The weekend in Dubrovnik
They call it the Pearl of the Adriatic. And though it certainly cannot compete with Venice, which in the past has been a bitter rival, Dubrovnik is a real jewel that holds centuries of history, wars and sea. A spectacular Croatian Heritage city with its white walls and its red roofs that make it unique in the Mediterranean. Excellent destination to spend few days or just a weekend, like in our case.
It’s a travel cliché to say that there are two versions of a place — the one the tourists see and the real place — but it is particularly true for Dubrovnik, one of the Mediterranean’s biggest draws that has become victim of its own success.
Off-season is better. Dubrovnik has now become one of the most popular destinations for tourists from around the world, one of the worlds essential for cruise passengers. So, in the summer, especially in July and August, the city literally explodes. The main course (Stradun) is flooded with tens of thousands of tourists every day. A real river that does not subside in the evening. From September onwards, the number of tourists decreases and Dubrovnik returns its true soul, its romantic charm. The best periods to visit the Dalmatian town are May-June and Semptember-October, when you can enjoy the sunny weather, warm sea and avoid the tourists.
One of the best ways to discover the city is to walk around the center, getting lost in its narrow roads, visiting the shops and museums. Just next to the port is the entrance for the tour of the walls, a complete turn around the perimeter of the old city. One of the main attractions of Dubrovnik and among the finest in the world. Another must is the ride on the cable car which is located outside the walls, accessible from Ploce Gate. The cabins lead atop the overlying Mount Srđ, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking scenaries from two viewpoints. You can admire the old city from above, the island of Lokrum and the Elaphiti northwest. The landscape becomes majestic at sunset when the city beneath gets lit.
Last but not least, the sea, Dubrovnik has some outstanding beaches where you can enjoy the refreshing breeze and take a dip in the sea. Dubrovnik is also the ideal starting point for visiting the islands surrounding this popular destinations in the Balkan region.
Overall for us was a relaxing weekend, sometimes you only need to cross a border to feel like a tourist and recharge your batteries, even if the frontier is less than a hundred kilometers from our home.
Do sljedeći put Dubrovnik!