The Sixteen Coolest Neighborhoods in Europe: Gruž

The Telegraph: 'Dubrovnik's Most Up-and-Coming Neighborhood'

‘Gone are the days when being central was everything; we’re in the era of the neighborhood, where you can experience a city like a local’, the Telegraph team writes.

There is plenty to be said for travels along the beaten track – certainly when it comes to city breaks. Stick to the very heart of your chosen destination for a long weekend, and you will be dealing with major monuments and known quantities. In Paris, that might mean the 7th arrondissement, in the very shadow of the Eiffel Tower. In Barcelona, it might be El Raval, where Gaudi’s Palau Guell casts elegant eyes towards the busy thoroughfare of La Rambla. In Rome, it might be Trevi, where the fountain of the same name can be your plaything, they added. 

Among the sixteen popular neighborhoods is Gruž, where many interesting things, event, exhibitions, concerts and festivals are happening.

Gruž port, just under two miles west of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, is an ideal base for trips to nearby islands – from here you have local ferries to the tiny Elafiti islets, plus fast catamarans to Mljet, Korčula and Hvar. Dubrovnik’s most up-and-coming neighborhood is also home to TUP, a former factory that now hosts concerts, a recording studio, ceramics workshops and yoga classes, while the adjoining Red History Museum offers a glimpse into ex-Yugoslav lifestyle and design. Another treat is Gruž’s open-air market, where stallholders sell local seasonal fruit and vegetables. 

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