Dubrovnik is an absolutely postcard city in Croatia, in the south of Dalmatia on the very coast of the Adriatic. Dubrovnik has no competitors either in its picturesque location against the background of islands, steep cliffs and the sea, or in the preservation of ancient monuments.

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Tiled roofs of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a seaport, an international airport, and a popular resort. The old town on a rocky promontory above the sea is surrounded by beautifully preserved fortress walls and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Dubrovnik, Croatia


Dubrovnik— the eternal rival of Venice and the "pearl of the Adriatic", originated in the VII century. Groups of settlers settled on a rocky island near the coast and named it Ragusa, and across a small strait, on the mainland, Slavic tribes settled in a town called Dubrava. By the 13th century, the strait was laid, and the two cities joined into one called Ragusa.

The historical portrait of Ragusa-Dubrovnik is a symbiosis of Roman and Slavic cultures. Having no actual independence, the city has been skillfully maneuvering between major political players for many centuries. The Byzantines, Venetians, Hungarians and Ottomans left their mark here.

Fortress walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia

The appearance of old Dubrovnik, created by Italian architects, reflected Slavic culture: The city is called "Slavic Athens", it was through it that the Balkans, captured by the Ottomans, had communication with Europe.

The devastating earthquake of 1667 crippled the power of prosperous Dubrovnik. This was followed by a series of territorial seizures and political troubles, and after the First World War, the city logically moved to Yugoslavia, where, after a series of reforms, it ended up in its Croatian part. During the Second World War, it was occupied by Italy, which has views of the Dalmatian coast, after the defeat of which it retreated to its rightful possessions.

Dubrovnik Port

Dubrovnik has turned from an ordinary port city into a tourist one. It was added to UNESCO back in 1979, being one of the first to be included in the World Heritage Lists. The territorial strife over Dubrovnik between Serbs and Croats ended in a siege — one of the tragic episodes of the Yugoslav War.

Dubrovnik survived and was restored, after which it increased its popularity. The TV series "Game of Thrones" played a key role here, making Dubrovnik the main Croatian location: the city was filmed in several episodes at once and, together with Split, became "the very place" that everyone is now eager to see.


Sights of Dubrovnik in Croatia

In addition to the traditional attractions, you can pay attention to the cultural institutions of Dubrovnik: the Marina Drzic Theater, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Art Gallery, the University Center. International festivals are held in Dubrovnik every summer.

Architectural and historical sights of Dubrovnik:


Pila Gate (Vrata od Pila)

The gate of Ploce (Vrata od Ploča)

Fort Lovrijenac

Old Town

Stradun Street

Onofrio Fountain (Velika Onofrijeva česma)

The Church of St. Vlasius (Crkva sv. Vlaha)

The Cathedral (Dubrovačka katedrala)

The Palace of Sponza (Palača Sponza)

Prince's Court (Knežev dvor, Rector's Palace)

Maritime Museum (Pomorski muzej)

Ethnographic Museum (Etnografski muzej Rupe)


Srdj Mountain (Srdj)


Mausoleum of the Racic family (Mauzolej obitelji Račić)

12 km from Dubrovnik, in the town of Trsteno, there is the Arboretum Arboretum Trsteno, founded in 1492. And in the bay of Dubrovnik there is the wooded island of Lokrum with excellent beaches and picturesque surroundings.

Dubrovnik International Airport is located in Chilipi. Regular buses run between it and the city.


April 25, 2024

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