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Be equally prepared for a “wow” or two, when your brain finally overcomes the initial beauty of this dazzling seaside city.
So you’ve regained your speech, tripped over a few “wows” (probably a breathless “amazing” or two) and checked into your Dubrovnik hotel. Now what? It’s time to clamber into your chicest sightseeing outfit and explore this magical Croatian city.
In Dubrovnik, holidays are generally spent within the glorious confines of the Old City. And why wouldn’t they be? One stroll along the Stradun, one promenade atop the ancient walls, one cooling step inside the monumental cathedral, could well capture your heart forever.
Sitting at the edge of the Adriatic Sea, almost as far south in Croatia as south goes, centuries-old Dubrovnik is the nation’s undoubted tourism darling. Look at it from any angle – from above, where rusty orange rooftops snuggle up to dense woodland; from the ground, where the limestone paving of the Stradun appears slick and sparkly under evening lights; or from the walls, where the Adriatic dances blue and green – we bet you’ve never seen anything like it before.
Unless you’re a ‘Game of Thrones’ fan of course, in which case you’ve no doubt spotted the Old City masquerading as King’s Landing. Yet another reason why holidays to Dubrovnik continue to surge in popularity. But while footfall is growing, prices are lowering, meaning there is no better time to visit Dubrovnik and leave a little piece of your heart on the Dalmatian Coast.
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Intrigued by Dubrovnik? We don’t blame you. So figure out when to go with our handy guide…
The city’s own tourist board calls Dubrovnik a “city for all seasons”. And we’ll go along with that.
The Mediterranean climate of Dubrovnik blesses this southern tip of Croatia with mild winters and long sunny summers. Expect temperatures around 28C during July and August afternoons.
Spring and autumn are great times for sightseeing trips to Dubrovnik: the days are warm (averages of 18C in May and October) and visitor numbers are down from the busy summer months.
Winter evenings rarely fall below 5C, although days can be pleasantly warm when the sun shines.
Cruise crowds can swell the city’s population by hundreds within minutes. So whatever time of year you go, get up early and see Dubrovnik in the splendid morning light when it feels like the city is all yours.
A Dubrovnik holiday only gets better when timed to coincide with one of the city’s marvellous events. Check out three of the best…
Festival of Saint Blaise; February: For more than a thousand years, the people of Dubrovnik have honoured Saint Blaise – a healer of the sick and said to have saved the city from being sacked by Venetians in the 10th century. A colourful parade begins with the release of doves and the raising of St Blaise’s flag near Orlando’s column.
Summer Festival; July-August: This is the highlight of Dubrovnik’s year. Performers keep the crowds happy on almost every street with music, theatre, dance and games, while opera, ballet and classical music stir the senses of those elsewhere in the city. This party lasts for an entire month.
New Year: A free concert on the Stradun and fireworks at midnight – just two of the reasons to book a brilliant break in Dubrovnik over the New Year.
Delve deeper into Dubrovnik, beneath the glittering surface of the Stradun, and discover more, much more…
Relaxing: The sights, sounds and smells of old Dubrovnik are captivating. But if you can tear yourself away, head for Lapad where the tracks to the superb beaches are lined with woodlands. Why not take a picnic and make a day of it?
Shopping: Filling the picnic basket is easy: simply pop along to Gunduliceva Poljana Market and buy delicious homemade produce. For interesting souvenirs, try backstreet boutiques selling delicately embroidered table linen made by expert locals.
Nightlife: Friendly wine bars, charming jazz venues and cliff-top hangouts make up the large part of the nightlife in Dubrovnik. The candle-lit, sea-facing bars are expensive, but the views and ambience make it worth the splurge.