Disney couldn’t have done a better job of creating the perfect Medieval city. When we arrived in Dubrovnik we were stunned. After reading all the guidebooks we knew that it would be scenic and interesting, but Wow!
Truly, it’s impossible to look in any direction and not see a beautiful scene.
The city is a fortress, and consequently, is completely surrounded by a high, thick stone wall with only a couple of gate entrances. Cars are not allowed in the old city, so it’s a wonderful place to casually stroll about.
All the buildings are constructed of handsome, pale brown stone that turns a golden yellow when the sun strikes it. The streets are worn shiny by centuries of foot traffic, and the rooftops are blanketed with row after row of terra cotta tiles.
There are two main thoroughfares; all the other streets are charming, narrow alleyways lined with shops and restaurants. And to complete the picture are the stunning views of the clear waters of The Adriatic Sea.
As an indicator of how perfect it is, the next season of the HBO Series A Game of Thrones is filming here now.
Dubrovnik’s history dates back to the 7th century, but it grew and flourished in the 15th and 16th Centuries as a center for trade. This prosperity enabled the city to build beautiful houses and churches, and wield powerful influence in the Adriatic.
However, things haven’t always been rosy. Because of its location and wealth, numerous armies have invaded and occupied the city. Most recently, it was targeted as part of the war over the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Dubrovnik was bombarded for 7 months with devastating results. It’s amazing to see this perfectly preserved city and think that it was at war only 20 years ago.
We’re spending a week here and enjoy having the time to slowly appreciate Dubrovnik’s charm. We’ve rented a small, 1 bedroom apartment on the 4th floor of an 18th century building. The apartment is like your Great Aunt Sophie’s attic with no horizontal surface left uncluttered (more on this later), but it is a comfortable base for exploring.
James and Terri