The mini-break is back.
After two years in limbo, we are once again free to sling our togs and flip flops in a carry-on bag and hop on a plane to warmer climes.
And if you’re looking for excellent value on an entire-place, beach-adjacent Airbnb, Dubrovnik is bargain-central.
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Known as the pearl of the Adriatic, this Croatian gem is one of seven new twice-weekly Aer Lingus routes out of Cork Airport this summer (the airline has also added new flights to Amsterdam, Faro, Lanzarote, London Heathrow, Malaga, and Palma for the upcoming season).
Flights leave on Wednesdays and Saturdays with prices from around €86 one way on offer now so if it’s Game of Thrones vibes you’re craving, as well as delicious food and glorious sunshine, whip out your debit card pronto.
Here are three budget-friendly Airbnb options:
1. THE BEACHFRONT BARGAIN
Price per night: €42 (sleeps three guests)
Low-cost doesn’t have to mean low quality in Dubrovnik. Case in point; this apartment is located in a beautiful stone house under UNESCO protection, just 150m from the city walls.
The simple interior is cool, clean and comfortable, while a large terrace makes the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the sea.
Just down the street, you’ll find the entrance to the main city beach – Banje – as well as grocery stores, shops, a bakery, an ATM, a taxi base, and a bus stop.
2. THE GROUP GETAWAY
Price per night: €119 (sleeps six guests)
Heading away with family or friends? This two-bedroom apartment sleeps six, bringing your accommodation bill down to €19 per person per night – pretty good if you’re watching the budget.
Located around 1km from the Old Town, right next to St. Jakov Beach (one of the most attractive beaches in Dubrovnik) there’s a terrace with a gorgeous view, a kitchen, and a living room, two double bedrooms, and a bathroom with a shower and a washing machine. The fully equipped kitchen includes a refrigerator, dishwasher, electric stove, kettle, and oven and the apartment also has cable TV, free wi-fi, heating, and air conditioning.
3. THE HIDDEN TERRACE HIDEAWAY
Price per night: €105 (sleeps two guests)
Looking for an uber-romantic base for your Dubrovnik getaway? This stunning apartment is located in a residential area about five minutes from the Old Town of Dubrovnik and one minute from the famous Banje Beach. The interior is cosy and comfortable (large bed, comfy sofas) but it’s the outdoor area that seals the deal; both the garden and terrace overlook the sea.
In fact, the picture-postcard setting has been the setting for quite a few proposals… the hosts can even help you plan a decadent dinner under the stars.