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DUBROVNIK Summer 2010

The Jewel of the Adriatic

With festivals aplenty, see how this city transforms into a summer stage.


Discover this island paradise filled with history and stunning bays.

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Contents Arriving in Dubrovnik


Where the action is

Introducing Dubrovnik


What’s it all about?



Don’t get caught with your trousers down

Culture & Events


Renaissance art to island reggae

Where to stay


Home sweet home



Enjoy the riches



Where to watch the world go by



When you just gotta boogie

What to see

Mail & Phones


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Those sights explained


A traditional folklore event that takes place in the little village of Čilipi, in the Konavle region. It lasts from Palm Sunday until the beginning of November and is held every Sunday at 11:15, immediately after holy mass.

Getting around


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Climbing, diving and horseback riding



Take a little piece of my heart

Business Directory


Banks and stuff

Lifestyle Directory


Important numbers

Dubrovnik Neretva County


Out and about around the city

Maps & Index

One of the first spectacular sights that greets you when you enter Stradun from the Pile Gate is the Great Onofrio Fountain, with its huge central dome and sixteen water taps all around.

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FOREWORD As fortified seaside towns at the foot of mountains go, Dubrovnik is a unique and amazing place. Indeed your first glimpse of the town - especially when descending along the airport road - can easily turn out to be a heart-stopping, love-at-first-sight experience. However the bitter part of the Dubrovnik pill is that the rest of tourist-land has discovered the place too, and the chances of an intimate encounter with the city’s charms seem disappointingly slim when you first arrive. The modern curse from which Dubrovnik suffers most is that demonic form of travel known as the cruise liner. Huge floating hotels arrive daily at the port of Gruž, emitting crowds of dazed passengers who then swarm through the Old Town like a biblical plague. Eventually however the herd stampedes back towards its ships, and it’s as afternoon fades into evening that Dubrovnik really comes into its own. Strolling around the Old Town, you’ll notice residents exchange greetings from wooden-shuttered windows, or children playing ball games only yards away from the outdoor tables of fancy restaurants. If you’re lucky enough to be renting rooms in the Old Town, you’ll probably be on “dobar dan” terms with the neighbours after the first day or so.

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Cover story The Dubrovnik Summer Festival was first instituted in 1949, so in 2010 the festival celebrates its 61st birthday. It’s an extravaganza of classical music, folk culture, theatre, film, dance and more taking place over 47 days. The dazzling Croatian and international line-up attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world every year, filling the city’s streets with life. It’s a glamorous affair: you may well spot a celebrity or two, and at Festival time, Dubrovnik’s nightlife really is in its element.

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ARRIVING IN DUBROVNIK Tourist information Tourist Information Centres

Grad 1 C-2, Široka1, tel. (+385-20)

32 35 87,, Q Open 08:00 20:00. July, August Open 08:00 - 22:00. Grad 2 D-2, Sv. Dominika 7, tel. (+385-20) 31 20 11,, www. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. Gruž I-2, Obala Stjepana Radića 32, tel. (+38520) 41 79 83,, www. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. Lapad G-2, Šetalište kralja Zvonimira 3, tel. (+38520) 43 74 60,, www. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00.

Tourist Boards Dubrovnik Tourist Board D-2, Sv. Dominika 7, tel.

(+385-20) 32 38 87,, www. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board I-3, Vukovarska 24, tel. (+385-20) 32 49 99, info@, QOpen 08:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

By boat There are two harbours in Dubrovnik - the centuries old harbour snug against the walls of the Old Town, or the commercial port at Gruž. The Jadrolinija ferry office and quay are at Gruž, a ten minute bus ride from the Old Town. Many grumble it’s not the most attractive place in the world, but there are plenty of amenities for weary travellers. Hotel Petka right behind the quayside has great food, good accommodation and you can take a bath or shower there. There’s a fruit market, a large Konzum supermarket, and loads of small shops and travel agencies etc. The port looks onto the Lapad peninsula, where many of Dubrovnik’s hotels are located. Getting to town: hop on an orange bus number 1A, 1B or 8. A ticket for a single trip costs 8kn if you buy it from a news kiosk, 10kn if you buy it on board. Tickets must be cancelled in the machine next to the driver immediately on boarding.

By bus The city has a new coach station close to the Gruž harbour. Sparkling clean, it’s a short walk from the ferry terminal at Gruž with all its amenities. Ticket office: open 05:30 - 22:30, tel. 060 30 50 70 for information. Changing money: head east for Gruž habour, where there are ATMs and exchange bureaux. Toilets: inside the terminal, cost 3kn. Left luggage: the garderoba works 04:30 - 22:30, 5kn per hour, every next hour you pay 1,5kn. Public phones are on the platform. Shops and cafes: there is a news kiosk, plus a large Konzum supermarket next door (open 07:00 - 20:00). Getting to town: buses to town stop right outside the station, take lines 1A or 1B. Tickets cost 10kn from the driver and 8kn if you buy it in kiosk or in a ticket office. Taxis wait by the platform, or call 0800 1441, 970.

By car For the time being, there is no motorway to Dubrovnik. Considering how narrow non-motorway roads are, you’re safest sticking with the motorway as far as Split. Do be aware

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that during weekends approaching August, all roads become catastrophically busy, especially at borders, motorway toll booths and tunnels. Avoid weekends! To approach Dubrovnik, you can either travel: Via Split: From Split, follow signs for Dubrovnik leading you inland. (Avoid the coast road passing through Omiš, a terrible bottleneck). Just south of Metković you pass through a corridor belonging to Bosnia and Herzegovina, so keep your passport or ID card handy. Via Bosnia and Herzegovina: You can enter “BiH” from the A3 (E70) heading east from Zagreb, or one of the roads heading south from Hungary. Of the possible routes, Bosanska Gradiška - Banja Luka - Jajce - Mostar is probably quickest, but you may wish to take a detour through the fair city of Sarajevo. When you get into Dubrovnik, a one way system leads east and west of the Old Town - try to have a map handy! Check out the Croatian Automobile Club website at for traffic information.

By plane Čilipi Airport is located 20km southeast of Dubrovnik. It’s small, clean and functional. There is a restaurant and café, plus information, exchange offices and ATMs, a post office and car hire facilities are all to be found in the arrivals hall. Parking costs 40kn for the first 24 hours, and 2kn per hour thereafter. The pay machine for the car park is in the arrivals hall and accepts credit cards. Getting to town: Scheduled flights are met by an Atlas bus which trundles into town (35kn one-way), dropping off at Pile Gate (main entrance to the Old Town) before proceeding to the ferry port and the bus station. Municipal buses no. 11 and 27 also connect the airport to the town centre (15kn), but only run a few times a day. A taxi ride into town will cost 200 - 250kn. Dubrovnik Airport, Čilipi, Konavle, Flight info tel 77 33 33,

By train Although Dubrovnik was once served by a scenic narrowgauge railway, avid train-spotters will be dismayed to learn that the track was pulled up long ago. Those who are determined to travel by rail can still catch a train to either Split (services from Zagreb), or Ploče (services from Zagreb, Sarajevo and Mostar) before continuing their journey by bus.

Basic data Population: Croatia (April 2001): 4,437,460 Dubrovnik Neretva County: 122.870 Dubrovnik (April 2001): 30.436 Territory: Croatia’s land territory takes up 56,542km2. It borders with Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia & Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and there is a sea-border with Italy. Dalmatian coast: The coast is the main tourist attraction for good reason - the crystal clear waters are some of the most beautiful on the planet and were just named some of its most pure! Dubrovnik Neretva County: Dubrovnik Neretva County measures 1.783km2, of which roughly half is sea. Islands: An amazing 1.246 islands lie off the Dalmatian coast, 47 of them inhabited. Climate: Mediterranean Local time: Croatia is part of the Central European Time Zone (GMT+1): when it is noon in Dubrovnik it is 12:00 in Berlin, 11:00 in London, 06:00 in New York, 14:00 in Moscow, and 21:00 in Sydney.

It’s easy to understand why the people of Dubrovnik are proud of their city – it just takes one look. It takes a little more effort, however, to understand how deeply this pride runs, and how many, how varied and how rich and justified are the reasons for this pride. And, thank goodness, it manifests itself in a way that is very easy to love: the people of Dubrovnik are known for their gallantry and hospitality. It’s not an empty or boastful pride. Why does the city look the way it does? Why all those walls and bastions? It was first of all a refugee colony for the people of Epidaurum (today’s Cavtat), who fled from invading Avar and Slav tribes. At that time the land south of Stradun, as the main thoroughfare through the Old Town is popularly called, was an island, offering some protection from attack, but, of course, the walls began to rise giving those first fearful citizens their shelter. That was in the 7th century. At that time, these lands were under the protection of Byzantium. Following the Crusades, Venice took over, and then the Croatian-Hungarian kingdom. But in the 14th century, by the force of skilled diplomacy, the nobles of Dubrovnik bargained their freedom, and this became a city-state which flourished for four centuries, maintaining independence from feared invaders such as the Turks, and, indeed, cultivating profitable relations with them. The skill of the people of Dubrovnik in trade and in many other areas led to this tiny city state, then known as the Republic of Ragusa, becoming such a powerful force in the Adriatic that

it seriously rivalled Venice’s dominance in the region. And during the heyday of the city’s development, art and culture flourished, leading to a love for harmony in one’s surroundings, a love of music, and a love of literature which much shaped the language of Croatian that we can hear today. This love of beauty is visible with every step in the Old Town, this living museum and famous World Heritage site. It can be seen in the galleries, on the theatre stages, and in its annual culmination at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, this year held for the 61th time. It can also be heard – this is a city of music too, of classical music, but also taking care of the folk vernacular of the coast and hinterland. Beauty is only skin deep, and this will to harmonise also manifested itself in a rather liberal political system which, for example, abolished slavery at a very early stage (1418). And alongside this respect for humanitarian concerns naturally came, the love of freedom. That’s why you’ll so often see the word “Libertas” emblazoned on everything from flags to the sides of buses. It’s hard to believe that this miraculous freedom of the tiny Republic of Ragusa, and this economic and political might lasted all the way to the beginning of the 19th century when the Dubrovnik nobles were tricked by Napoleon to letting his armies into the city in 1806. So it’s no surprise that the sense of individuality and collective pride is still so strong. It results, happily for visitors, in a very unique, visible and well-preserved culture that’s a joy to uncover.

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GLOSSARY National holidays January 1 January 6 April 4 April 5 May 1 June 3 June 22 June 25 August 5 August 15 October 8 November 1 December 25 December 26

New Year’s Day Epiphany Easter Easter Monday International Workers' Day Corpus Christi Anti Fascist Resistance Day Statehood Day Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day Feast of the Assumption Independence Day All Saints’ Day Christmas Saint Stephen’s Day

Make friends? Just click! Customs All major items brought into the country (laptops, boats, sauna equipment) must be declared; to do so ensures you will be allowed to take them back when you leave. Keep your receipts (500kn minimum on one receipt) in order to qualify for a VAT refund at all border customs offices. To breeze through customs you can import up to 200 cigarettes, 1 litre of strong alcohol and 2 litres of wine, liqueur or champagne. There are no limits on export; however it does depend on the country you’re flying into from Croatia. Any Croatian art or cultural works must receive export approval before departure. It is issued by the conservatory department of the Ministry of Culture at C. Zuzorić 6 (C-3, Open 08:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Tel. 020 32 31 91). For further details or call 01 610 23 25 / 01 610 24 61.

Electricity The electricity supply is 220V, 50hz, so visitors from the United States will need to use a transformer to run electrical appliances.

Health & Safety The Dalmatian coast is safe and secure, but a cautious eye should be kept on one’s belongings at all times, nevertheless. The Police (policija) are generally helpful in times of crisis; keep in mind that they also perform occasional checks of identity documents, so keep some identification on you at all times.

Money There are plenty of exchange offices around Dubrovnik, as well as an abundance of ATMs that operate twenty-four hours a day. Many restaurants, bars and cafés accept credit cards, but not all, so be sure to have a reasonable amount of cash on you. If you’re planning a trip to one of the islands in the area, you should definitely plan ahead and carry the amount of cash you think you’ll need for the trip, as finding places that let you put it on plastic could be a problem.

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Public toilets are few and far between - a far better option is to take the excuse to pop into a cafe for a drink and avail yourself of their facilites. There is a public toilet in the street Iza grada, just behind the city walls near the Pile gates. They’re Turkish style (squatty) but clean - and free.


If you’re under 24 years of age, the 0.0% alcohol rule applies to you. If you are, however, over that age, a limit of 0.5% applies to you, effective June 1, 2008. Once again, we’ll leave it to others to debate the pros and cons of this change, but given the mountainous terrain along the coast, this law will probably save lives. And the police are enforcing it. Speed kills more people on Croatian roads than alcohol does. Speed traps are common along the Adriatic highway and speed patrol cars have been introduced on the motorways. The speed limit in urban areas is 50kph unless otherwise marked; 80kph on secondary roads and 130kph on highways. On the spot fines are payable for offences. If you are stopped for any reason, you will be expected to show your driving licence, car registration papers and insurance certificate, so make sure to always keep them with you.

Tipping Generally, Croatian people are not overly concerned about tipping, but seeing how you’re a visitor to the country and all, you can practice some small-time diplomacy and throw a bit of goodwill to your server. Croatian people typically round their bill up to the nearest whole number when they want to tip, but leaving 10% for the staff’s efforts seems like a classy thing for a visitor to do, doesn’t it?

Water Tap water is absolutely safe for drinking.

01.05 Saturday - 28.07 Wednesday

Troubled Islam: short stories from troubled societies C-2, War Photo Limited, Antuninska 6, tel. (+385-20) 32 21 66, Zijah Gafić, a photographer from Bosnia, has put together a series of photographs documenting the aftermath of war in Palestine, Iraq, Ossetia, Chechnya, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan and his native homeland. He captures the aftermath, the loneliness, and the struggle to restore some kind of daily order in the lives of those shattered by war, and turned by violence.

18.05 Tuesday - 18.08 Wednesday

Posters - Witnesses to Dubrovnik’s newer past B-3, Ethnographic Musem Rupe, Od Rupa 3, tel. (+38520) 32 30 13. See the history of a historic city via scores of posters as gathered from 1918 until 1995. The Museum of Contemporary History, will for the first time, publicly present these so called artefacts that in many ways were ‘the mirror of society’. The posters reflect on the political, economical and cultural situation of the region, whilst at the same time combine artistic components and aesthetical features of an art piece.

18.05 Tuesday - 31.12 Friday

Zelenci - Dubrovnik’s restored heritage

D-3, Rector’s Palace, Pred dvorom 1. One of the many historical and cultural beauties of this old city are the Renaissance Zelenci, bronze statues of men with a greenish shade who have been ticking the clock on the city’s tower bell for centuries. Due to wear and tear, the statues were taken down and have now been restored to their former glory of 1477. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00.

01.06 Tuesday - 21.06 Monday

Marko Ercegović: The small changes

D-2, Sebastian Gallery, Sv.Dominika 5, tel. (+385-20) 32 14 90, A photo exhibition by the young artist of photography and video from Dubrovnik.

01.06 Tuesday - 30.06 Wednesday

Neda Kuzek

B-3, Artur Gallery, Od Domina 2, tel. (+385-20) 32 37 73. Small format collages.

24.06 Thursday - 13.07 Tuesday

Damir Fabijanić

D-2, Sebastian Gallery, Sv.Dominika 5, tel. (+385-20) 32 14 90, A photo exhibition by famous Croatian photographer, renowned even outside of Croatia.

01.07 Thursday - 31.07 Saturday

Ante Bergam

B-3, Artur Gallery, Od Domina 2, tel. (+385-20) 32 37 73. An exhibition of city miniatures - oil on canvas.

15.07 Thursday - 04.08 Wednesday

Iris Lobaš

D-2, Sebastian Gallery, Sv.Dominika 5, tel. (+38520) 32 14 90, An exhibition representing the works created by this young sculptress from Dubrovnik.

01.08 Sunday - 31.08 Tuesday

Tony Robinson

B-3, Artur Gallery, Od Domina 2. Dubrovnik city landscapes, oil on canvas.

Take a hike!

06.08 Friday - 23.08 Monday

Zoltan Novak

In Dubrovnik, the first walk you have to take is around the city walls, but that’s for babies, only two kilometres. After that, a favourite walk is around the Lapad peninsula, or to the top of one of its highest points, Velika or Mala Petka. Very much more demanding is a walk up Mount Srđ (412m) – a two hour climb, but with the prospect of the city laid out at your feet as your reward. Konavle has some good walking routes taking in villages, peaks, remains and coastal vistas: pop into the tourist office in Cavtat for a map.

D-2, Sebastian Gallery, Sv.Dominika 5, tel. (+38520) 32 14 90, An exhibition by the famous Zagreb painter of the mid generation.

25.08 Wednesday - 13.09 Monday

Lucija Perojević Pandžić

D-2, The White Salon of the Sebastian Gallery, Sv.Dominika 5, tel. (+385-20) 32 14 90, galerija. An exhibition of ceramics.

25.08 Wednesday - 13.09 Monday

Vladimir Pandžić

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Jagoda Buić

B-3, Artur Gallery, Od Domina 2, tel. (+385-20) 32 37 73. Gouaches.

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D-2, Sebastian Gallery, Sv.Dominika 5, tel. (+38520) 32 14 90, An exhibition of paintings by the Zagreb academic painter who lives and works in Osijek.

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CULTURE & EVENTS Dubrovnik Symphonics

The Linđo

This professional orchestra travels extensively but when it comes to summer time there’s no place like home, and that is why visitors will have the opportunity to see them perform live. Their repertoire includes Dubrovnik classics from the 18th century, especially composers Luka Sorkočević and Ivan Mana Jarnović. They often perform at the Rector’s Palace so keep an eye out.

The Linđo Folk Ensemble One of Croatia’s finest exports, the Linđo folk ensemble is ready to dance its socks off for you every Monday and Friday during the tourist season from 15.05 - 10.07 and from 26.08-15.10. High-spirited energetic performances with amazing costumes and haunting song will echo through Lazareti, starting at 21:30. The complete schedule can be seen at

21.05 Friday - 01.09 Wednesday

Biodiversity in a Photograph

C-4, Dubrovnik Natural History Museum, Androvićeva 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 48 88. Professional biologists and photographers as well as the odd first timer have joined forces in delivering a visual exhibit that demonstrates their love for nature. A total of 46 authors both local and international present photographs taken by light and electronic microscope, as well as macro photos of amphibians, various reptiles, birds, mammals, plants and sea animals, captured in their natural habitat.

27.06 Sunday - 03.10 Sunday

Alberto Giacometti (1901 - 1966)

L-5, Dubrovnik Art Gallery, Frana Supila 23, tel. (+38520) 42 65 90. If art is your passion then this will surely enthrall you. See the original works of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century with 154 art pieces, including sculptures, paintings and lithographs. Witness the different cycles of this Swiss artist’ works, which are completely individualistic in expression, spirit and style.

Special events 11.06 Friday - 30.09 Thursday

Art Pavilion - Your Black Horizon

Lopud Island, After its huge success at the Venetian Biennal, the T-BA21 foundation chose the rich and ancient island of Lopud as home to its modern Pavilion. Now in its fourth year, this windowless pavilion continues to present a thin horizontal line of light, which endlessly runs around the dark given space. Bear witness to how the light naturally changes its spectrum from sunrise to sunset. QOpen 11:00 - 19:00. Admission free.

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02.07 Friday - 06.07 Tuesday

The 6th Libertas Film Festival

Banje beach, Lapad beach, Jadran summer cinema, See the stars under the stars, as this wonderful outdoor festival presents over 90 short and feature films from around the world. Special themes include ‘Film and Food’ dedicated to gastronomy and cooking, ‘Russian cinematography’ for that artistic spirit, and the misty yet ever so popular ‘Midnight Madness’ featuring thriller and horror films. It’s moonlight cinema at its best!

10.07 Saturday - 25.08 Wednesday

Dubrovnik Summer Festival One of the oldest European festivals with over 80 national and international music, drama and dance performances shown over 7 sizzling summer weeks. In its 61st edition, this event has all the grandeur with renaissance venues such as the Lovrijenac Fortress and the Rector’s Palace that bestow a captivating ambience. 2000 artists will show you how the Old City turns into a stage.

23.07 Friday - 25.07 Sunday

Marco Polo Fest

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Korčula, Korčula island, Step back in time and celebrate at this festival of song and wine, it was established in honour of Marco Polo who was born on the island. The 3 day event begins with a ‘wine fiesta’, the second evening is dedicated to ‘pop melodies’ whilst the finale is fittingly titled ‘melodies of Marco Polo’. Wine from all over the world is sampled so dig in for some fine wine tasting and fun.

27.08 Friday - 03.09 Friday


The 6th Le Petit Festival du Theatre

Dubrovnik Ar t Gallery (Umjetnička galerija Dubrovnik) L-5, Frana Supila 23, tel. (+385-20) 42

D-3, Marin Držić Thetare, Pred Dvorom 1, www.www. Named in honour of local legend and playwright Marin Držić, this exclusive annual art and cultural fair is a melting pot for art and theatre lovers with artists from Croatia, Holland, Turkey, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, France, USA, Finland and Sweden partaking.

28.08 Saturday - 18.09 Saturday

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Cavtat, Čilipi, Pridvorje,, The slogan behind this event is ‘To Live with Art’, so you can expect an assortment from classical music to jazz, theatre shows, courses for artists, and lectures. It’s a great stepping stone for young and upcoming artists whilst also appreciating renowned musicians such as Ana Vidović, Antonio Pallazzo, Valery Oistrakh, the Dubrovnik Symphonic Orchestra and others.

01.09 Wednesday - 15.09 Wednesday

Julian Rachlin and Friends Festival

D-3, Rector’s Palace, Pr ed dvor om 1, w w w. Julian Rachlin is back and continues to carry on the fine tradition of chamber music in the 10th edition of this festival. The legendary violinist and viola player is joined by many other famous musicians as they perform at the exquisite atrium of the Rector’s Palace.

65 90,, umjetnicka.galerija., This 1930s mansion just outside the Old Town at Ploče is the place to see an extensive collection of Croatian modern painting and sculpture which encompasses almost all important artists since the beginning of the 20th century. QOpen 10:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon. Admission 30kn.

Mr Linea loves Dubrovnik! H a ve y o u e ve r heard of Mr Linea (La Linea, or, in Croatian, “Bajum Bajum”)? The Italian artist of this miraculous little cartoon figure, Osvaldo Cavandoli, created a little book of Dubrovnik motifs accompanied by light-hearted but informative texts in Croatian, Italian and English. Pick up a copy in the Artur gallery (see Shopping pages), it makes a perfect memento.

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CULTURE & EVENTS Otok Gallery, ARL (Galerija Otok, ARL) L-5, Frana

Supila 8, tel. (+385-20) 32 46 33/(+385-20) 32 37 66, A gallery in the Dubrovnik lazaret - the former quarantine houses - which now houses an artists’ community, including workshops and this gallery. Contemporary local art of an excellent standard. QOpen 10:00 - 21:00. Admission free.

The Dulčić, Masle, Pulitika Gallery/Ronald Brown Memorial House (Galerija Dulčić, Masle, Pultika/Memorijalna kuća Ronald Brown) D-3,

Dubrovnik Art Gallery, A. Giacometti: Homme traversant une place

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Concerts in churches In the periods from April 4 to July 7 and August 25 to October 31, two Dubrovnik churches will become venues for holding concerts of classical music. The Domino Church (next to The Marin Držić Museum) Saturdays 21:00 Dubrovnik Chamber Trio Sundays 21:00 Dubrovnik Wind Trio St Saviour’s Church (at the beginning of Stradun - from The Pile Gate) Mondays 21:00 Sorkočević Quartet Wednesdays 21:00 Dubrovnik String Quartet Fridays 21:00 The best of the great composers: Slobodan Begić (violin), Nena Čorak (piano), Tomislav Žerovnik (guitar)

Poljana Marina Držića 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 31 72, info@,, This fine house next to the Rector’s Palace is home to a gallery with some of the finest views in Europe - the windows look out onto the Cathedral, rivalling the artworks inside. The three painters that make up the gallery’s title are famous for painting local themes in eye-poppingly vivid style. Đuro Pulitika’s swirly, candycoloured landscapes are a particular joy, and it’s a wonder that this little-frequented attraction doesn’t get a whole lot more visitors. The building was repaired and renovated by the US Government and serves as a memorial to Secretary of Commerce Ronald Brown who in 1996 died in a plane crash flying to Dubrovnik. QOpen 10:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon. Admission 15kn. The Sponza Palace (Palača Sponza) D-3, Svetog Dominika 1. For many, the most romantic of Dubrovnik’s buildings, with its gallery on Stradun and its mix of gothic and renaissance detail, this was always a public building. Directly facing Orlando’s column, the scene of all dramas of public life, Sponza housed the Republic’s mint and customs house - all the Republic’s trade passed through here. It was built 15161522 according to designs by Paskoje Miličević. Today, the graceful atrium is used as an exhibition space and venue for recitals. A room to the left as you enter is dedicated to the memory of fallen soldiers during the siege of Dubrovnik 199192 (Open 09:00 - 22:00. Admission free). The upper galleries were once the place where the city’s artists and intellectuals held salons. The building also contains the Dubrovnik State Archives, a treasure trove of documentation on the Republic. In the gift shop on the ground floor you can buy replicas of these historic documents; the archives themselves are mainly here for research purposes. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00, Sun 10:00 - 22:00. Admission 25kn. War Photo Limited C-2, Antuninska 6, tel. (+385-20) 32 21 66,, www.warphotoltd. com. A gallery dedicated to thought-provoking images of war by leading photographers - essential for anyone interested in the nature of conflict or simply in stunning - if sometimes disturbing - images. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00. Admission 30kn.

