Rebuilding to New Heights
After suffering through years of strife and war in the 1990s, Dubrovnik has spent this past decade rebuilding and opening its doors to new tourism ventures. Visitors have not been disappointed.
Located right on the water, Dubrovnik has a number of wonderful activities to do for visitors, on the beaches, in the city and near the countryside, there is something for everyone.
The city has one airport, the Dubrovnik International Airport that brings most visitors into the area. From there, busses connect the airport with the city center, as well as an extensive highway system.
In the late 1970s, the city was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to the number of buildings that have been painstakingly preserved over the centuries. Some of the great old sites that visitors flock to include the Old Harbor at Dubrovnik, the Arboretum Trsteno, which is the oldest in the world, and Sponza Palace, which now houses the National Archives, and dates back to the 16th century.
Since the city has thrived through the ages, visitors can see some of the many different styles of architecture that is sprinkled throughout the neighborhoods and seaside. From the Renaissance period, the St. Savior Church remains, as well as the Rector’s Palace.
In the Baroque style, the St. Blaise Church hosts a number of different artefacts from the saint himself. Another interesting feature of the city are the large walls that run around it, built to to protect the city from potential attacks from the land.
What has begun to attract more and more visitors to Dubrovnik are the beaches. As pretty as many of those in nearby Italy but far less expensive, visitors flock to the sun, surf and sand the beaches have to offer.
For those who love to spend vacation laying in the sun, head to St. Jakov Beach. Nearer to the Old Town part of Dubrovnik, is Banje Beach, it can be a bit more crowded than some of the beaches a bit further out from the city, but also provides some really beautiful views.