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Overview

Introduction

This is the most famous place in Croatia and possibly the most famous medieval walled city on the sea in Europe. It’s a place that people never forget after they’ve visited and many people return again and again. It’s easy for a short break, a longer holiday or to combine as a twin or multi centre trip including the islands or other parts of Croatia.

Dubrovnik has a breathtaking cultural heritage and, when strolling the old city, palaces, churches, monasteries, chapels, cloisters, squares, museums and mansions, they are all there, seemingly a touch away. A Renaissance window to the left and a Gothic one to the right. It is like a jewellery box of precious delights.

The city ramparts are almost two kilometres long and have protected Dubrovnik from earthquake and attack. The views from high up are superb, looking out to sea, down into the old city and up to the Napoleonic fortress on Mount Srdj. Best to walk as early as possible or in late afternoon during the hot summer months and at any time during the rest of the year. Some people opt to walk the whole way and others do just half, coming down from the walls at the halfway point.

Take a guided tour of the old city or do it alone. Don’t miss these : Sponza and Rector’s palaces, Dominican and Franciscan monasteries, the old pharmacy, the Rupe museum, one of the oldest synagogues in Europe and the Orthodox church. In recent years, Dubrovnik gained fame as the film set for Game of Thrones and Star Wars and there are special themed tours.

The cable car is really worth taking from the city to Mount Srdj. Enjoy the view, have a drink or a meal at the restaurant terrace or explore the Homeland War museum housed within the fortress which tells the sad story of the conflict in the region which ended almost 30 years ago. News reports by renowned broadcaster Paul Davies of ITN play on a continuous loop at the exhibition since he and his crew were the last international journalists to remain in Dubrovnik. These efforts earned him an OBE.

Dubrovnik is not just about history. There’s a thriving arts scene, some good restaurants and wine bars,and places with a real holiday beach feel around on the Lapad and Babin Kuk peninsulas, both 15 minutes bus ride away. Beaches there are mainly pebble with a good selection of water sports in places.

Did you know?

  • Dubrovnik is one of the best places to enjoy sea kayaking, from the old city along the coast
  • There is a direct flight between Dubrovnik and Rijeka airport in the north, meaning a twin centre combining this part of Dalmatia region with the stunning Kvarner Bay islands or the Opatija Riviera is easy.
  • Dubrovnik connects with Croatia’s capital Zagreb with usually three flights a day making the capital and the coast a good option of contrasts.
  • Dubrovnik was the first place in the world to have a quarantine system for people and animals, implemented in 1377.

Out and around?

If you’re keen to discover more of the area there is plenty of choice. Some places are possible by self drive car or public transport (no trains here) and some are best by organised excursion. The Elafiti islands day trip by boat, Peljesac peninsula including Ston and the great walls there, Lokrum island (regular shuttle boat and just 10 minutes away), the island of Korcula, Trsteno Arboretum around 35 minutes drive with over 400 plant and tree species brought from all over the world when Dubrovnik was a vibrant trading republic, Konavle Valley with her traditions. Neighbouring countries offer Mostar and the famous Ottoman bridge in Bosnia-Hercegovina and Montenegro to the south of Dubrovnik. Passports needed for both. Bear in mind that these two are long days.

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Getting There

Flights from the UK to Dubrovnik operate from London's Gatwick and Stansted airports in addition to Bristol, Edinburgh, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Belfast international, Newcastle and Leeds Bradford. Airlines include British Airways, Croatian Airlines, easyJet and Jet2.

Domestically, there is a direct flight between Dubrovnik and Rijeka airport in the north, meaning a twin centre combining this part of the Dalmatia region with the stunning Kvarner Bay islands or the Opatija Riviera is easy.

Dubrovnik also connects with Croatia’s capital Zagreb with usually three flights a day making the capital and the coast a good option of contrasts.

Events

Events (Dates may vary slightly and subject to confirmation)

(Dates may vary slightly and subject to confirmation)

  • Late June-early July: Midsummer Scene, a festival of Shakespeare plays in English and music
  • 10 July – 25 August: Dubrovnik Summer Festival; concerts, theatre, recitals all over the city
  • All year:  Lindo Folklore Ensemble perform in Lazereti (quarantine houses), traditional regional dance
  • All year: Classical concerts around the city, various venues
  • Early October: Good Food Festival including Restaurant Week with special festival menus and offers, cookery workshops, tastings, gastro tours, street food
  • From early December: Christmas market, the old city lights up in festive mood, Stalls, food, music. Best to combine with Zagreb Advent Festival, flights through Zagreb

 

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No trip to Dubrovnik is complete without visiting the majestic Old Town. It boasts a network of ancient alleys, pretty piazzas, baroque buildings, and terracotta rooftops, all wrapped up in monumental stone walls. To see this historic wonder in all its glory, I would highly recommend walking the city's walls. Plan your visit either early in the day or towards the end to avoid the crowds and midday heat.

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No trip to Dubrovnik is complete without visiting the majestic Old Town. It boasts a network of ancient alleys, pretty piazzas, baroque buildings, and terracotta rooftops, all wrapped up in monumental stone walls. To see this historic wonder in all its glory, I would highly recommend walking the city's walls. Plan your visit either early in the day or towards the end to avoid the crowds and midday heat.

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