The best Airbnb Croatia stays
Croatia Airbnb stays deliver incredible value for money, so why not go for somewhere with a wow factor? We've tracked down the coolest places on offer, from a 19th-century lighthouse to luxury beachside villas. Here are the most impressive Airbnb stays in Croatia. RECOMMENDED: more great hotels in Croatia
Aer Lingus launch new route between Cork and Dubrovnik
The flag carrier of Ireland, Aer Lingus, has announced new flights from Cork to Dubrovnik in summer 2019. From May 4, Aer Lingus will run direct flights to Dubrovnik twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays. According to the Irish Examiner, the recently announced Dubrovnik connection from Cork is among the top-requested from passengers across the south of Ireland. 'We have a proven track record of servicing a broad array of European destinations from Cork and we are delighted to announce our new Cork summer schedule. Each new Aer Lingus route opens up new travel opportunities for the people of Cork for both leisure and business, and we remain committed to enhancing our offering from Cork Airport in the coming years.' said Aer Lingus strategy and planning officer, Greg Kaldahl. 'We are delighted to see the airline continuing to grow and invest in Cork with Nice and Dubrovnik flights now bookable for 2019, along with the commencement of a new year-round Lisbon route. This now brings to 23 the number of routes served by Aer Lingus from Cork Airport.'
Five brilliant Dubrovnik boat trips
Dubrovnik may be one of the hottest destinations in Europe at the moment, but there’s no getting around the fact that, in peak season, the city really suffers from its popularity as a cruise port. The solution? Visit Dubrovnik in spring or autumn. You can hit the waves on one of these excellent boat trips, admire this stunning coastal city from the sea, then return late in the afternoon to enjoy a sundowner. This article is sponsored by Dubrovnik Tourism Board and Croatia Full of Life.
Four fabulous Croatia sailing routes
Crystal-clear waters and hidden beaches that bask in the shade of scented pines. Incredibly well-preserved medieval towns and Roman architecture. Kilometres of pristine beach, sheer rock cliffs that suddenly stop to reveal calming, sheltered bays. Vibrant cities, romantic hamlets, shoreline bars and restaurants. World famous nightclubs and music festivals plus some of the best opportunities to catch big fish like tuna anywhere in Europe. These are just a few of the experiences you could sample if choosing to holiday in Croatia. With a coast that never seems to end, speckled with thousands of islands, undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore Croatia is by boat. Hiring a gulet yacht from Goolets offers you the opportunity to do so in groups of 8 to 36 people at a time. It's the perfect option for a family or group holiday of a lifetime or a business-based excursion which you and your accompanying travellers will never forget. With so many things to do, there are multiple options you could choose on such an excursion. Here are four suggested tour itineraries, tried and tested by local experts from Goolets that will ensure you get the most out of any sailing holiday in Croatia.
The best winter festivals in Croatia
Croatia's winter festivals are a great way to carouse with the locals. Heavily influenced by folkloric traditions and sacred religious holidays, they're local affairs with plenty of ceremonial pomp. Epic film festivals, religious holidays and magnificent carnivals: we've picked the best winter festivals in Croatia. RECOMMENDED: the best summer festivals in Croatia.
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The best Dubrovnik restaurants
Dubrovnik restaurants are beginning to offer the culinary quality and variety that should be expected of such a luxury destination. And dining in Dubrovnik needn't cost an arm and a leg: many places offers simple, wholesome dishes at wallet-friendly prices.
20 great things to do in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a one-town tourist industry on its own, with endless things to do all year round. 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 Croatia's visitors. Read on for our insider's guide to the best things to do in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik shopping guide
The Dubrovnik shopping arena is, thankfully, starting to be less dominated by the overpriced tourist shops that once dominated the city, and a few key stores are holding out against these tacky souvenir shops that line the main street of Stradun. Time Out discovers the best places to go shopping in Dubrovnik, from designer boutiques to open-air markets.
The best Dubrovnik bars
By day, Dubrovnik and its overcrowded Old Town seem the perfect place for sandal-wearing coffee-sippers. But by night, Dubrovnik bars spring to life, with a number of atmospheric spots serving up anything from fine Dalmatian wines to fancy cocktails. Dip in to our essential drinking guide.
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Best attractions in Dubrovnik
The most historic monument in Dubrovnik, the Rector's Palace was rebuilt twice. The first, by Onofrio della Cava of fountain fame, was in Venetian-Gothic style, visible in the window design once you ascend the grand staircase to the Rector's living quarters. Thereafter Florentine Michelozzo Michelozzi was responsible for the loggia façade. On the ground floor, either side of a courtyard, are the prison and courtrooms of the Ragusa Republic, and a glittering display of medieval church art. Upstairs, where each Rector resided for his month's stint, is a strange assortment of items: sedan chairs, carriages, magistrates' robes and wigs, portraits of local notables and Ivo Rudenjak's beautifully carved bookcase. One curiosity is the clocks, some set at quarter to six, the time in the evening when Napoleon's troops entered in 1806. The same ticket is valid for the Archeological Collection, a small but attractive collection of medieval carvings as the Rector's Palace) right by Ploče gate.
The attractive, 16th-century former customs house and Ragusa mint is used to house the extensive state archives. Several rooms off the arcaded groundfloor courtyard are used to display photocopies of the archives' most treasured historical documents. A small room opposite the ticket office holds the Memorial Room of the Dubrovnik Defenders. Covering the 12 months from October 1991 (although keen to point out that isolated attacks continued until the summer of 1995), the exhibition contains portraits of the 300 defenders and civilians who died during the siege and the tattered remnant of the Croatian flag that flew atop strategic Mount Srđ.
The first thing any visitor should fork out for is entrance up to the City Walls. The main one is by the Pile Gate. Arrowed up towards the Adriatic side, you're soon scaling staircases to allow you a sublime view of the blue, blue sea to one side and people's red-tiled roofs, terraces and washing lines to the other. There are a couple of cafes towards the harbour end, where you turn and head towards the thicker, inland-facing walls. You can also choose to head out here, near the Old Port. As well as giving you a perspective on Dubrovnik, you can see how intricate a job this was. Remember to pack a hat and sun cream.
Between the Sponza Palace and the Ploče Gate, this monastery is best known for its late Gothic cloisters and late 15th-century paintings of the Dubrovnik School in the museum – in particular masterpieces by Nikola Božidarević, including his Our Lady with the Saints. On the walls of the monastery church are a beautiful wooden crucifix by Paolo Veneziano from 1358 and a painting by renowned fin-de-siècle artist Vlaho Bukovac from Cavtat, The Miracle of St Dominic.