Going for the first time in Dubrovnik is really an event, maybe even a must for addicted travelers. Going for the tenth time in Dubrovnik is not unusual among its fans!
Dubrovnik‘s nickname is the “Pearl of the Adriatic” given by the Lord Byron himself. Today Dubrovnik tourism is in blossom. It is the center of the Croatian Riviera, where the jet set started to come, and this phenomena is quite comparable with the French Riviera from the 50′s! You will notice for sure the huge price difference between Dubrovnik and the rest of Croatia. But Dubrovnik is still Dubrovnik, despite the prices charged by the locals for meals, or for hosting or for handcrafts.
In the Middle Age, Dubrovnik, as the capital of the Ragusa Republic, experienced another wealthy period based on the sea trade. Dubrovnik was a serious rival for Venice, and the culture flourished. From that period we still can get the Old Town, Dubrovnik major attraction. A visit in the Old Town is a must for any traveler coming in Dubrovnik. You will be able to see there a strange charming mix of byzantine and Baroque architecture, with many museums. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is a pedestrian area, but in some places you need to watch your step literally: the streets are slippering, specially on wet weather! The Old Town is the only place to find some decent restaurants, which still don’t serve the sophisticate dishes you could wait in such a renowned touristic area. If you wanna make a choice among the restaurants, it is quite simple: whether fish restaurant, or Italian restaurant. The fish restaurants are in my opinion better reporting price to quality.
You can drink in Dubrovnik the local rakija ( a fruits liquor) or the tasty wines from Pelje Peninsula. In some places you can get from the farmers wine at very low prices, cheaper than Coca Cola e.g. But of course you must be very careful with such bargains, because that wine is not seldom a fake. You must be also very careful if you are a white blond woman backpacking in Dubrovnik. One representatives of this specie has disappeared in Dubrovnik. Therefore, you must use your common sense and don’t walk around alone at night.
Another big attraction of Dubrovnik are the pristine beaches with incredible clear water. You can swim, sail or snorkel on the well renowned Banja beach. You can also make from Dubrovnik travels to the Mediterranean islands, or to Sarajevo, or Zagreb.
For sure, you won’t be dissapointed in Dubrovnik, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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