Wednesday, November 23, 2011

High Tea in Dubrovnik

A great way to warm up this winter is to have afternoon tea at the Hilton Hotel, located just outside of the Old Town’s Pile Gate. The Hilton is running a winter promotion called “Imperial Afternoon”. Every day from 15:00 – 19:00 guests can enjoy a wide selection of cakes with a coffee or tea for only 45 kuna. They can be enjoyed in the confines of the Hilton’s warm, luxurious lobby bar and are accompanied by piano performances on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Cakes are mostly of the Viennese variety with traditional apple strudel, Sacher tort, and Esterhazy cake (chocolate butter cream sandwiched between sponge cake) making appearances on the buffet. For guests with a car, the hotel provides 3 hours of free parking.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Winter in Dubrovnik

Winter in Dubrovnik can be a very rewarding time to visit if you manage your expectations. The weather can range from warm and sunny to cool and rainy. Whatever the weather, it is almost certain to be warmer than in most European and North American cities.

Dubrovnik’s Old Town
is quiet and visitors often feel like they have it to themselves. Most sights of interest are open, but with limited hours owing to the shorter days. Many restaurants in Dubrovnik close during the winter months, but some of the better restaurants that cater to locals as well as tourists remain open through the winter. Cold winter days are also a great time to relax with a book and a coffee or hot chocolate in one of Dubrovnik’s cozy cafes, with the grand Austrian-style GradsKavana being a top choice.

The winter in Dubrovnik also offers good value. Accommodation is readily available and inexpensive. Flights are diminished, but so are the ticket prices. Even prices at restaurants and cafes sometimes fall during the winter months. Keep an eye out for winter specials such as “High Tea” at the Hilton hotel, which offers a coffee or tea and an all-you-can-eat buffet of cakes and sweets for just 45 kuna.

For those seeking sun and long days at the beach, Dubrovnik is not a winter destination. However, for those that want to see the sights and have this centuries-old architecturally-wonderful city to themselves, the winter can be the perfect time for a short visit.