Croatian is the official language.
English, German and Italian are widely understood.
Passports & Visas
Croatia is part of the EU, therefore visas are not required for UK and EU citizens.
Dubrovnik’s baroque architecture and luxurious marble streets are the first thing you’ll note when seeing the city for the first time. Easily one of the world’s most beautiful walled cities – Dubrovnik offers so much to those that travel there. We love to lounge on the picture perfect beaches, stroll the pedestrian only old town taking in the Baroque churches and striking red roof houses before resting in quaint cafes, taking in hundreds of years worth of architecture (Sponza Palace and the historic 12th century pharmacy) and eating divine dinners in the city’s astounding collection of waterside restaurants.
Dusk is our favourite time in the city – when the streets become dark and dimly lit by orange tinted streetlights, and Dubrovnik’s finest take their heels out to play in what is by far one of Croatia’s most exciting nightlifes – either don your most exquisite outfit to join the throngs or take it all in from the deck of a yacht perched in the marina. This mix of old world charm, exciting nightlife and absolutely stunning beaches make Dubrovnik a superb choice for a honeymoon in Croatia.
The sleepy little coastal town of Cavtat is beyond charming, with tight cobbled pathways, deserted rocky beaches, a wealth of wildlife that sits wrapped around the town, pristine crystal clear waters and a beautiful bay that forms a horseshoe in the sea – the setting is simply stunning.
Korcula’s astounding natural beauty is heavenly to say the least. The island is one of the greenest in the Adriatic and is lush with olive groves and vineyards – making it perfect for those who like to explore Croatia’s much loved wine varieties. The southern part of the island is formed by small quiet beaches and private coves where it’s possible to spend an entire day without seeing another person. Head inland to the main city of Korcula for an authentic small island market day – which serves, along with the islands 300 residents, a slow but steady stream of tourists. A small island town such as Korcula is a must see during your holidays to Croatia.
The tiny island of Lopud doesn’t let its size disappoint. This is where you go when you want a small, but awe-inspiring slice of luxury in Croatia. There are just 11km of coastline but almost all of it is white sanded with crystal clear topaz waters. When it comes time for you to leave the coast you should head inwards to the highest peak at Polacica which has a stunning dolomitic valley running between two parallel mountainous limestone ridges.
Covered by lush deep emerald forests, light green fields, vineyards and the tiniest of villages, Mljet Island is otherworldly in its beauty and unforgettably tranquil. The north of the island is the most beautiful, home to the Mljet National park and painted with saltwater lakes and pine forests – though there isn’t a single part of this island which is not exceptional.
Šipan is home to a thoroughly gorgeous marina where tiny boats brush against the shore as both residents and travellers alike share tales of Croatian adventures in water side cafes and bars. The island has a real lost at sea atmosphere to it – which only serves to accentuate the fable like shorelines that are lined with a modest selection of rocks, old wooden row boats, trees and all shades of sands – though the beaches here are not as interesting as the two beautiful towns – Sudurad & Sipanska Luka – which are linked by a road that runs directly through the olive and citrus groves on the island. Luckily, the road also brushes past the islands vineyards – home to the grapes that when ready, become the wine that is Sipan’s greatest feat so far.
Banje beach in Duborvnik is the region’s most famous beach. It offers views over the Old Town and plenty of facilities and entertainment.
The Copacabana beach in Dubrovnik is a large sandy beach in the Babin Kuk area of town. A great place for families with young children.
Lokrum island, the small island just in front of the Old Town, offers quiet rocky beaches and can easily be reached by taxi boat. Going for a swim here is a great way to escape the crowds.
The Dubrovnik Riviera is filled with natural and public beaches. Natural beaches are predominantly rocky, but pebbly and sandy beaches can be found in bays and coves as well. Many hotels in the Dubrovnik area have rocky beaches with sunbathing platforms.
Popular Sightseeing Attractions
Dubrovnik Old Town
With its fascinating city walls and old marble streets leading from one historic monument to the next, Dubrovnik is a living museum and the décor of many Game of Thrones scenes.
Located just outside of the city walls, this fort lies on a 40m high rock and has the following famous engraving above its entrance: “Freedom is not sold for all the gold in the world”.
Dubrovnik Cable Car
Ride to the top of Mound Srdj by cable car and enjoy the amazing views over Dubrovnik and its surroundings.
Botanical garden on Lokrum island
A collection of Australian, South American and Mediterranean pants can be found in the botanical garden. Just a 10 minute taxi boat ride away from the Old Town, it is a great place to go for a swim as well.
National Park Mljet
Mljet is known for its saltwater lakes, caves, cliffs, romantic beaches, breath taking hilltop views and the Islet of St Mary, which is home to a Benedictine monastery. What makes this islet truly unique is the fact that it is located on an island on a lake, which itself lies on an island.
A beautiful collection of historic gardens and groves, fountains and statues, spread over 25 hectares in the small village of Trsteno, just 18km northwest of Dubrovnik.
Events & Festivals
Dubrovnik International Film Festival
Showcasing foreign and domestic films in a way similar to the Cannes Film Festival.
Cilipi folklore evenings (June / September)
Traditional folk dancing takes place every Sunday in Cilipi village.
July & August
Cavtat Summer (July & August)
A variety of concerts and performances around Cavtat town.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival (July & August)
Various theatre, opera, music and dance events at open-air venues around the city.
Korcula Summer Events (July & August)
Almost every evening of the week another event takes places, such as traditional sword dancing, folklore evenings, donkey races, fishermen’s evenings and classical music evenings.
Mjlet Summer of Culture (July & August)
A 40-day event featuring music performances, theatre, folklore, exhibitions and art.
Dubrovnik in Late Summer
A classical music festival to enjoy in the Old Town in September.
Dubrovnik Wine and Jazz Festival
A perfect combination of good music and good wines. Both local and international Jazz artists perform at the festival.
Eating & Drinking
Try fresh sea food and fish dishes, prosciutto & cheese from Pag, meat dishes prepared under the ‘peka’ (a typical way of grilling) or traditional spit-roasted lamb at a tavern when you go inland.
Tap water is safe to drink. Croatian mineral water is widely available and of good quality.
Dalmatia offers excellent wines and homemade rakija (brandy).
Shops are open on Sunday in Croatia.
There is a wide choice of supermarkets and plenty of daily markets offering fresh food, clothing and souvenirs.
There are several large shopping centres in Dubrovnik
Tips are usually included in the bill. If not included, a tip of 10% is appropriate.
- Dubrovnik Airport
- Split Airport