Sunshine Holidays: Dreaming Of Dubrovnik

Sunshine Holidays: Dreaming Of Dubrovnik
Image taken by Joanna from The World In My Pocket

While I do go to sunny locations it’s been quite a while since I’ve been on a proper summer holiday; my last in fact might have been Magaluf back in 2013. It’s always nice to explore the local area, check out what’s about but it’s always nice to relax because that’s really what a holiday is about. You don’t want to take well deserved time off work to come back feeling more knackered than before, even though this usually happens to me.

I’m always torn when it comes to choosing holidays as there are so many places I want to go but Croatia is somewhere I’ve always been interested in. The country is squished down the coastline with borders to Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Montenegro but the city of Dubrovnik is located right in the South so it benefits from bucket loads of sunshine and a beautiful coastline.

Dubrovnik is a walled city and is now a UNESCO world heritage site so you know there’s going to be loads to do. At just a 2 hour 40 minute flight from London, it’s far enough away to give you the summer climates you want without you being air bound for a crazy amount of time. The city is most commonly known for it’s iconic Old Town which is encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century, it’s beautiful baroque St. Blais Church and it’s limestone coated streets which all sounds wonderful but for me, it’s a little more than that. Dubrovnik’s Old Town was a popular filming location for Game of Thrones including the scenes where Cersei did her walk shame. Considering the fact that I’m going to Belfast in May to do the Game of Thrones tour there I feel a trip to Dubrovnik to do the same here is only logical.


Image taken by Lauren of Wander With Laura

Not only this but the new Star Wars movie, Episode VIII, The Last Jedi was also filmed here and plenty of the leaked photos such as that of Stradun were filmed and taken within the city of Dubrovnik. Heck, stars like Jamie Foxx and Jamie Dornan are there currently filming for the new Robin Hood movie, so if it’s good enough for movie filming it’s good enough for a holiday.

Of course alongside the GOT tour I’d love to just relax, soak up the sunshine, take a dip in the pool and just enjoy life. I’ve never stayed in a Villa before but I think a location like Dubrovnik would be perfect for it, something like Sun Gardens, Dubrovnik would provide the best base for a week’s relaxation and exploring. The location is beachfront with views of the Adriatic Sea and Elaphite Islands with a lavish spa, loads of communal pools, a sports complex and a private beach area. There’s even a resort ‘Market Place’ with bars, restaurants, and shops if you don’t fancy heading out on an evening. A location like this is about 20 minutes driving distance from the Dubrovnik Old Town which is actually pretty perfect as I’ve read that it gets super busy during the summertime so it would be nice to go and spend a day there without feeling like cattle every time you walk out of your accomodation.

Which sunshine location would you love to go to?
This post has been written in collaboration with James' Villa's but all thoughts and opinions are my own


  1. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    March 21, 2017 / 10:01 am

    I’ve never been to Dubrovnik but I’ve heard such good things! Seriously!

  2. March 21, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Dubrovnik has been on my bucket list for so long! I’d love to go there this year x

  3. March 21, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    Woah, it looks absolutely insane here. Love the look of the water views!

  4. Melanie Williams
    March 21, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Yes! This looks amazing. I have wanted to go here for ages and this article makes me want to go more 🙂 x

  5. March 21, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I have wanted to go to Dubrovnik for a while, we have not stayed in a villa before but it is something we have spoken about doing. We are off to Cape Verde in just over 3 weeks time (hopefully) so looking forward to that and we have been looking at other places to go on holiday to this year as well x

  6. Healthy & Psyched
    March 21, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Sounds lovely. My boyfriend has been to the place where they filmed GoT and I’m sure he managed to tell me about it at some point every month!!

    I really need to plan my next holiday as something to look forward to!!

  7. March 21, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Dubrovnik really does seem like a fantastic location for a sunny holiday. The coastline is just beautiful and there seems to be loads of things to see and do.

  8. March 21, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    I have not been on holiday in 5 years and I hope to go this year. Dubrovnik looks like the perfect mix of culture, sun and good people x

  9. Jodie Whitham
    March 21, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    I just want a holiday abroad! haha hopefully this year though…I’ve enjoyed italy and nice the most though. I’m keen to go back x

  10. March 22, 2017 / 1:01 am

    Omg this sounds like such a fun trip! I would LOVE to do the GOT tour. I’m such a fan!

  11. Donna
    March 22, 2017 / 10:22 am

    Never been here but always wanted to! Looks so interesting. Unlike you I go away on a summer holiday every year but it’s a family villa so it’s the same place each time! Wonderful but I miss explorIng!

  12. Always Carry On.
    March 22, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    I’ve not been to Croatia, but after reading your post (and Ashton’s post the other day), I really really want to go! Maybe as part of my 30 before 30…? x

  13. March 22, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    I’m dreaming of a sunshine holidays. I never been here but It look (and sound ) amazing. I would love to visit the Maldives – that’s my ultimate sunshine holiday. xx

  14. ERFmama
    March 22, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    Absolutely amazing. The photos are great. I’ve never been to Croatia but it looks like a really nice place to visit! Stunning. 🙂

  15. March 22, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    We are looking at going to Dubrovnik this year for a holiday and I have to admit it does look amazing! I know that Croatia is supposed to be a really beautiful part of the world x

  16. Melanie Edjourian
    March 22, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    It sounds like a great place for a holiday. I can’t wait to go away this summer.

  17. Leah Shafik
    March 22, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    Wow – look how lovely this looks – I haven’t been abroad for such a long time x

  18. Emma Oxley
    March 23, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Croatia, and Dubrovnik in particular is somewhere i’ve always wanted to go. The waters look so amazingly clear and having seen parts of it game of thrones I’m even more keen to go. Might be having a girls weekend away there later this year – fingers crossed!

  19. March 23, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    I would so love to go somewhere sunny right now. Dreaming of some Dubai sun.

  20. Helen Clark
    March 23, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    I’ve never looked at Croatia but Dubrovnik looks stunning! My ideal sunshine holiday would be somewhere tropical and exotic like the Caribbean or somewhere with lots to do like Florida.

  21. Beautyqueenuk
    March 23, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    I went to Dubrovnik over 10 years ago and spent half a day there and it is so beautiful x

  22. Louise
    March 23, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    This sounds amazing. I’ve wanted to visit Croatia for a few years now so will look into visiting Dubrovnik in particular x

  23. Baby Isabella
    March 23, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    We would go just for the Game of Thrones tour! Dubrovnik Sounds like a great destination x

  24. Laura
    March 24, 2017 / 2:41 am

    I am yet to visit Dubrovnik or Croatia in general but I’d absolutely LOVE to, especially when the sun is shining! It is such a beautiful destination xxx

  25. Angela Milnes
    March 24, 2017 / 4:20 am

    Dubrovnik is blessed with a warm climate all year round, perfect
    for depicting the fantastic city where city gates are raised to allow
    citizens to circulate freely along its uninterrupted city walls.

  26. Tracy Morgan
    March 24, 2017 / 10:57 am

    I so want to go to Croatia! It’s on our list of places to go – we want to drive down from Sweden slowly and then spend a couple of weeks there! Such pretty pictures – hope you manage to get there one day!

  27. March 27, 2017 / 10:14 am

    I never knew that GOT filmed here! It looks like a stunning location though so I’m not surprised!

  28. Emma White
    March 30, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    I have to say its not a place I have ever thought of visiting but I love history and the fact it has such a strong connection with Star Wars could persuade the children for sure – I have visited many countries over the year but Australia has to be my firm favourite

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