Croatia is one of the most popular ports of call on Eastern Mediterranean Sea cruises and this fascinating country is home to medieval cities, picturesque villages and postcard-perfect beaches. There’s no doubt that sailing slowly into the port of Dubrovnik will be a memorable occasion but there are plenty of other exciting attractions to be enjoyed once you step on shore.
Exploring the 12th century walled-city of Dubrovnik is a joy but make sure to take in a few excursions including island-hopping voyages, cable car rides to view the Old City and even snorkelling adventure trips in the warm Adriatic Sea waters.
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The Adriatic jewel
Where to start with Dubrovnik, one of the world’s most atmospheric and beautiful cities, that is begging to be explored. Marble streets and majestic baroque buildings, red-roofed buildings and the prettiest of harbours make this city a feast for the eyes. It’s hard not to uncover another piece of history while wandering through the beautiful Old Town, which is home to buildings such as the Franciscan Monastery, dating back to the 14th century or the Gothic and Renaissance splendour of the 16th century Sponza Palace. For a panoramic view of this remarkable city take a cable-car ride to the summit of Srdj Hill where you’ll be rewarded with vistas over Dubrovnik, the dazzling Adriatic Sea waters and the island of Lokrum.
Cruise the islands
A boat trip around the Elaphite Islands will allow you to explore two or three of these idyllic pine-forest covered gems. Families can sunbathe and swim at the pristine beaches of Lopud and Kolocep and explore the ruins of the 15th century buildings on Sipan. Kayak trips around the coast-line are another great way to view the walled city before heading to the island of Lokrum to enjoy the hidden beach at the mouth of Betina Cave. Of course if you’re more partial to dry land then you can always walk the length of the ancient walls that encircle the entire city itself.
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A family-friendly destination, Dubrovnik has plenty to keep the kids entertained, as well as the grownups. Step back in time by spending a few hours in the Natural Science Museum or view the wide range of marine-life held in the 31 tanks at the Sea Aquarium. Take a short trip to the Medina Valley environmental centre located just above the city to meet the many animals and take in some pony trekking. Snorkelling adventure tours will provide plenty of fun for the entire family and trips depart from the beautiful little village of Mlini to the islands of Mrkan and Bobra where the waters are crystal clear and enticingly warm.
There’s a wealth of sightseeing and exciting activities to be had in what is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful locations. If you can tear yourself away from the city sights you’ll be rewarded with some unforgettable holiday experiences courtesy of this Croatian beauty.
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