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Take a City Break in Dubrovnik

Visit one of the most popular destinations in Croatia

Dubrovnik in Croatia is not the number one destination that springs to mind when you’re planning a city break; most people tend to think of Paris, Barcelona or Rome first. But maybe this guide to taking a city break in Dubrovnik might persuade you to think differently about this city rich in culture.

'Pearl of the Adriatic'

Labelled as the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’ by Lord Byron, Dubrovnik certainly lives up to its name. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it nestles on the extreme south of Croatia’s coast overlooking sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. The city itself is a mass of tangled streets proudly protected by a magnificent fortified wall. The city has been known to draw not only tourists, but also the rich and famous on Mediterranean cruises.

Dubrovnik city has become one of the major holiday destinations in Croatia,
both with tourists from around the world and the rich and famous
taking a break in the city
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Now that there are plenty of offers for great holidays to Croatia, the city is becoming more and more popular. The best things to do on a quick city break to Dubrovnik are swimming in the clear waters of the harbour; sampling some of the local delicacies, which are a mixed pot of many tastes such as seafood with Turkish influences; and visiting some of the sites of local history.

Having only become an independent country in 1998, Croatia still bears the scars of a nation damaged by war. The capital city is littered with monuments and museums dedicated to the battles that the country only recently faced. Make sure to take some time to wander the city and explore some of these.

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Each summer, Dubrovnik plays host to the now famous Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Running from the middle of July until mid-August, various open-air venues around the old town put on concerts, dances, opera and theatre shows for visitors. Previous years have included the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra and classical guitarist, John Williams.

Located close to Dubrovnik's airport, Cavtat is a unique small town that's home to
5 hotels and a great place to relax away from Dubrovnik's crowds.
 (Image: Pixabay)

If you’ve got some time to spare and relax, take an afternoon, or perhaps a whole day, away from the city to take a quick boat trip to the miniscule island of Lokrum. Home to a thousand year old Benedictine abbey and monastery and a fort which overlooks Dubrovnik, you’ll want to take your time away from the crowds there. It is preserved as a nature park and also houses some gorgeous botanical gardens.

Dubrovnik's Old Town

The Old Town of Dubrovnik is one of its most fascinating areas. It is a maze of tiny streets and can be difficult to navigate, so make sure to take your time as well as a map! It is home to a number of traditional restaurants which mostly offer seafood as well as a variety of meat dishes and pizzas. If the traditional cuisine of Croatia doesn’t suit you, you’re bound to find a tourist trap selling something you’re used to somewhere.

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