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Why Go to Dubrovnik

Ever wanted a gorgeous seaside fortress of your own? Picture it: Huge stone walls keeping the lapping sea at bay, while you dine in the safety of your Baroque palace. Incredible, right? You can come close to this fantasy with a visit to Dubrovnik, which (by our standards) is straight out of a dream.

This small city on the Dalmatian coast has got it all: travelers from all over the world flock here to experience the rich history preserved in the monuments and buildings, to taste the fantastic local cuisine, to take a few fun daytrips, and to bask in the warm waters spilling onto pebble beaches. Snapshots won't do: You have to be here yourself to see what all the fuss is about. 

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Best Months to Visit

The best time to visit Dubrovnik is September and October, when temperatures aren't stifling hot yet most of the cruise ships have abandoned the port. The water remains warm for these two months, so it's a great time to dip into the sea rather than your savings. The peak season, summer, has arguably the nicest weather with average high temperatures fluttering around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. But the small city struggles to meet the demand of the large visitor influx. Correspondently, prices soar. Prices dive from October through April, but so will the temperatures and the beach appeal. 

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What You Need to Know

  • What does "Dubrovnik" mean? The founders named this city after "dubrava," meaning "grove," for the thick cluster of trees that used to sprout from the town: Centuries of logging for ship-building has created a semi-desert environment. However, you can still find a dense forest on nearby Lokrum Island.
  • Who built this lovely city? That's a tough one. There were multiple forces at work. Venice, France, the Habsburg Empire? Let's give credit to the Croatians who have had to endure centuries of international rule.
  • How do I communicate here? Over the years, the dominant language has been Latin, French and Italian. But you'll now find that nearly everyone speaks Croatian and English in Old Town.

How to Save Money in Dubrovnik

  • Pack your lunch Although the picturesque cafés will be beckoning to you, the only things more tempting, the beaches, are perfect for picnics. You can pack goodies from the local bakeries and open-air markets.
  • Order local drinks Continuing the push for local products, we recommend that you request Dalmatian beer or liquor. If you really want to indulge, bring a bottle to a wine store and get a refill of the local vino.
  • Stay outside of town We know that you've come here to enjoy Dubrovnik's delights, but taking a couple of daytrips into town might be all you need. Then, you can stay along the Dalmatian shores and enjoy fewer visitors and lower prices. The suburb of Lapad Bay is a great nearby option, but the farther away, the more you save.

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