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50 Things to Do in Dubrovnik

50 Things to Do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik city is known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. It definitely catches the eyes of many visitors from all around the world, with the sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, the terracotta rooftops, City Walls, the Old Town, the mixed architecture going from medieval to baroque style, etc.

So, is Dubrovnik worth visiting?

Absolutely! And for a plethora of reasons! There is so much to do in Dubrovnik, and many different and varied activities await you there!

After years of exploring Dubrovnik, we’ve decided to assemble 50 of the most fun activities to do in the city (Believe us, there are plenty of other things to do).

Here’s our sightseeing travel guide! We gathered our favorite activities, from the best landmarks to see, to the best things to do as you get there. We hope this guide helps you make the most of your stay in Dubrovnik.

BTW, if you want to explore all of the following without worrying about anything, make sure to check our Dubrovnik walking and boat tours!

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So, let’s get right to it: what is there to explore in Old Town? And hat is there to do in Dubrovnik other than Old Town?

1 | Watch the Sunset from Mount Srd

Choose any way of your liking to get to Mount Srd and witness the best views of the city and the Adriatic Sea. The incredible 360-degree view is totally worth it! You can see Dubrovnik with its terracotta rooftops, City Walls, Old Town, Cavtat, and Elaphite Islands. Even Lokrum island is visible from the top.

There are four convenient ways to get there: you can take the Dubrovnik Cable Car, which is one of the best things to try in the city. You can hike all the way to the top, take a bus, or join an organized tour.

2 | Walk the Ancient City Walls

Jetsetting to Dubrovnik means you have to walk the City Walls. Walking along City Walls is Dubrovnik’s most popular activity.

You can get an entry ticket at one of the three entrances: The main entrance to the Walls being the Pile Gate (or Ploce Gate), and the others are near St. John’s fortress and St. Lucas. The ticket costs about 150 Kuna, and the views are worth more than just the price.

Take a stroll on top of the Walls and walk along the city, witness lovely panoramic views of Old Town and its cobbled streets, terracotta rooftops, and the blue Adriatic Sea reaching the horizon.

The Walls formerly served as an effective defense mechanism of the city, protecting it from potential intruders like pirates, and during wars.

A UNESCO world heritage site, Dubrovnik’s City Walls are a must-see! It’s the top attraction of Dubrovnik. We recommend you go first thing in the morning on the opening hour because things can get crazy throughout the day as the Walls get more and more crowded and the sun gets hotter.

Walking along the City Walls isn’t something you want to miss! So, take your time to do it and take as many pictures as you can.

3 | Explore Lokrum Island

Precisely, 600 meters away from Dubrovnik City, on the eastern coast, Lokrum Island is located in the heart of the Adriatic Sea. The island gives a beautiful contrast with its calm nature, green vegetation, peacocks, beaches. And it’s perfect for nature lovers and people enjoying a bit of quietness, away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

The island is sea-accessible, and to reach it, you have two ways: Either you take a taxi-boat or join a guided kayak tour. Either way, the island is really close to Dubrovnik. It takes only 10 or 15 minutes to get there!

Lokrum ferries operate daily in summer, and they leave every 30 minutes.

Lokrum Island serves as a resort, you can swim there, the beaches are elderly and kids friendly. You can see the beautiful botanical gardens, containing a rich flora and lovely peacocks flying around.  

For some historical facts, the island has a central Benedictine monastery, dating from the medieval age. It’s the main sight of the island. 

Don’t be afraid of hearing rumors about Lokrum because an ancient legend states that the island is cursed, and it curses whoever possesses it. 

And, for “Game of Thrones” fans, Lokrum Island served as the filming location of Qarth! A replica of the iron throne awaits you there!

4 | Join a Game of Thrones Tour

Dubrovnik City is a major “Game of Thrones” filming location since the second season of the show.

All King’s Landing scenes, the capital of the seven kingdoms, were filmed in Dubrovnik. So, if you’re a die-hard fan of “Game of Thrones,” Dubrovnik is a must-visit!

Visit the Old Town; it has many hidden gems and beautiful filming locations of the series, like Cersei’s Walk of Shame, which was filmed in the Jesuit Stairs by St. Ignatius Church!

5 | Have a drink at a Cliff Bar

Buža and Buža II Bars, which literally translate as ‘hole’ and ‘hole II,’ are two hidden cliff bars, where you can enjoy having a drink while watching the Adriatic Sea stretching to the horizon. These two bars are perfect for those who enjoy watching sunsets. We guarantee you; the view of the sunset is jaw-dropping! 

The bars can be reached from holes through City Walls. Don’t be fooled with big plain holes you find through the Walls, because what lies behind them are beautiful spots to rest and enjoy a drink. No wonder these two bars are considered hidden gems in Dubrovnik!

If you want a unique thing to do, you can jump from the cliff into the Adriatic Sea. The bars are popular for cliff jumping from the Walls.

6 | Swim from the City Walls

YES! You heard it correctly! It’s possible to swim from the City Walls during your stroll. Just make sure you’re wearing a suitable swimsuit and take the opportunity of swimming in the Adriatic whenever you have the time.

The city can get really hot in summer, especially in the afternoons, and the sparkling sea from afar becomes irresistible for so many. Fortunately, you can find many swimming spots around the City Walls. These specific spots feature iron ladders, which will take you to the sea.

7 | Take a Day Trip to Mostar

Mostar is a beautiful city to explore in Bosnia and Herzegovina. You may wonder why do you need to plan a trip there while you’re in Dubrovnik? The city is actually a top day trip choice among visitors. 

So, don’t let the border crossing process and the time needed to get there come between you and the beauty that lies ahead. 

Mostar city is known for the fascinating bridge of Stari Most, a UNESCO world heritage site, which is a reconstructed arched bridge dating from the medieval times. 

There are also many shops and stalls to check out around the city. So, visit the Old Town of Mostar and explore it at your own pace. Of course, Stari Most Bridge is a very beautiful spot, to begin with. You can take pictures there, or if you’re lucky enough, you might catch someone diving from the bridge.

You can visit the Old Bazaar of Mostar City, try some local delights, from traditional food to the fresh fish caught from the Neretva River. You can learn about the city’s devastating history by visiting the museums dotted around Mostar city.

8 | Stay Overnight in the Old Town

You can’t possibly miss out on the opportunity of staying overnight in the Old Town. Old Town tends to be busy with thousands of visitors from everywhere, squeezing themselves in the narrow alleys and the walls of the old city.

And, that’s completely normal since many visitors are on a tight schedule, especially the ones coming on a cruise trip.

However, you can experience the true magic of Old Town in the evening, when all visitors leave the ancient city, and the number of people slowly decreases to the only citizens of the city, and the guests staying overnight. 

Old Town is definitely charming at night, and you will pay attention to many details that aren’t possible to notice through the day, with the constant footfall.

9 | Go Green at Trsteno Arboretum

For all nature lovers who can’t make their trip to Dubrovnik worthwhile without experiencing the charm of nature, you need to take a stroll in the green botanical garden of Dubrovnik: Trsteno Arboretum.

This exotic garden was born thanks to the Gozze noble family, who requested many ship crews to bring back seeds and exotic plants from their long sea travels. At the time, the botanical garden served as their summer residence. They are situated in a humble fishing village, very near to the glorious Adriatic Sea, and they date back to the 1400s, at early Renaissance times.

The gardens are filled with shade, and they are a nice relief from the Dubrovnik heat.

Take a Dubrovnik local bus because this serene garden takes a 30-minute drive to get there. It is located 18 kilometers north of the city.

You can get your ticket at the Dubrovnik Bus Station, which is in Gruz, a couple of kilometers away from the Ancient city. Depending on which way the bus is going to take, ticket prices cost between 20 and 30 Croatian Kunas, which is a small fee, by the way, considering the destination.

The botanical garden of Trsteno Arboretum’s fame escalated very quickly as the garden featured in ‘Game of Thrones.’ In fact, it’s possible to see the garden in season 3 and 4, as King’s Landing gardens, where Cersei used to take her daily walks, and plan her tactical strategies to rule the seven kingdoms.

10 | Dine Al Fresco in Dubrovnik Old Town

You will love dining outside in the charming city of Dubrovnik, especially with its lovely summer breeze as it tickles your face.

Dubrovnik breath-taking sunsets and dining al fresco are certainly a perfect combo!

The Old Town is dotted with fantastic diners at The Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street, and throughout the narrow streets of Old Town. So, finding a perfect spot for you to dine isn’t a hard thing.

Chatters and laughs usually fill the air, and you will experience a lovely service!

11 | Take the Cablecar to Srđ

Like we mentioned before, it’s possible to hike Mount Srd, go on a tour, or take the cable car. It’s that orange cabin you see scaling up to Mount Srd.

It’s a really fun activity to do! Some may find it a bit pricy, but it will save you both the time and effort to get there really fast! It’s particularly perfect for visitors on a tight schedule. 

Experience a fantastic panoramic view of Old Town, and then, as it slowly vanishes, the majestic blue Adriatic Sea.

The cable car isn’t just a tourist attraction; it’s part of Mount Srd’s history too. The mount was once a natural defense mechanism, as it separated Dubrovnik from Turks, and during the 1991 war of independence.

At the station, there is a nice restaurant called Panorama. As you can tell from its name, the restaurant offers a 360-degree view of the city. So, you can enjoy the views as you sip a glass of fine wine and try many seafood specialties.

12 | Feast on an Ice Cream

A hot summer and a cool ice cream are a perfect match in Dubrovnik. That’s why we recommend Dolce Vita, a nice ice cream parlor to enjoy authentic ice cream flavors, pastries, crepes, etc.

The ice-cream parlor is located on a side pathway of Dubrovnik’s main street, The Stradun, and it’s easy to locate.

Get a nice ice-cream cone and have a seat at one of the shop’s street tables!

