Visia Dubrovnik 5D Theatrum

This original attraction, opened in 2010, shows the history of Dubrovnik of what the venue terms as ‘time travel’, ie a combination of holograms, lasers and videos. The show lasts for 35 minutes and the commentary given in six languages. The owners should be praised for attempting to present something new to Stradun-weary tourists, although the ‘enchanting melodies’ of the local singing troupe can be somewhat grating. In…

Summer 9am-10pm daily
St Claire's Convent, Poljana Paska Miličevića More info
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Croatia’s Hot 100

…nj, plus week-long tours of some of Istria’s most celebrated scenery, including Brijuni and the Limski kanal. In Dubrovnik, you should try Adriatic Kayak Tours. Unlike diving or other water sports, beginners only need turn up, go through a few paddling techniques in shallow protected waters, don a lifejacket and, in the case of Dubrovnik, glide to nearby Lokrum island for lunch. Adistra Kayak Tours (www.adistra.hr); Adriatic Kayak Tours (www.adri…

Dubrovnik: Attractions in the Old Town

…phy from around the world, with one room devoted to the 1991-95 war in Croatia. Another modern attraction is the Visia Cinema just inside Pile Gate, which uses 3D films and hologram picture-shows to bring Dubrovnik’s history to life. Once considered one of Europe’s most prestigious arts events but nowadays somewhat provincial, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Dubrovačke ljetne igre) offers a mixed bag of serious music and drama, with most shows tak…

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Unmissable Croatia

…rs, at around 90kn per head, including lunch and an afternoon at a beach near Biševo. History buffs The walls of Dubrovnik A walk around Dubrovnik Old Town walls is an essential introduction to this most talked-about of Croatian tourist destinations. It allows the first-time visitor to get their bearings and provides them with an appreciation of the scale of this intricate jewel, the skill of those who designed and constructed it – and some breat…

The Pelješac peninsula

…in the 14th century as defence against both Venice and the previous owners of the peninsula, who had sold it to Dubrovnik in 1333. Building it cost the people of Dubrovnik a lot, but it served its purpose many a time. Later on the walls and forts were extended several times, and it is thought to be among the longest structures of its kind in Europe. Under its wing, Ston, as part of the Dubrovnik Republic, developed into the administrative, econo…

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Places: Dubrovnik Art Gallery

…rt at the turn of the 20th Century. The gallery also possesses a representative sample of works by the so-called Dubrovnik Colourists – Ivo Dulčić (1916-1975), Antun Masle (1919-1967) and Đuro Pulitika (1922-2006) – a trio who ploughed a unique furrow of Adriatic neo-expressionism. The colourists are honoured with their own separate museum (also run by the Dubrovnik Art Gallery), which occupies a stone house in Dubrovnik’s Old Town….

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Dubrovnik Festival
Critics choice

A new director has arrived to take charge at the Dubrovnik festival and he needs to make his mark. He’s opted to shore up the key cultural pillars of the festival: serious classical music; contemporary, frequently edgy drama; and at least one big theatre production by one of Dubrovnik‘s own big-name writers. The latter segment (Ivo Vojnović’s play Ekvinocijo) won’t mean much to foreign visitors, but pretty much everything…

July 10- August 30, 2013
Various venues, Dubrovnik More info
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Dubrovnik & Islands: Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a one-town tourist industry on its own. As stunning as the clear blue sea around it, the former centre of the independent Republic of Ragusa invites superlatives and attracts the lion’s share of year-round visitors. When a foreigner thinks of Croatia, he thinks of Dubrovnik’s proud, pristine fortifications set on an azure background. The travel brochure covers need little touching up. Anti-clockwise currents running up the coast fro…

Dubrovnik: Hotels and accommodation

Dubrovnik has seen so many high-end openings, it is hard to keep track of developments. There’s the impressive renovation and reopening of the Hotel Villa Dubrovnik and the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik, hot on the heels of the Kazbek and others. 2014 sees Valamar Dubrovnik President upgrading to a well-deserved 5-star. These in turn came in the wake of the Hotel Bellevue, one of the most impressive properties on the Mediterranean. It is owned by Ad…

Dubrovnik Summer Festival 2014

In its 65th year, Dubrovnik Summer Festival will this year commemorate its photographers and designers and the memories they’ve created over the years.. This year’s programs will include Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, translated by Luko Paljetak and directed by Jagoš Marković, his debut at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival; the Split Summer Festival’s guest performance of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, directed by Georgij Pa…

, Dubrovnik More info
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Miljenko Jergović

…between two different ideas of what economic function tourism actually fulfils. For example, during my childhood Dubrovnik was an expensive town for tourists just as it is today, but Yugoslavia had a wide middle class who could afford a holiday in that kind of town. For today’s Croatian middle class such an undertaking is unimaginable. And those who were poor, and couldn’t afford to stay in Dubrovnik, could at least enjoy holidays in…

Villa Dubrovnik
Critics choice

The major reopening of a couple of years ago, the Villa Dubrovnik is a stunningly located, superbly appointed former three-star, set on a rocky outcrop a complimentary boat journey from the Old Town. Breakfasts and sunset cocktails take in the magnificent view – no wonder the hotel’s slogan is ‘Romance Forever’. Far enough away (1.5km/one mile) from the Old Town crowds to warrant a handy water shuttle service there and back fiv…

Mar-Oct
Vlaha Bukovca 6 More info