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Holiday in Dubrovnik, Croatia: just what the doctor ordered!

Situated on Croatia's Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik is a wonderfully charming destination replete with things to see and do. Ranging from history and contemporary culture to natural beaches and coastal beauty, delicious culinary delights and spa offers, booking an apartment or luxury villa in Dubrovnik is an excellent start to a memorable holiday for the whole family or for a group of friends.

A brief overview of the history of Dubrovnik

According to local lore, Dubrovnik was founded in the 600s. At the time it was little more than a rocky island where refugees sought shelter from the Roman city of Epidaurum. Following the establishment of the settlement on the island, other peoples - primarily Croats - began to set up settlements along the coast line, across the channel from the nascent refugee settlement. Initially there was little trust between the community on the island and those across the channel, but as time passed the peoples grew closer, eventually deciding to combine the two population centres. In fact, the channel that divided was symbolically and literally filled, leading to the creation of Dubrovnik's main street. Today, that area has become the centre of Dubrovnik, a veritable testament to the merging of two distinct populations. However, in the first decade of the 21st Century new archaeological discoveries cast doubt over the true birth of Dubrovnik. Excavations revealed a Byzantine basilica dating back to the 700s, and the size of the basilica seems to suggest that the settlement was already of significant size at the time, which contrasts with local lore. The current scientific theory is that Dubrovnik was settled prior to the Common Era, a theory that has been backed up by the discovery of Greek artefacts in the port. Regardless of how Dubrovnik was born, it's history continued unabated into the current period.

Things to see and do when you book a luxury villa in Dubrovnik

The Old Town of Dubrovnik has the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which guarantees breath-taking views and stunning architectural gems spanning the city's history. One of the best ways to explore Dubrovnik's history is by cable car. The cable car tour takes you past many of Dubrovnik's architectural highlights and you can hop on and off to set your own pace. Visit Stradun, the main street and former channel or head to St. Blaise's Church, named after Dubrovnik's patron saint and built in the beginning of the 18th Century. In fact, it is modelled after the Church of San Maurizio in Venice and has long been one of the city's must popular tourist attractions. In addition to St. Blaise's Church, visitors also enjoy visiting Dubrovnik Cathedral. The original cathedral was badly damaged during an earthquake in the 17th Century, and the reconstruction was done in Baroque style. This massive construction is not only architecturally stunning, but the artwork contained within is also a highlight. Dubrovnik Synagogue helps visitors delve into the many facets of the city, showcasing the Jewish element in Dubrovnik's history. What's more, the synagogue is the oldest Sefardic synagogue still being used anywhere in the world, and in Europe it is the second oldest synagogue. Services are still held, but the site primarily functions as a museum where you can see several fascinating artefacts.

Summer fun with a villa in Dubrovnik

Naturally, as a coastal population centre on the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is a beach destination for many tourists. Some people prefer to book a villa in Dubrovnik with private access to the beach, but those who enjoy people watching can choose from several picturesque beaches to spend their days soaking up the sun and mingling with locals and tourists. The most popular public beaches include Banje and Lapad Bay beaches, though this is by no means the full extent of what Dubrovnik has to offer. Also consider travelling out of town along the coast; this gives you a chance to see more of Croatia's natural beauty as well as to discover beaches hidden to those who don't venture beyond Dubrovnik. Another highlight for those who book an apartment or villa in Dubrovnik in the summer is the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival. This festival showcases theatre, opera, and dance all around town in open-air venues. It features artists and performers from all over the world as well as many local performers. Regardless of when you book a villa in Dubrovnik, make sure to take some time to discover the fantastic local music in one of the many venues spread throughout Dubrovnik. Make sure to check out the spa offers throughout Dubrovnik. A day at the spa can be the perfect way to balance your time on the beach, at the pool, exploring the Old Town, and seeing the surrounding areas outside of Dubrovnik.

