Top 5 Must Do's in Dubrovnik

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City Walls
A visit to Dubrovnik would not be complete without a trip around the city’s defensive walls.  Built between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, the mile-long circuit of walls is still fully intact.  At points the walls are up to 80 feet (25 meters) above ground level, so the view of the city and sea from the top is spectacular.  The best time to visit the walls is in the early morning or the very late afternoon (check opening times as they vary between the high- and low-seasons).   Try to avoid walking the walls when the cruise ship passengers are visiting the city (usually between about 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) as the walkways can get quite crowded.

Fresh Seafood
It would be a shame to miss out on Dubrovnik’s excellent seafood offerings.  The Sea Bass (“Branzin”) is exquisite and is almost always served grilled with a simple sprinkling of garlic, salt, and local olive oil.  The prawns, mussels, squid and octopus are also delicious.

Cafes on Placa
It may seem like a strange choice for a “must do” but one of the best ways to get a feel for Dubrovnik is to sit in one of the outdoor cafes that line the city’s central street, Placa (also known as Stradun).  The cafes’ prices may seem prohibitive but there is no better way to soak up the city’s atmosphere.

Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries

The Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries in Dubrovnik are located at opposite ends of the city’s central thoroughfare, Placa.  The Franciscan Monastery, near to the Pile Gate, houses one of the earliest public pharmacies in Europe.  The Dominican Monastery, located near to the Ploce Gate, has an impressive collection of paintings by Dubrovnik’s premiere Renaissance artists.   The cloisters of both monasteries are exemplary models of Dubrovnik architecture; be sure to notice that each column has a unique capital design.

Elafiti Archipelago
Many tour companies offer day trips to the islands of the Elafiti Archipelago.or Jadrolinija and some private companies run ferries from the Port of Gruz.  Lopud, because of its sandy beach and fifteenth-century architecture, is the most popular (and populated) of the islands.  During the heyday of the Republic of Ragusa, the wealthy merchants and patricians had villas on the Elafiti islands.  Few of the villas remain, but you will understand why the islands were considered prime real estate when you see the secluded coves, crystal blue waters and lush vegetation.
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