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Susan Calman says Dubrovnik is one of the most stunning places she’d ever been in her entire life, so if you are looking for a villa, Dubrovnik is the place to be

by Croatia Gems 7th April 2024

We at Croatia Gems are maybe a tad biased, but if we were recommending you a villa, the Dubrovnik area is the first we’d suggest. Susan Calman, the Scottish comedian and broadcaster was enchanted with Dubrovnik on her first visit. She stopped off in the city as part of a Mediterranean cruise for Channel 5’s ‘Cruising with Susan Calman’ Series 2 Episode 4.

Her Dubrovnik holiday stopover saw her delight in the far-reaching views when walking the old town walls. She said the view “doesn’t take your breath away – it slows it down”. Nicely put we think. She was a bit puffed out in climbing the many steps, but emphatically thought it was worth the effort!

Calman sampled some fabulously innovative Croatian food in Restaurant Kopun, served by Croatia Gems’ dear friend, the lovely Ana. Find the restaurant in the beautiful Boskovic Square overlooking Dubrovnik’s classical gymnasium building and the Jesuit Church of St. Ignatius. Just follow the Jesuit Stairs, made even more famous in Game of Thrones ‘Walk of Shame’, and you will find it.

We then saw her take a water taxi from the old town harbour to Lokrum island. There she made friends with the resident peacocks and then wallowed in its peace and verdant nature. She then travelled on the cruise ship up to Rijeka in Istria, where she met up with the idea of beach mud treatment, followed by wine tasting.

We would have liked her to try some water sports. Maybe a kayaking trip out to Supetar island, or perhaps just paddling around the old town walls would have suited her. It would have been fun (for us) if she’d tried a zip wire experience, for example at Panorama Zipline Dubrovnik or the gentler cable car.

Where to stay

Unless you are happy with an apartment at the top of a 4 storey Dubrovnik old town building, the Dubrovnik Riviera offers some amazing out-of-town villa locations. There will be a villa suitable for all pockets, including multi generation and smaller family villas. Many Dubrovnik villa locations are within a 10 – 20 minute drive time to the old town, so you’re never far away. You can enjoy a villa with private pool and pop into Dubrovnik at leisure. Most are connected to the old town by water taxi or efficient bus services, so save money as there is usually no need to hire a car. Check out Mlini, Plat, Cavtat and Zaton bays – just for starters.

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