About Hristo Y
Lives in Sliven, Bulgaria
Since Jan 2009
25-34 year old male
Born and raised in Bulgaria, having traveled around the world. Young entrepreneur, wine-lover, enthusiast for action, getting to know places and networking. Very positive, open-minded and welcoming.
Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Lookouts
Churches & Cathedrals
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
Churches & Cathedrals
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, History Museums, Sacred & Religious Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
Bars & Clubs
Islands, National Parks
Sacred & Religious Sites
Islands, Historic Sites
Bars & Clubs
Bars & Clubs
Kayaking & Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing, Bike Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours
Bodies of Water
Other Food & Drink
Bars & Clubs
The city harbor is a magnificent place to enjoy a morning walk and take some photos against the backdrop of the crystal clear, stunningly beautiful sea. Also, as many of the companies run their boat trips from here to the different islands nearby, you can pick up some ideas for days two and three.
Next, it's time to dive straight into Old Town — a must-see for all visitors to Dubrovnik. With its splendid old churches and buildings, city walls, alleys, museums, and large number of restaurants and souvenir shops, you could easily spend hours here depending on your time and interests. It's certainly worth it!
The ancient city walls of Dubrovnik are part of the Old Town, and offer magnificent views over the Adriatic sea. With small towers on most corners, and traces of history at every step, it's really worth devoting ample time to walking here, and taking lots photos. No visit to Dubrovnik is complete without seeing the Ancient City Walls!
The Fortress is the highest point of the City Walls, and it's included in the ticket. It's well worth climbing the endless steps to the top, where you'll find one of the most beautiful views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands. Bring water with you to help with the climb!
The fort is the 'natural' extension of the City Walls in Dubrovnik. You should expect lots of steps to get here, and once inside, you'll find a simple design complemented by stunning views of the Old Town from a different perspective.
Dedicated to the patron saint of the city, and constructed in 1715 in Venetian Baroque style, this church's architecture is rare and very impressive. Located right in the heart of the Old Town, it's a must-see attraction for its marble altars, the Gothic statue of St. Blaise, and the Blessing of Throats ritual which takes place after Mass.
The main walking street of the Old Town is wide enough to accommodate the crowds in peak periods — which can be rather large! You could easily spend hours roaming here, watching the free entertainment, and sampling everything from finger food to top quality meals. Take note of the interesting sense of uniformity among the street's buildings here, whose green shutters contrast the limestone.
Nestled in a narrow street just off Stradun, the Church of St Ignatius of Loyola is an especially beautiful Jesuit church. It should not be missed unless you are really short of time, particularly as it's considered to have the greatest Baroque characteristics in the city. With it' stunning ceiling and side chapels, if you have time to see only one church in Dubrovnik, this should be it.
Also located within the walls of the Old Town, this specialty museum is a must for those interested in better understanding the history of the conflict in Dubrovnik during the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. With two floors of photos, prints, and multimedia, it's particularly insightful to be able to compare visually just how much the war has affected this city. In order to really feel and understand the culture of Dubrovnik, you simply must visit this museum.
This very busy gateway is the main entrance/exit to the Old Town: No matter which way you are coming or going, you will definitely pass by or walk through it. Take a moment to look up at the archway as you walk on the stone bridge in order to see and photograph a carving of St. Blaise holding Dubrovnik in his hand.
Onofrio della Cava built this huge fountain in the square at Pile Gate — and another smaller one in Luza Square close to the Bell Tower — to ensure sufficient supply of fresh water to the city. Built in the mid-15th century, it's a historic masterpiece, and the perfect place to refresh yourself on a hot summer day.
This monastery is also located at Pile Gate, at the start of Stradun on the left side. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the main street for a while, and enjoy the beautiful architecture and detailed sculptures of the double-columned Romanesque arches, plus the pretty central courtyard in this calm and serene retreat.
The street leading you out of the Old Town has got so much to offer and will fascinate all age groups. Although everything around you is old, it's been beautifully maintained, and you'll enjoy admiring the buildings as you wander leisurely from Pile Gate to the new town. Most major sights are located in and around this area, accompanied by myriad shops, excellent restaurants, and plenty of benches to sit and relax on while watching the crowds pass by. An excellent place to catch a bus, hire a tour guide, or hail a taxi.
When you've had your fill of exploring the Old Town, the cable car is an adventurous and entertaining way to view Dubrovnik, the Adriatic sea, and the islands from above. The views are just breathtaking, and you can see up to 60km away on a clear day. It's experience to remember!
A visit to this museum makes for a wonderful extension of your cable car ride once you reach the top. The detailed information on display here takes you back in time, with photos, informative texts, and multimedia clips all helping to enrich the experience.
