Many destinations have hidden gems which never make the news, and there are many reasons for that – it could be that they are hidden away down a back street that many visitors don’t tend to venture down, or it could be that they simply get overshadowed by the big hitters in the visiting world, but whatever the reason, that doesn’t dampen their allure. Exploring a place’s hidden gems is a great way to get to the heart of the place you’re visiting, and Dubrovnik is no different.
We know all about the must visit places in this hugely popular town, but what about the smaller, hidden away gems that nobody really gets to know about? Let’s explore three of those places, ready for you to put on your itinerary.
Onofrio’s Large Fountain
Keeping the residents of Dubrovnik in fresh, clean water was the order back in the day, and various ways to achieve this were explored. In 1438 this enormous and very ornate fountain was built, in order to keep fresh water flowing. This is not just any old fountain, however, as its decoration is certainly one for the camera. Decorated with 16 gargoyle heads, the water flows carefully through the fountain, and is the centre-point as you enter the square from Pile Gate. There is also a smaller fountain which is decorated with dolphins at the other end of the square, which is worth a look also.
Jesuit Monastery/Jesuit Church of St Ignacio
Architecture in abundance can be found in Dubrovnik, but this particular church is really a feast for the eyes. Head to Boskovic Square and you will gaze upon the beautiful Jesuit Monastery, with stunning baroque architecture and decoration. It was built at the end of the 17th century, and features art pieces by Gaetano Garcia, a famous Baroque painter, documenting the life of the founder of the Jesuit Order, St Ignacio Loyole – certainly one for the camera!
Gunduliceva Poljana Market
If you want to experience authentic and traditional Croatian life when visiting Dubrovnik, then you need to get up early and head to this open air market. Closed in the afternoon, this is a bustling site within the Old Town, which has several stalls of fresh produce, including fruits, vegetables, plants, lavender, and of course, the famous Grappa to try. As an add-on, you can also gaze upon the statue of Ivan Gundulic just across from the market itself, the town’s 17th-century poet.
Check out these three hidden gems and enhance your Dubrovnik visit!
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