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With its pretty pebbled streets, medieval architecture and terracotta-tiled houses, Dubrovnik is a charming and unique city with a piece of history hidden behind every stone. Lit up by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik offers a warm and pleasant city break with postcard-worthy views and endless cultural attractions.
Dubrovnik enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with warm summers and cool winters.
Dubrovnik airport (DBV) lies approximately 9.5 miles from Dubrovnik city centre.
From exploring the capital’s fascinating historical attractions, to perfecting your dance moves at the legendary street carnival, there are a variety of things to do on your city break to Dubrovnik. Take in the views at the ancient city walls, or escape the hustle and bustle and lose yourself in the powdery white sands of nearby Lokrum Island.
Thanks to its carefully preserved architecture, Dubrovnik’s history can be traced all around the city. One of the most popular historical attractions in Dubrovnik is the ancient city walls. First built in the 13th-century to protect the city from attack, they now offer breathtaking views over the old town and out to sea.
Escape Dubrovnik for the day with a short ferry ride to nearby Lokrum island. This unspoilt national park treats holidaymakers to lush green forests and charming pebbled beaches where you can swim or sunbathe. Travel a little further out to Mijet island to enjoy powdery sandy beaches and salt water lakes.
There are a variety of places in Dubrovnik to enjoy live shows. The Summer Festival in July sees more than eighty music, theatre and dance performances at various open-air locations around town. If you like to dance, the Dubrovnik carnival in February gives you plenty of opportunity to tap your toes.
Museum-hopping is one of the most interesting things to do in Dubrovnik. Retrace the city’s history with a visit to the former Rector’s Palace, which is now a cultural history museum. This stunning baroque building features beautifully restored rooms, portraits, and coins. The must-see Photo Limited museum offers two floors of moving war photography.
Music Lovers: Whether it’s jazz, electro or opera that takes your fancy, Dubrovnik has a range of music festivals throughout the year.
History Buffs: Thanks to Dubrovnik’s medieval architecture, famous monuments and countless museums, there’s a piece of history behind every stone.
Beach Loungers: Swimming in Dubrovnik’s turquoise sea waters may well be a highlight of your holiday.
Language: The language spoken in Dubrovnik is Croatian.
Currency: The currency used in Dubrovnik is Croatian kuna (HRK).
Local time: Dubrovnik is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Dubrovnik airport (DBV) lies approximately 9.5 miles from Dubrovnik city centre.
Flight time from UK: 2 to 3 hours.
Tourist information: Further Dubrovnik tourist information can be found at www.tzdubrovnik.hr.
Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Rovinj.
Temperature: 4-22 (°C)
Dubrovnik starts to warm up in the spring, with temperatures hovering in the mid-20s (°C) in April. By the peak of summer, the city is warm and sunny, with highs of 28 (°C) and up to 13 hours of sunshine a day. Things start to cool off in the autumn, but you can still enjoy blue skies and average temperatures in the low teens. Dubrovnik is quieter in the winter so this is a great time to visit if you’d prefer a more peaceful holiday. Temperatures can dip to as low as 5 (°C), so bring a jacket if you’re arriving at this time.
By bus: Local buses offer a comfortable and regular connection to all districts within the city.
By taxi: Taxi’s run on a meter and taxi stands are located in the busiest parts of the city.
On foot: The best way to explore Dubrovnik is on foot.
Summer festival: Get your tickets early for the DU-EL FEST electronic music festival which takes place in the middle of August. This four-day event attracts thousands of music revellers each year thanks to its stunning location and impressive artist line-up.
Open-air performances: Held every year between July and August, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival presents a rich programme of music, film and dance performances in several open-air venues around the city.
Museum night: Don’t miss the Night of Museums in January when the city’s museums offer free entry and late night opening hours.
Guide to Dubrovnik
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