Dubrovnik, Croatia

An Empty Nester Guide to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik: A Must-Visit Destination for All Types of Travelers

Dubrovnik, a picturesque city in the heart of Croatia, offers attractions suitable for all types of travelers. From history buffs to island-hopping enthusiasts, Dubrovnik has something for everyone. In addition, the city is investing in sustainable tourism to ensure that visitors can continue to enjoy it for years to come.

Traveling as an empty nester has its advantages… especially because your travel schedule does not have to be set during the typical school vacation and summer vacation. You have the option of traveling ‘off-season’.

Visiting Dubrovnik in the off-season is a great idea for several reasons. Firstly, the crowds are significantly smaller, so you can explore the city’s historic sites and attractions without fighting through crowds of tourists. Additionally, the weather is still pleasant during the off-season, with temperatures ranging from 10-20°C, making it perfect for outdoor activities like hiking or sightseeing.

Moreover, prices for accommodation and flights are much lower during the off-season, allowing you to save money while still enjoying all that Dubrovnik has to offer. Finally, the locals are more relaxed and welcoming during the off-season, giving you a chance to experience the city’s culture and traditions in a more authentic way. Overall, visiting Dubrovnik in the off-season is a fantastic way to enjoy this beautiful city without the crowds and high prices of peak season.

For those interested in history, Dubrovnik boasts several museums, including the Maritime Museum and the Natural Science Museum. There are also plenty of opportunities to explore the city’s historic sites, as well as nearby medieval towns such as Kotor and Mostar.

Restaurant Lucijan, Pucić Palace, Dubrovnik

If you’re looking for a culinary adventure, Dubrovnik’s cuisine is a must-try. Try dishes like smoked ham, cheese matured in oil, octopus salad, Zelena Minestra, Sporchi Macaroni, and grilled sardines, prepared with locally sourced fruits, vegetables, and fish.

Wine connoisseurs can also indulge themselves in vineyards located in the region of Konavle, the Peljesac peninsula, and the island of Korčula, which are easily accessible by car, bus, or ferry from Dubrovnik.

Virgin Voyages Resilient Lady ship
Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Lady cruises the Adriatic coast and the Greek Isles

In 2021, over 112,000 cruise ship passengers visited Dubrovnik, with numbers steadily increasing. To accommodate this growth, the Dubrovnik Port Authority is developing additional infrastructure, including new berths for international and domestic ferries. The authority is also investing in sustainable solutions like shore power and photovoltaic power plants to reduce the amount of electricity used at the port.

Dubrovnik has implemented a strategic destination management project with an action plan called “Respect the City,” which emphasizes sustainable tourism practices and better management of cruise ship passengers. With all these efforts in place, Dubrovnik is well on its way to becoming a leading sustainable tourism destination that caters to all types of travelers.

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