Croatia was all but forgotten for almost a decade following the war that saw the break-up of Yugoslavia.
It is now firmly back on the summer destinations map. And with its stunning coastline, unspoilt nature and centuries-old harbour towns, it offers a less commercial take on the sun, sea and sand holidays.
If you like your beaches uncrowded, your seas gin-clear and your towns packed with historical treasures, Croatia will be right up your street.
Tucked into the country’s south-east corner is the Dubrovnik Region. That’s where I went last summer and it was stunning!
Cavtat is a town southeast of Dubrovnik. It’s known for its beaches, and the many ancient Illyrian necropolises dotted around the area. Near the tree-lined Cavtat harbor is the Rector’s Palace, a Renaissance mansion that displays the manuscript collection of 19th-century scientist Baltazar Bogišić. Near the harbor, the baroque St. Nicholas Church displays some notable artwork.
The wather was super clear !
When I was there we had a big lightning storm. I took my phone and tried to take some pictures. I was lucky to take a nice one of the lightning.
In the harbour , there were big yaghts
With its sublime location, overlooking the calm blue waters of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities.
Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, this stunning city’s walled Old Town boasts marble streets and is famous for its white buildings crowned by orange roofs. Strolling through Old Town Dubrovnik is a feast for the eyes, as you’ll pass by gorgeous, well-preserved structures from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. As if that wasn’t enough beauty to behold, Dubrovnik is also situated on the electric blue Adriatic Sea — a simply stunning backdrop to an already stunning city.
What’s more, Dubrovnik’s Old Town has been a popular filming location in recent years. The Game of Thrones television series and the Star Wars: Episode VIII film were both shot here, while the Robin Hood: Origins film has also been in the making here this year.
The walls of Dubrovnik
A feature of Dubrovnik is its walls that run almost 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) around the city. The walls are 4 to 6 metres (13–20 feet) thick on the landward side but are much thinner on the seaward side. The system of turrets and towers were intended to protect the vulnerable city. The walls of Dubrovnik have also been a popular filming location for the fictional city of King’s Landing.
TIP : FOR GAME OF THRONE FANS
There are several sites in the Old City where Game of Thrones was filmed which includes the Pile and Pločegate, the St. Dominika street, along the city walls includes the Bokar fortress and the Minčeta tower.
The town of Korčula is known for the medieval towers and walls fortifying its harbor. Its central square features the Cathedral of St. Mark, begun in the 14th century. The island’s beaches include Vela Przina, a wide crescent that’s popular with families, and Pupnatska Luka, a sheltered cove.
The house of Marco Polo
Marco Polo was amongst the first Europeans to travel the famous Silk Road trade route, stretching from the Middle East to China.Significantly, Polo is reputed to have been born in Korcula itself, although evidence to support this thesis is at best sketchy.
Notwithstanding, Korcula town still boasts Marko Polo’s alleged house of birth. Despite its rather featureless interior, the houses’ tower allows for a panoramic vista of Korcula, stretching from east to west.
Ston was a major fort of the Ragusan Republic whose defensive walls were regarded as a notable feat of medieval architecture. The town’s inner wall measures 890 metres in length, while the Great Wall outside the town has a circumference of 5 km. The walls extend to Mali Ston (“Little Ston”), a smaller town on the northern side of the Pelješac isthmus and the end of the Bay of Mali Ston, notable for its mariculture.