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A Day in Dubrovnik

By HarryFriday 11th September 2015

Spend a day in Croatia’s Dubrovnik…you won’t be disappointed. Spend a day in Croatia’s Dubrovnik…you won’t be disappointed.

Over the past few years, Croatia has increased in popularity and become a prime holiday destination, and with so much to offer, it’s easy to see why. Located on the southern part of Croatia’s coast, Dubrovnik is a coastal city with a difference, due to its ancient buildings, historic monuments and cobbled streets. Read on for our pick of the best ways to spend a day in this walled city.

Enjoy the view from the top of Mount Srđ

Just behind the city’s walls lies Mount Srđ, which overlooks the city at a height of 415 metres, offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and the city below. It takes around 90 minutes to climb, along winding paths, and at the top you’ll find Fort Imperial, a 19th Century fort that was built by Napoleon. If the weather is particularly hot, as it usually is during summer, or if you simply don’t fancy the climb, you can take one of the cable cars and be at the top in just three minutes. The view is out of this world.

Experience the beauty of Rector’s Palace

Often touted as Dubrovnik’s most historic monument, Rector’s Palace is a real delight to visit. The palace was built in the Gothic style, but has architectural elements taken from both Renaissance and Baroque periods which combine to give the building its enchanting appearance. Discover the courtrooms of the Ragusa Republic and the prison, as well as the collection of historic items.

Feel the sand between your toes at Banje Beach

Croatia is known for some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches, including those that can be found in Dubrovnik. Just a short walk from the Old Town is Banje Beach, where you can relax on the sand, dive into the refreshing water or take a stroll along the shoreline. If you go during the warmer months, take a ride on a jet ski or have a go at snorkelling. Rector’s Palace (to the right) boasts beautiful architecture – Image by Flickr user Jennifer Boyer Rector’s Palace (to the right) boasts beautiful architecture – Image by Flickr user Jennifer Boyer

Sample local produce at Gundulićeva Poljana

From Monday to Saturday, between 6am and 1pm, Gundulićeva Poljana is transformed into a bustling marketplace, selling fruit, vegetables and other local produce. Sample some delicious dried fruit or purchase some local honey – yum!

See the sights at Luža Square

For historic monuments galore, make your way to Luža Square at the eastern end of the Stradun, the main street in Dubrovnik’s Old Town. The square is surrounded on all sides by landmark buildings, such as Sponza Palace, the Clock Tower, Sveti Vlaho Church and Rector’s Palace. As a popular tourist stop, the square is usually buzzing with life and is a great place to soak up Dubrovnik’s lively atmosphere. During the warmer months, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters. During the warmer months, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters.

Indulge at Konoba Dalmatino Restaurant

When it comes to eating in Dubrovnik, it’s all about the seafood. Croatia boasts delicious seafood throughout the year and if you’re in Dubrovnik, we’d recommend Konoba Dalmatino Restaurant. Enjoy everything from octopus salad to black seafood risotto, as well as some non-seafood dishes, in this relaxed setting.

Explore the city with a Game of Thrones Tour

If you’re a fan of the well-known HBO series, you’ll know that lots of the show’s filming takes place in Dubrovnik, using the ancient buildings and streets as the setting for the mythical city, King’s Landing. Take a Game of Thrones Tour and not only will you see the city’s main sights, but you’ll get the inside scoop on the show. The Large Onofrio Fountain, as seen from the city’s walls – Image by Flickr user Jeremy Rover The Large Onofrio Fountain, as seen from the city’s walls – Image by Flickr user Jeremy Rover

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