Summer is behind us. Crowded streets are becoming only a memory, cultural events are less frequent, souvenirs shops are closing and at the beaches you can find only a few romantic souls thoughtfully staring at the horizon.
All of these are details that are going through our head while we thinking about the cities along the Croatian coast in the fall and winter… That may be the image – but is it really like that?
Dubrovnik is a city where the season never ends. The Stradun doesn’t know the meaning of quietness. In the restaurants you will not find empty tables. The beaches very rarely have days without visitors and the city walls are never without the footsteps of tourists. Dubrovnik is a city which lives all the year round.
If you have been reading my articles over the past months you will know that during the summer Dubrovnik is one of the most frequented cities along the coast. Sometimes I have the feeling that 24 hours in a day are not enough for everything I want to visit there. When in Dubrovnik every minute is a gift to hedonism.
Apart from the rich program of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, days and nights could be passed at exhibitions of pictures and photos, at outdoor shows and concerts or in a short trip to one of the nearest islands.
And just when you thought that with the arrival of autumn Dubrovnik has nothing to left to offer, plans and programs for the next months will leave you breathless. October brought the ‘Good Food Festival’ on Stradun. Food and wine were everywhere. More than 30 restaurants and 10 wine bars participated in this festival and everyone said that this one was the best ever. People drank, ate, danced, laughed and learned how to make some traditional meals.
December will be for Francis Bacon. Paintings of this artist will be exhibited at the Dubrovnik Museum of Modern Art, from 22nd December till March 2017.
While you’re waiting for the Francis Bacon exhibiton, you can visit the Marin Držić museum. One ticket for this museum opens many other doors: the Cultural History Museum in the Duke’s Palace, the Maritime Museum in Fort St. John, the Ethnographic Museum of the Rupe Granary, the Archeological Museum in Fort Revelin, the Modern of Art, the Gallery of Dulčić-Masle-Pulitika and the Pulitika Studio.
From November 2016 till March 2017 the Winter Festival in Dubrovnik will allow you to enjoy ice skating, mulled wine, delicious food and outdoor shows in front of the Church of St. Blaise – and so much more. You really could be having time of your life this autumn…!
But, like they used to say in TV commercials – that’s not all!
Apart from the fact that the City was the scene for the filming of ‘Game of Thrones’, this winter Dubrovnik it will also the host film crew of a new Robin Hood movie with Leonardo DiCaprio. Dubrovnik is becoming confirmed in its status of film studio.
At the end of March Dubrovnik will begin again preparations for the upcoming summer season, with the bar set very high.
Can you tell me now that there is better place for living in Croatia?
Photos by: Dubravko Lenert & Josipa Dragun