fantastic city on the Croatian coast,there are not enough adjectives to compliment Dubrovnik, where you can admire the beauty of a city so beautiful, charming, full of historical events that have left many monuments a historical and artistic heritage that has all to take with you in your best scrapbook
Lord Byron defined Dubrovnik as "the Pearl of the Adriatic",and this beautiful city in the Southern Croatia,rich of history and culture, not surprisingly preserved as a World heritage Site by UNESCO since 1979.Other artists and prominent people admired and praised the beauty of this city as well as in the case of Bernard Shaw when visited Dubrovnik said : "those who seek paradise on in the world should come to Dubrovnik and see this town."One could say that this coastal corner of Croatia is a gift from Mother Nature to the world,its spectacular environment is a mixture of fine and golden sandy beaches,wild and charming rocks flanking small picturesque bays,clear and blue waters,small islands facing the old port and the city where every palace has a story to tell.
The history of Dubrovnik started on a small settlement on the site of the actual town in pre-historic times,the area was on an island called "Laus"i means in Greek, rock,and it was,separated from the coastline by a marsh.Nearby this island there was an ancient Greek settlement called "Epidauros",then under Roman rule with the name "Epidaurum"with the Emperor Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Iustinianus became an important Roman colony and a fllourishing harbor in the Mediterranean Adriatic sea.Epidaurous or Epidaurum is today the town of Cavtat, the ancient "Ragusium" the old Ragusa from here the origin of the actual Dubrovnik.The name "Dubrovnik" is a Slav name from Slavs invasion in the 7th century.The new inhabitants founded a settlement next to "Srd" the mountain of,this area was very rich of oaks,they start to call it "Dubravka", means woods of oaks" from there the actual name"Dubrovnik".During the 9th century the town was fortified to defend the territories against Saracens invasions.Dubrovnik from there become an important town under the Roman-Greek Byzantine Empire and a famous trade point between the old Costantinopoli (now Istanbul) and the Northern Mediterranean Adriatic ports,the actual Rijeka,Zadar and Trieste.
In the 13th century the city fall under the attacks of the powerful Venetian Republic,the city had a strong cultural influence from Venice,although from a commercial point of view the city continued to maintain a certain authonomyindependence.Venetian domination ended in 1358 in favour of the Croatian-Hungarian,but after another golden period,the town is domination of the Ottoman Empire.
In the 15th century, the "Dubrovnik Republic " developed its own fleet since advancing to Spain, Egypt, Syria, France,Corse and Sardinia.It is also a period of cultural splendour with artists and famous local writers as Marin Drikic and Ivan Gundulic,who wrote the famous epic "Osman" a famous narration about the contrasts between Christianity and Islam, East and West, liberated and slavery,Gundulic become an iconic national symbol launched several critics against the Ottoman Empire domination and its Sultan Osman.In 1667 the city was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake ans the city suffered a sad decline,loosing commercial importance and about new emergent powerful naval countries as Spain and England.
The 19th century is a period of renaissance and decadence, under Napoleon and later under Hasburg domination during Austrian -Hungarian Empire.In the 20th century Dubrovnik is part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia,there is the change of the name, Ragusa became officially Dubrovnik,later the city is part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, a federation ruled by Josip Broz alias "Tito" managed to keep together the various ethnic groups throughout the country (Serbs, Croats,Slovenian,Macedonian and Muslims) that they lived together without major separatist tensions.At the dissolution of the federal republic of Tito's ethnic-nationalist tensions began to take hold, giving way to the war known as the Balkan war, during which Dubrovnik was heavily bombed, with serious consequences particularly on tourism.
The ancient walls that surround the city of Dubrovnik,rebuilt several times over, expanded, strengthened over the centuries, the walls are the main feature of Dubrovnik. Surround the old city including the port is 1940 meters long, completely walkable and, in some points are high up to 25 meters. The walls facing the mainland were of 4 and 6 meters wide and are protected by the addition of walls, while those to the sea are more subtle between 1,5 and 3 meters. Along the perimeter are 15 defensive towers built in the 14th century. After the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453 reinforced the fortresses were turned inland and built new fortifications and ramparts in the front reaching the final size with the restructuring of the 16th century.The walls have always been of Dubrovnik the southernmost city in Croatia,a defencive protection from the strong winds from the winds bora and the sirocco upstream from the island of Lokrum.
