Apartment in Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia - 1 min from the Cathedral, 10 mins from the Beach
Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5+1 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Spacious Bedroom 1 with super king-size bed, ensuite shower room and walk-in wardrobe. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with single bed and child's truckle bed.
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 30 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 6
- No smoking, no pets. Please respect our neighbours who are resident in the building - and many elderly. No unnecessary noise in the communal areas, no parties in the apartment. Please notify our manager of any breakages - or of anything faulty you discover. Please don't take our towels to the beach (beach towels not provided). Otherwise, enjoy!
Dubrovnik Old Town's pebble and sand beach is a 10 minute stroll from the apartment. In high season, the beach is split into two: one side has sunbeds and parasols (which you pay for), the other side has no such facilities, but is free. There is a smart beach bar and restaurant, with toilets and beachside shower. There are other beaches within easy reach - just 10 minutes away, either by local boat or bus. Full details are available in the apartment.
Dubrovnik International airport is a scenic, 20 minute drive away. Scheduled flights are met by a local bus to the Old Town for around £4.00, or you can take a taxi from the airport, which costs around £25 to the Old Town. The nearest port is Gruz (Dubrovnik's modern harbour), and you can take boats to many of Croatia's islands and Bari, in Italy. Gruz is a short taxi/bus ride from the Old Town. If much of your visit is to be spent in and around Dubrovnik, you will not need to hire a car.
Lokrum island, a UNESCO protected site, which houses the ruins of a former monastery and fort, plus a restaurant and plenty of secluded beaches, is a fifteen minute boat ride away - take the boat from the Old Town harbour.
Cavtat, a picturesque village, set around a harbour, is about 50 minutes boat ride from the harbour. It has lots of harbourside cafes, rocky and pebble beaches, and pleasant, waterside walks.
The Elafiti islands are great for day trips - take a boat from the old harbour.
The nearest supermarket to the apartment is two minutes' walk away, and there are numerous butchers, bakers, fishmongers, off licences, restaurants, cafes, bars nearby, too. We have a list of recommended places in the apartment, most of which are set in the charming, pedestrianised walkways and squares of the famous Old Town.
There are many banks and cashpoints within the old town, as well as a main post office.
Local shops include lots of high class shoe and clothes stores, there are numerous galleries, selling both paintings and sculpture, souvenir and bookshops. There is also a cinema within the old city.
The beach offers various activities, including water skiing and canoeing. Details are available in the apartment, or ask at the beach!
There's a list of recommendations in the apartment of places to go. But don't miss:
Sveti Jakov beach (in the distance on the coast back towards the airport). Ask a cab to take you (or walk - it's about 20mins). It's really nice and there's a great bar (which is open in high season); there are LOTS of steps down to it though and the beach shelves sharply into the sea, so it’s not great for little kids).
Island of Lokrum (opposite the city beach) It's nice to walk around (up to the fort – good views back to Dubrovnik) and good for sunbathing on rocks. There's also a mini oasis, a restaurant that does sandwiches, spag bol etc in the grounds of a ruined monastery, a café for ice creams, the odd peacock, wild tortoise and a very laid back botanical gardens). Boats leave from old harbour, it takes about 15 mins and makes a good day or half day out.
The walk round the city walls. About 2.5 hours - do it at start or end of day when it’s not boiling. Loads of ice cream and drink stops on the way around.
Cavtat - lovely fishing village nearer to airport. Boat from old harbour takes about 1 hour to get there. Circular walk around headland is lovely. Facing the harbour water, turn right and keep sea on your left, land on your right. Halfway round is a good and reasonable restaurant. Follow the headland all the way round. When you get to a carpark, you're back behind the main drag - keep going, you'll get there. You can get a boat back. Or, take the number 10 bus to or fro.
Lopud island – beach of Sunj, with café at far end. Lots of details on this in apartment. It’s fabulous. Best way to get there is from the Gruz modern harbour on a Jadrolina boat (take the number 1 bus from the Pile gate).
We also like: Lapad beach (nice for younger kids, take no 4 bus from Pile gate; Copacabana beach (it’s not as good as the Brazilian one but has a good café and a great view of the massive bridge at Gruz), take the no 6 bus from the Pile gate and ask the driver for help – you cut through a hotel type complex to reach it.
City beach – you can’t miss it. Loos, café, good bakery nearby, one half is paying with sunbeds, the other side is free.
Any other trips you want to take, airport pick ups (and return – recommended to go by cab because buses can be unreliable), we have a driver called Dusko. Dusko's number is 00 385 98 85 72 00 if you want to book him (or his friends) in advance. Or better still, email him with flight details etc: firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s a very nice guy and will give you lots of info about Dubrovnik on the way into town.
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About Lucy Houlton
We visited Croatia for the first time in 2005, with the idea that we'd invest in a new build apartment somewhere on the coast near Dubrovnik. On the first night we went for a meal in the Old Town and that was it... there was obviously never going to be anywhere else for us - we were captivated by its atmosphere and beauty and were the slightly over-stretched owners of an old, neglected apartment that needed a complete overhaul by the end of our break. We now visit with our two girls whenever we can, but are happy to share our second home with others when we can't. As professionals working in London we know how to advise you on how to enjoy your visit to Dubrovnik.
Lucy Houlton purchased this apartment in 2006
Why Lucy Houlton chose Dubrovnik Old Town
Being in the centre of the old town means that the views are stunning, everything is so easy but you do not feel like you are in a big city. The children can safely play on the streets while we sit in the cafes and watch the world go by. The choice of beaches is great and there's masses to see in the Old Town.
What makes this apartment unique
The property is conveniently located being 1 min from the main cathedral and 2 mins from the Stradun. We often pop back to the apartment many times during the day on our visits. See where we are: http://bit.ly/1mw5ArW
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