Fringed by the shimmering Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is a slice of Mediterranean bliss with whitewashed limestone streets, honey-hued Baroque buildings and green-shuttered stone houses. The sea-battered city sits at the foot of Mount Srd and is anchored by one of Croatia’s most enchanting Old Town districts.
Things to do in Dubrovnik
No visit to Dubrovnik is complete without a stroll around the mighty city walls. Raised in the 9th century, the ramparts unlock sublime views over the Old Town and the Adriatic Sea. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head down into Dresden’s Old Town, where alfresco cafes and family-run bars lure you in with local fare and cosy atmospheres.
With its iconic clock tower, Baroque-style church and bubbling fountain, Luza Square is Dubrovnik’s busiest public space. After soaking up the atmosphere, venture down one of the side streets to find lemon tree-studded courtyards and second-hand bookstores.
For a glimpse at Dubrovnik’s colourful history, a trip to Rector’s Palace is a must. The Gothic-Renaissance palace was built in the late-15th century and has been turned into a cultural history museum. Inside you’ll find an array of artefacts, from period furniture to portraits, armour and coins.
A day trip to lush Lokrum Island is a great way to escape the crowds. The forested island is fringed by rocky beaches and anchored by a small saltwater lake known as the “Dead Sea of Dubrovnik.”
Getting around Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik’s Old Town area is pedestrianised, which means the only way to get around is on foot. If you’re venturing further afield, local buses are a great way to get around. Dubrovnik Airport is located in the nearby village of Cilipi, with the drive taking around 30 minutes.