Petite but picturesque
The quaint coastal village of Orasac is perfectly placed for a seaside escape, set next to the clear waters of the Adriatic and looking out towards the gorgeous Elaphiti Islands. Its surroundings are all about natural beauty (pine-forested hills, olive groves, dramatic coastline), yet the bright lights and UNESCO-listed sights of Dubrovnik are less than 10 kilometres away.
With just a handful of restaurants and shops in the village, things stay pretty peaceful in comparison to busy Dubrovnik. You still get a slice of history, though – Orasac dates back to 1040, and old churches (including the Church of St. Nicholas, built in 1250) can be found among the typical Croatian houses in the village centre.
Flights from the UK to the Dubrovnik Riviera take around 2 hours 45 minutes.
Transfer time from Dubrovnik airport to Orasac is approximately 45 minutes.
July and August are the hottest months (temperatures can reach into the mid-30s) and attract the most visitors. June, September and October are great months to visit, as crowds are smaller but the weather still tends to be warm and dry (spot on for sightseeing).
Tipping is becoming more commonplace in Croatia, especially in more upmarket establishments where around 10% has become the norm. In bars and more casual restaurants, just leave the coins in your change. At your hotel, tip porters and maids 15 kuna or so. Taxi drivers don’t expect a tip, but it’s a nice gesture to round up the fare.
The official language of Croatia is Croatian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.