Discover Dubrovnik, “the Pearl of the Adriatic”26.04.2016
Picturesque sandy beaches, a beautiful rocky coastline, azure-blue sea and sunshine practically all year around: Dubrovnik in Croatia is a unique holiday paradise. The lively old town features historic buildings, a Mediterranean flair and countless excellent cafés, bars and restaurants for strolling, rambling and relaxing. Immerse yourself in the city’s holiday atmosphere and admire the impressive view from a cable-car perspective.
Picturesque beaches and steep cliffs
“If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik”, claimed the Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, after visiting the city. Picturesque sandy beaches and beautiful steep cliffs are what distinguish the Croatian coastline near Dubrovnik. The sea shimmers emerald green to azure blue, the sky is almost always blue and the sun shines on more than 250 days a year at an average annual temperature of 17 °C. The Mediterranean climate makes Dubrovnik an ideal holiday destination even when the weather in Germany is unpleasant. In winter, the orange and lemon trees blossom. The bathing season usually starts as early as April and ends in October or later. And many hotels offer indoor pools which are open all year around.
The historical old town
The historical old town is a monument in its own right: the countless buildings of historical significance, many of them with marble panelling, the abundance of squares, cafés and bars exude a Mediterranean flair. In Dubrovnik, you can look forward to a melting pot of cultures, history and modern life. Declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1979, the city has always been characterised by a wide variety of influences including mariners, merchants, artists and high society. The lively old town is always bustling with life as tourists and locals saunter and stroll along the car-free streets. The busiest street in the old town is Stradun, often also referred to as Placa. Charming cafés, bars and excellent restaurants can be found in the somewhat quieter side streets in particular.
The church dedicated to the city's patron saint, St. Blaise, is worth a particular mention: an impressive Baroque-style building, which also features rich interior design. But you should also visit Europe's second-oldest pharmacy and take a look at the Rector’s Palace.
Another must-see is the city wall with its towers and fortifications. This splendid ensemble is accessible along a distance of around two kilometres and takes you around the entire old town. It also offers a unique view of the old town with its courtyards, narrow streets, domes and towers.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival
The Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Dubrovačke ljetne igre) takes place from 10 July to 25 August and offers numerous dance, music and theatre events.
Above the clouds: crossing over the city by cable car
A glorious view of Dubrovnik is offered by a trip by cable car to the Fort Imperial on Srđ mountain. On a sunny day, this view should not be missed.
Dubrovnik Airport is around 20 kilometres from the old town and is a 30-minute drive by airport express bus. Bus departure times are aligned to the flight schedule. As of 21 May, airberlin will be flying direct from Berlin-Tegel to Dubrovnik every Saturday at 06:25. The new flights can be booked online at www.airberlin.com or by phone on: 0180 6334 334. Eurowings also departs from Berlin-Tegel at 17:55 every Sunday.