Today, it has become one of the world centres of tourists from all continents, where people of various profiles from all over the world gladly meet: artists, diplomats, scientists, various experts of all possible professions and trades. It is new Dubrovnik, proud of its tradition and its entire cultural and historical heritage, proud and haughty of its present days, and especially proud of the friendship with all people and citizens coming from all over the world.
There are many beautiful places all over the world. The inhabitants of Dubrovnik believe that theirs is the most beautiful one. Nature has been merciful and has showered it with many beauties usually celebrated in poetry. The warm southern climate, the clear blue sky, the clear turquoise green and dark blue depths of the sea along the rocky coast abounding in numerous gulfs and bays, sandy beaches and steep cliffs covered with rich Mediterranean and subtropical flora. Its unsurpassed beauty, rapturous and enchanting, a beauty nowhere to be found but in Dubrovnik.
The entire city is turned towards the sun and the sea, blazing with rich colours of the blossoming gardens and hot roofs, as if it were floating on the wide-open sea, accompanied by a proud escort of the eternally green islands and small isles. There are more than 155 miles (250 km) of this coast, full of contrasting beauty and the flourishing vegetation of the South Adriatic. Life blossoms up out of the rock itself, luxuriantly swells and flourishes, enchanting by the beauty of the view and the intensity of its fragrance. In the hot summer days the concentrated scents of the sea mix with the aetheric fragrance of the fir trees, cypresses, laurel trees, juniper trees, myrtles, and other various aromatic herbs and flowers, sometimes causing dizziness by their intensity.
There is a long line of beautiful places along the Dubrovnik riviera, competing in beauty. The romantic Lokrum that seems to keep guard in front of the old harbour, the hermitlike isle of Sveti Andrija (St. Andrew) seems to guard the open sea; there are the scalloped isles Grebeni below the green Petka, the Elaphite islands competing in beauty among themselves, yet each of them beautiful in its own way. There is also the charming island Mljet with the aboundance of myths and legends and lush and remarkable island of Korcula. Thene there is the town of Ston, important for the Republic with its salt-works, surrounded by its famous walls. Dubrovnik, old city (town)There is the Peljesac peninsula, with numerous contrasting beauties, the rocky but mild Dubrovacko primorje, and to the east of the city we find the ancient homeland, the mildest of places – Zupa Dubrovacka. To the west of its borders there stretches the unique Rijeka Dubrovacka. There is the rich coast of Cavtat that is surrounded by a number of small islands, while the town itself is famous for its ancient history. Finally, there is Konavle, well-known from songs, famous for its folklore heritage and its rocky coastline, covering the area as far as Ponta Ostra at the very entrance into the Boka Kotorska.