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An evening stroll through the cobbled streets along the ancient city walls was all it took to fall in love with the Dubrovnik Old Town.
It is absolutely ravishing! A dream come true for every GoT lover.
On a side note, I was sad to see the way the “Pearl of the Adriatic” is overrun by tourists. It’s impossible to feel the charm of any place while knocking into other tourists.
I was wondering if this is a scene during shoulder month (June) then, I don’t even want to think how chaotic it would be during high season (July and August)
For all who have Dubrovnik on their list – our Airbnb host in Dubrovnik recommends you visit the city in May which is one of the quieter months as per him.
Oh! And Dubrovnik or for that matter Croatia is sizzling in June.
We avoided stepping out during the afternoon and chose to go for sightseeing in the evening. Evenings are pleasant.
Coolest Things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Tour Old City Walls and Fortresses
One of the best-preserved and most beautiful in Europe, Dubrovnik’s medieval fortifications are about 2 km long with 16 towers and bastions, and 5 fortresses – Minceta, Bokar, St. John’s, St. Lawrence’s, and the Revelin.
The entire circuit takes about 2 hours to complete and the views over the town all the way to Lokrum island are mesmerizing. It took us about 3 hours as we stopped at a cafe to relax and breathe in the views.
Make sure to climb the Minceta Tower for the views to die for!
The entrance fee is 200 HRK per adult and 50 HRK per child aged 5 to 18 years that includes a visit to the Lovrijenac Fortress. Hours vary as per the season. Click here for detailed information about hours of operation and ticket prices.
Pro-Tip: Tour the city walls early in the morning or late in the evening during summer to beat the heat and crowds.
Did you Know? Dubrovnik’s old name was Ragusa.
Walk the Old Town
Take a leisurely stroll through the lovely streets of the Old Town or get lost in the narrow side streets or sit at one of the cafes or restaurants along the streets to observe life as it goes by.
The Old Town brims with Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture that includes various palaces, churches, and monasteries.
Wander the Stradun or Placa, the principal pedestrian street through the Old Town that connects the Pile Gate in the west to Ploce Gate in the east.
Spot the attractions on the Stradun as you walk – The Big Onofrio Fountain near the Pile Gate, the small Onofrio Fountain near the Ploce Gate, Dubrovnik Bell Tower, Sponza Palace, and Orlando’s Column.
Spend time appreciating beautiful churches and monasteries inside Dubrovnik Old Town – Church of St. Blaise, Church of St. Saviour, Franciscan Monastery with its famous Oldest Pharmacy in Europe, Dubrovnik Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and Church of St. Dominic with its Dominican Monastery.
Take time to visit the loveliest and most important building in the town, Rector’s Palace. It now houses a Culture History Museum.
If a visit to the museum tickles your fancy, there are plenty of those for you in the Old Town – Dubrovnik Natural History Museum, Ethnographic Museum Rupe, Maritime Museum, Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, The Birthplace of Marin Drzic, and The Synagogue and Jewish Museum.
At the eastern end of the town, Dubrovnik’s Old Port or Old Harbour crammed with small, private boats still remains the departure point for Lokrum Island though all other Dubrovnik ferries depart from Gruz Ferry Port.
Explore Game of Thrones Locations
I assume, more than half of the tourists that visit Dubrovnik are GOT fans. The town has been the iconic King’s Landing location.
I’m not a GOT fan and contemplate more often than not as to why the world is so crazy about it.
Nevertheless, I watched a few episodes of it before traveling to Dubrovnik so I could relate to the locations. While strolling the streets of Dubrovnik, I literally felt like I was on Game of Thrones set and it was a nice feeling.
If a GOT non-admirer like me can enjoy being here than I can imagine the excitement it’d bring to the GOT admirers.
The most famous Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik are:
- Pile Gate
- Ploče Gate
- Bokar Fort
- Fort Lovrijenac
- Dubrovnik West Harbor
- Minceta Fortress
- Jesuit Staircase
- Rector’s Palace
- The Stradun
- St. Dominic Street
- Dominican Monastery
- Abandoned Hotel Belvedere
- Gradac Park
- Ethnographic Museum
- Trsteno Arboretum
Breathe in Beautiful Views Over Dubrovnik
There are many viewpoints from where you can take in the stunning views of Dubrovnik and the adjacent islands.
A cable car (runs every 30 minutes) from above the Old Town takes you to the 415-meter high Mount Srdj that offers panoramic views of the Old Town and surroundings and is thus, is one of the most Instagrammed sites in Croatia.
You can reach Mount Srdj on foot too.
Sunset is the best time to be up there. Dine at Panorama Restaurant right next to the upper cable car station to admire the ravishing views of the Adriatic riviera while having a scrumptious meal.
The Fort Imperial houses at Mount Srd houses Homeland War Museum, a museum dedicated to the memories of the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995).
Head to Park Orsula to drink in the gorgeous views over the Dubrovnik Old Town, all the way to Lokrum and Cavtat. The park is about 20 minutes walk or a short bus ride (bus no. 10) away from the Old Town.
A short (10-minutes) ferry ride from Old City Port transports you to another world – the island of Lokrum. An oasis of nature and peace, Lokrum is a perfect place to take a break from the city’s hubbub.
You can visit the ruins of Benedectine Abbey and a Monastery, take a nature walk in the Botanical Garden, swim in a small lake called Mrtvo More (Dead Sea) while admiring the peacocks roaming around lake’s shores, or just relax at one of Lokrum’s stunning beaches.
