Dubrovnik City Guide

Gay Dubrovnik Dubrovnik City Guide

A fairy-tale city at the southern tip of Croatia, Dubrovnik is without a doubt the country’s crown jewel. As we travelled from north to south down the length of this narrow, coast-hugging land, we had the distinct impression that Croatia was saving the best for last; an instinct that turned out to be 100% on the money. Dubrovnik makes for a breath-taking first impression and it´s not for nothing that it´s considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful walled cities, clinging to the steep mountainside and perched over the stunning Adriatic, her sandstone walls and terracotta roofs contrast with the deep blue sea, and you literally feel as though you have stepped back in time. It´s little wonder that the period-fantasy series “Game of Thrones” was filmed here. During the 16th century, Dubrovnik was one of the wealthiest port cities in Europe, her merchant traders rivalling Venice in both riches and reputation. The walled city is now a UNESCO world heritage site, and while wandering through the narrow streets, it´s hard to believe that only a few decades ago the city was badly hit during the Yugoslav war. The damage was quickly repaired, and now the only visible signs are bullet holes in some of the old building walls, proudly pointed out by the locals as a testament to the strength and endurance of the city they love. Looking for the ultimate Dubrovnik gay guide? Mr Hudson has got you covered.

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The best hotels in Dubrovnik

Let’s start this gay Dubrovnnik travel guide with a roundup of the best hotels in Dubrovnik. Perfectly situated right in the heart of the old city, St Joseph’s Boutique Hotel is hidden away down a narrow cobblestone road. Housed in a fully restored 16th-century building, the hotel is small but elegant, and with only six rooms the focus is on personalised service for the discerning traveller. Their breakfasts are legendary and as an added little touch of luxury, are served in your suite. Because who doesn´t like breakfast in bed when on vacation?

For a full-blown luxury stay at the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace. The name conjures up images of gilded old-world opulence and red velvet curtains but thankfully this couldn´t be further from the truth. Tucked away in a pine forest at the end of the Lapad Peninsula, the hotel is all clean lines and minimal styling, every room has a sea view, and the entire hotel is designed around its most alluring asset: the mesmerising blue waters of the Adriatic. The hotel boasts a private beach, a vast range of dining and drinking options as well as an in-house wellness centre and spa dedicated to your complete relaxation.

Another equally gorgeous option is the Villa Dubrovnik, an exclusive boutique hotel situated on the cliffs to the south of the old town, with spectacular views over the city and entire coastline. Tucked away in amongst pine and citrus trees on one of Dubrovnik’s most upmarket stretches of coastline, the hotel is a private oasis of tranquillity a short distance away from the old city: 15 minutes on foot or make use of the exclusive Venetian style Vaporetto service for a stylish arrival.

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace Dubrovnik

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

Photo: Kerry Murray

Photo: Kerry Murray

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