A luxury holiday in Dubrovnik is, quite simply, a one-off experience. The 'Pearl of the Adriatic' is one of the world's most beautiful cities and is home to a treasured UNESCO-listed Old Town. Come to Dubrovnik, and experience its storybook charm, excellent cuisine, delightful beaches, and atmospheric historical attractions.
The first time you lay eyes on Dubrovnik, you'll feel as though you've stepped into a fairytale: rolling down from forested hills, the undulating terracotta rooftops of this city spill out into the brilliant blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, creating one of the most magical cityscapes in Europe. Not content to be just a pretty picture though, Dubrovnik is also one of the best preserved medieval settlements you'll see on your travels - one that is fiercely protected today, and this is epitomised by the imposing city walls which guard the UNESCO-listed Old Town.
Start by walking along the walls themselves for spectacular views of the Adriatic, then hit the stone cobbled laneways and plazas to see the city's cathedral, Sponza Palace and Church of Saint Blaise. People watching is also an essential part of the day, and the outdoor cafes that grace Luza Square and the Stradum provide a perfect location to enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by.
Within easy reach of Dubrovnik are lovely natural attractions like the pine-studded Island of Lokrum, only 600 metres from the city's shores, and the remarkable Mljet National Park, which you can get to via catamaran. You can bike and hike through Mljet's gorgeous forests, or take to the saltwater lakes and sightsee from a kayak instead.
Dubrovnik is a popular year-round destination and this is partially thanks to its temperate weather. In the height of summer (July-August) the city can reach 30°C, but is kept cool by breezes coming off the sea.
In the popular shoulder months of May-June and September-October, the temperature hovers between 15-26°C, and is perfect weather for enjoying the sights and exploring the city on foot. In general, winters are mild, at around 8-14°C with the odd spot of rain.
Food and drink are an essential part of the luxury experience in Dubrovnik. While all budgets are catered for, the top-end restaurants and innovative local chefs are taking fine dining to a whole new level. In Dubrovnik, eating out is an occasion, particularly if you're dining on a rooftop terrace overlooking the Adriatic or nestled in a secluded 16th century courtyard.
Seafood reigns supreme, with fresh octopus and oysters from nearby Ston a speciality, while dry white wines made from the indigenous Posip grape provide the ideal accompaniment.