There are plenty of things to do in Dubrovnik no matter where you stay, and a car will set you up for seeing everything the surroundings have to offer. Stay in the Old Town and you'll be at the heart of many of the city's best sights, including the Dominican Monastery and the walls surrounding the quarter. Lapad is a quieter, green neighbourhood which sits next to the gorgeous, mighty Velika and Mala Petka Forest Park. There are many wonderful places to eat at here, and you'll get away from the busier areas. The Babin Kuk quarter is ideal for easy access to many of the region's most splendid beaches, including the large and popular Cobacabana. Meanwhile, Cava Beach here gives a more secluded feel and is perfect for enjoying a drink in the sun as you watch the waves.
The Dubrovnik Game of Thrones connection has put it on the world radar in recent years, and there are plenty opportunities to get close to the familiar settings from the show. Many of the visitor centres in the Old Town have information on guided tours, which will show you all the best settings. Drive to Port Gruz, a glamorous locale which was a popular retreat for the city's wealthy inhabitants in the 19th century. You'll recapture this ambience as you admire the boats and eat at wonderful Dubrovnik restaurants. Roland's Column is one of the enduring symbols of the city, sitting below the City Bell Tower in a charming setting on Placa Street. It's in the Old Town, along with the Gothic-style Sponza Palace which has long served as a vital commercial centre in Dubrovnik. Be sure to try the Dubrovnik cable car too for picture perfect moments above the great city.
The local cuisine is undoubtedly one of the greatest pleasures of visiting this city. Focused around fresh seafood, you can savour the tastes of seafood platters including various locally caught fish and mussels. Oysters are another favourite, especially when washed down with Korčula wine from the region. Ston cakes are a curious dessert made with pasta as a filling, yet are absolutely delicious and worth seeking out in the local bakeries. Of course, renting a car in Dubrovnik allows you to get out and see the dazzling surroundings of the city. The dramatic cliff views out across the glistening blues of the Adriatic, as well as the lush local parks and forests, will inspire you on your trip. Temperatures remain warm virtually year round with the thermometer rarely dropping below 10°C even in the middle of winter. Highs of 30°C or more are common in the middle of summer. Spring and autumn can be an ideal time to visit if you'd prefer to beat the crowds and avoid the intense heat.
There are a number of bays for parking in Dubrovnik near the Old Town, as well as an underground garage at Zagrebačka ulica. Gruz Port has a number of free parking areas to make use of. In terms of driving regulations, you'll drive on the right and overtake on the left in the Czech Republic. Documents you'll need to keep on you are your driving licence, passport or national ID card, proof of insurance and rental registration. You'll also need to keep a first aid kit, high-visibility vest, headlamp beam deflectors and a warning triangle handy. Seat belts are mandatory and 90km is the usual speed limit, or 130km on motorways, unless otherwise specified. If breathalysed, any blood alcohol content is forbidden and so, as always, it's best to completely avoid alcohol when driving.