Why visit Dubrovnik?
Dubrovnik is a city in Croatia and a popular tourist resort on the Adriatic Sea. Many of its attractions are focused around the beaches, which 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. It is possible to take a boat trip to nearby islands on the Adriatic coast.
But there is also much to see in the old town itself, despite the heavy bombing of the early 1990s. The city walls are well worth exploring and offer superb views. St. John’s Fort houses the Maritime Museum and a good aquarium. The Stradun is the main street and the vibrant heart of the old town, beautifully paved with limestone and lined by bars, shops and cafes. Following an earthquake in 1667 it was rebuilt and its current uniform appearance dates from this time. From the old town, too, visitors can climb up to the cable car station and take a ride up Srd Hill, from where there are spectacular views over 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, with a good collection of paintings and artefacts. The Synagogue and Jewish Museum and the Dominican Monastery Museum are also worth visiting for their collections and pleasant interiors.
How far is the airport from city centre and what’s the easiest way to reach centre from Dubrovnik airport?
Dubrovnik Airport is about 10 miles from the city centre and shuttle buses to the bus station are operated by Croatia Airlines. This is a cheap way of getting into Dubrovnik but it takes about 45 minutes and the bus station is still one and a half miles from the centre. Alternatively, visitors can take a taxi direct from the airport. Some hotels also offer airport pick-up, either free of charge or with payment of a supplement, and this is often the easiest way of getting into Dubrovnik.
Which airlines fly to Dubrovnik from UK?
From the UK, British Airways, EasyJet, Flybe, Jet2.Com, Monarch Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Thomson Airways and Croatia Airlines fly to Dubrovnik. Most offer seasonal flights to Dubrovnik only, generally from London, Manchester, Birmingham or Edinburgh, though British Airways and Croatia Airlines fly all year. Jet2.Com also flies from East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle upon Tyne.
How to go around the city?
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. Otherwise, buses run between the old town and other destinations, or cars can be hired in advance or on arrival.
What’s the best time to visit?
The summer season really 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 up to around 28°C, while September is also warm. November and March have average highs about 12°C and the winter months can be cool, with average highs around 8°C.
Where to stay in Dubrovnik?
Staying in or near the old town is a good option for those; wanting to be in the heart of things with good transport links. Banje Beach is also nearby. Those after a little more outdoor space and a pool may prefer to stay in a nearby village.