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Member Name: nodbod1
Advantages: Beautiful, lots to see and do
Disadvantages: Touristy, Not super cheap,
I have just returned from two nights in Dubrovnik following a few nights further down the coast - a little place called Mlini which is simply a nice relaxing pretty resort. I'm so glad that we decided to end our holiday with a couple of nights in Dubrovnik itself.
We stayed at Peric rooms and apartments which I would highly recommend for the wonderful view, cleanliness and helpful staff. The only downside being that you earn the view by having to climb a lot of steps up from the old town.
I would recommend getting a 'Dubrovnik Card' before you go. A one day card costs 130kn and to walk the city walls alone costs 70kn- the card allows access to 7 other attractions plus discounts at restaurants and other services. We only got a one day card but they also do a three and seven day version.
Dubrovnik is stunning. It's great that inside the old city walls is traffic free. We visited in July and it is a busy place - lots of cruise ships visiting and it was also extremely hot! It is a touristy place but this is understandable because it is such a beautiful place.
The views from the city walls are amazing and it is worth the approximately £8 it costs to walk on them. The city has some fabulous churches to visit and plenty of museums - some better than others. The virtual Dubrovnik museum was a bit poor and the maritime museum wasn't my cup of tea (but included in the Dubrovnik card and that's why we went). The art gallery changes it's exhibition regularly - when we were there it was a display of Steve McCurry's photos which was interesting. I also found the history museum interesting, in particular the photos of the siege in 1991.
It wasn't as cheap as I thought it would be before I went, it's possibly just a little cheaper than travelling to the Mediterranean.
Dubrovnik does have a wide range of international cuisine available. The local Croatian food we felt wasn't anything exceptional but wasn't poor either.
We had a day trip across to Lokrum island which is just a ten minute trip from the old port. Lokrum is great on a hot day as it is a lovely shaded island but also has beaches and a couple of sites to see. The beaches in the Dubrovnik area are predominantly stony. People also enter the sea just from the rocks. Whilst the beaches aren't long sandy picture postcard beaches, the sea is beautifully clear and warm.
Summary: Not to be missed!