South Dalmatia tempts tourists with numerous attractions, and the best of them all is undoubtedly Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. The city adorns the coast, just like a gemstone adorns the crown, and it attracts thousands of tourists every year.
Croatian Dubrovnik is considered the most beautiful city on the Adriatic. Not without reason – it delights with its architecture and the charm of the islands lying at its shores. Old Town’s city walls remained intact. Today, you can marvel at how charmingly they reflect in the sea. It’s a living monument of the history, within which it’s forbidden to drive a car.
The colors and scents of the Pearl of the Adriatic
The Pearl of the Adriatic, as some call Dubrovnik, is surrounded by water on three sides, from which emerge the limestone cliffs. Red roofs of buildings, integrated into the multi-colored gardens, contrast with dazzling white rocks, creating a living fairy tale. The color palette is complemented by blue sky and turquoise waters relished with greenery and navy blue.
The edge of southern Dalmatia attracts visitors not only with the wealth of colors, but also flavors. Steep hills and rocky coast, where the beaches interlace with coves, are covered with Mediterranean flora. In the summer breeze spreads the strong scent of myrtle, cypress and pine trees, as well as rosemary and bay leaves.
Wandering around Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is one of the world centers of tourism. It’s really popular among scientists, businessmen and diplomats, what is not surprising - no matter how ordinary the theme of the conference is, in such a beautiful place the meetings and negotiations are pleasure. And where to begin the exploration of the city? On the west side of Dubrovnik is Pile Gate, the most impressive entrance to the resort. You can get there by the stone bridge thrown over the moat, which has turned into a green garden. From the gate to the old part of town leads a wide boulevard called Stradun. All buildings located on it have shutters in an identical shade of green, and lanterns illuminating the streets in the evenings are made according to the same pattern.
The Old Town gathered the most of the monuments of Dubrovnik. As it is composed almost exclusively of them, they were wholly inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. One of the most recognizable spots of the resort is Baroque Church of St.Blaise, who’s at the same time patron saint of the city. Equally remarkable is a monumental cathedral, with interiors decorated with precious paintings and relics.
While strolling along the boulevard, it’s worth to take a closer look at the Renaissance Church of Saint Savior, and Franciscan monastery, which is located in near proximity. Equally interesting is Big Onforio Fountain, a monument with 16 gargoyles from which water flows. It’s situated on the west end of the boulevard.
Stradun leads to the Luza Square, where Sponza Palace found its place. It’s the only one which survived the earthquake in 1667. Currently, it houses Municipal Archives of Dubrovnik, where you can see an exhibition dedicated to the defenders of the city, who died in 1991.
Under the blue skies of southern Dalmatia
The easiest way to get to the city is by your own vehicle. By the way, we can admire the beauty of the coast - the views encountered along the way are breathtaking. The region has so much to offer that it would be impossible to explore everything in one day. A good choice would be to look for a place to stay and stay here a little bit longer. Approx. 11 km west of Dubrovnik you can find camping "Pod Maslinom". Place for the vehicle costs 4.66 euros/day, while adults will pay 3.60 euros. For using the laundry tourists will pay 2.67 euros, while access to electricity costs 2 euro.
When we stay longer in this picturesquely torn coast, we’ll find that during the day Dubrovnik is filled buzz, but comes alive not until the evening. After nightfall crowds flood the café gardens, cups are chattering, and talks and laughter can be heard everywhere. It’s something really worth experiencing.