Dubrovnik Croatia - Tours & Day trips - Attractions
At a size of 141 square miles, and with a population of 44,000, Dubrovnik isn’t the kind of place you’d want to cover in a day. There is so much to see and do here; perhaps most notable is a visit to the city walls. Standing at 25 metres high and stretching for two kilometres across the city, these walls truly are a sight to behold. A walk along them will reveal wonderful views. Please note that visits can only be made between 9.00am and 6.30pm April and October, and 9.00am until 4.00pm in November to March (Tuesday to Sunday only).
A trip to the old town, known as Stari Grad, is also a must. Here you’ll get a glimpse at how life used to be in Croatia. With its winding cobbled streets and picturesque squares, it feels like there’s a church or a palace around every corner. Definitely well worth a visit.
Although the city is home to masses of wonderful architecture and historic buildings, you’re unlikely to find anything that dates back further than 1667; the year that Dubrovnik suffered a huge earthquake that almost wiped out the city completely. Thankfully nothing even close to that scale has been encountered since, but small quakes are not uncommon. The last one occurred in 1995, taking with it 45 houses.
http://web.tzdubrovnik.hr/ - Official tourist site for Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik is also host to Croatia’s most popular summer festival, which takes place between July and August each year. The highlight is the opening ceremony, which features fireworks and live music, but a visit to any one of the open air concerts staged over the five week period is well worth making.
The official language here is Croatian, although you will find Serbian, Slovenian, Italian and Hungarian widely spoken. Some locals may also use a local Slavonic dialect, which is common in the South.
Dubrovnik suffered terribly during the Yugoslavian civil war in the early 1990s, however the majority of the damage has since been restored. It is estimated that over 500 of the 800 buildings located in the city’s old town were damaged in the crossfire, not to mention the numerous historic palaces that were destroyed.
Thankfully, a number of important buildings and monuments survived, albeit not unscathed, namely: St Blaise’s Church, the Sponza Palace and Rector’s Palace, a beautiful 15th century Gothic building, which also managed to survive the great earthquake of 1667. The cost of the damage has been estimated at a total of £6 million (US$12 million).