Lapad The Lapad peninsula is approximately 10 minutes’ driving distance from Old Town Dubrovnik and is home to a greater concentration of local businesses and residences than the Old Town. However, its vacation appeal should not be overlooked. It has many swimming beaches, hotels, restaurants, café bars, and a lovely pedestrian-only promenade which should not be missed. Local bus service around Dubrovnik (including to & from Old Town) makes Lapad suitable for guests traveling without a car. Taxis are also plentiful.
Positives: does not get as crowded as the Old Town in the summer; prices on everything from food to accommodation are generally lower than in the Old Town; greater selection of “local” restaurants; relatively flat terrain makes walking less strenuous.
Drawbacks: heavy traffic in the summer months can lengthen the trip to the Old Town to a half hour or more; lacks the charm and beautiful architecture of the Old Town
Lozica/Mokosica/Zaton/Stikovica These small towns are located on the other side of the bridge to the North-East of Dubrovnik. Zaton is a small fishing village that almost completely closes down during the winter months, except for its small population of year-round residents. During the summer, however, it provides guests with a true taste of the Mediterranean with lots of small coves for swimming and 2 of Dubrovnik’s best local seafood restaurants. Stikovica shares the same bay as Zaton and is just a couple of kilometers closer to Dubrovnik. It is a small residential village on a hillside with a nice beach and one restaurant. Lozica has only one restaurant and no shops, but it does offer spectacular sea views and a great location just 10-minutes’ driving distance from Dubrovnik. Likewise, nearby Mokosica is located in Rijeka Dubrovacka, a small inlet 7 km from Dubrovnik known as home to the ACI Marina, where luxury yachts stop off while sailing the coast. There are numerous swimming spots along the inlet as well as larger beaches located just a couple of miles away. There are a few markets in and around Mokosica and a seaside restaurant and bar at the Marina.
Positives: tranquility, seclusion, views, and a true taste of Mediterranean life.
Drawbacks: a car is highly recommended (though not required in Zaton); may be too far from Dubrovnik for some; businesses close down from October to May each year.
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