Luxury Holiday Villas In Dubrovnik

Those who are looking for paradise on Earth should come and see Dubrovnik.” – George Bernard Shaw

Dubrovnik, “the pearl of the Adriatic”, is often cited as one of the most beautiful cities in the world due to its preserved culture and artistic buildings that reside within the walls. Romantic sunsets, idyllic streets that never sleep and a historical atmosphere that is still weaved into every stone in the city make it somewhere that you must at the very least visit on your Croatia villa holiday.

Dubrovnik is situated on the southern Croatian coast and is protected by hills as well as a group of islands known as the Elaphiti Islands, or the deer islands, which dubrovnik-988689_1920have beautiful beaches and pristine scenery. A little further out, but not too far that you cannot visit, are the Peljesac peninsula and the island of Mljet, both of which are home to gorgeous beaches and heavenly seafood.

Dubrovnik’s famous Old Town is truly a site to behold, so much so that it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. This aims to restore the true beauty back to the gothic buildings of Dubrovnik and preserve the history within the walls. Dubrovnik has always had a rich history of tourism and has caught the eye of many celebrities including Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Steven Spielberg and Sir Roger Moore.

As well as attracting celebrities for their holidays, it also seems to attract the keen eye of film makers and in recent years is has been used a number of times as an ideal location for shooting films and series. Dubrovnik was most notably used for filming the Game of Thrones series as well as the series Borgia, which took advantage of the beautiful Renaissance buildings that are within the city. Most recently, filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII took place in Dubrovnik, which is set to be released in 2017.

Words cannot do Dubrovnik justice, to truly appreciate the beauty of the city you need to see it for yourself. Explore our range of villa deals and luxury villas below and make sure to check out our handy tourist guide below for what to see while you on your holiday.

There are several theories regarding the founding of the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, originally called Ragusa. The general consensus is that it was founded in the 7th century by refugees from a nearby Greek city who were escaping the invasions in their cities. However, there have been findings such as Iron Age jewellery and coins that suggest there were Roman inhabitants as early as 3rd century BC.

Until 1205, Dubrovnik was under the protection of the Byzantine Empire until it came under the sovereignty of Venice from then until 1358. It was during this time that the old town was completed and still remains as a reminder of Dubrovnik’s rich history. 1358 marked the Venetian rule come to an end and become part of the Kingdom of Hungary, although they were granted much more independence than before.  Dubrovnik grew from strength to strength in this period and quickly became a main competitor to the Venetian empire for the waterways with their growing maritime influence. It was also known for its forward thinking laws and institutions including their medical services and abolishment of slave trading in 1418.Panorama iz zraka 2

For many centuries after, Dubrovnik was very economically wealthy with its skilled diplomats and rich sea trading. However, a catastrophic earthquake in 1667 devastated the land, killing over 5000 citizens and destroying many public buildings. The Republic never truly recovered and quickly fell into decline following the earthquake. They were forced to sell off some of the land to the Ottomans. They began to recover thanks to the reconstruction of the maritime trade but were conquered by Napoleon’s Army in 1806 who abolished the Dubrovnik Republic soon after.

The Congress of Vienna established the Kingdom of Dalmatia in 1815 which put Dubrovnik under the Habsburg Empire, also known as the Austro-Hungarian Empire. They ruled over Dubrovnik until 1918, where it fell under the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. World War II saw Dubrovnik become The Independent State of Croatia, which was a puppet state of Germany. After the war, Dubrovnik was under communist rule until 1991 where it was sieged during the Yugoslavia civil war and vicious bombings nearly destroyed the UNESCO World Heritage site and various historic buildings in the Old Town. Now it is a perfect example of the beautiful Croatian region and a city you must visit to truly embrace Croatian culture.

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Dubrovnik is home to traditional south Dalmatian cuisine that is full of flavour, fresh ingredients and local delicacies, often paired with quality wine. The close location to the sea means that you will find lots of expertly prepared seafood in Dubrovnik and is a must to try to really embrace local Croatian culture.

With an abundance of fish dishes, it can be hard to know what to look out for. Famous dishes include octopus salad, freshly caught mussels and oysters, squid risotto or black risotto, a fish stew with eels and frogs and grilled fish created using local olive oil.

