We now understand why Dubrovnik has been described as ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’! With marbled streets, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque style churches as well as fountains and the surrounding city walls, everywhere you look is something that will capture your attention. The shopping is also great in Dubrovnik with many jewelers demonstrating how to create coral beads. I picked up a hat unlike any design I’ve seen in a little independent shop down one of the side streets. For drinks you can head to a cliff bar, they can be seen from along the city walls.
We spent most of our day walking through the old town and around the 1,940 meter long medieval city walls that surrounded the city. The walls were constructed in the 10th century and fortified considerably in 1453. There are four fortresses around the Old Town; Miceta Tower, Revelin Fortress, St. John’s Fortress, and Bokar Bastion. From the walls you can oversee the entire Old Town and all the buildings within it. Also from the walls, you get an amazing view of the Lovrijenac Fortress. The fortress was built on a 37 meter high rock overlooking the sea and according to some chronologists, is dated back to 1018 or 1038. Above the entrance it reads ‘NON BENE PRO TOTO LIBERTAS VENDITUR AURO’, a saying from an Aesop fable meaning ‘freedom is not sold for all the gold in the world.’ Dubrovnik loves liberty and would use this phrase as a reminder to those on guard of why they were there.