Soaking Up the Island Hopping, Seafood & Cliffside Bars of Dubrovnik

With a UNESCO-listed Old Town made entirely of white marble, gourmet restaurants and well-preserved buildings that have provided the backdrop to many Game of Thrones scenes, Croatia’s most famous bucket-list city is a sight to see. Easy to reach with direct flights from Dubai or most major European cities (including neighbouring Montenegro, Italy and Hungary), Dubrovnik is the perfect base for a beach holiday filled with as much culture as you want or an island hopping experience to Croatia’s famous white-sand islands.

Eat: Fresh Seafood

Like most coastal cities, Dubrovnik is known for its freshly caught seafood which can be enjoyed with some of the country’s most amazing views, right on the edge of the ocean. Here’s our pick of the best seafood restaurants in Dubrovnik.

BOWA Dubrovnik (pictured above): Accessible only by boat, a wander through the olive and fig tree-filled woods will bring you to this coastal gem that is highly regarded as one of the best restaurants in Dubrovnik. Resembling a castaway community, the wooden huts of BOWA sit on stilts on the water’s edge and this simplicity is reflected in the food. Sourcing the finest ingredients, the team at BOWA don’t over complicate their dishes as they allow the natural flavours and local produce to do the talking.

Image courtesy of BOWA

Nautika Restaurant: Romance abounds at this oceanfront restaurant that features jaw-dropping views of the Adriatic and fortresses of Lovrijenac and Bokar. Chef Mario Bunda leads his team in creating the finest seafood dishes that include lobster from the Dalmatian island of Vic. Standout dishes include the sea bass fillet with vanilla emulsion and the Adriatic scallops with black Istrian truffle flakes.

Bota Sare: If it’s your first time to Dubrovnik, you’ll definitely hear whispers of the oyster and seafood bar that has some of the best seafood you’ll ever try. With views of the city’s cathedral, this romantic restaurant provides the perfect setting for a seafood dinner with the star of the show being the oysters, which they serve with sweet chilli sauce or in tempura.

Drink: Above the Ground

With such beautiful views all around, the best way to experience this city is to drink at one of the best rooftop bars in Dubrovnik.

Buza II: Perched on the edge of a sheer cliffside, this stylish bar may not technically be on a rooftop but it’s definitely got views that you won’t want to miss. Follow the sign saying ‘Cold drinks with the most beautiful view’ and, if you’re lucky enough to score a table, chilled beers and relaxing tunes await. Obviously, this place is too cool to have a website but all the locals will be sure to point you in the right direction.

The Top Bar: If you have a yacht then this is the perfect vantage point to keep an eye on it while enjoying a snazzy drink or two. Located in the Adriana Spa Hotel, The Top Bar is a place for cashed-up travellers to enjoy light Asian-influenced bights, lounge-style music and delicious cocktails served with harbour views.

Restaurant 360 (pictured above): Set atop Dubrovnik’s famous city walls, this is one of those bars and restaurants that you could propose in. The menu is absolute perfection, but it’s the extensive wine cellar that makes this one of the best rooftop (or walltop) bars in the city.

Image courtesy of Restaurant 360

Stay: By the Coast

Located just outside Dubrovnik, the Admiral Grand Hotel offers the best of both worlds with the beach right in front of the hotel and the city a short drive away. It’s all about the flop and the drop at this coastal paradise where you can lounge on the beach or by the pool in the morning, refresh in the spa’s Turkish bath in the afternoon and then dine on exquisite local cuisine into the evening.

Image courtesy Admiral Grand Hotel

Play: By the Water

Croatia is all about island hopping and Dubrovnik is where it all begins. Check out what we think the best islands in Croatia are.

Hvar: Known for its beautiful lavender fields, Hvar is considered the most luxurious of all of Croatia’s islands. Aromatic lavender and rosemary grow inland while white-sand beaches, secluded coves and ports line the edges.

Biševo: Come for the beaches, stay for the peace and quiet. With a population of just 15 people who live just that little bit too far offshore for the fleets of day-trip tourists, Biševo is a little haven. With limestone caves, rich fishing spots and well-preserved historic gems this is a gem not to be missed.

Brač: The biggest of the Adriatic islands, Brač is home to Croatia’s most famous beach known as Zlatni Rat. It’s all about lounging on the beach with like-minded travellers on this sun-kissed oasis.

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