By Utrip CEO Gilad Berenstein @giladb87
I recently had the great pleasure to spend a little over a week in Croatia, a country that is beautiful, warm, and very welcoming to visitors. With so many amazing towns, it’s hard to choose where to go. We opted for beach towns, but on the way up to the islands we stopped in Dubrovnik for a short 24 hour visit. With so many sites and endless history we obviously did not come close to seeing it all, but here are my recommendations on how to make the most of a short trip.
GET “UP” BRIGHT AND EARLY
To make the most of your time, start your day early! A nice hike will lead you up the mountainside to many cultural sites, but if you don’t have time to spare, you can take a ride up using the cable car. It’s advisable to get there as early as possible, in order to avoid the crowds.
TAKE IN THE VIEWS
At the top, there are many things to choose from: hikes, tours, a war museum, a 4×4 go kart track, goats, and a great looking restaurant. If you’re tight on time, it may be best to just take in the views, learn about the city, and visit the small history museum.
LEARN ABOUT THE OLD CITY
After some time up top, continue to get to know the old city up close. The old city is largely intact, although parts of it were destroyed in the war. [ezcol_1half][/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end][/ezcol_1half_end]
CONSIDER A TOUR GUIDE
While walking on top you can see every corner of the old city. This is a great time for a tour guide who can tell you fantastic little stories and historical tidbits. The water all over Croatia is deep blue and gorgeous, but if you don’t have time in Dubrovnik, it’s okay to skip it. The other beach towns are more opportune for relaxing.
VISIT THE FORTRESS
If you get a ticket to the wall tour, it will also include admission to the old fortress. The fortress was not only cool to visit, but they also host concerts up there. You’d be pressed to think of a more perfect venue.
EXPLORE THE OLD CITY
After a tour from above and breathtaking views, get down into the old city. The old city center is filled with churches, the cathedral, several museums, lots of shops, and many tasty treats. Spend the rest of the daylight hours getting lost in Dubrovnik and its beautiful history. [ezcol_1half][/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end][/ezcol_1half_end]
TAKE A WATERFRONT WALK AT SUNSET
DON’T SKIP A CROATIAN FEAST
[ezcol_1half][/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end][/ezcol_1half_end]Dubrovnik is an incredible city, worthy of much more exploration than 24 hours permits. If you only have a day though, be sure to make the most of it. Safe travels!
All photos: Gilad Berenstein