Dubrovnik is a city and seaside resort on Croatia’s Adriatic coast. Visitors will find themselves torn between the beaches and historic landmarks such as the 16th century Gothic renaissance Sponza Palace. Some of the beaches are sandy, but most (including the main Banje Beach) are pebble or stone beaches. Get a car for hire in Dubrovnik to go beach hopping. The vehicle will help you avoid the hassles of group tours and fixed itineraries, so that you can explore the city at your own leisure.
The Old Town in Dubrovnik has enough heritage buildings to merit a listing as a UNESCO world heritage site. Get a car for rent in Dubrovnik and head for the 15th century Arboretum Trsteno. Another must-visit attraction is the aforementioned Sponza Palace, which now has the National Archives. Head east from the Sponza Palace and you will soon reach the Bell Tower and Orlando’s Column in front of it. The Rector’s Palace is another Gothic renaissance landmark. Religious heritage sites include the 18th century Church of St. Blaise, the Franciscan Monastery with a pharmacy from 1317, and a Dominican Monastery with a priceless art collection and library.
Dubrovnik’s main beach is Banje Beach, a pebble beach ideally located close to the Old Town. The best beach in the area is the sandy Sunj Beach on Lopud Island. The Island of Lokrum, which is a tourist destination with a botanical garden, fortress and monastery, has a naturist beach. The Lapad Peninsula has many pebble beaches. Lapad beaches include the famous Copacabana Beach near Babin Kuk, and the blue flag Neptun Beach.
One of the top choices among hotels in Dubrovnik is the Villa Dubrovnik located at Ulica Vlaha Bukovca 6. Another good choice is the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik at Marijana Blazica 2. The aforementioned Neptun Beach is right under the Neptun Hotel (Kardinala Stepinca 31).
The part of Croatia near Dubrovnik is a narrow strip of coastal mainland and some islands squeezed in between the Adriatic and Bosnia and Herzegovina. You do not have much choice except to go for a coastal drive if you want to explore Croatia starting from Dubrovnik. Book your car rental in Dubrovnik right now and plan for a drive along the coast with stops at Ston, Makarska, Split, Šibenik, and then Zadar. This is about a four hour drive without stops. From Zadar, the country opens up inland, so you have the option of going inland to Zagreb, or following the coast further to Rijeka, and then to Pula and Rovinj at the tip of the Istria Peninsula.
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