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The southern-most city in  Croatia, stretched along the incredibly blue Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is certainly the best known jewel of the Croatian tourism, described once upon a time by the writer George Bernard Shaw, saying "Those looking for the Heaven on the Earth must come to Dubrovnik". The old town walls with towers from the 15th century surround the historical city center, pronounced the protected monument of the UNESCO World Heritage, in 1979. Ideally located, under the name Ragusa, since the 12th century it used to be a rich and powerful Republic, even having a huge fleet of trading ships in the 16th century, but a catastrophic earthquake destroyed it in 1667. However, the town was reconstructed and shines today in its full beauty and wealth.

In this and such Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Tourist Board hosted journalists from Serbia, featuring it as a desirable tourism destination,nominated by the World Travel Award 2011 in several categories, among which the most important ones are The Leading European Tourist Destination (24,000 beds, 43 hotels, private accommodation, hostels, camping sites, links in the ACI Marina Miho Pracat, charter ships) and the Leading European Cruising Destination (in 2010, Dubrovnik was visited by about 960,000 guests from cruising ships).

The kind hosts informed the Serbian journalists of this city, providing the tourists with countless opportunities, from enjoying the Stradun walks, the walls and the corn of the Old Town, the funicular railway climbing to the Srđ Hill, with the view from it to almost all Elaphite Islands (Greek elaphos = deer, the shape they get when looked from the air) a visit to Trsteno and Ston Fortress, visits and wine tasting in Đurovića Cave, just under the departure lane of the Ćilipi Airport, relaxing in the shade of Konavoski Castles, with ham, goat cheese and the local white or red wine, letting the senses enjoy the gastronomic offer in one of the restaurants, such as Nautica, under Lovrijenac, the panoramic restaurant on the Srđ Hill, Orsana on the Gruž, Klarisi at Stradun, or Villa Koruna in Ston, with the sea food specialties , especially oysters, fish, a carob cake and other tasty food.

Dubrovnik was for centuries a place visited by salesmen, explorers, unexpected guests, travel describers. Thus, in 1897, the Grand Hotel Imperial was constructed as the first luxurious modern hotel, with all facilities of the contemporary civilization. The present tourists have got the opportunity to use with even more hedonism the advantages of the luxurious hotels, such as Villa Dubrovnik, Importanna, More, Argentina, Excelsior, Hilton, Radisson Blu, Admiral, Kazbek and others, in which the prices vary from several tens to several thousands Euros per person daily, but also the opportunity to spend a week in a three star private accommodation for EUR.200, take food in a chosen restaurant, visit museums and fortresses and drive by the town transportation.
Anyway, whether considered as another outstanding attraction on the Mediterranean cruising, or like George Bernard Shaw as 'the Heaven on the Earth', Dubrovnik is certainly a city that does not leave anyone indifferent and this fact should be enjoyed by the open mind and full senses.



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1. The City Walls with Fortresses
One of the best preserved fortifications in Europe, 1,940 meters long, including five fortresses: Minčeta - the symbol of Dubrovnik defense, Bokar, St. Ivan, Lovrijenac and Revelin - the best known places of holding the Dubrovnik Summer Games, 16 towers and bastions.

2. The Fortress Lovrijenac

The symbol of Dubrovnik's freedom, with the famous inscription above the entrance: NON BENE PRO TOTO LIBERTAS VENDITUR AURO (The Freedom is not sold for any gold in the world), is today a summer stage, mostly for William Shakespeare's works.

3. Stradun

The best known walking place, the widest and most beautiful city street, built at the end of the 9th century, with the Onofrio Fountain, the bell tower with a clock, built in 1444, the Gothic-Renaissance Sponza Palace, keeping its original look up to date and the Orlando Column with the face of a Medieval Knight.

4. Churches
The best known ones are the Baroque Church of St. Blaise, dedicated to the Dubrovnik protector, St. Blaise, the small heritage St. Saviour's Church near the Franciscan Monastery, including the oldest pharmacy, founded in 1317. The Dubrovnik Cathedral, originally built from the funds provided by the English King Richard the Lion's Heart. The St. Dominique Church, including a Titian's painting featuring the Dubrovnik protector, St. Blaise, St. Maria Magdalena and the Engel Raphael.
5. Squares
Marin Držić, Ivan Gundulić and Ruđer Bošković Squares.

6. The Island of Lokrum

According to a legend, just on the Lokrum Richard the Lion's Heart was saved from a shipwreck, when he returned from the Crusaders War. At present, it is called 'The Island of Those in Love'.

7. Trsteno

Situated about twentz kilometers east from Dubrovnik, it is famous for the Arboretum, history, a unique collection of the Medieval and exotic plant types and the fountain with the Baroque Neptun.

8. Elaphite Islands
From the 13 Elaphite Islands, only three are populated.

9. The Srđ Hill

Srđ is 413 m high and a modern funicular railway takes you to it, the Imperial Fortress and the opportunity to see quite clearly the whole Dubrovnik panorama and the islands.

10. The City Harbor and Lazaretti
Lazaretti, the historical place of defense from the pest in the Dubrovnik Republic, is currently a place for various art and craft workshops, stage and famous restaurants.