Conical towers such as this one in Korčula harbor once formed a formidable barrier against invaders. The 15th century towers are now a tourist attraction and one has even been turned into a cocktail bar.
Dubrovnik – Been There

Dubrovnik’s off-season is the best season

Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Dubrovnik – Been There Dubrovnik’s off-season is the best season

In the height of summer Dubrovnik’s Luža Square is a noisy maelstrom of tour groups, buskers and folklore ensembles, but in the fresh November twilight a relaxed buzz pervades this beautiful space.

Neil Geraghty
Neil Geraghty Travel Writer

Some local lads are playing football but, to their great annoyance, their little sisters are whizzing around on pedal scooters disrupting play. Their parents are chatting with friends over early evening drinks in Cafe Libertina, Dubrovnik’s most famous terrace café. During the summer, they would never manage to get a seat here and look pleased to be able to enjoy the wonderful view at the heart of their city.

I walk under an archway and enter Dubrovnik’s picturesque Old Port which is dominated by St John’s Fortress, an imposing semi-circular bastion sticking into the harbor from Dubrovnik’s mighty walls.

I spot a man walking along a jetty with a fishing line in one hand and a cigarette in the other. I ask him what he’s fishing for. “Squid,” he says, flicking cigarette ash into the water. “It’s the best time of year to catch them because there are no boats around to disturb them.” Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in Dubrovnik during the relaxing winter months.

After dinner I go back to check on his progress and, with a thumbs up, he points to a bucket. I peer in and can just make out a squid’s tentacles shrouded in a cloud of black ink.

Croatia, Dubrovnik Citywall

Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities. The Unesco World Heritage Site survived the Siege of 1991-92 to become Croatia’s most up-market destination. Photo by Jurjen Drenth / Alamy

Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Canon EOS 6D

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Alamy
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ƒ/95/10
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1/350
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100
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Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities. The Unesco World Heritage Site survived the Siege of 1991-92 to become Croatia’s most up-market destination.

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