Visiting Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik, once described by George Bernard Shaw as being “the pearl of the Adriatic”, is a truly beautiful city. Take a trip back in time in the Old Town, which was granted a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Enter the Old Town through the Pile Gate, which was, and still is, the traditional entrance to the Old Town, and look out for the statue of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik. On your right after the gate is the Franciscan Monastery with the oldest pharmacy in Europe, in operation since 1391. Visit the Sponza Palace in the Old Town which was constructed in 1522. It has had various uses during its history including minting currency for the Republic of Ragusa. Nowadays, it houses the city’s archives upstairs whilst downstairs is used to hold exhibitions and the world renowned Dubrovnik Summer Festival, where cultural events are organised every July and August. Next year’s summer festival will be held from the 10th July until the 25th August. If you would like to try some good Croatian cuisine, Restaurant Dubrovnik, a family-run restaurant is highly recommended. Tucked away on a cobbled street in the OId Town (Marojice Kaboge Street), and with its palatial surroundings, you would expect to be paying 3 -4 times the price, but in fact it is excellent value for money. For 100 Kuna (£12), you can order a 5 course menu!Make the most of Dubrovnik’s location to take one of many day trips to nearby towns and islands. Visit Cavtat, a small seaside town, which is easily accessible by the local route 10 bus which leaves Dubrovnik every 30 minutes. Relax in one of its many cafes or restaurants along the harbour and visit the impressive sights the town has to offer. For example, the Racic Mausoleum which serves as the tomb of the wealthy Racic family, situated in the town’s cemetery is well worth a visit. It was designed by the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic and built in 1921. If you have time, the Rector’s Palace which has many interesting exhibits is also worthy of a visit.

Travel review

Dubrovnik, once described by George Bernard Shaw as being “the pearl of the Adriatic”, is a truly beautiful city. Take a trip back in time in the Old Town, which was granted a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Enter the Old Town through the Pile Gate, which was, and still is, the traditional entrance to the Old Town, and look out for the statue of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik. On your right after the gate is the Franciscan Monastery with the oldest pharmacy in Europe, in operation since 1391. Visit the Sponza Palace in the Old Town which was constructed in 1522. It has had various uses during its history including minting currency for the Republic of Ragusa. Nowadays, it houses the city’s archives upstairs whilst downstairs is used to hold exhibitions and the world renowned Dubrovnik Summer Festival, where cultural events are organised every July and August. Next year’s summer festival will be held from the 10th July until the 25th August. If you would like to try some good Croatian cuisine, Restaurant Dubrovnik, a family-run restaurant is highly recommended. Tucked away on a cobbled street in the OId Town (Marojice Kaboge Street), and with its palatial surroundings, you would expect to be paying 3 -4 times the price, but in fact it is excellent value for money. For 100 Kuna (£12), you can order a 5 course menu!Make the most of Dubrovnik’s location to take one of many day trips to nearby towns and islands. Visit Cavtat, a small seaside town, which is easily accessible by the local route 10 bus which leaves Dubrovnik every 30 minutes. Relax in one of its many cafes or restaurants along the harbour and visit the impressive sights the town has to offer. For example, the Racic Mausoleum which serves as the tomb of the wealthy Racic family, situated in the town’s cemetery is well worth a visit. It was designed by the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic and built in 1921. If you have time, the Rector’s Palace which has many interesting exhibits is also worthy of a visit.

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Marco Polo, merchant, adventurer and the world’s best known traveller, came from Croatia.

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Found on the Adriatic Sea in Croatia, Dubrovnik has a population of 42,700. It is one of the most popular destinations on the Adriatic Sea. The Old City of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, and fountains. Popular attractions include the Sponza Palace, the Rector’s Palace, and St. Blaise’s church. Dubrovnik has a borderline humid subtropical and Mediterranean climate with hot and somewhat dry summers and mild and wet winters. Average high temperatures in summer range between 28 and 35°C. In winter, they are around 12°C. Spring and autumn offer the most pleasant temperatures with highs around 20°C. The city has around 1,300mm of precipitation each year.