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48 hours in Dubrovnik



Love romantic cities like Rome and Bruges? Then you’ll adore stunning UNESCO World Heritage site Dubrovnik, with its charming Old Town, cute eateries, pretty harbours and imposing fortresses. Add to that the beautiful beaches and vineyards, and you may never want to leave…


You can’t tire of the Old Town’s beauty, which was almost destroyed by the war just over 20 years ago. Take an hour and a half’s walking tour with guide Ana Orlovic, from £3.50 per person, for a real insight into Dubrovnik’s incredible history ( Game Of Thrones fans will spot many familiar sites, including fortress Lovrijenac. Head up to the city walls late in the afternoon to walk the 2km loop, £10, then hit the cable car at sunset for a panoramic view of the city, £10.50.


The coastline is breathtaking, so head to peaceful Zaton Bay and paddle the coves and caves in a kayak. Take a guided tour and you’ll have the chance to stop and explore deserted beaches, snorkel and cliff jump, too, £23.50 for half a day. Or head inland to the wine region half an hour away. Cycle through cypress trees and past streams and vineyards before finishing with some well-deserved tastings, £33 for half a day. Book both tours with


Lokrum island, a protected national park, is a 15-minute ferry ride from the Old Town harbour, which costs £7 return including entrance. You can walk pine forest trails, explore the old monastery, swim in the saltwater lake, then catch some rays in one of the rocky coves. Craving a sandy spot? Hop on an Elaphite Islands cruise for £26, and relax at Lopud’s Sunj beach stop-off….

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