Beaches line the verdant peninsula of Babin Kuk, a short ride from town. The newly renovated sandy beach of Cava has gorgeous views of Daksa island and its own Coral Beach Club, with an extensive bar/restaurant and VIP lounge. Family-friendly Copacabana is the largest of the beaches, with all kinds of sports activities. The Dubrovnik President Hotel has its own Blue Flag beach, Beach Bistro restaurant, bar and watersports centre nearby.
Nearby, five Valamar hotels allow you to get the best out of your stay in Dubrovnik, whether you’re swimming in the clear blue Adriatic, sunbathing on the pristine shore or taking in an al-fresco performance of a Shakespeare classic. For a summer-long programme of entertainment, the Valamar Club Dubrovnik Hotel provides a range of games and activities for all ages.
Other beaches are only a stroll from the tourist-thronged Old Town. Some play host to the popular series of sea-borne water-polo matches between local teams, the so-called Wild League that starts on the opening day of the Dubrovnik Festival, July 10, and runs for a month. During this time, you can take in the end-to-end thrills of a century-old sports event and a top-notch, site-specific theatre or classical-music performance, all in the same day. The festival, which always stretches over a full six weeks until August 25, not only provides high-brow entertainment. There’s open-air cinema, street performances and all kinds of spontaneous sideshows. For these six weeks, the festival is all-consuming – you don’t have to buy a ticket to feel involved.
Repeating its success of 2015, Midsummer Scene 2016 opens on midsummer’s eve, June 21, and runs until July 7. This year’s marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The highlight is an English-language production of ‘Hamlet’, dramatically set atop Fort Lovrijenac.
Alongside, summer-long folk dancing in traditional costume takes place at the historic seafront Lazareti arts complex, on Tuesday and Friday evenings, while in July, big-name Croatian and international singers and musicians perform at the Dubrovnik International Opera Festival, staged in honour of legendary tenor Tino Pattiera.
From July through September, cultural association Ambient Croatia is staging a wide range of musical and theatrical shows at a recently built amphitheatre at Park Orsula, set just Dubrovnik overlooking the Old Town.
Summer is also the perfect time to visit Dubrovnik’s nearby islands. Visible from each of the Valamar hotels on Babin Kuk, the Elafiti Islands beckon. These include the three main stop-offs of Koločep, Lopud and Šipan, all three destinations in their own right or together form a memorable all-day excursion from Dubrovnik.
After a long day exploring the city, visitors can relax in the Mediterranean ambience in one of the five Valamar hotels in and around Dubrovnik: Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel, Valamar Argosy Hotel, Valamar Club Dubrovnik and Tirena Hotel.
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