Dubrovnik boasts stunning architecture, spectacular views, beautiful weather and fantastic food and Lord Byron referred to it as the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Here are five reasons why the Croatian city of Dubrovnik is one of the best spots to visit on the Mediterranean.
1) Dubrovnik Old Town
Visitors are always amazed by the bright limestone streets of the Old Town, which are dazzling in the sunshine and magical at night. Off the main thoroughfares, smaller streets lead you to galleries, shops and residential buildings. The more you explore, the more interesting the souvenirs you can find, including crocheted items, paintings, hand-painted ceramics, oils and jams. The Old Town has a lot to offer, including museums and a local green market. Even just having a coffee in one of the cafés on the squares is a beautiful experience. The Old Town is entirely enclosed by the city walls and we would highly recommend taking the time to walk the 2km circumference to get a bird’s eye view over the orange rooftops of the town. If it’s a hot day, don’t worry, there is a bar along the way to rest with a cool beer!
2) Boat trip around the Elaphite Islands
During your holiday to Dubrovnik, you will take a full day boat trip around the striking Elaphite Islands. We visit two islands for a short sightseeing tour with free time to explore and relax on a sandy beach. We will also enjoy a delicious lunch on the boat, made from fresh local ingredients and served with Dalmatian wines. A local group entertains us with Dalmatian music and some Irish favourites too!
3) Croatian Food
Croatians are very proud of their delicious seafood in Dubrovnik. In the evenings you can see large displays of freshly caught fish and shellfish outside restaurants. There is some Italian influence on Croatian food, too, so you will find pasta, risotto and pizza on many menus. They also have some of the best ice cream shops in the world – perfect to enjoy on a sunny day!
4) Lokrum Island
A short boat ride, which can be booked when you arrive in Dubrovnik, takes you to Lokrum Island. There is much to be discovered on the island including the Botanic Gardens, a deserted Benedictine Monastery and a small salt lake. Take a picnic and spend one of the free days of your holiday exploring the secluded coves and inlets, swimming or snorkelling, and taking in the sunshine.
5) Cable car to the top of the Srd hill
Be amazed by the breathtaking views of the Old Town, the crystal clear Adriatic Sea and the numerous islets, from the top of the Srd Hill cable car. It is one of the most memorable sights you will ever see. It’s very hard to decide what is more beautiful: the panoramic view during the day that can reach up to 60 km (37miles), the lights of Dubrovnik you can see during the night or enjoying the sunset while having a drink or a snack on the terrace of the restaurant overlooking the Old Town. For those interested in history, there is a museum of the last Balkan war in the Imperial Fortress which was built in the 19th century.