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Dubrovnik Holidays

Crowned 'The Pearl of the Adriatic', Dubrovnik is undoubtedly one of Croatia's finest cities and holiday destinations.

The old town, a UNESCO world heritage site, celebrated for its outstanding cultural and historical heritage boasts entire streets and buildings perfectly preserved to create an awe-inspiring Roman environment. Dotted with spectacular beaches, the lush vegetation, sun-soaked cafes and stunning architecture along with the extensive selection of hotels, sights and activities, guarantees every tourist’s taste is catered for, making Dubrovnik a perfect Balkan escape.

 

The Dubrovnik Basics 

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Getting there - Fly from London and all main regional airports from the UK to Dubrovnik Airport (DBV). Flight time is typically 2hrs 30 mins to 3 hrs. Transfer to Dubrovnik takes around 30 minutes

 

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When to go - Dubrovnik offers a warm climate and enjoyed throughout the summer period. The shoulder months of April, May, early June, late September and October offer cheaper accommodation and lesser crowds. 

 

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Getting around - Dubrovnik boasts an excellent local bus network meaning you're never more than a 5-10 minute walk to a bus from your hotel to get to old town. Buses depart every 15 minutes or so until very late at night

 

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Weather - The months of June, July and August are hot and usually hit 30 degrees. Early April and October is generally around 20 degrees.

 

What to do in Dubrovnik

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Explore the Old Town: Dubbed 'Paradise on earth' by George Bernard Shaw, the magnificent Dubrovnik will leave you speechless, for its beauty, setting and ambience is truly extraordinary. Dubrovnik's astonishing old town, surrounded by a 3 km ring of defensive walls is the heart of the city. Containing 15 forts, churches by the dozen, numerous museums and galleries, monasteries, a cathedral and a palace, there is no doubt why UNESCO granted Dubrovnik its World Heritage status.

 

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Dubrovnik Cable Car: Located at the foot of Mount Srd, Dubrovnik's cable car gives a breath-taking view of the city as the 4 minute ride whisks you up a spectacular 405m. After walking Dubrovnik's walls you may think the view could not get much better. You'd be wrong. At the summit, the sheer beauty of the city is captivated. The shimmering Adriatic and neighbouring islands provide the perfect backdrop to terra cotta rooftops, Baroque architecture and the glistening stone streets. Return adult tickets cost around 140 kn.

 

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Walk the City Walls: Soak up the superb views of the Old Town and harbour by walking the 'full circuit' of the ancient walls. Adult entrance costs around 150 kn and is the highlight for many people. If visiting in the peak of summer we recommend starting early in the morning or just before sunset as it can be rather demanding. One more tip, don't forget the camera! Afterwards, enjoy an evening stroll along the meandering streets and cobbled alleyways and take a lingering look at the restaurant menus. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to that most important decision of the day!

 

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Beaches and Swimming: Dubrovnik offers a range of beaches both in the centre and further out. Banje Beach just outside the City Walls is Dubrovnik's most popular, where deck chairs & parasols are available to rent. Located a mile from Dubrovnik's Old Town is Sv. Jakov (St James') Beach. Accessible via foot or the No. 5 bus, this lovely pebble beach offers beautiful views of the city and of Lokrum Island. For those holiday-makers staying in and around the Lapad area of Dubrovnik, Copacabana Beach is suitable for children as it has shallow waters.

 

Day Trips from Dubrovnik

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Elaphiti Islands (Lopud, Sipan & Kolocep): These delightful islands between 20 minutes and an hour from Dubrovnik offers a great island hopping day trip. If a sandy beach is what you’re after, head for Sunj Beach on Lopud Island where a wide horseshoe bay awaits. Sipan island is a tranquil haven and great for walking and exploring. Kolocep is the closest island and offers pretty beach coves and pine covered hills. Ferries from Dubrovnik Gruz port head to these islands up to 5 times in the summer and only costs around £3.00 each way. More info on Lopud and Sipan can be found here.

 

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Mljet National Park: A highly recommended day trip from Dubrovnik, this large area includes two azure salt lakes, surrounded by pine forest. It’s a great place to explore by foot, bicycle and kayak. The waters are also very warm and clear, so having a dip is also highly recommended. To get here there’s a daily catamaran that leaves Dubrovnik’s Gruz port every morning between May and September and leaves again in late afternoon, making Mljet an ideal day trip. Outside these months we recommend visiting using an organised excursion. Entrance fee is payable on arrival.

 

Cavtat

Cavtat: A great place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Dubrovnik. Cavtat offers visitors fantastic seafront restaurants and cafes, pine forests and calm waters. Only a twenty minute bus journey from Dubrovnik’s bus station and Old Town, or a 1 hour passenger ferry from the Old Town ferry port. It’s a great place for an afternoon away. For more information on day trip to Cavtat from Dubrovnik, click here.

 

Kotor

Kotor (Montenegro): Only a couple of hours from Dubrovnik, in neighbouring Montenegro, is the magnificent city of Kotor. A walled wonder, sitting on a glacial bay, surrounded by mountains, Kotor is something of an undiscovered marvel. Get lost exploring the maze of cobbled streets that lead to a selection of palaces, museums and squares. You’ll have to either visit Kotor by car or on an organised excursion as there’s no adequate public transport for a day trip. More information on Kotor can be found here.

 

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