Athens Of Mediterranean: Dubrovnik, Croatia
The 60.000- inhabitant town Dubrovnik (latin: Rausium later Ragusium), built in the 7th centuryon a rock, is one of the most beautiful and most popular tourist destinations on the Adriatic Coast.
Because of its beauty and cultural significance it is also called “the pearl of the Adriatic”.
In 1979 Dubrovnik was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Although Dubrovnik had its time of prosperity in the Middle Ages, the city is in very good conditions and you can enjoy your stay in the city visiting the City-Walls, which were built to protect the city against enemies.The Walls are 1940 meters long, up to six meters wide and completely walkable.
Or visit the Dominican or the Franciscan Monastry, the Rector`s Palace (Knežev Dvor) , the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Treasure, the Big Fountain of Ononfio or one of the other numerous sights the city offers.
You can also participate in one excursion to one of the Islands: Korcula, Lokrum or the Elafite Islands, or visit the Water mills in Gruda (Konvale), the Bay of Kotur (Montenegro), Mostar(Bosnia-Herzegovina) or the Holy place Medjugorje.
If you want to explore some of these regions by your own, do this by car because the areas are usually not that close to Dubrovnik.
You can also take ferries on the port Gruz to visit the islands or rent bicycles, scooters or boats for places like Hvar, which are not so far away from Dubrovnik.
After a sightseeing tour or an excursion you can relax in one of the cafes with a glass of good Croatian wine and look at the hustle and bustle.
Or you can relax on one of Dubrovnik`s numerous beautiful beaches like the well known Copacabana-Beach, Lopud, Kolocep, Banja-Beach or the beach of Sv.Jakov.
Dubrovnik-Riviera has 86 beaches, which satisfy regulation standards dictated by the Ragulation on Standars Sea Water Quality.
The summer in Croatia is very hot,the temperature can rise to 38 °C, while the temperature of the sea achieves pleasant 26 °C at this time, so you can spend your evenings in open-air restaurants or cafes or in one of Dubrovnik`s “Beach-Clubs”, which were listed in the “Top 40” in 2006.
The spring and the early autumn are also very mild,the winter is a bit colder, but with 5°C to 10°C not that cold,so you can visit Dubrovnik through the whole year.
Events in Dubrovnik
Feast of St.Blasius
This annualy feast take place every 3.Ferbruary in honor of the city patron.
There are various booth erected with handmade souveniers, fresh food,drinks or small works of art and jewelry.
People have fun on carrousels and fun rides and enjoy the firework in the evening.
Dubrovnik International Film Festival
The film festival take place every year in early Oktober since 2003.
After the red carpet is expired, all champagne bottles emptied and all contributions have been heard and seen, the prizes will be awarded in categories of best film, best director, best screenplay, best cinematography for fiction, dokumentary and short films.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival
This cultural spectacle is held every year from the 10th July until the 25th August since 1950.
The program of theater, ballet, opera and international music will be selected by the European Festival Association.
This event is the largest and most representative cultural event in Croatia.