A Town known for its red tile roofs and Fortress
Trip Start Sep 05, 2011
19Trip End Sep 27, 2011
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I finally got to go on a major boat trip for a full day tour of the islands around Dubrovnik. I have been wanting to get out onto the sea since I got here and this was certainly the way to do it. Boat was perfect - not too rough but not too classy either. Great friendly people, good food and 2 swims in the ocean. 2nd time I nearly did not make it out as it was a very slippery cement dock we were using and you all know how that would be with me not being able to stand from a crouch position. After several tries and much tugging by Luka I did get my hips on the cement and then somehow managed to get up. I really must have been a sight wobbling about. It was worth it though - the water was warm - the sea around Canada is so cold and in most places rough that I would never dream of going in. Not even in Tofino as the waves really knock you down, but this was smooth and warm and fun. I met 4 people from Australia and two from Canada who hung together during the full day trip and we drank wine and beer and laughed ourselves silly
Dubrovnik is on the Adriatic Sea coast 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 population was 43,770 in 2001, down from 49,728 in 1991. 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 it became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. Supported by its wealth and skilleddiplomacy, the city achieved a remarkable level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. Although demilitarised in the 1970s with the intent of forever protecting it from war devastation, in 1991, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, it was besieged by Serb-Montenegrin forces for 7 months and heavily damaged by shelling.
For more information on the history of Dubrovnik from ancient times to the present go to Historical Dubrovnik
For a great video by Rick Steves click here