Dubrovnik is known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, and it’s certainly a name that suits. The city, with its picturesque streets and medieval architecture, such as the Doge’s Palace and 14th Century Franciscan monastery, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Like taking a trip back in time, if you’re looking for incredible history and culture, then few places beat Dubrovnik.
The historic town of Dubrovnik is located in the hilly countryside of Dalmatia, just on the sea. The city trances the area’s winding coastline, its old medieval walls dropping into the water, as dramatic as any cliff face. Its terracotta roofed buildings with their white facades give the place a classic Mediterranean feel, and will even remind those discerning history fans amongst you of Roman architecture. All this to the backdrop of green hills and mountains makes the town awe-inspiring to look upon.
Room to build isn’t in ample supply around Old City Dubrovnik, what with those walls, so hotels in the city have to compromise on space. Still, its historic hotels are cosy and provide guests with all the mod cons needed for a perfect stay: most hotels provide an intimate restaurant, free internet and romantic interior design.
Dubrovnik is more than just the historic old city; the region has a selection of beautiful, picturesque villages, all within driving distance. To the west lies a small peninsula, Lapad, famous for its beaches, including the stunning Uvala Lapad. Just off the peninsula you’ll also find Mljet Island, known for its lovely waterfront and peaceful parks, as well as their more upmarket four and five star hotels – great for a romantic getaway.
A one and a half hour ferry ride from Dubrovnik is the island of Korcula. Here you’ll find the beautiful and historic town of the same name, which was be the birthplace of famed explorer, Marco Polo. It's a lot quieter than Dubrovnik, so great for those looking for a relaxing break away from the usual, well-worn touristy spots. The beautiful island has mainly three star hotels, but many of these are right on the beach, most offering complimentary breakfast.
If it’s beaches you’re after, the peninsula across from Korcula, Orebic, is known to have the most beautiful beaches in the area. There are a number of hotels and other accommodation options here too. Use Expedia’s search function to find your perfect hotel in the Dubrovnik area.