From Old Town to Luxury Pools: The Other Side of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Drenched in history and boasting a number of baroque buildings, Dubrovnik looks like every travel blogger’s dream. Having never visited before, I can’t speak from experience, but I find it hard to believe that anyone could visit and not walk down the streets in awe or be inspired by the Old Town churches and marble streets, not to mention the glistening Adriatic Sea.


The beautiful city has leapt even more so into the limelight after becoming the gorgeous filming location for the oh-so-popular TV series, Game of Thrones. (C’mon, even if you don’t watch it yourself, we all know someone who is addicted to it.)

So, quite naturally, it’s been added to my list of places I must visit before I am too old – or skint – to do so. And I’m already planning a few things I’d like to do whilst there…

Dubrovnik Old Town 🏘
It would be a crime to visit Dubrovnik and not take a stroll through the Old Town that graces the pages of travel brochures around the world. I’d spend my days ambling down the narrow cobbled streets, photographing the elegant buildings and gazing in awe at the historic beauty of the town as a whole.

Game of Thrones Walking Tour 🐺
Remember how I mentioned those people who are addicted to Game of Thrones? Well, I’m unashamedly one of them! When visiting Dubrovnik, there’s an opportunity to truly discover the GoT filming sites on a walking tour. Enjoy the red-roofed views you’ll recognise as King’s Landing, follow Cersei’s walk of shame footsteps in Dubrovnik Old Town and check out the 11th-century castle where the Battle of Blackwater took place.

Dubrovnik Cable Cars 🚠
You can enjoy panoramic views of Dubrovnik by taking a short ascent in a cable car up to Mount Srd. Once up there, you’ll be able to grab a bite to eat, treat yourself to some souvenirs, and have your breath taken away by your stunning surroundings. Red-tiled rooves, the picturesque harbour, the magnificent medieval walls and the crystal clear sea – heaven (and incredibly Instagram worthy)!

Plitvice Lakes National Park 🌲
Whilst not actually in Dubrovnik, I would definitely try and take a day trip out to Plitvice Lakes National Park. The heavily forested park holds sixteen glassy lakes all linked to one another by a number of sparkling waterfalls and cascades. Take one look at the photos and you’ll be swayed to pay it a visit too…


It all sounds pretty incredible, right? Though not the standard sunshine, poolside holiday I normally go foror is it?

I always imagined Dubrovnik to be home to just the bog standard city hotels and cute Airbnb apartments. Little did I know it has a different side to it: it’s also home to an abundance of poolside apartments, such as those at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik.

Think beautiful rooms, sophisticated dining spaces and stunning pools overlooking the endless expanse of Mediterranean Sea shimmering in the Croatian sunshine. Don’t mind if I do!

So when I manage to finally cross Dubrovnik off my list, I think I’ll try giving myself a taste of both sides: days spent exploring the traditional side before heading home to relax and watch the sun set from the comfort of a luxury hotel pool.

Have you been to Dubrovnik before? Would you like to experience both sides of it?

*This post was sponsored by James Villas.

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  • Melanie Williams

    Croatia looks amazing and this is a fab post. Thanks hun 🙂 x

  • Certainly looks an amazing place to visit, I have never been bit we do fancy visiting one day x

  • Healthy & Psyched

    Amazing post 🙂 I love the look of Old Town and the national parks. I always like to stay somewhere a bit fancy at the end of a holiday as well.

  • Sun Gardens is so beautiful, it would be such a fab place to stay whilst in Dubrovnik! I would definitely want to take a trip to visit the national park, the pictures of it are just stunning!

  • I am a huge Game of Thrones fan so of course Croatia is definitely on my list, it is gorgeous! Beautiful photos and I love your theme x

  • Always Carry On.

    I’ve not been to Croatia yet, but it’s a possibility for helping to finish my 30 before 30 challenge! And your pics have certainly enticed me! X

  • Jodie Whitham

    Never been to Croatia but looks beautiful – luxurious and with lots of history. Right up my street! x

  • Omg, this is GORGEOUS. I will definitely be adding Croatia to my travel bucket list.

  • I have never been to Dubrovnik but as each day goes by I want to go more and more. I need to see when is out of season time there as I’ve heard the old town can get super busy x

  • Donna

    This is the second Dubrovnik article I have read today and I so want to go now! Gorgeous pics x

  • Dubrovnik is on my bucket list – I’d love to go and visit this year x

  • Eeeeek! I am off to Croatia in June and mega excited! Love the look of Dubronvik, but I am going to Zadar 🙂

  • Dubrovnik looks like an amazing place to visit, I’d love to go!

  • Croatia seems to now be my new fav. places to visit. It’s really amazing the photos here.

  • This just looks amazing! We are considering Dubrovnik for a holiday this year, and now I know that there is a GoT tour I want to go even more! x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    The pictures look amazing I didn’t realise it was so beautiful there. The waterfall is stunning!

  • Leah Shafik

    These pictures are stunning – what a beautiful place. x

  • I’ve never been to Dubrovnik! I have considered going to that region of Europe but find whenever I have the time off it’s extortionate, thinking of staying in Kotor in Montenegro and maybe visit for a day trip as all of your pictures have won me over big time!

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  • No I have never been to Dubrovnik but would love to. Sounds lovely.

  • Baby Isabella

    We’re looking for holiday ideas at the the moment and Dubrovnik sounds amazing. Great scenery x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I have been to croatia quite a few times and adore it, such an amazing place and such beautiful scenery x

  • Emma Oxley

    Im heading to Dubrovnik on a girls weekend in June this year and can’t wait. Thanks for all the info – ill definitely be taking a walk around the old town and that sea looks so crystal clear! paradise

  • Helen Clark

    I’d not seen much about Dubrovnik before today but it really is a stunning city. The villain are just gorgeous, I would happily stay in them. After reading yours and Rhians post Dubrovnik has had to be added to my travel wishlist too!

  • Louise

    Oh wow, I’d love to visit Dubrovnik! I’ve always wanted to visit Croatia x

  • Laura

    I would absolutely LOVE to visit Dubrovnik. I’ve never been to Croatia at all but it is somewhere that I’ve always fancied going to because I love how beautiful it is and the history! xxx

  • Angela Milnes

    One of the biggest advantages of Croatia is that it is almost the last unspoiled, beautiful
    part of the European Mediterrane
    an region, that has long been
    in the touris
    m industry, but
    has, at the same time, managed to preserve
    its authenticity, ambi
    ence and the original way of life.

  • Oh it looks incredible. I may have the chance to visit Croatia this summer, though it’ll be Split and not Dubrovnik. Still, it’s exciting haha. This post has me desperate to get out there!

  • looks amazing! I was going to do a cruise last year which went through Croatia! gutted i Didint end up going!

    A must see I reckon

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