24 Hours in Dubrovnik

 

One of the most magnificent walled cities – and the main location for King’s Landing in Game Of Thrones – Croatia’s seaside jewel is no longer the country’s best-kept secret…

9am Start your day sitting outside in the sun at Sesame and enjoy the best cappuccino in town alongside an authentic locally-sourced breakfast of eggs, pastries and fresh fruit.

10am Now you’re feeling energised, a walk along the majestic walls is a must. At 1.3 miles long, they consist of a series of walkways, forts, and towers. They were built between the 10th and 17th centuries to protect the city. Entry is 100KN (£12) and you can exit at frequent checkpoints. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and the Adriatic Sea.

Noon One of the main draws in Dubrovnik is the charming pedestrian-only old town, packed with aristocratic public buildings and elegant Baroque churches. Wander down the narrow streets and into picturesque squares where you’ll fi nd many unique shops, bars and galleries.

1pm Take advantage of the climate and assemble a picnic from the fresh produce at the oldtown market at Gunduliceva Poljana square, and enjoy it by the waterside in one of the many beaches and bays. If the weather is warm enough, which it could be at this time of year, enjoy a swim in the clear waters.

3pm Pick a museum! The Dominican Monastery has a beautiful 15th century cloister and an amazing collection of medieval and renaissance religious paintings. For something a bit different, the War Photo Limited gallery has changing exhibitions of images by the world’s top war photographers.

5pm If you’re a follower of the show, defi nitely check out the Game of Thrones tour. This walking tour takes two hours, and the tour guide – usually an extra from the show – takes you around the city, showing locations from Blackwater Bay to Littlefi nger’s brothel. A must for all fans.

7pm After a full day on your feet you’ll be ready to relax with a chilled glass of wine or two and a hearty meal. Al fresco dining is the order of the day and seafood is the staple on most menus. Try Konoba Dalmatino for an authentic old city experience and tasty food without the price tag.

9pm After dinner head to Buza where a jazz band will serenade you while you polish off delicious cocktails. It’s set right on the cliffs so you’ll get a stunning view of the sea.