Spring is the best time of year for a memorable sightseeing holiday in Dubrovnik. The long, warm days and blossoming almond trees mark the beginning of the tourist season in the city. The bars, restaurants, clubs, museums and galleries are open throughout the day and open air concerts, festivals and a variety of other cultural events infuse new energy into the city streets.
The peak season in July and August may be the best time for a beach holiday, but it is not ideal for discovering the city’s main attractions. The city walls and other landmarks are crowded throughout the summer and finding a table at a restaurant in the Old Town can be a challenge. In spring and autumn, when there are fewer tourists, it is easier to stroll through the old streets, take selfies and admire the timeless architecture of the UNESCO-protected city without other tourists blocking one’s view. The atmosphere and local charm get to really shine through and the weather is just right for long panoramic walks on the city walls.
Things to do in Dubrovnik
The Old Town provides a backdrop for a variety of festivities and cultural events in the spring. Easter, which kicks off the warm season, is a particularly interesting time to be in the city, with local groups hosting workshops to teach people how to paint Easter eggs and braid palms in the traditional way and a number of restaurants offering special traditional Easter menus.
April brings the sounds of traditional Dalmatian a cappella songs with the Aklapela festival and classical masterpieces performed by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra in some of the city’s most famous historic churches and palaces. Wine lovers can sample the region’s outstanding wines during the FestiWine festival in late April, while visitors seeking a more active holiday can take part in the annual Dubrovnik Half Marathon, held in the streets of the Old Town.
Late spring brings a Baroque music festival and Le Petit Festival du Théâtre, a unique cultural event featuring theatre, music, poetry, dance and other performances from artists all over the world at some of Dubrovnik’s best known locations.
Dubrovnik Riviera accommodation
Travellers visiting Dubrovnik in the spring can find spacious, comfortable rooms with stunning views of the sea at the Hotel Astarea. Located in the village of Mlini near Dubrovnik, the hotel offers all the modern comforts and an excellent dining experience at its restaurants and bars. Guests can relax by spacious indoor and outdoor pools with heated seawater, hit the gym, or enjoy a delicious cocktail at the hotel’s beach bar at sunset. They also have spa, beauty salon and car rental services at their disposal.
The nearby Hotel Mlini and Villa Jelić are a perfect destination for a romantic break on the Dubrovnik Riviera. Situated next to a waterfront promenade and several secluded beaches, they offer luxury rooms and suites with balconies overlooking the sea or centuries old Mediterranean trees. Guests can use the recreational facilities of the Hotel Astarea during their stay.