Situated on the picturesque coastline of Croatia, Dubrovnik is truly one of Europe’s hidden gems. In fact, this little beauty nestled perfectly along the Adriatic Sea was voted number 9 in the world for its breath taking views. Dubrovnik is a perfect retreat for people young and old, it offers a wide range of sophisticated history to the knowledge seekers and an array of local bars to the young and lively weekend revelers.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Town here are a few must see and do’s while visiting Dubrovnik.
This hill sits idyllically above Dubrovnik, staring down at the stunning Old Town. Feeling fit and wish to tackle this climb by foot or prefer the easier options of the 4-minute cable car, Mount Srd (or Srdj Hill) should really be on the top of the list for things to do in the Croatian haven. The views speak for their selves, expressing the exquisiteness of the Adriatic Sea and the fine detail of the Old Towns architecture. Nestled on the upmost peak lies a captivating museum, housed in a remarkable building which expresses the integral role it played during the recent 1990’s war.
Envisaging and capturing the cities detailed culture, time should be spent exploring the true depths within the walls of Dubrovnik’s sophisticated Old Town. The size of the up and coming hotspot allows accessibility to be easy as everything is in perfect walking distance. Embracing the historic wonders of Sponza Palace, Rector’s Palace and walking the legendary city walls will certainly open the can of ‘wow’ factor. To truly soak up the cities atmosphere, discovering the inter twining back streets is a necessity. Each route paved with white limestone dating back to 1468 directs you to endless shops, cafes, bars and remarkable ‘people watching’ restaurants.
Alternatively known as the island of Kings, Lokrum sits elegantly southeast off Dubrovnik. Purely in a league of its own for magnificence and beauty Lokrum is the number one excursion destination for residents and frequent tourists. Ferries run on a half hour basis in the heart of the summer from the city harbor, taking a mere ten minutes. A national park, which offers opportunity to relax in the botanical garden and observe the ruins of the islands prolific monastery, provides an ideal retreat for the day.
Banje Beach is without doubt the most prestigious beach in Dubrovnik, offering views that make it one of the most famous beaches in the world. The beautiful bay provides astonishing views of the island of Lokrum and the Towns celebrated walls. Along with the opaque waters and pebbly beach there is vast choice of sporting fun on offer, equipped with lively night life in bars located along the beach. For those with a refined taste be sure to pop in at the Beach’s Premier Club.
Head to the Farmers Market
Gundelic Square (Old Town) plays host to the famous local farmers daily market. For a literally a few Kuna (Croatian currency) on comers can purchase anything from Adriatic honey to homemade wine. This is a great incentive to kick start the day and pick up some of the local lingo.