After Plitvice National Park, we started heading back towards Albania down the Croatian coast, stopping by on the way our last visit there for now, the city you’ve seen on screen as King’s Landing in Game of Thrones and today’s World Heritage Site:
The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, situated on the Dalmatian coast, became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it is now the focus of a major restoration programme co-ordinated by UNESCO.
Those old listings are brief, aren’t they? For some more eloquence, let’s see what Lonely Planet says:
Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Indeed it’s hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by the city’s limestone streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic, or failing to be inspired by a walk along the ancient city walls that protected the capital of a sophisticated republic for centuries.
Although the shelling of Dubrovnik in 1991 horrified the world, the city has bounced back with vigour to enchant visitors again. Marvel at the interplay of light on the old stone buildings; trace the peaks and troughs of Dubrovnik’s past in museums replete with art and artefacts; take the cable car up to Mt Srđ; exhaust yourself climbing up and down narrow lanes – then plunge into the azure sea…
Yep, that’s about right. You can walk around the entire walls of the city, and both inside and outside are a cornucopia of medieval remnants aka Westeros fantasies, as for instance Fort Lovrijenac…
We were first here back in the 1980s when it was still Yugoslavia in these parts and the city completely free of Western visitors except for us; so like at Split we decided to preserve our memories of visiting back in those pre-touristy days and this time simply have lunch overlooking the city —
Unquestionably an AAA+ attraction by any measure whatsoever from its heritage to its commanding heights of popular culture, of all the jewels of Croatia — and all its Balkan neighbours to boot! — most people would rate this the #1 Must Visit. Be sure not to miss it when you visit Croatia!