standard The Ultimate City Break: Dubrovnik

Whether you’re looking to plan a romantic getaway with your spouse, a girly group vacation with your friends or a solo journey in search of relaxation, Dubrovnik in Croatia is a beautiful part of the world that is definitely worth considering. Just under 900 000 foreign visitors of all ages took a vacation to Dubrovnik in 2014, which is probably due in part to being the filming location of the hugely popular Game of Thrones series. It should also be noted that Croatia is a safe destination for female travellers, it is perfectly acceptable for a woman to be out on her own and very rarely will you receive any hassle, it also has a reassuringly low number of violent crimes. So, with that in mind, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be  booking your trip to Dubrovnik today. Believe the holiday hype and take a look at the kind of things you could be getting up to on the ideal city break Dubrovnik has to offer.

Step back in time

The old town of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is a must for travelers to explore. Take a walk along the well-preserved ancient walls (they date back to the 9th-century!) that surround the area and stop off at forts on the way. From here you can enjoy panoramic views of the blue Adriatic waters and the quaint red top buildings that sit below. There are various entrances to the walls: the Pile Gate, the Ploče Gate and the Maritime Museum. Afterwards, walk over to the Stradun plaza and watch the world go by while sipping on a refreshing drink at one of the brasseries or filling up at a restaurant. The city also exudes Renaissance architecture and buildings of interest include St Saviour Church, Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace. Get ready to take lots of photos!

Game of Thrones Tour

Fans of the hit TV show and books should secure a place on the Game of Thrones day tour that takes place everyday at 1:45 and 2:45. Meet at Pile Gate and from there the group will stop off for a view of Lovrjenac fortress, which many will recognise as  the Red Keep in King’s Landing. From there you will walk over to Kolorinaharbor where you can sit on a ship berth that Sansa used to sit on while listening to Little Finger’s tales and plots. Next up is Pile bridge, which is where the mob’s rebellion against King Joeffery was filmed. Then, you will cross kingdoms to Quarth and visit Rector’s Palace – the scene setting for when Darnay asks for ships to take her army across the Narrow sea.The tours ends at Revelin Square that overlooks Lokrum island and Zarkovica hill, where the Desert of KhalDrogo’s doom was filmed. You’ll end up feeling like a GOF extra by the end of it all!

Beach life

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You can’t go on a vacation without  spending a few hours at the beach. Sv. Jakov is a popular beach that offers great views of Lokrum island. Here you can play volleyball or rent out a kayak or canoe! Copacabana is as fun as its name sounds. Take it easy with views of Dubrovnik bridge and pretty Daksa island or get active on a jet ski and slides. Banje Beach is a pebble beach near the walls of the old town. It has sheltered bathing, plentiful seafront bars and cafés and an array of watersports. If you take your beach trip into the night, there are bars and restaurants nearby most beaches, so you can enjoy a cocktail or two.

As Dubrovnik continues to be a popular choice for holiday goers, the temptation to visit gets stronger. From ancient history to popular culture, easy days on the beach to making a splash in the water, it’s a destination that simply can’t let you down.

Images by Klovovi and Dennis Jarvis used under the Creative Commons License.

Abigail Peterson gave up her 9-5 determined to explore the word before she hits the dreaded 3-0. With nothing more than her backpack and some, now well-worn, phrasebooks, she has worked her way through 18 countries and has no intention of stopping there!

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