Dubrovnik has long been one of my favourite cities, its beauty unsurpassed by almost any other coastal city I can think of. It is hot though, and sometimes unbearably crowded.
You could go in the off season of course, but then you might find things closed. And what is Dubrovnik without a cold Karlovacko sipped at one of its infamous Buza bars post Adriatic dip? No, this is a city that remains at its best in the sultry summer. Here’s my guide to the perfect Big Weekend here, as published in the Sunday Times.
I love Croatia. From my very first visit in 2006 I fell in love with its islands, coastline and coves, not to mention its fantastic food and wine.
So I was delighted to unveil some of my secret spots for the Sunday Times this weekend, in a cover feature on the country’s awesome foursome: Dubrovnik, Hvar and Brac, Istria and the Kvarner Gulf.
Read my double-page guide to Croatia online here.
Dubrovnik is a popular destination – once for traders, now for tourists. There is plenty to see and do here, but the real joy is in finding a spot by the sparkling Adriatic to kick back and take in the view, beer in hand. The trouble is, everyone wants the same thing.
Avoid the crowds spilling from the numerous coach parties and cruise ships with my top ten picks for things to do in the city:
1. Watch the sun set over the Adriatic from one of Dubrovnik’s famous “hole in the wall” bars – Buza 1 or its rival Buza 2.
2. Walk the city’s ancient walls.
3. Take a boat to the uninhabited island of Lokrum, a protected nature reserve.
4. Eat fresh seafood at Arsenal restaurant in the old harbour.
5. Drink cocktails at the beachside Eastwest bar.
6. Sip strong coffee in the morning sun at Bistro Slasticarna on the city’s main street, Stradun.
7. Visit one of the world’s oldest pharmacies (more than 700 years and counting) at the Franciscan monastery.
8. Sunbathe on Banje beach.
9. Listen to live music at the Troubadour Hard Jazz Café.
10. Take the cable car for panoramic views of the city.
As published in the Express, January 2014.
Croatia is one of my favourite destinations – and somewhere that I am sure will only increase in popularity in 2014. Although Dubrovnik is the most touristy of the country’s cities – and a particular favourite of coach parties and cruises – there are still plenty of ways to escape the maddening crowds.
Find out how to get the best out of this beautiful city in my recent piece for the Express, here.