I really liked Dubrovnik. Once I looked past the tourist crowds and focused on the history and long list of things to do in Dubrovnik, I had a great time there. Dubrovnik has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 and it’s also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Although the city itself isn’t particularly large, you won’t be bored there.
I’ve tried to narrow the list down to the most awesome things, like the famous city walls, visiting Game of Thrones locations or the Old Town. Here goes:
DUBROVNIK OLD TOWN
Of all the things to do in Dubrovnik, I liked the Old Town most. This is where you’ll find most of the Game of Thrones locations and also the city walls. I joined a Game of Thrones tour, and after that I went about on my own.
One of Croatia’s top destinations is battling its own popularity.
As part of that effort, Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković has written a letter to the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), asking its members to dramatically decrease their arrivals in the historic city.
The mayor is asking for cruise lines’ help in cutting back daily tourist numbers for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He asked the cruise lines for “more careful planning of the scheduling of the daily arrivals of cruise ships” to provide a “better quality of service which is currently under much strain due the simultaneous arrival of so many guests from cruise ships.”
In response, the cruise association highlighted the benefits of visitors to the city and the need for discussion among players in the tourism sector.
People are more inspired to travel than ever with so many travel websites, travel apps, and social media feeds full of exciting destinations. It’s not just for the elite, either. Travel has become more accessible to the global population, and The United Nations World Tourism Organization estimated that nearly 1.2 billion people traveled outside their country for at least one night in 2015. With that number expected to continually rise, some destinations are becoming overcrowded. While tourism can be extremely beneficial for supporting livelihoods and creating cultural understanding, it can also sometimes have a negative effect on a destination. Having to elbow through a mass of people to snap a photo in front of a famous landmark is one thing, but witnessing a beautiful landscape or city be compromised by irresponsible regulation and excessive visitation is tragic.
If you’re a fan of the HBO mega-hit series Game of Thrones, you know that [spoiler alert] Winter is here. But make your way to Dubrovnik, Croatia — the citywide set for the show’s fictional capital of King’s Landing — and you’ll find scant evidence to support the claim. A stunningly preserved 16th Century fortress seated against the Adriatic, the Old City is quickly becoming one of Europe’s hottest tourist destinations. Yet it remains surprisingly accessible to the American traveler. For now. In honor of GoT’s long-awaited return this weekend, VinePair presents you a portal to pure fantasy: a real life King’s Landing crawl to call your own.
Dubrovnik holds some 50,000 people, but only 1500 permanently reside within the fortified walls of the Old City — a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
Known as ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’, famous for its history, and a UNESCO World Heritage site – Dubrovnik, Croatia is by no means underrated. Its harbor is the quintessential Croatian image: crystal blue waters, red rooves, cream walls, cobbled streets and medieval stone. It is a beautiful city with an enticing energy. Although it is the southern point of the country, every traveler in Croatia is eventually heading here. Let Dubrovnik lure you in, and prove that it lives up to the hype.
Experience the Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia
The medieval city walls define Dubrovnik. They contain the old town, preserved in history yet saturated in energy. The past is respected, but not boring. Young travelers are drawn to it just as much as mature couples and older holidaymakers. The beauty of the old town is timeless.
WITH GREAT LOCATIONS AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE, CROATIA IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S HOTTEST DESTINATIONS. THE ANCIENT WALLED CITY OF DUBROVNIK IS ONE OF ITS MOST IMPRESSIVE PLACES TO STOP BY.
With an impressive fireworks display that lit the sky in capital Zagreb, Croatia joined the European Union at midnight on July 1, 2013. Ascending to the ranks of the grouping was strong motivation to avoid future conflicts ‘ apart from the future economic benefits ‘ some technocrats said.
Some might even boldly say that Croatia joining the EU is like a ‘homecoming’ after it achieved post-war stability during the last two decades. Between 1992 and 1995, this erstwhile corner of Yugoslavia endured bloody conflicts.
During the Croatian Independence War, sieges were laid and city walls defended by citizens; at the southern tip of the country, Dubrovnik was the prize everyone wanted.
It’s 8 a.m. and Dubrovnik, Croatia, is bathed in a soft, salmon pink. This sunny winter day is warming up nicely as kids shuffle through long shadows on their way to school, store shutters roll up and cafe coffee machines are brought up to steam. It’s a joy to almost have the medieval “Pearl of the Adriatic” to myself.
Twenty minutes before, I’d joined mumbling, bleary-eyed workers on their daily Libertas Bus commute from Lapad Peninsula. By arriving early, I beat the impending daily passenger deluge released onto the city streets from cruise ships, all arriving at roughly the same time, in Gruz Harbor. That’s a lot of people for this dense old town crammed into 1.2 miles of stout limestone ramparts.