13| Visit the Rector’s Palace

Rector’s palace is a beautiful tourist attraction in Old Town. Between the 14th and 18th centuries, it served as the seat of the Rector of the Ragusa Republic. An old dungeon prison and 15th-century style gothic arches bound an inner courtyard, which served as a filming location of ‘Game of Thrones’ in the second season.

For all visitors enjoying medieval designs, this is the perfect place to witness a mixed architecture of both gothic style and Renaissance additions. It’s possible to go upstairs and see the beautiful embellishments of the rooms from portraits to carved bookcases!

Rector’s palace features a museum of the medieval Church, so get a ticket and explore many archeological gems.

14 | Take a Stroll around the Old Town

A UNESCO world heritage site, Old Town of Dubrovnik, offers an amazing sightseeing experience for all visitors. The ancient town is one of the most well-preserved medieval cities in the world!

Indulge in the Old Town’s depths to explore many hidden gems. Architecture fans will love the Baroque style churches, the cloisters, the medieval aspects of the city, the cobbled streets, etc. Terracotta rooftops dominate the view of Old Town, as the houses have lovely blood orange roofs.

The awe-inspiring Old Town offers many fun activities to do, from walking through the narrow alleys, buying souvenirs from local vendors, tasting traditional food, and so much more!

15 | Take a Day trip to Montenegro

This Balkan country is a nice twist to your stay in Dubrovnik. You can take a day trip there because Montenegro has splendid natural beauty.

The small country features beautiful medieval villages, a coastline, many rugged mountains, and many beaches.

If you’re going on a Dubrovnik tour, many tours include a day trip to Montenegro, and we recommend you check it out!

16 | Walk the Stradun

For those of you who don’t know the Stradun, it’s actually the main street of Dubrovnik’s Old Town.

Running 300 meters through Old Town, the limestone paved street connects the Pile Gate and Polce Gate. Across the Stradun, you will notice the result of strict construction laws following the 1667 earthquake. It’s how the street is lined with buildings sharing the same pattern, from restaurants to art galleries.

Thousands of visitors pass through the Stradun daily, curious to see the similarities between shops and restaurants.

17 | Check out the Abandoned Hotel Belvedere

This location is of great importance to every ‘Game of Thrones’ die-hard fan! Formerly a five-star hotel, the Belvedere Hotel was abandoned during the war of independence in 1991. It is now a neglected hotel located just outside the city of Dubrovnik. Unfortunately, Hotel Belvedere isn’t accessible for visitors, except for a small spot: the circular atrium. If you want to check the atrium out, just go down the few steps located next to the driveway. 

This hotel served as the filming set for the epic fight scene in the final episode of season 4 of ‘Game of Thrones.’ The bloody scene of the fight between ‘The Mountain’ and prince Oberyn isn’t something easy to forget. And, you can recognize the amphitheater straight away, although it is now painted by soccer fans.

18 | Jesuit Staircase

The famous staircase of Cersei’s Walk of Shame in the fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’ is located just near Gunduliceva Poljana. These Baroque stairs are majestic, giving way to St. Ignatius Church in Dubrovnik. The Church was built in Baroque style, in 1725.

The scene is known to be the most expensive scene of ‘Game of Thrones,’ because the show crew had to shut down all shops and cafes through Dubrovnik streets, in order to film it. And, they had to pay a full-day price for each shop to compensate for the business.

Even the citizens were paid not to peek through their windows!

19 | Kayak Tour

 Don’t miss out on our lovely kayak tours! Witness the City Walls and many beautiful landmarks from the sides overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy the fresh breeze and the sparkling blue waters.

Take pictures of the scenic views of Old Town from the Adriatic, especially at sunset.

You can rent a kayak from any kayak rental shop in the city, and they are everywhere! You can even rent a kayak and visit Lokrum island!

20 | Visit the Open-Air Market in Dubrovnik Old Town

Gundulićeva poljana square in Old Town has the oldest market in the city. This square is centered with an Ivan Gundulić statue standing right in the middle, dating from the 17th century, and where you can have a seat on its base.

The statue is meant to survey products, from fruits to fish, etc. The market does sell fresh fish from the Adriatic Sea.

So, if you want to get some local goods, get here early because the market operates in the mornings.

It’s possible to find many Mediterranean delights like olive oil, dried figs, herbs, and nuts. The open-air market of Dubrovnik also has liquor stalls, beach contents, gifts stalls, and much more!

And, to boost your energy for your trip, we recommend you try some traditional sweets like sugar-coated almonds! 

Since the market only operates in the mornings and as the last working hour approaches, you can witness a cute and beautiful view there: Usually, an officer feeds corn to birds and pigeons, with nearby cats watching attentively.

The birds, rushing to pick up corn, fill the sky in a heartwarming view. That signal indicates the last working hour of the market so that locals can leave the market and head to other places.

21 | Dubrovnik Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin or Dubrovnik’s Cathedral is a major attraction in Dubrovnik. Records state the Cathedral dates back to the 7th century. 

It is said that Dubrovnik’s Cathedral was funded by Richard the Lion-Heart. After the last crusade, a shipwrecked Richard was cast on Lokrum island. And, to thank local citizens for their hospitality, he funded Dubrovnik’s Cathedral around 1192.

The three-nave Romanesque Church has an interesting treasury. It’s one of the richest treasuries in Europe. Some old relics date back to the 11th century. You may wonder why it is interesting because it holds remaining body parts of the patron saint of the city: the skull, arm, and leg of St. Blaise! It is even said that the Church has remnants from the clothes of Jesus Christ.

22 | Sunset Cruise

Dubrovnik city is known for its golden sunsets. The city overlooks the Adriatic Sea, and a beautiful sunset with an orange sky isn’t a view you want to miss.

To make most of your stay, go on a sunset cruise! It’s so much fun to do!

23 | Franciscan Monastery

Get inside the Franciscan Monastery, situated at the Stradun, and let the many cloisters lead you to probably the oldest pharmacy in Europe ever!

The Franciscan Monastery is part of the Old Town complex, including a pharmacy, a Baroque church, the garden with its majestic cloisters, and a library.

The pharmacy is located next to the Baroque Church. The pharmacy museum displays many tools like grinders that were once used to create pharmaceutical remedies from the times of old Ragusa.

It’s possible to buy skin products made with traditional recipes.

24 | Church of St Blaise

For all architecture fans, St. Blaise church offers beautiful designs and carvings for the viewer.

The patron church is named after St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik. Its 15th-century main altar showcases a glorious gothic statue of St. Blaise. 

The attractive St. Blaise church is a must-see! And, if you’re lucky enough, you can join an organized event in the Luža square.

25 | Enjoy the view from Fort Lovrijenac

St Lawrence fortress or fort Lovrijenac is a fortress perched at the edge of a high rock, just outside the Western Wall of the city. ‘Game of Thrones’ fans recognize it almost straight away as the Red Keep. Fort Lovrijenac featured many times in the series, especially in the second and the third seasons.

You can go up the fortress and experience beautiful views of Old Town and the Bay. The fortress is sea accessible. Therefore, you can rent a kayak to go there, and you can reach it through the Pile Bay. 

For your information, you don’t need to get an entry ticket, because the ticket of City Walls includes an access ticket to Fort Lovrijenac.

26 | Take a Day Trip to Ston

Going to Ston is one of the most popular day trips from Dubrovnik. The reason for that is they are a major filming location of ‘Game of Thrones.’ Along with Dubrovnik City, they double as King’s Landing in the show and even parts of the Eyrie scenes.

They are the second longest Walls after the Great Wall of China. Some even consider these defensive Ston Walls as the ‘Great Wall of Europe.’

The well-preserved fortifications used to protect the city of Ston in the southern Croatian part, with 7-kilometer massive stone defenses!

27 | Explore the Quirky West Harbour

The eccentric West Harbor is a significant landmark in Dubrovnik. It featured in many scenes in ‘Game of Thrones,’ especially in the second season as the filming location of the Battle of Blackwater Bay.

Many scenes were filmed in the West Pier dock. So, if you want to brag about the location, explore the west harbor and take the most amazing pictures there. Remember, Ser Davos used to smuggle stuff into King’s Landing there!

Another iconic scene was when the golden Cloaks were ordered to kill all of King Baratheon’s children!

28 | Enjoy the views from Minčeta Fortress

For all height and adrenaline lovers, Minčeta fortress is the highest point in the city. That means you will enjoy wonderful panoramic views of both Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea.

The strong Minčeta fortress was built in the 14th century. And it’s possible to climb it if you take a walk along City Walls.

29 | Step Back in Time at Fort Bokar

Like many other fortresses of Dubrovnik City, Fort Bokar is a well-preserved medieval tower facing the Adriatic Sea. It is one of a kind, known for its cylindrical architecture.

You can see Fort Bokar if you take a walk along the City Walls, or if you climb fort Lovrijenac.

30 | Imagine What Once Was at the Old Town Pile Gate

The Pile Gate is certainly an unmissable spot in Dubrovnik. Not only it’s the main entrance of the Old Town, but also because it’s the primary location to access the marvelous City Walls.

The gate is a well-fortified defensive system, composed of a stone bridge connecting two arched doors.

Right at the gate entrance, you will notice a statue of the patron saint of the city, St. Blaise.

It’s definitely a favorite spot for every ‘Game of Thrones’ fan, and also for every visitor!

31 | Nab the Best Table at Nautika

Nautika is a fine restaurant in Dubrovnik, offering a beautiful 360-degree view of the city, from Old Town to the Adriatic Sea. The restaurant also overlooks the Lovrijenac fortress.

And, it’s not only about the view that makes the restaurant special, but it’s also about Nautika’s head chef Mario Bunda, who created a fantastic menu, containing a nice selection of the very best dishes, made of fresh local ingredients.

You might need to reserve a panoramic-view table before going.

