Diverse Dubrovnik holidays
Dubrovnik definitely deserves its ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ moniker. Its UNESCO-protected old town is a characterful cluster of red-roofed buildings, medieval palaces, cloistered monasteries and a handsome Romanesque cathedral. It’s all wrapped in a series of stone walls, built centuries ago to guard against invaders. The city gazes out over the Adriatic, towards the wooded island of Lokrum.
A little way along the coast, you’ll find what’s known as the Dubrovnik Riviera – a scenic slice of coastline dotted with pebbled beaches and postcard-pretty villages. If you’re after a more relaxed Dubrovnik holiday, this is the area to aim for.
When it comes to things to do in Dubrovnik, there are countless choices. Just outside the old town walls you can take a cable car to the top of Mount Srđ, offering panoramic views right across the city and out to sea. Ferries regularly cast off from Dubrovnik and the Riviera to nearby islands – the unspoilt Elaphite archipelago is well worth exploring. Inland, the rural landscapes and tradition-rich villages of the Konavle Valley give you a glimpse into local life.
We can’t talk about things to do in Dubrovnik without mentioning the old town. Wander through the marble-paved streets, admiring old monasteries and beautiful palaces, and discovering tucked-away taverns. Then, see the town from a height by walking the old city walls. You can access them from a number of checkpoints in the town – it’ll take around two hours to do the full circuit. Although it closes just before it gets dark, if you get up there in time, it’s a spectacular spot to watch the sun go down over the Adriatic.
A short ferry ride from the city are the beautiful Elaphite Islands, encircled by reefs, rocks and islets. Pick one to spend the day on or hop between them if you fancy. Evergreen Kolocep is characterised by its pine and carob trees, citrus gardens and olive groves; car-free Lopud has a lovely little town with stone cottages and flower-filled gardens; and Sipan, the largest of the settled islands, is home to a handful of aristocratic manors.
Dubrovnik can get very hot and very busy during the height of summer. This is the ideal time to escape to the beaches along the Dubrovnik Riviera. For sightseeing, the spring and autumn months are perfect – and you’ll still find it warm enough to sit out and sunbathe.
Flights from the UK to Dubrovnik are around 2 hours 45 minutes.
Dubrovnik is two hours ahead of GMT.
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