As you come into land at Dubrovnik Zracna Luka airport, you will catch a glimpse of what makes the Dalmatian Coastline so stunning. Hundreds of tiny islands some inhabited, others not, all surrounded by turquoise water will whet your appetite for exploring this fascinating region.
Dubrovnik itself is steeped in history dating as far back as the 7th Century. Now listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is now fully restored to its former glory. Usually those travelling on their first Croatia Holiday will choose the Dubrovnik Riviera to visit. We guarantee it will give you the incentive to return to this wonderful country.
Dubrovnik Old City itself is totally pedestrianised and walled. You may consider taking a walking tour high above the city around the ancient ramparts. At night, these are lit which gives it a real fairy-tale feel.
Being walled, it can get very hot in the months of July, August and September. For this reason, we’d advise a visit either in the morning, or later in the afternoon. Personally we would advise it’s also best to avoid the hours of 11 in the morning to about 2 in the afternoon as, inn common with many of the ‘must see’ towns around the world which have a cruise terminal, Dubrovnik is prey to the cruise passengers who sweep down the main street of the Stradun, take some snaps and sweep back to get the transfer back to the harbour to rejoin their ship. In our view, this ruins the atmosphere of the place totally for this period of time on most days.
There is plenty of night-life to enjoy whatever your taste. If you simply want to sit and watch the world go by, enjoy a nightclub, or savour some of the finest fish restaurants in the country, then this is the place for you. We particularly enjoy Lokanda Peskarija, a small restaurant right on the harbour which seats about 35 people in total. They don’t take bookings so you may have to queue ! But – its worth it – try the mussels – and their sardines – delicious!
Dubrovnik is perfect for holidaymakers who wish to combine culture with a relaxing holiday in the sun. The nearby Elaphiti islands of Sipan, Lopud and Kolocep are within easy striking distance and accessible either by ferry or water taxi. We think this is the ultimate two centre holiday as you can be on the mainland to enjoy the bustle and vibrancy of a City type holiday, and then – within a matter of an hour, be on a traffic free island to enjoy a far more relaxed atmosphere and what we would term as ‘authentic Croatia’.
Unlike many other European destinations, the beginning of June to mid September are all popular months to visit the Dubrovnik Riviera. We genuinely advise early booking to ensure you get the hotel of your choice and to avoid disappointment. Whether your preference is for a larger family type of hotel with kids clubs and a pool, or whether you prefer a privately owned apartment or guest house type of accommodation, we have looked at them all – and stayed in most of them – so can offer you an honest appraisal of them all.
One point worth mentioning is that the majority of self catering for the Dubrovnik region is located in a more rural setting. Those closer in tend not to have pools. As Dubrovnik is located on the side of Srd Mountain, for obvious reasons, construction of water containers is not recommended! The locals do actually struggle with the British fixation on pools. With the average temperature of the sea at 26 during the summer months, sea swimming is to be thoroughly recommended. All of the accommodation featured by us does have outside seating space, or a garden, so sitting out in the shade with a book or a drink or both can still definitely be enjoyed.
Lapad Bay is where you will find the majority of the holiday hotels for Dubrovnik. Built on a horseshoe shaped inlet it has a superb traffic free promenade which makes for a great leisurely evening stroll. There are lots of bars and cafes to stop off for refreshment along the way. There is also a large shingle and pebble beach here with the clearest waters for swimming. You’ll find many excursion options available from here too. From Island hopping to fish luncheons, a trip on a galleon and, as you would expect, plenty of watersports.
Dubrovnik Old Town is easily reached from Lapad Bay by either walking along the coastal path which takes about 40 minutes, or hop on a bus or into a taxi which takes about 7 minutes. The buses here are cheap and frequent – its about the equivalent of 50p per person to get to Dubrovnik Old Town.
The other side of Dubrovnik and closer to the airport lies the bustling fishing village of Cavtat. This has a more intimate ‘unchanged’ feel to it – fishermen sell their catch on the quay so you can’t get fresher! A smaller resort for those wishing to have a more authentic Croatian village style holiday, yet only approx 20 minutes by bus from bustling Dubrovnik if it all gets a little too quiet! Or for a really different experience – why not take a water taxi from Cavtat to the Old Town port. It takes about 40 minutes and is a lovely way to see the Adriatic Coastline from a completely different perspective.
We are now taking bookings for Dubrovnik holidays 2017. Take advantage of low prices and book today.