Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia and it originates from 7th century. Situated in the far south of Croatia, it is an ancient city of about 30000 inhabitants. Dubrovnik is listed by UNESCO as world cultural heritage.
Beside the rich cultural heritage, Dubrovnik has gained in popularity in recent years as the main filming location for King’s Landing, a fictional city in award-winning HBO television series Game of Thrones.
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi is also being filmed in Dubrovnik.
Cavtat is a small town 10 kilometers south of Dubrovnik whose history reaches all the way back to 6th century BC as a Greek colony. Although small, it is teeming with natural beauties, culture and history as well as accommodating all modern tourist demands.
Legend says that the city of Dubrovnik was founded in 8th century, but because of inconclusive evidence its history cannot be traced before 10th century. In late 12th century older settlements were joined into one urban unit by a city wall complex. In 1358 Dubrovnik liberated from Venetian rule, which was crucial to the successful further development. Golden age was the period of the Dubrovnik Republic (RESPUBLICA RAGUSINA) in 15th and 16th century when Dubrovnik was the most significant maritime and mercantile center of the Adriatic, alongside Venice and Ancona. Dubrovnik Republic had no army of its own. Its defensive mechanism was diplomacy and maintaining neutrality in international conflicts. In that period Dubrovnik reached magnificent levels in its urban and architectural development, literature and poetry, science, art and many other fields. 17th century was a critical for Dubrovnik Republic due to the general crisis in Mediterranean maritime affairs and the catastrophic earthquake in 1667. In 1808, Napoleon dissolved the Dubrovnik Republic and in 1815, at the Vienna Congress, Dubrovnik region was joined to the other parts of Croatia.
Dubrovnik was a big merchant and cultural Mediterranean center visited often by travelers who brought various spices and herbs as well as new ways of food preparation. Today, there are many restaurants in Dubrovnik, offering a great variety of dishes.
Most of them offer traditional Dalmatian cuisine, which contains mostly fish and seafood. Clean, rich and unpolluted sea provides great variety of fresh fish, mollusks (octopus, squid, cuttlefish), crustaceans (shrimps, lobsters) and shellfish (mussels, oysters, date-shells). These are prepared in many different ways but mostly with olive oil, vegetables and self-sown herbs found near the sea. This is why this cuisine is considered to be very healthy, besides being extremely tasteful.
There are also some restaurants offering freshwater delicacies. River Neretva flows near Dubrovnik and its delta is famous for numerous orchards and vegetable fields. River Neretva is rich with eel, frog and fish. Each species can be prepared using some of the famous gastronomical recipes of the area.
If you prefer meat, then you should visit some of Dubrovnik restaurants that serve continental food. Some of specialties are lamb, especially boiled or baked on an open fire, Green Menestra – mixture of fresh green and yellow cabbages with mixed meat (prosciutto, lamb and sausages), roast beef, Dalmatian stew (Pašticada) with gnocchi, domestic prosciutto with olives and goat cheese.
All of this should be accompanied with top quality Dalmatian wines that have been highly esteemed since ancient times. Some of the most rewarded are Dingač and Postup from Pelješac, Pošip and Grk from Korčula, as well as Dubrovnik’s Malvasia from Konavle, Marastina from the island of Lastovo, and last, but not least – Prošek, a sweet dessert wine to make the experience complete.
Many of these restaurants will also make something special per your request. There are many places where you can order international cuisine, including French, Mexican and Chinese. Fast food restaurants, pizzerias and small restaurants serve simple Dalmatian food and dishes of other cuisines.