Dubrovnik is entrancing to visit any time of year but in summer it reaches its peak of loveliness, with guaranteed sun and beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea. Yes, it’s rammed with visitors re-enacting scenes from Game of Thrones, but it is possible to dodge the worst of the bottlenecks. Here are 10 things to do in Dubrovnik in the summer.
The UNESCO-listed city of Dubrovnik sits behind mighty ramparts and is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its medieval core is the focus of most city itineraries, a photogenic labyrinth of cobbled streets, Gothic and Renaissance palaces, fine churches, museums and monasteries. Bisected by the thoroughfare of Stradun, the top 10 sights in Dubrovnik are all the more remarkable for having risen from the ashes of the Balkan Wars in the 1990s. Its historic heart now flanked by an array of stylish shops, restaurants and hotels, Dubrovnik is a popular berth for cruise liners as well as yachts heading for the Elafiti Islands, Mljet and Korčula.
With temperatures falling as low as 5°C and rarely rising above 12ºC, visiting Dubrovnik in winter offers a notable change from the busy summer months, but with rock-bottom prices and near-deserted sights, it’s a top choice for a bargain getaway.
We heard the waterfall as soon as we entered the park. With every step closer, the noise of water cascading through rocks got louder. And then we were speechless. Water rushed into a clear, blue-green water pool, surrounded by trees. A dozen people were swimming in the pool, turned golden by the shining sun above.
I was in Krka National Park, about one hour away from Zadar, Croatia. Krka is the country’s youngest national park, having been established in 1985, and it’s famous for Skradinski Buk, a clear natural pool with a stunning series of waterfalls created by the Krka river as it tumbles toward the coast. Viator’s Krka National Park Full-Day Tour from Zadar takes visitors through the best of what the park has to offer — if you’re staying in Zadar, it’s a great way to explore Krka without renting a car or tackling public transport.
“I am your captain and this is my espresso,” said the captain as he passed out traditional Croatian rakija, the most common form of domestic alcohol served throughout the country, to the passengers on board his ship.
“Cheers, salute, Živeli!”
And with that we set sail across the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea on the Dubrovnik Island-Hopping Cruise in the Elaphites. I instantly relaxed feeling the fresh sea breeze as the boat cruised through the water, with a full day trip to three different Dalmatian islands ahead. Accompanied by unlimited complementary wine and soft drinks, I knew I was in for a refreshing and enjoyable day.
With a history of wine production dating back to the 5th century BC and vineyards dotted all around the country, exploring Croatia’s wine regions makes a popular choice for a day trip and there are plenty of options for wine tasting around Dubrovnik.
As the summer haze begins to lift and the trees start to shed their leaves, autumn in Zagreb is alluring, and it’s not only a beautiful time for sightseeingbut the capital’s main cultural season. Start with admiring the fall foliage along Zagreb’s greenbelt, Lenuci’s Horseshoe in the Lower Town; strolling the scenic Strossmayer promenade; or venturing out to Maksimir Park or Jarun Lake to make the most of the final sunny days.
Croatia’s little-visited northwestern coast is a bewitching patchwork of lush hills, cobblestone villages and rocky beaches, surrounded by hundreds of islands, and it’s a haven for travelers looking to escape the busy Dalmatian resorts. Whether you want to cruise the islands, hunt for truffles or take a cycling tour, here are some ideas for fun things to do in Istria.
When I was a child, I would envision magical medieval cities as my mother read nighttime stories to me. Walking on top of Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls was like stepping back into that enchanted past, and was beyond a doubt the highlight of my visit to that history-filled medieval walled city.
The reigning “Pearl of the Adriatic” and among Croatia’s top summer destinations, Dubrovnik is one of Eastern Europe’s most captivating cities, with a huge variety of things to see and do. From exploring the medieval city to cruising along the coast or wine tasting in the Konavle Valley, here are 10 of the best tours from Dubrovnik.