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Dubrovnik weekends & short breaks 2018 / 2019

Boasting a stunning coastline and turquoise blue ocean waters, it doesn't get much better than cheap holidays to Dubrovnik. Known as the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is a beautiful Croatian city situated on the Mediterranean coast. The city features the historic old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city’s walls are caressed by the azure blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.

With untouched bays, rugged islets and deserted coves, this Croatian city blends with the beautiful countryside of dense forests, steep cliff faces and traditional towns and seaside villages. Whether you want to soak up the sun and laze on the beach, dive into the ocean with some water sports, or feast on some local delights in a beachfront eatery, Dubrovnik holidays always deliver.

Away from the beach, there are lots of cultural and historical delights to discover within the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik. Ancient palaces, medieval houses and historic churches meet with modern hotels, chic boutiques, stylish bars and bustling restaurants. Plus, the beaches and islands of the Dubrovnik Riviera are right on your doorstep. Why not check out our other Balkan holidays?

Most popular hotels in Dubrovnik

Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik
Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik
Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik

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Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President
Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President

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Valamar Argosy Hotel
Valamar Argosy Hotel
Valamar Argosy Hotel

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Hotel Adriatic Dubrovnik
Hotel Adriatic Dubrovnik

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Hotel Royal Princess
Hotel Royal Princess

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Hotel Lero
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Hotel Neptun
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At a glance

  • Currency: Croatia Kuna
  • Language: Serbo-Croatian
  • Time Zone: GMT +1
  • Average flight time: 2h 35m

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Things to do in Dubrovnik

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik city breaks are wonderful for those looking for true peace and relaxation. Discover what the small town has to offer and so much more. 

  • Srd - The best way to see Dubrovnik is to ride the modern cable car up to the top of Srd Hill for outstanding panoramic views of the Old City and the deep blue Adriatic Sea, dotted with picturesque islands.
  • Lokrum - This island in the Adriatic Sea is well worth a visit. Perfect for kayaking and some beach time.
  • Walls of Dubrovnik - Walk along the historical walls that surround this city for scenic views.
  • Fort Imperial - Once you reach the top of the old town, visit the museum in Fort Imperial to discover more of the city’s past.
  • Lopud Island - Fifteen minutes from the old town port is Lopud Island, which can be reached by boat. Take a day trip here to experience the secluded swimming and sunbathing spots. Discover the island by foot along paths that lead to a botanical garden and the ruins of an old Benedictine monastery.
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Places to eat

Places to eat

Dubrovnik’s seafront dictates the food that is available here. The cuisine centres on fresh fish and seafood and is complemented by a glass or two of Pošip, the light white wine from the nearby island of Korčula. Because the city is so close to the Italian border, you are bound to find a good pizzeria. To taste the best seafood, dine out at one of the restaurants in the Old Port in Dubrovnik.

  • Restaurant Poklisar - Vibrant restaurant frequented by the locals
  • Lokanda Peskarija - Typical fish house known for its scenic location and great value.
  • 360 ̊ Restaurant - Based in the Sveti Luka bastion on the city walls, offers a fine dining experience in a modern and elegant setting. Overlooking the port, the menu is full of Mediterranean-flavoured cuisine with an extensive wine list. Out on the terrace bar, you can try one of the best cocktails in the region.
  • Restaurant Dubrovnik - Situated in the city's Old Town, enjoy Mediterranean classics.
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Dubrovnik for Families

Dubrovnik for Families

Family holidays to Dubrovnik will take your breath away. From ancient sights to fine sands and turquoise waters, this city will show you and the family the best of Croatia.

  • Old Town - The best way to explore Dubrovnik is by foot. You and whole family can enjoy a stroll around the city walls so you can get a better view of the impressive Old Town. At around two kilometres long, with 700 steps that take you up and down towers, you will encircle the whole town from 25 metres up.
  • Lokrum - For the adventurous family members, book a kayak tour to Lokrum Island. From here you will get the chance to go snorkelling and explore some caves. Up to two children can travel on the kayak with an adult, meaning you’ll get to enjoy the paddling experience together.
  • St. John's Fort - If you’d prefer to stay dry, then a visit to the marine aquarium and maritime museum in St. John’s Fort at the old city harbour is a must. You’ll learn about the fish and marine life from the Adriatic.
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Beaches near Dubrovnik

Beaches near Dubrovnik

If you’re after an idyllic beach escape along the Riviera, you have plenty to choose from outside of the buzzing city of Dubrovnik.

