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Famed for its terracotta roof tiles and formidable city walls, this real-life Game of Thrones setting in the south of Croatia is a hugely popular tourist destination. Dubrovnik is a city steeped in history and is home to both Dubrovnik Cathedral and a Franciscan Church and Monastery. It also boasts some stunning natural scenery and a fantastic selection of accommodation, restaurant, shops and nightlife spots. Dubrovnik also has its own airport, which promises simpler journeys that come from direct flights.
Croatia has a number of airports and train stations, but the easiest way to get to Dubrovnik is to fly into Dubrovnik Airport. This international air travel hub is located in the village of Cilipi, around 13 miles southwest of Dubrovnik. A range of scheduled and charter flights operate out of the airport, with the majority being seasonal. Most of the destinations served by Dubrovnik Airport are European, and the biggest carrier operating out of the airport is Croatia Airlines – although easyJet and British Airways are also popular.
When booking flights to Dubrovnik, you should bear a couple of things in mind. Firstly, if you are planning on travelling outside of the summer months, you may find it difficult to fly direct. However, it’s fairly easy to arrange connecting flights, especially if you use Expedia’s easy flight booking tool. Secondly, it is usually more difficult to book direct flights if you wish to fly business class or premium economy. Direct economy flights are the most readily available, and you can get the lowest prices through budget carriers such as easyJet, Vueling and Norwegian Air Shuttle.
Upon arriving into Dubrovnik Airport, the first thing to do is decide how to travel into the city. If you intend to travel out of the city to neighbouring towns, villages and sightseeing spots, you should consider hiring a car. You can easily do this at the airport, where there are a number of rental agencies. However, be aware that Dubrovnik's Old Town is entirely pedestrianised.
If you aren’t hiring your own vehicle, you may want to use the city’s public buses. An airport shuttle bus will transport you from Cilipi into central Dubrovnik in around 30-40 minutes. From the bus station in the city centre, there are various routes that can transport you to other areas of the city. Travelling to the ferry terminal will let you catch a boat to the islands of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan.
For many tourists, a trip to Dubrovnik is all about the historic centre, where you can find the 16th-century Sponza Palace and the fascinating War Photo Limited museum. Just south of the old centre, you can visit Lovrijenac Fort that stood guard over the city for centuries. Venturing further afield, you may enjoy attractions such as Lokrum Island and Mount Srd, which is accessible by a cable car. The nearby islands of Lopud, Kolocep, and Sipan are also well worth a visit, particularly if you’re seeking quiet secluded areas to hike, swim and sunbathe.