Summer may be well and truly over but that does not mean you have to wait another year for a holiday. An autumnal break, even if it just means getting away for a long weekend, is the perfect way to break up the dreary months between September and Christmas. Widely regarded as the ‘pearl’ of the Croatian coastline, Dubrovnik is the perfect place for an autumnal dash. While the weather isn’t hot, rain is rare, meaning you won’t be trapped indoors and you’ll also find that there are fewer tourists meaning you can enjoy all that the city has to offer in peace.
What to do
Once you get to Dubrovnik there’s a wealth of things to do. If you’re only there for a short time we recommend you put a trip on the cable car to Mount Srdjat the top of your to-do list. Offering spectacular views of the Old Town area and the clear blue Adriatic, the mountain also has an interesting history having been a Napoleonic fort and served as frontier against the Turks.
For culture vultures
For those looking for a little culture, search no further than the Rector’s Palace which dates back to the 15th century and is an important symbol of the city’s independence. Boasting elements of late Gothic and Renaissance style, the Palace remains a cultural hub by hosting a number of classical concerts.
What to eat
One of the best (and most satisfying) ways to get to know an area is by sampling the local delicacies and in Dubrovnik in autumn there is no tastier treat than traditional pancakes filled with local bitter orange jam. You can enjoy them as an afternoon snack or as a dessert after you’ve sampled some of the local seafood but they are perhaps at their best when enjoyed as a late breakfast in one of the cafés overlooking the Adriatic.
What to drink
Forget French and Italian wines, when in Dubrovnik only local grapes will do and there are number of excellent wines from the Peljesac Peninsula and Konavle which are available for a reasonable price and are best enjoyed while watching the hustle and bustle of the Old City Square.
A moment you’ll never forget
Sunset drinks at Buza are a must for any holidaymaker. The little bar is tucked away on the cliff side to the south of the Old Town and can be recognised by its sign “cold drinks with the most beautiful view”.
It is often joked that once you’ve enjoyed a drink in Buza you’re considered more of a local than a holidaymaker, which means you’ll definitely have to plan a return trip!