Our next stop, Dubrovnik, was a surprise on this Cruise. Croatia is not a place that is traditionally known as a cruise port of call. But all that is changing. Cruise lines are stopping there more and more and visitors are finding much to see and do. Take a walk down the Stradun or Main Street and venture down side streets to check the small shops and outdoor restaurants. There are beautiful churches, interesting museums, as well as bazaars and charming shops.
Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea. 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, Dubrovnik is the focus of a restoration project co-ordinated by UNESCO.
The old town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by a wall that was built in the time when the town needed protection from invaders. The wall runs almost 1.24 mi around the city and is wide enough for pedestrian traffic. If you buy a ticket for a guided city walking tour, costing $16.00, you can walk along the wall where you will have wonderful views of the old town and the sea beyond.
In the following photo there is a stairway that leads you to the top of the wall which encircles the city.
A Franciscan Monastery is located within the town walls. The monastery has a museum where you can see original items from one of the oldest pharmacies still in existence, plus an extensive library with manuscripts, a large collection of musical notations and a treasury of artworks. A cloister of the monastery has wonderfully carved columns and frescoes.
A close-up of the detail on the columns:
The Old Pharmacy Museum has many interesting artifacts from bygone eras. Below is the pharmacy.
In 1991 Croatia and Slovenia, which were republics within Yugoslavia, declared their independence. Croatia was attacked and for seven months was the target of shelling and bombing. Dubrovnik was not spared but most of the town has been restored. From the town wall, you can see bombed buildings which have not been rebuilt.
After a wonderful lunch in the old town we traveled by bus to coastline and we had a wonderful view of Dubrovnik.
Our next destination was Cavtat, a beautiful seaside town. In Cavtat, there is a wonderful old church to explore, or take a walk along the waterfront and take pictures of the fishing boats bobbing on the water and have a capuccino in an open-air restaurant.
This was our last port of call before returning to Barcelona for our trip home. We were so happy to see this part of the world, some places were new and some were not but we enjoyed it all.