A historical gem on the Adriatic coastline, Dubrovnik has been capturing hearts long before it featured in the famous Game of Thrones. With its spires, walls, and red rooftops carved against the blue sea and plethora of boutique hotels, there’s no wonder that it’s started to attract superyachts along the coastal path of Croatia over the last decade.
The Old Town is one of the most romantic calling cards in the deck for Dubrovnik, boasting a staggering 80 churches and scores of ancient buildings to keep history buffs entertained. For those who prefer to spend their time outside, the cable car to the summit of Mount Srd, the wild array of watersports and the delectable Turkish, Hungarian and Mediterranean infused cuisine will satiate any appetite.
Where to Stay
Being only a stone’s throw from the ancient and infamous walls of Dubrovnik makes the Hotel Excelsior a sophisticated option for those seeking a historic stay in the heart of the Old Town. The Excelsior has held onto its five-star status thanks to its highly prestigious former guests like Queen Elizabeth II and Francis Ford Coppola. Spectacularly overlooking both the Adriatic Sea and the ancient Old Town, the hotel adds another layer of special with its private beach, three restaurants and gentle quiet gardens.
Check out our picks of the finest hotels in Dubrovnik when deciding on accommodation.
Where to Dine
Nautika sets the standard when it comes to the fine dining restaurants in Dubrovnik. The establishment pulls in a plethora of celebrity guests, from Roger Moore to Eva Longoria, all clamoring for space on the charming terrace in the heart of the Old Town. Against the soundtrack of the Adriatic waves and the sight of the white fortress walls changing color in the setting sun; this is the perfect spot for losing yourself in the rich lobster rolls and the warm formal service.
In addition to our Dubrovnik Destination Guide, take a peek at our Restaurant Guide for the city’s top culinary experiences.
What to Do
While not a major shopping destination, Dubrovnik is a city full of surprises and boasts some beautiful boutique gems for fashion lovers. Boutique Croata claims that the tie originated from Croatia in the 17th century and thus offers some beautiful examples, woven from silk and placed in pretty boxes.
For designer wares then the Maria Concept Store boasts floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing pieces from Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy, among other names. Rectors Palace is another great place to swing by if you want to buy Victorian-inspired dresses from the artistic hands of Negrin.
Splurge on spa treats with a visit to Dubrovnik’s most impressive spa at the Sun Gardens. The five-star resort with stunning sea views and a truly extensive treatment menu has won over the likes of Kate Moss and Renee Zellweger. Every beauty ingredient in the place is created from all-natural ingredients, whether it’s the wildflowers on the hillside or the mineral extracts from the Dalmatian. Opt for the spa marine privilege treatment so your body can be coated in gold or silver.
The walls tell the tale of Dubrovnik’s history and walking along them on a soft summer’s eve is a must. For fans of the popular Game of Thrones series, you can even take a tour of the many sets used to portray the Red Keep and Kings Landing. The city of Dubrovnik is wonderfully walkable, offering an array of cobbled streets, pretty squares and luscious fountains.
To see the city from up high take the Cable Car to Panorama for a glass of wine. Riding the cable car is fun enough, yet the views from the top stretch all the way across the Adriatic Sea. Be sure to bag a table close to sunset so you can watch the bay beneath turn into a blur of beautiful twinkling lights. Another prime spot for sunset cocktails is the aptly named Sunset Lounge at the five-star Dubrovnik Palace. Minimalist décor, a 9th-floor view, Zen-like water features and a glorious aperitif list make this a jewel in the crown of Dubrovnik’s cocktail scene.
What to Pack
This Fallon Gold-Plated Brass Bracelet consists of stylish interlocking curb links that sparkle in the light of a Dubrovnik summer. It’s a versatile piece that will be just as stylish when lounging by the pool as to when you’re out for sunset cocktails. Throw in this Bottega Veneta Cassette Padded Leather Crossbody Bag to hold all your essentials when you’re exploring the Old Town. Its slim profile prioritizes comfort while still being spacious enough for your day-to-day needs, while the gold chain strap is a stylish touch on top of it all.
For the men, these Balenciaga D-Frame Sunglasses are ideal for taking in the sights of Dubrovnik. The sleek pair is a seasonal favorite for its versatility with just about any outfit, while simultaneously shielding your eyes from harsh UV rays. We’re also looking towards this TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph as the go-to timepiece throughout the duration of your stay. Celebrating the Red Bull Racing Team, the polished stainless steel case and reliable quartz movement embody the excellence in Swiss engineering.