Swimming in the crystal clear sea, a cocktail in a romantic place under the starry sky, sunrise…
Dubrovnik in summer offers street performances, the handsome city guards, Hamlet at Fort Lovrjenac and virtuoso concerts at the Rectors Palace Atrium. In summer Dubrovnik you will meet many famous people and see their luxurious yachts anchored in front of the Old City Harbour.
Dubrovnik in summer invites you to enjoy sitting on the steps of St Blaises Church and by the Orlando Column, to wash your face at the fountain, or, like many other visitors, try and take off your shirt while standing on one foot on the Franciscan Church gargoyle.
Listen to Maro and Baro striking the hours, enjoy and come back…
Does a more beautiful setting exist than stone churches and streets a picturesque sunset, the peeling of Dubrovnik bells, walls which embrace and fortresses which retain every story of love and which are an embellishment to every wedding photograph? The numerous bridal couples who say the fateful I do every year in Dubrovnik are the best confirmation of recognition of the city below Mount Srđ as a favourite wedding destination. According to information from the Dubrovnik registrars office for 2009, 66 marriages of foreign citizens took place up to the end of September in Dubrovnik.
On the most beautiful street in the world - the Stradun - each stone remembers footsteps full of anticipation, listens in on tender words, keeps secrets, welcomes those in love and sees off weddings. Hence is this City one of the most attractive and romantic wedding destinations of which everyone dreams.
In Dubrovnik, one of the worlds most beautiful cities, dreams of love and a romantic wedding become a reality, and the wedding act unique and unforgettable. Bridal couples have the chance in Dubrovnik to discover a magical atmosphere, a top-class offer, romance at every footstep and make the wedding of their dreams come true. The church of St. Blaise in the very centre of the city with its magnificent Baroque surroundings, the atrium of the Rectors palace where e the echo of I do resounds in the harmony of stone, a wedding under the stars on Fort Revelin, the first kiss on the prow of a sailing ship reflected in the blue expanse of sea , scattered petals on stone steps....
Weddings in Dubrovnik are weddings to remember - light-hearted, interesting, completely original and above all special - in a city which is known as one of the most romantic in the world.
Young couples throng to Dubrovnik, the wonderful city Bernard Shaw described as Heaven on earth. The best proof that Dubrovnik is a magnet for wedding vows is the information from the Dubrovnik registrars office for 2009. Up to the end of September 66 marriages of foreign citizens took place in Dubrovnik, of which fifty-two were civil marriages and fourteen with a religious ceremony. The largest number of foreign couples were from Great Britain (16), Ireland (11), Slovenia (5), the USA, Norway, Bosnia and Hercegovina... We add that there are also frequently marriages between Croatian citizens who decide to marry outside their place of domicile, very often in the presence of just their closest friends and wedding sponsors precisely in Dubrovnik. The favourite wedding venues are the Sponza Palace with twelve marriages taking place, the Island of Lokrum with five marriages, and Hotel Excelsior also with five. Along with Hotel Argentina, the Dubrovnik Place and Hotel Splendid, chosen locations were the Rectors Palace, St. Johns Fort, the staircase in front of the Dominican Monastery and the Pile Gate area.
If you wish to experience how a nation really lives, you should go to the market place, the very stomach of the city, and smell, touch and taste the food which people consume every day.
Even the finest chefs who visit Dubrovnik and prepare international dishes in some of the city restaurants cannot resist the taste of courgettes from Župa Dubrovačka, cabbage from Konavle and aubergines and tomatoes grown in the fertile and unpolluted surroundings of Dubrovnik.
The gastronomy of an area is based on the fruits which grow on ecologically- preserved land, as is still the case with that in the Dubrovnik environs. The delicacies of Dubrovnik are plain and without many spices. Prepared in a simple way, they are seasoned with plenty of olive oil, which accentuates the juicy taste of natural foods. The gastronomic choice on offer at the Dubrovnik restaurants is heterogeneous, varied and in compliance with the guests wishes. Those visiting local taverns wish to taste authentic national food, good smoked ham, cheese kept in oil, octopus salad, zelena menestra (smoked meat and cabbage stew), sporchi macaroni, fried sprats and grilled sardines. Visitors to top class restaurants, on the other hand, are served the freshest fish from Adriatic depths, shellfish from the unpolluted sea and other delicacies prepared to meet the requests of the choosiest gourmands. Restaurants also serve the popular sushi, which has become an integral part of western cuisine. In the attractive ambience of the Dubrovnik restaurants one can also enjoy
French cuisine and excellent steaks which would do credit to the finest Argentinian restaurants. In compliance with the wishes and adventurous way of life of younger visitors, fast food restaurants, pizzerias and small restaurants serve simple Dalmatian food and dishes of other cuisines.
Wine was highly valued in the Dubrovnik Republic, when dessert wines were sold on prescription as medicine. The tradition of growing grapes and wine production goes back to the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. A provision from 1424 determined the prices of particular wine varieties, with the exception of Malvasia wine of Konavle the price of which was not limited.
The best-known wines of the Dubrovnik region include red wines of the Pelješac Peninsula, the Plavac Mali variety, white wines - Pošiš from the Island of Korčula, the aforementioned Malvasia called nectar of gods, and the wines of the Konavle area with the characteristic flavour of the south.
CELEBRITIES IN DUBROVNIK
From Richard the Lionheart, Wallis Simpson, Prince Edward, Elisabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Michael Douglas, Catharine Zeta Jones, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Richard Gere, Nick Nolte and Tom Cruise to celebrities, famed athletes, and virtuoso musicians. Every summer the polished stone slabs in Stradun show the reflection of world-famous persons. Last summer Dubrovnik hosted the Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and the fashion king Valentino. The City was also visited by the Norwegian royal couple King Harald and Queen Sonia, who are sailing in the South Adriatic on their yacht. The guests of the Chamber Music Festival Julian Rachlin & Friends were the most well-known Agent 007 Roger Moore and the old friend of Dubrovnik John Malkovich.
Kevin Spacey visited Dubrovnik as a participant of the Dubrovnik Film Meeting, the prestigious manifestation organised in collaboration with the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Adriatic Luxury Hotel Group. In a memorable evening of film and glamour the film The Usual Suspects was shown, which won Spacey his first Oscar. While sailing the Adriatic the fashion magician Valentino never fails to visit Dubrovnik, and every summer one can see him and his company enjoying the summer night atmosphere. The Croatian football stars who have also forged international careers Eduardo da Silva and Luka Modrić walked along Stradun this summer. In recent decades Dubrovnik has hosted a large number of celebrities and royalty, the majority of whom come to the city on their luxurious boats anchored in front of the romantic Island of Lokrum, including Roman Abramovich, Paul Getty, Bill Gates, Caroline of Monaco, the Prince of Hanover, the King of Jordan and the Prince of Oman. However, all visitors to this world famous city, both well-known and unknown, are impressed by the beauty of Dubrovnik and its amazingly rich history and culture.