Experience the Croatian Coast
The Balkan region of the Mediterranean has seen an influx of visitors in recent years, with many cruise passengers having fallen in love with dramatic natural scenery and local culture. One of the regions to have benefited the most from this increase in visitors is Croatia, particularly the city of Dubrovnik. With its towering city walls and turquoise harbour that is reminiscent of Monte Carlo, it is easy to see why tourists are attracted to the area. Selected Mediterranean itineraries from Pullmantur Cruises can take you to this gorgeous city and provide an opportunity to experience everything it has to offer.
One of the most instantly recognisable features of Dubrovnik is the impressive25 metre-high and 2km long walls, which encapsulate the city. Thought to have been constructed between the 12-17th centuries, these iconic fortifications have protected the city’s residents for hundreds of years. More recently, the city walls and the old city were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Whilst walking atop of the city walls, you will be able to see Fort Lawrence, Fort Revelin and Minceta Fort – which is significant cultural attraction of Dubrovnik.
Whilst echoes of the Croatian War of Independence remain clear in the form of mortar damage and bullet marks, much of the city’s traditional architecture has been maintained. One of the most impressive structures is the bell tower, atop of which sit the ‘Zelenci’ (The Green Ones), which are a series of bronze statues which strike the gigantic bell every hour.
These statues are, however, replicas, although the originals can be seen in the atrium of Sponza Palace. This Gothic Renaissance landmark is one of the few structures to have survived a strong earthquake in 1667 and holds many historic archives. A stroll down some of the narrower streets will take you to a series of small stores, where local artisans craft a series of unique items.
There are many beautiful churches, cathedrals and monasteries worth visiting during a visit to Dubrovnik. The Franciscan Monastery houses a Baroque church, Romanesque cloister, and – interestingly – the third oldest pharmacy in the world. This pharmacy is still operational today and you can buy a series of hand creams and other toiletries which are based on ancient recipes.
The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is significant, as it is thought to have been built following a donation from Richard the Lionheart- who survived a shipwreck whilst returning home from the Third Crusade. Built between 1667 and 1725, the Church of St. Ignatius and the Jesuit College were designed by architect Ignazzio Pozzo and was modelled on the Gesù in Rome.
Of course, if you would rather relax and soak in your surroundings from the Mediterranean coastline, this is also an option. Close to the Old Town is Banje Beach, which is an easy-to-find pebble beach and is a great place to unwind after exploring Dubrovnik’s many significant landmarks. Alternatively, a short 3.5 km journey out of the Old Town will take you to Lapad Beach, which is renowned as one of the most beautiful parts of Dubrovnik.
Throughout the summer, Pullmantur Cruises will offer an extensive choice with a series of itineraries in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Norwegian Fjords and the Baltics. Wherever you decide to travel, you will be able to take advantage of Pullmantur’s all-inclusive package, which includes all drinks, meals, overseas transfers, and flights. If you would like to find out more, contact us via the freephone number above or complete the online enquiry form.Tweet