Dubrovnik - the exclusive tourist destination of the Mediterranean
Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Coast, one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea,
a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Its total population is 42,615. In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
The prosperity of the city was historically based on maritime trade; as the capital of the maritime Republic of Ragusa, it achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries, as it became notable for its wealth and skilled diplomacy.
In 1991, after the break-up of Yugoslavia, Dubrovnik was besieged by Serbian and Montenegrin soldiers of the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) for seven months and suffered significant damage from shelling. After repair and restoration works in the 1990s and early 2000s, Dubrovnik re-emerged as one of the top tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.
Dubrovnik holds a borderline humid subtropical and Mediterranean climate classification, since only one summer month has less than 40 mm (1.6 in) of rainfall, preventing it from being classified as solely humid subtropical or Mediterranean. The air temperatures can slightly vary, depending on the area or region. Typically, in July and August daytime maximum temperatures reach 28 °C (82 °F), and at night drop to around 23 °C (73 °F). In Spring and Autumn maximum temperatures are typically between 20 °C (68 °F) and 28 °C (82 °F). Winters are among the mildest of any Croatian city, with daytime temperatures around 13 °C (55 °F) in the coldest months. Snow in Dubrovnik is very rare.
Besides for its incredible historical heritage, Dubrovnik is also a great place for summer holidays in terms of sea, sun and the beaches. There are several beautiful beaches surrounding the town, however, as being very common at the Croatian Adriatic, it’s possible to swim and sunbath almost everywhere along the coast.
The most popular and centrally located Dubrovnik’s beach is Banje Beach.
Beside the beaches, located within the town of Dubrovnik, there are some other attractive beach resorts within easy reach of Dubrovnik.
From the Gruž, Dubrovnik’s main ferry terminal, there are regular crossings to the largely unspoiled Elaphite archipelago, whose three main islands of Kolocep (Kalamota), Lopud and Sipan all offer tranquility and nice pebble beaches. Great swimming is also available at the nearest Lokrum island, with boats crossing there multiple times a day.