First trip after retirement, but not decided on a destination yet?

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Have you been thinking about your first trip after retirement, but not decided on a destination yet?

Dubrovnik choice Lejla

Here's why Dubrovnik would be the perfect choice:

Dubrovnik can be visited throughout the year. It is suitable for all visitors: for those who want to relax, enjoying the sun and sea, for those who want to enjoy culture and gastronomy, for those with an adventurous spirit and for those who like to travel alone. It is a safe destination, just like the rest of Croatia. The majority of Croatians speaks English, especially in tourist areas.

Various accommodation options are available: private accommodation, hotels (all categories) and caravan parks.

Regardless of your fitness level, there are plenty hiking possibilities from easy to moderate trails.

In addition to guided tours of Dubrovnik, hikes, and exploring the islands (Lokrum, Elaphites, Korčula), there are several other, easily accessible options that you might find interesting.

 

Cavtat and Konavle

Cavtat is named the third best European destination in 2021, according to the European Best Destinations website, beating places like Lofoten, the Canary Islands, Gibraltar, Capri, Florence, etc...

The quiet coastal town of Cavtat, located on a small peninsula called Rat, is only 18 km from Dubrovnik. Along with a guided tour of Cavtat, we suggest visiting the museum ‘The House of Vlaho Bukovac’, dedicated to one of Croatia’s most important painters. The museum’s excellent collection is set on three floors, where you can learn about the life of Vlaho Bukovac and see how his art developed.

If you're up for a brief walk to the highest point of the peninsula, you will find the Cemetery of St Rocco, where you can see the Račić family mausoleum. The mausoleum was built by the sculptor, Ivan Meštrović who, for this work, won the Grand Prix at the International Exhibition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris in 1925.

Cavtat will surely charm every visitor, and in this little gem of a place, you will find many great restaurants with high-quality food.

A trip to Cavtat can be combined with a visit to the villages of Konavle. Many other activities are available in the area, like a tour of the Old Mill, a tasting of local products, a presentation of silk production, and a visit to the winery & wine tasting.

For those who are interested, it is possible to organise a cooking class in a rural household. You will learn to prepare traditional food of the area using local ingredients.

 

Trsteno Arboretum and Ston

Arboretum Trsteno dates all the way back to the 15th century and was owned by a wealthy noble family from Dubrovnik who decided to build their summer residence and plant a large garden there.

They ordered seeds and greenery from ships coming from exotic places around the world. It is a botanical garden today (the oldest one in Croatia. We recommend visiting Arboretum Trsteno in the morning, so you can arrive in Ston just in time for lunch. Ston is a small, medieval town with narrow streets, noble ancient houses whose history reaches back to the 14th century. It is famous for the longest stone wall in Europe (5,5km) …

Ston has great restaurants with gastronomy at the highest level. Ston bay is famous for oyster and mussel farms. We recommend booking a boat trip that visits an oyster farm, where you’ll learn about the history and current practice of oyster cultivation, and have the opportunity to taste some oysters!

Mount Srđ

Fortunately, climbing to the top of Mount Srđ does not require you to be particularly fit. The main trail is not steep, but it does have some loose rocks which means that you have to pay attention while climbing and descending, and you will need to wear proper shoes. Taking the trail in summer is not recommended due to high temperatures. We suggest you to get to the top of the mountain by cable car. There is no view of the Old Town as beautiful and unique as the one from Mount Srđ.

At the top, you can visit the Homeland War Museum (dedicated to the history of the fort and recent war) and take a walk in the area. There are many excellent viewpoints on Mount Srđ.

 

The following activities are suggested for slightly more active retirees:

E-bike on Mljet Island

The greenest Croatian island Mljet can be visited all year round. A visit to the Mljet National Park usually includes a guided tour of the park and a boat ride to St Mary's island. For those who enjoy cycling, there is the option to rent an e-bike.

An e-bike is a good idea because the battery provides assistance during your ride if you need a little help in certain sections, though the paths around the lake are flat. In summer, the pine forest provides shade and lower temperatures, so it is possible to opt for this adventure in the summer.

Segway Dubrovnik

This activity can be organized throughout the year, but it is dependent on the weather, for that reason is ideal for spring and autumn. A Segway tour is a fun way to discover many places with stunning views in Dubrovnik that you might not discover on your own. It is not possible to visit the Old Town itself on a Segway because it is a pedestrianized zone.

It would be great if you were already familiar with the Segway, but you don't need experience to join the tour. Instructions will be provided, and you'll have some time to practise. It is easy to drive; however good balance is required. Segway is considered a safe activity for anyone aged 12 to 75.

Dubrovnik buggy Safari

Buggy Safari is fun for all ages. A buggy ride is arranged with a professional driver along the Dubrovnik coast and a winding road up Mount Srđ, with planned stops to take photos. This off-road adventure allows you to enjoy a 360° view of the entire Dubrovnik area, islands and mountains.

 

Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Opera Festival

Culture lovers may be interested in visiting Dubrovnik during the Summer Festival. The Festival was founded in 1950, and is one of the most prestigious summer festivals in Croatia.

Numerous music, drama and dance performances are held from 10 July to 25 August. Distinguished foreign ensembles, soloists and vocal groups, many of them winners of prestigious international awards and competitions, are often guests.

Performances (some in English) and concerts are held in a unique ambiance. A spectacular closing concert is a must for all lovers of classical music.

The Opera Festival is achieving recognition in the opera world. The International Opera Festival "Tino Pattiera" is held at the end of June and the beginning of July. The festival was founded in memory of the famous tenor Tino Pattiera, born in Cavtat.

Most visitors who stay in Dubrovnik for several days also opt for full-day excursions, such as trips to Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Montenegro (Kotor, Perast and Budva), the Elaphite islands, Korcula… There are lots of options.

As you can see ten days in Dubrovnik might not be enough! We are here to help you plan your trip.

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