Happy holidays in the sun
Game of Thrones fans have long flocked to Croatia’s dramatic filming locations.
From Roman ruins to wondrous waterfalls, from branded honey to cheese, this Balkan beauty promises something for everyone.
Nowhere is this more true than on the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea, whose more than 1,000 islands rule out competing resorts.
Where to stay
To ensure success ashore, there’s no better way to experience Dubrovnik than with the country’s premier hotel group.
Valamar’s ‘All you can holiday’ mission statement is most evident in Dubrovnik President’s flagship accommodation.
Rooms with balconies on two levels await you in this five-star resort whose seaside location takes advantage of the charm of the Babin Kuk peninsula.
Setting a new benchmark for luxury, the site offers comfort and service in equally impressive measures.
Think “spectacular views, unparalleled sense of oneness with nature and the crystal clear sea”. And then some!
The eight-story site has 292 rooms, all facing the sea in an architectural triumph, set in Mediterranean gardens.
Miramarei and the main restaurants serve buffets to suit all tastes while the fine dining a la carte showcases haute cuisine.
Piano and wellness bars also offer a refreshing welcome with terraces overlooking spotlessly clean blue flag beaches.
Doubles cost from £100 per night. Visit www.valamar.com/en/hotels-dubrovnik/valamar-dubrovnik-president-hotel.
The nearby four-star sister Lacroma is equally appealing, with an on-site poolside lounging area to soothe mind and body.
Balance Mediterranean Spa, a delicious de-stressor, sends your spirit soaring like egrets circling above in a cloudless sky.
Having also garnered almost as many accolades as pebbles on the foreshore, it has won many coveted World Travel Awards.
Surrounded by pine forests, it is once again renowned for its successful fusion of the wonders of mother nature with cutting-edge splendor.
Over 400 rooms spread over five floors also provide a prime position base for exploring the surrounding area, including the nearby town.
Doubles cost from £75 per night. Visit www.valamar.com/en/hotels-dubrovnik/valamar-lacroma-dubrovnik-hotel.
Where to go
The Old Town of Dubrovnik, surrounded by high stone walls completed in the 16th century, is an unmissable experience for all visitors.
Well-preserved buildings range from the Baroque Church of St. Blaise to the Renaissance Sponza and Gothic palaces of the Rector’s Museum.
Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun is flanked by shops and restaurants where old and new vie for your attention.
And, for those who literally want to drink in the atmosphere, the “hole in the wall” Buza Bar offers spectacular rosé-tinged sunsets.
Walking tours, revealing the eclectic secrets of streets shrouded in history, can be accompanied by trips in eco-friendly electric tuk-tuks.
Gruz Port Market offers the flavor of fishermen plying their age-old craft before expanding over the more than 500-meter Franjo Tuđman Bridge.
The height of Srđ Mountain offers incredible views alongside provocative reminders of the relatively recent war endured by the villagers.
The 3-hour Best of Dubrovnik tour costs 340 KN (45 EUR) per person. Private tours cost 1350 KN (180 EUR) for up to four adults + two children. Visit www.ecotuktoursdu.hr.
Then indulge all your senses at the chill-out Coral Beach Club (https://coral-beach-club.com/) offering a taste of paradise more abundant than the boat full of Bounty bars.
Among the best beaches in the region due to its unspoilt shores and well-maintained condition, it offers a wide choice of activities.
Water sports are available for sports enthusiasts. Or simply relax lounging in a postcard-perfect sunny seaside setting.
And dream of your next visit to the ever-enchanting Eden that is Croatia.
Dubrovnik Discovery File
The first commercial pharmacy in the world is said to have opened its doors there in 1317. Then allied to the monastery, it still exists today, still stocking creams and herbal teas faithful to the original recipes.
Dubrovnik was the first country (a republic at the time) to ban slavery in 1416.
The city was home to the world’s first orphanage, which opened its doors to accommodate children from 1432. Dubrovnik has a medieval sewage system dating back to 1296…which is still in use today!
Queen of crime Agatha Christie spent her second honeymoon here.
Dubrovnik is the Grande Dame of the movie world, having hosted the locations of Star Wars and Robin Hood as well as the sets of Game of Thrones.
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This notice was published: 2022-05-23 15:52:19