Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s most popular destination; when you visit, you’ll see why! Ancient city walls and red-topped buildings meet an emerald sea, making up one of the most attractive views in the whole of Croatia. While Dubrovnik doesn’t boast any exclusively child-friendly attractions, there are plenty of activities the whole family will enjoy.
The City Walls & The Old Town
The winding streets within the city walls are intriguing to explore. The history and culture here are magnificent but add this to views of the Old Town set against a striking blue Adriatic ocean, and it makes for a magical experience. Dubrovnik’s Old Town has worldwide acclaim as one of the world’s finest and well-preserved examples of a medieval city. The walk around this medieval fortification is a must-do when here, but readers should be warned that the trail is around two kilometres long under a sweltering sun. Caps and sun cream should be applied, and, if you’re still concerned, you could head there early to avoid the midday heat. As you can imagine, summer can see the streets bustling with visitors. The trick is to explore in down-times, especially when young children accompany you; this includes when the city walls open at 8 am.
For families with older children, a more energetic activity should be on the cards. What better way to explore what Dubrovnik has to offer than by the sparkling Adriatic Sea? Here you can experience the unique UNESCO site of Old Town from a new angle. Head to one of the local kayak rental and tour operators to find out more. The great thing is these operators can plan out a whole day’s worth of activities that will keep the kids entertained. What’s more, you can even add snorkelling to the list and explore the Adriatic in a completely different way than kayaking.
No family holiday is complete without beach days. And when it comes to beaches, Dubrovnik is hard to beat. Perhaps the most beloved by families is Banje, which is just a stone’s throw away from the Old Town. Here the sand is a mix of pebble and sand, while the sea itself is shallow, making it perfect for small kids to have a splash around. Add to this an array of water sports options, from inflatable hire to jet-skis, and the whole family is sure to have an unforgettable day. As you can expect, this beach can get busy in peak season so if you have your heart set on this option, head there early.
If you want to avoid the crowds and relax in a quieter beach spot, Sveti Jakob may be a good option– especially as it offers some much-needed shade. Locals and tourists alike enjoy this shingle beach that offers unparalleled views that light up with a Croatian sunset at dusk.
Across the shore from Dubrovnik’s Old Town is Lokrum island. This small Croatian island is made up of ruins set amongst the tropical vegetation of botanical gardens where wild peacocks roam. Add to this the ‘Dead Sea’, salt -lake and a handful of beaches, and a day trip to Lokrum is worthwhile while staying in and around Dubrovnik. Among the top activities to do here include snorkelling.
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