Dubrovnik is known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic" and with good reason. The city is a great place for a European City Break and is well connected to the rest of Europe including plenty options on the budget carriers. The city is a destination in its own right and is a great starting point for exploring the Balkan region which seems to be greatly increasing in popularity each year. Don't miss out and visit this classic Mediterranean destination soon!
Air: Dubrovnik airport (DBV) is 20kms south of the city centre. The airport is well served by both scheduled and charter airlines. Options from the UK include a scheduled BA flight from Gatwick. There are also options on Thompsonfly from Birmingham, Luton or Manchester. Flyglobespan fly from Edinburgh and Dubrovnik airlines from Belfast. There are many other options from mainland Europe.
To get from the airport to the Old Town the options are bus or taxi. Taxi may be more convenient if you have luggage. The bus service meets all incoming flights and will drop you either in the old town or the bus station.
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Rail: There is no train service to Dubrovnik but it is possible to get the train to either Sarajevo, Split or Mostar and complete the journey by bus.Ferry: There are several ferry services up and down the coast. It is also possible to connect to Bari in Italy.
What to See and Do
Dubrovnik's numerous attractions include the following:
War Photo Limited: This is an exhibition of war photograpghy from around the globe. Many of the world's greatest photjournalists contribute to the exhibitions including many shots from the recent Balkan conflicts,
Sponza Palace: The palace is a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles and commenced construction in 1516. A massive earthquake in 1667 destroyed much of the city but the palace was undamaged and is open to the tourist today.
City Walls: The old city is surrounded by walls which give the city its distinctive appearance. There are four gates which lead you into the old town, these are the Pile, Ploce, Peskarija and Ponta gates. A walk around the city walls is an essential part of your visit to the city.
Fortress Lovrijenac: Built to protect the entrance to the city from land and sea attacks this attraction is 37 metres above sea level on the cliffs. As well as a fortress, today it is also a theatre venue and has been used as an atmospheric backdrop for Hamlet amongst other performances as part of the city summer festival.
In the Old Town the only way to get around is by foot as the city is 100% pedestrianised. Outside the old town there are plentiful bus services. Day passes are available and last 24 hours from time of first validation.