Dubrovnik is a striking city, steeped in history, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn the city has been immortalised in films many times. In fact, King's Landing, famed city from the popular television series Game of Thrones was filmed in Croatia, with Dubrovnik being the main location. This led to an even bigger flow of tourist arriving at Dubrovnik Airport all throughout the year making it the busiest location in Croatia and breaking its own record every year. This Mediterranean pearl is a city republic that never surrendered to Venetians nor to the Turks, but instead, grew its prosperity and cultural richness by trading with the many nations throughout the Mediterranean. A car or a car hire in Dubrovnik is an essential for a curious tourist, as its outskirts and surroundings have so much to offer, though the centre itself is best explored by foot.
Fully embrace Dubrovnik and the Mediterranean by visiting the Ancient City Walls . Blend into the liveliness of the Old Town , the heart of the city. From there, ascend to the top of the city in the Dubrovnik Cable Car and enjoy the remarkable view of the mountains and islands!
Dubrovnik is very walkable, and the city center is a pedestrian zone. Overall, the city is full of narrow one-way streets that can quickly become a harrowing driving experience.The maximum BAC level is 0.05 % , and there is a Zero Tolerance Law for novice drivers or drivers 21 years of age or younger. If you will be renting a car, ask your accommodation receptionist if they offer parking facilities. The best time to travel to Dubrovnik (weather-wise) is the quiet and pleasant months of September and October . Summer is considered peak season ,and prices will be higher. However, bargains can still be found in the nearby towns and villages around Dubrovnik. Cavtat town , for example, is one of them.
We can’t stress this enough: explore the Old Town and visit the Big Onofrio Fountain , named after its architect, Onofrio della Cava. Don’t miss Old Town’s main street and shopper’s sanctuary, Stradun Street . You’ll find plenty of charming cafes nested in between the shops. Old Town is where you can truly breathe in the spirit of the city.
Although this is highly unlikely, but should you get tired of Dubrovnik, you can explore other beautiful areas also. Having a rental can turn out to be very handy when visiting nearby places, while some other areas can only be reached by passenger ferries.
Our first recommendation are the small nearby islands known as Elafiti islands , in particularly Kolocep , Lopud and Sipan islands which are the only ones that are inhabited. Keep in mind that Kolocep and Lopud are car-free destinations. Needless to say, that visitors come here to get away from Dubrovnik's liveliness and to admire the untouched nature all around. Getting to the islands is easy– head to Dubrovnik port, take a ferry boat and enjoy!
Another suggestion is Peljesac Peninsula – a one-hour drive north from Dubrovnik. Expect long sandy beaches, vineyards and olive tree plantations. For a day out on the beach, head to Trstenica beach in Orebic . What is more, the captivating Korcula island can be reached by a passenger or a car ferry from Orebic port.
Before you take the ferry boat, save time and go on wine tasting not far from the aforementioned Trstenica beach.
Are you a windsurfer or simply eager to try new things? For some awesome windsurfing action drive to Viganj and have a blast!
Dubrovnik cuisine is based on fresh foods ranging from fruits to meats, in particular fish and other seafood .There’s an Italian feel to the cuisine with the same love for olive oil. Try the local green menestra , a meat and cabbage stew. The Dalmatian octopus salad is not to be missed as well as black risotto , shellfish , grilled sardines and more. Order a traditional dessert called Rozata , which is basically a Dubrovnik version of crème brulee. They are also extremely proud of their red wines , with Plavac Mali being the star of the show. You can taste their healthy local food in restaurants along Prijeko Street , while you admire the Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance style buildings.
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