The Best Travel Guide to Dubrovnik by BestTravelBook

Dubrovnik – A remarkable city of forts, bastions & terra cotta rooftops

“Think of the most impressive fortress with best emerald waters in the Mediterranean and you still a distance from describing how impressive this city is”

“Dubrovnik – a remarkable city of forts, bastions & terra cotta roofs” is segmented into 7 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Dubrovnik:

  1. An introduction to this wonderful city;
  2. Something funnymy entrée into Dubrovnik;
  3. Some Facts & Figures;
  4. My Top Tips;
  5. Some Great itineraries;
  6. A comprehensive lowdown of What to See;
  7. A comprehensive lowdown of Where to Eat

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

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1. An introduction to this wonderful city:

With its sublime location overlooking the blue waters of the Adriatic, it is one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities and the City has World Heritage state.  Dubrovnik is situated in strikingly beautiful southern Dalmatia and has the lion’s share of Croatia’s high-end tourist industry.  Marble Streets Baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic; Dubrovnik is best enjoyed, as much of Dalmatia, in the colder months, when hotel rates fall and the compact city is quieter.  When foreigners think of Dubrovnik they think of the city’s proud, pristine fortifications set against an azure background.  The travel brochure covers need little touching up; anticlockwise currents running up the coast from Albania mean that the Adriatic is crystal clear here.  Dubrovnik’s has the cream of Croatia’s five star hotels and attracts the most notable celebrities include Roman Abramovich and his super yacht.   It also features a cablecar up Mount Srdj overlooking the Old Town and stages the most venerable cultural event in the country, the high brow Dubrovnik Summer Festival.  Be inspired by a walk along the ancient city walls that have protected a civilised sophisticated republic for centuries.   Dubrovnik has bounced back with characteristic vigour from the shelling in 1991 that horrified the world.  Dubrovnik is the most prosperous, elegant and expensive city in Croatia.  Due to Dubrovnik’s popularity there is talk of limiting the numbers in the old town.  This is most pronounced when visitors from cruise liners enter the ancient cities thoroughfares making them impossibly crowded.

Almost everything worth seeing is centred within the compact Old Town.  To get the best view, and one of a stupendously clear, blue Adriatic lapping the rocks below and stretching way beyond embark on a stroll round the City Walls.  An hour should suffice but it is best to take your time as the views are incredible.  You’ll be spending the majority of your time within the 15th-century ring of fortifications in the small square half-mile of gleaming medieval space bisected by 300-metre long Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street.

 

2. Something funnymy entrée into Dubrovnik:

3. Some Facts & Figures:

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Almost everything worth seeing is centred within the compact Old Town.  To get the best view, and one of a stupendously clear, blue Adriatic lapping the rocks below and stretching way beyond embark on a stroll round the City Walls.  An hour should suffice but it is best to take your time as the views are incredible.  You’ll be spending the majority of your time within the 15th-century ring of fortifications in the small square half-mile of gleaming medieval space bisected by 300-metre long Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street.  

6. A comprehensive lowdown of what to See:

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Dubrovnik City Walls

City Walls
Dubrovnik City Walls

One of the most remarkable sights in Croatia – a adventure in Dubrovnik is not complete without a visit to the spectacular city walls. Established in the 13th century, the walls were continuously perfected over several hundreds of years, and even survived the great earthquake in 1667. The view over the old town and the shimmering Adriatic is fantastic. The whole fortification complex consists of 2km long main wall, 3 round, 12 rectangular and 2 corner fortresses and 15 bastions.

A tour of the City Walls, at places up to 25 metres high, is an opportunity to discover the city from above and if you’re like me a photographer’s heaven. One thing that immediately catches the eye when you visit the City walls are the distinctive red roof tiles of the Old Town. As you have a tour of this impressive series of defensive stone walls that consists of forts, bastions, casemates, towers and detached forts, you keep being impressed by the terra cotta color of the rooftops of this medieval city that was almost completely destroyed in the Great Earthquake in 1667. Known as “Velika trešnja”, this devastating earthquake left more than 5000 people killed, among them the city’s rector Simone Ghetaldi and half of the members of the Great Council. Revelin fortress, Sponza palace, and Lazareti were few buildings that remained intact, as well as City walls.

