Located on the gorgeous Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik has been a hub of activity for several centuries. Noted for its success as an independent city, over the years it became known as a paragon of advancement, diplomacy, and trade. Although not necessarily the centre of influence it used to be, Dubrovnik remains a gorgeous and historically steeped location. In fact, the city is fast becoming one of the world’s most popular destinations, and with what it has to offer, it’s not hard to see why.
Game of Thrones
The thing that’s been the biggest recent boost for Dubrovnik as a tourist destination is its connection to Game of Thrones. Since 2011, the city has served as the shooting location for King’s Landing, and several other locations as well. The association with the show has been a massive help to the city and Croatia in general, being seen as largely responsible for an increase in visitors over the years. The impact of Game of Thrones-related tourism is even supposed to have helped the country out of a recession! Dedicated fans flock to the city to see locations from the show, and often take walking tours of all the major sights. Iconic locations such as the Red Keep, the Sept of Balor, the Shame Walk, and many more can be found around the city. The influx of visitors has made Dubrovnik a little more crowded in recent years, but if you’re a major Thrones fan, there aren’t many better places you can visit.
Game of Thrones aside, Dubrovnik still has a huge amount to offer any sightseer. An earthquake in 1667 destroyed most of the city, leading to extensive rebuilding and an interesting mix of architecture around the city. A huge range of stunning landmarks can be found around Dubrovnik, from the few preserved renaissance buildings, to the impressive 17th century architecture that succeeded them. Surviving architecture from before the earthquake include Fort Lovrijenac, built in the 11th century, and the beautiful Sponza Palace, a 16th century palace that plays host to the national archives. One of the most well known landmarks is the Dubrovnik City Walls. Built from the 12th to the 17th centuries, these walls circle the city and can be walked around, providing the opportunity for some really gorgeous vistas. These landmarks are just a smattering of what can be seen when visiting Dubrovnik.
A good climate is a hard thing to come by nowadays. Dubrovnik’s popularity become much more understandable when you take a look at what the weather is like year-round. Noted for its temperate climate, the city tends to experience maximum temperatures of 28 degrees celcius in the Summer, and temps of 13 degrees celsius in the daytime during winter. As such, Dubrovnik is one of the rare places that can be visited at any time of year without too much worrying about temperature. With weather that agreeable, we’ve got no trouble seeing why Dubrovnik has become so popular.
All-in-all, Dubrovnik has a huge amount going for it. A historical and architectural goldmine, it also possesses a contemporary cultural importance, and an ideal climate for visiting. Regardless of what you’re looking for, Dubrovnik should be able to provide something to engage you. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why this City is taking its place among the most popular travel destinations.