Cathedral Treasury: Contains such religious treasures as the St. Blaise Reliquary, a reliquary of the Holy Cross from Jerusalem, and an array of paintings and works of art. Kneza Damjana Jude 1. Admission required. Hours: Weekdays 8am–8pm.

City Walls: The walls run around part of the city for about 1.6km (1 mile). They were built between the 8th and 16th centuries. Walkers can visit five bastions and 15 lookout towers along the way. Entrance is on the north side, near St. Spasa Church. Sv Dominika 3. Admission required. Hours: Daily 9am–6:30pm.

Dominican Monastery: Construction began on this monastery and church complex in 1228, but it wasn’t completed till some 200 years later. Some of the city’s most renowned citizens are buried here, and the treasury is worth a look. Sveti Dominika 4. Admission required. Hours: Daily 9am–6pm.

Dubrovnik Museum–Rector’s Palace: The rector of Dubrovnik lived here, but the palace, constructed beginning in 1435, was also a seat of government. The rector was not allowed to leave the palace during his short, 1-month term unless he was engaged in state business. The architecture combines Gothic and early Renaissance styles, and the palace today houses a museum with furnished rooms, historical exhibits, and baroque paintings. Pred Dvorom 3. Admission required. Hours: Mon–Sat 9am–6pm.

Franciscan Monastery: Dating from the 14th century, the monastery has an impressive cloister, a rich library with a beautiful reading room, and a pharmacy that dates back to 1317. Placa 2. Admission required. Hours: Daily 9am–6pm.

Sponza Palace: This is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, featuring a mix of late Gothic and early Renaissance styles, with impressive stone carvings. Construction started in 1516, and the luxurious building was used as a sort of customhouse. The atrium, with its arched galley, was said to have been the liveliest commercial center and meeting place for businessmen in the city. One wing of the palace housed the state mint. And intellectuals gathered here as “The Academy of the Learned.” Luza Square.

The Synagogue: The second-oldest Sephardic synagogue in Europe and home of the Jewish Community of Dubrovnik. Zudioska 5. Free admission. Hours: Mon–Fri 9am–1pm, closed Sat and Sun.

PLACES TO EAT (our favorites)

Barracuda - pizza
Ragusa on Prijeko street (old town)
Proto for fancy seafood dinner.
Nautica - good but expensive
Coffee and prosecco (sweet wine) at Hard Jazz Cafe "Trubadour" - good live music in the evening
Pastries - everywhere
Corn bread at the Galleta bakery (down the steps, turn right) or Zlatno Zrno (300 yards down the street on the right side). Also try cheese or meat bourek (any time during the day as long as it is warm).
Restaurant Konavoski Dvori (about 30 min drive south of Dubrovnik) - lamb & veal in dutch oven ("ispod peke"), local trout, prosciutto & cheese cold plates
Restaurant in the old port on the far side - Peskarija (the one that serves the food in black pots)
Pucic Palace hotel in the old town - crepes ("palatchinke") - try them with walnuts or chocolate



Getting there:

Croatia - the Most Desirable Destination in 2006 for American Travelers

Croatian National Tourist Board:  Home page 

Romwell Travel Advisory - Discover Beautiful Croatia

Facts about Croatia

A story of the country of a thousand islands...

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Krka National Park

Photo gallery (throughout Croatia)

Adriatic Sea Kayaking - Dubrovnik

Epidaurum Diving - Cavtat

Lokrum Island (the one right in front of the old town


UNESCO World Heritage sites in Croatia:
Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979)
Old City of Dubrovnik (1979, 1994)
Plitvice Lakes National Park (1979, 2000)
Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč (1997)
Historic City of Trogir (1997)
The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik (2000)