Although the fish is often what people associate with Dubrovnik, other dishes are not to be forgotten. For those who prefer other meats, lamb and veal can often be found on the menu prepared in stews, grilled or baked until tender. Other dishes you should try are dirty macaroni which is a tomato based pasta with cinnamon and red wine,  green menestra which is a cabbage and smoked meat stew and Prsut which is thinly smoked ham that is often served on a platter with cheese and olives.

Dubrovnik is also not short of places for those with more of a sweet tooth. A great time to visit this Mediterranean pearl if you are a fan of desserts is in February and during the celebration of Dubrovnik’s Patron Saint Blaise. Ceremoniously decorated tables with include rožata, a traditional custard pudding with caramel sauce, kotonjata, a type of sweet quince jelly or arancini which are candied orange crust and finally bruštulane mjendule which are caramelised almonds.vino portal 1

Dishes in Dubrovnik are often paired with wine and you are sure to find good quality wine in this region. Some of the most famous and which you are sure to find are Pošip, a robust white wine, wine made from Rukatac from the island of Korčula, Malvasia from Konavle and most famously, wine from the Pelješac peninsula.

While enjoying your Croatia villa rental, make sure you sample the local cuisine in Dubrovnik. You are sure to be left feeling satisfied and in touch with the true Croatian culture.

Dubrovnik is a city rich in history and its lives it every day with the buildings and monuments inherited from their coloured past. We have listed the beautiful and important sights that we think you should visit on your villa holiday.

City Walls –The ancient city walls have been there for hundreds of years and are TripAdvisor’s number 1 listed thing to do in Dubrovnik. It is an experience like no other and offers an amazing view of Dubrovnik and its surrounding areas, especially if you climb the Minčeta which is the highest point.

Fort St Lawrence – Also known asSONY DSC “Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar” this impressive fortress was built for the purpose of keeping out the Venetian Republic and soon became a symbol of freedom. Above the entrance, there is an inscription that reads “Freedom is not to be sold for all the treasures in the world”. Now it is used for performances during the Dubrovnik Summer festival and has become of the world’s best stages for the performance of Hamlet.

Onofrio Fountain – Italian architect Onofrio Della Cava built the fountain in 1438 after new waterworks were built in the city and provided Dubrovnik with water. It was used until the early 19th century until the arrival of modern plumbing.

Rector’s Palace – This palace, which palaza sponza
is both Gothic and Renaissance was built in the 12th century and housed Dubrovnik’s Rector. Over the years the palace was damaged by earthquakes, gunpowder explosions or fires and has undergone various reconstructions. Today you can see the historic building as well as the museum that holds many ancient artefacts.

Sponza Palace – This Gothic-Renaissance palace served for a variety of public functions including a customs office and the mint. Now, it is home to the city archives which hold many precious documents dating back to the 12th century and Memorial Room of Dubrovnik Defenders who fought in the war of independence.

Lazareti – The Lazareti was used as a quarantine in ancient times for those who were travelling from lands where there could be contagious illnesses. It was Dubrovnik’s defence and considered one of their greatest inventions. Travellers could be help for up to 40 days before they were allowed into the city. Now, it is used to house performance groups, craft workshops, concerts, and nightclubs and is a great source of entertainment if you are visiting Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik Cathedral – The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin has been rebuilt numerous times and majorly rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake. Inside the Cathedral Treasury, there are relics of St Blaise and a number of impressive paintings that date back many centuries.

Srđ – is a mountain behind the city of hill srđDubrovnik and can be visited on foot, by car or cable car.  At the top of the mount is Fort Imperial, which was built during the Napoleonic Wars and was used during the War of Independence. As well as being historically important, it offers amazing views of the walled city of Dubrovnik.

Trsteno – is the oldest arboretum in this part of the world and was built in the late 15th century. It consists of beautiful gardens, an impressive fountain displaying Neptune and is considered a protected natural monument. It was also used for filming the Game of Thrones series.

Mljet National Park – Mljet is the most forested Croatian island and one of the best preserved in the entire Mediterranean. There is also a 12th-century Benedictine Monastery on St Mary’s Island which is impressive to view.

 

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