About Dubrovnik & Region
Dubrovnik is the brightest jewel of the southern Dalmatian coast. Despite coming under attack in the Balkan wars of the early 1990s it is as delightful and full of historic treasures and atmosphere as it always was; described by George Bernard Shaw as "Heaven on Earth". One of the pleasures of a visit to Dubrovnik must surely be the walk around the city ramparts looking down at the narrow streets, churches and cafes as well as the views across the sea. Another wonderful vantage point is the view from the cable car up to the nearby Srd peak. The recently-restored cable car began transporting passengers back in 1969, but was completely destroyed during the Croatian War of Independence. The embarkation point for the cable car is located in Ploce just above the eastern edge of the old city.
Dubrovnik, in our opinion, provides an ideal holiday for the first-time visitor to Croatia or, indeed, for one who is returning for the first time since the last "golden age" of holidays in, as it was then, Yugoslavia. With many flights to Dubrovnik and across Croatia it is also an excellent short break destination and as the starting or finishing point on an exciting fly drive holiday. We highly recommend Dubrovnik's new boutique hotels and its newly refurbished accommodation for a visit all year round.
There are so many little places to enjoy, interesting buildings not to miss and restaurants to frequent that we cannot do justice to them here; however you can always ask us as many questions as you like when you book.
Cavtat is a pretty resort a little way south of Dubrovnik (15kms) and was the ancient Greek town of Epidaurum. In the 7th century AD its inhabitants fled the pirate and 'barbarian' invasions to found an easier location to defend - Dubrovnik. Cavtat is located on a wooded peninsula with beautiful bays either side and small beaches to relax on plus the bonus of its old town to explore and enjoy a drink whilst watching the world pass by.
Cavtat has a handful of high quality, boutique-style hotels with excellent facilities and is complemented by the cluster of restaurants and pavement cafes in the resort centre. It is possible to explore Cavtat on foot or why not hire a small motor boat? This resort will suit families or couples looking for a smaller base and/or a slightly more relaxed atmosphere than Dubrovnik. There is everything here you would need for your holiday including a bank, ATMs, post office, a very good bakery, local market and a decent bus service to Dubrovnik.
Mali Ston is located along the spectacularly scenic coastline near to Dubrovnik and offers a wonderful family-run hotel at the entrance to the Peljesac Peninsula. This is a great option for one night on any of our fly-drive routes; the Hotel Ostrea has an excellent reputation for its food and you can spend time visiting the stunning castle nearby. It is also possible to use a night (or two) here as a base to visit the island of Korcula or even inland to Mostar in Bosnia.
Dubrovnik in the Middle Ages was a powerful city state rivalling Venice; however, the earthquake of 1667 devastated the city and it never regained its former commercial glory. Dubrovnik passed through the hands of Napoleon and the Austrian Empire before becoming part of the Yugoslav state until this association dramatically ended in 1991 when it was shelled by Milosovic's Yugoslav National Army.
Back down in the old city, the main street (Stradun) is a wide thoroughfare paved with large smooth stones. During the day it comes alive with shoppers and people relaxing in the many street-side cafes while as the evening sets in the whole area fills with families and couples enjoying their evening Korzo (a sort of stroll where everyone dresses up a bit and then casually meet their friends along the way). The atmosphere is enhanced during the summer-long cultural festival in the old city and at other times by regular performances of street music.
The old city of Dubrovnik has remained basically unchanged since the thirteenth century. Its medieval ramparts encircle the city which pedestrians can enter through one of two gates - either way, they cross a stone bridge under the watchful gaze of the city’s patron Saint, Blaise or Vlaho, to find themselves joining the evening promenade which you can either join or watch, a drink in hand, from one of the various cafes and restaurants along the way. From the Stradun, side streets scamper up the hill toward the ramparts or wind south toward the port. In either direction, the city is alive with open air markets, artisans’ shops and studios of artists, Baroque churches and Gothic-Renaisssance palaces, unexpected courtyards with fluted columns and splashing fountains, and covered loggias in which to sit and watch the world saunter by. In the summer, music fills the air as the internationally renowned Summer Festival reveals the magic of theatre, music and dance. In the fall and spring, the squeals of schoolchildren travel up and down the stone alleys and the younger generation discovers the unparalleled freedom of a city where no cars are allowed and the stone-faced houses and orange-tiled roofs have remained unchanged for centuries.
Activities available include cycling, paddle boarding, sea kayaking and snorkelling, horse riding, climbing, wine tasting and guided hikes.
Where to stay
The Bellevue Hotel is set on a spectacular cliff above Miramare Bay offering splendid sea views from all rooms. Below the hotel is a lovely pebbly beach which hosts the Nevera beach restaurant.
