Dubrovnik by sea.

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Dubrovnik by sea.

Steve and I were warned that parking in Dubrovnik would be challenging at best, and that it would be best to take a ferry. So we shelled out $50 (!) for two roundtrip tickets from Cavtat to Dubrovnik and boarded a boat with about 30 others. Steve and I sat in front with one other couple, where we were occasionally sprayed with seawater. The ride took about an hour. I was very salty at the end of it.

Dubrovnik really is best approached from the sea. The city’s history is a tale of maritime success due to its excellent geographical position on the Adriatic. Its spectacular and famous fortress, which surrounds the city and wraps partially around the harbor, dates primarily from the period of its greatest success (1358 to 1808), when it was a wealthy independent republic.
Dubrovnik's fortress wall, from inside the harbor.
Arriving by sea means you are experiencing essentially the same view that sailors had way back then.

As we arrived, the gorgeous view of the city was only partially obscured by the two enormous cruise ships parked out front (oh oh…). From this initial vantage point, I was surprised to see that the old fortress walls looked almost new…they are complete, not crumbling, and in surprisingly good condition. When we got closer, we saw that the stones were indeed old, and that the walls have undergone restoration work. The whole area was heavily damaged during bombings in 1991-1992 by the Yugoslav army/Serbian irregulars, and the attackers did nothing to spare the historic buildings and harbor of Dubrovnik.  [Link to a video of these bombings].
Buildings and blue sky in Dubrovnik.
 

Of course that story has a happy ending. After the war, people around the world donated money to repair Dubrovnik, and today we saw no traces of what happened in that video. Dubrovnik appears to be fully recovered, and is certainly 100% open for business, with many bustling boutiques and cafes. It’s really an incredible and special place, too. We covered the entire Old City, which is full of beautiful and historic structures…churches, monasteries, a palace. There are wide pedestrian streets and narrow alleyways to explore, and although there were many other visitors during this peak season, it didn’t feel overly crowded. (When we visited the Maritime Museum, which is housed inside a section of the Fortress, we actually had the place all to ourselves.) There is a great, relaxed atmosphere here. I really liked Dubrovnik.

At the end of the day, we took the ferry back home. This time we sat in the back where there was no “refreshing” sea spray to cover us in salt. The view from the ferry was gorgeous, and I would recommend this mode of transportation in this area, if you get the chance. Good day...  Dubrovnik lived up to the hype.
 


cmgervais says:
By "independent republic" of course I meant the time that Dubrovnik was independent (1358 to 1808)... WAY before either WWII or WWI, hee hee :^)
Posted on: Aug 20, 2008
cmgervais says:
Guessing it was still part of Yugoslavia at that time... or was that when it was an independent republic? :^D
Posted on: Aug 20, 2008
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Dubrovnik by sea.
Dubrovnik by sea.
Dubrovniks fortress wall, from in…
Dubrovnik's fortress wall, from i…
Buildings and blue sky in Dubrovni…
Buildings and blue sky in Dubrovn…
Um, hope thats not our ride...?
Um, hope that's not our ride...?
OK, thats slightly better. All ab…
OK, that's slightly better. All a…
Me and Steve on the ferry to Dubro…
Me and Steve on the ferry to Dubr…
Approaching Dubrovnik.
Approaching Dubrovnik.
Getting clooooser....
Getting clooooser....
Cruise ship #2 parked at Dubrovnik.
Cruise ship #2 parked at Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik traffic.
Dubrovnik traffic.
The fortress walls, restored after…
The fortress walls, restored afte…
The Church of St. Blaise (built in…
The Church of St. Blaise (built i…
Finding lunch at a bakery.
Finding lunch at a bakery.
Eating my spinach-cheese-pastry th…
Eating my spinach-cheese-pastry t…
Little one looks for handouts.
Little one looks for handouts.
Dubrovnik statue and skyline.
Dubrovnik statue and skyline.
The Bishops Palace, built origina…
The Bishop's Palace, built origin…
Arch detail at The Bishops Palace.
Arch detail at The Bishop's Palace.
Inside the The Bishops Palace.
Inside the The Bishop's Palace.
Blue skies in Dubrovnik.
Blue skies in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik street.
Dubrovnik street.
The Church of St. Blaise has bcome…
The Church of St. Blaise has bcom…
Pigeons at The Church of St. Blais…
Pigeons at The Church of St. Blai…
Dubrovnik alleyway. We were lookin…
Dubrovnik alleyway. We were looki…
Being shushed by a monk at the Fra…
Being shushed by a monk at the Fr…
In front of the city wall.
In front of the city wall.
The marble street stones in Dubrov…
The marble street stones in Dubro…
Dubrovnik cafes.
Dubrovnik cafes.
Another Dubrovnik skyline.
Another Dubrovnik skyline.
Maritime Museum entrance.
Maritime Museum entrance.
Depiction of Dubrovnik before the …
Depiction of Dubrovnik before the…
Inside the Maritime Museum. (photo…
Inside the Maritime Museum. (phot…
Harbor view.
Harbor view.
Dubrovniks beautiful harbor.
Dubrovnik's beautiful harbor.
Steve walks along the city wall.
Steve walks along the city wall.
Clouds have come in.
Clouds have come in.
Old ship in Dubrovniks harbor. Th…
Old ship in Dubrovnik's harbor. T…
View of Cavtat from the ferry.
View of Cavtat from the ferry.
I agree! No more Speedos! (this wa…
I agree! No more Speedos! (this w…
Back at home.
Back at home.
Dubrovnik
photo by: benwielenga