Local Attractions

We’ve gathered some information here to help you plan your holiday, but will be pleased to answer any further questions you have via our contact form.

Gornji Brgat

Villa Sunrise is located in the charming rural village of Gornji Brgat, only 20 minutes from the airport, in the heart of the Dubrovnik Riviera. It’s an ideal place to explore the many fascinating towns and villages this region of Croatia is proud to offer.

Gornji Brgat is nestled in the hills with stunning views to the sea down the valley, with a singletrack lane exiting the village from which there is a fantastic vantage point high above the walled city and ancient harbour of Dubrovnik. The beautiful coastline is dotted with bays, beaches, steep cliffs and numerous forested islands and is steeped in history.

Only a 2 minute walk from the Villa in the Village is a wonderful family restaurant with stunning sea views from the outside terrace. Konoba Popret specialises in local traditional dishes such as lamb or pork under the bell, venison stew and grilled meats, watch it all being cooked on the open fire in the restaurant in front of you. Our Villa Manager can book you a table to ensure you get the best view in the house! It is very reasonably priced too.

The village is a five minute drive from a good variety of shops for your day to day to needs, with many selling local produce such as cheese, salamis and wine.

Minutes away from the villa, is the Dubrovnik cable car with direct access into the Old City and the location of Game of Thrones. The villa is also perfectly placed to visit Montenegro and the Mostar Bridge in Bosnia as day trips. Other activities nearby include: Diving, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Sailing, Quad biking, Mountain biking, wine tasting and Island boat trips.

The magical city of Dubrovnik is only a 10 minute drive away with its enchanting cobbled streets and medieval "Stradun" famous for the Fountain of Onofrio. A stroll down Stradun is not to be missed with its terraced cafes and historical buildings such as St. Saviour's Church and Franjevacki Samostan (Franciscan monastery) with its Monastery Museum.

The nearest beaches are located within a five minute drive from the villa, situated in the charming village of Mlini. These are well sheltered sand and shingle beaches, and are close to many small bars and restaurants.

Walled City of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, a World Heritage site, with the old walled city placed atop limestone cliffs, is bordered on three sides by the crystal clear azure waters of the Adriatic. The fortifications are perfectly preserved: a stroll along the dizzyingly high walls, overlooking the orange-hued rooftops of the city, are a must at sunset with the sun waving goodbye over the Adriatic.

Inside the walls lies a magnificent city with ancient buildings and cobbled streets, free of cars. There are many cafes and bars which are splendid hang-outs at night offering café-culture and al-fresco dining.

Southern Dalmatia

Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic", is recognised as being the most beautiful city on the Adriatic, whilst offshore lie wonderful islands such as Mljet with its monastery and lakes.

Dubrovnik tends to dominate everyone's visits due to it's magnificent medieval walled city, but Southern Dalmatia offers plenty more.

The main town on the island of Korcula, with it's marmalade-hued roofs and spires, is a smaller version of Dubrovnik, whilst a short drive south lies the wonderful arboretum and botanical gardens at Trsteno, and the peaceful resort of Slano.

Close by in the north is Cavtat, which enjoys a beautiful, palm tree fringed riveira type setting with a marvellous café culture around the stunning mountain flanked bay.

Hvar Island is known for its fields of lavender and rosemary, so it’s sometimes called The Lavender Island. The vineyards and orchards of olive and orange trees overflow with ripe fruit in September and October. The clear, cobalt-blue sea contrasts magnificently with the ancient island towns. Hvar Island is also known as the sunniest island in the Adriatic!

Climate

Dubrovnik enjoys a Mediterranean type climate with temperatures around 32°C / 86°F in August, while swimming in the sea can be enjoyed at a balmy 26°F / 79°F in summer.

Average monthly air temperatures in Dubrovnik (°C)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 10 11 15 17 23 26 25 22 20 14 12

Click here to view the current climate in Dubrovnik

Currency

The official Croatian currency is the Kuna (kn) which is divided into 100 lipa. Croatia joined the EU in July 2013 however there are no plans for it to adopt the Euro as its currency. Some prices are displayed in Euros and this is because there are so many visitors from Euro using countries and this makes it easier for them to calculate prices. It is advisable to have cash with you at all times as some restaurants & the smaller supermarkets don’t take credit cards. You can also get currency out at the cash machines at Dubrovnik airport if necessary.

Tipping is common practice - bills can / should be rounded up to the nearest 10 kunas, or leave an additional tip if service has been good.

Currency Import & Export regulations:
(Correct as of June 2015)

Local currency (Croatian Kuna - HRK) and foreign currencies: no restrictions if arriving from or traveling to another EU Member State .

