November 15, 2023 – Shoulder season in Dubrovnik is proving to be a great time to visit, and this year’s has been particularly strong. In October, there were 20 percent more visitors than last year. However, with the end of the summer flight schedule, towards the end of the year, as expected, there will be fewer and fewer. A large number of hotels are still open, and preparations are underway for the Dubrovnik Winter Festival.
From walking under an umbrella to sunbathing on the beach, writes HRT, Dubrovnik can be experienced in various ways in November. Stradun is still full of visitors from all over the world.
“The weather has been great so far. It’s currently below six degrees and snowing in Norway. It’s very nice here, with the blue sky and the sun”, Inge and Ralf from Norway say.
“We came from Kentucky. We are on a cruise ship and this is one of our destinations. So far we have gone around the walls”, says Jessica from the USA.
“The history of this wonderful city is incredible. Such places are no longer built. The walls are stunning. We’re having a great time here”, points out Charlie from the USA.
About two and a half thousand visitors are currently staying in Dubrovnik. The majority are locals and guests from Germany, the USA, and the United Kingdom.
Both young and old can enjoy Dubrovnik’s beauty.
“We came to visit this town. I like the walls and the church of St. Blaise”, say Domina and Iva from Kaštel.
The summer flight schedule at the Dubrovnik airport ended at the end of October, but many airlines extended their flights by seven days, and in the pre-season, they’ll also start earlier.
“The Costa company has launched a winter itinerary, as they want to visit our city in the winter months. We will see how successful this will be and whether it will be a model that will come to life in the future”, says Blaž Pezo, director of the Dubrovnik Port Authority.
Even in the off-season, Dubrovnik attracts more and more guests. During the winter, a cultural program and free guided tours will be organized on Stradun every weekend, and the Dubrovnik Winter Festival starts in December.
A few days ago, Dubrovnik was declared the “Tourist Destination of the Year”, winning the main award “Champion of Croatian Tourism”.
Miroslav Drašković, director of the Dubrovnik tourist board, said that the goal of the tourist season was to achieve 10 percent more compared to 2022, and Dubrovnik succeeded.
“We are happy that the far eastern market has partially returned. This is something we didn’t have last year, so we hope it will be better than last winter”, said Drašković.
Between 5 and 7 thousand guests are expected for New Year’s Eve in Dubrovnik, and after that, preparations for the new, even more demanding tourist season begin.