Lokrum Island#5 in Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik
If you didn't know, the Dubrovnik beaches are limited in space and number; those available can get very crowded. So where are you going to catch some zzz's in sun in this resort paradise? Lokrum Island is the picture-perfect answer. Less than half a mile offshore, this forested island calls to the onlookers from the Dubrovnik city walls. One IgoUgo visitor who made the short voyage recalls, "The beaches are very rocky … but they are clean and safe, unlike those on the mainland." For swimmers, the island also offers a small saltwater lack and, for exhibitionists, a nude beach.
Aside from the beaches, Lokrum has a historic attraction of its own -- the 19th-century Napoleonic Fort Royale. In 1023, a Benedictine monastery was built on the island; however, Napoleon's forces razed the complex. From the fort, you can catch stunning views of Old Town. There's also a pricey restaurant and a few shopping stalls for island guests.
For this perfect daytrip, catch a taxi boat that leave about every half hour from Dubrovnik's Old Port. A recent visitor said the ride was about 25 HRK (or about $4.75 USD) per person. And be sure to get back to the mainland before 8 p.m. when the last boat leaves Lokrum.
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#1 City Walls
The first thing you'll see as you approach Dubrovnik from the sky or the sea is the city walls. These ancient fortifications were built and rebuilt in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries as the threat of Turkish invaders grew. At some points, the walls are almost 20 feet thick and 82 feet high. They enclose the entire Old Town, protected by strategically placed forts and towers.
Since the eminent threat of invaders has dissipated, the walls have become a tourist favorite. Atop the city walls, you'll enjoy some of the best views of Dubrovnik's tiled-roof buildings and the blue sea. During the Summer Festival, Shakespeare plays and other performances take place in some of the forts along the wall. A recent IgoUgo.com visitor advises: "Make sure your cameras prepared and you have something to drink and a hat (the Dalmatian sun can take a heavy toll on you if you're not prepared -- there's very little shade on the walls). There's also some stair climbing along the way, so children might better wait down below."
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