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There’s a growing stable of luxury hotels in Dubrovnik, many of which boast spectacular shoreline locations and a wealth of creature comforts. Mid-range resort hotels are in plentiful supply, too, especially on the Lapad and Babin kuk peninsulas west of the Old Town. If you want to sleep in or near the Old Town itself, then family-run guesthouses, private apartments and cute hostels will be your best options.

Cream of the crop Bellevue J-4, Pera Ćingrije 7, tel. (+385-20) 33 00 00, fax (+385-20) 33 01 00, welcome@hotel-bellevue. hr, Renovated with more than 81 rooms that provide spectacular balcony views of the Adriatic, minimalist interior equipped with all the necessities. Indulge in local art works, a-la-carte restaurant Vapor, a private cinema, spa centre, indoor pool, a private beach and more. Summer specials available. Only minutes from the town centre. Q91 rooms (64 doubles €550 - 600, 5 Romantic Rooms €600 - 720, 8 Delux Rooms €720, 10 Executive Suites €750, 3 Delux Suites €950, 1 Presidential Suite €2900). PTHAUFLGBKDC hhhhh Dubrovnik Palace F-3, Masar ykov put 20, tel. (+385-20) 43 00 00, fax (+385-20) 43 01 00, info@, Hits the spot if you have contemporary tastes and take your surroundings seriously. A great pool and beach area, spa facilities and cool reception complete with arty waterfall and gallery. The soothing rooms are complete with Gharani Strok toiletries - this is Daddy Strok’s hotel, after all. Q308 rooms (22 singles €290, 249 doubles €490 - 670, 24 Junior Suites €850, 7 Executive Suites €900, 2 Deluxe Suites €1300, 3 Ambassador Suites €1700, 1 Presidental Suite €3500). PTHARUFLEGBKDC hhhhh

Excelsior M-5, Frana Supila 12, tel. (+385-20) 35

33 53/(+385-20) 35 30 00, fax (+385-20) 35 32 95,, Completely renovated, this luxurious landmark has 141 bedrooms and 17 suites with every amenity possible. Delightfully furnished with state of the art facilities. Set near the heart of the Old City with splendid terraced views, fine dining with Dalmatian and international cuisine, an indoor pool, wellness and beauty centre, private beach entry and more. Q158 rooms (3 singles €290, 139 doubles €490 - 680, 14 Executive Suites €950, 1 Ambassador Suite €2200, 1 Presidential Suite €3500). POTJHARUFLGBKDC hhhhh Grand Villa Argentina L-2, Frana Supila 14, tel. (+38520) 44 05 55, fax (+385-20) 47 57 93, reservations@, Something of a Dubrovnik classic, the Argentina has been receiving high-rollers ever since its 1920s heyday. Located ten minutes’ walk from the Ploče Gate, many of the hotel’s sea-facing rooms boast classic views of the town’s medieval fortifications. Rooms in the main building are supremely comfortable, and there is more secluded apartment-style accommodation in the four villas in the terraced gardens. With both indoor and outdoor pools and a private beach, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to taking a dip. Q168 rooms (5 singles €189 252, 156 doubles €230 - 280, 7 Junior Suites €515 - 605). PTHAFGBKDC hhhhh

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WHERE TO STAY More F-2, Kardinala Stepinca 33, tel. (+385-20) 49

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Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik K-3, Marijana Blažića 2, tel. (+385-20) 32 03 20, fax (+385-20) 32 02 20,, www.dubrovnik. Refurbished and reopened in 2006 amidst a blaze of imperial glory, this grandmomma of a hotel, dating back to 1897, is near the Pile gate. Suites have fantastic views, and the terrace and piano bar are fine spots to unwind, as is the elegant indoor pool with natural sunlight. Q 147 rooms (139 singles €265, 139 doubles €294, 139 triples €308, 7 suites €507 - 616, 1 Presidental Suite €1196). PTJHA6UFLGBKDC hhhhh Importanne Resort Kardinala Stepinca 31, tel. (+385-20) 44 01 00, fax (+385-20) 44 02 00, info@, Experience Dubrovnik’s first resort. Choose from two hotels, Neptun (4 stars) or Ariston (5 stars), or Importanne suites (5 stars) that are nestled along the sea. Wellness facilities, sports and recreation, private car park, personalised services and a buffet restaurant that embraces the finest cuisine along with a noteworthy selection of wines. Dine on the terrace or walk along the seaside boardwalk. The natural surroundings are ideal and the resort is only a 10 minute drive from the Medieval City. Special offers are available online as well as state of the art facilities for corporate functions. Q236 rooms (206 doubles €73 - 227, 30 apartments €190 - 408). PTHAUIFLGBKDC W

Kazbek H-2, Lapadska obala 25, tel. (+385-20) 36 29

99, fax (+385-20) 36 29 90,, www. This newly-opened hotel was built in 1573 by the noble family Zamanja as their summer castle. It was renovated in 2008 and still maintains its original beauty. The hotel has 12 double rooms and one suite. All rooms are of the highest quality with air-con, SAT & PAY TV, wireless internet and other features; perfect for guests seeking privacy and culture combined with modern facilities. 20 min from Old City! Q13 rooms (12 singles €253 - 344, 12 doubles €288 - 393, 1 suites €390 - 519). PHA6LGKDC hhhhh

42 00, fax (+385-20) 49 42 40,, This cliff-hugging establishment on the quiet side of Lapad bay offers the facilities of a blockbuster hotel but with a significantly more intimate feel - here at least you are unlikely to be stampeded by hundreds of other holidaymakers whose faces the hotel staff can never quite remember. The décor is slightly more individualistic too, with mood-enhancing squiggly blue-green carpet motifs and bronzey-coloured bedspreads. All rooms come with a trouserpress, a comforting luxury to have by your bedside even if you only treat it as a toy rather than using it properly. There is a small kidney-shaped pool on one of the sea-facing terraces too small to seriously swim in but a nice touch nevertheless. Breakfast in the café-restaurant on a lovely sea-facing terrace. Q39 rooms (5 singles €149 - 210, 31 doubles €199 - 260, 1 Junior Suite €340 - 430, 1 Deluxe Suite €500 - 650, 1 Executive Suite €720 - 850). PHAUFLGBKDC hhhhh

Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik G-4, Liechtensteinov put

3, tel. (+385-20) 20 00 00, fax (+385-20) 20 00 20,, This grandiose cliffside hotel, once a Dubrovnik trademark, was totally ruined during the 1991-95 war and stood derelict for ages before finally receiving the full makeover the place deserved. With fullsized trees in the lobby and cool minimalist design throughout, it’s an impressive place. Rooms are decked out in subdued beiges and whites, many featuring glass walled bathrooms (so you can look seawards while showering). The wellness centre covers pretty much everything from Turkish bath to chocolate massage and a Jacuzzi that can be filled with milk - if you’ve always dreamed of acting out your Anthony-andCleopatra fantasies then you’ll never have a better chance. The hotel’s impressively large congress halls are situated right next door to the 24hr casino - is this a metaphor for the close relationship between corporate culture and the one-armed bandit? Q249 rooms (4 singles €161 - 206, 181 doubles €189 - 350, 14 suites €500 - 750, 1 Presidential Suite €2000 - 2200, 47 Executive Rooms €188 - 450, 2 Junior Suites €500 - 750). POTHAUFLGBKDC hhhhh

The Pucić Palace C-3, Od Puča 1, tel. (+385-20)

32 62 22, fax (+385-20) 32 41 11, reservations@, A breathtaking hotel in a real live palace in the heart of the Old Town. So beautifully decked out in period style, it will awaken the blubbering romantic in the most hardened cynic. The staff knocked us off our feet with their friendly and helpful approach. Q19 rooms (1 singles €210 - 265, 14 doubles €327 - 515, 1 suites €775 - 940, 1 Junior Suite €607 - 665, 2 Twin Rooms €327 - 400). PTJAR6LEGBK hhhhh

Upmarket Dubrovnik President F-1, Iva Dulčića 39, tel. (+385-

20) 44 11 00, fax (+385-20) 43 56 00,, A shining white Toblerone on the tip of the Babin kuk peninsula, this remarkable modern edifice has oceans of glass offering unimpeded views of the sea, the islands and the Blue Flag beach outside. All rooms have sea views, the superior rooms being particularly smart. Price for apartment is available upon request. Q181 rooms (180 doubles €139 - 211, 1 apartments €). PTHARFLGBKDC hhhh Dubrovnik In Your Pocket

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WHERE TO STAY Lapad H-2, Lapadska obala 37, tel. (+385-20) 45 55 55,

fax (+385-20) 45 55 51,, www. A grand old hotel that has recently received a thorough dose of refurbishment, with rooms kitted out with a fresh lick of paint and swanky new bathrooms. The main nineteenth-century building is the kind of place in which you can imagine Hercule Poirot tracking down high-society murderers, although the modern annexe tacked on to the back of the building is significantly less atmospheric. Located opposite Gruž harbour, it is conveniently close to Lapad beach. Q163 rooms (10 singles €72 - 128, 147 doubles €96 - 190, 4 suites €204 - 340, 2 Junior Suites €174 - 302). PHAULGBKC hhhh Uvala G-3, Masarykov put 6, tel. (+385-20) 43 35 80, fax (+385-20) 43 73 33, sales_uvala@hotelimaestral. com, The brand new Uvala exemplifies clean modern design, a philosophy echoed by the wellness centre (offers Dr Hauschka treatments) and a restaurant offering a full macrobiotic menu. Indoor and outdoor pools, plus internet access in rooms and smallish conference facilities making this a viable business option. Q51 rooms (45 doubles €58 - 114, 6 triples €58 - 114). PTHAIFLEGBKDC hhhh

Mid-range Adriatic G-3, Masarykov put 9, tel. (+385-20) 43 35

20, fax (+385-20) 43 73 33, adriatic@hotelimaestral. com, A good sized gym and clay tennis courts are a nice surprise in a two star hotel, and an additional host of activities (fancy sea kayaking?) make this a good option for sporty types. Decent, clean and friendly accommodation in leafy surroundings on the Lapad peninsula. Q133 rooms (14 singles €40 - 80, 102 doubles €54 - 148, 17 triples €54 - 118). PAFLEGBK hh Aquarius G/H-3, Mata Vodopića 4a, tel. (+385-20) 45 61 11, fax (+385-20) 45 61 00, sales@hotel-aquarius. net, Recently given a makeover, this three star hotel includes four apartments and a further twenty rooms that have been garlanded with all the necessities. Eat out on the restaurant terrace, relax in the bar and choose from the diverse local and international cuisine. It is only 350m from the beach and a mere 3km from the historical city. Q24 rooms (16 singles 567kn, 16 doubles 810kn, 4 triples 1093kn, 4 suites 1030kn). PALBK hhh Argosy F-1, Iva Dulčića 41, tel. (+385-20) 44 61 00, fax (+385-20) 43 55 78, reservations-dubrovnik@, This airy low-rise has a discreet modern theme, and is only a pebble’s throw from popular Copacabana beach, with a water slide and beach restaurant to keep big’uns and little’uns happy. Or take in the view from the Argosy’s pool with an ice cold beer… mmmm! Q308 rooms (308 doubles €90 - 165). PTHARLEGBKC hhh Berkeley Andrije Hebranga 116a, tel. (+385-20) 49 41 60, fax (+385-20) 49 41 70, reservations@, A small hotel with super comfy rooms and we suggest you request the wonderful sea view rooms. Fully furnished, modern in style, free internet, breakfast includes a cold buffet not to mention the excellent lattes to get your day going. The hotel is located close to Gruz port so you can catch ferries out to the islands; it’s a 10 minute bus ride from the Old City. Q24 rooms (13 doubles €125, 7 suites €150, 4 apartments €200). PALG hhh

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WHERE TO STAY Komodor G-3, Masarykov put 5, tel. (+385-20) 43 35 00, fax (+385-20) 43 73 33, sales_komodor@, A slightly older, smaller hotel close to the centre of Lapad affords an intimate atmosphere. Rooms overlook a rather lovely pool area, and there’s great outdoor seating for mealtimes. A wide range of free time activities laid on with a smile, and facilities for small meetings. Q63 rooms (8 singles €46 - 108, 51 doubles €74 - 180, 4 triples €104 - 252). PTHALEBKC hhh Kompas G-2, Šetalište kralja Zvonimira 56, tel. (+38520) 35 20 00/(+385-20) 35 21 14, fax (+385-20) 43 58 77,, www.hotel-kompas. hr. This smallish hotel close to the centre of Lapad is delightfully appointed in a clean and tasteful style in keeping with its modern design. The indoor and outdoor seawater pools (weather permitting) are excellent, and guests have unlimited free use of the gym, sauna and Jacuzzis. Q115 rooms (7 singles €140, 108 doubles €199 - 249). PTHAIFLEGBKDC hhh Lero I-4, Iva Vojnovića 14, tel. (+385-20) 34 13 33, fax (+385-20) 33 21 23,, www. This complex is perfectly located between the Old Town and Gruž Cove. It’s a five minute bus ride to the centre and the beach is a mere 150m walk. All 160 rooms include air-conditioning, SAT-TV, shower, and toilet facilities. Breakfast and dinner packages are available as Tavern Nava and the Aperitif Bar are all in-house. Prices are per person. Q160 rooms (160 singles €85 - 110, 160 doubles €62 - 72). PHA6ILBK hhh Petka I-2, Obala Stjepana Radića 38, Gruž, tel. (+38520) 41 05 00/(+385-20) 41 05 03, fax (+385-20) 41 01 27,, This functional-looking four-storey pile right opposite the ferry port feels much better inside than it looks on the outside, with neat en-suite rooms decorated in blood-orange hues. Those facing the port offer an absolutely fascinating panorama of comings-and-goings in Gruz harbour, and if you like downtown hotels with a sense of urban bustle then Petka is no mean choice. The hotel’s Taverna Nostromo offers a solid range of local food. Laptop users rejoice: wifi coverage extends throughout the building. Prices are per person. Q 104 rooms (8 singles 627 - 777kn, 92 doubles 410 - 560kn, 4 triples 1350 - 1680kn). PHARIFLGBK hhh Splendid F-3, Masarykov put 10, tel. (+385-20) 43 35 60, fax (+385-20) 43 73 33, sales_splendid@, Q59 rooms (5 singles €52 - 128, 42 doubles €82 - 238, 12 triples €114 - 330). PTAILEGBK hhh Stari grad B-2, Od Sigurate 4, tel. (+385-20) 32 22 44, fax (+385-20) 32 12 56,, www. This little antique treasure is hidden in a street just off Stradun in the Old Town. The eight rooms are small but perfectly formed, and breakfast on the roof terrace is one of the highlights of a sunny day. Q8 rooms (4 singles 890 - 1180kn, 4 doubles 1260 - 1580kn). PJAGB hhh Tirena F-2, Iva Dulčića 22, tel. (+385-20) 44 51 00, fax (+385-20) 43 56 02, reservations-dubrovnik@valamar. com, The jury is out - seventies eyesore or modernist delight? But the rooms are lovely, and the best bit is the bar in the middle of the pool where you can cool down from without and within simultaneously. Loads of sports and the famous Copacabana beach nearby. Q208 rooms (208 doubles €90 - 165). PTHALGBKC hhh

Valamar Club Dubrovnik F-2, Iva Dulčića 18,

tel. (+385-20) 44 71 00, fax (+385-20) 44 76 03,, www.valamar. com. 338 rooms and only 150m from the beach. All you need is on site, including restaurant services, pool facilities, entertainment programmes, car parking, washing facilities and more. 22km from the airport and 150m from the bus stop. Ideal for a family holiday. Q338 rooms (338 doubles €110 - 190). PTALGBKC hhh Vila Micika G/H-3, Mata Vodopića 10, tel. (+385-20) 43 73 32/(+385-20) 43 73 23, fax (+385-20) 43 71 62,, Whether you’re travelling solo or in a large group, Vila Micika in Lapad can cater from two to twenty. It has both rooms and dorms that are clean and tidy. Rooms are equipped with air-con, TV, showers and toilets. Travellers have free internet access and it’s a measly 200m walk to the beach. Bars, restaurants and a shopping centre are all nearby. This is budget accommodation at its best! Q7 rooms (5 singles 150 - 170kn, 5 doubles 300 - 438kn, 2 triples 450 - 657kn). PTLN hhh Vis G-3, Masarykov put 4, tel. (+385-20) 43 35 55, fax (+385-20) 43 73 33,, The high spot of the Vis is the rather fine shingle beach with tables right by the water’s edge where you can indulge in sensory pleasures from the Lido restaurant and bar right into the evening. A mid-sized modern affair aimed at families, spick and span and rather friendly. Prices are per person. Q151 rooms (9 singles 620 - 800kn, 136 doubles 445 - 675kn, 6 triples 445 - 675kn). PTALEGBK hhh

Hostel Dubrovnik Youth Hostel I-3, Vinka Sagrestana

3 (Bana Josipa Jelačića 15-17), tel. (+385-20) 42 32 41, fax (+385-20) 41 25 92, dubrovnik@hfhs. hr, Although Dubrovnik’s youth hostel is sadly lacking in facilities, we found it clean and cheerful and can vouch for the comfy beds. A communal kitchen is at your disposal, there’s catering for large groups, and you can rent a bike or scooter next door. Q19 rooms (1 doubles €14 - 18, 14 4-bedded dorm: €14 - 18, 4 6-bedded dorm: €14 - 18). 82 dorm beds, 115 - 215kn per person. ABK Fresh Sheets C-4, Smokvina 15, tel. (+385-20) 32 20 40/(+385-) 091 799 20 86, 091 896 75 09,, One of Dubrovnik’s best choices for budget accommodation in the Old Town, Fresh Sheets is run by a friendly welltravelled Canadian / Croatian couple. Funky, characterful dorms, free breakfast and a guesthouse atmosphere make this place a true jewel. There’s a lively but not over-raucous bar and lounge, evening film screenings, a backpackers’ book exchange, and a list of suggested activities that includes the (highly-recommended) “walking Maxie the dog up Mout Srđ”. Q6 rooms (6 Total rooms ). 22 dorm beds, 15 - 28€ per person. AG

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WHERE TO STAY Out of town Croatia Frankopanska 10, Cavtat, tel. (+385-20) 47

55 55, fax (+385-20) 47 57 93, info@hoteli-croatia. hr, A short way east out of Cavtat town, the recently renovated Hotel Croatia offers modern, high standard accommodation. With a Blue Flag beach, pools, wellness facilities, a well regarded taverna, a nightclub and the lively little town of Cavtat nearby, you won’t run short of fun and frolics. Q487 rooms (480 doubles €182 - 316, 3 suites €370 - 520, 2 Junior Suites €335 - 470, 2 Presidental Sui tes €525 - 1100). PHAFLEGBKDC hhhhh Indijan Skvar, Orebić, tel. (+385-20) 71 45 55, fax (+385-20) 71 45 67,, www. This family hotel is perfectly positioned with beachfront views and picturesque mountains in its surroundings. Furbished rooms have all the amenities a 4 star hotel could ever offer. Friendly staff organise island tour packages to assist visitors. A family restaurant, terrace, swimming pool and SPA are just some of its other features. Q19 rooms (3 singles €91 - 101, 10 doubles €161 - 191, 4 triples €141 - 171, 2 Junior Suites €201 - 231). PAFLGKDC hhhh Ostrea Mali Ston bb, tel. (+385-20) 75 45 55, fax (+38520) 75 45 75,, This small hotel is well placed for sampling the delights of the Pelješac peninsula, including the renowned seafood from the Mali Ston bay - it’s run by the family who own the Kapetanova kuća restaurant. Luxurious, traditional style accommodation plus a fleet of cars at your disposal. Q14 rooms (13 singles 550 - 690kn, 13 doubles 740 - 990kn, 1 Presidental Suite 1200kn). PA6ULBK hhh Plat Hotels and Villas Plat b.b., Mlini, tel. (+385-20) 48 90 00, fax (+385-20) 48 92 00, sales@hoteli-plat. hr, Located 12km south of Dubrovnik and walking distance to the beach.New apartments are available for 2 to 3 people with your own kitchen and bath facilities. Car park included.Don’t miss the in-house Taverna Plat a-la-carte restaurant which cooks up delicious traditional gourmet dishes. Q107 rooms (107 apartments €67 - 152). AFLGBKC hhh Radisson Blue Resort & Spa Na moru 1, Orašac, tel. (+385-20) 36 15 00, fax (+385-20) 36 15 01, info., resort-dubrovnik. Sink into the holiday of a lifetime with this Five Star beachfront resort just 20 minutes from the Old City. Choose from 201 sea view rooms or 207 deluxe apartments with state of the art facilities. Two restaurants offer both local and international mouthwatering cuisines; the Maraska Lounge Bar oozes subtlety and the luxury wellness centre includes out of this world thermal facilities. Q408 rooms (177 doubles €240, 2 suites €1500, 207 apartments €240, 20 Junior Suites €280, 2 Presidential Suites €3000). PTHA6UFLGKDC hhhhh Supetar Frankopanska 10, Cavtat, tel. (+385-20) 47 55 55, fax (+385-20) 47 57 93,, This small hotel in a stone building in the heart of lovely Cavtat has a family-run atmosphere and is ideal for sightseeing, swimming and enjoying nightlife. Rooms are on the small side but the hotel is fully air conditioned and has a lovely breakfast terrace with cascades of bougainvillea. Q28 rooms (28 doubles €35 - 47). PJAULGBK hhh Vila Koruna Pelješki put 1, Mali Ston, tel. (+385-20) 75 49 99/(+385-) 098 34 42 33, fax (+385-20) 75 46 42,, Recently redecorated into a top quality restaurant and villa complex.

