Departure from Dubrovnik airport or Orebic
|STON – Prapratno, ferry for Mljet||110||130|
|OREBIĆ, ferry Korčula||150||180|
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City surrounded with walls next in length after the Great Walls of China. There are also saltworks from 13th century, producing salt in the same way as eight centuries ago. Recommended place with lot of fish restaurants.
Well known to most Catholics since 1981 when several teenagers saw a vision of the Virgin Mary. Since then over 15 milions people visited this tiny place and many amazing accounts suggest that miracles are a regular occurrence here – the Virgin Mary still apperas every day to one of the teenagers.
City between two civilizations, eastern and western, well known for 433 years old bridge, and the beauty of old city is hard to describe, it must be seen. City is full of suvenier shops and old fashion restaurants which serve traditional oriental food.
On the north flank of the city walls that encircle Dubrovnik’s beautiful Old Town, near Ploce Gate, a map plots the exact points where the shells fell during the six-month Serb bombardment a decade or so ago. Two out of every three buildings in the city were damaged. Dubrovnik has now been extensively restored to its finest medieval glory and is fully open for business – despite regulations forbidding showy tourism within the extraordinary walled city.
Not even a couple of expat pubs, nor the silly maroon signs in medieval script on every street corner leading from spinal Stradun, nor the dinky lanterns over each shop, could ruin the moment. As you stride down smooth, polished Stradun, you thank your lucky stars for all the international effort that went into rebuilding this Adriatic gem. Venice sinking would be of similar tragedy and magnitude to the fate that befell Dubrovnik in 1991. But it has bounced back. In 2005 a new five-star Hilton Imperial Hotel was opened near the reconstructed Hotel Bellevue and 2006 should be Dubrovnik’s most prosperous year since 1989.
Dubrovnik thrived in medieval times (under the name ‘Ragusa’), just far enough from the greedy imperial grip of Venice. With no royal intrigue – its terracotta-tiled centre is free of grandiose monuments – this was one of Europe’s major centres of learning and commerce. Citizenship was bestowed upon the skilled and the entrepreneurial. Although much was destroyed in the earthquake of 1667, and the city was overrun by the Habsburgs and Napoleon, Dubrovnik retained a strong sense of identity and artistic prowess. Its renowned summer festival kept going, even during the bombardments.
Protecting the city-state throughout centuries of trade and torment has been St Blaise, whose statue stands over Pile Gate, the main entrance to the Old Town. From here, you can walk right around the towers and bastions (entrance 30kn) of the high city walls – allow about an hour. Alternatively, a stroll down the main street of Stradun (also known as Placa) should take ten minutes from Pile to the old harbour.
First, you will come across the Franciscan monastery (Stradun 2, 321 410). Although rebuilt after 1667, the cloister is a Romanesque original from the 15th century. On the other side stands domed Onofrio’s Great Fountain, built around the same time. Nearer the old harbour, the baroque Church of St Blaise (432 027) stands across Luza Square from the sumptuous Sponza Palace (321 422, open byappointment), formerly the Ragusa Mint.
Further attractions await by the harbour: the Rector’s Palace (321 437, closed Sun), the seat of government in the old republic; the Cathedral and Treasury (411 715); and the Dominican monastery (321 423), where the museum holds a few Titians and an 11th-century Bible.
Most hotels are a short walk uphill from the old harbour, past the beach along Frana Supila and Ploce Gate. To the east of Pile Gate are the bus station, the main modern port and the Lapad peninsula, with its sandy beaches.