Explore an eclectic mix of bustling town centres and historical sites any time
Fly directly from the UK to Dubrovnik on flights averaging a comfortable three hours, to start enjoying that much-needed Croatian getaway in no time at all.
The old town in Dubrovnik is a highlight of all holidays to Croatia, boasting a fantastic selection of ancient monuments that are easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. Ride up the mountain in a cable car to gaze out over stunning views across the town, or spend some time relaxing in one of the area’s quaint coffee shops.
Head to nearby Cavtat for a pick of the best sunbathing spots that this region has to offer. With a generous mixture of shingle and sand beaches to choose from, it’s also possible to take a short stroll and explore some of the nearby towns and villages. If you’re in the market for something a little more fast paced, make your way to Porec and sample some traditional Croatian nightlife. Also worth visiting while you’re here is the Baredine Grotto, which invites visitors to take a 40-minute tour of these impressive caves.
The best time of year to book your last minute holiday
Holidays booked within eight weeks before departure are typically considered to be last minute, and it’s often during this time that you’ll find the best deals. Summers in Dubrovnik have a tendency to get very busy, with the weather at its best during July and August. Many of the hotels in the region close over winter, so your best bet for finding a good off-season deal is to travel within spring or autumn. From September to October and May to June for instance, temperatures remain comfortably warm and the region is far less crowded than it is during peak time.
Other popular holidays in Croatia
Whether you’re set on booking a last minute deal or are still weighing up your options, Croatia has a fantastic range of destinations to choose from. Take a look at nearby Novigrad or Vrsar for a selection of breaks that will see you heading into the Croatian sunshine in no time at all. If you’re set on escaping to Dubrovnik however, take a look at our travel guide for more information on how to plan your perfect last minute holiday to this medieval region. Here are a selection of the best last minute hotels in Dubrovnik to get you started.
While the thought of staying on a secluded island 25 minutes from Dubrovnik's mainland may seem a little daunting at first, this 4* adult-only hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Cocktail-making, pilates and aerobics classes are just a few of the activities available to guests, none of which need to be planned too far in advance. You'll find a relaxing coffee lounge here too, as well as a convenient buffet restaurant serving up a selection of Greek and international dishes.
If a last-minute coastal escape is on your mind, look no further than this inviting 3* retreat. The hotel is located right on the beach, with a sea-view swimming pool from which you can unwind and take in the area's natural beauty. With an onsite playroom for the kids, guests are just a stone's throw away from some of the most spectacular pine forest walking trails that Cavtat has to offer.
Located in a quiet village, the bustling city of Dubrovnik is just a 35-minute bus ride from this secluded 4* hotel. Choose between days spent reclining on the hotel sunloungers and taking advantage of the onsite buffet restaurant, or head into the city for a spot of retail therapy at one of Dubrovnik's many luxury boutiques. Back at your accommodation, the wellness area is the ideal place to book a spontaneous manicure before you head out to sample some of the hotel's evening entertainment.
This harbour-front hotel is one of the finest in Dubrovnik, located just a short stroll from the city's historic old town. With a generous selection of museums and monasteries to explore, it's ideal for those after a last-minute break packed with plenty of culture. The hotel itself boasts a buffet restaurant and a cafe selling cakes and pastries, while afternoons spent pondering around nearby Gruz market are always a highlight.