It’s lights, camera, action on a Dubrovnik holiday – in more ways than one. It’s popular with big cheese movie directors and rolls out Instagrammable scenery like there’s no tomorrow.
You might get that funny déjà vu feeling strolling through the streets of Dubrovnik, in Croatia. That’s because this postcard-pretty city has been splashed all over our screens the last few years. It’s best-known for taking a lead role as King’s Landing in the legendary Game of Thrones series. But it’s also been a backdrop in the Knightfall TV show and the 2017 movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
City wall sightseeing
Walk along the top of Dubrovnik’s city walls and you’ll soon see why it’s a film director’s dream, plus a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Higgledy-piggledy alleyways, the hole-in-the-wall Café Buza cocktail bar, kayakers paddling the bay – every few steps show you something different. Even more Instagram angles are provided by the cable car that chugs up the nearby mountainside, and the sunbed-strewn Banje Beach on the outskirts of town.
All kinds of options
You can either go for a proper city break and hole up in central Dubrovnik, or dodge the crowds in one of the nearby chill-out spots along the Dalmatian Coast. Half an hour’s drive down the road, Cavtat’s stocked with a selection of footprint-free beaches. A 45-minute journey the other way gets you to Slano. This place is in the thick of a mountain-bundled bay, so the scenery’s really something.
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Cavtat, on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, is a laid-back coastal city with movie-star good looks. It’s set on a pine-cloaked headland and has 2 bays hemmed by a necklace of beaches. Its old town crams Medieval churches and grand mansions into its cobbled streets, and the harbour lines up pavement cafés, bars and ice-cream parlours along the prom.
This dinky village is slipped into a brag-worthy spot next to the Adriatic Sea, wedged between a gin-clear bay and tree-speckled hills. So it comes as no surprise that Slano isn’t a stranger to compliments on its model-good looks. Plus, its secluded location means it’s still in touch with its traditional roots.
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