If arriving directly from or traveling to a country outside the EU: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or more or the equivalent in another currency (incl. banker's draft and cheques of any kind) must be declared.

Cuisine

A Mediterranean diet prevails in Dubrovnik, with delicious fish and shellfish dishes cooked in oil and simple herbs widely available. Seafood risotto, shrimps and octopus followed by fresh line fish are dishes often found on local menus. Just up the coastline from Dubrovnik are the villages of Ston & Mali Ston where you can see the fisherman working the fertile waters in small wooden boats, and a crop of poles indicate the mass of oyster beds. Fresh from the boat, oysters are on offer in local restaurants with a seafood feast of 3-4 courses costing a fraction of what it would in any other European country.

A traditional Croatian meat dish is one that is cooked under the bell. A cooking pot is filled with meat and placed on hot charcoal. The lid or bell is put on and more charcoal is heaped on top so that the food is cooked slowly from above and below. This long, slow cooking in all its own juices produces a wonderfully tender and flavoursome dish. There are two local restaurants near Villa Sunrise where “meat cooked under the bell” are on the menu and you can see it cooked in front of you.

Whilst not cheap, because of the excellent climate for the vines, Croatian wine is a surprisingly good tipple as well.

One of our most popular requests is our Private Chef who can come to the villa and cook you a delicious 5 star meal or BBQ grill. The chef has a large menu of fresh local seafood and traditional fare. The price for the menu is usually between £30-£40 per person and will include an aperitif, 4 courses, setting & serving at the table and all the washing up afterwards! Perfect if you are celebrating a special occasion.

We have hosted many Weddings, family re-unions & Special Birthday celebrations at Villa Sunrise and would be happy to provide catering for this too.

Special Dates

Three King's Day 6 January
Croatian National Day 25 June
Victory Day / National Thanksgiving 5 August
Independence Day 8 October

Croatia is primarily a Catholic country and celebrates many religious dates.

Dubrovnik Festival - the Libertas festival starts on the 10th July with the raising of the Libertas flag and the ceremonial handing over of the city's keys. The ceremony enjoys an evening firework display, while the closing ceremony on the 25th August also packs a punch with its display. Many street performers put on magical displays during the seven week event; entertaining dining is sure to be had in one of the many cafes on the cobbled streets of the walled city!

More information on the festival can be obtained from: www.dubrovnik-festival.hr

Restaurants

The walled city has many splendid local and fish restaurants, whilst if a really special occasion is called for there are magnificent five-star hotels close-by the walled city.

Only a 2 minute walk from the Villa in the Village is a wonderful family restaurant with stunning sea views from the outside terrace. Konoba Popret specialises in local traditional dishes such as lamb or pork under the bell, venison stew and grilled meats, watch it all being cooked on the open fire in the restaurant in front of you. Our Villa Manager can book you a table to ensure you get the best view in the house! It is very reasonably priced too.

There are many local recommended restaurants and contact details for these are located in the Villa.

Private Chef

Through our local connections we can provide local chefs from the best hotels and restaurants in Dubrovnik to come and cook you a delicious 5 star meal or BBQ grill in the garden of the villa for a very reasonable price. Celebrate a family gathering or a special occasion and have everything done for you! For a selection of menus and prices please contact us. The price will include buying and cooking the ingredients, serving, setting the table and washing up. Our Villa Manager can organise this at no extra charge.

Tourist Office

Cvijete Zuzoric 1/ll
Tel: 00385 (0)20 323887
www.tzdudrovnik.hr

Additional Services

Our villa manager can organise car hire, ferry tickets, babysitting, taxi & restaurant bookings so please do feel free to ask for any services or local information like this.

We are experienced in hosting events such as family parties and weddings and can take all the hassle out of the planning and execution. Please see our Celebrations page for further details.

Cable Car

The new Dubrovnik Cable Car is just a five minute drive from Villa Sunrise. From there you can descend the hillside to the old town of Dubrovnik in just four spectacular minutes!

It's also a fantastic lunch spot, with a great restaurant, al-fresco dining, and of course, stunning views.

On a clear day, you can see up to 60 km (37 miles). For this reason the neighbouring Imperial Fortress was strategically built on this privileged spot by Napoleon, back in the early 19th century. The original cable car was built in 1969 but was then destroyed in the 1991 bombardment of Dubrovnik. The new cable car was built in 2010 and now has the additional facilities of a snack bar, small restaurant, souvenir shop and amphitheatre.

Visit: www.dubrovnikcablecar.com

Further Information

For detailed information about Villa Sunrise please download our Villa Book (PDF). This is also available in the villa for your reference during your stay.

Bookings

Villa Sunrise offers very flexible accommodation as a whole villa sleeping up to 17 guests or each of the five apartments can be rented individually.

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