Dubrovnik is extraordinarily beautiful, and has been the inspiration for many poetic words, such as the city made of stone and light.Part of its mystery is that it lies hidden between the Adriatic and Dinaric Alps.It has been fortunate in that it has escaped many of the wounds from the Bosnian War and Serbian gunfire in 1991 and 1992.Dubrovnik, located on the shores of the Mediterranean, found relative peace even when there was chaos going on all around it. The waters show off perfect shades of blue and the sunsets are wild from atop the 14th century city walls.Dubrovnik truly draws you into a dream that you simply never want to wake from.
Looking for the right mix of culture, history and a bit of the commercial to keep you grounded? The walled Stari Grad is the answer. The main street is referred to as both the Placa and the Stradun, running from the Pile Gate, which is the official entrance of the Stari Grad, to the Old Port at the tip of the peninsula. Dubrovnik wants you to enjoy its home and offers many accommodations to make sure your needs are met.
There are also places near Dubrovnik that will make for quality side trips during your visit. Lopud is a gorgeous island off the Elafiti Archipelago. It is a quaint little village made up of white buildings, chapels and parks all across the waterline. It’s only a 50-minute trip by ferry to be transported to this paradise. Here you will find a great museum to stroll through, as well as the most enchanting park. While you are here, you may want to adventure to another nearby island, Lokrum. After a little fun in the sun, cool off in the botanical gardens and refresh your senses.
Dubrovnik is full of resources for nonstop action and fun. Whether you are looking for the lively atmosphere or the cool and fashionable, Dubrovnik will create your perfect vacation. Soak in the warmth of its people as well as the sun, and visit this divine land. Memories will be the true gift you’ll take home with you from Dubrovnik.
To give you an idea of what a port of call has to offer, we’ve listed a few activities that might be available for you try on your cruise!
- Excursion to Montenegro: Montenegro Littoral boasts a stunning landscape of looming mountains, deep valleys, and vast plateaus. Visit Kotor and the former seat of Monenegrin rulers, Cetinje. A ferry ride across the bay takes you back to Dubrovnik. A valid passport is required to visit Montenegro.
- Dubrovnik City Tour: Perched on the edge of the sea, the ancient city of Dubrovnik is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Discover an architectural treasure trove, a rich cultural heritage, and scrupulously restored buildings enclosed by medieval ramparts.
- A Day in Mostar: Mostar, Herzegovina’s fourth-largest city, is a beguiling mix of cultures and religions. Visit the Old Bazaar and the mosque and learn how centuries of shifting influences have left an indelible impression on the modern-day city. A valid passport is required to visit Herzegovina.
- Excursion to Mljet Island via Hydrofoil: Take a hydrofoil boat to Mljet Island, one of the most densely wooded islands in the Adriatic Sea. Part of the island is a National Park and the rest is a haven of pine forests, salt-water lakes, and a charming islet hiding a 12th-century Benedictine monastery.
- Trebižat River Canoe Safari: This aquatic adventure leads you down the Trebižat River and through Herzegovina’s most exhilarating canoeing areas. Stop downstream for a well-deserved barbecue lunch. A valid passport is required to visit Bosnia Herzegovina.
“Dubrovnik, the centre of the southernmost region of Dalmatia and its most famous representative, is also the star on the front pages of many prestigious world magazines, as well as being at the very top of the scale of the most beautiful cities of the world. Year on year it is proving itself as a source of inspiration for artists, a venue favoured by members of royal families and the jet setters of the world. It belongs to them, but no more than it belongs to all those who came but once. It is quite simple really, one encounter is enough for those fine threads between you and this glorious city to be spun to last” – Croatian National Tourist Board
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