Imagine being in a city full of history. A city beside the deep blue ocean. You may have seen it on Game of Thrones. What city do I mean? Dubrovnik in Croatia. The sea-side city Dubrovnik is a member of the ten best preserved medieval walled cities in the world. The wall stretches to approximately two kilometres around the city and in the past was used as a form of protection. Dubrovnik is not only a beautiful tourist attraction but a city full of history. In 1979 the city joined the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Let’s take a look at what this beautiful city has to offer.
Where to stay:
Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik is known as a place of luxury and royalty, so much so that Queen Elizabeth II has made it on the hotel’s guest list. Since 1913 the hotel has been a popular landmark of Dubrovnik, with magnificent views of Old City and the Adriatic Sea.
Bursting with facilities to keep you comfortable and relaxed, the hotel prides itself on having an indoor pool, a spa and fitness centre, a private beach, gardens and three restaurants.
Equally as enticing is the Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel. Every room has a terrace or balcony with a sea view, the hotel is situated on the beach front allowing it to have a private beach for you to enjoy at your leisure. Other facilities include an outdoor pool, a wellness centre and an award-winning restaurant.
Images via Valamar Hotels and Resorts
What to do:
A must do in Dubrovnik is visit Old City via the entrance at the City Gates. Here you can imagine the life of civilians protected in their city by the walls that surround it. Old City is full of cultural references, history and early Renaissance architecture.
Take your love to new heights and see Dubrovnik from above. From there you can see Old City and at the upper station stop for a look through the binoculars for the most amazing view!
Day trip adventures:
The best thing about it Europe is everything is so close, giving you the opportunity to see more. If you’re wanting to venture out why not take a day trip. Many tours depart via Dubrovnik and take you into nearby cities such as the picturesque Mostar city in Bosnia. Mostar is famous for its arched bridge named ‘Stari Most.’ The bridge is a reconstruction of the original which stood for 427 years before being destroyed in 1993. It’s by far such a beautiful sight to be ticked off the bucket list.
Another option for a day trip is to visit the small town of Kotor. Here you can take full advantage of the Mediterranean Sea and bask in the picturesque landscape and rolling hills that surround the town.
Or perhaps a visit to the forested island of Mljet is on your daily agenda? Take a dip into the crystal clear water or go for a dive through underwater caves.
Places to Eat:
After all the walking and exploring you’ll be looking forward to some time just to sit down, recharge and refuel.
Fish Restaurant Proto has been around since 1886 and specialises in preparing old recipes from the fishermen of Dubrovnik. The restaurant is a place fit for royalty; the former king of England Edward VIII once dined with his wife at the restaurant.
On your final night, be sure to visit Banje Beach restaurant – this is THE place to feast with a view. The restaurant is situated on the beach front whilst also having a view of Old City. So romantic!
Images via Banje Beach
Ms Chinoiserie Says: Dubrovnik is becoming so much more popular as a honeymoon destination; and with its history and picturesque post card views, it’s easy to see why! Just gorgeous!