The historic and beautiful town of Dubrovnik has re-emerged as a cosmopolitan destination for travellers looking for something just a little different - medieval charm, Mediterranean sun and laid-back sophistication.
Things to see and do
- Rector's Palace - A beautiful Renaissance palace housing a fascinating museum and art gallery; it's often used for concerts due to its superb acoustics.
- Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary - This magnificent cathedral replaced the original which was built with money donated by Richard the Lionheart.
- Sponza Palace - This is a perfect example of Dubrovnik's unique melding of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Today it houses the city archives.
- Fort Lovrijenac - Dubrovnik's instantly recognisable fortress has been defending the city since the 11th-century, though in more recent years it has been used as a theatre.
- Franciscan Monastery - This beautiful monastery has a stunning baroque church attached, the oldest pharmacy in the world and its own museum.
- Orofrios Great Fountain - This marvel of engineering was built in the 15th century with an aqueduct to bring fresh water to the city from a spring 20km away. Still a drinking fountain it is a great place to stop and people watch.
- Take a stroll up and down the Placa Stradun, the city's main thoroughfare, particularly in the early evening when the locals come out to promenade.
- For the best views of the city, take a walk around the top of the medieval city walls.
- Enjoy an afternoon on the beach at the Lapad Peninsula, a small wooded area just outside the city that is a popular beauty spot
- Take a ferry to the island of Lokrum to see the monastery, fort and botanical gardens - and fabulous views of the city on your return.
When to visit
If you're planning a holiday in Dubrovnik, our top picks for the best time to travel would be anday
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Dubrovnik Blog posts
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4th November 2017 by The Daily S'elfDubrovnik city guide
I’ve chosen to do this Dubrovnik City Guide because the city has absolutely exploded as a tourist destination over the last few years. In fact, Croatia is the world’s most searched travel destination, according to teflsearch.com who have studied the most popular places for people to holiday. 6.5% of all holiday searches online from Ireland relate to Croatia and with affordable short haul flights (use the SkyScanner search box in the side bar), it’s no wonder the Irish are flocking to its...
Weather in Dubrovnik
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