The stunning Hotel More is a luxury hotel located on the Babin-Kuk peninsular overlooking the bay of Lapad.
One of the city's top hotels; enjoying a sensational seafront setting overlooking Lapad beach and its famous tree-lined promenade.
One of Dubrovnik's original hotels and refurbished to a good quality, the Lapad is a popular choice - open all year.
A beautiful boutique-style hotel, located along a tree-lined pedestrianised street. Closed throughout 2020 for refurbishment.
The Perla offers great value, luxurious accommodation set in beautiful location just 100m from the beach.
The Villa Erna apartments are in the centre of the tourist zone of Dubrovnik, just 500m from the beach. All apartments are equipped with quality, modern and stylish furniture and a fully equipped kitchen; ...
The Hotel Adria is a new, small hotel, situated in an excellent location with a view over the Elafiti islands and bay of Lapad.
Hotel Lero is Ideally located just 15 minutes walk from the centre of Old Dubrovnik. This recently renovated city hotel is open throughout the year and offers a permanent professional service at affordable ...
The Excelsior is a top quality five star property offering international standards of service and luxury as well as an incredible location overlooking the harbour of the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
The Stari Grad is a beautifully converted, intimate property ideally suited to those wishing to be amongst the charm & atmosphere of Old Dubrovnik. It is located just inside the northern (Pile) gate.
The Pucic Palace is a 17th century Baroque building located in the Old Town of Dubrovnik. A 5* hotel with just 17 luxury rooms & 2 suites offering an exclusive and intimate experience.
Refurbished to very high standards, the Villa Pattiera is located above the smart Restaurant Dalmatia in the middle of the village.
The Ostrea Hotel makes an ideal place for guests craving peace and relaxation amongst wonderful scenery with just the quiet murmur of the sea outside.
Things to do
A selection of small group activities in Dubrovnik available to pre-book for our holiday customers.
A selection of small group excursions available to pre-book for our holiday customers.
A selection of small group excursions to interesting places near Dubrovnik, available to pre-book for our holiday customers.
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A Brading, UK, May 2018
"We are back home and had a lovely trip. Everything you planned went very well. Thank you for all of your help in planning our Croatian vacation."
M Schneider, USA, May 2018
"Hotel Lero Dubrovnik. Excellent choice to finish holiday - pool great, everything excellent and a good bus service to the old town."
L Stringer, UK, July, 2017
"Our stay at the Hotel Zagreb in Dubrovnik was truly excellent. The old mansion converted to a hotel, surrounded by sweet smelling camellia trees, set back from the tourist pedestrian walkway was a quiet space in an otherwise touristy area. The old city of Dubrovnik was just one, easy bus ride away. The staff was friendly and helpful."
A James, Sept 2016
"Only issue we had was that the island ferry timetable had changed from the one provided (to Mljet). Fortunately the time was one hour later and not one hour earlier! All other arrangements were perfect. We spent our last morning at the town of Ston and would like to recommend it - an amazing place!"
M Eeuwens, UK, June 2016
"just back from brilliant time in Croatia - thanks for all your help - everything went really smoothly. I had excellent service from Andy Scase from the beginning to end of dealing with my holiday to Croatia. His advice was excellent and the planning - driving instructions, ferry times - suggestions for sightseeing were all brilliant. All accommodation was excellent - thanks again and hopefully we will be asking you again next year when we decide where to go!!"
P Robinson, UK, Sept 2015
"Thank you for organising our short stay in Dubrovnik. It worked out very well. The Hotel Stari Grad was excellent with a very nice room and very friendly staff. The hotel pick- ups to and from the airport went perfectly. All in all, we were very pleased and I’m sure we will be back to use your company again."
D Highton, UK, June, 2015
"We returned from Croatia yesterday and I wanted to email and thank you for organising us such a fantastic holiday. Everything ran like clockwork. We had great taxi drivers who showered us with knowledge and information, we found all the hotels with no trouble, we absolutely loved every place we visited and marvelled how each one was different from the previous, we found the staff at most hotels were incredibly friendly and helpful and the sun shone every day! I would just like to mention the staff at Villa Tina and the reception staff at Hotel Mediteran were particularly charming and helpful and went out of their way to make sure we knew where we were going, what buses to catch, where we could park the car for free etc. We were amazed at our fabulous room with a brilliant view in Hotel Concordia. This was our favourite stopover mainly because of the position. The only blip was having to queue for five and a half hours for the ferry from Hvar to the mainland in the blistering heat. Apparently this is normal during high season but it meant we had very little time at Mali Ston which was such a shame as it was so gorgeous. We would most certainly use your company again. You have got the formula spot on and your attention to detail was excellent. We felt very well supported. I have already recommended you to friends and sometime in the future we will try out Morocco. Many thanks once again."
Y O'Brien, UK, August 2014