32 | Catch outdoor Jazz at the Troubadour

If you’re a fan of Jazz, you have to check out the Troubadour Jazz Café, located in the very heart of Dubrovnik, right next to the Cathedral, just a 1-minute walk from Rector’s palace.

You can enjoy live Jazz music while you drink a cool beverage and feel cozy at the same time. It’s the perfect place to spend hot summer nights.

The café was managed by a member of the Dubrovački Trubadori group Marko, and it’s actually a dear place for all artists in Dubrovnik.

However, due to its popularity among tourists and locals, finding a seat can be pretty tough. Don’t worry, though; you can dance or sit on the Cathedral’s stairs or the cobbled floor.

33 | Appreciate Recent History

You can find out so much about Dubrovnik’s recent history by visiting War Photo Limited.

This Gallery is Managed by a New Zealander photographer Wade Goddard, who came to live in Dubrovnik, in the 90s. He opened the Gallery in 2003, to display works by some worldwide leaders and not only his personal experience in Croatia.

The Gallery has jaw-dropping photographs of what was actually happening during the wartime, and many visitors get really emotional after seeing the damage made by wars.

There’s also a visitors’ book, where you can write down whatever comes to your mind.

The works can be sold as limited-edition copies.

34 | Take a Speedboat to a Hidden Restaurant

Whether you want an unforgettable romantic night with your date, or enjoy a calm solo evening, the secluded island of Koločep is the perfect place to go on a speedboat and have dinner.

Of course, like many Dubrovnik restaurants, the main theme of this restaurant is all about freshly caught fish. Sea bass is one of the most popular ordered dishes there, accompanied by a fine selection of Croatian white wine.

The scenic view of the Adriatic Sea and the picturesque natural beauty of the island create a wonderful combination, making it a nice location for weddings or to throw small events.

35 | Watch a Film Below the Stars

It’s possible to watch as many movies as you want from famous blockbusters to indie movies in the Jadran cinema.

This open-air cinema operates during summer. It is located in the center of Old Town, in Dubrovnik. And, you guessed it correctly, it’s one of the venues for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival!

All movies are in English with Croatian subs. The cinema has a capacity of 300 seats, and you get a cushion as you take your seat!

Other performances are performed there, like the Lindo folklore ensemble that presents traditional Croatian dances two times in a week.

36 | Shop for Croatian Design Classics

If you’re tired of the same typical souvenirs you find in every gift shop, then Life According to Kawa is the perfect place for you to get beautiful designer gifts and products. And, we’re not talking about fridge magnets, I love white T-shirts or customized mugs.

This friendly store located near Old Town is owned by a Croatian couple. 

The one of a kind gift shop has a variety of products with different price ranges to suit everyone’s desires.

Some of the various products sold in “Life According to Kawa” are locally made cosmetic products by combining different plants and herbs, different types of teas and coffee beans, hand creams, soaps, designer sunglasses, accessories made by local artisans, clothes, leather, and cornstalks backpacks, etc.

37 | Eat Breakfast on the Terrace of a Palace

Back in the time, in Dubrovnik, Gruž was a summer getaway bay of rich citizens, who want to spend a calm summer. 

If you take a stroll along the main street, it’s possible to see many old summer mansions with beautiful terracotta rooftops.

You can recreate this beautiful experience just like the former wealthy inhabitants, by having breakfast on one of these palaces’ terraces.

Kazbek Hotel, overlooking Lapad beaches (which by the way are some of the nicest beaches in Dubrovnik), and a five-star boutique hotel was formerly a 16th-century summer mansion owned by the Zamanje family. Now, the restaurant there offers Adriatic specialties from breakfast to dinner made with freshly farmed ingredients and fresh fish. Imagine having breakfast on a fancy terrace, by the pool. Who wouldn’t love that?

38 | Ogle Fish on a Glass-Bottomed Boat

Yes, you can be part of wonderful marine life experience in Dubrovnik. Did you know that there are many stalls dedicated to organizing glass-bottomed boat trips? You find them in the Old Town’s port.

A boat trip is perfect for experiencing another side of the city, without actually making a day for it. The average boat trip takes about 45 minutes to an hour.

You can make your traveling experience even more fantastic by snorkeling during the boat trip, and you will see a vivid image of the marine life in Dubrovnik.

39 | Sample Adriatic Sushi

If you want the best shellfish culinary experience, head to Bota Bar. This oyster and sushi open-air Bar is located in the very heart of Dubrovnik, just behind the Cathedral.

The Bar has mainly an Asian cuisine, preparing dishes with fresh local shellfish.

Shellfish are either served in sushi, tempura-style or fresh.

Some creative dishes are both Adriatic and Asian, combining two different cuisine styles.

40 | Eat Fish Straight Off the Boat

Looking to eat fresh fish straight from the Adriatic Sea? We recommend Porat. This innovative restaurant is known for its excellent dishes. Located in the heart of Gruž port, Porat makes the most of the ‘Catch of the day’ to create fantastic flavors for your palate. 

The central theme of the restaurant is based on the local daily catch of fishing boats, making it a perfect place to eat for all seafood fans.

If you enjoy grilled fish, then this is definitely the place you want to go!

However, the restaurant has meat and a vegetarian menu to please all tastes, going from gourmet burgers, salads, etc.

The interior is both stylish and innovative, and it’s very welcoming. Whether you want to dine there, enjoy a casual lunch, or you want a take-out, dishes are creatively presented or delivered.

41 | Browse the archives

It’s possible to browse some old archives dating back to the 12th century in Sponza Palace.

This palace has mixed architecture of gothic and Renaissance touches, making it a must-see landmark! It was, formerly, a customs house and mint built in the 16th century. Now, the building contains all state archives and documents.

The palace features many rooms flanked by arches and an elegant inner courtyard. What you don’t know is, some of these rooms serve as exhibit rooms to display many historical documents. A certain room can be found near the ticket office, displaying monochrome photographs of Dubrovnik’s defenders.

That’s the memorial room of Dubrovnik city’s defenders. With 300 photographs of brave people who passed away during the 1991 war of independence, you will be flooded with emotions, as soon as you see all the portraits.

You can see remnants of the Croatian flag in the memorial room that was once raised on top of mount Srđ.

You can also write down whatever you want in the visitors’ book.

42 | Snag a Sassy Souvenir

Don’t be fooled by vendors selling ticky-tacky cheap souvenirs when you go down the limestone main street of Dubrovnik (or the Stradun). Beware, those Asian-made souvenirs sold in the Stradun, are a complete rip-off.

Instead, at the end of the Stradun, turn to the left, away from the Old Port. Then, head towards the rising Dominican Monastery. You’ll find a small shop, on your way, called  Dubrovačka kuća or Dubrovnik house gift shop.

This place is a venue for high-quality souvenirs at affordable prices.

The gift shop sells different kinds of ceramics and crafts, thanks to a collaboration with the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb. It’s also possible to taste some local liquors, buy local products like bath salts, olive oil, etc.

Can’t find the perfect souvenir for you? No problem! Just ask the nice lady managing the gift shop. And don’t worry, she speaks English very well. She will definitely help you find a suitable souvenir for you at a very affordable price!

43 | Hit the waves on a boat trip

Dubrovnik is known to be a popular cruise port city, and it can get pretty hot in summer. However, you can basically go to many monuments and visit many attractions by renting a speedboat or a kayak.

You can explore the coastline of Dubrovnik by taking taxi boats or join guided kayak tours.

44 | Appreciate modern art

A hundred years ago, artworks were displayed in simple galleries limited in Paris.

As time goes on, marvelous art galleries are found everywhere in Europe!

And, for all art lovers out there, Dubrovnik city offers some of the best art galleries in Europe! Appreciate modern and exciting art by visiting Dubrovnik Contemporary Gallery. You will be amazed. 

The Gallery overlooks the Adriatic Sea and can be easily reached from Dubrovnik. It’s just a 15-minute walk from the center of Dubrovnik.

45 | Catch a top DJ at Club Culture Revelin

Within a medieval fortress, this 16th-century fort is the go-to place to spend vibrant summer nights and listen to music all night long.

Located at the eastern end of Old Town, Club Culture Revelin offers some of the best nightlife experiences in Dubrovnik.

The bare stone walls, the arches, and the medieval architecture all combine together with DJ music to give you an unusual summer party experience.

Converging both past and the present, and offering picturesque views of the city, Fort Revelin is certainly a must-see place to experience nightlife in Dubrovnik.

46 | Gawp at Sacred Human Remnants

The Assumption Cathedral or The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a must-see location in Dubrovnik because it holds remains of the skull, the leg and the arm of the patron saint of Dubrovnik: St. Blaise.

Yes, you heard it right!

For a small historical glimpse, it is said that the Cathedral was founded by Richard the Lion Heart. Around 1190, and after returning from the last crusade, shipwrecked Richard was cast off Lokrum Island. He funded all construction works of the Cathedral in recognition of citizens’ hospitality.

After the famous earthquake of 1667, the Church was completely destroyed. And in its place was built a magnificent Baroque church.

With one of the richest treasures of all Europe, the Cathedral holds an interesting collection of holy relics.

The most intriguing reliquary is the one keeping the body remains of St. Blaise. It is encrusted with gemstones, and it shows the significant effort done by jewelers and their attention to details to create such incredible casings.

Another reliquary is said to keep some Jesus Christ’s pieces of clothes, and even wood from the Holy Cross is said to be integrated into a 16th-century crucifix.

47 | Discover Your Own Cave Beach

As the title mentions, this location in Dubrovnik is concealed, although it’s close to the center of Dubrovnik! Only locals know about this hidden gem of the city! 

The Betina špilja cave is situated near the Grand Villa Argentina Hotel. However, hotel guests never visit it. And, this is the perfect opportunity for you to check it out! 

Betina špilja is a sea-access cave, and it is out of sight.

The empty beach is located in a cool cave, and it is perfect for picnics and swimming. It is a rocky beach, like most of Croatia’s beaches, with a white pebbly shore and crystal-clear water opening on the Adriatic Sea.

