Photo courtesy of Pucic Palace
The Pucic Palace
This 18th-century hotel at the foot of the Stradun, the polished limestone pedestrian thoroughfare in the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, is set on a small square in close proximity to the city’s most famous sights and museums (and those Game of Thrones locations). Once upon a time the hotel was a noble family’s mansion, and its aristocratic bones are still dressed with stately draperies, period furniture, and antique paintings. The rooms have dark wood–beamed ceilings, parquet floors, and thick walls that keep the interiors cool, plus oversize bathrooms and stand-alone tubs. There is no spa, but guests have access to the private Banje Beach, just outside the city walls, and the Ploce Gate, where sun loungers are available. Breakfast is served outside on the square or at the terrace restaurant, and the wine bar pours Croatian vintages, red and white. An annex a block away contains two apartments and two hotel rooms.
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Walk the Wall before Nightfall in Dubrovnik
One of Dubrovnik’s joys is strolling the entire perimeter of the city – on the top. For the equivalent of about $3.50, you can climb a staircase to the summit of Dubrovnik’s thick medieval wall. A well-paved walkway provides unobstructed views to get oriented to the city. The full circuit is about 1 and ¼ mile and takes from thirty minutes to as much time as you want to spend, stopping and admiring. Vistas include tight stone alleyways lined with shops, restaurants and homes. The views span rooftops and gardens both inside and outside of the walled city. As the path curls around to the harbor and the bright blue sea, the wall’s vantage point allows for peering down to moored boats, across to nearby Lokrum Island and to kids jumping into the Adriatic. As the wall turned away from the sea and back inland, we passed through bed sheets hanging to dry and boys kicking balls. A touch of urban orientation and a bit of cultural voyeurism, the wall stroll is a delightful way to spend an hour or so immersed in Dubrovnik’s intimacy. The best times to walk are morning or the late afternoon, avoiding the heat. I recommend the end of the day. We strolled as the air began to cool and the day wound down. We descended the stairs into Stradun Placa, old Dubrovnik’s main square just as the magic light of day and evening converged. For details, hours and exact locations of entrance points, go to: http://www.dubrovnikcard.com/clanak.php?id=173
Ul. od Puča 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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