Dubrovnik is one of the most unique walled cities in the world, located on the shores of the calm transparent blue Adriatic Sea. Once the capital of a mighty maritime republic, it is now the most prestigious location in Croatia. The historic city center, filled with aristocratic palazzo and elegant Baroque churches, and pristine beaches attract hundreds of thousands of tourists a year. By the way, world celebrities love to relax in this region, so you may well meet Beyoncé in a cozy shop or take a swim with Naomi Campbell. A nice bonus to your vacation memories, right? We are in the mood for a luxurious vacation, a deep tan, and vivid impressions.
You should definitely start your acquaintance with Dubrovnik with a walk along the walls of the Old Town fortress. At one time, they had to keep the invaders and protect the city from the power of the sea. Today it is the main tourist attraction. The walk lasts about two hours, and during this time you will be imbued with the warmth and beauty of the fantastic views that open up around every turn. Stop at observation platforms, take pictures, remember this beauty with your camera and your heart. Be careful: there are only three entrances/exits from the wall along the route, so you won’t be able to turn off the path at will. And come early in the morning so as not to get stuck in traffic from tourists sailing for one day on huge cruise ships. Wall entrance costs 150 HRK (Croatian Kuna).
The old town is the most popular tourist destination. This is not surprising, because the historical part of the city seems to have left the pages of a fairy tale. It is not for nothing that a part of the series “Game of Thrones” was filmed here. But for a tourist in Dubrovnik, there is also a downside: there is not a single tree, not a single piece of bare land – Dubrovnik looks like a stone box. There is a stone under your feet, a stone on the sides, and a stone on top. In Dubrovnik, many of the streets are stairs that climb high, high up the mountain. Such stairs save local residents from annoying tourists, but not every tourist will climb such a height. If you are going to Dubrovnik, keep in mind that it is not recommended to walk around the city in the heat: it gets very hot here. That is why you can find drinking fountains on the street to cool off tourists.
It is impossible to miss the princely court. As in the case of the Great Fountain, you will find yourself here, even if you did not plan to do so in advance. Previously, the building served as a residence for the city authorities. Now it is just a beautiful palace, which every fan of the series “Game of Thrones” should visit – the shooting took place here. Entrance ticket price: 130 HRK. Opening hours: from 9:00 to 18:00. To get an idea of how the local aristocrats once lived, visit the Museum of Cultural History, which is door by door with the Prince’s Palace. The exhibition features portraits of local nobles, antique furniture, costumes, and watches. Entrance ticket price: 100 HRK and 50 HRK for children. Opening hours: from 9:00 to 18:00.
The Old Town’s port is well known as part of the 15th-century fortification and once served as the center of Dubrovnik’s merchant fleet. Today, the harbor is mainly used by local fishermen as a haven for charming replicas of old boats. You are in luck if you are arriving from the sea: this vantage point offers a stunning view of the city. If you get tired of scurrying around among the crowds of tourists during the day, we advise you to go down here, to the massive pier, and take a walk. Here you will be greeted by a different atmosphere: couples of lovers, boys jumping into the sea from the embankment, and locals having a rest.
To learn more about Dubrovnik’s historic maritime power, head to the Maritime Museum at St. John’s Fortress overlooking the port. In the 16th century, the city-republic owned one of the largest fleets in the world, numbering over 180 ships and 4,000 sailors. Here you can hide from the midday heat, looking at the models of ships of the time, navigation equipment, flags, and maps. The museum will appeal to both children and adults. Entrance ticket price: 130 HRK and 50 HRK for children.
The Lady PiPi restaurant is one hundred percent an authentic place where the residents of the city go. It’s at the top of the stairs near the top wall of the city, so you have to work a little bit getting here. But that climb will more than pay off with an unforgettable dining experience. Especially if you like wood-fired meat or fish. A pleasant bonus is cozy outdoor tables and a peaceful view of the rooftops of Dubrovnik. Come early as the boarding is small. You can have a hearty meal here for about 20 €. Order a mix of meat skewers, octopus ceviche, or fried Croatian shrimp and squid. Everything will be delicious.
Small bar with a unique cocktail menu. The place is more cosmopolitan than tourists. The owner of the establishment almost always works at the counter himself: he helps to choose the perfect combination of alcohol and natural cocktail additives for your mood and taste preferences. And in the meantime, chatting with visitors. Here, almost from the doorway, you feel like “your own”. The perfect place for your last evening in the city. Get together with friends or new acquaintances, laugh, remember with a glass of adventure from your eventful vacation. For a hot summer night, opt for a refreshing mojito or try the signature espresso martini.
If you’re on holiday in Dubrovnik and want to swim, head to Banje Beach, located next to the Old Town. This is an ecologically clean place with the purest water, one of the most picturesque in the city. It is enough to look at the photo to imagine what splendid views open up from here. Photographers all over the world have long chosen Banje Beach, and many pictures taken from this angle are featured on the covers of advertising brochures. The beach is well equipped, and the entrance to it is not very expensive – only 3 €. But the prices for sun loungers, umbrellas, and the use of the shower are quite high. We advise you to take a towel with you to lie down on the pebbles and enjoy the sunbathing. By the way, celebrities are often seen here, so periodically shoot your eyes around – what if Monica Bellucci turns out to be your neighbor?
The cable car in Dubrovnik is a highlight in a number of attractions in Croatia. The fact is that it is the only one on the entire Adriatic coast. The ascent takes only 4 minutes, but the views that open from there amaze even experienced travelers. Upstairs there are restaurants where you can eat seafood, have a glass of cold beer with a gorgeous view of the Adriatic Sea and the city. We recommend going up in the evening, towards sunset. Ticket price: for adults – 87 HRK (round trip), one way – 50 HRK. Children (4-12 years old) – 40 HRK (round trip), one way – 25 HRK.
If you’re in town for a few days, go on a kayak tour with one of the many local travel companies. The tour is on average HRK 200 per person and includes food during the tour and wine after the tour ends when you are safely back on solid ground. We advise you to go on a tour of the island of Lokrum in the afternoon, during which you will visit a secret beach in a huge cave. You will return before sunset when Dubrovnik is painted in stunning pink-red colors, and the monumental walls of the fortress become even more impressive in your eyes.