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The daily trip to the beach is a way of life for Dubrovnik folk, and locals discuss their favourite bathing spots in the same way that British people talk about the weather. What follows is a list of beaches that offer something special in terms of atmosphere or fine views.

Banje

Busiest of the town’s beaches, a mixture of fine shingle and sand just east of the Old Town, backed by trendy cafés, and with good views of the island of Lokrum. It holds a special place in the heart of Dubrovnik folk, as almost all of them spent at least part of their childhoods here. With much of the beach now covered in sun-loungers for hire, Banje has lost a great deal of its egalitarian bucket-and-spade charm.

Copacabana

Unlike its Brazilian namesake, this is a small crescent comprising pebbles and imported sand on the northwest side of Babin kuk (bus #6 from the Old Town). Owing to its proximity to Gruž’s port facilities the water here is not the cleanest, but the combination of enjoyable cafés and good views of coastal mountains make it a good place to hang out if you’re in the area.

Danče

Boulder-strewn stretch of coast popular with the locals, a few minutes’ walk southwest of the Lovrijenac fortress. Great if you like frying on top of a rock.

Hotel Bellevue

A lovely crescent of mixed shingle and sand immediately below the hotel, with good views of rocky Boninovo bay. As an east-facing beach it loses the sun by late afternoon/early evening. Free to residents of the hotel, a small charge for everyone else.

Lapad

Shallow bay on the southwest side of Lapad peninsula, with a shingle beach that soon gets overcrowded owing to the proximity of Lapad’s package hotels. The beachside buildings are somewhat ugly, but it’s the safest beach for kids and there are a lot of facilities round about. To reach it, take bus #6 (destination “Babin kuk”) to Lapad.

Sveti Jakov

A smallish stretch of pebble at the bottom of a cliff, reached by steps which descend from the coastal path midway between St James’s Monastery (Samostan svetog Jakova) and the Belvedere hotel – a good twenty minutes’ walk east of the centre. Fantastic views back towards the Old Town. West-facing, so catches the afternoon and evening sun.

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