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Croatia: What are the best things to do in Dubrovnik?

Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (or Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants. Here are top things to do in Dubrovnik.

City Walls

Dubrovnik’s imperious walls are one of the things that qualified the city for UNESCO listing and if you watch Game of Thrones you’ll recognise several locations

These white limestone defences go back to the 600s, but their current form dates to the 15th century when the fall of Constantinople was all the warning Dubrovnik’s officials needed that the Ottomans were on their way!

It will take an hour or so to make the full circuit along the battlements, stopping for supreme panoramas of the city backed by the Adriatic. Guided tours will give you extra snippets of info, but it’s also a good idea to set off early to beat the crowds.

Cable Car ride

A cable car takes you from downtown Dubrovnik 778 m up to the Mount Srd. The ride takes less than 5 minutes. Views from the top over the old town are wonderful. There is a cafe/bistro where you can have a drink or a bite while enjoying the views.

Lokrum

A small island, just 600 m off the coast of Dubrovnik, Lokrum is a protected natural reserve and a monument of a landscape architecture. Lokrum is also the largest park of Dubrovnik. It’s a popular swimming spot, and a place to spend a day away from the city, for locals and tourists. Lokrum is open to public from April through October. However, overnight stays on the island are prohibited.

Dubrovnik Cathedral

The city’s cathedral is one of Dubrovnik’s large ensemble of baroque architecture. Among the many reasons to pay this seat of the diocese a visit is to see the interior’s artworks.

On the main altar there’s a triptych of the Ascension of Mary by the renaissance painter Titian from 1550. On the church’s side altars are several other impressive works by Croatian and Italian artists from the same era.

In the treasury is a wealth of precious liturgical items dating from the 1000s to the 1700s, including the gold-plated bones of St. Blaise.

Old Town

By the end of your visit to this circumvented paradise, you might find yourself wanting to stay inside the formidable stone city walls. The walls contain Dubrovnik’s historic sites such as the Franciscan Monastery, Rector’s Palace and Dubrovnik Cathedral. Even new attractions like the War Photo Limited are squeezed into this dense area. Must-see place in Dubrovnik.

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