A bridge leads you through a perforated door on the old walls of 1460. Dubrovnik is a city that is surrounded by walls and fortifications. The walls were built between the 13th and 14th centuries and are in perfect condition, it is as if they had been built just a few years ago. Its well preserved and have become one the most beautiful in the world. The first walls are encircling the city and they were built with 15 fortified bastions.After the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453 Dubrovnik reinforced the fortresses and built new fortifications and ramparts in the front reaching the final size with the restructuring of the 16th century currently finds compressed within a stone curtain 2 kilometres long and 25 meters height.
,The tower "Minceta",protects the north of the city from invasion while the Fort Lovrjenac, protects the western side, the tower "Bokar", which protects the Pile Gate, and the Fort "Revelin" ,protecting the eastern entrance.The ancient walls that surround the city of Dubrovnik were rebuilt several times over, expanded, strengthened over the centuries, the walls are the main feature of Dubrovnik. Along the perimeter there are 15 defensive towers built in the 14th century. After the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453 Dubrovnik reinforced the fortresses and built new fortifications and ramparts with some restorations during the 16th century.The walls have always been for this southern city in Croatia,a defensively protection from the strong winds " bora "coming from the North Slovenia and Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy and the sirocco upstream from the island of Lokrum.
"Revelin" is a great fortess builr in the 16th century with an irregular rectangulat base, built outside the walls, in the eastern part of the city, in front of the "Ploce"gate. it was built according to the plans of engineer Antonio Ferramolinna ,sent by Spain,Dubrovnik allied in the Mediterranea sea as main entrance of the city. The monumental and impressive building, surrounded by the sea on one side and three towers on the other three sides, was the main defensive bastion of the port of Dubrovnik.
A bridge leads you through a gate the old walls and you enter in "Stradun" also known locally as "Placa" the main street of the old town of Dubrovnik’ running west from Pile Gate to Ploce Gate and the harbour to the east.It is biggest,busiest and most iconic street of Dubrovnik.The "Stradun" was once a shallow water channel that divided Dubrovnik. Filled and paved in the 12th century, this wide street was originally surrounded by Gothic and Renaissance buildings. These buildings were mostly destroyed in an earthquake in 1667, which devastated much of the town.
"Stradun" is the beautiful promenade that runs through Dubrovnik, and just in front of you in "Poljana Paška Miličevića" square is "Onofrijeva".This fountain was built in 1238 as part of a water supply system that brought water from a well 12 kilometres from here.In this place was built a majestic adorned fountain with several statues but an earthquake in 1667 destroyed it, and retain only 16 masks carved from their mouths flowing jets of water falling.
The first church you can see entering in the Old City through the Pile Gate facing "Onofrijeva" is
"Crkva Sveti Spasa"the church of St.Savior.With its beautiful Gothic -Renaissance facade,the church was built in the 16th century by Petar Andrijic of Korcula ,it is one of the few structures that was not damaged by the earthquake of 1667.Someone says it was influenced by the Cathedral of Sibenik, declared World Heritage by UNESCO. What is certain, however, is that the style of the church has influenced several churches in Dalmatia,but in particular the Cathedral of Hvar.The interior of the church was recently renovated with marble and painted ceilings.
In "Poljana Paška Miličevića"square is the entrance to the "Franjevackog Samostana"the
Franciscan Monastery. The cloister dated14th century,is one of the most beautiful late Romanesque buildings of all Dalmatia.Also in the interior is the third oldest pharmacy of Europe and the Museum of the Monastery.It is accessed through a narrow alley by the church of St.Saviour. Among the old features still preserved is the south gate, designed in 1499 in Venetian Gothic style and a beautifully carved Pieta in the lunette.The monastery also includes a single nave,a marble pulpit and a 15th century bell tower.Inside there is the third oldest pharmacy in Europe and the Museum of the Monastery.Completely escaped from the earthquake, and today are the most interesting part of this religious building.The Romanesque cloister, with some Gothic elements,exhibits double columns covered with sculptures of humans, animals and plants, and a lovely garden with a fountain erected in the 15th century in the centre.
