Dubrovnik, Croatia’s best-known and most glamorous tourist destination, lies in South Dalmatia on the Adriatic Sea. Formerly a wealthy independent republic, today Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each year, tens of thousands of tourists visit its Old Town. Above all, they come to see Dubrovnik’s beautifully preserved historic buildings. These include the Baroque Church of St. Blaise Church, the Renaissance Sponza Palace, and the Gothic Rector’s Palace.
Starting your yacht charter from Dubrovnik and ending in Split allows you to enjoy the busy city first, then take in the relaxed island atmosphere. Likewise, you can start in Split and end in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik | Places to See
- City Walls. Dubrovnik’s medieval city walls are among the best-preserved fortifications systems in Europe. They are 1940 meters (1.2 miles) long, with five forts, sixteen towers, and bastions.
- Lokrum Islet. This tiny green uninhabited islet lies in front of Dubrovnik’s Old Harbor. It is a nature preserve with a botanical garden and peacocks.
- Rector’s Palace. Dating back to the 15th century, this noble building hosts the Cultural History Museum.
- Franciscan Monastery. Home to Europe’s oldest working pharmacy, this monastery centers on a lovely 14th-century Romanesque cloister.
- Maritime Museum. In St John’s Fort, this museum traces Dubrovnik’s seafaring history.
Dubrovnik | Things to do
- First, walk a complete circuit of the City Walls, for superb views over the terracotta rooftops of the Old Town.
- Then, stroll the Stradun. This beautiful limestone-paved pedestrian street traverses the Old Town and is lined with cafes and shops.
- Take a Game of Thrones tour. Perfect for fans of the hit TV series, you will discover Dubrovnik’s most important and scenic filming locations, from Lovrijenac Fort to Pile Gate.
- Finally, enjoy a candle-lit dinner in the Old Town. Try Proto for up-market Dalmatian seafood; Michelin-starred 360 for Creative Mediterranean cuisine; and Azur for unique Cro-Asian fusion dishes.
Dubrovnik has a nice Mediterranean climate. This city receives plentiful sunshine, In fact, it has over 250 sunny days a year. It is very warm in the summer (82° Fahrenheit). Temperatures are mild in the winter.
The people of South Dalmatia love delicious food and wine. In Dubrovnik, there are many places to eat with offerings at every price point. Most of the popular restaurants are located in the city center. Traditional Dubrovnik cuisine features fresh, locally grown produce, quality meat, and fish with plenty of olive oil.
Try the green menestra, a stew of smoked meat and cabbage. Or octopus salad with black risotto. For dessert, taste Ston cake or arancini (candied orange rind).
ACI Marina Dubrovnik. Offering 380 berths, this marina has laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, fuel, restrooms, ATM, a swimming pool, a restaurant, and a grocery store. It is 4 miles from Dubrovnik’s Old Town.
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