Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Dubrovnik: City walls and cable car provide best views
Dubrovnik was originally the old Roman city of Epidaurum, which was destroyed in the 7th century by invading barbarians. By the end of the 12th century Dubrovnik had become an important trading centre providing a link between the Mediterranean and the Baltic states. From 1205 Dubrovnik came under the Venetian authority for 150 years. In the 15th century the town extended its borders and became the Republic of Ragusa. It established a fleet of its own and cut out the middleman, which brought more wealth to the city.
Although it was demilitarized in the 1970s to protect it from war, in 1991, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, it was besieged by Serb and Montenegrin soldiers and suffered significant damage from shelling.
For us it was time to say goodbye to Dubrovnik. Back in the port we were refreshed with some lovely oatmeal cookies and iced tea as we waited for the tender to take us back to the yacht.