Karaka Dubrovnik – Sail into the Past

Lauren Simmonds

Have you ever wanted to set foot into the past? Maybe get your hands on a time machine? You can when you come to Dubrovnik!

If you’ve spent any time whatsoever in Dubrovnik, the chances are, you’ve seen a large mahogany ship slowly cruising around the local area. Many people mistake it for some sort of permanent Game of Thrones prop, and at first glance, it looks like Captain Hook took a wrong turn out of Neverland. In reality, this beautiful ship is a living, breathing connection to the former glory of the peaceful Dubrovnik Republic. A stunning replica of the original Karaka trade vessel, the 5* Karaka Dubrovnik offers an experience of the city like no other.

The original Karaka was an enormously important trade ship during the times of the once autonomous Dubrovnik Republic (Ragusa). It was one of the largest ships of its time, and one of a massive 200 ships built by the Dubrovnik Republic, sealing the peaceful Ragusa’s place in history when it came to the art of successful shipbuilding. From the fourteenth century up until the collapse of the Dubrovnik Republic following Napoleons invasion and subsequent occupation in 1808, Karaka held more than significant importance in the Mediterranean sea owing to its sheer proportions and economic importance.

Of course, Karaka’s modern day job is not to ferry goods around and head off to secure trade deals, but to transport you directly into the past and offer you a glimpse into how life might have been at the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. The aesthetically stunning ship cruises softly and with minimal effort on the calm Adriatic around the Old City, Lokrum and beyond as the sun sets, giving the photographically inclined some incredible vantage points from which to take unusual photos of the city from an angle not usually seen. But that’s not all, Karaka provides an unbeatably impressive venue for private events, dinners and conferences, it offers high quality catering services and among the many other purposes it boasts – you can even get married on board! With two fully equipped bars, a kitchen, a VIP lounge, sunbathing decks and a rough capacity of 200 – Karaka is second to none and an absolute must do when visiting the glorious UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik.


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