Dubrovnik (Latin and Italian Ragusa) is an important tourist center and one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia. It covers more than 143 square kilometers, with more than 43,000 inhabitants.
Same as in the rest of Croatia, Dubrovnik mostly offer private accommodation - in apartments. In Dubrovnik, we can find more than 200 different apartments, from the simplest to the 5-star. You can find here also hotels and guesthouses. One of the most luxurious hotels in Dubrovnik is Hilton. Young travelers will appreciate the offer of hostels and campsites near the beach.
Location and weather
Dubrovnik is located in the far south of Croatia, separated from the rest of the country by a piece of land that belongs to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The climate is on the border of humid subtropical and Mediterranean. In summer, the temperatures rise above 30 degrees, in spring and autumn they are very pleasant between 20 - 28 degrees. Winters tend to be mild. It is therefore not possible to determine the best time to visit Dubrovnik - in any period has its charm.
According to one of the theories, Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century, according to another theory a century later. In the Middle Ages, it was under the protection of the Byzantine Empire, although from the 14th century to the beginning of the 19th century it formed as an independent state, it was a vassal state of the Ottoman Empire. In the 15th and 16th centuries, it became an important port city, it even reached the fame of the Venetian Empire. Then it was part of Austria-Hungary, in 1918 an independent kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was established. After World War II, he was annexed to communist Yugoslavia, declaring independence in 1991. For the next 7 months, he was besieged by the Yugoslav army, and in addition to the loss of life, almost half of all historic buildings were destroyed. In 1992, it was liberated by the Croatian army. The city is a popular place not only for world celebrities, but also for statesmen, and Pope John Paul II, who has honorary citizenship.
The Dubrovnik airport is located about 20 kilometers from the city. Dubrovnik is also an important port - there are boat connections from other parts of Croatia and Italy. It is possible to use buses to travel around Dubrovnik.
Landmarks and culture
The center of Dubrovnik is full of historic buildings in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque style. Although Dubrovnik has been severely damaged in the past, first by an earthquake, then during the Civil War, thanks to the UNESCO program, everything has been sensitively restored. It has been on the UNESCO list since 1979. Probably the city's most famous landmark are its walls - a 2-kilometer wall winding along the old town with many turrets, originally built to defend the city, now offering breathtaking views. The Roland Column is also famous, where the Dubrovnik Summer Games (Dubrovačke ljetne igre) begin every year. It is a music and theater festival held from mid-July almost to the end of August, at which not only local but also foreign artists perform, in the past it was also attended by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and others. There are several important churches, museums in the city, there are also famous beaches in the Lapad area, about 3.5 km from the old town. Original souvenirs from Dubrovnik include handmade tablecloths or bed linen and other textiles. The pharmacy at the Franciscan Monastery is one of the oldest in Europe and still produces creams based on original recipes. It is also worth mentioning the excellent local wine and Rakija - brandy made from fruit, similar to our plum brandy. Restaurants with fresh fish and seafood are recommended. The most popular sport in Dubrovnik is water polo, there is a yacht rental, diving courses and much more.