Experiencing Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is perhaps the most well known city in Croatia,
on the Adriatic coast. It’s known for its medieval architecture and its location at the heart of the Dalmatian Coast.
Dubrovnik was founded in 7th century AD by refugees from Epidaurum (modern day Cavtat). The city grew rapidly due to its strategic position on trade routes between Venice and Constantinople. In 1205 Dubrovnik became a free republic after it defeated Venetian forces at sea during an attempt to conquer it. Today, Croatia is part of European Union so anyone can visit without needing a visa.
There are many accommodation options in Dubrovnik, including hotels, apartments and villas. If your clients are looking for something more budget-friendly, there are hostels and guesthouses available as well. There are also numerous options to stay on a boat or yacht if they want something different.
Things to Do
Dubrovnik is a city that has something for everyone. There are beaches, historical sites and museums, restaurants and nightlife. You can also explore the surrounding area by taking day trips or renting a car to drive on your own.
Go swimming at Banje Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Croatia. It’s right next to Old Town and has crystal clear water, perfect for swimming or snorkeling. It’s also right next door to Fort Lovrijenac (which you should visit) so if you’re feeling adventurous you could swim out from here!
Fort Lovrijenac was built by Venice in 1333 as part of their defense system against Turks who were trying to invade Dubrovnik. Today it houses an aquarium with over 150 species including sharks.Get tickets ahead of time since they sell out quickly. Make sure not miss out on this amazing experience!
Day Trips from Dubrovnik
There are many excursions you can take from Dubrovnik. The city is surrounded by beautiful islands, including Lokrum Island and Sipan Island. It’s also close to towns like Cavtat and Korcula that have their own unique attractions.
If you have time for only one day trip from Dubrovnik, we recommend visiting Lokrum Island. This small island has some great hiking trails along with historical ruins dating back to the 16th century (when it was used as a retreat for royalty). The views from the top of Lokrum Castle are spectacular.
Getting Around Dubrovnik
The best way to get around Dubrovnik is by foot. The city is small enough that you can easily walk from one end of the Old Town to the other in about 20 minutes, and it’s a great way to experience all of its charm on foot. If your clients do need a break from walking, there are plenty of taxis available for hire at any time of day or night, as well as rental cars if your clients want more flexibility with their travel plans outside of the city center.
Where to Shop
There are many shopping destinations in Dubrovnik, but the best ones are those that offer a unique experience. The city’s main shopping mall is located in Lapad, which is a short walk from the Old Town. This mall has everything from high-end boutiques to fast food restaurants and even an ice skating rink. If your clients are looking for something more local, try walking down Stradun towards Ploce Gate (where they can see some of the best views of Dubrovnik) and stopping by one of the many small shops along this route. They’ll find everything from jewelry to souvenirs here–and most importantly: no crowds!
If looking for something even more unique than an average shopping trip, consider visiting one of these other destinations: Pucic Palace – This palace houses an art gallery with paintings by famous Croatian artists such as Ivan Mestrovic and Miroslav Kraljevic; admission costs only 50 HRK ($7 USD). Old City Walls – While exploring these walls may not seem like an obvious way to spend time while visiting Croatia’s most popular tourist destination there’s actually quite a bit going on here! There are several vendors selling snacks such as ice cream or grilled corn cobs. Restaurants nearby serve traditional Croatian dishes such as octopus salad or risotto with seafood sauce.
Dubrovnik cuisine is a melting pot of influences from both the Dalmatian Coast and inland Croatia, which means your clients will find some dishes that are specific to the region.
The most famous local dish is prsut (prosciutto), which is made from the same type of pork as Italian prosciutto but has a distinct flavor all its own. The best place to try it is at one of Dubrovnik’s many restaurants serving traditional Croatian food, like Konoba Kamenice or Konoba Opatovina.
Another popular dish in Dubrovnik is filet mignon wrapped in bacon–a twist on steak tartare! This dish can be found at many restaurants around town, including Konoba Batelina on Stradun Street (which also serves up an excellent selection of seafood).
Weather in Dubrovnik
The best time to visit Dubrovnik is between May and September, when temperatures are warm and the weather is generally sunny. If planning a trip in October or November, keep in mind that it can get cold at night. June through August is considered high season because of the pleasant climate and long hours of daylight–but this also means that prices will be higher.
For more information, visit the Croatia National Tourist Board at www.croatia.hr/en-gb