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More than a thousand years of history lives in Dubrovnik.

Friday, May 31, 2019,
By Dubrovnik Tourist Board
Dubrovnik Tourist Board
Dubrovnik Tourist Board
Photograph by Dubrovnik Tourist Board

More than a thousand years of history lives in Dubrovnik. This spectacular coastal city, clinging to the rocky Dalmatian coast at the very southern tip of Croatia, is a living museum, surrounded by more than 6,000ft of medieval walls. These mighty stone walls are almost fantasy-like in their size and scale, and have been carefully preserved in their original form and are open to visitors as the city’s most compelling tourist attraction. Its history is so important that Dubrovnik was inscribed onto UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1979, and so this year celebrates 40 years of protection.

Dubrovnik thrived in the 15th and 16th centuries as a maritime port, when it was the centre of the Republic of Ragusa. These days, it still serves as one of the most important ports in the Adriatic, but offers plenty more for visitors. Dubrovnik is a thriving cultural destination, and offers a number of cultural events and festivals. All this, along with a collection of architectural styles, have made Dubrovnik a favourite location for shooting popular series and films, from Game of Thrones to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Guests can follow in the footsteps of some of the city’s historical figures, from poets and writers to physicists, sailors and artists, all having left their mark on the heritage and traditions of one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean.

Dubrovnik’s treasures include such a wide range of historic sites and experiences that it’s often difficult to know where to start. Historic gold artefacts from the 11th to the 19th century are on display in the Treasury of the Cathedral. The Rector’s Palace hosts a collection of art, furniture and porcelain, and for a glimpse into the city’s seafaring past, the Maritime Museum is a must for history lovers. Art aficionados are well catered-for, too — there’s a Modern Art Gallery with works by Croatian and international painters.

Dubrovnik has plenty of souvenirs for guests to remember the city by: arancini (candied orange peel), kontonjata (quince cheese), wine and award-winning olive oil, to name a few. The gastronomy of the area is based on the fruits which grow there. They’re seasoned with olive oil, to accentuate the fresh taste of the area’s natural larder.


The Dubrovnik Summer Festival, from mid-July to mid-August, when the city’s palaces and squares become open-air stages


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