Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) is one of the busiest airports in Croatia, and serves the magical city of Dubrovnik. The facilities are good here, with free WiFi, currency exchange services, a bank, a decent duty-free shop, a travel agency, and a few cafes where you can pick up some refreshments.
Dubrovnik’s airport is situated fairly close to the city, at around 21km outside of town. Reach the city by catching the bus, hopping in a shuttle or hailing a taxi outside the terminal. A taxi fare from the airport to the downtown area will come to around 170-200HRK ($33-39).
If you want to fly to Croatia, then you should look for flights operated by Lufthansa, FlyNiki, Austrian Airlines, KLM, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Air France, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines, Air Serbia, Finnair, Aegean Airlines, Thai Airways, SAS, Croatia Airlines, and Qantas.
Why visit Dubrovnik?
Dubrovnik will strike you as entirely self-assured of its beauty. Sitting against the turquoise waters of the Adriatic, the terracotta roofs of the city’s stone houses, castles and churches stand out against the azure sky, making the city look like an illustration from a children’s fairytale, or a postcard from the 1950s.
Things to do in Dubrovnik
Begin with embarking on a tour of the Dubrovnik’s old city walls, established as early as the 10th century, these stunning stone walls really lend the city that storybook quality. On the way you can admire some of the best views in the city, as well as explore the towers and forts that line the walls. End your tour of these walls at Pile Gate, a beautiful 15th century carved stone archway, one of the most lovely entry-ways into the city.
Once you’re finished exploring the walls, head for the Stradun, a pedestrianised thoroughfare in Dubrovnik that acts as one of the city’s main arteries for cafes, restaurants, and shops that you can explore in this atmospheric and beautiful limestone paved street. Make sure you make a detour for the stunning Dubrovnik Cathedral, one of the town’s most iconic landmarks.
For history buffs, the place to add to your itinerary is the Rector’s Palace, where the Cultural Historical Museum is now situated. Learn about Dubrovnik’s past under Roman and Venetian rule by touring this wonderful museum.
For a little adventure, book a trip out to Fort Lovrijenac, a dramatic building due to its being positioned on a rocky outcrop, and its reputation as the ‘impregnable’ fortress of Dubrovnik.
Best time to visit Dubrovnik
· Dubrovnik is a coastal city, and experiences a Mediterranean climate of warm summers and mild winters.
· For sun, sea and sand, the summer months (June-August) are best, when you can expect the temperature to be a lovely 24-26°C.
· If you aren’t super married to visiting in the summer, than September and October are still warm months, hovering at 21-25°C, but you’ll find that flights and accommodation tend to be much cheaper.
Arriving in Dubrovnik
· You can fly from Sydney (SYD) to Dubrovnik, but these flights are subject to one or two layovers. Usually through Asian and European hubs like Bangkok (BKK) or Vienna (VIE).
· Croatian Kuna (HRK).
· Australian travellers can enter Croatia for up to 90 days without a visa, but it is important that you check these conditions are still the same when you travel. Stay updated by checking the smart traveller Croatian page.
Please note that information is correct as of September 2016
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