Dubrovnik, Croatia

Literary types from Byron to Bernard Shaw have lost their hearts to Dubrovnik: the former called it the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’; for the latter, it was ‘paradise’. Once an independent city-state sustained by trading, the evidence of the city’s ancient wealth is everywhere to see. The bustling main street of Placa is the perfect place for a morning stroll or an evening drink in Gradska Kavana, a prime people-watching spot. Sampling the fresh fish brought in from the Adriatic is a must, especially when it's accompanied by a view over the old harbour. Travelling out of Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian coast earns its spots for the islands of Ston (famed for its oysters) and Mjlet (visited for its lakes and monasteries), which are only a short ferry ride away.

Areas in Dubrovnik

When to go

The Old Town set against the sea looks best in the sun but July to August is sizzlingly hot: 30 degrees and above is the norm. In the spring or autumn the temperatures hover around the 20s, but April has the added bonus of being when the countryside blooms.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Dubrovnik Airport is located half an hour’s drive south of the city with flights to European locations such as London (with British Airways), Birmingham (with Monarch), Manchester, Madrid, Paris, Zagreb and Moscow (www.airport-dubrovnik.hr).
  • Trains

    The closest train station is at Ploče, which is a two-hour drive away north of Dubrovnik (www.hznet.hr). From there you can get a train to Sarajevo.
  • Automobiles

    The city is completely pedestrianized and small enough to get around on foot. Rent a car to travel up the wonderfully scenic Adriatic coastal road to Split.

Deluxe Suite 418 at Villa Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Deluxe Suite 418 at Villa Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Lie back and dream of the Adriatic at this Croatian cliffside beauty The Adriatic views are something of a theme here: whether you’re in your bedroom, the excellent restaurant, the rooftop bar or out on one of the terraces, the glittering seascapes will be there to drink in. The ceiling-to-floor windows in Villa Dubrovnik’s Suite 418 serves up views that stretch along the coast to the small neighbouring island of Lokrum. And if you’d rather lounge amid bubbles than crisp white sheets, a Jacuzzi awaits on your private terrace.

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