On one side of the cloister is "Stara Ljekarna" the old pharmacy, which has been in operation since 1317 and aims to be the one of the oldest in Europe.The "Muzej Franjevackog Samostana"Franciscan Museum is in another room of the monastery, and exhibits a collection of religious art and objects belonging to the ancient Franciscan order in Dalmatia.
Walking once again along "Stradun"this splendid promenade with modern shops,bars and small cafesyou can reach " Pravoslavne Crkve"the beautiful Serbian Orthodox Church.The Orthodox Church of Dubrovnik was built between 1865 and 1877.The Church contains a series of interesting icons, mainly Byzantine and Cretan.And about Orthodox icons,the mansion of Bonda, next to the Orthodox church, hosts a collection of 77 icons dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries, in different styles and origins: from Dubrovnik,Crete,Venice,Russia, and the old Byzantines icons.The collection also includes eight portraits of prominent citizens of Dubrovnik, painted by Vlaho Bukovac. The library also maintains a copy of Miroslav Gospels dating from the 12th century.
Not far from the Orthodox church is the Synagogue of Dubrovnik dated 1352 and it is the second oldest in Europe after Prague and the Jewish Museum in Dubrovnik,they are located in a building that was formerly part of the Jewish ghetto in the Dalmatian city.The synagogue is small but charming, with velvet curtains and a ceiling richly painted midnight blue.The interesting museum contains valuable objects and Torah scrolls,further more information about the history of the city's Jewish community.
In the late 15th century, after the exodus from Portugal and Spain, was founded in Dubrovnik a permanent Jewish Sephardi community.Many Jews from Spain and Portugal, were attracted to the city for its cosmopolitan life opened to ither cultures and its power in the Mediterranean sea.In May 1544, a ship landed in the port of the city filled exclusively with Portuguese refugees.Jews in Dubrovnik enjoyed relative freedom, there are some restrictions on its activities during certain periods of history.Today, the synagogue is small and charming, with velvet curtains and a ceiling richly painted midnight blue.The interesting museum contains valuable menorahs and Torah scrolls, and information about the history of the city's Jewish community.
In 1571 Dubrovnik sold some of its protectorates to the Ottoman Empire to France and Venice.At that time there was also a colony of Dubrovnik in Fes in Morocco.The bishop of Dubrovnik was a Cardinal protector in 1571.In that period the city of Dubrovnik had a great reputation with several artists,traders and .people coming from diffferent countries of the MediterraneanAlthough Jews in Dubrovnik enjoyed relative freedom, there are some restrictions on its activities during certain periods of history.Today, the synagogue is small and charming, with velvet curtains and a ceiling richly painted midnight blue.The interesting museum contains valuable menorahs and Torah scrolls, and information about the history of the city's Jewish community.
"Luza" is an historical square, where once the market was concentrated. Here is located a stone pillar with the figure of a medieval warrior clad in arms with a sword and shield, carved into the column.It was carved by master Antun Dubrovcanin in 1418. The statue is a symbol of the freedom of Dubrovnik and during national ceremonies, always flies the flag of the Republic of Croatia.
The legend of the construction is linked with the legend of the legendary hero Roland, who according to legend helped to liberate the dangerous siege of Dubrovnik from Sarracens pirates in the 8th century, and citizens raised this column in his honour. The Pillar of Rolland, known in Croatia as "Orlando", is a hero, the legendary knight nephew of Charlemagne, and who died heroically in Roncesvalles in the Pyrenees in 778. Since the 15th century,its image adorns many places in central Europe, as a symbol of freedom and independence.
