaches and steep reefs decorated with the lushest subtropical flora… plus centuries of culture and history.
Dubrovnik is the largest Croatian tourist center, having many hotels, apartments, restaurants, bars and taverns for the tourist population; from budget ones to world class luxury hotels. The city is well connected with the rest of Croatia and has an international airport as well.
Of course, Dubrovnik is a place with many tourist facilities, providing a wide range of attractions: cultural and music manifestations, bars, night clubs, entertainment programs, sports activities, trips to the nearby islands, but all who come should start their visit by exploring the city’s history. The most recognizable landmark that defines the physiognomy of the historical city of Dubrovnik and gives it its characteristic, worldwide famous look are the intact city walls, which surround the city in their two kilometer length. The complex is one of the most beautiful and solid forts of the Mediterranean and is composed of a series of forts, bastions, casemates, towers and separate fortresses. The walls stand as a monument to the city’s rich history: Dubrovnik was once an independent city-state and a strong naval power on the whole of Mediterranean. The entire city core, along with the main street of Stradun has been declared a historical monument under the protection of UNESCO.
Rector’s Palace (on the left) at Stradun (source: visitdalmatia.com)
You should also visit the infamous Arboretum of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Trsteno, the only arboretum in the Croatian Adriatic coast, the oldest Croatian monument of garden architecture and the oldest arboretum in the world! Known for its historic gardens and an unique collection of Mediterranean and exotic plants, the arboretum is law-protected as a monument of garden architecture, extends to 28 acres and incorporates a number of different parts: the historic public garden with a summer house, a historic park from the 19th century, the old olive grove, oak, pine, cypress, maquis vegetation and coastal rocks.
The city has a favorable geographic position if you plant to explore the region and visit some of the most beautiful Croatian islands such as Mljet and Korcula. It’s pretty common that tourists spend a few days in Dubrovnik and then rent a boat from one of the local yacht rental agencies and explore the coastline on their own.
View of Mljet lakes in sunset (source: commons.wikimedia.org )
Mljet is often called the greenest island in Croatia as more than two thirds of its surface is covered with forests; the western part of the island also holds the status of a National Park. It features an unique ecosystem of two salt lakes, plus an abundance of animal and plant species found nowhere else. The island is especially fit for sports enthusiasts as it offers plenty of cycling and climbing options, not to mention the waters around the island are often frequented by divers due to their clarity and spectacular underwater sights.
Island of Korcula and the homonymous town (source: importanneresort.com)
Korcula, on the other hand, is the most populated Croatian island with some sixteen thousand inhabitants. Still, it’s largely unurbanized, perfect for a soothing holiday and long walks through the island’s many vineyards; the locals take great pride in their wines, so be sure to try some. It’s also a place of strong folklore tradition, with many summer festivals aimed at preserving the local cultural heritage and entertaining the tourists.
It’s practically impossible to enumerate everything that Dubrovnik and the surrounding region have to offer to their guests; explore the vicinity of the city, the beautiful islands or the nearby National and Nature Parks, visit the city galleries and museums, go to a party, or simply read a book on the beach – if you can imagine it, Dubrovnik has it.
Photo credit for featured image (View at Dubrovnik from air): flexitreks.com