Holidays in Dubrovnik, Croatia
The view to the Old City of Dubrovnik from the sea is one of the most beautiful vistas of Croatia and whole Mediterranean. There are few cities that boasts such a beautiful location on the cliffs above the sea, and there are few places that nave so well-preserved stone Medieval walls and towers.
Dubrovnik is the jewel in the sunniest Croatian tourist region, in Dubrovacko-Neretvanska county which spread sits area near the sea cost. In this county Dubrovnik is the most important but by no means the only cultural jewel.
The main Dubrovnik´s streets within the Old City Walls is Stradun. On its western end there is a large Fountain and at the eastern end, on the Luza Square there is Orlando´s Column, a symbol of Dubrovnik´s freedom.
Luza Square is a favorite meeting place for tourists and a major area for the maintenance of different events, especially the major cultural event, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
By the Luza Square there are the most important secular buildings of the medieval Dubrovnik – Gothic-Renaissance Rector´s Palace which was the center of the Dubrovnik authorities, and the palace Sponza. Both were built in the 15th century, as well as the most major buildings in the Old Town.
Rector´s Palace is spangled with an interested Atrium which is now a popular theatrical stage for performances. In the interior of the Palace there is a museum which contains numerous furniture, paintings and sculptures from that age.
Palace Sponza, former customs house, now the Archives of Dubrovnik, also boasts with an interesting Atrium.
Along the Luza Square there are the main religious buildings of the Old City – Church of St Blaise, Dubrovnik´s patron saint and the Cathedral of the Mary´s Assumption. Both decorated with baroque splendor because they were built in 17th century, after the catastrophic earthquake in 1667. Inside the Cathedral there are magnificent organ and a treasury of valuable exhibits. The most important are reliquary head of St Blaise. In the city of Dubrovnik, there are few harmonious monasteries with luxurious interiors. The Church which is inside the Jesuit monastery has beautiful decorated inside walls; the Franciscan monastery keeps a collection of an old pharmaceutical kit; and a Dominican monastery has a rich collection of paintings. Among the religious buildings of other religions, the Synagogue from the 15th century is the most important building which is also, by the continuity of using, the second oldest Synagogue in Europe.
Dubrovnik is well known by its museums too, which are annually visited up to half a million tourists. With the most visited Dubrovnik´s museum in Rector´s Palace, the Maritime Museum is where you can learn all about the maritime history of Dubrovnik. From the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
Dubrovnik surrounding areas are characterized by the harmony of architecture, wrapped in a green environment. This is particularly evident in the southernmost corner of the Croatia, in a fertile valley Konavle.
The main Konavle´s Picturesque town Cavtat is the birthplace of the great Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac. His birth house is converted into a gallery of his paintings. Another valuable ornament of town of Cavtat is a family Racic mausoleum dated from 1921, the work of the Croatian aculptor Ivan Mestrovic.
The coast west of Dubrovnik, is a place known by Dubrovnik nobles´s summer villas surrounded by greenery. On one of these properties, in the picturesque village Trsteno, there is the most beautiful Croatian arboretum with various kinds of subtropical plants and trees. Arboretum is decorated with sculptures, the most notable is the statue of the Greek god Poseidon.
Further west, there is the most special part of Dubrovnik region, the Neretva River delta with its preserved landscapes and picturesque places along the Neretva River. Town Opuzen stands out by its beauty. Not far from the largest city of the Neretva area, Metkovic, there is a village Vid that is located at the site of the former Roman Narona.
On the original location of the sites there is a museum built over the part of Roman Forum, Augusteum with a number of imperial statues carved in marble.
Come and meet Dubrovnik region.