Dubrovnik (pronounced [dǔbroːʋnik], Italian: Ragusa, Greek: Ragoùsa) is a city on the Adriatic Sea coast of Croatia, positioned at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva county. Its total population is 42,641 (census 2011). In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik has always been based on maritime trade. In the Middle Ages, as the Republic of Ragusa, also known as a Maritime Republic (together with Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa, Venice and other Italian cities), it became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries.
The beginning of tourism in Dubrovnik is often associated with the construction of the late 19th-century luxury hotels in Croatia, such as Grand Hotel (1890) in Opatija and the Hotel Imperial (1897) in Dubrovnik. According to CNNGo, Dubrovnik is among the 10 best medieval walled cities in the world and among the 10 best places in the world for a fairytale proposal of the Valentine's Day. Although Dubrovnik was demilitarised in the 1970s to protect it from war, in 1991, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, it was besieged by Serb-Montenegrin forces for seven months and received significant shelling damage.
A taxi service is available all day. The price of the drive from the Dubrovnik Airport to Dubrovnik is between 200 and 235 kunas, depending on the part of the city where the hotel is located.
Bus - The newly built Dubrovnik Bus Terminal is situated in Gruž, in the vicinity of the harbour. All city districts are excellently connected with frequent regular bus lines. The public bus time-tables are posted at every bus stop. They are also available at the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Information Offices and at your hotel reception desk.
Bus tickets can be obtained from the bus driver (15 kunas), at kiosks (S ticket - 12 kunas), at the Libertas Company ticket-windows at Pile, Bus Terminal and in Mokošica, at hotel reception desks and tourist agencies.
Please prepare the exact amount for the tickets purchased on the bus, because the driver cannot give you change. The purchased bus ticket, after being clipped for the first time, is valid for one hour for an unlimited number of rides within the city.
The magnet card payment system involves turning the front side of the ticket containing the magnetic strip towards you and inserting it into the ticket-machine, after which you take the ticket out.
If you have a contactless bus ticket, you merely press it against the sensor.
Boat - Dubrovnik has excellent boat connections to other Croatian harbours and to Bari Harbour in Italy. Dubrovnik also has daily boat lines to the nearby islands (Koločep, Lopud, Šipan and Mljet, and seasonal lines to Korčula and Lastovo).
Gruž Harbour is 2 kilometres from the Old City. Jadrolinija Agency, banks, ATM, exchange offices, parking lot, Konzum Supermarket, Srđ Department Store, open-air green market, Petka Hotel, several agencies, Rent-a car and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Information Office are located in close proximity to the harbour. The Old City is about 20 minutes walk from the harbour
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To obtain further information visit the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Information Office