Stunning views of the Dubrovnik Old Town and the Adriatic Sea accompanied by the notes of famous Lindjo music and dancers were the staple of an immersive cultural experience we had created for the Windstar cruises guests this June. Guests were whisked off to Park Orsula, a 200-meter cliff offering stunning panoramic views of the nearby islands and Dubrovnik Old Town, where they were greeted with local spirits and drinks. Aside of the gorgeous views, the setting is complimented by the remains of the 14th century St. Orsula’s Church, after which the park was named.
Guests truly enjoyed the beautiful surroundings; using the opportunity to take some memorable photos, savor and learn about the local grappa and liqueurs and taste regional cuisine inspired bites and delicious fresh fruit.
Once all guests have had time to refresh with food and drinks, the cultural program started in the parks’ outside amphitheater, offering same unobstructed views of the turquoise Adriatic. The program included a local klapa, an a capella group, performance and Dubrovnik region’s famous Lindjo dances. Klapa singing has long roots and tradition in this part of Croatia, and is a form of a capella, vocal, singing. The tradition is very much alive today, and klapa singing can be witnessed at festivals, can be heard on the radio and even on the streets of towns along the Croatian coastline. There is no better way to learn about a local culture than through traditional song and dance, so after klapa performance guests also enjoyed the traditional Lindjo troupe performing their vibrant dances in colorful, traditional folklore costumes.