A city for all seasons
Dubrovnik is situated on one of the most beautiful parts of the Croatian Adriatic coastline. The city features rich history, unique natural treasures and traditional Dalmatian hospitality. If you are searching for crystal clear waters, authentic gastronomic delights or one-of-the-kind events, this is the place to spend some time off. Even if your purpose of visit is strictly business oriented, we're sure you'll be able to find some time to experience a truly special city - Dubrovnik. We present you the top 10 Dubrovnik's attractions as reccommended by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.
City walls with forts
The Dubrovnik city walls streetch over 1,900 metres and present one of the most important milestones in Dubrovnik's history. They consist of five forts, sixteen towers and bastions and three entrances. When built, the main functionality of the walls, was protection of the city and its harbour. Today the walls serve as one of the most attractive open-air museums.
Lovrijenac is one of the five forts of the Dubrovnik city walls. It is situated west from the old town on a 37-metres high rock. The fort itself is a strong symbol of freedom and survival of Dubrovnik people. Today the fort is one of the most important cultural and art event venues in Dubrovnik, hosting the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and other theatre happenings.
The old town of Dubrovnik is full of surprises. After entering town through the gate at Pile, you'll arrive to the centre of entertainment. Stradun also called Placa is a well visited promenade and a perfect meeting place full of shopping possibilites and culinary endeavors which will bring your Dubrovnik visit to another level. The word Placa derives from Latin term "platea communis" which describes major public events, whereas Stradun, a word of Venetian origin, means a large street.
The rich Dubrovnik heritage boasts with over 20 churches and chappels in the old town, along with the Dubrovnik cathedral and the Baroque church named by the Dubrovnik patron Saint Blaise.
One of the most famous squares is located in front of the Dubrovnik cathedral. It is called the Marin Držić square, however by the locals it is also named as ""in front of Our Lady's Church"". Dubrovnik is full of surprises as you never know what awaits you just around the corner. You might see a wedding, join the local festival, enjoy in the street performance or simply see the gathering of the locals or of the numerous street artists. We're sure you'll join some of these events and fit in.
The Lokrum island
The Lokrum island, today also known as the island of love, was first mentioned in the 11th century. The legend of the island's heritage include Richard the Lionheart, Maximilian von Habsburg and exotic plants. The legend says that Richard the Lionheart, coming back from the crusade wars, found shelter from the storm at the Lokrum island. The island has been known for its rich vegetation and tradition of gardening for centuries. The archduke Maximilian von Habsburg has had numerous parks and promenades developed at the island and has had various sukulents planted at the island, that were brought even from Australia. In 1963 it was declared as a Natural Reserve and in 1976 as a Special Forestry Reserve.
Trsteno is a small picturesque village located approximately twenty kilometers west from Dubrovnik. The village's name derivers from the Croatian word 'trstika' which means cane. The sweet cane, due to an abundance of water in Trsteno and the specific micro climate, is the most common plant in the area. The Trsteno Arboretum is the oldest arboretum in the world and features a unique blend of natural and cultural heritage with rare exotic plants, Mediterranean and Alpine vegetation.
Elaphite islands consist of thirteen islands amongst which only three are inhabitated: Koločep, Šipan and Lopud. You can enrich your stay in Dubrovnik by visiting them. On the islands, you can enjoy sunbathing on the sandy beaches or you can discover hidden nature and culture treasures. After a day of exploring the islands, pamper yourself with some of the local gastronomic delicacies.
Srđ - the panoramic view over Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik offers many views worth photographing and thus capturing the unique moments from your visit to the pearl of Adriatic. One of the ways to create an unforgettable memory of the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, is to take a panoramic photo of the city from Srđ. Srđ is a 413 metres high hill and it features the best view over the old town with its surroundings. You can take the cable car to get on the hill and after the photo shoot of Dubrovnik you can visit Dubrovnik war museum.
Lazaretto and the old city harbour
Dubrovnik, as a very important naval and trade harbour in the medieval times, was welcoming travelers from all corners of the world. In that time, a number of contageous diseases was spreading around the globe and the city of Dubrovnik, as the first city in the world, in the 14th century, delivered an order by which the lazarettos, isolation hospitals for travelers coming from suspicious areas, were built. The travellers had to spend 30 days in isolation before entering the city, so this order brought the first quarantine in the world. Lazarettos were built on Cavtat and on the islands of Mrkan, Bobara and Supetar. The last constructed lazaretto was built in the 17th century and it is located next to one of the city's entrances: Ploče. It serves today as an event venue for concerts, theatre shows and art workshops.