The city and its rooftops were damaged again in 1990s during a siege of Dubrovnik executed by the Yugoslav People’s Army during the Croatian War of Independence that provoked strong international condemnation. After the armed conflict, city of Dubrovnik has been the focus of a major restoration programme coordinated by UNESCO that recognized its remarkably well-preserved cultural heritage and added it to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Series in 1979.
It is said that more than 70% of terra cotta roof tiles were destroyed during this war and during the restoration process finding a similar color of the famed red rooftops was a difficult task. However, there is a place in the world where the similar ones are being made – Toulouse, France. The reconstruction process backed by UNESCO started in 1993 with a reconstruction of the rooftops of the bombarded and burned city. It was impossible for one factory to produce this amount of tiles so the companies in Toulouse joined their forces to provide the rooftop tiles, a project that has cost more than $9 million. The reconstruction program to restore the famous Pearl of Adriatic took several years where more than 200 000 tiles were made and shipped from Toulouse to Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik Cathedral

Cathedral
Dubrovnik Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • A truly beautiful building the Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Dubrovnik
  • Dubrovnik Cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestration

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Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestration was founded in 1924 with performances from the greatest local and international artists.

Ethnographic Museum

Ehnographic Museum
Ethnographic Museum

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Ethnographic Museum is located in the former Dubrovnik’s granary. It exhibits the way grain is stored as well as the traditional economic activities and the rural activities of the Dubrovnik Region.

Franciscan Monastery

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Franciscan monastery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • One of the largest Franciscan monasteries in Europe and it established a pharmacy in 1317, which still holds well-preserved medieval laboratory gear and medical books.
  • The monastery has a gorgeous cloister, which is ranked among the finest Romanesque-Gothic buildings in Croatia.

Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum
Maritime Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Maritime Museum is located with St John’s fortress. The museum items in the chronological order to illustrate the development of Dubrovnik’s maritime history.

Rector’s Palace

Rector's Palace
Rector’s Palace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Rector’s palace contains the Dubrovnik Cultural History Museum
  • A fabulous permanent exhibition represents the historical artistic heritage of the Dubrovnik Republic
  • The Rector’s Palace is one of the most significant cultural monuments enlisted as UNESCO’s world heritage site

Sponza Palace

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Sponza Palace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Sponza Palace is a Gothic Renaissance style building. Historically the Palace was a residence for the state offices including bank, treasury, armory.
  • The palace was more or less undamaged in the severe earthquake in 1667. It is home the State Archives and a Memorial Room of the Dubrovnik defenders.

7. A comprehensive lowdown of where to Eat:

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Gatsby Restaurant & Wine Bar

Gatsby

A classy interior reminding of Art Deco style makes a perfect ambience for the delicious gourmet meals with top-notch traditional ingredients.   A mecca for steak lovers, but with a great selection of fish & vegetarian options. Make sure you pair it with one of the Croatian or international wines.

Gusta me:

  • Gusta me is a delightful place that has quickly established a reputation of a successful restaurant, recognized both by the local community and tourists
  • Serving only fresh traditional food with a extensive wine list, it also an amazing view of the Old Town and city walls

Dalmantino:

  • Damantino presents traditional cuisine with a modern approach and endorses the use of seasonal products, guaranteeing the freshest and finest meals in Dubrovnik
  • Its charming and very romantic

Pizzeria Mirakul

  • Pizzeria Mirakul offers original Naples style Pizza, crispy, thin and delicious since 1975
  • The owner’s grandfather was working as a baker in Naples, and he brought the secret of a handmade dough to Dubrovnik

Tavern Vinica Monkovic:

  • Located near the river Ljuta in a small village also called Ljuta in the heart of Konavle. The tavern offers authentic Konavle and Dubrovnik’s delicacies.
  • There is also a wine and souvenir shop which offers Konavle wins and traditional homemade products.

