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Dubrovnik, Croatia’s Old Town at Night in Photos

By alison - April 6, 2012 (Updated: November 19, 2014)

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Croatia and Bosnia.
Dubrovnik, Croatia at Night

Dubrovnik, Croatia at Night

After spending a fabulous day in Bosnia Herzegovina, Andrew and I wanted to explore the city we actually came to visit – Dubrovnik, Croatia. We discovered the best time for a stroll through Dubrovnik’s Old Town is at night.

Our first real opportunity to wander the streets of Dubrovnik was in the evening. The Old Town is beautifully lit at night and, being off-season, we were virtually alone, on the winding little streets and alleys.

We followed some of the city’s many cats through archways and up and down stairways. We strolled past churches and shops closed up tight for the night. We even spent a blustery few minutes trying to not get blown into the sea.

Here are a few of the scenes we saw:

The beautiful Luza square is the end of Dubrovnik’s main street, Stradun. There you will find the Church of St. Blaise, named for Dubrovnik’s patron saint.

Church of St. Blaise, and a view of Dubrovnik's main street, Stradun.

Church of St. Blaise, and a view of Dubrovnik’s main street, Stradun.

You will also find Sponza Palace, which was once a bank, treasury, mint and customs office.

Dubrovnik's Clock Tower and Sponza Palace on Luza Square

Dubrovnik’s Clock Tower and Sponza Palace on Luza Square

Beside Sponza Palace is the magnificent clock and bell tower that marks the entrance gate to the harbour.

Church of St. Blaise, and Dubrovnik's Clock Tower on Luza Square

Church of St. Blaise, and Dubrovnik’s Clock Tower on Luza Square

Wandering through the back alley ways, you can’t help be drawn in by the arches and doorways…

Which door do you choose?

Which door do you choose?
A cosy tunnel invites us in

A cosy tunnel invites us in
Descending back down into the Old Town

Descending back down into the Old Town
We have the city to ourselves

We have the city to ourselves
Dubrovnik is a magical place at night

Dubrovnik is a magical place at night

What’s the best city you’ve explored at night? Leave your answer in the comments below.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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4 comments

  1. Comment by Lee

    Lee April 9, 2012 at 14:41

    Beautifully captured! Are you carrying a tripod with you? I’ve enjoyed trying some night shots in various places (e.g. Verona, Venice, Barcelona), but never carry a tripod (too lazy!). So, most of my night shots come with what I call my “atmospheric” slight fuzzy/blur. 😉

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison April 19, 2012 at 14:27

      Thanks Lee! I used to cart my tripod everywhere but the past few years I’ve been lazy about it. For these I just braced myself on whatever I could find. We did just buy a gorillapod that is small and easy to carry but I haven’t really tested it out yet.

  2. Comment by Cristina (@thetravolution)

    Cristina (@thetravolution) May 30, 2012 at 22:17

    Stunning! How did you get such an empty Old Town in Dubrovnik, I remember this as a lively town all hours in the night. Still so very serene, I’ve been meaning to return!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison May 31, 2012 at 09:25

      It was a very chilly evening in March and there were very few people braving the cold. It was actually a great time to visit as it was lovely and sunny during the day with few other tourists 🙂

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