48 | Experience Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Dubrovnik Summer Festival is certainly Croatia’s biggest cultural event. 

Every summer, the city becomes a venue for this massive cultural event, which lasts 47 days. Can you believe that?!

For more than 60 years, the city of Dubrovnik held opera performances, plays, classical music shows, dance performances, etc.

And, for our highbrow visitors, attending Hamlet in Fort Lovrijenac, at night, is something you don’t want to miss!

49 | Sample Craft Beer in a Dubrovnik Brewery

This may be kind of old news in Europe, still, brewing and fermenting beer in Dubrovnik never been more revolutionary!

The city became a destination when it comes to beer! This success is based on the local effort done by local beer brewers to transform the traditional beer-making of Dubrovnik. Now, the best bars of the Old Town offers to drinkers the best beer thanks to Dubrovnik Beer Company, persuading visitors from all the world to try it.

50 | Visit a Medieval Pharmacy

Don’t miss out on the opportunity of visiting probably the oldest pharmacy in Europe ever! It’s definitely a hidden gem in the city of Dubrovnik, as well as the Franciscan Monastery. 

The old pharmacy, now featuring a museum, is located at the Placa, which is the main street of the city. You can find the Old Pharmacy Museum inside the complex of the Franciscan Monastery, next to the St. Saviour Church. 

It won’t be hard to find because the beautiful cloisters inside the Monastery will lead you to the entrance! You can also enjoy the scent of orange trees planted in the inner courtyard of the Monastery.

The pharmacy is more like a working shop, and it still operates! You will be able to see many grinders and tools used to create pharmaceutical remedies dating from the times of old Ragusa. It’s also possible to buy some skin products made by traditional methods and old recipes.

We recommend you go at the end of the day because the pharmacy can get crowded easily.

Dubrovnik Cable Car

Experiencing fantastic views over Dubrovnik of the Old Town, the Adriatic Sea, and many landmarks are definitely among the TO-DO list of any Dubrovnik visitor!

And, the perfect way to take photos of the mesmerizing views from above is by riding the Dubrovnik Cable Car!

The Cable Car offers picturesque views of the Old Town, the Adriatic Sea, and the Elaphiti Islands. As you go up, you will see the Imperial Fortress, located next to the cable car station.

The French built the Napoleonic Fort in the 19th century, and it played a defensive role during the Croatian War or Independence. Today, it houses the Museum of Contemporary History of Dubrovnik.

Inside the museum, you will be able to see many artifacts documenting the Homeland War and even films illustrating the war events of 1991 and 1992.

The 3-minute ride to the top of Mount Srd even allows you to see Italy from afar on clear days! 

Seeing all of the aforementioned attractions and learning about interesting historical facts has never been easier! So, go on a ride with Dubrovnik Cable Car!

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History of the Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik Cable Car was established in 1969. It was the only cable station in the whole Adriatic, and it carried around 15 people. So, visitors used to come from all places to enjoy the ride to Mount Srd and the panoramic views of Dubrovnik.

The Cable Car allows you to see up to 60 kilometers! Therefore, the 19th-century Imperial Fortress you see -while you’re riding to the hill’s highest point- was built there for a reason. 

The Occupying French used to build many fortresses around Dubrovnik to defend it from any potential battle. And, like many defensive buildings, Fort Imperial has a strategic spot to protect the city.

Location of the Dubrovnik Cable Car

At the eastern entrance of the Old Town, you find the cable car station. The orange two cabins are capable of carrying up to 30 people. The cable cars scale up to Mount Srd in about three minutes, which is really fast!

The shortest way to reach the cable car station from Old Town is by walking the stairs from the Stradun. Then go on a one-minute walk across the Iza Grada parking lot towards the stairs underneath the cable car station.

In total, it takes about 7 minutes to reach the cable car station. 

There are also two long ways from the Pile Gate, taking about 12 minutes. However, the path isn’t very steep, so you might find it a better alternative to going to the station.

For visitors coming from cruise ships and disembarking on Gruz harbour, you need to ride bus n°8 or a taxi, which will take you directly to the cable car station. 

However, if you’re feeling active and want to go on foot, the distance between Gruz harbour and the Pile Gate is about 4,5 kilometers.

Dubrovnik Cable Car Specs

  • Ride duration: 3:30 min.
  • Cabin’s Capacity: Usually 32 people.
  • Empty cabin’s weight: 3100 kg.
  • Cabin weight with passengers: 5500kg.
  • Ride speed: 6.5 m/s.

How Much Is the Cable Car in Dubrovnik?

Ticket prices depend on the type of trip and age. Make sure to check the prices and choose the type of trip you want to do before purchasing your ticket. 

Here are the ticket prices:

  • Adult round-trip: 150 Kunas
  • Adult one-way trip: 85 Kunas
  • Kids ages 4 to 12 round-trip ticket: 60 Kunas
  • Kids ages 4 to 12 one-way trip ticket: 40 Kunas 
  • Kids under four years: Free

Kids are welcome to ride on the cable car! It’s actually one of the most favorite activities for kids.

You can get your tickets with Croatian Kuna at the cable car station or by credit card only. You need to know that any foreign currency isn’t accepted. So, make sure to change your money before getting your ticket. It will save you time!

How Often Does the Cable Car Run in Dubrovnik?

The cable cars operate at different times, depending on the month of the year. So, before taking the cable car, you need to check the schedule of the opening times.

For your information, cable cars may be out of service for a short period, especially in bad weather. However, this happens only in winter months in unfavorable weather conditions like strong winds.

To arrange your ride to Mount Srd with Dubrovnik Cable Car, here are the operating hours depending on the month:

  • May: From 9 am to 9 pm.
  • June: From 9 am to midnight.
  • July: From 9 am to midnight.
  • August: From 9 am to midnight.
  • September: From 9 am to 10 pm.
  • October: From 9 am to 8 pm.
  • November: From 9 am to 5 pm.
  • December: From 9 am to 4 pm.
  • January: From 9 am to 4 pm.
  • February: From 9 am to 5 pm.
  • March: From 9 am to 5 pm.
  • April: From 9 am to 8 pm.

What Is There to Do at The Top of Srd Hill Dubrovnik

There are plenty of things to do once you reach the top of Mount Srd! 

For instance, the ride to the top is already amazing! You will get to see the Old Town with its narrow streets and terracotta rooftops as it vanishes, and the blue Adriatic Sea.

The most common activity is watching Dubrovnik from above! The views are breath-taking, so make sure to fully charge your phone and take as many pictures as you want of the scenic locations.

You can take pictures of the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea. But, here’s the thing, most people focus on getting photos of the coastline and forget about the rugged mountains of Dubrovnik behind them. So, make a quick turn and witness amazing views of the mountains.

And, if you’re running low on battery, Mount Srd features solar-powered charging benches! Now, that’s a big deal here.

Don’t worry about charging your phone, because the upper base of Dubrovnik’s cable car station features two smart benches. So, you can sit down, relax, and enjoy the view while your phone or any device you possess is charging.

Panorama Restaurant and Bar Dubrovnik

The ride to Mount Srd may drain your energy, especially in hot weather. So, if you’re feeling thirsty or hungry, the Panorama Restaurant is worth a shot!

Panorama Restaurant and Bar Dubrovnik is located at the station. And telling from its name, it has 360-degree views over Dubrovnik. So, you can sit to have lunch or enjoy a soft drink, while taking in the views!

The restaurant has a lovely menu with a nice selection of Croatian dishes. The theme of the restaurant is based on seafood. However, there is a variety of other international dishes.

Aside from the views, the tech and eating places, there’s a souvenir shop at the cable car station, where you can buy interesting souvenirs to take back with you.

Imperial Fort and the Museum of Contemporary History

Now, for visitors interested in historical and cultural sights, don’t miss out on the opportunity of seeing the Imperial Fort of Dubrovnik!

If you feel the need to explore the landmark away from the cable car station, head to Fort Imperial. You can climb there to see the views from above and visit the museum.

The Imperial Fortress features a lovely museum in honor of the Homeland War. It’s actually one of the best museums to visit while you’re staying in the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ The museum documents all the events of the Croatian War of Independence.

Hiking

The Imperial Fortress also features a hiking trail, where you can go up and witness the picturesque views of Dubrovnik.

The paved trail starts from the Imperial Fortress and ends at Strincjera Fortress. The 1300-meter path runs through a forest and farmland. And, you will see lovely views of the Adriatic Sea, the Old Town and the Elaphiti Islands on your way.

For hiking fans, you definitely need to go up Mount Srd. It’s a must-do activity, and it’s totally fun, especially if you’re seeking a bit of calmness away from the busy Old Town.

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Walls of Dubrovnik

The beautiful Walls of Dubrovnik are certainly the highlight of any trip to the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’

Not only you’ll be taking a tour around the city from the top, but you’ll also learn so much about the Walls, historical facts about the Old Town, see many landmarks, and so much more!

The vibrant city will definitely take you back in time, as you take in the lovely views of Fort Lovrijenac, Fort Bokar, with their medieval architecture and the Adriatic Sea, from above.

Walking along the City Walls is the perfect way to combine Croatian history and an incredible sightseeing experience!

So, if you’re ever jet setting to Dubrovnik, make sure to take a walk along the City Walls! Make it the most important activity to do on your list!

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History of the Walls of Dubrovnik

The Walls of Dubrovnik have a rich history. Records state that the initial walls of Dubrovnik were built around the 9th century. Of course, during the medieval times, there were not much of construction works happening in the city, meaning the walls then aren’t the same walls you see now.

Most construction works happened between the 12th and the 17th centuries, by the end of middle times and on the Renaissance era, which is the same period where Croatia thrived and became an important rival to the Venetian Empire.

The walls went through many changes, especially following the wars, the 1667 earthquake, and other remarkable events. Walls defenses were strengthened over time, and many additions were made.

