George Bernard Shaw once said, ‘If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik’. This ancient walled city remains the undoubted jewel of Croatia’s Adriatic coast. Recently designated as a UNESCO world heritage site, Dubrovnik offers classy city breaks in a sun-drenched coastal location.
With a wealth of high quality hotels to choose from, both in the historic Old Town and along the coast, tourists after a slice of Croatian luxury are spoilt for choice.
Recently featured as a location in the popular TV series Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik’s unique beauty looks set to capture the imagination for many generations to come.
Dubrovnik’s classy character has helped it develop an excellent reputation for fine dining. Whilst the price of meals is slightly higher than the rest of Croatia, great quality dishes are still very reasonable by British standards. A main meal in a fancy ‘old town’ restaurant will cost around £10-15 with prices steadily decreasing away from the centre.
It’s extremely rare to see locals eating within the city walls. This isn’t necessarily due to a great difference in the quality of food, but arguably the most authentic atmosphere is to be had away from the tourist hotspots. Not to mention that when there is a cruise liner in town, tables in the old-town will be few and far between.
Icelolly’s top tip is to ask for advice from local guides and to take a stroll along the coast to find some beautiful fresh seafood. Moving away from the city centre will also help you avoid sneaky cover-charges and pesky ‘restaurant touts’, who will use a whole host of Jedi mind-tricks to get you into some very average eateries.
The old town of Dubrovnik is entirely enclosed by an ancient fortified wall. For a small admission fare, tourists can climb up and explore the walls, falling and rising through large gates, towers and turrets. It goes without saying that the views over the city and the bay are spectacular. Icelolly recommends forking out for a guided tour, especially for Game of Thrones geeks who will recognise Dubrovnik’s iconic fortifications as the fictional city of King’s Landing.
Those after a pretty view must take a ride on the Dubrovnik Cable Car. For around £12 return, sight-seers are whisked up to the top of Srd hill, where they can look out over the old town of Dubrovnik and across to the neighbouring islands of Lokrum and Elaphite. When you reach the summit you can investigate the Napoleonic fort that sits atop the hill or just sip on a beer and watch the sun set from the nearby café.
If you find yourself giving in to the temptation of Dubrovnik’s notorious ice-cream (shops in the city centre offer up to fifty flavours for under £1 a go!), why not burn off some calories with a kayak excursion to a nearby island? There are several companies to choose from, with all the necessary training and equipment provided. If you’re feeling really brave, kayak tour guides will even show you the best, top-secret, cliff jumping spots!