It’s a tremendous combination, the beauty of the city and its enclosure in a slope, with marvelous bays, and islands, and…
You just go and see…
The most useful monument
Strategically located, this fountain from the 15th century, is visited by everybody, either to drink its cool water, either to wash face and hands.
Sixteen fountains always pouring water brought from a well 20 km distant, welcome the visitors, and make this the most visited monument in Dubrovnik. With justice!
Once upon a time…
There was a channel separating two settlements, in the cliffs descending to the sea. One day the channel was filled, and became Dubrovnik main street, also called Placa.
Its origins may be the reason for a so wide street in the middle ages, but today that is a blessing. No one can get lost in Dubrovnik in this old channel where, today, it flows not water but… people. Going from main door, in the west, almost to the harbour, at east, this street holds many of Dubrovnik’s monuments, and anyway you go, you always leave from it and be back to it.
Restaurants, esplanades and the usual tourist shops line it, giving life to this wonder that recovered from an earthquake in 1664 and the war in 1991. But Onofrje fountain keeps being the most romantic place for refreshment.
Built from the 14th to the 16th century, this fortress that protects the port’s entrance hosts today the Aquarium, the Ethnographic and the Maritime Museums.
We had no time to visit them, which means that… we must return to Dubrovnik!
Rector’s (Sponza) palace
The Palace of the Dubrovnik’s Republic rector it’s an interesting building from the 17th century (reconstruction) mixing gothic and Renaissance styles. The best (long) descryption of it may be found in Dubrovnikcity
The palace may pass discreetly to most visitors, due to the strong impact of the memorial for the victims of the war in its interior, but, as you wander around, you will end looking more carefully at it, and appreciating it in more detail.
The walls – Land side
The (mandatory) walk on the walls has two different sides: the ocean side and the land side.
Most people cover only the ocean side, from where its possible to see the most beautiful points of the city. It’s the easiest section with not much to go up and down. But I decided to follow it all, and am not sorry for it. The interior side is harder to walk, with some steep segments, but provide a different look, with some marvelous perspectives.
Fortunately (for me, of course!), it was the only way to see signs of the recent war.
The walls – Ocean Side
To avoid the long lines, our guide made us enter in the southern entrance to the walls.
It may have been a good idea (I don’t know how were the things in the other entrance), but we made our way against the normal flow of people, and, in the narrow passages, we had some trouble.
The most exposed
Somewhat apart from the wall, this fort stands in a cliff over the sea, reaching 36 meters high.
Once a very important fortress resisting to Venice domination, It provides now good views over the city and sea.
Highest point of the walls
Located in the north area, in the highest point of the walls, this strong construction, besides its imposing structure, is a good place to photograph the town.
Climbing it under the sun is hard, which means less people there than in the lower area of the walls.
St Spas Church
We didn’t go inside this church, the first as we enter the main gate, but I couldn’t miss its beautiful door, and the Dalmatian Renaissance wheel-window.
Our beach was a pebble beach, with direct (but confuse) access from the hotel. Nothing special, just… there!
After my dreadful experience in Vodice, the swim at dusk was great, anyway.
The beach was safe to enter, without any remarkable rock and wide enough to swim in any direction without disturbing the other bathers. It’s some kilometers south of town, taking a few minutes by car (or by boat), but fortunately, adjacent to our hotel.
Not Far and reasonable
Plat is located a few kilometers south of Dubrovnik. To protect the landscape, the hotel was split in several small buildings uphill. Considering that the pool and restaurant were some meters above sea level, the reception some meters above them, block Anita higher, Block Barbara… (uff… let me rest a while!) still higher, and you still have to climb to block Celia from where block Diana (3 floors, OURS the second) is only some more degrees up… No elevator! What a clever way to spare money in the gymnasium. Fernanda succeeded climbing up all the needed times, but didn’t risk to go down to the beach. However, after all the exercise everybody slept well.
Good Hotel Animation
Staying a few kilometers from town, in a quiet area, this hotel needed to care the animation, and they did it.
In the couple of nights that we spent there, we had good musical performance and live music to dance.
Going to town for the night is always an alternative, and the hotel has a convenient shuttle.
Unique Qualities: Good pool with great views
Address: Plat Bb, 20207
Despite being in a hotel some kilometers from town, we went there at night.
Stradum was so lively (and almost so hot) as during the day. We entered a tavern between the clock tower and Sponza palace to a quick drink.
They had live music, but I had in mind trying to find some folk dancing.
No chance, there was no performance in town that day. But amusement is everywhere.
Don’t expect great beaches,but, after burning in the sun along the city walls, all the water is welcome, and the coast around the town provides several beaches.
Well, the possible beaches, but all with great views.
(When I remember my swim in Vodice, I must confess that this, in a pebble beach, was… SUPER.)
Memories of Dubrovnik
A couple of hours ago, talking to a neighbor who worked longtime in a cruise navy, having visited in detail the five continents, I asked him where would he go again with pleasure.
He answered “Dubrovnik”, without knowing that I was coming from there. Asking why, I got an answer easy to accept: The life of town.
Night and day, the town lives permanently. When I told him that I had been there and the city is not damaged as he thought (it’s hard to see signs of the war), I noticed how alleviated he was.
Travelling is always a pleasure, but it is better when things work well with all the group.
We were the only Portuguese in a Spanish group, but quickly there were no strangers, and joy was the law.
Though my Spanish is awful, my experience says that Spanish are the most joyful people in the world, and we cannot get bored travelling with them.
Old and new stand side by side, in a city where traditional look is carefully preserved.
Either walking along the walls or through its narrow streets, you can’t see any aggressive signs of modern architecture, breaking the harmony of the city.
And that is particularly remarkable, if you think that the recent war (still visible, if you look carefully) forced a strong effort of reconstruction.
One of the alternatives in our free day in Dubrovnik was a trip to the Elaphiti Islands. Having visited wonderful Islands as Hvar, Korcula or Peljesac we thought that it wouldn’t add much to our program, and decided to visit Mostar.
Anyway, the island of Lokrum, just some minutes away from town, was easy to see from the distance, and, though adding harmony to the views of the city, it seemed empty – I know (read) that it has a botanic garden, and a Benedictine monastery, but… one cannot see everything, and the curiosity about Mostar…
Boat to the hotel
We were informed that we had a public boat connecting Dubrovnik to Plat (our hotel location) and Mljet, but we had no time (and no need) to use it.
I felt sorry, because this could allow us the only angle of the beautiful town we didn’t see: from the sea.
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