One of Europe’s prettiest cities is seeing a surge in bookings ahead of the ‘busy season’.

Spring is one of the best times of the year to put your passport to good use and explore other continents.

Many destinations hit their peak in summer, which can be a real drag if you find yourself as just another face in an endless sea of crowded streets and beaches.

This is true for one of Croatia’s most popular destinations, as tourists are already trickling in more than expected.

As we approach mid-spring, there is still enough time to beat the summer rush as Croatia has become one of Europe’s trendiest destinations and it’s certainly no different in the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik.

One Of Europe’s Coastal Hotspots

Set on the southern end of Croatia’s Dalmatia coast, the beautiful city of Dubrovnik is on pace for another hot summer in more ways than one.

Beach Banje in Dubrovnik

The weather is phenomenal, with temperatures hovering in the 80s, perfect for a dip in the postcard-worthy blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.

This, of course, is among many reasons why Dubrovnik has become high on travelers’ wish lists in recent years and Americans are favoring this historic city more and more.

Without a doubt, Summer sees the highest influx of visitors. Heck, even Croatians from other parts of the country make their way to Dubrovnik as the secret has long been out, and there’s no going back.

With some of Europe’s prettiest waters and historic city streets, it’s no surprise why many travelers opt to hop aboard a cruise too, which adds to the jam-packed crowds even more as Croatia’s top cruise port.

Cruise at sunset off coast of Dubrovnik

Beat The Rush With Great Deals This Spring

Croatia is not often seen as a budget destination, but you can certainly score better deals when the crowds are still relatively tame.

Even though more tourists are visiting Dubrovnik right now than at the same time last year, it’s nothing like summer.

Hotels are still trying to fill rooms, so you can scour the internet and find some great values. Of course, if you’re flying solo, then there are ample hostels to choose from for the $20s per night.

Resort along the coast of Dubrovnik

If not, then surely you’ll want to up your game by staying in a more comfortable setting and Dubrovnik doesn’t disappoint!

Travelers can find boutique hotels and guesthouses for under $100 per night, some as low as the $50s.

More upscale hotels will cost a bit more but still won’t break the bank.

Check out the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel, a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice winner, for under $200 per night this spring.

A Timeless City With A Modern Touch

Assumption Cathedral in Dubrovnik, Croatia

One can’t help but notice the ancient city of Dubrovnik is walled off, yet unlike America’s infamous ‘wall’, this one is anything but off-putting.

Serving more as a time capsule rather than its previous intended use to keep threats away, nowadays, it’s a must-see for some of the best views the city has to offer.

Tourists can navigate the narrow walkways for spectacular photo-ops and continue their way through the rest of Dubrovik’s most sought-after attraction.

Well, besides the beaches, that is…

The timeless, well-preserved streets of Old Town are truly magical, with cathedrals, palaces, and delightful cafes.

Tourists in narrow waterfront walkway of Old Town Dubrovnik

Rivaling the top names of Italy and Greece in terms of enjoying the finer things in life, there are few places better than Dubrovnik to sip wine on a restaurant patio watching the sunset overtake Old Town.

The city is so peaceful and relaxing, in fact, there was some controversy last year when new rules banning wheeled luggage to avoid unnecessary noise were widely misreported.

As one might imagine, keeping noise at bay for a small city of 42,000 residents with a tally of 1.5 million visitors can be a daunting task.

The city has gained more steam in recent years with the popularity of Game of Thrones as Dubrovnik was one of the backdrops for the show.

Old Town and harbor of Dubrovnik

While still holding on to its historic charm, Dubrovnik has simultaneously embraced the passionate fans by opening tours and souvenir shops to honor the show, where the city has become a mix of old and new.

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