Dubrovnik Travel Guide
Dubrovnik is an absolutely stunning city on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, aptly labeled the "Pearl of the Adriatic." It's a magical city no matter how you look at it, at once historic and joyful, as if straight out of a centuries-old fairy-tale picture book. It has a fabulous Old Town at the heart of it, encircled by ancient walls that reach all the way down to the sea to claim even its timeless harbor. Within its walls are medieval fortresses and picturesque old buildings, set upon storied public squares and winding cobblestone streets and stepped lanes. There are museums, cathedrals, fountains and triumphal city gates, and regal palaces and even a Franciscan monastery. There are quaint shops and boutiques, and sidewalk cafés and epicurean restaurants. And if you're here in the summertime, say around July-August, Dubrovnik will regale you with its summer festival, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, a 45-day cultural extravaganza that offers up a full smorgasbord of live entertainment with music, dance and unforgettable performances of Hamlet and other Shakespearean plays – and all of it in a mesmerizing, storybook setting! Indeed, as literary great George Bernard Shaw once beckoned, "Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and see Dubrovnik."
Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage city, situated at the approximate center of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, at the end of the Dubrovnik Isthmus on the Adriatic Sea coast of Croatia.
Dubrovnik's principal draw is of course its walled Old Town and practically everything that lies within those walls. Stradun is the Old Town's main street, some 300 meters long, lined with uniformly constructed 17th-century buildings with shops, restaurants and cafés tucked into them and a fountain – Large Onofrio's Fountain and Small Onofrio's Fountain – at each end of it. The Rector's Palace, part-Gothic and part-Renaissance, is also worth seeing, as are the old Franciscan monastery and adjacent St. Saviour Church, and the city's Baroque cathedral and St Blaise's Church. Equally interesting is Dubrovnik's old harbor with its attendant sailboats. Th city's ancient walls are worth stepping back and admiring too, turreted and some 4 to 6 meters thick.
Dubrovnik has an extensive network of bus lines, with buses every half hour or less, linking all parts of the city. Taxis are available at all hours, with reasonable fares, usually no more than $20-25 to any part of the city.
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