For a day spent ashore, these are the places to be pampered, the sights to see, the shopping districts to delve into, the activities to indulge in, and the gourmet treats to discover.
Excellent relaxation can be found at Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik, with their world-class health and wellness spa. Using cutting-edge technology, international-standard facilities and offering a huge variety of professional services, a visit to a Rixos Royal SPA is a lovely way to unwind.
Excelsior Hotel and Spa
The five-star Excelsior Hotel and Spa offers extremely high quality health and beauty services including custom designed facials, mud wraps, massages, and special couple treatments.
For excellent sunbathing, head to Lapad Peninsula where locals sun themselves on the flat rocks that hug the wall. Resort-style beaches can be found below the Excelsior Hotel and at Banja on the east side of Old Town.
For history buffs, take a mesmerising walk through Dubrovnik’s fascinating town. Start at the Pile Gate, the entrance to the walled city, and check out the Franciscan Monastery, Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace, Synagogue and the waterfront Aquarium.
Dubrovnik is more about handmade treasures than designer labels and the Old Town is home to small boutiques, unique jewellers and artisan studios where exclusive items can always be found.
For beautiful hand-painted glass gifts head to the Art Studio Renaissance on Prijeko, rare antiques can be picked up as Moje Tezoro, or for unbelievably extravagant headwear there is no better place than Ronchi on Lučarica.
Just off the Stradun, itself home to some of the city’s best shops, is Vina Milicic where an unbelievable range of the region’s best wines can be found alongside excellent local delicacies.
Sail to the delightful resort town of Cavtat, Croatia’s most southerly town and spend a leisurely day bathing in the sheltered bays, strolling the picturesque esplanades and sampling delicious local cuisine.
Lokrum Island is also only a short sail away and boats some great beaches, botanical gardens and a lovely lake for family bathing. The Elafiti Islands make for a great escape also, with fine beaches, ancient runes, small towns and peace and quiet.
For an excellent lunch menu, head to Porat in the Hilton, where the elegant dining room offers brilliant local cuisine.
Something different can be found at Fresh on Vetraniceva, a refreshing alternative to the usual seafood menus, offering a relaxed selection of sandwiches and fruit smoothies.