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Best of the rest: Dubrovnik by land

Once you’ve made it back onto dry land, here are the unmissable activities that no trip to Dubrovnik would be complete without …

Dubrovnik Cable car

Got a head for heights? Take the new cable car to the top of Srd Hill.

From here you can appreciate the full intensity of Dubrovnik’s colours – the rich greenery of the hills, the iconic orange roofs and deep blue of the Adriatic Sea.

The ride is smooth, and when you get to the top there are enough dazzling, 360-degree views to keep your head spinning – on a clear day you can see up to 60km.

There’s also a great cafe at the top to while away an hour or so in.

Old city walls

If you do nothing else of historical interest in Dubrovnik, at least make time to walk the 2km circuit of the medieval battlements.

These date back to the 13th century, and include a series of forts and towers – perfect for climbing inside and taking that classic view-through-the-window snapshot of the sea.

Around every turn is a fresh view of the Adriatic and the city.

A pass to the walls costs £5.50, which is money excellently spent.

Buza bar

In Dubrovnik dialect, buža means ‘hole’ (not boozer). The buza bars are two drinking hotspots that are actually found right in the nooks and crannies of the city’s ramparts.

Rows of chairs and tables are perched a little precariously on the natural ledges, giving visitors an unbroken view right out to sea as they sup a beer or two.

There are two of these inside the Old Town, both of which can be reached by taking the steps up to the southernmost wall and following the painted signs.

One of the buzas is considered for locals only, but no one will stop you going in if you want to.

The other, called Cold Drinks Buza, is open to one and all.


Getting there

Fly Monarch direct to Dubrovnik from London Gatwick from £72.50 return. 


Photos: Gordon Bell; Getty;; Sail Croatia; TNT; Dubrovnik Cable Car


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