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Dubrovnik, Croatia – Travel ideas to get the most of your visit

29 Sep Posted by in Croatia, Europe | Comments
Dubrovnik, Croatia – Travel ideas to get the most of your visit
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik Croatia
Image Credits: Mike McHolm

Dubrovnik is a Croatian city, located in the Southern Dalmatian region, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. It was a very important Venetian port around the time of the crusades and nowadays a popular destination with a thriving tourism industry. In recent times, Dubrovnik went through great turbulence during the war that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia. The siege of Dubrovnik resulted to human casualties as well as to considerable destruction of the City’s old-town. Following the end of the war, the city was reconstructed and the historical buildings were restored to their original shape.

The old architecture of Dubrovnik is characteristic of the time that the city rose to prominence in maritime trade. Most of the old buildings are of gothic / renaissance style including one of Dubrovnik’s main sites, the Sponza Palace that now hosts historical archives. East of the palace you can find Roland’s Column, erected in 1419 in honor of the legendary French knight Frances Roland, standing today as symbol of freedom. If you are interested in the history of the city of Dubrovnik, then a visit to Rector’s Palace, now a history museum, is a must. You may also be interested in War Photo Limited, an exhibition center hosting war and conflict photography exhibitions.

One of Dubrovnik’s most known natural landmarks are the nearby beaches. The sandy Lapad beach is located in close proximity and is ideal for swimming. You will a find a lot of cafes, restaurants and fish taverns in Lapad beach where you can also go for walks along the coast, in a picturesque setting. Benje beach will be a better choice if you prefer pebbles to sand. Benje is actually located inside Dubrovnik which may come handy if you fancy a dive after a long sight-seeing tour. There are many water activities worth looking into in Croatia. Kayaking in Croatia, in particular, is quite popular, and easy to coordinate from Dubrovnik.

If you are visiting Dubrovnik in the summer months you will be able to attend the famous Dubrovnik Summer festival that kicks off at the central square and runs from early July until late August. The festival promotes all performing arts from theatre to musical concerts, dancing and traditional folk performances. Large crowds arrive from all over the world to attend the festival and if you happen to be in Croatia when the festival is on, this is an event that you must not miss.

As is the case with most Mediterranean regions, a visit to Croatia and Dubrovnik in particular, will be most enjoyable in summer as the weather will permit you to get the most out of your trip.

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