Bistro Prova:

  • Located in a lively Gruz harbour, bistro Prova offers you a unique experience to meet local’s life.
  • Vicinity to farmers and fish market afford great fresh, homegrown and seasonal produce.
  • Sitting on the terrace of bistro Prova you will enjoy an amazing view of marina Gruz.
  • If you want to familiarise yourself with Dubrovnik’s everyday life and events, visit this local’s favourite bistro.

Pizzeria Baracuda:

  • Baracuda has been using unique and original recipes for pizza, while their Spaghetti and Lasagna are made of premium pasta.

Spaghetteria Toni:

  • This charming Italian eatery is the first restaurant of its kind opened in the Dubrovnik region, located at the very centre of Dubrovnik Old Town.
  • The cuisine is a mix of classic Italian dishes with some Dalmatian influences and has is recommended by Lonely Planet, the French Rotar, Michelin, Rick Steve’s, Trip Advisor and the New York Times.

Fish Bar El Pulpo:

  • Fish bar El Pulpo offers fresh fish, octopuses, crabs, oysters right from the Adriatic sea, paired with a glass of local Croatian wine makes a winning combination
  • Try the fish soups, Mediterranean version of fish and chips, tuna tartare and various kinds of fish platters. If you are a seafood lover, not to be missed

Bota:

  • A fabulous Oyster and Sushi bar created as a fusion of selected Adriatic ingredients and Japanese culinary techniques
  • The use of simple methods to preserve flavor is the cornerstone of Bota fusion
  • The seafood used in daily preparation of meals is from the Mali Ston area, widely recognized for its top quality

Konavoski Dvori:

  • In an old mill on the banks of the River Ljuta, there is a place of unique rustic beauty, pristine nature and authentic food
  • The cool air around the river makes this family owned restaurant a refuge during the hot summer months
  • Indulge yourself with national and local specialities like prosciutto, cheese in olive oil, lamb and veal baked under an iron bell, grilled trout, eels and frogs stew and homemade bread

Trattoria Tezoro:

  • This trattoria specializes in the modern presentation of traditional cuisine and is located right in the centre of the Old Town

Steakhouse Domino:

  • The oldest steakhouse in Dubrovnik , located in the picturesque Old Town, is a family owned and operated restaurant, with over 35 years experience providing guests and exquisite dining experience. Offering local fresh fish and seafood along with a tantalizing array of steak offerings
  • Domino has something for everyone. One of the premier restaurants in the city

Restaurant Paparazzo:

  • Paparazzo restaurant blends conventional with unconventional, introducing traditional taste of this region with a stylish twist. Fabulous steaks and seafood

Mex Cantina Bona Fide:

  • The only Mexican cuisine in the Old town offers specialties such as tacos, enchiladas, taquitos, fajitas, quesadillas, but also a great selection of pastas, pizzas and salads
  • The restaurant has a wonderfully colourful exterior, kind and friendly staff, and tasteful food which will amaze you

Restaurant Mimoza

  • If you want to try Dubrovnik cuisine from the Middle Ages until today then restaurant Mimoza should be on your wish list
  • Its unique interior with a beautiful and spacious terrace, decorated with lush greenery, is ideal for enjoying traditional delicacies. Enjoy a wide selection of fish and meat specialities or traditional dishes prepared under the baking bell

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Fish Bar El Pulpo:

  • Fish bar El Pulpo offers fresh fish, octopuses, crabs, oysters right from the Adriatic sea, paired with a glass of local Croatian wine makes a winning combination.
  • Try the fish soups, Mediterranean version of fish and chips, tuna tartare and various kinds of fish platters. If you are a seafood lover, not to be missed.

Bota:

  • A fabulous Oyster and Sushi bar created as a fusion of selected Adriatic ingredients and Japanese culinary techniques
  • The use of simple methods to preserve flavor is the cornerstone of Bota fusion. The seafood used in daily preparation of meals is from the Mali Ston area, widely recognized for its top quality.

