Dubrovnik with Children
Dubrovnik is one of the world's most iconic tourist cities in the world, but how does it shape up as an experience for children? Walking around historic cities may be fascinating for adults, but with kids in tow, it can be a bit challenging family experience.
Welcome to Dubrovnik, which guarantees fun, fun, fun for the little ones!
Fun starts at home, of course, and Sun Gardens Dubrovnik family resort is a children's paradise. Apart from the usual swimming options at the beach and in our pools, the action-packed programmes at the Marco Polo Kids Club and fabulous Sports Academy are sure to stimulate, as well as burn off a few calories.
Begin by wandering around the historic streets on the old town, whose buildings are steeped in history and legends to inspire young minds. Visit the market and learn more about the local fresh produce, a totally different experience from the supermarket back home.
No visit to Dubrovnik is complete without a tour of the majestic old walls. Let the kids roam free ahead (but not too far), as they explore and discover the nooks and crannies of Dubrovnik's top tourist attraction, while also marvelling at the views of the Adriatic below.
And talking of views, what can beat a ride in the cable car to Mount Srd (you can also hike or drive) from where the very best views of Dubrovnik, the Adriatic and its islands can be enjoyed. Stop for a drink and take in the view.
Here you can also visit the excellent Croatian War of Independence museum, which superbly documents the city's recently turbulent past. While most of the exhibitions are suitable for children, one suggestion is to have one parent go on ahead to decide what is suitable.
Dubrovnik itself is a fascinating old town to explore through young eyes. If Kings Landing in Game of Thrones can excite the imagination of adult fans, just imagine how much kids will enjoy discovering the hidden streets and squares of this magical city.
Time to descend and head to the beach for some serious swimming and chilling. Banje beach is close to the old town, of course, but why not head off – as the locals so – to Lokrum Island and find a less crowded swimming opportunity. There are plenty of boats for further Elaphite hopping.
Looking to get a little more active? There are some fantastic sea-kayaking tours available, where you can kayak close to the walls and around the nearby islands. Take the sunset tour, a truly unforgettable family experience.
Kids activities are not confined to Dubrovnik if you are staying at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik. There are several great trips a short distance away. Among the best is Trsteno, a magnificent arboretum, the biggest in Croatia and another treasure trove of magic to explore. Or drive a little further to Ston and visit the largest salt pans in the region. The kids may not be partial to the famous oysters of Mali Ston, but they will certainly enjoy the boat ride to the floating oyster bar and learn the whole process of oyster cultivation.
Dubrovnik, a historic city of culture and heritage for adults, a city of inspiration and adventure for children. When is your family planning to visit?