Dubrovnik after Dark

It was already dark when we walked down the street of cobble stones, with tall stone walls like canyon on both sides. We wandered alone down deserted streets and alleys of the Dubrovnik old town.

We discovered the best time for a stroll through Dubrovnik’s Old Town is after dark. We passed by deserted shop windows which looked very different at day time.

The Dubrovnik old town at night is as beautiful as it is during the day.

We glided down Dubrovnik’s main street, the Stradun and  strolled past churches and shops closed up tight for the night. The shop windows were very appealing.

As we reached the end of the Stradun, we  turned to the square on our right and discovered this elegant Rector’s Palace which was  the seat of power in the old city-state of Dubrovnik.

This beautiful building is a harmonious mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. The original palace was modeled after the Roman imperial palace, with some influences from Venetian palaces. There were two gun powder explosions in the 15th century and an earthquake in the 17th century which destroyed part of the palace. The existing building was rebuilt at the end of the 17th century.

The central portico features beautiful archways and a second story mezzanine. The most beautiful part is the portico with the open ceiling and archways.

Further stroll brought us to the nearby beautiful Luza square where we  found the Church of St. Blaise, who is  Dubrovnik’s patron saint. St. Blaise was also the protector of the Independent Republic of Ragusa. The church is easily recognizable by the statue of the city’s patron, St. Blaise on its top! This 18th century Baroque church is one of the most recognizable Dubrovnik attractions.

Our empty stomachs reminded that we still did not have our dinner yet and we should be looking for a suitable restaurant.

This restaurant by the side of the alley looked inviting but at this time of the night, it was all full.

This restaurant really looked nice and it was blissful just to sit here and have alfresco dinning while gazing at the beautiful buildings nearby with the nights on.

After dinner, we walked our way back  to the hotel along the hilly driveway with roadside lights guiding our way.  .

When we reached our hotel. it was already late and we collapsed onto the comfortable seats by the pool while others opted for an evening swim.

We were happy that we were given another fine and blissful day and an enjoyable evening!

51 thoughts on “Dubrovnik after Dark

  1. Beautiful night time photos. The buildings seem so majestic and magical, Your photography is excellent. Thank you for sharing.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  2. Hi Michael, Croatia continues to impress me. The awnings in the alley creating a long canopy for dining is so lovely. Also the way they light the city at night, so romantic.

    • I must say the swimming pools in Croatia hotels are quite good. The one in Hvar town has even got sea water in the pools, with a lot of flotation!

    • Hi, night time is a different world in Dubrovnik; glad you like the photos. I’m sure you will be able to have similar experience in the future. Regards, Michael

    • Hi, only on this trip that I have seriously tried taking some night shots. Once you started with them, it is difficult not to do it on other trips! Thanks for the kind comments, Michael

  3. Hi Michael .. thanks for liking my blog and i am so thankful that i found your blog .. Firts time i heard about this place .. Beautiful capturing pictures .. so nice to sit and relax on that resto. So great trip.

    – Pinaybyaheras ;D

    • While the restaurant areas were still busy after dark, the walk from the city gate down to the main square was lovely and safe. I really enjoyed the walk. Regards, Michael

  4. Enchanting place! We have never been there, but this entices me to put it on our travel list. Thanks for stopping by our blog today for a “like”. You have a beautiful blog here, with marvelous photos. Take care!

    Susan

    • But that restaurant is usually so crowded with people; it is definitely great towards the end of the afternoon when there is less people with a soft breeze blowing on shore. Thanks for the comment!

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