Dubrovnik travel on test: our reader takes a cultural trip to Croatia

Dubrovnik travel on test: our reader takes a cultural trip to Croatia
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Why Dubrovnik?

Dubrovnik is a beautiful UNESCO Heritage site, with its own airport and an excellent public transport system. There's a very good bus service but you really have to be on the ball about making it known when you want to get off! If you love the sun and want crystal clear water for swimming, the azure sea doesn't disappoint. The beaches are not usually sandy, but are nonetheless appealing to all ages.

What's the best way to get a feel for the place?

Go in search of the well-preserved Baroque's old town, contained within magnificent medieval walls.  A walk along the 2km of walls (or less if preferred), provides a wealth of photo opportunities. There are stunning views across the terracotta rooftops along the way. 

And once you're in the old town?

There's something of interest for everyone. A Dominican Priory and a Franciscan Monastery (left) are tranquil boltholes, with the latter housing one of Europe's oldest pharmacies.

How can I see as much as possible?

Visitors may buy an all-inclusive ticket offering entry to three museums; the maritime and ethnographic museums as well as the Rector's Palace, an ancient law court, prison and gunpowder store (a rather foolish but amusing arrangement!).  These provide a unique insight into Dubrovnik's cultural life.

Any other must-sees?

The cable car (costing 87 Kn - around £9.50) provides stunning views of the old town from above, the bays, and the nearby island of Lokrum.  This beautiful, tree-shrouded nature reserve can be reached by boat from Dubrovnik port, and costs around £5. Everything's pretty good value for money here!

Keep your cool by visiting the walls early in the day - gates open at 8am. And take plenty of water!

 

Factfile

  • Dubrovnik is on Croatia's Adriatic coast
  • It's best to go in spring or autumn, unless you're a sun-lover - July was quite hot!
  • Janice booked with Newmarket Holidays. Local airport departures may be available. For prices, call 0843 316 1156 or visit www.newmarketholidays.co.uk
  • For a comfortable stay overlooking Lapad Bay, try the 3-star Hotel Vis. Find out more at www.vishotel-dubrovnik.com
  • For a tasty snack in a quiet back street (and do search the back streets for deals), visit Trattoria Mea Culpa in Dubrovnik's Old Town. Pizzas and pasta cost from £4-£10.
  • The old town is flat and though cobbled in places, is accessible for wheelchairs. Many bars have outside seating. Check with agent regarding accessibility in hotels as this may vary.

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