Cheap Flights to Dubrovnik Airport
The gateway to one of the most beautiful medieval walled cities in Europe, Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) was built in 1962 and opened an expansive terminal in 2010. Surrounded by the shimmering sea, Dubrovnik’s marble streets, baroque buildings and domed churches are enveloped by spectacular city walls. The city is a bustling combination of history, culture and contemporary sophistication. Visitors take flights to Dubrovnik in order to stroll ramparts overlooking dramatic ocean vistas, admire vast troves of religious artwork and escape to ancient gardens overlooking the Adriatic.
Dubrovnik International Airport is situated in Cilipi, 11 miles from the city center. Major airlines serving DBV include Croatia Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Finnair, Aer Lingus and British Airways. Airport amenities in the main passenger terminal include newsagents, tobacconists, a VIP lounge, a business lounge, currency exchange, a duty-free shop and a bank.
If you have time before heading into town, ask about a tour of the Đurović cave, located right under the runway. Featuring stunning stalactites and stalagmites, the cave is home to artifacts dating back to the Bronze and Iron Ages.
It’s easy to get into town from the airport via the Atlas shuttle buses that are loosely timed to serve incoming flights to Dubrovnik. The half-hour ride stops at Old Town’s Pile Gate, continuing on to the main bus station in Gruz Port. A one-way ticket costs about $6. If you need to be taken to the eastern Ploce Gate, taxi fares cost from $10 to $30. In the same area, you’ll find several major rental car companies.
Attractions in Dubrovnik
The bustling, pedestrian-only Old Town is home to most of the city’s historic churches, public buildings, medieval sculptures, art galleries, designer boutiques, fountains and monasteries. Walk the city walls early and then browse the shops and sights.
Dubrovnik’s main public beach, Banje, lies east of the old Town walls and is managed by the EastWest Beach Club. Come in the evening for cocktails, dancing and views of the illuminated city across the water. You can also enjoy parasailing at Copacabana Beach, or check out Lapad with its colorful sunbeds and umbrellas.
Just 7 miles northwest of the city center, the gardens and villa at Trsteno offer a verdant oasis overlooking the Adriatic. Showcasing Renaissance fountains, buildings and gardens abloom with exotic plants, the villa is open daily from May through October.
Just few miles from Cilipi, the town of Cavtat is a popular spot for a first or last night’s stay. Situated right on the coast, Cavtat boasts a huge collection of luxury resorts. The villages of Plat, Srebeno and Mlini also have a few three-star hotels.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Dubrovnik
Temperatures reach up to 72 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and can dip to 39 degrees in the winter. Dubrovnik springs to life after sunset, with crowds roaming from one restaurant, café or bar to another and then heading to the Stradun or the Lapad promenade for an evening stroll. Later on, sophisticated groups of young people pour in for impromptu street parties.
The Jewel of the Adriatic offers an exciting calendar of events and festivals. Popular events include February’s Feast of St. Blaise, May’s Croatia Boat Show and July’s Dubrovnik Summer Festival.