Old Port, Dubrovnik
Built from the 14th to the 16th century, this fortress that protects the port's entrance hosts today the Aquarium, the Ethnographic and the Maritime Museums.
We had no time to visit them, which means that... we must return to Dubrovnik!
The Republic of Ragusa earned its wealth trough trade and surely the harbour was a key factor in the economic system. Many structures between Fort St. John and Revelin fort are still preserved, including a 17th century quay which is still in use. The port authority building was turned into a restaurant and apartment house while former wharfs have become restaurants as well. Among them, I would recommend “Lokanda Peskarija” (see restaurant tips).
Though most ships have moved to the modern port of Gruz, the old harbour is still in use as marina as well as landing points for the ferries to Lokrum island.
A breakwater called Porporela evolved into a nice place to sit down and enjoy the view on the harbour and Lokrum island. There are several benches and nearby swimming opportunities (walking along the city wall). Expect that this place is quite popular during the summer season.
I thought this was one of the loveliest areas of the old town. It had several shady seats, great views towards the old town, boat trips, ice-cream sellers and a swimming area. What more could you want?
After walking round the walls we came down at the Dominican Monastery were we had got on. We had a look around the Old Port which is a lovely Medieval Port, In Medieval times the port was closed at night by a chain and wooden beams which were streched between the Forts of St. John and St Luke. closing the port off from any ships.
After walking in the heat all day a short boat tour around the area is a good idea.
You get nice views and a different perspective of the walled city from the sea.
You pass some busy rocky swimming/ sunbathing areas with ladders going
from rocks to the sea as well as some lovely hotels with beach front to make note of
for a return visit.
The opposite side of the Old City Port was protected by the Fortress of Sveti Luka (St. Luke), built in the 14th century by the city engineer Paskoje Milicevic who added a round bastion to it. Prior to the building of the breakwater, the old port was closed at night by a chain and wooden beams which were streched between the Forts of St. John and St Luke.
Construction of Kaša, the breakwater, started in 1484 under the design of P. Milicevic in order to protect the port from southerly winds.
We arrived to Dubrovnik by boat from the new port to the old one! The journey took approximately 40 minutes and the views were stunning of the old port and the fortifications.
The Old port was constructed during the 14th Century where the northern entrance to the 'Ribarnica' was built. The southern entrance is through Ponta Gate leading right to the Rector's Palace. The 'Ribernca' was where an open-air fishmarket was held in the main square. The Old port where a lot of commerical and activity maritime was carried out until the 1500s. In order to protect the city there has been a lot of modifications to port over the centuries.
Today, you can get catch a boat to one the nearby islands and there are sea regattas that are held certain times of the year. Nearby there is the Maritime Museum and the Ethnographic Musuem which are highly recommended.
St. John's Fortress was meant to be the main defense of the city harbour and one of the most important defense fortifications of the city. The first tower of the fort was built in this place in the first halh of the 14th century.
The Old Port of Dubrovnik is the launching area for cruises around the islands off Dubrovnik. Everyday, shiploads of tourists from cruise ships disembark at the Old Port to take in the sights of Dubrovnik.
Completing the walk of the east wall we got to this point of our city walls journey and got a full view of the Old Port and St. John's Fort (which houses the Maritime Museum). If you want to visit the nearby islands you can catch a boat down there.
Charming Dubrovnik is a delight- both the old and modern parts!
Dubrovnik,a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Dalmatia, is positioned at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik.
It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic, a seaport and the center of Dubrovnik-Neretva county. Its population was 43,770 in 2001 down from 49,728 in 1991. In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. (source- WIKIPEDIA)
We took a walking and bus tour of both areas and were mesmerised! The natural beauty we saw was inspiring. Plenty of greeneries, the mountains, lakes and ocean are not too far from each other so you get the best of both worlds!
The only downside I can see is that it is getting to be too touristy- prices are getting dearer than Greece even!
Called Gradska Luka, this is the place to get your tour boats to other islands around Dubrovnik(even though the prices seemed rather high), and well as the cruise ships dock the passengers here from their shuttle tender lorries. The quaint and secure harbor still shows what it could have looked like in past centuries when this was a hub for the trade and distribution of goods on/off ships. There are a number of small boats, and in the morning some locals still go out into the bay to fish.
The port is through the old Arsenal area and behind the Stradun and the bell tower and town hall can be the benchmarks. Toward the end of the harbor is the ethnograph and aquarium and maritime museums that are along the outside wall toward the water end of the harbor.
Dubrovnik's Old Port is clearly too small for anything but pleasure and fishing craft. But during the Middle Ages, it was among the busiest ports on the Adriatic Sea, making the city wealthy and powerful. Heavily fortified, it endured sieges. Today, it's one of Europe's best-preserved medieval ports.
You can't help spending a lot of time in Dubrovnik's Old Harbor. Incredibly picturesque, much of the City's history is tied to the port. Despite the fact that Dubrovnik has been conquered many times over the centuries, trade has always guaranteed its survival.
Now that the behemoth cruise ships and commercial vessels have relocated to the Port of Gruž, the Old Harbor is much more peaceful, albeit still active. Smaller cruise ships anchor out in the bay and ferry the passengers in while water taxis and ferry boats shuttle back and forth to Lokrum and the other nearby islands.The real joy is just hanging out and watching the people and the boats blending seamlessly into this beautiful backdrop.
Intro Photo: I was determined to get this picture postcard photo of Dubrovnik. The shot was taken from the E65 highway above Polče. Everything seemed to cooperate this day. The sky was clear, the water of the Adriatic was an incredible blue, and the Windjammer cruise ship appeared right on que.
Photo 2: This photo was taken from the Porporela, a stone jetty extending beyond the Fort of St John. It was late in the afternoon and the long shadows made the view even more dramatic.
Photo 3: One of my favorite things is watching someone truly comfortable in their trade. This water taxi driver was driving backwards at a pretty good clip, weaving through several other boats, raising a decent wake, and was not the least bit unsure of his skill.
Photo 4: The bales of goods destined for distant shores, piled high on the stone walkways and docks have been replaced with cafe umbrellas and hungry tourist...neither of which diminish the port's lure.
Photo 5: This photo was taken from the city wall at a point near the Fort of St. John.
The old port is right next to the old town. There are lots of tours running out of here, including a glass bottom boat tour. You can also just simply walk around there and look at the waves crashing on the nearby rocks or at the clear water of the marina.