Dubrovnik is a small town in the south of Croatia, but it is as charming that you can quite rank it with the most beautiful cities of Europe. Also, when you walk along the streets of Dubrovnik, you feel yourself quite differently, not like in London or Paris. Dubrovnik is enclosed with walls and it has preserved its exact medieval appearance until nowadays.
The walls of Dubrovnik have been fully preserved, with condition of fortifications (not only walls) being one of the best in Europe. You can walk around the town and admire picturesque views of old quarters, red tiled roofs of houses and palaces, as well as domes of numerous churches.
Dubrovnik looks most beautiful from the side of harbour. The strong walls of towers arise from the purest azure waters. Around the harbour there are most fortified walls. The fortress of St. John, which defends Dubrovnik from the side of the sea, contains the Maritime Museum.
There is no traffic within the walls. There are, and can be, no motor-cars, as the streets are too narrow in the town. However, the main street Stradun is very wide and always crowded. In Old Dubrovnik you can feel yourself as if you were in some other world – quiet, remote from daily bustle.
The walls were erected in XVI century. The Gate of Pile is the main entrance of the town. Dubrovnik is dominated by Minchet Castle located on the steep elevation to the left of the town. If you have time and strength, you should go along the walls of the town.
There are many cathedrals, churches and palaces in the town. The Prince`s Palaces, Dominican and Franciscan monasteries, Metropolitan Cathedral of Dubrovnik – everywhere can be seen the influence of Venetian architectural style.
When in Dubrovnik you should go to the island Lokrum, which is several hundred meters of the harbour. From the landing of Dubrovnik pleasure boats start to Lokrum every half hour. The island is a reserve where they usually walk along the paths of dense pine wood.
The most popular tourist destinations of Dubrovnik are the islands of Mljet and Korcula, as well as Nepryadva Valley. The tours generally take a day, however, it would be interesting to spend more time on Korcula.