Seven days is more than enough time to explore Dubrovnik, especially during the low season, when the city is less crowded and beaches lose some of their summer appeal. To make the most of their time, first time visitors should begin their adventure in the Old Town, with a stroll around the city walls, which offer spectacular views of the changing landscape, the Adriatic sea, and cityscape of Dubrovnik. Stradun, the main street in the Old Town, is the place to go to have a drink and relax after a long day of sightseeing, or to get a taste of the local cuisine before exploring the city’s nightlife.
The main Dubrovnik attractions – Sponza Palace, St. Blaise’s Church, Rector’s Palace with the Cultural History Museum, the Dominican Monastery, the Onofrio Fountains, and others – are located in the Old Town, within the city walls. The historic core is overlooked by several monumental forts – Minčeta, Bokar, Lovrijenac, Revelin and St. John’s Fortress – which offer panoramic views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area. St. John’s Fortress also houses the Maritime Museum, which is a must see for the fascinating insight it provides into the history of the city’s maritime trade and shipbuilding.
Visitors planning to stay for a week or longer can buy a 7-day Dubrovnik Card for public transport and to get free entry to eight city attractions, including the Dubrovnik City Walls, the Rector’s Palace, the Natural History Museum, the Maritime Museum, or any other attractions of their choice. The unique city pass, which also offers discounts at many restaurants and shops, comes with a 150-page travel guide and is available at the Dubrovnik Tourist Board offices, travel agencies, hotels, and other outlets.
A week also gives visitors enough time to explore some of the attractive destinations outside Dubrovnik. Trsteno, a small settlement just to the northwest of the city, is home to one of the region’s oldest and best known arboretums. The islands of Korčula and Mljet are just a ferry ride away, the Pelješac peninsula always makes for a memorable trip, and Split, one of the most popular destinations in Croatia, is only four hours away from Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik Riviera Hotels, a hotel company offering premium holidays on the Dubrovnik riviera, offers guests tours and day trips to the nearby historic town of Cavtat, the island of Lokrum, and the Elaphiti Islands. Cavtat is known for its beautiful scenery and rich historic heritage dating back to Roman times. Lokrum, a UNESCO-protected nature reserve, is a popular destination for excursions, and located just off the coast of Dubrovnik. The Elaphiti Islands, also a short ferry ride away, offer a relaxing getaway, with stunning beaches, caves and cliffs, as well as old mansions and monuments.
Visitors looking to spend seven or more days on the Dubrovnik riviera can book their stay at the 4-star Villas Mlini to get a 20% discount on their stay. Located in the village of Mlini near Dubrovnik, the apartments in Villas Mlini offer cosy, spacious accommodation for up to four people and are fully equipped to ensure a comfortable stay. The apartments have a modern design and large terraces with breathtaking sea views, offering guests perfect relaxation in a natural setting away from the city crowds. The apartments are situated by the beach, next to a beautiful Mediterranean garden.
Guests at the Villas Mlini can use the services and facilities of the nearby Hotel Astarea, including indoor and outdoor pools, restaurant and, at an extra charge, the hotel’s sauna, gym, and beauty salon.
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