It’s not surprising that eminent playwright George Bernard Shaw exclaimed “If you want to see Heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik” after a visit to this Croatian city.
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Located on the southern coast of Croatia, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is certainly a holiday paradise.
As you arrive, perhaps take a cable car up to Mount Srdj to get an overview of the place you’ll spend the next few days absorbed in exploring.
From this majestic summit, views of the craggy mountainside, the warm orange roofs, the deep blue of the sea and the verdant island of Lokrum, some 600 metres out into the bay, unfold like a rich tapestry.
It’s an image that stays with you long after you return home.
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The Old Town
Once back to sea level, you’ll find there are two entrances to the compact Old Town – in the south, by the old harbour, and to the north. Whichever route you choose, you can’t help but be spellbound by everything you see.
To every explorer’s delight, at any point you can leave the polished marble of the stradun (the main street) and make your way through the maze of winding streets without worrying about getting lost; sooner or later you’ll arrive at the grey stone of the walls and be able to work out where you are.
Here and there you’ll stumble across courtyards, little pockets of serenity where potted plants grow luxuriantly in the shade.
A walk along the top of the defensive walls encircling the majority of the Old Town will take you a distance of almost 2,000 metres, and give you a new perspective on the dwellings and streets below, as well a wonderful place to await the sun’s inevitable dip over the horizon.
As dusk falls the lights below flicker into life, and your exploration of the city begins anew. The stradun takes on a new aspect; on a clear night, you can even see the moon and stars reflected in marble polished over hundreds of years by thousands of feet.
The Old Harbour is an enchanting place to visit, where by day you can watch the fishing boats come and go, and spy tiny shoals flitting though the clear blue-green water.
By night the lights of the surrounding restaurants and cafes reflect in the waves, creating a scene so delightful you’ll want to stay until the sun comes back up…
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