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Check out the best views of the city

For the best views of Dubrovnik, get yourself to the top of Mount Srd, towering just behind the walls of the Old Town. At 412m (1351ft) high, it will take you 90 minutes to walk up to Fort Imperijal perched on its top, but if you don’t fancy the calf burn, the cable car (www.dubrovnikcablecar.com) will get you to the summit in less than four minutes.

Climb a mountain

Croatia was among the first countries in the world to establish a national climbing organisation, and when you glimpse the rugged cliffs of the Dalmatian mountains you’ll understand why. Gorges, peaks, caverns and spurs are all abundant, though inexperienced climbers may struggle. Viator (www.viator.com) will sort you out with a tour.

Hop from island to island

It’s bordering on criminal to come to Dubrovnik without taking in one or several of the beautiful outlying islands. Lokrum is a haven of nature and the easiest to reach just 15 minutes away from Dubrovnik’s Old Town quay, while Mljet is one of the most seductive islands in the whole of the Adriatic, thanks to its pine trees, saltwater lakes and immense solitude. Dubrovnik Island Boat Tours (tel: +385 91 165 6666; www.dubrovnik-boat.com) have vessels for hire.

Take the plunge

There’s a reason Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a fan of the Adriatic – the sea’s crystal-clear waters hide a plethora of maritime flora and fauna, and two shipwrecks, the Taranto and the Tomislav are also fascinating to explore underwater. Aquarius Diving Center (tel: +385 91 2345 225; http://dubrovnik-diving.com) is a small family-run company that will see you safely in and out of the shallows.

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ZigZag Apartments Dubrovnik

These stylish apartments scattered around the Old Town and priced very reasonably, won’t break your budget. Light, airy, with a plenty of sunshine, you will be close to all the hot sports, restaurants and bars.

 

Valamar Club Dubrovnik

Set in luxuriant gardens, this family-friendly all-inclusive resort on the Babin Kuk peninsula is only a few minutes’ walk from the pebbly beach. Many of the modern light-filled rooms come with sea views and balconies, and there’s a separate children’s pool as well as a large outdoor pool.

Hotel Stari Grad

With only eight rooms, this smartly decorated boutique hotel in the Old Town offers a more intimate experience than the huge Lapad resorts. The tastefully furnished rooms don’t have views to speak of, but the fifth-floor terrace has a superb rooftop restaurant and is a great place for breakfast.

Old Town Hostel

A wallet-friendly option offering a selection of dorms and private rooms, the Old Town Hostel has a great Old Town location. It offers extras such as free Wi-Fi and free breakfast and its owner Mike is a well-liked character.

Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik

Overlooking Miramare Bay, this peaceful hotel has been carved into a cliff, giving all of its 93 rooms stunning sea views. Warm wood and local stone are used in the contemporary rooms, adorned with works by Croatian artists. The soothing spa has an indoor pool, and the beachside restaurant is irresistible.

Karmen Apartments

In one of the best locations in Dubrovnik right in the Old Town on the harbour, these four excellent-value apartments, overlook the medieval walls. All of the brightly decorated apartments have kitchens, and one has a small balcony.