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Dubrovnik -Croatia is a World Heritage Site and the Queen of the Adriatic.It has got many interesting places to visit or things to do during your visit. Read on this blog to know more about the Dubrovnik - Croatia

Dubrovnik is the city of Dubrovnik - Neretva county. It is located at extreme south of Croatia, situated at 495 km. of the capital Zagreb, about 216 km. Split and near the border of Montenegro and Serbia. We can be reached by land (road and rail), air (airport) and sea (port) where he receives daily boarding cruises.

Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic, is one of the fashionable cities in Europe. On our recent trip to Croatia discover the beauty of this charming city on the Dalmatian Coast is no longer a secret to anyone. The worst thing: a lot of tourism in a few square meters. The best: not disappoint. It is a beautiful city (a World Heritage Site) in a unique setting.

Dubrovnik - Croatia History - went from being dominated by the Byzantines, Venetians, Hungarians, Turks and Austrians. Long conflict with Venice for control of trade, and today for the title of the Pearl of the Adriatic. Destruction suffered several attacks by earthquakes and war, the last was the conflict in former Yugoslavia. Most of the destroyed buildings were rebuilt and there is no visual trace of that event.

The medieval town is completely surrounded by a wall awesome. The wall, as the city, is in excellent condition, well maintained and clean, safe and quiet as well. Dubrovnik has many very beautiful nearby islands, Lokrum and Lopud as to name some famous. The landscape is idyllic between the edge of the beautiful Adriatic Sea and the slopes of the mountain. There is plenty of vegetation and trees that gave the name to the city (oak forest).

To enter the city there are two gates, the Pile Gate and the Gate Stari Grad (Old) and each entry has to climb the wall. Pile Since we entered the main street Placa (former Stradum) where we left the Franciscan Monastery, right Onofrio Fountain and near Spasa Church. We will climb the wall of almost two kilometers and 25 meters to go around the city. Walking the gravel road we reach the door plate Stari Grad and Luza Square, the most aristocratic of the city. During the walk we see the buildings and Baroque palaces and many locals.

Tip: I recommend doing the tour of the wall (70 Kuna: about 10 euros) upon entering the city to enjoy the unique panoramic view and appreciate during the course of the 16 towers that houses as well as various strengths, streets, buildings and discover beaches.

In Luza Square have access to the Sponza Palace and next to the Church of San Blas with the Statue of Orlando in front. Between the two buildings and in front of the door plate can not miss the Clock Tower. Like other noteworthy buildings have, to the left of the square (looking at the Clock Tower) through the Sponza Palace, the Dominican Monastery with a beautiful church. To the right of the square we can get closer to the Rectors Palace was the seat of government and the Cathedral of the Assumption, both are important monuments of the city.

To complete the tour we go to some museums like the Maritime Museum or the Ron Brown, and also take the opportunity to see the cloisters of San Domenico and San Francisco, the Orthodox Church or Synagogue. And if we leave the premises medieval one option is to approach the island of Lokrum is a national park with beaches that can be reached by boat in no time. It has many craft stalls for gifts and generally have much artistic value. I liked the paint boxes of artists, from 60 euros you can buy a book (to avoid stalls that are printed). Prices are more expensive than in Greece but cheaper than Venice to give an idea, but in no event is dirt cheap.

Where to eat Dubrovnik - Croatia? - There are many restaurants, bars, pubs and local fast food outlets to choose from. Prices vary widely depending on the category and location, but we can find many small local streets more economical and well priced.

Lot of coastal seafood and fish also like traditional dish sausage and meatballs available to eat, culinary cultures mixed Christian, Muslim and Jewish. I only had time to try waffles, ice cream and coffee, but very rich and well priced.

Places to Visit in Dubrovnik - Croatia - The usual list of recommendations is a mixture of personal experience and comments of guides and others.

1. Walls - The old town of Dubrovnik (Stari Grad) is completely surrounded by a massive walls of the XIIIth and are one of the most repeated images and popular Croatia. You can walk around inside after payment of 10 € (adults).

2. Plate (Stradun) - Main street of Stari Grad, which crosses the famous old town from the Pile Gate (where you can see the statue of St. Blaise, patron of the city) to Luza Square, where we can see the Clock Tower and the column Orlando. Most sights are concentrated in this street or nearby.

3. Sponza Palace - XVIth century palace that houses the State Archives and the Memorial Hall of the Defenders of Dubrovnik. The entrance to the Palace cost about 2 €. More info on the official website (translated with Google Translate). Highlights include the portico of six columns and manuscript collections.

4. Church of San Blas - Baroque church built in honor of the patron of the city. Stands the marble altar.
5. Franciscan and Dominican monasteries - Dubrovnik has two famous monasteries can be visited both house museums and its own faculty. In the Franciscan, in addition, is the third oldest pharmacy in Europe (in operation since 1391).

6. Rector's Palace - The former palace of the rectors, now a museum. Although it has suffered even explosions, has been tastefully restored.

7. Cathedral of the Assumption - Beautiful baroque cathedral. Highlights include the shrine with the relics of San Blas and altars.

8. Islet of Lokrum - This small island, located almost in front of Dubrovnik, ideal for a break of one day (can not stay overnight). Pines, olive trees, oaks and rocky beaches make up the beautiful National Park. Its naturist beach is popular, especially among the gay community. The return ferry costs about 8 €. There is hardly anything to buy food and no cars.

9. Great source of Onofrio - Huge circular fountain with 16 jets. The original building dates back to 1438. It is one of the most emblematic of the city and venue for groups and tours.

10. War Photo Limited - Photo gallery with impressive collections of conflicts. There is a permanent exhibition on the war on the Balkans and several other armed conflicts. Impress and awareness. You can find a guide in Castilian for the meaning of each photo. Approx. 4 € / adult

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