Dubrovnik is the most popular holiday destination in Croatia and one of the top tourist hotspots on the Adriatic coast. The city’s preserved medieval walls, clear blue waters, sunny beaches, stunning mountain landscapes and untouched islands make it a perfect city break destination for anyone looking to relax and recharge in a unique, almost unworldly setting rich with history, culture and natural attractions.
Nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic,’ the UNESCO-protected city is best known for its 13th century walls, which are visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. The walls are best explored on a two-kilometre walk, which offers panoramic views of the sea and the Old Town from the old battlements.
The Dubrovnik Riviera, the main tourist draw over the summer, contains several large public beaches and a number of smaller secluded ones with scenic views of the Dubrovnik walls and the nearby Elaphiti Islands. Visitors can find all types of beaches in and around the city, from sand and pebble to rock.
The city itself is an open air museum, offering a glimpse into the many centuries of the old Dubrovnik Republic and its cultural heritage. The Rector’s Palace, a 15th century Gothic building with elements of Renaissance and Baroque styles added in the centuries that followed, is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The palace is home to the Cultural History Museum, which features a wide range of period furniture, old paintings, Dubrovnik coins, seals, watches, uniforms, weapons, and items from everyday life.
The Sponza Palace, a 16th century palace built in Gothic and Renaissance style, is another familiar landmark of the old Dubrovnik. Located in the square where the opening ceremony of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is held every year, the palace is home to the city archives.
The Fortress of St. John, one of the main forts in the Dubrovnik city walls, is another monumental building in the Old Town. Located on the south-eastern side of the old Dubrovnik port, the fortress houses the Maritime Museum and the Aquarium. The Maritime Museum features a variety of exhibits – model ships, uniforms, flags, maps and navigational equipment – that testify to the old Republic’s naval power.
Flights to Dubrovnik
The Dubrovnik Airport, located 15.5 kilometres from the city centre, has seasonal flights from London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Belfast, Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki, Rome, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Madrid, Prague and a number of other European capitals and major cities, with additional charter flights scheduled to meet holiday demand during the busy tourist season. The airport is easy to reach by car, taxi or bus.
Planning on taking a trip to Dubrovnik this summer? Book your stay at Hotel Astarea in Mlini, a small, idyllic fishing village on the Dubrovnik Riviera, located between Dubrovnik and the historic town of Cavtat. The location is an excellent base for excursions to both towns as well as to the Elaphiti Islands, a small archipelago that includes the islands of Šipan, Lopud and Koločep, located just to the northwest of Dubrovnik. The hotel offers modern, comfortable rooms with balconies overlooking the Adriatic, excellent food, a fine selection of Dalmatian wines, an indoor and outdoor pool, spa, sauna, beauty salon and gym.