George Bernard Shaw lavished praise on this city, proclaiming ‘those who seek paradise on earth should seek it in Dubrovnik.' A UNESCO World Heritage listed gem, sandwiched between sheer limestone crags and azure waters, Dubrovnik more than deserves the superlatives heaped upon it. Dubrovnik is a remarkable city on the Dalmatian coast in southern Croatia, replete with a pedestrianised Old Town enclosed by city walls, steep and narrow cobbled streets and many cultural treasures including a multitude of Baroque churches and ornate palaces that are waiting to be explored.
Located in the northwest of Croatia, on the Istrian coast, Rovinj is a stunning medieval city comprising an Old Town of narrow streets, tiny colourful houses with red terracotta roofs and compact squares, topped by St Euphemia’s Church. It’s also in the heart of gastronomic Croatia, and gourmet lovers will particularly enjoy the local seafood. Just beyond the city, there are pictueresque beaches, mountain-bike trails, scuba-diving and sailing opportunities, parks and nature reserves to enjoy.
A stroll around Dubrovnik's sturdy city walls is nigh on essential. The two-kilometre path that winds its way around the myriad fortresses provides a stunning vantage point from which to survey the old town rooftops, the port, the Adriatic Sea and the harsh limestone crags to the north. Dubrovnik's main thoroughfare, The Stradun, was formed when the channel that separated Ragusa from the mainland was filled in during the 12th century. Today it boasts a wealth of cafes, bars, shops and restaurants. A Franciscan Monastery complex lies just off the Stradun and boasts a fine example of one of the oldest pharmacy counters in Europe. If you take the short cable car ride to the top of the hills that overlook the city, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views of the buildings, the sea and the islands beyond.
Catch the sea breeze on a ferry ride from Dubrovnik to the island of Lokrum, where Richard the Lionheart is said to have been shipwrecked; it is quiet and peaceful, overrun by peacocks, and at one end of the island is a pretty saltwater pool known as Mrtvo More, the Dead Sea.
Visit Rovinj Town Museum which is located within the Baroque Communal palace of the 17th and 18th centuries, where you can see paintings by old masters from the 15th to 19th centuries, sculptures and modern Croatian art.
Beaches around Rovinj are stunning, and some are easier to get to than others so some can be relatively deserted. Several beaches are Blue Flag standard.
The cuisine of the Istrian region is delicious and Rovinj has plenty of restaurants where you can find dishes incorporating the best of local produce including olive oil, fresh fish, crabs, Istrian cured ham, asparagus and truffles. Why not ask for a glass of Istrian Malvazija (Malmsey) to wash your meal down with?
Beyond the resort you can visit Istrian tresures including the city of Pula and its Roman amphitheatre, the hilltop town of Motovun, or the nature reserve of Lim Fjord, where you can try kayaking. You may even wish to combine your stay with a day-trip to Venice, which is just a few hours away by boat.
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Croatian wine deserves to be better known; among the best of the Dalmatian reds is Dingač, which comes in several varieties, or if you prefer white look for a label that says Pošip.
Summers are warm and sunny, while winters are generally mild. Rainfall becomes heavier and more frequent during the winter, but is low during the summer months.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Croatia.
British Airways from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik. Easyjet from London Gatwick to Split. UK regional departures and charter flights are also available.
From London Gatwick to Dubrovnik: 2 hours, 40 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
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In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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