Mediterranean Sea – Dubrovnik

St. Spas Church in Historic city Dubrovnik in Croatia
St. Spas Church in Historic city Dubrovnik in Croatia

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.

Stradun or Main Street
Stradun or Main Street

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.

Dubrovnik View to Sea
Dubrovnik View to Sea

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.

View of Dubrovnik from Atop the Wall
View of Dubrovnik from Atop the Wall

In the following photo there is a stairway that leads you to the top of the wall which encircles the city.

Stairs to the Wall Encircling the Old Town
Stairs to the Wall Encircling the Old Town

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.

Monastery Colonnade
Monastery Colonnade

A close-up of the detail on the columns:

Columns
Columns

The Old Pharmacy Museum has many interesting artifacts from bygone eras. Below is the pharmacy.

First Pharmacy
First 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.

Damaged Buildings are Reminders of the 1991 Shelling
Damaged Buildings are Reminders of the 1991 Shelling

After a wonderful lunch in the old town we traveled by bus to coastline and we had a wonderful view of Dubrovnik.

View of Dubrovnik Peninsula
View of Dubrovnik Peninsula

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.

Cavtat, Seaside Village
Cavtat, Seaside Village
Boat in Cavtat Harbor
Boat in Cavtat Harbor

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.

10 Replies to “Mediterranean Sea – Dubrovnik”

  1. Your great photos of Dubrovnik show a jewel of a city that has every right to the attention its getting!

  2. It used to be you built a wall to protect you from attacks from outside. Nowadays the attacks come from within the wall.

    1. Megan,
      I know, I like that one also. I had fun working with all these photos. I think I like the stone and the nice touches on the columns
      in this city. Kind of untouched by advertisement and chrome.

      Phyllis

  3. Thanks again for the beautiful photo’s. Am still working on mine but hope to have a nice scrapbook when finished. Happy New Year to you and Bob!

  4. I actually liked this blog entry the best because I knew nothing about Dubrovnik and it is lovely. The clay tiles, green palms, buff stone and blue water make a captivating palette. So often cities these days are a mish-mash. Dubrovnik is very appealing to me.

    1. Louise,
      Dubrovnik is relatively new to all the Cruise Lines and tourism in general. So it hasn’t built up all the “mish-mash”.
      It deserves a longer look than we had, for sure.

      Phyllis

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