The dramatic location of Dubrovnik – between the mountains and the Adriatic – is trumped only by the glorious Old Town itself, wrapped in 2km of majestic medieval walls. The Dubrovnik Summer Festival, until 25th August, adds to the culture of this city, offering film, dance, classical music and art events. Dubrovnik is a fairytale city, every bit being as magical as Bruges or Venice. The old town looks like a giant Bastille, surrounded by ramparts 2 km long and up to 25m high. There is no motorized transport beyond the main entrance, the Pile gate, just a warren of baroque churches and stone houses with honey-colored roofs. It is a center for most exciting wine region in Croatia.
WHEN TO GO AND FOR HOW LONG?
Although a summer-oriented destination, Dubrovnik offers plenty of entertainment all year round. The cultural season is centred on the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, but there is also the Libertas Film Festival which now takes place in April. Some clubs, restaurants and hotels are summer-only. For most people, the best months to come here are May-June or September-October when the days are sunny and the sea warm enough to swim, and hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions are open but without the crowds. During peak season, July-August, Dubrovnik is full of the tourists who visit the Summer Festival and want to enjoy the glitzy night life. Low season, November-April, can be lovely with almost guaranteed good Mediterranean weather.
WHERE TO GO?
• Any first time visit to Dubrovnik should begin with a walk around the magnificent medieval city walls, dating back to the 13th century. A complete circuit is a mile and a quarter and will take well over an hour, during which you get ever-changing perspectives over the terracotta rooftops of the old town and the glistening Adriatic Sea.
• Follow on with a visit to the City Museum, inside the 15th-century Rector’s Palace (Pred Dvorom 3), to see portraits of local aristocrats, as well as their clothes and furniture, from the years when Dubrovnik was the wealthy Republic of Ragusa.
• From July 10 to August 25, the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival will stage concerts, theater and opera at various open-air venues in the old town.
• The Peljesac Peninsula - this narrow peninsula is home to a number of small towns and villages in its rocky landscape. It is a center for best wines in Croatia. The largest town is Orebic which is at the northern end. From Orebic, you can get one of the many summer ferries to Korcula.
• You can also book an organized wine tour with our regional expert Mario. The 8-hour tour explores part of the peninsula, including stops at Stone, as well as visiting a local wine producer where you can sample local wines. The Peljesac Peninsula produces two of Croatia's best-known wines - Postup and Dingac.
• Stradun - Placa Main stone paved street of the city center.
• City Walls - the city of Dubrovnik is completely surrounded by walls and forts, including the Old Port.
• Franciscan Monastery - inside is a Pharmacy dating from the 14th century (the oldest in Europe) and a gorgeous cloister.