Your Friday Escape: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Your Friday Escape:  Dubrovnik, Croatia

Where:  Croatia, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea

Today’s weather forecast:  Sunny, High 92*F, Low 78*F

Population:  42,615 (2011)

Approaching Dubrovnik for the first time, you may sense that you’ve been there before.  It’s ancient stone walls rise from the sea, protecting a city of towers and winding marble streets.  In your mind you hear the crazed laugh of an evil, blond, teenage king.  Yes, Game of Thrones fans, you’ve just arrived in King’s Landing.  Dubrovnik, one of the world’s finest preserved medieval walled cities, fills the role of the capital of the Seven Kingdoms in the wildly popular HBO series.

Things to do:

  • Walk the top of the city walls.  Dubrovnik’s defensive wall dates back to the 9th century and by the 15th century enclosed the entire town.  The 2 km wall rises up to 25 meters high and is 1.5 to 6 meters thick.  Look out to the north from the Minceta Tower and imagine that it’s 600 years ago and it’s your job to watch for invading Turk armies.  On the west side, peer out of the Lovrjenac Fortress over Blackwater Bay, and, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, remember Tyrion Lannister bravely defending King’s Landing from Stanis Baratheon’s bloody naval onslaught.  Look for evidence of shelling by Serb and Montenegrin soldiers during a 7 month siege of the city in 1991.
  • Of course, there’s a Game of Thrones guided tour.
  • Ride the cable car.  For amazing views of the coastline and entire city, take the cable car to the top of Mount Srdj.  Up top, visit the museum to learn about the 1990-95 war with Serbia which broke apart Yugoslavia.
  • Escape the city heat with a visit to Lokrum Island.  A ferry departs every half hour from the harbor in old town for a 10 minute ride to the island.  Wander the forested trails in the shade of oaks, pines and olive trees and watch for tortoises, rabbits and peacocks.  Cool off with a swim at one of its many rocky beaches.  Check out the ruins of a medieval Benedictine monastery and hike to the site of an old fort at the island’s peak.  Bring your own picnic or take a break at the island’s bar or pizza restaurant.

Fun Facts:

  • Dubrovnik, once an independent nation, was the first country to formally recognize the United States when it declared independence from Great Britain.
  • The White House was built with Croatian stone.
  • Croatia’s currency, the Kuna, is named after a small brown rodent.
  • Dalmatian dogs originally came from Croatia’s Dalmatian coast.

Deals:  

Collette, a leading tour provider, offers a 12-night Croatia vacation which includes three nights in Dubrovnik.  Book by 8/15/2015 and save up to $200 per person.  Many cruise lines also stop in Dubrovnik.  Contact me directly at ldharris@cruiseplanners.com for more details.

Happy travels!

Laura a/k/a Travel Tip Girl

 

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