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How to plan the perfect luxury family vacation in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a lovely city in southern Croatia that is well-known for its magnificent beaches, historic architecture, and vibrant culture. Here are some suggestions to help you arrange a memorable and pleasurable trip for a luxury family getaway to Dubrovnik that the entire family will love.

Discover the magical Old City

Everyone visiting Croatia should make a point of seeing Dubrovnik, which offers a distinctive fusion of history, culture, and natural beauty. Often known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a walled city that goes back to the 7th century and has been an important hub of trade and culture throughout its history. Among countless sights, you should not miss the Stradun, the city’s main street, the Rector’s Palace, the seat of administration during the Republic of Ragusa, and the Franciscan Monastery, which has a museum, a lovely cloister and the oldest running pharmacy in Europe.

Explore the children’s camps on offer

Children’s sports academy during the summer holidays can be a fun and rewarding experience for both the children and the parents. Children can develop their skills, build their confidence, and make new friends. Many destinations around the Mediterranean offer such programmes, and Dubrovnik, Croatia is no different.  Make the best of your Summer holiday by enrolling your junior footballers in a soccer academy whilst relaxing in Dubrovnik.

Learn some moves in a dance academy

In case football is not your favourite cup of tea, perhaps a dance academy is a better choice for your child to learn new skills, make new friends, and stay active during the summer months. These dancing programmes for girls and boys to keep them entertained during the summer holiday so check out available offers in advance.

Beach and fun in the sun

Dubrovnik is fortunate to have many beaches due to its coastal setting and lovely Adriatic shoreline. There is bound to be a beach in Dubrovnik that meets your interests, whether you prefer pebble or sand beaches, busy or quiet ones. Choose a beachfront hotel and enjoy the beach all that you want or visit some of Dubrovnik’s renowned beaches. Banje Beach, which is only a short stroll from the Old Town, provides stunning views of both the Old Town and the island of Lokrum. Lapad beach, which is in the Lapad Bay region, is popular among families with young children. Its sandy shoreline and shallow waves make it ideal for swimming and tanning. Copacabana Beach has a variety of amenities, including restaurants, bars, and rentals for water sports equipment, but it should not be mistaken for the well-known Brazilian beach of the same name.

… or seize the day by the pool

Spending some time by the swimming pool can be a great way to bond and create unforgettable memories. Many Dubrovnik hotels offer outdoor (and indoor) pools as a popular guest feature. If you do not prefer salty Adriatic, then lounging by the pool is a perfect way to spend time on holiday. Pool bars are also a great place to enjoy refreshing summer cocktails or mocktails while soaking up the sun. Remember to have fun and enjoy the moment! Take plenty of pictures and create lasting memories with your family.

Sailing around Elaphite islands

Sailing around the Elaphite Islands is a fantastic way to discover the Adriatic Sea’s gorgeous shoreline and pristine waters. The Elaphite Islands are a small archipelago of thirteen islands and islets off the coast of Dubrovnik. It can be a great experience for families keeping in mind some tips to make it enjoyable and safe for everyone. Picking the right boat is essential – for beginners, choosing a motorboat may be more suitable for a comfortable and relaxed trip. When planning your itinerary, make sure to include stops at child-friendly beaches and attractions. Some of the islands feature sandy beaches, while others have rocky shores. Sailing across the islands might be exhausting, so take frequent stops to visit the islands, go swimming, or have a picnic. The obvious one is to keep an eye on the weather and have plenty of supplies. Make this an educational experience by teaching youngsters about environmental protection.

Visit an a local summer party

Croatia has a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant culture, so there are many distinct local flavours to savour, from cuisine and drinks to music and lovely settings. Croatia’s coastal, Mediterranean climate is similar to that of Italy, Spain, and Greece. A genuine summer local event in Dubrovnik, festa, is a great chance to sample the country’s rich cultural heritage and turn lively summer nights into memorable family experiences.

Adrenaline ride with buggy safari

While a buggy safari trip may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of family activities, a guided off-road ride may be a fun and exciting alternative for families that enjoy outdoor activities and adventure. Select a tour with a competent guide to fully experience the ride over the mountainous terrain surrounding Dubrovnik as well as the spectacular views of Dubrovnik and the islands. Personalized guided tours can be tailored to individual needs, making them ideal for families with children.


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Discover the joys of Lokrum island

Lokrum Island, a tiny island right off Dubrovnik’s shore, is easily accessible by boat from the city’s Old Town. Hiking routes, swimming spots, botanical gardens, and the Dead Sea, a tiny saltwater lake, are among the attractions available to families on the island. There are also free-roaming peacocks and bunnies on the island, which children may view and engage with. Moreover, Lokrum Island includes a few restaurants, cafés, and picnic spaces where families may eat or relax. There are also several shady locations on the island, which may be a welcome break on hot summer days. So if you are searching for a mix of nature, history, and relaxation, a day trip to Lokrum is a great option for family fun.

Explore new flavours

The Dubrovnik area is also a gourmet paradise. Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, including daily fish, seafood dishes, meat specialities, seasonal vegetables and salads, and traditional desserts, will satisfy all of your cravings. But, while travelling with children, dining out might be difficult at times. There is no McDonald’s here. Some restaurants include children’s menus, while others will try their utmost to accommodate even the pickiest eaters. We also propose ice cream, Artisan gelato at Pepinos, or the regionally famed Doce Vita for dessert or a refreshing snack. You will appreciate all of the classic flavours, but you should try others that are only available in Dubrovnik or Croatia.

Christian Larss Kreković is a General Manager at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik. Sun Gardens Dubrovnik is a luxury resort on the Adriatic coast in Croatia offering bespoke guest experiences.

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Christian Larss Kreković

Christian Larss Kreković is General Manager at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik with over two decades in the hospitality industry. Set on the luxury Adriatic coast only 11 km from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Town Dubrovnik, luxury resort Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, is known for bespoke guest experiences. Replicating the ambience of a traditional Dalmatian village, the resort offers the perfect getaway from daily life, allowing couples and families to relax and reconnect in an idyllic oasis. An exquisite choice of modern hotel rooms and suites and luxurious residences provides the remarkable experience of understated elegance, chic design and top-class amenities. Christian has an MBA in Hospitality Management from Cornell University and is passionate about travel and tourism.

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    1. Hi Jane, so next time you visit you will have some new experiences and things to do.

    1. We completely agree. If you visited some of the islands in Dubrovnik area I’d love to hear your feedback.

  1. I’ve come across far too many family holidays that aren’t going well. So often the parents are trying to have the holiday that they would have had before the kids came along. Hopefully, parents heading for Dubrovnik will take notice.

    1. From our experience, families with more extensive planning do have better holidays. Especially when it comes to high season, advance reservations save a lot of stress.

  2. We’ve now moved onto the next stage of taking the grandchildren away for short breaks as their parents don’t have enough annual leave to cover the school holidays. We learned a lot of holiday lessons with our kids, much of what agrees with this. Dubrovnik looks a great place for a holiday with kids.

    1. Thank you very much for your insighfull feedback. I haven’t mentioned grandparents in the article, but they do play significant role in family travels with the rise of multigenerational holidays.

    1. Without any doubt! If you need any advice – please let us know or browse our other blogs with useful information and fun facts.

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