Oliver Broad

We visit the Dubrovnik Riviera

16.07.15 | Oliver Broad

My first visit to the very southern tip of Croatia was met with trepidation, not really knowing too much about the country other than the war that took place during the 1990s. This feeling was soon dismissed as I boarded our two-and-a-half-hour flight to Dubrovnik. Coming in to land, those of us on the left side of the aircraft were treated to a spectacular view along Croatia’s rugged coastline.

After a short transfer we arrived at Grand Hotel Park, Dubrovnik, which was our base for the next four nights. The locals could not have been more helpful, from assisting me with my baggage to tips and recommendations on places to visit.

Dubrovnik is probably the most famous city in Croatia. The medieval walled city is a listed Unesco heritage site that has survived earthquakes and attacks throughout the years. A visit to the local patisseries is a must for those with a sweet tooth; just be careful what you order because the portions are usually on the large side!

Experience the magnificent view from the top of the medieval wall (for a small fee) overlooking the many islands off the coast. Many of these are inhabited and free from vehicles.

One of my favourite islands was Lopud, where a magnificent hotel has been added. Built to resemble two cruise ships, this little haven can only be reached by boat and is the perfect setting for those who wish to hire some bicycles and explore the island.

For those who get itchy feet after a couple of hours sunbathing, Croatia has all you could need to make your holiday one to remember. Board one of the local boat services that journeys between the towns and villages along the coastline. Be sure to make time for the small harbour town of Cavtat. The promenade has a number of cafes and restaurants to sample, overlooking the small marina and with fabulous views of the sea.

For those looking to stay a little longer, I recommend a twin-centre holiday. Combine a stay in the old city of Dubrovnik, with a stay on one of the islands or quieter resorts of Cavtat.

Call us to book your holiday to Croatia now on 01543 258 631 or email vip@rbcollection.com.



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