Although we’ve appreciated the scenic viewpoints from the top of Mount Srd, we’ve also been captivated by the historic charms within the old walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Exploring the steep alleys is like
walking climbing stairs back in time (if you can ignore all the wires, satellites and air conditioners). However, a stroll down the Stradun from the Pile Gate to the bell tower is done on level ground, passing some of the best Dubrovnik sights along the way.
The city of Dubrovnik evolved from a maritime past, with different theories as to when the area was first inhabited. It is certain, however, that it thrived in the 14th and 15th centuries due to its merchant trade and natural resources. In 1667, a massive earthquake, followed by fires, damaged much of the city, but it was reconstructed in the architectural style we see today.
Dubrovnik has long had two great protectors: The fortified city walls and St. Blaise. The preserved city walls were built between the 12th and 17th centuries. A total of 1.2 miles of continuous stone walls surround the city, with some sections as high as 82 feet. St. Blaise has been said to protect the city since 971, when he appeared and warned a priest of an impending Venetian attack. The priest alerted the authorities, which resulted in securing and thus, saving, the city. Statues of St. Blaise with a long beard carrying a staff in one hand and the city of Dubrovnik in the other can be found throughout the city.
Although Dubrovnik was able to remain a free state for hundreds of years, in 1806 it fell to French rule, then Austrian and finally became part of Yugoslavia. When the country dissolved in 1991, Dubrovnik became a war zone, with 116 civilian casualties and more than half of the buildings of the old town (an UNESCO Heritage Site) destroyed or damaged. However, they quickly rebuilt. The only physical traces left from the war are the shrapnel marks on a few buildings, the brand new, bright orange rooftops (as those were the ones that had to be replaced) and the city maps at the gated entrances marking all of the places bombs had been dropped on the old city.
The appealing charm of the historic city has been retained and it only takes stepping inside the city gates to feel it. Whether we are seeking out specific Dubronik sights or just wandering the many narrow alleys, we are finding beauty at every turn.
Dubrovnik Sights Map
Dubrovnik sights along the Stradun
Big Onofrio’s Fountain
Church of Saint Savior
St. Blaise Church & Orlando’s Column
Dubrovnik sights around town
Serbian Orthodox Church
St. Ignatius Church
We were featured in The Dubrovnik Times, sharing our thoughts on traveling to Dubrovnik on the off-season ~ click here to read the article!
Our Top Tips for your Trip to Dubrovnik
Where To Stay
During our visit to Dubrovnik, we stayed in this awesome Airbnb Apartment. (Not already a member of Airbnb? Use this link to create an account and save money on your first stay!) However, for those who prefer staying in traditional accommodations, there are many hotels to choose from in – or close to – the city center. Check out these top-rated hotels (based on guest reviews!) for your upcoming trip:
Or These Hostels:
Before You Go
- Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
- We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight – and the new models are wifi enabled so you can share your trip pics to social media in real time!).
- It’s easy to get turned around or lost in any new city! Be sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook prior to arriving.
- We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected with World Nomads.
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