Konavoski Dvori:

  • In an old mill on the banks of the River Ljuta, there is a place of unique rustic beauty, pristine nature and authentic food
  • The cool air around the river makes this family owned restaurant a refuge during the hot summer months. Indulge yourself with national and local specialties like prosciutto, cheese in olive oil, lamb and veal baked under an iron bell, grilled trout, eels and frogs stew and homemade bread

Trattoria Tezoro:

  • This trattoria specializes in the modern presentation of traditional cuisine and is located right in the centre of the Old Town

Steakhouse Domino:

  • The oldest steakhouse in Dubrovnik , located in the picturesque Old Town, is a family owned and operated restaurant, with over 35 years experience providing guests and exquisite dining experience
  • Offering local fresh fish and seafood along with a tantalizing array of steak offerings, Domino has something for everyone. One of the premier restaurants in the city

Restaurant Paparazzo:

  • Paparazzo restaurant blends conventional with unconventional, introducing traditional taste of this region with a stylish twist. Fabulous steaks and seafood

Mex Cantina Bona Fide:

  • The only Mexican cuisine in the Old town offers specialties such as tacos, enchiladas, taquitos, fajitas, quesadillas, but also a great selection of pastas, pizzas and salads.
  • The restaurant has a wonderfully colourful exterior, kind and friendly staff, and tasteful food which will amaze you

Restaurant Mimoza:

  • If you want to try Dubrovnik cuisine from the Middle Ages until today then restaurant Mimoza should be on your wish list
  • Its unique interior with a beautiful and spacious terrace, decorated with lush greenery, is ideal for enjoying traditional delicacies. Enjoy a wide selection of fish and meat specialities or traditional dishes prepared under the baking bell

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Bistro Revelin:

  • This relaxing gourmet heaven, positioned at the Eastern entrance to the Old Town, is the first to welcome you
  • Their chef’s philosophy “it is never too early or too late when it comes to eating” The fusion of three main traits, great food, fine wine list and a spectacular location, creates an incredibly enchanting atmosphere which will definitely mesmerise you

Tavern Ankora:

  • Escape from the city crowd and enjoy a homemade food, just 10 minutes away from Dubrovnik, on a peaceful seafront terrace that has an amazing view of Zaton bay

Restaurant Orsan:

  • Located in Lapad bay just by the sea, it offers a wide range of traditionally prepared fish dishes.

Restaurant Veranda:

  • This restaurant is located in a peaceful seaside town called Stikovica – 8 km away from Dubrovnik.
  • They serve delicious authentic Mediterranean food, prepared in a traditional way, served with some of the best Croatian wines.

Tarvern Pupo:

  • Superb Mediterranean cuisine with authentic flavours of Dubrovnik sums up this tavern.
  • Cakes in the patisserie taste like Grandma’s with plenty of southern remedies, lemon, orange, carob, almost often accompanied by the inevitable seduction of chocolate. A real authentic Dubrovnik experience.

Pizzeria Mamma Mia:

  • Taste the savoury open fire cuisine and enjoy the great atmosphere of this lovely Italian.
  • Choose among the bestsellers, pizza Ragusa topped with eggs and bacon or try the Mamma Mia with smoked ham, mushrooms and hot peppers. Mamma Mia is a perfect place to fulfil your comfort food cravings.

Restaurant Lapad:

  • Located near the promenade in Lapad, a less crowded part of Dubrovnik.
  • If you ask the locals for a great barbecue place serving big portions Restaurant Lapad will definitely be at the top of their list. Juicy steaks and homemade minced meat specialties are definitely something meat lovers shouldn’t miss.
  • You can also choose from a large selection of seafood, pastas and risottos.

Bistro Glorijet:

  • Bistro Glorijet has found its place in a summer residence, dating back from the beginning of the 16th century. It is placed in the heart of Dubrovnik, right across the harbour and marina with a perfect view of the yachts and right next to central open-air farmers market
  • This family owned bistro has earned a superb reputation among the locals and offers a modern presentation of traditional cuisine.

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