The Walls of Dubrovnik are a significant landmark and efficient defense mechanism for the city.

Imagine enemies coming with ships and cargo to occupy the city, just to find themselves facing a gigantic structure at Dubrovnik’s seafront with a failed attempt to penetrate the Old Town.

Even better, Dubrovnik’s most notorious guards are privileged to watch new incomers from afar and get prepared for any potential battle, just by standing on the walls.

These thoughts will certainly cross your mind as you take a stroll along city Walls. They are massive! You probably can’t imagine how big they are, but the scale is overwhelming!

For more historical facts, you can visit the museums dotted in Dubrovnik and discover many interesting facts!

Points of Interest on the Walls of Dubrovnik

  • Climbing Lovrijenac Fortress
  • Bokar Fortress
  • The Stradun (the main street)
  • Taking a nice walk over the Pile Gate
  • St. Luke and Chapels of Annunciation
  • Maritime Museum
  • Old Harbour
  • Minceta Tower

Dubrovnik City Walls Opening Times

Walls of Dubrovnik welcome visitors all year around. You can come daily at any time to go up the Walls and take a tour along the city.

However, the Walls are close on Christmas day (on the 25th of December).  

Opening hours change over the months, so make sure to follow this schedule when you jet set to Dubrovnik.

  • June and July: From 8 am to 7:30 pm.
  • August and September: From 8 am to 6:30 pm.
  • October: From 8 am to 5:30 pm.
  • November and December: From 10 am to 3 pm.
  • January, February, and March: From 10 am to 3 pm.
  • April and May: From 8 am to 6:30 pm.

Walking the Ancient City Walls of Dubrovnik

Walking along the walls of Dubrovnik is perhaps the most important activity to do when you visit the city. Visitors come from all over the world just to go up the Walls, take a stroll and witness the fantastic views from above.

Did you know that it takes about two full hours to go round the ancient city? The Walls are really long, with a total length of two kilometers surrounding the Old Town.

You can either choose to take a walk along the Walls on your own -and it wouldn’t be hard to find your way- or, you can join a guided tour and get important information about the Old Town, its history, its main features, etc.

Of course, guided tours can be private if you want to avoid crowded groups. Either way, it’s a unique experience to see the many landmarks from the top: 

  • Fort Lovrijenac: It’s impossible to miss Fort Lovrijenac, which is perched on a high rock, almost over 40 meters from sea level! 
  • Minceta Tower: You can climb Minceta Tower, which is the highest point of Dubrovnik’s walls, allowing you to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. 
  • St. John’s fortress: You can also climb St. John’s Fortress, which is located at the entrance to the Old Port and take in the views from the top!
  • Other landmarks like Fort Bokar, the terracotta rooftops, the narrow-cobbled streets are all visible from the City Walls, and of course, the incredible crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. You just can’t miss out a sunset view there! 
  • Lokrum island: It’s also visible from the Walls, and we recommend you go on a day trip there! It’s very close to the city, and it offers lovely beach activities for visitors!

For your information, if you choose to join a guided tour, our tour options are available all year round, just ask any tourist office or check online!

Nevertheless, we gathered some information about Dubrovnik’s Walls that might be very helpful. You find them below:

Walls of Dubrovnik: FAQ and General Info

  • Starting Location: Muralles de Dubrovnik – Poljana Paška Miličevića
  • Hours: From 8 am to 7:30 pm or later. The closing time varies depending on the months.
  • Length: 2 kilometers.
  • How long does it take to walk the walls of Dubrovnik? From 2 to 3 hours to complete the tour.
  • How much does it cost to walk the walls in Dubrovnik? 150 Kuna (about USD 23).

One thing you have to know before walking along the walls is their significant scale! They are two kilometers long, and you will be surprised at the massive amount of work to build such magnificent fortifications as you walk along the uninterrupted City Walls. 

Precisely, they are 1940 meters long, with different thickness proportions going from 5 to 16 feet in thickness.

As you can tell from the proportions, the Walls were the first defense mechanism of Dubrovnik, protecting it for centuries from any potential enemy. They were designed to surround The Old Town and to fail any penetration attempt from the mainland and the Adriatic Sea.

Many fortresses connect the Walls at every edge, and there are 17 fortresses in total, including three cylindrical ones!

Outside the Western Wall, you see Fort Lovrijenac, a main landmark of Dubrovnik, serving as both a defensive fortress and a theater.

When to Walk Around the Walls of Dubrovnik

If you’re wondering what’s the best time to walk along the walls, the best time would be first thing in the morning. 

Take your walk as the walls open; you will witness the colorful buildings as the sun rays light them up, or at the end of the day if you want to see a lovely sunset. 

Avoid going to the Walls in the middle of the day because Dubrovnik tends to get very hot, especially in summer, and because it gets very crowded by visitors coming from cruise ships or guided tours.

Things You Need to Know Beforehand

Cafés

Don’t worry about feeling dehydrated; there are a few cafes along the walk. The cafes are on the walls, serving cool beverages, ice cream, snacks, and providing incredible views of the Old Town, the mesmerizing Adriatic Sea, and many landmarks. They are perfect for a small pause when you feel tired and want to sit at a shaded spot. The cafes can be a bit expensive than regular cafes in the city, because of their location on the walls. 

You reach the first cafe you can find if you start walking from the Pile Gate in about 15 minutes. It’s a bit small, so we recommend you to be patient, keep walking until you come across the other cafes, which are bigger and provide proper seats and tables.

Toilets

Don’t worry! The Walls are dotted with toilets. So, don’t avoid drinking water, be safe, and stay hydrated! The weather is hot, especially in summer!

Be Prepared For a 2-Kilometer Walk

This means you have to wear suitable footwear for your tour. Just wear any comfy shoes you find best, preferably suitable for slippery paths. The walk is about two kilometers, with many steps going up or down as you go around the city.

Bring a Hat and Sunscreen

The weather is really hot, and the sun can be pretty deadly, especially in the middle of the day, as the temperatures go up. Protect your skin; otherwise, you can easily get a sunburn.

Bring Water

Bringing your own bottle can be really nice to save a bit of money. The water is obviously available at any cafe. Nevertheless, bringing your own water would be even better!

Walk Early Morning or Late Afternoon

The best way to plan your walk would be the first thing in the morning, around 8 am, as the Walls open. Or, at sunset around 5-7 pm, to see the golden view of the city and the Adriatic Sea, as you reward yourself with a wine glass. And, we recommend Buza Bar for that!

Avoid midday because it can get really hot and crowded.

Pro Tips

  • Get There Early: City Walls open daily at 8 am, which is the perfect time to take your walk peacefully, without getting annoyed by the crowds.
  • Avoid midday as there’s a risk you find yourself with no room to move! Nobody wants to be trapped between other people!
  • Keep an eye on The Cruise Ship Schedule! For that, we have a couple of nice tools to track on which days the cruises are coming. To avoid crowds, try to plan your stay in Dubrovnik, on the days without any cruises coming in the city.

How to Reach the Walls of Dubrovnik

There are three entrances to the ancient walls of Dubrovnik:

  • The main entrance by Pile Gate
  • St. John’s fortress entrance
  • Fortress of St. Lucas entrance

How to Reach the Walls from the Old City Harbour

Some ships anchor in front of the ancient city. Boats are used to take visitors from the cruise ships to the Old Harbour.

If you’re a cruise visitor, it’s easy to find the closest entrance to the Walls from the Old Habour. 

As you leave the harbour, turn to the right and walk a couple of minutes along St. Dominic Street until you get to the fortress of St. Lucas. There, you find an entrance to City Walls.

How to Reach the Walls from the Dubrovnik Cruise Port

For visitors coming from Gruz, get to the bus station. Buses no. 1A, no. 1B and no. 3 will take you to the Old Town. Ride until the last stop and then head to the Pile Gate, where you find the ticket office. All you need to do is buy your City Walls tickets!

How to Reach the Walls from Lapad/Babin Kuk

For visitors from Babin Kuk or Lapad, you need to take buses no. 4 or no. 6, which will take you to the Old Town.

You need to reach the Pile Gate and get your entry tickets from the ticket office. That’s it!

Bars & Cafes on the Walls 

There are a few cafes and bars on the City Walls! Some of them are even cliff-bars like Buza Bar. 

The cafes offer seats and tables overlooking a lovely view of the Adriatic Sea. You can relax and enjoy the summer breeze, a cool drink, or a light meal.

At the end of the walk, after two kilometers, the mind-blowing panoramic view of the city and the blue Adriatic will make you forget all the effort you made. And what’s even better? There’s a cafe at the very end where you can enjoy the sunset view!

Sunset Over the Dubrovnik Walls

The best spot to watch the sun go down is by the end of the walk. You’ll see a panoramic view of Dubrovnik, the Adriatic Sea, and Fort Lovrijenac. You’ll find perfect spots to sit by the Minceta Tower and watch the sunset. There are bars and cafes where you can have a drink and take in the golden views!

Verdict: Are Dubrovnik Walls Worth It?

The walls of Dubrovnik are the city’s main attraction, so they’re definitely worth a visit. That said, you would be missing out on a lot pf useful tips and information if you go alone and unprepared, which is why you ought to join one of our Dubrovnik walking tours!

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Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik Old Town – The History, Culture, and Cuisine of Croatia in One Place!

Take a trip to Dubrovnik Old Town, a mesmerizing and a well-preserved city located in southern Croatia, extending over the Adriatic Sea with a beautiful background of a rocky coastline and limestone mountains that can be seen from afar.

The spectacular seafront location of Dubrovnik made the city a famous trading center for hundreds of years, competing with the trading port of Venice.

City walls are a prominent tourist attraction. Originally, these giant walls, built between the 11th and the 17th centuries, offered massive protection to the city.

