#ShoreThing – Medieval Charm Meets Magical Landscapes
It’s National Cruise Month, so we’re taking you on a 14-day virtual cruise to our top destinations, giving you the lowdown on everything you can do. Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer, a history buff or a cocktail-enthusiast, we’ve got it covered. Today’s port of call is Dubrovnik…
Scattered between twisting marble streets lined with walls dating back to the 7th century sit lavish Baroque buildings, and homes topped with terracotta tiles. The city is Dubrovnik and the adventures are yours for the taking. Whether you want to explore the medieval delights that are peppered amongst the spiralling lanes, or wish to relax with a plate of freshly caught grilled seafood while a jazz band rings out in the street, it’s a #ShoreThing in Dubrovnik.
The charm of Dubrovnik lies in its ability to transport you to another time. The ornate Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance architecture is enough to whisk you away to a land of old, and if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones you’ll be sure to recognise a few of the sights as the series was partly filmed here. Weave your way through monasteries, palaces and fountains as you head to Pile Gate – the entrance to the old city. Learn more about the city’s foundations by spending some time at the Dubrovnik Maritime Museum. In the old harbour, take a boat ride to view the robust walls of the southern part of the old city, and revel in the panoramic views.
Delicately scented citrus trees and soft, sandy shorelines welcome you to the Elaphite Islands. As you sail across the azure-coloured waters, traditional Croatian music provides an authentic soundtrack to your trip and a seafood lunch will satisfy hungry stomachs. First, stop in Kolocep with its picturesque blend of pine forests, olive groves and citrus orchards. Next, pause in Sipan, where you can roam around the lush landscape that was once a favourite of the Dubrovnik aristocracy. And finally, make your way to Lopud, where rocky coves and a cheerful beach provide a perfect finish.
Eager to see a more traditional side to Croatian life? Head to Konavle Valley where the villages buried within the vineyards provide a unique peek into the beauty of Dubrovnik. From the foothills of Mount Snijeznica, a train will roll you through the valley’s vineyards, where you will stop at four wine cellars. Having sampled a few of the treats on offer, a time-honoured Croatian brunch of smoked bacon and onion will be yours to devour. Finally, in the village of Ljuta, a fascinating flourmill tour will give you a glimpse into traditional production methods.
For an unparalleled view of Dubrovnik, embark on a unique sightseeing expedition by jumping into a kayak and navigating your way between the forts of Bokar and Lovrijenac, where caves and islands are amongst the breathtaking sights. Next up is the Betina cave and a break to refuel, before answering the tempting call of Lokrum. What better way to discover the city than by paddling through the sparkling turquoise waters that surround it?
If you’d prefer to see a snapshot of Croatia at a gentler pace, then take a panoramic tour. Enjoy a scenic route up high at one of the best spots in the city, giving you unprecedented views of the maze-like old town and marble streets that twist away from the Stradun. Soak up the sights of the shimmering blue Adriatic Sea and glowing terracotta rooftops before voyaging south. Let the sweeping Konavle farmland take your breath away, and become immersed in a time gone by with a glimpse into an old watermill. There’ll also be plenty of wine, brandy and tempting local delicacies to round off your day.