Dubrovnik is the crowning jewel in Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, coloured by a sea of red roofs on one side, and the sparkling Adriatic on the other.
The entire city is unbeatably picturesque, so picturesque that it made it onto the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1979. The red, medieval walls originate from the 7th Century, when Dubrovnik was nothing more than a Byzantium castrum (Greek castle) on an island named Laus. (Probably why they chose to film Game of Thrones here!). Granted, they have had several redevelopments and additions throughout the past 2,000 or so years, but you can still lose yourself in the 1,900 metre long construction that surrounds the Old Town. The Pila Gates, the Sea Walls and the old Towers make for great photos when you’re stood around them, but make even better views when you’re stood on top of them.
This is one of the best ways to see Dubrovnik, but the other is on foot, walking round the Old Town. The little lanes are filled with bars, restaurants and shops, which meld with the medieval architecture that came before them. If you fancy learning a little bit more, step inside St Ignatius of Loyola’s Church, or venture into the Museum of Croatian War of Independence to learn about previous events within the city walls.
Visitors are usually so enchanted with Dubrovnik, that they don’t take a look at the islands surrounding the city. Lapad, Lokrum and Mljet are peaceful neighbourhoods that make a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Once your boat returns, you can stroll along the harbour walls to find some tasty seafood, or maybe just an ice cream.
Dubrovnik melds medieval history with an upbeat, market cultures and sunny spots in between – don’t let it fall off your radar.
What you need to know
The airport almost 16 kilometres to the city from Dubrovnik, and the shuttle bus takes 40 minutes, costing 35 kuna.
They use the kuna in Croatia. There are banknotes of up to kn1000, and coins up to kn50 (A beer is usually kn14-15, for reference).
Best time to visit
The best time to see Croatia is between May and June, or September to October – you can avoid the crowds and sweltering heat. There’s also a Carnival on in February, but many places won’t open until the season starts in April/May.
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