Dubrovnik is a popular tourist destination in Croatia. This city situated on Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coast is the center of the Dubrovnik-Neretya County. It was listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO in 1979.
This city thrives on maritime trade. It was in the late 19th century that Dubrovnik gained in popularity as a tourist destination with the construction of many luxury hotels in Croatia. The city was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence between 1991 and 1995. Though most of the city has been restored, you can still find some bullet marks on the stone houses and mortar damage in the streets.
Things to do in Dubrovnik
There are many famous tourist attractions in Dubrovnik and the city sees many tourists from across the world visiting through the year.
Bell Tower is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubrovnik. The Green Ones or the Zelenci on top of the tower are the bronze statues that strike the bell each hour. To maintain their heritage, these statues were recently replaced with duplicate ones. The originals are housed at the Sponza Palace atrium.
Situated in front of the Bell Tower, the Roland’s Column, also known as Orlando’s column, is a stone flag staff celebrating the legendary knight. This column was founded in 1950 to commemorate the commencement of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
Situated to the west of Bell Tower, Sponza Palace is an ancient heritage building that survived even the catastrophic earthquake of 1667. You will find the memorial room of defenders and the city’s historic archives.
Fort Lovrjenac is the site from where tourists enjoy a great view of the Old Town. This is definitely a place worth seeing in Dubrovnik. Another popular tourist destination in this city is the Rector’s Palace. Formerly Major Council’s palace, this is where you will find the museum displaying the city’s history.
In the Old Town’s western entrance, you will find the Big Onofrio’s Fountain. Filled with enthusiastic youth who spend hours sitting on the fountain stairs, this is a must-see destination on your visit to Dubrovnik. The old port in Dubrovnik is situated in the eastern part of the town. This is where tourists wishing to take a cruise assemble.
Last but not the least, tourists to Dubrovnik must not miss out on the war and conflict photographs displayed at the War Photo Limited. This exhibition center changes the exhibits that include amazing photos by expert journalists periodically.