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Step into Dubrovnik and step into another world…

With early, red-roofed buildings clustered together in the old town, and cathedrals, churches and palaces enclosed by the medieval city walls, it’s easy to see why the city has been called the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'.

Restored after the 1991 civil war, the old city - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site - lies on the Dalmatian Coast, looking over the Adriatic and the island of Lokrum.

Along the coastline is the Dubrovnik Riviera, dotted with attractive beaches, villages and islands.

The village of Mlini (named after the milling that took place there) is about 10 kilometres from Dubrovnik. Enjoy a stroll along the promenade, perhaps pausing for a coffee or to browse the shops. Then again, you could visit the Konavle Valley, or cruise the beautiful Elaphite Islands. When it comes to Dubrovnik holidays, there’s a never-ending list of things to do.

Culture and history

Dubrovnik has a history as a maritime city, with the city’s prosperity largely based on its maritime trade. It was the capital of the Republic of Ragusa - a maritime republic centred around the city - and became known for its wealth and diplomacy. The area became developed during the 15th and 16th centuries, but experienced a tumultuous existence - including invasion from Venice, and again from Napoleon Bonaparte.

This troubled past continued into World War II, where Dubrovnik became part of the Independent State of Croatia - occupied first by the Italian army, and then by the German army. Following the war, communist leadership continued, resulting in the city becoming part of the Socialist Republic of Croatia and Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The countries declared their independence in the early nineties, although this resulted in much conflict in and around the city – in fact, 56% of Dubrovnik’s buildings were damaged by artillery attacks.

Damage caused by the shelling was repaired during the mid-nineties, with the repairs conducted in the original style - in accordance with UNESCO guidelines. In the modern day, Dubrovnik has famously appeared in many TV shows and films, including Game of Thrones and Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Things to do

Dubrovnik offers plenty of things for visitors to see and do – whether you want to marvel at the city’s historical architecture, enjoy a visit to some of the many museums, or take a dip in the crystal clear waters.

Just outside the old town walls you can take a cable car to the top of Mount Srđ, offering panoramic views of the old town, the island of Lokrum and the Adriatic Sea.

We can’t talk about things to do in the city without mentioning the old town. There are two ways to explore Dubrovnik's old town. Wander through the intricate streets, taking in its old monasteries, beautiful palaces, and discovering restaurants and bars hidden away.

Alternatively, you can see the town from a height by walking the town's wall. You can access the perimeter from a number of checkpoints in the town and, although it although it includes a number of stairs to get there, it is worth it for the 360-degree views. The perimeter is approximately two km long, and it will take around two hours to explore the full circle. Although it closes just before darkness, it is also a spectacular spot to watch the sun go down over the Adriatic.


As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departing on your Dubrovnik holidays.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.


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