I'm going to start by saying well done to my mumma, she picked Dubrovnik as the destination of our family holiday this year (obviously it went through my approval). It was the perfect choice as it offers the best of both beaches and relaxation, as well as a historical city.
We stayed in the Valamar President just a 10 minute taxi ride from the town centre and 30 minutes from the airport. We spent quite an equal amount of time between the hotel and the city, seeing it in the day and at night, both as equally stunning.
Everyone I talked to about coming here had the same response "Oh that's where they film Game Of Thrones" (cue the eye rolls to people's horror when I say that I've never actually watched it). Whilst Dubrovnik has certainly become an attraction for this it has so much more to offer and explore.
The walls of Dubrovnik
If there's only one thing you do in Dubrovnik make sure it's this. The views from the walls are incredible, nothing like I've seen before. It takes around an hour to get around the two kilometre walk and from personal experience (and stupidity) if you're there in the summer months avoid walking them in the midday heat (you will melt). We stopped to buy a painting of the town by a local artist in the walls, something I do on every trip because there's no better souvenir.
Dubrovnik cable car
Mount Srdj has beautiful views of the Old Town from above. We took the cable car up at 5.30 in time to watch the sunset, whilst we ate dinner at the Panorama restaurant & bar. The views were a little more dramatic than we'd bet on, hit by a storm half way through dinner we didn't panic, we stayed to watch the most amazing lightning I'd ever seen. Whilst the other 200 people ran around frantic to get back down, a cable car wasn't where I wanted to be in this, we stayed and filmed the whole thing (drowned in the process) and waited for a taxi to take us back down. We came up here for the sunsets but this was much more exciting and well worth the risk of staying. Oh and the food was to die for...
The streets of the Old Town
Be sure to wander the unique shops along the cobbled streets
Eat your body weight in ice cream
Eat like a local in one of the many restaurants nestled in the town
Enjoy the history