Visiting Croatia in the summer months may seem like a more conventional idea; however, this stunning country has so much more to offer during the chillier, winter months—especially in the city of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik really comes alive during the winter, with several unmissable festivals on offer, as well as the opportunity to sample some of the most fascinating history in all of Europe. With so much to see and do, it’s time to grab your woolly hats (it’s been known to snow here over winter), apply for your EHIC and jet off to this wonderful city.
ATTEND THE FESTIVAL OF ST. BLAISE
People who visit Dubrovnik in the summer miss out on a few opportunities to sample the city’s culture, the Festival of St. Blaise being one of them. This tradition has been going strong since 972AD and is celebrated at the beginning of February. Visitors can expect a solemn procession of many congregation members who come together to celebrate the patron saint of Dubrovnik. You may also experience church and secular concerts, as well as theatre performances and exhibitions.
LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY
If the Festival of St. Blaise leaves you wanting to learn more about the history of Dubrovnik, there’s plenty more to explore. Although most of the historical sights are open to visitors all year round, winter in Dubrovnik usually means smaller crowds. Dubrovnik is home to one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, known as the Pharmacy of the Franciscan Monastery, where you can purchase cosmetics based on formulae several centuries old. If you want to learn more about the wealth and culture of Dubrovnik, pay a visit to the Dubrovnik Cathedral Treasury, where you can pick up more information about the patron saint, St. Blaise.
CROATIA’S WONDERS ARE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Alongside the astounding historical landmarks, Dubrovnik has some stunning, natural picturesque landscapes. Watch the sunset from the city walls or visit Fort Lovrijenac. The hidden park to the east of the fort was the location of the Purple Wedding in Game of Thrones.
No matter where you go on holiday, it’s always an added bonus to know you got a good deal, and that’s exactly what will happen if you visit Dubrovnik in winter. The parking costs in the city drop to half the price and it’s also possible to find great deals on accommodation and eating out.