Local: Dubrovnik

Croatia is home to a darling little seaport village called Dubrovnik. This prominent destination in the Adriatic Sea has a small population that is in no way proportional to the many beauties the place has to offer. The city, developed on maritime trade, was influenced by many cultures and developers including the Greeks, Ottomans and Venetians. The beautiful historical city center, with an enchanting ancient… Read more »

The Neptun is an excellent property in Babin Kuk, close to the nearby Lapad village and its many restaurants and shops. It is not far from Old town, a ten-minute drive will take you to the walled medieval city. This property is a perfect option if you are looking for a family friendly stay. There are family rooms, swimming pools and bicycles for rides around… Read more »

Even if you are in town for just a few days and your focus is the enchanting Old Town, do yourself a favor and spend some time lazing and bathing at this beach. Banje is very close to the famous Ploce Gate, so if staying in the region there is no excuse not to try it, weather allowing. From the beach you have nice views… Read more »

We often wonder how it is possible that someone would go to Dubrovnik and miss a boat day to the Elaphiti Islands. It was one of our best experiences in Croatia, so rent a boat and get ready for a wonderful day. Leave early and stop at some small coves for some fun swimming in Croatia’s amazing seas, with pristine waters in breathtaking shades of… Read more »

After you get used to the names of all countries that now occupy the Balcans, why not see for yourself what they have to offer? Montenegro is a lovely small gem located nearby. You can rent a car and drive yourself, but note that passport control can be a nuisance, or you can hire a private or semi-private tour for convenience. The highlights of our… Read more »

You could easily walk past without noticing the elusive entrance to the Franciscan Church and Monastery. Located in Placa, the main street in Old Town the monastery entrance is accessed via Pile Gate. We do recommend you find it, as the interiors are simply marvelous. A visit to this Dominican monastery will be full of history and culture, and the cathedral holds a treasured piece… Read more »

This pebble beach in Babin Kuk draws little similarity to the more famous namesake in Rio de Janeiro. One of the largest in Lapad peninsula, this Copacabana is a small beach, yet a good option if you are staying in the region and willing to vary from your hotel’s own private beach, bearing in mind that almost all Lapad’s coastline is privately owned. The surrounding… Read more »

The Kompas is located in a tranquil area in Lapad, quite close to the beach and a 10 minute drive to the city’s Old Town, and once in the hotel you can enjoy wonderful sea views from most of its premises. The modern exterior architectural style continues throughout its common areas, which have an inviting and comfortable design setting. Bedrooms, also in keeping with the… Read more »

If you are looking for a stunning setting and amazing views, as well as good food, do not miss the 360. Set on the great walls of Dubrovnik themselves and in the middle of the historical city, this cool restaurant overlooks the harbor and has an expansive view of Old Town. We were told the food did not use to be particularly good, but a… Read more »

Right in the heart of the walled citadel, this popular restaurant is very traditional and has a long lasting, and well deserved, reputation. We had the best fish in town and an excellent prawn risotto, both preceded by various types of oysters, some served fresh in lime juice, some grated, all delicious. Enquire about the catches of the day, a good and super fresh choice.… Read more »

A very laid back tavern in Old Town, set in a charming square that hosts a green market in the mornings. We tried Kamenice by chance, and at night, as we saw the lines for a table and suspected that the food was good. Wise decision: the octopus salad was the best we had in Dubrovnik and the mussels were excellent, accompanied by refreshing beers… Read more »

Unmissable. It is just a bar, or a café, that struck us as the most interesting place to have drinks and snacks in Dubrovnik. We found it by chance, as we walked over Old Town’s walls and spotted a hidden place at a distance from where people were diving into the water. We later learned the Buza Bar is famous for this. It fits the… Read more »

Everybody seems to talk about the Nautika, and discussions over its quality and price range on a wide spectrum and draw a lot of attention. It is an upmarket restaurant in a unique setting and although we did not deem the quality to be outstanding, the food was delicious and the whole experience well worth it. Set by the walled city, classy Nautika has magnificent… Read more »

Located at the Bellevue Hotel, atop a cliff with amazing views to a small bay, Vapor has a relaxing and enchanting atmosphere at night, with candle lights and a fresh sea breeze. The food is excellent and the Chef well known for using innovative ingredients to elaborate creative dishes that still maintain authentic regional flavors. We varied somewhat from the excellent seafood in town and… Read more »

Established in 1932, this bar in Old Town is an institution in Dubrovnik. Travelers undoubtedly pass right in front of it, so, while on your early evening stroll in the walled city along the Stradun (main street), why not stop for a pre-dinner drink? Relax in the beautiful setting of the medieval city with white stones streets, stately religious temples and grand buildings and make… Read more »

Ideally located within walking distance to the medieval and historical city, the recently renovated Bellevue is atop cliffs with tremendous views over a small bay. One of our most cherished aspects of staying at the Bellevue was its small private beach. With pristine waters and a rocky cove (sea coves are beloved by Croatians), you can spend your days sunbathing and swimming during peak sun… Read more »

This Villa has become a traditional hotel in Dubrovnik, attracting a faithful clientele looking for a comfortable stay in a perfect location by the city’s Old Town. It is housed on an oceanfront property with stunning views, not only of the ocean but also of the historical and medieval town walls and harbor. From many of its rooms you will be able to enjoy the… Read more »

The upscale Hotel Excelsior, one of our preferred properties in Dubrovnik, is conveniently located within walking distance to the ancient Old Town, the iconic views of which can be seen from the hotel. Recently renovated, the hotel offers a modern and luxurious casual chic style. Rooms are very comfortable and cozy, in wooden themes with light shades, utterly relaxing, some with expansive views of the… Read more »

Get ready for a very good time under the sun in case you choose this large resort style hotel for your stay in Dubrovnik. Set on a small cliff, the exterior views show rooms cascading down into the sea, and as expected the scenery from the bedroom windows is absolutely spectacular. In fact, the ocean views from this recently renovated hotel are magnificent throughout. Rooms… Read more »