Thursday, 27 September 2012 3:20 PM
There is a reason why Dubrovnik is dubbed the Pearl of the Adriatic, and you can see for yourself what all the fuss is about when you book a good deal for a sailing holiday to Croatia. Located on the Dalmatian coast, the city is the ideal starting point for a yacht getaway around the country and its stunning islands.
However, before you make your escape to a secluded beach and stretch of water on one of Croatia's nearby isles, ensure you explore everything Dubrovnik has to offer. You won't regret it, and you'll no doubt be glad of the fact your yacht charter will start and end here, as there will lots of other attractions you will want to see before you fly home.
Below is a guide to some of the must-see places in the city.
The medieval walls of Dubrovnik are one of the first things you will notice upon your arrival, while they will also be one of the last structures you see as your yacht makes its onward journey. You can walk all the way along the walls, completing a full circuit of Dubrovnik, and this is certainly a great way to enjoy the stunning views and to spot all the various attractions along the way.
You will definitely burn plenty of calories walking along the walls, as they stretch for 1,940 m. With so many mouth-watering dishes being served at restaurants and cafes along the way, you'll be glad of the chance to exercise! In addition, you will also have plenty of opportunity to seek some solace from the warm Mediterranean sun and grab a cool drink.
The Old Town of Dubrovnik enjoys UNESCO World Heritage Status thanks to its stunning mix of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance monasteries, fountains and churches. You can easily spend an entire day getting lost in the romance of it all, and you might not even realise that many of the buildings were damaged by an earthquake in 1667, such is their beauty.
UNESCO has highlighted several buildings as being especially worthy of a mention, such as the Baroque church of St Blaise, who is the patron saint of the city. There is also Sponza Palace, which used to be the customs house.
The city's past as a popular trading post led to this building being created by Paskoje Milicevic, who was the head engineer of the Dubrovnik Republic. Work started in 1516 and the stonework and carving was done by a Korcula family who was highly regarded for its sculptor and building expertise.
Another highlight of the Old City is the Franciscan Monastery. The earthquake in 1667 caused a lot of damage to the structure and the attached church was destroyed. However, remains show how beautiful the church used to be, and you can see its southern doors complete with a sculpture of the Pieta. This is a statue of the Virgin Mary holding the dead body of her son, Jesus Christ.
This famous street, which is also known as Place, is a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. This is the main throughway in the city and is wonderful to stroll along, especially during the evenings when the buildings are elegantly lit up.
It was built following the 1667 earthquake in order to help give Dubrovnik a makeover, and it has certainly done the trick. The street used to be lined with palaces, but following the damage, they were replaced with houses with shops on the ground floor.
As such, it is here where you will find souvenirs, outfits for your yachting holiday and any other essentials you might need.
The Revelin fortress is constructed outside of the medieval walls and is not quite rectangular in shape. You will find it located in front of the Ploce Gates, and this was to provide additional defence to the city should it be attacked by Venice.
Complete with three moats, a lot of time and effort was put into the building of the fortress, and all private and public works across Dubrovnik were abandoned in the middle of the 16th century in order to help quickly put up the defence.