On Croatia’s sensational coastline, Dubrovnik is a true gem of Adriatic.
Offering a fantastic blend of delicious food, welcoming atmosphere, striking architecture, and often gorgeous climate throughout the year, the famous former Venetian port can often prove to be a wonderful holiday destination.
Taking a look at the famous old port and surrounding spectacular region, here are some key places to experience whilst spending time along the beautiful Adriatic coast.
1. Dubrovnik Old Town
Prominently featured throughout the global smash hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik’s old town is today a key tourist draw and a star attraction all in its own right.
The city was famously used as the filming location for King’s Landing, the grand capital of the fictional Westeros.
On arrival, visitors are often struck by the sheer beauty of this amazing city.
Surrounded by city walls, true Adriatic treasures await visitors as they step into the city threshold.
UNESCO-listed, Dubrovnik’s charming Old Town is one of the continent’s greatest historic quarters.
During a wander around the area, hours can slip by as you weave your way through alleys and squares that are equally memorable both during the day and at night.
2. The Elaphiti Islands
Easily reached, a visit to the stunning Elaphiti Islands can be the perfect day trip experience.
A collection of small islands, the sparsely populated Elaphiti Islands are relatively unspoilt.
Also known as the ‘Deer Islands’, cruising around the islands is simply a must-experience with the island of Lokrum a popular port of call.
Once a holiday destination favoured by Austrian royalty, a number of attractions can be found throughout Lokrum including a Benedictine Monastery, colourful Botanical Gardens and a picturesque Salt Lake.
3. Our Lady of the Rocks
Resting out in the beautiful Bay of Kotor, visitors to the region often decide to venture out to two small islets found off the coastline.
One of the islets, the man-made Our Lady of the Rocks, was built centuries ago and is a key local landmark.
A single church dating back to the 17th century stands on the islet.
The church is instantly recognisable thanks to its domed roof and accompanying spire, both painted blue.
A popular touring day excursion, Mostar is another of the continent’s great UNESCO-listed sites.
Separated in two by the Neretva River, the city can be found across the Croatian border in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina.
During a visit, major historical attractions to look out for include the city’s wondrous Old Town and Old Bridge, a wonderful piece of engineering spanning across the river, connecting either side of the city.
Another fascinating place to experience, Kotor in the neighbouring country of Montenegro is best known for its fjord-like bay and magical waterfront.
Originally a fortress, the town’s origins can be traced all the way back to the 5th century.
Rivalling the beauty of the famous fjords of Norway, the Bay of Kotor is a jaw-dropping stretch of water.
During time enjoyed in the city, we thoroughly recommend spending time around the Old Port and keeping an eye out for Kotor Cathedral and its towering bell towers.
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