Now, they are the same walls of King’s Landing in ‘Game of Thrones’! You can take a walk along the walls and witness the beauty of Dubrovnik’s Old Town from the top! Take as many pictures as you want, as you admire the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic,’ especially at sunset.

The fascinating medieval city offers many unchanged sights. The diversity of architecture is very remarkable: There are monasteries, baroque-style churches, streets paved with cobbles, terracotta-roof houses, etc.

A UNESCO world heritage site, Dubrovnik Old Town, is a finely preserved city due to major and neat reconstruction works.

After the earthquake of 1667, Dubrovnik witnessed many reconstructions to keep the old look of the city as it is. In the 90s, other renovations were done following the civil war in order to return the city to its initial state.

Even now, building works and reconstructions are strictly supervised to maintain Dubrovnik in its glorious look. Small details, like painting window shutters with green, in the main limestone-paved street of Dubrovnik (The Stradun), are also controlled.

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What to Do in Dubrovnik Old Town

There are endless things to do when you visit Dubrovnik! The city offers significant attractions for an unforgettable traveling experience. These attractions are mainly centered on Dubrovnik Old Town.

To make your stay worthwhile, go for a walk on the City Walls first thing in the morning. Discover the surroundings and the sights overlooking the walls. Witness the beauty of the blue Adriatic Sea as it stretches to the horizon.

There are many hidden gems in the city, take your time to discover St. Vlaho Baroque church (known as the church St. Blaise), Rector’s palace and the gothic-style Dominican monastery which houses a museum of arts.

Walk the City Walls

To walk on the Walls of the city, get a ticket with a small entrance fee at the Pile gate. There you find the main entryway of the walls. Go up the stone steps all the way to the top, and witness the most amazing panoramic view of the city.

These walls overlook the Adriatic Sea, Old Town, terracotta rooftops, and many other sights. Take your time to view everything and go for a stroll on the walls which surround the whole city.

These walls are very huge! You will fall in love with the architecture and every remarkable effort that has been done to build these fortifications, making them a popular tourist attraction!

Available tour guides are there to feed your hunger for knowledge and to provide you with the very best piece of information about the history of the walls.

Discover Dubrovnik’s Cathedral

King of England, Richard the Lionheart, was behind the amazing Dubrovnik’s Cathedral we know today. The Cathedral was once a church that King Richard funded in 1190. It was a sort of a gift for the humble hospitality he got in Croatia after he suffered a shipwreck.

After the earthquake of 1667, the church was utterly destroyed and was replaced by this wonderful Baroque Cathedral welcoming all visitors today.

Rumors and local tales state that the Cathedral contains the remaining body parts of St. Blaise, his skull, and even remaining pieces of Jesus’ clothes. Holy moly!

Explore Sponza palace

One of the few buildings to survive the 1667 earthquake, this elegant former customs house, currently contains state archive documents and historical papers.

 Sponza palace has a Memorial room for the city defenders. This room exhibits many monochrome photographs of Dubrovnik’s brave defenders who passed away fighting in the Croatian war of independence, dating from October 1991.

This place is very emotional for all visitors. You can understand what precisely happened by visiting the Sponza Palace. There’s also a visitors’ book where you can write down whatever comes to your mind and express your feelings.

The remains of a torn Croatian flag can be found in the memorial room. The flag was once raised on top of Mount Srd

Dive Into History at the Rector’s Palace

The Rector’s Palace is a popular tourist attraction in Dubrovnik Old Town. It served as the seat of the Rector of the Ragusa Republic between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries. Its courtyard is bounded by an old prison dating from the Ragusan era and many courtrooms.

If you’re interested in medieval carving designs, you can get a ticket and explore an exciting collection of archeological gems. You can also go upstairs and explore the beautiful decor embellishing the rooms from carved bookcases, portraits of nobles, wigs, and much more!

The palace also features an art display of the medieval church.

View art at the Dominican Monastery

This majestic gothic monastery is loaded with mesmerizing artworks. For all art lovers, you have to check ‘Our Lady with the Saints’! This fancy piece of work was painted by Croatian painter Nikola Božidarević. Other artworks by this painter also stand out in the monastery.

A wooden crucifix hangs on one of the monastery’s walls. Paolo Veneziano made it. As you can tell from his full name, he was the most popular Venetian medieval painter in the 14th century.

The monastery is famous for its cloisters and its doors built right into the stone.

Check it out! You can easily find this gem between the pile gate and Sponza Palace.

Take a Day Trip to Copacabana Beach

For the best summer vibes, you can go to Copacabana beach.

This beach is family-friendly: It offers watersports, seaside therapies, and many fun activities for swimmers.

You can sunbathe and enjoy the summer breeze.

There’s a restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner if you want to take a full day trip. You can even ask for a delivery service right at your lounger!

Other beach facilities include beach bars where you can enjoy the best wines of Croatia along with a massage.

Shop Your Way Through Dubrovnik Old Town

In the center of Old Town, you can find a lovely marketplace on Gundulić square. This square is marked with an Ivan Gundulić statue standing right in the middle, where you can have a seat on its base.

The open-air market sells fresh vegetables and fruits; it’s also a fish market where you can find the best fresh fish of the Adriatic Sea.

The market sells tasty Mediterranean delights like olive oil, dried figs, fresh herbs, and nuts. It also features liquor stalls, souvenir stalls, beach contents for your Copacabana beach trip, and much more!

We recommend you taste traditional sweets like sugar-coated almonds to boost your energy for the day! Get here early, though, because the market operates only in the mornings.

You can even travel in style and shop for some high fashion brands at Maria Store. This fancy designer fashion store is very close to the market, just head north of the market and walk for a couple of minutes to find it.

See the City Patron’s Church

This Baroque church is a must-see! The attractive Saint Blaise church was built in the 18th century in honor of the patron saint of Dubrovnik. The main altar showcases a glorious gothic statue of St. Blaise. No wonder visitors come from all over the world to witness the meticulous architecture of this church.

If you’re lucky enough, you might as well go to an organized event in the Luža square near the church.

Visit One of Europe’s Oldest Pharmacies

Get inside the Franciscan monastery, situated at the Placa, the main street of Dubrovnik, and let the cloisters there show you the way to probably the oldest pharmacy in Europe ever.

The pharmacy is located next to the Baroque church. There you can find a museum displaying many grinders and other tools that were once used to create medicinal remedies from the times of old Ragusa.

You can even buy some amazing skin products made with traditional recipes and local herbs!

Enjoy the House of Marin Držić

The house of Marin Držić is a theatrical and memorial museum built in the 90s in honor of Marin Držić, a Croatian writer from the Ragusan times. He is considered to be an exceptional Renaissance playwright in Croatia.

The museum showcases the works and the biography of this playwright by different audio guides and models.

The museum exhibits a collection of art, digital media, and design. It features artworks, photographs, documents regarding the theatrical life in Croatia from the Renaissance era till today.

Go Kayaking

Discover another side of Dubrovnik by kayaking. If your feet are swollen from the long walks in Old Town, you can rent a kayak and take a tour around the city. Witness the beauty of the city walls from its exterior sides facing the Adriatic Sea. Just paddle at your own pace around Old Town and check the old harbor.

Pay a visit to Lokrum island! It’s very close to the old harbor and features a beautiful resort for visitors where they can enjoy sunbathing, swim, visit the local museum, and much more!

Try the Cable Car

If you thought you could only see Dubrovnik Old Town from the top by climbing up the walls, then you’re definitely mistaken. Try the cable car! You can look over the city with its terracotta rooftops, the cobbled streets of Old Town and the Adriatic Sea. Get your ticket just outside the Old Town and experience an aerial view of Dubrovnik!

For your information, the place is crowded at sunset because it’s such a pleasing experience to watch the stretching blue sea touch the golden and orange sky, which will make your trip worthwhile.

Dubrovnik Old Town Attractions

City Walls

The large walls were originally built between the 12th and 17th centuries, around the Old Town in Dubrovnik, to protect it from intruders and pirates. They served as useful defensive buildings to the city, especially in wars.

They are a prominent tourist attraction and probably the most famous sight of Dubrovnik!

Many fortresses of these walls overlook the Adriatic Sea, where you can climb all the way to the top and witness the city from above. They appeared in ‘Game of Thrones’ on many occasions. Basically, all of King’s Landing scenes were filmed around the walls and Old Town.

The 2-kilometer walls are enormous! They are about 25 meters high. You need to stand under the walls to get the scale because they are really that big! The walls facing the Adriatic Sea are about 3 meters thick, and the ones facing the mainland are nearly double of thickness.

They feature many towers with different proportions. The largest one is the Sveti Ivan tower, also known as St. John fortress. You can find the tower on the southeastern side of the Old Town’s harbor right at its entrance.

The walls offer the best views of Dubrovnik from the top. You can take a stroll on the walls around the whole city, which is the main highlight of any trip to Dubrovnik! You can take pictures there or simply admire the beauty of the Adriatic Sea and the terracotta rooftops at your own pace.

Lovrijenac Tower

Fort Lovrijenac, also called St. Lawrence fortress, is a giant tower perching on a cliff just outside the western wall of Dubrovnik.

It’s often called ‘Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar’ since it’s almost 40m above sea level.

There are ten cannons on the wall of the three-level fortress. They were once used to defend the city from intruders.

The fortress was built purposely in different proportions. The walls facing the Adriatic Sea are very thick. Can you believe they are 12 meters thick! However, the walls facing the city are only 60cm thick.

The fortress is a sea-access tower. You can visit it by renting a kayak, and you can reach it within minutes through the Pile Bay. It’s possible to see the Old Town and the Bay from inside Fort Lovrijenac.

Did you know that there’s an engraved description just above the entry, translating to: ‘Freedom is not sold for all the gold in the world’?

It’s even possible to rent the fortress for small events and weddings.

Sponza Palace

Another historical sight to survive the famous 1667 earthquake, Sponza palace, was formerly the customs house and treasury of Dubrovnik, built in the 1500s.

