Dubrovnik is a small fortified town in the south of Croatia - more precisely in Dalmatia. it may be small - but in term of interesting places it's incredibly rich - within the old city walls everything that you see is beautiful, memorable, unforgettable The old narrow steeets, the richly ornate palaces, the town's wall and pila gate.... and then again the simple houses, the rocky beaches, the delicious restaurants... everything in this magical city is a highlight!
go and visit Old Town (the Old...
go and visit Old Town (the Old City of Dubrovnik, see picture). From outside it has immense walls - 2km of them, 25 meters high and 2 meters thick, with towers and fortresses.
But, give or take a shopfront and ignoring the streets lighting, the city looks much as it must have 200 years ago. There are no cars and, repair work aside, very little has been built since the 18th century. It is a kind of Venice without the canals: its architecture a mixture of Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque, the white limestone, burnished to a shine over the centuries and the same water-sharpened light.
The best way to get a sense of the Old City as a whole is to walk its walls (the main entrance is near the Pile Gate). From this vintage point, streets that seem labyrinthine on the level appear to form an approximate grid, and you'll get a sense of the layout of the town, its four monasteries, its fountains and campaniles. Better still are are the spectacular views across the deep indigo waters of the Adriatic to the islands beyond. But the sight of so many newly tiled roofs, the small areas of shell-damaged wasteland (damaged by Serbian and Montenegrin forces during 1991. and 1992.) and the occasional pock-marked facade also remind you how much rebuilding there's been.
Dubrovnik is more for wondering around than sightseeing. The main street, also known as Stradun or Placa, is lined with shops and cafés. Sometimes, in the heat of the afternoon, the town seems deserted, but come early evening, when locals take to the streets for the 'korzo' .... the streets are alive with chatter and people trying to tempt you into their resturants.
But only 20 km from Dubrovnik is CAVTAT, the ancient Epidaurum on the Adriatic; Civitas Vetus - predecessor to Dubrovnik, a medievial township constructed after a zoning plan on the slopes of a penninsula with two easily accessible bays.
There is a legend saying that the name 'Cavtat' is associated with the gorgeous Cavtislava, whose father said he would give her to a man who would be the fastest to do four things: construct a peripheral fortification around the town, a big temple in the town, an aqueduct, or bring in a ship loaded with silk. Another legend says that 'Cavtat' derives from the old Croatian verb 'captiti' - 'to blossom', referring to the yellow juniper. The legend relates its doom to the catastrophes, after which the indestructible Cavtat would come back to life again and anew.
When in Croatia enjoy local cuisine, because people along the coast appreciate a good fish, either grilled ('na gradele') or simply cooked ('leso'). There are also plenty of other fish recipes - 'buzara' (fish or shellfish in a special sauce), 'brodet' (similar to Italian 'brodetto'), risottos (don't forget to try 'black risotto') and salads make of fruits of the sea. Excellent menues are usually accompanied by high-quality Croatian wines (famous 'Dingac' from Peljesac), but you also don't want to miss Croatian bradies - 'rakija' (along the coast there are 'loza' and 'travarica') and liquers (in Dalmatia try 'prosek').
When you're invited to 'konoba' (small pub), don't hasitate to come. There you will have the opportunity to savour the best Croatian gastronomy - to taste the thinly sliced 'prsut' with black or green olives washed in the sea, followed with intoxicating wine tasting.
Swim with the locals
Exit the city through the North gate, cross over the plaza and find your way down to the beach, the first beach, under the city wall, is for boats, continue to meander North and look for a discreet doorway on your left, poke your head through and see if there is a beach around the corner. There is a place to dive into the water, a shower, a toilet, a stone beach for little ones and a polo pool floating in te inlet. It is all less than a ten minute walk from the town wall.
Another spot is along the west wall of the city. Find a map, there are two doors that now exist, through the once impenetrable wall. they are tiny doors marked only by signs that say something like "cold drinks". They open up onto the Adriatic, with a small imple cafe at each, and access to the water. They are public and free and not safe during rough seas. At each you will fin places where the locals dive into te water along sde the tourists from cliffs a few feet above the water up to grand 40 foot dives.
Coast - North From Dubrovnik
A trip up the coast will reward travellers with spectacular coastal scenery and pretty villages of red roofed buildings and tall bell-towers. Ideally you should hire a car to properly explore the villages and towns along the coast towards the town of Ston. However from buses along the coast you can still admire the stunning views from the bus as it curves and twists its way through the coastal mountains along the turquoise waters of the Adriatic. Some of the villages you pass on the way, are disgustingly beautiful...if you know what I mean ;)...my disgust stemming from the fact that I was stuck on a bus and not wandering around these gorgeous little sea-side villages on foot. If I was going...or should I say...when I go back I will definitely be hiring a car to explore the Dalmatian coast more freely.
Latino Club Fuego
Latino Club Fuego
works every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 p.m. until 04:00 a.m. offering its guest different program each night. Special parties in Latino Club Fuego are organized for New Year's, St. Vlaho Day, Carnival, Summer Festival Opening Night, Halloween, and other special occasions.
Latino Club Fuego first opened its doors in Jun 2001. In a short period of time it become the most popular club in Dubrovnik. Interesting, carefully designed interior, excellent music, reasonable prices, and pleasant staff make a Latino Club Fuego's visitors become its permanent satisfied guests.