Another great contrast to exploring the Old Town, is an afternoon visit to this secluded beach, far away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist crowds. It's located behind the old church, and accessed via numerous stairs and a 30-minute walk — well worth the time it takes to get here for its peace and quiet.
A meal without wine is called breakfast — for all other times of the day, especially the evening, the charming and affordable D'Vino has you covered. Its excellent location, wines, cuisine, and setting all make for the place perfect for lunch or dinner during your stay. While in Dubrovnik you should definitely mingle with the locals and drink some quality wine — look no further than the small and cozy D'Vino.
Mljet is the eighth largest Croatian island, complete with beautiful landscapes, crystal clear sea, lakes, and an interesting cultural heritage. The island is situated in a remote are west of Dubrovnik, yet is easily accessible by boat and makes for a great day-trip destination. Explore Mljet National Park and enjoy the island's wonderfully enchanting beaches, and peaceful, pristine nature.
Another good day or half-day excursion is the Island of Lokrum, located just 700 meters from Dubrovnik port, in front of the Old Town. Covered in dark-green vegetation, the island is full of history -— including an impressive Benedictine Monastery and a fort —and the best thing is that taxi boats will transport you there in about 10 minutes.
Located almost in the middle of Lokrum Island, this beautiful monastery is not easy to find, but it's worth the trek to this hidden gem, built in 1023. Nowadays, these tranquil ruins feature the remains of a cloister, ornamental gardens, and a bar.
Another option to explore from Dubrovnik harbor is a cruise aboard this Karaka replica, where you'll feel like a sailor back in the 18th century as you admire the beautiful sea views. Several different destinations and packages are on offer, including the Elaphite Island Cruise and Sunset and Dinner Cruise, so be sure to inquire at the harbor for more details — this authentic experience is one worth taking!
In a nutshell, a day trip to the Elafiti Islands guarantees crystal clear water, wonderful small villages, lush sub tropical vegetation, and beautiful landscapes — what more could you hope for? Boat trips covering the three islands — Sipan, Lopud and Kolocep — depart daily from Dubrovnik port, and some even include snorkeling stops along the way.
Sipan is the largest of the Elafiti Islands, a very peaceful and unspoiled destination, and worth visiting especially for those looking to experience a deserted, Robinson Crusoe-style beach.
Korcula island is well suited to a day trip, with plenty of beaches and seafront cafes to explore. Amble around the wonderful old town, with its cobbled streets and friendly locals: History, architecture, culture, and great food all combine to make a trip to this fascinating place very enjoyable.
Part of a five star hotel, this bar always stuns its visitors by the very fact that it's located inside a cave! It's a really extraordinary and astonishing thing to enjoy a drink surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites, and there is an underground hole where you can actually see the water coming in from the sea! Plus, it's inexpensive, its outside terrace has a beautiful backdrop — literally right on the water — and both the music and the menu are fantastic. Well worth trying something different while in Dubrovnik!
Who would expect an ice bar in Dubrovnik? Well, here it is, and it's worth stopping by to enjoy a free drink as you cool off — it gets down to minus 10 degrees in here! — and escape from reality for a while in this surreal setting.
Day three in Dubrovnik, and it's time for something different. This city is the perfect starting point for a whole range of adrenaline, adventure, and outdoor activities in beautiful nature. So why not take your pick from rafting, kayaking, biking, cycling, diving, caving, group swimming, diving, and more? Any one of these will show you the other, more adventurous, face of Dubrovnik, and is worth devoting a few hours to.
For those who love more extreme adventure, this is for you. With extreme canyoning, river tubing, rock climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, jeep safari, and paintball to choose from, there's something to suit every type of thrill-seeking personality in Dubrovnik.
For a more tranquil off-beat experience, these great natural lakes — just off the main road north of Ploce — are a difficult destination to beat. Secluded, and yet to be discovered by the tourist hordes, the lakes are great for swimming, boating, and paddle surfing.
To get to know more of the wider region, take this scenic drive along the Adriatic coast, and enjoy the staggering landscapes along this two-lane road. Take a hire car, or bike up and down from Dubrovnik, and explore the little villages as you make your way towards Cavtat — a memorable experience for visitors of all ages.
The Skar Winery is a renovated 17th century shipyard and family house, which produces one of the top quality wines in Croatia. It's one of the highlights of a visit to Dubrovnik, and although a little off the beaten path, you'll be glad you made the effort to get here!
Views, views, views! If you haven't stumbled upon this place yet, spend your final evening enjoying the sunset over the city, and unwinding in the lovely atmosphere of this cafe, complete with a great stock of local beers and excellent service.