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Six rooms and two suites have been furnished with state of the art features. The restaurant is known for its pristine oysters, local olives, cheese, hams and sensual wines. The surroundings are lush and neatly secluded. Friendly staff looks after every detail. Q6 rooms (6 singles 500kn, 6 doubles 660kn). PTJHA6LEBK hhhh

Islands Hotel Glavović Obala Ivana Kuljevana bb, Lopud, tel. (+385-20) 75 93 59, fax (+382-20) 75 93 58, info@, Run by a family with a century long tradition as hoteliers on this island and newly reopened in 2004 after full renovation, this lovely stone house in the heart of the promenade on Lopud offers excellent quality accommodation, and has a good restaurant. Q14 rooms (12 doubles €100 - 120, 2 apartments €150 - 180). PABK hhh Korčula Obala Franje Tuđmana 5, Korčula, tel. (+38520) 71 10 78/(+385-20) 72 60 78, fax (+385-20) 71 17 46,, www.korcula-hotels. com. Choose this splendid villa in the centre of Korčula if you place historical romance above 21st century glamour - the hotel is rather dated inside, but it has a great terrace and an old-fashioned coffee house. Rooms are spacious and the sea view from the tall gothic windows is spectacular. Q20 rooms (13 doubles €50 - 80, 7 triples €50 - 80). ABK hhh Odisej Pomena bb, Mljet, tel. (+385-20) 36 21 11, fax (+385-20) 42 43 83,, www. The only modern hotel on Mljet island - a quiet complex set in thick vegetation in the resort of Pomena, right in the National Park. Rooms are simple, apartments have air conditioning and Jacuzzis. The diving school lets you explore the pristine waters of the island. Q157 rooms (12 singles 379 - 799kn, 125 doubles 233 - 579kn, 14 triples 233 - 579kn, 2 apartments 1399 - 2499kn, 4 Family Rooms 268 - 579kn). PTHAIEGBK hhh Šipan Šipanska luka 160, Šipan, tel. (+385-20) 75 49 00, fax (+385-20) 75 49 10,, www. This modest, medium sized hotel in the little port of Šipanska Luka is the last word in escapism. This fertile little island has little developed tourism, but has sunshine, clean water, a brace of good restaurants, excellent olive oil and tons and tons of peace and quiet. It also offers a Royal Cruiser Yacht for rent. Q82 rooms (10 singles €57 - 120, 62 doubles €60 - 166, 6 triples €90 - 249, 4 suites €106 - 206). PTHARUEGBK hhh Villas Koločep Donje čelo, Koločep, tel. (+385-20) 75 70 25, fax (+385-20) 75 70 27, reservations@kolocep. com, The original Croatian name of this hotel is ‘Vile Koločep’ but suppress your sniggers, this collection of eight three-storey villas set among olive trees makes an ideal laid-back island retreat. Rooms are neat and tidy with tiled floors, minibar, flat-screen TVs and desk space, and Koločep’s sandy beach is mere a stone’s throw away. Q151 rooms (9 singles €85 - 155, 81 doubles €75 - 120, 24 triples €65 - 95, 22 Familiy Rooms €65 - 105, 15 Junior Suites €115 - 175). PTJHAUGBKC hhh Villa Vilina Obala Ivana Kuljevana 5, Lopud, tel. (+38520) 75 93 33, fax (+385-20) 75 90 60, villa.vilina@gmail. com, The last word in elegance, this villa by Lopud’s Franciscan monastery and a tiny sandy beach has been beautifully renovated in a blend of traditional and contemporary styles to offer superb, well-equipped rooms and apartments and a lovely restaurant and terrace. Supremely relaxing - and friendly. Q22 rooms (12 doubles €135 - 188, 7 apartments €110 - 190, 3 Junior Suites €180 - 307). PHAG hhhh

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RESTAURANTS Komin F-2, Iva Dulčića 136, tel. (+385-20) 43 56 36,, com. The “fireplace”, adorned with ironwork and ancient weaponry, has as its centrepiece a real hearth where your meal is cooked before your very eyes - try meat or fish “ispod peke”. A good choice in the Babin kuk area. QOpen 12:00 24:00. (60 - 110kn). PALGB Maestoso L-4, Hvarska bb, tel. (+385-20) 42 09 86/ (+385-) 098 24 31 71, Even though Maestoso sits plum just above the Ploče gate there are no pretensions here. They do what Dalmatian restaurants have done well for years, with a workmanlike approach to food and service that gives you a good value, local-style and highly enjoyable meal. Solid. QOpen 10:00 24:00. (45 - 220kn). PAGB Mimoza K-5, Branitelja Dubrovnika 9, tel. (+385-20) 41 11 57,, www.esculap-teo. hr. In a courtyard across from the Hilton Imperial Hotel, 100 meters from the Pile Gate, Mimoza is big enough to handle your tour group and several others simultaneously, seemingly without a blink. There’s a dining room, but the terrace, shaded partly with a grape arbor, is a pleasant place to dine on meats and fish, pizzas and pasta and vegetarian dishes. Delivery is available. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00. (80 - 120kn). PTAEGB Orhan K-5, Od Tabakarije 1, tel. (+385-20) 41 41 83/ (+385-) 091 725 51 09,, Definitely check out the tiny harbour at Pile - it’s like something out of a pirate movie set in an intimate huddle of houses beaneath sheer cliffs. Orhan’s terrace is, therefore, a great spot. Decent quality, classic Croatian cooking at reasonable prices. QOpen 11:00 24:00. (50 - 150kn). PJAGB

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Taverna Nostromo I-2, Obala Stjepana Radića 38

(Hotel Petka), tel. (+385-20) 41 05 24/(+385-20) 41 05 25,, The food here is the subject of much praise among Dubrovnik’s citizens, and the service is fantastic. The taverna has a casual feel while the restaurant upstairs is the essence of modern refinement. QOpen 08:00 - 22:00. (60 - 120kn). PAGB Teatar C-3, Cvijete Zuzorić 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 39 77. Should you be in luck, you may find yourself seated in a classic terrace; otherwise this sidewalk restaurant is noted for its intimate setting. The menu oozes with seafood, steaks and pasta, but the grilled fish dishes prepared in nonchalant Dalmatian style are a must. Staff that knows more than just the local lingo will greet and treat you exceptionally well. QOpen 10:00 - 01:00. (50 - 150kn). AB Zoe F-2, Kardinala Stepinca 31, tel. (+385-20) 44 04 84, Located on the rocky southwestern tip of the Babin kuk peninsula (and a pleasant 15minute walk from Lapad bay along the coastal path), Zoe is an excellent place at which to sample choice local food on a lovely sea-facing terrace. As well as grilled fish pure-and-simple there’s a healthy sprinkling of traditional country recipes, such as roast duck breast, or stewed frogfish with sage. Starters like breaded frogs’ legs or risotto with boletus mushrooms will probably suffice as a lunchtime main course. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00. (80 - 120kn). PALGB

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Dubrovnik has good restaurants, but also its share of bland and overpriced ones. We’ve tried to pick out the ones we feel are most worth visiting, be it for the cooking, the surroundings or value for money. Most restaurants offer rather similar fare: a seafood based menu with a few meats from the grill. When the food is fresh and well prepared, however, simplicity is not a bad thing. If you need a change, it’s worth heading a little way inland, where you’ll find the cuisine more influenced by the continent, with meat dishes coming to the fore.

Bakeries Galeta C/D-3, Gundulićeva poljana 3, tel. (+385-20)

32 10 89. Their sweet and savoury pastries are satisfyingly buttery and moreish. Try an apple (jabuka) or frankfurter (hrenovka) wrapped in puff pastry. QOpen 06:30 - 22:00, Sun 07:00 - 22:00. Klas J-4, Pera Ćingrije 10, tel. (+385-20) 33 16 13. This bakery offers everything you need to survive late night munchies. QOpen 06:00 - 24:00, Sat 00:00 - 24:00. Rusica I-2, Andrije Hebranga 54, tel. (+385-20) 41 13 42. Crusty loaves to go with those fishes, plus pizza and “burek” filo pastry pies too. QOpen 06:00 - 23:00.

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11 20. A place where you can eat pizza, pancerotta, “burek”, but also delicious cakes all day and all night long! QOpen 00:00 - 24:00.

Croatian Dubravka B-2, Brsalje 1, tel. (+385-20) 42 63 19,, Enjoy your breakfast while the sun rises over the walls of Dubrovnik, or steak, seafood, sweets and shakes throughout the day. Dubravka shares the pretty, shady plaza Brsalje with Nautika (both restaurants have the same owners as Proto, Mimoza and Konavoski Dvori), and has a splendid view of the Lovrijenac, Minčeta and Bokar fortresses, and a peek of the deep blue beyond the walls. QOpen 08:00 - 01:00. (50 - 150kn). PTAUGB Karaka D-2, Old City Harbour, tel. (+385-20) 35 81 08/ (+385-) 091 660 00 05, 091 358 18 88, info@karaka. info, End a perfect summer’s day with a meal at sundown on a replica 16th century merchant ship just as they were made right here in Dubrovnik. It’s all in wood, rather luxurious, and the menu is just great - don’t miss local cured ham (pršut) and cheese. QOpen 20:00 - 01:00. (60 120kn). AGB

Breakfast Bistro Dubrava C-2, Placa 6, tel. (+385-20) 32 12 29. Offers classics like ham and eggs in great surroundings. Q Open 08:00 - 24:00. (34 - 56kn). AB

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RESTAURANTS International Cantina Mexicana Chihuahua L-5, Hvarska 6, tel.

(+385-20) 42 44 45/(+385-) 098 58 28 46. This rather pleasant Mexican sits eccentrically just uphill from the Ploče gates and serves up all the usuals: sizzling fajitas, burritos, tacos and chimichangas, plus ribs and wings, steaks and pasta. Try the piquant sausages and a black pancake to finish off with! QOpen 17:00 - 23:00. (50 - 100kn). PNB Domino Steak House B-3, Od Domina 6, tel. (+385-20) 32 31 03,, w w w. A serious convention centre for carnivores, with steaks done in a multitude of styles. The outside seating in a sheltered courtyard just south of Stradun is especially lovely in hot weather. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00. (80 - 130kn). PAGB Gil’s E-2, Sv.Dominika bb, tel. (+385-20) 32 22 22,, w w Swanky gourmet dining in an extravagant location, with tables pressed into the battlements of Dubrovnik’s sea walls. Sit in the main courtyard and observe goings on in the open kitchen, or reserve one of the barrel-vaulted gun apertures in the depths of St Luke’s bastion. Classic French main courses, lovingly prepared and presented, will set you back between 250-400kn, but you’re unlikely to be asking for your money back. The staggering wine list provides plenty of additional opportunities for splashing out large style. For cocktails, chill-out music and romantic views of the Old Town’s port, head for the Pop Lounge on the bastion’s castellated upper level. Q Open 12:00 - 14:00, 19:00 - 23:00. (190 - 280kn). PAGB Spaghetteria Toni B-3, Nikole Božidarevića 14, tel. (+385-20) 32 31 34. Their slogan is The best pasta in town! And who are we to argue? This cute trattoria, clean and simple, is indeed a good place to enjoy all kinds of pasta dishes prepared by the chef/owner and served by friendly staff. Q Open 10:00 - 24:00. (30 - 70kn). PAGB

Taj Mahal C-3, Nikole Gučetića 2, tel. (+385-20) 32 32 21/(+385-) 099 323 22 12, kucaedo@du.t-com. hr. You guessed it, the Old Town’s only Bosnian restaurant, where you can enjoy good grilled meats including ćevapi shish kebab. Try one of the “pite” pies (we love the spinach one). Sweet tooths will love baklava, others will fall into a sugar-induced coma! QOpen 10:00 - 23:00. (40 - 115kn). AGB

Konoba Lokanda Peskarija D-2, Na Ponti bb, tel. (+385-20) 32 47 50, Delightfully old-fashioned in a seafaring style, Lokanda, right on the old Ploče harbour, offers simple fish dishes at low prices. Don’t miss the fried small fish or the black squid ink risotto, and be prepared to wait for a table. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. (55 - 70kn). PAGB

RESTAURANTS Pjatanca L-5, Koločepska 2, tel. (+385-20) 42 09 49. Head towards Hotel Excelsior east of the Old Town and you come to this simple family run establishment. Seek their advice and you might just get something a little out of the ordinary - real home cooking. Try succulent lamb baked under an iron bell. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00. (50 - 110kn). AB X Pupo C-3, Miha Pracata 8, tel. (+385-20) 32 35 55.

Compact and bijou, this konoba offers a limited menu of wellprepared home style fish dishes and steaks, fresh and good value for money. Apart from the Old Town location, the guitar in the corner helps add to the cosy, jolly atmosphere. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00. (60 - 180kn). AEGB

Light bites Buffet Škola C-2, Antuninska 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 10 96/(+385-) 098 909 40 18. A tiny spot just off Stradun where you can nibble some tasty local specialities such as pršut, marinated cheese and sardines at fast food prices. Sandwiches are freshly made with home baked bread. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00. (21 - 27kn). PNG Mrvica C-2, Kunićeva 2, tel. (+385-20) 32 15 21.

The place for fast food - choose your sandwich and the ever-smiling ladies will warm it and fill it with the salads and dressings of your choice. Try the pickled red peppers - mmm… Quality, fresh and yummy. Take-away only. QOpen 08:00 24:00, Fri, Sat 08:00 - 01:00.

Niko C-3, Od puča 9. A place to grab a light snack on the hoof, ranging from sandwiches and pizza cuts to local speciality pies, muffins, quiches and more.... Q Open 07:30 - 20:00. Rustico I-3, Lapad bus stop, tel. (+385-20) 780 78 78. By the bus station for local lines, nestled in greenery just beyond the petrol station, this little kiosk offers freshly prepared warm and cold sandwiches. Q Open 08:00 02:00.

Mediterranean Atlas club Nautica A-2, Brsalje 3, tel. (+385-20) 44 25 26,, The place to splash out in style - a wonderful terrace overlooking the bay by the Pile gate, and a rather grand interior - your smelly trainers may raise an eyebrow or two. Imaginative cuisine inspired by your maritime surroundings. Expensive, but definitely in a class of its own in Dubrovnik dining. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00. (257 - 398kn). PJAGB Eastwest Beach Club Restaurant L-5, Frana Supila

bb, tel. (+385-20) 41 22 20,, In the beach complex by the Ploče gates languishes this hybrid of minimalism and Far East design aesthetics, offering everything from sandwiches and burgers (around 50kn) to gazpacho, plate salads, and a strong selection of international meat and seafood dishes. A classy place for a bite. QOpen 12:00 - 23:00. (60 - 125kn). PJALGB

Poklisar D-2, Ribarnica 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 21 76,, The terrace right on the Ploče harbour waterfront is a popular spot to take the weight off and relax with a simple pasta dish or salad during a hard day’s sightseeing. Live piano-bar music in the evenings adds a touch of romance to the proceedings. QOpen 09:00 - 24:00. . (60 - 130kn). PJAEGB Dubrovnik In Your Pocket

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RESTAURANTS Ankora Zaton bb, Zaton Veliki, tel. (+385-20) 89 10 31.

Renaissance C-2, Vara bb, tel. (+385-20) 32 47 99,, Light, Mediterranean meals with value-formoney lunch and dinner menus. The whole ceiling is hand decorated in floral motifs in shades of gold and red, while this rich style is complemented with photos of old Dubrovnik and the local saying Non bene pro toto libertas venditus auro (Freedom is not sold for even all the gold of the world). QOpen 12:00 - 23:00. (70 - 150). PAEGB Sesame K-5, Dante Alighieria bb, tel. (+385-20) 41 29 10,, An Aladdin’s cave of antique treasures, contemporary music and an eclectic blend of local and Mediterranean recipes orchestrated by the fastidious owner. Succulent lamb in dill sauce, saltimbocca, beautifully seasoned vegetables and pancakes with orange and almonds - everything is sublime. QOpen 08:00 - 23:00. (70 - 150kn). PAGB Taverna Maslina F-3, Masarykov put 20 (Dubrovnik Palace Hotel), tel. (+385-20) 43 03 57/(+385-20) 43 00 00, The coolest design hotel in Dubrovnik has an elegant restaurant with sea views and stylish poolside seating. The cuisine is excellent: Dalmatian specialities with a contemporary twist, and light Mediterranean tastebud-tinglers. Grilled chicken sandwiches make a great lunchtime treat. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00. (120 400kn). ALEB Vapor J-4, Pera Ćingrije 7, tel. (+385-20) 33 08 88, The Bellevue Hotel restaurant is perfectly located near the city centre and maintains an amazing view of its nearby surroundings. Food includes a Dalmatian cuisine with an international twist, this vivacious diversity together with an excellent wine list is sure to satisfy the more refined tongue. QOpen 06:30 - 22:30. (75 - 250kn). PAGB Wanda B-2/3, Prijeko 8, tel. (+385-) 098 944 93 17/ (+385-) 098 944 93 18, wandarestaurant@yahoo. com, You’ll find yourself ‘wondering’ back to this lovely traditional restaurant that is packed with tasty meat and fish dishes. Dalmatian smoked ham and cheese, octopus salad, calamari, beefsteak, and traditional cuisine are aligned with fresh seasonal groceries. Expect quality service, a cozy atmosphere and only walking distance from Stradun. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00. (70 - 290kn). PAGB

Out of town Adio Mare Ulica Marca Pola 1, Korčula town, tel.

(+385-20) 71 12 53/(+385-) 098 24 38 45. Whether it’s the location next to the birthplace of Marco Polo, the great charcoal grilled food or the chef who’s apt to burst into song, Adio Mare has been a Mecca for tourists for decades. It’s the one with the queue waiting for a table! QOpen 12:00 - 23:00, Sun 18:00 - 23:00. (50 - 150kn). PJAGB

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The high point of this otherwise excellent fish restaurant is the terrace hovering so close to the sea that you could lean over the railing and draw your hand through the water. Great for a romantic meal at sundown, it’s worth the trip to this little village just north of Dubrovnik. QOpen 09:00 - 24:00. (40 - 540kn). AB Bota Šare Kroz polje 5, Mali Ston, tel. (+385-20) 75 44 82/(+385-) 091 175 44 79,, Not as famous as Kapetanova kuća next door, but the shady terrace and old-fashioned stone interior present stiff competition to the rather more modern neighbours. If you’re squeamish about raw oysters, this is a good place to sample numerous dishes containing the cooked little critters. Excellent. QOpen 09:00 - 23:00. (70 - 200kn). PALGB Galija Vuličevićeva 1, Cavtat, tel. (+385-20) 47 85 66,, A strong selection of charcoal grilled meats including excellent steaks, plus unusual seafood specialities including shrimps in honey and sea urchins - have a go, if you think you’re hard enough! This pleasantly casual stone house has great terraces and is right on the Cavtat waterfront. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00. (80 - 120kn). PAEB Kapetanova kuća Mali Ston, Ston, tel. (+385-20) 75 42 64/(+385-20) 75 45 55,, Head chef Lidija Kralj is Croatian TV’s Delia Smith, and this restaurant has a countrywide reputation. It’s a crime not to try the fresh oysters from the Bay of Ston directly in front of the sheltered terrace. We were a little surprised by sharp pieces of prawn detritus in the robustly flavourful risotto and by the stale bread (it was Sunday). QOpen 09:00 - 24:00. (60 - 100kn). PALGB Konavoski dvori Ljuta, Konavle, tel. (+385-20) 79 10 39, 44 25 26/(+385-) 098 35 78 62,, Tables are scattered in thick woods watered by the Ljuta (“angry”) brook, whose force drives the millwheel and feeds the trout ponds. Fantastic meat dishes (and trout) served by wait staff in traditional Konavle costume. You may be accompanied by several busloads of tourists. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00. (80 - 110kn). ALB Konavoski komin Velji dol, Jasenice, Cavtat, tel. (+385-20) 47 96 07, Set in the lush rural region of Konavle, the stone terrace has a fantastic view. Everything is home grown and full of flavour: try juicy meats cooked under an iron bell heaped with embers or charcoal grilled fish, a garden salad and home made apple strudel. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00. (45 - 90kn). ALGB Konoba Marinero Šetalište Marka Marojice bb, Mlini, tel. (+385-20) 48 72 57/(+385-) 098 69 96 13, vivado@, If you happen to be enjoying the fine beaches of Župa Dubrovačka, be sure to pop into Konoba Marinero in Mlini, where you’ll find colourful tables set in lush gardens overlooking the sea. Great seafood and local specialities are carefully prepared by the lady owner - a supremely relaxing treat. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00. (68 - 98kn). ALGB Leut Trumbićev put 11, Cavtat, tel. (+385-20) 47 84 77/(+385- ) 098 24 42 25, ivan.bobic@du.t-com. hr. One of the best places to try quality local cooking in Cavtat, this little gem on the waterfront in the very centre of this beautiful little town is renowned among locals for its risottos. They don’t mess around when it comes to steaks and seafood either. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00. (100 - 150kn). PAGB

Obala Obala Ivana Kuljevana 18, Lopud, tel. (+385-20) 75 91 70, There can be few better places to relax over a leisurely Adriatic meal than Obala, set right on Lopud’s waterfront with a trio of stately palm trees offering shade. The menu covers familiar fish and seafood territory with the addition of several chicken-based alternatives and a succulent baked octopus with potatoes. Food prices are moderate; sunsets and the sound of lapping sea-water are on the house. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00. (100 400kn). PAGB Orsan Gverović Štikovica 43, Zaton Mali, tel. (+38520) 89 12 67,, www. This fine family villa has its own beach and moorings, and has enjoyed a cult reputation for good food since opening in 1966. Best known for its eponymous risotto (an carnival of seafood) and salad made from motar, a grass that grows at the edge of the sea. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00. (80 - 160kn). ALGB Pjat Šipanska luka 160, Šipan, tel. (+385-20) 75 49 23, A beautiful old palace on this idyllically quiet harbour is the stylish venue for Mediterranean fusion delights QOpen 11:00 - 24:00. (50 150kn). PNGB Toranj Trumbićev put, Cavtat, tel. (+385-20) 47 95 77/(+385-) 091 478 10 99, Situated beside a busy seafront square and with outdoor seating on a first-floor terrace, Toranj does a consistently grand job of dishing out the best in Dalmatian cuisine. Grilled fish and shellfish as usual take up most pages in the menu, although there’s a solid choice of seafood pasta dishes which - despite being listed as starters - constitute a satisfying main course in their own right. Leave room for the tasty desserts. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00. (80 - 130kn). AGB

Triton Zaklopatica bb, Lastovo, tel. (+385-20) 80 11

61/(+385-) 098 177 80 65,, A frequent stop on yachting trips: there’s a mooring right outside the house, and father / chef / fisherman Tonči has a very special way with island-grown capers. Fish carpaccio, marinated anchovy fillets, octopus salad, home made Mediterranean herb rakija - it’s all the stuff of dreams! QOpen 12:00 - 24:00. (50 - 200kn). NGB Villa Neretva Splitska 14, Krvavac 2, Metković, tel. (+385-20) 67 22 00, 67 22 01/(+385-) 098 36 17 00,, A family run hotel offering photo safaris in the Neretva delta and local freshwater delicacies such as eel and frog. If your courage doesn’t extend that far, you can choose from a solid range of traditional meat dishes including Dalmatian pašticada - beef in sauce with prunes and gnocci. QOpen 09:00 - 24:00. (50 - 120kn). PALB Zure Lumbarda 239, Korčula, tel. (+385-20) 71 23 34/(+385-) 091 512 87 12, batistic.zure@du.t-com. hr, If you opt to enjoy the shallow, fine sand beaches at Lumbarda, don’t miss a meal at this rather special place. The owners catch, rear and grow everything that lands on your table. The food is excellent, and the pomegranate rakija a unique experience! QOpen 18:00 - 24:00. (60 120kn). PAGB

Pizza Baracuda B/C-3, Nikole Božidarevića 10, tel. (+38520) 32 31 60/(+385-) 091 572 62 65. Claims to be the first pizzeria in town, serving hot pizza pie as big as your tummy! QOpen 08:00 - 23:30. (25 - 80kn). PNGBS

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Mea Culpa B-3, Za Rokom 3, tel. (+385-20) 32 34 30,, Serves up a somewhat pricey but reasonable pie - pizzas can be a bit iffy in Dubrovnik. This complex includes a pizzeria, a grill for ćevapčići (shish kebab, basically) and a lovely dark wood pub with a great stack of rock-based CDs on the bar. QOpen 08:00 - 01:00. (24 - 60kn). PJAGBS Oliva D-3, Lučarica 5, tel. (+385-20) 32 45 94. In an alleyway behind the Stradun, Oliva seems slightly more authentic than some of the other pizzerias in town, as if a bit more thought has gone into the quality of the ingredients that go on top of the pie. Pizzas come in sizes of either small (i.e. just about sufficient for one person) or large - the larger ones being big enough to feed approximately one and a half hungry adults, presuming you can find half an adult to share with. Salads, lasagnas and takeaway service also available. QOpen 10:00 - 23:00, Sun 11:00 - 23:00. (35 - 60kn). PAGB

Proto C-2, Široka 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 32 34, sales@, Nautika’s little brother is not only a little cheaper but also has a wonderful location just off Stradun. Superb food - mainly seafood, but meat dishes kick ass too - a supremely romantic ambience and friendly service make this a strong contender for top dining spot. Q Open 11:00 - 24:00. (150 - 250kn). PAGB YC Orsan H-2, Ivana Zajca 2, tel. (+385-20) 43 68 22, The restaurant of Dubrovnik’s yacht club has a reputation as one of the evergreen reliable spots for good quality food. The emphasis is, appropriately enough, on seafood. Plenty of terrace seating overlooks the yachts and assorted marine traffic in the Gruž harbour. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00. (50 - 200kn). PALB

Seafood, www.nishtarestaurant. com. Jam packed amongst a street filled with restaurants is this small haven for non-meaty lovers. You’ll find vegetarian food from all over the world including Mexican, Indian and Chinese. Choose from falafel, curry, soups and spring-rolls. A lot of thought has gone into the design of the toilets, so make sure you arrive with a full bladder otherwise you will miss out on the joke. Q Open 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:00, Mon 18:00 - 22:00. Closed Sun. ABS

Kamenice C-3, Gundulićeva poljana 8, tel. (+385-20)

32 36 82. Kamenice has legions of fans around the world for its huge portions of tasty seafood and cheap, cheap prices. It’s a simple place on the market square, near the statue of Mr Gundulić. QOpen 08:00 - 23:30. (40 - 110kn). BS Pergola H-3, Kralja Tomislava 1, tel. (+385-20) 43 68 48/(+385-) 098 24 37 61, This little restaurant is has been on this spot for years. It’s sweet and intimate with attentive staff, and is well known for exceptionally fresh fish, simply prepared to let the flavours come to the fore. On the pleasant terrace, food is prepared on a charcoal grill before your very eyes. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00. (80 - 150kn). PALG

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Vegetarian Nishta C-2, Prijeko 30, tel. (+385-) 098 186 74 40,

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In Croatia, as in Italy, café culture rules. Life is simply not worth living without a daily gossip over a macchiato. This process seems to last at least five hours, leaving outsiders wondering who the hell does any work around here. So the cafés are always busy, and the coffee usually good. The standard espresso and cappuccino are available everywhere, while a latte here is called a “bijela kava” (white coffee). Africa C-2, Vetranićeva 3, tel. (+385-20) 45 11 33. Among the many little cafés tucked in the side streets off Stradun, this is one of our favourites for the cool artwork and good music. It’s a place where locals catch up over a brew. QOpen 08:00 - 02:00. PBX Biker’s Cafe L-5, Petra Krešimira IV /39, tel. (+385-) 091 764 69 19,, www. Perched up in a neighbourhood just above Ploče, this place is worth seeking out to meet up with bike fans from around the world. The friendly staff will try their best to sort you out with a place to stay. QOpen 07:00 - 03:00. PNB Fashion Café H-3, Kralja Tomislava 7. In the heart of Lapad, this is a café dedicated to those who know their Bvlgari from their Balenciaga, with even the occasional fashion show going on. Sunglasses the size of dinner plates are mandatory. QOpen 07:00 - 24:00. PGB Festival D-2, Placa bb, tel. (+385-20) 32 11 48, stijepo. This coffee house right on Stradun is the place where local bigwigs and intellectuals coagulate to chew the fat, literally and metaphorically. You can pick up a well-priced light lunch special here, and the terrace location couldn’t be better. QOpen 07:30 - 02:00. PAB Galerie C-2, Kunićeva 5. One of a plethora of little cafes stroke drinking holes in the side streets leading north from Stradun. This one is nice enough inside, has a couple of shady tables out, and plays the pop, rock and dance beloved of its youthful clientele. QOpen 08:00 - 02:00, Sun 09:00 - 02:00. AGB GradsKavana D-3, Pred dvorom 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 12 02 / press 2,, www.mea-culpa. hr. A kavana is a Austro-Hungarian style coffee house, and the wonderful thing about this one, apart from the fine architecture and location, is that it’s been given delightful modern touches and offers a selection of fantastic cakes. Try the cake made with macaroni and walnuts. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00. PJAGB Laura L-5, Frana Supila 1, tel. (+385-) 099 506 22 60, Easily overlooked, but shouldn’t be - the view over the walled city from the terrace just above the Ploče gate is phenomenal, and inside great

music (commercial dance and local rock) plus fine local travarica (herb brandy) rule the roost. Turns into a night bar weekends during high season. QOpen 06:30 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 06:30 - 02:00. PGB Living Room J-4, Ante Starčevića 7, tel. (+385-20) 46 86 52/(+385-) 091 567 26 32. A café/bar that is comfortable and relaxing, it’s great for that casual chat amongst friends in a setting that is neat, casual and well known for its fine coffee. QOpen 07:00 - 23:00. Closed Sat, Sun. PNGBW Porto Put Bruna Bušića 6, Mlini, tel. (+385-) 098 23 32 34. It’s a hop out of town in the village of Srebreno (you can get there on the bus heading for Cavtat), but this big, modern space which serves as a chillout zone by day and a lively bar with dancing by night has proved to be very popular with local trendsters at weekends. QOpen 07:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 07:00 - 02:00. PGB Talir C-2, Antuninska bb. A classy spot to sup your coffee amidst antique style furnishings and artwork. If that’s not enough to satisfy your aesthetic as well as caffeine cravings, you can pop into the gallery opposite afterwards. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 08:00 - 02:00. PB

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Ice cream and cakes Dolce vita C-2, Nalješkovićeva 1a, tel. (+385-20) 32 16 66. This colourful little spot does great cakes, muffins and ice cream - among the best in town - just off Stradun. QOpen 09:00 - 23:00. PNB GradsKavana D-3, Pred Dvorom 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 12 02 / press 2,, The excellent city coffee house, for many years a cult meeting place, has a superb collection of cakes. We particularly like the macaroni cake with walnuts and the almond cake (kolać od mandule), and apple “pita” is excellent too. Melt in the mouth! QOpen 08:00 - 24:00. PJAB Summer 2010



NIGHTLIFE We’ve written this guide for high season, which features a city teeming with tourists and Croatian party people ready to see in the dawn. Dubrovnik is more geared to highbrow culture than to nightlife, but there is enough going on in high season to keep night owls happy. Croatians like to put their best face forward when they hit town, so don’t be surprised if your cargo pants make you feel like you’ve wandered in from the homeless shelter.

