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When you first see the silhouette of Dubrovnik, it’s a glorious sight. The sea of red rooftops is guarded by the ancient walls, all of it embraced by the blue Adriatic and the towering mountains. Visually appealing, offering lively bars and restaurants, boasting some of the best beaches in Croatia, this town is a stunning place to book a vacation rental. Thankfully, the proposition is broad as Dubrovnik has long been a beacon for celebrities, socialites, and the European elite.
Even though the popularity of the city has exploded in recent years due to its Game of Thrones location fame and Croatia’s discovery by mass tourism, the UNESCO-protected town, and the surrounding region can still offer authenticity and a superb Mediterranean flair. And here are the best villas in Dubrovnik to ensure a stylish exploration experience.
The bougainvillea-surrounded swimming pool is a dream. This amazing villa in Dubrovnik would work great for a group holiday, there are 6 bedrooms and 14 guests accommodating capacity. Everywhere you look are the fantastic vistas of the Adriatic sea and balconies feature a glimpse of the Old Town. It is that villa where you casually throw a cocktail party with a pianist and a chef (the owners can organize that), lounge next to a pool, and enjoy magnificent sunsets. Dubrovnik city center is just 1 kilometer away so you are out of the crowds while being super close to the action.
With Green Oasis the Adriatic escape is all class. This Airbnb is a traditional stone house villa set on the outskirts of Dubrovnik. The indoor hot tub with panoramic windows is a romantic hit, there is a private swimming pool and a spacious garden for outdoor enjoyment. But the real draw is the sea. This is a beachfront villa so you’re opening your front door directly to the Meditteranean blue. The garden features a BBQ as well as dining terraces. Explore the picturesque fishing village of Zaton where Green Oasis is located and try local fare at traditional konoba restaurants next to the water.
The views are grand from this excellent luxurious villa in Dubrovnik Bay. You will have a private swimming pool overlooking the sea, the harbor, and the mountains making the sunset watching an absolutely magical experience. The villa is newly built and boasts spacious modern interiors. There are 4 bedrooms that can be a home to up to 9 guests. If you’re looking for some privacy and peace, the villa is ideal to have a complete rewind in a stunning setting. Guests loved the scenic location of the house, the hospitality of the host, and the superb views from all the spaces of the property.
As Dubrovnik is quite a small town even by Croatian standards, finding a villa that is right next to the city center is quite a complicated task. Luckily, there’s this amazing Airbnb located a few steps away from the glorious old walls of the city. Does it look familiar? If you’ve seen Game of Thrones you would immediately recognize Dubrovnik as the King’s Landing. The swimming pool of the villa overlooks two of the city’s most striking sights: Pile Gates and Lovrijenac fortress. Inside you find pleasant renovated interiors, a spacious living room area as well as such cool additions as a sauna and a jacuzzi. Villa Vanessa is hands-down among the best villas next to the UNESCO-protected Old Town of Dubrovnik. Be sure to also check out the West Harbour nearby, another must-visit filming location from Game of Thrones.
Croatia is known for its natural rocky beaches. If you’d like to have your private wild beach right as you walk out of the villa, this Airbnb fits the bill. It’s a perfect place to become one with the Adriatic sea and give in to the aquamarine perfection of gentle waves. Of course, such proximity to the waterfront ensures the prime vistas from every room in the property. It features a charming garden terrace, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi access. It’s a fantastic spot to swim and sunbathe all day long while profiting from the sea breeze and proximity to all the hotspots of the Old Town.
Imagine having your own Rennaissance garden that ends where the seashore starts. The gorgeous Airbnb stands outside of Dubrovnik in the Mokošica district with superb views of the bay and the grandiose Franjo Tuđman Bridge. If you love greenery, this place would be your personal paradise. Lush and beautiful landscaping, the ancient walls, the private swimming pool, a rooftop terrace with the uninterrupted sea panoramas, the villa embodies all that’s great about this corner of the Adriatic. The windows have mountain views, there’s air conditioning in all the rooms and the house features a fully-equipped kitchen and a Smart TV.
Few properties offer the direct vista of the walled Old Town of Dubrovnik. Villa del Mar does, you will have a chance to enjoy the mornings and evenings on a private terrace with sea panoramas that are to-die-for. It’s a typical Croatian holiday villa with 2 bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a pleasant garden for some fresh air regeneration. The views were a hit with the guests and the location also gathered praise. You can easily go to the Old Town on foot from here. And you definitely should, Dubrovnik may well be one of the most beautiful seaside towns in the world. Stroll along the main Stradun street, make a tour of the city walls, and take a cable car to see the awe-inspiring panoramas from above.
One of the cool things about Dubrovnik is its proximity to the wonderful Elaphiti Islands. Lopud is the most popular one with the sandy beaches, rich history, and paradise-like greenery. Vila Aska is a property that allows you to experience all the delights of the island living in style. Outdoor jacuzzi tub with the fantastic sea view, a lovely garden filled with Mediterranean flora, closeness to the port, and tranquillity of the countryside. This house would be a perfect pick for families looking for a calm retreat, the Airbnb can accommodate up to 6 guests. Lopud is very walking-friendly and small so you will have a chance to comfortably explore its sights such as the scenic Sutvrac Fortress, old churches, and the picturesque Sunj beach.
Situated in the relaxed Lapad neighborhood of Dubrovnik, this villa is for those looking for some glamorous accommodation while visiting a Croatian gem of a town. It is just made for long cocktail evenings with friends featuring spacious dining areas and a superb bar. The outdoor spaces are fine too with the amazing rooftop hot tub with a lounge area. The property would work perfectly for self-indulgent enthusiasts offering a fashionable experience in Dubrovnik. As for the sea, an excellent Uvala Lapad beach is just a few steps away. And it would be a crime not to try Croatian cuisine. Opt for such culinary must-haves as lignje (freshly-caught squid that can be fried, stuffed, or grilled), savory black risotto, and šporki makaruli (Dubrovnik-style pasta with meat sauce and cinnamon).