Dubrovnik is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year and is the single most popular destination on the Croatian coast. As the number of foreign visitors keeps rising, so does the range of accommodation options, both in the city and in the surrounding area. While most tourists look for hotels and apartments in the Old Town, the area offers limited options and, crowded as it is during the tourist season, all the rooms are typically booked well in advance.
Other districts in Dubrovnik, however, offer a variety of places to stay, from hotels and resorts to private apartments with stunning sea views and luxury villas with private pools. In fact, the city’s best hotels and private rentals are found in these quieter neighbourhoods outside the centre. As the city’s bus system is quite dependable, the Old Town is easy to access from any part of Dubrovnik, so being located away from it offers a number of advantages, especially for visitors looking to avoid the crowds and experience some of the day-to-day life in the city.
Visitors who choose Dubrovnik as their summer destination will also find a range of excellent accommodation options outside the city, where they can rent rooms and apartments near less crowded beaches, with terraces and balconies overlooking the Adriatic. Tourists looking for accommodation with a swimming pool will generally find it in the larger private villas located in the villages along the Dubrovnik Riviera, including Mlini, Zaton and Plat. These areas also have many beautiful beaches and are an excellent choice for anyone looking for a more local feel.
Mlini, a scenic fishing village that lies roughly halfway between Dubrovnik and the historic town of Cavtat, is an excellent alternative to the city during the summer months. Located near the Dubrovnik airport and 11 kilometres from the city itself, Mlini is known for its shallow pebble beaches, far less noisy than those in the city, as well as a number of gardens, coves, promenades and historic churches.
Mlini is a popular destination for visitors looking for an active vacation as they can enjoy a varied range of summer activities, from windsurfing, water skiing and diving to parasailing, jet-ski, beach volleyball and hiking. As one of the most developed tourist destinations along the coastline, the village also has a variety of restaurants, taverns and cafes where visitors can relax and enjoy some of the local delicacies.
Hotels and villas near Dubrovnik
Hotel Mlini, opened in 2015, is the latest vacation spot for tourists looking for accommodation by the beach, with a clear view of the Adriatic Sea. Located next to a promenade, a Mediterranean garden with centuries old trees, and several small, secluded beaches, the 4-star hotel offers luxury rooms and suites with impressive sea views, great cuisine and exceptional service. Exclusive suites and rooms are also available at Villa Jelić, which is part of the hotel and offers guests all the same amenities – indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness and wellness centre, restaurants, taverns and bars – and services that are available to guests staying at the Dubrovnik Riviera Hotels complex.