The well known magazine Forbes has just announced that Dubrovnik is the most beautiful city in the world! The journalist Ann Abel was in Croatia this summer and she as truly impressed by Dubrovnik and made a list of places to visit when you are here. One of them, of course, is the beautiful Old Town with its well known heritage of history and architecture.
“The dreamiest old city in Croatia is Dubrovnik, in the middle of the Dalmatian Coast. Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, it’s a place that is medieval, mythical and occasionally magical. The walled-off Old City, parts of which date from the 11th century, is surprisingly intact, especially given the fact that it was a major trading center and one of the wealthiest cities in southern Europe and therefore fought over. Its Slavic people managed to fend off the Venetians, Ottomans and other empire builders in order to remain an independent city-state”, she says.
“While there are some sweet bolt-holes within the Old City walls, it’s more peaceful to stay outside. One good choice is the historic Hotel Excelsior, a flagship of the Adriatic Luxury Hotels group, which is just past the walls and has large rooms with expansive views over the Adriatic and the Old City”, says Ann about this well-known hotel.
Besides the already well-known hotel Excelsior in the article she mentions some places worth a visit and among them she writes about the newly opened restaurant BOWA on Šipan. It’s a wonderfully peaceful spot, and although only recently opened is already becoming popular.
“The Elephiti Islands are a short ride away, and they’re home to spectacular swimming caves, cool beach clubs and chilled-out lunch spots like BOWA (Best of What’s Available, of course) on the island of Sipan. The dining “rooms” are platform pavilions veiled by billowing white curtains, and the food is as simple as can be. A waiter fetched live sea urchins from the water, opened them and served them with lemon on a platter. Another let us select the (huge) fish we wanted for lunch, then grilled it will we took a palate-cleansing swim. All hyperbole aside, the Adriatic is one of the best places in the world for island hopping. No matter which side of it you’re on.”, concluded Ann. The entire article can be read here.
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