1. It’s always been against slavery
The Republic of Dubrovnik officially banned slavery 600 years ago, in 1416. With a vote of 75 for the ban – and just three against, members of the Grand Chamber condemned slavery as “shameful, wrong and disgusting, and against all humanity”. Anyone who disobeyed the law was fined and sentenced to a six-month spell in the lower dungeons. It took most other countries several centuries to catch up – the slave trade was not banned in Britain until 1833, and in the US until 1865.
2. It has some famous fans
In the 19th century the city caught the eye of one of the more eccentric romantics of the era, Lord Byron, who proclaimed it the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Byron is not the city’s only literary fan. Playwright George Bernard Shaw, who wrote Pygmalion, once said: “Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.”
3. Its thicker-than-thick city walls have never been breached
The city’s most famous feature is its imposing stone boundary. The walls seen today were constructed between the 12th and 17th centuries and encircling the old city. They are in places up to six metres thick and have never been breached by a hostile army. A trip to Dubronvik is not complete without a stroll around the walls
4. In 1979, UNESCO added the city of Dubrovnik in the list of World Heritage Centers.
5. The city receives approximately 7.2 hours of sun per day. This is about 2630 hours of sun annually. I am sure you are already thinking of heading there.
6. You can engage in almost every holiday activity in Dubrovnik. From jeep safari, horseback riding, canoe safari, kayaking, sailing to the Elafite Islands and a visit to the national park on the Island of Mljet; tourists will never be short of fun things to do.
7. Dubrovnik, being an independent state, was the first country to recognize the United States as a sovereign state when it declared independence from the British.
8. As if to welcome you to its beautiful beaches, Dubrovnik’s altitude is just 3 meters above the sea level.
9. The city of Dubrovnik is the Eastern European Paradise. It is sort of what Hawaii is to North America. You will be missing out on Eastern Europe’s best destination if you do not include the city in your itinerary.
10. Sitting a mere 600 meters from Dubrovnik, Lokrum is a beautiful, natural island, but there is much more to Lokrum’s long story than one could expect. The first known written mention of Lokrum was in 1023 when the Benedictine abbey and monastery that still stand today were founded. The name Lokrum comes from the Latin, ‘acrumen’, that translates as ”sour fruit”, it is said that the name derives from the tradition of cultivating exotic plants on the island, a tradition that began at the time of the Benedictines. According to legend, Richard the Lionheart was shipwrecked on Lokrum 1192 after returning home from the crusades, he pledged to build a church on the island in thanks, but at the plea of citizens, the church was built on the nearby mainland instead.
11. Dubrovnik is a city of art Art is a long running theme here, with famed creative minds that have existed over the centuries bringing eternal pride to the city and its residents. There are 11 prominent art galleries in Dubrovnik, with many other smaller, private studios dotted around. Exhibitions of both works by local artists and those of famous masters such as Salvador Dali are very frequent and often in beautifully selected locations.
12. GAME OF THRONES Dubrovnik is one of the filming locations for the hit series, it has attracted millions of tourists to the city and has boosted tourism beyond belief. Tours of specific filming locations are sold, as well as merchandise. With the possibility of a new Star Wars being filmed here too, Dubrovnik is becoming a hit with film and TV buffs.
13. MOUNT SRDJ This mountain, pronounced (serdge) is more than just a good vantage point for photographers and a nausea inducing height above sea level for Acrophobics. It has an enormous importance. It is located just behind the walled city of Dubrovnik, and at 412 metres tall, it is difficult to miss, the top of it adorned with Fort Imperial which was built between 1806 and 1816 during the Napoleonic Wars, which is now a museum commemorating the Croatian Homeland War and the Seige of Dubrovnik. The stunning view from the top can be reached by foot or by cable car, it showcases the old city, Lokrum, and local islands, and an impressive look at both the interior of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina from the back.
14. DUBROVNIK’S SUMMER FESTIVAL This celebration of all things creative takes place every year from 10th July to 25th August, with theatrical and musical performances every evening, its history mandates a rich and vibrant program in the field of the arts. The unique and relatively unchanged festival is loved across Europe and further, with regular attendees traveling across the world to enjoy it.