Fodor's Expert Review Placa
This was once the shallow sea channel separating the island of Laus from the mainland. Although it was filled in during the 12th century, it continued to divide the city socially for several centuries, the nobility living in the area south of Placa and the commoners living on the hillside to the north. The Placa, commonly known as the Stradun, is 300 meters long and cuts straight through the Old Town from the Pile to the Ploče Gate; it is the best people-watching promenade and shopping street in town. It is paved with limestone and is polished by use; in the middle of summer, when the street is being walked upon by thousands of people, it shines like glass, particularly impressive at night when it reflects the light from the street lamps.