Dubrovnik And Islands Holidays 2019/2020

Hands up who wants to take a trip to a beautiful coast? A place where the blue of the sky dovetails to the sea, where towns nestle in dense pine forests, and where there are coves and bays just waiting to be explored? If this sounds like your idea of perfection, then a holiday in Dubrovnik just moved to the top of your list.

Dubrovnik And Islands Holiday Deals 2019/2020

Red Coral Apartments

Cavtat, Dubrovnik and Islands, Croatia

(44)

7 Nights

8th Oct 2020

Self Catering

Cardiff - Direct

Based On Studio with Limited Sea View and Balcony


Price from £422pp£449pp

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Cavtat Hotel

Cavtat, Dubrovnik and Islands, Croatia

(1616)

14 Nights

8th Oct 2020

Bed and Breakfast

Cardiff - Direct

Based On Twin Room


Price from £646pp£695pp

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Port 9 Apartments

Korcula, Dubrovnik and Islands, Croatia

(102)

7 Nights

8th Oct 2020

Self Catering

Cardiff - Direct

Based On 1 Bedroom Apartment with Balcony or Terrace


Price from £499pp£531pp

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A city steeped in history

Dubrovnik wasn’t always the popular holiday hotspot you see today. The city has been destroyed twice, once by an earthquake in 1667 and again in the early 1990s by the war of independence with Yugoslavia, which decimated the city and its people. Dubrovnik, however, is a survivor. It’s been restored to its former glory and has become a popular getaway for those looking for holidays to Croatia. Visitors can once again walk down its marbled streets and appreciate its plentiful monuments and famous city walls.


Currency: Croatian Kuna

Language: Croatian

Time Difference: GMT +1

Religion: Roman Catholic

Regions

Brela

Situated in the Makarska Riviera, Brela is a small and idyllic Croatian resort which offers a cosy combination of beach culture, pine forests and light tourist entertainment. Still regarded as one of Croatia's hidden gems, a visit to Brela is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Cavtat

Cavtat and its peninsula are located in the Dalmatian region in the southern-most part of the Croatian coast. It's one of the most beautiful areas in Croatia and home to luxury hotels that offer indulgent getaways. This stunning location boasts elegant tree-lined promenades, smart waterfront boutiques and restaurants.

Dubrovnik

The city of Dubrovnik is in the southernmost point of Croatia. This stunning location offers an elegant Old Town, hip beach areas and a sweep of islands just off the coastline. Dubrovnik also has a modern side, with a great selection of local boutiques, cafes, restaurants and vibrant bars.

Kolocep Island

Widely considered as one of the most remarkable islands in the Elaphites, Kolocep has just 165 inhabitants and is a must-visit on any Croatia holiday. In turn, a visit to this Adriatic beauty is both picturesque and intimate, with no cars allowed but plenty of scenic walks that lead to some of the most stunning beaches in the area.

Korcula

Holidays in Korcula take you on a trip to an island of contrasts. Thick forest dominates the interior landscape, while around the coast are colourful fishing villages where fishermen unload their catch each day. You're never far from a beach, with charming pebbled bays like Zrnovska Banja, where windsurfers breeze across the water, or sandy havens such as Plaza Przina, where kids enjoy playing in the sand before cooling off in the clear-blue water. Korcula Town, or 'Little Dubrovnik' as it's known, bears a striking similarity to the famous medieval city of Dubrovnik, with ricotta-topped houses, city walls and historical landmarks aplenty.

Lopud Island

Holidays to Croatia come in various forms. Whether you want to soak up city vibes, spend time on the beach, or hike through wild forests, there's a region to suit. However, Lopud Island holidays encapsulate them all. This car-free island off the coast of Dubrovnik has classy bars, beautiful beaches and plenty of opportunities for sporting activities, including hiking, cycling and kayaking. And because it's only a short ferry journey away from Dubrovnik, you can explore the cultural city then escape to a more peaceful place to call home.

Mlini

Lots of people go on holidays to Croatia. Even so, you probably haven't heard of Mlini, and that's part of its charm. This unspoiled town is located on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, surrounded by forests, mountains and turquoise seas. It's the place to go for footprint-free beaches and delicious local cuisine. What's more, the ancient city of Dubrovnik is just a short bus ride away.

Mljet

Mljet holidays can be as active or relaxing as you please. Whether you want to cycle the length of the island or doze on the beach, it's all possible. Mljet is one of the larger islands off the coast of Croatia, and its luscious greenery makes it easy to spot. Mljet is relatively unspoilt, and there's a wealth of local produce to try. The island's wines, olives and goat's cheese is sublime, while the rich marine life means there's always fresh seafood to eat. From lakes and ancient monasteries to the soothing coastline and wandering hiking paths, Mljet offers a unique experience for any holidays to Croatia.

Orasac

From pirates to panoramic views, holidays in Orasac are a dream come true for sun worshippers and explorers alike. A jewel of the Dalmatian coast, this idyllic village with a big history gleams at the bottom of Vracevo Brdo, or Sorcerer's Hill. Surrounded by age-old olive groves, a smattering of ancient landmarks hide in the hills above a glorious sand-and-pebble beach and picturesque harbour. Built in the 10th century, the village remains faithful to the past, with tightly-knit houses lining its narrow streets and numerous old churches gracing the locality.

