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Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic sea, is known for it’s rich historic heritage, crystal clean sea and beautiful scenery, positioned at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic, seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva county. And since 1979. Dubrovnik is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
It is indicated that Dubrovnik, then known by the name Ragusa, was found in the 7th century as a shelter for the refugees from the nearby city Epidaurum. Other theory is that Dubrovnik is one of the Greek colonies. Throughout the history, most famous period was one from the 13th century, period of Republic of Ragusa. It was independent and it was the main maritime competitor of Venice. To be exact, the entire prosperity of the city has been based on maritime trade, which helped the city become very rich. Republic was famous for ”buying out” their freedom, since the entire Dalmatia was occupied by Ottoman Empire, Ragusa paid a certain amount of money and other treasures to remain sovereign.
From that time dates the wonderful city core with the oldest pharmacy in Europe (13th century), Renaissance buildings of which Sponza palace should be highlighted, then the Rectors palace, which now houses a museum, the main street Stradun, and of course, we should not forget the church of St Blaise, the most beloved saint and the city patron, from the 18th century. However, the most monumetal sight to see are the Walls of Dubrovnik, running almost 2 km (1.24 mi) around the city. The walls run from four to six metres thick on the landward side but are much thinner on the seaward side.
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For the tourists that want more private vacation, Dubrovnik offers numerous high quality hotel resorts with private beaches for hotel guests only.
For those more adventurous Dubrovnik is an excellent choice. Entertainment, recreation and sports are available entire year. Enjoy a jeep safari, horseback riding, canoe safari, kayaking, sailing to Elaphite islands and visit the National park on the island of Mljet. Do not miss the Island of Lokrum from Dubrovnik which is located about 700 m, which is also called the island of love. Discover the remains of the Benedictine monastery from the 12th century and promenade to Fort Royal enjoy your walk followed by peacocks. Give this pearl a chance and find your inspiration like many more before have found.
It is interesting to mention that Dubrovnik and the nearby island of Lokrum were the hosts of Game of Thrones, popular HBO’s tv series. City posed as the Kings Landing. It means that with a vacation to Dubrovnik, you may find yourself wandering around the streets of the Kings Landing. The outer walls look as if they were built for the show. At least one scene was filmed on St. Dominic Street and the Fort of St. Lawrence. Locations on island of Lokrum were used for the scenes that took place in Qarth. Keep your eyes open for families of peacocks that inhabit the island.
During the summer season there is a really big possibility you will run into celebrities on the streets of Dubrovnik, Jay Z and Beyonce, just to mention some, and of course their luxurious yachts in front of the walls.
Romantic atmosphere in the warm summer nights is complemented with the street performers, fire acrobats, traditional a capella singing and dancing, open air theatre plays and a lot more activities. People who visit Dubrovnik always come back and if you’re still not one of them it is time to pay this city a visit.