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Why fly to Dubrovnik?
This beautiful old city has been in the thick of the action all its life. For at least four centuries, Dubrovnik ruled itself as a free state, but today it sits as the capital of Croatia. Its storied past is clearly evident throughout the city with architecture representative of various stages of its journey under the Byzantine Empire, the Austro-Hungary Empire and the Ottoman Empire.
The Adriatic Sea port city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and bubbles with these old structures. Sixteenth century renaissance buildings include the beautiful Sponza Palace and the Rector's Palace. Ancient churces and cathedrals dot the city, including the St. Savious Church and St. Blaise's Church which was built in the 18th century.
Dubrovnik has many places to visit, but one of the musts is a pharmacy that dates back to the 14th century. This pharmacy is still in operation and provides modern day medicine, however its shelves are lined with interesting old bottles and concoctions from the days of yore.
Follow that up with a visit to Gunduliceva poljana, which is where the Rector's Palace sits, and this is where you will find one of the oldest markets in the country. You're likely not shopping for dinner but you can wanter through the fruit and vegetable stalls and perhap pick up a good quality olive oil or some locally-produced brandy that are also sold there.
For a stunning evening out, if you're now already staying at this swanky place, head to the Villa Dubrovnik for a night cap. The Bar Diardino has the perfect view of the old Dubrovnik, which looks even more perfect as the sun hits the pink tiles on the rooftops on its way down.
If you are travelling with children head to Copacabana beach for a truly kid-friendly atmosphere. There is all sorts of water fun for the whole family including water chutes and jet skiing.
Take the historic cablecar up Mount Srdj for a stunning view. You will fly over the historic center and find yourself looking at the Adriatic sea in all its beautiful, wild glory. Once at the top you can take a scenic walk or enjoy a nice meal at the restaurant that sits there.
Dubronovik is a rainy city with showers expected throughout the year. The heaviest amount of rain falls in the winter season. The wet season is cool with temperatures in the mid teens and tens. The summers are far drier and much warmer with June through August numbers in the toasty high 20s.
When to fly to Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik sees a spike in tourist numbers in the summer although tourists book trips to the city year round. The June through August peak period means flight ticket prices are high at this time.
The tourist numbers drop in the winter months due to the heavy rain and humidity. This means you can snag yourself some flight deals in November and in January through to March. December prices lean to the higher end during this period due to the holiday seaoson.
Getting into Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik sees a spike in tourist numbers in the summer although tourists book trips to the city year round. The June through August peak period means flight ticket prices are high at this time. The latter half of December is also a pricey time to book a flight to Dubrovnik as many Western tourists use the holiday time to take a trip into the city.
The tourist numbers drop in the winter months due to the heavy rain and humidity. This means you can snag yourself some flight deals in November and in January through to March. December prices lean to the higher end during this period due to the holiday season.
Getting around Dubrovnik
The little city is easy to get around by walking, however if you need some wheels after all that walking around you can use the public bus network which will get you around the various neighborhoods.
- Take a kayaking trip on the Adriatic Sea. You will forever love the adventure of loading up into a kayak and setting out into the beautiful blue waters surrounding Dubrovnik. There are various tour operators that can take you out on the journey to make sure you stay safe.
- Visit the Franciscan Monastery which has been in operation for more than 700 years. It also is the site of a pharmacy and a museum dedicated to ancient laboratory equipment.
- Climb to the top of Mount Srd. It is a great hike after all of the wine and delicious foods you have likely been dining upon. Once you get to the top you can feel great about yourself and great about being in Dubrovnik as you get an eagle's eye view of the old city . There is a cable car that can take you on the trek, but the hike is so much more worth it.
- Here's a real inside trip for you. Visit Cafe Buza as this little cafe has a stunning view but doesn't have a big sign to boast about it. There is a tiny little sign in Old Town near the castle walls that you will have to look for, but think of it as a treasure hunt and once you do you will be treated to beautiful views made even more beautiful by a mellow glass of wine.
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