Published: 28 July 2016
Top 3 things to do
- Jump on ferries and boats to gorgeous islands. These go regularly from Dubrovnik and the closest, Lokrum, is just 10 minutes away.
- Eat fantastic seafood and meat cooked on traditional terracotta BBQs
- Swim in crystal clear water or kayak to hidden caves and beaches
Top 3 places to go
- Lokrum Island - 10 mins from Dubrovnik, Lokrum is a nature reserve and a little piece of paradise, with fabulous swimming spots, a 15th century monastery, botanical garden, cafes and an abundance of wild but tame rabbits, peacock and donkeys. if you’re lucky, you may spot a tortoise! Kids love it.
- Mljet Island - this is a stunning and very lush island with a nature reserve and inland lakes. The largest lake has an island with a 12th century Monastery on it. Swimming around it was magical.
- Korcula - the birthplace of Marco Polo, this is a beautiful medieval walled town with breathtaking views over to the mainland. It is well worth the trip simply to sit in one of the trendy waterfront cafes and mooch around the tiny alleyways and boutiques.
Top 3 places to eat… (I know this is very personal but here are mine)
- Savonari - 20 minutes outside Dubrovnik, up in the hills, this is a local restaurant and as family run as they come. Only 4 options on the menu but all delicious!
- Gverovic-Orsan - rarely do you find a spot like this which it is so close to the water that the fish are virtually nibbling your toes. Great local cuisine and fabulous seafood.
- Stagnum in Ston - this is a great place to stop on the way back from Mljet. Delightful owner, great but simple BBQ food in a charming little village.
Top 3 places for a drink
- Victoria Lounge Bar, Villa Orsula - this must be the classiest place to sip a cocktail, sitting on the old stone terrace of Villa Orsula whilst watching the sun go down over Dubrovnik. Their Peruvian/Mediterranean restaurant is reputed to be the best place to eat in Dubrovnik but not cheap.
- Buza I and II - duck your head through the hole in the wall and you will be astounded by the view of the Adriatic sea in front of you. Buza I is harder to find and has no sign outside but it is well worth the search through the alleyways of the old town.
- Panorama Bar, Dubrovnik - take the cable car up out of the old city and take in the spectacular views below.
Top 3 places to stay
- Radisson Blu Resort - this is a large resort approx 10 km outside the city but with a water taxi and shuttle transfer in to Dubrovnik. It has 1 & 2 bedroom ‘residences’ with self catering facilities as well as hotel rooms. Great for families. Read more here.
- Dubrovnik Palace - good for families and couples. A contemporary hotel right on the waterfront and a 10 minute local bus ride into town. Read more here.
- Villa Orsula - reputed to be the best place to stay in Dubrovnik, this was once the home of a noble family. Opulent architecture and stunning setting, this is definitely the one for a ‘special occasion’. Read more here.