Celebrated by A-list celebrities, culture fans and travel enthusiast; Dubrovnik has firmly earned its place on the holiday map of top destinations to visit. Inspired by its bustling nightlife, protected ancient landmarks, and breathtaking views; we’ve put together an itinerary of things for you to do, should you can manage to sneak away to this paradise for 36 hours.
Once you are out of the airport and completely overtaken by the need to explore, we recommend heading over to the Revelin Fortress. Just outside of the town walls and overlooking the Old Port, Revelin Fortress was completed in 1549 and has stayed standing ever since. It even survived an earthquake in 1667, due to its impeccable architecture. Once home to Cathedral treasures, Revelin Fortress is now used as a nightclub, and the setting for the Dubrovnik Festival. Tours around Revelin Fortress start from around £16.90.
Alternatively, you may opt to visit the Museum of Modern Contemporary Art instead. This museum showcases Croatian Art from the late 1800s onwards. However, before you even view the works on display, you will be completely captivated by the location. The building is a stunning sea-facing Banac Mansion. The art is displayed over four floors and 9 exhibition rooms, and be sure not to miss the intense shows in the garden and atrium.
Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Frana Supila 23, Dubrovnik, Croatia, +385 20 426 590
There are many reasons to fall in love in love with Villa Dubrovnik. For example; its sleek modern design? A work of art! It’s location on the sloping cliffs, at the edge of the Adriatic Sea? Perfection! It’s views that venture all the way over to the nearby island of Lokrum, and Rector’s Palace? Sensational! However, the pièce de résistance is that their onsite 5-star restaurant includes a waiter service that will bring food down for you to dine on the private beach. Luxury at its finest!
If you are after something that falls a bit more in keeping with the Croatia’s traditional sights, then stay at the boutique and beach hotel, Villa Wolff. This waterfront hotel exudes old world charm and personality in the most exclusive region of Dubrovnik. The hotel is surrounded by Mediterranean restaurants, which add to the areas romantic feel. We truly recommend booking the sea-view suites, which offer private balconies and whirlpool tubs.
For the following morning, venture to the heart of the city to enjoy breakfast at the rooftop restaurant Above 5. Described as “masters in modern gastronomy,’ Above 5 source local produce for their dishes, which change seasonally. This restaurant boasts uncompromised views of the ancient city walls, and a menu that includes breakfast favourites such as, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Royale, and a Salmon and Avocado Bowl with quinoa.
After a filling breakfast, you can exert your newfound energy on a Dubrovnik Discovery Walking Tour. This tour takes you past all the hidden gems of this culturally rich city, and its heritage. It is advised to leave 1-2 hours for the duration of this tour, however you have the flexibility of leaving whenever you wish to.
On the south-east side of the city, you will find access to Dubrovnik’s cable car service. Here, you can ride a cable car to the top of Mount Srd, to enjoy lunch at the Panorama Bar/Restaurant. Just as you thought nothing could rival Above 5 Restaurant and Bar, Panorama provides a view which spans across the entire city, surrounding sea, and islands. We’re sure you will also take full advantage of Panorama’s extensive and hand-picked wines list, as well as the homemade sweet treats! The menu includes a range of delicious Mediterranean fish, meat and vegetarian meals.
You’ve had an adventure filled morning, and of course you probably want a moment to relax, right? After all, it is a holiday! So at this point, we would suggest you spend some time whiling away the hours on Dubronik’s Uvala Lapad or Copacabana beach. However, as seasoned travellers, we already know the perils you can face on a European beach. Manoeuvring around the graveyard of sun loungers and towels, and a distinct lack of parasols, are only the tip of the iceberg. Thus, our alternative option is to visit Cave Bar More. Housed in an actual cave, this bar extends over three levels, and offers cocktails and relaxing sun-sofas; whilst retaining the beach and natural cave ambiance. The atmosphere is enhanced with soothing music and an outdoor water-level terrace.
Feeling truly revitalised, it’s worth taking in the sights of Fort Lovrijenac; now used as a venue for the performance of Hamlet during the Dubrovnik Festival. Whilst here, you also happen to be in the exact location for the Dubrovnik Sunset Sea Kayaking, and Snorkelling activity. The departure point is just underneath Fort Lovrijenac, in Pile Bay. This 3-hour excursion provides you with all the equipment to explore this city in one of the most unique ways possible. You will be able to kayak beneath the city walls, and snorkel around islands and caves. Not ones to scrimp on luxury, you will also be provided with a delicious meal and glass of wine on the beachside, whilst you watch the sunset.
Once freshened up, dressed, and ready to go; we urge you to indulge in the Peka Dinner at Konoba Konvale. When you book this experience, a private car will pick you and take you to this traditional family-run restaurant, famed for their gastronomic excellence. As with the theme of this getaway, you will dine on authentic Dalmatian cuisine, in front of panoramic views of the sea and mountain landscape. The most interesting part of this experience, is the way in which your evening meal will be cooked. This is, by using the traditional Croatian method of cooking meat and vegetables underneath a metal dome called a Peka. This meal will also be accompanied by the finest locally sourced wine.
End your night with a nightcap at Art Café, which is open until 2AM. The interior of this quirky pop-art haven is so psychedelic, you might question if there was anything extra added in with your dinner. However, we are sure you will quickly embrace the glow in the dark tables and settees made out of bathtubs and washing machines. Especially, when you try one of their innovative cocktails or smoothies.
Whether you have risen early and explored some breakfast venues, or spent your morning packing your bag and checking out of your hotel; we have one last activity recommendation before you leave. The Dominican Monastery is a 14th century Monastery house which holds treasured works of art. The art on show at this beautiful heritage site are comprised from significant artists during the 14th century. This includes local Croatian artists Nikola Božidarević and Lovro Dobričević; as well as Venetian artist, Pablo Veneziano.
Dominican Monastery, Svetog Dominika 4, Dubrovnik, Croatia,
Finally, before your flight back take the time to indulge in on last lunch, at Azur Dubrovnik. This exquisite restaurant combines spices from Eastern Asia with typical Croatian produce. Having recently opened a bar, Azur strive to constantly experiment with local Croatian produce and international flavours.