Taking cheap flights to Dubrovnik are on the increase, as Croatia's tourist appeal grows in popularity. The airport, also known as Cilipi is very small, with just the one runway and terminal. The airport bus will transfer you to the city bus station, which is fine if that is the end of town you are staying in, but otherwise it is probably more advisable to take the taxi option, although queues can get quite long. It is also advised that a price is agreed beforehand for the ten mile journey.
Although Dubrovnik flights have grown in popularity, the centre is still a pleasurable spot due to the fact that much of the Old Town is pedestrianized. Walking is the best way to get around, the place is fairly small anyway, but on foot, you can take in the breathtaking views and fabulous architecture. There are lovely promenades to stroll along, or you can take a cable car up into the hills to take in the spectacular panoramas. There are of course the usual taxi and bus services, but realistically it is almost certainly as quick by foot. Just make sure you pack comfy shoes!
With cheap airfare to Dubrovnik encouraging more and more tourists, the temptation might be for just a couple of days break, but that really wouldn't allow a visitor to see anywhere near all the attractions. There are the walls of the old town, fortresses, and the Bell Tower, as well as the Sponza and Rectors Palace, the cathedral, Orlando Column, not to mention the gorgeous clear blue Adriatic Sea. The main thoroughfare and wide streets of Stradun attracts the crowds, so if a little quieter tranquility is more to the liking, then there are 3 small islands: Lokrum, Lopud and Mijet, just a short boat trip away.
Lapad shopping mall has some of the major international chain stores, but otherwise shopping is a little laid back in Dubrovnik. Local designs are worth a look, as are the markets that are in abundance. The traditional food is fish, and everything has a Mediterranean style to it, with olive oil in huge supply. Konoba Rozano is one of the best restaurants, along with Storia, a terrific Italian venue; whilst Lady Pi Pi is great for a Croatian grill.
The night-life has improved, with Irish pubs such as The Gaffe doing well, along with Mirage - a popular cocktail bar, and Casablanca for a more local feel. Labirint offers an all in one opportunity, with its casino, restaurant, bar and club, all under one roof. If live music is the preference then Troubadour jazz bar should be worth a try.
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