One of the most exciting and prominent tourism attractions within the Adriatic is the city of Dubrovnik – a true cruising pleasure. There is nothing like cruising into this sumptuous destination to be greeted by the enchanting sight of terracotta spectrum and flourishing Croatian flair. The 12th century walled city boasts an impeccable range of luxury hotels, one of the main reasons for the rise in tourism but the crucial factor behind this has been the cruising industry.
The Old Town possesses sublime walkways and is littered with the iconic red roofed creations. Onofrio’s Fountain is a scintillating attraction upon arrival that certainly catches the eye and the exciting features of the Old Town continue with such exuberant features as the Franciscan Monastery. The city of Dubrovnik is all about sightseeing splendour. There is so much to see, the hardest part of your day will be deciding where to go next. Perhaps the one that stands out the most is the 18th century Baroque Church of St Blaise. This is Dubrovnik’s patron saint and presents a truly entrancing image of inspirational stature. It would be enough to witness the majestic beauty of this attraction alone, however, the exploration continues with spectacular features such as the Gothic Sponza Palace.
If sightseeing becomes too much then never fear as there are a whole host of restaurants and cafes that line the walkways throughout the city. The waterfront boasts superb views and divine cuisine to match, however within the inner city walls you will find a superb range of scintillating choice. Not only is the cuisine outstanding but there are also a vast range of shopping opportunities. The most intriguing stores, are often the chic stores off the beaten track and certainly provide local specialties such as oil paintings and ceramics. The key advice we would always stress here is to make sure you have enough cash with you at all times. The city’s beauty may go without question, but the practicality of many stores is lost as it is often the case that shops will not accept card. Kuna is the official currency of Croatia and is the most widely used, however euros on occasion may also be acceptable.
Not only does Dubrovnik offer an incredible eye catching experience but the port also presents many different shore excursions depending on the cruise operator. Often the best-selling tours are those that offer a thorough guide throughout the main historical sights. Certain cruise operators have also begun combining such tours with a boat trip as well to allow passengers to witness the city delights from a scenic water point of view. Walking tours are also extremely popular here to discover the ancient city walls, this can be enjoyed with your own group or private guide, however, should you prefer many operators are now offering an ipod walking tour guide as an alternative.
For something different head to the stunning destination of Srdj Hill where guests will be transported via cable car for a truly once in a lifetime view over the city. This is also a sublime stop off to enjoy before heading for the magnificent town of Cavtat. There will also be an abundance of possibilities to choose from when it comes to sampling local food and drink or alternatively should you wish to enjoy a relaxing day in the sunshine then head for the Sveti Jakov Beach. This will require a boat journey to get to but upon arrival you will see it was worth the trip. Majestic views await across glistening sands to relax and recharge before a swim in the lavish Adriatic.
The city of Dubrovnik is a treasure of many Mediterranean itineraries. It is often a considerable highlight of the voyage and a port not to be missed. No matter your preference over how to spend your day, one thing is for certain, the amazing beauty of Dubrovnik will steal the hearts of all who visit her infamous surroundings.