Top 5 Things To Do on a Dubrovnik Yacht Charter
Often considered one of the rising stars of the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik is swiftly becoming one of the most coveted luxury yacht charter destinations in Europe. With a scintillating history, a magnificent medieval town center and an array of attractions and experiences on offer, a few days spent ‘on land’ here are a highlight for anyone visiting Croatia on a Dubrovnik yacht charter. Here are our Top 5 Things To Do on a Dubrovnik Yacht Charter.
1. Walk Along the City Walls
The medieval walls which have encompassed the historic Old Town for over 800 years haven’t just protected the city, they have defined its very essence. Walking the entire circuit, which takes about 2 hours, is an absolute must-do when on a Dubrovnik yacht charter. Offering breathtaking views with every step, both out to the sapphire horizons of the Adriatic and the terracotta-tiled panorama of the city center, Dubrovnik’s city walls are a photographer’s dream.
Stroll along the walls as soon as you arrive in Dubrovnik and you can get an overview of the head-spinning maze that is the historic center. From up here, you can pinpoint the places you may want to check out later on and get your bearings around town without fear of getting lost. Within the confines of the walled old town, you’ll discover an array of stunning Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance squares, fountains and churches. For the history lover and anyone entranced by striking architecture, Dubrovnik is absolutely spellbinding, from the top of its fortified walls first and foremost.
2. Take a ride up the cable car
The city’s cable-car reopened with much fanfare during the 2010 Summer Festival after a long and suffered 20-year hiatus. Taking a ride up to the top of Mount Sdrj at sunset on a clear day is about as unforgettable as it gets on a Dubrovnik yacht charter. And that’s because as beautiful as this city is close-up, it is even more inspiring from a distance. The cable-car ride takes only 3 minutes and atop the 400m peak, you’ll find a café, gorgeous restaurant and souvenir shop, as well as the picturesque Imperial Fort built by Napoleon on the early 1800s, and used by the Yugoslav army during the siege of Dubrovnik in 1991.
The very interesting Museum of the Croatian War of Independence is housed within the fort, so if you wish to include a visit here you’ll need to set aside at least 2 hours for this excursion. From the top viewing platforms, you’ll soak up uninterrupted views of the walled town, nearby islets and amazing coastline. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, you can take the cable-car up and hike your way down Mount Sdrj, which takes only about 30 minutes.
3. Taste the wine of the ancient gods on your Dubrovnik yacht charter
First-time guests aboard a Dubrovnik yacht charter may not know that Croatia is an excellent wine-making destination. Taking advantage of its blissful Mediterranean climate, and fertile soils, Croatians have been making exceptionally good wine for over a thousand years.
The area around Dubrovnik is home to quite a few wineries you could visit, yet if you’re after a more ‘short and intense’ wine-tasting experience you can simply head to D’Vino, the Old Town’s first ever wine bar. This trendy and modern bar offers more than 100 local wine varieties, both to taste and purchase, including the best award-winning drops from the Dalmatian and Istrian coasts.
4. Feast on local seafood specialties at Dubrovnik’s best restaurant
Feasting on local seafood delights would have to be one of the most pleasurable bonuses of a Dubrovnik yacht charter. Although your private chef will no doubt titillate your taste buds with the freshest fish, calamari, and scampi of the region at your request, you can also enjoy a mouth-watering seafood dinner in the city’s most prestigious restaurant. Nautika runs three restaurants in town, with its eponymous venue offering an unrivaled dining experience. With an enviable location and two sea view terraces that are simply to die for, a dinner at Nautika is a romantic epicurean experience.
Head chef Mario Bunda is revered for his fervent insistence on using only the freshest catch of the day and for his creative ingredient pairings. From melt-in-your-mouth lobster medallions to seafood broth topped with black truffle, reading the menu alone is enough to titillate your taste buds. Located in the former Maritime School, Nautika is not only Dubrovnik’s top gastronomic treasure but also widely regarded as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world. Tables at Nautika are booked weeks in advance, so if you wish to dine here do let us know as soon as possible.
5. Indulge in a spa treatment at the Excelsior
The rise in popularity of Dubrovnik as an exceptional holiday destination has spawned a healthy dose of luxury spa resorts in town. The Excelsior Hotel, a name that’s synonymous with class and elegance, offers the most luxurious spa experience of all. The Wellness & Spa Centre is often described as a ‘haven of peace and pampering’ and is your perfect retreat after a long day spent sightseeing.
From the indoor pool to the Turkish hammam and Roman baths, the Excelsior offers a wealth of relaxing pleasures. With a well-equipped gym and array of body and face treatments on offer, you could easily spend an entire day here being pampered.
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