Secrets of Dubrovnik – The Pearl of the Adriatic
The final destination in our Insider Secrets Tour experience package. Dubrovnik is the most visited city in Croatia – and for good reason: its beguiling mix of ancient history, winding cobbled streets, terracotta-tiled roofs and views that look out on to the shimmering, sun-kissed waters of the Adriatic provides the ultimate in Croatian hospitality and picture-perfect scenery the country is renowned for.
The city itself dates back to the seventh century, and was an independent republic for 450 years. With the Roman, Napoleonic and Ottoman empires all passing through during its long history, it’s no wonder that the city’s Old Town neighborhood has achieved UNESCO World Heritage status.
After a catastrophic earthquake in the 17th century, the city was rebuilt and the new buildings reflected the Baroque style of the time. These days, Dubrovnik is the perfect mixture of the medieval and the Baroque, and our Insider Secrets Tour provides an itinerary that will allow you to explore this incredible, historic, walled city.
During your day in Dubrovnik you’ll gather at the 15th-century Pile Gate and head towards the impressive fort Lovrijenac – an awesome citadel that dates back to the 11th-century and overlooks the ocean – where you’ll take to kayaks and cruise towards the small island of Lokrum, only 600 metres from the city; a beautiful islet that’s an ideal spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
While gently paddling around the island, you’ll see botanical gardens, abandoned Benedictine monasteries, and the local peacocks – introduced to Lokrum more than a century ago. Exploring caves and snorkelling through the cool, azure waters around the island gives you a different perspective of one of the city’s hidden gems.
Later in the day, you’ll hop onto a cable car, which provides breathtaking views of the Old Town, the coast and the Adriatic – another unique way to view the city and the coastline that surrounds it.
If you have some spare time in the evening, there are several bars in Old Town that will give you the perfect opportunity to relax after your evening meal. Outside the city walls, Buza Bar is often referred to as the ‘Hole-in-the-wall Bar’ or the ‘Cold Drinks Bar’. Overlooking the sea and perched over the rocks below, this awesome little bar can be used to watch the sun go down over the ocean while sipping a cooling drink. But beware: Buza is hard to find – you’ll have to spot and follow the ‘Cold Drinks’ signs or ask a friendly local for directions.
Elsewhere in Old Town, promenade down the famous Stradun Street, stop off in one of the many cafes or bars – like Buzz, a place the locals swear by – take selfies next to the 15th-century Orlando’s Column or visit the impressive Baroque, 18th-century Sveti Valho church. Or, if you want to experience some live music, head to the Troubadour for live, outdoor jazz.
If you’re a fan of Game Of Thrones, Dubrovnik was used as the location for King’s Landing, so there’s the opportunity to spot places and buildings you’ve seen on TV, too, and reveal to your travelling companions whether you’re Team Stark or Team Lannister.
Our trip to Dubrovnik takes place during the temperate spring season, just before the peak summer crowds, so the streets of Old Town won’t be as busy.
With space to breath in the reinvigorating air of the Adriatic, this leaves you ample time to view the city from unique perspectives, and then in the evening explore this charming, historic city at your leisure, finding out first-hand why it’s known as the Pearl Of The Adriatic.
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