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Dubrovnik - A city not to be missed

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Unless you have been living under a rock, the chances are that you have either heard of or seen a picture of Dubrovnik. If you are currently thinking that you aren’t aware of Croatia’s most famous destination then think again!

The famous walled city has been used as the setting for a number of television and Hollywood’s biggest successes. From HBO's hit series ‘Game of Thrones’ where it was used as the setting for Kings Landing, to forming the backdrop of the casino city of Canto Bight in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. So the chances are pretty high that you have admired its historic streets without even realising it!

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However, if you are one of the few people that are still unaware of this spectacular city then let me educate you on why Croatia’s famous city really is worth a visit!

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It is easy to think that Dubrovnik is probably just another over-hyped tourist hotspot made famous by a film cameo or two. However, as soon as the famous walls come into view it is easy to see why it has been dubbed the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and the ‘Croatian Athens’.

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Dubrovnik really is a place that fills you with awe and makes you want to admire the view from every angle. From the incredible walls which surround the Old Town to the fascinating Rector’s palace, the impressive bell tower and the various churches there is just so much to love about this coastal town it can almost be too much to take in at once.

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There is no doubt that the best way to fully appreciate this remarkable town is to climb the city walls and admire it from above. Although it is not a short walk, taking about an hour to go around the whole of the city, it is definitely worth the effort, even in the heat of the Croatian summer! As I walked around the city walls I was constantly stopping to take in the incredible scenes below. The honey coloured roofed buildings and the pale stone walls look simply stunning with the blue Mediterranean sky and the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea as its backdrop. It is a city that really does look better from every angle.

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As well as exploring the walls of the Old Town, Dubrovnik is full of other fascinating places to explore too. One of the best being the Rector’s palace. Originally built in the 14th century as the seat of the Minor Council and state administration for the then city-state, the building is now home to the Museum of Dubrovnik and is full of items from the city’s illustrious past and guides full of fascinating pieces of information about this once great trading town that was once a rival to the great city of Venice!

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Alongside its incredible architecture and fascinating history, Dubrovnik is also a great place to wander around and simply enjoy getting lost amongst its picturesque streets. This is something made even more pleasurable with a delicious Croatian ice cream in hand! 

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So whether you are looking to for some glorious views or are looking to discover a new fascinating place full of history and wonder Dubrovnik is definitely worth a visit. 

Click here to find out more about our holidays to Dubrovnik

 Image Credits: Mark McFaul & Rachel McFaul

Read 1960 times Last modified on Thursday, 06 May 2021

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