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Dubrovnik, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also known as the pearl of the Adriatic, which is truly a fitting description. Its name means “oak tree forest” and the history of its walls go back to the 7th century. This elegant fortified city, surrounded by the ocean, has served as shelter to vast empires. The light shines a blue shimmer upon the houses and the monuments, and, as you pass through its streets, you feel like being in an open-air museum. The Dalmatian coast spreads out from here in its splendour and incredible beaches, some still liberated from the touristic masses. Here history and modern life blends in perfection. Enter the city through the majestic Pile Portal, which impressive architecture was used for the scenery for the famous TV show, Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik is an ode to culture and must not be missed.
Main City Zagreb
Surface 21.35 km²
As you pass through the historic old town of Dubrovnik there is no doubt that you will be captivated by all its marvellous sights. One of the buildings that has the most charm both for its façades as well as the museum and the library that are hosted within, is the Franciscan Monastery. The gothic styled main portal was damaged in an earthquake in 1667 and was restored in Baroque style. This monastery also has served as a pharmacy and hospital one can learn about the traditional remedies and cures as well as wander around among more than 70.000 books. Its 1200 original manuscripts make it into one of the most important libraries in the Europe. Walk through the silent corridors as the sun filters in and simply feel the peace and live the peace.
The closest island to Dubrovnik, just 700 meters away, is Lokrum, a paradise full of cypresses, pine forest, peacocks and exotic flowers. If you are a nudism aficionado here on this island you may practise it naturally. You are really close to the city, although it is odd, you feel really far away. The landscape is so beautiful it hurts! Go diving in its crystal clear waters and visit the wonderful Mare Muorto lake. And keep in mind; the legend says that him/her that sleeps on the Lokrum Island never come back. A bit further away, one hour and a half away, there is another island well worth the visit: Mljet, which encompasses a multitude of enigmas. This is the island where Ulysses suffered the spells of the nymph Calypso during seven years as told by the Odyssey. Get inside its mysterious forests and feel how nature vibrates and make you vibrate with it.
As you are walking around inside the wall you might very well find this, surprising, door. Follow the stairs to find a bar, literally embedded in the mountain, with views to the sea. You are not dreaming, actually you are in a typical bar in this city. “Buza” means hole and in this case it literally means a hole in the rock. It is not easy to find the entry; there is only a sign that says “Drinks”, although perhaps you will run into it by accident, as through pure mystery. Enjoy a drink or an Ozujsko (local Croatian beer) while you enjoy the blue scenery. By the way, it is useful to know that it is custom to give a little tip in Dubrovnik. Once you are done with your drinks try go for a dip in the sea. And beyond anything else, relax until you forget your name!