Try something new as a family this Easter with a trip to Croatia's jewel in the crown, Dubrovnik, and discover its unique charm with these exciting activities.
"Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik." So said the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw after visiting the city in the 19th century. And while that may have been more than 100 years ago, Dubrovnik still maintains its reputation as an idyllic location, offering the perfect Easter getaway for families, with fantastic food, exciting activities and spectacular accommodation.
There are endless things to do in Dubrovnik, from a Game of Thrones walking tour to sipping coffee in the Old Town. However, what about those things that you can't do anywhere else in the world? Here is a list of the top five unique family activities in Dubrovnik.
Built in 1969 and restored in 2010, the cable car to Mount Srdj offers panoramic views of the whole of Dubrovnik and the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Transporting visitors 415 metres above sea level in just four minutes, it may not be the first choice for those with a fear of heights, yet those who do decide to brave it will be rewarded with 360-degree views, on a clear day, of up to 39 miles. Once at the top of Mount Srdj, families can take in the views while enjoying a delicious meal at the aptly-named Panorama Restaurant & Bar, before wandering back down on foot or riding the cable car.
Located right on the edge of a sun-soaked cliff edge sits Buža Bar, a spectacular spot boasting views across the Adriatic Sea towards Italy that can only be accessed via a small hole in the otherwise impenetrable city walls. After finishing off a round of cold drinks and tasty snacks, you might be tempted to take a dip in the warm waters just below by jumping off the cliffs (don't worry, it's safe to do so!) While the prices might be reflective of the clientele consisting predominantly of tourists, you won't find much better views while enjoying a drink in the city.
For those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a day, Lokrum Island offers the perfect respite and is situated just a 15-minute ferry ride away. Wild peacocks and rabbits roam the island, while there are plenty of attractions for kids, including a playground, nature walk and a Dead Sea for lying back and floating in. Breathtaking views aside, the island is also rich in history, with a 12th-century monastery and the Fort Royal Castle, which was built by the French during Napoleon's occupation of Croatia.
Undoubtedly the city's most distinctive feature, the city walls surrounding Dubrovnik, punctuated by a series of towers, dates back to medieval times when it was installed as a defence measure against invading forces. While the threat of invasion may have ceased, the walls still stand and now offer visitors two kilometres worth of exploring, as well as a good viewpoint for vistas across the Adriatic Sea. Guided tours are the best option for those who want to find out about the history of the wall and the Old Town of which it houses, including how it was used as a key location in the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones.
For great places to stay in Croatia, check out our round-up of the best family-friendly hotels.