Often described as the jewel of the Adriatic, the city of Dubrovnik is located on the coast of southern Croatia, looking out into the beautiful blue sea. A city of history, heritage and secrets, Dubrovnik is ripe for exploration and discovery and will make the perfect holiday destination. Unfortunately, time isn’t always on our side when exploring new places which is why we’ve put together this article that will provide a whistle-stop view of the city across a two day period. Read on and see just how much the city has to offer!
Arrival – The Night Before
For the sake of this article, let’s assume you’ve taken an evening flight and are stopping over in one of our luxury holiday villas in Croatia just for the weekend. Upon arrival, you’ll want to head to the tourist information stand and grab a map of the city. Granted, you’ll more than likely have a maps app available on your smartphone, however, paper maps will never run out of battery and you can use it to draw waypoints and markers on.
Let’s be honest, airplane food isn’t the best so chances are you won’t have eaten in the last few hours. So after you’ve deposited your luggage at your accommodation, why not start your break in the best way possible by finding somewhere to grab a drink and a bite to eat? The city of Dubrovnik has a plentiful selection of high-class eateries and dining delights so it would be a waste not to make the most of them! If you’re looking for a fine-dining experience then we’d recommend making a reservation at 360°, however, if you’re looking for something more quick and easy, then check out Preša. These restaurants are located within a few hundred meters of each other so can easily be found and both are open until past 10:00 pm.
Day 1 – PM
With food now sorted, you’ll want to head out into the city and begin your exploration! There are a number of city walking tours, some of which are completely free and heading out on one of these can be a great way to learn about Dubrovnik, learn your way around and also meet fellow visitors to the area. Most walking tours take place two or three times a day, seven days a week, so you’ll never have to wait too long to head out on one!
After a good night’s sleep, you’ll feel well-rested and ready to explore Dubrovnik! You can either grab some breakfast at the villa or head out to the city to pick up something to eat. There are a number of places that offer breakfast but you won’t go wrong with Dubravka 1836 Restaurant as it serves breakfast until 11:30 am and has gorgeous views of the sea.
Day 1 – PM
After exploring the city in the morning, we’d suggest refuelling in one of the many restaurants and then heading to grab the Lokrum ferry. Lokrum is an island just off the coast of the city, about 600 meters into the sea and has regular ferries running to and from throughout the day; as many as 19 journeys in the high season! The trip costs just 40 kuna (approx. £5) and you shall be rewarded with a tranquil and relaxing afternoon, lazing under the trees that cover the island. You can also snorkel and swim around the coast of the island although we’d recommend double-checking where you’re heading as some spots are reserved for naturists.
The summer evenings are truly when the city comes alive, with bars, pubs and restaurants opening their doors for tourists and locals alike. It would be criminal to visit this city and not take the time to enjoy some of the local food. Nautika offers a great food experience with a slightly more expensive menu and a focus on quality over quantity. However, If you’re after a slightly more pub feel, then head to Peppers Eatery where the menus offer succulent steaks and brilliant burgers. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!
Day 2 – AM
As this is your second day in the city, you’ll likely start to know your way around without having to refer to a map, so we’d suggest heading out into the streets and exploring the old town for yourself. Having your own individual experience with the city is an important part of visiting Dubrovnik as it can offer something different for everyone. Maybe you could walk the city walls to really get a sense of the history that they contain. Or you could explore the old town, with various shops and bars hidden away down small side streets. There are also various markets and bazaars that pop up throughout the week; these will offer a true insight into authentic Croatian day to day life.
Day 2 – PM
Having explored the city from the ground, now it’s time to see it from the air by riding the Dubrovnik cable car. The nearly 800-meter ride allows you to take in beautiful aerial views of the city and to grab a few holiday snaps to remember your time in Croatia. Views from the top are equally stunning with a glorious panorama of the old city buildings in front of the gorgeous blue sea.
After your trip up the mountain, we’d recommend keeping your feet firmly on the floor for the rest of your trip by walking to another one of the fantastic restaurants on offer. To finish off your trip and your time in Dubrovnik, why not reserve a table at one of the more fancy restaurants in town? Trattoria Capriccio is a small eatery by the port with only a few tables so you’ll have to be quick to make your reservation! With a menu adorned with fresh seafood, you’ll have a meal to remember here for certain!
This is how we would spend a weekend in Dubrovnik, is there anything you would do differently? Let us know how you would spend your time in this beautiful city by getting in touch on Facebook and Twitter.