Orebic

Located on the southern coast of the Pelješac Peninsula, Orebic is a peaceful town surrounded by lush greenery and majestic landscapes. It's the most popular resort in the peninsula, mainly down to its sandy beaches – it's a true gem if you're looking for holidays to Croatia! There are plenty of opportunities to be active here. The nearby St Elias Mountain has climbing and hiking trails, while there's also cycling, surfing and diving to be found. The town itself is surrounded by pine groves, while a strip of beaches separates it from the bright-blue Adriatic. Thanks to the imposing St Elias Mountain, Orebic is protected from cold winds so it's always a few degrees warmer than elsewhere in the peninsula.

Sipan

Located 17km off the coast of Dubrovnik is Sipan Island. As far as holidays to Croatia go, it's a peaceful place with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. It's the largest of the Elaphiti Islands, and is a popular destination with visitors to Croatia. As it's so easy to pop over on the ferry from Dubrovnik, Sipan Island holidays need little extra planning. You can enjoy the rustic trails, fresh seafood and natural beauty of the tranquil island while getting to visit Croatia's famous medieval city. As well as beaches that sit aside the clear-as-glass Adriatic, you'll find delicious meals. From olives and figs to tomatoes and fruits, the island is bountiful in flavoursome food.

Slano

Everyone needs to recharge their batteries sometimes and taking a holiday to Slano, Croatia, with its spectacular scenery and temperate climate, offers the ideal opportunity to relax and unwind. This picture-perfect town, nestled into an azure bay, surrounded by pine-covered mountains and clear-blue skies, is a great place to re-energise while enjoying a taste of authentic Croatia. Sample some of the local dishes in the town's tavernas and restaurants, laze on quiet beaches and coves, and explore pine forests, vineyards and olive groves via the walking and cycling trails which lace through the countryside.

Srebreno

When it comes to easy-going Croatian beach holidays in the sunshine, Srebreno is at your service. At its core is a sleepy little beach that's backed by hikeable mountains, but history-charged Dubrovnik is just a short drive away along the coast and you can reach peaceful Mlini via the promenade.

Zaton Mali

When you think of holidays to Croatia, it's unlikely that Zaton Mali springs to mind. This tiny seaside resort is a relatively-unknown destination. The upshot is that you'll find a perfectly tranquil atmosphere here, even during the busy summer months. With its pristine beaches, local restaurants and beautiful natural surroundings, Zaton Mali holidays are all about relaxing. However, if you feel like a night on the tiles, the beautiful city of Dubrovnik is only a short distance away.

Location

Map showing the location of Dubrovnik And Islands View Dubrovnik And Islands on the map

Medieval magic

Dubrovnik has been the saviour of many a holiday debate, as it satisfies those who crave beautiful beaches and cultural hotspots. A wave of terracotta greets you on your arrival to this mesmerising city and takes you all the way to Pile Gate, where you’ll enter the iconic Old Town. Surrounded by the old-town walls, which date from the 10th century and have a fortress in each corner, it exudes Croatian history.

At one end of the main street, called Stradun (also known as Placa), is the Onofrio Fountain. At the other end, the Orlando Column, and in-between you’ll find everything from a Franciscan Monastery to a Rector’s Palace which has been turned into a museum. And don’t miss the Cathedral, home to a painting of the Virgin Mary by Titian, or Sponza Palace, where you can see a memorial to the people who died in the war of independence.

A different view of Dubrovnik

Honeymooning on your Dubrovnik holiday? Why not visit the world’s first museum dedicated to love and romance, the Love Stories Museum. You can find it at Pile Gate just outside the Old Town. And hardcore Game of Thrones fans may want to take a walking tour and see where the TV series was filmed.

For the best views of the city and the surrounding areas, jump in a cable car and ride to the top of Mount Srd. Once you’ve taken in the splendour of the Old Town, beaches and neighbouring islands, you can grab a bite to eat in the restaurant at the top or visit the Museum of the Croatian War of Independence, which is located in Fort Imperial.

Sun, sand and snorkelling

Dubrovnik has plenty of beaches to relax on and indulge in water sports. Shimmering water laps against pebble shores, the dazzling sun beats down on terracotta roofs and boats of all sizes can be found along the shoreline. The most popular spot is Banje Beach, located near Ploce Gate. It can get busy in summer – some come to soak up the sun, while more adventurous types hire speedboats and jet skis and take to the sea. If you want to get up close with marine life in the area, grab your mask and snorkel and head to Buža or Dance, dip into the clear water and explore the rocks and sea creatures who live in them.

Day-trip wonders

A holiday in Dubrovnik wouldn’t be complete without some island-hopping along the coast. You’ll love day trips to Elaphite islands like Sipan and Lopud. Sipan may be small, covering just six square miles, but it’s big on activities. For the nature lover, there are hiking trails, fishing and swimming in crystal water to enjoy. For the foodies among you, take a trip to an olive grove or vineyard, and finish off with a seafood meal in Sudurad, where you can watch fishermen unload their catch at the harbour.

The second-largest of the Elaphites, the car-free island of Lopud is a must for history buffs. Here you’ll find the ruins of monasteries, churches and palaces which were destroyed in the 1667 earthquake. A Franciscan monastery looks down on the village of Lopud, and it’s worth trekking up to the old fortress for breathtaking views of the island. From there you’ll see one of the best beaches in the Dubrovnik region, Sunj Bay, a beautiful horseshoe-shaped beach with pale sand (something of a rarity in Croatia).

George Bernard Shaw summed up perfectly why you should take a Dubrovnik holiday when he said, ‘Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.’ It’s an impressive city steeped in history, and the Old Town is more than worthy of its Unesco World Heritage site status. One not to be missed.