Best Things to Do in Dubrovnik, Croatia

'Dubrovnik is so beautiful, but really very busy!' I heard it from everyone when I told them I was going there. After all the friendly warnings, I expected that Dubrovnik was not only the Nirvana, but also the Efteling on an average Saturday in the high season. And both were true. The first, fortunately, more than the second.Dubrovnik has many beautiful sights and there are plenty of nice places to discover. The coastal town is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. Here are my tips for the best things to do in Dubrovnik from where to go, what to eat, and where to stay!As a history fanatic, I thought it was fantastic to be shown around the city. Dubrovnik has a very interesting history. The city was founded in the 7th century under the name "Lausa."
When it came into the hands of Venetian rule in the 13th century, the city was christened "Ragusa." Only in 1919, after the fall of the Habsburg empire, did the city begin to be called “Dubrovnik” (for the sake of clarity of this story, I simply call the city Dubrovnik all the time).After the period of Venetian rule, it came under Hungarian rule. They allowed Dubrovnik to become its own city state. Of course, on the condition that they paid taxes properly.
The result was that in the 15th and 16th centuries, Dubrovnik became a rich trading state that profited greatly from the port and its location between Europe and Turkey. All this went well until 1667 when the Mediterranean trade experienced a crisis and in addition a major earthquake destroyed the city.
Although the city was somewhat upright, it never became the rich state it was again. When Dubrovnik came into the hands of Napoleon, it was officially over with the fun because he abolished the republic. After the First World War the city fell under Yugoslavia.
After the Croatian War of Independence, Dubrovnik officially became an enclave of Croatia. Why an enclave? Because a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina lies between Dubrovnik and the rest of Croatia , namely the seaside resort of Neum.The easiest way to get to Dubrovnik is by taking the plane. Both Rotterdam and Amsterdam have direct flights. Transavia flies you to Dubrovnik from Rotterdam in more than 2 hours, where easyJet does that from Amsterdam. You can score return tickets from €120 for these companies.
I would certainly recommend you to make a trip through Croatia . I always rent my cars at Sunnycars, because you will not get any unexpected costs or unnecessary insurance there. Very nice.
Credit where credit is due: Dubrovnik has a beautiful city center. Everything that matters in Dubrovnik is within the city walls. Through a beautiful gate you walk into the old center, into a Game of Thrones kingdom. Really, if you watch the series, you immediately understand why this city is used as a Kings Landing.
You enter the city via the main promenade called Placa . This is the street that you should avoid most if you want to experience something that is somewhat authentic. The street is beautiful, but everything is enormously overpriced and it is usually very busy.