A maritime power house in the 15th and 16th Centuries, today Dubrovnik is Croatia’s biggest tourist drawcard, attracting up to five cruise ships at a time. You can read our Dubrovnik planning tips here, while this post provides additional photos to help build a mental image of the city.
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The walled city in the background and Lovrijenac Fort 37m above sea level in the foreground.
It is true that Dubrovnik is sometimes over-run with tourists, but the good news for independent travellers is by 4 p.m. cruise ship day visits are over and the pace settles.
Peaceful Cloisters of Franciscan Monastery.
A first time walk down Stradun, the main thoroughfare of Dubrovnik leaves a favourable impression, but escaping into the tiny alleys provides a more intimate experience.
Beautiful buildings line the Stradun.
It is true that these alleys are narrow and many, but the old town area is compact and safe. Of course exercise caution with your valuables as you would in any tourist destination.
Alleys of varying sizes cram into the space within the 2 km long walls.
Viewing the town from the walls is an excellent way of understanding the layout of the old town and new town. The walls on the land side are up to 6 metres thick with the tallest parts of the wall measuring 25 metres.
Layered Walls of Dubrovnik.
When the sun shines, the mix of orange roof tops and brilliant blue of the Adriatic seen from above is startlingly beautiful. I’m not a fan of heights but enjoyed our walk along the walls.
The 15th Century bell tower and it’s two green bronze men, that strike the bell at mid-day (restored in 1929) can be best viewed from the wall.
Leaning against stone walls at night, captivated by drifting clarinet music and mellow pools of light forming beneath street lamps I had a strong desire to never leave.
We found a small restaurant on the way to one of the “Buza” (hole in the wall) bars and returned that evening. It was our kind of place, with an eclectic asian menu, casual setting and affordable prices.
Dubrovnik by night is a romantic place and it is easy to make your own special memories. By day the dazzling blue ocean makes you want to jump right in or at least go kayaking.
Our visit to Dubrovnik was part of our Ten Weeks in Europe 2015 trip.