Bars Arsenal D-3, Pred Dvorom 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 10 65

/ press 1/(+385-) 098 983 08 31, sales@mea-culpa. hr, This huge space is a former repair workshop for wooden galleys. Plonk yourself at one of the pirate-sized wooden tables and chow down on great seafood (served by midnight), have a drink or three, take in a live band and indulge in a spot of shimmying on the dancefloor - in any order or combination. Spectacular. QOpen 10:30 - 23:00. Closed January. PAB Buža D-4, Outside the city walls near St.Stephen’s tower, tel. (+385-20) 32 40 53/(+385-) 098 36 19 34. What a place to sit - rocky terraces overlooking the open sea south of the Old Town. There’s no running water here so bottled drinks only - which are pretty pricey - but the laid back music and hedonistic mood make up for everything. QOpen 08:30 - 02:00. B Capitano A-1, Između vrta 2, tel. (+385-) 098 36 64 70. This bar is usually empty before the witching hour, after which it transforms into a scene of drinking, dancing and shenanigans which go on ‘til the wee small hours. Commercial dance, occasional live bands and hormone-fuelled youth dressed to kill. QOpen 20:00 - 04:00. PB Exit C-2, Boškovićeva 2. Bar on the first floor of a small building, just off the Stradun, not visible but audible from the outside. It has very good acoustics and friendly staff. Has one computer which is free to use. Altogether a good atmosphere to start the night out. QOpen 09:00 - 24:00.

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NIGHTLIFE None Nina D-3, Pred Dvorom 4, tel. (+385- ) 098 915 99 09/(+385- ) 091 466 67 86,, A perfect spot for people-watching on comfy loungers right opposite the Rector’s Palace - you can see people climbing about on the city walls. This place does coffees by day and shakes the cocktails by night. The toilets are designed for the fairy people. QOpen 09:00 02:00. PNB SkyBar C-3, Marojice Kaboge 1, tel. (+385-) 091 220 20 94, Administering a much-needed dose of urban eating and drinking culture to the Old Town, this newly opened café-cum-diner and lounge bar has settled quickly into its own niche. Expect to find both local beer and Erdinger on tap, a mind-boggling array of spirits, and an attractively-priced list of cocktails. There’s an excellent choice of upscale pub fodder in the shape of salads, burgers and steaks. Blending slate grey, soothing whites and moodenhancing purples, the interior is smart and slinky without being overdone. If the delightfully dotty abstract mosaic on the back wall starts revolving in front of your eyes, though, it’s probably time you were in bed. QOpen 09:00 - 02:00. PAB Troubadour Hard Jazz Cafe C-3, Bunićeva poljana 2, tel. (+385-20) 32 34 76. It’s hard to beat a warm evening spent here toe-tapping to mellow jazz (live acts too), with your super-size view onto the Cathedral. A near-perfect experience, so we’ll forgive the significantly above-average prices. Q Open 09:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 02:00. ENB

Casinos Golden Sun Casino G-4, Liechtensteinov put 3 (Hotel Rixos Libertas), tel. (+385-20) 63 85 88, marketing@, Feeling lucky? Then visit Golden Sun Casino in Five Star Rixos Libertas Hotel. It offers fun winning opportunities to suit all pockets, from the newest slot machines, roulette, and card tables, to Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments & cash games held every night from 20:00 ‘til late. Kick up your heels with fresh beverages and lounge bar music. The Casino’s free shuttle bus will pick you up and take you home in confort. Everyone’s a winner at Golden Sun Casino! QOpen 16:00 - 04:00. EK

Clubs Belvedere M/L-5, Belvedere is a deserted hotel that transforms into one of the city’s hot spots on Saturday nights. Its location is second to none as it has majestic views of the old city with its own private beach to cool off during those searing summer nights. Electro music and top DJ’s pump the air waves and give visitors every excuse to dance their weekend away. At the city exit towards Župa Dubrovačka. QOpen , Fri, Sat 08:00 - 04:00. Eastwest beach club L-5, Frana Supila 4, tel. (+385-20) 41 22 20,, www. The Banje beach at Ploče is where posers come to perfect their tans, since East West rents out funky loungers and screens to protect one’s privacy from the hoi polloi. This bar churns out cocktails and keeps ‘em dancing ‘til The Man says go home. Q Open 10:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 04:00. July - August Open 10:00 - 04:00. PALGB

Lost the beat?

Fuego A-2, Brsalje 8, tel. (+385-20) 31 28 70,, A proper little club on Pile. As the name suggests, you’ll often find a Latin theme down here, but other nights mainstream rock, dance, the odd live band… And on hot summer nights when you’re full of cocktails and joie de vivre, who really cares? QOpen 23:00 - 06:00. PNB Ginja Lounge Club Radisson Blu Resort&Spa, Na moru 1, Orašac, tel. (+385-20) 36 15 00, www.radissonblu. com/resort-dubrovnik. Night owls will devour the Radisson Resort’s evening club venue featuring a lounge, restaurant area with show kitchen, DJ and dance floor. Innovative Indian fusion dishes can be washed down with some signature cocktails, champagne by the glass and healthy juices. Then step out onto the outdoor terrace and dance floor for some mingling and partying ‘til the early morning hours. Q June Open Fri, Sat 19:00 - 03:00. July, August Open 19:00 - 03:00. Lazareti L-5, Frana Supila 8, tel. (+385-20) 32 46 33,, These superb stone spaces in the former quarantine house are given over to happenings of an arty/underground nature, including quality DJs spinning electronica. An international multimedia festival is held here, which includes independent, cutting-edge music, theatre, dance and more. QOpen 21:00 - 04:00. Orlandinjo Club F-3, Masar ykov put 20 (Hotel Dubrovnik Palace), tel. (+385-20) 43 00 00, info@, The Palace is one of the grooviest corners of Dubrovnik, practically exploding with contemporariness, and urbanites will find the nightclub is no exception. Live jazz acts go down nicely with excellent wines and cocktails, but be aware you do pay for your fancy surroundings! QOpen 22:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon, Sun. PA

Revelin D-2, Sv. Dominika bb (Fort Revelin), tel. (+385-

20) 32 21 64. A café and pizzeria with a super terrace overlooking the old city from Ploče, a great place to enjoy sundown with a couple of drinks. QOpen 10:00 - 01:00.

Lounge bars Culto I-4, Iva Vojnovića 39a. Escape the scorching summer

heat and cool off at Culto! What makes this bar unique is its exquisitely decorated interior and good atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit, it has a vibe and attracts a bubbly crowd. QOpen 08:00 - 02:00.

Pubs Arch Pub C-4, Androvićeva 1, tel. (+385-) 098 30 69 90, As the name says, it is housed under the arch behind the Cathedral. One of the rare places playing music other than house and mainstream. This fact and the successful combination of stone and dark wood make you want to stay and just keep ordering those Irish beers they keep. QOpen 09:00 - 02:00. Katie O’Connell’s Irish Pub C-2, Dropčeva 4a, tel. (+385-20) 32 15 75/(+385-) 091 220 20 94, bradley@ Brand new in 2006 but managing to look centuries old, this delightful stone cellar in one of the streets leading north of Stradun is a decent spot to eat and drink. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00. PAEB King Richard’s Pub I-4, Josipa Kosora bb, tel. (+38520) 33 37 33, Somewhat incongruous - a classy, “traditional” style pub in a rather new residential building, but nice nonetheless, and has become a favoured night spot on Lapad. Upstairs is for drinking and scoffing; downstairs is boogieing. QOpen 07:00 - 24:00. Closed Sun. PAB

Summer 2010



WHAT TO SEE Dubrovnik justifiably invites hyperbole - every corner in the Old Town, in its entirey a UNESCO World Heritage site, has spellbinding charm and tells many a story. Although the city dates back to the 7th century, many buildings were devastated in a terrible earthquake in 1667, and were rebuilt resulting in the rather harmonious style you see today. The architects of Dubrovnik included the best of the Croatian masters, including Juraj Dalmatinac (also responsible for the cathedral at Šibenik and the entire town of Pag) in combination with masters from Venice, Dubrovnik’s main rival and trading partner. Architectural beauty is perhaps a cause of a deep immersion in the arts that manifests itself in galleries and festivals.

Essential Dubrovnik Dominican Monastery (Dominikanski samostan)

D-2, Sv. Dominika 4, tel. (+385-20) 32 14 23. The Dominican order was established in Dubrovnik in the 13th century, and with the building of their monastery a century later, they became an important part of the city’s defences - the monastery is at a strategic corner of the Old Town, vulnerable to attack from land and sea. Graceful stone steps lead up to the complex - notice that the balustrades have been filled in to prevent rogues from looking up devout ladies’ skirts! As befits the monastery’s strategic position, from the outside it is fairly austere, but inside hides a jewel of a gothic and renaissance cloister (1456-1469), with a thick carpet of grass in the centre. The interior of the monastery church is delightfully simple, with a sweeping wooden roof and some fine stone furniture. The Dominican monastery, like the Franciscan, holds an important library and collection of art including a painting of Dubrovnik before the great earthquake by local master Nikola Božidarević that has been invaluable to historians in reconstructing the look of the Old Town, as well as important works by Titian, Paolo Veneziano and Vlaho Bukovac of neighbouring Cavtat. Mass: 07:00 and 19:00, Sun 08:00, 09:00, 11:00 and 19:00. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00. Admission 20kn.

Dominican Monastery

Dubrovnik In Your Pocket

WHAT TO SEE Lokrum Island L/M-6. You don’t have to travel far to experience the tranquillity of island life: Lokrum island is just a short hop away by boat (departs 09:00, 10:00 and every 30min till 20:00. 10min trip, 40kn return). It’s one of the best spots for a swim. The island’s shores are rocky, but the peace and the racket of crickets are something else, there’s a tiny saltwater lake which is perfect for kids, and there’s a naturist beach to the east of the jetty. Thick pine forests have been complemented by cultivated gardens first begun by Benedictine monks - the monastery here was founded in the 11th century, apparently by grateful citizens after being spared from a great fire in Dubrovnik. Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph built a summer house and formal gardens here, and a botanical garden was founded in 1959 - Lokrum is now a Nature Reserve. Lokrum’s hills are topped by a star shaped fort built by the French in 1806, from which you have great views.

The City Walls, Eugen Miljan

The City Walls, Bastions and Pile & Ploče Gates (Gradske zidine, tvrđave, gradska vrata Pile, Vrata od Ploča) Almost

Lokrum Island, Marin Šperanda

Stradun, Placa B-2/D-2. When talking about finding

your way around town, you’ll often hear people referring to Stradun, which you won’t see on any street signs. It’s the unofficial name for the main street Placa that joins the two main entrances to the Old Town at Ploče in the east and Pile in the west. The name comes from the Italian “strada”, meaning “street”. With its shining limestone flags and the uniform baroque buildings that line it, it is itself one of the best known sights of Dubrovnik. It’s the place people bump into and chat with friends on their daily business, and dress up for a stroll in the evening or at coffee time. Stradun marks the dividing line between the earliest settlement and the parts of the city that followed. This first settlement was on the land south of Stradun, and was then named Laus, Greek for “rock”, since it was originally an island. From the name Laus came Raus, Rausa and then Ragusa. Although Laus was probably inh a bi te d b y Ill y rian peoples since the 4th century, it was colonised in the 7th centur y by Greco-Roman refugees from Cavtat fleeing Slav incursions. Later, Slavs settled the land across t h e nar ro w, marsh y channel - this settlement was called Dubrava, from the Slav word for “oak tree”. The channel was filled in during the 12th centur y, thus creating Stradun, and the two towns integrated and began to build the city Stradun walls.

two kilometers in length, Dubrovnik’s city walls are among the best preserved and most attractive on this planet, and a walk along them is an absolute must. The defenses were built between the 8th and the 16th century. The fact that on the land side they are almost 6m thick in places shows their primary purpose as defence against attack from the mountainous hinterland - the Ottoman Empire, for example, lay just a few kilometers inland. The walls were strengthened by myriad towers and bastions, and were never breached the Republic of Dubrovnik only fell after Napoleon’s armies were invited in on condition that they would respect its independence. Two further fortresses, Revelin to the east and Lovrijenac, on a headland just west of the Old Town, provided additional strategic defence. Revelin is a venue for concerts during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Lovrijenac is one of the most atmospheric venues of the festival, with traditional performances of Hamlet taking place under the stars. Your ticket to the city walls includes entrance to Lovrijenac, and it’s well worth visiting. It was for some time used as a prison, and is surrounded by delightful parkland with some of the best views of the city, a great picnic spot. The Minčeta fort, just north of the Pile gate, with its stylized battlements, is one of the symbols of the city, and St John’s fortress houses the Maritime Museum and Aquarium. Apart from the fortresses, each of which has its own story and character, the Pile and Ploče gates are also masterpieces. From these gates, you now access the Old Town over stone bridges ending in drawbridges spanning the moat, now filled with park benches and orange trees. Above the gates you’ll see reliefs of St Blaise, protector of the city. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00. Admission 30 - 70kn.

The monastery houses a museum where you can see original items from the pharmacy, plus an extensive library with precious incunabula, manuscripts, a large collection of musical notations and a treasury of artworks. Outside the Church of the Little Brothers on Stradun you’ll see a lovely relief of the Pietà, and, on a lighter note, a gargoyle below knee height. The trick is to stand on it facing the wall - it’s the test of a real man! Mass: 07:00 and 19:00, Sun 07:00, 09:30, 11:00 and 19:00. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00. Admission 15 - 30kn. The Church of St Blaise (Crkva sv. Vlaha) D-3, Luža 3. Named after the saint protector of Dubrovnik, this is perhaps the church most beloved of the city’s people. Sitting four square on Stradun, its stained glass windows by local artist Ivo Dulčić (1971) lit up at night make a wonderful show. A church has stood on this spot since 1368, but following a fire, the present church (1717) was built in Baroque style by Venetian architect Marino Gropelli, who was also sculptor of the statue of St Blaise standing above the entrance to the church, protectively holding a scale model of the Old Town in his hand. The church’s front steps are the setting for some of the most important events of the life of the city, including New Year’s Eve and the opening night of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which always used to include a concert by legendary renaissance-pop group and Eurovision contestants The Troubadours. Mass in foreign languages can be arranged by appointment. The Rector’s Palace (Knežev dvor) D-3, Pred Dvorom 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 14 97. One of the loveliest buildings in the city and the seat of the Rector, the figurehead of the Republic elected within the nobility, whose term lasted for just one month confining him to these quarters which he could only leave on official occasions and religious holidays. The building changed its appearance after two explosions of gunpowder stored here, and its current appearance is mainly thanks to the renaissance designs of Juraj Dalmatinac of Zadar and Michelozzo Mihelozzi of Florence in the 1460s. Alterations were added in baroque style in the 17th century following the earthquake, and since the original building by Onofrio della Cava, creator of the city aqueduct and fountains, was in gothic style, the result is a blend of styles which is timelessly romantic. The palace’s frontage has a delightful colonnade with choir style decorative stone benches. Inside, a beautiful courtyard is the venue for recitals and concerts. The palace is now a museum where you can view the richly appointed offices and quarters of the Rector, plus the arsenal, courtroom and prison cells. Artworks, costumes and domestic objects of the period are all on display. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00. Admission 20 - 40kn.

The Franciscan Monastery of the Friars Minor and the Old Pharmacy (Franjevački samostan i stara apoteka Male braće) B-2, Placa 2, tel. (+385-20) 32

14 10,, The Romanesque cloister of the Franciscan monastery is an absolute delight, decorated with the remnants of old frescoes, and with delicate pillars surrounding a garden where orange trees grow. The monastery is most famous for its pharmacy, among the oldest in Europe and the oldest one still working.

The Rector’s Palace, Marin Šperanda Summer 2010




WHAT TO SEE government, convinced that it was run by elitist autocrats. He is best loved for his satirical plays, and he is regarded as one of the greats of European renaissance literature. His birthplace has been transformed into an in situ exhibition of the playwright, whose comedies are regularly performed at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Admission 10 - 20kn.

The Synagogue and Jewish Museum (Sinagoga i židovski muzej) D-2, Žudioska 5, tel. (+385-20) 32

Dubrovnik Natural History Museum

Museums Bukovac House (Kuća Bukovac) Bukovčeva 5,

Cavtat, tel. (+385-20) 47 86 46, muzej@kuca-bukovac. hr, See works by Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922), one of the most famous modern Croatian painters, in the setting of his charming Cavtat home. Part of the house is devoted to exhibitions of works by young artists, offering an invigorating counterpoint. Q Open 09:00 - 13:00, 16:00 - 20:00, Sun 16:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon. Admission 20kn.

Dubrovnik Natural History Museum (Prirodoslovni muzej) C-4, Androvićeva 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 48 88. Although newly opened, the collection dates back to 1872 when the Museo Patrio (Native Musem) was founded with a donation from the Chamber of Trade and Crafts and the private collection of pharmacist and ship-owner Antun Drobac. The collection of 100 year-old taxidermy specimens may not appeal to everyone, but kids will probably love it and learn a lot too, and the museum is not so big to keep you on foot for hours. Other rooms are used for temporary exhibitions. QOpen 09:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Admission free.

Đurovića Cave So your plane lands and minutes later you find yourself in a cave! Yes, it is true! Just beneath the Dubrovnik Airport, there is a cave that stretches 200m in length and is a fast growing attraction. Audio guides in English, Russian and Croatian will take you through this adventure where Mother Nature has for centuries been working her magic. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. Tickets 50kn.

Opening soon... Dubrovnik Cable Car Visit the latest craze about to hit Dubrovnik, the soon to be opened ‘Dubrovnik Cable Car’ positioned 405m above sea level. Two cabins, holding 30 passengers, will take you on a 778m journey leaving you with breathtaking views over the Old City. The upper station has two terraces equipped with binoculars, a snack bar, a panoramic restaurant, a souvenir shop, rest rooms and an amphitheater for special events. The state of the art facilities are superb, so why not see the Adriatic sky high? Perfect to capture that special moment. Dubrovnik In Your Pocket

Ethnographic Museum Rupe (Etnografski muzej Rupe) B-3, Od Rupa 3, tel. (+385-20) 32 30 13. “Rupe”

is named after the pits which were hewn out of living rock in this granary, which was used for drying and storing imported grain for the city’s people. Built in 1590, this is a fascinating building in itself, and the exhibits showcase the economic, cultural and spiritual development of Dubrovnik. The folk costumes and textiles give the best flavour of the region where folk culture is still celebrated. QOpen 09:00 - 16:00. Closed Tue. Admission 20 - 40kn. Maritime Museum (Pomorski muzej) E-3, St. John’s fortress (Tvrđava sv. Ivana), tel. (+385-20) 32 39 04. Considering how vital sailing and shipbuilding were to the growth of the Dubrovnik Republic, this is one of the city’s most important museums. The display of models of the fine galleons that were once built here is the stuff of fairy tales they, along with blueprints from the archives, were used for building the replicas that you might glimpse in the Gruž harbor today. Along with the Aquarium, the Museum is housed in the massive St John’s fortress on the old harbor. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon. Admission 20 - 40kn.

Modern History Museum (Muzej suvremene povijesti) B-2, Poljana Paska Miličevića 1, tel. (+385-

20) 32 48 56. The Museum’s work focuses on gathering documentation on contemporary history since World War Two, including memoirs and photography. From time to time you can see all their exhibitions in Rector’s Palace. The museum doesn’t have a permanent display but occasional exhibitions.

10 28. The Synagogue (1352, the second oldest in Europe after Prague) and Jewish museum are set in a building which could be reached from within the surrounding houses in what was once the Jewish ghetto. A permanent Jewish community here was founded at the end of the 15th century following the exodus from Portugal and Spain. The community flourished and included respected doctors, merchants and state representatives. Jews in Dubrovnik enjoyed relative freedom, but there were some restrictions on their activities at certain points in history. The Synagogue is tiny and delightful, with heavy velvet drapes and a richly painted, midnight blue ceiling. The museum contains valuable menorahs and Torah scrolls, alongside information on the history of the Jewish community in Dubrovnik. QOpen 10:00 - 15:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Admission 15kn.

Churches Dubrovnik’s citizens have often had cause to ask for help over the ages, and have never forgotten to say thank you. That’s why they engaged in building so many churches. Here are just a few of the main ones in the Old Town.

Church and Convent of Sigurata & Museum of Sigurata Convent (Samostan i muzej Sigurata)

B-2, Od Sigurate 13, tel. (+385-20) 32 14 67. To find this pink little baroque confection, you have to enter what looks like someone’s garden off an intimate side street. There was probably a church on this spot well before its first mention in the 12th century. Franciscan nuns established their convent here in the 13th century, and the adjoining museum contains household objects they used in order to support their order (e.g. needlework), as well as liturgical utensils and artworks, including two wax dolls of the baby Jesus (Bambino). At one time, every Dubrovnik household had such a doll, which was especially venerated at Christmas time. Q Open 10:00 12:00, 16:00 - 18:00 and on request. Admission 5 - 10kn.

The Archeological Museum (Arheološki muzej)

D-4, Braće Andrijića 7, tel. (+385-20) 32 40 41, The Archeological museum currently does not have a permanent residence, and some of its collections are still under preparation, but you can see objects dating back to prehistoric times excavated from the Old Town itself, including fragments of early Romanesque churches featuring the attractive plaitwork typical for Dalmatia. A prehistoric ceramic pot and female bust were found on the Pelješac peninsula. The museum doesn’t have a permanent display but occasional exhibitions.

