The calm blue waters of the Adriatic sea leading upwards through beautiful white sands, baroque architecture sliding down emerald hills and marble streets that fade into the brick of the old city wall, set the pace for what is one of the world’s most beautiful intact walled cities. You’ll find it the south of Croatia and once there – you will find a beautiful historic city in perfect condition – in thanks to the resort being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What’s more – the weather in Dubrovnik is perfect for an early spring break and thanks to the Mediterranean climate – you can safely visit for most of the year.
The pedestrian only old city is of course the highlight with its Baroque churches and eye-candy red roof houses. It’s a pleasure to just walk around here, spotting nice cafe’s and centuries-worth of fascinating architecture such as the fascinating Gothic Sponza Palace, the Bell Tower and the historic pharmacy, which is actually one of Europe’s oldest, and it dates back to 1317 and is still in use to this day. Trace Dubrovnik’s, and indeed Croatia’s history in the museums and then head to the harbour for a Mediterranean lunch and watch the world go by at a decelerated pace – for the Mediterranean atmosphere in Dubrovnik is chilled to say the least.
If you feel like taking to the beach while you’re in Dubrovnik then you’re in luck as it’s home to several beautiful beaches including Lapad Beach, which is a sandy beach area on the Lapad Peninsula, just a short way from the old town, Banje Beach, which is a pebble beach with a great central location. There are two part to this beach: one with an entrance fee, and a public part – take the paid option for something a little quieter. Finally you can also take a ferry to Lokrum Island, it takes just 10 minutes by boat – but be careful as the last ferry is at 8pm during summer. There are a number of charter agencies too – so if you feel like sailing the coastline in a yacht – head to the harbour!
If you intend to drive into the city from the airport with your car hire, then take advantage of the wheels and head into the Croatian countryside that surrounds Dubrovnik – a drive over the coastline is sure to unravel some fascinating treasures, lost beaches and intriguing villages.