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Dubrovnik Introduction


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Like something out of a picture-perfect fairy tale, the Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia, is a walled medieval city, with drawbridges (used in the 1991-92 war) and 18-ft-/6-m-high gates guarding the main entrances. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, but it's also very much a living, breathing city.   Click here to see the full Dubrovnik travel guide on Travel42 »

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Dubrovnik Geography


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Dubrovnik is a coastal town overlooked by a range of mountains, the largest of which is Mount Srd. Just 3 mi/5 km across the mountains is Bosnia and Herzegovina, and 25 mi/40 km to the southeast is the border with Montenegro. Westward across the Adriatic Sea is mainland Italy.  Click here to see the full Dubrovnik travel guide on Travel42 »

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Dubrovnik History


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The history of Dubrovnik is complex and checkered. Roman and Illyrian (from ancient Albania) remains have been found in Dubrovnik, but the site was more permanently occupied in the seventh century. People from the Roman city of Epidaurum, fleeing the invading Avars, settled on the rocky outcrop south of a marshy channel—this eventually was filled in to become the Stradun, the city's present-day main thoroughfare. On this site, they built a fortified city called Ragusa or Ragusium.  Click here to see the full Dubrovnik travel guide on Travel42 »

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Dubrovnik Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The walled city of Dubrovnik's Old Town is about 1 mi/1.6 km in circumference, but there is no motorized transport within it, so you'll need comfortable footwear for your explorations. Most of the main sites can be seen without negotiating the steps and steep alleyways leading off the main street. Ploce gate allows access to the city without entrance steps.   Click here to see the full Dubrovnik travel guide on Travel42 »

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Dubrovnik Nightlife


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Dubrovnik's nightlife scene is mostly limited to a Mediterranean cafe or bar lifestyle. There are a few nightclubs, a hotel casino and a cinema, but most of the evening action is centered on the city's cafes and bars. Sometimes these establishments have live music, and seasonal music bars and occasional discos are open on the Lapad Peninsula. The larger hotels often have a piano bar, lounge or nightclub located in their facility.   Click here to see the full Dubrovnik travel guide on Travel42 »

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Dubrovnik Restaurants & Dining


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The local food, known as Dalmatian, is classic Mediterranean cuisine, which means that it's mainly seafood: red snapper, squid, cuttlefish, octopus and shellfish. And the preparation couldn't be any simpler—most seafood, fish and vegetables are simply grilled with olive oil, garlic, rosemary and lemon juice. The most popular meat dishes are pork, lamb and veal. Just about every restaurant seems to have a special risotto dish.  Click here to see the full Dubrovnik travel guide on Travel42 »

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