Next to this monument is the beautiful Clock Tower.It was built in 1444, and rebuilt several times, most recently in 1929, and is characterised by two bronze figures in the steeple bells ring every hour.The clock tower is another emblematic symbol of the city.The bell was built by Ivan Krstitelj in 1506,and, despite wars, earthquakes and bombings,still sounds every hour with incredible accuracy.The impressive tower is 31 meters high and like in other city as Prague,Munich,Bern there is an allegoric fugure on the bell tower called "Zelenci" a green little man who goes to ring the bells.
Crossing "Luza Square",is "Sponza" Palace,originally a customs house,later palace of the treasury and finally a bank.Today it houses the State archives, which contains an important collection of manuscripts that date back almost a thousand years ago.The building is a mixture of styles that begins with a beautiful Renaissance portico resting on six columns.Fantastic Gothic and Renaissance elements, a Renaissance portal, Gothic windows on the first floor and Renaissance windows on the second floor and a statue of St. Blaise in a corner.Sponza Palace continues to play an official role containing the archives of Dubrovnik,over 100,000 documents including books and manuscripts.Although the State Archives can not visit, you can still see the Memorial Room of Dubrovnik Defenders, which commemorates those who died defending the city in early 1990.During the Dubrovnik Summer Festival there are often concerts in the courtyard of the Sponza Palace, which has excellent acoustics.
Next to "Sponza Palace" is Crkva Sveta Vlaha" the Church of St. Blaise, dedicated to the patron saint and protector of the city.Built in 1715 on the site of an earlier church destroyed in the earthquake.The Baroque Church has many things in common about style and architectonic elements with the church of St.Maurice in Venice.Originally the church was in Romanesque style built 14th century, but was badly damaged by the earthquake of 1667, and finally destroyed by a fire in 1706.The church was rebuilt in its current Baroque style between 1706 and 1714.The Church is based on the level of a typical Greek cross, covered with a dome and It houses numerous works, statue of gold plated silver of St. Blaise, dated 15th century of the located on the main altar.
Not far from the Church is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city "Rectoral Prev Dvorom"
The Chancellor's Palace,in splendid Gothic-Renaissance style, built in the late 15th century with an extraordinary sculptural decorations.The beautiful courtyard of the Palace is used for activities during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.Seat of the Chancellor, changed his appearance after two explosions of gunpowder stored there.Its present appearance is mainly due to the Renaissance designs by Juraj Dalmatinac from Zadar and Michelozzo Michelozzi from Florence in 1460.Other changes were added in baroque style in the 17th century after the earthquake. Since the original building Onofrio della Cava creator of the sources and the aqueduct of the city the palace had a gothic aspect now is the result is a mixture of styles.The facade of the palace has a lovely porch, the choir stalls with decorative stone.The palace is also a museum where you can admire offices and rooms of the President, in addition to the arsenal, and prison cells.
Across the square you can admire "Stolna Crkva Velike Gospe"the Cathedral of the Assumption, built on the site of the Basilica of the 7th century. Expanded in the 12th century, presumably as a result of a gift of the English King Richard I "the Lionheart", who was rescued from a shipwreck off the nearby island of Lokrum. After the destruction of the old cathedral, the new building was completed in 1713 in Baroque style.The elegant Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, pale gray in the twilight pink, is an example of the often quoted phrase "city of stone and light" by Jure Kastelan.The cathedral, built between 1672 and 1713 by Italian architects Andrea and Paolo Andreotti Buffalini, was erected at the site of an ancient Romanesque Cathedral of the 12th century destroyed in the great earthquake of 1667.The Cathedral is famous for its rich interiors including relics of San Blas, it is believed that gold sarcophagi containing the head and foot of the saint and the tomb is a work works of Byzantine masters of the 11th century.A highlight, in the main altar, a painting of the Assumption of Titian, which includes a self-portrait.
