Dubrovnik is situated in Southern Dalmatia, the most beautiful part of the Adriatic coast known as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. A magnificent curtain of walls surround marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. The main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a melange of cafes and shops with outstanding monuments at either end. Churches, monasteries and museums ornamented with finely carved stone recall an eventful history and a vibrant artistic tradition. Beyond the city is a heavenly landscape of beaches, wooded peninsulas and a sea strewn with lush islands.
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Some of the best restaurants in Dubrovnik serve fresh fish and seafood from the clear waters of the adriatic, particularly squid and oysters. A couple of dishes, traditional to Dubrovnik are 'Oysters Sporki Makaruli' or 'dirty macaroni' - a pasta served with a goulash sauce, and for dessert try the 'Rozata' - similar to crème caramel.
The vineyards of the Konavle produce respectable red wines of the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Plavac varieties, as well as Kadarun, an autochthonous light and fruity rosé.
Dubrovnik has a great and varied nightlife, with great wine bars and trendy clubs on the main streets and some hidden gems tucked away in the smaller streets. There is always something going on in Dubrovnik for families and people of all ages, right up until the small hours. The best time to visit for a livlely nightlife scene is in the summer months, where live music and other performances can be found in the streets.
Art and Venecian masks, local produce such as wine, olives and honey.
Sample Croatian wines and be educated on the production at one of the wineries close to Dubrovnik. There are also many wine-tasting tours on offer, excursions can be found in the city centre.
There are many boat excursions to be taken from the port. Croatia is made up of more than 1000 islands - so make the most of it by sailing to some of them. Tour the Elaphiti islands, Cavtat or Lokrum, hop on a speedboat to a secret restaurant, party on one of the pirate boats or explore the underwater wildlife on a glass-bottom boat.
Also known as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic', medieval Dubrovnik's walled old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The sea laps up at the preserved white stone walls and the streets are lined with Baroque and Gothic styled buildings.
Get the best views of Dubrovnik old town by taking the cable car over the city to truly appreciate the stunning medieval architechture. There is a snack bar at the top cable car station where you can have lunch whilst you take in the scene.
Dubrovnik, encased by it's protective city walls, has been remarkably preserved considering it was hit by an earthquake in 1667. It has retained it's Venecian influence and baroque architecture, making this Baroque-style city a fascinating place to explore. Enjoy the beautiful city from the sea or on foot, and visit the forts, towers and many historical and religious buildings. The old town hosts a variety of excellent eateries, boutique shops and even has a few beaches dotted around the border.
Dubrovnik is most definitely a museum town, with plenty of cultural sites to visit. Amongst these you will find the cultural Historical museum, Maritime museum, Fransiscan monastery museum plus many more.
Possibly two of the most recognisable landmarks of Dubrovnik are the Cathedral and St Saviour church. Most of the religious architecture is accompanied by a museum. There are lots of sites in the old town which will keep you interested for many hours.
The Kornati National Park is made up of 12% of all of Croatia's islands (around 1200 of them!). Sailors are particularly attracted to them, sailing out to a peaceful and private hideaway. There are many boat excursions that can be taken along the Dalmation coast which will explore these islands.
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