Welcome to Dubrovnik
The over a thousand-year-old history of Dubrovnik is visible in every part of this city. The city is a living museum and a live stage, and has an ideal connection between its historical past and the modern-day. It is surrounded by medieval walls that are 1940 meters long and are preserved in their original form. They are open to visitors and are the city’s greatest attraction. Since 1979 the town has been under UNESCO protection.
Dubrovnik is mainly a cultural destination, which asides from monuments of interest, offers a series of cultural events and festivals. Dubrovnik is a destination where you can enjoy a rest, and has extremely good air connections with all the larger European centers. Dubrovnik is a city that charms, a city that you fall in love with and always return to like new, to discover more unique experiences.
What to see…
Church of St Blaise
Was constructed in 1715 in the flamboyant Venetian Baroque style. It was constructed by the Venetian master Marino Gropelli in 1706, on the commission of the Dubrovnik Senate which requested a new church on the site of the old 14th-century Romanesque church.
Damaged during the earthquake for the first time, the church was destroyed completely by the devastating fire in 1706. Everything disappeared in flames, apart from the silver statue of St Blaise, which was saved by some miracle. After the years spent in exile at the Church of St Nicholas at Prijeko, the statue was returned to its old place in 1715. The people of Dubrovnik added the following inscription on the statue all other statues made of gold, silver, and bronze melted in the fire, while the saint's statue was miraculously undamaged. The statue is one of the most important statues in Dubrovnik, and the model of the city which the saint holds in his hand reveals the city architecture at the time. St. Blaise has been honored as the patron saint of Dubrovnik from the 10th century.
On the western side of the city, under the protection of the city walls and the unconquerable Minceta Fort, is the Franciscan monastery Male brace (Little brothers). This monastery and the Dominican one are a cultural, artistic, and historical legacy of the Dubrovnik Republic. The old Franciscan monastery was once situated outside the city walls in the suburb of Pile. However, due to the threat of war which threatened the Republic in the early 14th century, the Franciscans were forced to move into the city, demolish the old monastery and build a new within the protected city walls. The construction of the monastery began in 1317 and lasted many years.
The most recognizable landmark that defines the physiognomy of the historical city of Dubrovnik and gives the city its characteristic and world-known reputation are the untouched city walls; the walls surround the city with a total length of 1940 meters. This complex fortress, one of the most beautiful and solid fortress systems on the Mediterranean, is composed of a range of forts, bastions, casemates, towers and freestanding fortresses. The walls were constructed during difficult times when the city and Republic were in constant danger; the walls have been maintained today not only because of the knowledge of the skilled construction workers and the constant care provided by city dwellers that maintained and rebuilt the structures as needed, but because of the brilliantly reputed diplomacy in Dubrovnik which managed on many occasions to avoid dangerous measures taken by enemies against the Dubrovnik Republic.
The Dubrovnik Old Town is completely surrounded by walls and fortresses, including the Old City Port. The history of the fortifications in Dubrovnik goes back to the early Middle Ages.
The famed Dubrovnik Stradun, or its official name Place, is the favorite walking area for all the people of Dubrovnik, especially the young, and for tourists from all over the globe. It would be a shame to pass up a walk along Stradun, as this would mean missing an unforgettable experience in the city. It was constructed after the great earthquake of 1667 in the accelerated program to reconstruct the city. It was given a placid and wide appearance, both dignified and beautiful in the simplicity of its stone architecture. Prior to the earthquake, Stradun was lined with lovely and luxurious palaces. After the earthquake, the ruined city had to think first about continuing the life and defense of the city, and all the reconstruction projects were focused primarily to those goals. All of the houses built along Stradun were built according to the project approved by the Republic Senate. They are all virtually of identical height and bear almost identical facades and similar layouts, as each house had to have several shops on the ground floor. Here the trading spirit of the Republic shines through.
Where & what to eat…
Croatia's coastal cuisine is unique in that most of its produce is organic and Split’s location on the Dalmatian Coast makes it a great seafood destination.
The tradition of grilling and roasting fish and delicacies of the sea has been carried down from generation to generation, where the taste of the fish depends on the grilling technique and the type of wood chosen. There is also the Dalmatian olive oil method of cooking, gradelavanje, which gives the fish a particular and fantastic taste. All along the coast and the isles, the fish menus are unrivalled - even the humble sardine will never taste quite so delicious. Many Croatian fish restaurants have their own fishing boats, so you can be assured of the freshness of the fish.
Konoba is the Croatian word for “cellar,” as in wine cellar — now used to describe a tavern-style restaurant serving up traditional food and drink. Picture dimly lit rooms with stone walls, wooden benches and folk art.
For those interested in trying some of the Dubrovnik signature meals, it is essential to taste the green menestra, a smoked meat and cabbage stew. No fish lover can resist the famous Dalmatian octopus salad, black risotto, shellfish or grilled sardines. All the fish specialties are made of freshest fish from the Adriatic depths and shellfish grown in unpolluted sea. And for those with a sweet tooth there is a variety of beloved local desserts such as Dubrovnik Rozata (crème brulee Dubrovnik style), Ston cake, kotonjata (quince pudding), arancini (candied orange rind) and many others.
What to buy…
You can find many souvenir shops with original souvenirs of stone, sea sponges, Croatian olive oil, and wines. You can also find a terrific collection of ceramic products and traditional jewelry.
Lavander - Croatian lavender is already a brand and for sure one of the Croatia’s most wanted and quality souvenir. As such it represents Croatia all over the world.
You can find lavender in everything from chocolate to fragrant beauty products.
Olives - Olive trees and olive oil are occupying a special place on Dalmatian coast.
Everywhere you go you’ll be surrounded by olive trees, very well known for its symbolic – hope, peace, eternity, holiness, splendor and of course – the magnificence of Mediterranean.
