Dubrovnik is the city of a unique political and cultural history, of world-famous cultural heritage and beauty. In 1979 it was included on UNESCO list of World Heritage. It is one of the most attractive and famous cities of the Mediterranean. Its glorious history started in early 7th century but last excavations clams to find the ruins of byzant church from 5th century.
However this is an ancient historical center that developed through many centuries. Its golden period was in 15 and 16 century when Dubrovnik Republic was the strongest nautical and trade force in the Adriatic and whole Mediterranean. They traded mostly goods from east like silk and spices which were coming from Ottoman Empire. Salt was also largely traded with. Salt was produced locally in one of the oldest salt factories which is located in nearby city Ston. Factory dates from Roman time and still works today, supplying the Croatia with this important mineral. Ship building was also one of the big industrial economies which Dubrovnik is proud on. Their ships were known as strong and well made for far journeys. The type of boat that was built in that time was called Karaka. Today, there is a replica and it is possible to take a panorama drive around the breathtaking city walls.
Walls are 2 km long and is possible to take a walk around as well. It consists of 5 main forts and few smaller fortresses. Walls were very important for city protection against Venice, Ottomans and many others who were threat at that time.
The whole city is like museum but here I want to point out some of the must-see spots while visiting the city. First is main street Stradun which stretches from East Ploče gate to West Pile gate. This is a beautiful stone street with many shops, bars and restaurant. Other beautiful sights are Rector’s Palace, Bell Tower, Sponza Palace where money was forged, city Aquarium, Onofrio’s Fountain and Roland’s colum which located on main square in front of Sant Blaise church. Saint Blaise is also a protector of the city and big celebration ceremony is held in February. This is also the most popular church to get married. There are many more things that can be done or seen in Dubrovnik but we will mention just few most popular.
Besides walking around the old town, it is strongly recommended to visit island of Lokrum which is just 10 min boat drive from old town harbor and is also a nature park. Besides old arboretum you can see many animals like peacocks and rabbits freely walking around the island. Sometimes gulets get anchored in front of Lokrum which makes it easy for visit.
Apart from its outstanding natural and cultural heritage, Dubrovnik also offers high-quality visitor opportunities, such as shopping, restaurants, museums, nightlife and casinos. There is also a cable car to the top of the hill above Dubrovnik. From there stretches amazing view on old city and surrounding islands.
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