Iconic limestone-paved Stradun is the main thoroughfare through Dubrovnik's old town.

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Be sure to have a look at the enormous Onofrio’s Fountain at Stradun’s western end.

Stradun is undoubtedly one of the jewels in Dubrovnik’s crown. Also known as Placa, the beautiful limestone-paved thoroughfare is the widest and most important street in the Old Town, running three hundred metres between the Pile Gate to the west and the eastern Ploce Gate. It is the centre of all the city’s major feasts and processions, plays host to concerts and New Year’s Eve celebrations, and was even the venue of an exhibition tennis match in 2010 between John McEnroe and Goran Ivanesevic.

Bridging the Gap

Walking along Stradun today, it is hard to believe that this was once nothing more than a muddy natural channel separating a peninsula from the mainland. On the southern side stood a town populated by refugees from the Roman Empire, while the northern bank was occupied by a settlement of ethnic Croats. Initially, the two sides were deeply suspicious of one another, but the inevitable processes of exploration and trade gradually led to a thawing of relations, and in the 12th century the channel was filled in by mutual agreement, and the two settlements were merged.

Shaking Things Up

Although the famous limestone paving slabs were laid down in 1468, it was not until the late 17th century that Stradun acquired its current look. The earthquake of 1677 caused devastation in the city, destroying nearly every building and leaving over 5,000 dead. In the aftermath, a law was passed that required every building to be constructed to certain specifications, and it was this which gave Stradun its attractive trademark uniformity.

Nearby Attractions

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Pile Gate
The grand entrance to Dubrovnik's old town, complete with drawbridge and Renaissance arch.
St Saviour Church
A plain but fascinating church, one of the few Renaissance survivors of the terrible 1667 earthquake.
Onofrio's Fountains
These lovely 15th century fountains were once vital water sources for the townspeople.
The Synagogue and Jewish Museum
The world's oldest operating Sephardic Synagogue, with a museum telling the story of the Jews of Dubrovnik.
Orlando Column
A 600-year-old column carved in honour of the legendary knight Orlando, who saved Dubrovnik from a siege by Arab pirates in the 8th century.
City Bell Tower
A beautiful landmark of the Old Town, with a bell struck by two bronze men.

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The Best Of Dubrovnik's Cityscapes
  • Dubrovnik is a brand that is recognized worldwide, thanks to its unique beauty and rich cultural heritage. This city protected by UNESCO delights millions of visitors a year, so let it do the same with you.

Before exploring the beauty of the town, you will drive up to Srdj Mountain (quite a low mountain - so don't worry if you're scared of heights!), which is just behind Dubrovnik. You will enjoy a variety of landscapes and spectacular views of Dubrovnik and its surroundings. Glistening turquoise seas and cobbled streets are two characteristics that fit the view of this stunning picturesque town. 

The top of the mountain sees the Fort Imperijal - built from 1806 to 1816 during the Napoleonic Wars. From this very spot, you can see all of the old town, Lokrum Island, the Adriatic sea and much more. The most idyllic place for relaxing, taking some time for yourself and loved ones and capturing some of the most amazing moments.

Arriving at the top, you will have the opportunity to see the city from a bird’s eye perspective. After a short tour, we will return to the old city centre where the guide will take you through the rich history that the city guards within its impressive walls. Stone cobbled streets, numerous churches, museums, and monuments wait to be discovered.

Take a peek into the rich history of the city, which today is used as a living backdrop for world-famous films and series such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Borgias, etc.

Dive into the rich historic presence of the town known as Dubrovnik. There are secrets hidden being every city wall - preserved from hundreds of years ago and when you finish this city of scenes tour you will leave full of knowledge and appreciation of the city's culture.  

George Bernard Shaw summed it all up in one sentence: ˝If you want to see paradise on earth, come to Dubrovnik.˝


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