Dubrovnik city breaks

With pretty pebbled streets, medieval architecture and terracotta-tiled houses, Dubrovnik holidays are charming and unique, with a piece of history hidden behind every stone. Lit up by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea, holidays to Dubrovnik offer a warm and pleasant break with postcard-worthy views and endless cultural attractions.

The most picturesque of all Croatia's ancient cities, historic Dubrovnik is known for its impressive stone wall fortifications, which tower over the Adriatic Sea. Nearby, unspoiled beaches and soaring mountains complete the winning mix.

From exploring the capital’s fascinating history to toasting the sunset with a cocktail, Dubrovnik holidays are packed with incredible things to do. Take in the views of the ancient city walls, or escape the bustle of the old town and lose yourself in the fine-shingle sands of nearby Lokrum Island.

Take a walk through time 

It all starts with the Old Town in Dubrovnik. Packed with history and interesting landmarks, you can dive from the cobbled streets into centuries-old buildings like the Franciscan Monastery, before stopping at one of the many cafés for a drink and a spot of people watching. If you’re a fan of the Game of Thrones TV series then you’ll probably have a familiar feeling as you gaze around at the sights and scenery. Some of the show is filmed in Dubrovnik, and you can even go on a walking tour that’ll take you to Fort Lovrijenac, which doubles up as the King’s Landing.

Beeline for blissful beaches

One of the best things about holidays to Dubrovnik is the beaches to relax on once all your sightseeing is done; there’s a part-shingle, part-pebble beach just a short walk from Ploče Gate, called Banje. This is by far the busiest and most popular beach, and it’s a brilliant spot for families. From here, you can soak up the sunshine, cool off in the sea, and admire the views over the lush green island of Lokrum. Locals tend to head down to Sveti Jakov, which is a 20-minute walk away, north of the Old Town. It’s perfect if you fancy a quieter beach away from the crowds.

Explore enchanting ruins

One of Dubrovnik’s most spectacular features is the ancient walls that surround the city. As well as giving you great photo opportunities, you can walk along the walls between historic towers and buildings. If you get tired of sightseeing, head to pretty Banje Beach near the Old Town and relax in the sunshine before sipping on a refreshing sundowner at the beach bar.

Drink up the atmosphere

Wait for the night to set in at Banje Beach when things liven up as the party gets started. Or sit down for an atmospheric seafood dinner in the Old Town before heading to a hidden bar for a tipple. Croatia produces some excellent wine, especially nearby in Korcula and Peljesac, which you can sip in a family-run bar as you toast a lovely day in Dubrovnik.

Map of Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with warm summers and cool winters. 

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Dubrovnik airport (DBV) lies approximately 9.5 miles from Dubrovnik city centre.

Dubrovnik is best for...

Music Lovers: Whether it’s jazz, electro or opera that takes your fancy, Dubrovnik has a range of music festivals throughout the year.

History Buffs: Thanks to Dubrovnik’s medieval architecture, famous monuments and countless museums, there’s a piece of history behind every stone.

Beach Loungers: Swimming in Dubrovnik’s turquoise sea waters may well be a highlight of your holiday.

Fast facts for Dubrovnik

Language: The language spoken in Dubrovnik is Croatian.

Currency: The currency used in Dubrovnik is Croatian kuna (HRK).

Local time: Dubrovnik is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Dubrovnik airport (DBV) lies approximately 9.5 miles from Dubrovnik city centre.

Flight time from UK: 2 to 3 hours.

 

Getting around Dubrovnik

By bus: Local buses offer a comfortable and regular connection to all districts within the city.

By taxi: Taxi’s run on a meter and taxi stands are located in the busiest parts of the city.

On foot: The best way to explore Dubrovnik is on foot.

Events in Dubrovnik

Summer festival: Get your tickets early for the DU-EL FEST electronic music festival which takes place in the middle of August. This four-day event attracts thousands of music revellers each year thanks to its stunning location and impressive artist line-up.

Open-air performances: Held every year between July and August, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival presents a rich programme of music, film and dance performances in several open-air venues around the city.

Museum night: Don’t miss the Night of Museums in January when the city’s museums offer free entry and late night opening hours.

Dubrovnik weather

Temperature: 4-22 (°C)

Dubrovnik starts to warm up in the spring, with temperatures hovering in the mid-20s (°C) in April. By the peak of summer, the city is warm and sunny, with highs of 28 (°C) and up to 13 hours of sunshine a day. Things start to cool off in the autumn, but you can still enjoy blue skies and average temperatures in the low teens. Dubrovnik is quieter in the winter so this is a great time to visit if you’d prefer a more peaceful holiday. Temperatures can dip to as low as 5 (°C), so bring a jacket if you’re arriving at this time.

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