‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik city breaks genuinely live up to the hype. A beautiful walled city rising out of the sea, its fabled architecture never ceases to amaze. The Old Town is a parade of Venetian townhouses, Gothic bell-towers and churches with crumbling stucco facades, and the city is surrounded by imposing defensive walls that protected this former republic for centuries, lapped by the Adriatic waves.
No visit would be complete without tackling the famous city walls. A giant ring of defensive ramparts, the walking trail provides a fantastic introduction to Dubrovnik and a way to get your bearings, with sublime views of the terracotta roofs of the Old Town and the cobalt-blue Adriatic at every turn. Beyond this, city breaks to Dubrovnik include Game of Thrones sightseeing tours, exceptional swimming and seafood, Michelin-starred gastronomy, lively cult bars and a gorgeous mountainous backdrop.
City breaks to Dubrovnik also offer the perfect opportunity for island hopping. The unspoilt island of Lokrum, lush with pines, palms and cypress trees, sits in the Adriatic less than a kilometre from the Old Town. And the Elafiti islands offer an array of outstandingly beautiful undeveloped beaches, which many consider to be among best in the region.
Lokrum is an essential day trip. A (reputedly) haunted island with 18th-century botanical gardens and peacocks, it makes for a unique and memorable day out.
Walk the city walls
Towering proudly over the Adriatic, these stone fortifications are Dubrovnik’s most unmissable attraction. It’s a great way to get your bearings as you admire the Old Town from above.
Gothic cloisters adorn the Franciscan Monastery, a Romanesque building stuffed with valuable works of art. Don’t miss its quaint apothecary garden, a beautiful refuge from the midday heat.