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Dubrovnik

The history of Dubrovnik begins in the 7th century when a small village was established on a little island. Its first inhabitants were the refugees from Epidaurum (today Cavtat) who were escaping from Slavs and Avars. Remains of Epidaurum can still be seen also today under the sea. At that time, they called Dubrovnik, Laus which in Greek means rock. Thanks to that rock divided by a sea channel, they were safe. Later, across from Laus a village was built on the coast rich in little oak trees (dub) and was named Dubrovnik. Stradun, today the central street of the Old Town once was a sea channel! The Republic of Dubrovnik was one of the most prosperous and advanced maritime republics of all time!

     

Dubrovnik city walls (Dubrovacke zidine) are the main attraction of this city. Besides the significant historical value, the scenery is breathtaking up there! Today going on the City walls is even more interesting because visitors can avail of the multi-language guide via sound player.

 

     
Nautical Museum & Aquarium are two more attractions of this nautical city which are well worth of visit. You will discover Dubrovnik's nautical history through the vast collection of boats, sailor's sculptures and paintings. The visit to the Aquarium in the silente stoned interior of the St. John Fort is an event which you will remember!
     
Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Dubrovacke ljetne igre) is a festival of drama, ballet, folklore and music, almost 6 decades old! It is held every year from July 10th to August 25th in squares, parks, forts and islands. Very many well known names appear at DSF: Marin Drzic, Ivo Vojnovic, Shakespeare, Heinrich von Kleist, Sergej Prokofjev, Ramon Vargas, Croatian Baroque Ensemble, Russian Symphony Orchestra... If you are visiting Dubrovnik during DSF, you have to see some of these performances!
 
     
The Rector's Palace Atrium was the centre of the government of the Republic of Dubrovnik. Today it is open for visitors and is one of the important Dubrovnik Summer Festival locations. The Atrium made of stone has excellent acoustics that is suitable for solists, trios, quartets and orchestras.
     
Lokrum Island - just a few minutes by boat from the Old port, is visible on almost every picture and postcard of Dubrovnik. Today it is an oasis of green vegetation and peace. At Lokrum you will experience the beauty, variety and fragrancy of the Mediterranean vegetation. Boats from the Old port depart every half hour.
 
     
The Dubrovnik apothecary in the Franciscan Monastery was the first chemist in the Balkans and the second in Europe. It is a building of great historical value, with original furniture and pharmacy pots and accessories. Definitely worth a visit.
     
The Folk ensamble Lindo (Linšo) was founded more than 40 years ago. The variety of songs and dances from all Croatian regions is a sufficient reason to give yourself a night of folklore. Your reward will be an energetic and enjoyable show performed by boys and girls who are clearly proud of their traditions and take great pleasure in their performance. Lindo always gets long applauses accompanied by several encores and this is the best indicator that Lindo can set the audience on fire again and again.
 
     
Note:  All the Museums and the Dubrovnik city walls have opening and closing times. It is advisable to check these opening and closing hours before visiting any of the museums or sites. You can get all the information about Dubrovnik, tickets and opening hours of the Museums from the Dubrovnik Tourist Board by e-mail info@tzdubrovnik.hr or calling +385 20 323 887 (if in Dubrovnik, dial just 323 887). Enjoy your stay in Dubrovnik!