George Bernard Shaw once said that “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it”.
Anyone who has spent enough time around the Mediterranean and the seas attached to it like the Adriatic, knows the turquoise blue water is endless. Some cities like Dubrovnik, are directly on the sea’s edge. You combine that with a dramatic backdrop and a lot of history and you have one of the most picturesque cities in the Mediterranean. Along with Venice, it and Dubrovnik form the 2 most beautiful and therefore touristed places in the Adriatic Sea.
Where might you find Dubrovnik? It is in the southernmost part of Croatia‘s Adriatic coast. Although it is the most beautiful tourist destination on the Adriatic coast, it is not the only destination worth visiting on the Croatian coast. Just go for a boat trip up the coast and you will find beautiful cities like Split, Croatia’s 2nd biggest city, Opatija, Havr, Zadar, Cavtat and countless islands like Mljet and Brac Islands.
What hasn’t Dubrovnik got? Good question let’s explore that.
History: A former city state that rivalled Venice, the walls of Dubrovnik successfully kept out the Venetians and the Ottoman Empire. The same walls and Minceta Fort can be walked along and provide beautiful views of the sea and the city.
Food and Liquids:The Croatians have great hearty home style cooking. In Dubrovnik fish is common fare, being by the sea, cabbage rolls filled with meat inside is also a popular dish. The ‘burek’ (a cheese or meat with spinach type pasty) and cevapcici (pronounced ‘chevupchicheh’) a minced meat type sausage with strong hint of garlic (it’sa very nice) , are 2 types of cheap foods to be found here. Rakija is the local rocket fuel made from almost anything that can be distilled. If you share it with some locals, chances are it’s home made, but please don’t smoke for a half hour afterwards. Živjeli (zhivyeli) Cheers! Slivovica is another type of Rocket fuel usually less potent and made from plums. Wines are also made locally, so maybe something lighter might interest you
The Sea: Beaches. Check out Banje Beach close to the old town, to cool down from the summer heat, or Lapad Beach, walking distance from town but worth the effort. Dubrovnik is a greatplace to take your boat and visit other Adriatic jewels , which could be islands, or do a bit of snorkelling.
Sightseeing: The Old Town known as Placa Stradun is a great starting point to go walking through the quaint streets. The fortrees walls are also good to walk along and catch some views, and Minceta Fort. The old port in the old town is a great place to sit and relax. There is a cable car which takes you to Mount Srđ.
Croatia these days is still one of the cheaper countries in Europe. Before Communism it was a rich country, they are hard and industrious workers so sooner or later it will change and get more expensive. Get in before it does and you’ll have yourself a great budget destination.
If when in Croatia you are asked any question and no you can’t reply back, just answer with the word “Dobro“, which means “good”. Any question just “dobro”. Also for a foreigner the most important word is “Pivo” which means beer.
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Doviđjenja- Goodbye from Dubrovnik