Holidays in Croatia: Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnick has everything to astonish and delight the many visitors who crowded here every year and every summer: old history, a buzzing nightlife, enchanting nature and as usual sun and fine beaches.
During the city’s golden age in the 16th century, Dubrovnik was one of the largest merchant marine fleet in the world with over 50 consulates in foreign ports. Today people and visitors in Dubrovnik flock for the holidays and not over business. The main attraction is the charming old town, indeed a beautiful  pedestrian-only area, full of palaces and baroque churches, contained in sturdy medieval fortifications.
If you add it to the beaches, the sea, the informal restaurants that serve exquisite seafood, elegant five-star hotels and sports facilities for adventure, here is beautiful and made ​​for the perfect getaway.
Of course, there is a downside. Only a few inhabitants actually live in the old town: the numbers have dropped from 5,000 (in 1991) to 500 (2014) and the prices here are almost double of what would elsewhere in Croatia. But it is still worth it to go. In fact, the number of visitors continues to rise, and in 2013 the number of cruise passengers landed in Dubrovnik in a year has passed the million mark. In fact, the city had to make a deal with the cruise lines to the effect that they should not land more than 7,000 passengers a day, to avoid overcrowding.
Dubrovnik is also easily reached by ferry from Italy, for info visit our website dedicated page: http://www.ok-ferry.com/en/croatia-ferries.aspx

When to go
The best months to visit Dubrovnik is from May to June and September to October when there are sunny days by the sea, warm enough to swim, and hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions are open, but without the crowds. During the high season, July and August, Dubrovnik is overwhelmed by tourists – hotel prices skyrocket and restaurants and the beaches are overcrowded, but the upside of this period is the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and a sparkling nightlife.
During the low season, November to April, Dubrovnik is still very nice but most of the structures are closed and the climate is less reliable.

Getting around
As regard as the public transport, the old town of Dubrovnik is pedestrian only and is located 2.5 miles south-east of the port. To get there, you have to take the bus 1, 3 or 6 (libertasdubrovnik.hr).
It ‘better to be without a car during your stay in Dubrovnik, as to get one of the parking lot next to the walls of the city is extremely difficult. Even if you are travelling out of town, it is preferable to take the bus or the local ferry.

The medieval walls
The final ‘must’ for any visit is the Dubrovnik’s medieval city walls which date back to the 13th century. Further reinforcements, including a series of impressive towers designed to protect the city against the Turks, were added in the 15th century.                                                                                            Address: Placa (main entrance on the wall just inside the Pile Gate)
Contact: 00 385 20 638 800; www.citywallsdubrovnik.hr
Opening hours: Daily 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (summer); 10:00 to 03:00 (winter)

Palace and the Museum of Cultural History of the Rector
Under the Republic of Ragusa, the chief citizen, the Rector, lived on the first floor of this building. His term lasted a month and was forced to stay here (without his family) for the duration of his appointment. His house is now home to the Museum of Cultural History, with period furniture and costumes, and paintings of aristocrats. The ground floor housed meeting of the Council, an armoury, a store of gunpowder. The building dates from the 15th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Renaissance and Baroque styles.
Address: Pred Dvorom 3
Contact: 00 385 20 3214 22; www.dumus.hr
Opening hours: Daily 9:00 to 06:00 (April to October); Mon-Sat 09:00 to 16:00 (November to March)

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Maritime Museum
The enormous wealth of Dubrovnik was based on merchant ships – in the 16th century has been one of the world’s biggest fleets, with over 180 ships and 4000 sailors. Here in Fort St. John, which guards the entrance to the old port, it is possible to trace the development of naval power in the republic. The exhibition includes models of ships, uniforms of sailors, navigation equipment, maps and flags.
Address: Sv Ivana Tvrdja
Contact: 00 385 20 3239 04; www.dumus.hr
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9:00 a.m. to 18:00 (April to October); From Tuesday to Sunday 09:00 to 16:00 (November to March)

War Photo Limited
The strong fortifications of Dubrovnik have been put to test several times over the centuries, most recently during the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia. This gallery is dedicated to modern photojournalism from war zones around the world, and seeks to provide unbiased report always presents with a human element. Recent exhibitions include ‘Troubled Islam’ (which looked at the lives of civilians in Bosnia, Palestine, Iraq, Chechenya and Afghanistan) and “Purple Hearts” (a look at the post-war lives of American soldiers who had fought in recent wars abroad) and the ‘Srebrenica genocide 07.11.95′ (which has recorded some of the worst horrors of the war in Bosnia).
Address: 6 Antuninska
Contact: 00 385 20 3221 66; www.warphotoltd.com
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 to 22:00 (June to September); Tue-Sun 10:00 to 04:00 (May and October); closed (November to April)

Dubrovnik Cable Car
Opened in July 2010, the cable car is a surprise entertainment and ultra-modern. Starting from a lower station just outside the historic centre, there are two light tanks and airy, which can carry up to 30 people, with regular runs to 3 minutes until the top of Mount Srd (405m).
From here you get a great view down over the old town, the sea and the islands, as well as beautiful sunsets. There is also a restaurant, bar and gift shop. If you like hiking, you can take the cable car and walk back down.
Address: Frana Supila 35th
Contact: 00 385 20 3253 93; www.dubrovnikcablecar.com
Opening hours: 09:00 to midnight June to August, September, 09:00 to 10:00, 09:00 to 20:00 October and April-May, November and February-Mar 09:00 to 17:00, Dec-January 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Day trips
Medieval fortress of Ston and Korčula
Are organized bus tours (duration 10 hours and 30 minutes) along the coast in Ston, a town known for its delicious fresh mussels and oysters, which are served in seaside restaurants. The tour continues to the village of Potomje, for wine tasting, and then proceeds to the island of Korcula, to see its beautiful medieval old town, before returning to Dubrovnik
Sea Kayak to Lokrum
A great way to explore the Adriatic coast is by sea kayak. Accompanied by instructors, you can hike a half-day (3 hours) starting from the foot of the Fortress Lovrijenac (just outside the city walls, close to Pile Gate), along the medieval walls of Dubrovnik and then to the small island lush Lokrum, where you can stop us on the beach Betina and have time to snorkel and explore the botanical garden.
And now here is the calendar of festivals and events in 2014:
Folk dance performances
From May to October
Throughout the summer, on Tuesday and Friday evening at 09:30 the Lindjo Folk Ensemble makes music and dance in traditional costumes popular Lazareti, just outside the Ploce Gate.
Contact: www.lindjo.hr
Dubrovnik Summer Festival
July 10-August 25
The annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival offers over 80 performances of music, theater, dance and film, in various places outside of the historic center, as well as a program of open-air cinema. 2013 line-up included the Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper Experiment and Russian Elena Bashkirova.
Admission: Ticket prices vary by location performance, venue and seating; see website for details

Dubrovnik International Wine & Jazz Festival
September 25 – 28
The 2013 festival saw jazz clarinetist and conductor Michael Vaughn Kissinger leader in Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances by Broadway singer Douglas Webster. This year’s line-up has yet to be confirmed, but promises to delight jazz fans. The program includes a tasting of wines from the region of Dalmatia.

New Year Celebrations
December 31 to January 1, 2015
New Year’s Day with a public holiday on Placa outdoors in the old town, with performances by bands, choirs, and Croatian pop star, culminating with a fireworks display at midnight. The celebrations continue the next day, with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra with a performance that lasts until the morning, even outdoors in Placa.
Admission: Free

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