Gorgeous Dubrovnik bundles Unesco-listed heritage with verdant nature, a stunning coastline with fascinating villages, an enthralling history with Game of Thrones-oriented pop culture, and a plethora of options with a laid-back vibe.
In Gruž Bay, the port, you can roam the green and fish markets, travel back to the Yugoslav era in the Red History museum and dance to DJ-spun beats at Dubina club. Soak up colorful sunsets from the seafront of Lapad Bay, and take a dip at one of the many pebbly beaches.
The island’s main hub is its large medieval Benedictine monastery, which houses a restaurant and a display on the island’s history and the TV show Game of Thrones, which was partly filmed on Lokrum. This is your chance to pose imperiously on a reproduction of the Iron Throne. The monastery has a pretty cloister garden and a significant botanical garden, featuring giant agaves and palms from South Africa and Brazil. Near the centre of the island is circular Fort Royal, commenced during the French occupation in the early 19th century but mainly used by the Austrians. Head up to the roof for views over the old town.