A fascinating amalgamation between the traditional and the contemporary, the Old Town of Dubrovnik is riddled with majestic medieval monuments alongside modern architecture. From the elegant palazzi of the aristocrats to the breathtaking Baroque churches and the medieval fortresses, no holiday to Dubrovnik is complete without a little sightseeing or a guided tour around some of the most well-known structures to gain an insight into the coastal city’s culture and history.
There’s no such thing as a holiday to Dubrovnik without a trip to one of the many beaches. Whether you’re an avid diver and water sports enthusiasts or simply looking for an area to lounge on the golden sands, you won’t be disappointed. The surroundings islands also boast an abundance of beautiful beaches and sapphire waters, most notably Lopud which is a part of the Elaphite Island archipelago and can be easily reached by a short ferry ride from the Port of Gruz from the Dubrovnik mainland.
Inland activities are aplenty here, with many hotels in the city offering guided hikes and bicycle hire to explore the local area. The Old Town is a popular location for a historical walking tour while Dubrovnik has seen an influx of visitors due to the popular HBO show, Game of Thrones, a lot of which was filmed on location in notable spots throughout the city centre. Moreover, if you want to give your feet a rest, you can’t go wrong with embarking on a cable car ride that takes you from the Old Town up to Mount Srđ for spectacular Dalmatian views over the city.
Based as it is on the coastline, you can expect Dubrovnik to have a multitude of seafood dishes to tantalise your tastebuds. But seafood isn’t all that’s on the menu; a must-try dish in the region is Zelena Menestra, a green stew of meat, potatoes and cabbage. You won’t be able to taste this tasty concoction anywhere else in the world, although many versions and recipes of the stew exist in various regions of the Dubrovnik area. Additionally, the majority of the dishes found throughout Croatia won’t be remiss of plenty of olive oil thanks to the many groves that abound here.
The next best thing to a private island getaway, Lokrum Island provides you with a conveniently close escape from the bustle of inner city life. Just 600 metres from the mainland reached by a short ferry ride that departs every 30 minutes in the summer months, the island is the ideal place to relax and take in an abundance of beautiful nature. The Botanical Gardens is one of the main attractions here which was planted in the 19thcentury and have a few hundred different varieties of trees, plants and flowers as well as some peacocks roaming the grounds that have inhabited Lokrum Island for over 100 years. Those interested in history will enjoy observing the ruins of the Benedictine Monastery built in medieval times while relaxation is also a popular pastime on the island thanks to the beautiful coast; a perfect spot to sunbathe, snorkel or swim on your Dubrovnik holiday.
Encircling the city in a protective, scenic embrace, the Walls of Dubrovnik note an ancient era of the country’s history and are one of Croatia’s most unique landmarks. The first set of the walls were built in the 9th century followed by the 1.5-metre-thick defenses were fortified with a further 15 forts in the 14th century. The main fortresses are Fort Minčeta, Fort Bokar, Fort Lawrence which faces west and out to sea, and Fort Revelin and Fort St John which guard the eastern approach and the Old Harbour. Walking tours depart several times daily, and it can be strenuous to walk the entirety of the fortress on a hot summer day but the Walls of Dubrovnik are truly spectacular at sunset when temperatures are cooler and the structure basked in warm golden light.
Thanks to its Adriatic coastal position opposite Italy, Dubrovnik experiences a typical Mediterranean climate with the Dubrovnik Riviera popular with visitors due to its seven month of hot weather and bright sunshine out of the year. The winters can be cool and damp due to increased rainfall but essentially, the beauty of Dubrovnik makes it an all-year-round destination.
If you hold a British Citizen passport or an EU National passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Croatia and are visa exempt for 90 days. For more information on travel regulations and entry requirements, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia/entry-requirements.
In Dubrovnik, the currency used is the Croatian Kuna (HRK).
The main language spoken in Dubrovnik is Croatian.