A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik is one of the most attractive Croatian charter destinations
When it comes to Croatia’s splendid Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is the crown jewel. (In fact, you’ll hear it called the “pearl of the Adriatic.”) Each year, this preserved medieval city ranks as a top Adriatic destination for yacht charters, and it makes sense. Dubrovnik is an Old World charmer. With its Baroque-style buildings dating to the 13th and 14th centuries, marble-clad streets and ancient city walls, Dubrovnik is wrapped in antiquity, while offering the luxury and Mediterranean comforts of any European city.
Dubrovnik’s Old Town – which earned UNESCO World Heritage Site designation – transports you back in time. Protected by ancient city walls, Old Town’s narrow streets and marble-paved Stradum, one of the most picturesque piazzas in all of Europe, offer yacht charters a chance to people watch, grab a cocktail, or simply to gawk at Dubrovnik’s beautiful sights.
Make Dubrovnik a stop on your next Croatia yacht charter through South Dalmatia, and experience all of the history it has to offer.
Things to Do and See in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik offers something for everyone – hidden cocktail bars and enotecas, preserved architecture and museums, hiking and water sports. What sights and tastes should be on your yacht charter itinerary? Here are a few of Dubrovnik’s must-see attractions:
As you enter the Old Town through Pile Gate, take the winding, narrow streets to the heart of Dubrovnik: Stradun, otherwise known as “Placa.” Bordered by the Franciscan Monastery, Church of St. Blaise and Rector’s Palace, Stradun is a see-it-to-believe-it piazza that’s a center of Croatian history. As ancient as it is beautiful, Stradun is the perfect place for a glass of Dalmatian wine, shopping, or tasting the catch of the day.
Old Town Walls
Dubrovnik might be one of the best preserved cities in all of Europe, and the ancient marble walls that line Old Town prove it. The city’s walls date to the 10th century, and separate Dubrovnik from the sparkling Adriatic. Home to four fortresses, one at each corner – including Minceta Tower, Revelin Fortress, St. John’s Fortress and Bokar Bastion – yacht charter guests can walk along the walls and simultaneously learn about Croatia’s rich history.
Dating back to 1673, Dubrovnik’s main cathedral is a stunning architectural landmark, which houses artifacts of Croatia’s storied past. You’ll be wowed by the centuries-old Assumption Of Our Lady/The Virgin painting, which was believed to be created by Titian, the skull of St. Blaise.
Once home to the Rector of Croatia, Rector’s Palace is, today, the Dubrovnik city museum. Originally designed by Onofrio della Cava, the same man who designed Onofrio’s fountain in Stradum, this building has undergone numerous preservation and restoration efforts, due to the fact that it was nearly destroyed after the 1667 earthquake.
This isn’t your average cocktail bar. Located outside the city walls, on a terraced-cliff overlooking the Adriatic, you’ll find the hole-in-the-wall Buza Bar. A must-visit Dubrovnik hot-spot, Buza might be the most romantic bar in all of Croatia.
Dubrovnik’s many eateries and restaurants showcase the finest in Dalmatia food and drink. Check out Ragusa 2, a chic Old Town restaurant that serves local, fresh-caught seafood with coastal Croatian flair. Wine connoisseurs can sample the region’s finest wines at several Dubrovnik wine bars like Enoteka Terra. Plus, many of the city’s restaurants are converted 13th and 14th century buildings, providing timeless ambiance.
Dubrovnik’s Cable Car
Since 1969, visitors to Dubrovnik have flocked to the top of Srd Hill for panoramic views of Old Town and the nearby Elaphiti islands. In fact, on clear days, you can see nearly 40 miles out to sea. Looking for an adventure? Hike along the crest of Srd Hill to a secluded neighboring fort for incredible Adriatic views – the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic.
Dubrovnik: The Gateway to South Dalmatia and Montenegro
Croatia’s 300-mile Dalmatian coast gives Amalfi and the French Riviera a run for their money, and the southern shores around Dubrovnik might be the most stunning part of the entire coast.
The city is located near to sights like the Lastovo archipelago, the Elaphiti Islands and Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor (another UNESCO site). In other words, Dubrovnik sits in the middle of the Adriatic’s finest cruising grounds. Fortunately, Dubrovnik remains off-the-beaten path and still mostly undiscovered, making this an ideal destination for luxury charters. A few nearby sights to see include:
- Lastovo: An archipelago of 46 sparsely populated islands, Lastovo is home to many hidden port towns and miles of empty coastline.
- Korcula Island: Located north of Dubrovnik, Korcula is one of Croatia’s most populated islands, and a hub for nightclubs, shopping and beach parties.
- Bay of Kotor: Just south of Dubrovnik sits Montenegro’s stunning Bay of Kotor, with its preserved medieval towns Kotor and Tivat.
Best Time to Charter in Dubrovnik
The Croatian Dalmatian coast offers the best in Mediterranean climate: Warm summer weather, matched with wet winters. In fact, there are more than 250 sunny days per year in Dubrovnik and temperatures are pleasant year round. That makes for a long charter yacht season.
The official season tends to take off in late spring, and runs into late fall. Typically, charter traffic peaks in July and August.
If you’re considering a sailing yacht charter, Croatia is well-known for its westerly Maestral winds – which peak every afternoon throughout the summer. In fall and winter, the Bora northern winds are also common.
Escape to South Dalmatia On a Charter Cruise
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