Saturday, July 07, 2012
It is perhaps a nod to its' illustrious history that prices in Dubrovnik are higher than elsewhere in Croatia. But, as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for” and this incredible fortified city that rises imposingly from the indigo waters of the Adriatic is well worth it.
What's more, it is still cheaper than its counterparts in Western Europe.
Booked.net profiles what Lord Byron called the “Pearl of the Adriatic”.
Two hundred years after the poet visited, it continues to charm tourists. A mainstay port of call for Mediterranean cruises and Croatia's most upscale city, Dubrovnik has dominated “up and coming” destination lists worldwide for several years.
Dubrovnik was from 1358 to 1808 the capital of the Republic of Rusaga – a wealthy maritime nation that at the peak of its power in the 16th century possessed one of the world's largest merchant naval fleets.
To guard its wealth from the threat of other states, huge walls were built around the city to defend it and protect its mix of limestone-paved streets and baroque buildings, now recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, in the pedestrian-only old town.
For seven months between 1991 and 1992 the city came under sustained attack by Yugoslav People's Army forces causing extensive damage. When the turmoil ended, the city's architecture and monuments were painstakingly reconstructed and little trace of the damage wrought is evident.
Today's Dubrovnik has the atmosphere of a resort town, thronging with ever increasing numbers of tourists in and around the main street Placa, with is full of cafés, restaurants and shops and dominated by monuments at either end.
Where to stay
Typical of a tourist city the range of accommodation options in Dubrovnik are broad. From small family-run businesses to spa resorts and chic, new-builds, Dubrovnik hotels cover the full spectrum.
They range from the luxurious, cliff top Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik to inexpensive but highly-rated hideaways like Apatments Villa Doris Stikovica Dubrovnik, there is something for every taste and every budget.
Having checked in, it's time to discover the best of this Renaissance city.
A City for All Seasons
Under the hot summer sun Dubrovnik comes alive with events and festivities. The most famous of these is the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival, a staple through June and July for almost 65-years, the 47-day event brings together thousands of artists from across the globe in a celebration of music, dance, folklore and theater.
Days spent swimming and exploring under the Adriatic sun and rubbing shoulders with the celebrities that flock to the city are followed by a vibrant nightlife that encompasses wining and dining on the local specialty fish dishes el fresco, followed by music, night clubs and cinemas under a blanket of stars.
Summer in Dubrovnik is a hive of activity. But the resort-like feel of the city, coupled with a typically mild Mediterranean climate means Dubrovnik is never boring and hosts various events year-round.