We love walking on ancient walls built for protection of medieval cities. You may remember the wall walking we did at Derry in Northern Ireland.
Here is a picture of a section of the wall in Dubrovnik that was destroyed by the Serbs during the civil war in the 90s. The Serbs attacked from the top of the hill damaging extensively the 2000+ year old city. Dubrovnik was called Epidaurum during Roman times. It survived 7th Century Slav migration, occupation for 150 years by the seafaring city of Venice, wars between the Turks and Christians, and a massive earthquake.
Quickly after the Serbian war, the city was transformed from a war zone back to a popular tourist destination. We were told that many tourists from the United Kingdom visit Croatia for their holidays while Americans visit the UK. It was very reasonable when we were there in the 80s. The Adriatic is clear and clean and the bluest of blue colors. European beaches usually have a covering of rocks and not sand, though sometimes there is a small sandy area with imported sand for comfortable sunbathing.
Dubrovnik is a one of the most popular tourist destination on the Mediterranean. One of my husband’s students went with her new husband for a month long honeymoon trip to Dubrovnik ! They loved it. The old city was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1979. If you enjoy history, walls, culture and heritage, consider a visit to Dubrovnik.
During the war in the 90s, after our visit, David said that if the world knew about the destruction not of this far away unknown city, but of a city whose beauty and charm rivals that of Venice, there would be a huge outcry! . I am so glad to see that from the video that restoration is complete.