Leaving the cathedral and walking along "Androvica" street and you will see long series of steps designed by Italian Pietro Passalacqua reminiscent of the famous "Scalinata di Piazza di Spagna" the Spanish Steps in Rome.Stairs lead to "Crkva Sveti Ignacija" the Jesuit Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the largest house of worship of Dubrovnik.Although steps were severely damaged during the siege of the city in 1991-92, have now been restored.The school is next to the baroque church, which was designed following the model of the "Chiesa del Gesù in Rome", the mother church of the Jesuit order.The structure of a single ship was designed by Italian architect Andrea Pozzo, who worked Jesuits built churches throughout Europe.The church was completed in 1725, and was decorated by the Spanish artist Cayetano García according to the plans of Pozzo, and includes frescoes depicting scenes from the life of San Ignacio.It is said that the bell of this Church is also the oldest of Dubrovnik.
Worth a visit when you are in Dubrovnik to"Dominikanski Samostan Crkva"the church and the Dominican monastery of Dubrovnik dated 14th century.This marvelllous wotk of Gothic-Renaissance architecture, was built at the same time of the walls of the city in the 15th century by local artisans as the design of the Florentine architect Massa di Bartolomeo.It have been an important center of philosophy and theology since its founding in 1390 until today.The monastery was rebuilt several times over the centuries,it consist in a single nave with apse and stained glass.The bell tower is a mix of Baroque and Romanesque, while the Romanesque south portal is surrounded by a Gothic arch.The main attraction of the church is a Gothic cross by Paolo Veneziano. Other notable pieces of art including a statue of the Virgin and a relief by Ivan Mestrovic, and a painting by Vlaho Bukovac.The art collection of the Dominican friars on display in the museum of the monastery, whose numerous exhibitions highlights the famous painting of Mary Magdalene by Titian.
"Prijeko and "Puca" are among the most beautiful streets of the city full of bars, souvenir and jewelry shops and trendy restaurants.
The fortress of Lovrijenac is a monumental and impressive fortress, Lovrijenac is outside the city walls, at the western entrance to the city. was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. Unfortunately not long ago, in 1991 and 1992, during the ex Yugoslavia war was bombed suffering serious damage, but currently is almost perfectly reconstructed. A walk around the perimeter of the fortress offers a wonderful view of the environment.Theere is a curious story about thr Fort a tourists guides will explain you if you visit Dubrovnik...
At the beginning of the 11th century, the Venetians had the intention to build its own strength in the same place,to use against the city of Dubrovnik.The city of Dubrovnik learned of the intention of the Venetians and immediately decided to build a fortress on the cliff, to protect the city from the Venetians. Historians say the fort was built in three months.When the Venetians came with the materials to build the fortress, they were only to see the city of Dubrovnik had already built a fortress.The fort was armed with guns,over the centuries, this fort was adapted many times and after the fall of the Republic,it had different purposes as military base during the occupation of Austria,. In 1933, the Fort of Lovrijenac was the venue of several meetings of the PEN club meetings of the world's most eminent writers, who then discovered the city of Dubrovnik as a tourist attractio).Over the centuries, the fortress was the greatest defender of freedom of the city, and engraved above the door is an inscription for the descendants and the world "Non bene pro toto venditur auro Libertas" meaning "Freedom can not be sold or for all treasures of the world" ".
Dubrovnik also offers a wide range of museums to visit."Etnografski Muzej"the Ethnography contains objects related to agriculture, and was founded in 1919, when a new permanent exhibition opened with five thousand pieces distributed in three floors of the museum.This permanent exhibition features samples of the traditions and customs, cultural heritage and economic status of Dubrovnik. There are eighty thousand treasures and objects belonging to the local cultures of Croatia.The museum is housed in an old building built between 1542 and 1590.The folk costumes and textiles section offer a real glimpse of the region, where popular culture is still celebrated.
"Umjetnicka Galerija"also known as "Moderna Muzej", hosts exhibitions on the ground floor and a gallery of local paintersas Vlaho Bukovac, Marko Rekca ,Ivo DuIcic and Anton Masle,
The Maritim Museum is one of the most important museums of the city.It exhibits models of galleons that were once built there and, together with the plans of the files were used to build replicas that you see today in the port of Gruz.while the nearest Dubrovnik Aquarium has a variety of native fish and inhabitants of the oceans swimming in 27 large tanks.Yiou can see,scorpions fish, lobsters, groupers and other specimens,further more colorful anemones, corals, snails, sea urchins and seahorses.