Any fan of both Renaissance and gothic architecture would love the cloisters of Sponza Palace. This 16th-century palace was designed and built by Pasij Milicevic. The different sculptures there, the arches, and the covered exterior corridor were designed by Korcula’s brothers Andrijic, who also built Korcula Cathedral.

The palace features inner courtyards, gothic windows, and many lovely carvings. The atrium served as a business meeting location. An engraved inscription in Sponza Palace translates to: “We are forbidden to cheat and use false measures, and when I measure goods, God measures with me.” It showcases the public function of the palace.

Nowadays, Sponza palace houses Dubrovnik’s state archives and historical manuscripts dating from the 12th century. There’s also a memorial museum of Dubrovnik defenders.

During summer, Sponza Palace is used as a performance venue for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Don’t miss the opportunity of attending the opening ceremony there!

Dominican Monastery

Between Sponza palace and the Pile gate is located an incredible gothic monastery dating from the 14th century. The Dominican monastery features medieval cloisters dating from the 15th century, carvings, and arches.

You can go up the stairs, which will lead you to St. Dominic Church. It’s a gothic church with a richly decorated interior design. Above St. Dominic’s church main altar, there’s a large golden crucifix dating from the 14th century.

Within the monastery’s big complex, there’s a museum for religious artworks of Dubrovnik city mainly, and other places. If you want to take a closer look at the paintings, visit the museum.

Entry tickets are available for a small fee. This museum welcomes visitors daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

St. Saviour Church

St. Saviour Church or Crkva Svetog Spasa is a major attraction in Dubrovnik. Originally, the church was built around 1520 by Korcula’s master builders Brothers Andrijic.

The church has both gothic and Renaissance architecture styles, showcasing the transition of architecture and design between two different times.

Nowadays, the building serves as Dubrovnik’s classical music venue, and as a display area for some organized events.

Dubrovnik Cathedral

Following the earthquake of 1667, the former Cathedral was completely destroyed and was replaced by this Baroque Cathedral: The Dubrovnik Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

The Cathedral is free to enter. So, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Dubrovnik Cathedral and check its embellished interiors with incredible artworks.

Jesuit Stairs

Jesuit Stairs are a must-see! If you watched ‘Game of Thrones’, they are the original filming location of Cersei’s walk of shame!

The Baroque staircase is located just by St. Ignatius Church and the Jesuit College, which was built in the 17th century.

These are the most popular locations you need to visit when you come to Dubrovnik. However, there are many other hidden gems that you can attend!

Getting Around Dubrovnik Old Town

Get your way around Old Town by walking. You need to know that there’s no traffic in Old Town. The city basically features cobbled streets and steep steps, so driving there can be tough. Even cycling is challenging. That’s why we recommend you walk inside the city walls.

If you ever feel tired, other options include kayaking or taking the cable car to discover new sides and views of the city.

If you want all of that off your mind when you’re visiting the city, just join one of our tours, and we’ll take care of everything for you!

Are you ready to truly experience the magic of Dubrovnik Old Town? Well, join one of our tours today!

Dubrovnik Lovrijenac Fort

Dubrovnik Lovrijenac – A Fortress That Stood the Test of Time

Dubrovnik Lovrijenac fortress is one of the top attractions in the city of Dubrovnik. Perched on a high rock at the edge of the city, this 37-meter above sea level tower never fails to impress visitors coming from every part of the world.

Initially built to defend the western part of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, it was established to protect the city from both sea and land attacks.

It’s often called St. Lawrence fortress or ‘Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar’ since it’s located on a high altitude.

History of Dubrovnik Lovrijenac

Let’s go back in time to learn about some Dubrovnik’s fort Lovrijenac historical facts. Some records show that Fort Lovrijenac existed since the 1300s when a vote was made by the council to choose the fort commander.

However, experts in history state that Fort Lovrijenac was built between 1018 and 1038.

A legend that dates back to the 11th century states that Venetians wanted to conquer the city of Dubrovnik by establishing a fortress on the perched high-altitude rock facing the Adriatic Sea, and take control over the people.

At the time, the people of Dubrovnik knew about this strategy, so they made a considerable effort to build the fortress right before Venetians arrive in Dubrovnik.

They tricked Venetians in a way, and they were a step ahead of them.

When Venetians finally made it to Dubrovnik, carrying all their troops and cargo on their ships, they were surprised to find an enormous fortress built on a high rock right in front of their eyes. It was at that moment they knew their plan was a big fail. Those were the first records ever written about Fort Lovrijenac.

As time goes on, several construction works were made to preserve Fort Lovrijenac and avoid any damages.

Between the 15th and the 16th century, the builder I. K. Zanchi of Pesaro was responsible for the significant works of fixing the upper walls fortifications.

Following the 1667 earthquake, Fort Lovrijenac was like many other Dubrovnik buildings to suffer from significant damages. So, other repairs were done in the 17th century to keep the fort as it was before.

Architecture of Dubrovnik Lovrijenac

The three-level fortress has a triangular shape. It has three terraces since it’s built on many levels, with stiff upper wall defenses.

These terraces face the southern part of the city by the Adriatic Sea.

Fort Lovrijenac protects port Kolorina which is the ancient port of Dubrovnik.

That’s because the longest wall of the fort faces the western wall of the City Walls, and also Fort Bokar, the cylindrical oceanside fortress that was built in the 15th century to protect Dubrovnik’s Old Town entrance, the Pile Gate.

Lovrijenac fortress faces the western side of the city with its smallest part, which happens to be also its highest part.

The fort basically has the same orientation of the rock that it was built on.

The inside of Lovrijenac’s fortress features a big inner courtyard bounded by numerous arches.

Just above the entrance to Fort Lovrijenac, an engraved inscription mentions NON BENE PRO TOTO LIBERTAS VENDITUR AURO. It means that no amount of gold can buy freedom.

The rooftop of Fort Lovrijenac features ten big cannons. The largest one is called the ‘Lizard,’ designed and made by Ivan Rabljanin in 1537.

These cannons were planted on top to defend the Old Town from pirates and intruders.

An important point to mention is the ‘Lizard’ cannon was never used.

As the fortress was conquered by the Austrian army in the 19th century and was completely defenseless, the occupying troops were transporting all the guns.

A rope, holding the gun of the ‘Lizard’ was torn off, and the gun was lost in the Adriatic Sea and was never found.

The layout of Fort Lovrijenac isn’t typical, as it was built in different proportions. It was a sort of a defense mechanism established to defend Old Town, although this mechanism failed.

It consisted of building the walls of the fortress in different thicknesses.

The exterior walls facing the Adriatic Sea were built on a 12-meter thickness! Such a thickness was made in order to protect the city from any potential enemy attack.

However, the walls facing the city are only 60cm thick. The reason for that is to protect the city not only from intruders but also from any possible riot of the fort garrison commander. So, if the garrison commander ever wanted to rebel against the city, the thin wall would collapse by the first fire attacks from fort Bokar.

Today, Fort Lovrijenac serves as a fortress and a theater. During Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the three terraces of the fortress serve as performance venues for theatrical plays.

Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ is one of the most famous plays, featuring in the Summer Festival of Dubrovnik, to be performed in Lovrijenac fortress.

It’s also possible to rent the fortress for special events and weddings.

Game of Thrones Appearance

For all ‘Game of Thrones’ fans out there, Fort Lovrijenac is the original filming location of The Red Keep, at the capital King’s Landing!

Many scenes were filmed in fort Lovrijenac like we’ve seen some of our favorite characters Tyrion, Bronn and Podrick standing there following the Battle of Blackwater Bay.

When and How to Visit It

Dubrovnik’s Lovrijenac fortress welcomes visitors daily, from 8 am to 7 pm. You can visit it at any time of the year. You don’t have to pay any additional entry fee because the price is included with the City Walls entrance ticket. It’s very easy to get there from any part of Dubrovnik.

We recommend you go to the City Walls first, climb up and walk around the Old Town. Then, visit fort Lovrijenac and witness the most incredible views of the city. At sunset, the view is the best!

Feeling intrigued to take a closer look? All you have to do is join one of our tours around Dubrovnik!

 

Dubrovnik Cathedral

Dubrovnik Cathedral: Treasury Beyond Magic

The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin or Dubrovnik’s Cathedral is a top attraction in Dubrovnik city.

Records state the Cathedral dates back to the 7th century. Archeological diggings showed that Dubrovnik’s Cathedral is built on top of two older churches, which foundations and walls were found under the base of the Cathedral.

The first church to be revealed dates back to the 7th or the 8th century. However, this older church had major changes around the 10th century. Some of the modifications consisted of building a dome on top and painting frescoes on its walls.

It is said that Dubrovnik’s original church was rebuilt by King Richard the Lion-Heart. Around the 12th century, just after the last crusade, King Richard suffered a shipwreck and was cast on Lokrum island. And in recognition of the people’s hospitality, he funded Dubrovnik’s Cathedral in 1192.

Unfortunately, the mesmerizing Baroque Cathedral suffered many damages following the earthquake of 1667. However, reconstruction works started just after the earthquake, and the Cathedral was completely rebuilt in 1713.

The Architecture of Dubrovnik Cathedral

The design of Dubrovnik’s Cathedral is very catching. It has plain side walls richly decorated with pillars and windows.

When you arrive there, the first thing you’re going to notice is the four Corinthian columns in the front, flanking the entrance of the Cathedral. These columns are very sleek and slender, and they are richly decorated in their upperparts.

After you go up the few steps leading to the entrance, take a glimpse at the door. A Baroque-style window is built just above it.

In the upper part of the Cathedral, you will notice a gable roof, which is a triangular-shaped roof, and four statues representing saints standing on a railing, which is supported by many balusters.

The façade features two narrow niches on each side, containing a statue of Joseph with Child and a statue of the patron saint of the city, St. Blaise (or St. Vlaho).

