For many, catching a glimpse of the ancient world is one of their top reasons for taking a vacation. There’s something to be said about checking out old castles, preserved churches and medieval architecture. If that whets your appetite, the city of Dubrovnik, historically known as Ragusa, in Croatia, should be at, or near the top of your list.
Dubrovnik sits near the Adriatic Sea in the region of Dalmatia, in southeastern Croatia. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, thanks in part to being added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979. Of course there’s another reason for its popularity too; the city was featured in the popular HBO TV shows Game of Thrones as the capitol city of King’s Landing. Here are some of the top things to see and do in Dubrovnik.
Walk The City Walls: Dubrovnik is one of the most famous walled cities in the world, and thankfully they are still mostly intact after an extensive restoration project brought them back to life in the late 1990s. The 1.5 mile walk will take you throughout the city, and along the way you will encounter several forts and bastions that are built into its ramparts. The most important one, The Tower Minceta, is the highest point in the city and gives an incredible view of not only the city, but the harbour, countryside and mountains.
The Dubrovnik Cable Car: Another way to get a great view of the city is by taking the cable car to the top of Mount Srd. This fairly inexpensive trip only takes a few minutes, but from the top you can see distant islands and the Montenegro coast on a clear day.
Explore Old Town: Game of Thrones fans won’t want to miss exploring old town. From the narrow streets, to roman churches, synagogues and more, every corner will help bring the TV show to life. There’s even a drawbridge entrance by the harbour fans will easily recognize.
The Franciscan Church and Monastery: Sometimes it’s the little things, hidden away that are the most memorable. That certainly describes this historic and sacred place. You’ll find a beautiful, peaceful cloister garden where you can catch your breath and relish in the silence, or you can explore the ancient architecture of the church. There’s even a small museum located within for you to enjoy.
Dubrovnik Beer Company: You certainly won’t go hungry while exploring Dubrovnik, and will find many fine examples of Croatian food throughout the city. You may also find yourself wanting to give some local brew a try as well, and the Dubrovnik Beer Company is one of the most popular for that. The modern brewery is perfect for fans of craft beer, and for those who are interested in more than just a historical view of Dubrovnik.
A stop at Dubrovik is included in the Mediterranean Cruise – from Athens (Piraeus) onboard Silversea. Contact us today to find out more.