Dubrovnik…the pearl of the Adriatic

Dubrovnik is a combination of rich history, culture, heritage and natural beauty… no wonder it has been dubbed the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and has become the latest must see Mediterranean destination. The city is a perfect destination for sightseeing, sports, cultural events or for simply relaxing in a beautiful Mediterranean setting. A visit to this city will certainly be an unforgettable holiday! Located at the southern tip of Croatia’s coastline, Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tips:

  1. Starting January 1st 2014 and until the Republic of Croatia fully applies the provisions of the Schengen, all holders of a valid multiple entry Schengen visa do not require an additional (Coroation) visa for entry and short term stay in Croatia for up to 90 days. The passport and Schengen visa must be valid at the moment of entering, during the stay and at the moment of leaving Croatia.
  2. Dubrovnik is the perfect starting point for a boat or sailing trip to explore the Adriatic coast.

How to get there:

There are no direct flights from Dubai to Dubrovnik but you can fly to a number of European cities and from there catch a flight to Dubrovnik. This means you will get a chance to spend a few days in another European city along the way.

To get to Dubrovnik, book an emirates flight to any of the following cities:

  • Munich or Stuttgart and catch an Air Berlin flight to Dubrovnik
  • Vienna and catch an Austrailan Air flight to Dubrovnik
  • Istanbul and catch a Turkish Airline flight to Dubrovnik
  • Amsterdam, Athens, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome or Zurich and catch a Croatia Airline flight to Dubrovnik
  • Berlin and catch an Easy Jet flight to Dubrovnik

There are more options other than the above and you can check all the possible options on Kayak.com (https://www.kayak.com)

How long does it take to get there:

  • It depends to which city you first fly to but on average it takes 6 hours to get to Europe from the UAE and another hour or so within Europe to get to Dubrovnik

When is the best time to visit:

The high season in Croatia is July and August which brings the best weather of summer for swimming and sailing. During this season prices are the highest and the coast is the busiest. May, June and September are also nice to visit where it starts to get warmer, its less crowded and prices tend to be lower but it might be still cold for some who want to head to the beach.

Where to stay:

  1. Hotel Dubrovnik Palace: located on the Lapad peninsula with a unique view of the Elafiti Islands. This hotel is isolated from the noise of the town and is ideal for travellers seeking privacy and relaxation.

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  1. Villa Dubrovnik: a luxurious hotel with its private beach and is 15 minutes away from the old town of Dubrovnik

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What to wear:

For the day you will need casual clothes and some beach wear if your planning to hit the beach. Pack some more formal clothes (smart casual) for dinners and clubs.

What to do:

  • Visit the old town which dates back to the 7th One of Dubrovnik’s most famous landmarks and meeting place is the Onofrio Fountain which is situated just inside the main entrance. The center of the old town is the Stradun which is the main street. The old town has plenty of restaurants, bars and shops. Make sure to have lunch or dinner at Lady Pi Pi in the old town which is climp up the steps from Stradun and queue in line for a while but both are worthwhile for the great food and breathtaking views from the terrace of the outdoor restaurant.
  • Take the cable car which travels from downtown to the hilltop at Mount Srdj in a matter of minutes. The view from the top are just amazing
  • Spend the day on the beach. For a trendy beach club you can head to East West (Banje Beach) which is one of the hippest places in Dubrovnik where you can unwind during the day on the beach, have lunch and then dance the night away as it turns into a club later in the day (http://ew-dubrovnik.com)
  • Take a 10 minute ferry from the old port to the Island of Lukrum. Pack a picnic box and head to the uninhabited island where you can wander through the botanical garden, enjoy the beach, the beauty and the serenity of the place
  • Dinner at Nautika (http://www.nautikarestaurant.com/?nautika=dubrovnik&dubrovnik=restaurant)
  • Have an ice-cream anywhere around Dubrovnik and you wont regret it!
  • If you fancy a club then you can head to club Revelin (http://www.clubrevelin.com)

Get out :

  • Montenegro : a two and a half hour drive from Dubrovnik by car. Don’t forget to take your passport as you will be entering a new country. Moreover, make sure you have a multiple entry visa for Croatia so you can come back if your planning to do a two way trip from Dubrovnik to Montenegro.
  • Note: holders of travel documents containing a valid Schengen visa, a valid visa of the USA/UK/Northern Island and the Republic of Ireland may enter and stay in Montenegro up to seven days and no longer than the expiry of the visa if its validity is less than 7 days
  • The island of Korcula
  • A boat trip to the Elafiti islands through daily ferry lines from Dubrovnik
  • Hvar: boosts gorgeous beaches, abundant restaurants, boutiques and a vibrant nightlife. Have lunch at Gariful restaurant on the waterfront (http://hvar-gariful.hr) , head to Hula Hula beach club during the day (http://www.hulahulahvar.com) and end the night at Carpe Diem beach club (http://www.carpe-diem-hvar.com)
  • Cavtat: a town with a nice waterfront which you can get to by a ferry from the old port which takes around 50 minutes

Highlight of the day:

Lunch at Lady Pi Pi restaurant in the old town…magnificent views and mouthwatering food.

Happy Travelling 🙂

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