  • Slano - For a chance to walk on soft sands visit Slano. It's a beautiful 2-km long bay with clear blue water and luscious plants.
  • Lopud Island - Home to a lovely beach to retreat to with a curve of powdery golden sand.
  • Banje Beach - This pebbly beach lies just below the walls of the old town. With sheltered bathing spots and an extensive line-up of water sports, you’ll want to recuperate at one of the seafront bars and cafés at the end of the day.
  • Copacabana - This beach is great for families due to its shallow water and an inflatable water park for the kids.
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When to go

When to go

If you’re looking for good weather during your city break to Dubrovnik, the best time to visit would be during the summer. The city enjoys high temperatures and great weather for the beach and to explore the city. However, there will be many crowds dotted around Dubrovnik during this time. If you’d rather dodge the crowds and enjoy more pleasant temperatures, head to Dubrovnik in September and October.

Average high and low temperatures (°C)

  • January: 12° / 7°
  • February: 13° / 7°
  • March: 15° / 9°
  • April: 18° / 12°
  • May: 23° / 16°
  • June: 27° / 20°
  • July: 30° / 23°
  • August: 30° / 23°
  • September: 26° / 19°
  • October: 22° / 15°
  • November: 18° / 12°
  • December: 14° / 8°
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Dubrovnik Nightlife

Dubrovnik Nightlife

By night, the best place to hang out in Dubrovnik is the Old Town. Wine bars and Irish make up the majority of the old town, whilst Pile Gate has most of the dance clubs and venues offering live music.

  • D’Vino Wine Bar - Hidden away in a narrow stone alley and serves the best Croatian wines. The mellow vibe is complimented by the candlelight and low-key music.
  • La Bodega - You can also sample great wines at this swanky new wine bar. It is housed in a 17th century stone building at the end of Stradun, near to the Rector’s Palace.
  • Troubadour Hard Jazz Café -  Stages live jazz and rock music on its outdoor terrace.
  • Banje Beach Restaurant, Lounge & Club - Enjoy a cocktail or two on the beach. You can get there by land or sea –if you have a boat you can anchor on the private pier.
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Dubrovnik for Couples

Dubrovnik for Couples

There will be romance in the air when you embark on a Dubrovnik weekend break with your loved one. From stretches of sandy beaches to island discoveries, there are plenty of places to get away together.

  • Old Town - You can find love amidst the ancient walls, wandering around the chic boutiques, pretty jewellery shops, colourful floral gardens and charming terrace cafés, this city is sure to help you rekindle.
  • Go island hopping - Take a day trip to the Peljesac peninsula and Korcula. There you can get lost in the small unspoiled villages and sheltered coves framed by beautiful beaches. By night you can enjoy a romantic candlelight drink at one of the intimate bars which reside within the seaward-facing city walls, the views are wonderful.
  • Visit beach resorts - Dubrovnik is the perfect city base to explore the beaches of the Dubrovnik Riviera. Day trips to popular beach resorts like Cavtat and Mlini are the perfect way to spend a tranquil day of sand and sea, before returning to the sophistication of Dubrovnik for your evening entertainment. 
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Culture and history

Culture and history

Dubrovnik weekend breaks has so much to offer its visitors, especially when it comes to its culture and history. 

  • Old Town - Dubrovnik’s historic old town has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its Renaissance architecture which is evident from the St Saviour Church.
  • Franciscan Church and Monastery - Home to one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe is a this church and museum is well worth a visit.
  • Rector's Palace - This grand palace has Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque influences in its architecture and is now the history department to the museum of Dubrovnik.
  • Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra - In the quieter months there are regular concerts by Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra which are held in various venues in the Old Town. There are also weekly theatre plays, performed by Dubrovnik Theatre, they are played weekly in the theatre’s own venue.
  • Museum of Modern Art - If art is your thing, then pay a visit to this museum to experience one of the popular contemporary art shows.
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