This monastery dates back to 1301, and it was built by the citizens of Dubrovnik who were ordered to work on it by the local authorities. The attached museum contains an impressive selection of arts from sixteenth-century Dubrovnik. Museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm in the winter and 9am to 6pm in the summer.
The best views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area are, without doubt, experienced from the top of the Srd Hill. The Dubrovnik Cable Car was built back in 1969 and was always enthusiastically used by more than 2.5 million visitors who wanted to enjoy the most beautiful panoramic views. On a clear day, you can see up to 60 km (37 miles). For this reason the neighbouring Imperial Fortress was strategically built on this privileged spot, back in the early 19th century. It is also possible to get there by car or walking. No matter how you get there, a fantastic view is your reward!
Near Dubrovnik there is the archipelago of thirteen larger and smaller islands and islets known under the common name of the Elafiti. Among them three inhabited islands are of particular interest. Starting from Dubrovnik westwards these are Kolocep or Kalamota (as it is called by its inhabitants), Lopud and Sipan.
These three islands form an array protecting Dubrovnik coast from offshore waves. The layout of their southern cliffs facing the winds is breathtaking while the northern side rests in the calm waters of the Kolocep Channel.
These islands, being a nature park, give pleasure to the eyes and soul of every traveller seeking peace and relaxation. So close and yet so far, so wild and yet tame. On these islands without traffic, surrounded by turquoise blue sea, you can enjoy a walk through the forest paths, rest on sandy and stone beaches, taste fresh seafood in restaurants and taverns. You can soak up the smells of the sea and pine forests mixed with scents of vineyards and olive groves. Here you will find numerous old churches, castles, villas, towers and fortresses from ancient times which testify to their rich and turbulent past. These were the islands of Dubrovnik aristocrats, sailors and captains, fishermen, coral divers and farmers. You are reminded of that at every step and every breath.
There are many simple ways of getting to these islands. They are but 4 – 8 nautical miles away from Dubrovnik. Many excursion boats offer a one-day cruise around the Elafiti while a regular boat line connects them to Dubrovnik several times a day.
If you really want to see the Mediterranean as it once was, and still enjoy the benefits of comfort and safety of modern times you simply must visit the Elafiti. If you enjoy solitude, fishing, diving, rowing or prefer flying a parachute, ride a jet ski, bike ... The Elafiti offer you everything in tune with nature.
Just outside of town this beautiful Renaissance garden is perched on a hillside overlooking the sea. Palm trees, mandarins and grapefruits grow in this wonderful lush garden together with 400-year-old trees with some reaching heights of 50 metres. Particularly well-worth visiting on a sunny day in spring. Open daily from 8am to 3pm in the winter and 8am to 9pm in the summer.
Stunning buildings and a great atmosphere makes the Old Town fantastic to wander around in. The marble-clad streets are some of the most fascinating in the world. The main street, Stradun, begins with an old monastery and ends in a great square.
The whole of the Old Town in Dubrovnik is surrounded by the city walls which served as a defence against attack from the sea. The wall stretches nearly two kilometres and is as high as 25 meters in places. A walk on the walls provides the ideal opportunity to enjoy the medieval and baroque splendours of the Old Town. Open daily from 10am to 3pm in winter and 9am to 7.30pm in summer.
The Maritime Museum is located on the First and Second Floors of Fort St. John’s.The exhibits on the First Floor give an overview of the development of Dubrovnik maritime trade and shipbuilding from its very start to the fall of the Dubrovnik Republic. The exhibits on the Second Floor show the resurgence of maritime trade in Dubrovnik and on the Pelješac Peninsula during the 19th century, as well as the strength of Dubrovnik steamships up until World War II and afterwards.
Dubrovnik’s baroque Assumption of the Virgin Mary Cathedral was built in the 18th century over the earlier Romanesque Cathedral dating to the 12th century, which was destroyed in the great earthquake of 1667. The Treasury inside the cathedral houses 132 relics of saints dating from the 11th to the 19th centuries. The priceless head, arms and leg relics of St. Blaise that were crafted by Dubrovnik goldsmiths date between the 11th and 12th centuries.