This is where you will start your day. Sometimes the winding streets of Old Dubrovnik look like a movie set. Head to Placa, the main street of old Dubrovnik, a straight and wide limestone street lined with magnificent old houses.
During a tour you will notice that almost all the buildings have the same floor plan, which is due to a decree on building plans throughout the city after an earthquake and a fire in the 17th century.
This rectangular palace with its beautiful loggia dates back to the early 1500s and since its construction served as a secular public building. The atrium inside the gate was a trading place for merchants and companies until the 20th century, and there is even an inscription on the arch warning them not to deceive each other.
The Sponza Palace was also one of the few Renaissance buildings to survive the devastating earthquake of 1667 unscathed. Today, the palace serves as the city’s archives, housing some 100,000 documents dating back to the 10th century.
The city’s cathedral is one of the great architectural ensembles of the Baroque period in Dubrovnik. One of the many reasons to visit this seat of the diocese is to see the works of art inside.
On the main altar there is a triptych of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary by the Renaissance painter Titian from 1550. On the side altars of the church there are many other impressive works by Croatian and Italian artists from the same period. The treasury contains a wealth of valuable liturgical objects from the period 1000 to 1700, including the gilded bones of St. Vlasis.
Dubrovnik’s imposing city walls are one of the reasons the city was added to the UNESCO list, and if you watch Game of Thrones, you’ll recognize some of the settings. The white limestone walls date back to the 600s, but their current form dates back to the 15th century, when the fall of Constantinople gave Dubrovnik officials the warning that the Ottomans were on the march!
It will take you about an hour to walk all the way along the battlements, enjoying a great panoramic view of the city with the Adriatic Sea in the background. A guided tour will give you additional information and it is a good idea to leave early to avoid the crowds.
Undoubtedly the best view of Dubrovnik! In 1969 a cable car was built, which operates until midnight in the high summer months.
It is located about 45 minutes walk from the old town. During the day you will never forget the view of the towers and walls of Dubrovnik, the baked clay tiles of the town houses and the lush island off the Adriatic Sea. At night, look west and watch the sun set behind the city.
Croatian cuisine is as complex and diverse as the many cultures that have influenced its development.
The Croatian brunch. Eaten between 10 and 11 o’clock, because the working day can start at 7 o’clock in the morning. It fills you up until lunch. Marenda in the true sense of the word must be prepared from fresh local products, served hot and is a meal that can be eaten with a spoon or fork. For example, the traditional marenda in Dalmatia can be a cod stew, meatballs in tomato sauce, boiled beef with potatoes or a beef risotto.
Are you ready for street food? Ćevapi (or ćevapčići), small sausages made of pork and beef, are the ultimate Croatian street food. Most street food stands offer them. The sausages are grilled and then stuffed into a cake-like bread with paprika and tomato sauce, sour cream and onions.
These sandwiches are the ultimate hangover food or late night snack. Honestly, they are an incredible treat at any time of day. And you’ll be in good company – the places that serve the best Ćevapi are always crowded.
Burek is a popular hangover food, but it is also delicious and filling at any other time of the day. It is a puff pastry prepared with cheese, potatoes, spinach or minced meat. You can find it in the old town.
Rakija, a liquor made from fruit, is part of Croatian culture and a symbol of hospitality. It is customary to drink a glass before and/or after a meal, look your friends in the eye, toast them and drink all the liquor in one go.
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