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Dubrovnik weekends & short breaks
Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the Croatian city of Dubrovnik has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and for a good reason. Holidays in Dubrovnik deliver breathtaking architecture, stunning beaches and a good dose of culture.
"Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it,” or so go the words of George Bernard Shaw. Steeped in history, Dubrovnik is peppered with centuries-old churches, fortresses, monasteries and monuments. Holidays in Dubrovnik are not just about discovering the city’s rich past, however. Dubrovnik is also well-known for its rugged coastline, pebble beaches and scenic islands.
Filming locations for the Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik has been a magnet for Game of Thrones fans. The city’s Old Town is packed with filming locations. There are also a few shooting spots adjacent to the City Walls. Some of the more memorable filming locations include Lovrijenac Fort, Bokar Fortress and the West Harbour.
Why book Dubrovnik holidays
Explore the city
Dubrovnik is known for its beautiful Old Town, guarded by huge stone walls
Top city attractions
Home to the Game of Thrones' fantasy city of King's Landing, you can enjoy walking tours of your favourite show's set
Fine dining scene
Taste traditional Croatian cuisine and some of Dubrovnik's top Michelin-star restaurants
Cultural hotspot not to miss
The Venetian-Gothic style Rector's Castle is well-worth a visit
Discover the best beaches
Fall in love with the local beaches, or take a trip to the island of Lokrum
Explore the local markets
Browse the Old Town's market and pick up a souvenir or two
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Top 5 things to do in Dubrovnik
Considered by many as the most beautiful city in the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik delivers architectural marvels, breezy beaches and spectacular views.
- Completed in the 11th century and rebuilt after the earthquake of 1667, the Lovrijenac fort is a sight to behold. Perched on a cliff above the ocean, the fortress is the setting for an annual performance of Hamlet during the Dubrovnik Festival.
- For a therapeutic dose of nature paired with a touch of history, visit Lopud island. An hour from Dubrovnik by ferry, the island features white-sand beaches, verdant hills, as well as ruins and churches.
- Dating back to 1877, the Church of the Holy Annunciation houses a museum of religious artefacts. The Serbian Orthodox church was restored after sustaining damage during the Siege of Dubrovnik in 1991.
- Constructed in the 16th century, the Sponza Palace houses the Memorial Room of the Dubrovnik Defenders, an exhibition dedicated to those who perished defending the city from the Serb and Montenegrin forces in the early 1990s.
- For unbeatable views of the city, take a stroll along the battlements of Dubrovnik’s City Walls. Constructed in the 15th century, the fortification system is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Historic highlights of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik’s long, and often turbulent, history has been documented in its architecture. Marvel at the city’s well-preserved buildings or visit one of its numerous museums.
- The Franciscan Church and Monastery in the Old Town features a church, a library with 20,000 books, including old manuscripts, and the third oldest pharmacy in the world.
- Dedicated to the protector saint of the city, the Church of St Blaise is a beautiful Baroque structure that dates back to the 18th century. Don’t miss the ornate statue of St Blaise with a model of medieval Dubrovnik.
- Learn about Dubrovnik’s fascinating history at the Cultural History Museum. Housed in the Rector's Palace, the highlight of the museum is a replica of the rector’s residence.
- Dating back to 1438, Onofrio’s Fountain in the Old Town used to supply water to the city. The circular fountain features a cupula, as well as 16 water taps and stone masks.
- Housed in a Socialist-era factory, the Red History Museum takes visitors back to Croatia’s communist past. The interactive museum showcases items from daily life under the regime, as well as various artefacts and short films.
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To dodge the crowds and enjoy moderate weather, visit the city between April and June or September and October.
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