South Dalmatia tempts tourists with numerous attractions, the greatest of which is undoubtedly Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. Like an expensive crown stone, the city adorns the coast and attracts thousands of people each year.
Croatian Dubrovnik is considered the most beautiful city on the Adriatic. Not without reason - it delights with the architecture and charm of the islands off its coast. As one of the few medieval centers, it kept its defensive walls intact. Today you can admire how charmingly they reflect in the sea. They are a living monument of history in which it is forbidden to drive a car.
The colors and smells of the Pearl of the Adriatic
The pearl of the Adriatic, as some call Dubrovnik , is surrounded on three sides by waters from which limestone cliffs emerge. The dazzling white of the rocks is contrasted with the red roofs of the buildings integrated into the multi-colored gardens that please the eyes of tourists. The color palette is complemented by the blue of the sky and turquoise water broken with green and navy blue.
The edge of southern Dalmatia attracts visitors with the richness of not only colors but also aromas. The steep hills and rocky coast where beaches meet with coves are home to Mediterranean flora. In summer, the sea breeze brings with it the intense scent of myrtle, cypress and pine trees, as well as rosemary and bay leaves.
Wandering around Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is one of the world's centers of tourism. Scientists, businessmen and diplomats like it, which is not surprising - no matter how down-to-earth the conference is devoted to, in such a beautiful place, meetings and negotiations are a pleasure. And what is the best way to start your city tour? On the west side of Dubrovnik is the Pile Gate, the most magnificent entrance to the resort. A stone bridge over the moat leads to it, which has turned into a green garden with time. A wide boulevard - Stradun runs from the gate to the old part of the city. All the buildings next to it have shutters in the same shade of green, and the lanterns illuminating the street in the evening are made according to the same pattern.
Most of Dubrovnik's monuments are located in the old town. As it consists almost exclusively of them, they are fully inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. One of the most recognizable places in the resort is the Church of St. Blaise , the patron saint of the city. The monumental cathedral, the interior of which is decorated with valuable paintings and relics, is also noteworthy.
While walking along the boulevard, it is worth taking a closer look at the Renaissance Church of the Savior, as well as the Franciscan monastery standing in its vicinity. The Great Onofria Well , a historic fountain with 16 gargoyles from which water flows, is also interesting. We'll find her at the west end of the boulevard.
Stradun leads to Luza Square with the Sponza Palace . It was the only one to survive the earthquake in 1667. Currently, it houses the Dubrovnik Municipal Archives, where you can see an exhibition dedicated to the defenders of the city who died in 1991.
Under the blue skies of southern Dalmatia
The easiest way to get to the city is by your own vehicle. By the way, we can admire the beauty of the coast - the views encountered along the way are breathtaking. The region offers so many attractions that it is impossible to get to know them in one day, so it makes sense to look for a place to stay and stay here longer. Approx. 11 km west of Dubrovnik is the " Pod Maslinom " car camp . A stand for a vehicle costs 4.66 EUR / day, and an adult's stay - 3.60 EUR. For the possibility of using the laundry, the campsite guest will pay 2.67 euro, while the access to electricity costs 2 euro.
When we stay longer on this picturesque torn coast, we will find that during the day Dubrovnik is full of buzz, but it really comes alive only in the evening. After dark, crowds flood the café gardens, the cups clink, and from every corner you can hear conversations and bursts of laughter. It's worth experiencing it for yourself.
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