Dubrovnik, a medieval town that juts into the Adriatic Sea, surrounded by a vast stone city wall, is nothing less than a living museum. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Dubrovnik provides visitors with an attractive assortment of restored and reconstructed Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque palaces, squares, monasteries, churches and fountains. Its beautiful white buildings, complete with red, terracotta roofs, are classic Mediterranean, conjuring images of the architectural antiquity of Rome. Book a hotel in Dubrovnik and all this can be yours.
Explore the City’s History from Your Dubrovnik Hotel
Over the centuries, earthquakes, civil wars and sieges saw Dubrovnik nearly destroyed. Two of the most destructive events were the catastrophic earthquake of 1667 and the heavy shelling during the civil war in the early 1990s, but today Dubrovnik is a city reborn. Today it combines classic restored architecture with modern comfortable hotels and holiday accommodation. Dubrovnik is very much a city that craves your attention.
Begin your visit with a stroll along the city walls around the old town. The fortifications were built between the 8th and 16th centuries and still stand tall and proud today. The huge wall, which is almost 2 km long and 22 meters high, offers an excellent vantage point to see the sights of the city and can usually be walked in around an hour.
Come off the wall and explore the car-free old town. It is a world heritage site, and most of the attractions of Dubrovnik, including the historic palaces, churches, gardens, as well as the modern designer shops, can all be found around here. Stroll Placa, the marble paved main street with its great selection of shops, cafes and restaurants. There are no billboards, signs or other advertising monstrosities here; their absence is due to local regulations which aim to preserve the traditional look of the area it.
Visit the Palace of the Rector, a Gothic-Renaissance monument that was the seat of government of the old Dubrovnik Republic. Nearby is the Church of St. Blaise, an 18th century baroque building dedicated to the patron saint of Dubrovnik.
Chill out on the sand at Banje Beach, the Dubrovnik beach just outside the walls of the old city; swim in the crystal clear water and enjoy the sun with a breathtaking view over the Adriatic Sea. Go on to the picturesque Port of Gruž, which is within walking distance of the old town, to visit the fresh market or take the ferry to one of the nearby islands.
So Much More to See and Do with Dubrovnik Hotels
For the evening Dubrovnik has both lively clubs and places to relax. The old town is dotted with restaurants, cafes and bars. If you like to dance, go to Culture Club Revelin, a nightclub in the old Revelin Fortress. If you’d prefer something a little more calming, then go for a classical concert in the Rector's Palace.
Since most of the attractions of Dubrovnik are in the pedestrianised Old Town, it’s likely all you’ll need to get is a good pair of shoes. The rest of the city is easily accessible by bus, taxi or rental car. Consider to buy a Dubrovnik Card. With this pass you can make use of public transport, get a guided tour of the city, get discounts in restaurants and free access to some cultural and historical attractions. So no matter where you base yourself with your Dubrovnik hotel, the city’s goodies are never too far away.
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