Dubrovnik
Croatia
By Shaina Cook

Dubrovnik, aptly nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” is one of the most popular and beautiful destinations in the Mediterranean. Located on the Adriatic Sea at the southern tip of Croatia, Dubrovnik boasts ancient architecture, gorgeous beaches, and plenty of outdoor and nautical activities to complement its remarkable views and ambience.

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Dubrovnik’s history dates back to the 7th century, when it was known as Ragusa. Because of its prime location on the coast, the city became a powerful and wealthy port city in the Middle Ages and was one of the most advanced cities in the Adriatic region. Dubrovnik’s rich history can now be seen by visiting the buildings and churches in the Old Town area of the city. WhatsCheaper.com recommends starting your trip through Old Town at Pile Gate, at the western end of the city. The gate also marks the beginning of the Placa Stradun, the main street that runs through Old Town, where many ancient Baroque-style buildings line the road alongside shops, cafes, and local businesses. One of the most popular sites in the city is the Sponza Palace, a Gothic Renaissance-style building that was one of the few structures to survive a devastating earthquake in 1667 and now houses historical artifacts. Just east of the Sponza Palace is the Bell Tower, with famous “Zelenci” bronze statues at the top. The city is also home to many churches and monasteries, including the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, which was built with funds donated by Richard the Lionhearted during the Crusades, and the Dominican Monastery, which also houses important art from ancient Dubrovnik.

Perhaps the best way to experience the coastal city is to spend some time on its beautiful beaches, which are some of the finest in the Adriatic. WhatsCheaper.com recommends visiting the Lapad beach, located on the Lapad Peninsula a short walk from Old Town Dubrovnik at the end of a street lined with bars and restaurants. Visitors can relax in the shade under trees lining the beach and walk along a little path along the coast to smaller beaches and ladders that swimmers can use to get into the water. Banje Beach, also near Old Town Dubrovnik, offers incredible views of the walls surrounding the city. If you’re looking for some beach sports, you can easily find some beach volleyball and football games to join along Banje Beach.

For more adventurous visitors, Dubrovnik’s coastal location makes it the perfect destination for those looking for water sports and activities. The area, which famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau called one of the most beautiful underwater worlds he had ever seen, is a hot spot for diving and attracts divers from the around the world every year. If you’d rather stay above the water, kayaking, sailing, and fishing all offer beautiful views of the city from the sea. Hikers and rock climbers will also find plenty to do around Dubrovnik. The city is near the mountains of Dalmatia, a popular climbing region, as well as many mountainous islands and numerous caves ideal for spelunking.

If you’re looking for a Mediterranean getaway, look no further than Dubrovnik. Home to a rich history, beautiful architecture and buildings, and unbeatable views and beaches, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” has much to offer visitors looking to explore the Croatian coast. Let WhatsCheaper.com help you plan your next vacation today!

MUST SEE IN Dubrovnik LIST:

  • 1. Old Town Dubrovnik
  • 2. Saint John's Fortress
  • 3. Museum of Croatian War of Independence
  • 4. Korcula Island
  • 5. Onophrian Fountain
  • 6. Lovrijenac
  • 7. Banje Beach
  • 8. Museum of Modern Art
  • 9. Lokrum Island
  • 10. Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Feast of Saint Blaise - February
  • 2. Carnival - March
  • 3. Gastronomy Festival - April
  • 4. International Workers' Day - May
  • 5. Dubrovnik International Film Festival - May
  • 6. Croatian National Day - June
  • 7. Dubrovnik Summer Festival - July
  • 8. Homeland Thanksgiving Day - August
  • 9. Rabac Summer Festival - August
  • 10. Independence Day - October

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