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Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

March 12, 2015 by David Herd

The Pile gate to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city, first impression certainly lived up to it’s reputation. It’s no wonder it is one of the most popular European destinations. This is the 3rd Croatian city I have visited starting with Zagreb then onto Split before taking a 5 hour bus trip down the coast to Dubrovnik.

Neum in Bosnia

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Just north of Dubrovnik you have to cross the Bosnian border at Neum. They check your passport going in and going out.

Just inside the Pile Gate

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Here is the first thing you see when you enter the city through the Pile Gate.

Lots of bars and restaurants

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

There is a big choice of places to eat and drink in Dubrovnik, being the low season they are all screaming for customers.

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city has amazing stone walls.

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I walked right around the entire city on top of the walls which costs about $20 and is well worth it. It really gives you a sense of this majestic city.  Dubrovnik’s Old Town is completely surrounded by enormous stone walls that date back to the 10th century. Up to 6m (19ft) thick and 2.5m (8ft) high in places, Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls were built to protect the city and deter would-be invaders. You can walk along the entire (2km/1.2mi) length of the ancient walls today and it is one of the best ways to appreciate the majesty of the Old Town plus get some great views over the Adriatic sea. There are 2 towers and 2 forts incorporated into the walls that were built and strengthened in the 15th century to bolster the city’s defenses. The Minceta Tower protects the city’s northern edge; the Bokar Tower protects Pile Gate (the city’s main entrance); Lovrjenac Fort protects the west, and the Revelin Fort protects the eastern entrance.

The harbour

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

  The walk started at the harbor end of the city an continued anti-clockwise taking about 90 minutes to finish.

The narrow walk way on top of the wall

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

This is a great way to explore Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city.

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Many wonderful views from the top of the wall.

Dubrovnik, a red roof city

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

This fabulous Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city is totally unique.

Minceta Tower

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

The rounded Minceta Tower where the walls are 6m thick, the better to protect Dubrovnik from attacks by land.

Minceta Tower

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

The tower was built in 1464 and was once used to store water. It was named after the Mencetic family who probably contributed financial support to its construction.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

I would have to say Dubrovnik is one of the best cities I have ever visited.

Sunbathing

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

She found a nice spot out out of the wind and started working on her tan. Trust me the wind was quite cold that day. 🙂

Marin Držić

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Marin Držić  also Marino Darza or Marino Darsa; 1508 – 2 May 1567 is considered the finest Croatian Renaissance playwright and prose writer.

Clock Tower Luza Square

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Dating from 15th century The clock tower overlooks Orlando’s Column and Sveti Vlaho Church.

Dubrovnik harbor at dusk

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

A great time of the day to take photos, the blue sky seems to highlight the shot.

Orlando’s Column

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

The knight carved in the column is Orlando. According legend in the 9th century Orlando and his fleet saved Dubrovnik from a 15 month long Saracen siege.

Fantastic Dubrovnik walls

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Make sure you put this city on your bucket list.

  Karmen fabulous 2 br apartment

Karmen apartmentsIf you visit Dubrovnik and want a fantastic apartment look no further than Karmen apartments. 

For a very good discount just book through THIS LINK.

View from the 2 bedroom Karmen apartment

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The location is perfect and the price is very reasonable indeed. Marc the owner is very helpful and a hive of information. Staying here is like staying in your own home, the furniture, atmosphere and comfort is simply fantastic.

Marc van Bloemen owner of Karmen apartments

Marc van Bloemen Karmen apartmentsMarc is a friendly Englishman who will point you in the right direction for restaurants and has a great knowledge of Dubrovniks history. Dubrovnik was significantly affected by the break-up of Yugoslavia. In the early 90s, Greater Serb aggression resulted in Dubrovnik suffering its most serious existential threat. Over two thirds of the historic town’s buildings were hit by artillery. The town’s cobbled streets were struck by hundreds of direct hits. For the first time in history, the medieval city walls themselves received over a hundred direct hits. Many historic palaces were badly damaged by the resulting fires. The renowned Sponza and Rector’s palace, St Blaise’s church, the Franciscan monastery and the Amerling and Onofrio fountain all suffered severely. The total reconstruction cost was said to be some $ 10 million.

The soldiers come to town for a movie.

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Shooting a movie can be very tiring so naturally a soldier needs to relax in the shade. 🙂

Breathtaking Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

I took the cable car to the mountain top and saw this wonderful view of Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city.

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

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The city looks rather small from the top of the hill.

From the cable car above Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Snow capped mountains in the distance.

Only the lonely

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city Let’s hope his girl finally turns up. 🙂

Black Risotto at an Irish pub

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityThankfully it tasted better than it looked. 🙂

Azur restaurant

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

This is certainly the best restaurant I found in Dubrovnik, a little hard to find but well worth the effort.

Azur Wonton soup

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

In fact I went here 2 nights in a row. 🙂

Lots of very narrow steps.

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

It’s hard work getting up these steps.

Wonderful city

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Here is the first of two photos I found online.

Here is the 2nd one

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Both these shots are rather stunning.

 
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Here is a short video from the cable car.

Here is a promo video on Dubrovnik featuring Marc from Karmen apartments.

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