I waited all summer. I watched everyone around me go off on holidays. Finally, September 14th arrived, and it was my time go and enjoy the summer sun. Hello Dubrovnik.
Located just a short walk from Coral Beach Club and Copacobana Beach, Piramida Restaurant was our favourite place to eat. The menu had something for everyone – pizza, salad, burgers, spag bol and curry. Dessert? I recommend the banana split or take your pick from their extensive selection of soft scoop ice creams.
Prices were very reasonable; typically €15-18 per person for main course, dessert and a large bottle of water. 10/10 would go back for a fourth time!
Mea Culpa Pizzeria & Trattoria
We came across this little Italian gem after a day exploring the beautiful town of Cavtat (see below). As with many of the restaurants in Dubrovnik Old Town, Mea Culpa is located down a side street with most of the seating out on the street. The menu here includes everything your Italian taste-buds could dream. There’s even an option to swap ham for turkey on your pizza.
For two main meals and a large bottle of water, the price equated to €13 per person. That’s a winner in my books.
Panorama Restaurant & Bar
Eating here is the definition of “dinner with a view”. Overlooking Dubrovnik Old Town, Panorama Restaurant & Bar is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, offering a menu of Mediterranean classics. Their wine menu matches the equally excellent standards of their food and is best enjoyed while watching the sun set on the charming Adriatic Sea.
Croatia is well recognised for its many islands and they’re certainly worth visiting. We booked a three-island cruise through our hotel at a cost of approx. €60 per person. This included car transfer from the hotel, sailing to three of the Elaphite islands and lunch, including wine, on board the boat. Cheaper options are available depending on the type of boat and lunch you wish to avail of.
This cruise departed from Gruz Port and brought us to the islands of Lopud, Sipan and Kolocep. Of the three, Lopud was my favourite, boasting a beautiful, quiet sandy beach and luscious warm water to paddle in.
Wear your runners for this one. The City Walls, in my opinion, are a must if you visit Dubrovnik. There really is no comparison to seeing a city (1) by foot and (2) from a height.
Entry is approx. €20 per person. However, I would recommend buying a Dubrovnik card which, depending on the type you purchase, will include bus rides, entry to museums and entry to the City Walls.
This was my favourite experience of my holiday to Dubrovnik. Lokrum is an uninhabited island approx. 20 mins by boat from Dubrovnik Old Town. Bunny rabbits and peacocks roam freely here, and the island is closed off to the public from 7pm every evening.
Game of Thrones fans will definitely appreciate a trip to Lokrum where you will have the opportunity, at no extra cost, to sit in the Iron Throne and get the all-important Instagram pic!
Coral Beach Club
We were very lucky be staying in a hotel (Tirena Hotel by Valamar) located only a 5-10 minute walk from the Coral Beach Club. The gorgeous Coral Beach Club is a short 15 mins drive from Old Town and the perfect place if you need a break from the crowds.
Rent a luxurious sunbed. Order a refreshing cocktail. Take in a slice of paradise.
Even when on holiday, a coffee break is essential. After a morning of walking and exploring Dubrovnik Old Town and the City Walls, a coffee was just what was required. About a 20 minute walk from the Old Town you’ll find Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik. Here you can enjoy the most beautiful barista-made coffee whilst taking in the most spectacular scenery. This hotel is built into the cliff edge which, I suppose, gives it the edge!!
For a very affordable €8, you can take a boat trip to Cavtat, a town located not far from Dubrovnik airport. As you approach, expect your breath to be taken by the stunning scenery – the buildings, the sea, it’s all beautiful.
Here we rented a peddle-boat for an hour and enjoyed an ice-cream lunch – what’s not to love!
If you now find yourself suffering the grind-stone blues, why not book your next trip to beautiful Dubrovnik?