The island can be visited from April till October. The first boat departs from the Old Town at about 9 am and the last one leaves Lokrum at 7 pm or 8 pm depending upon the season. It’s prohibited to stay on the island.
The ferry tickets are available at the pier.
Best Time to Visit Dubrovnik
If you go by the book, the summer months of June, July, and August are the best months to travel to Dubrovnik. We visited in June and it was crammed with tourists so much so that we couldn’t walk the Stradun without impinging into other people. Also, the
How to Get to Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik Airport is located in Čilipi about 20 km away from the center. There are quite a few flight options from the rest of Europe to Dubrovnik. British Airways, Croatia Airlines, Ryanair, Jet2, and Easyjet are the major carriers that connect Dubrovnik to other European cities.
Croatia Airlines and Trade Air connect various Croatian cities to Dubrovnik.
There are no direct flights from North America and India. You can fly to Zagreb and then maybe fly or drive to Dubrovnik from there.
The regular Dubrovnik airport shuttle bus is available for transfers to and from Čilipi airport and Main Bus Station in Gruž Port.
Dubrovnik can be easily reached by car from other Croatian cities or for that matter other European cities.
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We drove from Split to Dubrovnik. It was an easy and beautiful drive.
Here are the driving distances, time-taken, and driving directions from the major Croatian cities and neighboring European cities:
- Zagreb: 600 km, 6 hours 28 minutes via E71
- Zadar: 349 km, 4 hours 15 minutes via E65
- Sibenik: 279 km, 3 hours 35 minutes via E65 and D8
- Rijeka: 608 km, 6 hours 27 minutes via E71 and E65
- Split: 230 km, 3 hours 20 minutes via E65 and D8
- Rovinj: 693 km, 7 hours 35 minutes via E71 and E65
- Pula: 712 km, 7 hours 50 minutes via E71
- Ljubljana: 659 km, 7 hours 30 minutes via E71
- Vienna: 956 km, 10 hours via E71
- Budapest: 942 km, 9 hours 30 minutes via E71
- Sarajevo: 236 km, 4 hours 30 minutes via M18 and M20
- Belgrade: 503 km, 8 hours 30 minutes via M20
- Podgorica: 150 km, 3 hours via E762 and M6
You can park your car at a multi-story car parking – Ilijina Glavica in the Old Town or at a Gruz Harbor public car parking garage. They operate 24X7.
The Dubrovnik Bus Terminal is located near to the Gruz harbor. Dubrovnik has daily international as well as domestic bus lines to all major Croatian cities and neighboring European cities.
Dubrovnik has great ferry (Jadrolinija) and catamaran (Kapetan Luka) connections to other Croatian ports and to Bari in Italy. It also has boat services to the nearby islands of Lopud, Sipan, Korcula, Mljet, and Kolocep.
Gruz Harbor is 3 km from the Dubrovnik Old Town. Orange bus lines 1a, 1b, 1c, 3, and 8 take 12 kuna per person and 10 minutes from the harbor to the old city.
How to Get Around Dubrovnik
It’s easy to navigate Dubrovnik using an extensive public transport system.
The orange public bus lines run by Libertas Public Transport Company effortlessly connect all the districts and neighborhoods in Dubrovnik.
A bus ticket costs 12 kuna. You can get it directly from the bus driver by paying 15 kuna provided you’ve got the exact cash.
A day ticket costs 30 kuna.
If public transport isn’t your thing, you can rent a car or scooter or bike or even boat to navigate the city and nearby islands at your own pace.
A taxi or Uber is a good but of course a pricey option to travel in and around Dubrovnik.
You may also arrange a whole or half-day excursion to explore Dubrovnik and nearby places.
Dubrovnik Card offers a great deal of savings in money and time. Depending on the duration of the stay in Dubrovnik, you can buy 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day card.
With a purchase of Dubrovnik Card, you get a bus card that allows you to use public transport for free until its validity.
Where to Stay in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik has umpteen number of lovely accommodation options for every kind of traveler. While choosing a stay option, you’ll also like to choose the neighborhood you’d prefer to stay in.
Best Luxury Hotels in Dubrovnik
Best Boutique Hotels in Dubrovnik
Stari Grad is a historic and stylish boutique hotel within the Old Town Dubrovnik walls. It’s been rated highly for its strategic location.
Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Dubrovnik
Mostly considered to be a romantic couple’s destination, Dubrovnik still has few good options for families with children. Sun Gardens Dubrovnik is rated highly for family-friendly facilities and atmosphere.
Guest House Forty-Four has been rated 10 on 10 for being kid-friendly accommodation.
Best Hostels in Dubrovnik
Not far away from the Old Town is Hostel EuroAdria is great for solo-travelers or even couples. It offers clean, big, and comfy rooms and a shared lounge. The hostel has been rated great for its free wifi services.
Best Apartments in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik has mind-boggling options when comes to apartment accommodation. Here are some of our recommendations to make things easy for you – Mala Vrata, Sea View Studio Positive Place – II, Apartments Villa Ankora, Kate’s Place, and Apartments Eleganca.
Airbnb in Dubrovnik
We love Airbnb. It’s a great option for familiy-travelers who want their own space and freedom while traveling. Plus it gives you a sense of the local outlook.
You can choose from many cheap yet lovely options to stay on Airbnb.
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