Food in Dubrovnik

Given its proximity to the coast, it should come as no surprise that the seafood in Dubrovnik is deliciously fresh. Of course, fish is not the only thing on the menu: with so many cultures having an influence on Dubrovnik over the centuries, the culinary offers are quite impressive. The Italian influence is apparent in many dishes, and the non-coastal parts of Croatia have also heavily influenced the food in Dubrovnik. Another treat is the local olive oil and salt, two products which have been produced in the area for centuries. The local cheeses are also a delicacy and are generally served prior to a meal with bread. The most typical type found in the area is Pag cheese; this cheese is made from sheep's milk and the taste is enhanced by the local salt. You may have had similar cheeses before, but due to the regional conditions and the way the wind blows the salt into the plants that the sheep eat, the only place you can have cheese like this is, well, in Dubrovnik.

The benefits of booking a holiday villa in Dubrovnik

Without a doubt, the most enjoyable way to spend your holiday is to book your own private luxury villa in Dubrovnik with a view rather than opting for a room in a hotel. Be one room or several, booking a holiday villa in Dubrovnik instead of staying in one of the many hotels in Dubrovnik means you have as many rooms as you need to comfortably accommodate the entire family or group. Moreover, having a villa in Dubrovnik means you have a home away from home: you can cook what you want and when you want, which also helps reduce the overall costs of your holiday. Our villas and apartments come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ensuring you have the space you need to spread out, just like you would at home, rather than having just your room in a hotel. Choosing our service means you can find just what you are looking for. Have a homemade meal before heading off for a day at the spa, or even book a villa in Dubrovnik that has spa amenities such as a sauna or a pool where you can lounge around all afternoon. Use your villa in Dubrovnik as a home base as you branch out and explore other parts of Croatia, such as the capital city of Zagreb, the majestic Varazdin, or the Pitvlice Lakes located in Pitvlice Lake National Park. Regardless of what you plan on doing during your stay in Dubrovnik, having a villa in Dubrovnik with many rooms serve as your home away from home gives you the flexibility and freedom you need to thoroughly enjoy yourself with the entire family and group of guests without having to wonder how the service at the hotel is. Part of our service is offering you options. The variety of luxury villas in Dubrovnik reflects the diversity of tourists: some have a private pool, while others come equipped with a bar so you don't have to venture out if you don't feel like it. You get the full service of a hotel combined with the privacy of your own home with multiple rooms. You can opt for rooms with a view so you are free to check out the picturesque seascape any time you like, or choose a villa directly in the Old Town so you can really feel the pulse of Dubrovnik. With such a great selection of villas for guests, there's no need to consider hotels or book a hotel room. Your rooms in the villas are yours to do with as you please. Let the children run around undisturbed without worrying about other guests, or feel free to sip your drink at your private bar with a view of the sea. When you book one of our villas, it's not just a room in a hotel that you check into; it's a luxury villa with all the rooms you need where you are free to explore the city and use the villa as you please. Kick back, enjoy the view, and revel in the fact that the bar on your holiday experience has been raised when you use our service.

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                                                                                                      This apartment was above and far beyond my expectations. The view was spectacular.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      I've stayed at dozens of properties over the years and this easily ranks among the top five. Sitting on the veranda with morning coffee or afternoon cocktails is a vacation by itself. The walk to town is very pleasant. The owner was wonderfully accommodating. Loved my stay here.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

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                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We stayed in the apartment for two weeks and really have nothing to add to all the very positive comments that previous occupants have made. Where Luko really excelled was when things didn't go to plan, namely:- 1. the washing machine wasn't working properly when we arrived. It was replaced within 24 hours at no inconvenience and 2. I left my wallet in the apartment after we left. I called Luko on arriving home and he went out of his way to locate it and keep it secure before returning it to me. Luko, again thank you very much for providing us with such high quality accommodation and for 1. and 2. above. Regards - Mark
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Beautiful property and stunning views

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      My friend and I stayed here in September. We found the apartment to be very spacious and clean. The beds were very comfortable with quality linen. We loved sitting on the balcony taking in the wonderful views, and always took our breakfast in the covered area of the terrace. However, if you want to have a great view, you have to climb up and down almost 400 stairs to the Old Town. There is a bus close by but we chose to keep fit by using the steps, although we always got a taxi back in the evening. Correspondence with Gordana was always prompt, polite, informative and extremely helpful. Zeljko, who manages the property, lives downstairs and was an absolute delight to deal with! If returning to Dubrovnik in the near future (which I would love to do) I would definitely stay at this apartment, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to my family and friends.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016