THE PEARL OF THE ADRIATIC!
Dubrovnik, located on a cape south of the Dalmatian coast, is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans. The city with a mesmerizing appearance, that seems to have been created for a fairytale, was restored through the efforts of UNESCO after being destroyed to a great extent by Serbian bombings..
Dubrovnik airport is 24km south-east of Dubrovnik. There are several companies offering airport transfers which have to be pre-booked. Also, there is an airport shuttle bus service running from the airport to the city centre. The travel time to Dubrovnik is approximately 30 minutes. The shuttle bus runs to the Pile Gate, which is the main entrance to the Old Town. The city is completely pedestrianised and easily small enough to get around on foot.
Some of the luxury hotels in the city are Royal Princess Hotel, Hotel Kazbek, Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, Villa Dubrovnik, Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik, Importanne Resort Dubrovnik, Hotel More, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace and The Pucic Palace. Some of the middle range hotels are as follows: Berkeley Hotel, Hotel Zagreb, Villa Curic, Hotel Perla, Hotel Adriatic etc. If you are looking for a low budget place you may want to try Hotel Sumratin, Villa Micika, Hostel Marker Dubrovnik-Old Town, Dubrovnik Backpacker's Club or Guesthouse Petrusic.
IN DUBROVNIK: The city walls, Pile Gate, Onofrio Fountain, Orlando Column, Francisian monastery, Dominican monastery, the Rector's Palace, Bell Tower, Stradun Street, St Blaise Church, Sponza Palace, Port of Dubrovnik and Fort Lovrijenac are all must-sees. AROUND DUBROVNIK: The thirteen islands located northwest of Dubrovnik are known as “Elaphiti Islands. There are people living on only Kolocep, Sipan, and Lopud among these islands. Kolocep is 20 minutes away from Dubrovnik. There is only one hotel on the island. Sipan Island is the largest of the three. This cute island, where there are historical structures dating back from the 15th century, is famous for its wine. Lopud Island, on the other hand, has the most beautiful beaches in the Dubrovnik region. The best one of them is called Sunj. Hvar, Korcula and Brac are popular islands, you should think about adding them to your travel plans.
Located on the main street Stradun, there are numerous stores with nicely arranged display cases. You can find nearly all worldwide famous brands in these stores. You can also find stores which display and sell special fashion designs on St. Dominic Street which connects the eastern entrance of the city to the center. Croatian brands are sold in the Rectory Palace region. For those looking for more stores and variety Široka Street is the place to head to. You can find some authentic souvenirs at stands set up on the streets of the city.
There are hundreds of things to do in Dubrovnik, from scuba diving to sailing and from swimming to kayaking. Taking a walk on top of Dubrovnik’s walls is one of the highlights. The uninterrupted 1940 meter-long walk on the city walls takes two hours to complete. For views of the city take the cable car up to the top of Srd Hill. Stradun is a big and wide street that crosses the city from one end to the other. It is possible to see the different faces of Dubrovnik in the narrow streets that intersect with Stradun. Dubrovnik Summer Festival from mid-July to mid-August is the most prestigious summer festival in Croatia. During the Summer Festival, classic theatre pieces and ballet performances are staged in the streets and plazas of this city.