.The port has always been a vital resouce of the city.Since all the city's wealth was based until tourism arrived in navigation and maritime commerce, ie on ships.In Dubrovnik, there are two cities, two ports. It is the old town,a UNESCO world heritage, and the modern city,where major part of people lives. In the old town the port is ,ainly a fishing port, and the modern port is used for the ferries that take you to the islands around. Then there is the ferry harbour, "Jadrolinija" ferries .
In general,Among the islands near Dubrovnik, which you can go through the day, are Lopud, Mljet,Sipan,Kolocep and Korcula. .The dimensions of the modern port are quite large and can be accessed from different parts of the city..From the port you can take some ferries visiting the nearest small islands.It is a splendid way to enjoy maritim excursions discovering the beauty of the islands surrounding Dubrovnik.
Excursions to "Elaphiti Islands" are perfect for this.This small archipelago is a group of small islands, which the ancient Greeks have named Elafiti "deer islands".They are a small paradise where you can easily reach from the city, in a short time by ferry to spend a nice day. To get there, should approach the modern part of town, the main harbor, where ferries depart for the islands.All shuttle stops at the three islands, and the price is the same regardless of the stop .Only three islands that are populated with small villages: "Sipan", the largest and most populated island of Lopud, which has a large hotel and a pleasant village, and Koločep, with the village of Donje.The islands did not suffer too much in the war, and the buildings are not as destroyed as Dubrovnik. They were middle-class families in the city who came here during the summer that populated the island.
In the deep inlet of the largest island "Sipan" is a typical Dalmatian village "Sipanska Luka".The inhabitants of this village, lives by the rhythm of their ancients.The myths, the rich history of the island aristocracy, the summer residence of Dubrovnik landed aristocracy, the dense Mediterranean vegetation, crystal clear water, still summer nights, make the perfect environment to escape the pace and stress of the city life. The proximity of Dubrovnik about one hour by local boat launch makes possible everyday frequenting the historical monuments of culture in Dubrovnik and its surroundings.
"Lopud" is a beautiful island that is shaped like a butterfly. You get to the small harbour, and then everything iby foot, there are no vehicles on the island.You can go to the beaches near the town, or across the island to go to another beach further away, but in summer, not necessarily with fewer people.The island is the second largest island of the "Elaphiti Archipelago" Elaphiti. There are ferries that cross the three islands, leaving about five times a day, you can easily get in the morning and return to Dubrovnik in the evening.The island has two hills, the highest is that of Polacica, about 200 meters high. Between the two hills is the footpath you reach the beach of Sunj, on the other side of the island. The village consists of houses of local people and a little fish harbour.
" Kolocep" Island, is another of the three islands that are populated "Elaphiti Archipelago" .It is very close to Dubrovnik, in fact, is the closest to the coast of the archipelago.It is the southernmost island of Croatia that also inhabited from here you are only 22 kilometres from the border with Republic of Montenegro.Kolocep Island is very close from the coast,, there are no vehicles on the island. Only 150 people live, but there are some little hotels, and the famous restaurant "Kalamota". Kolocep is a place had several attacks and invasions and it was conquered by the Greek,Romans and Napoleon.
Do not miss to take a look to "Most Dr Franje Tudmana"(The name from.Franjo Tudjman former president of Croatian Republic.The bridge is a kind of suspended wire cable type. On the west side of the access road is a viaduct of 66 meters long. The length of the bridge is 518 meters. The bridge clearance is 50 meters.Until the construction of the bridge at the western entrance of the city of Dubrovnik, was accessed through the Adriatic tourist road from Rijeka, and the bridge has led to savings of time and has been shortened about 9 miles, and therefore has contributed to the rapid development of the suburbs of Dubrovnik, as Orasac,Vrbica,Zaton Lozica and Stikovica.
