DUBROVNIK - Hidden paradise of royals and celebrities hot spot
Dubrovnik. Old town on Croatian coast attracts millions of tourists each summer and many of those tourists are very famous.
In 2011, DailyMail’s reporter, Polly Humphris, following the paths of celebrities such as Ashley Judd, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and many others, wrote from her room in Dubrovnik’s Hilton Imperial Hotel:
“With the astonishingly beautiful views across the city and out into the Adriatic that my balcony afforded, the last place I was looking was at the TV.”
Not many destinations provide with such an amazing experience that prevent even the youngest from sitting in front of the screens.
Dubrovnik is where celebrities congregate all year round
She couldn’t believe that just a day before, the same waiter has been serving two Hollywood legends. Tom Cruise and Owen Wilson were having a lunch at that same table. The place, of course, is Gil’s, Dubrovnik’s chic hang-out on the waterfront.
At Gil’s, it’s close to impossible to miss someone from the list of the top 100 famous people of the World today.
But, for the waiter, Dubrovnik’s residents, and regular visitors, sitting beside a celebrity is a normal daily event. And it seems that celebs have a thing for Dubrovnik since the medieval times.
When he was returning from the Third Crusade, Richard the Lionheart accidentally crashed his boat on the island of Lokrum. Grateful for surviving the devastating crash, he built the local Cathedral. At least, according to the legend.
Unlike Hollywood, where you can see the famous actor only on a picture, in Dubrovnik things are different. It’s not a vacation hideout celebs are using to get away from the crowd. Quite opposite actually.
It’s some unexplainable energy you feel every time you walk through the Pile Gate, Dubrovnik Old Town’s main entrance. In use since 1537, it leads to Stradun, the ancient main street originating from the early days of the 13th century. The overwhelming sensation that could even be felt in the bones makes you forget about everything else. And no one is immune to that effect. Not even the celebs.
In case you didn’t know:
UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik, has been repeatedly listed as one of the World’s Top Travel Destinations by renowned magazines and specialized media outlets such as New York Times, The Telegraph, Trip Advisor, and Lonely Planet.
Take a seat in one of the trendy restaurants with Michelin-trained chefs and just wait for it. Next time you turn around, you’ll come face to face with Bono Vox, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Ricky Martin, Black Eyed Peas, Nicole Scherzinger, Ivanka Trump, Sergio Ramos, or John Malkovich, the good old Dubrovnik’s friend.
It’s even hard to name a famous person that hasn’t spent holidays in Dubrovnik. So who knows, maybe you’ll have a nice chat with the Arabian prince at his yacht after stumbling upon him at the hotel’s doorway. Love and romance are simply everywhere you look.
But how do you get to Dubrovnik? Where is Dubrovnik exactly?
From the medieval traders, kings and queens, to modern-day’ luxury cruisers and private yachts of the billionaires like the one of Roman Abramovich, Dubrovnik has seen it all. Not even the World’s greatest wars managed to shake this magnificent stone town overseeing the entrance to the Adriatic Sea.
No wonder everybody wants to come to Dubrovnik…
How to get to Dubrovnik?
The best way is certainly by plane and there are a couple of reasons for that.
Dubrovnik airport is a modern, state of the art facility, build most recently on the outskirts of the ancient fortified town of Dubrovnik. The old one simply couldn’t withstand such a high volume of daily traffic all year long anymore.
Capable of handling the large volume of flights, day and night, the new Dubrovnik airport connects the town with virtually every corner of the World. And from there, numerous taxi services, suitable for individuals, pairs, and groups, will transport you to your chosen hotel or apartment in the shortest time.
James Bond will fly in soon
In case you didn’t know:
The famous “King’s Landing” is actually the Old Town Dubrovnik.
Just like thousands from across the Globe wanted to visit sites where the new “Robin Hood: Origins” was being filmed. It was the most ambitious and biggest Hollywood project produced in Croatia to date. And they were all rushing in to meet an impressive list of Hollywood stars, including Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan, Taron Egerton and Eve Hewson.
And this is why planes beat leased cars. The taxi driver knows exactly where to take you so you wouldn’t waste any time searching!
Once you scout all the sights and see what it’s like to sit on the Iron Throne, upon which the King of the Andals and the First Men sits, you might be wondering about what to do in Dubrovnik?
What to do in Dubrovnik, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site that converges archaeological and modern, traditional and trendy?
Start differently than all the others. Instead of hitting the old town’s centre and massive walls first, tell your taxi driver to take you to Dubrovnik Cable Car.
Experience the best views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area from the top of the Srđ Hill. On a clear day, you can see up to 60 km (37 miles). It’s the reason why the Imperial Fortress was strategically built high up there, in the early 19th century.
No other mean can provide with such a view on the old town.
And while you are up there, breathing the aerosol picked up by the refreshing breeze, from the clearest sea in the World, plan your next step. Trust us, that should definitely be the slow stroll on the famous town’s walls, the unpenetrable barrier for many who tried to conquer this rare historical and archaeological gem. None of them succeeded which left the town virtually intact for you to experience.
When the night falls, when you think that you don’t have any energy left in your body, just pick the restaurant where you’ve spotted a Hollywood or a rock star, and let your senses enjoy the finest Mediterranean cuisine. After that, join us in a cocktail bar nearby. We’ll be there. Along with everybody that counts for something in this world. It’s not long since we had an exciting debate about beers with Bill Gates, right here in Dubrovnik.
Your CTC Team, I.K.