Holidays in Dubrovnik have something for everyone, from golden beaches to ancient forts. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik is an up-and-coming holiday spot with plenty of authentic charm. Wander the streets of the Old Town, which feels untouched by time, explore the rugged, Croatian coastline and sample fresh seafood. If you’re looking for a beach holiday with character, Dubrovnik will give you scenery, history and culture around every corner. The nearby resorts of Cavtat, Milni, Lopud Island and Slano offer the best of both worlds, with a resort-style setting that’s close enough to Dubrovnik so you can visit by local bus or boat during the daytime.
The summer months from June to September will give you the warmest, sunniest days in Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) is about 20km from Dubrovnik city centre.
One of the most popular beaches in Dubrovnik is Banje Beach. Paddling in the crystal blue water is the perfect way to spend an afternoon, or if you’d like to chill out, you can hire a sunbed in a private area for ultimate tranquillity. If you’re feeling adventurous on your holiday to Dubrovnik, you can kayak around Lokrum Island. This might take you a few hours, but you’ll experience views around the coastline which few can say they’ve seen. On your adventure, you can also stop at a cave to do some snorkelling, which is a great way to explore Dubrovnik’s hidden, natural beauty under the sea.
Dubrovnik’s ancient streets and authentic way of life will give you lots of unique dining opportunities. Visit one of the small bars perched on the cliff outside the city walls, which is an ideal place to relax with a glass of wine after a day of exploring. Dubrovnik is well-known for its sea-to-table dishes, like oysters from Mali Ston, which are deliciously fresh. Tasty and traditional, meals in Dubrovnik are packed with Croatian influences. Spring is the best time for foodies to go on holiday, as it’s the start of the tourist season and restaurants begin stocking up on the freshest ingredients.
Dubrovnik has plenty of history which you can see by strolling around the Old Town. However, if you’d like to delve deeper into Dubrovnik’s past, the city has a host of intriguing museums. For all things traditionally Croatian, head to the Ethnographic Museum where you can see ancient clothing, household objects and works of art. If you’d prefer to see some historic design, the Dominican Monastery is home to lots of gothic architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens. It’s no surprise Dubrovnik’s magical, medieval atmosphere was seen as the perfect place to film Game of Thrones.
History buffs: Spend the day exploring Dubrovnik’s ancient Old Town, encircled by stone walls dating back to the 1500s.
Foodies: Head to Lapad Bay to take in some stunning views, or enjoy a seafood dinner while basking in Dubrovnik’s sunset.
Fantasy fans: Dubrovnik is one of the filming locations in Game of Thrones. Stroll the streets and pick out the landmarks you recognise from the show.
More about Dubrovnik:
Language: The language spoken in Dubrovnik is Croatian.
Currency: The currency used in Dubrovnik is the Croatian Kuna (HRK).
Local time: Dubrovnik is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Dubrovnik Airport. It takes about 30 minutes to transfer to the city of Dubrovnik. Lopud Island is 1 hour and 15 minutes from the airport by coach and ferry.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Dubrovnik is 3–4 hours.
Tourist information: Further Dubrovnik tourist information can be found at http://www.dubrovnik-guide.net/info.htm.
Visa & health: Before you travel, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia for advice on entry requirements and customs for your holiday to Dubrovnik.
Temperature: Average highs range from 4 (°C) in January to 30 (°C) in July.
Best time to visit: June to September will give you the most pleasant weather of the year in Dubrovnik.
On your Dubrovnik holiday, you can experience a range of temperatures depending on which time of year you visit. The spring in Dubrovnik is mild, with temperatures beginning to climb to the mid-20s. The summer months of July and August will give you up to 13 hours of sunshine and hot weather. Autumn weather in Dubrovnik will drop into the low teens, but will still be mild with blue skies.
By bus: The most popular way to get around is to hop on one of Dubrovnik’s buses. They’re cheap, run frequently and can take you to any part of the city, which gives you plenty of freedom.
By taxi: Taxis are available anytime of the day or night in Dubrovnik, which is great if you want to experience the city’s nightlife. It’s the easiest way to get from A to B if you’re in a hurry too, and rates are surprisingly cheap.
On foot: With so many beautiful sights to see, walking is the best way to appreciate all the scenery. You can reach most areas of Dubrovnik on foot, so make sure you bring some comfy shoes.
Views from above: Hop on a cable car for a four-minute journey to the top of Mount Srđ, which is 778m tall. When you arrive, you can enjoy views across the whole city, including terracotta rooftops and sparkling coastlines.
TV tours: Game of Thrones has become a worldwide hit in recent years. Take this chance to hear behind-the-scenes stories, learn intriguing facts from experts and enjoy all of the iconic scenery you can see in the episodes.
Dance in Dubrovnik: atch the Lindo folklore ensemble perform an authentic Croatian dance with traditional music. Listen to music played on the lijerica; a traditional instrument with three strings that dates back hundreds of years.