I set out early in the morning to explore the old city of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is a medieval walled town which was rebuilt in the seventeenth century after an earthquake. It was severely damaged by war in the 1990s, after which it was meticulously reconstructed using period building techniques and restored to its former glory. It is (deservedly) the most popular tourist destination in Croatia. Although there is plenty to do in Dubrovnik, the main attraction is the old city itself. I begun my exploration by walking a complete circuit around the city walls, which, while expensive (100 kn), is the one must-do activity in Dubrovnik. Luckily I was there during the week, and the walls were not as crowded as I hear they often get in the high season. I took more photos than I know what to do with. Here are a select few, which I will mostly allow to speak for themselves.
Here is the old city, seen from the walls:
Here is the old port:
Here are some spires and domes:
The Minceta tower is the highest point of the walls.
Here is the Croatian flag flying atop the Minceta tower.
Several buildings were completely destroyed by fire during the war and have not been rebuilt.
Towels hang on lines strung between buildings in one of the less touristy districts of the old city.
A group of musicians was singing traditional Croatian songs.
The Stradun is the main street of the old city.
Onofrio's Large Fountain (to distinguish it from the Small Fountain located at the other end of the Stradun) is located right inside the main gates to the city.
There is even a basketball court tucked in among the roofs of the old city.
After spending several hours on the walls, I visited the Franciscan monastery to escape the bustle of tourists.
The monastery contains a beautiful cloister with a garden in the center:
There is an apothecary shop in the monastery which was established in 1317. They claim it is the oldest continually running apothecary in Europe. The monastery museum contains many historic items from the shop.
Outside the monastery is the large fountain.
I took some photos of the narrow alleys of the old city. They are lined with shops and restaurants and turn into staircases as they ascend towards the city walls.
There is one item on this sign which I'd never seen before (but which you see all over Croatia).
In the evening, I took a walk up the hill behind the old city to get some panoramic views of Dubrovik. (You can also take a gondola to a small fortress above the city, but it is expensive.)
I have more photos of Dubrovnik in an album on Flickr.