A romantic date in Dubrovnik

A romantic date in Dubrovnik

Crowned the jewel of the Adriatic, you won’t find a more romantic city in Croatia, reckons Daisy Cropper. Here’s where to soak up the atmosphere on a date…

Picnic in the park

Start your day by escaping the crowds that trawl the streets of Croatia's most beautiful city with a picnic in Gradac Park.

Enclosed by centuries-old buildings and with rolling views over the red-rooves of the Old Town, this is the perfect place to settle down for lunch al fresco. The centre of the park is home to a small fountain and pond, while trails around the park will lead you to more stunning views over the city. Visit in spring when the flowers are in bloom and everything looks lush and green.

Beach bums

Late afternoon/early evening, stroll down to Banje Beach (10 minutes from Ploce gate) to catch the last of the day's sun glistening above calm waters.

From this pebbly, local favourite, you can watch the sun fall behind the spectacular Old Town and grand city walls. There are plenty of bars and cafés along the beach to watch the unfurling show from too, although be warned they are pricey. Keen swimmers can take a dip here but should wear sandals or shoes - the seabed is gritty.

The sexiest place to sleep

Complete your date with a stay outside of the Old Town. At Hotel Kazbek you'll avoid the daily crowds and soak up the peace and quiet on the seafront by the New Habour.

With doubles from €120pn (£100), the hotel looks out over the sea in the bay of Gruz, 3km from the Old Town, and makes a perfect base for a romantic break. Its origins date back as far as 1573 and this hotel has stuck to its grand beginnings - it was once owned by one of Dubronik's noble families. Beautifully-decorated, wood-panelled rooms merged with a dreamy atmosphere and fresh, light Mediterranean cuisine, make this the perfect place for the two of you to kickback after a busy day exploring.

Opt for a sea-view room or take breakfast on the cool terrace and watch the boats come into port.

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