Holidays to Dubrovnik bring you one of Europe’s most magnificent walled cities, with winding marble-paved streets packed with history. Sheltered Adriatic beaches are on your doorstep, too.
Old meets new
Dubrovnik is a city that’s just as modern as it is historic. Age-old cathedrals, forts and fountains mix with designer shops, contemporary hotels and trendy eateries to create a unique blend of old and new. On a Cruise & Stay holiday here, you can check out the sturdy city walls as you sip wine at an elegant cliff-side bar. And try traditional dishes with a modern twist in restaurants hidden among the Old Town’s centuries-old streets.
Take the cable car up to the top of Mount Srd for a bird’s eye view of the Old Town, the harbour and Lokrum Island. On a clear day, you can see as far as the neighbouring country of Bosnia. At the summit, there’s a restaurant for romantic sunset dinners, as well as an imperial fort that houses a war museum.
Walled Old Town
Towering stone walls frame Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Enter through the eastern gate to come face to face with the Franciscan Monastery. Behind its Gothic façade, you’ll find one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. Don’t miss the Minceta Fort either. Perched on the north-eastern edge of the ramparts, it’s one of Dubrovnik’s most recognisable sights.
Just 15 minutes off the coast, Lokrum Island is so popular it’s nicknamed treasure island. Old-time monasteries and pretty gardens nestle within its pine-cloaked hills. Hidden bays and a saltwater lake are ideal for cooling off from the midday heat. And you can pay a visit to a Romanesque cathedral built by King Richard the Lionheart – he once took shelter here after becoming shipwrecked.