Unboxing Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik, the former Republic of Ragusa is one of most splendid cities on Mediterranean. In contrast to Venice on the north, Dubrovnik dominated the southern Adriatic. Its mighty medieval walls are second to none in comparison to any other maritime city, so they often play scenery role in popular television series and films. Present renaissance and baroque architecture is a masterpiece of stone masons craft work, with its historical core among best preserved medieval cities.

 

Circle the mighty city walls

Shaped in 13th century the walls have set the limit of city’s expansion. Sheer size and strength of the walls had successfully been chasing away all medieval conquerors, until recently falling under the siege of Game of Thrones fans armada. It is as exciting to observe the walls from the sea or the coast, as it is to view the city rooftops or the sea horizon from the walls. It will take you about hour and half to fully circle the ramparts that stretch for two kilometer / 1.2 miles. There are steep steps to climb, so we suggest good training shoes and sun protection for the walk. Refreshments are offered (expensively sold) on the way.

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Enjoy the bird’s view from the cable car

The modern, air-conditioned gondola will take you to the top of Srđ mountain to enjoy uninterrupted views over the Old city orange rooftops. You may see the whole circumference of Dubrovnik walls as on your palm.  There is a restaurant on the top where you may find refreshments or have a romantic dinner with the unbeatable view.

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Dubrovnik foodie city tour

Beyond walking between main sights and hidden streets, explore the city’s past and culture through the food that is served in local homes for centuries. The tour is designed as a four course meal divided within four different handpicked restaurants, each meal paired with local wines. You will hear all the information provided on standard sightseeing tours, with a highlight on local gastronomy and wine production. The tour is operated as a private tour or a small size shared group.

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Buža lounge bar 

When walking over Dubrovnik city walls, you may notice people enjoying sun, sea and coffee in a secret secluded area on the seaside cliffs outside of the city walls. It’s not as easy to find “Buža” (the Hole in the wall) leading to this amazing chill-out lounge hideout, but it is worth the effort.

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Dubrovnik Summer Festival

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival is a set of high production classical music, theatre, opera and dance performances held annually between 10th July and 25th August. It is played in 70 open-air venues across the Renaissance-Baroque part of the city, first introduced in 1950. During the festival the historic flag of Dubrovnik Republic “Libertas” (Freedom) is displayed. The performers are international Philharmonic Orchestras, Theatre ensembles and A-list conductors, ballet dancers and World-class musicians.

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Wine & oysters

The largest Croatian peninsula of Pelješac (one hour drive North West of Dubrovnik) is one of most important National wine regions. Being very long, steep and narrow it provides amazing terroir for wine production. The grapes planted get the triple insolation: directly from the sun, reflection from the pale rocks, and reflection from the sea surface. The result is very robust, full bodied and strong reds of most common local grape Plavac Mali. There are a number of selected vineries that are due to limited wine yard size small in quantity, yet second to none in quality. Furthermore, the town of Mali Ston is the regional leader of oyster & mussel farming. Taste fresh out of the sea oysters, still farmed the traditional way.

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Elaphite archipelago

The island trilogy of Šipan, Lopud and Koločep make the archipelago of Dubrovnik. In contrast to the city where it may get crowded during the peak summer season in July and August, the archipelago offers pleasant hideout get-away. There are secluded beaches to find, charming fisherman towns to visit, homemade wines and olive oils to taste, historic churches to discover. If you are in a romantic mood, there is a superb seaside restaurant we might take you to with a private speedboat. In a magnificent Mediterranean setting, superlative seafood paired with chosen wines, it might just be the place to pop The Question…

 

Konavle countryside

The area between Dubrovnik city and Montenegro on the South is called Konavle region. It is a narrow stretch of land squeezed between the Adriatic sea and steep mountains that divide Southern Croatia from Bosnia and Montenegro. It is a very picturesque land of cypress trees, vineyards and medieval farms converted into beautiful lush villas. There is a network of crystal clear river-sources that spring out beneath the mountain where you may taste fresh and tastiest trout you’ve ever had, or local food combined of Mediterranean and Ottoman influences. The region offers superb adventure possibilities: excellent bike/cycling roads (wine cellars visits included or not); trekking possibilities, sea kayak, quad ATV and horseback riding. If you’re looking to escape the summer crowds of Dubrovnik, Konavle region is a perfect get-away.

 

Two ways to explore Dubrovnik surroundings

This Tureta Travel exclusive day trip combines two ways to explore Dubrovnik area: driven in a car in one direction, going back with a speedboat. Our driver will pick you up at your hotel and drive you towards Pelješac peninsula. It is possible to stop (time & crowd permitting) on Srđ mountain overlooking Dubrovnik to experience the bird’s eye view of the city, or at Dubrovnik Bridge offering views of the New harbor Gruž. Visit Trsteno arboretum, the park where trees & plants from all over the World have been planted planted, brought to the area by captains of Dubrovnik Republic’s Navy. Stop in the town of Mali Ston, visit the oyster farm and taste fresh out of the sea oysters. Visit two handpicked vineries to compare different results of modern and traditional wine making from the same local grape variety Plavac Mali. Board the speedboat for a private trip to Elaphite archipelago islands of Šipan, Lopud and Koločep. Depending on your interests, you may head out to a beach, go sightseeing, taste olive oils or combine all of the things stated. Approaching from the sea side, experience the sheer size of the old walls before returning to Dubrovnik.

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Countryside cooking class

Our Tureta Travel cooking class introduces Mediterranean flavors of southern Dalmatia and its traditional hinterland village lifestyle. Learn how to prepare homemade food the same way as our ancestors did centuries ago. Our driver will pick you up in the hotel and drive along the amazing coastline with several panoramic stops en route. Visit the old flour mill, or an olive press instead. Upon arrival to a typical rural villa, welcome drinks and snacks will be served. You may pick fresh vegetables for your cooking lesson straight from our garden! Depending on the season, you’ll prepare meals like: „sac“ – lamb or veal cooked under the iron bell; „zelena menestra“ – green cabbage with dry meat; skewers on laurel sticks; smoked bacon and goat cheese… Prepare your meal over the open fire, dig your fingers into fresh dough, taste some olive oil and blend it in rural ambience to get the true feeling of Dubrovnik countryside. This tour is created to present local ambiance and authentic feeling of a life in the village.

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Pelješac peninsula wine tasting tour

With Roman salt pans still being used and oysters farmed in brackish waters of Ston bay, there’s hardly a better invitation to a connoisseur to visit Pelješac peninsula. Yet, medieval walls & ramparts guard one of most important wine regions of Croatia. Steep terrain with white rocky terroir and the reflection from the sea surface feed vineyards with specific triple insulation. Local grapes of Plavac Mali sort produce full bodied, flavorful reds that are high both in alcohol and tannin, sometimes even of robust character. Our host Mario Bartulović who is a wine producer himself, will unravel secrets of Adriatic longest peninsula. Taste fresh out of the sea oysters, visit several wineries with different approach to wine making from a traditional to a modern one, taste their wines and find a best match to your buds. Cool yourself off in a shade of an old cellar enjoying a fine slow-cooked four course meal.

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