You might not know the name, but you’ve probably seen images of Dubrovnik. Croatia’s most memorable stretch of coast shines in baroque splendor, draped over the rocky hills around a tranquil, turquoise harbor. The entire city seems like a castle, with walls towering over the water, narrow, claustrophobic yet striking streets and an undeniable Mediterranean feel.
Take a walk around the entire 2kms of the city’s walls, and you’ll instantly get a sense for the 12th century stronghold, guarded thickly on the land side, and assisted by the towering cliffs along the coast. Sporadic turrets, towers and bastions help guard the old city, while the higher points allow you to stare down at the patchwork bricks of a beautifully color-coordinated skyline.
The old Pile Gate has an ancient drawbridge that was once raised every night to keep out marauders, while if you take a walk around the city, you can track down a delicate white clock tower overlooking the main plaza, a masked 15th century fountain, a cathedral, a number of palaces and several aging monasteries. It’s all best seen on foot, and will have you clicking away reams of photos to show off when you get back home.
Of course, this wouldn’t be the Mediterranean if it didn’t have breathtaking, incredible beaches, too, and they start just a stones throw from the city walls. Banje Beach is a real hotspot, with the added benefit of spectacular city views, plenty of white sand and a gently sloping swimmable sea. Spend your evenings enjoying the lively vibe of what’s become one of Europe’s most fashionable holiday spots, partying under the terracotta rooftops, or exploring the restaurants, sampling the classic Balkan meal of cevapcici (spicy, grilled meatballs) and sipping on plum wine with a hefty kick to it.
Dubrovnik is no longer an undiscovered gem: half of Europe is rushing to see this phenomenally beautiful city, and it can get pretty busy. There is a reason they are all here and it won’t take you long to discover it. Just hit the streets, drift around, and soak up the historic vibes.
From a Greek-Roman settlement Epidaurus to a part of the Republic of Dubrovnik, Cavtat was developed into a picturesque little town southeast from Dubrovnik. There is a harbour and many hotel…