Dubrovnik, Croatia is one of the oldest cities in Europe and offers a magical experience for visitors seeking an amazing short getaway. Located on the southernmost part of the Adriatic Sea Coast, the city is famous for its fortified city walls built during the Byzantine era. An UNESCO World Heritage site, Dubrovnik has a lot to offer, and enjoying everything within one day is absolutely impossible. However, there are numerous highlighted sights and places that you cannot avoid if you are looking for an extraordinary experience. If you only have a day to explore this stunning Adriatic Sea city, here are a few tips to help you enjoy the most of your time:
A Walk On The City Walls
As you arrive in Dubrovnik, one of the most popular things to do is enjoy a walk on the city walls. The best time to do this would be early in the morning, before the sun becomes blaringly hot. Enter through the Pile Gates and spend some moments walking around as you take many unforgettable photos to always remind you of and share with your friends this great experience.
Commonly known as the Church of the Assumption, this is a great place to visit. The Byzantine-style building was built in the 6th & 7th Centuries and offers a great look on the architecture and artwork of the period, as well as a treasury that offers a spectacular collection of reliquaries among other things. The current building is the third one to be constructed on the site. The original building was replaced by a Romanesque church in the 12th Century, but this was to be brought down by an earthquake in 1667.
A Stroll In The Old Town
You have walked on the city walls, however do not call it a day before strolling inside the Old Town, an experience that is magical and classic. The streets are awash with friendly locals, men playing sweet classical music, and aromas. Pay a visit to the Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace and enjoy every moment as you walk along the picturesque alleyways. Make sure not to miss Onofrio’s Fountain and Luza Square.
Visit Lokrum Island
If you are looking for a great moment at the beach, take a taxi boat and head towards Lokrum Island, which has clean and safe beaches, a feat you might not find in the mainland. The island has a nude beach if you want to enjoy sunbathing in your natural suit and a small saltwater lake. The historic Napoleonic Fort Royale, built in the 19th Century is also located in Lokrum.
Dubrovnik has many facilities that will cater to all your needs including restaurants and transport means. In fact, one of them is a sight on its own. Do not leave without taking a ride in Dubrovnik cable car, at one of the most picturesque rides in the world!