"The iconic Pearl of the Adriatic, more than earns its nickname, blending stunning natural beauty with equally majestic manmade structures. "
To us, Dubrovnik is essential in the education of Croatian life,Croatian food and Croatian culture and you can visit this city time and time again; the magic never seems to fade. From its striking Baroque architecture to the coastal views of the flawless Adriatic Sea, there are fewer places on earth quite as exciting and beautiful as this city.
Especially magical is the old town that extends out and is rimmed by intact 16th century walls that provide stunning vistas over the Adriatic Sea. This magnificent scene, framed by white limestone cliffs will be familiar to fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones series, which uses the city as a set for Kings Landing. Dubrovnik is also home to some of the best beaches in all Croatia, with Banje Beach, especially popular with both locals and tourists. Put simply, Dubrovnik has pretty much anything you could want: a rich history, a vibrant night life, amazing restaurants, stunning architecture, a beautiful harbour and amazing nature, making it one of the finest city break destinations in all of Europe.
Dubrovnik Travel Guide
At A Glance:
Facing out towards the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is a beautiful walled city located on the South Coast of Croatia. It’s huge 16th century walls and romantic old town make it popular with tourists seeking a seaside break amidst stunning surroundings. In recent years it has become well-known in television, as the location used for King’s Landing, in HBO’s Game of Thrones series. It has a population of around 43,000 making it big without being busy.
With a pleasant Mediterranean climate, it offers plenty of sunshine throughout the year. It has over 250 sunny days a year, ensuring near-perfect weather conditions and a warm sea, making it the ideal holiday destination, for those seeking a traditional beach holiday. The hottest months of the year are June, July and August when temperatures average around 25 degrees Celsius. The winters are mild, making it an all-year-round holiday destination.
History and Culture
Dubrovnik came to prominence in the 7th century AD, caused the population to swell. This along with its ascension to the Byzantine Empire led to a remarkable period of growth that eventually led to the Venetians seeing Dubrovnik as a trading threat in the 13th century. The Venetians attacked, and Dubrovnik fell under its rule between 1205 and 1358. Dubrovnik then became an independent trading state thanks to the treaty of Zadar, developing a flourishing merchant network, which had links to the Ottomans, India, Africa and the Cape Verde islands, with its influence reaching as far as the Court of Queen Elizabeth I. Tragedy struck on the 6th of April 1667, when an earthquake hit the city, diminishing its power and leaving it vulnerable to Napoleonic conquest in 1806. After his defeat it became part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1815, before joining Yugoslavia after the First World War and suffering significant damage during the war of 1991/2. Upon the end of that conflict it became a key city in Croatia’s swift renaissance.
Featuring a rich culinary tradition it encompasses a huge range of flavours and is especially good for fresh seafood, thanks to its coastal location. Crni rižot (Black Risotto), made with squid ink and a host of other local seafood is a delicious local staple; Mušule na buzaru (stewed muscles) are exceedingly popular and generally involve Italian flavours like garlic, parsley and white wine; fresh oysters abound throughout the region, ideal for people who want that gorgeous taste of the sea. Dubrovnik also has an excellent selection of delicious local wines that visitors are bound to enjoy, along with the usual range of international restaurants that can be found in most tourist towns.
The near-two kilometres of city walls, from as far back as the 12th century, are a must-see, some of which offer views over the streets of Kings Landing, from the famous television series Game of Thrones. Kayaking around the seas of Dubrovnik is the perfect way to spend some enjoyable active time with slightly older children. There are also plenty of beautiful beaches, including Copacabana Beach that offers watersports and beautiful golden sands, to enjoy on your family holiday.
Tours and Attractions
Combining stunning architecture, rich history and beautiful nature, Dubrovnik, becomes a sensual feast that all visitors are sure to enjoy. The first stop on any visit to the city is the wonderful old town, whose majestic walls were built in the 16th century and are used for the King’s Landing scenes in HBO’s Game of Thrones series. The harbour area combines history and contemporary culture, with a vast array of wonderful restaurants dotted around it. The main street, known as Placa, is a bustling hubbub of shops, restaurants and bars, which is ideal for people who want to soak up local culture.
Dubrovnik is ideal for people who want to have fun during their holiday. As soon as the sun sets, the main street, known as Placa, turns into a bustling hub of energy, with plenty of bars and clubs located beneath the beautiful city walls. Bars in Dubrovnik generally remain open until 01:00 am with clubs staying open to dawn, ensuring that there is something for everyone in this incredible city.