Got very lucky and found a small apartment inside this remarkable old walled city. We have three nights here to soak it all in and enjoy. A long bus ride from Split had us in Dubrovnik by 7 pm – a taxi to the Buza gate where a lovely lady met us and escorted us into the labyrinth of this narrow alley wade city. We are very happy with our comfortable digs for this little exploration.
Only 2 doors up the alley is an incredibly popular restaurant , Lady Pi Pi , – had a queue but we managed to dine there. Simply the most delicious meal we had enjoyed so far in Croatia – and we have had a few.
Lady Pi Pi herself – all liquid refreshments personally passed by management !
Dubrovnik is a very popular tourist attraction and has a reputation to being inundated with cruise ship passengers who are herded into its confines mid morning herded back out by later in the afternoon. If there are several ships in any given day it can become very unpleasantly congested according to locals.
Dr Antun Ničetić, in his book Povijest dubrovačke luke (“History of the Port of Dubrovnik”), expounds the theory that Dubrovnik was established by Greek sailors. A key element in this theory is the fact that ships in ancient times travelled about 45–50 nautical miles (83–93 km; 52–58 mi) per day, and required a sandy shore to pull out of water for the rest period during the night. The ideal rest site would have fresh water source in its vicinity. Dubrovnik has both, and is situated almost halfway between the two known Greek settlements of Budva and Korčula, 95 nautical miles (176 km; 109 mi) apart from each other
Between the 14th century and 1808, Ragusa ruled itself as a free state, although it was a vassal from 1440 to 1804 of the Ottoman Empire and paid an annual tribute to its sultan. The Republic reached its peak in the 15th and 16th centuries, when its thalassocracy rivalled that of the Republic of Venice and other Italian maritime republics