Despite being nearly devastated by the bloody Balkan wars in the 90s, Dubrovnik, located on the beautiful Croatian Dalmatian coast, has become once again a fascinating holiday destination Croatia. Then we will have magnificent views and beaches, turquoise seas, a picturesque medieval town and surrounded by walls which, from the first moment, I seduce.
Summer is the best time to travel to Dubrovnik, but can do a lot of heat during the day. The winters are not usually very cold, but it rains a lot. Therefore, we recommend spring or autumn when the weather is more pleasant, less hustle and bustle of tourists and, perhaps, is cheaper.
Its historic center, which dates from the seventh century, is a World Heritage Site. The walls surrounding it were built in the thirteenth century, and medieval buildings that are kept in really good condition. Source Onofrio is the center of the city and the Stradun, the main street of the historic center. Dubrovnik has many churches, monasteries and museums to visit, as well as restaurants, bars and shops. Here we began our tour of Dubrovnik, heaven on earth.
How to reach Dubrovnik?
Dubrovnik has an international airport, 24 kilometers south of the city. A bus connects the airport to the bus station in Dubrovnik, but we can also get off in the historic center. Anyway, can also be accessed by a cruise to Dubrovnik, the most romantic way to arrive.
Are the cheapest flights to Zagreb and from there hire a car or travel by bus. They are very cheap and there are direct to Dubrovnik. Also, some tourists have traveled to the airport in Venice, and then rent a car. However, the car is used only in Dubrovnik.
Transport in Dubrovnik:
Dubrovnik has an efficient system of public buses, which operate from 05.00 until midnight. The fare is 10 kuna, if purchased on the bus, and 8 kunas if you do at some kiosk, known as Tisak. The old town is pedestrian, so there are no cars or taxis.
Visits in Dubrovnik:
- Monasterio de San Francisco
The monastery church of the fourteenth century, taking shelter by the city walls, offers one of the most beautiful Romanesque cloisters in the region of Dalmatia. Inside the monastery there is a pharmacy, in operation since 1317. Inside you can visit the museum which houses ancient medical books, instruments of the era and other manuscripts. It is open daily in summer from 09.00 to 18.00 hours. The ticket price is 25 kuna for adults and 12.50 for children kunas. It must be said that the official currency is the kuna in Croatia. 1 euro equals 7.25 kunas, ie 1 kuna are 0.14 cents.
- The Walls of Dubrovnik
The impressive city walls were built in the thirteenth century, although it took two centuries to complete. In the area of the sea up to 3 meters thick, and at least double in some areas, which served to defend the city from the Turks in the fifteenth century. The maximum height is 25 meters, and n can be accessed via a steep stone staircase. At the top you will have wonderful views of the old town and the sea.
To climb the walls must be done from 09.00 to 19.30 in summer and 10.00 to 15.00 hours in winter. The ticket price is 50 kuna for adults and for children 20 kunas.
- Cathedral of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik has had three cathedrals throughout its history, and all have been built on the same site. The first was of Byzantine origin, and dating from the seventh century. The second was a great Romanesque cathedral, which was destroyed by an earthquake in the seventeenth century. And today we see a beautiful Baroque church of 1713. What most interests us is the treasure of it, with religious relics, icons and paintings of great value. The cathedral is open from 08.00 to 20.00 hours, but closes at lunchtime. The ticket price is 10 kuna.
- The Fountain of Onofrio
Source Onofrio is in a small square near the Pile Gate and the Monastery of San Francisco. This large fountain was built in 1438 by the Neapolitan architect Onofrio della Cava. 16 shows masked faces, known as the maskeroni, discharging water.
- Palace Sponza
Built between 1516 and 1521, the Palace of Sponza located in Luza Square, was the medieval center of Dubrovnik, a place where all commercial goods arriving where weighed and sold. Sponza is one of the most beautiful palaces in the city and has preserved to maintain its original state.
- The Port of Dubrovnik
Seaport with beautiful palm trees, an important tourist center of the city. It lies next to the historic center, with many small shops and markets in its small cobbled streets. Here is when we come cruising up this jewel of the Adriatic.
- Street Stradun
Stradun is long and wide street of Dubrovnik and dates from the thirteenth century. It has 292 meters long and is the business center, leisure and tourism in the city. Brilliant, something resbalasiza, yes, with its cobblestones and marble, is the main promenade of the city center.
Dining in Dubrovnik:
Besides the great wine region of Dalmatia, being a coastal city of Dubrovnik fish, seafood, such as mussels are of first quality. If you’re here, Bouza called a classic, a stew of crayfish and accompanies the cevapi which is a sort of sausage meat on the grill. We can recommend the roast chicken with stuffing and quince compote, pie or beef and rice horsemeat.
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