The Croatian city of Dubrovnik is situated along the Adriatic Sea, beckoning visitors to explore its stunning beaches and charming Old Town.
Dubrovnik’s beaches range from beautiful sweeping curves of sand to rugged coves with soaring cliffs. Lapad Beach and Banje Beach are both easily accessible and very pretty. Lokrum Island, accessible by ferry, offers a chance to escape the summer crowds.
The city experienced heavy bombing in the early 1990s, but is now making a full comeback as a tourist hot spot. The city walls are well worth exploring and offer superb views of the area. St. John’s Fort houses the Maritime Museum, and The Stradun - the city’s main street - is the vibrant heart of the Old Town, beautifully paved with limestone and lined with bars, shops and cafes. Visitors can climb up to the cable car station and take a ride up Srd Hill, to take in spectacular views of the city and sea.
Other museums to visit in Dubrovnik include the Ethnographic Museum, with its collections of textiles and folk costumes, and the Rector’s Palace Museum, featuring paintings and artefacts. “Game of Thrones” fans can enjoy a show-themed tour of filming locations in the city.
Climate:The warm-weather season truly begins in May when the temperatures start to reach average highs of around 21 C. June, July and August are very warm, with average highs rising to about 28 C. The weather is also warm in September. November and March have average highs of about 12 C. December through February can be cool, with average highs around 8 C.
When to fly to Dubrovnik
Peak season generally arrives with the warm weather in Dubrovnik, running from about June through August. Though, September and October are also great months to visit, as the weather is warm (about 21 C to 25 C) but not too hot, and the crowds begin to thin.
Late October through April is generally the off season in Dubrovnik; temperatures are lower during this time – about 12 C to 15 C – and prices drop.
Getting around Dubrovnik
The Old Town is a maze of little streets which can be fun but somewhat tricky to navigate on foot. It’s a small area but some streets are quite steep. Buses run between the Old Town and other destinations. Cars can be hired in advance or on arrival.
Dubrovnik insider information
- “Game of Thrones” fans can take a tour of Dubrovnik sites that have served as filming locations.
- Check out Dubrovnik’s beaches, many of which are marked with a blue flag indicating their cleanliness and acting as a sign of highly unpolluted waters.
- Take a ride on the cable car up above the Old Town to get a stunning view of the city, the Adriatic Sea and surrounding islands.