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Is Dubrovnik worth visiting?
Dubrovnik is located on a rocky promontory jutting into the Adriatic Sea. The buildings in the oldest part of the city are so crowded that when you look at the city from a bird’s-eye view (or the nearby Srđ hill ), all you see is a sea of red roofs that contrast sharply with the surrounding emerald water. The perspective changes, however, if you start walking among them. Then it turns out that each tenement is different, as are the stores and cafes on the first floors. And then it turns out that Dubrovnik is so rich in tourist attractions that it is hard to believe that they all fit into such a small space. When planning a holiday in Dubrovnik, it is worth taking the time to see the main attractions, which attract thousands of tourists each season. Below are the most important of them, which, in our opinion, you can’t miss while in this beautiful Croatian city.
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Stradun – the main street of Dubrovnik
The street is about 300 meters long and stretches between the two city gates of Pile and Peskarija. At its ends are two fountains and two bell towers. The avenue now divides the old city into southern and northern parts, and for many years remained the busiest street in the old city. It is also where Dubrovnik’s main nightlife takes place, with many clubs and pubs located in the area.
While strolling along Dubrovnik’s main street, it is worth seeing the Franciscan Monastery, which is located at the very beginning of the street. The monastery complex is famous for its library, which houses the most valuable collections in the country. It also houses one of the world’s oldest operating pharmacies, founded in the 14th century. Walking further and exploring other Dubrovnik attractions located on Stradun, we will come across the Rector’s Palace, which dates back to the 15th century and is home to the historical department of the Dubrovnik Museum. Among the valuable exhibits we can see antique furniture, works of art, numerous documents or coins.
Little and Great Onufri’s Well
One of the first objects that catches your eye when walking around Dubrovnik is the Great Well of Onufri, a fountain built in 1438 by Neapolitan architect Onofrio della Cava. In the past, it was an important part of the city’s water supply system. Also located near it is Onofrio’s Little Well. In the Middle Ages, followers of different religions had to use separate water intakes, so the Little Well served the Christians, while the fountain next to it served the Jewish residents of Dubrovnik. Today, both fountains are a source of refreshment for thirsty tourists and Dubrovnik residents. Some even believe that if one thinks of a wish before drinking water from the well, it has a chance of coming true soon.
Dubrovnik’s fortified walls
Dubrovnik has survived many attacks in its long history, and the city was not conquered by Napoleon until 1806. That is why it is also often called the „unconquered city.” The defensive walls and fortifications surrounding Dubrovnik were built between the 12th and 17th centuries. Their total length is 1940 meters. Today they can be admired from different perspectives: from below, crossing the main gate of the city, from above, walking around the fortifications, or from the water, choosing to rent a boat. Viewed from any perspective, they are a great tourist attraction in Dubrovnik. And if during the walk the city seems to us similar to the Red Fortress from „Game of Thrones” these will be as right associations as possible – for it was in Dubrovnik that many scenes set in the capital of the Seven Kingdoms were filmed.
Srđ Hill is located 412 meters above sea level, which undoubtedly makes it the best vantage point in Dubrovnik. From its top you can freely admire the entire panorama of the city – both the old town and the newer districts. The Adriatic Sea, Love Island, the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina and the mountain ranges near Albania are also perfectly visible from there. In good weather, you can even see the outline of the Italian coast on the horizon! It is equally interesting there after dark, when the illuminated masts of ships appear to our eyes. At the very top there is a white cross towering over the city. How to get to Srđ hill? There are three ways to do it – on foot, by car or by Cable Car. Regardless of the time and means of transportation chosen, Srđ Hill is one of Dubrovnik’s top attractions that should not be missing from any trip’s itinerary.
When is the best time to go to Dubrovnik?
The tourist season in Dubrovnik begins as early as April and lasts until October. The temperature during this period ranges from 21-33 degrees Celsius. Most tourists visit Dubrovnik in July and August, so if you don’t like crowds you should consider other months. It can be, for example, May or September – during these months the weather in Dubrovnik is usually good, the water in the Adriatic is warm, and prices are definitely lower than in high season. When planning a vacation in Dubrovnik in September, you can count on sunny weather and temperatures hovering around 23-25 degrees Celsius, and the water temperature is about 24 degrees. September nights in this region are also warm and cheerful with temperatures around 18 degrees. Rainfall is rather negligible during this period so there is no need to worry that unfavorable weather will thwart vacation plans.
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