Beautiful new video shows off Dubrovnik-Neretva County
Famous for its old city, one of the most popular in Croatia, Dubrovnik is a hugely attractive tourist attraction, its streets brimming with people throughout the extended summer the region experiences. Dubrovnik's streets are, of course, not only well-known to its visitors. The city has famously acted as a backdrop for several famous movies and TV shows, not least Games Of Thrones. But familiar architecture is not the only thing Dubrovnik and the surrounding area has to offer. In a new video produced by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board, we get to see a lot more to this unique region. Of course, the video shows the impossibly beautiful old city of Dubrovnik itself, with visitors shown enjoying a casual stroll through narrow alleyways and along its old city walls. But it also shows just how varied stay tourists can have here. From exciting adventure sports to relaxing by the tide, the video shows contrasts such as mixing among the throngs of Dubrovnik's visitors, to more solitary and romantic pursuits. Perhaps the most intriguing section of the video occurs when the camera leaves Dubrovnik and ventures into the much less known Neretva valley area. Its stunning beauty may come as a complete surprise to viewers familiar only with coastal Croatia. The rivers of Neretva are incredibly picturesque, this hinterland region also offering its own ancient monuments and picturesque walks. The famous salt and wine production of the region is shown, both of which tourists are ab
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Avoid the crush: World Cup photographer visits Dubrovnik in September
You've got to admire the dedication of some photographers, especially those who put life and limb on the line while working. Usually, it's war photographers who find themselves in dangerously compromising positions. But South American photographer Yuri Cortez managed to get thrown to the ground not as a result of avoiding gunfire or explosions, but when he famously came into close contact with the Croatian national side at the recent World Cup. A post shared by Yuri Cortez (@yuriyurisky) on Aug 31, 2018 at 3:27am PDT Yuri is a sports photographer and during the semi-final between England and Croatia took up a not unusual position at the pitch side, just behind the Englis goal, where photographers huddle in order to get close action shots. The photographs Yuri managed to take on that night could certainly be called close action. Mario Mandžukić's goal in the game's second half caused the now internationally retired striker to celebrate in front of fans who were sitting behind the English goal. When his teams mates ran over and jumped on him, half of the team spilled over the barrier protecting photographers and the Croatian players ended up celebrating the goal on top of Cortez. Ever the professional, Cortez continued to take pictures of the joyous footballers and captured, across several now-famous pictures, the smiles of the Croatian players, followed by their realisation that they were crushing him and them the outstretched arms of leadin
The perfect picnic spots in Dubrovnik
So what’s the big gastronomic trend of summer 2018? Slow food? Fast food? East-West fusion? No, it’s throwing a blanket on the ground, opening up the hamper, and desperately trying to remember where you put the corkscrew before opening that promising-looking bottle of local wine. The good old picnic is back in fashion. We’re always being told that Croatia is a paradise for traditional, locally-sourced, non-globalized food. The question is how to do it justice. Dubrovnik’s Old Town is frequently hot and crowded, restaurant tables are packed, and prices lean towards the expensive. If you are travelling as a group or as a family, it’s pretty difficult to find a table just when you want one, and the resulting meal could well cost you a fortune. Very often the best way to enjoy the fat of the land is to put it in a rucksack, find somewhere nice to eat it, and take your time enjoying it. The first step on the road to picnic paradise is to head for the local market. Not the market in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, which despite a scattering of fruit and veg is increasingly dominated by souvenirs. Instead follow the locals to the main food market in Gruž, right beside the boat quays. Fresh local produce is piled high on trestle tables, while the pungent waft of seafood drifts over from the adjacent indoor fish market. Stock up on juicy tomatoes and seasonal fruit, most of which has not travelled that far from the place where it was grown. You’ll also find locals selling jars of marinated an
The best Dubrovnik Airbnb stays
A magnificent walled city lapped by the Adriatic, the handsome coastal resort of Dubrovnik is a victim of its own success. Although marvellously romantic, this compact city teems with tourists in the summer months, making an 'authentic' travel experience increasingly hard to come by. Forget the high-rise hotels on the outliers of the city, for something truly unique, look at these impressive Airbnb rentals in Dubrovnik. RECOMMENDED: more great hotels in Croatia
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The most historic monument in Dubrovnik, the Rector's Palace was rebuilt twice. The first, by Onofrio della Cava of fountain fame, was in Venetian-Gothic style, visible in the window design once you ascend the grand staircase to the Rector's living quarters. Thereafter Florentine Michelozzo Michelozzi was responsible for the loggia façade. On the ground floor, either side of a courtyard, are the prison and courtrooms of the Ragusa Republic, and a glittering display of medieval church art. Upstairs, where each Rector resided for his month's stint, is a strange assortment of items: sedan chairs, carriages, magistrates' robes and wigs, portraits of local notables and Ivo Rudenjak's beautifully carved bookcase. One curiosity is the clocks, some set at quarter to six, the time in the evening when Napoleon's troops entered in 1806. The same ticket is valid for the Archeological Collection, a small but attractive collection of medieval carvings as the Rector's Palace) right by Ploče gate.
The attractive, 16th-century former customs house and Ragusa mint is used to house the extensive state archives. Several rooms off the arcaded groundfloor courtyard are used to display photocopies of the archives' most treasured historical documents. A small room opposite the ticket office holds the Memorial Room of the Dubrovnik Defenders. Covering the 12 months from October 1991 (although keen to point out that isolated attacks continued until the summer of 1995), the exhibition contains portraits of the 300 defenders and civilians who died during the siege and the tattered remnant of the Croatian flag that flew atop strategic Mount Srđ.
Between the Sponza Palace and the Ploče Gate, this monastery is best known for its late Gothic cloisters and late 15th-century paintings of the Dubrovnik School in the museum – in particular masterpieces by Nikola Božidarević, including his Our Lady with the Saints. On the walls of the monastery church are a beautiful wooden crucifix by Paolo Veneziano from 1358 and a painting by renowned fin-de-siècle artist Vlaho Bukovac from Cavtat, The Miracle of St Dominic.