Win a holiday to Dubrovnik with Exante
The weather is cold and gloomy, Christmas is over and now it's time to go back to work. No wonder January feels like the most miserable month of the year. Coupled with Christmas debts and wayside New Year resolutions, January is a hard slog. But here's something to cheer you up. Exante are offering you the chance to win a break in Dubrovnik with four nights in a superior double room at the Kazbek Hotel. Exante's main aim is to inspire and encourage people to lead a healthier and happier life. They offer four tailored diet plans to enable people to either lose or maintain weight and provide help and support every step of the way. The Zamanje family villa (1573) is a five-star hotel of a dozen rooms, one suite, three restaurants and a beautiful outdoor pool with a bar beside it. A speedboat and yacht are on hand for guests' use. To have a chance of winning, you just need to visit the website and purchase either the ‘Two Week Plan’ or ‘Four Week Plan’. The winner is announced on Monday 4 February.
Free weekly English language walking tours of Dubrovnik throughout winter
The Tourist Board of Dubrovnik will this year continue their free walking tour initiative throughout the winter months. The scheme is just one facet of a drive to position the ancient city as a year-round visitor destination. 'Winter Saturday Mornings in the City' begin on 3 November and run until the last Saturday in March 2019. The 90 minute long walking tour will guide visitors through the city's world famous old town and will be conducted in English by an informed guide. The tour will conclude with a free performance by folklore ensemble FA Linđo beginning at 11:30am at he Church of St. Blaise, weather permitting. The city of Dubrovnik is one of Croatia's best attractions, considered a must-see experience by many visiting the country. Its old town, with beautiful city walls and incredibly well preserved old architecture has been the backdrop to many movies and series. As a result, this once independent city state receives a huge amount of tourists in the peak holiday season. Yet Dubrovnik's charms do not diminish in the cooler months. Many regard autumn, winter and spring as the very best times to take in the city, the sometimes overwhelming heat of summer days replaced by a temperature that allows you to saunter around the city at your own pace. A visit during these periods also holds the benefit of being free of the thousands of tourists that can clog routes through the city. They can sometimes remove any sense of tranquility or romance inherent in strolling around D
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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.
The first thing any visitor should fork out for is entrance up to the City Walls. The main one is by the Pile Gate. Arrowed up towards the Adriatic side, you're soon scaling staircases to allow you a sublime view of the blue, blue sea to one side and people's red-tiled roofs, terraces and washing lines to the other. There are a couple of cafes towards the harbour end, where you turn and head towards the thicker, inland-facing walls. You can also choose to head out here, near the Old Port. As well as giving you a perspective on Dubrovnik, you can see how intricate a job this was. Remember to pack a hat and sun cream.
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.