Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” is a dream destination, offering some of the most beautiful cityscapes you’ll ever likely see.
It has gained popularity over the years as a tourist destination due to its rich history, top-class cuisine, and breathtaking coastal scenery. The city also offers access to paradisal local islands, where you can escape the hustle and bustle and relax on pristine beaches, sipping locally-produced wines.
Below, we’ll discuss what makes Dubrovnik such an exceptional holiday destination – we hope you leave feeling inspired.
If you would like to explore Dubrovnik and its surrounding coastal regions with expert local guides, consider joining Rewind Dubrovnik for one of our land-based Dubrovnik tours or our private boat tours in Dubrovnik.
Overview of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a city shaped by centuries of history, with influences from Greek, Roman, and Venetian cultures. It was an important trading center in the Middle Ages, and its well-preserved Old Town still bears the marks of this era.
Famous for its breathtaking natural beauty, with crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, stunning green islands, and majestic mountains in the background. Dubrovnik perfectly blends ancient history and modern charm, offering something for everyone.
History buff? Nature lover? Beach bum? Dubrovnik has plenty for you to enjoy. From exploring the ancient walls of the Old Town to lounging on pristine local beaches, there is never a dull moment in this stunning city.
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Attractions and Activities
There’s so much to choose from when considering how to spend your time in Dubrovnik, but some of our favorite highlights include:
- Dubrovnik City Walls: These formidable walls, dating back to the 14th century, are among Dubrovnik’s most iconic features. Take a guided tour to learn about their rich history and marvel at the stunning views of the city and the Adriatic Sea. The walls are approximately 2 km long and include several forts and towers that once served as the city’s primary defenses. Fans of the popular TV show Game of Thrones won’t want to miss the many historical sites in Dubrovnik that have been featured in the show.
- Old Town: As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Dubrovnik’s well-preserved medieval Old Town is a must-see. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets lined with ancient buildings, including the Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery. Enjoy the charming cafes, shops, and restaurants that make this area a lively cultural hub.
- Cable Car Ride to Mount Srd: For an unforgettable experience, take a cable car ride to the summit of Mount Srd. At 412 meters above sea level, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of Dubrovnik, the coastline, and the surrounding countryside. The mountaintop also features a restaurant and the Homeland War Museum.
- Lokrum Island: Just a 15-minute ferry ride from Dubrovnik’s Old Town harbor, Lokrum Island is a serene nature reserve teeming with lush greenery, peacocks, and picturesque beaches. Explore the island’s botanical gardens, the ruins of a Benedictine monastery, and a small saltwater lake known as the Dead Sea.
We visit Lokrum Island on our Full-Day Boat Tour of the Elafiti Islands.
- Dubrovnik Cathedral: Admire the beautiful Baroque architecture of the 18th-century Dubrovnik Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Inside, you’ll find a wealth of stunning artwork, including Titian’s painting of the Assumption and a treasury with an impressive collection of gold and silver religious artifacts.
- Dubrovnik Museums and Galleries: The city boasts diverse museums and galleries to suit all interests. Some noteworthy options include the Dubrovnik Maritime Museum, which chronicles the city’s maritime history; the Ethnographic Museum, which showcases traditional costumes, crafts, and customs; and the Modern Gallery Dubrovnik, which displays an impressive collection of Croatian modern and contemporary art.
Exquisite Food and Drink
If you’re a food lover, you’ll enjoy Dubrovnik’s culinary delights. The city offers many mouth-watering seafood dishes featuring freshly caught fish and shellfish as the main ingredients. You can’t go wrong with trying the classic dishes that the area is famous for, like pasticada, a delicious beef stew, and peka, a slow-cooked meat or seafood delicacy prepared under a traditional bell-shaped lid.
But that’s not all. Croatia has a lot more to offer when it comes to food. Don’t forget to indulge in some of the local delicacies, such as the popular Dalmatian smoked ham, Pag cheese, and truffles from the Istrian peninsula.
To wash down all the delicious food, you must try the exceptional wines from the region, especially the robust reds made from plavac mali grapes.
Wine enthusiasts should also seek out Grk, a rare and indigenous Croatian grape variety that has found its home on the picturesque island of Korcula. Known for its distinct, complex flavor profile, Grk grapes produce high-quality white wines that capture the essence of the Mediterranean terroir.
The name Grk, which translates to “bitter” in Croatian, stems from the grape’s unique characteristic of having a slightly bitter aftertaste, which balances beautifully with its dominant fruity and floral notes.
These vines thrive in the island’s sun-kissed limestone soils, and their resilience against harsh winds and drought conditions has allowed them to flourish on the island for centuries. Grk wines are often enjoyed alongside the region’s fresh seafood and local cuisine and are gaining international recognition for their exceptional taste.
Visit the matchless island of Korcula on our Legendary Mljet Boat Tour.
Try another authentic taste of Croatia by trying the local liqueur, rakija, or enjoy a refreshing glass of Croatian beer in one of the many upscale bars and lounges. And if you’d like the ultimate experience, try our food tour of Dubrovnik.
Learn about the famous Šipan restaurant of BOWA by reading our Elaphiti Islands blog.
Luxurious Accommodations and Convenient Logistics
Dubrovnik offers sophisticated accommodation options, ranging from lavish hotels and boutique establishments to exquisite apartments and villas. For an unforgettable stay, consider choosing a location within the historic Old Town or along the scenic coastline, where you’ll be enveloped by the city’s charm and stunning views.
Navigating the city is a breeze, with private transfers and luxury car rentals available for seamless transportation. Alternatively, exploring the city on foot is a delightful way to experience its enchanting atmosphere.
Consider our Speed Boat Transfers from Dubrovnik if you have plans to hop between islands.
The Ultimate Luxury Experience
While a vacation to Dubrovnik may come at a premium, particularly during the high season, the city offers a truly unparalleled experience. The combination of breathtaking scenery, rich history, and diverse activities and attractions make it a haven for those seeking the finest things in life.
From world-class dining and wine tastings to exclusive private tours and yacht excursions, the value of a luxury vacation in Dubrovnik is truly unmatched. Indulge in the opulent lifestyle that this magnificent city offers, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
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A vacation to Dubrovnik, Croatia, is definitely worthwhile!
This is a unique and memorable destination – truly one of the most stunning cities in Europe. With a range of attractions and activities to enjoy, delicious food and drink, and plenty of accommodation options, visitors will surely have an unforgettable experience.
Enjoy a slice of luxury while staying in the Pearl of the Adriatic!
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