George Bernard Shaw once famously said that “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik”. But what should you do while you're here? Olivia Paige shares the Adriatic Pearl's best bits with us.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik is known for its beautifully distinctive and well-preserved architecture, as one of the main filming locations for Game of Thrones and as the site of a not-so-distant siege that rocked the world in the 1990s. We take a look at some of the city's most unmissable attractions.
The City Walls
A walk around the city walls is a must-do in Dubrovnik. With incredible views into the Old Town within as well as the seascape beyond, the walls stretch for almost two kilometres of prime photo-taking beauty. Game of Thrones fans will also certainly recognise the terracotta rooftops of King's Landing.
Located in the centre of the Old Town, Sponza Palace is one of the most architecturally spectacular sights to see in Dubrovnik. Currently home to the city archives, it also hosts the opening ceremony of the city's summer festival (10 July to 25 August), and features exhibitions throughout the year.
Cable Car up to Mount Srd
The Cable Cars near the Ploce gate entrance to the Old Town are another great way to see Dubrovnik from high up. There might be a long queue, but it's well worth the wait if you want an easy route to the top of Mount Srd, which is over 400 metres high. At the top of the mountain you'll find fantastic views looking out over the city and the Adriatic sea, as well as a gift shop, restaurant and War Museum.
The pretty little islet of Lokrum is undoubtedly the best spot for swimming and sunbathing if you're based in Dubrovnik. Taxi-boats depart roughly every hour in the summer from the Old Town for 10-minute trip to this forested , rocky outcrop. There's also the ruins of a Benedictine monastery and a botanical garden to explore. The island is only open to the public from April to November.
War Photo Limited
Founded in 2003 by New Zealander photographer Wade Goddard who came to Dubrovnik to record the 1990's Siege, the gallery is both hard-hitting and extremely moving. While War Photo Limited's second floor provides a stark insight into wartime Croatia, its first floor has been dedicated to photographs of war zones across the globe.