05 Aug 2009
By Ahlanlive.com

Discover baroque architecture and glistening ocean views, in the stunning pearl of the Adriatic sea...

Dubbed “the pearl of the Adriatic” by Lord Byron, it’s not hard to fall for the charm of this picturesque Croatian town. The marble streets and baroque buildings are alive with bustling cafes and shops, while the churches, monasteries and museums, housing finely carved stone, give fascinating clues to the colourful history of the region.

Dubrovnik isn’t the capital of Croatia, but it is the most popular destination for tourists, which is no surprise. Set on the Adriatic Sea with its blue sky and even bluer sea, the views along the coast are picture postcard-perfect.

Take in the stunning architecture of The Old Town as you wander along the quaint cobbled streets. Start at Pile Gate – dating back to 1537 – and continue towards the Onofrio Fountain, which brings fresh drinking water from the Dubrovacka river and is a fave meeting spot for locals.

Grab a coffee in one of the many trendy street cafes. Buzzing with locals and tourists alike, it’s the perfect place for people watching.

If you’re in the mood to explore, venture to the nearby island of Lokrum. Rumoured by local legend to be cursed, a day trip to the stunning island – home to heavenly beaches lush botanical gardens, and it’s very own slice of history in the form of Napoleon’s fort – is a must.

By night Dubrovnik’s Old Town has just as much to offer. From romantic bars with stunning views of the lit up ancient stone buildings, to trendy cocktail bars for drinks with the girls (Troubadur is our pick!), you’ll find a night out to suit everyone in the plethora of bars, clubs and restaurants.

For ultra-chic accommodation, stay at the Rixos Hotel Libertas, just 20 minutes from the Old Town, and a short drive from the airport. Originally built in the 1970s, the five-star hotel has been given a luxe contemporary makeover, complete with funky white and glass furnishings.

While you’re there...

Visit the Old Town
Check out the quaint, beautifully carved stone buildings and cobbled streets of the Old Town of Dubrovnik. A blissful lazy day can be spent visiting the churches, monasteries, fountains and even the town’s ancient pharmacy, opened in 1317, along the meandering cobbled streets.

Book a Boat Trip

Take a boat trip around some of the surrounding islands. Hop off at the sandy beaches of Lopud, where you can stroll along the island’s palm tree-lined promenade, or have lunch by the water’s edge.

Dine at Mozaik
Dine at Rixos Libertas’ Mozaik restaurant, which offers a buffet or a delish a la carte menu. Grab a table on the terrace to take in the breathtakingly romantic views.