Forget Zagreb. If you ever go to Croatia, Dubrovnik is the place to go. The city, located in the southern tip of this young country, is the king of adaptive reuse and is the epitome of the Mediterranean experience.
Here are some ways for you to maximize your time in Dubrovnik:
Croatia’s reputation as the next top sailing destination is ascending and Dubrovnik is going to be one of the cities that will reap the benefits of this influx of tourists. This is more so as Dubrovnik is the biggest city in the southern part of the country, which usually receives more sailors due to calmer seas when compared to the north. Sailing in Croatia is the new it thing that many tourists and visitors seem to enjoy really much because it gives them a different perception of the city and lets them explore it in a unique way.
The Old City of Dubrovnik, known for years as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and is known for being one of the most powerful ports in the Mediterranean from the 13th century up to the 17th century. Many of the ancient structures built in the city still stand up to this day. In fact, if you are a fan of “Game of Thrones,” you would recognize some of the buildings in Dubrovnik and in the nearby island of Lokrum as it stands in as King’s Landing and Qarth in the show. Other heritage sites are the Sponza Palace, Rector’s Palace and the St. Blaise’s Church.
Due to the improvement in tourist arrivals, Dubrovnik now has a few of Europe’s top restaurants. These places are very varied and serve modern European, Japanese, vegetarian and international cuisine. If you are craving for authentic Japanese food, trek your way to the harbour and find this charming little restaurant. The Japanese owners will be more than happy to accommodate your dreams of sushi and sashimi. The city’s proximity to Italy is also evident in the influence of their neighbor’s cuisine. One standout is the Oliva Pizzeria, which serves both pizza and pasta.
Looking for more adrenaline rush in the activities you will be doing? You can go on a scuba diving exploration in one of the surrounding islands. Dubrovnik is also a mecca of water sports enthusiasts. In the city and its region, jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking and canoe safari facilities are available for tourists. Daredevils would also shriek with glee as Dubrovnik is known for having one of the most dangerous cliff diving spots in Europe. In fact, a few have already been injured after jumping in a 56-foot high cliff in the city. That, however, has not stopped the cliff diving activities from continuing. So proceed with caution.
You would think that a city that is so in touch with its heritage would have a traditionalist view on partying, but you will be surprised by the number of bars in the area. One of the local favorites, Buza, is a bit pricey but its location on a cliff overlooking the pristine blue seas will make you forget how much cash you shelled out anyway. Those who want great music can go to Troubadour Hard Jazz Café as rock and jazz musicians usually play there at night.
Dubrovnik is ideal for those looking for a complete vacation experience as they will be able to eat, shop, drink and be awed by the city’s charm.