The Birthplace of Marin Držić (Dom Marina Držića)

B-3, Široka 7, tel. (+385-20) 32 32 42/(+385-20) 32 32 96. This picturesque gothic town house is the place where Marin Držić was born. Držić only became accepted as one of the greats of Croatian literature after his death, as he was a bit too much of a wild card. His many exploits included sending a series of letters to the Medici family in Florence, seeking their help in overthrowing the Dubrovnik

Did you know? The Dominicans arrived in Dubrovnik in 1225 and started building today’s monastery and the Church of Saint Dominic in the eastern part of the city, next to the Vrata od Ploča, at the beginning of the 14th century.

St Blaise How close St Blaise is to the people of Dubrovnik is shown by the number of times he appears in reliefs and sculptures in the city, and by the celebrations on his feast day, February 3, when a grand procession through town takes place, followed by great merriment. It is thought he was adopted as the city’s saint protector in 971 after appearing in a vision warning of an attack by the Venetians. St Blaise came from Armenia, he was a healer, and legend has it that sick animals came to him but would never disturb his prayers. He was persecuted as a Christian, and in prison still practised medicine, saving a child from choking on a fishbone. That’s why he is the patron saint of ailments of the throat, and on his feast day peoples’ throats are still blessed with two entwined candles. He was thrown in a lake, and stood on the water waiting for his persecutors to come out to him – they drowned. When he came back to dry land, his flesh was torn with wool combs and he was beheaded.

Church of St Saviour (Crkva sv. Spasa) B-2, Placa bb. The first church you’ll see on entering the Old City from the Pile gate is St Saviour’s, with its typical Dalmatian rosette window on the front. It was built by citizens grateful for being delivered from the terrible earthquake of 1520. It is said that even the city’s aristocratic ladies helped with carrying wood and stone. This beautiful little Renaissance church is often used as a venue for concerts and recitals. Rozario Church and Confraternity (Crkva i bratovština Rozario) D-2, Zlatarska. Opposite the Dominican monastery is a further building which once formed part of the complex, and includes the diminutive Rosary church - nowadays used as an occasional gallery space. The building dates back to 1594 and is built in mannerist and baroque styles.

Serbian Orthodox Church and Museum of Icons (Pravoslavna crkva i Muzej ikona) C-3, Od Puča 8,

tel. (+385- 020) 32 32 83. Dubrovnik’s Orthodox church was built from 1865-1877, and stands behind impressive wrought iron gates. It houses a number of icons, mainly Byzantine and Cretan, but those looking for a more extensive collection should head for the museum on the second floor of the building next door. Q Church Open 08:00 - 19:00. Museum Open 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Church Admission free. Museum Admission 5 - 10kn. St Ignatius’ Church (Crkva sv. Ignacija) C-4, Ruđera Boškovića 6, tel. (+385-20) 32 35 00. Part of a fine complex on an elevated square close to the southern edge of the Old Town, the wonderfully ornate Jesuit church of St Ignatius is approached via a romantic baroque staircase which is modelled on the Spanish Steps in Rome (1738). The church itself was built between 1667 and 1725 by architect Ignazzio Pozzo, and like most Jesuit churches of the period was modelled on the Gesù in Rome, the mother church of the Jesuits. Both the stairway and the square in front of the church are used as venues at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Despite the somewhat run-down appearance of the adjoining college, an esteemed place of education, this is a particularly atmospheric spot in one of the oldest parts of the city. Mass in English In June, July and August mass is held in English every day at 12:00 at the Jesuit Church of St Ignatius, Ruđera Boškovića 6. QOpen 06:30 - 20:00.

Summer 2010




WHAT TO SEE Landmarks Gundulić Square (Gundulićeva poljana) C/D-3.

This square is named after the long-haired chappie standing in the centre - one Ivan Gundulić, a Dubrovnik statesman and Baroque poet whose verse set the standard for literary Croatian which is still accepted today. The statue to him was erected in 1893. Gundulić’s poems were hymns to his home city and the struggles of the Slav nations against rival powers. The square bordered by elegant shops, restaurants and homes is the Old Town’s fruit market in the mornings.

Onofrio’s Fountains - Great and Small (Velika i mala Onofrijeva fontana) B-2, D-3, Poljana Paska

Zelenci - Dubrovnik’s restored heritage, Rector’s Palace

St Katherine’s Convent (Samostan sv. Katarine)

C-3, Strossmayerova 3. The graceful building which now houses the acclaimed Art School, in one of the oldest parts of town south of Stradun, is the former convent of St Katherine. St Nicholas’ Church (Crkva sv. Nikole) D-2, Zlatarska. This little church at the Ploče end of Prijeko was originally built in simple, pre-romanesque style typical for early Middle Ages Dalmatia; a late renaissance frontage was added in 1607. Inside, you can see stone ornaments in an interlocking style reminiscent of Celtic knotwork called “pleter”, which is typical of early Croatian churches, plus a fine painting of the Madonna dating back to the 13th century.

St Sebastian’s Church (Crkva sv. Sebastijana)

D-2, Sv. Dominika. This 15th century church was built by the Ploče gate, for a good reason: St Sebastian is the saint protector against plague. It lies under the protective wing of the Dominican monastery, in a pretty corner by the stone steps and balustrade. The Cathedral (Katedrala) D-3, Kneza Damjana Jude 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 34 59 Treasury/(+385-20) 32 34 96. The elegant pale grey Cathedral at rosy sundown exemplifies the frequently quoted phrase “city of stone and light” (Jure Kaštelan). Its dome gracefully tops the skyline whichever way you look at it, and its baroque forms are one more chapter of the fairytale of the city streets. It was thought that the Cathedral, built between 1672 and 1713 by Italian architects Andrea Buffalini and Paolo Andreotti, was built on the site of an earlier 12th century Romanesque cathedral, destroyed in the great earthquake of 1667. However, following another earthquake in 1979, excavations showed that there had, in fact, been a Byzantine cathedral on this spot since the 7th or 8th centuries. The light and lofty interior is most famous for its collection of treasures, which includes reliquaries of St Blaise. The golden caskets containing the saint’s head and foot are thought to be the work of Byzantine masters of the 11th century. By the main altar is a painting of the Assumption by Titian which features a self-portrait of the artist. Mass: 07:30 and 18:00, Sun 07:30, 09:00, 10:00, 18:00 and 20:00. Q Open 09:00 - 17:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00. Admission 10 - 15kn.

Did you know? The English word “argosy”, meaning a fleet of ships, is derived from the name Ragusa.

Dubrovnik In Your Pocket

Miličevića, Pred Dvorom. One of the first spectacular sights that greets you when you enter Stradun from the Pile Gate is the Great Onofrio Fountain, with its huge central dome and sixteen water taps all around. A ledge and steps around the water trough provide a perfect resting spot for tired sightseers. The fountain is the end point of the aqueduct that architects Onofrio dell Cava and Andriuzzi de Bulbilo built from a source near the river, almost 12km away, one of the first aqueducts to be built on the territories of today’s Croatia. Completed in 1438, the fountain was once more ornate with a massive cupola, but was damaged in the great earthquake and never repaired. Onofrio’s small fountain is an elegant little masterpiece decorated with playful dolphins that stands near the tower at the other end of Stradun. Orlando’s Column (Orlandov stup) D-2, Pred Dvorom. In front of the Church of St Blaise stands a column with a carving of Orlando (or Roland), nephew of Charlemagne and legend of minstrel ballads embodying freedom and nobility. The column was raised in 1418, and from that date the flag of St Blaise flew here right until the end of the Republic. Today you’ll see the white Libertas flag symbolizing the city’s enduring spirit of independence. This spot was once the marketplace and to some extent still is the political ‘heart’ of the city: it was the place where citizens were once summoned to hear state decrees and to witness punishments. Orlando’s right forearm was used as the standard for the traditional Dubrovnik measure for trading fabric - a Ragusan cubit or lakat (elbow) - you can see the rather more convenient measure near the bottom of the sculpture

The City Hall and Marin Držić Theatre (Vijećnica i kazalište Marina Držića) D-3, Pred Dvorom 1. South

of the clock tower on the eastern end of Stradun begins a remarkable chain of buildings. The first is the old Arsenal, with three (originally four) huge arches facing seawards. Here, galleons would be brought into dry dock for repair. (Now, it’s a place to bring hungry stomachs for refilling, and for lubricating throats). The city coffee house is a grand café with seating overlooking St Blaise’s Church. Next door are the chambers of the city council, followed by the Marin Držić Theatre. The buildings are fronted by steps and balustrades - it’s a fine sight to see the theatregoers and orchestra’s musicians gathered there on a warm evening. The City Harbour (Gradska luka) D/E-2/3. Dubrovnik owes its very existence to shipping. There is evidence that the lands here were first colonised by Illyrian tribes in the 4th century, probably attracted by the security offered by the island which lay where the southern half of the Old Town now stands, and the natural lie of the land with Mount Srđ standing guard. It lay at a natural resting point on the maritime trade routes that existed even before the Roman Empire. After the Slavs settled here and began fortifying the city in the 13th century, owing to good diplomatic ties with powers such as Turkey and Venice, Dubrovnik began to establish a healthy shipping trade. Two harbours were built in rocky, protected coves: a main one near the Ploče gates and a smaller one on the Pile side. Through trade, Dubrovnik grew wealthy and rose to rival that other maritime city state, Venice. During the city’s golden age in the 16th century, the merchant navy numbered around 200 ships. Shipbuilding was a highly important industry, and the Dubrovnik Karaka, a beautiful galleon, was well known as being of exceptional quality as it was made of durable Lebanese Cedar. You can see a replica in Gruž harbour in the evenings. The sheltered harbour at Ploče has a wonderful atmosphere, and is now the spot for embarking on a boat tour, for buying local textiles from the local ladies sewing in the shade, or for enjoying a good meal.

The City Belltower (Gradski zvonik, Luža zvonara)

D-3, Pred Dvorom. Look carefully at the bell in the tower that crowns the east end of Stradun, and you’ll notice the figures of two men, poised to strike with hammers. If your zoom isn’t up to the task of making them out clearly, you can see their two older brothers in the Sponza palace next door. Their green color is a result of their copper composition rather than their roots on Mars. They are affectionately known as zelenci - ‘the green ones’ - or, individually, Maro and Baro, the descendents of the two original wooden figures. The bell is the only original part of the tower - an older one dating back to 1444 was destroyed and rebuilt in 1928. The tower bell weighs two tonnes and was cast by a master craftsman famed far and wide for casting bells and cannons: Ivan Krstitelj Rabljanin or John the Baptist of Rab Island. The tower’s clock with its sunburst centrepoint is rather lovely in its simplicity.

The Aquarium The Aquarium (Akvarij) E-3, Kneza Damjana Jude 12, tel. (+385-20) 32 39 78. Housed in the magnificent St John’s fortress (Sveti Ivan), the Aquarium gives you the chance to get to know the sea life of the Adriatic without having to eat it. Children will love it; animal rights activists may be less than impressed. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00. Admission 15 - 40kn.

Orlando’s Column

The Lazaret (Lazareti) L-5. Just past the Ploče gates is a row of adjoining stone buildings with gates guarding the courtyards. This was the Dubrovnik lazaret - quarantine houses for travellers in times of plague. Since these buildings were usually destroyed when the need for them passed, Dubrovnik’s lazaret is one of the last remaining in Europe. The rather impressive stone buildings now house artists’ workshops and a humanitarian organisation, and are the venue for concerts and DJ parties.

Romance on Porporela One of the favourite romantic strolls of the people of Dubrovnik is along the breakwater which is given the feminine name Porporela, by St John’s fortress. With benches overlooking the old harbour and Lokrum island while the waves lap around, it’s easy to see why so many songs have been written about this place and why so many couples have fallen in love here…

The Siege of Dubrovnik 26 June 1991 Croatia declares its independence from Yugoslavia. August 1991 A low-intensity conflict between Croats and Serbs quickly escalates into all-out war. Dubrovnik, with its largely Croatian population and minor strategic importance, is only lightly defended. 1 October 1991 Serbian military planners decide that an attack on Dubrovnik will weaken Croatian morale. The JNA (Yugoslav Peoples’ Army), supported by volunteers from Serbia, Eastern Herzegovina and Montenegro, begins its assault. 5 October 1991 The JNA captures the resort of Slano north of Dubrovnik, cutting the city off from the rest of Croatia. Over 50,000 civilians and refugees are trapped inside the city. 22 October 1991 The holiday resorts of Cavtat, Mlini and Kupari are overrun by the JNA. 23 October 1991 Dubrovnik’s Old Town suffers its first major artillery bombardment. 25 October 1991 The JNA and its allies take the high ground overlooking the city. Defenders fall back on Fort Imperial, the Napoleonic-era strongpoint at the summit of Mt Srd. 6 December 1991 Dubrovnik is subjected to the siege’s most intensive day of shelling. A major enemy assault on Fort Imperial is thrown back following stiff resistance. January 1992 A UN-sponsored cease-fire comes into effect. July 1992 A month-long operation led by Croatian General Janko Bobetko wins back control of the coastal highway, ending the land blockade of the city. 20 October 1992 Croatian troops liberate Cavtat. August 1995 Hostilities come to an end after Croatian victories in central Croatia. The aftermath According to current Croatian statistics, the attack on Dubrovnik cost the lives of 193 defenders and just over 100 civilians. In the territories occupied by enemy forces, hotels and private houses were systematically ransacked. In Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a total of 824 buildings (68% of the total) had taken a hit of one kind or another. Renovation and repair was a long and painstaking business, as the shell-scarred masonry and roof tiles of the Old Town could only be replaced with carefully-sourced equivalents.

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SPORT in the Konavle, there’s no shortage of variety. If you fancy quad-bike safaris or paint-balling, check out what’s on offer at the Prevlaka Nature Park or the Kojan Koral (see listings below).

Climbing Prevlaka Nature Park Gruda 152, Konavle, tel. (+385-

Dubrovnk is far from being just a walk-round museum of cultural treasures and churches. It also stands in the middle of a spectacularly unspoiled natural landscape, and is ideally suited to an active holiday of paddling, peddling and generally pottering around. The easiest way to stretch your legs is to embark on a mission to conquer Mount Srđ, the stark 412m-high summit that watches over Dubrovnik to the north. Otherwise catch a ferry to an offshore island such as Lopud, Šipan or Mljet, where numerous walking trails forge through untouched Mediterranean landscapes. Most popular of the organized activities in the Dubrovnik region is sea kayaking, with several local agencies offering half- or full-day paddles focusing on the nearby islands of Lokrum, Koločep and Lopud. Cycling is beginning to take off in the Konavle, the beautifully rustic coastal strip that runs southeast from Dubrovnik to the Montenegrin border. The Cavtat tourist office publishes a series of free mountain biking maps to the region, and guided bike tours can be booked at travel agents in both Dubrovnik and Cavtat. With the chance to go scuba diving or sailing in coastal waters near Dubrovnik or Mljet, or try out free climbing or horse riding

20) 79 15 55, This adventure park offers loads for active souls - choose between free climbing, paintball, biking or wandering the tunnels. If you’re hungry you can have a bite at their Konoba, and if you’re hot take a dip in the clean sea. Entry 15kn, for climbing and group activities you should call 098 26 14 66. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00.

Regattas 12.06 Saturday - 13.06 Sunday

The Lapad Sailing Regatta Koločep Channel.

25.06 Friday

Croatian Statehood Day Regatta Koločep Channel.

06.08 Friday - 08.08 Sunday

South Dalmatian Regatta

Orebić - Pomena - Prožura - Dubrovnik.

04.09 Saturday

Musical Regatta

Horse riding

Koločep Channel.

Kojan koral Popovići, Kokoti 3, Gruda, tel. (+385-) 098 60 69 29,, www.kojankoral. hr. Even a total beginner can enjoy a two hour ride in the Konavle countryside: helmets, insurance and moron-proof instructions are provided. QOpen 08:00 - 12:00 and by prior arrangment.

Scuba diving Abyss - Diving & Water-sport center G-2, Iva

Dulčića 35 (Hotel Dubrovnik President), tel. (+385-) 098 76 56 85/(+385-) 098 24 43 49, diving@apnea. hr, QApril - November Open 09:30 - 18:00. Blue planet F-3, Masarykov put 20 (Hotel Dubrovnik Palace), tel. (+385-) 091 899 09 73,, For info out of season call 091 899 09 73. QMay - November Open 09:00 - 19:00. Diving club Dubrovnik H-2, Ivana Zajca 35, tel. (+38520) 43 57 37/(+385-) 098 42 79 63,, On Babin Kuk facing the Gruž harbour. QOpen by prior arrangement.

Sea kayaking Adriatic Kayak tours K-4, Zrinsko Frankopanska 6,

tel. (+385-20) 31 27 70/(+385-) 091 722 04 13, info@, QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. A Adventure Dalmatia Uvala Pile, tel. (+385-21) 54 06 42, inf, w w w. Sea kayaking around Dubrovnik, free climbing in the Konavle. More information on 091 566 59 42 and 091 526 38 13. QApril - October Open 08:00 - 22:00.

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MAIL & PHONES Postal rates Letters up to 50 gr Croatia 3.10kn, Abroad 7.10kn Postcards (standard) Croatia 1.60 kn, Abroad 3.10 kn


60/(+385-) 091 530 25 12,, Sea kayaking, free climbing, trekking. For info call the mobiles above. QWorking hours by appointment.

If all you need to do is send a postcard or a letter, you can buy stamps in pretty much any kiosk, just make sure they’re right value for what you are sending and where. Once you put it on, drop your mail in any post box.These are the small yellow boxes attached to buildings around town. Central Post Office I-3, Vukovarska 16, tel. (+38520) 36 20 68. Q Open 07:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun. Lapad Miljenka Bratoša 21, tel. (+385-20) 41 26 74. Q Open 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. Pile K-5, Branitelja Dubrovnika 2, tel. (+385-20) 41 12 65. QOpen 08:00 - 15:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Stari grad B-2, Široka 8, tel. (+385-20) 32 34 27. Q Open 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:30 - 15:00. Closed Sun.


Express mail

LaurAdventure K-4, Istarska 3, tel. (+385-) 091 930 92

Babin Kuk tennis centre F/G-3, Iva Dulčića bb, tel.

(+385-20) 44 76 27. You should call for an appointment to check when there is a free court, 40kn per hour. QOpen 08:00 - 12:00, 17:00 - 21:00. Dubrovnik tennis club H-2, Šetalište kralja Zvonimira bb, tel. (+385-20) 43 73 55, teniskiklubdubrovnik@ You need to call for an appointment a day earlier. 50kn/hr during the day, after the lights are on you’ll pay 80kn. QOpen 07:00 - 24:00.

Internet places Du Net G-2, Šetalište kralja Zvonimira 36, Hotel Park, This is an outdoor internet park in Lapad

bay. (5kn/10min) QOpen 09:00 - 24:00. Hugo B-2, Prijeko 13, tel. (+385-20) 32 20 69/(+385-)

091 211 11 96. Internet, playstation and PC games, burning photos, scanning and printing. Ring home for cheap too! (7kn/15min, half an hour 10kn and 20kn/1h.) QOpen 09:00 - 23:00. Netcafe C-2, Prijeko 21, tel. (+385-20) 32 10 25,, A sweet and bright little café in the Old Town. 30kn/hr surfing, plus print, copy, scan, fax, burn, connect your laptop. QOpen 09:00 - 01:00. PNB Snoopy I-3, Bana Jelačića 33, tel. (+385-20) 31 22 74, QOpen 09:00 - 23:00, Sun 13:00 - 23:00. 30kn / hour.

City Ex I-3, Vukovarska 34, tel. (+385-20) 31 18 00/ (+385-) 0800 303 333,, www. Q Open 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. N DHL M-5, Frana Supila 12, Hotel Excelsior, tel. (+385-1) 665 11 11, QOpen 08:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. A

Public telephone All public phones in Croatia are card operated and you can purchase one (telefonska kartica) at any kiosk - they come in 15 - 100 units and cost 15, 30, 50 and 100kn respectively. You can also buy pre-paid phone cards which give you substantial discounts when calling abroad.

Mobile phones

Neretva Marathon

Marinas ACI Marina Dubrovnik Rijeka dubrovačka Komolac b.b., tel. (+385-20) 45 50 20, m.dubrovnik@, 450 berths, 110 places on land. Two restaurants, souvenir shop, supermarket, mechanic, swimming pool, showers. QOpen 08:00 20:00. A ACI Marina Korčula Korčula, tel. (+385-20) 71 16 61,, 144 berths, 16 on land. Restaurant, hairdresser, mechanic, accommodation. Staff speak foreign languages. QOpen 07:30 - 21:30. A Luka Porat - Gruž H-1, Obala pape Ivana Pavla II 1, tel. (+385-20) 41 86 40, dpa.gruz@portdubrovnik. hr. QOpen 07:00 - 21:00. A Dubrovnik In Your Pocket

Mobile phone use in Dubrovnik is typical to most everywhere in Europe: they appear to be permanent growths that have attached themselves to ears or cheeks. Unique however, are the numerous and exciting tonal renditions of show-tunes and 80s glam-rock that shatter the most tranquil of moments. It seems that churches and cinemas remain the only structures holy enough to warrant the tragic silentmode designation in this central European location. The networks that exist are VIP (091), T-Mobile (098) and Tele 2 (095) and their SIM cards can be bought all over the place. Buy pay-as-you-go cards in news kiosks, or top up at a cash machine. SIM Cards Purchase a Croatian SIM card from one of the following. They all have numerous selling points throughout the city if the below addresses aren’t convenient for you. T-Centar I-3, Stračevićeva 47, tel. (+385-) 0800 1550, QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Tele 2 Centar I-3, Nikole Tesle 2 (TC Minčeta), tel. (+385-20) 35 65 89, QOpen 08:00 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Vip Centar L-5, Frana Supila 5, tel. (+385-) 091 77 00, QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

Making the call You’ve memorised the misleadingly simple code breakdown, and are ready to take the plunge (let’s hope you decided not to drop that tricky calculus course). Local Calls: Here’s the trick: dial the subscriber’s six- or sevendigit number, and place the receiver to your ear. National Calls: Dial the Croatian city code (020 if you’re calling Dubrovnik for instance) followed by the subscriber’s number. Calling Abroad: Dial 00 (the international access code), the appropriate country code, a city or area code if applicable and the subscriber’s number. Calling Croatia from Abroad: Dial your international access code, 385 (Croatia’s country code), the city code (dropping the initial 0) and the subscriber’s number. Calling a Mobile: Mobile numbers are 9 or 10-digits and begin with either 091, 092, 095, 098 or 099. Dial the subscriber’s number and wait for a human voice. For an international call to a Croatian mobile, dail your international acess code, 385 (country code), drop the 0, and then dial the remaining digits.

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Public transport

Bus lines from Dubrovnik

The orange city buses are run by Libertas (hooray, freedom!). You’ll be amazed how efficient and clean they are. They connect the coach station and Gruž harbour with the Old Town and hotels on Lapad, and take you to Cavtat in the south of the county, and Pelješac in the north. See the company’s website (sorry, no English) or any number of placards or fliers in the city for a route map. Tickets for journeys within the city cost 8kn from news kiosks (10kn from the driver) and must be cancelled in the ticket-stamping machines immediately on boarding. Out-of-town routes cost a little bit more (the journey to Cavtat for example costs 12kn each way) and tickets are bought from the driver.

Bus lines to nearby places in and around the Dubrovnik/ Neretva County are daily; that includes the connecting link to the town of Metković. The weekend schedule is different to the weekday schedule and therefore the first line on Saturday and Sunday mornings starts at 06:00 with the last bus line leaving at 22:00. For the town of Ploče, the first line departs at 05:00 and the last at 21:00. For those choosing Orebić on the Pelješac peninsula, buses leave Dubrovnik at 14:15, 15:00 through to 18:00 (except on Sundays and public holidays). If you’re heading for the island of Korčula (Vela Luka), a bus line departs on Sunday at 09:00 and 15:00. The larger cities of Makarska and Split have extra bus lines: the earliest starts from Dubrovnik at 05:00 with the last at 21:00 for Makarska, and at 22:00 for Split. A line for Sinj/Knin is once a day and that’s at 18:00 every day. Šibenik and Zadar are also timetabled with daily rides beginning at 05:00 and with the last bus ride at 17:00. There are four bus lines for Rijeka that operate daily at - 6:30, 08:00, 15:30 and 17:00. For Istria and the cities of Pula and Rovinj there is a daily line at 15:30. Dubrovnik is also connected with mainland Croatia, namely the Croatian capital Zagreb where the first bus leaves at 06:00 and the last at 22:00. There is a direct line to the Plitvice National Park which leaves Dubrovnik at 18:00 every day and for the most Eastern towns of Osijek, Vinkovci and Slavonski Brod at 17:15 every day. The City of Dubrovnik also has international bus lines: buses for Sarajevo are at 08:00 and at 15:15 every day. For one of the most famous Catholic pilgrimage sites Međugorje, buses leave at 17:15 every day. There is a daily bus line for the towns of Kotor and Budva in Montenegro at 10:30 and 15:00. For travellers wishing to visit Montenegro’s capital Podgorica can do so at 05:45 on Mondays, and at 15:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For Trieste and Italy there is a daily bus line at 17:00. Futher details and information can be found at www. or call 060 305 070.

