When to Go
Only one day in Dubrovnik? You could check out Dubrovnik beaches but don't miss these sights:
Walking the Walls
One of the best ways to get a feeling for Dubrovnik is to take a 2km walk around the city walls.
Cable Car to Mount Srd
There's no better way to experience the awesome beauty of the Dubrovnik coast and islands than taking the cable car to Mount Srd.
Walking Tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town
Then, begin your walking tour at Pile Gate. You'll quickly appreciate rich Ragusa's security concerns when you cross over a drawbridge that was raised every night. There are two massive doors through the walls, an exterior door in a Renaissance style and a Gothic interior door topped by the statue of St Blaise (left), Dubrovnik's patron saint.
Straight ahead is the town's main street, Placa (pronounced "platsa") or Stradun, Dubrovnik's most illustrious feature, punctuated by the clock tower (left) at the end. Along this wide gleaming street lined with shops and cafes, all Dubrovnik's processions take place. It's curious to note that Stradun was actually a part of the sea until the 11th century when it was finally paved over. Notice the Orlando Column on the eastern end of Stradun. It was carved in 1417 and has been a popular meeting place for almost six centuries!
Right in front of the Pile Gate entrance is the
circular Onofrio Fountain (named
after its Neapolitan builder) built in the 15th
century and sporting 16 carved masks. Unlike the rest of Dalmatia,
Dubrovnik citizens were not relegated to capturing rainwater; the
fountain was connected by aqueduct with a spring 12km from town.
Opposite is the Franciscan
Monastery with the restored sculpture of the Pieta over
the entrance door. Inside is the Pharmacy dating
from the 14th century and a gorgeous cloister (left) also
from the 14th century. Next to the monastery is the 16th-century St
Saviour Church, one of the few Renaissance structures to survive
the earthquake of
1667.There are often concerts and exhibitions here.
Nearby is the ornate St Blaise's church, at the end of Stradun, dedicated to Dubrovnik's patron saint. Inside the lavish 18th-century church is a charming 15th-century statue of St Blaise who holds a scale model of Dubrovnik in his hand.
Across the square is Dubrovnik's baroque Cathedral. Built in the 18th century after an earthquake destroyed
the original, the cathedral is still being explored after excavations
revealed traces dating back to the 7th century. Don't miss the Treasury with
its relics from St Blaise and a Madonna attributed
Between the Rector's Palace and the Cathedral
is Gundulic square, scene of a morning market and
the deluxe Pucic
Palace hotel, the only luxury hotel in the Old Town.
In the centre of town is a statue (left) of Dubrovnik's renowned poet Ivan Gundulic.
Before leaving town by the Ploce Gate; you'll
come to the Dominican Monastery (left) with
a sober exterior that blends into Dubrovnik's walls. The art collection here centers on Dubrovnik's finest painters, mostly from the 15th
and 16th centuries. There's also a lovely cloister dedicated
to St Sebastian.
Before heading to the streets of Dubrovnik see the cruise ship schedules so you don't get caught in the throngs.
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