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Dubrovnik Is Rewarding Off-Season Tourists With Free City Tours

Thanks to Croatia's performance in the World Cup earlier this year, the country has been enjoying a tourism boom of late. And to accommodate the flocks of visitors, the whole nation continues to pull out all the stops.

One city, in particular, is Dubrovnik, which has become one of Croatia's go-to destinations, much of it due to the splendour of the city as it sits on the shoreline of the Adriatic Sea. In fact, the visitation has been so positive the city's tourist board has decided to continue its free walking tours into the winter, as a means to hype the town's hospitality year-round.

It's best to get some decent footwear for the excursion as the tour involves some 90 minutes of walking. However, English speakers worried about any language barriers need not worry, as a guide fluent in the Anglo tongue is on hand to lead those hardy walkers.

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The tours, which started Nov. 3rd,  take place at 10 a.m. every Saturday morning and are slated to run until the end of March. Once visitors get the inside scoop on the legacy of the old town, they'll be treated at the end of the walk by a free performance by folk song and dance troupe FA Linđo at the Church of St. Blaise.

Besides getting a glimpse of how the metropolitan scenery borders the Adriatic and gaping at the old-style architecture, tourists will get more details of Dubrovnik's past, going way back to the days when it was called Ragusa, the hub of one of the most formidable maritime republics during the Middle Ages.

Additional facts include a capsule account of the time when Napoleon Bonaparte rolled into town with his army, declaring the territory annexed. Or when earthquakes took its toll on many of the Renaissance-era structures. Or when the city found new life after enduring the collapse of the then-dominating Austria-Hungarian Empire in 1915 and renaming itself Dubrovnik.

The Croatian city not only wants to showcase its wintery side but offers a side benefit of visitors not being caught in the tourist congestion that takes place from spring to autumn. As well, the tourism board hints that those seeking tranquillity need not look much further than Dubrovnik. Anyone interested in the tours can email the city's tourism department at ured.pile@tzdubrovnik.hr.

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