Taxi The easiest and simplest way to get a cab is to call 0800 1441 or 970 otherwise you’ll find them on the following ranks: Pile, Main Coach Station, Gruž Harbour, Ploče, Lapad. There are no night supplements, you’ll always pay an 25kn start, 8kn per kilometre, 2kn per baggage item and 80kn per hour for waiting.

Train Amazing but true, the railway system does not serve Dubrovnik. Inter-railers may consider the Zagreb-Ploče train, traveling via Bosnia and Herzegovina and visiting towns such as Banja Luka, Mostar and Sarajevo. Normal people would probably prefer to avoid this 13-hour odyssey and travel to Split, then continue south by coach, especially since the Zagreb-Split fast train now takes less than six hours, or you can take the sleeper. Drivers can rest up and escape tourist traffic by loading their car on a night train at 22:55 (178kn-288kn) traveling to Split and then continuing south. However, since the Zagreb-Split motorway has reduced journey times to about 5 hours (traffic permitting), many people choose to drive or take the coach. A final touring option is the Ploče-Sarajevo-Osijek-Budapest route, which takes the best part of 17 hours.

Long distance coaches Since there’s no train station in Dubrovnik, the long distance coach has long been the best way to travel to cities in Croatia and abroad. There are frequent services to almost all Croatian destinations, while international lines mostly head for Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a handful of buses for cities in Italy and Montenegro. Coach travel is the quickest and cheapest choice for those on a budget, but if you’re heading for Zagreb, check prices with Croatia Airlines first. You may save yourself some money and a 14 hour journey! Coach Station (Autobusni kolodvor) H-1, Obala pape Ivana Pavla II 44a, tel. (+385-) 060 30 50 70/ (+385-20) 31 32 75, QOpen 05:30 - 22:30.

Car rental Adria rent G-3, Masarykov put 9, tel. (+385-20) 43 70 66/(+385-) 098 34 49 64,, You can also rent a scooter. Q Open 08:00 - 13:00, 17:00 - 20:00, Sun 08:00 - 12:00. A Dubrovnik In Your Pocket

Rent A Smar t tel. (+385-1) 487 61 72, info@, Free info 0800 25 25 25. Uni rent Dubrovnik Airport, Čilipi, tel. (+385-20) 77 34 80/(+385-) 099 219 55 15,, www. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. A

Parking Central Dubrovnik can be a nightmare when it comes to parking, and it’s not uncommon to see visitors driving around in circles for hours in the hope of finding a free space. Your best bet is to head for the multistorey car park at Ilijina Glavica (Zagrebačka ulica bb, K-4), well-placed for people entering the city from the west. A bus shuttles passengers from the car park to the Old Town’s Pile Gate, although with Pile lying a mere ten minutes downhill on foot, you might not need it. Parking costs 5kn/hr or 60kn/day. Text message parking Croatia was the first ever country to introduce payment by text message for street parking! It’s so simple. Look for the sign to see which zone you’re in. Send the registration number of your car as a text message (no spaces, no special characters) to the four digit number shown. Your payment is confirmed when you get a message back from them. Different zones have different max waiting times and prices.

Road help 987

Budget I-2/3, Obala Stjepana Radića 24, tel. (+385-

20) 41 89 98/(+385-) 099 201 46 38,, QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. A Dollar&Thrif ty Zračna luka Dubrovnik, Ćilipi, tel. (+385-20) 77 35 88,, www. QOpen 07:00 - 21:00. A Hertz L-5, Frana Supila 9, tel. (+385-20) 42 50 00/ (+385-) 091 425 00 01,, www. Also at the airport 08:00 - 20:00 every day, tel: 77 15 68, 091 / 425 11 11. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00, Sun 09:00 - 11:00. A

Gas stations 0 - 24 Komolac Ogarići 8, tel. 45 34 66. QOpen 00:00 - 24:00.

Kupari Kuparsko polje b.b., tel.48 67 22, 48 67 26. QOpen 00:00 - 24:00. Ploče Dalmatinska bb, tel.67 62 27. Q Open 00:00 - 24:00.

Opuzen Jadranska 6, tel.67 22 60. QOpen 00:00 - 24:00.

Eugen Miljan

Airport Dubrovnik Airport (Zračna luka Dubrovnik) Čilipi,

Konavle, tel. (+385-20) 77 33 33/(+385-20) 77 32 22, The advent of well priced tickets for domestic flights means that most people in Dubrovnik get around the country by plane. There are a limited number of tickets selling for rock bottom prices - a single to Zagreb can cost as little as 200kn, but you must reserve your ticket well in advance - or strike it lucky - to get these. International flights are also becoming more affordable with the arrival of budget airlines such as Germanwings and Norwegian Air Shuttle. See the airline websites for reservations. Getting there: Catch a bus from the main coach station, tickets cost 35kn one way, or call a taxi (200 - 250kn). Check with your airline for the bus timetable. If you take your car there’s a long stay car park (40kn for the first 24 hours, and 2kn per hour thereafter).

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GETTING AROUND Travel Agencies Atlas A-2 / K-5, Sv. Đurđa 1, Pile, tel. (+385-20) 44 25

74,, One of the biggies - all kinds of trips in store. Fancy trying a canoe or jeep safari? Step this way... Q Open 08:00 - 21:00, Sun 08:00 - 13:00. A Croatia Travel Service www.croatiatravelservice. com. Ask and you shall receive is their motto! The friendly staff at this travel agency will gladly organise your holiday needs no matter how big or small. From accommodation to excursions and transfers, they will assist in making your holiday one to cherish. Dubrovnik Travel I-2/3, Obala Stjepana Radića 25, tel. (+385-20) 31 35 55,, www. Excursions and cruises can be yours! QOpen 08:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. A Elite I-3, Vukovarska 17, tel. (+385-20) 35 82 00, elite@, Everything from horseriding to sailing in a fabulous 16th century galleon. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. A

Home, James! We are forever indebted to friendly Pero Delalija, who helped us out with his inexhaustible knowledge of Dubrovnik’s every nook and cranny. His big shiny Audis aren’t half bad either. He’s experienced in organising transfers for delegations to and from regional airports, plus you can rent a car and driver to take you on a luxury tour or excursion. Call 091 22 22 022 or mail pero.

Airline offices

Port authority

Croatia Airlines Zračna luka Dubrovnik, Čilipi, tel. (+385-20) 77 32 32, QOpen

Dubrovnik Port Authority H-1, Obala Ivana Pavla II 1,

05:00 - 20:00. A

tel. (+385-20) 31 33 33, padubrovnik@portdubrovnik. hr,


Towed away

Dubrovnik Charter , tel. (+385-) 091 419 14 52/

If you were naughty and parked illegally, a big truck might come and tow your little broom-broom away! Oh no! If that happens, don’t be too sad, all is not lost. Visit the depot on Starčevićeva ulica (leads from Pile to Gruž). It’s open 24 hours. The bad news is you’ll have to pay a charge of 300kn for the trouble, plus a police fine of up to 800kn. Let’s face it, it could be worse! The people there speak English and accept payment by credit card.

(+385-) 091 419 14 50,,

Ferry Azzuraline Obala Ivana Pavla II 2, tel. (+385-20) 31

31 78/(+385-20) 31 36 66,, Q Open 08:00 - 20:00. G&V Line H-2, Moluntska 2, tel. (+385-20) 31 31 19,, Jadrolinija I-2, ObalaS. Radića 40, tel. (+385-20) 41 80 00, Q Open Mon, Tue, Wen 07:00 23:00, Thu, Fri, Sun 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 07:00 - 20:00. Mediteranska plovidba Trg kralja Tomislava 2, Korčula, tel. (+385-20) 71 11 56,,

Harbormaster’s office Harbormaster’s office (Lučka kapetanija) I-2/3, Obala Stjepana Radića 37, tel. (+385-20) 41 89 88, 24 hours Info: 41 89 89

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Globtour C-2, Placa 17, tel. (+385-20) 32 33 12,, Visit their website to explore a world of possibilities, including a stay in your very own lighthouse! QOpen 08:00 - 21:00. Closed Sun. Gulliver travel I-2/3, Obala Stjepana Radića 25, tel. (+385-20) 41 08 88,, www.gulliver. hr. Also at F-2, Babin Kuk, Mali Stradun, tel. 091 603 51 23, Open 08:00 - 22:00. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. Closed Sat, Sun. A Perla Adriatica M-5 / L-5, Frana Supila 2, tel. (+38520) 42 27 66/(+385-) 098 81 24 51, 098 33 45 00, By the Ploče gates, a good place to try if you’re looking for private accommodation. Also excursions, rental of bikes, scooters and boats, plus exchange services. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00. N Viator travel I-2, Svetog križa 3, tel. (+385-20) 31 31 40, 31 31 44/(+385-) 091 486 84 33, mail@, Q Open 08:00 - 16:00, Sat, Sun by request. A Vivado Šetalište M.Marojice 16, Mlini, tel. (+385-20) 48 64 71/(+385-) 098 69 96 13,, An agency in Mlini organising fish picnics to the islands. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00.

Transfers Avantgarde Service H-1, Sv. Križa 3, tel. (+385-20) 41

74 99/(+385-98) 925 23 93, info@dubrovnik-transferi. com, Transport at its best! Whether you are on a business trip, sightseeing, or wish to do a tour, Avantgarde Services will accommodate all your needs. Choose from high quality limousines, a VIPvan for delegations or taxi services at competitive rates, they have it all. From a one off trip to assisting in corporate events, everything can be catered for. Have your own chauffeur at your very doorstep and with the utmost professional service! QOpen 08:00 - 16:00.

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Ferry schedule... From Dubrovnik (Jadrolinija boat)

To Dubrovnik

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09:00 (28.06 - 05.09) 09:30 (01.06 - 27.06)

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11:30 (28.06 - 05.09) 18:15 (28.06 - 05.09) 20:30 (01.06 - 27.06)


20:45 (28.06 - 05.09)

From Dubrovnik (Jadrolonija ferry ) Days -2-45------61-3---1-3---------7&holidays From Dubrovnik (Jadrolinija ferry) Days 123-------5------6------7 From Ploče (Jadrolinija ferry) Days 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 From Orebić (Jadrolinija ferry) Days 1234567 1234561234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567


Dep. 15:00 14:30 10:30 15:30 19:00


Dep./Arr. 23:00/08:00 11:30/19:30 16:00/22:00 12:30/20:00 Dep. 05:00 (03.07 - 06.09) 07:30 10:15 12:30 15:00 17:30 20:00 Dep. 00:30 04:00 05:30 06:30 07:20 08:30 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:45 18:00 19:30 21:00 22:30


Days 123456123456123456123456123456-

Dep. 11:55 14:35 (28/06 - 05/09) 15:10 (01/06 - 27/06) 17:35 (01/06 - 27/06) 05:30

123456------7&holidays ------7&holidays

18:35 (28/06 - 05/09) 10:10 (28/06 - 05/09) 07:00

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17:00 (28/06 - 05/09) 19:30 (28/06 - 05/09) 18:30 (01/06 - 27/06)

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Dep. 08:00 08:00 14:00 17:30

To Dubrovnik Days -2345-7 -----6-

Dep./Arr. 22:00/07:00 23:59/07:00

From Korčula (Medplov passenger boat) Days 1234567 1234567

To Ploče


Days 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567 1234567

Dep. 06:15 09:00 11:15 13:30 16:30 18:45 21:00 (02/07 - 05/09) To Orebić


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Dep. 00:001 03:30 05:00 06:00 07:00 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:30 19:00 20:00 22:00

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... Ferry schedule Dep. 05:00 (connection to catamaran Split) 07:00 (not Sat, Sun &holidays) 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 13:50 15:05 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 23:00

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Dep. 05:20





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09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:15 15:30 16:30 17:30 18:30 19:30 20:20 21:30 23:20

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Upgrade your image: Bland souvenir shops are gradually taking over Dubrovnik’s main thoroughfares, and if you really think that a ceramic mug bearing the word ‘Dubrovnik’ is going to look good in someone’s kitchen cupboard back home, then you certainly won’t have too much trouble finding one. Those with both taste and the time to exercise it will find a huge range of traditional crafts, sold either by street sellers or in characterful stores in the narrow alleys of the Old Town. One of the most authentic local products is jewellery. Jewellery was an integral part of local folk costume and also played an important part in local family ritual, with female children receiving earrings at baptism and at other important stages in their lives. It was traditionally around Zlatarska ulica (Goldsmiths’ Street) that the main jewellery workshops were to be found, although these days they are more randomly scattered throughout the Old Town. What hasn’t changed is that the jewellery sold in the filigree shops has often been made on the premises by local artisans, using traditional folk designs as inspiration. Especially attractive are traditional earrings in gold or silver filigree, and large hoop- or drop-earrings adorned with baubles. Konavle, the region southeast of Dubrovnik, produces a distinctive style of embroidery, rich in brightly coloured geometric shapes. Dazzling white blouses with intricately embroidered borders were once a standard form of female attire, and items like these can still be picked up on souvenir stalls. Konavle embroidery is also used to decorate more modern items such as tablecloths and handkerchiefs. Dubrovnik’ souvenir shops also sell a great deal of quality products that are common to the whole of Croatia, especially food-and-drink items such as natural honey, olive oil and herb-flavoured rakijas. One of the best places to pick up these is the daily outdoor market on Gundulićeva poljana, although most delicatessens in town also carry a good selection.

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SHOPPING Art galleries There’s no shortage of wall space in this town, perfect for hanging that piece of art that you may merely gaze upon or consider purchasing for your home. Artur B-3, Od Domina 2, tel. (+385-20) 32 36 13/ (+385-) 098 28 53 98, A fantastic selection of high quality local and Croatian art. They also have art workshops durring whole year so if you are interested you know what to do... QOpen 09:00 - 22:00. A Izvorni naglasak Hrvatske D-2, Sv.Dominika 4, tel. (+385-20) 32 15 65, Croatian naive art gallery. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. A Romana atelier C-3, Marojice Kaboge bb, tel. (+385-) 091 584 49 46/(+385-) 091 501 33 18,, Colourful abstract pieces featuring Dubrovnik motifs. Q Open 10:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 21:00, Sun 10:00 - 14:00. A Sebastian D-2, Sv. Dominika 5, tel. (+385-20) 32 14 90/(+385-) 091 505 51 16, galerija.sebastian@gmail. com. An important gallery exhibiting works by leading Dubrovnik and Croatian artists. Q June Open 09:00 14:00, 16:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 14:00- Closed Sun. July, August Open 09:00 - 14:00, 16:00 - 21:00. Closed Sun. A Stradun B-2, Placa 15, tel. (+385-20) 32 37 78, cimic. On Stradun (oddly enough), close to the Pile gate, this gallery is the result of the owner’s passion for art. Exclusively local and Croatian painters along with exquisite Croatian designer jewellery. QOpen 09:00 22:00. A Sv. Luka C-2, Sv. Dominika bb, tel. (+385-20) 32 16 03/ (+385-) 098 61 79 37, See works of Croatian artists inside a pre-Romanesque church dating back to the 9th century. Q June Open 10:00 - 16:00. July, August Open 10:00 - 24:00. A Talir B-2, Čubranovićeva 7, tel. (+385-20) 32 32 93,, Exhibitions and works by famous and lesser known Croatian artists for sale. Also at Antuninska 5 where there’s a nice café next door. QOpen 09:30 - 22:30. A Workshop Be Craft L-5, Put Petra Krešimira IV 31, tel. (+385-20) 31 26 46,, QOpen 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. A

Waxing lyrical Looking for a souvenir for the pyromaniac maritime enthusiast in your life? How about a wax model of the Karaka (a type of historic wooden merchant ship made in Dubrovnik) which doubles as a fully functioning candle? All joking aside, these models are painstakingly made by Tonći Jonjić, who researches and creates models of historic Croatian boats. His wax Karaka won a prize for being among the best original souvenirs of the Dubrovnik region.

Antiques Antiques Tezoro C-2, Između Polača 13, tel. (+385-

20) 32 35 23. Take home a little reminder of renaissance Dubrovnik - jewellery, paintings, artworks, silverware... Q Open 09:00 - 12:00, 17:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. A

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Duty Free Shop Dubrovnik Airport, Čilipi, Konavle. One of the perks of travelling is being able to buy duty free. The Dubrovnik Duty Free Shop offers the expected range of products you see at other similar stores, the exception here is the traditional Croatian products and gift packages which will exemplify your stay in our grand city. You won’t have to rush as the shop opens 1.5 hours prior to the first international flight of the day and closes 1 hour after the last designated flight.

English books & newspapers Algoritam C-2, Placa 8, tel. (+385-20) 32 20 44, www. Books, magazines, newspapers, maps in many languages. Q June - July Open 09:00 - 21:00, Sun 10:00 - 13:00. August - September Open 09:00 - 23:00, Sun 10:00 - 13:00, 18:00 - 22:00. A Tisak kiosk B-2, Placa bb, tel. (+385-) 099 706 13 26. Also offers lots of newspapers and magazines in different languages. Q June Open 06:30 - 23:00. July, August Open 06:30 - 24:00.

Souvenirs Baboon I-2, Dr. Vlatka Mačeka 30, tel. (+385-20) 33 17 50/(+385-) 098 85 72 79, anamilasevic@yahoo. com. Handmade jewellery, paper flowers and original gifts. Q Open 09:00 - 12:00, 17:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. Medusa B/C-2, Prijeko 18, tel. (+385-20) 32 20 04/ (+385-) 098 175 17 41,, www.medusa. hr. Wide-ranging souvenir shop that stocks more than just the predictable tourist-trap nonsense that nobody actually wants. Expect a solid choice of authentic Croatian gifts including olive oils, brandies, and sponges from the spongefishing island of Krapanj. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00, Sun 09:00 - 20:00. A Munčjela B-2, Od Puča 13, tel. (+385-20) 32 31 84. A place to pick up a piece of traditional Konavle embroidery. Q June, July Open 09:00 - 21:00. August Open 09:00 - 22:00, Sun 09:00 - 21:00. N Museum shop D-3, Rector’s Palace, Pred dvorom 3, tel. (+385-20) 32 10 39. The Rector’s Palace is where guests can acquire some of the more sophisticated and more exclusive gifts and souvenirs. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00. Palma C-3, City Market, tel. (+385-) 091 553 96 08/ (+385-) 091 514 20 18. Unique ornaments made from palm wood, prices from 100kn. QOpen 09:00 - 16:00. Ronchi D-3, Lučarica 2, tel. (+385-20) 32 36 99/ (+385-) 098 82 04 16,, Need to wear a hat but don’t want to look like a chump? This is your place - a milliners established in 1858, still making superbly stylish hats using traditional methods. Q Open 09:30 - 13:00, 18:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:30 - 13:00. Closed Sun. A Tilda D-2, Zlatarska 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 15 54. Original Konavle handicrafts: slippers, jewellery, greetings cards and more. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00. A

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SHOPPING Accessories Art Go’Den F-2, Iva Dulčića 34 (Valamar Lacroma

Resortl), tel. (+385-20) 43 50 22, A classy and sophisticated Croatian accessories brand. Your chance to take back home exquisite silk ties and scarves designed with Dubrovnik historical or marine motifs or even the same leather bag that we heard Roger Moore bought for his wife during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival! Also at Radisson Blue Resort&Spa. Q Open 09:00 - 12:00, 18:00 - 21:00. A Croata D-3, Pred dvorom 2, tel. (+385-20) 32 35 26, Ties and varied clothing of rich and varied materials come together to make you look the pro. Find the perfect gift while receiving a free history lesson on the invention of the tie. Q May - October Open 09:00 - 21:00, Sun 10:00 - 14:00. A

Modni kantun D-2, Zlatarska 3, tel. (+385-20) 24 13 21. A little store in a street next to the Sponza palace, packed with unusual accessories, clothes and jewellery. Most items are by famous Croatian fashion designers, so it’s a little pricey but definitely unique and stylish. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00. Y XD Xenia Design G-4, Liechtensteinov put 3 (Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik Hotel), tel. (+385-) 091 442 11 17,, Designer who make custom clothing suited to your size and personality. Also at Radisson Blue Resort and Croatia Hotel in Cavtat. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. A

Cosmetics Drogerie Markt I-3, Kralja Tomislava 7, tel. (+385-1)

362 60 87, The place to pick up anything from shampoo to mascara. Also at Doc shopping centre at Lapad. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00. Closed Sun. A Kozmo B-2, Široka 3, tel. (+385-20) 32 47 70, kozmo@, w w Croatian chain of drugstores. Get all your beach essentials here! QOpen 08:00 - 21:00. A

Delicatessen Dubrovačka kuća D-2, Sv.Dominika bb, tel. (+385-20)

32 20 92, A treasure trove of local culture ready to take home: from artworks to postcards, cosmetics, sweets, wines and spirits, all local or Croatian. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00. A Dubrovački kantun C-2, Boškovićeva 5, tel. (+385-20) 32 11 23/(+385-) 091 699 49 66, antonela.di.leo@, Q Open 09:00 - 24:00. N Franja coffee & teahouse C-3, Od Puča 9, tel. (+38520) 32 48 16,, A Croatian coffee company, also selling all other kinds of souvenir-wrapped delicatessen and porcelain. Q Open 08:00 - 24:00, Sun 08:00 - 22:00. A Kraš C-2, Zamanjina 2, tel. (+385-20) 32 10 49, www. The confectionary company Croatians have known and loved for years. Try Bajadera chocolate and hazelnut sweets, or a bag of Krašotice biscuits. QOpen 08:00 23:00. A

Designer Clothing Maria D-2, Sv. Dominika bb, tel. (+385-20) 32 13 30,, If you forgot to pack your fancy designer frocks, Stella McCartney shoes and Miu Miu handbag, then Maria is the place to stock up on replacements. Gorgeous and expensive in equal measure, it’s the kind of shop that makes you feel glamorous just looking through the window. Q Open 10:00 - 22:00. July, August Open 10:00 - 24:00. A Max Mara D-3, Gundulićeva poljana 1, tel. (+385-20) 32 33 16, Sharp lines, muted colours, plush fabrics... Max Mara hits Dubrovnik! Q Open 09:00 - 21:00, Sun 09:00 - 14:00. July, August Open 09:00 22:00, Sun 09:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00. A

Jewellery Giardin C-2, Miha Pracata 8, tel. (+385-20) 32 47 80, A terrifyingly large display of jewellery made with semi-precious stones, including pieces in traditional Dubrovnik style. A super old building and courtyard. QOpen 09:00 - 24:00. A Jewellery Garden C-4, Boškovićeva poljana bb, tel. (+385-) 091 508 48 50/(+385-) 091 244 22 01, info@ Jewellery shop-cum-garden, with pieces displayed among the rose bushes and lemon trees. Highly individual brooches by celebrated Zagreb designer Lazer Lumezi, and earrings based on medieval Croatian designs by Hrvoje Marušić. Highly desirable, and reasonably affordable too. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00. A Trinity C-2, Palmotićeva 2, tel. (+385-20) 32 23 50/ (+385-) 098 45 18 40, Experience the exclusive jewellery designs of Max Škledar whose unique works can be found in prestigious Beverly Hill boutiques not to mention numerous other galleries across the world. Škledar is a designer who tries to preserve the original shape of his materials with his craftsmanship, thus maintaining their original beauty. It’s contemporary, it’s dynamic and it’s absolutely worth a visit. Q Open 10:00 - 21:00. July, August Open 09:00 . 23:00. A

Banks & Exchanges Erste&Steiermarkische Bank I-2, Vukovarska 26,

tel. (+385-) 062 37 46 85/(+385-) 0800 78 90 free info, Q Open 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. Hypo-alpe-adria bank I-2, Vukovarska 15, tel. (+38520) 32 24 44, Also at I-2, Obala Stjepana Radića 26a, tel. 43 19 00. Open 08:00 - 14:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. OTP banka I-2, Vukovarska 19, tel. (+385-) 062 20 12 00, Also at Placa 16 - Stradun, tel. 062 20 13 17. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. Privredna banka I-2, Obala S.Radića 8, tel. (+385-20) 72 01 00,, QOpen 08:00 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun.

Nautical supplies store, tel. (+385-20) 35 70 17, bozo.svetac@du.t-com. hr. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun. A

Supermarkets Getro Gornja Čibača 8A, Mlini (Župa Dubrovačka), tel. (+385-20) 48 48 10,, QOpen 06:00 - 21:00, Sun 07:00 - 15:00. A

12:30. Closed Sun.

Volksbank I-2, Vukovarska 36, tel. (+385-20) 35 89 00, QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun.

Zagrebačka banka I-2, Vukovarska 7, tel. (+385-20)

32 25 07, Also at Gundulićeva Poljana bb, tel. 32 25 51, Open 08:00 - 12:00, 16:00 - 19:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Q Open 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun.

Business Connections American College of Managemet and Technology

J/K-3, Don Frana Bulića 6, tel. (+385-20) 43 30 00,,

Tax free heaven Save money when you buy souvenirs and other stuff to take back home. Look for the “Tax Free” label on shop windows, or ask at the counter. When you buy goods totalling 500kn or more, they’ll give you a form. Get it stamped when you leave the country, and you’re entitled to a tax refund – follow the instructions on the form.

