Like a sounding seashell of life, Dubrovnik lies on the shores of the Adriatic, in Croatia.
You can arrive in Dubrovnik from all the corners of the earth. You can leave it for the most different corners of the earth too, but you can also come back to Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is not a city for one time, it’s a gift for a lifetime.
Dubrovnik harmonises and blends classic form and the romantic experience of different moods of the soul. In it, history turns into the spiralling eternity of the labyrinth. In the old port of the city you’ll find it easy to conjure up the ancient sailing vessels, the bygone centuries of wealth, power and fame. Dubrovnik, once a republic, a city state with a thousand years of liberty. The culture, literature, painting, architecture, philosophy, science, music and diplomacy of Dubrovnik are an irresistible part of the cultural heritage of Europe and the whole world. UNESCO has placed Dubrovnik under its special protection. In Dubrovnik you will become Ragusans, Mediterraneans, people of the sea, if you aren’t already. Without understanding the language, you’ll understand what the birds are chirruping, what the a cappella groups are singing of, you’ll understand that Dubrovnik is love and joy in life under the common sun.
For two hundred and fifty days a year (a day or two more or less, don’t let us be pernickety) the sky over Dubrovnik is bright and brilliantly sunny by day, indigo and starry at night, with a sea glimmering in the silver moonlight, its seductive voice calling you to night-time cruises. Accept the invitation, accept everything that Dubrovnik offers you, its sky, its sea, its stone and its people, the special treats of its regional cuisine, watch the performances of the Summer Festival, listen to concerts and visit exhibitions, climb, swim, dive, dance, fish, photograph, talk, ponder, dream, love, do things for yourself. It’ll be wonderful, the best ever, incomparable, because Dubrovnik is itself incomparable and ought not to be compared.
Those who don’t visit Dubrovnik won’t have anything to tell their descendants about.
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The 1940 m long Dubrovnik city walls are considered to be one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe and are an example of how fort architecture developed. The first fortifications were built already in the 8th century, but the most intense construction took place from the mid-15th to the end of the 16th century. The ramparts are 22 metres high in places, and from 4 to 6 m. thick on the landward side and from 1-1/2 to 3 m. thick on the seaside.
Placa / Stradun
The simplicity of the main street Placa, called Stradun, reflects the harmony of the entire Old City of Dubrovnik as its greatest treasure. Placa is 298 meters long and the uniform Baroque architecture of the houses in Placa, with shops on the street level and their knee-like entrances, got its present-day form in the restoration of the City taking place after the disastrous earthquake in 1667, when a large number of luxurious Gothic and Renaissance palaces had been destroyed.
Lovrjenac Fort is situated to the west of the Old City on a 37 metre-high rock. The symbol of Dubrovniks survival and freedom, the fort was used for the defence of the city and the western Pile gate. Above the entrance is the famed inscription: NON BENE PRO TOTO LIBERTAS VENDITUR AURO (Freedom is not sold for all gold in the world). Today Lovrjenac is known as one of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival open-air venues where Shakespeare's Hamlet was played by Daniel Day Lewis, Goran Višnjić ...
The cable car - Srd Panorama and Museum
The 413-metre high Mount Srđ rises northwards from Dubrovnik. . A favourite place for taking photographs, Mount Srđ offers a magnificent view of Dubrovnik and its surroundings. The monumental Fort Imperial was built in this strategic place during Napoleons occupation in 1810.
The green Mediterranean landscape, the azure depths of the Adriatic, white sea cliffs,fragrances of herbs growing in the clearings, historical gardens, the aquarium with the most intriguing species of the sea world are a part of the heritage which the visitors discover in Dubrovnik and its surroundings. The arrival in Dubrovnik offers enjoyment in the azure sea and sky, unique sunsets and natural sights of our region. Visit Lokrum island, Arboretum Trsteno or beautiful Elafiti islands...