The Cathedral is built on the shape of a three-nave building with a dome on top.

When you go inside, you will notice a Basilica-type building. The central nave features two aisles and massive columns. At the intersection of the central nave and the transepts, there’s a large dome with a Baroque design.

The Cathedral of Dubrovnik has, also, three apses and numerous altars.

If you take a closer look at the main altar, there’s a beautiful polyptych decorating it. If you don’t know what a polyptych is, it’s a type of painting divided into panels. Folds or joints usually attach these panels.

Italian Renaissance artist Titian originally painted this altarpiece in 1552. Initially, the painting was located in the St. Lazarus church. And, following the 1667 earthquake in Dubrovnik, the painting was moved to Dubrovnik’s Cathedral. It portrays the Assumption of Mary.

Other beautiful paintings by Dalmatian and Italian artists can be seen on the other altars, as well.

The Altar of Petilovrijenci, for example, was built in memorial of three saints. The bones of these Montenegro saints were imported to Dubrovnik. At first, the saints’ remains weren’t in Dubrovnik’s Cathedral; they were in the Church of Petilovrijenci. But, following the 1667 earthquake, the church was very affected and damaged.

So, the remains were brought to Dubrovnik’s Cathedral. It was, in some way, an encouraging motive to many pilgrims so they can come to Dubrovnik.

There’s an interesting story behind the altar of Our Lady of the Port. This votive altar contains a small collection of jewels made from coral. Back in the time, sailors used to pray at this altar to be safe when they are working in the middle of the sea. And they used to leave coral ornaments there.

Another important altar to mention is St. John’s altar. This jaw-dropping Baroque altar is made of beautiful purple marble.

Rich Treasury

Dubrovnik’s Cathedral holds 182 reliquaries! It’s one of the richest Cathedrals on the Adriatic. These reliquaries are containers to various precious relics dating from the 11th to the 18th century.

The relics found in the Cathedral of Dubrovnik consist of sacral dishes, beautiful paintings, and remains like the leg, the arm, and the head of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik city. Some even say it contains pieces of clothes of Jesus Christ himself.

An important thing to mention is Dubrovnik’s Cathedral was severely damaged following the earthquake of 1667. Thus, many pieces were never to be found. What we see today is the remaining objects found following the earthquake, which definitely proves the Cathedral owned such a rich and varied treasury.

Of course, the most important relics are the head, the leg and the arm of St. Blaise, the patron saint of the city. Spooky, right?

The reliquary containing the head of St. Blaise is well ornate. It dates back to the 11th or 12th century, and it shows the meticulous work done by Dubrovnik’s best jewelers. The reliquary is shaped like an imperial crown of the Byzantine type and is decorated with gemstones and medals.

Apart from the numerous and vibrant reliquaries, the treasury of Dubrovnik’s Cathedral holds many priceless artworks. Some artworks date back to the 13th century, like the Virgin with Child.

Famous masters like Padovanini and Parmigianino painted some of these pieces of art.

The Dubrovnik Cathedral does sound magical, right? Well, you can experience that magic first hand by joining one of our tours around Dubrovnik!

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Dubrovnik Card

Dubrovnik Card – Explore the City without Breaking the Bank!

Are you planning a visit to Dubrovnik, the beautiful ‘Game of Thrones’ Croatian city? Are you interested in visiting Dubrovnik’s City Walls for free? Do you want free access tickets to galleries, museums, and free bus rides?

Luckily for you, Dubrovnik city offers to all its visitors the opportunity of purchasing the Dubrovnik card.

You can make your stay worthwhile in Dubrovnik and get all these exclusive offers by purchasing the Dubrovnik card!

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This fantastic card allows you to enter eight historical and cultural sights of your choice, for free! Can you believe that?

Planning a trip to Dubrovnik is now easier than ever with this card! It saves you both time and money with the free travel guide and special offers!

You don’t need to worry about paying for every monument or museum you want to visit anymore, nor for taking the bus! You get free access to top attractions in Dubrovnik that you can visit whenever you like!

There are three different types of cards, allowing you to enter these tourist attractions and must-see galleries:

  • City Walls
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • The Museum of Natural
  • The Museum of Maritime
  • The Museum of Rupe Etnographic
  • The house of Marin Drzic
  • The Museum of Cultural Historical
  • The Museum of Franciscan Monastery
  • The Gallery of Dulcic – Masle – Pulitika
  • The Pulitika Studio
  • Major Cavtat attractions like:
  • Racic Family Mausoleum
  • Vlaho Bukovac Home
  • Konavle Heritage Museum

What is the Dubrovnik Card?

Getting the Dubrovnik city pass comes with a bus card! This bus card allows you to use public transportation in the city of Dubrovnik for free. The bus card included in the Dubrovnik card will make your transportation much easier, allowing you to move to different parts in the city much faster!

You don’t have to worry about what means of transport to take anymore!

Another advantage of getting the card of Dubrovnik is that you will be saving up money and will be avoiding any extra fees from transport. Many discounts and special offers will rise. So, don’t miss out on any available discount opportunities and get your card!

Furthermore, you will be saving up to 50% and more when you buy entry tickets to some of the famous Dubrovnik attractions and transport tickets with the bus card.

If this isn’t enough for you, the card allows you to get other discounts when you book a hotel room, when you eat in a restaurant, when you buy souvenirs from souvenir shops, jewelry and much more!

And, to make your trip even more incredible, any purchased Dubrovnik card comes with an extra brochure.

It’s a sort of informative flyer guide containing a detailed map of the city of Dubrovnik along with the top attractions and how to get to them.

It also includes a short glimpse of historical facts about Dubrovnik, giving you a heads-up about what you will experience and see throughout the city. The description in the brochure and the photographs will help you guide yourself to the historical sites in the Old Town of Dubrovnik.

Types of the Dubrovnik Card

Depending on the length of your trip to Dubrovnik, there are three types of cards:

1-DAY CARD

This 24-hour valid card provides you with a free travel guide, free use of transportation, and exclusive discounts to any cardholder. It’s valid for one adult, along with one child under twelve years old.

The card allows you to visit the City Walls, six different museums and two galleries.

For your information, the activation of the bus card happens when you take a bus.

3-DAY CARD

The 3-day card allows you, just like the 24-hour card, to visit the City Walls, six museums and two galleries. It’s accompanied by a free 150-page travel guide and exclusive discounts.

By purchasing this card, you get six free rides on public transport, and two coupons for two suburban rides.

It enables you to get a 30% discount on Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Račić Family Mausoleum tickets and a 20% discount on Lokrum Reserve tickets.

It’s valid for one adult, along with one child under twelve years old.

7-DAY CARD

The 7-day card allows you, just like the 24-hour card and the 3-day card, to visit the City Walls, six museums and two galleries. It’s accompanied by a free 150-page travel guide and exclusive discounts.

By purchasing this card, you get ten free rides on public transport, four coupons for four suburban rides, and an extra visit to one museum in Cavtat.

It enables you to get a 50% discount on Dubrovnik Summer Festival tickets and a 30% discount on Mljet National Park, Račić Family Mausoleum, and Lokrum Reserve tickets.

It’s valid for one adult, along with one child under twelve years old.

Activating Your Dubrovnik Card

You may wonder how do you activate the Dubrovnik city card? Worry no more! The process is very simple; Technically, you don’t have to do anything.

Activation begins the moment you visit any cultural institution.

There, the staff confirms your arrival day to the city of Dubrovnik. This information is mentioned on the backside of the card. The same arrival date indicates the date of activating the Dubrovnik card.

For your information, the Dubrovnik card allows only a single access per cultural sight. This means that the card enables you to visit cultural and historical monuments only once, and any extra visits to the same historical sites may include additional fees. Don’t worry, though. Dubrovnik card ensures you endless discounts and offers on entry tickets!

Benefits of the Dubrovnik Card

  • Free use of public transportation.
  • A Heads-up to your Dubrovnik trip.
  • Manage your time better to benefit more from your stay.
  • Special discounts at hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, etc.
  • Save up more than 50 percent of ticket prices and entry access fees to the top sights in Dubrovnik.
  • Renting car service
  • More than 100-page of free travel information guide available in many languages, containing a plan of the city, how to get to each cultural or historical monument, and their opening hours.
  • A list of all partners providing service discounts with the Dubrovnik Card.
  • For visitors getting a 3-day or a 7-day card, there are additional benefits including:
  • A 30 percent ticket discount if you’re planning a day trip to Lokrum island or Konavle Heritage Museum.
  • A 30 percent discount on all concerts during Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
  • Sip fine wines of Croatia from vineyards and taste some delicacies.

Where to Buy the Dubrovnik Card

If you’re wondering how to purchase the Dubrovnik card, there are two options to buy it: Buying the card when you get to Dubrovnik or online.

If you want to get your ticket online, this website enables you to buy your card and get additional information on the included offers:

www.dubrovnikcard.com

An online discount will save you an additional 10 percent!

Once you get your card online, you get a coupon. The coupon is valid for one year. And when you arrive in Dubrovnik, present the coupon at any tourist board office to pick up your card.

To make the process easier, here are the tourist board offices where you can pick up your card:

  • PILE: Brsalje 5, Dubrovnik
  • ZUPA DUBROVACKA: Setaliste Dr. Franje Tudjmana 7, Mlini
  • LAPAD: Kralja Tomislava 7, Dubrovnik
  • GRUZ: Obala Ivana Pavla II 1, Dubrovnik: We recommend this tourist board office for cruise visitors.
  • Konavle – Cavtat, Zidine 6

If you don’t want to buy the Dubrovnik card online and want to get it when you arrive in your long-awaited destination, there are 47 sale locations. So, getting the card won’t be hard at all.

The moment you arrive in Dubrovnik, just head to any travel agency there or any tourist board office. Even the hotel where you booked your room! The majority of hotels in Dubrovnik do provide their visitors with Dubrovnik cards.

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