Dubrovnik: Real pictures, videos and impressions from the Pearl of Adriatic

Everything about Dubrovnik

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A few words about this magnificent city

I would like to start by saying that Croatia is one of my favorite destinations. I came here for 5 times. In the first year i have stayed in Pola  and in the second in Opatija, Rijeka ( in the North of the Croatian Coast). In the second year i choose Trogir– Split, on the Dalmatian Coast. But, in the last two vacations here we have chosen Dubrovnik. Byron called it the Pearl of Adriatic.  George Bernard Shaw proclaimed that “Those who seek paradise on earth should seek in Dubrovnik.” Now fully recovered from the bitter Serbian and Montenegrin siege of 1991-92, this remarkable former city-state has in its historic centre perhaps the most attractive and well-preserved Baroque core of any European city, its swathe of churches, palaces and old stone houses neatly contained within the sturdy walls that have protected its famed freedom for centuries. Much of what you see today is the result of painstaking reconstruction after the earthquake of 1667; now, all new building work is strictly controlled even down to the shade of green to be used on the shutters of the city’s main thoroughfare, the Stradun.

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Best sights of Dubrovnik City

1. Stradun and the City Walls

Certainly, the biggest attraction is Dubrovnik Stradun and its walls. There are few better ways to begin your exploration of Dubrovnik than a stroll down around the city walls.

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2. The Cathedral

Erected after 1667 earthquake , today’s Baroque Cathedral, crafted by Italian architects, replaced and earlier romanesque structure. It houses a treasury with a famous collection of more than 200 reliquaries, including a 12-the century Byzantine case containing the skull of the much venerated St Blaise.

3. Dominican Monastery

The Dominicans were allowed into the city in the 14th century, on condition that they helped to protect its eastern entrance. The monastery buildings that you see today – the large church, cloisters and museum I were I constructed from scratch after the original complex was more or less flattened by the earthquake of 1667. Highlights include the Gothic cloisters, 14th-century Italian painter Paolo Veneziano’s Crucifixion (in the church), and the museum, which houses an 11th-century Bible and a painting by Titian, St Blaise, St Mary Magdalene, the Angel Tobias and the Purchaser- the man on his knees in the latter is a member of the then-powerful GuietiC (Gozze) family, who funded the work.

4. Church of St Blaise

The original 14th-century church survived the earthquake largely intact, only to burn down in a fire in 1706. Work started on the present incarnation later the same year, to plans by Italian architect Marino Gropelli, who based the design of the interior on that of a Baroque church in his home town. Punctuating the ornate fagade are four pillars watched over by an array of saints. The stained-glass windows are also striking – a late-20th-century addition of an unusual kind in this I part of Europe.

5. Rector’s Palace

The position of Rector of Dubrovnik was the ultimate job-share; each incumbent held it for just one month. For that brief period, the Rector’s Palace was his home.

6. Old Harbour

 Dubrovnik’s first harbour stood to the west side of the city, between the Pile Gate and the Lovrijenac Fortress, but it failed to offer sufficient shelter, and in any case soon became too small as the city grew. The Old Harbour, on the east side of the Old City, is a much grander affair, with the Revelin and St John’s forts guarding either flank Amenities are limited here, but there are one or two places to eat, and take in the busy summer scene; there’s always a flurry of small fishing boats and tourist craft enjoying the harbour’s protection, and there are good views down the coast towards Cavtat.

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Best beaches in Dubrovnik

We don’t usually hear many stories about Dubrovnik beaches. When thinking of Dubrovnik, we think about its historical town, eclectic bars, museums and its high prices. However, Dubrovnik is the southernmost town in Croatia, with lots of sunny days throughout the year,and swimming at one of many Dubrovnik beaches is one of the main activities people enjoy in Dubrovnik.

1.Banje Beach

Is the most popular beach in Dubrovnik, especially among tourists. Its location is spot on. Banje is the closest beaches to the old town, just off Ploce Gate. There are about 100 stairs from the road to the beach (and as many going up after a day at the beach. Ouch!). The beach is made of small pebbles and gravel. Unless you are used to this kind of beach, you’ll probably need a swimming shoes.

Banje beach is run by EastWest Beach Club. If you like to hang here, you’ll need to rent a deck chair. But a deck chair will not buy you an admission to the toilets (you pay them separately, should you need them). You can also rent a sun umbrella, and beach towels. Drinks and food are available, as well as massages; additional charges apply. The small, rocky part of the beach is free for public (no need to rent anything in order to enjoy the beach!). Rocky area closer to the town is free, while the rest is run by EastWest Beach Club. If you want to hang on that part, you’ll need to rent a deck chair.

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2. Sv. Jakov Beach 

Is located further uphill from Banje Beach. Once you pass Banje Beach just keep walking for another 15-20 minutes. Sv. Jakov beach is located very close to Hotel Villa Dubrovnik, a superb 5-star hotel. Being further from the old town, this beach is much less crowded than Banje Beach. You can still get a very nice view over the old town, and the island Lokrum.  The beach is pebble and rocky. There are lots of stairs to take to reach the beach. If you like a less crowded beach and you don’t mind to walk a bit further, this is a nice beach in Dubrovnik to spend a day at. Don’t forget to bring a lunch (you don’t want to climb those stairs twice :). Kayak and jet ski rental available on the beach.

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3. Sulici Beach

Is the closest beach to the Pile Gate. This beach is not very popular (meaning also less crowds!), but the water is crystal clear, and the old town is just meters away. Sulici beach is very small and consists of cemented plateaus and small pebble beach.

 

4. Lapad Beach

is the largest beach in Dubrovnik. It’s located in Lapad Bay. There are lots of bars nearby, and many beach activities on offer for visitors. This beach is partly pebble, partly cemented and rocky. It’s not my favorite beach. It looks a bit messy.

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5. Copacabana beach

Is a nice pebble beach located below Valamar hotels. Copacabana beach is facing Dubrovnik bridge. This beach gets too crowded for my taste (lots of hotels and a camping nearby).

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