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Dubrovnik

Beaches

The more upmarket hotels, such as the Excelsior and Villa Dubrovnik, have their own beaches that are exclusively for the use of hotel guests. The most natural and peaceful beaches lie on the tiny island of Lokrum, a short distance south of the Old Town. Through high season boats leave from the Old Harbor, ferrying visitors back and forth from morning to early evening. Boats run every half hour from 9 am to 7:30 pm. Roundtrip tickets cost 50 Kn. It used to be possible to take a sea-kayaking trip to Lokrum, but these have now been suspended due to the number of motorboats in the sea channel. However, sea kayaking trips are still possible elsewhere in the vicinity of Dubrovnik.

Eastwest Beach. Eastwest Beach Club is on Banje beach, just a short distance from Ploče Gate, with views across the sea to the tiny island of Lokrum. It's a fashionable spot, with a curving stretch of golden sand, complete with chaise longues and parasols for rent, and a chic bar-restaurant. Amenities: food and drink; showers; toilets. Best for: partiers; swimming. Frana Supila, Banje Beach, Dubrovnik, 20000. 020/412–220.

Lokrum. Some of Dubrovnik's most natural and peaceful beaches lie on the tiny island of Lokrum, a short distance southeast of the Old Town. Lush and fertile, this tiny island is also home to the ruins of an abandoned 11th-century monastery, set in exotic gardens. From here, a network of footpaths lead down to the rocky shoreline, where it's possible to swim. There's also a small stretch of coast reserved for nudists. To reach Lokrum, take a taxi-boat from the old harbor; they run every half hour from 9 am to 7:30 pm during the summer. Roundtrip tickets cost 50 Kn. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: walking; nudists. a 15-min boat ride from Dubrovnik's old harbor, Island of Lokrum, Dubrovnik, 20000. www.lokrum.hr.

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