Dubrovnik

The southern Croatian city of Dubrovnik set in the Dalmatia region is known as the Pearl of the Adriatic Sea with its historic town packed with limestone buildings and stunning views out to sea. Now a popular tourist destination, during its Golden Age in the 16th century, the city was once home to one of the largest merchant naval fleets in the world. Today, visitors flock to explore the historic old town with its ancient buildings and impressive city fortifications. The streets are now lined with bars and restaurants giving you plenty of dining options and lively entertainment to enjoy a night out in the city. For those wanting to soak up the sun, Dubrovnik also boasts a number of beautiful beaches from sandy bays to pebbly coves. More recently the city has become known as a popular filming destination, for TV series and films, including Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

To experience life in Dubrovnik old town book a stay in one of the many historic apartments featuring a fusion of limestone walls and contemporary interiors. The Sunce Palace Apartments make a fabulous self-catering choice set in the heart of the old town, on the doorstep of many of the ancient landmarks that are well-worth a visit. Other popular hotels in the city centre include the boutique hotel St. Joseph’s with its chic suites, each featuring a kitchenette and the 5-star Pucíc Palace House set in a grand 18th century baroque palace, with its own restaurant and bar. If, however, you would prefer a beach retreat, a stay at the Sun Gardens is highly recommended. With great facilities for the summer months this resort is perfect for families or those just wanting to relax and enjoy the views.

Seafood is a must during a trip to Dubrovnik. Squid ink risotto is a speciality, along with oysters and steamed mussels. If you would rather go all out, we would recommend getting a seafood platter to enjoy a taste everything! If you have a sweet tooth, other local delicacies that are well worth a try and popular throughout Croatian cooking, include Ston Cake (Basically, a pie filled with pasta, mixed nuts and sometimes chocolate), a custard pudding known as Rozata and Arancini (candied orange peel). Olives are also particularly important in Dubrovnik, having played a vital role in the shaping of the Dalmatia region throughout history. Not only used in cooking, the olive tree is also important in medicine and as firewood. To try some of these traditional Croatian dishes, we recommend boking a table at Kopun, serving classic regional cuisine, set in the beautiful square in front of the Jesuit Church of St Ignatius.

One of the reasons more and more tourists are booking city breaks to Dubrovnik is to see the now famous filming locations of the popular TV series Game of Thrones. With tours available to book, you can enjoy the opportunity to get up close to Kings Landing. The best way to enjoy the entire city is a leisurely stroll around the 13th century battlements of the circular city walls. The walk is just over a mile long, giving you plenty of time to stop and admire the views over the old town and out to sea. Other places of note in the city that are definitely worth exploring include Fort Lovrijenac, the 14th century Gothic/Renaissance Rector’s Palace and the 13th century Fanciscan Church and Monastery with its fascinating pharmacy displays. For a day outside of the city walls, you can catch a boat to Lokrum islet with its array of lush foliage and exotic planting. Or, hitch a ride on a cable car and climb to the city’s peak for some breath-taking views.

The warm summers in Dubrovnik with its typical Mediterranean weather make it a popular summer holiday destination with tourists. It is also the best time to enjoy the beaches and a dip in the sea. If you would prefer to avoid the crowds of the cruise ships that regularly visit, autumn from September – October is a great time of year to explore the city, when the weather is still like to be warm. The low season spans from November – April, making it a great time to book a bargain holiday. However, it is important to bear in mind that many of the hotels and tourist destinations will close their doors during this period. For an experience unlike any other, book a stay during the Dubrovnik Carnival week from the 9th – 13th February for a week of festivities and a finale masked ball!