Destination of the Week: Dubrovnik
Overlooking the calm waters of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is the jewel in Croatia’s holiday crown, with an enchanting, UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town, elegant Baroque architecture and gorgeous beaches.
Any time of the year is a good time to marvel at Dubrovnik’s historic charm, but spring and summer bring out the best in the city, with festivals, cruise liners and an outdoor dining culture ensuring a vibrant atmosphere, to add to a holiday filled with beach hopping, sightseeing and inspiring exploration.
What to do
Often acclaimed as the most spectacular in the world, Dubrovnik’s city walls completely surround the Old Town and you can walk along the entire length of them. This is the best way to see panoramic views of the Old Town, framed by the sparkling Adriatic. Stroll through the Old Town to see Pile Gate, Onofrio’s Fountain, the Rector’s Palace and the Church of St Blaise.
Take a cable car ride from the city to Mt Srd for a bird’s eye view of the islands dotting the Adriatic and to visit the Imperial Fort. Discover the War Photo Museum, the Dominican Monastery, the luxurious Hotel Excelsior and the Peljesac Peninsular for wineries and quaint villages.
If you’re feeling active and adventurous, go on a kayaking trip to the Island of Lokrum or a day trip to Montenegro. As the day draws to a close, head to the cliff bars overlooking the Adriatic for incredible, sunset views, before settling in at a seafood restaurant for succulent cuisine.
Where to stay
Some of the best accommodation options in Dubrovnik are in the surrounding neighbourhoods of Lapad and Gruz. You can find great value apartments and mid-range to 5-star hotels, but you’ll definitely need to book well in advance for June, July and August.
Hotel Bellevue (£££)
Location, location, location is the mantra for the Hotel Bellevue, set on a cliff overlooking Miramare Bay, yet within walking distance of the historic Old Town. The hotel has a beach with a restaurant, a spa area with an indoor swimming pool and sea views from all of the rooms.
Hotel Zagreb (££)
Set in an historical, private residence, Hotel Zagreb is in the Lapad area, a short stroll from a beach and an easy bus ride into the Old Town. The hotel is surrounded by landscaped gardens and has a terrace, a restaurant and a bar for guests to enjoy. All the rooms have free Wi Fi and air-conditioning.
Dubrovnik Backpacker’s Club (£)
One of the most popular choices for backpackers in Dubrovnik, this hostel offers free internet, local calls and tea and coffee! There’s a guest kitchen, a balcony with views and free pick up from the major bus station, if you’re staying for two nights or more.
Where to eat
All your seafood dreams can come true in Dubrovnik, with amazing, fresh produce on the top of most menus, including octopus and whole fish you can choose yourself from a selection of the day’s catch.
Restaurant 360 (£££)
If you fancy perching on the city walls and looking through battlements as you dine, this is the restaurant for you. In the heart of the Old Town, trendy Restaurant 360 serves Mediterranean and traditional cuisine, including Black Tortellini, Pink Risotto and Fresh Off The Hook Sea Bass.
Bota Oyster and Sushi Bar (££)
This is a sushi bar with a difference, located as it is next to the Cathedral in the Old Town. You can enjoy Sashimi, Nigiri and all the classics, as well as fresh oysters, all within the historical splendour of the cobbled streets.
Located close to the Old Town, Sesame is a restaurant, café and inn that’s casual, inviting and great value for money, whether you’re popping in for a quick sandwich, a coffee or a three-course dinner.
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