The picturesque walled city of Dubrovnik is steadily becoming one of the top European city break destinations. Thanks to its spectacular ancient architecture, laid-back & lively nightlife and gorgeous beaches. Venture out of the bustling city and you’ll find picturesque seaside resorts and tranquil countryside to explore. Prepare to fall head over heels…
The sunny stretch of coastline surrounding the beautiful Croatian city of Dubrovnik is known as the Dubrovnik Riviera. Backed by steep mountains and fragrant pine trees, the area is home to historic cities, pretty villages and mile after mile of gorgeous beaches. The clear blue-green waters of the Adriatic Sea lap the shore and small islands scatter the Riviera’s bays – a good excuse for a boat trip if ever we saw one!
Top of the list is, of course, the city of Dubrovnik - also known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. One of the most attractive cities in Europe, the entire walled city has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Packed with interesting historic sites from monasteries to museums, the old town is surrounded by fortified walls almost 22m high in places. When the sun goes down, the Dubrovnik’s thriving nightlife scene bursts into action.
A short 15-minute drive (or water taxi ride) out of Dubrovnik brings you to the pretty village of Mlini. Famous for its natural springs and lush greenery, this is a lovely spot to relax by the sea away from the crowds of the city. The bay has some great beaches to choose from and is popular with divers. Evenings are a chilled out affair, with most visitors opting for the cosy waterfront eateries. The bright lights of Dubrovnik are never too far away though!
For a taste of traditional Croatian life, visit the quaint fishing village of Cavtat. It may be just 20 minutes from Dubrovnik, but it has a completely different feel. Life is leisurely here, making it the ideal spot to unwind. Enjoying the gorgeous beaches and secluded bays, watch the fishermen haul in their daily catch and spend the warm evenings dining in authentic Croatian restaurants.
Exploring the Dubrovnik Riviera…
Brave the Mount Srd cablecar
Enjoy a panoramic birds-eye view of the Dubrovnik Riviera from the top of this dizzying cable car (you can also choose to hike to the viewing points if you’re feeling energetic). However you make it to the top, you’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views of the terracotta rooftops of Dubrovnik, the coastline and the islands beyond. On a clear day, you can even see as far as Bosnia and Herzegovina! After all that excitement, cool off with a beer and some food in the mountaintop restaurant.
Cruise the Elafiti Islands
Jump aboard a boat at Dubrovnik harbour for a cruise around the lovely islands that dot this spectacular bay – the Elafiti Islands. The islands consist of Koločep, Lopud and Šipan. Expect lovely sandy beaches, lunches at peaceful waterfront eateries and some amazing sunset views as you return to harbour. Don’t forget your swimming costume so you can take a dip in the clear island waters.
Visit the vineyards
Croatia’s wine industry is on the up. And some of the best wines are being produced in the scenic Pelijesac peninsula in the Dubrovnik Riviera. Head into the picturesque countryside, past tiny rural villages and rolling hills, to visit the peninsula’s traditional wineries – and of course, try a taster or two!
Dubrovnik Riviera beaches
Lucky visitors to this spectacular Adriatic coastline can laze on countless beaches from lively city beaches to secret coves. In Dubrovnik itself, the main beach is the pebble-and-sandy Banje Beach. It’s within easy walking distance of the city centre and offers plenty of fun activities from inflatables to water-skiing. For a more peaceful scene, locals tend to make the 20-minute walk around the coast to Sveti Jakov Beach instead. Here you’ll find a lovely stretch of shingle with views of Dubrovnik Old Town. Further still, and you’ll come to the popular sandy Lapad Beach with its pedestrianised promenade and family-friendly soft play areas. Explore the rest of the Dubrovnik Riviera and you’ll come across many more gorgeous sunbathing spots.
This area of Croatia is famous for its seafood, such as delicious fresh oysters and clams - as well as some more unusual dishes such as frog stew! Croatian food has humble peasant origins and draws inspiration from the Italian influences in the country’s history. We recommend the tasty fish stew, the salt-cured meats and the region’s famous black risotto. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss the indulgent desserts featuring the local Maraschino cherry liqueur. And make sure you sample the up-and-coming Croatian wines during your stay.
Dubrovnik Riviera restaurants
The city of Dubrovnik is home to some amazing restaurants, showcasing everything from traditional Croatian cuisine to innovative Asian fusion dishes. For a really special night, find a restaurant situated on top of the high city walls for gorgeous sea views and an unforgettable setting. Outside of the city, the restaurants may be less adventurous but they’re no less tasty. Waterfront seafood eateries and some great Italian pizzerias are all on the menu.
Holidays to the Dubrovnik Riviera offer the full package – sun, sea, culture, great food and unbelievable scenery. From the ancient walls of Dubrovnik to the secluded bays bordered by pine forests, and from lively nightlife to lazy days island-hopping, this spectacular area gives you the chance to pack a little bit of everything into your trip.
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