Dubrovnik hosts several Festivals and International events.The annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival is a 45 day-long cultural event with live plays, concerts, and games. It has been awarded a Gold International Trophy for Quality in (2007 by the Editorial Office in collaboration with the Trade Leaders Club.The "Dubrovnik Karneval" the Carnival is celebrated three days before Ash Wednesday the exact dates each year depend on the Christian calendar.People in mask fills the streets of Dubrovnik, dancing and singing. amd in"Stradun" there are numerous masked balls.
Dubrovnik International Film Festival after the award of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, in Croatia began another international film festival, perhaps less prestigious than the first, but sure as much audience participation. The dates vary according to the date of the event in Cannes.Libertas Film Festival, since 2004, in late June, early July, Dubrovnik has another exceptional film event. A week of outdoor screenings in different places.
"Dubrovackim Ljetnim Igrama" Dubrovnik Summer Festival is the most important event of the city, and one of the largest in Croatia. From July until the end of August, Dubrovnik is dressed in a loud party with musicals, classical concerts, events. Almost every night on the town, theaters and historical buildings, streets and in parks, beaches and restaurants. Do not miss in particular is an annual event with the theater of Shakespeare in the charming outdoor arena in the courtyard of the Fort Lovrijenac.The patron saint of the city is "Sveti Vlaho" (Saint Blaise), whose statues are seen around the city. He has an importance similar to that of St. Mark the Evangelist to Venice. One of the larger churches in city is named after Saint Blaise. February 3 is the feast of Sveti Vlaho (Saint Blaise), who is the city's patron saint. Every year the city of Dubrovnik celebrates the holiday with Mass, parades, and festivities that last for several days.
Christmas in Dubrovnik is really splendid with The Christmas Fair at the Sponza Palace in Dubrovnik enchants with lights, music, scents and flavors of tradition. From 28 December to 2 January there is also the classic regatta sea of Dubrovnik.
The choice of dishes in Dubrovnik is varied and they all are happily appreciated for aesthetic and gastronomic quality.Do not miss to taste the "Brujet", fish soup typical of the place.Among the seafood will certainly not even squid ink risotto, typical of the area known as local "Crni Rizot".The great "Na Bijelo Bakala",on the other side 'fascinate' the most demanding because of its simplicity: cod with potatoes, Another typical dish is "Buzara" namely shellfish sautéed with garlic, olive oil, parsley and white wine.Among the meat dishes "Vitalac"a dish made of lamb rolled in the guts and roasted . Capture the attention of even the taste of "Pasticada", a traditional peasant dish: beef marinated and stuffed with bacon and garlic, then served with very fine noodles and sprinkled with a tasty sauce made with red wine.Do not miss the taste of well-known Dalmatian ham "Pršut", often served with local olives.The Dalmatian desserts are usually made with fruit, dried figs, almonds and honey and are known as "Rafioli", and "Mandulat smokvenjak". The traditional Turkish influences and brings in sweets like the famous "Baklava"Good one type of pudding called "Rožata, or even "Palačinke.Dalmatian wines deserve a separate comment, as well as all the wines of Croatia. We remember the Dingač and Postup Peninsula Peljeac the Maratina (Vinarija Benkovac) and Dingac, a very fine wine.
The city offers a lively athmosphere at night and you can enjoy the several trendy clubs and Music Bars around the city such as "Eastwest beach club","Labirint","Fuego" and "Lazareti".
The airport "Zracna luka Dubrovnik" Čilipi is located about 20 km south-east of the city.Buses connect the airport with the Dubrovnik old main bus station in Gruž. In addition, a network of buses connects all Dubrovnik neighbourhoods running frequently from dawn to midnight.
Dubrovnik is a spectacular destination not many cities in europe can offer a great historical patrimony,beaches,an archipelago wuth beautiful small islands,culture,an excellent gastronomy,all that are the ingredients to choose Dubrovnik as a splendid destination to live unforgettable holidays.
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