Wine - In Dalmatia, the Greeks and Romans first started growing vines, and Croats continue and improve it. The entire history of Dalmatia is closely connecting with the production of wine, literary, artistic, economic and political. Winemaking represents the main branch of production in Dalmatia, with half of the population engaged in agricultural breeding stock.
Processing of grapes is done in modern wineries and cellars.
Dalmatian wines are the best quality because of the abundance of soil crag and solar heat. The most famous sorts from this area are Plavac mali and Pošip.
How to reach city of Dubrovnik?
Croatia's national air company is Croatia Airlines. Via direct flights it connects Croatia with a great number of European destinations like: Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Munich, New York, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Zürich, Düsseldorf, Copenhagen, Podgorica and Priština. In cooperation with other air companies it connects Croatia with the whole world.
Major airports in Croatia are: Zagreb (Croatia's biggest international airport), Split, Dubrovnik, Osijek, Zadar, Pula, Brač, Lošinj and Rijeka/Krk.
From the Airport Dubrovnik flights connect the city with Zagreb several times a day, as well as with nearly all European capitals during the summer, directly or via Zagreb. Dubrovnik airport is located 25km from the city port. You can take a bus from the airport to Dubrovnik, which is available after every arrival and drives you to the Bus Station, and taxi services are available. You may also sign up for a rent-a-car at the airport.
Franjo Tuđman Airport
Ulica Rudolfa Fizira 21
10 410 Velika Gorica
Tel: 060 320-320 for calls within the national network
The price of call 1,74 HRK per minute for calls from fixed line and 2.96 HRK for calls from mobile network.
Operated by: HT d.d. Savska c. 32, Zagreb, Tel: 0800 1234
Tel: +385 1 4562 170 for calls outside Croatia
Tel: +385 1 66 76 555
Dobrota 24, 20213, Čilipi, Croatia
Tel.: +385 20 773 100
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Croatia is well connected with its inland as well as with the rest of Europe. It is recommended to respect the laws that regulate traffic. They do not differ significantly from the traffic regulations in other European countries. However, it is important to mention the major ones: driving with the lights on during day and night is compulsory as well as the use of the safety belt. The use of a mobile phone while driving is strongly forbidden except for the hands-free device. The maximum allowed quantity of alcohol is 0,5‰ except in cases of an offense. In that case it is treated as a separate criminal offense.
To enter Croatia, a driver’s license, an automobile registration card and vehicle insurance documents are required. An international driving license is required for the use of rent-a-car services.
The permit is issued by the parent motor club.
Split can be reached by the Adriatic Coastal Road, winding by the sea or by hinterland roads. It will take you 7 hours to get to Zagreb and 4 hours to get to Split in your car.
Towns and cities – max. 50 km/h
Local roads out of town max. 90 km/h
Motorways max. 130 km/h for motors and cars
Motorways max. 80 km/h for vehicles pulling trailers and for coaches with or without a smaller trailer
24h Breakdown service dial number: 1987
During the whole year petrol stations are open from 7:00 to 20:00. However, during the tourist season they are open 24h a day in all the major cities. Every petrol station offers Eurosuper 95, Super 95, Super 98, Super plus 98, Euro Diesel and Diesel and in better-equipped petrol stations consumers can buy liquid gas and Bio Diesel.
Pay-toll is paid according to the number of passed kilometers and according to the vehicle's category. At the toll you can pay cash or by credit card like AMERICAN EXPRESS, DINERS, MASTER CARD, MAESTRO and VISA.
Traffic and road conditions: www.hak.hr
Maps and route planner, travel guides: www.viamichelin.com
Croatian Motorways: www.hac.hr
Croatia is connected with its neighboring countries and the majority of central and western European countries through regular international coach lines. Coach stations are to be found in all the major Croatian cities: Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, Pula, Split, Šibenik, Zadar and Dubrovnik.
The main bus station in Dubrovnik is situated in Gruz and it is 2 km away from the Old town, that is the center of Dubrovnik. It has been built recently, in the vicinity of the port. In addition to international lines, there are intercity bus lines between Dubrovnik and all the major cities in Croatia on a daily basis. All city parts in Dubrovnik are very well connected by city bus lines. We recommend you buy a bus ticket in due time, especially during the summer.
Croatia has direct connections with Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. There are transfer connections with almost all other European countries.
There are trains from Split to the north of the country (the main railway route is Zagreb-Split) and further on to Europe. You can transport your car in the train, as well. Split railway station is located near the ferry port, next to the bus station, in the center of the city.
Croatian Railways: Tel: 060 333 444, www.hznet.hr
From Split you can take bus or rent a car to Dubrovnik.
By Ferry & Boat
Jadrolinija is the main Croatian ship passenger carrier that maintains the majority of regular, international and domestic car-ferry, ship and high-speed lines.
You can reach Dubrovnik if you get on a coast ferry liner from Split or from all central Dalmatian islands. There are excellent fast and regular ferry lines from Ancona and Pescara, Italy.
More info: www.jadrolinija.hr
Hotel Palace Dubrovnik 5*
Located in the Lapad Peninsula, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace offers a beach and a scuba diving center. All rooms now with sleek design and earthy colors, have a balcony and offer views of the Elaphite Islands.
Free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and luxury toiletries are standard at the Dubrovnik Palace rooms. All are fitted with a flat-screen satellite TV and mini-bar.
There are 4 different restaurants, including a beach restaurant. Drinks and light snacks are served at the pool bar.
There is a local bus line to the Old Town every 20 minutes. The stop is opposite the hotel and the ride takes about 20 minutes.
Spa facilities include an indoor pool, hot tub and steam bath. There is also a fitness studio and a number of jogging paths can be found in the vicinity.
A 24-hour room service is available at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace