Numbering approximately 50,000 inhabitants, Dubrovnik is one of the most
beautiful and well known cities in the Mediterranean Region, listed as
a World Heritage Item with UNESCO. In addition to its outstanding natural
beauty and well-preserved heritage, Dubrovnik is also a city that has an
exceptional variety of tourist attractions. A city of hotels, beautiful
environment and an enviable ecological rating, it is an explicit tourist
attraction all year round. Dubrovnik began to develop as a tourist destination
before World War I. On account of its captivating uniqueness, Dubrovnik
quickly developed into a strong international tourist center. At least
several days are required in order to acquaint oneself with Dubrovnik and
its treasures and monuments.
Dubrovnik is a culturally and artistically vivacious city. A point in
case is the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (from 10 July to 25 August), which
has been traditionally held since 1950. Since its inclusion in the Calendar
of World Festivals in 1956, it has become one of the most renowned theatrical,
musical and folkloric festivals in the world. The festival is held on open
stages throughout the town or in spectacular settings provided by its ancient
buildings. Its repertoire includes both Croatian and world classics.
Well known places on the Dubrovnik Riviera include Slano, Brsecine,
Trsteno, Orasac, Zaton, Mokosica, Konavle, Kupari and Cavtat, as well as
the Elafitic Islands (Sipan, Kolocep and Lopud), located northwest of Dubrovnik
and dividing the Kolocep Channel from the Northern Dubrovnik coastline.
The island and settlement of Lopud with its 350 inhabitants makes up
the Elefatic group of islands, located northwest of Dubrovnik. Time appears
to have stopped on Lopud Island. No hustle or bustle, far from the swelter
of heated concrete. Here life goes on even without automobiles. Only pedestrians
and their boats disembark on this Elafitic Island beyond Dubrovnik. Tourists
can enjoy in apartments that virtually extend right into the beaches themselves.
Lopud is adorned with sandy beaches and turquoise clear seas. Amongst the
numerous number of small, hidden coves, "Sunj" beach is probably the most
appealing of all. Lopud is reachable by the vessel "Postira" which departs
from Gruz town harbor in Dubrovnik at 9.30 am, 1.30 pm, 4.00 pm and 8.00
pm, and in turn from Lopud to Gruz at 6.20 am, 12.15 pm, 3.00 pm and 6.40
pm. Taxi boats run on demand, non-stop.