Top Marine I-2, Nikole Tesle 2, Minčeta department Dubrovnik In Your Pocket

Raiffeisen bank I-2, Vukovarska 17, tel. (+385-20) 44 18 00, QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:30 -

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Croatian Chamber of Economy - Dubrovnik County Chamber I-3, Pera Ćingrije 6, tel. (+385-20) 31 20 99,, Q Open 08:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

Consulates Belgium H-2/3, Antuna Barca 10, tel. (+385-20) 43 81 77, QOpen 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

Denmark H-2, Od Sv. Mihajla 1, tel. (+385-20) 35 67 33/(+385-) 098 20 62 97, QOpen

10:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Italy I-3, Leichtensteinov put 3 (Rixos Libertas Hotel), tel. (+385-) 098 941 46 54, Q Open by arrangement.

Spain K-2, Zagrebačka 2, tel. (+385-20) 42 65 28/ (+385-) 091 503 80 57. QOpen 17:00 - 20:00. Closed

Sat, Sun.

The Netherlands H-2, Od Sv. Mihajla 1, tel. (+38520) 35 61 41, QOpen , Tue, Fri 10:00 - 12:00.

UK I-2, Vukovarska 22, tel. (+385-20) 32 45 97, Q Open 10:00 - 13:00.

Closed Wed, Sat, Sun.

Real estate Alavija nekretnine I-2, Dr. Ante Starčevića 29, tel.

(+385-) 098 20 30 82,, Q Open 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Pro Krečak J-4, Put Republike 12, tel. (+385-20) 43 66 04/(+385-20) 43 66 11,, QOpen 09:00 - 16:00, Sat 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. Zlatka I-2, Vukovarska 30, tel. (+385-20) 35 68 65/ (+385-) 091 454 00 04,, www.zlatka. hr. Q Open by prior arrangement.


Art Workshop Lazareti D-4, Pobijana 8w, tel. (+38520) 32 37 66/(+385-20) 32 46 33, www.lazareti. com. L’Alliance Francaise J/K-3, Don Frana Bulića 4, tel. (+385 -20) 32 63 53/(+385-) 098 943 33 83, 092 285 76 84,,

Night shifts, Sun and holidays each week are covered by either Kod Zvonika pharmacy or Gruž pharmacy . Gruž H-1, Obala pape Ivana Pavla II 9, tel. (+385-20) 41 89 90. Q Open 07:00 - 20:00, Sat 07:30 - 15:00. Closed Sun. A Kod male braće B-2, Placa 30, tel. (+385-20) 32 14 11. QOpen 07:00 - 19:30, Sat 07:30 - 15:00. Closed Sun. A Kod zvonika C-2, Placa 2, tel. (+385-20) 32 11 33. QOpen 07:00 - 20:00, Sat 07:30 - 15:00. Closed Sun. A Lapad G/H-2, M.Vodopića 30, tel. (+385-20) 43 67 78. QOpen 07:00 - 20:00, Sat 07:30 - 15:00. Closed Sun. A

Dry cleaners & Laundries Dea Wash & Dry I-3, Pera Čingrije 8, tel. (+385-20) 33 33 47/(+385-) 098 964 49 20. Q Open 09:00 - 13:00,

15:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun. Elegant I-1, Andrije Hebranga 106, tel. (+385-) 098 42 86 71/(+385-) 098 915 99 22. Dry cleaners. QOpen 07:00 - 19:00, Sat 07:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. N Sunce I-2, Andrije Hebranga 8, tel. (+385-20) 41 25 18. Laundry Q N

Hospital General Hospital H-3, Roka Mišetica 2, tel. (+385-20)

431 777,,

Pets Bobanović I-2, Dr. Ante Starčevića 33, tel. (+385-20)

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35 73 45/(+385-) 098 24 39 38, hr. Veterinary clinic for small pets, emergency calls on 098 / 24 39 38. Q Open 08:30 -12:00, 17:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:0012:00. Closed Sun. A Fauna I-2, Rožat 32, tel. (+385-20) 45 14 66, v.a-fauna@ Veterinary clinic. For emergency call 098 191 26 94. QOpen 07:30 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun. A

Police station Coast guard I-2, Obala Stjepana Radića 22, tel. (+385-

20) 44 35 55,

QOpen 00:00 - 24:00. Police station I-2, Dr. Ante Starčevića 13, tel. (+385-

20) 44 37 77/(+385-20) 44 33 33,

QOpen 00:00 - 24:00. Traffic police H-1, Andrije Hebranga 118, tel. (+385-20) 44 36 66/(+385-20) 44 36 39. QOpen 00:00 - 24:00.

Emergency number 112 In case of emergency you can call the EU-wide emergency number 112 or the emergency services as below: Police 192 Fire department 93 Ambulance 94 Coast guard 9155

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Did you know...? Korčula town abolished slavery in its Statute of 1214. The first state in the world to abolish slavery was Sweden (1335).

Korčula Tourist Board Obala F.Tuđmana 4, tel. (+38520) 71 58 67, Q June Open 08:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 20:00, Sun 08:00 - 13:00. July - August Open 08:00 - 15:00, 16:00 - 22:00, Sun 08:00 -13:00.


Korčula, Krešimir Žanetić, Adriatic Photo Service

Korčula Korčula, birthplace of the renowned traveler, Marco Polo, is a compact jewel of Venetian architecture surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Pelješac channel. Korčula town, alongside Dubrovnik, is one of the Adriatic towns which hits the news from time to time with reports of rich, famous and notable types who buy up old town properties for heart-stopping sums. There is good reason for this - the tiny, almost circular old town occupying a rocky promontory is one of the most perfectly preserved and most romantic historic towns you’ll ever see with many opportunities for shutterbugs. It doesn’t take long to wander through the atmospheric streets, where you’ll come across gothic details and balconies that make you feel like you’ve entered a Slavic version of Romeo and Juliet. Pay attention to the hidden architectural delights, such as relief figures on The Cathedral of St. Mark and, as rumor has it, the interestingly sculpted menu of an old brothel near the main entrance. Visit the town museum and the local galleries within a casual morning stroll. All in all, it’s well worth a few days’ stay and is a perfect place to recharge your batteries. One of the other most prominent features of the island is its folk tradition which includes the Moreška, a dance with swords, which you can witness from time to time during the summer months, heralded by drumbeats as a parade of citizens in historical costume passes through prior to the performance.With such material, Korčula has a long tradition of tourism and is one of the more commercialised of Croatia’s Adriatic towns, so the town itself gets pretty busy during high season. But this is a relatively large island, there are plenty of other places to explore and get away from it all. As with any island, the perfect way to explore is to rent a scooter or bicycle from any of the tourist agencies in town. Head towards the village of Lumbarda where you’ll find picturesque vineyards. You must try the Grk wine, only produced in the surrounding area, and said to have been brought from ancient Greece after the fall of Troy. Wander the stone streets of the old village and feel miles and centuries away from everything else. Korčula City Museum Trg sv.Marka, tel. (+385-20) 71 14 20, Q June 15 - July 15, September Open 09:00 -14:00, 19:00 -21:00. July 15 - August Open 09:00 - 21:00. Admission 15kn.

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Lastovo is not furthest away from coast - that honour goes to Vis - but it takes the longest to get here, over four hours. Maybe that’s why the island culture is so different and well preserved. Like Vis, Lastovo was a military base until 1989, so access to the island was restricted. With not a great deal to do, the island became depopulated. But Nature has been left pretty much undisturbed, so you could say it’s an untouched ecological paradise. Many people sense in Lastovo a spirit unlike anything else, a sense of the breath of ages. Lastovo town sits uphill in a basin facing away from the sea to escape the attentions of pirates. The mellow stone of the houses basking in the warm sunlight is captivating. Walking in the town’s streets, those with a sense for the antique and the eccentric will wonder at a culture so very detached from modern urban life. Lastovo is a town of chimneys. In times past, a sign of the wealth of a household was the size and ornateness of one’s chimney, and many unusual examples still stand. Another vital aspect of Lastovo’s heritage is the “Poklad” - the traditional pre-Lent carnival celebrating the island’s deliverance from Catalan pirates. An effigy of the Catalan messenger takes centre stage, spectacularly released from a hilltop to slide on a rope to the town centre with firecrackers exploding at its feet. Humiliating indeed. At this time, as well as during summertime festivals, you can see the island’s folk costume, where the men wear scarlet and black with embroidered braces and hats decked with colourful flowers. With so little (except carnivals) to disturb them, fish adore Lastovo, and you can be sure of an excellent meal here. Lastovo has poor transport connections, few shops, and there is little accommodation apart from one hotel and a few families offering private rooms. But if you’re ready and able to explore, and happy to adapt to the treacle-slow passage of time here, this could well be the start of an enduring love affair.

Lastovo Tourist Board Pjevor bb, tel. (+385-20) 80

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Mljet A breeze brushing through pine boughs ... the flapping of a sail out in the channel, heard from high on a seaside ridge ... the bray of a donkey. Silence. Mljet gets a growing share of tourists, but as one of the more remote and less developed islands, with a limited ferry service, it lacks the kind of mass tourism of much of the Dalmatian coast and some other more accessible islands. This isn’t the place to come for late night bars, concerts, discos. One might hope it never will be. Be prepared to fall in love with nature all over again, for this island has a stunning quality waiting for you to discover. Croatia’s 8th largest island is approximately 3 km wide and 37 km long making attractive to explore for a short or lengthier stop. It has an area of roughly 100 square km with 131 km of coastline and many little niches and coves to discover, so you’d be forgiven for wanting to stay. With five distinct forest tree varieties, abundant fauna and lush vegetation, it’s easy to see why Mljet is called the “Green Island.” Mljet offers a panorama of coastline, cliffs, reefs and numerous islets as well as the rich topography of the hills that rise steeply above the sea and plummet back into deep valleys sheltering ancient stone villages. The submarine world includes quite an array of fish and several types of corals. With fantastic weather, sailing, recreational sports, swimming, scuba diving, hiking and bicycle paths are only a fraction of the pleasures that you can enjoy here. The western end of Mljet has been protected as a National Park since 1960.

Lastovo The ancient Greeks who settled here left the first record of the place, calling it Melissa or Melitta, (meaning, bee; honey) because of the many bees that made their home there. Greek settlers became familiar with this island whilst colonising nearby Vis (Issa), Hvar (Pharos) and Korčula (Korkiru). The Illyrians settled the entire island in the 2nd Century BC, leaving graves and traces of military fortifications and settlements in seven places, on hills near water sources. The best preserved sites are located on Veliki Gradac hill above the Veliko Jezero, and the fort of Vodica near Babino Polje. The Romans followed, their era lasting from the 2nd Century BC - 7th century AD. After Octavian wiped out the Illyrians in 35 BC, the Romans built their own settlements on the western side of the island. Evidence of their domain is most notable in Polače, where they built a palace. Other Roman ruins are located in Pomena, Žara and Pinjevci. The Croatian-Slavic nobility settled along the entire Adriatic coast around the end of the 8th and the start of the 9th Century. During this period of weakened Byzantine influence in the region, Croatians descended from the Neretva Valley and some settled on Mljet. The Romans, however, remained

Did you know...? Lastovo, Krešimir Žanetić, Adriatic Photo Service

All of the streets in Korčula’s Old Town have steps – except one, which is called “The Street of Thoughts” as you can stroll along it without worrying about tripping over!

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Mljet, Krešimir Žanetić, Adriatic Photo Service from Sobra which is best used to reach Maranovići and Babino Polje. Other harbours include Pomena which has daily connections to Dubrovnik (watch out for reefs and shallow water), and Lokve or Gonoturska port where you can throw anchor just before the entry canal toward the Big Lake.

on the western end of the mountain for about another 300 years, until they were defeated in a battle on the mountain Bijeđ, between Blato and Polače. Evidence of this battle, including mass graves and remnants of bones, spears, swords and arrows, was discovered in 1938. In 1151, Prince Deša of Zahumlje donated the entire island of Mljet to the Benedictine Abbey of St Mary of Pulsano from Apulia. Their arrival saw the construction of a church and grand monastery (1177-1198) on the islet in Veliko Jezero. Ragusa (later called Dubrovnik), acquired the Pelješac Peninsula in 1333, leaving Mljet isolated for a time. This changed in 1410, however, when Ragusa, now independent of Venice, annexed Mljet. Ragusa held the island until the dissolution of the Republic under Napoleon in 1808.

Where to stay Mljet has just one hotel (Hotel Odisej, Pomena b.b., www. ) but with two campgrounds and a plethora of private rooms and apar tments, there is enough accommodation to triple the island’s population during the summer. For information about private accommodation, you can contact the island’s tourist offices at the Sobra ferry port and in Polače.

What to See Mljet National Park (Nacionalni Park Mljet)

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Pristanište 2, Goveđari, tel. (+385-20) 74 40 41, 74 40 58,,, www. Established in 1960, the park is Mljet’s top attraction. The park, encompasses 54 square kilometres at the western end of the island, with an astonishing interior and coastline beauty. Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero (Big Lake and Small Lake), and the villages of Soline, Babine Kuće, Pomena, Polače and Goveđari all lie within park boundaries. Of interest, this park represents the first institutionalised attempt to protect the native eco-system in the Adriatic. The lakes, 145-hectare Veliko Jezero and 24-hectare Malo Jezero, are the park’s dominant features. Thirty-meter-long channels link the two lakes and provide an outlet from Veliko Jezero to the sea. The current in the channels, swift enough to power mills during the Middle Ages, switches direction every six hours. On foot or by pedal you can enjoy a 9-kilometer path circumnavigating the lakes, and other paths wind up and over the hills. It’s Ok to swim or paddle in the lake, but scuba diving and motor boats are not permitted. The usual national park rules apply: Don’t pick the flowers, steal the artifacts, fish without a special permit, nor litter, and

Two ferry types are available to/from Dubrovnik, a car ferry and a catamaran mostly provided by Jadrolinija ferries. Mljet is only 8km away from the peninsula of Pelješac, 18km from Korčula and 30km from Dubrovnik. There are a number of harbour ports in Mljet. Polače is its largest and main port of call in the north, however, you can also access the island

Agritourism Konoba Vinica - Monković family Pridvorje, Ljuta, tel. (+385-20) 79 12 44/(+385-) 098 34 54 59,, www.konobavinica. com. Excellent option in the Konavle region south of Cavtat. If you ask nicely, the Monković family who run the place may show you their collection of folk costumes as you digest your home made prosciutto, cheese, roast meat, trout and garden salad. A drop of home made rakija would go down a treat too… QOpen 12:00 - 24:00. Closed Mon. (50 - 110kn). PALB N






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(Samostan Sv Marija) This tiny island, in a lake on the island of Mljet, is at the island’s cultural and spiritual heart. For a time, the monastery was the island’s governmental center. Benedictines, members of a monastic order who live in autonomous communities dedicated to work, prayer and peace, came to Mljet from Monte Gargano, Italy in the 12th Century to establish a monastery and build a Romanesque

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church dedicated to St Mary, which they completed in 1198. In the process the Benedictines became the island’s feudal lords, but they are credited with developing literacy, culture and art. The Church of St Mary was repeatedly modified over the centuries, acquiring by the 13th Century decorative reliefs of saints and a typical Romanesque belltower. Renaissance features such as the Gundulić coat of arms over the church portal, defensive towers and walls, the two-storey structure of the monastery and Baroque side chapels were added during the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1809, during the rule of Napoleon, the monastery was abandoned and the Austrian Forestry Office for Mljet used the buildings for offices until 1941. In 1960 it was renovated into a lovely hotel but given back to the bishopric in 1997, just under 800 years from the church’s inauguration. The church has been reconsecrated, but other than a restaurant in the monastery cellars, the buildings are unoccupied. The island is small but offers a pleasant walk

most of all, don’t start fires. Mjet is one of the most verdant of Croatia’s islands because it wasn’t heavily logged or used for farming or herding. Nevertheless, a 1917 fire took out many of the deciduous forests. Tickets to the park cost 40-90 kn and can be purchased at booths in Polače and Pomena (Open 08:00 - 20:00), and at the Hotel Odisej. Admission includes the ferry to St Mary Island in the middle of Veliko Jezero, where you will find the Benedictine monastery and a restaurant.

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DUBROVNIK NERETVA COUNTY past two chapels. You can close your eyes for a moment and imagine the monks carefully pruning, weeding, and feeding in the gardens, which are now fairly overgrown. Polače The village is named for the ruin of a significant Roman palace and fortifications - one tower is 20m high - built between the 2nd and the 5th centuries. Second in size to the Palace of Diocletian in Split, you can’t miss it: The road to Pomena slips right between its high walls. Archaeologists have also discovered two 5th Century basilicas) west of the palace, baths, an arsenal and shipyards. The palace’s economy included salt production, olive oil, wine, honey, meat, cheese and fish. A paved route from the palace will take you up the hill. When you reach the road, bear right and continue straight to Mali Gradac, site of an Illyrian fort. A posted turnoff on the way will take you to Montokuc, the highest peak in the park, which grants breathtaking views over the lakes and the Adriatic. Pomena Located on the western coast of Mljet in the National Park, about 200 m from Malo Jezero. This village, built after World War II, has only about 50 inhabitants living among charming thick forests and working in agriculture, fishing and tourism. The bay of Pomena is perfect for small yachts, which can pull up to the pier and enjoy the hotel’s amenities. Goveđari Settlement began here in the late 18th Century when two families of land workers and fishermen from Babino Polje were given permission to settle by the Benedictines to work as cattle-breeders (goveda means cattle in Croatian).



Located in the national park, 5km inland, this ethnologically interesting site is a great place to be surrounded by peace, serenity and lush vegetation. Babine Kuće This picturesque little fishing village is located on the shores of the Veliko jezero just beneath Goveđari. It offers a splendid view of the islet of St Mary. There are a number of private rentals here, too. Babino Polje The central and largest inhabited area with around 350 people, Babino Polje is the administrative centre of the island. Stretched along a ridge above a bypass road and a field (the name means “Grandma’s Field”), Babino Polje is surrounded with pine woods, groves of old, twisted olive trees and vineyards, and 514m Veliki Grad, the highest hill on the island. There are also a high per-capita number of churches: St Pancratius, St Andrew, St Michael, St George, St Blaise, St Salvation, St Paul, St Joseph and Our Lady of Mercy. The three oldest are the pre-Romanesque churches of St Andrew, St Michael and St Pancratius, which was built in the 11th Century. You can reach the church, and neighbouring St Blaise, by way of an unmarked turnoff below the town. When you turn in, the road immediately forks; take the sharp right, which bends again to head straight into the valley. On the left among the olive trees you’ll pass the single-storey Renaissance manor of the Ragusan governor of the island. Clustered around the village cemetery are St Pancratius, the 15th Century Gothic parish church of St Blaise, and the sotnica, a Renaissance-era government building in whose courtyard the governor sometimes issued judgments.

The Walls of Ston In an area known for its rugged natural beauty, few man-made sights are more magnificent than the grizzled four te enth - c entur y walls of Ston. For many years only a tiny stretch of this 5.5km-long line of for ti fications was accessible to the public, but after a long period of renovation a significant c i r c u i t o f wa l l wa s ceremonially opened to the public in October 2009. Visitors can now scramble around the ring of bastions that surrounds the town of Ston itself, enjoying fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. The walls date back to 1334, when the Republic of Dubrovnik gained Ston and the neighbouring Peljesac peninsula, and immediately set about securing it against potential Venetian or Ottoman attack. The area was well worth the investment: the salt pans of Ston went on to become a key source of Dubrovnik’s revenue, and helped to keep the republic’s fleet on the seas. Spanning the isthmus that connects the Peljesac peninsula to the mainland, and consisting of 40 towers and 5 fortresses, the walls comprise one of the longest stretches of surviving fortifications in the whole of Europe. Local sources reckon it to be the second longest stretch in the world after the Great Wall of China, although this eye-popping claim was probably intended as an attention-grabbing ruse by PR-conscious tourist officials. In the event, we feel obliged to report that a few idle seconds of web-surfing revealed that Kumbhalgarh in India boasts 36km of surviving wall - although we didn’t bother investigating any further.

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Odysseus’s Cave (Odisejeva Špilja) Technically that would be Calypso’s cave; Odysseus, shipwrecked on his way home from the Trojan War, only stayed with the nymph seven years, and most of the time he was pining for his wife and his home. After walking along a path lined with rock walls and wildflowers, which takes you out above a deep grotto and the crashing waves, you may wonder why he was in such a hurry to leave. You can pick your way down into the cave; come back another day by boat to squeeze into it through a 30m tunnel. Local fishermen use the grotto as a harbour. Prožura This medieval village was used by Ragusan nobles who - a bit like yourself - were looking for relaxing getaway. Perched on a hill over Blato (an intermittent lake) and the sea, Prožura has a 17th Century watch tower and three beautiful churches: the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Church of St Martin and the Church of St Rocco. The Church of the Holy Trinity has characteristics similar to those of Dubrovnik’s Gothic chapels, plus a remarkable 15th Century Romanesque bronze crucifix. The church most likely was built in 1477 by the Benedictines from Lokrum, who were bequeathed the estate in Prožura. The crucifix includes figured representations of St Blaise (the patron saint of Dubrovnik), St Martin (the patron saint of the poor) and St Nicholas (the patron saint

of sailors and fishermen). Benedictines lived and worked in a small monastery near the church. It’s partly ruined now; along with the tower, it has been adapted for reuse as a stable and storage. The Church of St Martin and village graveyard is situated on a bluff overlooking the village on one side and the island road and Pelješac Channel on the other. A plaque on the 14th Century porch thanks Jolanda Vecchietta, a teacher who came to the island during the Italian occupation in World War II, taught in the local school and fell in love with the island. After the war she returned to Italy but later paid for the 1998 renovations to the church. St Martin’s day is celebrated on November 11 with a mass in the church. The newer Church of St Rocco is situated on another small hill above the village. Costumed celebrations of St Rocco (who was believed to have saved the village from the plague), take place on August 16 every year. Prožura was the birthplace of Pavao Gracić, a well known bishop of Ston from 1635 - 1652. Maranovići The 18th Century Baroque house of the Peš family is in the middle of the town. The 19th Century parish church of St Anton rests on the foundation of an older church and features Gothic architectural elements. In nearby Korita, the ruined 14th Century Church of St Mary of the Hill mixes Gothic and Renaissance elements, St Mary demonstrates features typical of the island’s churches. A roughly square plan with a deep porch extending to the front, and a picturesque belfry “na preslicu” (“on a distaff,” that is, the belfry has a split where the bell hangs, the way a distaff’s end is cleft to hold wool). Some of the manor houses have Renaissance-Baroque elements. The town has its own 17th Century defence tower with loopholes for firing. Korita is named for the stone troughs, common on the island, that are used to capture rainwater.


Mljet Tourist Board, Polače office Goveđari bb, Goveđari, tel. (+385-20) 74 41 86, Q Open 08:00 - 13:00, 17:00 -19:00, Sun 09:00 - 12:00. Mljet Tourist Board, Sobra office Sobra bb, Sobra, tel. (+385-20) 74 60 25,, www. Around the side of the cafe at the ferry pier. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sun 09:00 - 12:00.

The Elafiti Islands - Koločep, Lopud and Šipan These tiny islands - the first two car-free - are fantastic places to stay: you have all the sights of Dubrovnik on your doorstep but get to enjoy the peace and cleanliness of island life, and accommodation is inexpensive. The journey by boat costs just a couple of Euro so you can travel every day and explore if you want, just like on a bus, but a million times more refreshing!

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DUBROVNIK NERETVA COUNTY Koločep and Lopud are tiny - you can walk all around them quite comfortably. Their settlements (Koločep has two, Lopud just one) show in miniaturised form the architectural elegance of the Republic of Dubrovnik, as the city’s shipowners built their summer residences here. Thus you have fine stone villas, some of which are now super family-run hotels. Lopud is perhaps the prettiest of the Elafiti islands, and during the golden age of Dubrovnik there were thirty churches on less than 5km2 of island. (Many churches and palaces on all the islands now lie in ruins, but they’re still interesting to chance across on your wanders). Lopud village has a well-planted old park with stone balustrades and statuary framing the sea. Lopud and Koločep have true sandy beaches, very shallow ones, perfect for children and the popular local ball game picigin. Most of Lopud’s Šunj beach is given up to sun loungers for hire, but there is a naturist section to one side, and, according to a local legend,if you bathe with your loved one from Šunj, you’ll never part. Šipan is the largest of the Elafiti islands with two little ports, Suđurađ (“soojooraj”) and Šipanska luka, and a few tiny hamlets in the interior. A bus connects the ports, taking a trip through a fertile depression where the islanders successfully grow a variety of produce including grapes, olives, figs and

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The Neretva Boat (lađa) Marathon Be amongst the 50,000 viewers that attend this spectacle which promotes the protection of the lađa Neretva boat, an authentic, traditional vessel which for centuries was a source of transport. Each year, an amateur rowing competition is held from Metković to Ploče, 22.5km along the Neretva River. Both cities are amassed with people and there are parades, concerts, and plenty of cheer.


carob. Both settlements boast fascinating old palaces and the ruins in the interior include the former palace of the Dubrovnik bishops. Suđurađ faces Lopud, and this is a place for a swim and a coffee; while Šipanska luka has a couple of excellent restaurants. Despite their tiny scale and the fact that you can still find your own little Robinson Crusoe beach, these three islands aren’t really off the beaten track - there are several hotels used by tour operators and you’ll find a healthy number of tourists, particularly on Lopud. These islands are great if you need a relaxing break away from it all, and don’t expect wild nightlife or a heap of facilities laid on.

