Dubrovnik is a Croatian City on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the most prominent European tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. Its total population is about 42,600. The prosperity of this beautiful European city is based on maritime trade. Historically it became notable for its wealth and skilled diplomacy, throughout the region.
It’s difficult not to underestimate the beauty of this place when recommending it for Yacht Charter. The City itself, with its historical buildings, is breathtaking. As a European Yacht Charter destination, it is tough to beat.
Many charter companies operate from Dubrovnik or within a short sailing distance from the main harbour. The area attracts many cruise liners and is a must visit destination if you are yachting. Additionally, the weather has a borderline humid subtropical climate which is typical of the Mediterranean. The city is hot and muggy, moderately dry in summers, and mild and wet in winters. The Bora wind blows cold gusts down the Adriatic coast between October and April.
Fights into the airport from most European countries operate all summer long. Travel by train is not possible, although an excellent bus service provides reliable transport in Croatia, connecting most regions.
During World War II, Dubrovnik was occupied by the Italian army and then by the German military after 8 September 1943. In October 1944 Yugoslav Partisans seized Dubrovnik, arresting more than 300 citizens and executing 53 without trial. This shocking event came to be known as the Daksa Massacre, named after the small island on which it occurred. Communist leadership lasted over the next several years, political prosecutions were commonplace, culminating during April 1947 with the incarceration of more than 90 Dubrovnik citizens.
After the break-up of Yugoslavia, Dubrovnik was occupied and besieged by Serbian and Montenegrin soldiers. The siege of Dubrovnik lasted for seven months. An artillery attack during December 1991 resulted in the death of 19 people and left 60 people wounded. The total number of fatal casualties in the conflict, according to Croatian Red Cross, would total 114 civilians. Among them was the poet, Milan Milišić.
European and Foreign news organisations were criticised for placing more attention on the damage suffered by the old town than on the human casualties. The artillery attacks on Dubrovnik damaged 56% of its buildings to some degree. The Croatian Army finally lifted the siege in May 1992, and the end of that year liberated Dubrovnik’s and the surrounding area. However, danger continued for the city. Terrorist attacks by the JNA continued for another three years.