After hearing so much for so long about Croatia, I was really looking forward to enjoying the sights of Dubrovnik and it really didn’t disappoint!
After a short 2.5 hour flight, it was the drive from the airport with the sensational sea views over to the islands that really gave me a flavour of the beauty of this country. Definitely one of the most enjoyable airport transfers I have experienced.Only 30 minutes later we arrive at the serene Valamar Lacroma Hotel, which was to be our base for 10 days. The hotel is a short 10 minute drive into the Old City of Dubrovnik which, when the temperatures had dipped a little in the late afternoon, was absolutely enchanting to explore. Once through the city gates you feel like you are on a film set – no wonder Game of Thrones was filmed here! The medieval stone walls of the old city offer an array of shops, restaurants and beautiful churches and unbelievably many Croatians still make their home within the ancient city walls.
One of the highlights for me was visiting Lopud Island by ferry; a car free island where the only way to travel is by foot, bicycle or golf buggy taxis! I loved the laid back feel of the island and of course the stunning sandy beach. It was hard to believe we were only an hour ferry ride from the centre of Dubrovnik. The fabulous sunsets they get here are something, we found them best enjoyed with a cold glass of very good Croatian wine – another highlight of our trip!
Whilst staying at the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik, I also visited the sister properties; the superb five star Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President and the recently refurbished Valamar Argosy. All three hotels only a 5 minute walk away from each other with stunning views over the Elafiti Islands.
I hope to return to Croatia soon and explore more this amazing country – and sample, of course, more of the delicious wine!
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