Konavle The Konavle region stretches from Cavtat to the border with Montenegro. The village of Čilipi close to the airport is one of the cultural centres of Konavle, and on Sunday mornings you can witness the traditional songs and dances of Konavle and performers dressed in colourful folk costume. Konavle consists of a fertile valley plus upland and coastal parts, all with stone villages that would reduce real estate agents to tears. In the central valley, you’ll find traditional rural restaurants where you can enjoy delicious home grown food - locally reared meat and trout, sometimes served by waiters and waitresses in traditional costume (see our “Where to eat” pages). If you come in spring, you can try dishes made with wild asparagus and see almond orchards in bloom. The upland section borders with Herzegovina, for centuries the dividing line with the Ottoman Empire. Its highest point is the Snježnica (“snowy”) peak, 1234m high. The village cemetery at Brotnice has unusual gravestones (stećci) of the Bogomil sect, featuring vivid primitive carvings and lettering in the ancient language of Bosnia. There are well-marked hiking trails, and organised trips include a hearty meal as part of the deal. The coastal part of Konavle is unusual for Croatia in that it is characterised by limestone cliffs. There are very few settlements, and the only people on the shores are locals looking for a little solitude. At the village of Močići there is a second century stone carving of the pagan god Mitreus, and scattered around are old houses with unusual conical chimneys. Molunat, the largest coastal settlement, is a quiet fishing village in a pretty cove. The Prevlaka peninsula is the southernmost point of Croatia and there’s now a Nature Park here, from which you have views over the Gulf of Kotor in Montenegro, with wild mountain ranges behind. Prevlaka was until recently a military zone, so don’t be surprised to come across barracks now used as a realistic venue for paintball games. Military enthusiasts will also be interested to see the islet which used to be an Italian prison in WWII. There is a strange Cyrillic-inscribed monument within the Park, apparently containing the bones of prisoners who died of hunger - no mention is made of this in the pamphlet. More cheerfully, there’s also a petting zoo, an excellent climbing wall, mountain bikes are for hire and you can feast on grilled meat and have a dip.


Cavtat, Krešimir Žanetić, Adriatic Photo Service

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The approach to this little gem of a Mediterranean town is one of the most breathtaking things about it, as the campaniles of its churches poke their way into view above a canopy of lush trees. But that’s not all - this was the ancient settlement of Epidaurum whose inhabitants populated Dubrovnik. A pleasant promenade fringes the rambling old streets, edged by cafés, a couple of good places to drink, a selection of good restaurants and a handful of rather lovely small hotels. The promenade leads to the pleasant town beach, a park and a cemetery with an imposing mausoleum by sculptor Ivan Meštrović as its centrepiece. A little way out of town are several large hotels which are good choices for families, with good shingle beaches and occasionally all-inclusive packages. But we certainly wouldn’t recommend imprisoning yourself in a modern hotel complex when you can indulge in the delights of a meal in a traditional konoba in the town,

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DUBROVNIK NERETVA COUNTY and the rural Konavle region, famous for its traditional style gastronomy and folklore is on your doorstep. A highlight of a trip to Cavtat is the Bukovac house (Open 09:00 - 13:00, 16:00 - 20:00, Sun 16:00 - 20:00. Admission 20kn), where one of the best-loved Croatian artists, Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922) grew up. As a child, he painted murals on the interior walls of the lovely old villa, bringing them alive with colourful paintings featuring seminaive animal themes. Although subsequent owners saw fit to paint over his works, they have been restored with some success, and the delightful exhibition space upstairs features paintings and sketches surrounded by original furniture from Bukovac’s day. Bukovac’s portraits are especially personal and full of emotion. An exhibition space on the ground floor is given over to the work of young artists, and the shows feature contemporary works, a refreshing contrast with the antique mood of the rest of the house. There’s an idyllic garden at the back, and the whole experience is a rather uplifting one. Konavle district Tourist Board Zidine 6, Cavtat, tel. (+385-20) 47 90 25, QOpen 08:00 - 21:00.



If you visit Dubrovnik in the spring, you may be surprised to see ripe oranges lying on the ground everywhere you walk. Orange trees are so common that the fruit is often ignored, inducing a twinge of regret in visitors who have to part with good money for them back home. Obviously, the warm climate gives the people of the Dubrovnik region these southern fruits. But there is one more life-giver - the River Neretva. It starts its life as a brazen young thing, rushing green and impetuous under the famous stone bridge at Mostar, upriver in Herzegovina. In Croatia, it spreads out open arms to meet the sea, creating a swampy region. Generations of backbreaking work mean that this area today is a fertile region sometimes called Croatia’s California. As you drive north to Metković, you can stop at roadside stalls and pick up sacks of mandarins, local honey and spirits. It is also sometimes called Croatia’s Venice, as the life of the people is closely tied up with boats, used for transporting pretty much everything around here. The region has its own types of wooden boat; a smaller kind called a trupa, and a larger one called a lađa. Although these traditional boats largely died out, in recent years an annual race (Maraton lađa, August 14) which attracts competing teams from around the world looks set to revive the picturesque tradition - the boats have a curiously flattish construction which is very attractive but definitely renders their navigation a challenge! More curious still is the water life of the valley. The traditional dishes of

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the area are often centered around two aquatic inhabitants, the frog and the eel. Both are made into a tomato casserole called brudet - you can try it in the popular restaurant at Villa Neretva at the town of Metković, where accommodation, tours by boat and photo safaris are also offered. The area is also rich in bird life, particularly storks and coots, the latter being traditional hunting game. Near the town of Ploče you can see the Baćina lakes from the main road - a spectacular chain of seven interconnecting freshwater lakes, plus one separate one. They are beautifully clean and have beaches suitable for swimming. It is hoped that the region will be proclaimed a nature park in the near future.

Tourist Information Centre of Metković Tourist

Board Trg kralja Tomislava 1, Metković, tel. (+38520) 68 18 99, Q July, August Open 08:00 - 20:00.

Pelješac Peninsula The Pelješac peninsula is so tenuously connected with the mainland that it has the unique character of an island. The first delight that awaits you is the gastronomic haven of Mali Ston. The narrow lagoon dividing Pelješac from the mainland is rich in premium quality oysters, and the village restaurants offer some of the best cuisine in the country. Nearby, the town of Ston is encircled by 14th century stone walls, 5.5km long and once including forty towers, which with the backdrop of the mountainous countryside look scarily like the Great Wall of China. These walls were built by the Republic of Dubrovnik due to valuable salt pans and the town’s strategic position, and Ston is often called “little Dubrovnik” as the streets have the same layout and the same names. The historic salt pans still produce salt for industrial purposes. If you’d like to have an active holiday with a difference, you can join in salt harvesting, board and victuals provided. Check out The finest vineyards in Croatia bask on Pelješac’s spectacular conical hills. This is the home of the indigenous Plavac Mali grape, and on certain south facing slopes near the village of Dingač the vines yield grapes of awesome quality. Dingač is an atom bomb of a wine: rich, dark and strong, and was the first Croatian wine to gain protected geographic origin (1961). It’ll cost you about €10 a bottle, but to enjoy the Pelješac experience to the full, we recommend you try it. Postup is another Pelješac wine often called “Dingač’s baby brother”, while Plavac is softer, more affordable and very quaffable. On Pelješac you can find wonderful stone villages, untouched by modern times. Coastal hamlets are backed by steep slopes, their shores fringed by pine. Pelješac is famous for pristine shingle beaches, and on the southern side a bracing wind makes this a favorite spot for windsurfers, especially at Viganj. Orebić is the largest resort, its architecture reflecting its links with the Republic of Dubrovnik, and has fantastic stretches of shingle to the east of town. A ferry connects Orebić with Korčula town, and Trstenik to Polače on Mljet ideal for island hopping.


Pelješac, Krešimir Žanetić, Adriatic Photo Service The best thing about Pelješac is its unspoilt character. Take time to slowly discover and drink in its delights - a week will hardly be long enough. Orebić Tourist Board Zrinsko - Frankopanska 2, Orebić, tel. (+385-20) 71 37 18,, Q Open 08:00 - 22:00. Tourist Information Centre Orebić Bana Josipa Jelačića 53, Orebić,, Q Open 08:00 - 20:00. Ston Tourist Board Pelješki put bb, Ston, tel. (+38520) 75 44 52,, Q Open 08:00 - 20:00.

The road south from Dubrovnik snakes alongside a broad bay dotted with some of the loveliest beaches to be found on the Mediterranean.Their white pebbles are probably the reason why the village of Srebreno was given its name, which means “Silver”. The water here is that perfect aquamarine colour so beloved of the holiday brochures. The town of Mlini is named after the water mills that you can still see here, driven by streams that race down the mountainside and emerge right on the beach, bringing the sea to a temperature that could be named “refreshing” or “freezing” depending on the hardiness of the swimmer in question. These resorts are not “fashionable”, one of the reasons being that this part of the coast was occupied by the Yugoslav army during the early 90s. The village of Kupari is all but devastated, as it was a military base. Clearly a dismal situation for the local people, with a once thriving industry lying dormant and some fine old buildings on the waterfront empty and pockmarked by bullets, but renovation is presently going on and things will get better.

Trsteno If you’re on the edge of your nerves and even a stay in Dubrovnik brings no respite to your soul, it’s time to go green, get back to nature and indulge in a spot of tree hugging at Trsteno. It’s not only the terminally overworked who will be delighted by this historic arboretum - of course, for gardeners and plant lovers it’s unmissable. The centerpiece is a summer villa first built by Dubrovnik nobleman Ivan Marinov Gučetić in 1494. Rather than investing his wealth into a sprawling and luxurious home, he built a more modest abode and surrounded it with gardens in which his spirit could soar. More than one hundred years later, his descendant Nikola Vitov Gučetić composed humanist philosophical texts here. Trsteno was thus created by a man with a vision and aided by local sea captains who came home from their travels bearing gifts of exotic specimens. Over the centuries, many people have invested their energy and soul into these gardens. A sense of gratitude to nature and water permeates - don’t miss the baroque fountain at the foot of the stone aqueduct. East of the villa lie a grape and olive press, once shared by the local community. A little path leads from the villa to the sea where a pavilion overlooking the water offers a view of the true meaning of this place - botanical splendour on the lush, island-strewn Mediterranean. In this part of the garden, you can also see the oldest tree in the arboretum - a palm almost 500 years old looking remarkably healthy. The arboretum includes the original 15th century garden laid out in renaissance style, with a geometric pattern of paths, a chapel, the fountain and aqueduct. There is also a newer garden (early 20th century) featuring formal and modern sections, with features typical of the southern Adriatic, plus a historic olive grove and natural woodland. Trsteno suffered quite badly both from shelling and from a forest fire which broke out in 2000, but Mother Nature has taken over and it’s clearly business as usual. A walk amid the beautiful, tall trees offers welcome dappled shade and the chance to enjoy the harmony of man and nature. The village of Trsteno is a modest little settlement with a fine church, St Vitus, and two huge 500 year old Asiatic plane trees. By the waterside just east of the gardens is a remarkable but dilapidated fort, and a tiny harbour where a stream cascades down rocks into the sea. Magical.

We highly recommend these resorts for the following reasons. The bathing is superb (tingly refreshing, mmm!) There is plenty of excellent accommodation in private apartments, and prices are more than reasonable. With Dubrovnik just 20 minutes away by bus, this is a great place to stay if you’re on a budget and appreciate a quieter environment and clean beaches. Srebreno is the centre of this little region, and here you’ll find necessities such as the tourist information centre, banks, the post office and a large supermarket. Mlini’s waterfront is possibly the most unusual we’ve ever seen: a picturesque village aspect is created by a stream, a watermill and a massive plane tree dating back to 1752 right on the beach. Nearby Plat has a pleasant hotel complex with little villas nestled in leafy shade. Župa Dubr ovačka Tourist Boar d Šetalište dr.F.Tuđmana 7, Srebreno, Mlini, tel. (+385-20) 48 62 54,, Q June, September Open 08:00 - 15:00, Sat 08:00 -12:00. Closed Sun. July, August Open 08:00 - 19:00, Sat, Sun 08:00 - 12:00.

Did you know...? The Republic of Dubrovnik was the first state to recognise the United States of America as a sovereign state. Pelješac, Krešimir Žanetić, Adriatic Photo Service

Summer 2010


STREET REGISTER A. Barca H-2,3 A. Bošković J-2,3 A. Hallera I-2 A. Hebranga H-1/I-2/J-2 A. Kazali H-2 A. Mihanovića J-2 A. Šenoe H-2 A.G. Matoša I-2 A.T. Mimare K-2 Androvićeva C-4 Ante Starčevića I-2 Antuninska C-2 Aquarium E-3 Arhiv D-2 Asimon E-1 B. Bušića L-2 Bernarda Shawa K-2 Babin Kuk G-2 Bandureva D-4 Banjska I-3 Batahovina G-1 Batala H-2/I-2 Biokovska G-2 Bokar A-3 Bokeljska G-1 Boninovo J-3 Bosanka L-2 Boškovićeva C-2 Božatska I-2 Braće Andrijića D-4 Branitelja Dubrovnika J-3 Brdasta J-2 Brgatska L-2

Brsalje Brsečinska Bunićeva poljana Buža Cavtatska Celestina Medovića Crijevićeva Cvijete Zuzorić Čubranovićeva Ćilipska Ćira Carića D. Pulića Dalmatinska Dante Alighieria Dinka Ranjine Dolska Dr. A. Šercera Dr. V. Mačeka Dračasta Dropčeva Državna cesta Dubravkina Dunavska Džamija Đorđićeva Đura Baljevića Đura Basaričeka E. Kumičića F. Kolumbića F. Prešerna F. Supila Ferićeva Flore Jakšić

A-2 I-2 C-3 D-1 K-2 B-2 C-4 C-3 B-2 I-2 G-2 A-1 H-2 J-3 C-3 H-1 H-2 I-2 K-2 C-2 D-8 G-2 G-2,3 C-3 B-2 D-4 I-1 H-2 H-2 I-2 L-2 B-3 G-2

G. Rajčevića Garište Getaldićeva Gorica Sv. Vlaha Gornji kono Gradac Gradićeva Grbava Grebenska Grudska Gruška obala Gundulićeva poljana Hanibala Lucića Hladnica Hliđina Hodiljska Hvarska I. Matijaševića I. Račića I. Vojnovića Ilije Sarake Imotska Ispod Minčete Ispod mira Ispod Petke Istarska Ive Dulčića Ivana Zajca Ivanska Iza Grada Između ribnjaka Između tri crkve Između vrta

I-2,3 B-2 B-2 H-3/I-3 I,J,K-2 J-3 D-4 C-4 H-2 K-2 H-1 C/D-3 C-1 H-3 B-3 I-2 E-1 J-2 L-2 H-2/I-3 D-4 I-1 B-1 D-4 G-2 J-3 G-2 G,H-1 G-3 B-1, K-2 H-2 J-2 K-3

Između polača Izvijačica J. Berse J. Pupačića Jakljanska Janjinska Josipa Kosora Kantafig Kardinala Stepinca Kaznačićeva Kliševska Kneza Domagoja Kneza Branimira Kneza Damjana Jude Kneza Hrvaša Knežev dvor Koločepska Komajska Komolačka Konavoska Korčulanska Koritska Kotorska Kovačka Kralja Tomislava Kunićeva Kunska L. Matačića L. Rogovskog Lapad Lapadska obala Lazareti Lazarina

67 C-2 A-1 H-2 H-2 H-1 H-2 I-3 G-1 F-2 C-3 G-2 H-2 I-2 E-3 C-4 D-3 L-2 H-2 G-1 L-2 I-3 H-1 I-3 D-2 H-2 C-2 I-1 H-1 G,H-2 G-3 H-2 L-2 L-2

Summer 2010


STREET REGISTER Liechtensteinov put Lokrum Lokrumska Lopudska Lovrijenac Lovrina Lučarica Luka Dubrovnik Luke Sorkočevića Ljubuška M. Blažića M. Budaka M. Dizdara M. Gjaje M. Gupca M. Hamzića M. Jarnovića M. Mrnarevića M. Vodopića Mala Petka Mandaljenska Marina Držića Marka Marojice Marojice Kaboge Masarykov put Metohijska

H,I-3 L-3 K-2 H-1 K-3 L-2 D-3 H-1 G-2 H-1 K-3 K-2 I-1 J-2 K-2 I-2 G-2 I-2 G,H-2 G-3 G-3 D-3 H-2 C-3 F, G-3 I-1

Dubrovnik In Your Pocket

Miha Pracata Minčeta Mljetska Mokoška Moluntska Montovjerna Mosorska Most Dubrovnik Mrtvo zvono N. Ljubičića N. Nodila Na Andriji Na Mihajlu Na Ponti Nalješkovićeva Napice Neumska Nikole Božidarevića Nikole Gučetića Nikole Tesle Nuncijata Obala S. Radića Obodska Obuljenska Od Batale Od borova

C-2 B/C-1 H,I-1 I-1 G-1 I-2 G-2 G-1 B-4 I-2 J-2 B-3 H-2 D-2 C-2 L-2 H-1 B,C-3 C-3 H,I-2 H-1 I-2 K-2 J-2 H-2 H-2

STREET REGISTER Od čempresa Od Danača Od Domina Od gaja Od Gale Od Greba Žudioskih Od Gradca Od Hladnice Od Kaštela Od Kolorine Od Margarite Od maslinate Od Montovjerne Od Nuncijate Od polača Od puča Od pustijerne Od Rupa Od Sigurate Od Srđa Od Sv. Mihajla Od škara Od šorte Od Tabakarije Oraška P. Budmani

J-2 J-3 B-3 I-1,2/J-2 I,J-2 K-2 J-3 H-3 B-4 K-3 C-4 L-2 I-2 H-1 C-2 C,B-3 D-4 B-3 B-2 K-2 H-2 I-1 B-3 K-3 G-2 K-2

P. Čingrije I-3 P. Krešimira IV L-2 P. Preradovića H-2 Padre Perice I-1 Palmotićeva C-2 Paska Baburice H-2 Pećarica C-3 Peline C-1 Pelješka K-2 Pera Bakića J-2 Petilovrijenci C-2 Petra Svačića G-2 Pile J,K-3 Pionirska H-1 Placa C,D-2 Placa – Stradun C-2 Platska J-3 Ploče L-2 Plovani skalini C-1 Pobijana D-4 Pobreška H-1 Poljana Mrtvo zvono B-4 Poljana Marina Držića D-3 Poljana Paska Miličevića B-2 Poljana Ruđera Boškovića C-4 Pomoraca H-1

Pomorski muzej Porat Porporela Posat Postranjska Pred Dvorom Prelazna Pridvorska Prijeko Primorska Privežna Puljizeva Put od Bosanke Restićeva Revelin Riječka Ribarnica Roka Mišetića S.S. Kranjčevića Savska Sinjska Slanska Solinska Solitudo Sponza Srebrenska

E-4 E-3 E-3,4 E-2 I-2 D-3 B-3 J-2 B-2,3/C-2 G-2 J-2 B-3 L-2 D-4 E-1 G-1 D-2 H-3 I-2 G-3 I-2 G-2 I-2 G-1 D-2 J-2

Srednji kono Stayeva Stonska Strossmayerova Stulina Stradun Sunčana Sustjepanska Sv. Barbara Sv. Đurđa Sv. Ivan Sv. Jakov Sv. Križa Sv. Lucija Sv. Luka Sv. Petar Sv. Spasitelj Sv. Stjepan Sv. Šimuna Sv. Vid Sv. Vlaha Sv. Marije Sv.Dominika Sv. Josipa Sv.Nikole

K-2 E-4 G-2 C-3 D-4 B-2 L-2 I-2 C-1 A-2/K-3 E-3 D-1 H-1 C-1 E-2 B-4 E-4 D-4 B-4 C-1 D-3 B-3 D-2 B-3 H-1

Šetalište kralja Zvonimira G,H-2 Šetalište Nike i Meda Pucića F-2 Šibenska G-2 Šipanska H-1 Šipčine I-2 Široka C-2 Tivatska J-2 Tmušasta C-3 Topolska I-2 Trg oružja E-2 Trnovička I-2 Trpanjska G-1 Trstenska G-2 U pilama K-3 Udarnička I-2 Uvala Gruž H-1 Uvala Sumartin F-3 Uz Giman H-2 Uz Glavicu H-2 Uz Jezuite C-3,4 Uz mline K-2 Uz posat B-1 Uz tabor K-2 Vladimira Nazora J-2 Vatroslava Lisinskog G-2

Velebitska Velika Petka Vetranićeva Vicina Viška Vlaha Paljetka Vukovarska Za kapelicom Za Kamenom Za Rokom Za rupama Zadarska Zagrebačka Zamanjina Zatonska Zlatarićeva Zlatarska Zrinsko-Frankopanska Zvijezdićeva Željezničarska Žudioska Žuljanska Župska

69 G-2 G-3 C-2 K-2 I-2 H-1 I-2 K-2 E-4 B-3 B-3 G-2 J,K-2 C-2 G-2 B-2 D-2 K-2,3 B-3,4 H-1 D-2 I-2 L-2

Summer 2010


INDEX Adio Mare 26 Adriatic 18 Ankora 26 Aquarius 18 Argosy 18 Atlas club Nautica 24 Baracuda 27 Bellevue 15 Berkeley 18 Bistro Dubrava 22 Bota Šare 26 Buffet Škola 24 Bukovac House 34 Cantina Mexicana Chihuahua 24 Church and Convent of Sigurata & Museum of Sigurata Convent 35 Church of St Saviour 35 Croatia 20 Dominican Monastery 32 Domino Steak House 24 Dubravka 22 Dubrovnik Cable Car 34 Dubrovnik Natural History Museum 34 Dubrovnik Palace 15 Dubrovnik President 16 Dubrovnik Youth Hostel 19 Đurovića Cave 34 Eastwest Beach Club Restaurant 24 Ethnographic Museum Rupe 34 Excelsior 15 Fresh Sheets 19 Galeta 22 Galija 26 Gil’s 24

Grand Villa Argentina 15 Gundulić Square 36 Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik 16 Hotel Glavović 20 Importanne Resort 16 Indijan 20 Kamenice 28 Kapetanova kuća 26 Karaka 22 Kazbek 16 Klas 22 Komin 23 Komodor 18 Kompas 18 Konavoski dvori 26 Konavoski komin 26 Konoba Marinero 26 Korčula 20 Lapad 18 Lero 18 Leut 26 Lokanda Peskarija 24 Lokrum Island 32 Maestoso 23 Maritime Museum 34 Mea Culpa 28 Mimoza 23 Modern History Museum 34 More 16 Mrvica 24 Niko 24 Nishta 28 Obala 27 Odisej 20 Oliva 28 Onofrio’s Fountains - Great and Small 36

Orhan 23 Orlando’s Column 36 Orsan Gverović 27 Ostrea 20 Pergola 28 Petka 18 Pjat 27 Pjatanca 24 Plat Hotels and Villas 20 Poklisar 24 Proto 28 Pupo 24 Radisson Blue Resort & Spa 20 Renaissance 26 Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik 16 Rozario Church and Confraternity 35 Rusica 22 Rustico 24 Serbian Orthodox Church and Museum of Icons 35 Sesame 26 Šipan 20 Spaghetteria Toni 24 Splendid 18 St Ignatius’ Church 35 St Katherine’s Convent 36 St Nicholas’ Church 36 St Sebastian’s Church 36 Stari grad 18 Stradun, Placa 32 Supetar 20 Taj Mahal 24 Taverna Maslina 26 Taverna Nostromo 23 Teatar 23 The Aquarium 36

The Archeological Museum 34 The Birthplace of Marin Držić 34 The Cathedral 36 The Church of St Blaise 33 The City Belltower 36 The City Hall and Marin Držić Theatre 37 The City Harbour 37 The City Walls, Bastions and Gates Pile & Ploče 33 The Franciscan Monastery of the Friars Minor and the Old Pharmacy 33 The Lazaret 37 The Pucić Palace 16 The Rector’s Palace 33 The Synagogue and Jewish Museum 35 Tirena 18 Toranj 27 Triton 27 Uvala 18 Valamar Club Dubrovnik 19 Vapor 26 Vila Koruna 20 Vila Micika 19 Villa Neretva 27 Villa Vilina 20 Villas Koločep 20 Vis 19 Wanda 26 YC Orsan 28 Zlatno zrno 22 Zoe 23 Zure 27 Dubrovnik In Your Pocket

Dubrovnik In Your Pocket  

Dubrovnik In Your Pocket summer 2010 city guide

Dubrovnik In Your Pocket  

Dubrovnik In Your Pocket summer 2010 city guide