By Jessica Beck
Dubrovnik
Croatia
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Adoringly nicknamed “The Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik, Croatia is one of the most sought-after tourist resort destinations along the Mediterranean Sea. Located in southern Croatia on the Adriatic Sea, this ancient city is waiting to be discovered.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to retreat to this Mediterranean resort town. The city of Dubrovnik has an airport located about 20 kilometers (approximately 12.5 miles) south called Dubrovnik Airport (DBV).  From there, buses and taxis will be waiting to take you into the city. Simply, click on the following link and allow EscapeWizard.com to start searching for your budget-friendly flight options (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  After you have chosen your flight, click over to EscapeWizard.com’s hotel search service (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and let us find your perfect and affordable hotel room options.

Once you have rebooted and are ready to start exploring, EscapeWizard.com suggests heading over to the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Here, you will be surrounded by historic sites and places to explore. The Sponza Palace, an EscapeWizard.com favorite, is well worth a visit. This Gothic Renaissance palace is one of the last remaining structures that existed before the devastating 1667 earthquake. It houses many historical artifacts as well as an interesting memorial to all the fallen soldiers and defenders of this city.  Located to the west of the palace, you will discover the Bell Tower. Situated atop the tower are the famous and curious bronze “Zelenic” statues which can be heard striking the enormous bell housed within the tower every hour. The statues are actually replicas of the originals which are now housed and protected in the atrium of the Sponza Palace. EscapeWizard.com recommends taking a stroll down Old Town’s central street, the Stradun Placa.  As you wander down the street, you will encounter numerous shops and boutiques located inside the first floor of uniform Baroque houses lining the Stradun Placa.  Their intricate architectural faces will amaze you and you will truly get a sense of how much effort the city has put into restoring and maintaining their original buildings after the catastrophic earthquake and damaging wars.

As for museums, Dubrovnik has plenty to offer. The Rector’s Palace tops EscapeWizard.com’s list of museums. It was once home to the Major Council and has now been converted into a museum solely dedicated to the history of Dubrovnik. It contains many interesting artifacts and paintings as well as intriguing furniture pieces which date back to Dubrovnik’s roots as a Republic. For a fun and light-hearted museum experience, check out the Dubrovnik Natural History Museum. It contains collections from 1872 to the present. A unique and kid-friendly exhibition is the 100-year-old taxidermy collection which is an EscapeWizard.com must-see. If you are a lover of fashion and culture, visit the Ethnographic Museum. It is housed in a mesmerizing building built in 1590 and contains exhibits that reveal the spiritual, economic, and cultural development of Dubrovnik as well as celebrated folk fashions and textiles of the celebrated folk culture of this region.

What is a better reason to take a visit to a coastal Mediterranean city than its beaches? The Lapad beaches are located in by far one of the most breathtaking parts of Dubrovnik. They can be found tucked away at the end of a long pathway, which is abundant with cafés, bars, and restaurants perfect for lunch and a break from the heat. An interesting aspect of these beaches is the charming coastal path which leads you to small concrete platforms to sunbathe on and ladders to access the sea. Another beach is the Banje Beach which is located within the Old Town. There are two areas of this pebbled beach, one has an entrance fee and the other is a more relaxed public beach. It contains incredible views of the City Walls, Old Town, and the island of Lokrum. If you tend to get antsy sunbathing, you can partake in various beach activities such as beach volleyball, football, and water polo.

With so much to do and see in Dubrovnik, you will never have a dull moment. With tons of daytime activities and nightlife, the city of Dubrovnik will be sure to impress you. Allow EscapeWizard.com to help jump start your preparation for your next resort vacation in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Hotels in Dubrovnik
By Summer Brons
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
Marijana Blazica 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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When your travels find you in Dubrovnik, treat yourself to the luxurious and historical accommodations of the Hilton Imperial. Built in 1895 and fully renovated in 2005, this Dubrovnik hotel pairs old-world charm with modern day conveniences.

When you stay at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, you'll enjoy the ease of being a mere 110 yards from the old town district and just 550 yards from the beautiful Banje Beach. Dubrovnik Cilipi International Airport (DBV) is a quick 14 miles away, making the Hilton an ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers.

As you've come to expect from the Hilton name, the Imperial Dubrovnik is equipped with the comforts and conveniences designed to make your stay as productive and relaxing as possible. Catch up on work responsibilities at the 24-hour business center, work up a sweat in the 24-hour fitness center or jogging track, take a refreshing dip in the pool, browse the gift shop and news stand, and take advantage of a knowledgeable concierge staff to answer your questions about Croatia's busy city.

When hunger strikes, savor a meal at the Hilton Imperial's own Porat Restaurant. Open daily from 7:00 AM until 1:00 AM, you'll enjoy delicious Mediterranean fare crafted from fresh, local ingredients. Afterwards, head to The Bar and enjoy a cold drink on the terrace. The Hilton's lounge is the perfect spot to unwind after a busy day and catch up with friends.

When it's time to retire for the evening, do so in the comfort of your well-equipped Hilton guest room. Each room features traditional Croatian decor with plush bedding, MP3-ready clock radio, mini bar, coffee maker, work desk, cable television, iron and board as well as bath amenities. Luxurious suites are also available for those celebrating a special occasion or seeking additional space during an extended stay. As always, members of the Hilton HHonors program will also receive credit for their stay at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik.

Book your own stay at this premier Hilton location using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).