Dubrovnik is a city located on the Adriatic coast in the very South of Croatia. The city has been a cultural centre within Europe for over 1,000 years. In the Middle Ages it was the only other city state to rival Venice in terms of trade in the region. Due to its wealth it became an important centre for the development of language and literature and many poets, painters, mathematicians and other scholars lived in the city. These days Dubrovnik, also known as “The Pearl of the Adriatic”, is Croatia´s main tourist destination, stunning visitors with its beautiful architecture, its spectacular fountains, churches and monasteries. Tourism is a huge industry for Dubrovnik today and it is not hard to see why, with its great weather and clear blue waters, it is easy to see why people are coming here by the planeload. Due to the influx of tourists, accommodation options are plentiful with in the town. There are many hotels, villas and holiday apartments to choose from. Dubrovnik has something everyone can love, if it’s not the great weather and beaches it’s the bustling nightlife! We are sure you will love your time here, have a read of our favourite things to do and see are!
- “Those who search for paradise on earth should come and see Dubrovnik”...words by Irish writer George Bernard Shaw on his visit to Dubrovnik.
- The city was originally founded by Roman refugees fleeing the disastrous earthquake that struck the nearby town of Epidaurus in the 7th century A.D.
- King Richard I (The Lionhearted) took refuge in Dubrovnik when he was shipwrecked on his return from the Third Crusade in 1192.
- The then independent state of Dubrovnik was the first nation to recognise the United States as a nation when the latter declared its independence from Britain.
- In 1808 Dubrovnik lost its freedom for the first time in its entire history to Napoleon Bonaparte.
Accommodation and Rentals in Dubrovnik
There is plenty of accommodation options available to visitors who come to Dubrovnik, from luxurious hotels to funky hostels. These accommodation options can always become overcrowded and overpriced during peak seasons. Wimdu offers a great selection of accommodation such as villas and apartments to suit all types of travellers and budgets. Whether you’re travelling with a group, that someone special or a family getaway, Wimdu has you covered. Choose from seafront villas, with panoramic views of the coastline, some even with their own private pools! Or check out our spacious holiday apartments, there is enough room your friends and family!
Things to See and Do
Dubrovnik is not only blessed with an overwhelming amount of churches, museums and historic buildings, it’s definitely worthwhile to take a few days (depending on how long your stay is) to explore theses churches and buildings and to get to know the history behind them. The city is also host to some spectacular beaches located very close to the Old Town. Most of the beaches are beautiful, with white sand and clear blue waters. Below are a few suggestions of what to do during your time in this ancient city:
1) Take a ferry from the Old Town to Lokrum Island and escape the crowded beaches in summer. There are a number of places to swim which have ladders going down into the sea, or else find a spot on the rocks on which to sunbathe and relax. You will have great views of the coast line, where you can see many cruise liners pulling off and docking in the ports.
2) If you are an art buff, then you will surely want to check out Vlaho Bukovac, one of Croatia´s most famous modern painters. Works by him are exhibited in the Bukovac House (Kuća Bukovac). ‘Another part of the house is dedicated to works by young artists. Admission is free and definitely worth a visit.
3) Do a tour of the ancient city walls, and get some amazing views of the surrounding area and an alternative perspective on the sights. It takes about 1.5 hours to stroll around the whole area of the walls around the Old Town. The best time for this tour is in the early morning or the late afternoon to avoid the heat. If you do decide to walk during the day, make sure to bring plenty of water!
4) For more outstanding views, visit Fort Lovrijenac, which rises out of a rocky outcrop overlooking the Old Town. If you visit both the city walls and the fort on the same day, you get a discount on the entrance cost!
Eat and Drink!
It can be a little hard to choose somewhere to eat and drink while in Dubrovnik. There are many great restaurants and bars but some of them can be quite pricy if you get trapped in the tourist trap. Here is a few places we would recommend: Azur Restaurant is a diamond in the rough, it is hidden in the back streets of the old town and serves Mediterranean-Asian style meals, it is a little more expensive than some other places but the views you have from your table make it all worth it! Nishta is an vegetarian restaurant that is priced very reasonably and offers a twist on all their dishes to make them vegetarian. The taste is delicious and it’s enough to convert any meat lover! Nishta is quite popular, so make sure to plan ahead and book table. TABASCO is a great restaurant for all the family to enjoy, although it only serves pizza, they are up there with the best! It is very reasonably priced and great place to have fun while eating. If you are looking for a more up market restaurant then look no further then Restaurant & Lounge 360, this is where most celebrities hang out, it is well known that Beyonce and Jay Z enjoyed a cocktail in this very bar! With fantastic views of the harbour and excellent food, Restaurant & Lounge 360 is a favourite of many. You always have the option of dinning in and cooking with some fresh local produce in your self-catering apartment or villa.
Getting To and Around Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik airport lies 20 km away from the city to the South. You can get the bus that is run by Croatia Airlines (35kn) to the main bus station Kantafig which lies 2.5 km away from the Old Town. Alternatively a taxi will get you to city centre will cost you 320kn. Within the old part of the city it is very easy to get around on foot. If your accommodation is outside the Old Town, then just jump on one of the many buses that head in that direction. You can buy tickets either in a kiosk for 12kn, or on the bus itself for 15kn. These are valid for one hour. If you want to head further afield, then renting a car, especially in the off-peak season, is a good option. Negotiate prices down by contacting the company in advance, rather than booking online. Taxis are plentiful and an easy way to get you to and from your apartment or villa.