A scenic coastline and cobbled towns made for exploring – holidays to the Dubrovnik region of Croatia solve the beach-or-city-break dilemma.
Beach and city
The Dubrovnik region, in the south of Croatia, is enjoying a spell in the limelight at the moment – and for good reason. Combining a sweep of Adriatic coastline and a scattering of islands with the Medieval city of Dubrovnik, it offers a beach and city break in one.
Lord Byron certainly wasn’t exaggerating when he described Dubrovnik as ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’. The city’s terracotta rooftops are instantly recognisable, its old town is wrapped in chunky stone walls, and its cobbled alleyways lead down to a pretty harbour.
Outside of the city, the Dubrovnik region’s towns and villages are edged by pine-draped hillsides that tumble into bays and coves. One of the most popular resorts is the seaside town of Cavtat, which is backed by mountains and woodland. The pebble beaches here play host to watersports like windsurfing and sailing. For something a bit quieter, the coastal villages of Mlini and Plat are also home to some good beaches, which tend to stay crowd-free, even in the height of summer.
The islands cast off the coast of the Dubrovnik region, such as Brac, Hvar and Lopud, are all within day-tripping distance. Their sleepy shores feel like a world away from the mainland.