Located on the southern tip of Croatia’s gorgeous Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik boasts the stunning blue beaches of the Adriatic Sea along with a quaint medieval center surrounded by fortress walls that once protected the city from maritime invaders. Discover spectacular fountains, churches, or museums at the end of each tiny, winding street before you head seaside for a dip in the shimmering, turquoise waters.
Exile: Croatia is a well-known paradise with its sparkling coastline and natural harbours. It’s no suprise that Dubrovnik is a haven for sailors, so hop on a chartered boat tour for a sunset ride. Let your hair down and feel the gentle breeze of the Adriatic as you take in the scenic views of the old city panorama. Or, escape from a packed traveling schedule on a sailing day-trip that will introduce you hidden coastal gems and unveil the natural flora and fauna of the sea. If you’re feeling adventurous, enjoy a quiet paddle from a rented kayak or canoe, or challenge the sea on your own sailboat if you dare! http://www.dubrovnik-online.com/english/dubrovnik_sea_kayaking.php
Express: What better way to renew your sense of self-expression than through the joy of celebration? Dubrovnik offers year-round festivals and events that welcome you to experience the local life through music, dancing, and entertainment. Let your inner child run free during February’s Carnival when you join the throngs of masked and costumed fun-seekers who stroll along the Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main drag. During the summer months, kick up your heels at one of the Summer Festival’s many outdoor concerts or experience the cathartic benefits of a fantastic open-air theatre production. To keep your energies high, treat your taste buds with Dalmatia’s freshest seafood or try a drink made with the national rakija. Find a seat at a cafe or bar on the Stradun for the best people-watching opportunities.http://www.dubrovnik-festival.hr/festival61; http://www.selectdubrovnik.com/dubrovnik-carnival/
Exorcise: There is nothing on earth more purifying than water. Don your bathing suit or bikini and choose a quiet spot away from the crowds on one of Dubrovnik’s many beaches. The most popular include Lapad Beach which charms sunbathers and swimmers alike with its more relaxed ambience, while Banje Beach’s livelier atmosphere appeals to the more active set with concessions, deck chairs, and beach volleyball nets. Looking for a spot all your own? Since all of the city’s beaches are public, let the breeze guide you as you wander down the coast and find the perfect hidden cove. Once there, let the warm sun wash over your skin or immerse yourself in the crystalline waters for a complete rejuvenation experience.http://www.korculainfo.com/dubrovnik/beaches/
Explore: Dubrovnik’s pedestrian Old Town is the perfect place for exploration. Lose yourself as you meander through the narrow medieval alleyways and marble-paved streets that criss-cross through ancient fortresses and courtyards. Begin your day by entering the Old Town through one of its three entry gates and walk the city walls for stunning views of the town and sea. Then head back into the center to browse through the delicacies and delights of artisanal honey, lace, or jewellery, or purchase a box of Croatia’s fine Kras chocolate. At the sacred Franciscan Monastery near the Pile Gate, you’ll find one of the world’s oldest operating pharmacies where you can view original products or purchase authentically made toiletries.http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/95; http://www.dubrovnik-guide.net/walls.htm; http://www.sacred-destinations.com/croatia/dubrovnik-franciscan-monastery.htm
Exhale: Finish your journey with some much-deserved pampering at one of Dubrovnik’s spas and wellness centers. After walking or sailing all day, indulge in a luxurious massage or let the aches wash away in a sauna or Turkish bath at the Dubrovnik Palace Spa. Practice yoga or let the calming scents of an aromatherapy treatment soothe your spirit at the Grand Villa Argentina—a hotel that overlooks the Adriatic from its seaside perch. For a more affordable option, or when you just need a pause, head to the Cafe Buza that sits on the southern walls and enter through the “Buza” or “hole” to emerge onto a stunning seafront vista.http://www.cafebuza.com; www.dubrovnikpalace.hr; http://www.gva.hr