Cultural Attractions In Dubrovnik, Croatia

For those seeking a little culture during their European summer holiday, southern Croatia and the beautiful coastal city of Dubrovnik are hard to beat. Sitting alongside the glistening Adriatic Sea, this historic seaport with huge 16th century stone walls encircling the distinctive Old Town and its well-preserved treasures – such as the Baroque St. Blaise Church, Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace (now a history museum) – is a must-visit city. With such a plethora of historic sites, culture and art to discover, Dubrovnik has far more to admire than its famously attractive coastline and rightfully deserves its title as ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic’.

Where To Stay In Croatia

Boasting an enticing selection of boutique properties and larger hotel resorts, guests to Croatia are simply spoilt for choice. For those with more time, Sun Gardens, Dubrovnik offers excellent resort facilities, along with the attractive sightseeing close by. With a superb spa, excellent cuisine, a variety of children’s activities (including new sport academies) and attentive staff, it’s a resort offering the best of both worlds. Alternatively, the grand and intimate Villa Orsula provides privacy with opulent style, whilst the newly refurbished Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik is a beloved landmark re-born as a glamorous new addition. Just steps from the UNESCO-listed Old Town, this lavish hotel has a history of hosting royalty and celebrities from Queen Elizabeth II to Elizabeth Taylor, so its re-opening is an exciting new chapter for Dubrovnik. Another enticing place to stay is the multi-award-winning Villa Dubrovnik. Exclusive and boutique, this contemporary abode is attractively nestled among  fragrant pine, orange and lemon trees, surrounded by gardens of pretty bougainvillea and oleander. With a private beach, gourmet dining, sophisticated spa and tailor-made excursions, this is an ideal location from which to venture to the nearby cultural sites.

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Croatia is a hot destination and Dubrovnik really comes alive during the height of its summer season, when the whole city embraces the performing Arts. The Dubrovnik Summer Festival is the highlight of the cultural calendar, with locals and tourists alike celebrating an alfresco programme of music, dance, ballet and literature. Known by locals as ‘The Summer Games’, the famous cobbled streets, squares and facades form an impressive outdoor stage. Whether you are drawn to the exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, engaged by the performances at the official theatre, or moved by the enthralling music and ballet programmes, visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate a rich collection of art — including film screenings at the Jadran open-air cinema. Whether it is the elegance of the Rector’s Palace, the emotive atmosphere of the island of Lokrum, or the iconic Stradun, all of Dubrovnik presents itself as a fascinating backdrop. There is, of course, traditional Croatian dance, music and folk heritage to experience too.

Alfresco Treasures In Croatia

From sophisticated land attractions, to crystal-clear water, the coastline is a timeless magnet for visitors. With such a rich variety of sailing and watersports activities available, guests can gain a glorious perspective from the dazzling Adriatic Sea. What better way to explore the stunning Croatia coastline than by boat, water taxi or sea kayak? Dubrovnik highlights most definitely include taking to the water via a sea kayak, sailing the beautiful Elafiti Islands or Lapad Bay, enjoying thrilling watersports at Copacabana Beach or scuba-diving below the sparkling surface. Alternatively, for those with a head for heights, the city’s cable-car provides superb views of the walled city, leaving more time for alfresco dining!

A Taste Of Croatia

Whilst the alluring appeal of the radiant shoreline is much celebrated, other must-do activities include savouring delicious, award-winning, indigenous wine from the boutique wineries, such as the rich and full-bodied red, ‘Plavac Mali’, which is closely related to Zinfandel. Another ‘must-do’ is a boat trip from the small village of Mali Ston around a coastal inlet to gather local oysters from the bay — said to be ‘the envy of the French’, sampling these creamy fresh oysters gathered straight from the water and served with a splash of lemon, a zesty white wine and freshly baked crusty bread is simply divine! With warm and welcoming hospitality, sensational sunsets and such a rich history, Dubrovnik is, indeed, a jewel to be discovered. Following a visit to stunning Dalmatia, you’re bound to be left wondering quite why you’d left it so long to visit such a pristine and picturesque region of Croatia.

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