Where Beauty and History Meet
From a tourism standpoint, Dubrovnik is perhaps the best known city in Croatia. Located on the southern end of the country’s Dalmatian Coast and suspended on rocks above the sea, it is certainly among the Balkan Peninsula’s biggest draws—and for good reason. The UNESCO World Heritage site (since 1979) is a photographer’s dream and an architectural icon.
The walled city, which has become famous in recent years as the location of TV shows and movies, marks the beginning of its history in the 7th century AD. Soon after, the settlement began work on the ramparts that were finished in the 16th century and today measure 1,940 metres long and 25 meters high. Inside those barriers, the Old Town centres around the main pedestrian-only thoroughfare, Stradun, which runs between the Pile and Ploče gates. In the tangle of its streets and alleys—which become very crowded during the high tourism months—Dubrovnik is filled with visitors bustling to find outdoor tables at cafes and restaurants, looking for the perfect souvenir in one of the many shops.
Dubrovnik sits on both the Destination Napoleon and European Cemeteries Routes.